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The Golden Key To Spiritual Growth

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November 22, 2020
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Pastor and Evangelist Greg Laurie teaches the simple yet life changing message of the Gospel.

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  • - We're gonna look at oneof my favorite stories
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  • in the Bible.
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  • It's a parable.
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  • Now, you know what a parable is.
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  • A parable is an earthly storywith a heavenly meaning.
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  • Just think of it as a story.
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  • We all love stories.
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  • We all love to watch movies.
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  • We love to read novels.
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  • We all love to read fiction.
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  • We love a good story and evenbetter if it's a true story.
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  • Jesus told lots of stories.
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  • In fact, he told so many stories
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  • the Bible says the commonpeople or the regular folk
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  • heard him gladly.
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  • He didn't speakover people's heads.
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  • He didn't try to impressthem with theological words.
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  • He broke everything downin an understandable way
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  • so they could get it.
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  • And we're gonna look atthe parable of the sower,
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  • which is a parable thatreveals to us the golden key
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  • to spiritual growth.
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  • Not long ago I wasinvited to the White House
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  • and a group of pastors wereinvited into the Oval Office
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  • at the request of the president
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  • to pray for him andgive him some advice.
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  • Now, some people arecritical of that.
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  • Why would you go and do that?
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  • Well, excuse me, anytimea president or a governor
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  • or an electedofficial would say,
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  • would you come into myoffice and pray for me
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  • and give me some advice,
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  • I don't think Iwould say no to that.
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  • We have biblicalprecedent of course.
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  • We look at Daniel advisingthe kings of Babylon.
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  • We see Joseph advisingthe Pharaoh and so forth.
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  • So of course we said yes,
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  • and the president was veryreceptive to what we had to say.
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  • And then when itcame time to pray,
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  • he was very happy to prayand ask for God's help
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  • in his life.
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  • And then he gave to allof us, an unexpected gift.
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  • There was a stack ofthese boxes on his desk.
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  • And we were each given oneand this box has a key in it.
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  • And as you can see thisas a commemorative key.
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  • On the box it says thepresident of the United States
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  • and then here's thepicture of the White House.
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  • And then inside is thisgolden key, as you can see,
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  • and it's a specialthing to have.
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  • And I'm appreciative toPresident Trump for giving that
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  • to me and the other pastors.
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  • But I have a goldenkey for you today.
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  • And this one is notgonna open up any locks
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  • at the White House but it canopen up some locks if you will
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  • in your own life.
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  • It's the golden keyto spiritual growth.
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  • Now, before we readfrom Mark chapter four,
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  • let's get the backdrop.
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  • Jesus had had a longand emotional day.
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  • His mother and brothers showedup to where he was speaking
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  • and they wanted to take himhome because in their words,
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  • they thought hehad lost his mind.
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  • And then after that,
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  • he was accused by the scribesof being inspired by Satan.
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  • Not a good day, a lot of drama.
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  • So it's interesting as wecome to Mark chapter four,
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  • we read that Jesus has goneto the beach effectively.
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  • Now it's the sea of Galilee,
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  • which is actually amassive freshwater lake.
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  • So he went to the waterand I don't know about you
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  • but I love to be near water.
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  • I love to walk on the beach.
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  • It's a place whereyou contemplate things
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  • and you're surroundedby God's creation.
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  • And it's just a great placeto sort of unwind and reflect.
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  • And I think Jesus loved tospend time in the water.
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  • We see a lot of his greatteachings and activities
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  • right there nearthe Sea of Galilee.
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  • So with that in mind wecome to Mark chapter four
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  • and we read these words.
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  • Once again, by theway, I'm reading
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  • from the new living translation.
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  • Mark chapter four,verse one, "Once again,
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  • "Jesus began teachingby the lake shore.
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  • "A very large crowdsoon gathered around him
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  • "and he got into a boatand he sat on the boat
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  • "while the peopleremained on the shore
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  • "and they taught themby telling many stories
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  • "in the form of parables,such as this one.
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  • "Listen, says Jesus.
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  • "A farmer went outto plant some seed
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  • "and he scatteredacross the field.
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  • "Some fell in a footpath andthe birds came and ate it.
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  • "Other seeds fell on shallowsoil with underlying rock."
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  • I'm sure the Lord was probablygesturing as he was teaching.
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  • In the sermon on the mountainhe says, look at the birds,
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  • they don't worry.Why are you worrying?
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  • Look at the flowers,how beautiful they are.
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  • Maybe he gestured and therewas a farmer in the distance
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  • throwing seed outleft and right.
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  • So he talks about this seedthat goes in a footpath
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  • and the birds come and eat it.
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  • And other seed falls on shallowsoil with underlying rock
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  • and it sprouted up quickly,
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  • but it witheredunder the hot sun.
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  • He continues on, "Other seedfell among thorns or weeds
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  • "that grew up and chokedout the tender plants
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  • "and it produced no fruit.
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  • "Still other seeds fell onfertile soil and they sprouted,
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  • "grew and produced acrop that was 30, 60,
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  • even 100 times more thanit had been planted."
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  • Now listen to this.
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  • Then he said, he who hasears to hear, let him listen.
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  • That's the parable of the sower.
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  • Say well, that's nice.
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  • What does it mean?
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  • That's exactly whatthe disciples said.
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  • Well, what does this mean?
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  • And now Jesus explainsor interprets this story
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  • here in Mark chapterfour, verse 13.
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  • "Then Jesus said to them,
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  • "if you can't understandthe meaning of this parable,
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  • "how will you understandall the other parables?"
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  • Here it is.
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  • "The farmer plant seed bytaking God's word to others.
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  • "The seed that fell onthe footpath represents
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  • "those who hear the messagebut Satan comes at once."
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  • You might underline that phrase.
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  • "Satan comes at onceand takes it away.
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  • "Now the seed thatfell on the rocky soil
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  • "represents thosewho hear the message
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  • "and receive it with joy butthey don't have deep roots
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  • "and they don't lastlong and they fall away
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  • "as soon as they haveproblems or are persecuted
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  • "for believing God's work."
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  • Verse 18 of Mark chapter four,
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  • "But the seed that fellamong the thorns or the weeds
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  • "represents those whohear the word of God,
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  • "but all too quickly themessage is crowded out
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  • "by the worries of thislife and the lure of wealth
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  • "and the desire for other thingsand no fruit is produced."
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  • Now the final category.
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  • "And the seed thatfell in the good soil
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  • "represents those who hearand accept God's word,
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  • "have produced a harvest of30, 60, or even 100 times
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  • "as much as has been planted."
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  • All right, so what doesthis mean to us today?
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  • Answer, I have no idea.
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  • God bless you and thanksfor watching, goodbye.
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  • No, seriously.
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  • I have a fewthoughts about this.
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  • I'm a preacher of course I do.
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  • I actually have a wholemessage about these things.
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  • These are fourreactions to God's word
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  • and you fit into one ofthese four categories.
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  • And I want you to knowthat only one category
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  • was really legitimateor what we might call
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  • people who wereactually converted.
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  • Back in biblical timesthe objective of the sower
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  • was to just take theseed and throw it out,
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  • throw it out and letthe wind pick it up.
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  • It's not like they plantedlittle crops ahead of time
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  • and carefully put the seed in
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  • and had modern farmingequipment to work with.
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  • No, it was pretty primitive.
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  • He just walked out, hadhis seed in his big bag,
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  • reached in, threw it,
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  • the wind would pick it upand the seed would go here,
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  • there and everywhere.
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  • And so the objective wasyou did the plowing later
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  • to see where the seedwent and that's our job.
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  • Our job is to go into all theworld and preach the gospel
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  • or sow the seed.
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  • It's interesting thatthe word broadcast
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  • actually comes from theroot word of sowing seed.
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  • So right now you'rewatching a broadcast.
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  • It's a broad casting of seed.
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  • And we hear such amazingstories from people
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  • who've come to the Lord,are watching harvest at home
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  • or listening toour radio program
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  • or through one of our liveevents that we do that we call
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  • harvest crusades and so forth.
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  • But we just throw the seed outto as many people as we can.
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  • And time will tell whothe real converts are.
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  • Listen to this.
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  • The only way to tell ifsomeone is really a Christian
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  • is through the test of time.
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  • I'll say that again.
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  • The only way to tell ifsomeone is really a Christian
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  • is through the test of time.
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  • Because sometimes people comeon strong in the beginning
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  • and then they walkaway never to return.
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  • Other times people havesort of a weak start,
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  • but then they get strongerwith the passing of time.
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  • So we just have to wait to seewho the real believers are.
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  • Sometimes a person willmake a profession of faith.
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  • They'll fall away, butthen they'll return.
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  • That's a prodigal.
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  • Here's how you know thedifference between a prodigal
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  • and a person who'snot really converted.
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  • If a person isn't reallyconverted and walks away
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  • and never comes back,then we would just say,
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  • they're like the seedsown on the roadside
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  • that was picked up by the birds,
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  • but a prodigal willalways come home.
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  • As I said earlier, sometimesyou can have a weak beginning,
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  • but a strong finish.
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  • Take Nicodemus, remember him?
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  • John chapter three, we readthat he came to Jesus by night.
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  • In fact, that'smentioned multiple times.
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  • He came to Jesus at night.
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  • Why is that important?
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  • Because Nicodemuswas a celebrity.
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  • He was a well-known Pharisee,sort of the teacher's teacher,
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  • if you will.
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  • So for a man of his stature togo to this rabbi named Jesus
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  • and ask questions well,there was a risk to that
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  • because he was theguy who was supposed
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  • to have all the answers,but he didn't of course.
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  • So he went to Jesus at night.
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  • You remember the conversation,
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  • he opened with some compliments
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  • and Jesus just cut tothe chase and said,
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  • Nicodemus, youmust be born again.
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  • So that reallyimpacted Nicodemus
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  • but we don't readthere in John three
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  • and that conversationof Nicodemus believing,
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  • but it appears that hedid become a believer
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  • because later on in the storyafter Jesus was crucified
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  • and they were layinghis body in the tomb,
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  • we read that a man namedJoseph of Arimathea
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  • came to take the body andhe was joined by Nicodemus.
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  • And the little detail is added,who came to Jesus by night.
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  • So here's my point.
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  • Sometimes people looklike they're really strong
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  • and others look likethey're really weak.
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  • Example, Judas Iscariot wasan apostle in good standing
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  • while Nicodemus wasstill groping his wayin but in the end,
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  • Judas revealed himself tobe a full-blown hypocrite
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  • and not a believer at all.
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  • And Nicodemus, he cameover that finish line
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  • with flying colors.
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  • So you may have a weakbeginning, but a strong finish.
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  • What matters is how you finish.
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  • Let's look at the differentcategories together.
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  • Category number one, I'm gonnacall them highway hearers.
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  • Highway hearers and it'sin verse 15 of Mark four.
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  • "The seed that fellin the footpath
  • 00:11:42.548 --> 00:11:44.683
  • "represent thosewho hear the message
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  • "only they have Satan comeat once and take it away."
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  • I want you to noticesomething here,
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  • Satan comes at once, Jesus says.
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  • He comes at once.
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  • Know this, when you sharethe gospel with someone,
  • 00:11:58.063 --> 00:12:01.767
  • the devil is going toaggressively oppose it.
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  • And when someone makesa profession of faith
  • 00:12:05.437 --> 00:12:08.007
  • to follow Christ you needto be there to help them
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  • get grounded spiritually.
  • 00:12:11.377 --> 00:12:13.813
  • You know when I wasa brand new believer,
  • 00:12:13.813 --> 00:12:15.981
  • the Christian said to meyou know Greg, be careful.
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  • You're gonna betempted by the devil.
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  • I'd never heard of such athing, tempted by the devil.
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  • I'm thinking there's some guywith pointed ears and red skin
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  • with a pitchfork.
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  • Yeah, no, you'll betempted by the devil.
  • 00:12:27.526 --> 00:12:29.495
  • Now, I'd never really thoughtabout temptation before
  • 00:12:29.495 --> 00:12:32.431
  • because I think as a young kid
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  • I just sort ofdid what I wanted.
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  • Maybe I saw it more asopportunity than temptation.
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  • I'll be tempted by the devil.
  • 00:12:39.905 --> 00:12:41.373
  • Then I said, how will Iknow when I'm being tempted?
  • 00:12:41.373 --> 00:12:43.576
  • They said, you'll know.
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  • So, I'm still in highschool, I'm in a class
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  • and there was a veryattractive girl in that class.
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  • So I'm a brand newbeliever in Jesus Christ.
  • 00:12:50.916 --> 00:12:53.853
  • And I've never talkedto this girl before.
  • 00:12:53.853 --> 00:12:56.121
  • I'd noticed her, but Ihadn't talked to her.
  • 00:12:56.121 --> 00:12:58.123
  • So after class is over,
  • 00:12:58.123 --> 00:12:59.491
  • this girl who nevergave me the time of day,
  • 00:12:59.491 --> 00:13:02.394
  • she didn't even acknowledgemy existence up to that point,
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  • walks up to me and says,hi, what's your name?
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  • And I looked into herbeautiful blue eyes
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  • and I momentarilyforgot my name.
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  • I said, ah Greg.
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  • Oh, hey Greg,you're really cute.
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  • I'm like what?
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  • I mean, actually thatnever happened to me.
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  • I know I'm cute, but Ididn't really have girls
  • 00:13:21.113 --> 00:13:23.382
  • come up to me andsay, you're cute.
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  • You're really cute.
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  • I'm thinking, whatis this girl saying?
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  • I have this little button
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  • with a little imageof Jesus on it.
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  • I'm a brand new Christian.
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  • You're really cute.
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  • I'm thinking whatis going on here?
  • 00:13:33.425 --> 00:13:34.927
  • And she says, how would youlike to spend the weekend
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  • with me up at a cabinthat our family owns?
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  • And I'm thinking, thisis temptation for sure,
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  • because you know why?
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  • That kind of thing neverhappened to me before
  • 00:13:45.371 --> 00:13:48.040
  • and out of nowhere thisattractive girl comes up
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  • and with this enticing offer
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  • and it was of course enticing.
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  • Well I said, no, thank God.
  • 00:13:55.347 --> 00:13:57.283
  • But I knew I think that wasmy first official temptation.
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  • That's what happens whenyou're a follower of Jesus,
  • 00:14:02.922 --> 00:14:05.658
  • the devil is gonnacome and attack.
  • 00:14:05.658 --> 00:14:08.260
  • So that's category one.
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  • So these are the people thatthey hear the word of God,
  • 00:14:10.362 --> 00:14:15.067
  • but it doesn't reallypenetrate their hard hearts.
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  • Jesus says the birdscome and eat it.
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  • You've been at McDonald'sor some other place
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  • and the birds are hanging out'cause that's free food man.
  • 00:14:23.409 --> 00:14:26.979
  • That food hits the ground, voom,they swoop down and get it.
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  • So that's what happened.
  • 00:14:29.982 --> 00:14:31.283
  • These are people thathear the word of God,
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  • but it doesn't reallypenetrate their hardened heart.
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  • Category number two, I'm gonnacall them rocky road hearers.
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  • Rocky road hearers.
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  • Verse 16.
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  • "The seed that wenton the rocky soil
  • 00:14:43.896 --> 00:14:46.098
  • "represents thosewho hear the message
  • 00:14:46.098 --> 00:14:48.400
  • "and immediately, noticethe word immediately.
  • 00:14:48.400 --> 00:14:51.403
  • "Immediately theyreceive it with joy,
  • 00:14:51.403 --> 00:14:54.106
  • "but since they don't have deeproots, they don't last long.
  • 00:14:54.106 --> 00:14:56.342
  • "They fall away and assoon as they have problems
  • 00:14:56.342 --> 00:14:59.511
  • "or are persecuted forbelieving God's word."
  • 00:14:59.511 --> 00:15:01.847
  • So they start, theytake hold of it,
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  • but then it doesn'ttake root in their life.
  • 00:15:05.551 --> 00:15:10.255
  • Now the stony groundJesus is speaking of,
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  • is just speaking ofthe terrain of Israel.
  • 00:15:14.226 --> 00:15:17.062
  • Remember years ago Iwas on a tour of Israel
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  • and I had mygranddaughter, Stella.
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  • She was very little at thatpoint and afterwards I said,
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  • Stella, what do you remembermost about your trip to Israel?
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  • I thought she would remembersome biblical site we went to.
  • 00:15:28.540 --> 00:15:31.176
  • She said, rocks.
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  • What?
  • 00:15:32.878 --> 00:15:34.146
  • Rocks. There wererocks everywhere.
  • 00:15:34.146 --> 00:15:35.614
  • That's true. There's alot of rocks in the soil.
  • 00:15:35.614 --> 00:15:38.417
  • So the idea here is that theseed goes into the ground
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  • and there's a shelfof rock underneath.
  • 00:15:41.387 --> 00:15:44.256
  • So it shoots up butbecause it can't get root,
  • 00:15:44.256 --> 00:15:47.826
  • it withers in the blazing sun.
  • 00:15:47.826 --> 00:15:51.296
  • So this is adescription of a person
  • 00:15:51.296 --> 00:15:55.034
  • who hears the word of Godand boom, they respond.
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  • I mean, they respond so quickly.
  • 00:15:58.203 --> 00:16:00.539
  • You know you talk to some people
  • 00:16:00.539 --> 00:16:02.074
  • and conversationsgo on for weeks.
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  • Sometimes months, even years,
  • 00:16:04.143 --> 00:16:06.345
  • you feel like you'remaking a little progress.
  • 00:16:06.345 --> 00:16:08.047
  • Other people, theirfirst time you tell them,
  • 00:16:08.047 --> 00:16:10.282
  • they say, I wantJesus in my life.
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  • Really?
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  • Yeah. I want him in my life.
  • 00:16:13.552 --> 00:16:15.054
  • So you say let'spray and they pray.
  • 00:16:15.054 --> 00:16:17.156
  • And immediately they'relike mega convert, right?
  • 00:16:17.156 --> 00:16:20.426
  • Like they go in and buy aBible, not just any Bible,
  • 00:16:20.426 --> 00:16:23.395
  • they get a giant Bible.
  • 00:16:23.395 --> 00:16:24.963
  • They start carrying aroundand they're at church
  • 00:16:24.963 --> 00:16:28.667
  • every day of the week andthey're quoting verses
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  • and when worship is happening,
  • 00:16:32.404 --> 00:16:33.906
  • they're lifting their handshigher than anybody else.
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  • They're singing louder.
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  • And they're even criticalof others who aren't growing
  • 00:16:38.043 --> 00:16:40.412
  • as quickly as they're growing.
  • 00:16:40.412 --> 00:16:42.314
  • And you say to people that isthe most dramatic conversion
  • 00:16:42.314 --> 00:16:46.218
  • I have ever seen.
  • 00:16:46.218 --> 00:16:47.352
  • It was like literallynight and day.
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  • So maybe a month passesby and they're gone.
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  • You don't see themat church anymore.
  • 00:16:52.357 --> 00:16:54.293
  • They don't respond to yourphone calls or your texts.
  • 00:16:54.293 --> 00:16:57.062
  • What's going on?
  • 00:16:57.062 --> 00:16:57.896
  • They just walked away.
  • 00:16:57.896 --> 00:16:59.465
  • They fell away.
  • 00:16:59.465 --> 00:17:00.699
  • This is the categorywe're looking at here.
  • 00:17:00.699 --> 00:17:04.036
  • So we wonder whathappened to these people.
  • 00:17:04.036 --> 00:17:07.272
  • Well, obviously they'rehaving an emotional experience
  • 00:17:07.272 --> 00:17:11.910
  • but it didn't take root.
  • 00:17:11.910 --> 00:17:14.446
  • See this is actuallynot a true conversion
  • 00:17:14.446 --> 00:17:16.915
  • though it looks like one.
  • 00:17:16.915 --> 00:17:19.384
  • And sometimes peoplein this category,
  • 00:17:19.384 --> 00:17:22.321
  • rocky road hearers will saysomething along the lines of,
  • 00:17:22.321 --> 00:17:25.557
  • oh well I tried thewhole Christianity thing
  • 00:17:25.557 --> 00:17:28.594
  • and it didn't work for me.
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  • Oh yeah I was a Christian,I went to church.
  • 00:17:30.028 --> 00:17:32.831
  • I read the Bible. Idid all that stuff.
  • 00:17:32.831 --> 00:17:34.500
  • But yeah, it didn't work for me.
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  • Actually you neverwere converted,
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  • I'm sorry to tell you that.
  • 00:17:40.506 --> 00:17:41.840
  • You had an emotional experience.
  • 00:17:41.840 --> 00:17:43.909
  • Maybe you had somesense of who Jesus was,
  • 00:17:43.909 --> 00:17:46.845
  • but if it was a real conversion,
  • 00:17:46.845 --> 00:17:48.380
  • you would still bewalking with the Lord.
  • 00:17:48.380 --> 00:17:50.716
  • We're almost to the goldenkey of spiritual growth.
  • 00:17:50.716 --> 00:17:53.185
  • We have one morecategory before,
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  • I'll call them thorny hearers.
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  • Thorny hearers.
  • 00:17:57.656 --> 00:17:58.924
  • Let's look at verse 18of Mark four together.
  • 00:17:58.924 --> 00:18:01.894
  • "The seed that fellamong the thorns,
  • 00:18:01.894 --> 00:18:04.163
  • "the weeds represent thosewho hear the word of God,
  • 00:18:04.163 --> 00:18:08.400
  • "but all too quickly, themessage is crowded out."
  • 00:18:08.400 --> 00:18:12.237
  • Listen, you might wannaunderline these things, by what?
  • 00:18:12.237 --> 00:18:15.274
  • "The worries of this life,
  • 00:18:15.274 --> 00:18:17.709
  • "the lure of wealth and thedesire for other things.
  • 00:18:17.709 --> 00:18:22.581
  • "And no fruit is produced."
  • 00:18:22.581 --> 00:18:24.950
  • Isn't an interesting?
  • 00:18:24.950 --> 00:18:26.518
  • These are not evilthings outright,
  • 00:18:26.518 --> 00:18:29.855
  • but they're other things.
  • 00:18:29.855 --> 00:18:31.857
  • So there's a lot of weeds inIsrael in addition to rocks,
  • 00:18:31.857 --> 00:18:35.827
  • all kinds of weeds to chokeout the growth of the seed.
  • 00:18:35.827 --> 00:18:38.964
  • So the seed goes into the ground
  • 00:18:38.964 --> 00:18:40.332
  • and immediatelythe weeds are there
  • 00:18:40.332 --> 00:18:42.467
  • to hinder thegrowth of the seed.
  • 00:18:42.467 --> 00:18:46.004
  • So this category, the thornyhearer is not like the person
  • 00:18:46.004 --> 00:18:50.642
  • that shoots up with lots ofexcitement and enthusiasm.
  • 00:18:50.642 --> 00:18:54.112
  • This is a person who seemsto be growing spiritually,
  • 00:18:54.112 --> 00:18:58.917
  • but gradually they just walkaway because other things
  • 00:18:58.917 --> 00:19:03.755
  • become more important to them.
  • 00:19:03.755 --> 00:19:05.457
  • Listen, not badthings necessarily.
  • 00:19:05.457 --> 00:19:09.228
  • Notice it says theworries of this life,
  • 00:19:09.228 --> 00:19:12.030
  • the concerns of this life.
  • 00:19:12.030 --> 00:19:14.199
  • I mean there's nothing wrongwith being concerned about
  • 00:19:14.199 --> 00:19:17.135
  • how you're gonna putfood on the table.
  • 00:19:17.135 --> 00:19:19.271
  • There is nothingwrong with that.
  • 00:19:19.271 --> 00:19:20.572
  • I mean the concern abouta roof over your head,
  • 00:19:20.572 --> 00:19:23.976
  • there's nothing wrong withthinking about the needs
  • 00:19:23.976 --> 00:19:26.745
  • and necessities of life,
  • 00:19:26.745 --> 00:19:28.847
  • but don't make your lifeabout all those things.
  • 00:19:28.847 --> 00:19:30.916
  • Now having said thatthere's nothing wrong
  • 00:19:30.916 --> 00:19:33.185
  • with being successful.
  • 00:19:33.185 --> 00:19:35.053
  • The Bible even says,Jesus speaking,
  • 00:19:35.053 --> 00:19:36.922
  • if you'll seek firstthe kingdom of God,
  • 00:19:36.922 --> 00:19:39.424
  • he'll provide all thethings that you need,
  • 00:19:39.424 --> 00:19:41.526
  • but just don't makethat your primary focus,
  • 00:19:41.526 --> 00:19:44.663
  • make Christ your primary focus.
  • 00:19:44.663 --> 00:19:47.866
  • And now we come aspromised to the golden key
  • 00:19:47.866 --> 00:19:52.070
  • of spiritual growth,ready for it?
  • 00:19:52.070 --> 00:19:54.640
  • Go to verse 20 of Mark four.
  • 00:19:54.640 --> 00:19:56.475
  • "And the seed thatfell on good soil
  • 00:19:56.475 --> 00:19:58.510
  • "represents those whohear and accept God's word
  • 00:19:58.510 --> 00:20:02.080
  • "and produce a harvestof 30, 60, and 100 times
  • 00:20:02.080 --> 00:20:06.285
  • "as much as been planted."
  • 00:20:06.285 --> 00:20:09.688
  • Here it is.
  • 00:20:09.688 --> 00:20:10.922
  • The golden key tospiritual growth
  • 00:20:10.922 --> 00:20:13.125
  • is how you hear the word of God.
  • 00:20:13.125 --> 00:20:16.428
  • Let me say that again.
  • 00:20:16.428 --> 00:20:17.696
  • The golden key tospiritual growth
  • 00:20:17.696 --> 00:20:19.798
  • is how you hear the word of God.
  • 00:20:19.798 --> 00:20:22.267
  • Look at verse 20.
  • 00:20:22.267 --> 00:20:23.735
  • They hear and accept God's word.
  • 00:20:23.735 --> 00:20:26.104
  • Now we all know thatwe can hear something
  • 00:20:26.104 --> 00:20:29.374
  • and yet not hear it at all.
  • 00:20:29.374 --> 00:20:30.876
  • Maybe your mom is lecturingyou and she's saying,
  • 00:20:32.244 --> 00:20:34.146
  • you need to remember to makeyour bed and take out the trash
  • 00:20:34.146 --> 00:20:36.815
  • and do your homework andin your mind you just hear
  • 00:20:36.815 --> 00:20:39.685
  • blah, blah, blah, blah, blah.
  • 00:20:39.685 --> 00:20:41.186
  • And so you're notreally paying attention.
  • 00:20:42.287 --> 00:20:44.022
  • You're hearing audibly, butyou're really not listening.
  • 00:20:44.022 --> 00:20:47.659
  • And so you've been listeningto a message from God's word.
  • 00:20:47.659 --> 00:20:50.729
  • Have you been paying attention?
  • 00:20:50.729 --> 00:20:52.464
  • Have you been checkingyour phone constantly
  • 00:20:52.464 --> 00:20:54.566
  • or having thisside conversation?
  • 00:20:54.566 --> 00:20:56.568
  • I mean, you need to listen towhat God's word has to say.
  • 00:20:56.568 --> 00:21:01.573
  • See every category andthe parable of the sower
  • 00:21:02.741 --> 00:21:05.344
  • heard it in quotes butthey didn't receive it.
  • 00:21:05.344 --> 00:21:09.247
  • They didn't hear itin the right way.
  • 00:21:09.247 --> 00:21:11.016
  • The story is told ofPresident Franklin Roosevelt,
  • 00:21:11.016 --> 00:21:15.020
  • who often endured long receivinglines at the White House.
  • 00:21:15.020 --> 00:21:18.190
  • And he complained that no oneever listened to what he said.
  • 00:21:18.190 --> 00:21:22.361
  • So he tried a littleexperiment out on one occasion.
  • 00:21:22.361 --> 00:21:25.197
  • There was a long lineof people to meet him.
  • 00:21:25.197 --> 00:21:27.165
  • And he decided he was gonnasay to every single person
  • 00:21:27.165 --> 00:21:31.036
  • that he met, I murdered mygrandmother this morning.
  • 00:21:31.036 --> 00:21:35.741
  • So a person comes in,
  • 00:21:35.741 --> 00:21:37.242
  • President says I murderedmy grandmother this morning
  • 00:21:37.242 --> 00:21:40.412
  • and there were responding goodto meet you, Mr. President.
  • 00:21:40.412 --> 00:21:43.548
  • That's fantastic.
  • 00:21:43.548 --> 00:21:44.783
  • You're doing a great job.
  • 00:21:44.783 --> 00:21:45.884
  • Another person comes,
  • 00:21:45.884 --> 00:21:47.219
  • I murdered mygrandmother this morning.
  • 00:21:47.219 --> 00:21:48.754
  • People kept coming by.
  • 00:21:48.754 --> 00:21:50.222
  • He keeps saying that I murderedmy grandmother this morning.
  • 00:21:50.222 --> 00:21:53.392
  • Obviously nobody was listening
  • 00:21:53.392 --> 00:21:54.960
  • because nobody responded to it
  • 00:21:54.960 --> 00:21:56.661
  • until the ambassadorfrom Bolivia came along.
  • 00:21:56.661 --> 00:22:01.099
  • And he actually heardwhat the president said.
  • 00:22:01.099 --> 00:22:03.168
  • I murdered mygrandmother this morning.
  • 00:22:03.168 --> 00:22:05.203
  • And the ambassadorfrom Bolivia said,
  • 00:22:05.203 --> 00:22:07.205
  • well, sir I'm sureshe had it coming.
  • 00:22:07.205 --> 00:22:10.142
  • Well, listen the ideais we don't listen.
  • 00:22:10.142 --> 00:22:12.778
  • That's why Jesus says hethat has ears to hear,
  • 00:22:12.778 --> 00:22:15.981
  • let him hear.
  • 00:22:15.981 --> 00:22:17.449
  • Listen to this, success orfailure in the Christian life
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  • depends on how youhear the word of God.
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  • It's not a light thingto hear Bible studies.
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  • I know many of youare Bible students
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  • and you listen to podcastsand great biblical teaching
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  • on the radio.
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  • And you're in a small groupand you read devotions
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  • and God bless you,that's amazing.
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  • You're fantastic.
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  • But it's importantnow that you hear it,
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  • that you apply itand that you obey it.
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  • It's actually a dangerousthing to hear the word of God
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  • and not apply itin your old life.
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  • So what is the goldenkey of spiritual growth?
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  • Listen, it's hearing,it's receiving
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  • and it's obeyingthe word of God.
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  • Now in Luke's version ofthe parable of the sower
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  • which we've been lookingat, he has a little detail
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  • that's very important.
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  • He says, having heard the word,
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  • they keep it and they bringforth fruit with patience.
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  • Patience.
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  • Now that's a word, patiencefrom a root word in the Greek
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  • that means endurance.
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  • So the way you get thisendurance from the Greek
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  • is through trials.
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  • The trying of your faithproduces endurance.
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  • And so if you've beentried in your faith,
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  • if you've been testedas a Christian,
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  • that's making you stronger.
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  • And the way you bring forthfruit is through endurance,
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  • getting through hard times,
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  • getting throughchallenging circumstances.
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  • And so this is veryimportant for us
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  • and how do we bringforth spiritual fruit?
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  • Jesus gives theanswer in John 15.
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  • He says, if you abide in me,
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  • you will bring forth much fruit.
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  • Then he goes on to say andthis is how you glorify
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  • the father bybringing forth fruit.
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  • What is fruit? It's results.
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  • It's actions.
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  • It's evidence that you'rea true follower of Jesus.
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  • And how does that happen?
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  • Jesus says by abiding in me.
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  • What does it meanto abide in him?
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  • It means to sink yourroots deeply into him
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  • and walk with him and cultivateyour relationship with him
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  • each and every day.
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  • Let me close by asking,are you abiding in Christ?
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  • Have you built yourfoundation on him?
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  • Which of these categoriesdo you fall in?
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  • Are you like the highwayhearer that hears it
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  • and blows it off and isn'treally interested in it?
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  • You're not interestedin spiritual things.
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  • Are you like the rockyroad hearer who hears it
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  • but other thingshappen in your life
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  • and you build it onthe wrong foundation
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  • and wither in the sun?
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  • You don't stay with it.
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  • Or are you like the personwho has their heart choked up
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  • at the cares of this lifeand the lure of wealth
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  • and other things?
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  • I hope not.
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  • You can be theperson on good soil.
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  • You can bring forthspiritual fruit.
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  • The golden key to spiritualgrowth is simply that.
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  • And I hope you have thatrelationship with God.
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  • And thanks for watchingour TV program.
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  • And I wonder if you yourselfhave accepted Jesus Christ.
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  • You know a lot of times peopletune into programs like this
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  • who aren't believers thatkind of checking it out.
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  • Maybe you're laughingat it at first.
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  • Maybe you think it's not real,
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  • but something has happened.
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  • And maybe somethingthat's been said,
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  • you've suddenly discoveredyou need Jesus Christ.
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  • The day I acceptedJesus, let me tell you,
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  • it was the last thingI planned on doing.
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  • I didn't plan on becominga Christian that day,
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  • but that was the day thatwas appointed in eternity
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  • for me to believe in Jesus.
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  • I wonder if this isnot that day for you.
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  • You've been eavesdropping,you've been checking it out,
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  • but now God's speakingright to your heart
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  • and you realize youneed Jesus Christ.
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  • Would you like to haveyour sin forgiven?
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  • Would you like asecond chance in life?
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  • Would you like to goto heaven when you die?
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  • Would you likeyour guilt removed?
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  • Listen, it can all happenbecause Jesus Christ
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  • went to a cross and died foryour sin and then rose again,
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  • three days later and he'llcome into your life right now
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  • and be your savior and your Lord
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  • and the best friendyou've ever had.
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  • Let's pray together.
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  • Pray this after me,
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  • Lord Jesus, I knowthat I'm a sinner,
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  • but I believe you diedon the cross for my sin.
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  • And I'm sorry for that sin.
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  • And I turn from it now and Iask you to come into my life
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  • and be my savior and bemy Lord and be my God,
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  • and be my friend.
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  • I choose to follow youfrom this moment forward.
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  • In Jesus name I pray.
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  • Amen.
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  • If you just prayed thatprayer I want you to know
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  • on the authority of God's word,
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  • that Christ himself hascome to live inside of you.
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  • The Bible says thesethings we write to you
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  • that believe in thename of the son of God,
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  • that you may know thatyou have eternal life,
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  • but let me say, God bless youand welcome to God's family.
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  • (upbeat music)
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  • ♪ That day when life begins
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