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February 16, 2021
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Today we are going to discover both how and why we should choose forgiveness over bitterness.

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  • ♪ MUSIC
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  • [ANNOUNCER] FROM THE PULPIT
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  • OF THE FIRST BAPTISTCHURCH OF DALLAS, TEXAS,
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  • THIS IS "PATHWAY TO VICTORY"WITH DR. ROBERT JEFFRESS.
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  • HI, I'M ROBERT JEFFRESS,AND WELCOME AGAIN
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  • TO "PATHWAY TO VICTORY."
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  • UNFORTUNATELY, NONEOF US WILL ESCAPE
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  • THE OCCASIONAL OFFENSESDELIVERED BY A FRIEND
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  • OR A FAMILY MEMBER.
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  • AS MUCH AS WE TRY TO CULTIVATEHEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS,
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  • WE CAN'T CONTROL THEBEHAVIOR OF THOSE WE LOVE.
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  • SOMETIMES PEOPLE DISAPPOINTUS, OR EVEN HURT US.
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  • WELL TODAY, I'M GOINGTO TALK ABOUT GOD'S PLAN
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  • FOR RESOLVING THISUNIVERSAL PROBLEM.
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  • MY MESSAGE IS TITLED
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  • "CHOOSING FORGIVENESSOVER BITTERNESS,"
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  • ON TODAY'S EDITION OF"PATHWAY TO VICTORY."
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  • ♪ MUSIC
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  • ♪ YOUR VOICE, O LORD, IS POWER
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  • ♪ THE GOD OF GLORY THUNDERS
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  • ♪ THE SOUND OF MIGHTY WATERS
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  • ♪ ECHOES DEEP WITHIN MY SOUL
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  • ♪ HOLY, YOU ARE HOLY
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  • ♪ ALL THE GLORY TO YOUR NAME
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  • ♪ JESUS, YOU ARE MIGHTY
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  • ♪ STRENGTH ANDGLORY TO YOUR NAME ♪
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  • ♪ HOLY, YOU ARE HOLY
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  • ♪ ALL THE GLORY TO YOUR NAME
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  • ♪ JESUS, YOU ARE MIGHTY
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  • ♪ STRENGTH ANDGLORY TO YOUR NAME ♪
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  • ♪ HOLY, YOU ARE HOLY
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  • ♪ ALL THE GLORY TO YOUR NAME
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  • ♪ JESUS, YOU ARE MIGHTY
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  • ♪ STRENGTH ANDGLORY TO YOUR NAME ♪
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  • ♪ GLORY TO YOUR NAME
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  • ♪ HOLY IS YOUR NAME
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  • ♪ YOUR NAME
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  • (APPLAUSE)
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  • [ANNOUNCER] WE CANNOT CHOOSETHE CIRCUMSTANCES WE FACE,
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  • BUT WE CAN CHOOSEOUR RESPONSE TO THEM.
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  • LEARN HOW TO MAKE YOURCIRCUMSTANCES WORK FOR YOU,
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  • NOT AGAINST YOU,WITH A BRAND NEW BOOK
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  • FROM DR. ROBERT JEFFRESS,
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  • "CHOOSE YOUR ATTITUDESCHANGE YOUR LIFE."
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  • WHEN IT COMES TOFACING OBSTACLES,
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  • ATTITUDE IS EVERYTHING.
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  • THE PRACTICAL BIBLICALPRINCIPLES IN THIS BOOK
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  • WILL HELP YOU EXPERIENCETHE JOY GOD INTENDS FOR YOU,
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  • REGARDLESS OF WHAT'SHAPPENING AROUND YOU.
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  • REQUEST, "CHOOSE YOURATTITUDES CHANGE YOUR LIFE,"
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  • WHEN YOU GIVE A GENEROUSGIFT TO "PATHWAY TO VICTORY."
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  • ♪ MUSIC
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  • NOTICE WHAT JESUS DIDN'T SAY,
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  • YES, JESUS SAID, "IF HEREPENTS, FORGIVE HIM."
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  • JESUS DIDN'T SAY, "IF HE DOESN'TREPENT, DON'T FORGIVE HIM."
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  • HE WASN'T ADDRESSINGTHAT SITUATION.
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  • HE WAS SAYING IFSOMEBODY COMES TO YOU,
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  • AND ASKS FORGIVENESS,YOU ARE TO GRANT IT.
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  • BUT WHAT ABOUT THE CASE
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  • WHERE SOMEBODY DOESN'TASK YOUR FORGIVENESS?
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  • WELL, JESUS ANSWERED THATQUESTION IN MARK 11:25-26.
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  • HE SAID, "AND WHENEVERYOU STAND PRAYING,
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  • FORGIVE IF YOU HAVESOMETHING AGAINST ANYONE,
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  • SO THAT YOUR FATHERALSO WHO IS IN HEAVEN
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  • MAY FORGIVE YOUYOUR TRANSGRESSION.
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  • BUT IF YOU DO NOT FORGIVE,
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  • NEITHER WILL YOURFATHER WHO IS IN HEAVEN
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  • FORGIVE YOUR TRANSGRESSIONS."
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  • SINCE THE MOMENT IBEGIN THIS SERMON,
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  • THERE'S A NAME, APICTURE THAT HAS COME
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  • IN SOME OF YOUR MINDS, OFSOMEBODY YOU NEED TO FORGIVE.
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  • NOW WHAT JESUS ISSAYING RIGHT NOW,
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  • WHERE YOU ARE IN THAT PEW,
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  • YOU'VE GOT THE ABILITY TOLET GO, TO RELEASE THAT HURT.
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  • IT DOESN'T MATTERIF THE OTHER PERSON
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  • IS IN THE NEXT CITY, THENEXT STATE, OR THE CEMETERY.
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  • IT DOESN'T MATTERWHETHER THAT PERSON
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  • KNOWS HE'S WRONGED YOU,
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  • CARES THAT HE'S WRONGEDYOU, DOESN'T MATTER.
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  • "RIGHT NOW, YOU HAVE THEABILITY TO FORGIVE," JESUS SAYS.
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  • CONDITIONAL FORGIVENESSMISINTERPRETS SCRIPTURE.
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  • SECONDLY, CONDITIONALFORGIVENESS MAKES US A PRISONER
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  • OF OUR OFFENDER.
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  • IT MAKES US A PRISONEROF OUR OFFENDER.
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  • WHEN YOU SAY, "I'MNOT GOING TO FORGIVE
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  • UNTIL THIS PERSON DOES THISOR THIS OR THIS OR THIS,"
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  • YOU ARE BINDING YOURSELF TOTHAT OTHER PERSON EMOTIONALLY.
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  • THAT MEANS YOU CAN GO NO FURTHER
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  • IN YOUR CHRISTIAN EXPERIENCE,
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  • THAN THAT PERSON ISWILLING TO LET YOU GO.
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  • YOU BECOME THEIR PRISONER.
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  • I'VE USED THISILLUSTRATION BEFORE,
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  • BUT IT'S SUCH A GOOD ONE,I'M GOING TO USE IT AGAIN.
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  • YOU'VE BEEN TO THOSETHREE LEGGED RACES
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  • THEY USED TO HAVE ATOLD FASHIONED PICNICS,
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  • YOU KNOW WHAT I'M TALKINGABOUT, THE THREE LEGGED RACES.
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  • AND YOU BIND YOURLEG TO YOUR PARTNER.
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  • AND AS A COUPLE,
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  • YOU HOBBLE DOWN TOTHE FINISH LINE,
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  • TRYING TO GO AS FAST AS YOU CAN.
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  • AND IF YOU'VE EVERBEEN IN THAT SITUATION,
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  • YOU KNOW THE FIRST THOUGHTTHAT GOES THROUGH YOUR MIND IS,
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  • "IF I COULD JUST GETRID OF THIS IDIOT,
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  • I COULD GO A LOT FURTHER."
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  • (CONGREGATION LAUGHING)
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  • BUT YOU SEE, THREE LEGGED RACES
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  • DON'T ALLOW FOR SOLO CONTENDERS.
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  • YOU ARE BOUND TO THAT PERSON.
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  • YOU CAN GO NO FASTER OR FARTHER
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  • THAN YOUR PARTNERIS WILLING TO GO.
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  • NOW, LISTEN, WHEN YOU SAY,
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  • "I'M NOT GOING TOFORGIVE SO-AND-SO,
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  • UNTIL THEY DO THIS,THIS, AND THIS,"
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  • YOU'RE JUST WRAPPING YOURSELFAROUND THAT OTHER PERSON.
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  • YOU'RE TYING TOYOURSELF EMOTIONALLY
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  • TO THAT OTHER PERSON.
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  • YOU CAN'T GO ANYFARTHER OR FASTER
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  • THAN HE OR SHE ISWILLING TO LET YOU GO.
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  • BUT FORGIVENESS IS THE PROCESS
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  • BY WHICH I SEPARATEMYSELF FROM MY OFFENDER.
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  • IT'S WHEN I SAY, "WHAT THISPERSON DID TO ME IS WRONG.
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  • THEY DESERVE TO PAY FORIT, BUT YOU KNOW WHAT?
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  • I'M GOING TO LEAVETHAT UP TO GOD.
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  • I'M GOING TO FREE MYSELFOF THIS PERSON.
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  • I'M GOING TO GIVE UP MY RIGHTTO HURT THEM FOR HURTING ME.
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  • I'M GOING TO LET GO SO I CANBE FREE TO MOVE FORWARD
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  • IN THE LIFE GOD HAS FOR ME."
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  • THAT'S THE FREEDOM THATCOMES FROM FORGIVENESS.
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  • YOU SAY, "HOW DO I DO THAT?"
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  • PROBABLY THESE SINGLEBEST ILLUSTRATION,
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  • I CALL IT A CASESTUDY IN FORGIVENESS,
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  • IS FOUND IN THE OLDTESTAMENT STORY OF JOSEPH.
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  • TURN OVER TO JOSEPH,OR GENESIS CHAPTER 50,
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  • FOR THE CLIMAX OFJOSEPH'S STORY.
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  • YOU REMEMBER THESTORY, DON'T YOU?
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  • JOSEPH, WHO WAS ONEOF 12 SONS OF JACOB,
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  • HE WAS THE FAVORED SON.
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  • AND BECAUSE OF HISFAVORED SON STATUS,
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  • HIS BROTHERS WEREJEALOUS OF HIM,
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  • AND DECIDED THEY'DGET RID OF HIM
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  • AT THEIR FIRST OPPORTUNITY.
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  • ONE DAY, THE OPPORTUNITY CAME,AND THEY THREW HIM IN A PIT,
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  • LEFT HIM TO BESOLD INTO SLAVERY,
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  • TOLD THEIR FATHERTHAT JOSEPH WAS DEAD.
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  • BUT THROUGH A SERIES OFMIRACULOUS CIRCUMSTANCES,
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  • GOD TOOK JOSEPH OUT OF THAT PIT,
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  • AND PUT HIM INTOPHARAOH'S PALACE IN EGYPT.
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  • HE WAS PHARAOH'S RIGHT HAND MAN.
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  • SUDDENLY THERE WAS A GREATFAMINE THAT ENGULFED THE LAND,
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  • NOT JUST OF ISRAEL,BUT OF EGYPT AS WELL.
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  • AND THE REMAINING 11 BROTHERSAND THEIR FATHER, JACOB,
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  • WHEN THEY HEARDTHAT THERE WAS FOOD
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  • THAT COULD BEPURCHASED IN EGYPT,
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  • THEY MADE THE DECISION TOSEND THE BROTHERS TO EGYPT
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  • TO TRY TO BUY GRAIN FORTHEIR STARVING FAMILY.
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  • LITTLE DID THEYKNOW THAT THE MAN
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  • TO WHOM THEY WOULD BE MAKINGTHEIR APPEAL TO FOR FOOD
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  • WAS IN FACT THEIROWN BROTHER, JOSEPH,
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  • WHOM THEY PRESUMEDWAS DEAD BY THIS TIME.
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  • AND OF COURSE IN THEGREAT CLIMACTIC SCENE,
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  • JOSEPH CALLS FOR HISBROTHERS TO COME NEAR.
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  • AND WHEN THEY REALIZE WHO IT IS,
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  • YOU CAN FEEL THE SWEATCOMING DOWN OFF THEIR FACE,
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  • AND DRIPPING ONTO YOUR BIBLEAS YOU READ THAT SCENE.
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  • AND THEN YOU REMEMBER THEGREAT CLIMACTIC SCENE,
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  • GENESIS 50:20, JOSEPHSAID, "AS FOR YOU,
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  • YOU MEANT EVIL AGAINST ME.
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  • BUT GOD MEANT IT FOR GOOD,
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  • TO BRING ABOUT THISPRESENT RESULT,
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  • TO PRESERVE MANY PEOPLE ALIVE."
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  • HE GOES ON TO SAY, "IT WASNOT YOU WHO SENT ME HERE.
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  • IT WAS GOD."
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  • AND THE BIBLE SAYS, "AND HESPOKE KINDLY TO HIS BROTHERS."
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  • IN CLOSING TODAY,LET ME SHARE WITH YOU
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  • THE FOUR PRINCIPLESOF FORGIVENESS
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  • THAT YOU FIND IN JOSEPH'S STORY.
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  • FOUR STEPS TO RELEASING YOURSELF
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  • FROM THE PRISON OF BITTERNESS.
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  • FIRST OF ALL, ACKNOWLEDGETHAT YOU HAVE BEEN WRONGED.
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  • YOU KNOW, FORGIVENESS, DON'TBE MISTAKEN ABOUT THIS,
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  • FORGIVENESS IS NOT DENIAL.
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  • IT'S NOT SWEEPING UNDERTHE RUG SOMETHING BAD
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  • THAT HAS HAPPENED TO YOU.
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  • IT'S NOT LIKE ITNEVER HAPPENED BEFORE.
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  • JOSEPH WAS VERY HONEST.
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  • HE SAID TO HIS BROTHERS,"YOU MEANT IT FOR EVIL."
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  • SOMEBODY HAS SAID,"YOU CANNOT FORGIVE
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  • THOSE YOU'RE NOT WILLINGTO FIRST OF ALL BLAME."
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  • YOU HAVE TO BLAME PEOPLEBEFORE YOU CAN FORGIVE PEOPLE.
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  • REMEMBER, FORGIVENESS IS ABOUTA DEBT, RELEASING A DEBT,
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  • SOMETHING SOMEBODY OWES YOU,LITERALLY OR FIGURATIVELY,
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  • FOR WHAT THEY'VE DONE TO YOU.
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  • BUT FOR YOU TORELEASE THAT DEBT,
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  • YOU'VE GOTTA ACKNOWLEDGETHAT DEBT EXISTS.
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  • SOMETIMES YOU EVENHAVE TO CALCULATE
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  • WHAT THAT PERSON MIGHT OWE YOUFOR WHAT THEY'VE DONE TO YOU,
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  • MIGHT BE A DIVORCE.
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  • THEY MAY DESERVE PRISON.
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  • THEY MAY DESERVETHE DEATH PENALTY.
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  • YOU NEED TO ACKNOWLEDGE ADEBT, EVEN CALCULATE THE DEBT,
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  • BEFORE YOU CAN RELEASE THE DEBT.
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  • YOU KNOW, DOCTORSMINIRTH AND MEIER SUGGEST
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  • THAT YOU DO AN INVENTORYOF YOUR OWN LIFE,
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  • ABOUT THOSE WHO MAYHAVE WRONGED YOU,
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  • WHO NEED YOUR FORGIVENESS.
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  • THEY SUGGEST, AND I PUT IT ONYOUR OUTLINE, YOUR PARENTS.
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  • MAYBE YOURSELF, NOW I ALWAYSHAVE TROUBLE WITH THAT.
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  • YOU CAN'T FORGIVE YOURSELF.
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  • TRYING TO FORGIVE YOURSELF
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  • IS LIKE TRYING TOPLAY SOLO TENNIS,
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  • YOU CAN'T BE ON SERVING ANDTHE RECEIVING END OF THE COURT
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  • AT THE SAME TIME, YOUCAN'T FORGIVE YOURSELF.
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  • ONLY GOD CAN FORGIVE, OR OTHERSYOU'VE WRONGED CAN FORGIVE.
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  • BUT, YOU CAN RECEIVEGOD'S FORGIVENESS.
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  • THAT'S WHAT WE NEED TORECEIVE GOD'S FORGIVENESS,
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  • NOT GRANT IT TO OURSELVES.
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  • MAYBE A SPOUSE WHONEEDS YOUR FORGIVENESS.
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  • AUTHORITY FIGURES INYOUR LIFE, OTHER PEOPLE.
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  • SOME PEOPLE TALKABOUT FORGIVING GOD.
  • 00:12:16.525 --> 00:12:19.195
  • AGAIN, THATTECHNICALLY IS WRONG.
  • 00:12:19.195 --> 00:12:23.732
  • YOU CAN'T FORGIVE GOD, BECAUSEGOD CAN'T DO ANYTHING WRONG.
  • 00:12:23.732 --> 00:12:27.403
  • BUT AT LEAST LOOKING AT YOURHURT, FROM GOD'S PERSPECTIVE.
  • 00:12:27.403 --> 00:12:31.707
  • AND THAT IS THE SECONDSTEP OF FORGIVENESS.
  • 00:12:31.707 --> 00:12:33.976
  • ONCE YOU'VE ACKNOWLEDGED THEOFFENSE THAT HAS OCCURRED,
  • 00:12:33.976 --> 00:12:37.213
  • VIEW YOUR HURT FROMGOD'S PERSPECTIVE.
  • 00:12:37.213 --> 00:12:40.516
  • INSTEAD OF ASKING THE QUESTION,
  • 00:12:40.516 --> 00:12:41.750
  • "WHY DID THIS PERSONDO THIS TO ME?"
  • 00:12:41.750 --> 00:12:44.153
  • ASK, "WHAT IS GODTRYING TO DO IN MY LIFE?
  • 00:12:44.153 --> 00:12:50.392
  • WHAT IS HE TRYINGTO DO IN MY LIFE?"
  • 00:12:50.392 --> 00:12:52.595
  • THAT'S WHAT JOSEPH DID.
  • 00:12:52.595 --> 00:12:53.896
  • HE SAID TO HIS BROTHERS,"YOU MEANT IT FOR EVIL,"
  • 00:12:53.896 --> 00:12:56.599
  • BUT HE GOES ON TO SAY,"BUT GOD USED IT FOR GOOD,
  • 00:12:56.599 --> 00:13:02.605
  • TO BRING ABOUT THISPRESENT CIRCUMSTANCE,
  • 00:13:02.605 --> 00:13:03.973
  • TO PRESERVE MANY PEOPLE ALIVE."
  • 00:13:03.973 --> 00:13:06.709
  • YOU KNOW WHAT JOSEPH WASSAYING TO HIS BROTHERS?
  • 00:13:06.709 --> 00:13:08.344
  • HE SAID, "WHAT YOU DIDWAS ROTTEN, IT WAS WRONG.
  • 00:13:08.344 --> 00:13:12.615
  • BUT THANKFULLY I SERVE A GODWHO IS BIGGER THAN YOU ARE.
  • 00:13:12.615 --> 00:13:16.752
  • GOD WAS ABLE TO TAKEYOUR WORST MOTIVATIONS,
  • 00:13:16.752 --> 00:13:19.288
  • YOUR WORST INTENTIONS,AND USE THEM FOR MY GOOD,
  • 00:13:19.288 --> 00:13:23.092
  • AND FOR HIS GLORY."
  • 00:13:23.092 --> 00:13:24.560
  • DO YOU BELIEVE IN AGOD THAT POWERFUL?
  • 00:13:24.560 --> 00:13:27.029
  • A GOD WHO IS SO BIG,SO WISE, SO POWERFUL,
  • 00:13:27.029 --> 00:13:30.733
  • THAT HE CAN TAKE THE WORSTTHINGS THAT HAPPENED TO YOU,
  • 00:13:30.733 --> 00:13:33.903
  • AND USE THEM FOR GOOD.
  • 00:13:33.903 --> 00:13:36.639
  • JOSEPH GOT TO SEE THERESULT OF THAT HURT,
  • 00:13:36.639 --> 00:13:39.375
  • AND HOW GOD USED IT FOR GOOD,
  • 00:13:39.375 --> 00:13:41.277
  • BECAUSE JOSEPH WASSOLD INTO SLAVERY,
  • 00:13:41.277 --> 00:13:43.779
  • BECAUSE HE WAS IN EGYPT,
  • 00:13:43.779 --> 00:13:44.914
  • BECAUSE HE WAS PHARAOH'SRIGHT-HAND MAN.
  • 00:13:44.914 --> 00:13:46.649
  • HE WAS IN A POSITIONOF INFLUENCE.
  • 00:13:46.649 --> 00:13:48.717
  • IT WAS JOSEPH WHO SUGGESTEDTHAT PHARAOH STORE UP THE GRAIN
  • 00:13:48.717 --> 00:13:52.121
  • FOR THE TIME OF FAMINETHAT WAS COMING.
  • 00:13:52.121 --> 00:13:54.490
  • IT WAS JOSEPH WHO WASIN A PLACE OR PRIVILEGE,
  • 00:13:54.490 --> 00:13:56.659
  • TO BE ABLE TO SELLFOOD TO HIS BROTHER,
  • 00:13:56.659 --> 00:13:58.227
  • AND KEEP HIS WHOLE FAMILY ALIVE.
  • 00:13:58.227 --> 00:14:00.562
  • HE BELIEVED IN A GOD WHO WASBIGGER THAN HIS OFFENDERS.
  • 00:14:00.562 --> 00:14:04.433
  • NOW, SOMETIMES GODALLOWS US TO SEE THE GOOD
  • 00:14:04.433 --> 00:14:07.102
  • THAT COMES FROM OUR HURT.
  • 00:14:07.102 --> 00:14:09.672
  • BUT SOMETIMES WE GO TO OURGRAVE WITHOUT EVER SEEING IT.
  • 00:14:09.672 --> 00:14:12.608
  • WE HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL HEAVEN
  • 00:14:12.608 --> 00:14:14.009
  • TO SEE HOW IT ALLWORKED TOGETHER.
  • 00:14:14.009 --> 00:14:16.679
  • BUT WE CAN CLAIM THAT GREATPROMISE OF ROMANS 8:28,
  • 00:14:16.679 --> 00:14:20.983
  • "AND WE KNOW THATGOD CAUSES ALL THINGS
  • 00:14:20.983 --> 00:14:27.389
  • TO WORK TOGETHER FOR GOOD,TO THOSE WHO LOVE HIM,
  • 00:14:27.389 --> 00:14:29.525
  • AND ARE CALLED ACCORDINGTO HIS PURPOSE."
  • 00:14:29.525 --> 00:14:32.661
  • PAUL'S NOT SAYINGALL THINGS ARE GOOD.
  • 00:14:32.661 --> 00:14:35.965
  • THERE'S NOTHINGGOOD ABOUT ABUSE.
  • 00:14:35.965 --> 00:14:39.134
  • THERE'S NOTHINGGOOD ABOUT DIVORCE.
  • 00:14:39.134 --> 00:14:42.638
  • THERE'S NOTHINGGOOD ABOUT ADULTERY.
  • 00:14:42.638 --> 00:14:45.474
  • THERE'S NOTHINGGOOD ABOUT MURDER.
  • 00:14:45.474 --> 00:14:48.010
  • THERE'S NOTHING GOODABOUT ANY OF THOSE THINGS,
  • 00:14:48.010 --> 00:14:50.546
  • BUT GOD IS SO POWERFUL,
  • 00:14:50.546 --> 00:14:52.381
  • HE CAN TAKE THE WORSTTHINGS PEOPLE WANT TO DO,
  • 00:14:52.381 --> 00:14:56.185
  • AND USE THEM FOR HISGOOD, AND HIS GLORY.
  • 00:14:56.185 --> 00:14:59.421
  • ISN'T THAT WHAT PETERSAID IN ACTS CHAPTER 2?
  • 00:14:59.421 --> 00:15:02.424
  • HE SAID, "THIS MANJESUS WAS DELIVERED UP
  • 00:15:02.424 --> 00:15:07.363
  • BY THE PREDETERMINEDPLAN OF GOD.
  • 00:15:07.363 --> 00:15:10.165
  • AND YOU NAILEDHIM TO THE CROSS."
  • 00:15:10.165 --> 00:15:13.102
  • HE SAID, "WHAT YOU,"
  • 00:15:13.102 --> 00:15:14.536
  • AND HE WAS TALKING TO THEPEOPLE WHO HAD CRUCIFIED CHRIST
  • 00:15:14.536 --> 00:15:16.372
  • JUST 50 DAYS EARLIER, HESAID, "YOU DID IT FOR EVIL.
  • 00:15:16.372 --> 00:15:19.775
  • YOU WERE ANGRY, YOUNAILED HIM TO THE CROSS.
  • 00:15:19.775 --> 00:15:23.112
  • BUT IT WAS ALL ALL ACCORDING
  • 00:15:23.112 --> 00:15:24.780
  • TO THE PREDETERMINEDPLAN OF GOD.
  • 00:15:24.780 --> 00:15:27.516
  • THAT'S THE KIND OF GOD WE SERVE,
  • 00:15:27.516 --> 00:15:29.284
  • A GOD WHO CAN TAKE THE WORSTTHINGS THAT HAPPENED TO YOU
  • 00:15:29.284 --> 00:15:32.321
  • AND USE THEM FOR GOOD.
  • 00:15:32.321 --> 00:15:36.492
  • ROMANS 8:29 SAYS, "FORWHOM GOD FOREKNEW,
  • 00:15:36.492 --> 00:15:39.161
  • HE PREDESTINED TO BE CONFORMEDTO THE IMAGE OF HIS WILL."
  • 00:15:39.161 --> 00:15:42.865
  • EVEN IF YOU GO YOUR ENTIRE LIFE
  • 00:15:42.865 --> 00:15:45.067
  • WITHOUT SEEING THEGOOD THAT COMES,
  • 00:15:45.067 --> 00:15:46.769
  • YOU CAN KNOW THAT THATHEARTACHE YOU'VE EXPERIENCED
  • 00:15:46.769 --> 00:15:50.439
  • IS MAKING YOU MORE ANDMORE LIKE JESUS CHRIST.
  • 00:15:50.439 --> 00:15:53.042
  • HEBREWS 5:8 SAYS, "ALTHOUGHJESUS WAS THE SON,
  • 00:15:53.042 --> 00:15:56.745
  • HE LEARNED OBEDIENCE BY THETHINGS THAT HE SUFFERED."
  • 00:15:56.745 --> 00:16:00.749
  • GOD IS AT WORK, TRYTO SEE WHAT IT IS
  • 00:16:00.749 --> 00:16:03.685
  • GOD IS DOING IN YOUR LIFE.
  • 00:16:03.685 --> 00:16:05.621
  • VIEW YOUR HURT FROMGOD'S PERSPECTIVE.
  • 00:16:05.621 --> 00:16:07.956
  • THIRDLY, ACKNOWLEDGEYOUR FAILURE,
  • 00:16:07.956 --> 00:16:10.492
  • AND RECEIVE GOD'S FORGIVENESS.
  • 00:16:10.492 --> 00:16:13.095
  • ACKNOWLEDGE YOUR FAILURE ANDRECEIVE GOD'S FORGIVENESS.
  • 00:16:13.095 --> 00:16:17.833
  • I DON'T WANT YOU TOMISUNDERSTAND THIS.
  • 00:16:17.833 --> 00:16:20.569
  • I'M NOT ENGAGING INVICTIM BLAMING HERE,
  • 00:16:20.569 --> 00:16:23.639
  • BUT WHAT I AM SAYING IS THIS,
  • 00:16:23.639 --> 00:16:26.241
  • YOU CAN NEVER TRULYFORGIVE OTHER PEOPLE
  • 00:16:26.241 --> 00:16:29.144
  • UNTIL YOU HAVE RECEIVEDGOD'S FORGIVENESS.
  • 00:16:29.144 --> 00:16:33.615
  • AND YOU WILL NEVERRECEIVE GOD'S FORGIVENESS
  • 00:16:33.615 --> 00:16:36.652
  • UNTIL YOU UNDERSTAND HOWDESPERATELY YOU NEED IT.
  • 00:16:36.652 --> 00:16:45.194
  • GO BACK TO THAT 42 YEAR OLDWOMAN WHO WAS A VICTIM OF ABUSE.
  • 00:16:45.194 --> 00:16:55.137
  • "PASTOR, ARE YOU SAYINGSHE DID SOMETHING WRONG
  • 00:16:55.137 --> 00:16:57.806
  • FOR WHAT SHE NEEDSTO BE FORGIVEN?"
  • 00:16:57.806 --> 00:17:01.009
  • I'M NOT SAYING SHEDID ANYTHING WRONG
  • 00:17:01.009 --> 00:17:03.011
  • THAT CAUSED THAT ABUSE.
  • 00:17:03.011 --> 00:17:06.215
  • BUT THAT 42 YEAR OLD WOMANHAS DONE OTHER THINGS
  • 00:17:06.215 --> 00:17:08.684
  • THAT ARE WRONG, FOR WHATSHE NEEDS FORGIVENESS.
  • 00:17:08.684 --> 00:17:12.321
  • YOU AND I HAVE DONETHINGS THAT ARE WRONG
  • 00:17:12.321 --> 00:17:14.356
  • FOR WHICH WE NEED FORGIVENESS.
  • 00:17:14.356 --> 00:17:17.826
  • AND SHE, AND YOU, AND IWILL NEVER BE IN A POSITION
  • 00:17:17.826 --> 00:17:22.231
  • TO GRANT FORGIVENESS TO OTHERS,
  • 00:17:22.231 --> 00:17:24.133
  • UNTIL WE REALIZE THE $16BILLION WORTH OF FORGIVENESS
  • 00:17:24.133 --> 00:17:28.337
  • WE NEED FROM GOD.
  • 00:17:28.337 --> 00:17:31.206
  • I FOUND THAT THOSE PEOPLE WHOHAVE A HARD TIME FORGIVING
  • 00:17:31.206 --> 00:17:34.743
  • REALLY HAVE AN INFLATED VIEWOF THEIR OWN RIGHTEOUSNESS.
  • 00:17:34.743 --> 00:17:38.780
  • THEY REALLY DON'TUNDERSTAND, IN GOD'S EYES,
  • 00:17:38.780 --> 00:17:42.684
  • WHAT SINNERS THEY ARE, ANDHOW MUCH THEY NEED HIS GRACE,
  • 00:17:42.684 --> 00:17:46.288
  • AND HIS MERCY.
  • 00:17:46.288 --> 00:17:48.023
  • AND WHY IT'S IMPORTANT,
  • 00:17:48.023 --> 00:17:49.258
  • IF YOU'RE EVER GOINGTO FORGIVE OTHERS,
  • 00:17:49.258 --> 00:17:51.026
  • YOU RECEIVE GOD'SFORGIVENESS IN YOUR LIFE.
  • 00:17:51.026 --> 00:17:53.095
  • TRYING TO FORGIVE SOMEBODYWITHOUT RECEIVING FORGIVENESS
  • 00:17:53.095 --> 00:17:55.898
  • IS LIKE TRYING TO WRITE A CHECK
  • 00:17:55.898 --> 00:17:58.333
  • ON AN ACCOUNT FOR WHICHYOU HAVE NO MONEY.
  • 00:17:58.333 --> 00:18:01.003
  • I MEAN, IT JUST BOUNCESFROM HERE TO THE MOON,
  • 00:18:01.003 --> 00:18:02.871
  • THE CHECK DOES.
  • 00:18:02.871 --> 00:18:04.106
  • SAME THING, IF YOU TRYTO FORGIVE SOMEBODY
  • 00:18:04.106 --> 00:18:06.208
  • WITHOUT HAVING RECEIVEDGOD'S FORGIVENESS,
  • 00:18:06.208 --> 00:18:09.178
  • WE FORGIVE BECAUSE WEHAVE BEEN FORGIVEN.
  • 00:18:09.178 --> 00:18:13.649
  • FORTH, FINALLY,THERE COMES A TIME
  • 00:18:13.649 --> 00:18:16.952
  • WHEN WE ACTUALLY HAVE TO CHOOSEFORGIVENESS OVER BITTERNESS.
  • 00:18:16.952 --> 00:18:20.622
  • WE CAN'T CHOOSE WHATOTHER PEOPLE DO TO US,
  • 00:18:20.622 --> 00:18:22.624
  • BUT WE CAN MAKE THE CHOICEOF LETTING GO, FORGIVING,
  • 00:18:22.624 --> 00:18:27.529
  • OR HOLDING ON, ANDBEING DESTROYED.
  • 00:18:27.529 --> 00:18:33.702
  • JUST THINK FOR A MOMENT,WHAT WOULD HAVE HAPPENED
  • 00:18:33.702 --> 00:18:36.205
  • IF JOSEPH, INSTEAD OF FORGIVING,
  • 00:18:36.205 --> 00:18:37.873
  • WOULD'VE HELD ONTOTHAT BITTERNESS?
  • 00:18:37.873 --> 00:18:40.175
  • WHAT IF HE HAD SAID,"HERE THOSE BROTHERS ARE,
  • 00:18:40.175 --> 00:18:42.344
  • THIS IS MY CHANCE TOGET EVEN WITH THEM.
  • 00:18:42.344 --> 00:18:44.313
  • I'M NOT GOING TO SELLTHEM ANY GRAIN,
  • 00:18:44.313 --> 00:18:45.781
  • OR I'M GOING TO EXECUTE THEMRIGHT HERE ON THE SPOT."
  • 00:18:45.781 --> 00:18:48.784
  • JUST THINK ABOUT IT,IF THEY HAD DONE THAT,
  • 00:18:48.784 --> 00:18:52.955
  • THAT WOULD HAVE WIPED OUTNOT JUST JOSEPH'S FAMILY,
  • 00:18:52.955 --> 00:18:54.957
  • BUT THOSE 12 SONSWERE THE NUCLEUS,
  • 00:18:54.957 --> 00:18:57.426
  • THE 12 TRIBES OF ISRAEL.
  • 00:18:57.426 --> 00:18:59.027
  • THERE WOULD'VE NOT ONLYHAVE BEEN NO FAMILY,
  • 00:18:59.027 --> 00:19:00.629
  • THERE WOULD'VE BEEN NO ISRAEL.
  • 00:19:00.629 --> 00:19:03.131
  • AND IF THERE HAD BEEN NO ISRAEL,
  • 00:19:03.131 --> 00:19:05.267
  • THERE WOULD HAVEBEEN NO MESSIAH.
  • 00:19:05.267 --> 00:19:07.569
  • AND IF THERE HADBEEN NO MESSIAH,
  • 00:19:07.569 --> 00:19:09.938
  • YOU AND I WOULD STILL BE LEFTIN THE CONSEQUENCES OF OUR SIN
  • 00:19:09.938 --> 00:19:13.408
  • FOR ALL ETERNITY.
  • 00:19:13.408 --> 00:19:16.178
  • ONE MAN'S DECISION TO CHOOSEFORGIVENESS OVER BITTERNESS
  • 00:19:16.178 --> 00:19:19.481
  • STILL REVERBERATES TODAY,TO YOUR LIFE AND MY LIFE.
  • 00:19:19.481 --> 00:19:24.219
  • WHY SHOULD I FORGIVE?
  • 00:19:24.219 --> 00:19:25.687
  • WELL, THERE'S CERTAINLYSOME GREAT SPIRITUAL REASONS
  • 00:19:25.687 --> 00:19:27.556
  • TO FORGIVE, THE BEST ONEIS WHAT JESUS TALKED ABOUT
  • 00:19:27.556 --> 00:19:30.359
  • IN THIS PARABLE WE LOOKED AT.
  • 00:19:30.359 --> 00:19:31.827
  • HE SAID, "SO SHALL MYHEAVENLY FATHER DO TO YOU
  • 00:19:31.827 --> 00:19:34.997
  • IF YOU DO NOT FORGIVE HISBROTHER FROM YOUR HEART.
  • 00:19:34.997 --> 00:19:37.933
  • JUST AS THAT SLAVE WASTHROWN INTO THE PRISON,
  • 00:19:37.933 --> 00:19:41.236
  • AND TORTURED DAY AND NIGHT,
  • 00:19:41.236 --> 00:19:43.472
  • SO SHALL MY HEAVENLYFATHER DO TO YOU."
  • 00:19:43.472 --> 00:19:45.374
  • IF YOU'RE NOT SURE WHATHE'S TALKING ABOUT THERE,
  • 00:19:45.374 --> 00:19:48.010
  • LISTEN TO HIS WORDSIN MATTHEW 6:14-15,
  • 00:19:48.010 --> 00:19:50.779
  • JESUS SAID, "FORIF YOU FORGIVE MEN
  • 00:19:50.779 --> 00:19:53.548
  • FOR THEIR TRANSGRESSIONS,YOUR HEAVENLY FATHER
  • 00:19:53.548 --> 00:19:56.051
  • WILL ALSO FORGIVE YOU.
  • 00:19:56.051 --> 00:19:57.853
  • BUT IF YOU DO DONOT FORGIVE OTHERS,
  • 00:19:57.853 --> 00:20:02.457
  • THEN YOUR FATHER WILL NOTFORGIVE YOUR TRANSGRESSIONS."
  • 00:20:02.457 --> 00:20:09.331
  • YOU KNOW, I HEARPEOPLE ALL THE TIME
  • 00:20:09.331 --> 00:20:10.599
  • TRYING TO EXPLAINAWAY THOSE VERSES.
  • 00:20:10.599 --> 00:20:12.634
  • "WELL, WHAT JESUSMEANT WAS (MUMBLING)."
  • 00:20:12.634 --> 00:20:15.604
  • WHAT JESUS MEANTWAS WHAT JESUS SAID,
  • 00:20:15.604 --> 00:20:18.774
  • "IF YOU DO NOTFORGIVE OTHER PEOPLE,
  • 00:20:18.774 --> 00:20:21.510
  • GOD WILL NOT FORGIVE YOU, ANDYOU WILL DIE IN YOUR SINS."
  • 00:20:21.510 --> 00:20:28.016
  • "PASTOR, ARE YOU SAYING I'MGOING TO LOSE MY SALVATION?"
  • 00:20:28.016 --> 00:20:30.619
  • NO, I'M NOT SAYING YOULOSE YOUR SALVATION.
  • 00:20:30.619 --> 00:20:32.587
  • WHAT I'M SAYING ISIF YOU FIND YOURSELF
  • 00:20:32.587 --> 00:20:35.857
  • SAYING OVER AND OVER AGAIN,LIKE I HEAR SOME PEOPLE SAY,
  • 00:20:35.857 --> 00:20:39.061
  • "I WILL NOT FORGIVE,I WILL NOT FORGIVE,
  • 00:20:39.061 --> 00:20:43.965
  • I WILL NOT FORGIVE THIS PERSON,"
  • 00:20:43.965 --> 00:20:48.337
  • IT'S NOT THAT YOULOSE YOUR SALVATION,
  • 00:20:48.337 --> 00:20:51.673
  • IT MEANS YOU NEVERHAD IT TO BEGIN WITH.
  • 00:20:51.673 --> 00:20:55.277
  • BECAUSE WHEN YOU TRULYUNDERSTAND THE GREAT DEBT
  • 00:20:55.277 --> 00:20:59.715
  • FROM WHICH GOD HAS FORGIVEN YOU,
  • 00:20:59.715 --> 00:21:02.684
  • IT'S ONLY NATURALTHAT YOU WOULD EXTEND
  • 00:21:02.684 --> 00:21:04.953
  • THAT $16 WORTH OFFORGIVENESS TO SOMEBODY ELSE.
  • 00:21:04.953 --> 00:21:09.891
  • FORGIVENESS IS THE OBLIGATION
  • 00:21:09.891 --> 00:21:12.294
  • OF THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN FORGIVEN.
  • 00:21:12.294 --> 00:21:14.229
  • THAT'S THE SPIRITUALREASON FOR FORGIVING.
  • 00:21:14.229 --> 00:21:17.332
  • BUT THERE'S A PRACTICAL REASON
  • 00:21:17.332 --> 00:21:18.800
  • THAT AFFECTS OUR LIFE RIGHT NOW.
  • 00:21:18.800 --> 00:21:21.737
  • THE FACT IS FORGIVENESSLEADS TO LIFE.
  • 00:21:21.737 --> 00:21:25.040
  • BITTERNESS LEADS TO EMOTIONAL,
  • 00:21:25.040 --> 00:21:27.209
  • AND SOMETIMES EVENPHYSICAL DEATH.
  • 00:21:27.209 --> 00:21:30.679
  • IT IS A POISON THATWILL DESTROY YOU,
  • 00:21:30.679 --> 00:21:33.949
  • AND EVERYONE AROUND YOU.
  • 00:21:33.949 --> 00:21:36.618
  • THE GREAT THEOLOGIANFREDERICK BUECHNER
  • 00:21:36.618 --> 00:21:40.188
  • ONCE WROTE WITH TONGUEFIRMLY IN CHEEK,
  • 00:21:40.188 --> 00:21:44.893
  • "OF THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS,ANGER IS PERHAPS THE MOST FUN.
  • 00:21:44.893 --> 00:21:50.932
  • TO LICK YOUR WOUNDS,TO SMACK YOUR LIPS
  • 00:21:50.932 --> 00:21:53.135
  • OVER GRIEVANCES LONG PAST,
  • 00:21:53.135 --> 00:21:55.804
  • TO ROLL OVER YOUR TONGUE
  • 00:21:55.804 --> 00:21:57.205
  • THE PROSPECT OF BITTERCONFRONTATION TO COME,
  • 00:21:57.205 --> 00:22:00.909
  • TO SAVOR TO THE LASTTOOTHSOME MORSEL,
  • 00:22:00.909 --> 00:22:04.379
  • BOTH THE PAIN YOU'REGIVING OTHERS,
  • 00:22:04.379 --> 00:22:07.015
  • AND THE PAIN YOU'RERECEIVING IN RETURN.
  • 00:22:07.015 --> 00:22:09.584
  • WHY, IN MANY WAYS IT'SA FEAST FIT FOR A KING.
  • 00:22:09.584 --> 00:22:15.190
  • THE CHIEF DRAWBACK
  • 00:22:15.190 --> 00:22:18.126
  • IS THAT WHAT YOU AREWOLFING DOWN IS YOURSELF.
  • 00:22:18.126 --> 00:22:22.931
  • THE SKELETON ATTHE FEAST IS YOU."
  • 00:22:22.931 --> 00:22:29.271
  • ARE THEIR OFFENSES IN YOUR LIFE
  • 00:22:29.271 --> 00:22:32.107
  • THAT YOU NEED TO ACKNOWLEDGE?
  • 00:22:32.107 --> 00:22:35.143
  • ARE THERE HURTS IN YOUR LIFETHAT YOU NEED TO RELEASE?
  • 00:22:35.143 --> 00:22:41.450
  • GO AHEAD AND ACKNOWLEDGETHAT HURT, RELEASE IT,
  • 00:22:41.450 --> 00:22:46.087
  • AND BEGIN TODAY TOEXPERIENCE THE FREEDOM
  • 00:22:46.087 --> 00:22:49.157
  • THAT COMES FROM CHOOSINGFORGIVENESS OVER BITTERNESS.
  • 00:22:49.157 --> 00:22:53.395
  • ♪ MUSIC
  • 00:22:53.395 --> 00:22:59.634
  • IF SOMEONE HAS POPPEDINTO YOUR MIND TODAY,
  • 00:22:59.634 --> 00:23:02.537
  • AND GOD'S SPIRIT IS NUDGING YOU,
  • 00:23:02.537 --> 00:23:05.006
  • PLEASE RESPOND TO GOD'S CALL.
  • 00:23:05.006 --> 00:23:07.242
  • DON'T ALLOW THE DAY TO PASS
  • 00:23:07.242 --> 00:23:09.511
  • WITHOUT CONTACTING SOMEONEWHO NEEDS YOUR FORGIVENESS.
  • 00:23:09.511 --> 00:23:13.448
  • YOU'LL NEVER REGRET EXTENDINGGOD'S GRACE TO OTHERS.
  • 00:23:13.448 --> 00:23:17.652
  • IN CLOSING, LET ME SAYA BRIEF WORD OF THANKS
  • 00:23:17.652 --> 00:23:20.055
  • TO THOSE WHO HAVEBOLDLY SUPPORTED
  • 00:23:20.055 --> 00:23:22.157
  • THE MINISTRY OF"PATHWAY TO VICTORY."
  • 00:23:22.157 --> 00:23:24.559
  • I CAN ASSURE YOUTHAT YOUR PARTNERSHIP
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  • HAS NEVER BEEN MORE CRITICAL,
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  • AS WE WALK THROUGH THISSEASON OF GLOBAL UNCERTAINTY.
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  • IN THESE VOLATILE DAYS, MENAND WOMEN AROUND THIS WORLD
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  • ARE LONGING TO HEAR THETRUTH ABOUT JESUS CHRIST.
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  • AND WE'VE NEVER HADA BETTER OPPORTUNITY
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  • TO TOUCH LIVES THAN RIGHT NOW.
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  • SO THANK YOU FORPARTNERING WITH US
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  • DURING THIS CRITICAL TIME,AS WE PIERCE THE DARKNESS
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  • WITH THE LIGHT OF GOD'S WORD.
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  • NOW, STAY RIGHT THERE,I'LL BE BACK WITH MORE
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  • IN JUST A MOMENT.
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  • AN ATTITUDE IS OUR MENTALAND EMOTIONAL RESPONSE
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  • TO THE CIRCUMSTANCES OF LIFE.
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  • THE TITLE OF THIS SERIES IS NOT"CHOOSE YOUR CIRCUMSTANCES."
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  • THERE ARE TERRIBLE THINGSTHAT HAPPEN TO CHRISTIANS.
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  • WE CAN EITHER ALLOW LIFE'SDIFFICULT CIRCUMSTANCES
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  • TO STRENGTHEN US,OR TO DESTROY US.
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  • IF YOU CAN CHANGE YOUR ATTITUDE,YOU CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE.
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  • [NARRATOR] SOMEONE HAS SAID,
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  • "THE GREATEST DISCOVERYOF MY GENERATION
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  • IS THAT HUMAN BEINGSCAN ALTER THEIR LIVES
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  • BY ALTERING THEIRATTITUDES OF MIND."
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  • IN HIS BRAND NEW BOOK,
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  • "CHOOSE YOUR ATTITUDESCHANGE YOUR LIFE,"
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  • DR. ROBERT JEFFRESSEXAMINES 11 ATTITUDE CHOICES
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  • THAT DELIVER THE ABUNDANTLIFE GOD INTENDS FOR YOU.
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  • PROVERBS 23:7 SAYS, "AS APERSON THINKS WITHIN HIMSELF,
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  • SO IS HE," AND INMY BRAND NEW BOOK,
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  • I WANT TO SHOW YOU HOW TOCHOOSE FAITH OVER WORRY,
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  • FORGIVENESS OVER BITTERNESS,RELAXATION OVER STRESS,
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  • AND SO MUCH MORE.
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  • [NARRATOR] REQUEST"CHOOSE YOUR ATTITUDES
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  • CHANGE YOUR LIFE," WHENYOU GIVE A GENEROUS GIFT
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  • WE'RE LOOKING AT THE 11BIBLICAL ATTITUDE CHOICES
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  • THAT ARE NECESSARY TO EXPERIENCE
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  • THE ABUNDANT LIFEJESUS PROMISED.
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  • FEW OF US CAN IMAGINEGOING THROUGH EVERYTHING
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  • THAT JOSEPH ENDURED, ANDFORGIVING HIS BROTHERS
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  • FOR THEIR WRONGDOING.
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  • BUT THAT'S A TESTIMONYTO THE POWER OF GOD.
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  • GOD COULD TAKE THE WORSTTHINGS THAT HAPPENED TO JOSEPH,
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  • AND USE THEM FOR GOOD.
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  • AND HE CAN DO THE SAME FOR YOU.
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  • WELL, WORDS LIKEPRODUCTIVE OR LAZY
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  • ARE MORE THAN JUSTPERSONALITY TRAITS.
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  • THEY REPRESENT BASIC ATTITUDECHOICES WE MAKE EVERY DAY.
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  • AND NEXT TIME, I'M GOINGTO SHOW YOU THE BENEFITS
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  • OF CHOOSING PRODUCTIVITYOVER LAZINESS.
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  • STAY TUNED FOR A PREVIEWOF WHAT'S COMING UP NEXT
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  • ON "PATHWAY TO VICTORY."
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  • NOW, COMING UP NEXT TIMEON "PATHWAY TO VICTORY."
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  • IN A LOT OF WAYS, OUR LIFEIS LIKE A GIFT CARD FROM GOD.
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  • WE CAN CHOOSE TOSPEND IT ON THINGS
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  • INFINITELY MORE VALUABLETHAN A MEAL AT A RESTAURANT.
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  • WE CAN CHOOSE TO SPEND OURLIFE ON TRIVIAL PURSUITS,
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  • OR WE CAN ALLOW OURLIVES TO EXPIRE,
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  • WITHOUT REALLY EXCHANGINGIT FOR ANYTHING.
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  • [ANNOUNCER] SET YOUR DVR,AND JOIN US NEXT TIME
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  • FOR THE MESSAGE "CHOOSINGPRODUCTIVITY OVER LAZINESS,"
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  • HERE ON "PATHWAY TO VICTORY."
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