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November 29, 2019
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Leon Fontaine

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  • -ANNOUNCER: What would you change in your life?
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  • - What if you could unleash the miraculous in your
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  • everyday life?
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  • - Experience freedom, live in peace, change the world. Become
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  • Spirit Contemporary. Join Leon Fontaine, world renowned
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  • conference speaker, senior pastor of Canada's fastest
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  • growing church, and CEO of Canada's only Christian TV
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  • station. Today, on THE SPIRIT CONTEMPORARY LIFE.
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  • -LEON FONTAINE: Obey God. Live your life in obedience
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  • to Christ. Put His principles into work.
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  • Obey His Word and you are gonna find that this all in,
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  • the next generation will do the same.
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  • -ANNOUNCER: In John 10:10, it says that Jesus came to give us
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  • life, and life more abundantly. So, why is there such a
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  • disconnect between this biblical promise, and how most Christians
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  • live today? Why have so many believers become spiritually
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  • weak, and ineffective at sharing Jesus' message of love? THE
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  • SPIRIT CONTEMPORARY LIFE is the answer. It's being led by Holy
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  • Spirit, but in a contemporary way. It's being Jesus and
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  • demonstrating His love in ways people can understand and
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  • appreciate. Spirit Contemporary is unique for everyone. It never
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  • compromises the truth, and it never makes others feel
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  • uncomfortable. It's freeing yourself from religious
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  • constraints, and walking freely in God's amazing grace, for His
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  • purpose. THE SPIRIT CONTEMPORARY LIFE is absolutely crucial if
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  • the global church and her people are going to change the world.
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  • - Later in the show, we'll tell you how you can reserve your
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  • copy of today's resource. Enrich your soul and renew your mind
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  • with this timely series.
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  • - And now, from Winnipeg, Canada, pastor Leon Fontaine.
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  • -LEON: We have this word that we used in our world called all
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  • in. All in. Ever watch somebody play a sport? You can tell the
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  • ones who are all in and the ones who are just run in patterns. In
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  • church it's easy to look at people and to see as they come
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  • and sit in blue chairs and watch screens and all that people have
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  • built and financed over the years. It's so easy when you
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  • meet them, to meet someone who's a consumer. They just consumed
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  • all that's good but they're not all in. They're not laboring,
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  • volunteering, giving, tithing, believing, staying here. And
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  • there's a marked difference in the lives that I have observed
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  • over the 40 years I've pastored. Marked difference when
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  • generations, when parents are all in, when grandparents are
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  • all in. Or they're just a consumer of all that is kind of
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  • helping them out, from counselors to doctors to
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  • churches to Dairy Queen to Walmart. That everything is just
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  • here. And Jesus never said that we're gonna just, church is
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  • gonna be just something we kind of pop in and do. No, it's God's
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  • family coming together. And when you recognize the incredible
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  • power and the necessity that you will not function unless you
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  • pursue love in the way the Bible aligns it for us. Luke 10:27,
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  • it's one of the most well-known portions of scripture around the
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  • world. Muslims knew this. Jews have heard this story and
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  • remember it. I mean, and it's the story of the good Samaritan.
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  • In Luke 10:27, the man answered the question from Jesus. He
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  • said, "Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your
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  • soul, all your strength, and all your mind. And, love your
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  • neighbor as you love yourself." In this verse is packed all the
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  • joy, all of the fulfillment, all every -, The meaning to life is
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  • packed in this one verse. Love God. Love yourself. Love your
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  • neighbor. And then as you pursue this, the biblical Godly way,
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  • you will live this fulfilled life, and on your deathbed go
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  • happily to this place called heaven because you've left
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  • behind the greatest legacy you could ever leave behind
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  • relationships, people, and how you lived your life. Jesus said
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  • to this guy, your answer is right. Do this and you will
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  • live. He didn't say know this and you will live. Today, we
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  • have a huge discrepancy with the word know. K-N-O-W. Because we
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  • think because we know something that we experience something.
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  • And in the Hebrew and in the Greek, it is so different when
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  • you talk about knowing something. Knowing something
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  • literally means to experience it with every capacity you have to
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  • experience something. That you're experiencing. You know
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  • you're participating. You are acting this out. But today, we
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  • have this cerebral thinking that I know the doctrine and it's not
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  • working for me. And Jesus is saying to this guy. He's
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  • addressing to this very issue because this guy knows the
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  • secret to life. And He says do it and you will live. And the
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  • man wanting to show the importance of his question or
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  • justify his question, justify himself his own actions says to
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  • Jesus, "So who is my neighbor?" And we get into this teaching
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  • which I'm not gonna read because this is so well-known about a
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  • man who falls amongst thieves. And people walk by who know the
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  • law, who know God's Word better than anyone else. But they
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  • despised a group of people called Samaritans because these
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  • Samaritans they haven't done things right. And so there is
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  • just this antagonistic relationship between the Jews
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  • and the Samaritans. What does Jesus do? He makes the Samaritan
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  • look good. Just bugs them, irritates them. The Samaritan
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  • bound up the wounds, poured in the oil. Put him on his own
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  • animal, brought him to the inn. Says here some more money to
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  • look after him. In your life if you're not careful, everything
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  • about life is self-focused. So you succeed. You have money. You
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  • pursue pleasures. You get married. You have kids. You are
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  • respected. You are appreciated. You pursue pleasures. And so
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  • this thing about you is all through the Bible and it's
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  • showing us that you are the most depressing topic you will ever
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  • have on your mind. If you don't believe me ask yourself for a
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  • solid week this week. I wouldn't do this. "Am I happy?" Ask
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  • yourself that five times a day. It's the fastest trip to
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  • depression you'll ever have because your brain automatically
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  • looks for the negative. Interesting that loving people
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  • is valuing people. Sometimes we don't get love. Like, I used to
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  • struggle when I was a young man because I knew I had this
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  • passion for God. And I would sing songs about loving God and
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  • knew that I did not love Him. You didn't? No, not with my
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  • definition of love. Because my definition of love was, it's
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  • emotion. It's my heart beating fast. It's a tear in my eye. And
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  • I recognize this word love is not talking about emotions, but
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  • emotions follow love. It's talking about value. And I begin
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  • to make this, I begin to realize how much I value God and this
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  • very definition of correcting this love make me realize I've
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  • always valued Him. I've always pursued Him. Why I've lived in
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  • such guilt and condemnation that I don't love God enough? And so
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  • many get stuck in these who are raised in religion. It says we
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  • love Him because He first loved us. And as you begin to
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  • recognize this love is to value Him. I've valued Him and I value
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  • Him deeper and deeper. And it has absolutely impacted my
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  • emotions, my focus, and everything about my life. Faith,
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  • pistis in the Greek really mean to trust. And it says faith
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  • worketh by love. You try to live a life of faith. So many people
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  • struggle with their faith because their faith is how you
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  • get everything in life. Without faith it's impossible to walkout
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  • God's promises to please Him. And so we're just focused on
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  • faith and we forgot this little line. Faith worketh by love.
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  • When you begin to know how much God values you, loves you, cares
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  • about you, what He's put in place for you, what He's done
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  • for you. It changes everything you believe for because now as
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  • you recognize that the cross to the throne what Jesus has done.
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  • He qualifies you for every promise. It's a gift of
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  • righteousness. It is literally this grace. This undeserved
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  • favor is how you get it. But grace is God's ability that
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  • comes to you. When you begin to recognize this, life just
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  • changes. You know, most people don't stray too far from their
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  • parents' world view and life experiences. That's what a lot
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  • of people I've noticed. You know, if your family's kind of,
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  • has a house and kind of this general area. You know, life
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  • might increase that. You might have more modern conveniences
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  • and the amount of money changes that we make. But if you really
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  • look at your parents, few people, okay, move just
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  • completely further, better, greater, than kind of the
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  • culture of the family they grew up in. The culture of the town.
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  • The culture, whatever, however you want to put it together.
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  • Maybe it's your nationality. But there's a culture that we
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  • adhered to. And people just kind of live within a certain amount
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  • of that little bubble. And then there are others that just
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  • absolutely refuse to live within a world view, a belief system
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  • that has been taught to them rammed down their throat. It's
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  • been literally, it's the core of their self-worth and who they
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  • are on the inside and they live their whole lives rather than
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  • pursue truth for themselves. It's interesting to me how few
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  • people actually pursue wisdom, actually pursue God. A lot of
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  • people, they'll ask me, "You know, Leon, you got any answer
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  • for this." And they'll ask me a question. And I'll say, "Yeah,
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  • but it will take me about two hours. I can give you a book
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  • that will cover that." Oh, yeah. No, it's okay. You read it and
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  • just tell me what you think. I hear that a lot. But as cute and
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  • funny as it seems to be. It has shown me that you have to
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  • explore on all fronts but not pursue truth, not pursue things
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  • that are real, not be a person who thinks for yourself. I
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  • refuse to allow somebody else to tell me who you are. When they
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  • kind of hinted, you're a bit of a troublemaker and you're not a
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  • person of your word, did you hear about so and so. I made a
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  • decision years ago, that I'm never gonna let somebody else
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  • think for me when it comes to who you are. I want to learn. I
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  • want to grow. I just don't want to be this little parrot that
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  • parrots everybody's view, thinking about others, or about
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  • life. When we are in Christ, it is not important if we are
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  • circumcised or not, because neither circumcision nor
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  • uncircumcision accomplishes anything. The important thing is
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  • faith. The kind of faith that works through love. This faith.
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  • This trust in God. This believing. That if you trust
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  • God, you trust what He says. You trust His Word. The promises
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  • He's put there. The way He's made for you to walk in His best
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  • from the cross to the throne. You know what happen at His
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  • death, His burial, His resurrection, His ascension to
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  • the throne. These truths are what determined what is ahead of
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  • you or you just go back and you just kind of leave out just like
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  • the preacher in the book of Ecclesiastes pursuing all the
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  • wrong things. If you want to change something in your life,
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  • listen to this deep, deep, deep, deep, deep thought. You have to
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  • make a decision. The problem with today's world is nobody
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  • makes a decision about anything. Nobody is all in about anything.
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  • They're just kind of like, "Well, let's try it." Try is not
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  • even in Jesus vocabulary. It doesn't say He tried to find the
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  • coin. It says he swept and told them to clean until they found
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  • the coin. He didn't try to find the treasure. You search until
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  • you go buy the field and get the treasure. It doesn't say He
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  • tried fishing. He fished till he caught. Try isn't even in. But
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  • try is such a word in our vocabulary that what are you all
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  • in for? Well, I'm all in in my marriage. I mean, if she treats
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  • me good. I'm all in to the church until something better
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  • comes along. Listen, this all in is so foreign to our world. All
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  • in means I'm here, laboring, rolling up my sleeves. Are you
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  • all in when it comes to God? You've got to be all in. What
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  • are you all in for? In Psalms 119:113, number seven, it says,
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  • I hate disloyal, double-minded people. It's David talking. But
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  • I love your teachings, your instructions, your laws. David
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  • was all in. What is double-minded? It's not all in.
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  • It's, well, I'll take this. But, you know, I might find something
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  • better. It's like when you invite someone over. They say,
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  • "Well, you know, I'm pretty sure we can make it." What does that
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  • mean? They might get a better offer. Something more important
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  • than being at your place might come up. To even get someone to
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  • commit. I'll be there. We live in a world, we're all in. What
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  • in the world does that mean? James 1:6-8, another portion of
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  • scripture that teaches us that a double-minded man cannot receive
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  • anything. They are unstable. If God's Word is teaching us that
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  • to be double-minded, to not be all in for something is an
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  • unstable way to think. If you're gonna pursue something, you
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  • business people know. If you're gonna get a business going that
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  • you own, run, and start. There is no way to make it, trying it.
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  • There'll be too many sleepless nights, too many gut-wrenching
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  • problems, too many people against you, too many valleys
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  • you got to go through. To be all in is going roll up my sleeves
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  • and whatever it cost me. I'm all in. If you do not have that kind
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  • of perspective for the things of God, your family is gonna find
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  • something else. Your kids will find something else. Isn't that
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  • amazing that Christian kids are being attracted to other
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  • religions where people are all in. They'll blow themselves up.
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  • I want to find truth and reality rather than, "Well, they tried
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  • Jesus. You know, we got the liberal Christians over here
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  • that everything is now fine. God loves you anyway." Which isn't
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  • even the point. It's not the point that God just loves you.
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  • It's now, can you live in His wisdom? Are you all in? All
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  • through God's Word James 4:4-8, again, talks about being
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  • double-minded. We hear about Lot's wife, where the angels
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  • come in to Sodom and Gomorrah. And the angels say follow us
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  • we're leading you out before brimstone and hail destroys the
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  • city. As they're walking out the angel gives them the last
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  • instructions. Don't look back. Don't look back. One person
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  • looked back who died instantly. It was Lot's wife, and she's
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  • referred to in doctrine. When God is trying to say, "Be all
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  • in." Be all in for the things of God. We're not double-minded.
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  • Well, I could try a little bit of that. Let's try a little bit
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  • about this, yeah. No. All in. Remember Lot's wife is a verse
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  • in the Bible. In Hebrews 11:7 from Old Testament, it says Noah
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  • was another who trusted God. When he heard God's warning
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  • about the future, Noah believed Him even though there was then
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  • no sign of a flood and wasted no time. He built the ark and saved
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  • his family. You need to build an ark father. Don't be this
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  • half-baked never all in. Anything goes kind of daddy
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  • because your kids won't serve God. You need to be all in mama
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  • because there needs to be a praying mama. The only
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  • difference between a praying mama and a pitbull is lipstick.
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  • You need to make a decision. I'm all in. Because if we're not all
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  • in, the next generation is not gonna be all in. And in one
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  • generation, you can lose the beauty and the relationship of
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  • God. One generation is the teacher of the other generation
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  • about the goodness and about God. Noah built an ark. What is
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  • that mean for you? Do I build an ark? It means obey God is
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  • building an ark. Just obey Him. Just serve Him. Just be all in.
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  • You know they say that it probably took him from start to
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  • finish a hundred and twenty years. He planted the trees for
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  • the ark that he built. All in. Are you all in in your whole
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  • life? Or does it go up and down? Are we all in that there is a
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  • God? Do we even understand how good it feels? My dad told me
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  • one time, Leon, we're looking a bunch of partiers driving down
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  • the street, screaming and laughing, hanging their heads
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  • out the door. And here's what he told me. He says, "Leon, on your
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  • worst day. You will feel better than they do loaded, drunk, or
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  • high." All it does is numb the lack of love and purpose that
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  • they have in their lives. Build an ark. Obey God. Live your life
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  • in obedience to Christ. Put His principles into work. Obey His
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  • Word and you are gonna find that this all in, the next generation
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  • will do the same. People would often ask me, "Leon, I know you
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  • family is not perfect, but I love watching your kids. What
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  • did you do?" I was all in. I was all in. I obeyed what God told
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  • me to do. He said come in here and build the Spirit
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  • Contemporary Church and we did that. And we're pursuing God in
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  • our life in every way and there's no perfection anywhere.
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  • But it's wonderful to see, that when you're all in for the
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  • things of God, you're gonna thrive in politics. They are
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  • looking for somebody who's all in with not just looking after
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  • themselves and their next getting in. They're looking for
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  • people. People are just looking. Is there anyone out there that
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  • has some kind of a greater interest than themselves? Build
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  • an ark. Save your family. Get all in. In 1 Timothy 6:11-12, it
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  • says, "But you, man of God, run away from flee all those things.
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  • Instead chase after, pursue a right relationship with God, a
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  • godly life, faith, love, patience, endurance, gentleness.
  • 00:18:47.030 --> 00:18:51.040
  • Fight the good fight of faith." You know what something you need
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  • to do? You need to pick a fight. You know, some people here are
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  • the ones that kind of walk through on the playground their
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  • whole life. Oh, don't hit me. Don't hit me. Then there's
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  • others went around looking for a fight. They come to your, to a
  • 00:19:02.150 --> 00:19:07.050
  • time in life where it's time to pick a fight or you're gonna get
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  • pickled by the world's system. It's time to pick a fight to
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  • believe what you're gonna believe. It's time to pick a
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  • fight and I don't mean with people. I mean, with this
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  • onslaught of world view and teaching and all of the things
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  • the world brings at us, trying to get us to compromise, to not
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  • believe, to become wishy-washy, to kind of have a foot in the
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  • world and a foot in the kingdom of God. Ah, gosh, golly, gee.
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  • Listen, we can love and change the world, but we need to
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  • maintain the culture of God's kingdom. It's what the whole
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  • world's looking for. They can talk about the things that they
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  • want to pursue. They can talk about the things that they think
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  • are important which is always which pleasure they're focused
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  • on. Those pleasures never last. It's time to pick a fight. I
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  • just mean, get up and be that person that will fight for what
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  • they believe. I don't mean fight people. I don't mean fight me. I
  • 00:19:58.230 --> 00:20:01.250
  • don't mean fight the government. There's lots of wisdom we can
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  • use in our outer lives. I'm talking about your inner world.
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  • You've become this person maybe that just kind of, "Well, I
  • 00:20:08.020 --> 00:20:11.090
  • don't know. We'll just think about this. Let's just talk
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  • about this." Everything is up for grabs. Everything can be
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  • changed and something is missing inside of us. This incredible
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  • faith. This trust that God, His Word is real. And I'm banking my
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  • -, You know, one of the things that you can trust about me is
  • 00:20:26.280 --> 00:20:29.140
  • this, everything I preached my kids are listening to and
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  • they're living it. It scares the hell out of me because there
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  • better not any phony in me because I'm literally causing my
  • 00:20:40.150 --> 00:20:44.230
  • kids to follow phoniness then. There better be no, you know,
  • 00:20:44.240 --> 00:20:49.100
  • fakes. There better be genuine, authen -, because what I'm
  • 00:20:49.110 --> 00:20:52.250
  • preaching my grandkids are now listening, too. You have some
  • 00:20:52.260 --> 00:20:56.100
  • kids? It will yank the slack out of you. And you'd know, I need
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  • to find real truth. I need to make sure that I'm all in. I
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  • know I'm not perfect. I've told them long ago. They all know.
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  • But we've better know truth and we've better be going in the
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  • right direction. Are you all in? This is a passionate message but
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  • I'm telling you. You're not going to make it through the
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  • pitfalls. You're not gonna make it through the incredible push
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  • and onslaught of believing other things because science says so,
  • 00:21:19.100 --> 00:21:23.270
  • psychology says so. You better be all in to God's love. And you
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  • better life better be about people, relationships. When you
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  • seek first the kingdom, you're seeking first relationships with
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  • God, with family, with the people everywhere you go. And
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  • when you pursue that, you're not gonna be backwards or slack in
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  • any of the other areas. Read Matthew 6, your career will do
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  • better than ever. Your finances will do better than ever.
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  • Everything you desire and everything that you want for
  • 00:21:52.260 --> 00:21:55.040
  • pleasure. At God's right hand are pleasures forevermore. It
  • 00:21:55.050 --> 00:21:58.030
  • doesn't mean not till heaven. It means now for eternity. People
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  • struggle with that. Love. If you're dealing with something
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  • just love your spouse more. Leon, I know that person so.
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  • Stop. Love your spouse. Love your kids. Show it. Love the
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  • people around you. Everywhere you go value people. Reach out
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  • and love them. Help people out of predicament. Make sure you're
  • 00:22:21.030 --> 00:22:23.240
  • laying down your life not just for a career because they're
  • 00:22:23.250 --> 00:22:26.140
  • gonna hand off your chair and the Vice President's office to
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  • somebody else when you die. Get all in. Do it God's way. Find
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  • out and believe the love that God has for you. And then take
  • 00:22:34.150 --> 00:22:37.210
  • that love and when you know, I did a funeral the other day and
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  • I told them about some of the funerals I've led. I led a
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  • funeral with three people at it. The funeral director, the hired
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  • organist, and I don't know who the other person was. When you
  • 00:22:56.050 --> 00:23:03.080
  • go, is it your car, your possession? What is it you're so
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  • proud about? Better be relationships. Number one your
  • 00:23:08.160 --> 00:23:13.030
  • relationship with God. And then everywhere you go, take this
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  • love that you've learned to grow in and experience every day and
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  • focus on your marriage. Focus on your kids. Focus on everything
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  • around you. Because if you don't, you will get
  • 00:23:24.150 --> 00:23:27.090
  • self-focused. But if you do, as others are navel gazing at a
  • 00:23:27.100 --> 00:23:32.020
  • certain point in life and vanity, vanity, nothing is
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  • nothing is my life. And all these things they go through,
  • 00:23:35.050 --> 00:23:37.270
  • you will sail through those areas of life because you found
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  • the key. You found the entire purpose. It's a relationship
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  • with God through Jesus Christ. This love will give you a
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  • purpose for the rest of your life. That everywhere you go,
  • 00:23:52.240 --> 00:23:55.080
  • whether you're on holidays or at work. You're gonna reach out and
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  • you're gonna value people and love people. You're gonna reach
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  • out with mercy and pick that man up off the ground who's been
  • 00:24:02.010 --> 00:24:05.110
  • hurt and afflicted. This loving is to be like Jesus.
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  • -LEON: One of things I love talking about is being thankful.
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  • You know, the Bible teaches us that you enter His gates with
  • 00:25:28.230 --> 00:25:31.270
  • thanksgiving and into His courts with praise. I know that when we
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  • scream, "Help me, God!" He pays attention. But if you wanna know
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  • how to live in the presence of God, how to sense God, how to
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  • feel God. It will come when you begin to be thankful. When
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  • you're thankful, you're not self-centered. When you're not
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  • being thankful, you're becoming self-centered. And so every
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  • morning when you get up, thank Him for something. I like what a
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  • friend of mine who goes to AA and loves Jesus. He says they've
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  • taught him there that before you go to sleep at night, make a
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  • list of the things you're thankful for that day, little
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  • things, big things, and each morning read the list when you
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  • wake up. Being thankful is powerful. Father, I pray right
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  • now, that You touch each person that's listening. That Father,
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  • if we've began to whine and murmur and complain, we would
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