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June 5, 2019
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  • HI EVERYONE. I AM GREG LAURIE
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  • AND I AM IN CENTRAL PARK HERE IN
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  • BEAUTIFUL NEW YORK CITY.
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  • I READ AN ARTICLE IN THE PAPER THE OTHER DAY THAT
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  • POINTED OUT THE THREE THINGS THAT PEOPLE SEARCH
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  • FOR ON GOOGLE LATE AT NIGHT.
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  • THREE THINGS. TOP THREE TOPICS.
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  • WHAT DO YOU THINK THEY ARE?
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  • NUMBER ONE: PORN.
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  • THAT WAS PREDICTABLE.
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  • NUMBER TWO: LONELY.
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  • AND NUMBER THREE: SUICIDE.
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  • THAT IS INTERESTING.
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  • I THINK THERE IS A CONNECTION.
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  • WHAT DOES THAT SAY?
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  • LATE AT NIGHT PEOPLE ARE EMPTY, THEY ARE LONELY,
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  • THEY ARE OUT LOOKING AT PORN.
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  • WHAT A WASTE OF TIME.
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  • AND THEY ARE JUST FEELING THIS VOID IN THEIR LIFE.
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  • AND SOME ARE EVEN CONTEMPLATING SUICIDE.
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  • I THINK EVERYBODY OUT
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  • THERE IS SEARCHING FOR ANSWERS.
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  • AND YOU KNOW WHAT?
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  • GOD HAS ANSWERS AND HE
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  • GIVES THEM TO US IN THE BIBLE.
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  • IF YOU ARE A CHRISTIAN HE HAS COMMANDED YOU AND ME
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  • AND ALL OF US TOGETHER TO GO INTO ALL OF THE WORLD
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  • AND PREACH THE GOSPEL.
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  • JESUS DID NOT SAY THAT THE WHOLE WORLD SHOULD GO TO
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  • CHURCH BUT HE DID SAY THE CHURCH SHOULD GO
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  • TO THE WHOLE WORLD.
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  • WE NEED TO LOOK FOR OPPORTUNITIES TO SHARE OUR
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  • FAITH AS FOLLOWERS OF CHRIST.
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  • BUT HERE IS SOMETHING I FIND INTERESTING ALSO.
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  • I KNOW THAT SOME OF YOU WATCHING THIS PROGRAM
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  • RIGHT NOW ARE NOT CHRISTIANS.
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  • ACTUALLY STUDIES HAVE SHOWN THAT A SURPRISINGLY
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  • LARGE PERCENTAGE OF THOSE THAT WATCH CHRISTIAN TELEVISION
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  • AND LISTEN TO CHRISTIAN RADIO ARE
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  • NOT CHRISTIANS AT ALL.
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  • THEY ARE SORT OF EAVESDROPPING
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  • ON OUR CONVERSATION.
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  • YOU MIGHT BE SURPRISED TO KNOW THAT IS HOW I CAME TO
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  • BECOME A CHRISTIAN MYSELF.
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  • I WAS NOT RAISED IN A CHRISTIAN HOME.
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  • IN FACT I WAS RAISED IN A CRAZY ALCOHOLIC HOME.
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  • MY MOM WAS MARRIED AND DIVORCED SEVEN TIMES.
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  • I LIVED AN INSANE LIFE FOR A YOUNG KID.
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  • I SAW THINGS NO LITTLE BOY SHOULD EVER SEE.
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  • BUT IT GOT ME ON A SEARCH EARLY IN LIFE.
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  • A SEARCH FOR THE MEANING AND PURPOSE OF MY LIFE.
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  • AND THE WAY I ENDED UP HEARING THE GOSPEL WAS
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  • THERE WAS A LITTLE BIBLE STUDY ON THE FRONT LAWN
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  • OF THE HIGH SCHOOL I WAS ATTENDING.
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  • OBVIOUSLY THIS WAS A LONG TIME AGO.
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  • I SAT DOWN CLOSE ENOUGH WHERE I COULD SORT OF
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  • EAVESDROP ON THE CONVERSATION BUT NOT SO
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  • CLOSE THAT PEOPLE WOULD THINK I WAS JOINING UP
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  • WITH THE JESUS FREAKS BECAUSE THAT WOULD BE
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  • LIKE SOCIAL SUICIDE. RIGHT.
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  • WELL SITTING THERE LISTENING I BEGAN TO HEAR
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  • FOR THE FIRST TIME THE MESSAGE OF WHO JESUS WAS
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  • IN A WAY THAT I UNDERSTOOD IT.
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  • I HOPE THAT IN THIS PROGRAM YOU, SOME OF YOU
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  • WHO ARE WATCHING WHO ARE NOT YET BELIEVERS WILL
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  • HEAR FOR THE FIRST TIME THE MESSAGE OF JESUS IN A
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  • WAY THAT YOU CAN UNDERSTAND IT.
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  • WE ARE GOING TO TAKE YOU TO A STADIUM RIGHT NOW
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  • WHERE I AM PRESENTING THE GOSPEL TO THOUSANDS OF
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  • PEOPLE AND THIS IS THE SAME MESSAGE I WOULD SHARE
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  • WITH YOU IF WERE SITTING DOWN HAVING A CUP OF
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  • COFFEE TOGETHER.
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  • IT IS THE GOSPEL. IT IS GOOD NEWS.
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  • AT THE END OF THE PROGRAM I WANT TO TALK TO YOU
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  • ABOUT HOW YOU CAN PERSONALLY MAKE A COMMITMENT TO
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  • JESUS CHRIST SO YOU WON'T HAVE TO BE GOOGLING
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  • EMPTY AND LONELY ANYMORE.
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  • YOU WILL HAVE THE ANSWER.
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  • SO WATCH NOW AS WE GO TO ONE OF OUR EVENTS.
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  • WE CALL THEM HARVEST CRUSADES.
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  • (Phil Wickham: This is the Day) CAN YOU SEE IT
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  • LIGHT SHINES INTO THE DARKNESS BRINGING
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  • HOPE TO THE HOPELESS IT IS LEADING
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  • YOU TO LIFE THIS IS THE
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  • DAY WHEN THE LOST ARE FOUND.
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  • THIS IS YOUR BEGINNING.
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  • AMAZING GRACE HOW SWEET THE SOUND.
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  • I CAN HEAR THE ANGELS SING
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  • THIS IS THE DAY WHEN THE LOST ARE FOUND.
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  • THIS IS THE DAY FOR A NEW BEGINNING AMAZING GRACE
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  • HOW SWEET THE SOUND
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  • O CAN YOU HEAR THE ANGELS ARE SINGING
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  • THIS IS THE DAY THE DAY WHEN LIFE BEGINS.
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  • [swishing metal sound]
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  • THANKS FOR TUNING IN.
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  • NOW FROM FRIDAY NIGHT OF THE 2017 SOCAL HARVEST CRUSADE
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  • HERE IS GREG LAURIE.
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  • I HEARD ABOUT A MAN THAT WAS BEING APPROACHED BY
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  • AN ATTORNEY BECAUSE THE ATTORNEY WANTED TO GIVE
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  • TO THIS MAN A VERY IMPORTANT PAPER.
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  • SO THIS GUY DECIDED TO AVOID THE ATTORNEY BECAUSE
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  • HE WAS CERTAIN IT WAS SOME KIND OF SUBPOENA.
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  • SO HE MANAGES TO EVADE THIS ATTORNEY FOR YEARS.
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  • FOR 14 YEARS THE ATTORNEY WAS NEVER ABLE TO SERVE
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  • THOSE PAPERS TO THIS MAN.
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  • ONE DAY THE MAN GOT SICK AND HAD CANCER
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  • AND WAS IN THE HOSPITAL.
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  • WHILE HE WAS IN THE HOSPITAL ROOM WHO GETS
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  • WHEELED IN NEXT TO HIM BUT THE ATTORNEY.
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  • THE GUY LOOKED AT HIM AND SAID,
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  • "OH FINE. GO AHEAD. SERVE ME YOUR SUBPOENA.
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  • "I HAVE CANCER.
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  • "I DON'T EVEN CARE ANYMORE."
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  • AND THE ATTORNEY SAID,
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  • "SUBPOENA? I WAS TRYING TO GIVE YOU A
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  • "DOCUMENT THAT PROVES YOU
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  • "HAD INHERITED $45 MILLION."
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  • SEE THIS IS US WITH GOD.
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  • GOD IS SAYING I WANT TO SHOW YOU MY LOVE.
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  • I WANT TO GIVE YOU THE HOPE OF HEAVEN.
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  • I WANT TO GIVE YOU THE MEANING AND
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  • PURPOSE OF LIFE.
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  • AND LIKE IDIOTS WE ARE RUNNING FROM GOD.
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  • I WANT TO TELL YOU THE STORY OF A MAN
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  • WHO RAN FROM GOD. HIS NAME WAS JONAH.
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  • NOW A LOT OF PEOPLE WHEN YOU SAY THE NAME JONAH
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  • IMMEDIATELY DISMISS IT LIKE IT IS SOME KIND OF
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  • A CHILD'S STORY AND IT NEVER HAPPENED.
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  • BUT IT IS A REAL STORY IN THE BIBLE.
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  • IT HAPPENED TO A REAL GUY.
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  • IT WAS AUTHENTICATED BY NO ONE LESS THAN
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  • JESUS CHRIST HIMSELF.
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  • BUT JONAH, YOU KNOW THE STORY, HE WAS A GUY WHO
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  • WAS CALLED TO GO AND SHARE A MESSAGE OF HOPE WITH THE
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  • PEOPLE OF NINEVEH AND HE DIDN'T WANT TO DO IT.
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  • HE RAN IN THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION.
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  • SO BASICALLY GOD SAID TO JONAH GO.
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  • JONAH SAID NO. GOD SAID OH.
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  • LISTEN. GOD WILL ALWAYS HAVE THE LAST WORD.
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  • SO JONAH WAS RUNNING FROM GOD.
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  • AND I WONDER IF THERE ARE SOME OF YOU HERE TONIGHT
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  • THAT ARE RUNNING FROM GOD.
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  • YOU ARE TRYING TO GET AWAY FROM GOD AND HERE HE IS
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  • JUST WANTING TO GIVE YOU A SECOND CHANCE.
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  • WELL GOD GOT THE ATTENTION OF JONAH THROUGH A STORM
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  • AND A WHALE OR MAYBE A BIG FISH.
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  • WE DON'T KNOW FOR SURE WHICH IT WAS.
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  • AND THE RESULT WAS AN ENTIRE NATION WAS SPARED
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  • FROM BEING JUDGED BY GOD.
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  • IT WAS PROBABLY THE LARGEST AWAKENING IN HUMAN
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  • HISTORY BECAUSE JONAH DID WHAT GOD TOLD HIM TO DO.
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  • SEE BEFORE GOD COULD GIVE TO NINEVEH A SECOND CHANCE
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  • JONAH HAD TO HAVE A SECOND
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  • CHANCE BECAUSE JONAH WAS A RACIST.
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  • YOU SEE GOD TOLD JONAH TO GO TO A GROUP OF PEOPLE
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  • HE DIDN'T WANT TO GO TO. THE NINEVITES.
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  • THEY WERE THE AVOWED ENEMIES OF ISRAEL.
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  • NINEVEH WAS THE CAPITAL
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  • OF THEIR ENEMIES THE ASSYRIANS.
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  • SO JONAH FIGURED THIS.
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  • IF HE WENT TO THEM AND PREACHED TO THEM GOD IS
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  • SO LOVING HE WOULD SPARE THEM.
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  • BUT IF HE DIDN'T GO AND PREACH TO THEM GOD WOULD
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  • DESTROY THEM AND THAT SEEMED LIKE A GOOD IDEA TO
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  • JONAH BECAUSE HE WAS FILLED WITH HATRED.
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  • YOU KNOW OUR COUNTRY IS DIVIDED TONIGHT.
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  • WHAT JUST HAPPENED IN CHARLOTTESVILLE.
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  • THERE IS A TENSION IN THE AIR.
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  • I WANT TO SAY FOR THE FOLLOWER OF JESUS CHRIST
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  • THERE IS NO PLACE FOR RACIAL BIGOTRY OR RACISM
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  • OR PREJUDICE OF ANY KIND.
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  • [applause]
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  • WHEN I SEE THESE PEOPLE CARRYING
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  • THESE CROSSES AND WEARING SWASTIKAS AND TALKING
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  • ABOUT WHITE SUPREMACY THERE IS NO RACE THAT IS
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  • SUPERIOR TO ANOTHER RACE.
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  • WE ARE ALL PART OF THE HUMAN RACE AND WE ARE ALL
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  • PART OF A SINFUL RACE AND WE ALL NEED GOD.
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  • [applause]
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  • SO JONAH WAS A RACIST. BUT YOU KNOW WHAT?
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  • GOD EVEN LOVES RACISTS. GOD LOVES SINNERS.
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  • GOD LOVES PEOPLE WHO MESS UP.
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  • GOD WAS GOING TO GIVE HIM A SECOND CHANCE.
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  • BUT HERE IS THE COOL THING.
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  • WHEN YOU BECOME A CHRISTIAN THOSE
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  • BARRIERS COME DOWN.
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  • RACIAL BARRIERS COME DOWN.
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  • PREJUDICE COMES DOWN AND WE BECOME A NEW FAMILY IN
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  • JESUS CHRIST AND THAT IS SHOWN BY ALL OF THE FOLKS
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  • THAT ARE HERE IN THIS STADIUM.
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  • HERE IS OUR ANSWER TO THE RACIAL TENSION OF AMERICA.
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  • LOOK AROUND. WE ARE THE FAMILY OF GOD.
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  • WE ARE THE SAME BLOOD.
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  • [applause]
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  • WE ARE BROTHERS
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  • AND SISTERS AND WE ARE OF THE SAME BLOOD.
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  • THE BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST THAT HAS
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  • BROKEN DOWN THE WALL THAT SEPARATED US FROM GOD AND
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  • SEPARATED US FROM ONE ANOTHER.
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  • SO WE NEED TO LOVE ONE ANOTHER IN AMERICA.
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  • WE NEED TO FORGIVE ONE ANOTHER.
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  • THAT IS WHAT JONAH DID AND IT SAVED A NATION.
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  • LISTEN. AMERICA NEEDS A
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  • SECOND CHANCE RIGHT NOW.
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  • OUR COUNTRY IS NOT ONLY HAVING TENSION AMONG ITS
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  • OWN PEOPLE BUT WE ARE UNDER THREAT FROM OTHERS.
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  • TERRORISTS WANT TO DESTROY US.
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  • NORTH KOREA WANTS TO NUKE US.
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  • IRAN IS THINKING ABOUT
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  • THAT EVENTUALLY TOO BY THE WAY.
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  • THERE ARE A LOT OF THREATS IN THE AIR RIGHT NOW AND
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  • AMERICA NEEDS TO TURN TO GOD.
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  • YOU KNOW I HAVE LIVED LONG
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  • ENOUGH TO REMEMBER THE SIXTIES.
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  • YES I WAS ALIVE IN THE SIXTIES.
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  • THEY SAY IF YOU REMEMBER THE SIXTIES YOU WEREN'T
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  • THERE BUT I REMEMBER THEM AND I WAS THERE.
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  • AND ACTUALLY THE ONLY TIME I CAN THINK OF WHEN THERE
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  • WAS AS MUCH CONFLICT IN OUR NATION WAS THEN.
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  • IN FACT IT ACTUALLY WAS WORSE THEN
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  • THAN IT IS NOW BELIEVE IT OR NOT.
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  • AND THERE WAS A LOT OF TALK OF REVOLUTION.
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  • PEOPLE WERE SAYING WE NEED A REVOLUTION.
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  • AND YOU KNOW WHAT? GOD SENT A REVOLUTION.
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  • IT WAS CALLED THE JESUS REVOLUTION.
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  • IT IS CALLED THE JESUS MOVEMENT AND IT CHANGED
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  • THE COURSE OF AMERICA.
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  • [applause]
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  • THOUSANDS OF YOUNG PEOPLE THAT WERE
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  • STRUNG OUT ON DRUGS AND FILLED WITH HATRED AND
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  • ANGER WERE TRANSFORMED BY JESUS CHRIST AND I HAPPEN
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  • TO BE ONE OF THOSE YOUNG PEOPLE AND I PRAY WE HAVE
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  • ANOTHER SPIRITUAL AWAKENING.
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  • I PRAY WE HAVE ANOTHER
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  • JESUS REVOLUTION IN AMERICA.
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  • [swishing metal sound]
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  • SEASONS PASS AND MY
  • 00:10:49.290 --> 00:10:51.070
  • PRAYERS SEEM TO GET LOST IN THE WAITNG.
  • 00:10:51.100 --> 00:10:53.240
  • 00:10:53.270 --> 00:10:57.240
  • I FEEL SO ALONE.
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  • WHAT ARE MY TEARS AND PRAYERS WORTH?
  • 00:10:59.240 --> 00:11:00.280
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  • HOW AM I TO COPE WHEN
  • 00:11:05.140 --> 00:11:06.170
  • I AM OVERWHELMED AND FEEL HOPELESS?
  • 00:11:06.200 --> 00:11:09.070
  • 00:11:09.100 --> 00:11:13.140
  • WHO CAN I TURN TO? WHO CAN I TRUST?
  • 00:11:13.170 --> 00:11:15.230
  • 00:11:15.260 --> 00:11:38.090
  • THIS IS THE DAY THE DAY WHEN LIFE BEGINS
  • 00:11:38.120 --> 00:11:47.150
  • WELCOME BACK.
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  • HERE AGAIN IS PASTOR GREG.
  • 00:11:48.200 --> 00:11:49.290
  • SO LET ME READ TO YOU A FEW VERSES FROM
  • 00:11:50.020 --> 00:11:52.290
  • THE BOOK OF JONAH.
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  • HERE IS WHAT IT SAYS.
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  • JONAH 1. IT SAYS,
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  • "THE LORD GAVE "THIS MESSAGE TO JONAH.
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  • "'GET UP AND GO TO THE GREAT CITY OF NINEVEH AND
  • 00:11:59.120 --> 00:12:01.270
  • "'ANNOUNCE MY JUDGMENT AGAINST THEM BECAUSE I
  • 00:12:02.000 --> 00:12:03.250
  • "'HAVE SEEN HOW WICKED ITS PEOPLE ARE.' BUT JONAH GOT
  • 00:12:03.280 --> 00:12:08.030
  • "UP AND WENT IN THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION TO
  • 00:12:08.060 --> 00:12:10.110
  • "GET AWAY FROM THE LORD.
  • 00:12:10.140 --> 00:12:12.020
  • "HE WENT DOWN TO THE PORT OF JOPPA.
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  • "HE FOUND A SHIP LEAVING FOR TARSHISH.
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  • "HE BOUGHT A TICKET AND WENT ON BOARD, HOPING TO
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  • "ESCAPE FROM THE LORD BY SAILING TO TARSHISH."
  • 00:12:19.120 --> 00:12:22.130
  • HE GOT UP AND WENT IN THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION TO
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  • GET AWAY FROM THE LORD.
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  • HAVE YOU EVER TRIED TO RUN FROM GOD AND HIS
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  • WILL FOR YOUR LIFE?
  • 00:12:30.230 --> 00:12:33.000
  • WHY DO WE THINK THAT GOD'S PLANS ARE NOT GOOD?
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  • GOD LOVES YOU.
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  • HIS PLANS FOR YOU ARE BETTER THAN YOUR
  • 00:12:37.240 --> 00:12:39.230
  • PLANS FOR YOURSELF.
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  • THE BIBLE TELLS US THAT GOD IS GOOD.
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  • THE BIBLE SAYS,
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  • "TASTE AND SEE THAT THE LORD IS GOOD."
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  • AND THE BIBLE ALSO TELLS US THAT GOD IS LOVE.
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  • BUT FOR SOME OF US WHEN WE HEAR ABOUT A FATHER IN
  • 00:12:50.080 --> 00:12:52.240
  • HEAVEN IT MAY FREAK US OUT A LITTLE BIT BECAUSE OUR
  • 00:12:52.270 --> 00:12:56.100
  • FATHER ON EARTH IS SOMEONE WE ARE SCARED OF.
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  • MAYBE YOU COME FROM AN ABUSIVE HOME.
  • 00:13:00.240 --> 00:13:03.010
  • MAYBE YOU WERE ABANDONED BY YOUR FATHER.
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  • MAYBE THERE IS SOME OTHER
  • 00:13:05.080 --> 00:13:07.060
  • CONFLICT YOU HAVE HAD AT HOME.
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  • FOR ME I NEVER KNEW MY BIOLOGICAL FATHER AND MY
  • 00:13:09.160 --> 00:13:12.160
  • MOM MARRIED AND DIVORCED MANY TIMES AND I HAD A
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  • LOT OF STEP-FATHERS.
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  • SO THERE WAS JUST THIS BIG BLANK WHEN IT CAME
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  • TO THE IDEA OF A FATHER.
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  • AND WE READ ABOUT A FATHER IN HEAVEN SO WE SORT OF
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  • TRANSFER OUR VIEW OF OUR EARTHLY FATHER
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  • TO THE HEAVENLY FATHER.
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  • I DON'T KNOW WHAT YOUR EARTHLY DAD IS LIKE BUT I
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  • KNOW YOUR HEAVENLY FATHER IS FULL OF LOVE FOR YOU
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  • AND FULL OF FORGIVENESS FOR YOU.
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  • YOU SHOULDN'T RUN FROM HIM.
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  • [applause]
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  • BUT GOD SAID THE WICKEDNESS OF
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  • NINEVEH IS GREAT.
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  • ACTUALLY THE PHRASE THAT IS USED THERE MEANS THAT
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  • IT WAS SORT OF STINKING TO HIGH HEAVEN.
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  • NINEVEH WAS SORT OF LIKE AN IMMORAL SEPTIC TANK
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  • THAT WAS OVERFLOWING.
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  • AND IT SHOWS THAT GOD IS AWARE OF SIN.
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  • HE KNOWS WHEN SIN TAKES PLACE.
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  • AND THESE PEOPLE WERE KNOWN FOR THEIR CRUELTY.
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  • THE NINEVITES WOULD NOT JUST CONQUER PEOPLE BUT
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  • THEY WOULD TORTURE THEM BEFORE THEY WOULD EXECUTE
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  • THEM AND TAKE THEIR HEADS OFF AND STACK SKULLS UP AS
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  • MONUMENTS TO THEIR CRUELTY.
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  • IN MANY WAYS THE NINEVITES REMIND ONE OF ISIS OR AN
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  • ORGANIZATION LIKE THAT.
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  • AND YET GOD SAID TO JONAH GO PREACH TO THESE PEOPLE.
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  • HE THOUGHT WHY WOULD I WANT TO PREACH TO THEM.
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  • I DON'T WANT THEM TO BELIEVE.
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  • I WANT THEM TO BE JUDGED.
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  • BUT GOD LOVES SINNERS NO MATER WHAT SINS THEY HAVE
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  • COMMITTED AND WILL FORGIVE THEM IF THEY WILL TURN
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  • FROM THAT SIN.
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  • AND THAT IS GOOD NEWS FOR YOU BECAUSE YOU ARE A
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  • SINNER TOO. AND SO AM I.
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  • EVERY ONE OF US NEEDS THE FORGIVENESS OF GOD BECAUSE
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  • LISTEN ONE SIN IS ENOUGH TO KEEP YOU OUT OF HEAVEN.
  • 00:14:47.270 --> 00:14:52.180
  • THE BIBLE SAYS IF WE OFFEND IN ONE POINT OF
  • 00:14:52.210 --> 00:14:54.220
  • THE LAW WE ARE GUILTY OF ALL OF IT.
  • 00:14:54.250 --> 00:14:57.100
  • NOW GRANTED SOME PEOPLE ARE WORSE SINNERS IN SOME
  • 00:14:57.130 --> 00:15:01.000
  • WAYS THAN OTHERS BUT AS I SAID ONE SIN IS ENOUGH TO
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  • SEPARATE YOU FROM GOD.
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  • GOD SAID GO TO NINEVEH.
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  • JONAH SAID NO WAY.
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  • HE GOT ON A BOAT GOING 2.000 MILES IN THE
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  • OPPOSITE DIRECTION.
  • 00:15:12.230 --> 00:15:15.090
  • AND THEN GOD SENT A BIG STORM TO SORT OF GET
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  • JONAH'S ATTENTION.
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  • THE STORM WAS SO RADICAL THE BOAT WAS PITCHING
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  • BACK AND FORTH.
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  • EVEN THE SEASONED SAILORS ON BOARD WERE
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  • STARTING TO FREAK OUT.
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  • YOU KNOW IT IS BAD IF THEY WERE AFRAID.
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  • SOMETIMES GOD WILL ALLOW A CRISIS OR SOMETHING
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  • DRAMATIC TO GET OUR ATTENTION.
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  • MAYBE YOU ARE GOING THROUGH A CRISIS RIGHT NOW.
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  • MAYBE SOMETHING HAS HAPPENED THAT WAS A BIG
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  • WAKEUP CALL FOR YOU.
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  • C. S. LEWIS SAID,
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  • "GOD WHISPERS TO US IN OUR PLEASURES.
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  • "HE SPEAKS TO US IN OUR CONSCIENCE, BUT HE SHOUTS
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  • "TO US IN OUR PAIN.
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  • "PAIN IS GOD'S MEGAPHONE TO ROUSE A DEAF WORLD."
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  • SO THESE SAILORS ARE TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHY
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  • IS THIS STORM COMING.
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  • THEY FIGURED OUT THAT THE CULPRIT, THE ONE WHO
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  • BROUGHT THE STORM WAS THIS STRANGER.
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  • THEY BROUGHT HIM UP ON DECK AND SAID
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  • DUDE WHAT IS YOUR NAME?
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  • HE SAYS MY NAME IS JONAH AND I AM A PROPHET OF THE
  • 00:16:16.050 --> 00:16:19.090
  • LORD GOD OF ISRAEL AND I AM RUNNING FROM GOD.
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  • THEY ARE LIKE WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU.
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  • WHY WOULD YOU RUN FROM A GOD THIS POWERFUL?
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  • JONAH SAYS I WILL TELL YOU WHAT GUYS.
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  • IF YOU THROW ME OVER THE SIDE OF THE BOAT THE
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  • STORM WILL STOP.
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  • THEY SAID REALLY. OK. BYE.
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  • OVER THE SIDE HE WENT.
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  • AND THE BIBLE SAYS THE LORD PREPARED A GREAT
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  • FISH TO SWALLOW JONAH.
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  • NOW WE ALWAYS SAY JONAH AND THE WHALE.
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  • THE BIBLE NEVER SAYS IT WAS A WHALE.
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  • THE ACTUAL WORD COULD BE TRANSLATED SEA MONSTER.
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  • HEY IT MAY HAVE BEEN A CUSTOM-DESIGNED FISH JUST
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  • FOR JONAH THAT ONLY EXISTED ONE TIME.
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  • WHATEVER IT WAS IT SWALLOWED JONAH AND THAT
  • 00:16:59.000 --> 00:17:02.070
  • IS WHERE HE WAS WAITING.
  • 00:17:02.100 --> 00:17:04.040
  • BUT YOU KNOW HERE IS WHAT IS INTERESTING TO ME.
  • 00:17:04.070 --> 00:17:06.010
  • THESE GUYS ARE CALLING OUT JONAH AND THEY ARE
  • 00:17:06.040 --> 00:17:09.120
  • NOT EVEN BELIEVERS.
  • 00:17:09.150 --> 00:17:10.180
  • THEY ARE SAYING LOOK IF YOU KNOW GOD WHY WOULD
  • 00:17:10.210 --> 00:17:13.230
  • YOU RUN FROM GOD.
  • 00:17:13.260 --> 00:17:15.000
  • YOU KNOW NOTHING IS MORE WORTHLESS OR PATHETIC THAN
  • 00:17:15.030 --> 00:17:19.270
  • A CHRISTIAN WHO WON'T
  • 00:17:20.000 --> 00:17:21.230
  • STAND UP FOR WHAT THEY BELIEVE.
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  • [swishing metal sound]
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  • LIFE. IT IS COMPARED TO A RACE.
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  • THE CHALLENGES. TRIALS, OPPOSITIONS, AND
  • 00:17:38.190 --> 00:17:42.080
  • SEEMINGLY INSURMOUNTABLE OBSTACLES.
  • 00:17:42.110 --> 00:17:45.130
  • THEY WILL COME. ADVERSITIES.
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  • GREAT AND SMALL WILL TEST US.
  • 00:17:48.080 --> 00:17:51.040
  • TEST OUR METAL. OUR FAITH.
  • 00:17:51.070 --> 00:17:53.090
  • BUT WE ARE OVERCOMERS THROUGH JESUS CHRIST
  • 00:17:53.120 --> 00:17:57.100
  • WHO ENDURED IT ALL FOR US.
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  • AND THERE IS A
  • 00:18:01.030 --> 00:18:01.260
  • PRIZE. A CROWN. A GREAT REWARD.
  • 00:18:01.290 --> 00:18:07.070
  • PRESS ON. FIGHT. ENDURE TILL THE END
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  • AND ABOVE ALL KEEP THE FAITH
  • 00:18:11.200 --> 00:18:14.190
  • 00:18:14.220 --> 00:18:23.140
  • THIS IS THE DAY THE DAY WHEN LIFE BEGINS
  • 00:18:23.170 --> 00:18:31.150
  • WELCOME BACK.
  • 00:18:31.180 --> 00:18:32.100
  • HERE AGAIN IS GREG LAURIE.
  • 00:18:32.130 --> 00:18:35.040
  • YOU KNOW NOTHING IS MORE WORTHLESS OR PATHETIC THAN
  • 00:18:35.070 --> 00:18:40.110
  • A CHRISTIAN WHO WON'T
  • 00:18:40.140 --> 00:18:42.040
  • STAND UP FOR WHAT THEY BELIEVE.
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  • THAT IS JONAH. HE WAS BUSTED.
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  • BUSTED FOR HIS SINS BY THESE SAILORS.
  • 00:18:47.070 --> 00:18:49.260
  • THEY THREW HIM OVER THE SIDE.
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  • HE IS SWALLOWED BY A GREAT FISH.
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  • AND WHILE HE IS INSIDE OF THE BELLY OF THE FISH
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  • HE SEES PINOCCHIO. NO WRONG STORY.
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  • WHEN HE IS IN THE BELLY OF THE FISH HE SAYS
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  • I AM NOT GOING TO DO IT.
  • 00:19:06.030 --> 00:19:07.070
  • HE IS STUBBORN.
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  • HE IS WRAPPED IN SEAWEED.
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  • FISH ARE SLAPPING HIM IN THE FACE WITH THEIR TAIL.
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  • I AM NOT GOING TO DO WHAT GOD WANTS ME TO DO.
  • 00:19:12.130 --> 00:19:16.030
  • FINALLY AFTER THREE DAYS INSIDE OF THE BELLY
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  • OF THE BEAST JONAH SAYS ALL RIGHT.
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  • ALL RIGHT.
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  • I WILL GO.
  • 00:19:21.280 --> 00:19:24.090
  • AND SO THAT BIG OLD FISH OR WHALE GOES CRUISING UP
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  • TO THE SHORE OF NINEVEH AND IT OPENED UP HIS MOUTH
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  • AND IT VOMITED JONAH.
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  • BOY TALK ABOUT A DRAMATIC ENTRANCE.
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  • SO JONAH WAS RIGHTEOUS AND RALPHED.
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  • HE WAS BLESSED AND HE WAS BARFED.
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  • RIGHT ON THE SHORE OF NINEVEH AND HE WENT OUT
  • 00:19:45.130 --> 00:19:47.290
  • AND SAID TO THEM ACCORDING TO JONAH 3, "40 DAYS AND
  • 00:19:48.020 --> 00:19:53.150
  • "GOD WILL DESTROY NINEVEH."
  • 00:19:53.180 --> 00:19:57.230
  • AND IT SAYS THAT THE PEOPLE WERE SORRY FOR
  • 00:19:57.260 --> 00:20:00.270
  • THEIR SINS AND FROM THE GREATEST TO THE LEAST THEY
  • 00:20:01.000 --> 00:20:04.150
  • COVERED THEIR HEAD WITH SACKCLOTH AND THEY DIDN'T
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  • EAT FOOD TO SHOW THEIR SORROW.
  • 00:20:06.290 --> 00:20:10.180
  • SEE GOD GAVE TO JONAH A SECOND CHANCE AND GOD
  • 00:20:10.210 --> 00:20:14.040
  • GAVE A NATION A SECOND CHANCE.
  • 00:20:14.070 --> 00:20:17.260
  • SEE BY SAYING 40 DAYS AND NINEVEH WILL BE OVERTHROWN
  • 00:20:17.290 --> 00:20:21.010
  • GOD WAS EFFECTIVELY SAYING YOU CAN GET OUT OF THIS.
  • 00:20:21.040 --> 00:20:24.090
  • YOU CAN STILL TURN FROM YOUR SIN.
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  • YOU KNOW WHEN GOD DESTROYED SODOM AND
  • 00:20:26.250 --> 00:20:28.130
  • GOMORRAH THERE WAS NO WARNING.
  • 00:20:28.160 --> 00:20:30.130
  • THERE WAS NO JONAH.
  • 00:20:30.160 --> 00:20:32.150
  • JUDGMENT JUST CAME.
  • 00:20:32.180 --> 00:20:34.130
  • BUT IN THE CASE OF NINEVEH GOD GAVE
  • 00:20:34.160 --> 00:20:36.200
  • THEM AN OPPORTUNITY.
  • 00:20:36.230 --> 00:20:38.000
  • I GUESS SODOM AND GOMORRAH HAD GONE BEYOND THE
  • 00:20:38.030 --> 00:20:40.120
  • POINT OF NO RETURN.
  • 00:20:40.150 --> 00:20:42.150
  • HAS THAT HAPPENED TO SOME OF YOU?
  • 00:20:42.180 --> 00:20:44.180
  • HAVE YOU GONE BEYOND THE POINT OF NO RETURN?
  • 00:20:44.210 --> 00:20:46.280
  • OH BY THE WAY THAT CAN HAPPEN WHERE YOUR HEART
  • 00:20:47.010 --> 00:20:49.140
  • CAN GET SO HARD YOU CAN BECOME SO RESISTANT TO GOD
  • 00:20:49.170 --> 00:20:54.150
  • THAT YOU ARE NOT RESPONSIVE IN ANY WAY.
  • 00:20:54.180 --> 00:20:56.260
  • MAYBE AS YOU ARE LISTENING TO ME YOU HAVE GOT YOUR
  • 00:20:56.290 --> 00:20:58.250
  • ARMS FOLDED AND YOU ARE SAYING YOU KNOW WHAT I
  • 00:20:58.280 --> 00:21:01.180
  • DON'T BELIEVE A WORD YOU SAY AND I DON'T CARE ABOUT
  • 00:21:01.210 --> 00:21:05.090
  • GOD AND I DON'T CARE ABOUT THE AFTERLIFE.
  • 00:21:05.120 --> 00:21:07.280
  • THAT SCARES ME FOR YOU BECAUSE YOU MAY
  • 00:21:08.010 --> 00:21:10.220
  • HAVE GONE TOO FAR.
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  • DON'T LET THAT HAPPEN.
  • 00:21:12.090 --> 00:21:13.150
  • SEE GOD IS SPEAKING TO
  • 00:21:13.180 --> 00:21:14.180
  • SOME OF YOU DEEP DOWN INSIDE.
  • 00:21:14.210 --> 00:21:16.290
  • SODOM AND GOMORRAH WAS TOO FAR GONE.
  • 00:21:17.020 --> 00:21:19.110
  • BUT GOD WAS GIVING NINEVEH ANOTHER CHANCE.
  • 00:21:19.140 --> 00:21:21.140
  • AND I THINK THERE IS STILL HOPE FOR AMERICA.
  • 00:21:21.170 --> 00:21:25.110
  • YOU SAY WHAT DOES THE DEATH OF JESUS
  • 00:21:25.140 --> 00:21:27.270
  • HAVE TO DO WITH ME?
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  • THAT HAPPENED 2.000 YEARS AGO.
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  • I AM SORRY THEY KILLED HIM BUT IT HAS
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  • NO EFFECT ON ME.
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  • NO IT HAS A LOT OF EFFECT ON YOU.
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  • BECAUSE YOU SEE JESUS WAS COMING TO RESCUE YOU
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  • BECAUSE WE ARE ALL
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  • SEPARATED FROM GOD BY OUR SIN.
  • 00:21:41.250 --> 00:21:44.050
  • BUT JESUS WAS UNIQUELY QUALIFIED TO STAND IN THE
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  • GAP IN OUR PLACE BECAUSE JESUS WAS FULLY GOD
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  • AND HE WAS FULLY MAN.
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  • THERE HAS NEVER BEEN ANOTHER MAN LIKE HIM THAT
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  • HAS WALKED THIS EARTH.
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  • JESUS WAS NOT MAN BECOMING A GOD.
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  • THAT IS IMPOSSIBLE.
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  • HE WAS GOD BECOMING MAN.
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  • SO WHEN HE DIED ON THAT CROSS AND THEY NAILED HIS
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  • HANDS TO IT WITH ONE HAND IN EFFECT HE TOOK HOLD OF
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  • A HOLY GOD WE ARE SEPARATED FROM.
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  • WITH THE OTHER HAND HE TOOK HOLD OF SINFUL PEOPLE
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  • LIKE YOU AND ME AND HE DIED IN OUR PLACE.
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  • HE PAID THE PRICE FOR MY SIN.
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  • AND SO ALL THE WRONGS THAT I HAVE DONE HAVE BEEN PUT
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  • ON JESUS WHO DIED FOR ME.
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  • SO IF I SAY JESUS I AM SORRY FOR MY SIN
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  • HE WILL FORGIVE ME.
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  • AND ALL OF MY SIN WILL BE FORGIVEN.
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  • AND ALL OF MY SIN WILL BE FORGOTTEN.
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  • DO YOU NEED YOUR SIN FORGIVEN?
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  • LISTEN TO THIS.
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  • HELP HAS A NAME AND IT IS JESUS CHRIST AND HE IS
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  • HERE FOR YOU RIGHT NOW.
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  • [applause]
  • 00:22:45.270 --> 00:22:48.170
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  • OK SO WOULD YOU LIKE YOUR SIN FORGIVEN?
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  • I MEAN THINK ABOUT THIS FOR A MOMENT.
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  • DEEP DOWN INSIDE YOU FEEL A GUILT.
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  • DO YOU KNOW WHY YOU FEEL GUILT?
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  • BECAUSE YOU ARE GUILTY.
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  • WE ALL ARE.
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  • THE BIBLE SAYS WE HAVE ALL SINNED AND FALLEN SHORT
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  • OF THE GLORY OF GOD.
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  • HERE IS THE GOOD NEWS.
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  • 2.000 YEARS AGO JESUS CHRIST CAME ON A RESCUE
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  • OPERATION TO PLANET EARTH AND HE DIED ON
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  • THE CROSS FOR OUR SIN.
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  • SEE GUILT IS A SYMPTOM.
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  • SIN IS THE PROBLEM.
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  • SO GOD COMES AND DEALS WITH THE PROBLEM AND HE
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  • FORGIVES US OF OUR SIN AND THEN THE GUILT GOES AWAY.
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  • GOD COULD DO THAT FOR YOU RIGHT NOW NO MATTER
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  • WHAT YOU HAVE DONE.
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  • YOU SAY GREG YOU DON'T REALIZE WHAT I HAVE DONE.
  • 00:23:28.100 --> 00:23:30.020
  • NO I DON'T REALIZE WHAT YOU HAVE DONE BUT I
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  • KNOW WHAT HE HAS DONE.
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  • HE DIED ON THE CROSS AND IT WAS MORE THAN
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  • SUFFICIENT TO COVER ALL OF YOUR SIN AND ALL OF MINE
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  • AND EVERYBODY ELSE'S TOO.
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  • IF YOU WOULD LIKE YOUR SIN FORGIVEN, IF YOU WOULD
  • 00:23:40.130 --> 00:23:43.280
  • LIKE YOUR GUILT REMOVED, IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO KNOW
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  • THAT YOU WILL GO TO HEAVEN WHEN YOU DIE, I WOULD LIKE
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  • TO LEAD YOU IN A PRAYER AND THIS IS A PRAYER OF
  • 00:23:50.080 --> 00:23:52.070
  • ASKING JESUS CHRIST TO COME INTO YOUR LIFE.
  • 00:23:52.100 --> 00:23:54.240
  • YOU SEE BEING A CHRISTIAN ISN'T JUST
  • 00:23:54.270 --> 00:23:57.020
  • BELIEVING THERE IS A GOD.
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  • IT IS HAVING GOD LIVE INSIDE OF YOU.
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  • IT IS HAVING JESUS COMING INTO YOUR LIFE
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  • AS SAVIOR AND LORD.
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  • IN FACT JESUS SAYS HE STANDS AT THE DOOR AND HE
  • 00:24:04.210 --> 00:24:07.080
  • KNOCKS AND IF WE WILL HEAR HIS VOICE AND OPEN THE
  • 00:24:07.110 --> 00:24:10.030
  • DOOR HE WILL COME IN.
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  • I WOULD LOVE TO LEAD YOU IN A PRAYER WHERE YOU
  • 00:24:11.240 --> 00:24:14.140
  • WOULD ASK JESUS INTO YOUR LIFE.
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  • AND IF YOU PRAY THIS PRAYER AND MEAN IT TRUST
  • 00:24:16.220 --> 00:24:18.130
  • ME GOD WILL HEAR IT AND ANSWER THIS PRAYER.
  • 00:24:18.160 --> 00:24:21.240
  • SO IF YOU WANT HIM TO COME INTO YOUR LIFE, PRAY THIS
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  • WITH ME RIGHT NOW.
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  • JUST PRAY LORD JESUS I KNOW THAT I AM A SINNER.
  • 00:24:24.280 --> 00:24:28.220
  • BUT I KNOW THAT YOU ARE THE SAVIOR WHO DIED ON THE
  • 00:24:28.250 --> 00:24:31.220
  • CROSS FOR ME AND ROSE AGAIN FROM THE DEAD
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  • THREE DAYS LATER.
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  • I TURN FROM MY SIN NOW AND I CHOOSE TO FOLLOW YOU
  • 00:24:35.270 --> 00:24:39.240
  • FROM THIS MOMENT FORWARD.
  • 00:24:39.270 --> 00:24:41.250
  • THANK YOU FOR COMING INTO MY LIFE AND
  • 00:24:41.280 --> 00:24:44.020
  • FORGIVING ME OF MY SIN.
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  • IN JESUS' NAME I PRAY. AMEN.
  • 00:24:46.050 --> 00:24:49.070
  • HEY IF YOU JUST PRAYED THAT PRAYER I WANT YOU TO
  • 00:24:49.100 --> 00:24:50.220
  • KNOW THAT CHRIST HIMSELF
  • 00:24:50.250 --> 00:24:52.080
  • HAS COME TO LIVE INSIDE OF YOU.
  • 00:24:52.110 --> 00:24:54.020
  • AND I WANT TO SAY CONGRATULATIONS.
  • 00:24:54.050 --> 00:24:58.150
  • [swishing metal sound]
  • 00:24:58.180 --> 00:25:05.190
  • 00:25:05.220 --> 00:25:09.030
  • (Unidentified male) EVERYBODY AROUND ME JUST
  • 00:25:09.060 --> 00:25:10.230
  • TELLING ME CONGRATULATIONS ALREADY.
  • 00:25:10.260 --> 00:25:13.120
  • IT IS JUST OVERWHELMING.
  • 00:25:13.150 --> 00:25:14.160
  • THE WATER WAS PERFECT.
  • 00:25:14.190 --> 00:25:15.170
  • I THOUGHT IT WAS GOING TO BE COLD.
  • 00:25:15.200 --> 00:25:16.260
  • (Unidentified female) I FEEL AMAZING.
  • 00:25:16.290 --> 00:25:17.250
  • I MEAN I FEEL REJUVENATING, EXCITING.
  • 00:25:17.280 --> 00:25:21.080
  • JUST LIKE A DIFFERENT PERSON.
  • 00:25:21.110 --> 00:25:23.260
  • I REALLY DO.
  • 00:25:23.290 --> 00:25:24.260
  • (Unidentified male) IT IS INCREDIBLE.
  • 00:25:24.290 --> 00:25:26.000
  • I MEAN I PRAYED AHEAD OF TIME THAT FROM THIS MOMENT
  • 00:25:26.030 --> 00:25:27.210
  • FORWARD THAT I WOULD BE CHANGED.
  • 00:25:27.240 --> 00:25:29.070
  • THAT THE OLD WAYS WOULD BE LAID TO REST AND WHEN I
  • 00:25:29.100 --> 00:25:31.190
  • CAME OUT OF THE WATER I WOULD BE A
  • 00:25:31.220 --> 00:25:32.230
  • NEW CREATION IN CHRIST.
  • 00:25:32.260 --> 00:25:33.260
  • (Unidentified female) LIKE A TRIANGLE.
  • 00:25:33.290 --> 00:25:35.050
  • LIKE GOD IS AT THE TOP AND WE ARE AT THE TWO CORNERS
  • 00:25:35.080 --> 00:25:37.240
  • AND JUST THE CLOSER WE ARE
  • 00:25:37.270 --> 00:25:39.260
  • TO HIM THE CLOSER WE GROW TOGETHER.
  • 00:25:39.290 --> 00:25:42.050
  • I FEEL BRAND NEW.
  • 00:25:42.080 --> 00:25:43.080
  • I FEEL REFRESHED IN MY SPIRIT.
  • 00:25:43.110 --> 00:25:45.050
  • I FEEL SO HAPPY AND FULL OF JOY
  • 00:25:45.080 --> 00:25:46.270
  • THAT OLD LEO NOW THAT GOT DUNKED IS DEAD.
  • 00:25:47.000 --> 00:25:49.100
  • THIS IS A FRESH NEW LEO
  • 00:25:49.130 --> 00:25:51.010
  • THERE IS NO CONDEMNATION.
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  • RIGHT FOR THOSE THAT ARE IN CHRIST JESUS.
  • 00:25:52.060 --> 00:25:53.210
  • SO I AM EXCITED.
  • 00:25:53.240 --> 00:25:55.100
  • 00:25:55.130 --> 00:26:02.180
  • SURFING IS THE ONLY LIFE FOR ME. SO SURF.
  • 00:26:02.210 --> 00:26:06.130
  • HEY THIS IS A PADDLE USED IN STAND UP PADDLE.
  • 00:26:06.160 --> 00:26:10.180
  • I WAS IN HAWAII RECENTLY TRYING TO LEARN
  • 00:26:10.210 --> 00:26:13.230
  • HOW TO DO STAND UP PADDLE. THE PROBLEM IS WHEN YOU
  • 00:26:13.260 --> 00:26:17.150
  • CATCH A WAVE AND YOU ARE DOING STAND UP AND THE
  • 00:26:17.180 --> 00:26:20.000
  • WAVE STOPS YOU SORT OF SLOW DOWN AND EFFECTIVELY
  • 00:26:20.030 --> 00:26:22.190
  • STOP AND IN MY CASE YOU FALL.
  • 00:26:22.220 --> 00:26:24.240
  • SO EVERYONE THAT KNOWS HOW TO DO
  • 00:26:24.270 --> 00:26:26.030
  • IT BETTER THAN I SAID KEEP PADDLING.
  • 00:26:26.060 --> 00:26:29.090
  • DON'T STOP. AND THEN I REALIZE
  • 00:26:29.120 --> 00:26:30.260
  • YOU KNOW WHAT IF YOU STALL YOU FALL.
  • 00:26:30.290 --> 00:26:34.000
  • WHAT IS TRUE OF STAND UP PADDLE
  • 00:26:34.030 --> 00:26:35.230
  • IS ALSO TRUE OF THE CHRISTIAN LIFE.
  • 00:26:35.260 --> 00:26:37.290
  • IF YOU STALL YOU FALL.
  • 00:26:38.020 --> 00:26:39.260
  • THE CHRISTIAN LIFE IS ONE OF CONSTANT GROWTH.
  • 00:26:39.290 --> 00:26:42.110
  • CONSTANT LEARNING. CONSTANTLY MOVE FORWARD.
  • 00:26:42.140 --> 00:26:44.270
  • SO MAKE EVERY EFFORT TODAY TO BE
  • 00:26:45.000 --> 00:26:47.100
  • MOVING FORWARD AS A BELIEVER
  • 00:26:47.130 --> 00:26:49.130
  • BECAUSE STALL YOU FALL.
  • 00:26:49.160 --> 00:26:51.080
  • [swishing metal sound]
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