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A Second Chance In Life

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January 24, 2021
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Pastor and Evangelist Greg Laurie teaches the simple yet life changing message of the Gospel.

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  • ♪ This is the day whenthe lost are found ♪
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  • ♪ Oh, can you hear allthe angels are singing ♪
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  • ♪ This is the day
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  • ♪ The day when life begins
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  • - We have a story beforeus now in the Bible
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  • of a man who wasovertaken by sin.
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  • A man who probablynever realized
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  • that one thing wouldlead to another
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  • and through five steps hefell away from the Lord.
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  • And this man was a full fledgedapostle of Jesus Christ.
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  • And his name isknown to all of us.
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  • I want to tell thestory of Simon Peter
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  • and his fall andhis restoration.
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  • Hence the title ASecond Chance in Life.
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  • We've cleared 2020.
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  • Now we're in a new year andthis is a good time to look back
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  • and ask ourselves some honestquestions about last year.
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  • Starting with this,
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  • did I progress or regressspiritually in 2020?
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  • Did I move forward ordid I fall backwards?
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  • If you felt back in 2020,
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  • this is the perfecttime now in 2021
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  • to learn from Peter's mistakes
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  • and move forward in your life.
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  • I might even say fallforward in your life.
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  • Because if you fall and mess up
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  • and learn from your mistakes,that's failing forward.
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  • But if you mess up and youdon't learn from your mistakes,
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  • well, that's just being stupid.
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  • Okay?
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  • So let's learn from themistakes of Simon Peter.
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  • Of course, Jesus gave toSimon his given name, a title.
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  • He said from this point onyou're going to be called Peter,
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  • which means rock.
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  • Now, I think the other disciples
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  • might've had a little bitof a chuckle at that moment
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  • because they're thinking,
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  • "Okay there's a lot of thingswe could say about Simon
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  • but we would notdescribe him as a rock."
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  • He was sort of unstableat times and vacillating,
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  • and impulsive, almostthe opposite of a rock.
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  • But Jesus gave him a name
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  • that he knew Simon wouldgrow into with time.
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  • In the same way we don't seethe potential on our lives
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  • that God sees.
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  • We see a lump of clay.
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  • God sees a beautifulvase or vase.
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  • We see a blank canvas.
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  • God sees a finished painting.
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  • We see a piece of coal.
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  • God sees a refined diamond.
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  • We see problems.
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  • God sees solutions.
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  • We see failure.
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  • God sees potential.
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  • We see an end in, Godsees a new beginning.
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  • And so Peter was going tohave a fall and Jesus told him
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  • he was going to have a fall.
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  • And maybe some of youhave fallen spiritually
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  • in the last few monthsor in the last year.
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  • But listen, the pastcannot be changed.
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  • But our response to it can be,
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  • because God can take our endings
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  • and turn them into beginnings.
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  • Let me say that again.
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  • 'Cause I know I'm talkingto somebody right now
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  • that is made amess of their life.
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  • I want you to know this,
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  • God can take your ending
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  • and he can turn itinto a beginning.
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  • So sort of to pick upwhere we last left off
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  • from the gospel of Mark.
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  • We're in the upper room
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  • Jesus is having this finalmeal, the Last Supper
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  • with his disciples.
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  • And he has revealedthat one of the apostles
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  • is going to betray him.
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  • To man they say, "Is it me Lord?
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  • Is it me?"
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  • And at that moment, JudasIscariot was dipping his bread
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  • at the same time that Christ was
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  • and Jesus identified thebetrayer and he said to Judas,
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  • "Whatever you do do it quickly."
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  • The Bible says that that momentSatan entered Judas' heart.
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  • And so Judas goes outnow to betray our Lord
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  • for 30 pieces of silver.
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  • And now we see what happened
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  • to Peter as thiswas all unfolding.
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  • Look with me if youwill at Mark chapter 14,
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  • starting in verse 27.
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  • And by the way, I'm readingfrom the New Living Translation.
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  • "On the way Jesus told them,
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  • all of you will desert mefor the scriptures say,
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  • God will strike the shepherd
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  • and the sheep will be scattered.
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  • But after I amraised from the dead,
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  • I'll go ahead beforeyou into Galilee
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  • and I'll meet you there."
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  • Peter said, "Even ifeveryone else deserts you
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  • I never will."
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  • Jesus replied, "Well Itell you the truth Peter
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  • this very night beforethe rooster crows twice,
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  • you will deny three timesthat you even know me."
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  • "No," Peter declaredemphatically.
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  • "Even if I have to die withyou, I will never deny you.
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  • And all the othersdoubt the same."
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  • Now Luke's gospel givesus a few more details
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  • about this conversation.
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  • Jesus turns to Peter andsays this, "Simon, Simon
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  • Satan has been asking for you
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  • that you would betaken out of the care
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  • and protection of God.
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  • But I have prayed for you thatyour face should not fail.
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  • And when you have returned to me
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  • you need to strengthenyour brothers."
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  • Can you imagine Jesus sayingsomething like that to you?
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  • I mean, you're just hangingout and Jesus turns to you
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  • and says your name twice.
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  • And says, "Satan has been asking
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  • that you would betaken out of the care
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  • and protection of God."
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  • I wonder if he justpaused for a fact.
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  • What Satan?
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  • Satan himself has beenasking for me by name?
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  • He's been asking for you,but then he has these words,
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  • these reassuring words,but I have prayed for you.
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  • Listen to this.
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  • "The devil can do nothing andthe life of the child of God
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  • without our father'spermission.?
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  • Let me say that again.
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  • The devil can donothing in our lives
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  • without our father's permission.
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  • And God will neverallow us to be tempted
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  • above our capacity to resist.
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  • First Corinthians 10, 13, averse I memorized as a teenager
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  • and I still remember.
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  • It says, "God will notallow you to be tempted
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  • above your capacity to resist,but will with the temptation
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  • make a way of escape thatyou may be able to bear it."
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  • Know this, temptationcan be resisted.
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  • Every temptation is anopportunity to run to God.
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  • And there is a blessingpromise to the man or the woman
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  • that resists temptation.
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  • Over in James One 12, itsays, "Happy is the person
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  • who endures temptation.
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  • For when they are tried they'llreceive a crown of life."
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  • So don't tell me you can'tovercome your temptation.
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  • Don't tell me youcan't stop drinking.
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  • Don't tell me you can'tstop looking at porn.
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  • Don't tell me you can'tstop turning to drugs
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  • time and time again.
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  • The question is,
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  • do you really want tobe free from that stuff?
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  • Jesus asked the manwho had been disabled
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  • for his whole lifethis question,
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  • "Do you want to be made whole?"
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  • What kind of questionis that to ask a man
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  • that obviously doesn'tlike the state he's in?
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  • It's a very good question.
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  • 'Cause not every personwants to be made whole.
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  • Not every person wants tobe delivered from drugs.
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  • Not every person wantsto change the life
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  • that they're living.
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  • So it's a questionwe need to ask,
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  • do I really want to change?
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  • God has put a hedgeof protection aroundevery believer.
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  • In the story of Job, which isthe oldest book of the Bible.
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  • The devil comes to God
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  • and wants to have a timeof bringing difficulty
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  • into the life of God'sservant named Job.
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  • And the devil sayscorrectly of Job,
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  • "Have you not put a hedgeof protection around him?"
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  • And yes, it is true.
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  • The Lord allowed aseries of hardships
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  • to befall his servant, butin the end God blessed Job
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  • in a wonderful and powerful way.
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  • My point is there isprotection in our life,
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  • and there's always a wayout of every temptation.
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  • And when the Lord lets usgo through times of trial
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  • and allows us to betempted, it's for a purpose.
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  • He's trying to make us stronger.
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  • But remember, Jesusis praying for you.
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  • Every now and then peoplewill come up to me and say,
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  • "You know we pray for you, Greg,and your family every day."
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  • And if you're oneof those people
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  • from the bottom of my heart,
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  • let me say thankyou so very much.
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  • There's no greater giftthat you could offer to me
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  • than to say you pray forme or pray for our family
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  • or our pray for our church.
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  • Thank you so much for that.
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  • But I have to behonest with you,
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  • knowing Christ is intercedingfor me even means more.
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  • There's an old commentatorfrom days gone by,
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  • his name is RobertMurray M'Cheyne.
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  • And he made thisstatement and I quote,
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  • "If I could hear Christ prayingfor me in the next room,
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  • I would not feara million enemies,
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  • yet distance makesno difference.
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  • He is praying forme," end quote.
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  • I mean thinking about thatChrist himself praying for you.
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  • I remember once talkingwith Billy Graham
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  • and I said, "Billy,would you pray for me?"
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  • And he prayed forme right there.
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  • And I thought,
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  • "Oh man this prayer isgoing to be heard in heaven.
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  • This has BillyGraham praying it."
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  • Hey, I'm talking about Jesushimself, praying for you.
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  • Because over in Romans eight34 we read these words,
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  • "Who is he that condemns?
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  • Christ Jesus who died morethan that was raised to life
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  • is that the right hand of God."
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  • Listen, he's interceding for us.
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  • So who will separate usfrom the love of Christ?
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  • So trouble or hardship orpersecution, or famine,
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  • or nakedness or danger or sword.
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  • Yes, he was praying for Peter
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  • and he's intercedingfor you as well.
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  • And Jesus is saying,you'll be back Peter.
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  • In Luke 22 32 Jesus says, "Thatyour faith shall not fail.
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  • And when you have returned to me
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  • you'll strengthenyour brothers."
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  • And Peter understood that.
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  • And actually wrote aboutit in his own epistle.
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  • 1st Peter, five 10, he said,
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  • "After you've suffereda little while,
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  • God will restore youand strengthen you
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  • and place you on afirm foundation."
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  • So Peter could speakfrom experience.
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  • He had suffered, he had fallen,
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  • and he had experiencedrestoration.
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  • Why was the devil targetingPeter in particular?
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  • Well, I think it's because
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  • the devil also sawPeter's potential.
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  • He could see that he wasfirst among the Apostles.
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  • And when Peter said hewas going to do something
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  • they would all usually follow.
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  • After Christ died in the cross
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  • and they hadn't seenthe risen Lord yet,
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  • Peter said, "I'm going fishing."
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  • They all said,"We'll go with you."
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  • He was sort of the leader.
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  • The devil often targets leaders.
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  • That's why you need to pray forthose who are in leadership.
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  • Maybe you feel like you'vebeen being tempted a lot
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  • and attacked a lot by the devil.
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  • Maybe that's because hesees your potential as well.
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  • So wear it as a badge of honor.
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  • Now there are five stepsthat led Peter down
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  • to his denial of Christ.
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  • Here's step number oneif you're taking notes.
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  • His first step downwith self confidence.
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  • Self-confidence.
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  • Go back to Mark 14 verse 29,
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  • Peter said to Jesus, "Even ifeveryone else desserts you,
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  • I never will."
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  • And this is afterthe Lord revealed
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  • that Judas would betray him.
  • 00:11:39.321 --> 00:11:41.891
  • So Peter is effectively saying,
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  • Hey even if Judas betraysyou I'll never let you down.
  • 00:11:43.392 --> 00:11:48.063
  • And he's almost boastingat the expense of others.
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  • Even if these others fall short.
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  • I remember you gaveme that new name rock.
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  • I Rocky will never let you down.
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  • You know, it's nevera good thing to boast
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  • of your commitment to Christ
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  • especially at theexpense of someone else.
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  • It's never even agood idea to boast
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  • about how much you love Jesus.
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  • Rather boast abouthow much he loves you.
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  • Our love is fickle.
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  • It's changing.
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  • God's love for us is consistent.
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  • I love how the apostle Johndescribed themselves as
  • 00:12:19.161 --> 00:12:22.231
  • "The Apostle whom Jesus loved."
  • 00:12:22.231 --> 00:12:25.534
  • Now that may almostsound arrogant.
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  • What do you mean theapostle that Jesus loved?
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  • He just stating the facts.
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  • He loved me.
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  • I feel loved by Jesus.
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  • And we can callourself a disciple thatJesus loves as well.
  • 00:12:33.309 --> 00:12:37.947
  • So his first step downagain was self-confidence.
  • 00:12:37.947 --> 00:12:41.984
  • In saying these wordsthat I'll never deny you
  • 00:12:41.984 --> 00:12:44.386
  • after Christ said he would,
  • 00:12:44.386 --> 00:12:46.121
  • was actually placing unfoundedconfidence in himself.
  • 00:12:46.121 --> 00:12:50.392
  • And it was also directlycontradicting what Jesus said.
  • 00:12:50.392 --> 00:12:54.697
  • Listen, Jesus said toPeter "You will deny me."
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  • When Jesus sayssomething will happen,
  • 00:12:58.968 --> 00:13:01.437
  • you can take it to the bank.
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  • If the Bible tells ussomething is going to happen
  • 00:13:03.906 --> 00:13:06.175
  • in the future, trust me, it'sgoing to happen in the future.
  • 00:13:06.175 --> 00:13:11.180
  • And but in Peter's mind,
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  • even if everyone elseabandoned the Lord
  • 00:13:13.115 --> 00:13:14.884
  • he never would.
  • 00:13:14.884 --> 00:13:17.052
  • Look at verse 301 of Mark 14.
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  • He says, "Even ifhave to die with you
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  • I will never deny you."
  • 00:13:21.690 --> 00:13:24.760
  • You know, it's aninteresting thing
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  • when you look in the Bible,you'll find that often
  • 00:13:26.195 --> 00:13:28.697
  • men and women of Godfell in the very area
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  • that they normallywere strong in.
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  • And so, as an example,we have Elijah.
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  • What do we think ofwhen we think of Elijah?
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  • We think of fire.
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  • He called fire down from heaven.
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  • We think of boldness, bravery.
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  • Standing up there and MountCarmel representing God.
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  • But what happened after thefire fell on Mount Carmel?
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  • There was a contract putout on the prophet's life
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  • by queen Jezebel, and Elijahran and hid in a cave.
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  • So he was cowardly and afraid
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  • when he was normallyknown for his boldness.
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  • Abraham, well he'sthe father of faith.
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  • When we think of faith,we think of Abraham.
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  • Yet he had a seriouslapse of faith.
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  • When he lied aboutSarah being his wife,
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  • saying she was his sister
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  • because he was afraidof what would happen.
  • 00:14:17.913 --> 00:14:19.882
  • How about Samson known forhis superhuman strength?
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  • He was overthrown inhis moral weakness.
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  • This is why you mustnever lower your guard
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  • in any area of your life.
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  • See it was self-confidence.
  • 00:14:32.695 --> 00:14:34.797
  • Peter's second stepdown was prayerlessness.
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  • I'm not even sure if that's aword, but it's a real thing.
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  • Prayerlessness.
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  • How many of us wouldbe honest to admit
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  • that we need to pray more?
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  • I know that I do.
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  • And Peter was sleeping whenhe should have been praying.
  • 00:14:50.145 --> 00:14:55.150
  • Going back to Mark 14 verse 37,
  • 00:14:56.018 --> 00:14:58.454
  • there in the gardenof Gethsemane now.
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  • Jesus says to the disciples,Peter, James, and John,
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  • "Watch with me.
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  • Watch and pray.
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  • And we read these words
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  • and this is from thenew King James version.
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  • "He came and foundthem sleeping,
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  • and said to Peter Simon,why aren't you sleeping?
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  • Could you not watch one hour?
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  • Watch and pray lest youenter into temptation.
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  • The spirit indeed is willing,but the flesh is weak.
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  • Again he went away and prayedand spoke the same words.
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  • And when he returned, hefound them asleep again.
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  • For their eyes were heavy
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  • and they did not knowwhat to say to him."
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  • Here's Jesus contemplatingthe horrors of the cross
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  • and the garden of Gethsemane.
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  • And according to Dr.Luke, he's sweating
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  • as it were great drops ofblood, literally sweating blood
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  • as he thinks aboutwhat is ahead.
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  • All he asked for wasa little companionship
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  • and these guys fell asleep.
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  • But you see Jesus wasgetting them ready.
  • 00:16:01.116 --> 00:16:03.052
  • He said, "boys,you need to pray."
  • 00:16:03.052 --> 00:16:05.087
  • because he knew astorm was brewing.
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  • He knew that hardtimes were ahead
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  • and they needed to be praying.
  • 00:16:10.292 --> 00:16:11.860
  • Literally the devilson is on his way
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  • with some armed guards to Jesus.
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  • And it's a reminder to us
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  • that prayerlessnesscan be as much of a sin
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  • as breaking a commandment.
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  • See, there's not justsins of commission,
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  • that's when you dowhat you should not do.
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  • But there are sins ofomission when you don't do
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  • what you should do.
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  • The Bible says, "To himthat knows to do good
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  • and does not do itto him it is sin."
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  • So if the Lord impresses uponyour heart the need to pray
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  • and you don't pray,that could be a sin.
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  • Jesus is saying toPeter, James, and John,
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  • "Guys, you need to pray."
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  • Yeah, we're going to catchsome disease right now.
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  • That was a mistake.
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  • His third step down wasPeter trusted human efforts
  • 00:16:56.572 --> 00:17:00.576
  • instead of God's power.
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  • He trusted human effortsinstead of God's power.
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  • Verse 46 of Mark 14,
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  • "They laid their handson him and took them.
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  • And one of them whostood by, drew his sword
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  • and struck the servantof the high priest
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  • and cutoff his ear."
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  • Matthew's gospel gives us afew more details about this.
  • 00:17:17.726 --> 00:17:20.395
  • Jesus said to Peter, "Putyour sword in its place
  • 00:17:20.395 --> 00:17:23.665
  • for all who take the swordand live by the sword,
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  • will die by the sword."
  • 00:17:26.235 --> 00:17:27.603
  • And then Jesus says to Peter,
  • 00:17:27.603 --> 00:17:29.204
  • "Don't you realize Ican call on my father
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  • and he would send 12legions of angels?"
  • 00:17:31.540 --> 00:17:35.544
  • Now, in fairness we canunderstand Peter's outrage.
  • 00:17:35.544 --> 00:17:39.515
  • Judas Iscariot.
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  • He's hung out with thisguy for three years plus.
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  • Thought of him as a friend.
  • 00:17:43.986 --> 00:17:46.488
  • And then here is Judaswho's betrayed Jesus.
  • 00:17:46.488 --> 00:17:49.291
  • And how did Judasbetrayed Jesus?
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  • The Bible says with a kiss.
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  • I mean, couldn't Judas just say,
  • 00:17:53.929 --> 00:17:55.531
  • look it's a guy in pointingto that's Jesus arrest him.
  • 00:17:55.531 --> 00:17:58.734
  • Or the guy I'm shakinghis hand, there he is.
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  • He betrays him with the kissand in the original language,
  • 00:18:01.069 --> 00:18:04.673
  • it wasn't just aPeck on the cheek,
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  • it was repeated kisses.
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  • A form of intimacy.
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  • And he's appearing to besomeone who loves Jesus.
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  • When he has been trained him.
  • 00:18:15.350 --> 00:18:16.718
  • And Jesus says toJudas as he approaches,
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  • "Friend why have you come?
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  • Friend?
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  • He should have said,fiend, why have you come?
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  • Jesus knew why he came.
  • 00:18:26.662 --> 00:18:28.797
  • But I think Judas missed, ButChrist was giving to Judas
  • 00:18:28.797 --> 00:18:32.367
  • one last opportunityto repent of his sin
  • 00:18:32.367 --> 00:18:36.572
  • and Judas did not take it.
  • 00:18:36.572 --> 00:18:38.106
  • Remember Satan filledJudas his heart.
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  • Two more steps thatled to Peter's fall.
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  • Step number four,
  • 00:18:44.079 --> 00:18:45.881
  • he was warming himselfat the enemy's fire.
  • 00:18:45.881 --> 00:18:49.685
  • He was warming themselvesat the enemies fire.
  • 00:18:49.685 --> 00:18:52.588
  • Go back to Mark 14verse 66, we read.
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  • "As Peter was belowin the courtyard
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  • one of the servant girlsof the high priest came
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  • and she saw Peterwarming himself.
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  • She looked at him and said,
  • 00:19:05.601 --> 00:19:07.603
  • you also were withJesus of Nazareth.
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  • He denied it saying, Idon't know or understand
  • 00:19:11.640 --> 00:19:14.576
  • what you're saying.
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  • And he went out on theporch and a rooster crow."
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  • Remember what Jesus said?
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  • "You will deny me three times
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  • before the roosterhas crowed twice."
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  • So he's warminghimself by the fire.
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  • Have you ever tried to goundercover as a Christian?
  • 00:19:29.791 --> 00:19:32.928
  • sort of hide your faith, gounnoticed in the larger crowd?
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  • Following at a distance,Peter became cold
  • 00:19:39.001 --> 00:19:40.469
  • and was attracted tothe warmth of the fire.
  • 00:19:40.469 --> 00:19:43.772
  • He didn't think that anyonewould recognized him there.
  • 00:19:43.772 --> 00:19:46.942
  • Now he is following Jesus still.
  • 00:19:46.942 --> 00:19:49.278
  • So we have to givehim some credit.
  • 00:19:49.278 --> 00:19:51.146
  • He hasn't run away, but he'snot doing anything either.
  • 00:19:51.146 --> 00:19:54.750
  • In fact we're given a detailhere in Matthew 26 verse 58.
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  • We read that Peter wentand sat with the servants
  • 00:19:59.288 --> 00:20:02.891
  • to see the end.
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  • See, that's whathe thought it was.
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  • The end.
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  • There's no more hope.
  • 00:20:07.062 --> 00:20:08.497
  • Everything's gone up the tracks.
  • 00:20:08.497 --> 00:20:10.732
  • Jesus and Peter's estimationwas supposed to establish
  • 00:20:10.732 --> 00:20:13.402
  • his kingdom anddrive out the Romans.
  • 00:20:13.402 --> 00:20:15.604
  • And now he's beenbetrayed by one of us.
  • 00:20:15.604 --> 00:20:19.207
  • And now he's goingto die on a cross.
  • 00:20:19.207 --> 00:20:22.311
  • But I guess I'll juststay here and see the end.
  • 00:20:22.311 --> 00:20:24.980
  • But it was notgoing to be the end.
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  • It was going to be abeginning, a new beginning.
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  • It's not a bad thing that hewas warming himself by a fire.
  • 00:20:30.018 --> 00:20:32.554
  • But he's with thesepeople around the fire.
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  • The Bible says in Psalm one,
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  • "Blessed is the man that walks
  • 00:20:37.993 --> 00:20:39.728
  • not in the counselof the ungodly,
  • 00:20:39.728 --> 00:20:42.364
  • or stands in the way of sinners,
  • 00:20:42.364 --> 00:20:44.366
  • or sits in the seatof the scornful."
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  • See, that's what was happening.
  • 00:20:47.002 --> 00:20:48.403
  • He was mixing in with this crowd
  • 00:20:48.403 --> 00:20:51.039
  • and he's called out.
  • 00:20:51.039 --> 00:20:52.040
  • Right there he should have said,
  • 00:20:52.040 --> 00:20:53.542
  • "Yes, I'm a follower ofJesus," but he denies it.
  • 00:20:53.542 --> 00:20:56.611
  • Denial number one.
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  • Now his fifth step down.
  • 00:20:58.613 --> 00:20:59.848
  • Another denial.
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  • Luke's Gospel tellsus, some time elapsed
  • 00:21:01.483 --> 00:21:04.319
  • before the firstand second denial.
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  • So Peter could haveleft that place
  • 00:21:07.556 --> 00:21:09.891
  • but he stayed inexplicably.
  • 00:21:09.891 --> 00:21:12.394
  • He had plenty of timeto think about it,
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  • and we mightcriticize him for it.
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  • But wait a second, thelast time you were tempted,
  • 00:21:16.531 --> 00:21:19.534
  • did you flee?
  • 00:21:19.534 --> 00:21:21.002
  • Did you remove yourselffrom that place
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  • where you werebeing pulled down?
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  • When that scene in themovie came on the screen
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  • did you walk out of the theateror did you turn the TV off?
  • 00:21:28.176 --> 00:21:32.247
  • When your buddymocked or curse God,
  • 00:21:32.247 --> 00:21:34.483
  • did you speak up for your faith?
  • 00:21:34.483 --> 00:21:36.685
  • That temptation from thatgirl that came your way,
  • 00:21:36.685 --> 00:21:39.287
  • did you flee like Joseph did?
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  • See it's very easyfor us to critique
  • 00:21:41.089 --> 00:21:43.658
  • but we do the same,
  • 00:21:43.658 --> 00:21:45.594
  • and we get compromised.
  • 00:21:45.594 --> 00:21:46.962
  • And that's a Peterwas doing right now.
  • 00:21:46.962 --> 00:21:48.663
  • He was trapped in amiserable web of compromise.
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  • Suddenly someonerecognizes Peter.
  • 00:21:52.467 --> 00:21:56.104
  • Look at Mark chapter14, verse 69.
  • 00:21:56.104 --> 00:21:58.540
  • "And a servantgirls saw him again,
  • 00:21:58.540 --> 00:22:01.042
  • and began to say to those whostood by this is one of them,
  • 00:22:01.042 --> 00:22:04.679
  • but he denied it again.
  • 00:22:04.679 --> 00:22:06.415
  • A little later, those who stoodby Peter said to him again
  • 00:22:06.415 --> 00:22:10.385
  • you're one of themfor you're Galilean
  • 00:22:10.385 --> 00:22:14.156
  • and your speech shows it.
  • 00:22:14.156 --> 00:22:16.458
  • And he began to curseand swear saying,
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  • I do not know the manof whom you speak.
  • 00:22:19.561 --> 00:22:23.465
  • A second time, the rooster crow.
  • 00:22:23.465 --> 00:22:26.968
  • Then Peter called the mindthe word that Jesus had said,
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  • before the rooster crows twiceyou will deny me three times.
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  • And when he thoughtabout it, he wept."
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  • "You're a Galilean," they said.
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  • Now we don't understandwhat that means necessarily.
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  • But it was sort of an insult.
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  • Because those thatlived in Jerusalem,
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  • a sophisticatedcity at the time,
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  • thought of the people thatlived in the region of Galilee
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  • as being at a lower level.
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  • It would be sort of like saying,
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  • "You're a country bumpkin,
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  • or you're unsophisticated
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  • or you don't know whatyou're talking about.
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  • You're not educated likewe are in Jerusalem."
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  • "And then Peter denies again,and the rooster crows."
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  • Peter should have justcome clean and admitted
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  • he was a followerof Jesus Christ.
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  • But verse 71 says, "Hebegan to curse and swear
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  • saying I do not know thisman of whom you speak."
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  • And then the roastrooster crows.
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  • Now, when the Bible sayshe cursed and swore,
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  • it doesn't mean thatPeter swore like a sailor.
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  • Though he was a sailor.
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  • But it's a different term.
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  • It means to take an oathand to swear to God.
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  • So, and what canbest be described
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  • as the worst illustration oftaking the Lord's name in vain?
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  • Peter effectivelysaid, I swear to God
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  • and I'd take an oath rightnow, I never knew Jesus Christ.
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  • Now Luke fills in,in important detail.
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  • Luke 22 verse 59,
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  • "While he was still speakingthe rooster crowed."
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  • Listen to this, "And the Lordturned and looked at Peter.
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  • And then Peter rememberedthe word of the Lord
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  • what he had said to him,
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  • and he went outand wept bitterly."
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  • The Lord looked at Peter.
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  • So at the very momentof his third denial
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  • and the rooster crows,who appears on the scene?
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  • Jesus.
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  • They're leading them fromone place to another.
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  • And he makes eyecontact with Peter.
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  • Imagine that if you can.
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  • What kind of expressionwas on the Lord's face?
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  • Do you think he rolled his eyes?
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  • Like what a loser?
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  • Do you think he looked atPeter with scorn and anger?
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  • No, actually I think he lookedat Peter with deep love.
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  • Did this all come asa surprise to Jesus?
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  • No.
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  • He knew Peter would do this.
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  • He told Peter he would do this.
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  • Did Jesus know Peter would fail?
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  • Absolutely.
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  • Was Peter is still abeliever at this moment?
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  • Yes, he was.
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  • Believers can fall.
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  • Believers can stumble.
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  • But believers can get up again.
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  • Peter needed to rememberthat Jesus said,
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  • "When you have returned, youwill strengthen your brothers."
  • 00:25:05.760 --> 00:25:10.198
  • In other words, thissetback this is temporary.
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  • See for Peter, his setback wasgoing to turn into a set up
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  • and God was goingto use this failure
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  • as a way for Peter toencourage other people.
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  • Hey, thanks forwatching our 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
  • 00:25:31.519 --> 00:25:32.988
  • people tune into programs likethis, who aren't believers
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  • and they're kindof 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 that's happened.
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  • And maybe somethingthat's been said,
  • 00:25:42.397 --> 00:25:45.000
  • you've suddenly discoveredyou need Jesus Christ.
  • 00:25:45.000 --> 00:25:47.802
  • You know, the day I acceptedJesus, let me tell you,
  • 00:25:47.802 --> 00:25:50.705
  • it was the last thingI planned on doing.
  • 00:25:50.705 --> 00:25:53.375
  • 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.
  • 00:26:04.886 --> 00:26:05.887
  • You've been checking it out,
  • 00:26:05.887 --> 00:26:07.188
  • 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?
  • 00:26:11.326 --> 00:26:14.162
  • Would you like asecond chance in life?
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  • Would you like to goto heaven when you die?
  • 00:26:16.431 --> 00:26:18.700
  • Would you likeyour guilt removed?
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  • Listen, it can all happenbecause Jesus Christ
  • 00:26:20.802 --> 00:26:23.872
  • went to the crossand died for your sin
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  • and then rose againthree days later.
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  • And he'll come intoyour 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,
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  • and I ask you to come intomy life and be my savior,
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  • and be my Lord and be myGod, me and 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 that prayer,
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  • I want you to know on theauthority of God's word
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  • that Christ himself hascome to live inside of you.
  • 00:27:06.648 --> 00:27:10.018
  • The Bible says thesethings we write to you
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  • that believe in thename of the son of God,
  • 00:27:11.886 --> 00:27:14.289
  • that you may know thatyou have eternal life.
  • 00:27:14.289 --> 00:27:17.425
  • But let me say God bless you.
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  • And welcome to God's family.
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  • ♪ The day when life begins
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