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August 26, 2019
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Don Wilton

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Safeguards Of Our Faith

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  • male: God has an encouraging Word for you and me
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  • today through the Bible-based preaching of Dr. Don Wilton and
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  • this message on the "Safeguards of our Faith."
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  • Don Wilton: Now, folks, you need to listen.
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  • Some of you need to really pay attention.
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  • Are you listening?
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  • Some of you are the absolute finest people
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  • you will find anywhere.
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  • I'd want you at my side in any way and every way possible.
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  • I think you are a wonderful people,
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  • but that doesn't mean to say that you're going to heaven.
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  • Are you listening?
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  • Don't come with all this stuff about you built this building
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  • and you gave this money and you bought this bus and you
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  • supported your football team and you barbecued better than
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  • anybody else and you played the violin and you preached sermons
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  • better than anybody else, or you sang in church.
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  • That doesn't get you to heaven.
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  • You listening?
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  • Church, are you listening?
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  • Your membership of First Baptist Church
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  • doesn't get you into heaven.
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  • Your money doesn't get you into heaven.
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  • These things are very important.
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  • We do these things because we are going to heaven.
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  • I give my tithe and offerings and I try to serve others to the
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  • best of my ability 'cause I am going to heaven,
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  • 'cause I've got a relationship with Jesus.
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  • So Paul settled this.
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  • I want to read this to you, Philippians chapter 3.
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  • He said, "Finally, my brothers and sisters,
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  • I want you to rejoice in the Lord and I want to write the
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  • same things to you because this is no trouble to me,
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  • and besides that, these things that I'm about to write to you
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  • are a safeguard for you."
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  • You can take this to the bank.
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  • The bullets may be flying, people may be talking,
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  • churches may be vying, opinions may
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  • be flying, but this is safe.
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  • This is where you can go.
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  • This is the safeguard.
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  • Look out for the dogs.
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  • Watch me, folks, Paul used an incredible phrase here.
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  • He said, "Be careful.
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  • There are dogs out there.
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  • They're going to yap at your ankles.
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  • They're going to tell you--give you every
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  • opinion you can imagine.
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  • They're going to go at you from every which way."
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  • "Look out for evil doers, for those who mutilate the flesh
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  • for we are Jewish people."
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  • Now, Paul's speaking about himself, and I'm going to
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  • tell you something Paul is just about to tell us.
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  • Listen, when you preach my funeral,
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  • I have got some bragging rights.
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  • I've got a flag to fly.
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  • That's what he's saying here.
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  • "We are Jewish people who worship by the Spirit of God and
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  • glory in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh."
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  • For Paul, he was invoking his Jewish
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  • heritage, which was legalistic.
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  • It was ritualistic.
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  • It was all kinds of regulations.
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  • "Do this. Don't do that.
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  • Walk here. Don't walk there.
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  • Dress this way.
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  • Meet at this time."
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  • He had every kind of rule and regulation.
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  • And in fact, he says in verse 4, "Even though I myself have
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  • reason for confidence in the flesh, if anyone else thinks
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  • he has reasonable confidence in the flesh, I have more."
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  • Now, Paul's going to set himself up.
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  • He said, "I was circumcised on the eighth day," just like all
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  • Jewish boys were on the eighth day.
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  • You couldn't be a Jew and not go through this.
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  • This was very much part of who he was as a Jewish
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  • person, as a Jewish man.
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  • "I was circumcised on the eighth day of the people of Israel,
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  • of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of the Hebrews.
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  • As to the law, I was a Pharisee; as to zeal, a persecutor of
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  • the church; as to righteousness under the law, I was blameless.
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  • I did it according to the book, but whatever gain I had I
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  • counted as loss for Christ Jesus."
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  • And he goes on here and he says in verse 8,
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  • "Indeed I count everything as loss because of the surpassing
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  • worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord.
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  • For his sake, I've suffered the loss of all things and count
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  • them as rubbish in order that I may gain Christ and be found in
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  • him not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the
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  • law, but that which comes through faith in Christ Jesus,
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  • the righteousness from God that depends on faith that I may know
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  • him and the power of his resurrection and may share in
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  • his sufferings, becoming like him in death that by any means
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  • possible I may attain the resurrection of the dead."
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  • So here's Paul telling us this is the safe place to be,
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  • this is the safeguard of our faith.
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  • What is a safeguard?
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  • A safeguard affirms those who are in.
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  • It wards off those who are out.
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  • It preserves.
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  • It protects. It guarantees.
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  • And why would Paul have said this?
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  • Why do you suppose Paul was so bent on telling these people
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  • that here's the bottom line when it comes to going to heaven?
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  • Why was Paul--why did he say this to them?
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  • Number of reasons.
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  • Number one, because of the religions that surrounded them.
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  • You know, in Paul's day, there was every kind of religion.
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  • Sounds familiar, doesn't it?
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  • Religion will tell you things that God does not say.
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  • It doesn't matter if it's the pope.
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  • It doesn't matter if it's the bishop.
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  • It doesn't matter if it's the pastor of the local church.
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  • I want to know what God says about me going to heaven.
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  • Don't you?
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  • I want God to tell me, not my religion.
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  • Why did Paul say this?
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  • Why did he give them the safeguard?
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  • Number one, because of the religions that surrounded them.
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  • Number two, because of the nation that belittled them.
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  • Paul lived among these Roman people who did everything they
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  • could to belittle them at every turn in the road,
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  • every turn in the road.
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  • They needed to have a safeguard.
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  • He did it because of the persecutions
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  • that threatened them.
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  • Persecution was all around Paul and the Christian church,
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  • and persecution will cause you to grab hold of straws.
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  • Persecution, unlike anything else, will cause people to take
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  • hold of whatever it is that comes floating by, whether God
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  • sent it or not, and I can understand that
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  • because persecution breeds fear.
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  • Persecution will threaten your business.
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  • It's amazing in America that no matter what it is, whatever's
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  • said, if God has something to say, it does not matter.
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  • The bottom line is, "Is it going to affect my business?
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  • And if it's going to affect my business,
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  • I'm going to hit back with my business."
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  • Why did he say these things?
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  • Because of the frailty of their sinfulness within them.
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  • Religions and the nation and the persecutions and the
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  • frailty of their own sinfulness.
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  • People crave to call shots on God.
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  • Human sinfulness wants to take a piece of God for himself.
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  • Human sinfulness demands and craves to say,
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  • "No, this is what's going to happen.
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  • After all, how could God ever not stop anybody
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  • from coming to heaven?"
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  • I've heard it all.
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  • I tell you, I hear it more when it comes to funerals than at any
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  • other time, and I understand that.
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  • Most difficult funerals I ever preach, and I've done many
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  • of them, is when that loved one has died and didn't know Jesus.
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  • There's an emptiness.
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  • I've been in funerals, folks.
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  • I'm just telling you, I have been in funerals where all we've
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  • done is we've stood there and read off the accolades.
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  • "He was chairman of this and he built that and his name was on
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  • this and he was always there and he bought all the bubble gum for
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  • the team and he was out front of this and he
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  • always--he never missed a game.
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  • I'll tell you, he never--let me tell you one thing about him.
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  • He never missed a game."
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  • None of those things in and of themselves mean
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  • that you're going to heaven.
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  • Do you not get this?
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  • And we didn't decide that.
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  • Paul here warns them.
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  • What does he warn them about?
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  • He's got seven warnings, and each one of these things,
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  • Paul himself did, was part of.
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  • What did he warn them?
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  • He said, first of all, rituals cannot save you, verse 5.
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  • Rituals cannot save you.
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  • Paul was circumcised the eighth day.
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  • That is the ultimate ritual.
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  • Folks, there are more rituals associated with religion than
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  • you can quote prayers, you can go to church,
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  • you can wash your hands, you can go through cleansings,
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  • you can stand upside down, you can be baptized 100 times,
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  • you can sing out of a prayer book,
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  • you can quote the doxology, you can pray the Lord's Prayer one
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  • way and the other, you can stand up and sit down,
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  • you can attend this and go to that and toe the line on that.
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  • These are rituals and not one of them will ever,
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  • will ever mean that you're going to heaven.
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  • You and I are in church and we are singing hymns and we're
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  • praying the Lord's Prayer because we have
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  • a relationship with Jesus.
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  • That's why we want to do these things.
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  • Rituals could not save them.
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  • Nationality couldn't save them.
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  • Look at the second part of verse 5 there.
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  • He says he was a Hebrew of the Hebrews.
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  • Your nationality cannot save you.
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  • Paul was saying, "Listen, if anybody was
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  • a Hebrew, I was," he said.
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  • Status could not save them.
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  • Look at the third part there.
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  • He says, "I was a Hebrew of the Hebrews and I had status like
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  • you cannot imagine because I was all the way even a Pharisee."
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  • By the way, the Pharisees, they were the stuff.
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  • Now, could we just admit something?
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  • In this room right now, I've got status 'cause I'm the pastor.
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  • And I can even say pah-stah.
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  • "You call me paster."
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  • Someone came to me one time and said, "We eat pasta."
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  • I said, "Don't you try that one with me."
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  • You know, we could talk about our status.
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  • Listen, folks, we always have an--we all have
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  • an inclination, you know?
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  • How can my status--I'm the pastor of First Baptist Church.
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  • I'm so deeply grateful.
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  • Paul was just saying, "Listen, I was a Pharisee
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  • and wasn't going to heaven."
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  • You can be a deacon, chairman of deacons,
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  • chairman of the--chairman of this.
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  • Do that. Do that.
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  • President of the--doesn't matter.
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  • Number four, tradition could not save them.
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  • Tradition.
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  • Wonder if there's someone here that you really believe because
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  • your mother was a member of a church or your daddy did this or
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  • you did that and we've always done that.
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  • "This has been in our family for years."
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  • It doesn't matter whether it's been in your
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  • family for three decades.
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  • It wouldn't matter.
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  • What Paul is saying is your tradition's not
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  • going to save you.
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  • Are you listening, folks?
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  • I celebrate tradition. I love tradition.
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  • I'm a very traditional type of person.
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  • Man, how much we thank God for people who have gone before us
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  • who've been found faithful.
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  • Where would we be without the traditions of our nation, of our
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  • people, people who have stood up and run the test of time?
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  • But what Paul's saying is, "Let's not
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  • get things confused here.
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  • Just because your daddy was a preacher--"
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  • You know, to borrow the old phrase, "Just
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  • because you're born in a garage doesn't make you a motor car."
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  • Some of you are trying to work that one out, aren't you?
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  • Number five, religion could not save them.
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  • He was a very religious man.
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  • Some of you are very religious.
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  • I tell you, I admire you and I respect you.
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  • Man, you are--listen, we've got some--in America,
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  • folks, we've got some incredibly religious people.
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  • I have a very deep respect for
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  • religious people who follow the
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  • line and who adhere through a religious dispensation,
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  • but that doesn't save anybody.
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  • Are you listening?
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  • Religion doesn't say you've got a relationship with Christ.
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  • Sincerity could not save.
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  • That's what he's telling us in verse 6.
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  • Zeal. He speaks about zeal.
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  • Listen, Paul was very sincere.
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  • I mean, his zealousness--he was so filled with sincerity and
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  • determination concerning what he believed in his religiosity.
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  • He went to whatever extremes and went out
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  • and persecuted the church.
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  • Again, I know some wonderful people who are very zealous over
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  • their religion and what they believe,
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  • and I am--I'm not pointing a finger at you or criticizing
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  • you, but I'm telling you something.
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  • Your zealousness will not get you into heaven.
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  • Legalism could not save them.
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  • Legalism.
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  • I think one of the most abhorrent things
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  • to God is legalism.
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  • That's why I want you to know, folks,
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  • this church is not built on any form of legalism.
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  • We are not going to go down that road,
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  • and we never have.
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  • I didn't talk about respect.
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  • This is not anything goes and just rock up
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  • and behave--no, no, no.
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  • That's a different matter.
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  • I'm talking about legalism in terms of the manner with which
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  • you take hold of your faith.
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  • It all comes down to this.
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  • He says here's the safeguard, and the bottom line
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  • is right--I just put it there.
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  • In fact, in my Bible, I just put one--I underlined the second
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  • part of verse 9: "But that which comes through faith in Christ."
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  • Isn't that a great statement?
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  • It's so simple and so profound.
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  • Paul, bottom line here, is saying, "Listen, those who are
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  • going to spend all time in eternity with God in heaven are
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  • those who have come to God through faith in Christ."
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  • You know, when he wrote to the church at Ephesus,
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  • he said, "You are saved by grace through faith," not of yourself,
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  • not of your works, not of your legalism or your status or your
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  • religion, "not of works, lest you should boast to each other."
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  • We've got nothing to boast about.
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  • We can only boast in Christ.
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  • Who's done anything here?
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  • Who wants to fly a flag?
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  • Who's got a flag to fly?
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  • Only flag we fly is the principle by which we operate,
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  • and that is to whom much is given, much is required.
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  • That's the flag.
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  • It means, you know, "The Lord has blessed me,
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  • and it all comes from him and I love him.
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  • I'm just going to do whatever I can for him.
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  • I want to. I want to serve.
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  • I want a hand out--I want to give clothing to
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  • people less fortunate than I am.
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  • I want to provide scholarships for young people to go on
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  • mission trips this summer."
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  • But boy, I'm telling you something.
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  • I am so grateful that you and I can talk
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  • straight with each other.
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  • Where would we be in our grief and in the struggles if it
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  • weren't for the fact that we know that we know that one day
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  • when we die or if Jesus were to come back, that we'd be picked
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  • up by God's angels, carried into the presence of the Lord Jesus?
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  • Now, I know that. I've settled that in my heart.
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  • I've settled that.
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  • I have--I want you all to know that.
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  • I want you to know.
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  • You know, some of you may still be here when
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  • I get taken to heaven.
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  • A lot of you will probably be up there waiting to welcome me.
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  • Which one of you will be there?
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  • We don't know.
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  • So yeah, you know--by the way, have I told you all the
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  • things I've done in my life?
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  • I'm telling you, when I start talking about it,
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  • you know, every now and again I get quite impressed with myself,
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  • and then I'll look over and my wife's just smiling at me.
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  • The bottom line of all of it is, there came a point in my life
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  • that I knew that I was a sinner.
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  • I knew it, and that without Jesus I could never be saved.
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  • It wasn't my ritual or my nationality or my status or my
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  • tradition or my religion or my sincerity or my legalism.
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  • My daddy was a pretty fine pastor and preacher.
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  • It was about me coming to the point at which I knew that I was
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  • a sinner and I confessed my sin to the Lord Jesus and
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  • repented of that sin and said, "Lord Jesus,
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  • by faith I receive you into my heart."
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  • Would you bow your heads with me for just a moment?
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  • male: Wow. You know, that's the next step.
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  • Would you bow your head with me as many are bowing their heads
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  • in our worship center with Dr. Don?
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  • I'd love just to lead you in a prayer,
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  • a prayer of new beginning.
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  • If you've never given your heart to Jesus, let's do it right now.
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  • It's as simple as saying, "Lord God, I'm a sinner.
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  • I realize that, I know my sin has separated me from you,
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  • but I also realize today and I believe in my heart you are the
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  • Son of God and you died on the cross for my sins.
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  • So come into my life. Change me.
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  • In Jesus's name I pray, amen."
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  • The Lord has begun a new work in your life.
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  • It's just about that very first step.
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  • Now, maybe you feel different already, maybe not.
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  • We don't walk by feelings, we walk by faith
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  • and we walk with you.
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  • You don't have to walk by yourself.
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  • You're built for community.
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  • Let us help you connect with maybe the local church near you.
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  • If you don't have one, give us a call, we'll find one for you.
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  • Or connect with us, first and foremost,
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  • and let us pray with you, give you some resources
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  • that'll help you grow in your faith.
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  • Just know that we're here for you.
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  • We are here to encourage you.
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  • That's why we're "The Encouraging Word."
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  • Don: Hello, my 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's ever a better or more important time
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  • for us to respond to our world by standing
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  • up 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 and for
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  • 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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  • enables me to move forward with confidence to do the work God
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  • has called me to do.
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  • So please call the number on your screen and just simply say,
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  • "I want to become an Encourager."
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  • Thank you so much for helping me.
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  • male: It's been a great day of broadcasting together,
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  • but we're connecting still online at TheEncouragingWord.org
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  • and the phone number 866-899-WORD.
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