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  • ♪[Theme music]♪
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  • -John Bradshaw:This is It Is Written.
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  • I'm John Bradshaw.Thanks for joining me.
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  • ♪[Music]♪
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  • Melbourne, Australia, is a cityof almost 5 million people.
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  • It's a vibrant city,a diverse city.
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  • It's sports-mad.
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  • And it's as cultured as a citycan be that was settled
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  • in just 1835.
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  • It was initially namedBatmania after John Batman,
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  • one of the first Europeansto settle in the area.
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  • Every year between2011 and 2017,
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  • it was rated as the world'smost livable city.
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  • Visit Melbourne and itisn't hard to see why.
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  • Its populationcontinues to grow,
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  • in part because there'splenty of room for Melbourne
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  • to keep on sprawling.
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  • In 1968, Melbourne's populationwas around 2 1/4 million,
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  • and it was growing rapidly.
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  • In April of that year,construction began
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  • on the West Gate Bridge, whichwould connect Melbourne's CBD
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  • with the western suburbs.
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  • It was an absolutenecessity,
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  • and it wasstrategically located.
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  • Today, it's one of thebusiest stretches of road
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  • in all of Australia.
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  • It was designed to rise190 feet, or 58 meters,
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  • above the Yarra River,
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  • close to where the Yarraflows into Port Phillip.
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  • It's 1 1/2 mile or2 1/2 kilometers long,
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  • one of the longestbridges in Australia,
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  • twice as long as theSydney Harbor Bridge.
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  • But a problem appearedduring construction,
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  • and it was significant.
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  • Two spans right here onthe west side of the bridge
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  • didn't quite line up correctly.
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  • They were off byabout 4 1/2 inches.
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  • So, eight tons of concrete blockwas brought in to weigh down
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  • one of the spans and bring itinto alignment with the other.
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  • But all that weightcaused the span to buckle.
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  • A span on a similar bridgein Wales had collapsed
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  • that same year.
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  • Five people had died.
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  • No one wanted that to happenhere in Melbourne.
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  • They tried to straightenout the buckle,
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  • but the attempted fix failed--spectacularly.
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  • At 10 minutes to mid-day, thesteel on span 1011 of the bridge
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  • changed color underimmense pressure,
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  • and the entire 2.000-tonsection of that bridge
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  • came crashing down into the mudand water of the Yarra River.
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  • Amazingly, some men managedto survive the fall,
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  • riding the bridgedown to the ground.
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  • But 35 men did not.
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  • Many of them were on the ground,and that massive section
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  • of the bridge came crashingdown on top of them.
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  • Of course, the city ofMelbourne was in shock.
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  • There had been warnings fromsome of the steel workers
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  • about the structuralintegrity of the bridge.
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  • Unfortunately, those warningsturned out to be prophetic.
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  • There are still manypeople in Melbourne
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  • who vividly remember that day.
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  • -Man 1: Well, I wentto see what happened
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  • because I was at aboutthe seventh or eighth floor
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  • in the [indistinct]building in the city,
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  • and we had a clear view here--it was a clear day.
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  • And, uh, when weheard the, the thing,
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  • we just located where it was,and we could see the,
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  • the plume of dustat the time.
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  • -Man 2: I heard some commotionat the other end of the room,
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  • and some rather colorfullanguage was coming out of them,
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  • and there were tearsand crying, and I said,
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  • "What? What's going on?"
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  • And they just heard that theWest Gate Bridge had collapsed,
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  • and a lot of people in ourfactory either knew people
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  • on the site or had relativesactually working there.
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  • So it was prettydramatic at the time.
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  • -Woman: It just collapsedonto the workmen's hut.
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  • I guess that you just don'tknow what's going to happen,
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  • the unexpectedness.
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  • -Man 3: The first concern wasthe people that were inside
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  • the, the bridge,and they, they died.
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  • Uh, well, it was a fairfew of them died.
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  • A lot of themdidn't die, but, uh,
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  • the ones that, uh,were underneath it,
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  • uh, just didn't haveany hope at all.
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  • -Man 1: Well, it's one of thelargest workplace accidents
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  • that was on record at the time.
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  • And, uh, it was, uh, quitehorrendous to the rest of us
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  • because we was hoping to seethis, this, uh, structure
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  • improve ourinfrastructure so much.
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  • And it just,and it was, uh--
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  • when you see the loss of lifethat was involved,
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  • it was very traumatic.
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  • ♪[Ominous music]♪
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  • -John: An enormous sectionof a bridge came crashing
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  • to the ground, and disasterwas the result.
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  • Now, let me ask you:What do you do when you crash?
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  • When you fall?
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  • What do you do whenyour life is in free fall?
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  • You know, the reason thata chunk of this bridge
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  • fell in the first place wasdirectly because of human error.
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  • The truth of the matter is--doesn't feel very good--
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  • but the truth of the matter iswhen we fall, same reason,
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  • it's on us, human error.
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  • We're to blame.
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  • [Birds cawingand twittering]
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  • The truth is no one hasto cave in to temptation.
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  • The Bible tells us againand again that God is able
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  • to keep us from temptation.
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  • First Corinthianschapter 10, verse 13:
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  • "There hath notemptation taken you
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  • but such as is common to man:
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  • but God is faithful, who willnot suffer you to be tempted
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  • above that ye are able;
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  • but will with the temptationalso make a way to escape,
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  • that ye may be able to bear it."
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  • Wherever there is temptation,God has a way out of temptation.
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  • Any temptation.Any time.
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  • And why is that?
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  • It's because God is powerful.There's power in God's Word.
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  • There's power in God'spresence in your life.
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  • Wherever there's temptation,
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  • there's a way, through God,out of temptation.
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  • Now, remember what Jesussaid in the Lord's Prayer:
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  • "Lead us not into temptation,but deliver us from evil."
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  • That's Matthew 6:13.
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  • And Jude verse 24,
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  • "Now unto Him that is ableto keep you from falling,
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  • and to present you faultlessbefore the presence
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  • of His glory withexceeding joy."
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  • Now, what can God do?He can keep you from falling.
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  • But for all that,believers often fall.
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  • Adam and Eve fell into sin.
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  • That's how sinentered the universe.
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  • Aaron, number two in Israel,second only to Moses,
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  • made a golden calf for Israelto worship while Moses was
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  • on Mount Sinai receiving theTen Commandments from God.
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  • Miriam, the sisterof Moses and Aaron,
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  • she nursed a wicked attitude,
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  • and as a result she wasafflicted with leprosy by God.
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  • Now, these aresignificant falls.
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  • Each individual,highly esteemed of God,
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  • but in each case, becauseof the their own choice,
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  • because they choseto surrender to sin
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  • rather than surrender to God,
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  • sin came into their lives andbrought disastrous consequences.
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  • So has that everhappened to you?
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  • You've been goingalong through life,
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  • maybe things have beengoing pretty well,
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  • and suddenly, maybe fromout of the blue it seems,
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  • boom, you come crashing down.
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  • Sin comes and does its workand creates its damage.
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  • You find yourself in free fall.
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  • You know, it isn'tonly devil worshipers
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  • that carry out road rage.
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  • It's not only atheists who visitwebsites they shouldn't go to.
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  • Sin happens,even to believers.
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  • Now, that's not to excuseit in any way at all.
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  • But it's important to understandwhat you ought to do
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  • when you find yourselfin a spiritual free fall,
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  • because that thumpwhen you hit the bottom
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  • can be pretty painful,and it can also be disorienting.
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  • Now, think about Moses,a fine young man,
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  • raised in a wonderful home,privileged to be educated
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  • and then raised inthe royal family of Egypt.
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  • We think about what the Biblesays in Exodus 2, verse 11:
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  • "It came to pass in those days,
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  • when Moses was grown, that hewent out [with] his brethren,
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  • and looked on their burdens:
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  • and he spied an Egyptian smitingan Hebrew, one of his brethren.
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  • And he looked this wayand that way,
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  • and when he sawthat there was no man,
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  • he slew the Egyptian,and hid him in the sand."
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  • You can't get muchlower than that--
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  • premeditated murder.
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  • As a child, Moses' life wasspared by a miracle of God,
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  • and yet, here he is,some years later,
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  • committing an actof outright violence.
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  • How do you comeback from that?
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  • Well, let me ask you:
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  • How do you comeback from that?
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  • How do you come backfrom a prison sentence?
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  • How do you come back fromsome kind of costly mistake?
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  • How do you come back from a sinthat you know wasn't necessary,
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  • but caused you or othersa whole lot of grief?
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  • How do you come back from that?
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  • Sometimes it can seem asthough life is in free fall.
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  • What do you do then?
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  • Just five years after the tragiccollapse of the West Gate Bridge
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  • and only a few hundredmiles from here,
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  • there was anothershocking collapse,
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  • again the resultof human error.
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  • More in just a moment.
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  • ♪[Music]♪
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  • -John Bradshaw: Thanksfor joining me today
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  • on It Is Written.
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  • I'm John Bradshaw.
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  • When part of theWest Gate Bridge collapsed
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  • in Melbourne, Australia, in1970, 35 people were killed,
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  • and an inquiry found thatthe cause of the disaster was...
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  • human error.
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  • Let's think together aboutsome infamous human errors.
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  • We go back to the originalhuman error, Adam and Eve.
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  • What about Samson?Human error.
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  • Judas--oh, Judas!--human error.
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  • And then think aboutDavid, King David.
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  • David's life story is filledwith heroism and triumph.
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  • It was David who, when he wasstill a boy, killed Goliath,
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  • the giant that had struck fearinto the heart of Israel's army.
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  • Even Israel's kingwouldn't fight Goliath.
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  • But then along came David, whowent out to fight without armor,
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  • bearing just a slingand a few small stones.
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  • David the giant slayer.
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  • David, who killeda lion and a bear.
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  • David, who led his armiesin victory after victory.
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  • David, who one night took a walkalong the rooftops in Jerusalem
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  • and saw a woman, "verybeautiful to look upon,"
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  • according to 2 Samuel 11,verse 2.
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  • He found out who she was.
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  • She was Bathsheba,the daughter of Eliam,
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  • the wife of Uriah the Hittite.
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  • The wife...of Uriahthe Hittite.
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  • Verse 4 says very succinctly,
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  • "David sent messengers,and took her."
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  • David was now in free fall.
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  • Sin followed sin.And it wasn't pretty.
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  • When he discovered Bathshebawas expecting a child,
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  • David tried to send Uriahhome to spend time with her,
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  • but Uriah wouldn't do it.
  • 00:13:40.600 --> 00:13:43.803
  • So David wrote a letterto Joab saying,
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  • "Set Uriah in the forefrontof the hottest battle
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  • and retreat from him, that hemay be struck down and die."
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  • Second Samuel 11:15.
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  • Which is preciselywhat happened.
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  • David, who had been called"a man after God's own heart,"
  • 00:14:00.253 --> 00:14:04.591
  • down he went.
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  • Crash.
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  • Free fall.
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  • On January the 5th, 1975,here in Hobart, Tasmania,
  • 00:14:10.830 --> 00:14:15.702
  • Australia's island state,a shocking accident occurred
  • 00:14:15.735 --> 00:14:19.806
  • that resulted inthe loss of 12 lives.
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  • A ship carrying 10.000 tonsof zinc concentrate
  • 00:14:22.943 --> 00:14:26.947
  • up the Derwent River strucka pylon on the Tasman Bridge,
  • 00:14:26.980 --> 00:14:31.284
  • which connects one sideof Hobart with the other.
  • 00:14:31.318 --> 00:14:34.454
  • And when the Lake Illawarrahit the bridge,
  • 00:14:34.487 --> 00:14:37.657
  • it caused a section ofthe bridge to crash 150 feet
  • 00:14:37.691 --> 00:14:42.228
  • into the water below.
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  • Seven people on boardthe ship perished.
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  • Four cars carrying five peopleplunged off the bridge.
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  • No survivors.
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  • It was 9:00 in the eveningwhen the accident occurred.
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  • A man named Murray Lingwas driving on the bridge
  • 00:14:58.111 --> 00:15:01.147
  • at the time with his wifeand two small children.
  • 00:15:01.181 --> 00:15:03.783
  • He noticed that somethingappeared to be wrong up ahead
  • 00:15:03.817 --> 00:15:06.519
  • of him, so he braked and did sojust in time to skid to a halt
  • 00:15:06.553 --> 00:15:11.558
  • only inches fromthe gap in the bridge.
  • 00:15:11.591 --> 00:15:14.160
  • As he sat in his car, a vehicletraveling behind him rammed
  • 00:15:14.194 --> 00:15:17.697
  • into the back of Ling's car.
  • 00:15:17.731 --> 00:15:19.132
  • The front wheels of the carwere pushed over the edge
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  • of the bridge,
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  • and those inside were teeteringon the edge of disaster.
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  • Mr. Ling got hisfamily to safety.
  • 00:15:27.941 --> 00:15:30.543
  • He ran up the bridge to warnother vehicles to stop,
  • 00:15:30.577 --> 00:15:33.580
  • and some of them drovearound him and sped off--
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  • and off the bridge andinto the water below.
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  • It's hard to imaginesomething like that.
  • 00:15:43.023 --> 00:15:45.191
  • Probably something you don'treally want to imagine.
  • 00:15:45.225 --> 00:15:49.229
  • But really, it's a metaphorfor what so often happens
  • 00:15:49.262 --> 00:15:52.899
  • in a person's life, even inthe life of a believer in Jesus.
  • 00:15:52.932 --> 00:15:58.638
  • Certainly, the life ofa believer ought to be
  • 00:15:58.671 --> 00:16:01.941
  • a life of faith.
  • 00:16:01.975 --> 00:16:03.443
  • It may be a life of faith.
  • 00:16:03.476 --> 00:16:06.846
  • But because people are people--inconsistent, weak, distracted,
  • 00:16:06.880 --> 00:16:13.119
  • so many other things--
  • 00:16:13.153 --> 00:16:15.555
  • rather than living a lifeof constant faith,
  • 00:16:15.588 --> 00:16:18.825
  • unfaithfulness or faithlessnessoften and easily creeps in.
  • 00:16:18.858 --> 00:16:25.298
  • One moment Peteris walking on water;
  • 00:16:25.331 --> 00:16:28.501
  • the next, he's sinkinginto the Sea of Galilee.
  • 00:16:28.535 --> 00:16:32.172
  • James and John actuallypetition Jesus for permission
  • 00:16:32.205 --> 00:16:36.476
  • to call fire down fromheaven and incinerate
  • 00:16:36.509 --> 00:16:40.580
  • an entire Samaritan village.
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  • What in the world?
  • 00:16:42.649 --> 00:16:45.185
  • Temptation comes just assurely as night follows day,
  • 00:16:45.218 --> 00:16:48.254
  • and because we're learningand because we're growing,
  • 00:16:48.288 --> 00:16:52.492
  • we don't always dealwith temptation
  • 00:16:52.525 --> 00:16:54.627
  • in the best possible way.
  • 00:16:54.661 --> 00:16:56.629
  • Sometimes that's notentirely calamitous,
  • 00:16:56.663 --> 00:16:59.332
  • but other times...it is.
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  • ♪[Somber music]♪
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  • We can learn somethingfrom these bridges.
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  • Part of one of themcollapsed in 1970.
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  • It was awful.
  • 00:17:09.809 --> 00:17:11.411
  • The other collapsed in 1975.
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  • But look at them today.
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  • In fact, to prove my thesis,I thought I'd take a drive
  • 00:17:17.484 --> 00:17:21.387
  • across the Tasman Bridge fromone side of Hobart to the other.
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  • And when I did, what doyou think I discovered?
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  • I'll tell you in just a moment.
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  • ♪[Music]♪
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  • -John: Thank youfor remembering
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  • that It Is Written exists
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  • Our number again is800-253-3000,
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  • -John Bradshaw: Thanks forjoining me on It Is Written.
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  • You know, one of the easiestthings in the world for a person
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  • to do is to fall into sin.
  • 00:18:18.745 --> 00:18:21.681
  • Now, it's notthat you have to;
  • 00:18:21.714 --> 00:18:22.882
  • it isn't that God isn't doingeverything He can to try
  • 00:18:22.916 --> 00:18:25.652
  • to keep you from falling.
  • 00:18:25.685 --> 00:18:27.120
  • It's just that you...
  • 00:18:27.153 --> 00:18:28.955
  • you get inconsistentin your devotional life.
  • 00:18:28.988 --> 00:18:31.391
  • You take your eyes off Jesus.
  • 00:18:31.424 --> 00:18:33.927
  • You get tired.
  • 00:18:33.960 --> 00:18:35.562
  • You choose not to surrenderwhen the heat of temptation
  • 00:18:35.595 --> 00:18:38.498
  • comes pressing in on you.
  • 00:18:38.531 --> 00:18:40.767
  • How many times doyou hear people say,
  • 00:18:40.800 --> 00:18:42.235
  • "I didn't mean to";"I didn't even want to";
  • 00:18:42.268 --> 00:18:45.171
  • I couldn't help myself"?
  • 00:18:45.205 --> 00:18:46.306
  • You hear that all the time.
  • 00:18:46.339 --> 00:18:48.274
  • And it's not thatyou intend to.
  • 00:18:48.308 --> 00:18:50.910
  • A man living just a coupleof hours outside of the city
  • 00:18:50.944 --> 00:18:54.080
  • of Melbourne, just twoor three years ago,
  • 00:18:54.113 --> 00:18:57.717
  • committed a trulyhorrible crime.
  • 00:18:57.750 --> 00:19:00.920
  • After a night of smokingmarijuana and drinking, he said,
  • 00:19:00.954 --> 00:19:05.258
  • "Once the urge to commit thecrime set in, I couldn't stop."
  • 00:19:05.291 --> 00:19:10.363
  • The woman who appeared beforethe judge having shoplifted,
  • 00:19:10.396 --> 00:19:14.500
  • she said to the judge,
  • 00:19:14.534 --> 00:19:15.802
  • "Once I began, I couldn'tstop myself."
  • 00:19:15.835 --> 00:19:19.038
  • That young teenager who gotinto a fight at a party,
  • 00:19:19.072 --> 00:19:21.874
  • he said to everybody concerned,"I just couldn't stop."
  • 00:19:21.908 --> 00:19:27.480
  • Free fall.
  • 00:19:27.513 --> 00:19:28.915
  • So what do you do, then?
  • 00:19:28.948 --> 00:19:31.351
  • Well, the wrong thing to dois to stay stuck in your sin.
  • 00:19:31.384 --> 00:19:35.088
  • That's the wrong thing to do.
  • 00:19:35.121 --> 00:19:36.689
  • The wrong thing to do is tothink that God won't forgive you
  • 00:19:36.723 --> 00:19:39.692
  • or that God won'thave your back.
  • 00:19:39.726 --> 00:19:41.361
  • That's wrong.
  • 00:19:41.394 --> 00:19:43.696
  • And this is where we learnsomething from the collapse
  • 00:19:43.730 --> 00:19:46.232
  • of these bridges.
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  • ♪[Soft music]♪
  • 00:19:47.200 --> 00:19:48.201
  • Look at the West Gate Bridgein Melbourne today
  • 00:19:48.234 --> 00:19:51.004
  • and you notice thatit's standing, all of it,
  • 00:19:51.037 --> 00:19:55.642
  • and it works perfectly.
  • 00:19:55.675 --> 00:19:58.378
  • After the devastating collapse,the bridge was rebuilt--
  • 00:19:58.411 --> 00:20:02.315
  • or more to the point, built.
  • 00:20:02.348 --> 00:20:05.318
  • They went back and didit right the next time.
  • 00:20:05.351 --> 00:20:09.489
  • The Tasman Bridgeover the Derwent River?
  • 00:20:09.522 --> 00:20:11.357
  • Well, check it out.
  • 00:20:11.391 --> 00:20:14.027
  • Now, when it fell,
  • 00:20:14.060 --> 00:20:15.161
  • it created absolute chaosfor the people of Hobart,
  • 00:20:15.194 --> 00:20:17.297
  • particularly the 30 percentof the population that lived
  • 00:20:17.330 --> 00:20:20.700
  • on that side, the east sideof the river.
  • 00:20:20.733 --> 00:20:23.970
  • What used to be a 3-minutecommute across the bridge
  • 00:20:24.003 --> 00:20:27.106
  • turned into a 30-mile-or-sojourney that took
  • 00:20:27.140 --> 00:20:30.677
  • the better part of an hour.
  • 00:20:30.710 --> 00:20:33.012
  • But today?
  • 00:20:33.046 --> 00:20:35.415
  • Well, here it is.
  • 00:20:35.448 --> 00:20:37.116
  • It stands.It's rock-solid.
  • 00:20:37.150 --> 00:20:41.387
  • It isn't aboutto fall any place.
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  • [Thumps steering wheel]
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  • Today, this bridgeworks just fine.
  • 00:20:45.224 --> 00:20:50.263
  • And that's the beautyof faith in God.
  • 00:20:50.296 --> 00:20:53.032
  • God is able to restoresomebody who falls.
  • 00:20:53.066 --> 00:20:56.035
  • You're able to start all overagain and put the broken pieces
  • 00:20:56.069 --> 00:20:59.872
  • back together.
  • 00:20:59.906 --> 00:21:01.641
  • God's in the businessof restoration.
  • 00:21:01.674 --> 00:21:04.243
  • He's in the businessof re-creation.
  • 00:21:04.277 --> 00:21:07.380
  • Now, think of Moses,Moses the murderer.
  • 00:21:07.413 --> 00:21:09.415
  • Moses the murdererbecame Moses the man of God
  • 00:21:09.449 --> 00:21:13.152
  • who led the children of Israelon the Exodus.
  • 00:21:13.186 --> 00:21:16.456
  • In fact, if you readthe little book of Jude,
  • 00:21:16.489 --> 00:21:18.257
  • you discover Moses wasraised from the dead,
  • 00:21:18.291 --> 00:21:21.160
  • and Moses was taken to heaven.
  • 00:21:21.194 --> 00:21:24.497
  • And then there's David.
  • 00:21:24.530 --> 00:21:26.165
  • David, whose fallwas spectacular.
  • 00:21:26.199 --> 00:21:28.901
  • David, whose fall was100 percent his own fault.
  • 00:21:28.935 --> 00:21:32.572
  • God restored Davidlike He restored Moses,
  • 00:21:32.605 --> 00:21:35.742
  • and why was He ableto do that?
  • 00:21:35.775 --> 00:21:37.343
  • Because David was trulysorry for what he had done.
  • 00:21:37.377 --> 00:21:40.446
  • David repented, and he repentedfrom the bottom of his heart.
  • 00:21:40.480 --> 00:21:43.750
  • Take a look at David's prayerof repentance in Psalm 51.
  • 00:21:43.783 --> 00:21:48.621
  • Starting in verse 1,"Have mercy upon me, O God,
  • 00:21:48.654 --> 00:21:52.358
  • according to Yourlovingkindness;
  • 00:21:52.392 --> 00:21:54.761
  • according to the multitudeof Your tender mercies,
  • 00:21:54.794 --> 00:21:57.864
  • blot out mytransgressions."
  • 00:21:57.897 --> 00:22:00.299
  • Now, notice, he realizesGod is merciful and loving,
  • 00:22:00.333 --> 00:22:04.370
  • and he owns up to the factthat he has done wrong.
  • 00:22:04.404 --> 00:22:08.141
  • Verse 2: "Wash me thoroughlyfrom my iniquity,
  • 00:22:08.174 --> 00:22:11.811
  • and cleanse me from my sin."
  • 00:22:11.844 --> 00:22:14.614
  • Verse 3: "For I acknowledgemy transgressions,
  • 00:22:14.647 --> 00:22:18.451
  • and my sin is always before me."
  • 00:22:18.484 --> 00:22:22.321
  • Verse 4: "Against You,You only, have I sinned,
  • 00:22:22.355 --> 00:22:27.794
  • and done this evilin Your sight."
  • 00:22:27.827 --> 00:22:31.130
  • Now down to verse 7:
  • 00:22:31.164 --> 00:22:32.999
  • "Purge me with hyssop,and I shall be clean;
  • 00:22:33.032 --> 00:22:37.336
  • wash me, and I shall bewhiter than snow."
  • 00:22:37.370 --> 00:22:42.008
  • And now verse 10:"Create in me a clean heart,
  • 00:22:42.041 --> 00:22:46.646
  • O God, and renew a steadfastspirit within me."
  • 00:22:46.679 --> 00:22:53.386
  • David comes clean with God.God forgives him.
  • 00:22:53.419 --> 00:22:58.691
  • And what happenswhen God forgives you?
  • 00:22:58.724 --> 00:23:01.727
  • Let me tell youabout the bridges.
  • 00:23:01.761 --> 00:23:04.964
  • As a result of the Tasman Bridgecollapse in Tasmania,
  • 00:23:04.997 --> 00:23:08.568
  • bridges are now often designeddifferently so that if a pier
  • 00:23:08.601 --> 00:23:12.472
  • is knocked out, the bridgewon't collapse.
  • 00:23:12.505 --> 00:23:15.975
  • That's revolutionary.
  • 00:23:16.008 --> 00:23:17.743
  • And in Australia, shippingregulations were changed
  • 00:23:17.777 --> 00:23:21.614
  • so that shippinghas become safer.
  • 00:23:21.647 --> 00:23:24.417
  • In other words, as a resultof the collapse,
  • 00:23:24.450 --> 00:23:28.120
  • things have actually improved.
  • 00:23:28.154 --> 00:23:31.324
  • The West Gate Bridge collapsebrought about big changes
  • 00:23:31.357 --> 00:23:34.927
  • in workplace safety.
  • 00:23:34.961 --> 00:23:36.996
  • Construction is safer becauseof the lessons learned.
  • 00:23:37.029 --> 00:23:42.168
  • In the same way, should youfall, you can be better
  • 00:23:42.201 --> 00:23:46.772
  • than you were before.
  • 00:23:46.806 --> 00:23:48.474
  • Of course it's bestnot to fall at all,
  • 00:23:48.508 --> 00:23:50.676
  • but should you do so, youcan learn from your mistakes.
  • 00:23:50.710 --> 00:23:54.981
  • Just look up,and God will pick you up.
  • 00:23:55.014 --> 00:23:58.851
  • Now, what did Isaiah write?
  • 00:23:58.885 --> 00:24:00.353
  • Isaiah 1, verse 18:
  • 00:24:00.386 --> 00:24:04.257
  • "Though your sins be as scarlet,they shall be as white as snow;
  • 00:24:04.290 --> 00:24:09.161
  • though they be red like crimson,they shall be as wool."
  • 00:24:09.195 --> 00:24:13.466
  • First John 2, verse 1:"My little children,
  • 00:24:13.499 --> 00:24:16.869
  • these things write I unto you,that ye sin not.
  • 00:24:16.903 --> 00:24:20.506
  • And if any man sin, we havean Advocate with the Father,
  • 00:24:20.540 --> 00:24:26.712
  • Jesus Christ the righteous."
  • 00:24:26.746 --> 00:24:28.614
  • That's outstanding, isn't it?
  • 00:24:29.615 --> 00:24:31.817
  • You can survive a falland actually end up stronger
  • 00:24:31.851 --> 00:24:36.155
  • than you were, closer to Godthan you've ever been.
  • 00:24:36.188 --> 00:24:40.726
  • Have you ever found yourselfcrashing down, falling?
  • 00:24:40.760 --> 00:24:46.032
  • You know, if you trust inthe forgiving grace of God,
  • 00:24:46.065 --> 00:24:48.634
  • God will cleanse you,He will restore you,
  • 00:24:48.668 --> 00:24:52.338
  • and He will remake you,
  • 00:24:52.371 --> 00:24:53.973
  • and He will placein you the assurance
  • 00:24:54.006 --> 00:24:57.009
  • that you are blessedand forgiven.
  • 00:24:57.043 --> 00:24:59.412
  • ♪[Music]♪
  • 00:24:59.445 --> 00:25:00.646
  • Remember 2 Corinthians 5,verse 17:
  • 00:25:00.680 --> 00:25:04.584
  • "Therefore if any man be inChrist, he is a new creature:
  • 00:25:04.617 --> 00:25:10.423
  • old things are passed away;
  • 00:25:10.456 --> 00:25:13.359
  • behold, all thingsare become new."
  • 00:25:13.392 --> 00:25:18.097
  • Let God make you new and giveyou hope and a future right now.
  • 00:25:18.130 --> 00:25:24.103
  • You can have it right now.
  • 00:25:24.136 --> 00:25:26.272
  • God wants you to have that,
  • 00:25:26.305 --> 00:25:28.140
  • through faith in Jesusand the goodness of God.
  • 00:25:28.174 --> 00:25:32.445
  • -John: There are hundreds,even thousands of promises
  • 00:25:34.380 --> 00:25:36.983
  • in the Bible, all madeby God to be a blessing
  • 00:25:37.016 --> 00:25:40.052
  • and an encouragement for you.
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  • Receive today's free offer;
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  • it's "Promises of Peace."
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  • and receive our free offer,"Promises of Peace."
  • 00:25:58.371 --> 00:26:02.475
  • -John Bradshaw:Let's pray together now.
  • 00:26:04.744 --> 00:26:06.679
  • Our Father in heaven,today we must be grateful
  • 00:26:06.712 --> 00:26:09.015
  • that you are in the business ofrestoration and re-creation.
  • 00:26:09.048 --> 00:26:13.185
  • And as much as it pains usand as much as it pains You
  • 00:26:13.219 --> 00:26:16.288
  • that we fall, we thank Youthat You can pick us up,
  • 00:26:16.322 --> 00:26:19.258
  • put us back together,restore us,
  • 00:26:19.291 --> 00:26:21.927
  • and then fill us with YourSpirit, and as Jude wrote,
  • 00:26:21.961 --> 00:26:24.764
  • "Keep us from falling."
  • 00:26:24.797 --> 00:26:26.866
  • Do that, Lord, and whenour weakness overtakes us,
  • 00:26:26.899 --> 00:26:31.671
  • when we fail to surrender,when we fall rather than stand,
  • 00:26:31.704 --> 00:26:35.641
  • remind us that You are God,You are forgiving,
  • 00:26:35.675 --> 00:26:37.843
  • You are good,and You are gracious.
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  • Keep us, we pray.
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  • We thank You.
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  • We celebrate Your goodnessand Your forgiveness.
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  • In Jesus' name.
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  • Amen.
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  • Thanks so muchfor joining me.
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  • I'm looking forward toseeing you again next time.
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  • Until then, remember:
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  • "It is written, 'Man shallnot live by bread alone,
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  • but by every word that proceedsfrom the mouth of God.'"
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  • ♪[Theme music]♪
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