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Postcards From Patmos

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September 4, 2020
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In Revelation 2-3; Jesus Christ is pictured as evaluating seven key churches in Asia Minor. Those reports or “letters” reveal what Christ values and what He abhors in congregations; as well as in the lives of those Christians who comprise those churches.

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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,
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  • AND WELCOME AGAIN TO"PATHWAY TO VICTORY."
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  • AS MUCH AS WE ALL LOVEOUR INDIVIDUAL CHURCHES,
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  • THERE'S PROBABLY SOMETHINGS YOU'D LIKE TO CHANGE
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  • ABOUT YOUR CHURCH.
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  • MAYBE THE WAY YOU DO WORSHIP
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  • OR THE KIND OF PROGRAMS YOURCHURCH OFFERS THE FAMILY.
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  • WELL, WHILE THOSE THINGSARE CERTAINLY IMPORTANT,
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  • THERE ARE MUCH BIGGERISSUES TO CONSIDER
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  • WHEN MEASURING THEEFFECTIVENESS OF ANY CHURCH.
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  • AND TODAY WE'RE GOINGTO DISCOVER WHAT JESUS
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  • CARES ABOUT MOST INTHE BODY OF CHRIST.
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  • MY MESSAGE IS TITLED,"POSTCARDS FROM PATMOS,"
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  • ON TODAY'S EDITION OF"PATHWAY TO VICTORY."
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  • ("IT IS WELL WITH MY SOUL")
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  • ♪ WHEN PEACE, LIKE ARIVER, ATTENDETH MY WAY ♪
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  • ♪ WHEN SORROWS LIKESEA BILLOWS ROLL ♪
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  • ♪ WHATEVER MY LOT, THOUHAS TAUGHT ME TO SAY ♪
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  • ♪ IT IS WELL, IT ISWELL, WITH MY SOUL ♪
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  • ♪ IT IS WELL, IT IS WELL
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  • ♪ WITH MY SOUL, WITH MY SOUL
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  • ♪ IT IS WELL, IT ISWELL, WITH MY SOUL ♪
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  • ♪ AND LORD, HASTE THE DAYWHEN MY FAITH SHALL BE SIGHT ♪
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  • ♪ THE CLOUDS BE ROLLEDBACK AS A SCROLL ♪
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  • ♪ THE TRUMP SHALL SOUND,AND THE LORD SHALL DESCEND ♪
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  • ♪ EVEN SO, IT ISWELL WITH MY SOUL ♪
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  • ♪ IT IS WELL, IT IS WELL
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  • ♪ WITH MY SOUL, WITH MY SOUL
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  • ♪ IT IS WELL, IT ISWELL, WITH MY SOUL ♪
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  • ♪ AMEN
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  • (CONGREGATION APPLAUDING)
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  • [NARRATOR] COULD TODAY'SDISTURBING HEADLINES BE A SIGN
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  • THAT WE'RE LIVINGIN THE END TIMES?
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  • IN HIS BRAND NEW BOOK, "THERAPTURE: FACT OR FANTASY,"
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  • DR. ROBERT JEFFRESSEXPLAINS WHERE WE ARE
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  • ON GOD'S PROPHETIC TIMELINE
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  • AND ANSWERS YOURDOUBTS AND QUESTIONS
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  • ABOUT THE RAPTURE OF THE CHURCH.
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  • LEARN WHY YOU CANHAVE HOPE AND PEACE
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  • ABOUT GOD'S PLAN FOR THE FUTURE
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  • BY REQUESTING DR.JEFFRESS' BRAND NEW BOOK,
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  • "THE RAPTURE: FACT OR FANTASY."
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  • A COPY IS YOURS WHENYOU GIVE A GENEROUS GIFT
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  • TO SUPPORT THE MINISTRYOF "PATHWAY TO VICTORY."
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  • ♪ MUSIC
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  • YOU MAY NOT BE AWARE OF THIS,
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  • BUT ONE THING WE DO AS ACHURCH, OUR STAFF DOES,
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  • IS WE OCCASIONALLYHIRE A SECRET SHOPPER
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  • TO COME INTO OUR CHURCH.
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  • NOW, THIS IS SOMEBODYWHO COMES UNANNOUNCED.
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  • WE DON'T KNOW WHATDAY THEY'RE COMING.
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  • WHEN THEY'RE HERE, WE DON'TEVEN KNOW THEY'RE HERE,
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  • BUT THEY ARE HERE TOSECRETLY INSPECT OUR CHURCH.
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  • AND AFTER THEY'VEDONE THEIR RESEARCH,
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  • THEN THEY CALL USAND TELL US, YES,
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  • THEY HAVE COME TO OUR CHURCHAND THEY HAVE A REPORT
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  • THEY'RE GOING TO ISSUE TO US.
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  • THEY COMMEND THE GOOD THINGS,
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  • BUT THEN THEY TALK ABOUT THETHINGS THAT NEED TO CHANGE
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  • IN ORDER TO BEMORE USER FRIENDLY.
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  • YOU KNOW, WHAT I THOUGHTABOUT THAT CONCEPT THIS WEEK,
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  • AS I WAS PREPARING THEMESSAGE ON REVELATION 2 AND 3,
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  • THE PICTURE OF JESUSWALKING AMONG THE LAMPSTANDS
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  • AMONG THE CHURCHES ISREALLY A PICTURE OF JESUS
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  • INSPECTING THE CHURCHESAS A SECRET SHOPPER.
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  • AND EACH OF THESE REPORTSTO THE SEVEN CHURCHES,
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  • YOU FIND SOME GOOD THINGS,
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  • WELL, IN MOST OF THEM YOUFIND SOME GOOD THINGS,
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  • BUT YOU ALSO FIND SOMETHINGS THAT NEED TO IMPROVE.
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  • BUT UNLIKE OUR SECRET SHOPPER,
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  • JESUS HAS MADE HIS REPORTAVAILABLE TO EVERYONE TO READ.
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  • AND THAT'S WHAT WE'RE DOING INTHIS PART OF THE REVELATION.
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  • WE'RE LOOKING AT NOTONLY WHAT JESUS ADMIRERS
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  • AND ABHORS IN A CHURCH,
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  • BUT WE ALSO LOOK AT WHATHE ADMIRES AND ABHORS
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  • IN OUR INDIVIDUAL LIVES AS WELL.
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  • AFTER ALL, WHEN ITCOMES DOWN TO IT,
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  • ISN'T THAT THE ONLYTHING THAT MATTERS?
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  • WHAT DOES JESUS THINK ABOUT ME?
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  • HOW DOES HE EVALUATE MY LIFE?
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  • WHAT THINGS AM IDOING THAT PLEASE HIM?
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  • WHAT THINGS AM I DOINGTHAT DISPLEASE HIM?
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  • WE FIND THE ANSWERSTO THOSE QUESTIONS
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  • IN THE REPORT TOTHESE SEVEN CHURCHES.
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  • SO IF YOU HAVE YOUR BIBLES,
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  • I WANT YOU TO TURN TOREVELATION CHAPTER TWO.
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  • AS WE LOOK AT SOMEPOSTCARDS FROM PATMOS,
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  • SHORT LETTERS TO THE SEVENCHURCHES OF ASIA MINOR.
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  • NOW, JUST BY WAY OF BACKGROUND,
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  • REMEMBER THAT REVELATION ISDIVIDED INTO THREE SECTIONS.
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  • CHAPTER ONE VERSE 19GIVES US THE OUTLINE.
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  • JESUS TOLD JOHN, "WRITETHEREFORE THE THINGS
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  • WHICH YOU HAVE SEEN,"THAT'S CHAPTER ONE,
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  • WHAT JOHN SAW IN PATMOS,THE EXALTED CHRIST.
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  • THEN HE SAID, SECONDLY, "WRITEDOWN THE THINGS WHICH ARE,"
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  • THAT'S THE CONDITIONOF THE CHURCHES
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  • IN CHAPTERS TWO AND THREE.
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  • AND THEN THE THIRD DIVISION,
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  • "THE THINGS WHICHARE YET TO BE."
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  • THE FUTURE THINGS,REVELATION 4 THROUGH 22.
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  • AND AGAIN, IT'S SO EASY TOSKIP PAST THESE TWO CHAPTERS
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  • TO GET TO WHAT WE FEELLIKE IS THE GOOD STUFF.
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  • THE THINGS THATARE GOING TO HAPPEN
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  • THAT WILL RESULT IN THERETURN OF JESUS CHRIST.
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  • BUT IT'S IMPORTANTTHAT OUR LIVES BE RIGHT
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  • BEFORE CHRIST RETURNS.
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  • AND THAT'S WHY WE'RE GONNATAKE NOT A LONG AMOUNT OF TIME,
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  • BUT SOME TIME OVERTHE NEXT THREE WEEKS
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  • TO LOOK AT THESE SEVEN REPORTS
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  • SO WE CAN DISCOVER WHATJESUS WANTS IN EACH OF US.
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  • NOW, BEFORE WE LOOK ATTHE FIRST TWO LETTERS,
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  • AND THAT'S WHATWE'RE GONNA DO TODAY,
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  • I WANNA TALK ABOUT FOURCOMMON CHARACTERISTICS
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  • OF EACH OF THESE LETTERS.
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  • WRITE THESE DOWN SOYOU REMEMBER THEM.
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  • FIRST OF ALL, EACH OFTHESE LETTERS IS ADDRESSED
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  • TO THE PASTOR OFEACH OF THE CHURCHES.
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  • SECONDLY, EACH CONTAINS AUNIQUE DESCRIPTION OF CHRIST
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  • FROM REVELATION 1.
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  • YOU'LL FIND THAT THERE'SA DESCRIPTION OF CHRIST
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  • THAT IS SUITABLE FOR EACHONE OF THESE LETTERS.
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  • THIRD, MOST CONTAIN A WORDOF AFFIRMATION FOR THE CHURCH
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  • EXCEPT POOR LAODICEA.
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  • JESUS COULDN'T THINKOF ONE GOOD THING
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  • TO SAY ABOUT THAT CHURCH.
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  • HOW WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE AMEMBER OF A CHURCH LIKE THAT?
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  • JESUS COULDN'T THINK OF A SINGLEGOOD THING TO SAY ABOUT IT.
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  • THAT WAS LAODICEA.
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  • AND THEN FOURTHLY, WITHTHE EXCEPTION OF TWO,
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  • SMYRNA AND PHILADELPHIA ALLCONTAIN A WORD OF ADMONITION.
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  • THERE WERE TWO CHURCHESTHAT WERE SO GOOD
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  • JESUS COULDN'T FIND ANYTHINGTO SAY THEY NEEDED TO IMPROVE.
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  • NOW REMEMBER, ALL OF THESECHURCHES WERE REALLY WITHIN 40
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  • OR 50 MILES OF EACH OTHER.
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  • THEY WERE REAL CHURCHES THATWERE CLOSE TO ONE ANOTHER,
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  • BUT THEY DID REPRESENTDIFFERENT CONDITIONS
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  • OF CHURCHES, EVEN TODAY.
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  • NOW WITH THAT BACKGROUND,LET'S LOOK AT, FIRST OF ALL,
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  • EPHESUS, WHAT I CALLTHE COLD CHURCH.
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  • LET ME JUST SAY A BRIEF WORD,
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  • BECAUSE I'M RUNNING OUT OFTIME, ABOUT THE CITY OF EPHESUS.
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  • IT WAS A MAJOR CITY OF COMMERCE.
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  • IT WOULD BE LIKE NEW YORKCITY IN THE UNITED STATES.
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  • PERGAMUM WAS THECAPITAL OF THE ASIA,
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  • BUT EPHESUS WAS THECOMMERCIAL CENTER.
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  • AND IT WAS KNOWNFOR A LOT OF THINGS,
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  • INCLUDING BEING THE HOME
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  • TO ONE OF THE SEVENWONDERS OF THE WORLD,
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  • THE TEMPLE DIANA OR ARTEMIS.
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  • THAT WAS THECITY OF EPHESUS.
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  • NOW, THE DESCRIPTION OF CHRIST
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  • IS ONE THAT YOUFIND IN VERSE ONE,
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  • "TO THE ANGEL OF THECHURCH IN EPHESUS,
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  • THE ONE WHO HOLDS THE SEVENSTARS IN HIS RIGHT HAND,"
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  • THAT NOT ONLY REFERS TOGOD HOLDING THE PASTORS
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  • IN HIS HANDS, BUT THEPASTORS BEING IN GOD'S HAND,
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  • THE CHURCH BELONGSTO JESUS CHRIST.
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  • NOT TO ANY PASTOR,NOT TO ANY LAY LEADER.
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  • AND THEN "THE ONE WHO WALKS
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  • AMONG THE SEVENGOLDEN LAMPSTANDS..."
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  • THE PICTURE IS JESUS WAS WALKING
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  • AMONG THE MEMBERS OFTHE CHURCH AT EPHESUS.
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  • HE'S WALKING AMONG THE CHURCHES.
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  • YOU KNOW, IT NEVER LEAVES ME,
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  • THE REALITY THAT WHENEVERWE MEET HERE AS A CHURCH,
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  • JESUS IS WALKING AMONG US.
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  • JESUS IS CONSTANTLYTAKING HIS WHITE GLOVE
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  • AND INSPECTINGWHAT HE SEES HERE.
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  • WE SHOULD NEVER MEET HEREWITHOUT THE REALIZATION
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  • THAT JESUS IS AMONG US.
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  • NOTICE THE AFFIRMATIONTO THE CHURCH AT EPHESUS.
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  • HE SAYS, IN VERSE TWO,"I KNOW YOUR DEEDS
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  • AND YOUR TOIL AND PERSEVERANCE,
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  • THAT YOU CANNOTTOLERATE EVIL MAN,
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  • AND THAT YOU PUT TO THE TEST
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  • THOSE WHO CALL THEMSELVESAPOSTLES, AND THEY ARE NOT,
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  • AND YOU FOUND THEM TO BE FALSE."
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  • NOTICE THREE THINGS, THAT HEAFFIRMS THE EPHESIANS FOR.
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  • FIRST OF ALL, THEIR HARD WORK,
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  • NOT JUST THEIR DEEDS,BUT THEIR TOIL.
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  • THAT WORD IS KOPOS IN GREEK.
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  • IT LITERALLY MEANS TO LABORTO THE POINT OF EXHAUSTION.
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  • WILLIAM BARCLAY SAYS, "THECHRISTIAN WAY IS NOT FOR THOSE
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  • WHO ARE AFRAID TO BREAK SWEAT."
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  • SOME PEOPLE DON'T GET THAT.
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  • THEY THINK IF IT REQUIRESEFFORT, IT MUST NOT BE OF GOD.
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  • NO, THE CHURCH IS TOWORK, AND TO WORK HARD.
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  • THAT WAS THE EPHESIAN CHURCH.
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  • THEY WERE HARD, NOTDOING BUSY WORK,
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  • THEY WERE WORKING FOR THE LORD.
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  • HE COMMENCED THEM FROMTHEIR PERSEVERANCE,
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  • HUPOMENO, IT MEANS ENDUREUNDER EXTREME HARDSHIP.
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  • IT WASN'T EASYMINISTERING AT EPHESUS.
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  • IT WAS A SECULARCITY, A PAGAN CITY,
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  • AND THEY WERE SWIMMING UPSTREAM
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  • WHEN THEY WERE TRYING TOMINISTER IN A GODLY CULTURE,
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  • BUT THEY DIDN'T GIVE UP.
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  • AND THIRDLY, HE COMMENDEDTHEM FOR THEIR ORTHODOXY.
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  • HE SAID, IN VERSE TWO, "YOUCAN'T TOLERATE EVIL MEN,
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  • AND YOU PUT TO THE TEST
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  • THOSE WHO CALLTHEMSELVES APOSTLES."
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  • THEY DIDN'T LISTEN TO ANYTHINGWITHOUT CAREFULLY EVALUATING
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  • ITS BIBLICAL ACCURACY.
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  • YOU CAN UNDERSTAND WHY THECHURCH WAS SO ORTHODOX.
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  • IT WAS FOUNDED BY THEAPOSTLE PAUL IN 52 AD.
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  • LATER, TIMOTHY, HISPROTEGE, PASTORED IT.
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  • AND NOW THE APOSTLE JOHN WASTHE PASTOR THERE AS WELL.
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  • I MEAN, TALK ABOUTA RICH HERITAGE.
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  • THIS WAS A CHURCH THAT WASTRULY BUILT ON THE BIBLE,
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  • AND THEY COULDN'TTOLERATE FALSE TEACHING.
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  • THEY RECOGNIZED ERRORWHEN THEY HEARD IT.
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  • THAT WAS SOMETHING TOBE COMMENDED BY JESUS.
  • 00:12:33.209 --> 00:12:37.613
  • AND YET, JESUS SAID ALLIS NOT WELL IN EPHESUS.
  • 00:12:37.646 --> 00:12:42.484
  • NOTICE THIS ADMONITION BEGINNINGIN VERSES FOUR AND FIVE.
  • 00:12:42.518 --> 00:12:47.089
  • "NEVERTHELESS, I HAVETHIS AGAINST YOU,
  • 00:12:47.122 --> 00:12:51.327
  • THAT YOU HAVE LEFTYOUR FIRST LOVE."
  • 00:12:52.728 --> 00:12:56.432
  • SOME PEOPLE SAY,WHAT DOES THAT MEAN,
  • 00:12:57.733 --> 00:12:59.301
  • THEY HAVE LEFT THEIR FIRST LOVE?
  • 00:12:59.335 --> 00:13:01.237
  • SOME PEOPLE THINK JESUS ISTALKING ABOUT THEIR LOVE
  • 00:13:01.270 --> 00:13:04.440
  • FOR JESUS, THAT THEY HADBECOME ROTE IN THEIR WORSHIP,
  • 00:13:04.473 --> 00:13:08.777
  • AND IN THEIR WORK.
  • 00:13:08.811 --> 00:13:10.179
  • THIS WAS A SECOND GENERATIONGROUP OF CHRISTIANS,
  • 00:13:10.212 --> 00:13:12.147
  • AND THEY HAD LOST THE FIREOF THEIR LOVE FOR JESUS.
  • 00:13:12.181 --> 00:13:16.218
  • OTHER PEOPLE SAY, NO,
  • 00:13:16.252 --> 00:13:17.486
  • THEY HAD LOST THEIRHEART FOR EVANGELISM.
  • 00:13:17.519 --> 00:13:20.623
  • THEY HAD STOPPED BEINGOUTWARDLY FOCUSED
  • 00:13:21.790 --> 00:13:24.894
  • AND HAD BECOME INWARDLY FOCUSED.
  • 00:13:24.927 --> 00:13:27.830
  • THEY WERE RESTINGON THEIR REPUTATION.
  • 00:13:27.863 --> 00:13:30.099
  • IF PEOPLE WANNACOME, LET 'EM COME.
  • 00:13:30.132 --> 00:13:32.368
  • INSTEAD OF BEING FERVENT INTHEIR WITNESS FOR THE LORD.
  • 00:13:32.401 --> 00:13:35.504
  • BY THE WAY, THAT PARTICULARVIEW IS SUPPORTED BY VERSE FIVE,
  • 00:13:35.537 --> 00:13:39.108
  • WHEN HE GIVES US THE REMEDY.
  • 00:13:39.141 --> 00:13:40.809
  • JESUS SAID, "REMEMBER, THEREFOREFROM WHERE YOU HAVE FALLEN,
  • 00:13:40.843 --> 00:13:44.146
  • AND REPENT AND DO THEDEEDS YOU DID AT FIRST."
  • 00:13:44.179 --> 00:13:48.684
  • YOU NEED TO START DOING,NOT START FEELING,
  • 00:13:48.717 --> 00:13:51.420
  • BUT START DOING WHATYOU DID AT FIRST.
  • 00:13:51.453 --> 00:13:55.424
  • SOME PEOPLE SAY IT'SREFERRING TO EVANGELISM.
  • 00:13:55.457 --> 00:13:57.793
  • WHICH IS IT THAT THEY LEFT,THEIR LOVE FOR CHRIST,
  • 00:13:57.826 --> 00:14:01.730
  • OR THEIR LOVE FORWINNING PEOPLE TO CHRIST?
  • 00:14:01.764 --> 00:14:05.234
  • I THINK IT'S BOTH.
  • 00:14:05.267 --> 00:14:06.535
  • I DON'T THINK YOU CANSEPARATE ONE FROM ANOTHER.
  • 00:14:07.937 --> 00:14:10.706
  • YES, JESUS WANTS US TO LOVEHIM WITH ALL OF OUR HEART,
  • 00:14:10.739 --> 00:14:14.376
  • BUT WHAT'S THE MEASUREOF LOVING JESUS?
  • 00:14:14.410 --> 00:14:16.445
  • JESUS SAID, "IF YOU LOVEME, YOU WILL DO," WHAT?
  • 00:14:16.478 --> 00:14:19.581
  • "YOU WILL KEEP MY COMMANDMENTS."
  • 00:14:19.615 --> 00:14:22.251
  • DOESN'T MATTER IF YOU GETLITTLE GOOSEBUMPS, YOU KNOW,
  • 00:14:23.686 --> 00:14:25.754
  • WHEN YOU COME TO CHURCH,THAT'S NOT WHAT IT'S ABOUT.
  • 00:14:25.788 --> 00:14:28.624
  • IT'S ABOUT, ARE YOUKEEPING MY COMMANDMENTS?
  • 00:14:28.657 --> 00:14:31.593
  • AND WHAT'S THE LASTCOMMANDMENT JESUS LEFT US
  • 00:14:31.627 --> 00:14:34.630
  • BEFORE HE ASCENDEDBACK INTO HEAVEN?
  • 00:14:34.663 --> 00:14:36.398
  • "GO INTO ALL THE WORLDAND MAKE DISCIPLES."
  • 00:14:36.432 --> 00:14:41.303
  • THERE'S ONLY ONE REASONJESUS LEFT US HERE ON EARTH
  • 00:14:41.337 --> 00:14:43.839
  • INSTEAD OF TAKINGUS TO BE WITH HIM.
  • 00:14:43.872 --> 00:14:45.975
  • NOT TO BUILD A GREAT BUSINESS,
  • 00:14:46.008 --> 00:14:48.544
  • NOT TO ACCUMULATEA LOT OF MONEY,
  • 00:14:48.577 --> 00:14:50.279
  • NOT EVEN TO HAVE AHAPPY FAMILY LIFE.
  • 00:14:51.480 --> 00:14:54.650
  • HE LEFT US HERE TOBE A WITNESS FOR HIM.
  • 00:14:54.683 --> 00:14:58.587
  • AND IF WE LOVE HIM,THAT'S WHAT WE'RE DOING.
  • 00:14:58.620 --> 00:15:00.222
  • THAT'S WHY THIS CHURCH EXISTS.
  • 00:15:00.255 --> 00:15:03.192
  • AND REMEMBER WHAT HESAYS WHAT'S GONNA HAPPEN
  • 00:15:03.225 --> 00:15:05.594
  • IF WE DON'T DO THAT, HE SAYS,
  • 00:15:05.627 --> 00:15:06.829
  • "REMEMBER THE DEEDSYOU DID AT FIRST,
  • 00:15:06.862 --> 00:15:09.732
  • OR ELSE I AM COMING TO YOU ANDWE'LL REMOVE YOUR LAMPSTAND
  • 00:15:09.765 --> 00:15:14.136
  • OUT OF ITS PLACE,UNLESS YOU REPENT."
  • 00:15:14.169 --> 00:15:17.406
  • THE CHURCH IS A LIGHT TOTHE WORLD, BUT HE SAID,
  • 00:15:17.439 --> 00:15:20.175
  • JUST LIKE YOU DISCARDA BURNT-OUT LIGHT BULB,
  • 00:15:20.209 --> 00:15:22.978
  • YOU THROW IT AWAY AND PICKUP ANOTHER LIGHT BULB TO USE.
  • 00:15:23.012 --> 00:15:27.950
  • IF ANY CHURCH,INCLUDING THIS CHURCH,
  • 00:15:29.018 --> 00:15:30.753
  • FORGETS ITS REASON FOR EXISTING,
  • 00:15:30.786 --> 00:15:32.988
  • HE'S GONNA DISCARD US,NOT USE US ANY LONGER.
  • 00:15:34.556 --> 00:15:38.060
  • FIND SOMEBODY ELSETO USE IN OUR PLACE.
  • 00:15:38.093 --> 00:15:41.864
  • WARREN WIERSBE WASRIGHT WHEN HE WROTE,
  • 00:15:41.897 --> 00:15:43.565
  • "THE CHURCH THAT LOSES ITSLOVE WILL SOON LOSE ITS LIGHT,
  • 00:15:43.599 --> 00:15:48.003
  • NO MATTER HOW DOCTRINALLYSOUND, IT MAY BE."
  • 00:15:48.037 --> 00:15:51.874
  • RETURN TO YOUR FIRSTLOVE, TO JESUS CHRIST,
  • 00:15:51.907 --> 00:15:54.977
  • AND THE ONE THING HEHAS LEFT YOU HERE TO DO.
  • 00:15:55.010 --> 00:15:57.813
  • JESUS GAVE THIS PROMISE,BY THE WAY, TO EPHESUS,
  • 00:15:59.014 --> 00:16:02.351
  • "HE WHO HAS AN EAR, LET HIMHEAR WHAT THE SPIRIT SAYS.
  • 00:16:02.384 --> 00:16:05.487
  • TO HIM WHO OVERCOMES I WILLGRANT THE TREE OF LIFE,
  • 00:16:05.521 --> 00:16:09.792
  • WHICH IS IN THEPARADISE OF GOD."
  • 00:16:09.825 --> 00:16:11.693
  • WHO ARE THE OVERCOMERS?
  • 00:16:11.727 --> 00:16:12.928
  • IT'S NOT SOME SPECIALGROUP OF CHRISTIANS.
  • 00:16:12.961 --> 00:16:15.364
  • IT'S THOSE WHO PERSEVEREIN SPITE OF DIFFICULTY.
  • 00:16:15.397 --> 00:16:18.600
  • 1 JOHN 5:5, AND "WHO IS THEONE WHO OVERCOMES THE WORLD,
  • 00:16:18.634 --> 00:16:22.004
  • BUT HE WHO BELIEVES THATJESUS IS THE SON OF GOD?"
  • 00:16:22.037 --> 00:16:25.941
  • NOW THE SECOND CHURCHIS THE CHURCH AT SMYRNA.
  • 00:16:25.974 --> 00:16:28.277
  • THIS IS A UNIQUE CHURCHBECAUSE IT'S ONE OF THE TWO
  • 00:16:28.310 --> 00:16:31.914
  • THAT JESUS DIDN'T CONDEMN.
  • 00:16:31.947 --> 00:16:34.149
  • SMYRNA WAS ABOUT 55MILES NORTH OF EPHESUS.
  • 00:16:34.183 --> 00:16:39.188
  • THE WORD, SMYRNA,COMES FROM THE WORD
  • 00:16:40.355 --> 00:16:41.523
  • THAT WE GET MYRRH,THAT FRAGRANT INCENSE.
  • 00:16:41.557 --> 00:16:45.828
  • THE WISE MEN BROUGHTMYRRH TO THE LORD.
  • 00:16:45.861 --> 00:16:48.597
  • MYRRH WAS USED AS,NOT AN EMBALMING,
  • 00:16:48.630 --> 00:16:51.533
  • BUT A SUBSTANCE TOPRESERVE CORPSES.
  • 00:16:51.567 --> 00:16:55.170
  • IT HAD A SWEET FRAGRANCE, BUTTHAT FRAGRANCE WAS RELEASED
  • 00:16:55.204 --> 00:16:58.607
  • ONLY WHEN MYRRHWAS UNDER PRESSURE,
  • 00:16:58.640 --> 00:17:00.943
  • WHEN IT HAD BEEN POUNDED.
  • 00:17:00.976 --> 00:17:02.544
  • AND THAT'S EXACTLYWHAT WAS HAPPENING
  • 00:17:02.578 --> 00:17:04.613
  • TO THE CHRISTIANS AT SMYRNA.
  • 00:17:04.646 --> 00:17:06.115
  • THEY WERE UNDER PERSECUTION.
  • 00:17:06.148 --> 00:17:08.083
  • AND THAT'S WHY THISDESCRIPTION OF CHRIST
  • 00:17:08.117 --> 00:17:09.985
  • IS ESPECIALLY APPLICABLE.
  • 00:17:10.018 --> 00:17:12.454
  • "I AM THE FIRST AND THE LAST,
  • 00:17:12.488 --> 00:17:14.323
  • WHO WAS DEAD, ANDHAS COME TO LIFE."
  • 00:17:14.356 --> 00:17:17.159
  • THE CITY OF SMYRNAHAD DIED SEVERAL TIMES
  • 00:17:17.192 --> 00:17:20.129
  • THROUGH INVASIONS ANDCOME BACK TO LIFE,
  • 00:17:20.162 --> 00:17:22.231
  • BUT THIS WAS TALKINGABOUT THE CHRISTIANS.
  • 00:17:22.264 --> 00:17:24.466
  • JESUS IS SAYING, NO MATTERHOW BEATEN DOWN YOU FEEL,
  • 00:17:24.500 --> 00:17:27.569
  • REMEMBER I WAS CRUCIFIED, BUTI CAME BACK TO LIFE AGAIN,
  • 00:17:27.603 --> 00:17:31.974
  • AND SO WILL YOU.
  • 00:17:32.007 --> 00:17:33.876
  • NOTICE THE AFFIRMATIONFOR THE CHURCH OF SMYRNA
  • 00:17:33.909 --> 00:17:36.211
  • IN VERSE NINE?
  • 00:17:36.245 --> 00:17:37.679
  • "I KNOW YOUR TRIBULATION ANDYOUR POVERTY, BUT YOU ARE RICH,
  • 00:17:37.713 --> 00:17:42.050
  • AND THE BLASPHEMY BY THOSEWHO SAY THEY ARE JEWS,
  • 00:17:42.084 --> 00:17:45.988
  • BUT ARE THE SYNAGOGUE OF SATAN."
  • 00:17:46.021 --> 00:17:48.657
  • HE SAID, I'M AWARE OF YOURPERSECUTION OR TRIBULATION.
  • 00:17:48.690 --> 00:17:51.827
  • THAT WORD TRIBULATION, THLIPSIS,MEANS TO BE UNDER PRESSURE.
  • 00:17:51.860 --> 00:17:56.431
  • AND BY THE WAY, HE SAID,
  • 00:17:56.465 --> 00:17:57.966
  • "I KNOW OF THE BLASPHEMY BYTHOSE WHO SAY THEY ARE JEWS,
  • 00:17:58.000 --> 00:18:00.536
  • BUT ARE NOT."
  • 00:18:00.569 --> 00:18:01.603
  • THE JEWISH ARE THE CHRISTIANSTHAT SMYRNA WOULD NEED
  • 00:18:02.938 --> 00:18:05.607
  • IN THE JEWISH SYNAGOGUE FOR AWHILE, BUT FINALLY THE JEWS,
  • 00:18:05.641 --> 00:18:08.777
  • SOME OF THEM DISPELLED THEM
  • 00:18:08.810 --> 00:18:10.712
  • AND WORKED WITH THE ROMANGOVERNMENT TO IMPRISON THEM.
  • 00:18:10.746 --> 00:18:14.082
  • AND THEY MADE THESE SIX CHARGES
  • 00:18:14.116 --> 00:18:15.784
  • AGAINST THECHRISTIANS IN SMYRNA.
  • 00:18:15.817 --> 00:18:18.187
  • THEY ACCUSED THEM, FIRSTOF ALL, OF BEING CANNIBALS.
  • 00:18:18.220 --> 00:18:20.923
  • CAN YOU IMAGINE?
  • 00:18:20.956 --> 00:18:22.457
  • CANNIBALS BECAUSE THEY ATE OFTHE BODY AND BLOOD OF CHRIST.
  • 00:18:22.491 --> 00:18:25.994
  • THEY ACCUSED THEM OF IMMORALITYBECAUSE THEY PARTICIPATED
  • 00:18:26.028 --> 00:18:29.431
  • IN THE LOVE FEAST,WHICH WAS NOTHING MORE
  • 00:18:29.464 --> 00:18:31.934
  • THAN THE COMMUNAL MEALTHE CHURCH WOULD HAVE
  • 00:18:31.967 --> 00:18:34.036
  • EVERY SUNDAY NIGHT CLOSINGWITH THE LORD'S SUPPER.
  • 00:18:34.069 --> 00:18:37.172
  • THEY CALLED THEMDESTROYERS OF FAMILIES
  • 00:18:37.206 --> 00:18:39.241
  • BECAUSE FAMILIES WERE OSTRACIZED
  • 00:18:39.274 --> 00:18:42.044
  • BECAUSE OF THEIRCOMMITMENT TO CHRIST.
  • 00:18:42.077 --> 00:18:44.046
  • CALLED THEM ATHEISTS BECAUSETHEY REFUSED TO BOW DOWN
  • 00:18:44.079 --> 00:18:46.982
  • TO THE EMPEROR,THE PAGAN DEITIES.
  • 00:18:47.015 --> 00:18:49.384
  • THEY WERE CALLED TREASONOUS,
  • 00:18:49.418 --> 00:18:51.086
  • AND THIS GOT THEROMANS RILED UP,
  • 00:18:51.119 --> 00:18:53.055
  • BECAUSE THEIR FIRSTALLEGIANCE WAS NOT TO CAESAR,
  • 00:18:53.088 --> 00:18:55.624
  • BUT JESUS CHRIST.
  • 00:18:55.657 --> 00:18:56.825
  • AND THEY ACTUALLYCALLED THEM ANARCHISTS
  • 00:18:56.858 --> 00:18:59.895
  • BECAUSE THEY TAUGHTTHAT THE WORLD
  • 00:18:59.928 --> 00:19:01.463
  • WOULD BE BURNED UP ONE DAY.
  • 00:19:01.496 --> 00:19:03.565
  • THIS WAS THE CHARGE AGAINSTTHE CHRISTIANS AT SMYRNA.
  • 00:19:03.599 --> 00:19:08.136
  • BUT NOTICE THE PROMISE?
  • 00:19:08.170 --> 00:19:11.607
  • NOW, IF I WERE JESUS,
  • 00:19:11.640 --> 00:19:14.109
  • WOULDN'T THAT BE ASCARY THOUGHT TO YOU?
  • 00:19:14.142 --> 00:19:16.445
  • AND I WANTED TO COMFORTTHE CHRISTIANS THAT SMYRNA,
  • 00:19:16.478 --> 00:19:19.581
  • I WOULD SAY, JUST HOLD ONFOR A LITTLE BIT LONGER,
  • 00:19:19.615 --> 00:19:21.883
  • BECAUSE I PROMISE THINGSARE GONNA GET BETTER.
  • 00:19:21.917 --> 00:19:24.386
  • IF YOU WERE ACHRISTIAN AT SMYRNA
  • 00:19:24.419 --> 00:19:26.121
  • AND YOU WERE SUFFERINGALL OF THESE ATTACKS,
  • 00:19:26.154 --> 00:19:28.223
  • WOULDN'T THAT BE THEMESSAGE YOU'D WANT TO HEAR?
  • 00:19:28.257 --> 00:19:30.425
  • HANG ON, THINGS AREGOING TO GET BETTER.
  • 00:19:30.459 --> 00:19:33.862
  • THERE IS NO PROMISE THATTHINGS ARE GONNA GET BETTER
  • 00:19:33.895 --> 00:19:36.665
  • IN THE SHORT TERM FOR ANY OF US.
  • 00:19:36.698 --> 00:19:38.867
  • IN FACT, JUST THE OPPOSITE.
  • 00:19:38.900 --> 00:19:40.302
  • LOOK AT VERSE 10.
  • 00:19:40.335 --> 00:19:41.603
  • HERE'S WHAT JESUS SAID.
  • 00:19:41.637 --> 00:19:43.038
  • "DO NOT FEAR WHAT YOUARE ABOUT TO SUFFER."
  • 00:19:43.071 --> 00:19:47.976
  • YOU'RE SUFFERING NOW,IT'S GONNA GET WORSE.
  • 00:19:48.010 --> 00:19:50.846
  • "BEHOLD, THE DEVIL IS ABOUT THECAST SOME OF YOU INTO PRISON
  • 00:19:50.879 --> 00:19:54.149
  • SO THAT YOU WILL BE TESTED,
  • 00:19:54.182 --> 00:19:55.917
  • AND YOU WILL HAVETRIBULATION FOR 10 DAYS."
  • 00:19:55.951 --> 00:19:58.987
  • THE ROMANS IMPRISONEDPEOPLE, NOT AS PUNISHMENT,
  • 00:19:59.021 --> 00:20:01.823
  • BUT AS A TOOL FOR COERCION,
  • 00:20:01.857 --> 00:20:04.660
  • TO FORCE THEM TO ACKNOWLEDGETHAT CAESAR WAS LORD.
  • 00:20:04.693 --> 00:20:09.231
  • AND HE SAID, THIS ISGONNA HAPPEN TO YOU
  • 00:20:09.264 --> 00:20:10.966
  • FOR A PERIOD OF 10 DAYS,
  • 00:20:10.999 --> 00:20:12.501
  • YOU'RE GOING TO BECAST INTO PRISON.
  • 00:20:12.534 --> 00:20:15.637
  • YOU SAY, WELL, WHERE'STHE GOOD NEWS FOR THAT?
  • 00:20:15.671 --> 00:20:18.173
  • VERSE 10, "BEFAITHFUL UNTIL DEATH,
  • 00:20:18.206 --> 00:20:21.543
  • AND I WILL GIVE YOUTHE CROWN OF LIFE.
  • 00:20:21.576 --> 00:20:24.746
  • HE WHO HAS AN EAR, LET HIMHEAR WHAT THE SPIRIT SAYS
  • 00:20:24.780 --> 00:20:27.482
  • TO THE CHURCHES.
  • 00:20:27.516 --> 00:20:28.984
  • HE WHO OVERCOMES WILL NOT BEHURT BY THE SECOND DEATH."
  • 00:20:29.017 --> 00:20:31.420
  • WHAT IS HE TALKING ABOUT?
  • 00:20:31.453 --> 00:20:33.288
  • WE ALL EXPERIENCE THE FIRSTDEATH, UNLESS WE'RE RAPTURED.
  • 00:20:33.322 --> 00:20:36.825
  • THE FIRST DEATH IS THESEPARATION OF OUR SPIRIT
  • 00:20:36.858 --> 00:20:39.928
  • FROM OUR BODY.
  • 00:20:39.961 --> 00:20:40.862
  • TO BE ABSENT FROM THE BODY
  • 00:20:40.896 --> 00:20:42.264
  • IS TO BE AT HOME WITH THE LORD.
  • 00:20:42.297 --> 00:20:44.199
  • NOTHING TO FEAR ABOUTTHE FIRST DEATH,
  • 00:20:44.232 --> 00:20:45.901
  • IF YOU'RE A CHRISTIAN.
  • 00:20:45.934 --> 00:20:47.235
  • BUT THE SECOND DEATHIS ETERNAL DEATH.
  • 00:20:47.269 --> 00:20:50.572
  • THE SEPARATION OF OURSPIRIT FROM GOD HIMSELF.
  • 00:20:50.605 --> 00:20:54.109
  • AND THAT'S THE FATETHAT AWAITS EVERYBODY
  • 00:20:54.142 --> 00:20:56.311
  • WHO DOESN'T KNOWCHRIST AS SAVIOR.
  • 00:20:56.345 --> 00:20:58.914
  • THE FIRST DEATH STINGSFOR JUST A SECOND.
  • 00:20:58.947 --> 00:21:01.550
  • THE SECOND DEATH IS TORMENTFOREVER AND EVER AND EVER.
  • 00:21:03.185 --> 00:21:08.156
  • THE BIBLE, "BEFAITHFUL UNTO DEATH,
  • 00:21:09.358 --> 00:21:12.761
  • AND I WILL GIVE YOUTHE CROWN OF LIFE."
  • 00:21:12.794 --> 00:21:15.263
  • WHAT KIND OF COMMITMENT DOESJESUS REQUIRE FROM YOU AND ME?
  • 00:21:16.732 --> 00:21:21.336
  • THAT KIND OF COMMITMENT,
  • 00:21:23.205 --> 00:21:24.573
  • A COMMITMENT TO MAKEOUR PRIORITY IN LIFE
  • 00:21:24.606 --> 00:21:28.176
  • THE SALVATION OF SOULS.
  • 00:21:28.210 --> 00:21:30.579
  • TO MAKE OUR FIRSTTHOUGHT IN THE MORNING
  • 00:21:30.612 --> 00:21:32.381
  • AND OUR LAST THOUGHT AT NIGHT,
  • 00:21:32.414 --> 00:21:34.349
  • WHO CAN I REACH WITH THEGOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST?
  • 00:21:35.550 --> 00:21:39.721
  • THAT'S THE KIND OF COMMITMENTHE TALKED TO THE CHURCH
  • 00:21:39.755 --> 00:21:41.790
  • AT EPHESUS ABOUT, RETURNINGTO THEIR FIRST LOVE.
  • 00:21:41.823 --> 00:21:45.727
  • BUT HE ALSO REQUIRES FROMEACH ONE OF US COURAGE.
  • 00:21:45.761 --> 00:21:49.898
  • THE COURAGE TO ENDURE WHATEVERHOSTILITY THAT COMES AT US
  • 00:21:49.931 --> 00:21:54.636
  • AND OUR OBEDIENCE TOTHE COMMAND OF GOD.
  • 00:21:55.837 --> 00:21:59.241
  • ARE YOU WILLING TO BE OBEDIENTTO THE POINT OF DEATH?
  • 00:22:00.575 --> 00:22:03.678
  • REMEMBER, "HE ISFAITHFUL UNTO DEATH,
  • 00:22:05.147 --> 00:22:08.550
  • I WILL GIVE THE CROWN OF LIFE."
  • 00:22:08.583 --> 00:22:10.986
  • ♪ MUSIC
  • 00:22:11.019 --> 00:22:14.189
  • CHRIST NEVER PROMISED THATFOLLOWING HM WOULD BE EASY,
  • 00:22:17.125 --> 00:22:20.729
  • BUT THE PRIZE THAT AWAITSTHOSE WHO PERSEVERE
  • 00:22:20.762 --> 00:22:23.698
  • IS WORTH MORE THAN ANYTHINGTHIS WORLD CAN OFFER.
  • 00:22:23.732 --> 00:22:27.669
  • AS WE CONCLUDE TODAY,
  • 00:22:27.702 --> 00:22:28.904
  • I'D LIKE TO OFFER AWORD OF ENCOURAGEMENT
  • 00:22:28.937 --> 00:22:30.839
  • TO THOSE OF YOU WHO SUPPORT"PATHWAY TO VICTORY."
  • 00:22:30.872 --> 00:22:33.742
  • BECAUSE WHILE IT'SMY VOICE YOU HEAR
  • 00:22:33.775 --> 00:22:36.311
  • ON THIS TELEVISION PROGRAM,
  • 00:22:36.344 --> 00:22:38.280
  • IT'S YOUR GIFT THAT ALLOWSUS TO TOUCH SO MANY LIVES.
  • 00:22:38.313 --> 00:22:43.084
  • NOT LONG AGO, MATTHEWWROTE FROM OHIO AND SAID,
  • 00:22:43.118 --> 00:22:46.455
  • "PASTOR JEFFRESS, IN A WORLDTHAT WANTS TO DEFINE GOD
  • 00:22:46.488 --> 00:22:50.125
  • IN ITS OWN WAY, PATHWAYTO VICTORY HAS TAUGHT ME
  • 00:22:50.158 --> 00:22:53.395
  • HOW TO STAND FORCHRIST WITH COURAGE."
  • 00:22:53.428 --> 00:22:56.765
  • HE WENT ON TO EXPRESSHIS THANKS TO ME,
  • 00:22:56.798 --> 00:22:59.100
  • BUT REALLY MATTHEW'S GRATITUDEBELONGS TO PEOPLE LIKE YOU
  • 00:22:59.134 --> 00:23:03.705
  • WHO GIVE SO GENEROUSLY.
  • 00:23:03.738 --> 00:23:05.740
  • SO THANK YOU FORPLACING YOUR CONFIDENCE
  • 00:23:05.774 --> 00:23:08.543
  • IN "PATHWAY TO VICTORY."
  • 00:23:08.577 --> 00:23:10.378
  • GOD IS TRULY USINGYOUR INVESTMENT
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  • TO PIERCE THE DARKNESSWITH THE LIGHT OF HIS WORD.
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  • NOW STAY RIGHT THERE,
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  • I'LL BE BACK WITH MORE"PATHWAY TO VICTORY"
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  • IN JUST A MOMENT.
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  • ♪ MUSIC
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  • (CLOCK TICKING)
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  • [NARRATOR] IN LIGHTOF CURRENT EVENTS,
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  • YOU CAN'T HELP BUT WONDER IFWE'RE LIVING IN THE END TIMES.
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  • [ROBERT] ONE DAY,THE BIBLE SAYS,
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  • THE TRUMPET IS GOING TO SOUND.
  • 00:23:32.567 --> 00:23:34.302
  • THE HEAVENS ARE GOING TO PART,
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  • SHOULD THAT AFFECTHOW WE LIVE TODAY?
  • 00:23:37.506 --> 00:23:40.408
  • [NARRATOR] DR. ROBERTJEFFRESS EXPLAINS WHERE WE ARE
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  • ON GOD'S PROPHETIC TIMELINE,
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  • AND WHY CHRISTIANS DON'TNEED TO FEAR THE END
  • 00:23:44.379 --> 00:23:47.082
  • IN HIS BRAND NEW BOOK, "THERAPTURE: FACT OR FANTASY."
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  • JESUS CHRIST COULD USHER INTHE END TIMES TRIBULATION
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  • AT ANY MOMENT, ANDFACING THIS TRUTH
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  • WILL HAVE A PROFOUND IMPACT ONTHE WAY YOU AND I LIVE TODAY.
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  • [NARRATOR] A COPY OF DR.JEFFRESS' BOOK ON THE RAPTURE
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  • IS YOURS WHEN YOUGIVE A GENEROUS GIFT
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  • TO "PATHWAY TO VICTORY."
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  • AND WHEN YOUR GIFTIS $100 OR MORE,
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  • YOU'LL ALSO RECEIVEDR. JEFFRESS' SERIES
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  • ON THE BOOK OF REVELATION,"FINAL CONQUEST,"
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  • ON BOTH CD AND DVD.
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  • IT COULD HAPPEN AT ANY MOMENT,THE RAPTURE OF THE CHURCH.
  • 00:24:18.113 --> 00:24:20.081
  • THERE ARE NO PROPHECIESTHAT HAVE TO BE FULFILLED
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  • FOR THE RAPTURE.
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  • IT COULD HAPPEN BEFORE WECONCLUDE THE SERVICE TODAY.
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  • [NARRATOR] THANKYOU FOR PARTNERING
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  • WITH "PATHWAY TO VICTORY"
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  • TO SHARE THE GOODNEWS OF THE GOSPEL
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  • AT A TIME WHEN OURWORLD NEEDS IT MOST.
  • 00:24:31.860 --> 00:24:34.195
  • IN THESE DAYS OFANXIETY AND STRIFE,
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  • "PATHWAY TO VICTORY"IS REACHING MORE PEOPLE
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  • THAN EVER BEFORE WITH THEBOLD TEACHING OF GOD'S TRUTH.
  • 00:24:38.800 --> 00:24:42.103
  • AND WHEN YOU GIVE GENEROUSLYTO SUPPORT THE MINISTRY
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  • OF "PATHWAY TO VICTORY,"PLEASE REQUEST YOUR COPY
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  • OF DR. JEFFRESS' BRAND NEWBOOK AND TEACHING SERIES.
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  • ♪ MUSIC
  • 00:24:53.048 --> 00:24:54.416
  • AS YOU CAN TELL,THERE'S SO MUCH MORE
  • 00:24:54.449 --> 00:24:56.351
  • TO THE BOOK OF REVELATIONTHAN JUST BIBLE PROPHECY,
  • 00:24:56.384 --> 00:24:59.754
  • ALTHOUGH THAT'S CERTAINLYA MAJOR PART OF.
  • 00:24:59.788 --> 00:25:02.591
  • IN THESE EARLY CHAPTERSOF JOHN'S WRITINGS,
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  • WE FIND AN HONESTAPPRAISAL FROM JESUS
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  • ABOUT SEVERAL CHURCHES,
  • 00:25:08.296 --> 00:25:10.165
  • AND BOTH HIS CRITIQUEAND PRAISE TEACH US
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  • WHAT JESUS VALUES MOST INOUR LOCAL CHURCHES TODAY.
  • 00:25:13.335 --> 00:25:18.039
  • WELL, IS IT POSSIBLE FORCHRISTIANS TO BE TOO ACCEPTING
  • 00:25:18.073 --> 00:25:22.410
  • AND TOO TOLERANT?
  • 00:25:22.444 --> 00:25:24.045
  • OUR CULTURE WOULD SAY, NO,BUT GOD'S WORD SAYS, YES.
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  • STAY TUNED FOR A PREVIEW OFWHAT'S COMING UP NEXT TIME
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  • ON "PATHWAY TO VICTORY."
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  • [ANNOUNCER] TODAY, WHENYOU GIVE A GENEROUS GIFT
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  • TO SUPPORT THE MINISTRYOF "PATHWAY TO VICTORY,"
  • 00:25:36.925 --> 00:25:39.494
  • WE'LL SAY THANKS BYSENDING YOU A COPY
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  • OF DR. JEFFRESS'BRAND NEW BOOK TITLED,
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  • "THE RAPTURE: FACT OR FANTASY,"
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  • PLUS THE BOOKLET, "BIBLEPROPHECY MADE SIMPLE,"
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  • IS OUR GIFT TO YOU SIMPLYFOR CONTACTING US TODAY
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  • AT "PATHWAY TO VICTORY."
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  • AND WHEN YOUR GIFT IS $100OR MORE, WE'LL ALSO SEND YOU
  • 00:25:54.209 --> 00:25:58.279
  • THE COMPLETE FINALCONQUEST TEACHING SERIES
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  • ON BOTH CD AND DVD.
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  • THESE PROGRAMS ARE MADE POSSIBLE
  • 00:26:03.718 --> 00:26:05.420
  • BECAUSE OF YOURGENEROUS SUPPORT.
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  • SO THANKS FOR CALLING,WRITING, OR GOING ONLINE
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  • TO GIVE TODAY.
  • 00:26:10.225 --> 00:26:11.459
  • NOW, COMING UP NEXT TIMEON "PATHWAY TO VICTORY."
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  • THE ONLY THING THAT THEWORLD CAN SEE OF JESUS CHRIST
  • 00:26:14.596 --> 00:26:18.299
  • IS THE BODY OFCHRIST, THE CHURCH.
  • 00:26:18.333 --> 00:26:21.503
  • THE LOCAL CHURCH IS THEREPRESENTATION OF JESUS CHRIST,
  • 00:26:21.536 --> 00:26:26.474
  • AND WHAT THE WORLDTHINKS OF THE CHURCH,
  • 00:26:27.742 --> 00:26:30.445
  • IT ENDS UP THINKINGABOUT JESUS HIMSELF.
  • 00:26:30.478 --> 00:26:33.948
  • THAT IS WHY GOD IS SOINTERESTED IN MAKING SURE
  • 00:26:33.982 --> 00:26:38.286
  • THAT THE CHURCH REFLECTS THEBEAUTY AND THE GLORY OF JESUS.
  • 00:26:38.319 --> 00:26:43.324
  • [ANNOUNCER] SET YOUR DVRAND JOIN US NEXT TIME
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  • FOR THE MESSAGE, "THE CHURCHTHAT WAS TOO ACCEPTING,"
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  • HERE ON "PATHWAY TO VICTORY."
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  • ♪ MUSIC
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  • ON SUNDAY MORNINGS.
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  • WORLD AND ENJOY MAJESTICMUSIC FROM THE
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  • CHOIR AND ORCHESTRA.
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  • ALONG WITH BOLD ANDCLEAR BIBLE TEACHING FROM.
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  • DR. ROBERT JEFFRESS.
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