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A Crash Course On Evangelism and Discipleship

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September 6, 2020
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Pastor and Evangelist Greg Laurie teaches the simple yet life changing message of the Gospel.

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A Crash Course On Evangelism and Discipleship

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  • ♪ This is the day whenwe lost ourselves ♪
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  • ♪ Can you hear when theangles are singing ♪
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  • ♪ This is day, theday when life begins ♪
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  • - Let's go back intime a little bit,
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  • I was a young man, 17 yearsold, a brand new Christian.
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  • And I heard my pastor say,
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  • I should go outand share my faith.
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  • Well, I had a thimble fullof Biblical knowledge,
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  • but I knew that I shouldtell others about what Christ
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  • had done for me.
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  • So I went out on thebeach of Newport,
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  • armed with a copy of the"Four Spiritual Laws"
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  • printed by Campus Crusade.
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  • I was looking forsomeone to talk to
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  • and I found a middle aged ladythat looked like she might
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  • not give me too hard of atime and I walked up to her
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  • and I had hair back then,
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  • so try to use your imagination,
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  • that sort of blondsurfer hair like this,
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  • here's the picture ofwhat I used to look like,
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  • so you can get a better visual.
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  • So, my voice was shaking 'causeI was nervous and I said,
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  • "Hi there, could I talk toyou a little bit about God?"
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  • And she looks up atme and says, "Sure."
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  • So sit down, and I wasso new to all of this,
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  • I hadn't even memorize thecontents of this booklet.
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  • So I just startedreading it to her,
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  • "The Four Spiritual Laws,
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  • Copyright 1968 CampusCrusade for Christ.
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  • Law one, God loves youand has a wonderful plan
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  • for your life."
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  • I'm just reading through it
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  • and as I'm reading through it,
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  • I couldn't wait to be done
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  • because I knewthis was a failure,
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  • I knew I shouldn't have done it,
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  • I knew it wasn't gonna work
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  • and I just was kindof rushing through it.
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  • I'd look up at her periodically,she was just looking at me,
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  • and I got toward the endof the little booklet
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  • and a question was asked,
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  • "Is there any good reason whyyou should not accept Jesus
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  • Christ right now?"
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  • I looked up at her,oh, that's a question,
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  • is there any good reasonwhy you should not accept
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  • Jesus Christ right now?
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  • She said, "No."
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  • I looked back down,wait, no, no means yes.
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  • In other words,
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  • "Are you saying you want toaccept Jesus Christ right now?"
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  • She said, "Yes."
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  • I said, "Oh great,well, hey, let's pray."
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  • And she closed her eyes andI'm frantically searching
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  • this booklet forwhat do you do now?
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  • I had planned forfailure, not success.
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  • I found a little prayer,I let her in that prayer.
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  • She prayed it after me,
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  • a prayer of asking Jesusto come into their life
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  • and she opened hereyes and she said,
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  • "Something just happened to me."
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  • And you know what?
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  • Something happened to me too,
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  • I realized that God could usesomeone who knew very little
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  • to share the Gospel.
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  • Well, I really started toenjoy talking to others
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  • about Jesus.
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  • One on one, I was never a publicspeaker, kind of a person,
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  • I was more of abehind the scenes guy
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  • and I always hadthis secret fear
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  • that one day God wasgoing to make me preach.
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  • I thought it was gonnabe a really random place
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  • like the supermarketwhen I'm checking out
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  • and the Lord willsweep my heart and say,
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  • "Preach the Gospel."
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  • And I'll make afool out of myself
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  • and I never aspiredto be a preacher,
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  • trust me when I tell you that.
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  • Well, as it turns out,He did call me to preach,
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  • not far from thatbeach where I lived
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  • that first lady to the Lord.
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  • I went down for a baptismbeing held by Calvary Chapel
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  • down in the days ofthe Jesus movement.
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  • You know, those big, giantbaptisms that would be attended
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  • by thousands of peopleand as it turns out,
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  • I got the schedulewrong and I missed it.
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  • And so I found a groupof Christians sitting
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  • there on the sand,singing some songs.
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  • Remember, I'm not a pastor,
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  • I'm just a believergoing to church.
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  • And I sat down withthese other believers
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  • and there was no real leaderand when the song was done,
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  • I had read somethingin the Bible,
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  • I thought maybe I shouldshare it and said,
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  • "Hey, I wanted to sharesomething with you."
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  • And I shared my littlethought from scripture
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  • and, as I was talking,
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  • a couple of girls joined usand one of the girls said,
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  • "Pastor, can you baptize us?"
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  • I said, "Oh no,I'm not a pastor."
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  • "No, but could you baptize us?"
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  • And then I justthought, well, why not?
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  • I mean, I'm a believer,they're a believer,
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  • they missed the baptism.
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  • So I said, "Sure, come on."
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  • Now, I'm walking down the beach
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  • with about 30 peoplebehind me and I'm thinking,
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  • "How did this happen?
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  • This is way above my pay grade."
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  • Which was zero actually,
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  • and so I took these girlsdown to the beach there
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  • at what is called Pirate'sCove Beach and I baptized them,
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  • and I was sothankful to the Lord.
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  • He had opened thisgreat door up for me
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  • and as I was donebaptizing them,
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  • I walked up in the beachthere and I saw some people
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  • had gathered up on therocks and clear as a bell,
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  • the Holy Spirit spoketo my heart and He said,
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  • "Preach the Gospel."
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  • And guess what? I wasn't afraid.
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  • And I proclaim theGospel to these people,
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  • and as I was doing it,
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  • it's almost like Istepped outside of myself
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  • and I'm lookingat myself saying,
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  • "Greg, are you crazy?
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  • You're not Billy Graham,what are you doing?"
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  • Well, I just kept goingand before I knew it,
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  • I was saying to thesepeople up on the rocks,
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  • "That if you would like to askJesus to come into your life,
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  • come down here nowand I'll baptize you."
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  • And people came and Ibaptized a couple more people,
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  • what a day that was.
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  • I bring all of this upbecause, when we talk about
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  • sharing our faith, or preaching,
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  • a lot of us get very up tight.
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  • There's one thing thatbelievers and nonbelievers
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  • have in common, they're bothup tight about evangelism.
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  • Nonbelievers are uptightabout being evangelized,
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  • and believers are uptightabout evangelizing them.
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  • Okay, so we're in a new series,
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  • we're calling itfaith one-on-one,
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  • and the title ofthis message is,
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  • "A Crash Course onEvangelism and Discipleship."
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  • Let's remember a pointfrom our message last time,
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  • it was simply this,
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  • if you wanna be a successfulChristian, you must read,
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  • study and love the Word of God.
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  • Because failure or successin the Christian life
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  • depends on how muchof the Word of God
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  • you get into your lifeon a regular basis
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  • and how obedient you are to it.
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  • Now, point number two,to be growing Christian,
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  • you must go into all theworld and preach the Gospel.
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  • We call it the great commission.
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  • There's two variations of it,one is in the Gospel of Mark,
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  • the other is in theGospel of Matthew.
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  • Mark's Gospel, simplystates it this way,
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  • Mark 16:15, Jesus says,
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  • "Go into all the world andpreach the Gospel to everyone."
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  • Matthew's version statesit this way, in Matthew 28
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  • and that's our text forthis message by the way.
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  • We read in Matthew 28:16,
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  • "Then the 11 discipleswent away into Galilee,
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  • to the mountain which Jesushad appointed for them
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  • and when they saw Him,they worshiped Him,
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  • but some doubted,
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  • and Jesus came andspoke to them saying,
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  • All authority has been givento me in heaven and on earth,
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  • go therefore and makedisciples of all the nations,
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  • baptizing them in thename of the Father, Son
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  • and of the Holy Spirit,
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  • teaching them to observe allthings that I've commanded you
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  • and lo, I am with you always,
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  • even to the endof the age, amen."
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  • That's the great commission,
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  • to go into all the worldand preach the Gospel
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  • and make disciplesof all nations,
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  • preach the Gospeland make disciples.
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  • Where is Jesus calling us?
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  • Into the world.
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  • Who is supposed to do this?
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  • All of us.
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  • What are we supposed to do?
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  • We're supposed topreach the Gospel.
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  • (birds chirping)
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  • (upbeat music)
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  • So here's point number one,
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  • we are commanded byJesus to share our faith.
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  • Let me say that again,
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  • we are commanded byJesus to share our faith.
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  • Now we call this the greatcommission, but honestly,
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  • for some it's becomethe great omission.
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  • The commission of the church
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  • is not to wait forthe world to show up,
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  • the commission of the churchis to go to the world.
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  • Jesus did not say, "The wholeworld should go to church."
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  • But he did say, "The churchshould go to the whole world."
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  • Point number two,
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  • these words are directed toevery follower of Jesus Christ.
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  • Listen to me Christian, I'mtalking to you right now.
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  • I'm talking to men and women,
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  • I'm talking to boys and girls,
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  • I'm talking to students andbusinessmen and homemakers
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  • and construction workersand surfers and guitarists
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  • and skateboarders andnerds that hang around,
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  • playing with computersall the time,
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  • I'm talking to everyone!
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  • Put down your junk foodnerd and listen to me,
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  • God wants you topreach the Gospel,
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  • put down that thingthat distracts you
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  • and take up this wordthat God has given you
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  • and proclaim it to other people.
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  • Actually in Matthew's version,when he says "We're to go."
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  • The implication is, everyoneis supposed to do it.
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  • Not just the so-calledprofessionals, the pastors,
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  • the evangelists,the missionaries,
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  • everybody is suppose to do it.
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  • We are all called to goto all people everywhere.
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  • Let me say that again,
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  • we are all called to goto all people everywhere.
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  • So here's my question for you,
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  • are you doing your part tofulfill the great commission?
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  • Understand that these wordsof our Lord were given before
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  • His Ascension.
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  • What does that mean?
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  • Christ died on the cross,
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  • He rose again from the dead,
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  • He had a period of ministryfollowing His resurrection,
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  • and then He ascended,He went into heaven.
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  • These are in effect,His final words.
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  • Last words matter,
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  • when someone gives you theirfinal words on their death bed,
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  • so to speak, you should listen.
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  • These are the final wordsof our Lord to all of us.
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  • So it's a big deal to Him
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  • and they should bea big deal to us.
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  • Point number three, thisone might surprise you.
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  • To not share theGospel can be a sin.
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  • You might say, "Greg,you've gone too far."
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  • We'll understand, sinhas many definitions,
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  • there's the sin of commissionand sin of omission.
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  • The sin of commission iswhen you break a commandment,
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  • when you cross a line,when you do a wrong thing.
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  • A sin of omission is whenyou don't do a right thing.
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  • The Bible says, "To himthat knows to do good
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  • and does not do itto him, it is sin."
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  • So how could failingto share my faith,
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  • possibly ever be a sin?
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  • Let me illustrate,
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  • let's say that you were ina house that caught fire
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  • and you rushed out tosave your own life,
  • 00:11:54.034 --> 00:11:56.336
  • but you knew there wereother people in there.
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  • Innocent people who can notget out and you didn't lift
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  • a finger to help them,
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  • you didn't even callthe fire department,
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  • you just walked off and actedas though it didn't happen.
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  • Is that wrong?
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  • Yes it is, that'seven a criminal act.
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  • Or let's say you're a doctor
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  • and you run a seriesof tests on a person,
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  • and you realize thatthey have a condition
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  • that should be treated witha course of antibiotics
  • 00:12:18.725 --> 00:12:21.762
  • or perhaps a simplesurgery, we'll fix it.
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  • But you're uncomfortabletelling people bad news,
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  • it's kind of awkward for you.
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  • So you don't tell himanything and you say,
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  • "You're good to go, go onyour two month vacation,
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  • enjoy yourself."
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  • You're an irresponsible doctor.
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  • Okay, so those areillustrations that say
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  • how much worse is it for meto know the way to heaven,
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  • the way for a person tobe forgiven of their sin
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  • and find the meaning andpurpose of their life
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  • and not tell them.
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  • You see that's how not sharingthe Gospel could potentially
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  • be a sin.
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  • Let's remove the word preachand let's remove the word
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  • evangelism for a moment
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  • and let's put a differentword on the table.
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  • Instead of me saying,you need to evangelize,
  • 00:13:08.275 --> 00:13:10.978
  • let me say to you, you needto make a recommendation.
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  • Now we do this all the time,
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  • like maybe you're in a townyou've never been to before
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  • and you see a restaurantand you wonder,
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  • "Is this a good restaurant?"
  • 00:13:20.621 --> 00:13:22.089
  • So you go to Yelp and youread what a bunch of strangers
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  • have to say aboutthat restaurant
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  • and what you should even order,
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  • they might even post photos.
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  • "Oh well, let's go in here,
  • 00:13:32.099 --> 00:13:33.600
  • there's a lot of greatrecommendations."
  • 00:13:33.600 --> 00:13:36.036
  • So obviously the recommendationof a person carries weight,
  • 00:13:36.036 --> 00:13:40.207
  • now, take that idea and applyit to sharing the Gospel.
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  • How about if I saidto somebody like this,
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  • "Here is the best thingthat you can do for life
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  • in eternity, believein Jesus Christ."
  • 00:13:51.685 --> 00:13:54.755
  • Wait, we're willing totalk about hamburgers,
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  • but we're not willingto talk about Jesus.
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  • You get what I'm saying?
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  • You'll tell people, "Oh,watch this on Netflix.
  • 00:14:01.295 --> 00:14:03.764
  • Oh, go check this movie out."
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  • We recommend all day long.
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  • You won't recommend for Jesus?
  • 00:14:07.367 --> 00:14:10.137
  • So go into all the worldand make a recommendation.
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  • Call it what you like, youneed to tell other people.
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  • Why is this important?
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  • Point number four, that'sthree, let's add one more.
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  • Point number four,
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  • the primary waypeople come to Jesus
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  • is through hearing the Gospel.
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  • The primary waypeople come to Jesus
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  • is through hearing the Gospel.
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  • 1 Corinthians 1:21 says,
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  • "Since in the wisdom of God,
  • 00:14:37.164 --> 00:14:39.066
  • the world through wisdom didnot know God, it pleased God,"
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  • listen,
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  • "Through the foolishnessof the message preached
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  • to save those that believe."
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  • Understand the wordpreaching doesn't mean
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  • you have to project.
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  • We think of preachingin a negative way.
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  • If someone's sayingsomething to someone else
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  • they don't like, they'll say,"Hey man, don't preach at me."
  • 00:14:58.919 --> 00:15:01.989
  • Like that's a bad thing.
  • 00:15:01.989 --> 00:15:03.190
  • Actually, the Biblesays, it's a good thing.
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  • But you don't necessarilyhave to do it loudly,
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  • you can do it quietly.
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  • You can whisper the Gospel,
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  • you can share theGospel conversationally,
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  • you can tweet the Gospel.
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  • You can do it so many ways,
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  • the idea here isjust communicate it,
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  • just do it.
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  • - I grew up in an environment
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  • with my parents being Catholics,
  • 00:15:25.712 --> 00:15:28.081
  • but I didn't know what wewere going to church for.
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  • I didn't know how to pray.
  • 00:15:30.217 --> 00:15:31.685
  • You know, I didn'tknow who to pray to,
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  • and I believe thatthere was always a God,
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  • but I didn't knowhow to pray to God.
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  • We had five brothers in thefamily and I was the youngest,
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  • so my older brotherswere already grown
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  • and as I was growing up,
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  • I seen them growing upin gangs and so forth.
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  • As 12 years old, I startednoticing me wanting
  • 00:15:48.468 --> 00:15:51.805
  • to be up there with my brothers,
  • 00:15:51.805 --> 00:15:54.641
  • being in that kindof environment.
  • 00:15:55.809 --> 00:15:57.210
  • 15 to 18, I was injuvenile hall in and out.
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  • As I started doing that,
  • 00:16:02.816 --> 00:16:04.017
  • I started proving to my brothers
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  • that I wanted to be likethem, and as I was growing up,
  • 00:16:05.452 --> 00:16:10.157
  • I joined the gang and Ihad to prove to my brothers
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  • that I can be tougherthan other guys
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  • and there would beabout 20 to 15 guys
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  • and then they would,
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  • I would just saythe word jumped.
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  • I ended up getting thetattoo on my forearm
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  • that represents the gang.
  • 00:16:24.037 --> 00:16:25.972
  • As I was 18 yearsold, my brother says,
  • 00:16:25.972 --> 00:16:29.076
  • "Hey, you know what? Youcan't be in this gang,
  • 00:16:29.076 --> 00:16:31.678
  • you're not tough enough."
  • 00:16:31.678 --> 00:16:33.213
  • I was already 18 years old soI figured that you know what?
  • 00:16:33.213 --> 00:16:35.215
  • I had to prove myself thatI wanted to be in the gang
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  • 'cause I wanted to be like them.
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  • Fought with everybody,
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  • I was doing drugs,doing alcohol,
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  • whatever it took to try tobe that guy because I wanted
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  • people to recognize me.
  • 00:16:45.892 --> 00:16:47.694
  • You know, it looks likeI was just in a routine
  • 00:16:47.694 --> 00:16:51.064
  • of back in jail, backin jail and so forth.
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  • As time went on,
  • 00:16:53.867 --> 00:16:55.635
  • I started doingsome heavy drugs.
  • 00:16:55.635 --> 00:16:57.737
  • I did heroin, I always did meth,
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  • I did BCP.
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  • Every time I went to jail,
  • 00:17:03.643 --> 00:17:05.312
  • I'd always walkedinto churches in jail,
  • 00:17:05.312 --> 00:17:08.748
  • because I knew thatthere was something
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  • about God in mylife that I wanted,
  • 00:17:10.350 --> 00:17:14.254
  • but I didn't know how to get it.
  • 00:17:14.254 --> 00:17:16.089
  • I have a brother,my older brother
  • 00:17:16.089 --> 00:17:17.624
  • that ended up getting saved,the one I looked up to.
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  • I want to change for my family,
  • 00:17:20.727 --> 00:17:22.596
  • I wanna become a person ofGod, but I didn't know how.
  • 00:17:22.596 --> 00:17:25.866
  • And every time I foundmyself going back
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  • into the neighborhoods andinto the drugs, you know.
  • 00:17:29.302 --> 00:17:31.872
  • Four years ago, I gotincarcerated for 60 days,
  • 00:17:31.872 --> 00:17:36.877
  • the deputy walks intothis big cubicle,
  • 00:17:38.011 --> 00:17:40.514
  • and this is how theydo it every day,
  • 00:17:40.514 --> 00:17:42.015
  • they come in and theythrow a bunch of books
  • 00:17:42.015 --> 00:17:44.584
  • and they said, "Here,you guys read this,
  • 00:17:44.584 --> 00:17:46.319
  • this is what I havefor reading material."
  • 00:17:46.319 --> 00:17:48.622
  • And I'm looking for likea book or a magazine,
  • 00:17:48.622 --> 00:17:50.857
  • look at some pictures.
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  • Everybody got the best books,
  • 00:17:52.192 --> 00:17:54.728
  • but there was only onebook left on that table
  • 00:17:54.728 --> 00:17:58.098
  • and it was the Bible.
  • 00:17:58.098 --> 00:17:59.299
  • And that Bible I had to grabbecause I was locked in my cell
  • 00:18:00.800 --> 00:18:03.837
  • for 23 hours a day.
  • 00:18:03.837 --> 00:18:05.405
  • So I grabbed it and whenI grabbed that Bible,
  • 00:18:06.573 --> 00:18:10.076
  • it changed my life.
  • 00:18:10.076 --> 00:18:11.545
  • Because inside this Bible,there were highlights,
  • 00:18:11.545 --> 00:18:15.282
  • this person who hadit was either an angel
  • 00:18:15.282 --> 00:18:17.717
  • or he was somebodythat God sent to me,
  • 00:18:17.717 --> 00:18:20.654
  • because every page onthis Bible was marked.
  • 00:18:20.654 --> 00:18:24.257
  • Believe, walk with me,have faith and do not worry
  • 00:18:24.257 --> 00:18:28.662
  • and be the rock andI'm like, "Whoa!"
  • 00:18:28.662 --> 00:18:32.566
  • And I'm looking at thisBible and it's speaking to me
  • 00:18:32.566 --> 00:18:35.502
  • and all of a sudden I'mtelling these people,
  • 00:18:35.502 --> 00:18:37.370
  • these inmates in this jailand I'm talking to people
  • 00:18:37.370 --> 00:18:39.673
  • and they're like,"Can I pray for you?"
  • 00:18:39.673 --> 00:18:41.374
  • And they're like, "How longhave you been a Christian?"
  • 00:18:41.374 --> 00:18:43.677
  • I go, "For three days."
  • 00:18:43.677 --> 00:18:45.378
  • God just came into my lifeand just start changing things
  • 00:18:46.780 --> 00:18:50.850
  • and I started laying hands onpeople and praying for people
  • 00:18:50.850 --> 00:18:54.054
  • and telling them howmuch God loves them.
  • 00:18:54.054 --> 00:18:56.189
  • I always pray into mychurch and Greg Laurie
  • 00:18:56.189 --> 00:18:58.291
  • always used to tell us,
  • 00:18:58.291 --> 00:18:59.893
  • "There's a God outthere that loves you."
  • 00:18:59.893 --> 00:19:02.262
  • And that's what stuckto me when he said
  • 00:19:02.262 --> 00:19:03.997
  • that there's aGod that loves me,
  • 00:19:03.997 --> 00:19:05.632
  • me? A person that I'm drugsand from a gang and no good?
  • 00:19:07.133 --> 00:19:11.705
  • Yes, He loves me.
  • 00:19:12.639 --> 00:19:15.475
  • And it seemed like hewould always speak to me.
  • 00:19:15.475 --> 00:19:18.678
  • Pastor Greg wouldalways look at me,
  • 00:19:18.678 --> 00:19:21.248
  • and I'm like,
  • 00:19:21.248 --> 00:19:22.515
  • "Why is he alwayslooking at me?"
  • 00:19:22.515 --> 00:19:23.216
  • But he wasn't, the Lordwas speaking to me.
  • 00:19:24.384 --> 00:19:27.554
  • Four years ago atHarvest Riverside,
  • 00:19:27.554 --> 00:19:31.024
  • I committed to my lifethen, I walked forward,
  • 00:19:31.024 --> 00:19:34.561
  • been baptized at that timeand asked the Holy Spirit
  • 00:19:34.561 --> 00:19:38.565
  • to come into my life and acceptGod as my Lord and savior
  • 00:19:38.565 --> 00:19:41.801
  • and from then on forward, I'vebeen walking with the Lord
  • 00:19:41.801 --> 00:19:45.038
  • and I'm taking care of my family
  • 00:19:45.038 --> 00:19:48.041
  • and being a follower of Christ.
  • 00:19:48.041 --> 00:19:49.776
  • (soft music)
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  • - Point number five, we'renot only to preach the Gospel,
  • 00:19:55.715 --> 00:20:00.120
  • we are to make disciples.
  • 00:20:00.120 --> 00:20:03.223
  • Imagine for a moment, ifa doctor delivered a baby
  • 00:20:03.223 --> 00:20:07.560
  • and there's this little newborn
  • 00:20:07.560 --> 00:20:08.928
  • and gave him a littletiny box of pampers
  • 00:20:08.928 --> 00:20:10.997
  • with the little handles that,
  • 00:20:10.997 --> 00:20:12.265
  • "Here you go son, it'sa rough world out there,
  • 00:20:12.265 --> 00:20:15.001
  • but somehow you'll make it."
  • 00:20:15.001 --> 00:20:16.469
  • No, a baby has to be nurturedand cared for and loved.
  • 00:20:16.469 --> 00:20:20.140
  • Well, the same is trueof a brand new believer,
  • 00:20:20.140 --> 00:20:22.876
  • you've got to help themand you've got to ensure
  • 00:20:22.876 --> 00:20:25.445
  • to disciple them.
  • 00:20:25.445 --> 00:20:27.080
  • They're in Matthew's, accountof the great commission,
  • 00:20:27.080 --> 00:20:29.449
  • "It is to teach themto observe all things
  • 00:20:29.449 --> 00:20:32.986
  • I have commanded you."
  • 00:20:32.986 --> 00:20:35.088
  • The idea of disciplingis modeling for someone
  • 00:20:35.088 --> 00:20:38.992
  • what it means to be a Christianand taking them through
  • 00:20:38.992 --> 00:20:42.829
  • the basics of theChristian faith,
  • 00:20:42.829 --> 00:20:45.165
  • getting them up ontheir feet spiritually
  • 00:20:45.165 --> 00:20:48.234
  • and encouraging them to dothe same for someone else.
  • 00:20:48.234 --> 00:20:51.971
  • Paul summed it up thisway, in Colossians 1:28,
  • 00:20:51.971 --> 00:20:55.342
  • "We proclaim Christ, wewarn everyone we meet
  • 00:20:55.342 --> 00:20:58.645
  • and we teach everyone we can,all that we know about Him,
  • 00:20:58.645 --> 00:21:01.948
  • so we might bring every man tohis full maturity in Christ."
  • 00:21:01.948 --> 00:21:05.785
  • Point number six, we need toseek to lead others to Christ.
  • 00:21:05.785 --> 00:21:10.790
  • We need to seek tolead others to Christ.
  • 00:21:12.492 --> 00:21:15.428
  • Now, the Bible doesteach that this is a work
  • 00:21:15.428 --> 00:21:18.665
  • of the Holy Spirit,
  • 00:21:18.665 --> 00:21:20.200
  • no man comes to the fatherunless the Spirit draws him.
  • 00:21:20.200 --> 00:21:23.670
  • That's true,
  • 00:21:23.670 --> 00:21:24.904
  • but God reachespeople through people.
  • 00:21:24.904 --> 00:21:28.341
  • And I think one of thereasons we've never led
  • 00:21:28.341 --> 00:21:30.710
  • another person to Christis we have not asked them
  • 00:21:30.710 --> 00:21:34.080
  • the question,
  • 00:21:34.080 --> 00:21:35.248
  • we can call it,popping the question,
  • 00:21:35.248 --> 00:21:37.484
  • let's apply it to marriage.
  • 00:21:37.484 --> 00:21:39.519
  • I've heard of a lot ofimaginative proposals
  • 00:21:39.519 --> 00:21:42.055
  • that have taken place.
  • 00:21:42.055 --> 00:21:43.857
  • One that I'm reminded ofas of a friend of mine
  • 00:21:43.857 --> 00:21:46.559
  • who went out snorkelingwith his fiance,
  • 00:21:46.559 --> 00:21:50.597
  • well, not his fiance, justhis girlfriend at that point.
  • 00:21:50.597 --> 00:21:53.433
  • They were underwater andhe had one of those little
  • 00:21:53.433 --> 00:21:55.869
  • underwater tablets and hewrote out, "Will you marry me?"
  • 00:21:55.869 --> 00:21:59.672
  • So that's very imaginative.
  • 00:21:59.672 --> 00:22:01.808
  • Now my wife says Inever properly proposed.
  • 00:22:01.808 --> 00:22:04.911
  • She says that we'resitting in a restaurant
  • 00:22:04.911 --> 00:22:07.280
  • and I looked at her and I said,
  • 00:22:07.280 --> 00:22:08.882
  • "Well, I guess we'regonna get married, huh?"
  • 00:22:08.882 --> 00:22:11.818
  • I thought, "Really I said that?"
  • 00:22:11.818 --> 00:22:12.852
  • She said, "Yeah."
  • 00:22:12.852 --> 00:22:14.087
  • I said, "Wow! Well atleast I said something."
  • 00:22:14.087 --> 00:22:15.989
  • I didn't do a verygood job of it,
  • 00:22:15.989 --> 00:22:17.891
  • but thankfully she said "Yes."
  • 00:22:17.891 --> 00:22:19.793
  • And we've beenmarried 46 years now,
  • 00:22:19.793 --> 00:22:22.195
  • so hey, maybe there's somethingto that, I don't know.
  • 00:22:22.195 --> 00:22:24.798
  • But my point is simply this,
  • 00:22:24.798 --> 00:22:26.566
  • you've gotta ask the questionthat's awkward for you to ask,
  • 00:22:26.566 --> 00:22:30.069
  • but do it anyway.
  • 00:22:30.069 --> 00:22:31.237
  • And here's thequestion, ready for it?
  • 00:22:31.237 --> 00:22:33.540
  • Would you like to acceptJesus Christ right now?
  • 00:22:33.540 --> 00:22:37.343
  • I was in a restaurant awhile ago with some friends
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  • and we had a waitress come andtake our order and she said,
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  • "You guys are allpastors, aren't you?"
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  • "Yes, yeah we are."
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  • And so she said, "Whenare your church services?"
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  • And I said, "Well, they'reat this time and this time."
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  • She goes, "Oh, okay, okay."
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  • And so she's taking our orderand I don't normally do this,
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  • trust me, but I feltprompted by the Holy Spirit.
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  • I said, "I'm glad you wanna
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  • know when ourchurch services are,
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  • and I'm glad you wannacome to our church,
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  • but you don't haveto wait till Sunday
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  • to get right with God,
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  • would you like to acceptJesus Christ right now?"
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  • And she said, "Yes, I would."
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  • She's standing there you know,
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  • like with their littleorder book and the good news
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  • is the owner of therestaurant is a Christian
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  • who attends our church,
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  • so I knew she wouldn'tget in trouble.
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  • I said, "Why don'twe pray, right now?"
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  • She said, "Pray here?"
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  • "Yeah, let's pray."
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  • Jesus said, "There'sjoy in heaven,
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  • over one sinner thatcomes to repentance."
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  • Let me close now with aquestion for some of you,
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  • now I've beentalking to Christians
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  • about sharing the Gospel,
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  • let me talk to someonethat's watching,
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  • that is hearing thisall for the first time.
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  • And let me ask you this,
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  • "Would you like to acceptJesus Christ right now?"
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  • Say, "Well, yeah,what do I need to do?"
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  • You need to admityou're a sinner
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  • and acknowledge the fact thatyou're separated from God
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  • and then you need tobelieve that Jesus died
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  • on the cross for your sinand rose again from the dead
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  • and you need to askhim into your life.
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  • You see, only you can dothat, I can't do that for you,
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  • but I can lead you in aprayer where you ask him
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  • into your life to beyour savior and Lord.
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  • And in a moment, I'm gonna pray
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  • and I'm gonna askyou that want Christ
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  • to come into your life topray this prayer with me.
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  • So again, if you wantyour sin forgiven,
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  • if you wanna know that whenyou die, you will go to heaven.
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  • If you want that big holein your heart filled,
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  • if you want yourguilt taken away,
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  • if you want thisrelationship with God,
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  • I've been talking about,
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  • I want you to pray a simpleprayer with me right here,
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  • right now.
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  • And as I pray this prayer,
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  • you can pray it outloud if you like,
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  • you can pray it inyour heart quietly,
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  • but you pray this prayer.
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  • The Bible says,
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  • "Whoever will call upon thename of the Lord will be saved."
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  • The Bible says, "ForGod, so loved the world,
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  • He gave His only begotten Sonand whosoever believes in Him
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  • should not perish, buthave everlasting life."
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  • That's what you'redoing right now,
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  • you're believing in Jesus.
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  • So if you want Jesusto come into your life,
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  • if you want Him toforgive you of your sin,
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  • pray this prayer right now.
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  • God, I know that I'm a sinner,
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  • but I believe that Jesus Christdied on the cross for my sin
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  • and rose again from the dead.
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  • I turn from my sin now, andI choose to follow You Jesus.
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  • From this moment forward,be my savior and my Lord,
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  • be my guard and my friend.
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  • Thank You forhearing this prayer,
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  • thank You foranswering this prayer,
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  • in Jesus' name I pray, Amen.
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  • Hey listen, if you justprayed that prayer,
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  • admit it in your heart,
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  • Christ Himself has cometo live inside of you.
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  • You have made the right choice,
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  • your choices on earthare binding in eternity.
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  • And because of that choice, ifyou now follow Jesus Christ,
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  • you can have the hope of oneday, seeing Him in heaven.
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  • Thanks for tuning in to ourprogram and until next time,
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  • God bless you.
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  • - Seasons pass andmy prayers seem
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  • to get lost in the waiting.
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  • (soft music)
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  • - I feel so alone, what aremy tears and prayers worth?
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  • (upbeat music)
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  • - How am I to cope when I'moverwhelmed, and feel hopeless?
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  • (upbeat music)
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  • - Who can I turn to?
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  • Who can I trust?
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  • (upbeat music)
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