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Build a Relationship with Jesus

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July 11, 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: The God that we serve is I Am. I Am what?
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  • Whatever you need. Wherever you are. He's not somewhere in the
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  • past that we're looking for. He's not somewhere in the future
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  • but He's gone. He is always in today. He is in the now. I Am.
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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: Today, I want to talk about Jesus. I want to give you
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  • seven things that I believe will change your life when it comes
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  • to your relationship with this Jesus. A lot of people I talked
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  • to whether witnessing on planes or in restaurants. They always
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  • have kind of similar things. If they're not believers in Christ,
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  • they'll say, "I hate religion. I hate organized religion. But I'm
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  • cool with Jesus. He was a good man." And so I kind of agree
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  • with them because I kind of hate religion, too. Religion is that
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  • manmade, judgmental thing that churches can move into pretty
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  • quickly rather than, you know, accepting people the way they
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  • are and letting them start this journey in their way and not
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  • judging, etcetera. So I always agree with them. But then, I
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  • start talking about this Jesus because a lot of people don't
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  • know the claims that Jesus made. What claims did He make? One guy
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  • says, "Well, Jesus never claimed to be the Messiah, the Son of
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  • God." And I said, "Ah, have you read the Bible? I want to read
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  • you a verse at Exodus chapter 3 to start of with. It says here,
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  • Moses, see the story, we jump into the middle of the story.
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  • God is speaking to Moses and He's telling him you go into
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  • Pharaoh and you get my people out of Egypt. Okay, in that
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  • shell. So Moses says to God, "Behold, when I come to the
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  • children of Israel, who were slaves at that time, and shall
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  • say unto them, the God of your fathers hath sent me unto you,
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  • they're gonna say to me, 'What's His name?' What shall I say unto
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  • them? And God said unto Moses, I Am That I Am. And he said, 'Thus
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  • shall you say to the children of Israel, I Am hath sent you.'"
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  • You know, what I love about this? Is it's not I was. I was
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  • sent you. Or I'm going to be. He is I Am. The God that we serve
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  • is I Am. I Am what? Whatever you need. Wherever you are. He's not
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  • somewhere in the past that we're looking for. He's not somewhere
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  • in the future but He's gone. He is always in today. He is in the
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  • now. I Am. John chapter 4, Jesus is talking to a woman who knows
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  • her Bible, the Old Testament. The woman says to Jesus, "I know
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  • that the Messiah is coming." Now, this is in the Expanded
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  • Bible. I love the Expanded Bible. So in bracket it says,
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  • Messiah is the one called Christ?both Hebrew and Greek,
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  • the "Anointed One". "When the Messiah,?that one comes, He will
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  • explain, report, announce everything to us." Then Jesus
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  • said to her, "I Am He." Notice the I Am that is in there. God
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  • said, "Who Am I?" I Am. Here's Jesus saying, "I Am." A lot of
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  • people treat Jesus like a supplement. I need Jesus. He
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  • makes me better. No, He doesn't. Jesus comes in and kills you.
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  • Hello? Say, "I never heard that before in church." The Bible
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  • says in Galatians 2:20, "I am crucified with Christ,
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  • nevertheless I live, yet not I." In other words, the old you is
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  • dead and gone. The file on you is closed. Deceased. Leon
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  • Fontaine dead, buried, gone. This is the new Leon, not the
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  • new improved, not the new supplemented. He doesn't need
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  • many naps now. And, you know, he got a little more energy and his
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  • skins tightening up a little bit. No. It's, Jesus is not our
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  • supplement to make our life a little better. He's a complete
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  • substitute for our lives. And when you give your life to
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  • Christ, if you get caught treating Jesus like a
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  • supplement, you are gonna become the most frustrated Christian on
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  • the planet. Which is what a lot of Christians are. I thought
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  • Jesus was gonna do this. I thought Jesus was gonna do that.
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  • I don't understand. Well, maybe you've gotten religious. Which
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  • is Jesus is just your supplement. Today, I'm gonna go
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  • to the mall. I'm gonna go for lunch, gonna hit church. It's
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  • like church is just one of the stops you make to look after
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  • your life rather than the very center is Jesus. The center of
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  • our lives. He said, "Pick up your cross daily and follow Me."
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  • In other words, don't switch back to living your own life.
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  • Let Jesus live His life through you. The love, the joy, the
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  • peace. I mean, the favor. The direction that you get will be
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  • stunning. But if you go back to Jesus as just your supplement,
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  • nothing happens there but religion. And Jesus didn't come
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  • to start another religion. Jesus came to the planet to end all
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  • religions. People think they know Jesus. He's kind of this
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  • cute little guy. That's just, "Peace, peace, peace. I love
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  • you." Like a hippie with brown hair with dress and flipflops,
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  • you know. Hi, everybody. I'm Jesus. Peace. I love you. It's
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  • not what Jesus looks like. Read Revelations chapters 1 and 2.
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  • He's the King of kings. He's the Lord of Lords. Here's a thought
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  • that I'll tell you. When I was a youth pastor with my dad in
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  • Selkirk, a wonderful young man came out to one of our services
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  • and made a decision for Christ. Raised his hand, gave his life
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  • to Christ. He was, you know, amazingly saved. I mean, from
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  • his lifestyle, all that he was doing, his partying, etcetera.
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  • He just made this amazing transformation. And we became
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  • friends. We got along well. He was into martial arts and I was
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  • black belt and so we'd spar and talked and became friends. He
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  • told me that his parents were mad, angry, that he was coming
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  • to our church. They had their own church. And so I encouraged
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  • him just to keep following Christ and that you're a grown
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  • man now. The Bible doesn't say adults obey your parents. It
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  • says children obey your parents. It says adults honor your
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  • parents. But I don't obey my parents. I don't check with my
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  • mom. Now, she's got great advice and I love listening to it. Some
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  • I take. Some I don't. So I said, "Just follow Christ." He did
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  • amazing. He got into the Word. His life became spirit filled,
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  • got involved in the church. A few years later, he kind of gave
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  • in to his parents. He didn't like how tenacious they were
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  • continually knocking his faith, his church. They point out all
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  • the things that they wanted to see, him to know that this is
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  • not. And this man who they couldn't get to go to church or
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  • couldn't get to serve God was wonderfully saved. He stopped
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  • coming, just to kind of create family peace. And I met him just
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  • a number of years ago, says a couple of decades later. And
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  • when I saw him, I hugged his neck. I mean, we love each other
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  • as friends. I looked in his eyes and he just kind of looked down
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  • and I knew he was back into all the stuff that was destroying
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  • his life before. Some people, they'll put things before Jesus
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  • like family. Leon, you mean God love -. Of course, God loves
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  • family. But let me read you a verse that Jesus said that's
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  • kind of shocking before I give you the seven things, other
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  • things He says. In Luke 12:51, "Suppose ye that I am come to
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  • give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay, but rather division." What?
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  • "For from henceforth there shall be five in one house divided,
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  • three against two, and two against three. The father be
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  • divided against the son, the son against the father. The mother
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  • against the daughter, the daughter against the mother. The
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  • mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law, and the
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  • daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law." Someone's
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  • thinking right now, maybe I do have a Christian family. What is
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  • going on? What kind of verse is this? Jesus isn't gonna on
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  • purpose that create problems in your family. He's the one that
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  • created families before He created churches. No, what He's
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  • saying is that nothing should come between you and Jesus. Not
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  • your marriage, not your family, not anything. And He's saying
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  • that when He's based on a nutshell saying that He came, He
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  • was gonna die on the cross, and He was gonna make a new life
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  • available. And if one person in that family give their life to
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  • Christ and the rest didn't like it. He said, I'm causing
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  • division then. I'm not, just don't worry about me. Go make
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  • peace with your mom. I'm not that important. Are you kidding
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  • me? Eternity is hanging in the balance on these decisions. I'm
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  • not saying that, you know, like some people they'll just use any
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  • excuse to get away from their spouse, just stay at church
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  • volunteering. Oh, have to do stuff. I'm not talking about
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  • people. No, I'm talking about people who love God and care.
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  • Don't use church as an excuse to not go home and look after your
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  • kids, your family. I'm not talking about religious people
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  • like that. I'm just talking about the fact that Jesus said
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  • there'll be cases where there will be division. Division is
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  • not happy. Division it doesn't feel good. Division. I remember
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  • in my dad's church in Walden. I never forget this lady and she
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  • gave her life to Christ and came to our church, but her husband
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  • wouldn't, and she cry and pray at prayer meetings. Her kids
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  • gave their lives to Christ and they served Christ, but he just
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  • wouldn't. Just wouldn't. And I remember all the time she would
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  • pray and cry and want this marriage to together serve
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  • Jesus. But she wouldn't back away from her relationship with
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  • Jesus. And the fact that Jesus is building His church and so
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  • she became a vital part of our church. Years later, in fact
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  • after we left to pastor another city. My mom and dad heard that
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  • he'd given his life to Christ. He was attending. He passed away
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  • a little while ago and I bet you that she's happy. That she
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  • placed Jesus first in her life. Even if it brought some
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  • temporary pain or division, because God went to work on the
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  • rest of the family. When the Bible says seeks first the
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  • kingdom of God, it's crucial. I'm gonna give you seven things
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  • that Jesus said about Himself. And everyone of them start with
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  • I Am, exactly like God said. In John 6:35, "Jesus said unto
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  • them, I Am the bread of life. He that comes to Me shall never
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  • hunger, and he that believes in Me shall never thirst."
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  • Everybody here including me has things we desire, okay. We
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  • desire. That's what He's talking about. What are you desiring?
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  • Maybe you desire these hungers, these thirsts. Maybe you got low
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  • self-worth and you're desiring to be a strong self-person. Or
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  • maybe you got your eyes on being famous because you think that's
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  • gonna make you happy. So you hunger. Maybe you hunger for
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  • more love. You're single. Or maybe you're married and it's
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  • not what you expected. That love you were hoping for that would
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  • just satisfy you. It's not there and you're wondering why. This
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  • is not what I thought. Well, the Bible says if you will have a
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  • relationship with Jesus, He said you will never hunger, and you
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  • will never thirst. You'll never feel empty and like things
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  • aren't happening. Or if in things aren't happening for you,
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  • He will give you peace. He will stop you. You see, in the world
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  • without Christ, the reason they cannot deal with sin, it's
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  • because sin comes out of their desires and their lusts. And
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  • that they had no ability to stop sin because it just rises up and
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  • they've got to meet that need. And when you have Jesus Christ,
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  • what you hunger for, what you thirst for, He meets that need.
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  • Addictions fade away when you let Jesus become the bread of
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  • life. In other words, the relationship is so cool that as
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  • you read His Word and you get to know Him something happens to
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  • you. You begin to gain the control of all the things you
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  • desire. They no longer run you and own you and tempt you so bad
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  • you can hardly handle it because the bread of life. If you're a
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  • believer and you've stopped reading the Bible or moving into
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  • devotions or getting out to church and really reading.
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  • There'll be hungers and thirsts that will start rising up in you
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  • because you're not in the bread of life. You're not in God's
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  • Word. Jesus is this bread. He'll meet this hunger. He'll meet
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  • this thirst. Number two, John 8:12, "Then spake Jesus again
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  • unto them, saying, I am the light of the world. He that
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  • followeth Me shall not walk in darkness but have the light of
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  • life." John 12:46, "I am come a light to the world, but
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  • whosoever believes on Me will not abide in darkness." What
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  • does light do? Light gives you direction. "Well, Leon, I
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  • already know what my career is. I already know where we're
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  • going." No, but how about that marriage situation where you
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  • don't know what the heck you're gonna do. What about that
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  • teenage girl that you don't even know where to start. What about
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  • the decisions that you're trying to make in finances and the
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  • things and you have no direction? When He says light,
  • 00:16:12.180 --> 00:16:16.050
  • He's not just saying, "Hey, lay down on a sofa. Let me tan you."
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  • When you're walking in darkness, they would have candles or
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  • lanterns that would guide their way. Today, we got powerful
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  • flashlights. Jesus is saying, "I'm the light. I'm the
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  • direction." We knew He was the light of heaven. Now, He is the
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  • light of the world. Anybody on this planet who will give their
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  • lives to Jesus and build a relationship with Him. You will
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  • never, never, never, wonder what should I do? And if you are, you
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  • need to spend more time in His Word. Because if His Word
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  • doesn't say it, He'll still speak to you from the inside,
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  • from your heart, and guide you and direct you in the
  • 00:17:01.010 --> 00:17:03.260
  • complicated affairs of life. From relationships to finances,
  • 00:17:03.270 --> 00:17:09.040
  • to personal issues, to the emotions, the different chapters
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  • of life. You just figure out a few questions and then they
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  • change them all next chapter. It's nonstop. But with Jesus,
  • 00:17:17.090 --> 00:17:23.040
  • He's your light. He illuminates the darkness of your world. He
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  • illuminates the areas you do not know what decisions to make.
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  • He'll illuminate that area and He'll guide you personally if
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  • you have a relationship with Jesus. Not a supplement, He's
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  • our complete substitute. In John 10:9, Jesus says I am the door,
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  • by Me if any man enters in, he shall be saved. Not maybe, not
  • 00:17:49.290 --> 00:17:56.020
  • hope so. Shall be saved and he shall go in and out and find
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  • pasture. A month ago, I was beside the bedside of a man who
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  • died in front of me. Before he died, we had a talk. About how
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  • do we know for sure that you can make heaven. And I explained to
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  • him that Jesus is the only doorway. In John 10:14, He says,
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  • I Am the good shepherd, and I know My sheep, and I'm known of
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  • Mine or the sheep know Me. Why is this so important that He's a
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  • shepherd? Because He is saying here that I know you and you
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  • know Me and because of this you'll follow Me. John chapter
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  • 10 he says there that My sheep know My voice and I call them by
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  • name. Meaning such, you see, when people go to church, they
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  • should not be led by the pastor. They shouldn't be led by some
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  • prophet. They shouldn't be led by some TV evangelist. I hate
  • 00:19:09.160 --> 00:19:15.060
  • answering people's questions on what to do. In fact, I almost
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  • never tell them what to do. You're kidding me. We see you
  • 00:19:18.170 --> 00:19:22.090
  • talking to people always all the time here. I would walk along
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  • and listen, you won't learn much. Because I say the same
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  • thing to everyone. Read the Scripture. Check into this.
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  • God's gonna show you. He will. And if they're sincere, He will.
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  • If I answer the question and I'm wrong. Guess who gets, whose
  • 00:19:37.260 --> 00:19:40.110
  • fault it is? Now, in immature, insecure people like being asked
  • 00:19:40.120 --> 00:19:47.000
  • questions and looking deep. But what if I'm right and it says,
  • 00:19:47.010 --> 00:19:52.010
  • well, guess who they'll gonna come back to every time whatever
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  • problem they got. No, a pastor's job is to equip the saints for
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  • the work of their ministry. Jesus is the good shepherd. He
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  • doesn't lead you through me. Now, I'm the pastor of a church
  • 00:20:04.130 --> 00:20:08.240
  • and so I'm responsible for this body to equip, to teach, to make
  • 00:20:08.250 --> 00:20:13.090
  • decisions, etcetera. But you and your personal life? Don't ask me
  • 00:20:13.100 --> 00:20:18.050
  • if you should marry that guy or not. Just get into the Word and
  • 00:20:18.060 --> 00:20:21.080
  • find out what a guy looks like. Who's a God man? Don't ask me
  • 00:20:21.090 --> 00:20:25.020
  • about, "Should I marry her?" If you've got to ask me, the
  • 00:20:25.030 --> 00:20:27.210
  • answers probably no. You got to ask me? Go to the Word and find
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  • out what it says. So Jesus will lead you through His Word. He
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  • will guide you and He'll never guide you into bugs and
  • 00:20:37.220 --> 00:20:41.040
  • quicksand. He leads you by still waters to drink and He leads you
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  • to green pastures, a place of prosperity and blessing. He's
  • 00:20:45.070 --> 00:20:49.090
  • never leading you so that you can get your light punch out and
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  • that you can lose. That's not His desire. He's the good
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  • shepherd. John 11, number 5, "Jesus said unto her, I am the
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  • resurrection, and the life. He that believes in Me, though he
  • 00:21:04.200 --> 00:21:08.070
  • were dead, yet shall he live. And whosoever liveth and
  • 00:21:08.080 --> 00:21:12.110
  • believeth in Me shall never die. Believe you this?" When you give
  • 00:21:12.120 --> 00:21:17.160
  • your life to Christ, to say, "Jesus come into my heart." You
  • 00:21:17.170 --> 00:21:21.120
  • literally move and resurrection life moves you from death to
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  • life. Sin no longer has power over you. Life is on the inside
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  • of you, unless you continue to live out of your reasoning
  • 00:21:30.070 --> 00:21:33.210
  • rather than focusing on a relationship with Jesus. 6, John
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  • 14:6-7, "Jesus said unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the
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  • life. No man comes to the Father, but by Me." See, Jesus
  • 00:21:45.250 --> 00:21:52.020
  • is either crazy because He says there is no other way, no other
  • 00:21:52.030 --> 00:21:56.260
  • name, no other man, no other woman, no other anything, that
  • 00:21:56.270 --> 00:22:01.160
  • gives you access to God. He said, I am the way. No man comes
  • 00:22:01.170 --> 00:22:08.020
  • to God except through Me. John 15:5, Jesus said, I am the vine,
  • 00:22:08.030 --> 00:22:14.290
  • you are the branches. He that abides in Me, and I in him, the
  • 00:22:15.000 --> 00:22:19.070
  • same brings forth much fruit. Your life just produces in every
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  • area. But without Me. Can we really get this in our heart?
  • 00:22:23.130 --> 00:22:28.110
  • Without Me you can do only a little bit. No. Nothing. Nothing
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  • you do will have any lasting impact in your relationships,
  • 00:22:34.210 --> 00:22:39.110
  • God, family. If you don't have a relationship with God. If you
  • 00:22:39.120 --> 00:22:44.230
  • don't pursue Jesus as your life, not your spouse as your life,
  • 00:22:44.240 --> 00:22:52.010
  • not money as your life. You pursue Jesus. You're the
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  • branches. He's the vine. He is the trunk. You're the branches.
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  • Oh, you might make it for a while. You cut off that branch,
  • 00:23:02.260 --> 00:23:05.110
  • it will look green for a while. I mean, natural. We all got
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  • Christmas trees and if you got a real one. You can kind of water
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  • or pot it or whatever. But it's not gonna last forever when it's
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  • not attached. If you don't have a relationship with Jesus or you
  • 00:23:14.100 --> 00:23:19.260
  • spend time with Him. And the way to spend time with Jesus is in
  • 00:23:19.270 --> 00:23:23.130
  • the Word because He reveals Himself through His Word and
  • 00:23:23.140 --> 00:23:27.260
  • then through you in other areas in this relationship. I am the
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  • vine He said. You are the branches. This Jesus, if you
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  • really do love Him. If you really have Him in your heart,
  • 00:23:36.010 --> 00:23:38.170
  • then maybe you should pay attention to at least, there's
  • 00:23:38.180 --> 00:23:40.210
  • more, but at least these seven I Am's. Because He's not saying
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  • I'm supplementing it. He's I Am. You can't have something from
  • 00:23:44.210 --> 00:23:48.210
  • Him. You have to have Him. I Am life. Not, I'll give you a
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  • dabble do ya. He didn't say, "Hey, I'll give a little
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  • direction." He is your light.
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  • -LEON: Freedom is a beautiful word. The Bible says whom the
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  • son sets free is free indeed. It's interesting to note that
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  • when you know truth, the truth sets you free. Now, this word
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  • truth is a whole lot deeper and bigger than just telling the
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  • truth. Of course, it's important to tell the truth. But when you
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  • know the truth, as to what Jesus did on the cross, what He did
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  • for you and I, and how free we are from sin, from the enemy,
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  • from anything that would take us off course, from any power that
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  • would try to enslave us to addiction, to depression, to
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  • mindsets. You begin to recognize, you can live in
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  • absolute freedom. And I want to encourage you to not allow a
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