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Today we are going to begin looking at the first and perhaps most foundational attitude choice to experiencing the abundant life Jesus promised His followers.

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Choosing Perseverance Over Defeat Part 2

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  • ♪ MUSIC
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  • [ANNOUNCER] FROM THE PULPITOF THE FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH
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  • OF DALLAS, TEXAS, THISIS PATHWAY TO VICTORY
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  • 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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  • HUMAN NATURE IS A PRETTYPREDICTABLE THING.
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  • WE DON'T LIKE CONFLICT,WE AVOID HARD WORK,
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  • BUT SOMETIMES TOUGHISSUES REQUIRE
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  • A NEVER-GIVE-UP ATTITUDE.
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  • WELL, I DON'T KNOW WHATCHALLENGE YOU'RE FACING TODAY,
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  • WHETHER IT'S FINANCIAL, MAYBEA TREASURED RELATIONSHIP
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  • THAT'S TURNED SOUR,OR A SON OR DAUGHTER
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  • WHO'S FAR AWAY FROM HOME.
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  • WHATEVER THE CASE, TODAY'STEACHING IS FOR YOU.
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  • MY MESSAGE IS TITLED CHOOSINGPERSEVERANCE OVER DEFEAT
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  • ON TODAY'S EDITION OFPATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • ♪ MUSIC
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  • ♪ I CAN SEE JESUS
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  • ♪ HIGH AND EXALTED
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  • ♪ MY EYES ARE FIXEDUPON HIS FACE ♪
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  • ♪ IT SHINES LIKE THE SUN
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  • ♪ I CAN SEE JESUS
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  • ♪ HIGH AND EXALTED
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  • ♪ MY EYES ARE FIXEDUPON HIS FACE ♪
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  • ♪ IT SHINES LIKE THE SUN
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  • ♪ ALL PRAISE UNTO THE LAMB
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  • ♪ WHO SITS ON THETHRONE, HALLELUJAH ♪
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  • ♪ WE GIVE HIM PRAISE,UNTO THE LAMB ♪
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  • ♪ WHO SITS ON THETHRONE, HALLELUJAH ♪
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  • ♪ WE GIVE PRAISE, HALLELUJAH
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  • ♪ HALLELUJAH
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  • ♪ HALLELUJAH, HALLELUJAH
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  • ♪ HALLELUJAH
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  • ♪ HALLELUJAH, HALLELUJAH
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  • ♪ HALLELUJAH
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  • ♪ HALLELUJAH, HALLELUJAH
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  • ♪ HALLELUJAH
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  • ♪ ALL PRAISE UNTO THE LAMB,WHO SITS ON THE THRONE ♪
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  • ♪ HALLELUJAH
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  • ♪ ALL PRAISE UNTO THELAMB WHO WAS AND IS ♪
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  • ♪ AND IS TO COME
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  • ♪ ALL PRAISE UNTO THE LAMB
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  • ♪ WHO SITS ON THETHRONE, HALLELUJAH ♪
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  • ♪ DOMINION AND PRAISE
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  • ♪ UNTO THE LAMB, WHO WASAND IS AND IS TO COME ♪
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  • ♪ PRAISE THE LAMB, HALLELUJAH
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  • ♪ JESUS IS THELAMB, HALLELUJAH ♪
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  • ♪ HALLELUJAH, HALLELUJAH
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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 WITHA BRAND NEW BOOK
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  • FROM DR. ROBERT JEFFRESS,"CHOOSE YOUR ATTITUDES,
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  • CHANGE YOUR LIFE."WHEN IT COMES TO
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  • FACING OBSTACLES,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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  • IN OUR SERIES, CHOOSE YOURATTITUDES, CHANGE YOUR LIFE,
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  • WE'RE SAYING YOU CAN'T ALWAYSCHOOSE YOUR CIRCUMSTANCES,
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  • YOU CAN'T CHANGEYOUR CIRCUMSTANCES,
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  • BUT YOU CANCHOOSE AND CHANGE
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  • YOUR RESPONSE TOLIFE'S CIRCUMSTANCES.
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  • YOU KNOW, WHEN SOMEBODYSUGGESTS THAT SUCCESS IN LIFE
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  • MAY NOT BE INSTANTANEOUS,WE GET MAD AT THAT,
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  • ESPECIALLY FOR A CHRISTIAN.
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  • WE THINK THAT'S SOMETHINGGOD OUGHT TO DO.
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  • HE OUGHT TO JUST ZAP MEAND MAKE ME SUCCESSFUL.
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  • YOU MEAN I'M GOING TOHAVE TO WORK AT THIS?
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  • I THOUGHT GOD DIDTHAT AUTOMATICALLY.
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  • FOR EXAMPLE, IN JOSHUAONE, VERSE EIGHT,
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  • WE FIND THE KEY TO SUCCESSIN LIFE, AN IMPORTANT KEY.
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  • JOSHUA SAID, "THIS BOOK OFTHE LAW SHALL NOT DEPART
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  • FROM YOUR MOUTH, BUT YOU SHALLMEDITATE ON IT DAY AND NIGHT
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  • SO THAT YOU MAY BE CAREFUL TODO ALL THAT IS WRITTEN IN IT,
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  • FOR THEN YOU WILL MAKEYOUR WAY PROSPEROUS,
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  • AND THEN YOU WILL HAVE SUCCESS."
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  • "YOU WANT TO HAVE SUCCESSIN LIFE," GOD SAYS,
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  • MEDITATE ON THISBOOK DAY AND NIGHT,
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  • AND THEN DO EVERYTHINGTHAT'S IN IT
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  • AND YOU'LL HAVE SUCCESS."
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  • MEDITATE ON THIS BOOK?
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  • HOW DOES MEDITATING ONA BOOK 2.500 YEARS OLD,
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  • HOW DOES THAT GET ME TOWHERE I WANT TO GO IN LIFE?
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  • I WANT SUCCESS, I DON'T WANTTO MEDITATE ON SCRIPTURE.
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  • THE BIBLE SAYS IT'STHE KEY TO SUCCESS.
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  • NAAMAN WAS TOLD TO DOSOMETHING HE DIDN'T WANT TO DO,
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  • BUT HE HEARD ENOUGH THAT HEWAS WILLING FINALLY TO OBEY.
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  • VERSE 14, "SO NAAMAN WENT DOWN
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  • AND HE DIPPED HIMSELFSEVEN TIMES IN THE JORDAN,
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  • ACCORDING TO THE WORDOF THE MAN OF GOD,
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  • AND HIS FLESH WASRESTORED LIKE THE FLESH
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  • OF A LITTLE CHILDAND HE WAS CLEAN."
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  • CAN'T YOU JUST SEE IT?
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  • NAAMAN SAID, "OKAY,"GOES DOWN IN THE WATER,
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  • COMES BACK UP.
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  • DON'T YOU KNOW HEIMMEDIATELY CHECKED TO SEE
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  • IF THE LEPROSY WAS STILL THERE?
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  • STILL THERE, HE GOESDOWN THE SECOND TIME,
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  • THE THIRD TIME, THE FOURTH TIME.
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  • HAD HE STOPPED ANDSAID, "I NEED TO GO
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  • TO A FAITH HEALEROR SOMEBODY ELSE,
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  • THIS ISN'T WORKING," HE WOULDHAVE MISSED THE BLESSING.
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  • BUT HE WENT DOWN THEFIFTH, THE SIXTH TIME.
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  • AGAIN, HAD HE STOPPEDTHERE, HE WOULD HAVE LEFT
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  • JUST AS INFECTED AS HE CAME.
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  • BUT IT WAS AFTERTHAT SEVENTH TIME
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  • OF COMING UP OUT OF THE WATER
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  • THAT HE SAW THELEPROSY WAS GONE.
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  • THAT'S WHAT PERSEVERANCE IS,
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  • CONTINUING IN SPITEOF THE OBSTACLES.
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  • WHAT HAVE WE SEEN ABOUTPERSEVERANCE SO FAR?
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  • FIRST OF ALL, WEOUGHT TO ONLY PERSIST
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  • IN THE GOD-GIVENGOALS FOR OUR LIFE.
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  • SECONDLY, PERSISTENCEDOESN'T NECESSARILY MEAN
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  • OVERCOMING OBSTACLES,IT MEANS CONTINUING
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  • IN SPITE OF OBSTACLES.
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  • AND FINALLY, PERSISTENCESOMETIMES REQUIRES
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  • THAT WE CONTINUE IN ACTIVITIES
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  • THAT DON'T SEEMTO MAKE ANY SENSE.
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  • REMEMBER JOSHUA AND NAAMAN?
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  • NOW, YOU SAY, "I AGREE WITH YOU.
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  • I NEED TO BE MOREPERSISTENT IN MY LIFE,
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  • BUT HOW DO I DEVELOP THATQUALITY OF PERSEVERANCE?"
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  • LET ME CLOSE TODAY WITHFOUR PRACTICAL INSIGHTS
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  • ABOUT DEVELOPINGPERSEVERANCE THAT I THINK
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  • WILL BE A GREATENCOURAGEMENT TO YOU.
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  • FIRST OF ALL, UNDERSTANDTHE VALUE OF PERSEVERANCE.
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  • UNDERSTAND THE VALUEOF PERSEVERANCE.
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  • YOU KNOW, YOU MAY BEONE OF THESE PEOPLE,
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  • DEEP DOWN YOU THINK YOUCOULD NEVER BE SUCCESSFUL
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  • BECAUSE YOU'RE NOT AS GIFTEDAS OTHER PEOPLE YOU KNOW.
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  • MANY PEOPLE FEEL INFERIOR ABOUTTHEIR GIFTS AND ABILITIES,
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  • THINKING THAT SUCCESSFULPEOPLE ARE JUST INHERENTLY
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  • MORE GIFTED THAN THEY ARE.
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  • THAT IS JUST NOT TRUE.
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  • IN FACT, I READ A BOOK ONETIME BY DR. DAVID WECHSLER
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  • CALLED "THE RANGEOF HUMAN CAPACITIES"
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  • IN WHICH HIS BASIC THESIS IS,
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  • THERE'S NOT THAT MUCHDIFFERENCE IN PEOPLE.
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  • HE SAYS, "THE DIFFERENCESTHAT SEPARATE THE MASSES
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  • OF MANKIND FROM ONEANOTHER WITH RESPECT TO ANY
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  • OR ALL OF THEIRCAPABILITIES ARE SMALL.
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  • AS COMPARED WITHOTHER RATIOS OR ORDERS
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  • OR DIFFERENCES IN NATURE, THEYARE PITIFULLY INSIGNIFICANT."
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  • THERE'S NOT THAT MUCHDIFFERENCE IN PEOPLE.
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  • NAPOLEON HILL MADE THE SAMEOBSERVATION IN THE LAST CENTURY.
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  • HE STUDIED PEOPLE'SSUCCESS AND HE SPENT YEARS
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  • STUDYING THE TWO MOSTSUCCESSFUL MEN OF HIS AGE,
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  • THOMAS EDISON AND HENRY FORD.
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  • AND LISTEN TO HIS CONCLUSION OF
  • 00:09:17.980 --> 00:09:19.615
  • WHY THEY WERE SUCH SUCCESSES.
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  • HE SAID, "I HAD THEPRIVILEGES OF ANALYZING
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  • BOTH MR. EDISON ANDMR. FORD YEAR BY YEAR
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  • OVER A LONG PERIOD OF YEARS,
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  • AND THEREFORE THE OPPORTUNITYTO STUDY THEM AT CLOSE RANGE.
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  • SO I SPEAK FROM ACTUALKNOWLEDGE WHEN I SAY
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  • THAT I FOUND NO QUALITYEXCEPT PERSISTENCE
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  • IN EITHER ONE OF THEM THATEVEN REMOTELY SUGGESTED
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  • THE MAJOR SOURCE OF THEIRSTUPENDOUS ACHIEVEMENTS."
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  • SOME OF MY FAVORITEWORDS ABOUT THE VALUE
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  • OF PERSEVERANCE COME FROMPRESIDENT CALVIN COOLIDGE.
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  • "PRESS ON, NOTHING IN THE WORLD
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  • CAN TAKE THE PLACEOF PERSISTENCE.
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  • TALENT WILL NOT.
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  • NOTHING IS MORE COMMON THANUNSUCCESSFUL PEOPLE WITH TALENT.
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  • GENIUS WILL NOT.
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  • UNREWARDED GENIUSIS ALMOST A PROVERB.
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  • EDUCATION WILL NOT.
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  • THE WORLD IS FULL OFEDUCATED DERELICTS.
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  • PERSISTENCE ANDDETERMINATION ALONE
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  • ARE OVERWHELMINGLY POWERFUL."
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  • UNDERSTAND THE VALUEOF PERSEVERANCE.
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  • SECONDLY, ANTICIPATE OBSTACLESIN ACHIEVING YOUR GOALS.
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  • SOME OBSTACLES BETWEEN YOU ANDYOUR GOAL CAN BE ANTICIPATED
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  • AND THEY CAN BEREMOVED VERY SIMPLY.
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  • FOR EXAMPLE, MAYBE YOUWOULD SAY, "I WANT TO GET
  • 00:10:41.330 --> 00:10:44.667
  • IN BETTER SHAPE IN 2019,SO I'M GOING TO START RUNNING
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  • 30 MINUTES A DAY,FIVE DAYS A WEEK."
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  • THE OBSTACLE YOU FACE IS
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  • YOU DON'T HAVE A GOODPAIR OF RUNNING SHOES.
  • 00:10:51.707 --> 00:10:55.311
  • SO YOU CAN ELIMINATETHAT OBSTACLE.
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  • YOU PUT ON YOUR TO-DOLIST, GO TO THE STORE
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  • AND BUY RUNNING SHOES.
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  • OR MAYBE YOU HAVEA SPIRITUAL GOAL.
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  • YOU WANT TO SHARE YOUR FAITHWITH ONE PERSON A WEEK.
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  • WHATEVER YOU DO,
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  • YOU'RE GOING TO SHARE THEGOSPEL WITH SOMEBODY.
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  • THE OBSTACLE ISYOU DON'T KNOW HOW
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  • TO SHARE THE GOSPELWITH ANYBODY.
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  • SO YOU CAN ALLEVIATE THAT.
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  • YOU GO TO DISCIPLESHIPUNIVERSITY,
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  • FIND THE EVANGELISMCOURSE AND SIGN UP
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  • FOR THE NEXT 12 WEEKS ANDLEARN HOW TO SHARE YOUR FAITH.
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  • BUT AGAIN, SOME OBSTACLESCANNOT BE OVERCOME.
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  • I THINK ABOUT THE APOSTLE PAUL.
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  • REMEMBER, HIS VISION, HISDREAM, HIS PURPOSE WAS
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  • TO BE A LIGHT TO THE GENTILES,
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  • TO BE A MISSIONARYTO THE GENTILES.
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  • BUT PAUL HAD SOMEOBSTACLES IN DOING THAT,
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  • MOST OF WHICH WERE UNREMOVABLE.
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  • HIS FIRST OBSTACLEWAS HE WAS A JEW.
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  • HE COULDN'T CHANGE THAT,THAT WAS HIS HERITAGE.
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  • JEWS INFLUENCING GENTILESDIDN'T HAPPEN THAT MUCH.
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  • SECONDLY, AND I DON'T KNOWHOW TO SAY THIS DELICATELY,
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  • HE WAS UGLY.
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  • DID YOU KNOW THAT?
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  • DO YOU KNOW THE APOSTLEPAUL WAS NOTHING TO LOOK AT?
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  • IN FACT, WE HAVEAN APOCRYPHAL BOOK,
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  • "THE ACTS OF PAUL AND THECLA,"THIS DESCRIPTION OF PAUL,
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  • "HE WAS A MAN OF LITTLE STATURE,
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  • THIN-HAIRED UPON THEHEAD, CROOKED IN THE LEGS,
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  • WITH EYEBROWS JOINING ANDA NOSE SOMEWHAT HOOKED."
  • 00:12:14.390 --> 00:12:18.460
  • (CONGREGATION LAUGHS)
  • 00:12:18.494 --> 00:12:20.162
  • NOT EXACTLY THE KINDOF GUY YOU WOULD WANT
  • 00:12:20.196 --> 00:12:21.997
  • TO WATCH ON TELEVISION, BUTSOME OF YOU ARE TUNED IN
  • 00:12:22.031 --> 00:12:24.733
  • TO PATHWAY TO VICTORY RIGHTNOW, SO I GUESS THAT'S OKAY.
  • 00:12:24.767 --> 00:12:27.870
  • (CONGREGATION LAUGHS)
  • 00:12:27.903 --> 00:12:29.338
  • THIRD, PAUL WAS ATERRIBLE COMMUNICATOR.
  • 00:12:29.371 --> 00:12:33.576
  • WE THINK HE'S THIS GREATWRITER AND GREAT COMMUNICATOR,
  • 00:12:33.609 --> 00:12:37.646
  • NEITHER OF WHICH WAS TRUE.
  • 00:12:37.680 --> 00:12:39.748
  • LISTEN TO WHAT PAUL SAIDABOUT HIS OWN WRITING
  • 00:12:39.782 --> 00:12:42.751
  • AND HIS OWN APPEARANCES.
  • 00:12:42.785 --> 00:12:45.020
  • HE REPEATS WHAT OTHERPEOPLE WERE SAYING ABOUT HIM
  • 00:12:45.054 --> 00:12:47.289
  • IN 2 CORINTHIANS 10:10.
  • 00:12:47.323 --> 00:12:49.592
  • THEY SAY, "HIS,"TALKING ABOUT PAUL,
  • 00:12:49.625 --> 00:12:51.694
  • "HIS LETTERS AREWEIGHTY AND STRONG."
  • 00:12:51.727 --> 00:12:55.431
  • PETER SAID YOU CAN'TEVEN MAKE SENSE OF
  • 00:12:55.464 --> 00:12:57.833
  • SOME OF HIS WRITING.
  • 00:12:57.867 --> 00:12:59.201
  • "HIS LETTERS AREWEIGHTY AND STRONG,
  • 00:12:59.235 --> 00:13:01.103
  • BUT HIS PERSONALPRESENCE IS UNIMPRESSIVE
  • 00:13:01.136 --> 00:13:04.773
  • AND HIS SPEECH IS CONTEMPTIBLE."
  • 00:13:04.807 --> 00:13:09.311
  • THAT'S AN OBSTACLEIF YOU'RE TRYING
  • 00:13:09.345 --> 00:13:11.480
  • TO BE A COMMUNICATOROF GOD'S WORD.
  • 00:13:11.513 --> 00:13:14.116
  • BUT HIS FOURTH OBSTACLE WAS ONE
  • 00:13:14.149 --> 00:13:15.784
  • HE COULDN'T DO ANYTHINGABOUT, AS MUCH AS HE TRIED.
  • 00:13:15.818 --> 00:13:19.388
  • 2 CORINTHIANS 12,VERSES EIGHT AND NINE,
  • 00:13:19.421 --> 00:13:21.757
  • SAID HE HAD ATHORN IN THE FLESH.
  • 00:13:21.790 --> 00:13:25.361
  • WE DON'T KNOW WHAT IT WAS,WHETHER IT WAS A PHYSICAL THORN,
  • 00:13:25.394 --> 00:13:28.898
  • AN EMOTIONAL ONE, BUTTHERE WAS SOMETHING
  • 00:13:28.931 --> 00:13:30.666
  • IN HIS LIFE THATHINDERED HIS MINISTRY.
  • 00:13:30.699 --> 00:13:33.402
  • AND THREE DIFFERENTTIMES HE PRAYED FOR GOD
  • 00:13:33.435 --> 00:13:36.338
  • TO REMOVE THAT THORNIN THE FLESH FROM HIM,
  • 00:13:36.372 --> 00:13:39.475
  • AND EACH TIME GODSAID, "NO, NO, NO.
  • 00:13:39.508 --> 00:13:43.579
  • MY GRACE IS SUFFICIENT FOR YOU."
  • 00:13:43.612 --> 00:13:48.417
  • WHAT I WANT YOU TOSEE IS OBSTACLES
  • 00:13:48.450 --> 00:13:51.320
  • SOMETIMES CAN BE REMOVED,MANY TIMES THEY CAN'T BE.
  • 00:13:51.353 --> 00:13:56.292
  • BUT WHEN THOSE UNMOVABLEOBSTACLES COME INTO OUR LIFE,
  • 00:13:56.325 --> 00:13:59.862
  • WE HAVE ONE OF TWO CHOICES.
  • 00:13:59.895 --> 00:14:01.163
  • WE CAN EITHER JUST GIVE UP OR,
  • 00:14:01.196 --> 00:14:03.766
  • LIKE PAUL, WE CANVIEW THOSE PROBLEMS
  • 00:14:03.799 --> 00:14:06.435
  • AS BRILLIANTLY-DISGUISEDOPPORTUNITIES TO TRUST IN GOD.
  • 00:14:06.468 --> 00:14:12.374
  • THIRDLY, REALIZEFAILURE IS NOT FINAL.
  • 00:14:12.408 --> 00:14:17.980
  • FAILURE IS NOT FINAL.
  • 00:14:18.013 --> 00:14:19.648
  • WE LIVE IN ACULTURE THAT SAYS IF
  • 00:14:19.682 --> 00:14:21.383
  • AT FIRST YOU DON'TSUCCEED, GIVE UP.
  • 00:14:21.417 --> 00:14:25.654
  • NO, FAILURE ISN'T FINAL.
  • 00:14:25.688 --> 00:14:28.791
  • AND SOMEBODY SENT ME THISAFTER THE FIRST SERVICE,
  • 00:14:28.824 --> 00:14:31.093
  • "AND IT'S NOT FATAL EITHER."
  • 00:14:31.126 --> 00:14:34.229
  • ONE REASON MOST OFUS DON'T VENTURE OUT
  • 00:14:34.263 --> 00:14:36.432
  • AND START PURSUING OURGOD-GIVEN DREAMS IN LIFE,
  • 00:14:36.465 --> 00:14:39.201
  • WE ARE PARALYZED BYTHE FEAR OF FAILURE.
  • 00:14:39.234 --> 00:14:42.237
  • WE THINK, "WHAT IFI APPLY FOR THIS JOB
  • 00:14:42.271 --> 00:14:44.440
  • AND I DON'T GET IT?
  • 00:14:44.473 --> 00:14:45.941
  • WHAT IF I ASK THATPERSON OUT ON A DATE
  • 00:14:45.975 --> 00:14:47.810
  • AND THEY DON'T SAY YES?
  • 00:14:47.843 --> 00:14:49.511
  • WHAT IF I DO THISAND IT DOESN'T WORK?"
  • 00:14:49.545 --> 00:14:53.349
  • THEY'RE PARALYZED BY FAILURE.
  • 00:14:53.382 --> 00:14:55.417
  • REMEMBER THIS, NOBODY STUBBEDHIS TOE STANDING STILL.
  • 00:14:55.451 --> 00:14:59.888
  • I MEAN, IF YOU'REMOVING FORWARD,
  • 00:14:59.922 --> 00:15:01.090
  • YOU ARE GOING TO STUB YOURTOE FROM TIME TO TIME,
  • 00:15:01.123 --> 00:15:03.425
  • BUT YOU'RE ALSOGOING TO MOVE FORWARD.
  • 00:15:03.459 --> 00:15:05.761
  • I THINK OF THOMAS J.WATSON, THE FOUNDER OF IBM.
  • 00:15:05.794 --> 00:15:08.731
  • HE SAID, "THE WAY TO SUCCEED IS
  • 00:15:08.764 --> 00:15:11.266
  • TO DOUBLE YOUR FAILURE RATE."
  • 00:15:11.300 --> 00:15:15.437
  • WHAT DOES HE MEAN BY THAT,DOUBLE YOUR FAILURE RATE?
  • 00:15:15.471 --> 00:15:16.872
  • HE WAS SAYING THE MORETIMES YOU TRY SOMETHING,
  • 00:15:16.905 --> 00:15:19.241
  • THE MORE VENTURES YOU PURSUE,
  • 00:15:19.274 --> 00:15:21.243
  • YES, THE MORE TIMESYOU'RE GOING TO FAIL,
  • 00:15:21.276 --> 00:15:22.878
  • BUT YOU'RE ALSO GOING TOSUCCEED MORE AS WELL.
  • 00:15:22.911 --> 00:15:26.215
  • YOU HAVE TO FAIL IFYOU'RE GOING TO SUCCEED.
  • 00:15:26.248 --> 00:15:29.084
  • GEORGE BERNARD SHAW,A GREAT NOVELIST,
  • 00:15:29.118 --> 00:15:31.286
  • HAD HIS FIRST FIVENOVELS REJECTED.
  • 00:15:31.320 --> 00:15:33.922
  • BABE RUTH STRUCK OUT 1.330TIMES, BUT HE'S CONSIDERED ONE
  • 00:15:33.956 --> 00:15:40.062
  • OF AMERICA'S GREATESTBASEBALL PLAYERS.
  • 00:15:40.095 --> 00:15:41.630
  • THOMAS EDISONDISCOVERED 1.800 WAYS
  • 00:15:41.663 --> 00:15:45.501
  • NOT TO MAKE A LIGHT BULB.
  • 00:15:45.534 --> 00:15:48.537
  • BUT ALL OF THOSE MEN WERETREMENDOUS SUCCESSES.
  • 00:15:48.570 --> 00:15:52.041
  • BY THE WAY, IS THATATTITUDE A BIBLICAL ONE?
  • 00:15:52.074 --> 00:15:54.276
  • YOU BETTER BELIEVE IT.
  • 00:15:54.309 --> 00:15:55.778
  • REMEMBER WHAT SOLOMON SAID INECCLESIASTES 11, VERSE ONE?
  • 00:15:55.811 --> 00:15:59.782
  • SOLOMON SAID, "CAST YOURBREAD ON THE SURFACE
  • 00:15:59.815 --> 00:16:03.385
  • OF THE WATERS, FOR YOU WILLFIND IT AFTER MANY DAYS."
  • 00:16:03.419 --> 00:16:09.558
  • CAST YOUR BREAD UPON THE WATERS,WHAT IS THAT TALKING ABOUT,
  • 00:16:09.591 --> 00:16:11.593
  • GETTING A LOAF OFMRS. BAIRD'S BREAD
  • 00:16:11.627 --> 00:16:15.431
  • AND GOING DOWN TOTHE TRINITY RIVER
  • 00:16:15.464 --> 00:16:16.865
  • AND PICKING OFF PORTIONSOF IT AND THROWING IT?
  • 00:16:16.899 --> 00:16:19.668
  • NO, THAT'S NOT WHATHE'S TALKING ABOUT.
  • 00:16:19.701 --> 00:16:21.703
  • IN SOLOMON'S DAY CASTINGYOUR BREAD UPON THE WATERS,
  • 00:16:21.737 --> 00:16:25.307
  • IT WAS A REFERENCE TO AKING SENDING OUT SHIPS.
  • 00:16:25.340 --> 00:16:31.447
  • A KING WOULD MANY TIMESSEND OUT EMPTY SHIPS
  • 00:16:31.480 --> 00:16:33.782
  • TO FOREIGN LANDS WITH THE HOPESOF BRINGING BACK TREASURE.
  • 00:16:33.816 --> 00:16:38.387
  • SOME OF THE BOATS CAMEBACK EMPTY, NO SUCCESS.
  • 00:16:38.420 --> 00:16:42.224
  • SOME CAME BACK FULL OF GOLDAND SILVER AND PRECIOUS STONES.
  • 00:16:42.257 --> 00:16:47.229
  • THE POINT IS, THE MORESHIPS YOU SENT OUT,
  • 00:16:47.262 --> 00:16:51.066
  • THE MORE LIKELY YOUWERE TO HAVE SHIPS
  • 00:16:51.100 --> 00:16:53.068
  • THAT CAME BACK WITH TREASURE.
  • 00:16:53.102 --> 00:16:54.803
  • AND THAT'S WHERE WEGET OUR EXPRESSION,
  • 00:16:54.837 --> 00:16:57.106
  • SENDING OUT YOUR SHIP,
  • 00:16:57.139 --> 00:16:59.007
  • OR WAITING FOR YOURSHIP TO COME IN.
  • 00:16:59.041 --> 00:17:01.944
  • THAT'S WHERE THATEXPRESSION COMES FROM.
  • 00:17:01.977 --> 00:17:04.012
  • THE MORE SHIPS YOU SEND OUT,
  • 00:17:04.046 --> 00:17:05.447
  • THE MORE THAT WILL COMEBACK WITH TREASURE.
  • 00:17:05.481 --> 00:17:07.950
  • MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER CHARLIE"TREMENDOUS" JONES SAID,
  • 00:17:07.983 --> 00:17:11.320
  • "A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE WAITINGFOR THEIR SHIP TO COME IN,
  • 00:17:11.353 --> 00:17:15.057
  • EVEN THOUGH THEYNEVER SENT ONE OUT."
  • 00:17:15.090 --> 00:17:18.460
  • OR THEY ONLY SENT ONE OUT.
  • 00:17:18.494 --> 00:17:21.063
  • GUESS WHAT?
  • 00:17:21.096 --> 00:17:22.231
  • THE MORE RESUMES YOU SEND OUT,
  • 00:17:22.264 --> 00:17:24.299
  • YEAH, THE MOREREJECTIONS YOU'LL GET,
  • 00:17:24.333 --> 00:17:26.568
  • BUT THE MORE LIKELYYOU'LL GET A BITE ON IT.
  • 00:17:26.602 --> 00:17:29.705
  • THE MORE DOORS YOU KNOCKON, THE MORE PEOPLE
  • 00:17:29.738 --> 00:17:32.708
  • YOU SHARE YOUR FAITH WITH, YEAH,
  • 00:17:32.741 --> 00:17:34.409
  • THE MORE REJECTIONSYOU'RE GOING TO HAVE,
  • 00:17:34.443 --> 00:17:36.078
  • NOT OF YOU, BUT OF CHRIST,BUT THE MORE OPPORTUNITIES
  • 00:17:36.111 --> 00:17:38.814
  • TO LEAD PEOPLE TO CHRIST.
  • 00:17:38.847 --> 00:17:40.983
  • THAT'S WHY IT IS IMPORTANTTHAT WE UNDERSTAND
  • 00:17:41.016 --> 00:17:43.485
  • THAT FAILURE IS NOT FINAL.
  • 00:17:43.519 --> 00:17:47.156
  • YEARS AGO I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY
  • 00:17:47.189 --> 00:17:49.858
  • TO MEET DR. KENNETH TAYLOR.
  • 00:17:49.892 --> 00:17:51.760
  • HE'S IN HEAVEN NOW, BUT DR.TAYLOR, MANY OF YOU KNOW,
  • 00:17:51.793 --> 00:17:54.997
  • WAS THE COMPILER, THEPARAPHRASER OF THE LIVING BIBLE.
  • 00:17:55.030 --> 00:18:01.103
  • AND DR. TAYLOR TOLDME THE STORY OF
  • 00:18:01.136 --> 00:18:04.206
  • HOW HE CAME TO PRODUCETHE LIVING BIBLE.
  • 00:18:04.239 --> 00:18:06.875
  • HE HAD BEEN ABUSINESSMAN IN CHICAGO,
  • 00:18:06.909 --> 00:18:09.077
  • AND LIKE SO MANYPEOPLE IN CHICAGO,
  • 00:18:09.111 --> 00:18:11.213
  • HE HAD TO TAKE ACOMMUTER TRAIN TO WORK.
  • 00:18:11.246 --> 00:18:13.248
  • AND SO INSTEAD OFWASTING THAT TIME,
  • 00:18:13.282 --> 00:18:15.350
  • HE HAD A KING JAMES BIBLEAND HE WOULD TAKE A SECTION
  • 00:18:15.384 --> 00:18:18.520
  • OF THE NEW TESTAMENT AND HEWOULD WRITE IT IN HIS OWN WORDS
  • 00:18:18.554 --> 00:18:22.424
  • SO HE COULD READIT TO HIS CHILDREN
  • 00:18:22.457 --> 00:18:24.359
  • DURING THEIRDEVOTIONALS AT NIGHT.
  • 00:18:24.393 --> 00:18:27.629
  • AND HIS CHILDREN SOENJOYED HEARING THE BIBLE
  • 00:18:27.663 --> 00:18:30.532
  • IN A WAY THAT THEYCOULD UNDERSTAND IT,
  • 00:18:30.566 --> 00:18:33.435
  • DR. TAYLOR CONTINUED TO DO THATFOR THE WHOLE NEW TESTAMENT.
  • 00:18:33.468 --> 00:18:36.805
  • AND HE THOUGHT, "YOUKNOW, IF MY CHILDREN
  • 00:18:36.838 --> 00:18:38.373
  • ENJOY THIS SO MUCH, PERHAPSTHERE ARE OTHER CHILDREN,
  • 00:18:38.407 --> 00:18:42.811
  • PERHAPS OTHER ADULTS,WHO WOULD LIKE TO BE ABLE
  • 00:18:42.844 --> 00:18:44.713
  • TO UNDERSTAND THE BIBLE."
  • 00:18:44.746 --> 00:18:46.515
  • SO HE COMPLETED THEENTIRE NEW TESTAMENT.
  • 00:18:46.548 --> 00:18:48.817
  • HE TOOK IT TO ACHRISTIAN PUBLISHER
  • 00:18:48.850 --> 00:18:50.719
  • TO SHARE THE IDEA WITH THEM.
  • 00:18:50.752 --> 00:18:52.354
  • THEY SAID, "ARE YOUOUT OF YOUR MIND?
  • 00:18:52.387 --> 00:18:54.289
  • OF COURSE, WE'RENOT GOING TO DO THAT.
  • 00:18:54.323 --> 00:18:56.525
  • TOUCHING GOD'S HOLYWORD, PARAPHRASING IT,
  • 00:18:56.558 --> 00:18:59.695
  • NOBODY WOULD WANT TO DO THAT."
  • 00:18:59.728 --> 00:19:02.264
  • SO HE WENT TO A SECONDPUBLISHER, A THIRD ONE.
  • 00:19:02.297 --> 00:19:04.900
  • HE GOT SIX REJECTIONS.
  • 00:19:04.933 --> 00:19:07.669
  • HE COULD HAVE GIVEN UP.
  • 00:19:07.703 --> 00:19:09.371
  • HE COULD HAVE SAIDIT'S A BAD IDEA.
  • 00:19:09.404 --> 00:19:11.340
  • BUT HE BELIEVED THISIDEA WAS FROM GOD,
  • 00:19:11.373 --> 00:19:13.408
  • SO HE AND HIS WIFEUSED THEIR LIFE SAVINGS
  • 00:19:13.442 --> 00:19:16.545
  • TO PUBLISH APAPERBACK EDITION OF
  • 00:19:16.578 --> 00:19:19.214
  • SOME OF THE LETTERSFROM PAUL. IT WAS CALLED
  • 00:19:19.248 --> 00:19:22.284
  • "THE LIVING LETTERS,"IS WHAT THEY CALLED IT.
  • 00:19:22.317 --> 00:19:24.519
  • AND THEY PUBLISHED ITIN PAPERBACK EDITION.
  • 00:19:24.553 --> 00:19:27.222
  • AT FIRST, NOBODY WANTED IT, BUTSOON DEMAND BEGAN TO PICK UP
  • 00:19:27.256 --> 00:19:33.362
  • AND THEY PUBLISHEDMORE OF THOSE VOLUMES
  • 00:19:33.395 --> 00:19:34.830
  • UNTIL FINALLY THEY PUTTHE WHOLE BIBLE TOGETHER.
  • 00:19:34.863 --> 00:19:37.532
  • A PUBLISHER PICKED IT UP,
  • 00:19:37.566 --> 00:19:39.201
  • AND IT HAS SOLD HUNDREDS OFMILLIONS OF COPIES TODAY.
  • 00:19:39.234 --> 00:19:43.071
  • BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY,PEOPLE ALL OVER THE WORLD
  • 00:19:43.105 --> 00:19:45.274
  • HAVE BEEN INTRODUCEDTO THE WORD OF GOD
  • 00:19:45.307 --> 00:19:48.277
  • AND TO FAITH IN JESUSCHRIST BECAUSE OF ONE MAN
  • 00:19:48.310 --> 00:19:51.413
  • AND HIS WIFE WHO REFUSED TOALLOW FAILURE TO BE FINAL.
  • 00:19:51.446 --> 00:19:56.251
  • THAT'S WHAT PERSEVERANCEIS, CONTINUING IN SPITE
  • 00:19:56.285 --> 00:20:00.088
  • OF THE OBSTACLES THATCOME IN YOUR WAY.
  • 00:20:00.122 --> 00:20:02.658
  • FINALLY, TO DEVELOPPERSEVERANCE IN YOUR LIFE,
  • 00:20:02.691 --> 00:20:06.161
  • EXPECT TO WORK HARD.
  • 00:20:06.194 --> 00:20:08.263
  • ONE WRITER SAIDYOU HAVE TO DEVELOP
  • 00:20:08.297 --> 00:20:10.899
  • A GOOD CASE OF HOLY SWEAT.
  • 00:20:10.932 --> 00:20:14.970
  • AGAIN, WE DON'TWANT TO HEAR THAT.
  • 00:20:15.003 --> 00:20:16.171
  • WE WANT TO THINK WE,
  • 00:20:16.204 --> 00:20:17.406
  • WE TRY TO DISGUISE OURLAZINESS WITH THEOLOGY.
  • 00:20:17.439 --> 00:20:20.409
  • OH WELL, IF IT'S MEANTTO BE, IT'S UP TO GOD.
  • 00:20:20.442 --> 00:20:24.346
  • HE'S GOT TO DO IT, IT WON'TREQUIRE ANY EFFORT FROM ME.
  • 00:20:24.379 --> 00:20:27.182
  • LISTEN TO THE APOSTLE PAULIN 1 CORINTHIANS 9.
  • 00:20:27.215 --> 00:20:29.851
  • "THEREFORE I RUN IN SUCHA WAY, AS NOT WITHOUT AIM,
  • 00:20:29.885 --> 00:20:33.689
  • I BOX IN SUCH A WAY,AS NOT BEATING THE AIR,
  • 00:20:33.722 --> 00:20:37.259
  • BUT I BUFFET MY BODYAND I MAKE IT MY SLAVE,
  • 00:20:37.292 --> 00:20:41.129
  • LEST POSSIBLY AFTERI'VE PREACHED TO OTHERS,
  • 00:20:41.163 --> 00:20:44.032
  • I SHOULD BE DISQUALIFIED."
  • 00:20:44.066 --> 00:20:47.135
  • PAUL IS TALKING ABOUT HARD WORK.
  • 00:20:47.169 --> 00:20:49.671
  • DENNIS WAITLEY IN HIS BOOK"SEEDS OF GREATNESS" SAYS,
  • 00:20:49.705 --> 00:20:52.240
  • "WINNERS WORK AT DOINGTHINGS THE MAJORITY
  • 00:20:52.274 --> 00:20:55.377
  • OF THE POPULATION ARENOT WILLING TO DO."
  • 00:20:55.410 --> 00:21:01.616
  • DO YOU DESIRE TO ACHIEVE YOURGOD-GIVEN PURPOSE IN LIFE?
  • 00:21:01.650 --> 00:21:05.454
  • EXPECT TO WORK HARD,AND DON'T BE DISCOURAGED
  • 00:21:05.487 --> 00:21:09.157
  • WHEN OTHER PEOPLE SEEMTO BE MAKING PROGRESS
  • 00:21:09.191 --> 00:21:12.260
  • AND YOU SEEM TOBE STANDING STILL.
  • 00:21:12.294 --> 00:21:15.530
  • I THINK OF THE WORDSOF AMY CARMICHAEL,
  • 00:21:15.564 --> 00:21:18.133
  • THAT GREAT CHRISTIAN WRITER,
  • 00:21:18.166 --> 00:21:21.036
  • WORDS THAT HAVE BEENAN ENCOURAGEMENT TO ME
  • 00:21:21.069 --> 00:21:23.205
  • AT CERTAIN TIMES IN MY LIFE,
  • 00:21:23.238 --> 00:21:25.107
  • PERHAPS YOU'LL FINDENCOURAGING AS WELL.
  • 00:21:25.140 --> 00:21:28.009
  • SHE SAYS, "SOMETIMES WHENWE READ THE WORDS OF THOSE
  • 00:21:28.043 --> 00:21:31.046
  • WHO HAVE BEEN MORETHAN CONQUERORS,
  • 00:21:31.079 --> 00:21:33.815
  • WE FEEL ALMOST DESPONDENT.
  • 00:21:33.849 --> 00:21:36.251
  • 'I FEEL THAT I SHALL NEVERBE LIKE THAT,' WE THINK.
  • 00:21:36.284 --> 00:21:39.654
  • BUT THESE PEOPLE WONTHROUGH STEP BY STEP,
  • 00:21:39.688 --> 00:21:43.859
  • BY LITTLE BITS OF WILLS,LITTLE DENIALS OF SELF,
  • 00:21:43.892 --> 00:21:48.063
  • LITTLE INWARD VICTORIES,BY FAITHFULNESS
  • 00:21:48.096 --> 00:21:51.266
  • IN VERY LITTLE THINGS,THEY BECAME WHAT THEY ARE.
  • 00:21:51.299 --> 00:21:56.138
  • NO ONE SEES THESELITTLE HIDDEN STEPS.
  • 00:21:56.171 --> 00:21:59.608
  • THEY ONLY SEE THEACCOMPLISHMENT.
  • 00:21:59.641 --> 00:22:01.877
  • BUT EVEN SO, THOSESMALL STEPS WERE TAKEN."
  • 00:22:01.910 --> 00:22:05.647
  • NOW, LISTEN TO THIS.
  • 00:22:05.680 --> 00:22:07.149
  • "THERE IS NO SUDDEN TRIUMPH,NO SUDDEN SPIRITUAL MATURITY.
  • 00:22:07.182 --> 00:22:13.054
  • THAT IS THE WORK OF THE MOMENT."
  • 00:22:13.088 --> 00:22:17.192
  • PERSEVERANCE, MOVING FORWARDIN SPITE OF OBSTACLES,
  • 00:22:17.225 --> 00:22:23.632
  • IS THE ATTITUDE THAT WILLLEAD TO THE FULFILLMENT
  • 00:22:23.665 --> 00:22:25.934
  • OF YOUR GOD-GIVENDREAMS IN LIFE.
  • 00:22:25.967 --> 00:22:29.304
  • ♪ MUSIC
  • 00:22:29.337 --> 00:22:34.943
  • IT'S POSSIBLE THATYOU FIND YOURSELF
  • 00:22:34.976 --> 00:22:36.878
  • IN AMY CARMICHAEL'S CAMP.
  • 00:22:36.912 --> 00:22:39.047
  • YOU DON'T REALLY FEELLIKE A CONQUEROR TODAY.
  • 00:22:39.080 --> 00:22:42.150
  • THE ISSUES YOU FACEARE JUST TOO PAINFUL.
  • 00:22:42.184 --> 00:22:45.287
  • HONESTLY, YOU MAY FEEL HOPELESS.
  • 00:22:45.320 --> 00:22:48.390
  • YOU AND I DON'T GET TOCHOOSE THE CHALLENGES
  • 00:22:48.423 --> 00:22:50.826
  • THAT COME OUR WAY,BUT WE CAN CHANGE
  • 00:22:50.859 --> 00:22:53.562
  • OUR ATTITUDES ABOUT THEM.
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  • BEFORE WE WRAP UPTODAY, I WANTED TO SHARE
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  • AN ENCOURAGING NOTEFROM MYRA IN WASHINGTON.
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  • SHE WROTE,
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  • WELL, THANK YOU, MYRA, FORTHAT ENCOURAGING LETTER.
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  • AND FOR THOSE OFYOU WATCHING TODAY,
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  • THIS IS WHAT PATHWAY TOVICTORY IS ALL ABOUT.
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  • TOGETHER WE ARE LIFTING UP JESUS
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  • AND SHARING THE GOSPELWITH YOU, YOUR FAMILY,
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  • AND MANY OTHERSAROUND THE WORLD.
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  • THANK YOU FOR BEING APART OF SHARING THE HOPE
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  • OF JESUS CHRIST WITH A WORLDTHAT DESPERATELY NEEDS IT.
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  • NOW, STAY RIGHTTHERE, I'LL BE BACK
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  • WITH MORE PATHWAY TOVICTORY IN JUST A MOMENT.
  • 00:23:54.055 --> 00:23:59.694
  • 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 ISNOT "CHOOSE YOUR CIRCUMSTANCES."
  • 00:24:06.935 --> 00:24:09.504
  • THERE ARE TERRIBLE THINGSTHAT HAPPEN TO CHRISTIANS.
  • 00:24:09.538 --> 00:24:12.707
  • WE CAN EITHER ALLOW LIFE'SDIFFICULT CIRCUMSTANCES
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  • TO STRENGTHEN USOR TO DESTROY US.
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  • IF YOU CAN CHANGE YOUR ATTITUDE,YOU CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE.
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  • [ANNOUNCER] SOMEONE HASSAID THE GREATEST DISCOVERY
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  • OF MY GENERATION IS THAT HUMANBEINGS CAN ALTER THEIR LIVES
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  • BY ALTERING THEIRATTITUDES OF MIND.
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  • IN HIS BRAND NEW BOOK,"CHOOSE YOUR ATTITUDES,
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  • CHANGE YOUR LIFE,"DR. ROBERT JEFFRESS
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  • EXAMINES 11 ATTITUDE CHOICESTHAT DELIVER THE ABUNDANT LIFE
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  • GOD INTENDS FOR YOU.
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  • PROVERBS 23:7 SAYS,"AS A PERSON THINKS
  • 00:24:43.538 --> 00:24:47.075
  • WITHIN HIMSELF, SO IS HE."
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  • AND IN MY BRAND NEW BOOK,I WANT TO SHOW YOU HOW
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  • TO CHOOSE FAITH OVER WORRY,FORGIVENESS OVER BITTERNESS,
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  • RELAXATION OVER STRESS,AND SO MUCH MORE.
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  • [ANNOUNCER] REQUEST"CHOOSE YOUR ATTITUDES,
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  • CHANGE YOUR LIFE" WHENYOU GIVE A GENEROUS GIFT
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  • WE'RE LOOKING AT 11BIBLICAL ATTITUDE CHOICES
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  • THAT ARE NECESSARY TO EXPERIENCE
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  • THE ABUNDANT LIFEJESUS PROMISED.
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  • [ANNOUNCER] YOUR FINANCIALSUPPORT IS DEEPLY APPRECIATED,
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  • OF PATHWAY TOVICTORY AND REQUEST
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  • "CHOOSE YOUR ATTITUDES,CHANGE YOUR LIFE" TODAY.
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  • PERSEVERANCE DOESN'T ALWAYSMEAN REMOVING OBSTACLES.
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  • PERSEVERANCE MEANS CONTINUINGTO PURSUE YOUR GOD-GIVEN DREAM
  • 00:25:35.590 --> 00:25:40.161
  • IN SPITE OF THOSE OBSTACLES.
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  • AND WHILE IT WON'TALWAYS BE EASY,
  • 00:25:42.464 --> 00:25:44.299
  • IN FACT, IT RARELY IS EASY,
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  • YOUR HARD WORK WILLEVENTUALLY PAY OFF IN THE END.
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  • WELL, ANXIETY IS A COMMONPROBLEM FOR EVERYONE,
  • 00:25:50.972 --> 00:25:55.310
  • AND CHRISTIANS ARE NO EXCEPTION.
  • 00:25:55.343 --> 00:25:57.512
  • WORRY NOT ONLY SAPS THEJOY OUT OF OUR LIVES,
  • 00:25:57.545 --> 00:26:00.782
  • IT PARALYZES US FROMFULFILLING OUR DREAMS.
  • 00:26:00.815 --> 00:26:04.119
  • SO NEXT TIME WE'LL SEE WHATTHE BIBLE SAYS ARE THE CAUSES
  • 00:26:04.152 --> 00:26:08.056
  • AND THE CURE FOR WORRY.
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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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  • OR GOING ONLINE TO GIVE TODAY.
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  • NOW, COMING UP NEXT TIMEON PATHWAY TO VICTORY:
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  • SOMEONE HAS WRITTEN, "ATHIEF IS RUNNING LOOSE
  • 00:27:00.008 --> 00:27:03.678
  • IN OUR MIDST.
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  • HE'S A DANGEROUS THIEF INTENT
  • 00:27:05.780 --> 00:27:07.849
  • ON STEALING OUR MOSTPRECIOUS POSSESSIONS."
  • 00:27:07.882 --> 00:27:11.619
  • THE NAME OF THE THIEF?
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  • WORRY.
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  • [ANNOUNCER] SET YOUR DVRAND JOIN US NEXT TIME
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  • FOR THE MESSAGE"CHOOSING FAITH OVER WORRY,"
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  • HERE ON PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • ♪ MUSIC
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