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October 21, 2019
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Joel Osteen: Your Best Life Now

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  • They're saying, "God, please send me a friend,
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  • "God, I need help with these kids,
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  • "God, I need a good break."
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  • You can become the miracle they need.
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  • I'm Joel Osteen.
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  • I have good news.
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  • You're a miracle waiting to happen,
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  • no matter where you are or what challenges you're facing,
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  • you can start living your best life now.
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  • (inspirational music)
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  • It's easy to go through life focused on ourselves,
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  • our goals, our dreams, our problems, our challenges,
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  • but I've learned, if you will become a miracle,
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  • God will always take care of you.
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  • You can be the answer to someone else's prayer.
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  • God has no arms to hug except your arms,
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  • no voice to encourage except your voice,
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  • no legs to do good deeds except your legs.
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  • God will put people in our path so we can become
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  • the answer to their prayer.
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  • You may not realize it, but you're a miracle
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  • waiting to happen.
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  • Somebody you know is lonely.
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  • They're praying for a friend.
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  • You can be the miracle they're waiting for.
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  • Somebody got a bad medical report.
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  • They're worried, praying, "God, please give me a sign,
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  • "let me know you're still in control."
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  • You are that sign.
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  • A simple phone call, I'm thinking of you,
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  • it's going to work out, you just became the miracle.
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  • Somebody is discouraged, saying, "God, I need help
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  • "understanding this subject,
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  • "I'm not gonna pass this course.
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  • "God, send me somebody."
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  • You are that somebody.
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  • Take time to become a miracle.
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  • Be aware of who's in your life.
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  • They're not there by accident.
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  • God put them there on purpose.
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  • He's counting on you to make a difference.
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  • You are full of miracles.
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  • There is healing in you, there is restoration,
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  • there's friendship, there's favor, there's new beginnings,
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  • and life is so much more exciting when you realize,
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  • I can become a miracle today.
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  • I can be the answer to someone else's prayer.
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  • My brother, Paul, has done a lot of medical work in Africa.
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  • He spent months doing surgeries in a remote village,
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  • hundreds of miles from the nearest city.
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  • The clinic is a little building, barely has electricity,
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  • minimal medical supplies, only one doctor.
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  • One night, while he was there, a young man came in,
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  • in the middle of the night, that had been gored
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  • by an elephant tusk, gone right through his midsection.
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  • Paul took him back to the operating room,
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  • to try to save his life.
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  • The problem was, there was no blood in the blood supply
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  • to replenish him.
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  • Paul could've thought, too bad, I'd love to help,
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  • but you're gonna need several pints of blood,
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  • and it's not here, but before Paul did the surgery,
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  • he took 30 minutes and gave his own blood.
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  • He operated on the young man, then replenished the blood
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  • he'd lost with his own blood.
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  • What was Paul doing?
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  • Becoming a miracle.
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  • He could've prayed, "God, he's in bad shape.
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  • "He really needs a miracle."
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  • Paul realized, I am his miracle.
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  • And we all know that God can do great things.
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  • We know He can do miracles, but what I want us to understand
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  • is He's put miracles in you.
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  • You can be the answer to somebody's prayer.
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  • You can be the good break they need.
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  • You can be the help they've been longing for.
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  • It may not be something dynamic like saving their life
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  • like Paul did.
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  • It may just be teaching that co-worker the skills you know,
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  • helping a family struggling with their rent,
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  • taking that young man that doesn't have a father figure
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  • to baseball practice with your son each week.
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  • It's no big deal to you, but it's a miracle to them.
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  • It's what will push them into their destiny.
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  • What kind of world would this be if we all had the attitude,
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  • I'm a miracle waiting to happen?
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  • Look around at who's in your life.
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  • Listen to what they're saying.
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  • Be sensitive to their needs.
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  • Is there a way you can help?
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  • This is the mindset of someone who lives to give.
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  • I have a friend that grew up (police sirens blaring)
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  • in the projects, very poor.
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  • He was from a single parent family,
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  • not a lot of stability in his home.
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  • His dream was to become a television journalist.
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  • He loved to read and write.
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  • Against all odds, he received a scholarship
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  • to a major university.
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  • He's African-American.
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  • He went to an all-white school.
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  • His roommate came from a wealthy, prestigious family.
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  • Here, he'd come from a single parent low-income family,
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  • just the opposite.
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  • But these two young men hit it off
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  • and became the best of friends.
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  • He told his roommate his dream to become a journalist.
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  • His roommate said, "If you're going to be a journalist,
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  • "you have to have a better vocabulary."
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  • Every day, his roommate would get the dictionary out,
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  • and pick out a word.
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  • All day, he'd have to use that word.
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  • This went on for four straight years.
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  • What was this roommate doing?
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  • Becoming a miracle.
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  • He took time to care.
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  • He realized his friend was in his life for a reason.
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  • Today, that young man is one of the top
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  • television journalists in the country,
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  • working for a major network,
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  • on one of the most prestigious news programs,
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  • but I wonder where he would be if his roommate
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  • hadn't taken time to become a miracle.
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  • You may be thinking, Joel, I don't wanna hear
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  • about being a miracle.
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  • I need a miracle.
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  • Here's the key.
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  • When you become a miracle, God will always make sure
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  • you have your miracle.
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  • I call it the boomerang effect.
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  • If you want your dreams to come to pass,
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  • help somebody else's dream come to pass.
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  • If you need a miracle, become someone's miracle.
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  • That's what the Scripture says.
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  • "He who refreshes others, himself will be refreshed."
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  • Like a boomerang, when you help others rise higher,
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  • it comes back to you, and you'll rise higher.
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  • There are people God has put in your life
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  • that are connected to your destiny.
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  • When you take time to invest in them,
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  • those seeds you're sowing will always come back to you.
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  • That's what happens when we live to give.
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  • (inspirational music)
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  • - I saw a story on the news about a young lady named Megan.
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  • She was a junior in high school,
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  • and a star long-distance runner on the track team.
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  • At the state final, she'd already won first place
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  • in the 1600 meter race.
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  • Now, she was competing in the 3200 meter.
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  • As she came around the final curve,
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  • with about 50 meters to go, she saw the girl in front of her
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  • slow down, and start to wobble.
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  • Her knees began to buckle, finally, she fell to the ground
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  • right in front of Megan.
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  • What happened next made news around the world.
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  • Instead of blowing past her, Megan stopped running,
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  • went to this girl that she had never met,
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  • picked her up off the ground, and began to carry her,
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  • arm over shoulder, toward the finish line.
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  • The people in the stands began to cheer.
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  • There wasn't a dry eye in the place.
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  • When Megan reached the finish line,
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  • she even turned so her opponent would cross the line
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  • in front of her.
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  • Technically, both girls should've been disqualified,
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  • because you're not allowed to touch another runner,
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  • but the state made an exception, and gave them both
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  • a finishing time.
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  • Megan said later,
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  • "Helping her across the finish line was more satisfying
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  • "than me winning the state championship."
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  • Like Megan, you can help someone across the finish line.
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  • You can be that one that breathes
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  • new life into their spirit.
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  • Jesus told a parable about a man
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  • that was traveling down a dusty road
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  • when he was attacked and beaten by bandits.
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  • They left him on the ground, almost dead,
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  • and in a little while, a priest came by,
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  • he saw the man, looked at him from a distance,
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  • and thought, boy, he needs a miracle.
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  • He's in bad shape, I'll pray for him.
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  • He kept on going.
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  • Another man came by, a Levite.
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  • He did a little better.
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  • He went over to him, looked at him, checked the man out,
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  • he felt badly for him, and thought, this is really unfair,
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  • I hope somebody helps him, went on down the road.
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  • A third man came by, a Samaritan.
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  • Like the first two, he thought, boy, he needs a miracle,
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  • but he took it one step further and said, "you know what?
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  • "I am his miracle.
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  • "I'm at the right place at the right time.
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  • "God has put him in my path so I can be a healer,
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  • "so I can be a restorer, so I can give him a new beginning."
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  • He immediately went to the man, got down on his knees,
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  • and began to care for him.
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  • He gave him water from his canteen, and took his scarf off
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  • and wrapped it around his wounds.
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  • He gently lifted him and put him on his animal.
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  • He held him, as they walked miles
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  • and miles to the next city.
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  • He went to the inn, the hotel,
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  • and paid the owner for two nights' stay.
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  • He said, "You take care of him, give him anything he needs,
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  • "let him stay as long as he wants.
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  • "I'll be back in a few days,
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  • "and I'll pay for any extra charges."
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  • My question is, which man are you?
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  • It's easy to get too busy and think I've got
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  • enough problems of my own.
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  • I don't have time to help others.
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  • No, helping others could be the key
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  • to seeing your situation turn around.
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  • Those people you see that need encouragement,
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  • need a ride, need you to give blood,
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  • need help accomplishing their dreams,
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  • those are opportunities for you to go to a new level.
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  • It's interesting that the first example
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  • Jesus used was a priest.
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  • He didn't stop, he had to get to the temple.
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  • He had religious duties to fulfill,
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  • didn't have time to bother with this man.
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  • He had a lot of excuses.
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  • Can I tell you, true religion gets dirty?
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  • True religion doesn't hide behind stained glass
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  • and fancy clothes.
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  • It goes to where the needs are.
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  • When you get down low to lift someone up,
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  • in God's eyes, you can never get any higher.
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  • Helping hurting people is the closest thing
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  • to the heart of God.
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  • When you take time to restore the broken,
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  • you pour healing oil onto the wounds,
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  • encouraging them, wiping away their tears,
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  • letting them know that there are new beginnings,
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  • that's the religion Jesus talked about.
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  • True religion doesn't judge people to see
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  • if they deserve help.
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  • Well, she's hurting, but I don't think she's living right.
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  • Well, he's in need, but it's his own fault.
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  • He's got the addiction,
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  • they brought the trouble on themselves.
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  • Jesus said, "It's the sick who need a doctor,
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  • "not the healthy."
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  • He didn't call us to judge people.
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  • He called us to heal people, to restore them,
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  • to become their miracle.
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  • Anybody can throw stones.
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  • Anybody can find fault, be critical,
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  • come up with excuses to walk away.
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  • That's easy.
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  • But where are the people
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  • that will overlook their shortcomings?
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  • Where are the people that will take time to care,
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  • people that will get down and dirty
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  • to help love them back into wholeness?
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  • The Good Samaritan immediately went to the man,
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  • and started making a difference.
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  • He didn't think twice.
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  • He became a miracle.
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  • That's the kind of people we should be,
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  • not passerbyers, not too busy in our own career,
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  • too busy with our church work.
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  • No, let's become the miracle.
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  • God is counting on you.
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  • You can lift the fallen, you can heal the hurting,
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  • you can be a friend to the lonely.
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  • You can help that dream come to pass.
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  • You are full of miracle.
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  • And here's the thing.
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  • You never know what kind of miracle
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  • you're setting into motion.
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  • One act of generosity can change one life one day,
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  • and a thousand more a decades later.
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  • That's what happened in the case of my friend, Lex Edme.
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  • Here's his story. (inspirational music)
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  • (light music)
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  • - Lex heard the voice of God and obeyed.
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  • He returned to Haiti with his wife Renee,
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  • and began his mission, a Mission of Hope.
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  • - We started out with a school and a church plant.
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  • The school, we signed up 365 kids for preschool
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  • through grade three, and each year that we were here,
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  • we added a grade to it,
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  • until we got all the way through high school.
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  • - We now have a medical clinic, a dental clinic,
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  • evangelical radio station.
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  • We have feeding programs in the schools.
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  • We do outreaches, we do mobile clinics,
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  • and we've done a lot of construction.
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  • - The sponsor that sent money
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  • for my husband to go to school, we don't know who she was,
  • 00:16:46.190 --> 00:16:50.060
  • and to think of the impact that she made in his life,
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  • first of all, but now,
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  • in literally thousands of people's lives.
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  • (inspirational music)
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  • - Who would've imagined one lady's decision
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  • to sponsor a child in Haiti could result
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  • in an entire community being changed?
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  • Lex's obedience to do the same has generated
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  • over 400 jobs, created educational opportunities
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  • and a micro-economy in his own city?
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  • And because of their obedience, when Haiti was struck
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  • by an earthquake in 2010,
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  • Lex and Renee were prepared to help.
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  • (soft music)
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  • - One person's gift changed Lex's life.
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  • Now, he's changing the lives and destinies
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  • of an entire community.
  • 00:19:09.020 --> 00:19:11.040
  • You may say, "Joel, I only have little bit to give,
  • 00:19:11.040 --> 00:19:13.250
  • "a little time, a little money.
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  • "That little bit can't do much."
  • 00:19:16.010 --> 00:19:18.010
  • Friend, it's not about how much.
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  • It's about choosing to live to give.
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  • (inspirational music)
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  • - [Announcer] It became a runaway number one
  • 00:20:00.210 --> 00:20:02.190
  • New York Times bestseller.
  • 00:20:02.190 --> 00:20:04.120
  • More than four million copies have been sold worldwide.
  • 00:20:04.120 --> 00:20:07.210
  • Now the book by Joel Osteen
  • 00:20:07.210 --> 00:20:09.130
  • that God has used to improve the lives of millions
  • 00:20:09.130 --> 00:20:12.120
  • is our gift to you right now
  • 00:20:12.120 --> 00:20:14.220
  • in thanks for any gift of support
  • 00:20:14.220 --> 00:20:16.190
  • for the outreaches of TBN.
  • 00:20:16.190 --> 00:20:18.240
  • "Your Best Life Now" remains the signature work
  • 00:20:18.240 --> 00:20:21.270
  • by Joel Osteen, and right now
  • 00:20:21.270 --> 00:20:24.060
  • if you're able to share a gift of $90 or more
  • 00:20:24.060 --> 00:20:27.070
  • we'll send you both the book
  • 00:20:27.070 --> 00:20:29.040
  • and an inspiring 7 inch by 12 inch real wood wall art,
  • 00:20:29.040 --> 00:20:33.030
  • designed to serve as a visible reminder
  • 00:20:33.030 --> 00:20:35.140
  • to stay hopeful in God's unfailing promises.
  • 00:20:35.140 --> 00:20:39.090
  • Call or click now to share a gift
  • 00:20:39.090 --> 00:20:41.170
  • and request your copy of "Your Best Life Now"
  • 00:20:41.170 --> 00:20:44.230
  • and the Think Better, Live Better wood wall art.
  • 00:20:44.230 --> 00:20:47.280
  • Call 800-561-0170,
  • 00:20:47.280 --> 00:20:52.180
  • or share your gift securely online
  • 00:20:52.180 --> 00:20:54.190
  • when you visit tbn.org/bestlife.
  • 00:20:54.190 --> 00:20:57.200
  • (inspirational music)
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  • - [All] Hi, Pastor Joel.
  • 00:21:01.140 --> 00:21:02.140
  • - I need some help.
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  • - Dear Pastor Joel. - I have a question
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  • for you. - Pastor Joel.
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  • - My anger sometimes-- - Pastor Joel.
  • 00:21:05.230 --> 00:21:06.170
  • - Gets the best of me.
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  • - I don't know what to do.
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  • - My stepson drives me-- - I need some help.
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  • - Any advice?
  • 00:21:09.110 --> 00:21:10.090
  • - My marriage is falling apart.
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  • - I don't get it. - And I wish we--
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  • - How can I get my thoughts right?
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  • - [Woman] How do I know which direction God wants me to go?
  • 00:21:14.100 --> 00:21:15.170
  • - [Man] God isn't answering my prayer.
  • 00:21:15.170 --> 00:21:16.250
  • - [Man] Where's God when I'm struggling?
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  • (people talking over each other)
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  • - Do you even read these questions?
  • 00:21:22.260 --> 00:21:24.250
  • - [All] All I know is I want to start living my best life.
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  • - Where do I start? - Where do I start?
  • 00:21:28.130 --> 00:21:29.200
  • - But where do I start? - Where do I start?
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  • - I get questions like this all the time.
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  • Week after week, people call in, write in,
  • 00:21:33.150 --> 00:21:36.060
  • reach out to us on social media.
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  • So many people lived isolated lives,
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  • because they believe they have nothing to give.
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  • But every person young or old, has the power
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  • to make a profound difference in someone's life.
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  • In 1995, these baby twin girls were born prematurely.
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  • When they were several days old,
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  • the doctors discovered one of the babies
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  • had a severe heart problem and wasn't expected to live.
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  • The hospital's policy was to keep the babies
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  • in separate incubators.
  • 00:22:07.090 --> 00:22:09.180
  • Several days passed, and this one baby continued
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  • to go downhill, and was very close to death.
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  • One of the nurses felt strongly that they should be
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  • in the incubator together, just like they were
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  • in their mother's womb.
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  • After much persuasion and hard work,
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  • she convinced the hospital to make an exception
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  • to the policy, and the little babies were placed
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  • in the same incubator, side by side.
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  • Overnight, the healthy baby managed to put her arm
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  • around her little sick sister.
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  • Much to everyone's surprise, the sister started to improve.
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  • Her heart rate stabilized,
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  • her temperature came down to normal.
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  • Little by little, she got better and better.
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  • Today, they are both perfectly healthy young ladies.
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  • This miraculous moment caught the whole world's attention.
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  • It became known as The Rescuing Hug.
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  • You see her little arm around her sister.
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  • Here's my point.
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  • We don't see ourselves as powerful as we really are.
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  • God has put healing in you.
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  • Your hug can cause somebody else to get well.
  • 00:23:13.160 --> 00:23:16.290
  • Your kind words can put someone else back on their feet.
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  • The Scripture says, "A gentle tongue brings healing."
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  • A phone call, taking them to dinner, giving them a ride,
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  • encouraging them in their dreams.
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  • There are miracles in you waiting to happen.
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  • Some people just need to hear that you believe in them.
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  • When you tell them, "You're amazing,
  • 00:23:38.250 --> 00:23:41.000
  • "you're going to do great things,
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  • "I'm praying for you," that seems simple to you,
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  • but to that other person, it's giving them life.
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  • That can help them blossom into who they were created to be.
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  • And it's great to receive a miracle,
  • 00:23:52.130 --> 00:23:55.060
  • but there's no greater feeling than to become a miracle.
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  • Who can you be there for today?
  • 00:23:59.220 --> 00:24:02.090
  • Who are you called to rescue?
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  • Your destiny is tied to helping others.
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  • Listen to this Scripture.
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  • "When you share your food with the hungry,
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  • "when you clothe the naked,
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  • "when you provide shelter to the needy,
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  • "then your light will break forth like the dawn,
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  • "and your healing will quickly come."
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  • If you will make it your business to become a miracle,
  • 00:24:22.090 --> 00:24:25.270
  • then God will make it His business to give you miracles.
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  • When you live to give, you will never lack His blessing.
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  • As I was thinking about living like this,
  • 00:24:33.050 --> 00:24:35.200
  • I could only pray,
  • 00:24:35.200 --> 00:24:37.050
  • "God, forgive me for the miracles that I've missed,
  • 00:24:37.050 --> 00:24:40.030
  • "the times I was too busy, too concerned
  • 00:24:40.030 --> 00:24:42.250
  • "about crossing the finish line, getting ahead.
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  • "God, help us all to be sensitive to those around us."
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  • Friends, you are full of miracles.
  • 00:24:50.210 --> 00:24:53.090
  • You can help a friend fulfill their dream.
  • 00:24:53.090 --> 00:24:56.000
  • You can give a rescuing hug.
  • 00:24:56.000 --> 00:24:58.010
  • You can teach a co-worker what you know.
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  • You can be that Good Samaritan.
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  • You are the answer to someone's prayer.
  • 00:25:02.180 --> 00:25:05.140
  • You're the miracle they've been believing for.
  • 00:25:05.140 --> 00:25:08.120
  • When you go out each day, have the attitude,
  • 00:25:08.120 --> 00:25:11.110
  • I'm a miracle waiting to happen.
  • 00:25:11.110 --> 00:25:13.110
  • And if you'll live not thinking about how
  • 00:25:14.150 --> 00:25:16.030
  • you can get a miracle, but how you can become a miracle,
  • 00:25:16.030 --> 00:25:19.280
  • I believe and declare your light will break forth,
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  • your healing will quickly come, you will rise higher,
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  • overcome obstacles and become everything
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  • you were created to be, in Jesus' name.
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  • Now go out and live your best life now.
  • 00:25:33.200 --> 00:25:36.170
  • (inspirational music)
  • 00:25:36.170 --> 00:25:39.220
  • - [Announcer] It became a runaway number one
  • 00:25:40.220 --> 00:25:42.200
  • New York Times bestseller.
  • 00:25:42.200 --> 00:25:44.130
  • More than four million copies have been sold worldwide.
  • 00:25:44.130 --> 00:25:47.220
  • Now the book by Joel Osteen
  • 00:25:47.220 --> 00:25:49.140
  • that God has used to improve the lives of millions
  • 00:25:49.140 --> 00:25:52.130
  • is our gift to you right now
  • 00:25:52.130 --> 00:25:54.230
  • in thanks for any gift of support
  • 00:25:54.230 --> 00:25:56.200
  • for the outreaches of TBN.
  • 00:25:56.200 --> 00:25:58.250
  • "Your Best Life Now" remains the signature work
  • 00:25:58.250 --> 00:26:02.000
  • by Joel Osteen, and right now
  • 00:26:02.000 --> 00:26:04.090
  • if you're able to share a gift of $90 or more
  • 00:26:04.090 --> 00:26:07.100
  • we'll send you both the book
  • 00:26:07.100 --> 00:26:09.070
  • and an inspiring 7 inch by 12 inch real wood wall art,
  • 00:26:09.070 --> 00:26:13.060
  • designed to serve as a visible reminder
  • 00:26:13.060 --> 00:26:15.170
  • to stay hopeful in God's unfailing promises.
  • 00:26:15.170 --> 00:26:19.120
  • Call or click now to share a gift
  • 00:26:19.120 --> 00:26:21.200
  • and request your copy of "Your Best Life Now"
  • 00:26:21.200 --> 00:26:24.260
  • and the Think Better, Live Better wood wall art.
  • 00:26:24.260 --> 00:26:28.010
  • Call 800-561-0170,
  • 00:26:28.010 --> 00:26:32.210
  • or share your gift securely online
  • 00:26:32.210 --> 00:26:34.220
  • when you visit tbn.org/bestlife.
  • 00:26:34.220 --> 00:26:38.170
  • (inspirational music)
  • 00:26:38.170 --> 00:26:41.180
  • - The words we speak determine the way we live.
  • 00:26:41.180 --> 00:26:44.240
  • God's Word is full of promises
  • 00:26:44.240 --> 00:26:46.190
  • that we can speak over our future,
  • 00:26:46.190 --> 00:26:49.000
  • and I encourage you to take this declaration
  • 00:26:49.000 --> 00:26:51.180
  • and make it your own.
  • 00:26:51.180 --> 00:26:53.140
  • I declare that God's dream for my life is coming to pass.
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  • It will not be stopped by people,
  • 00:26:57.250 --> 00:26:59.290
  • disappointments or adversaries.
  • 00:26:59.290 --> 00:27:02.150
  • God has solutions lined up,
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  • for every problem I will ever face.
  • 00:27:04.140 --> 00:27:07.060
  • In His perfect timing,
  • 00:27:07.060 --> 00:27:08.240
  • everything will work together for good.
  • 00:27:08.240 --> 00:27:11.220
  • The right people and the right breaks are coming my way.
  • 00:27:11.220 --> 00:27:15.200
  • I am surrounded by God's favor, secure in His promises,
  • 00:27:15.200 --> 00:27:19.140
  • safe in His love.
  • 00:27:19.140 --> 00:27:21.000
  • I am fulfilling my destiny, I am living my best life now.
  • 00:27:21.000 --> 00:27:26.000
  • (inspirational music)
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