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September 9, 2019
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John The Baptist

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  • Danica Stone: What about the book promo?
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  • Riley: I haven't heard. They might pull it.
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  • Danica: They're gonna pull it?
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  • female: Ten, nine, makeup out.
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  • Seven.
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  • Danica: I haven't even read this retraction, Riley.
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  • female: Five.
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  • male: Four, three, two, one.
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  • Danica: Hello, I'm Danica Stone,
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  • and welcome to this story.
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  • Choco de Jesus: One of the most interesting people in the
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  • Bible to me is a man named John the Baptist.
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  • He is the only prophet mentioned in a 400-year time period
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  • between the end of the Old Testament and the birth of Jesus
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  • in the New Testament.
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  • Four hundred years is a very big gap to step into with godly
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  • words and deeds.
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  • But John did it. He stood in the gap.
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  • Many people think of John the Baptist as some sort of wild
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  • man, living in the wilderness area,
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  • carrying out a staff, wearing a rough camel's hair garment,
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  • eating strange food, and crying,
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  • "Repent! Repent!"
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  • He seemed the ultimate fulfillment of the prophetic
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  • word in the Old Testament of prophet crying in
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  • the wilderness.
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  • That, however, is not all there is to this man, John.
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  • You see, in ancient times, news and viewers were frequently
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  • spread through oral messages in public areas.
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  • Town criers were popular.
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  • In our own nation until the late 19th century,
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  • people were burning messages including people with spiritual
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  • message and others with secular news.
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  • Today, that process of crying out is usually
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  • called broadcasting.
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  • Preachers often make their way into radio and
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  • television broadcasting.
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  • The newscasters are now crying out 24/7.
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  • Like many people in our culture today,
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  • I keep up with that, the town criers.
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  • They're saying, it seems like everyone has their own spin,
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  • every program, their own agenda.
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  • All the while, everyone's trying to maintain a political correct
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  • stance in a world that has no moral absolutes.
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  • We're living in an age where people look for offense.
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  • Riley: Here are the bullet points for the second
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  • segment interview.
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  • For the congressman's piece from the Capitol,
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  • he'll remote in live.
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  • The network is really pushing for the A-block on that.
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  • I don't think we have a choice to do it anywhere else.
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  • It just does not work.
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  • Danica: We always have a choice, Riley.
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  • It's not about what works, it's about what matters, all right?
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  • Keep the congressman in the C-block.
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  • How's my book promo for the close?
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  • Riley: All set.
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  • Publisher signed off ten minutes ago.
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  • They said you're gonna debut at number one.
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  • Chris: You need to come with me right now.
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  • Danica: We're on in ten.
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  • Chris: Aaron is in the conference room.
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  • Danica: Ooh, visiting us minions from the 45th floor.
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  • Chris: It's not a joke.
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  • Danica: All right, I'll be flying in.
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  • Keep the congressman in the C-block.
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  • It's not about what works--
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  • Riley: It's about what matters.
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  • Ten minutes!
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  • Aaron: Yeah, I know. We'll get it figured out.
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  • They're coming now.
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  • Okay, I'll let you go, bye.
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  • Danica: Aaron, nice to see you.
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  • Aaron: Have a seat.
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  • Danica: We go live in five. What's up?
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  • Aaron: You need to read that live on the air tonight.
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  • It's a retraction.
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  • Danica: For what?
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  • Aaron: For what you said last night.
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  • Danica: No matter what side we're on,
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  • we all live in the greatest nation in the world.
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  • One nation under God, indivisible.
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  • Let's not let things divide us.
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  • God bless you and God bless America.
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  • Aaron: I've told you a dozen times you need to dial it back.
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  • Danica: What am I supposed to apologize for?
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  • Saying the Pledge of Allegiance, one nation under God,
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  • God bless you, God bless America?
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  • Aaron: That's insensitive and marginalizing.
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  • Since your comment last night you've caused an uproar.
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  • It's costing us ad dollars.
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  • Had three major sponsors pull out in the last six hours.
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  • This thing is going viral.
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  • Danica: I thought viral was a good thing.
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  • Chris: Not like this.
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  • Aaron: You'll drop the retraction at the close
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  • and you'll keep your job.
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  • Danica: My book promo's been slotted for the
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  • close for months.
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  • We're supposed to go out on that.
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  • The publisher will go nuts.
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  • Aaron: You retract the statement,
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  • you apologize to anyone you might have offended,
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  • and you come back on Monday.
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  • Danica: And if I don't?
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  • Aaron: Hannah Davenport's been dying for her own show.
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  • Danica: Hannah Davenport's a hack.
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  • Riley: Danica, I need you now.
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  • You guys, we're out, like, three minutes and
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  • I still gotta mic her.
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  • Aaron: Have a good show.
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  • Have a good show.
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  • Riley: What's taken so long?
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  • Aaron: Yeah, she's gonna drop it.
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  • We--she's gonna do it.
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  • Danica: How long? Riley: Sixty to bumper.
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  • Chris: What are you gonna do?
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  • Danica: I can't apologize for what I said.
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  • I didn't say anything wrong.
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  • Chris: I know you didn't, but that doesn't matter now.
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  • Danica: This is not who I am.
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  • This is not why we have a show.
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  • Chris: If you don't issue a retraction,
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  • we don't have a show.
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  • Riley: You guys, 20 seconds.
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  • I had the congressman in the C-block, just like you asked.
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  • Danica: What about the book promo?
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  • Riley: I haven't heard.
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  • They might pull it.
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  • Danica: They're gonna pull it?
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  • Riley: Ten, nine, makeup out.
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  • Seven.
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  • Danica: I haven't even read this retraction, Riley.
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  • Riley: Five, four, three.
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  • Danica: Hello, I'm Danica Stone,
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  • and welcome to this story.
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  • Choco: So let me ask you, have you ever been pressured
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  • to do something you didn't wanna do?
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  • Or pressured to do something that you didn't think was right?
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  • There were many people in authority positions who wanted
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  • to silence John the Baptist.
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  • They had no use for his message or his methods, why?
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  • One of the reason was John the Baptist was born into a
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  • prestigious family in Jerusalem.
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  • His father was a significant priest offering sacrifices in
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  • the temple for many years, many years, y'all.
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  • Even so, by the time John was a young adult,
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  • the religious system in Jerusalem had changed.
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  • Just like political parties change power,
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  • so did the power change in Jerusalem.
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  • The priesthood was divided into two parties and John's party,
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  • well, they were losing.
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  • They were out of power, out of influence.
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  • The party that was in power, they were corrupt and primarily
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  • interested in serving themselves.
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  • So John's message was not only different and distinctive but it
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  • was threatening to the current political and power structures
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  • operating in Jerusalem.
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  • John stood for repentance.
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  • He had a focused message.
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  • "Turn away from your sinful ways.
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  • Return to God."
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  • He would call all those who repented to be baptized as an
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  • outward sign of their commitment.
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  • Rather than preaching from a pulpit or in Jerusalem where the
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  • power was, John was called to preach from the wilderness,
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  • from the River Jordan and near the ancient city of Jericho.
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  • And boy, did he make an impact.
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  • I mean, people came from the whole area to see this wild man
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  • in the wilderness and hear his message because
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  • it was so different.
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  • His message of change challenged people and prepared them to
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  • receive the Messiah.
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  • John brought a focused message along with a focused method,
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  • but John's greatest strength was knowing that he had been called
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  • by God for a purpose and that purpose,
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  • y'all, was to prepare the way for the coming Messiah.
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  • His message of repentance and change challenged people and
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  • still challenges people today.
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  • I mean, you're being challenged to change and this was his gap.
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  • Sometimes, it's much easier just to go along with the flow,
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  • be passive, avoid making waves, submit to people pressuring you.
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  • Be politically correct.
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  • But sometimes, God calls us to those gaps,
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  • gaps where controversy and debate exist.
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  • Like John, we're called to holiness and repentance.
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  • It's necessary.
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  • Listen, John faced opposition when he started preaching
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  • a message of repentance.
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  • He had powerful enemies who did not want him to preach or
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  • to be--to baptize but he was willing to risk his life to
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  • fill in the gap.
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  • You see, in our story, Danica's life was also put on the line.
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  • Her career, her livelihood, her reputation
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  • very much was at risk.
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  • Robert Kyle: Well, we are one country, after all.
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  • Danica: Yes, sir.
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  • And you may want to inform those in your own
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  • party that's still the case.
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  • Thank you, Congressman.
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  • Robert: Thank you.
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  • Danica: We'll be right back with Friday's night's final word.
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  • Stay right there.
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  • female: All clear. Three minutes, guys.
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  • male: Well, that went better than we thought it would.
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  • You should have seen the look on his face when you broke the news
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  • about the vote.
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  • He had no idea.
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  • Danica: Friday night scoops, gotta love 'em.
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  • Chris: All right, pull up the bump graphics.
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  • Put the statement up for her on the prompter.
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  • Riley: You were right about keeping it in the C-block.
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  • That was awesome.
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  • Chris: All right, got the retraction on the prompter.
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  • Danica: I haven't even read it.
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  • All I said was "God bless America," for goodness sake.
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  • Are we really gonna do this?
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  • Aaron: We're getting thousands of emails and tweets
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  • calling for your head.
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  • Boycotts from all of our sponsors.
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  • You are doing this.
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  • Danica: Chris, has anyone talked to my publisher
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  • about the book promo?
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  • Aaron: No promo, no promo. Got it?
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  • Chris: I think someone has.
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  • I haven't been here so I don't know.
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  • Aaron: You won't even have a publisher if you don't
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  • read the retraction.
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  • Chris: Okay, this is my show. She's my talent.
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  • Let me handle her, please.
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  • Danica: Who wrote this? This is ridiculous.
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  • Aaron: Legal and PR.
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  • Chris: Legal and marketing put it together.
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  • Apparently, it's been crafted.
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  • Danica: It doesn't sound anything like me.
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  • It's not me.
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  • "I'm sorry if I offended you for my insensitive comments.
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  • I did not intend to force my religious views on you if you
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  • are or are not religious."
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  • My God, people, come on.
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  • Aaron: She shouldn't say, "My God."
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  • That implies there is one.
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  • Danica: And all those people supported us for our standards.
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  • Riley: I know.
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  • Danica: What are we saying to them if we make
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  • a statement like this?
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  • We've built an audience.
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  • Aaron: You better get her under control.
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  • Chris: You're reading the retraction.
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  • Just doing the job your boss told you to do, that's it, okay?
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  • female: One minute, you guys.
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  • Riley: But, they're right.
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  • You're getting blasted all over social media right now.
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  • You were right to hold the C-block for the congressman.
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  • It was your call and it was the right one.
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  • Hey, we all make choices.
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  • It's not always what works.
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  • You said that. It's--
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  • Danica: What matters. Riley: Yeah.
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  • Danica: Thank you, Riley.
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  • Riley: Back in five, four, three.
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  • Danica: Welcome back.
  • 00:12:25.150 --> 00:12:27.090
  • During last night's closing segment I said something
  • 00:12:27.100 --> 00:12:30.050
  • that was quite controversial.
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  • I mentioned this country. I mentioned God.
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  • And I mentioned a belief that I personally hold.
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  • I've been asked to apologize for declaring--
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  • Aaron: Stop.
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  • Danica: --as our Pledge of Allegiance does,
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  • that we are one nation.
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  • Aaron: Stop her or I will pull it.
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  • Chris: Danica, don't. Danica, don't do this.
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  • Danica: I have been told to apologize for saying,
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  • "God bless you," and "God bless America."
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  • Aaron: Get her off the air. Chris: Don't do this, Danica.
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  • Danica: Tonight, I'm not going to apologize.
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  • Aaron: Get her off the air right now.
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  • Chris: She's not listening to me.
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  • Danica: I'm going to say, "God bless you,"
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  • praying that he does.
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  • That prayer, "God bless you," may not be for you but it may be
  • 00:13:08.150 --> 00:13:12.120
  • for someone who needs it.
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  • For the single mom down to her last $5,
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  • God bless her.
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  • To the soldier fighting for our freedom,
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  • God bless him.
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  • To the father who lost his job, to the family who lost their
  • 00:13:24.180 --> 00:13:30.250
  • child to cancer, God bless them.
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  • Aaron: Go to commercial, now! Right now.
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  • male: Network's ready.
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  • Network's ready on my cue. Seven.
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  • Aaron: Everyone seeing this?
  • 00:13:42.130 --> 00:13:44.020
  • The whole country--
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  • Danica: Not be for God to just bless America so we can
  • 00:13:45.080 --> 00:13:46.240
  • possess those freedoms.
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  • Aaron: Faster! Cut in now!
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  • Danica: Tonight I say, "God bless us--"
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  • [tone sound]
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  • Aaron: Is she off? Chris: It's off, it's off.
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  • Danica: God bless North Korea.
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  • God bless Mexico, Russia.
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  • God bless Kenya. God bless Australia.
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  • God bless us all.
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  • We are all in one way or another in need of a prayer.
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  • My hope is that we recognize that.
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  • Tonight I say, "God bless you," however you may need it.
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  • 00:14:28.210 --> 00:14:38.200
  • 00:14:38.210 --> 00:14:46.140
  • Aaron: You're done. You're finished.
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  • You'll never work anywhere.
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  • Anywhere! I'll make sure of it.
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  • You better call your lawyer.
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  • [phone ringing]
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  • Aaron: This is Aaron.
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  • Yeah, I know. I know.
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  • Choco: Listen, just like Danica,
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  • sometimes we are bullied to compromise our integrity
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  • and our beliefs.
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  • In our story, a boss like Aaron has no regard for anyone but
  • 00:16:24.120 --> 00:16:28.080
  • himself and things haven't changed much
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  • since the Bible times.
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  • The Pharisees and the religious leaders along with the king
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  • tried to bully John the Baptist to compromise
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  • his call to repentance.
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  • He was even thrown into prison by the king that
  • 00:16:41.050 --> 00:16:43.250
  • tried to shut him up.
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  • But by that time, it was too late.
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  • John's message spread like a wildfire through Israel and now
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  • a new man is on the scene who will change history forever and
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  • his name was Jesus.
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  • And his non-political correct call for people to change would
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  • eventually lead him to the cross.
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  • You see, in our story, Danica's convictions were deep and they
  • 00:17:07.180 --> 00:17:12.230
  • were genuine, just like John the Baptist.
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  • Danica was willing to take risk and knew that those risks could
  • 00:17:15.260 --> 00:17:19.190
  • come with a price to pay.
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  • She chose to stand up for what was right instead of cowering to
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  • those who had a different agenda.
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  • In a similar way, we must look at our own lives to see
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  • what we are broadcasting.
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  • Let me ask you, are you broadcasting a message of
  • 00:17:35.190 --> 00:17:38.140
  • integrity, purity, honesty, and generosity?
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  • Are you proclaiming Jesus, just not through your words but
  • 00:17:44.060 --> 00:17:48.060
  • through your action?
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  • When people see you, do they feel challenged to be more like
  • 00:17:49.290 --> 00:17:52.220
  • Jesus or you are afraid of what others may think?
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  • Do you retract your belief in Jesus?
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  • Do you just read the script the world has put in front of you
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  • because you're afraid what others might say or feel?
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  • Can I just share this?
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  • We must respond to John the Baptist and Jesus.
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  • They were not mild people.
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  • Both men drew lines in the sand.
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  • They were an issue of controversy for
  • 00:18:19.050 --> 00:18:22.090
  • every person they met.
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  • C'mon, I mean, they challenged the spiritual apathy and
  • 00:18:24.150 --> 00:18:27.260
  • materialism, and they pointed people toward
  • 00:18:27.270 --> 00:18:31.230
  • a life of meaning and risk.
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  • And we're called to do the same.
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  • We're called to bring the message of God's kingdom
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  • to others, no matter how politically correct it
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  • is or it's not.
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  • When we proclaim the good news, a few will join us and follow
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  • God with all their hearts but many people will think we're
  • 00:18:48.220 --> 00:18:52.290
  • lost, that we have lost our minds.
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  • But that's okay.
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  • They said the same thing about Jesus and John the Baptist.
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  • When we follow John's example, we'll find our voice to speak
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  • out about Jesus and, as we point people to him,
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  • we must remember that it's okay to be offensive.
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  • It's okay to draw a line in the sand.
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  • It may not be easy, y'all, but it's worth it.
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  • John kept the main thing the main thing.
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  • He kept his message about Jesus.
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  • In fact, when Jesus came to be baptized,
  • 00:19:27.120 --> 00:19:30.020
  • he selflessly said, "I must decrease.
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  • You must increase."
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  • That's what "standing in the gap" means.
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  • It means we decrease and Jesus increases.
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  • Integrity, purity, honesty, generosity.
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  • What are you broadcasting to the world?
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  • Check your own character profile.
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  • Your character will be the main reason people hear your message
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  • and follow your example.
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  • 00:20:01.210 --> 00:20:09.030
  • Aaron: Boy, did you cause a reaction.
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  • They're saying it's unprecedented for
  • 00:20:14.260 --> 00:20:16.260
  • this network anyway.
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  • My phone's been blowing up all weekend.
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  • Danica: I turned mine off as soon as your suits called me
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  • about this meeting.
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  • Aaron: You've been unplugged all weekend?
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  • Danica: Mm-hm.
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  • Chris: Where have you been?
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  • I've been trying to get a hold of you.
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  • You turned off your cell phone?
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  • Danica: Yeah.
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  • Aaron: You might wanna turn it back on.
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  • Your Friday close, it's all over social media, 10 million views.
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  • Danica: What?
  • 00:20:41.050 --> 00:20:42.240
  • Chris: Actually, it's at 12 now.
  • 00:20:42.250 --> 00:20:45.200
  • Danica: But you guys pulled the plug.
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  • It didn't go to air.
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  • Aaron: Someone on set was filming and posted it.
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  • Danica: Tonight I say, "God bless you," however
  • 00:20:53.030 --> 00:20:56.180
  • you may need it.
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  • Chris: Hope you've got a change of clothes because you're
  • 00:20:58.280 --> 00:21:00.220
  • doing the morning show in 20 minutes.
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  • Aaron: You're a hashtag, your video's viral.
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  • Danica: I'm assuming in a good way?
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  • Aaron: Web traffic on your page quadrupled over the weekend.
  • 00:21:07.010 --> 00:21:12.020
  • Danica: And the sponsors?
  • 00:21:12.030 --> 00:21:14.240
  • Aaron: Apparently, you have quite the fan base.
  • 00:21:14.250 --> 00:21:16.200
  • The advertisers heard them loud and clear.
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  • Chris: Your show's number one,
  • 00:21:19.020 --> 00:21:20.110
  • your book is number one.
  • 00:21:20.120 --> 00:21:21.230
  • You're trending.
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  • Aaron: This is a non-disclosure that says you
  • 00:21:23.290 --> 00:21:25.260
  • won't say anything negative about the network or the events
  • 00:21:25.270 --> 00:21:28.030
  • that occurred last Friday.
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  • Danica: You mean I won't say how I was pressured
  • 00:21:32.070 --> 00:21:33.190
  • and unfairly treated?
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  • Aaron: And this is a bonus for signing the non-disclosure.
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  • Aaron: It's just the way these things work.
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  • Danica: Is it really about what works?
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  • Aaron: Absolutely.
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  • Danica: Funny thing is, Aaron,
  • 00:21:58.280 --> 00:22:01.240
  • we always have a choice between what works and what matters.
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  • I always choose what matters.
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  • Aaron: What we do here matters.
  • 00:22:16.040 --> 00:22:20.190
  • We'll give you full creative control,
  • 00:22:20.200 --> 00:22:22.270
  • whatever you want.
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  • Danica: You fired me on Friday over something that mattered.
  • 00:22:26.210 --> 00:22:31.290
  • I'll stay fired.
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  • I hope that works out for you.
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  • Choco: Jesus said John the Baptist was the greatest prophet
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  • who ever lived and no man born before or after
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  • him would be greater.
  • 00:22:49.090 --> 00:22:51.280
  • John stood in the gap and made a difference and he was willing to
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  • risk it all for the message of the kingdom.
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  • His impact has not forgotten.
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  • His message even 2.000 years later,
  • 00:23:02.180 --> 00:23:05.150
  • y'all, still calls us to a greater commitment.
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  • Can I just say, it's not enough to drift in and out of church
  • 00:23:08.250 --> 00:23:12.060
  • and hope something sticks.
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  • We should all strive to be like John,
  • 00:23:14.220 --> 00:23:17.190
  • to stand in the gap for our generation,
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  • to be a bridge between the old and the new.
  • 00:23:20.180 --> 00:23:24.150
  • Like John, we should call people to repentance in love,
  • 00:23:24.160 --> 00:23:29.070
  • call them to turn from sin and doubt to faith in Jesus.
  • 00:23:29.080 --> 00:23:34.130
  • Just like in our story and in John's,
  • 00:23:34.140 --> 00:23:38.020
  • opponents may try to tear us down.
  • 00:23:38.030 --> 00:23:41.090
  • The government may pass laws that hurt our cause
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  • but be encouraged.
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  • We have the ultimate victory through Jesus, c'mon.
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  • As we face obstacles and enemies,
  • 00:23:51.040 --> 00:23:53.240
  • we can turn to faith in our Savior for hope and strength.
  • 00:23:53.250 --> 00:23:58.120
  • You see, John's time in the wilderness and in prison
  • 00:23:58.130 --> 00:24:03.150
  • made him famous.
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  • He was the most popular preacher of his day.
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  • He could have his own nationwide television show and all the
  • 00:24:08.110 --> 00:24:12.150
  • leading magazines and newspapers would have interviewed him.
  • 00:24:12.160 --> 00:24:16.160
  • But none of that, do you hear me?
  • 00:24:16.170 --> 00:24:19.000
  • None of that mattered to this humble man.
  • 00:24:19.010 --> 00:24:22.050
  • He was content to point people to Jesus with no fame or
  • 00:24:22.060 --> 00:24:28.010
  • glory for himself.
  • 00:24:28.020 --> 00:24:30.000
  • In Danica's case, she positioned herself in the gap,
  • 00:24:30.010 --> 00:24:34.100
  • but she was not alone.
  • 00:24:34.110 --> 00:24:36.200
  • Her audience revealed what the public was really thinking,
  • 00:24:36.210 --> 00:24:40.140
  • believing, and wanted to see on TV.
  • 00:24:40.150 --> 00:24:44.010
  • All those viewers shared their support for what she said and
  • 00:24:44.020 --> 00:24:47.130
  • joined her in standing in the gap.
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  • Whatever your place in life is, your occupation,
  • 00:24:50.090 --> 00:24:54.070
  • income level, or marital status, you can stand in the gap when
  • 00:24:54.080 --> 00:24:59.020
  • you speak up and stand up for what is right.
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  • Do it in anyway you can by sharing Jesus with others,
  • 00:25:03.110 --> 00:25:07.200
  • whether it's using social media, sending emails,
  • 00:25:07.210 --> 00:25:11.000
  • or maybe just one-on-one, a conversation like John did.
  • 00:25:11.010 --> 00:25:14.280
  • But draw a line in the sand and stand in the
  • 00:25:14.290 --> 00:25:18.060
  • gap for what matters.
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