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Five Essentials of Spiritual Leadership

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July 15, 2019
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Don Wilton

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Five Essentials of Spiritual Leadership

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  • male announcer: We can all use some encouragement
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  • and today you'll find it in the Bible-based preaching
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  • of Dr. Don Wilton right here on "The Encouraging Word."
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  • Dr. Don Wilton: God has got so many things that he wants
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  • to say to us and today I'm gonna be speaking to you
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  • about five essentials of spiritual leadership,
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  • and I want to encourage you to listen very carefully.
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  • In the final analysis spiritual leadership
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  • is an incredible thing, and it's jolly difficult.
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  • You don't just roll out a bed and lead spiritually,
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  • because we ourselves who try to lead spiritually,
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  • we face every challenge that one could possibly imagine,
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  • so we're going to do something very special today,
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  • and I want to begin by inviting you to turn in your Bibles
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  • to Acts chapter 15.
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  • Now, you're gonna need to see this,
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  • because I'm going to take
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  • you just on a brief part of his second mission journey,
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  • just an introduction on that.
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  • And we're going to find something very significant about
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  • Paul, because as he and the others set out on this journey
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  • there were five essential marks of their spiritual leadership
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  • that were put in place.
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  • I'm gonna read to you from Acts chapter 15.
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  • "After some days Paul said to Barnabas,
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  • 'Let's return and visit believers in every city
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  • where we proclaimed the Word of the Lord.
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  • Let's go and see how they are.'
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  • Now Barnabas wanted to take with them John called Mark.
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  • But Paul thought it best not to take with them
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  • one who had withdrawn from them in Pamphylia
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  • and had not gone with them to the work.
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  • So there arose a sharp disagreement,
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  • so that they separated from each other.
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  • Barnabas took Mark with him, sailed away to Cyprus.
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  • Paul chose Silas and departed, having been commended
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  • by the believers at Antioch to the grace of the Lord.
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  • And he went through Syria and Cilicia,
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  • strengthening the churches.
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  • So Paul came also to Derbe and to Lystra.
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  • And a disciple was there, named Timothy, son of a Jewish woman
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  • who was a believer, but his father was also a Greek.
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  • He was well spoken of by the believers at Lystra and Iconium.
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  • And Paul wanted Timothy to accompany him, so he took him
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  • and circumcised him because of the Jews who were in those
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  • places, for they all knew that his father was a Greek.
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  • And as they went on their way through the cities, and they
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  • delivered to them for observance the decisions of the Jerusalem
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  • council that had been reached by the apostles
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  • and the elders who were in Jerusalem.
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  • So the churches were strengthened in faith,
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  • and they increased in numbers daily.
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  • So they went through the region of Phrygia and Galatia,
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  • having been forbidden by the Holy Spirit
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  • to speak the Word in Asia.
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  • And when they had come up to Mysia, they attempted
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  • to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit of the Lord Jesus
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  • would not permit them to do so.
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  • So, passing by Mysia, they went down to Troas.
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  • And a vision appeared to Paul in the night: a man from Macedonia
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  • standing there, saying, 'Come over to Macedonia
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  • and help us over here.'
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  • And when Paul had seen the vision,
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  • immediately we sought to go on into Macedonia,
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  • concluding that God had called them to preach the gospel
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  • in that part of the world."
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  • Just take a look over here with me for a second,
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  • because this is very, very important where they went.
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  • This journey, having already undertaken one journey--and
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  • you'll remember they left out of Antioch in Syria,
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  • there in the northern part, right up on the Turkish border,
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  • the modern-day Turkish border.
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  • Very strategic town. We've talked about this before.
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  • For a lotta reasons this is a very strategic place.
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  • By the way, leaders always go back to strategic places
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  • to develop strategic strategies.
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  • You'll never be a spiritual leader, effective the way God
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  • wants you to be unless you're willing to go back to base camp.
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  • So, this is Antioch. This is base camp.
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  • This is the local church. This is home.
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  • This is where the roots are, and so they came back here,
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  • and they gathered the church together,
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  • and they shared all about their first trip and all the things
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  • that went on, all the good stuff and all the not-so-good stuff.
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  • Sometimes it's good to sit down with home people
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  • that you can trust and tell them the good stuff
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  • and also the not-so-good stuff.
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  • You need to get it out of your system.
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  • You're walking around with all the stuff in your system,
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  • but you need to get it out in the right place
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  • with the right people at the right time.
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  • You start talking to anybody everywhere at any time
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  • you're asking for trouble.
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  • Be careful who you talk to.
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  • So, here they are, and they take off on the second journey,
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  • and they go here back to Derbe.
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  • There is Derbe right there and remember
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  • that's where they turned around the first time.
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  • They got as far as Derbe coming this way.
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  • They got to Derbe, and God said, "Stop."
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  • On the second trip God lets them cover right through the province
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  • of Cilicia here, and they get to Derbe, and they keep going
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  • to Lystra, and I keep telling you this Lystra
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  • was the headquarters of god worship.
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  • They venerated gods. Zeus and Hermes.
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  • God of thunder, Hermes the god of boundaries.
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  • Remember, Paul ran into them head on.
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  • Up here in Iconium, well, they didn't like him very much there.
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  • They even tried to stone them, so that's a nice,
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  • "How do you do?"
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  • because Paul and now Silas are going back
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  • into the hornets' nest, but they went back to base
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  • before they went back into where they needed to go.
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  • Sometimes it's good to go home, sit down,
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  • drink a jolly good cup of tea.
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  • Take a deep breath.
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  • Listen to people who know what they're talking about.
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  • Gather your wits around you. Re-strengthen.
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  • Recharge. Take a sabbatical.
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  • Take a deep breath.
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  • Now get out there and do what God's telling you to do.
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  • Some of you are so whipped, so worn out, so beaten down.
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  • You need to stop, and it's a good thing to do that.
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  • This is a picture that we've got here that was taking place,
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  • and I just wanna mention this to you because five things
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  • happened to them as they were leaving,
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  • as they began the second missionary journey.
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  • Number one, they left good leaders behind.
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  • He, Paul, left good leaders behind when he left.
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  • You know, this dispute that came about over John Mark,
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  • John Mark was a good leader.
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  • Don't throw him out.
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  • Don't throw the baby out with the bathwater.
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  • Don't just write people off because they have a difference
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  • of opinion, but be very careful, and Paul understood that.
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  • He left a good man behind, and he disagreed with Barnabas,
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  • and Barnabas was a wonderful man.
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  • He came from Cyprus.
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  • He turned to Barnabas, Mr. Encourager,
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  • said to him, "Barnabas, I'm sorry, but God's telling me
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  • that John Mark is not the man to take this trip,
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  • and you remember on the last trip
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  • how he just abandoned us," so the first thing you can say
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  • about him on this trip is he left good leaders behind him.
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  • Secondly, he recognized the importance of mentoring.
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  • When we get down into chapter 16 and verse 1 following,
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  • we get this beautiful picture of this man named Timothy.
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  • Timothy was a young man.
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  • In fact, Paul was to write two letters to Timothy,
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  • just chockful of instruction.
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  • If you want a mentoring manual go and read the two letters
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  • to Timothy, 1 Timothy and 2 Timothy.
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  • Go and read it, and it's just filled with instructions
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  • for people like me and like you, but it's really essentially
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  • about spiritual mentoring.
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  • And this was very important to the apostle as he went about
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  • doing what God was telling him to do and, by the way,
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  • that's in the midst of all the things that were going on,
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  • a lot of hardship.
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  • Number three, Paul carried with him very important instructions,
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  • very important instructions.
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  • You'll remember back in Acts chapter 15
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  • before they set out on their second missionary journey
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  • they gathered together in Jerusalem.
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  • It was called the Jerusalem Council.
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  • I like that.
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  • It's just the Jerusalem Council and all these leaders
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  • got together, and they made some
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  • very important decisions as believers.
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  • And when Paul left to go on his journey meeting with people,
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  • teaching others, mentoring, and above all sharing
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  • the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ,
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  • he carried with him very important instructions.
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  • What did they do?
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  • Well, they left good leaders behind and recognized the
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  • importance of mentoring, and they carried important
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  • instructions, but they also heard the Holy Spirit say no.
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  • Did you notice that?
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  • It happened twice here in this text.
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  • The Bible says when they attempted to go in Bithynia
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  • the Holy Spirit said no, so take another look quickly here,
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  • all right?
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  • See Bithynia up here at the top? That's a major province.
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  • So, how many times have we done this?
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  • I mean, I've done this a thousand--we all do.
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  • We all say, "Well, look. I'm headed in this direction."
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  • Came all the way--
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  • He wanted--they wanted to go back up
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  • into the top part of Asia, and God said no.
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  • Any questions?
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  • By the way, God doesn't have to give us reasons.
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  • God sometimes just says no.
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  • That kinda frustrates people like me 'cause I wanna know why,
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  • but God doesn't see the same needs sometimes, but he's
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  • gracious enough to give us the why on many occasions.
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  • But in this case Paul and Silas, no question about it,
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  • they heard the Holy Spirit say no.
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  • Number five, they determined to be obedient.
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  • They determined to be obedient.
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  • The Bible says in verse 9 and 10 that this vision appeared to
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  • Paul and said, "Listen, come on over here to Macedonia."
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  • And I love verse 10.
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  • "When Paul had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go on
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  • into Macedonia, concluding that God had called us
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  • to preach the gospel to them."
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  • All right, five essential elements,
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  • five essentials of spiritual leadership.
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  • What are they in our language?
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  • Here they are.
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  • Number one, get the right people around you.
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  • May I say something very lovingly to you, to us?
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  • Be very careful about who you hang around with
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  • and who you gather around you.
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  • Be careful about who you're listening to.
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  • Watch out.
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  • Your spiritual leadership can become seriously diminished
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  • by the influence of the wrong people.
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  • Spiritual leadership is so critical.
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  • This issue of the right people, get the right people
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  • on the right bus for the right journey, then get them sitting
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  • in the right seats on the right bus.
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  • Spiritual leadership is a powerful thing God has given us
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  • and point number one,
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  • the first essential of spiritual leadership,
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  • is to get the right people around you,
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  • because the greatest leaders in this world spiritually listen
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  • and are counseled by the greatest spiritual leaders.
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  • Nobody lives on an island, and you won't do it on your own.
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  • You are not powerful enough.
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  • You're not big enough.
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  • You're not important enough.
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  • You don't own enough.
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  • And you sit there and you paddle your own canoe, and you're gonna
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  • do it on your own, and you don't need to listen to anybody else.
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  • You are sorry, my friend, and you are going to fall, you're
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  • gonna trip, you're gonna mess up somewhere, because God has
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  • placed around us men and women who are spiritually dynamic.
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  • And let me tell you something.
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  • Paul had the fortitude.
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  • I don't know all the details about whys, the wherefores,
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  • and all the rest, but I know he looked over, and he said,
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  • "Silas, you're the man. Let's go."
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  • Dr. Billy Graham said to me 20 years ago,
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  • "Don, let me tell you something.
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  • Find top-drawer spiritual leaders,
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  • men and women of spiritual intuition and influence.
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  • Pull up your chair next to them
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  • and never let them leave your side."
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  • Number two, mentor the right generation--the next generation,
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  • talking about the five essentials
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  • of spiritual leadership.
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  • Get the right people around you.
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  • Number two, mentor the next generation.
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  • Every man ought to have a Timothy.
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  • Who's sitting at your feet, or are you too important?
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  • Who's listening to you?
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  • Who are you pouring into?
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  • Who are you raising up?
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  • Today is not about me.
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  • It's about our sons and our daughters.
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  • We are tomorrow, because Jesus is already there
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  • and what he does to those of us
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  • who are a little older and who have been a lot longer
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  • at what we're doing is he translates the position in
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  • which we sit into the influence which we pass on.
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  • Mentors are spiritual influences.
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  • Nobody knew that better than the apostle Paul.
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  • Number three, speak up about God's instructions.
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  • Speak up about God's instructions.
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  • For them, oh, yeah, the Jerusalem Council
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  • had taken place and all the rest of it.
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  • I'll tell you what.
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  • Paul and Silas, these men, they went from place to place,
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  • and they said, "This is the way it works.
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  • This is the way it works."
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  • Mentor the next generation.
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  • Pour your life into tomorrow and what you pour into them are
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  • the instructions that God has allowed you by his grace to
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  • accumulate and to know to be true because of the authority of
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  • God's Word and the practice of your own life.
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  • You can attest to the truth of the authority of God
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  • in every way because you've run the gamut.
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  • That's why you are a leader.
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  • You know better, my friend.
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  • "You shouldn't behave like that because you know better.
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  • You know better."
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  • You've got something to say.
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  • Spiritual leadership.
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  • You cannot sit there and watch bad behavior if, in fact, you
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  • know that God's instructions are written in your heart,
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  • and God will bless you for that.
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  • Pass it on.
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  • Teach your children.
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  • Teach them.
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  • They will rise up and call you blessed and children
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  • that rise up and go beyond.
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  • "Thank you for teaching me how to play golf,"
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  • which is very important, but say, "Daddy, I thank you
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  • because you have shown me Jesus."
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  • That's what really matters.
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  • That's what really matters.
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  • Number four, listen to the Spirit.
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  • The fifth--the fourth essential of spiritual leadership.
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  • These are deep truths.
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  • Here is Paul going on this second journey.
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  • Got the right people around him.
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  • He mentored the next generation,
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  • spoke up about God's instructions.
  • 00:22:42.090 --> 00:22:47.210
  • Number four, he listened to the Spirit.
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  • He listened to the Spirit.
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  • What an incredible leadership attribute.
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  • It's--and it's not easy to do.
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  • Would it be not that we as men and women who are spiritual
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  • leaders are people who really listen to the Spirit?
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  • When someone comes and says, "Do you believe God is saying
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  • yay or nay or turn left or turn right?"
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  • are you able to say, "You know, I really believe in my heart
  • 00:23:23.260 --> 00:23:27.030
  • that this is what God is saying"?
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  • That's another whole subject: discerning the will of God.
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  • It's a huge subject.
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  • Listen to the Spirit.
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  • And number five, here it is: just do what God says.
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  • I love when we get down to verse 10.
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  • Just do what God says. That's what they did.
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  • God said, "Don't go there.
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  • I want you to come over here to Macedonia."
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  • They said, "Let's go."
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  • Just do what God says.
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  • Being at the center of God's will is the greatest thing
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  • that you could ever do.
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  • Yep, there are 5, 10, 15, a hundred thousand essentials of
  • 00:24:09.160 --> 00:24:14.140
  • spiritual leadership, but here is the bottom line: Jesus,
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  • when he comes into your heart and into mine, just like he did
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  • with Paul on the road to Damascus, he changes people
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  • like you and me, you know?
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  • He forgives us of our sin, writes our name
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  • in the Lamb's book of life,
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  • and he sets us on a new pathway.
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  • We become different as CEOs of our companies.
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  • We come--we become different doctors.
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  • We become different teachers, life group leaders.
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  • We become different plumbers and coaches
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  • and athletes and students.
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  • We become different moms and dads.
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  • We just become different because Jesus is there,
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  • and he calls us to lead others.
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  • Do you know him?
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  • Britt Dillard: Indeed great things are taking place
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  • as God is moving.
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  • If God is moving in your heart I pray
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  • you'd be willing to share that with someone.
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  • Maybe God has changed your life from the inside out.
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  • Let us be one of those that you let know.
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  • Give us a call at that 866-899-WORD number.
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  • It will connect you not just right now but 24 hours a day
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  • with someone who'd love to pray with you and, in fact, right now
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  • I wanna pray, Lord, for those that right now understand that
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  • they've been playing, like I did in my own life, playing church,
  • 00:25:46.000 --> 00:25:49.070
  • playing religion, and now they have come to you, Jesus,
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  • as Savior and Lord.
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  • I pray you would help us to grow closer to you every day.
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  • In Jesus's name I pray. Amen.
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  • grow in that walk, maybe help answer some questions about what
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  • Let us pray with you.
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  • and we'd love to talk.
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  • Till next time, take care.
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  • Dr. Wilton: Hello, my dear friends.
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  • I want to speak to you personally today
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  • from my heart to yours.
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  • I don't think there is ever a better or more important time
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  • for us to respond to our world by standing up
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  • for righteousness.
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  • Now, with this in mind I would like to invite you to become an
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  • encourager ministry partner.
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  • You see, together we can impact lives both now
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  • and for all time and all eternity.
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  • "The Encouraging Word" is a viewer- and listener-supported
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  • ministry and to know that you are standing with me financially
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  • has called me to do, so please call the number on your screen
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  • and just simply say, "I want to become an encourager."
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  • Thank you so much for helping me.
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  • Stay connected online at TheEncouragingWord.org.
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