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Perception Vs. Reality

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August 8, 2019
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Leon Fontaine

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Perception Vs. Reality

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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: What is true is a profound vitally important
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  • statement because your kids are growing up around your truth.
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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 in 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: Reality. What's your reality? Well how you perceive
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  • the things that happen to you. Are you what I call your B. S.
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  • Your belief systems. It's deep at the core of your being. You
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  • have beliefs. You've got a world view as to how the world works,
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  • why bad things happen to good people, why God doesn't stop the
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  • evil of. Your view on women men, marriage, sex, drugs in your
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  • view. Your world view has been established by the routine of
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  • your upbringing. Okay the culture that you came with and
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  • it also is the extreme emotion that you've gone through. You
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  • see at your core you have a sub conscious what the Bible calls
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  • heart belief about why things are the way they are, how you
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  • fit into them which causes you to reach for more or back off
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  • which causes you to judge others and give up or causes you to
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  • change and grow. It causes you to get frustrated angry or cause
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  • you to relax and just go into incredible beautiful effortless
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  • change. All of this comes down to what do you believe and these
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  • beliefs are critical. So wherever you struggle where ever
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  • you can't get things to produce in your life. Why? So the
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  • church's develop doctrine scream at the devil, bind the devil?
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  • How long does he stay bound? There actually isn't a prayer
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  • about binding the devil. It talks about binding and
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  • loosening but is actually different. Now we know we can
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  • deal with the enemy in our lives, that's no problem or
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  • we're begging and pleading with God as though God is determining
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  • every miracle. And yes, no, yes, yes, yes, now suck it up. Either
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  • no, no, no, no, no, yes, yes, yes, yes, flip for it or what do
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  • you think? The apostle, this vote on Leon's prayer lately.
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  • Like, I don't know what your world view, what your belief
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  • systems are but they're there. They're there. They control
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  • everything. The Bible says in John 1 something profound verse
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  • 17 says the law was given by Moses but grace and truth came
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  • by Jesus. Grace and truth came by Jesus. The sciences cannot
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  • explain things like you know why creation? Why mankind? Why are
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  • things the way they are? You know the purpose of life is a
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  • bunch of stuff they never will focus on. Whenever I watch great
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  • debates between atheists and believers you know, I listen a
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  • little bit but you'll notice they just keep fire back and
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  • forth but the one thing I watch is kind of this. The demeanor of
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  • the atheist looks depressed, alcoholic. Looks unhappy looks
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  • perturbed, angry. Most of the believers that I'll watch and if
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  • I some of them I know, there's a joy, peace about them and I just
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  • right there kind of go, okay already made a decision. What do
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  • you believe? You see right now, the shape of your marriage.
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  • What's your marriage like? You know what truthfully is marriage
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  • like. Most of you won't know. Most of us don't know. You know
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  • why? Because you have a belief system and a perception about
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  • your spouse. You've got believe you have about why they are the
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  • way they are, why they don't do this for you, why you don't that
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  • for you, why they're weak here, they don't do that here, and so
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  • you just kind of put up with it and you just you superimpose
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  • your beliefs on them and this and you lock them into your cage
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  • and they do the same to you. Okay now so you are living out
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  • literally you are living out a world that can be filled with
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  • hurt and heart ache and deception and painful and it's
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  • actually in many cases one of your own making. I'm not saying
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  • everything is bad. Things happen out there. Just talk about the
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  • way you look at stuff. The way you judge people. You see Jesus
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  • taught us that we do not judge. Now he's not talking about
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  • judging people's actions. If you punch all 6 people in the front
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  • row and then move towards me, I'm gonna punch you first. Okay
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  • I have judged your behavior all the way up to me and you're
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  • going down, dude. Okay I'm not gonna judge your heart. I'm not
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  • saying you're a bad person. No, you're just going down. Okay we
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  • judge people's actions. You know, I met 5 people who want to
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  • babysit my kids and 2 were convicted felons and that one 's
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  • a rapist and I can't really judge. You can't say the rapist
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  • shoudn't, are you kidding me? Like wake up. Where's your
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  • common sense? You judge actions. What you don't judge is the
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  • intentions of the heart, the motives of the heart. It's far
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  • too deep for you to ever understand and in relationships
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  • like close ones like marriage or your kids or anyone in your
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  • circle of friends, when you begin to go after judging their
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  • motives, their intentions which is usually the word why. Why are
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  • they doing that to me? Why are they not giving me what I need?
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  • You will always read it wrong because the heart's far too
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  • complex for you to ever understand why that hurting
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  • person with different belief systems being rise up acts the
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  • way they do and you think you know for you get offended now
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  • offense is in your relationship. You get angry because now you've
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  • got anger in your relationship. You just kind of settle in and
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  • get perturbed and lock it down. Now that's in your relationship
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  • and you have no ability to change that person but people
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  • live this way. They judge people and so they live in these
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  • horrible lives and today I want to, I'm gonna unpack, I'm just
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  • gonna go in different directions and I love preaching to thinking
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  • people. That's you. That's a complement. I've been in
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  • religious churches were they'll ask me to come and speak and you
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  • can just see them go, because they just want a whole bunch of
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  • doctrine thrown at them. They don't want the doctrine tied to
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  • how do we think, what are the pressing issues of today, what
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  • are we struggling with this couples, as students, as
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  • leaders, as many women, what we dealing with out there? Just
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  • preach the Word. I understand that but the Word needs to be
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  • contemporary. It needs to be relevant. It needs to answer
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  • questions of people are asking. It needs to embrace your mind. I
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  • love church where people question things, where people
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  • have discussions. They go, okay, I don't agree on that, good on
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  • you. You should never agree with whatever I say. You should check
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  • it for yourself in the Bible. Getting some good discussion.
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  • This is a journey. None of us know everything including me. So
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  • when thinking people enjoy the Word and enjoy your getting the
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  • Word and planting and conceiving it in and giving birth to a
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  • whole new way of living, that's important. It's beautiful. Over
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  • the years as I've studied other religions, as I've studied the
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  • science, some of the most brilliant minds, reading their
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  • stuff down through the years. I had to make a decision. What am
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  • I gonna believe? Now most people are good at dissecting somebody
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  • else's beliefs. What they're not good at is having one. And how
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  • many guys sit in a plane where they'll look at me and we'll be
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  • talking then and then they'll questioning, finally find out
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  • what I do. Oh. Oh. Oh. Yeah, yeah, and I don't believe. And
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  • then they'll start, you know, debating with me a little bit
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  • and now I just kind of go, yep, cool, what do you believe?
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  • Forget about what you because Christianity has been talked
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  • around for 2.000 years, argued by the best in every which
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  • direction. So I just kinda go, yeah, yeah, you can believe
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  • whatever you want, what's the big deal? What do you believe?
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  • Oh well you know, at least I'm honest. Honest about what? About
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  • myself not knowing. Cool maybe we should, maybe should search
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  • little bit. If you could believe, what would you probably
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  • believe. And some of the craziest stuff I've heard out
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  • there makes their beliefs crazier than my beliefs. In
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  • their mind you know it's Martians ceded the planet from
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  • another galaxy or there's a big bang. What was before the Big
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  • Bang? There was nothing before the Big Bang. Nothing before the
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  • Big Bang. There was a big bang. Who made a big bang? Where'd the
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  • big bang come from? Why'd that happen then? Everything you go,
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  • thinking minds gonna go, you have to want evolution because
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  • there's just so many great minds that have studied that kind of
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  • go this is like crazy. So in looking at it, I came to the
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  • Bible. Which is how I was raised and I began to recognize that
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  • Greek thought, Hebrew thought, other religious thoughts now
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  • we've got Muhammad. We've got Buddha. Some of these guys
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  • didn't wanna start religions. Some were just a word war. Some
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  • were just wise people and people made religions out of it. And as
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  • I studied them these are these are ways to deal with life.
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  • Along came a mentally and emotionally. Along came Jesus
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  • and changed life. What a different concept. People's
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  • tumors disappeared, broken bones in front of an entire crowd
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  • would move into place and decrepit legs that had never
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  • locked would just change and be what not just by the Bible by
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  • other writings of history. That it was witnessed, the miracles
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  • of this man and then when you study the Bible you realize that
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  • 80 percent of the prophecies all through the Word have happened
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  • in the very city, in the very way that was predicted all
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  • through the Word. There's prophecies about one city being
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  • leveled completely and then it happened. When you study
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  • history, you can check it out. Just the prophecies of Jesus
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  • that he would be killed by, there'd be nails in his hands.
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  • There'd be a crown on his head. The cities that he would live
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  • and where he would come out from where, what happened. That is
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  • impossible for even one guy to orchestrate himself even knowing
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  • the prophecies. When you begin to be open and honest and you
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  • study this book. This book doesn't become the wisdom of 40
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  • man over the course of 1.600 years writing it. It becomes
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  • like Timothy who says scripture is given by the inspiration of
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  • God and it is profitable for living your life, for attacking
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  • every situation and knowing how to apply it to your world. I've
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  • sat down, interviewed some of the most brilliant minds on the
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  • planet who accepted the Word and studied everything else and it's
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  • a wonderful, wonderful thing to finally just decide I put my
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  • trust in Jesus. I've seen everything else out there. I've
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  • seen how that book, holy book creates countries, how it treats
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  • women, how it treats kids, how it treats crime, how would it
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  • forgives, how you earn your favor if with that God and then
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  • I've seen Jesus and his grace and his goodness and his
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  • forgiveness and him dying for his, like I just I hope, I can't
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  • I can't articulate how I'm feeling. I'm so in love with the
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  • Bible. I'm so amazed by this Jesus and the wisdom and the
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  • truth that is here. Many people around you struggle with
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  • Christian religious views because they're wrong. You know
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  • you got the extreme Calvinists. Everything that happens is God.
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  • I am really, everything that happens is God. Oh God is in
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  • control. So the babies dying of cancer right now screaming in
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  • pain. There's a purpose for that. Well you know and they
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  • don't know what to say then like thinking minds go, you're crazy.
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  • God's not like that. He doesn't do that. But when the world
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  • looks at our world view that God is love and God's in control,
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  • those two don't seem to work. God is a God of love and God's
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  • in control every moment. It's not an issue of, of course God's
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  • all powerful but He handed the authority of our lives and free
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  • will to us and our parents and our grandparents are having an
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  • effect on our lives in the way we were born and I know it's not
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  • fair but thinking minds want answers, not a bunch of
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  • religious rubbish, not a bunch of trite answers it say here and
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  • there so how bout you today? What do you believe about you?
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  • What do you believe about your marriage? What do you believe
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  • about your family, your future, your history? Are your belief
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  • systems are, is the way you think accurate or have you
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  • walked your spouse into something because yeah you know
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  • what they, you don't know their heart. You know their actions
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  • and you could talk about each other's act but you don't know
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  • their hearts. What about God? What about well you know, here's
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  • what I think, is what you think accurate? It's just what I think
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  • but why not pursue truth? It used to be it was a beautiful
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  • thing to pursue truth. Great men of old, sages, men and women
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  • would pursue truth they would be open to truth and when people
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  • like that your truths, something happens that is transcendent,
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  • something happens it is miraculous, something happens is
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  • the presence of God touches you or you could just be a religious
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  • Christian get your fire insurance so you miss hell then
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  • you get all your promises so you can live good and then let's
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  • just serve God and what, no, no, no. There's a purpose to your
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  • life. When you discover purpose, it lights everything up. When
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  • you discover purpose, you're not wandering around going through
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  • the motions of life bored out of your tree, unhappy, depressed,
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  • down, because there's a purpose and this purpose is to follow
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  • Christ and to share the good news with people around you in
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  • this beautiful Spirit Contemporary way. In Hebrews
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  • 4:11. It teaches us there verse 12 that God's Word is what
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  • discovers our internal condition. It says the Word of
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  • God is quick and powerful, sharper than any two-edged
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  • sword. Well I'm quoting a different verse. The Word of God
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  • is living and powerful sharper than any two-edged sword,
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  • piercing to the vision of soul and spirit. That's your mind and
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  • emotion. Spirit is the real you. So it's discerning between those
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  • two and then it says of the joints, the marrow and as a
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  • discerner of the thoughts and the intentions of the heart. I
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  • thought we weren't supposed to judge? No, we don't judge but
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  • God's Word phenomenally discern, the word discern means judge in
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  • the Greek. It judges everything you think and say and so when
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  • you begin to embrace God's Word and embrace God's Word and study
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  • it and get after it and get out to church and learn and grow,
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  • it's not here's the things you can and here's the things you
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  • can't do. One guy said to be in the back here is like, okay
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  • before I come in, I just tell me what can I do in this church and
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  • what can't I do so I know the list of good, the list of bad.
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  • I'll tell you whether I want to come. I don't know. I haven't
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  • really posted a list now that I think about it. You know and he
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  • goes. Really? Every church has got what you can and what you
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  • can't do you. Can you dance? Can you chew? Can you drink? What's
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  • the list? Well, we just accept people the way they are. Really?
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  • Come as you are and we don't care. You know what it is you
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  • believe and we have to learn to love you and do coffee and
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  • accept you and we can even become friends even if we have
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  • different beliefs. Okay but now at the same time I've got to
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  • raise my kids in a world filled with alternative believes. So
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  • what do I do? Do I say to my little eight-year-old, you'll
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  • have to discover truth for yourself? Your truth you'll have
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  • to discover. My truth I've discovered but I want to inflict
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  • my truth on you, sweetie, because you can discover your
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  • truth and what religion you want to be. I have listened to
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  • parents talk to me about that all the time. I know you got to
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  • be kidding me. The Bible says that we are responsible for the
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  • beliefs of our children. Train up a child in the way they
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  • should go and when they're older they will not depart from those
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  • things and so although we're friends and you and I believe
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  • differently, you need to know I'm teaching my kids this.
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  • Really, yeah, you can recreation drugs all you want. I'm teaching
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  • them that go to Jesus for some joy and peace. Okay I know you
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  • have sex anyway you want but I'm teaching my kids the most
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  • incredible, beautiful, wonderful way that a man can do this. Okay
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  • but they're going to still respect you, love you, befriend
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  • you, you can still be a part of our family. That's not the
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  • issue. The issue is I want truth. Because only truth will
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  • set them free. I don't want my kids bound. I don't want my
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  • congregation bound. I want them to know truth but that truth
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  • doesn't make us arrogant, condescending, looking down at
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  • people or judging people or creating a real havoc. It loves
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  • people but it doesn't back down from truth. What is truth? Well
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  • you know. Okay, stop. Jesus said I am that way, the truth and the
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  • life. God's Word when you begin to study God's Word and
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  • listening, I know I'm hoping helping at least one person. I'm
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  • just getting my brain unpacking here but when God's Word begins
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  • to come in your eyes and your mind and it begins to go into
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  • your heart, God's Word begins to judge your heart. I know I feel
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  • so lousy. No, God's Word never makes you feel lousy. God's
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  • Word, it judges how you see things. It judged your motives
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  • for things. The thoughts, the intentions, the motives of your
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  • heart. The Word goes there and to your joy, you begin to
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  • realize that that's wrong. I don't want that. Good because
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  • God's Word will just take its place and it is like an
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  • operation. You know God's Word is sharper than any two-edged
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  • sword, sharp as a scalpel that cut off that misbelief and God's
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  • Word takes its place and all of a sudden you can love people at
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  • a level you never could love people before. All of a sudden,
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  • the Word keeps coming in and you look at your at your spouse, you
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  • look at your boss, you look at your kids, your family in a way
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  • you've never seen it before and it's epiphany after epiphany as
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  • the thoughts of the old begin to be pushed out by the incredible
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  • truth of God's Word. No wonder the Word is so attacked that the
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  • Bible, I mean you cannot attack anybody in today's world. You
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  • can't attack Muslims. You can't attack Buddhist. You can't talk,
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  • attack anybody with sexual differences from gender but
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  • Christians? Anything you want. You won't get sued. You won't
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  • get attacked. No one's gonna shut you down. In fact, you'll
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  • be celebrated if you attack Christian beliefs. So I think we
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  • need to use some wisdom and I think that when people really do
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  • want discussions with us that you don't teach them LAF. No,
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  • LAF is how we accept people. LAF is how we interact with each
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  • other. I love it because whatever you believe, we can
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  • still be friends, hang out do stuff, depending. I mean and but
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  • so I love you, accept you, forgive you. You love me, accept
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  • me, forgive me but what is true is a profound vitally important
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  • statement because your kids are growing up around your truth.
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  • This church is determining people who maybe you're here
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  • today and your life is a mess. You have been hurt, broken,
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  • raped, abused, raised up where you've been defeated, pushed
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  • down and you're here to learn truth at all you're gonna get is
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  • we just love each other and accept each other the way we
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  • are. No, that's how we accept each other but now what is
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  • truth? What can I build on that is the rock, the solid
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  • foundation of Jesus Christ that's going to mean that 10
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  • years from today my marriage will be intact and my kids will
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  • be loving God and things will be going on. Only God's Word can do
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  • that for you. You've got to learn His Word. Just study. Just
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  • enjoy the Bible, fall in love with these profound thoughts
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  • that are so deep that you'll embrace them in a shallow way
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  • and then a year later you'll read the same verse and see it
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  • at another level like God's Word gives birth to new thoughts all
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  • the time, the same verse. In China years ago, when I was a
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  • young teenager, my dad would bring in people from China.
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  • Missionaries to Russia. Back when communism was so brutal in
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  • Russia that if you started a prayer meeting or church
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  • meeting, they would hear about it. They'd go in and club
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  • everybody, kill them, lock up the leaders. It was brutal and
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  • some of them, they were able to escape out, would get into our
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  • churches and teach us. In China where they would just kill them,
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  • line them up as because they wanted people to not believe in
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  • a God but these people would get one Bible. And they would tell
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  • me how they would rip every page of the Bible every one out one
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  • at a time and they would pass them amongst the villages so
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  • that one page would be in this home group. One page in that
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  • home group and you would memorize and you would study and
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  • you would learn and you would write out and you would pass
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  • this around. It would have to be done incognito, traveling from
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  • post to post because if you ever got caught it will be your life
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  • or life imprisonment. Your kids, your wife there was nothing. It
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  • was just this massive attack on the Word of God and the reason
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  • I'm bringing this up is because they were so in love with the
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  • Word. What does God say? What does God believe? And it
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  • transformed their lives phenomenally just pursuing
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  • Christ's with only 1 page of the Bible. They might have gotten
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  • the book of Numbers or Deuteronomy or you know a whole
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  • page of the gaps and they're still going to memorize it
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  • because it's going to fit into the things that they learn and
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  • today I've got 100 Bibles on my iPad and almost everyone my
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  • house in different translations and yet there's so many people,
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  • you could hard to convince them to have devotions for 5 minutes
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  • a day yet contained within the Word of God is it's alive. The
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  • Word of God is a living thing and as you read it it's not
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  • giving you the rules for your behavior externally. Okay it's
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  • giving you the software for the for the hardware that's built
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  • into you so that you begin to recognize who you are. You begin
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  • to recognize how valuable you are. This is how God created man
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  • and woman and why. This is the purpose of sex and where it will
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  • build you and where it will destroy. Everything is a
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  • thinking man and woman's ability to live long, blessed, happy,
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  • incredibly prosperous and still be able to work in a world
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  • filled with diverse beliefs and the Bible promises us that if
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  • you seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness the
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  • Amplified Bible says there in Matthew 6:33, His way of being
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  • righteous and His way of doing the life that when you do it His
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  • way that it has all these things you desire will be added to you.
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  • -ANNOUNCER: Are you lacking purpose? Do you feel overwhelmed
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  • by your circumstances that can't seem to get happy? You are not
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  • alone. Now more than ever, people battle depression,
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  • more than happiness? Purpose is often the missing key to true
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  • joy. In this incredible audio series, Leon Fontaine goes deep
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  • into the Scripture and beautifully unravels the lie of
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  • the enemy that a happy life will result if we just pursue it. The
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  • truth is when the pursuit of pleasure becomes our number one
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  • priority, we make flawed decisions that actually lead to
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  • pain not pleasure. Jesus wants us to enjoy our lives but we
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  • need to learn what truly leads to a life of fulfillment and
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  • -LEON: Now, there's something I say all the time and that is I
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  • talk about people's beliefs and I'll go as far as saying belief
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  • systems. In other words, you have habitual thinking. Now,
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  • this can really hurt you or can really help you. I know people
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  • who habitually think about they don't fit in, how they're not
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  • good enough, how they'll never get what they really want, don't
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  • dream too big, don't think too high that they habitually think
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  • that way and their life just follow suits. I know others who
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  • have these beliefs systems, they habitually have trained their
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  • mind to believe the favor of God's on my life. Good things
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  • are coming my way. Tomorrow when I wake up, there's gonna be a
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  • whole bunch of new stuff that's gonna be better. I'm gonna go
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  • further. God's got surprises for me. His blessing is upon me. You
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  • can habitually think faith thoughts, peaceful thoughts,
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  • joyful thoughts, kind thoughts, believing thoughts. You need to
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  • take control of your mind. Don't let any habitual thinking get
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  • into your life where your belief systems are hurting you. Let the
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  • systems that you believe, the belief systems of your mind in
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  • your heart be one to take you to wonderful places. Father, I pray
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  • in Jesus' name, make them aware of how they're thinking, that
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  • the truth of Your Word challenge it and let them begin to change
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  • it over to believing and the grace and the power and the
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  • beauty of God, I pray this in Your name, Amen.
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