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Domino Effect | Episode 6

Watch Domino Effect | Episode 6
June 25, 2018
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Mark Batterson: Chase the Lion

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Domino Effect | Episode 6

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  • - [Narrator] Quit livin' as if the purpose
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  • of life is to arrive safely at death.
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  • Run to the roar. (lion roars)
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  • Go after a dream that's destined to fail
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  • without divine intervention.
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  • Stop weighing out problems.
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  • Become part of the solution.
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  • Stop repeating the past and start creating the future.
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  • Face your fears.
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  • Fight for your dreams.
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  • Grab opportunity by the mane and don't let go.
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  • Live like today is the first day
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  • and last day of your life.
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  • Blaze new trails.
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  • Live for the applause of nail-scarred hands.
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  • Dare to fail.
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  • Dare to be different.
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  • Quit holdin' out.
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  • Quit holdin' back.
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  • Quit running away.
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  • (lion roars) Chase the lion!
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  • (dramatic instrumental music)
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  • - In every storyline, there are defining decisions
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  • and defining moments, some positive and some negative.
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  • One way or the other, those decisions have a domino effect
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  • on the next generation of dreamers.
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  • Sometimes those seeds don't germinate
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  • for months or years or even decades,
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  • but one thing is certain.
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  • You're one decision away from a totally different life.
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  • (somber music)
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  • - Dr Kelly, the discharge paperwork you requested.
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  • - Of course, thank you.
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  • (somber piano music)
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  • (knuckles rapping) Good morning.
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  • It's your graduation day.
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  • - You should be callin' me Doctor
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  • as long as I've been here.
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  • - It's been a long road, but we overcame it.
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  • That's what's important.
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  • You wouldn't be walkin' out
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  • of here healthy today otherwise, okay?
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  • Keep that in mind and I will see you
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  • in a few months for your checkup.
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  • Here's your diploma.
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  • Now I know your heart is healthy
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  • so please don't have a heart attack when you open this.
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  • - Oh, boy.
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  • - (chuckles) You go enjoy this beautiful day.
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  • I'm glad to see you go.
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  • - Thanks for all your help, Dr Kelly, sincerely.
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  • - Did your mother ever tell you
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  • how we met all those years ago?
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  • - Bits and pieces, yes.
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  • It was something about milk.
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  • - I was exhausted that day.
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  • I didn't have my bike with me
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  • and had several miles left to home.
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  • I remember bein' terrified to even walk to the door,
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  • but that house was the first I had seen in miles.
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  • So I stopped only to ask for a glass of water,
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  • and she instead brought me a freezing glass of milk.
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  • It was the most refreshing glass of milk I've ever had.
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  • - One of the few good glasses the cow ever gave.
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  • - Well, you could've slammed that door in my face.
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  • You didn't know how long of a journey I still had home.
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  • But you didn't.
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  • Instead you gave to someone you didn't even know
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  • and who you had no obligation to,
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  • someone who was in need.
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  • It changed my life, truly.
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  • - You're makin' a big deal out of that.
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  • (daughter chuckles)
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  • - Enjoy, you two.
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  • (gentle instrumental music)
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  • - Ma, don't worry about that now.
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  • We'll figure out a way to pay it later.
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  • (gentle instrumental music)
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  • (daughter gasps)
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  • Ma.
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  • (solemn music)
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  • - One glass of milk, it seems like such a simple thing,
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  • random act of kindness, not the kind of gesture
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  • that would change a life or save one,
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  • and yet it's these small acts of kindness,
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  • these seemingly insignificant moments
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  • that often have the greatest impact in our lives.
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  • In 1983, Lorne Whitehead published an article
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  • in the American Journal of Physics
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  • about the domino chain reaction.
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  • You could picture it in your mind, can't you?
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  • You knock over a domino, and it sets off a chain reaction
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  • that can knock down hundreds of dominoes
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  • in a matter of seconds.
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  • But the unique significance
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  • of Whitehead's research was discovering
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  • that a domino is capable of knocking over another domino
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  • that's one-and-a-half times its size.
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  • So a two-inch domino can topple a three-inch domino.
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  • A three-inch domino can knock
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  • over a four-and-a-half-inch domino.
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  • And by the time you get to the 18th domino,
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  • you could knock over the Leaning Tower of Pisa.
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  • Of course, it's leaning so that's not fair.
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  • The 23rd domino could knock over the Eiffel Tower,
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  • and by the time you get to the 28th domino,
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  • you could take down the Empire State Building.
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  • In the realm of mathematics, there are two types
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  • of progression, linear and exponential.
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  • Linear progression is two plus two equals four.
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  • Exponential progression is compound doubling.
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  • Four times four equals 16.
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  • If you take 30 linear steps,
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  • you're 90 feet from where you started.
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  • If you take 30 exponential steps,
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  • you circled the Earth 26 times.
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  • Faith is not linear.
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  • Faith is exponential.
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  • Every decision we make,
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  • every risk we take has a chain reaction,
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  • and those chain reactions set off 1.000 chain reactions
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  • we aren't even aware of.
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  • The cumulative effect won't be revealed
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  • until we reach the other side of the space-time continuum.
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  • Your two-inch domino of faith might seem insignificant,
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  • but extrapolated across space and time,
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  • it can make all the difference in the world.
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  • Don't despise the day of small beginnings.
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  • If you do little things like they're big things,
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  • God will do big things like they're little things.
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  • Here's what I believe.
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  • You are one risk away from a totally different reality.
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  • You're one idea away from a totally different mentality.
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  • You're one decision away from a totally different eternity.
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  • We tend to think in present-tense terms.
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  • God is operating out of future-tense objectives.
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  • I get frustrated pretty quickly, pretty easily.
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  • Our first few years of pastoring were not easy.
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  • I was tempted to give up, a time or two.
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  • In my mind, we would've only been quitting
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  • on the 25 people that attended our first year.
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  • But the reality is this.
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  • We would've been quitting on the thousands of people
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  • who attend National Community Church now.
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  • We would've been forfeiting our future.
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  • We would've cut off the domino chain reaction
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  • before seeing what God would or could do.
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  • When the Israelites entered the Promised Land,
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  • their first battle was at Jericho.
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  • And God taught them an incredibly important lesson.
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  • He tells them to circle Jericho for six days.
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  • On the seventh day, He tells them to circle it seven times.
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  • What if the Israelites had quit circling on day six?
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  • Or what if they'd given up
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  • after the sixth circle on the seventh day?
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  • Here's what would've happened.
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  • Nothing!
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  • They would've forfeited the miracle right
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  • before it happened.
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  • And I wonder how many times that's happened in our lives.
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  • We quit circling on day six.
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  • There's an important principle
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  • in the Battle of Jericho, and it's this.
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  • We don't fight God's battles for Him.
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  • He fights our battles for us.
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  • But we need the faith to keep circling the promises of God.
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  • Now let me back up just a little bit.
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  • Joshua 6 says, "Then the Lord said to Joshua,
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  • "'See, I have delivered Jericho into your hands.'"
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  • Did you catch the verb tense?
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  • God speaks in the past tense, not the future tense.
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  • He doesn't say, "I will deliver."
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  • God says, "I have delivered."
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  • The significance of that is this.
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  • The battle was won before the battle even began,
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  • and that's the good news.
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  • God has already prepared good works in advance.
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  • He's already ordered your footsteps.
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  • We just need the faith to keep circling those promises,
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  • and we need to praise Him in the process.
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  • Now this is gonna sound sacrilegious,
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  • but sometimes you need to quit praying.
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  • Quit asking God to do something He's already done.
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  • Stop praying for it and start praising God for it.
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  • Now listen, this isn't some name-it-claim-it scheme.
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  • Whatever you pray for has to be in the will of God
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  • and for the glory of God, but if it is,
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  • it was already accomplished at the Cross.
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  • Jesus said, "It is finished."
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  • Our salvation, our healing, our deliverance,
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  • they were purchased.
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  • They were paid in full at Calvary's Cross.
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  • And no matter how many promises God has made,
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  • they are yes, in Christ.
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  • Gratitude is thanking God after he does it.
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  • Faith is thanking God before he does it.
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  • Now both prayer and praise are expressions of faith.
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  • But I think praise is a higher dimension of faith.
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  • Prayer is asking God to do something future tense.
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  • Praise is believing that God has already done it past tense.
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  • Faith is celebrating in the present
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  • what God has already accomplished in the past,
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  • and you know will happen in the future.
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  • In the meantime, we've got to keep circling Jericho.
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  • Don't give up on day six.
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  • Keep circling that promise.
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  • Jesus said it this way.
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  • "Ask and it will be given to you.
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  • "Seek and you will find.
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  • "Knock and the door will be open to you."
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  • Those are present imperative verbs.
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  • In other words, Jesus is saying keep on keeping on,
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  • keep asking, keep seeking, keep knocking.
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  • It may take longer than you want.
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  • It may be harder than you imagine,
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  • but if you keep doing the right thing, day in and day out,
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  • God is gonna show up and show off his power
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  • in ways you never imagined possible.
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  • (dramatic music)
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  • - [Announcer] Far too often, we doubt our dreams
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  • and delay our destinies.
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  • Chase the Lion helps you understand
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  • why life's greatest fulfillment comes from living
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  • in your divine purpose, and you'll discover
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  • what happens when you fearlessly chase
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  • after your God-sized dream.
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  • With grit and gusto,
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  • New York Times best-selling author Mark Batterson delivers
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  • a bold message to everyone with a big dream.
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  • of the book Chase the Lion.
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  • And for your gift of $75 or more,
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  • In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day
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  • and his latest book, Whisper: How to Hear the Voice of God,
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  • where Pastor Mark will introduce you
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  • to the seven love languages of God and how he speaks
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  • to us through them, each one unique and entirely divine.
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  • Right now, you can begin the journey that takes you
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  • from your God-given dream into your God-ordained destiny.
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  • Hear him, follow him, run to the roar.
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  • from Pastor Mark Batterson.
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  • (gentle music)
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  • (dramatic music)
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  • - Paul Tudor Jones is a Wall Street legend.
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  • On Black Monday, October 19, 1987,
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  • the Dow Jones Industrial experienced
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  • the largest one-day drop in its history.
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  • On that day, Jones tripled his investment value
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  • by shorting his portfolio.
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  • And he's earned positive returns every year since then.
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  • Few people play the investment game better
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  • than Paul Tudor Jones.
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  • But becoming a billionaire wasn't the 500-pound lion
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  • that he was chasing.
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  • Jones set his sights on something bigger, something better.
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  • Jones is the founder of the Robin Hood Foundation.
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  • Since its inception in 1988, they've given away
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  • over a billion dollars.
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  • Fortune Magazine has called it one of the most innovative
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  • and influential philanthropic organizations of our time.
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  • So what inspires Paul Tudor Jones
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  • to do what he does as a philanthropist?
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  • Well, the driving engine of his life, to borrow the phrase
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  • from 2 Samuel 23, is one encounter.
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  • When he was four years old,
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  • he was at an outdoor vegetable market
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  • in Memphis with his mom, and he got lost, and he got scared.
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  • That's when Jones said a very kind, very old,
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  • very tall black man came over and said,
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  • "Don't worry, we're gonna find your mom."
  • 00:15:08.010 --> 00:15:11.030
  • Well, he took Jones by the hand, and they walked around
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  • that market until they found his mom.
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  • Jones said you never forget stuff like that.
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  • God's every action, those little actions,
  • 00:15:21.060 --> 00:15:23.290
  • become so much bigger, and then they become multiplicative.
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  • It's the domino effect.
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  • Jones said, "We forget how important
  • 00:15:31.070 --> 00:15:34.010
  • "the smallest action can be."
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  • He said, "For me, it spawned a lifetime of trying
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  • "to always repay that kindness."
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  • And Jones has repaid it to the tune of $1.45 billion.
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  • Question, what was the name of the man
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  • who helped him find his mother?
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  • I have no idea, and neither does Paul Tudor Jones.
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  • I'm guessing that man had no idea what a difference he made.
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  • And Paul Tudor Jones may have founded
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  • the Robin Hood Foundation, but it was one act of kindness
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  • that inspired it, and every grant they give is a gift
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  • within a gift, a dream within a dream.
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  • One encounter, that little phrase
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  • in 2 Samuel 23 is so simple yet so powerful.
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  • A few years ago, I spent two days in New York City
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  • with the screenwriting guru Robert McKee.
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  • His story seminar is like a PhD in storytelling.
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  • He talked about text and subtext,
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  • story and backstory, setup and payoff.
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  • I originally signed up for the seminar,
  • 00:16:46.150 --> 00:16:48.090
  • because I wanted to try my hand at screenwriting.
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  • But the seminar totally reframed the way
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  • that I see my own story.
  • 00:16:55.020 --> 00:16:57.120
  • One overarching observation was this.
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  • McKee said, "No conflict, no story."
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  • And that makes sense when it comes to movies.
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  • Epic movies have epic conflict.
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  • That's what makes them epic.
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  • But what's true of great movies is also true of great lives.
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  • Conflict cultivates character.
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  • Of course, it's easier to watch on the screen
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  • than it is to walk through in our own lives.
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  • But if you want to have an epic life,
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  • you have to overcome some epic challenges.
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  • You have to take some epic risks.
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  • You might have to make some epic sacrifices.
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  • For Abraham, it was putting Isaac on the altar.
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  • For Moses, it was confronting Pharaoh.
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  • For David, it was picking a fight with Goliath.
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  • And for Benaiah, it was chasing the lion
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  • into the pit on a snowy day.
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  • You see, in every storyline, there are defining moments.
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  • The technical term is inciting incident.
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  • It's a turning point.
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  • It's a tipping point.
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  • It's a point of no return.
  • 00:18:07.140 --> 00:18:10.100
  • Now some inciting incidents are perceived as positive,
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  • like getting a college scholarship
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  • or earning a job promotion.
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  • Others are perceived as negative,
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  • like an employer's pink slip or a doctor's diagnosis.
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  • But sometimes what we perceive
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  • to be blessings have negative side effects,
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  • and what we perceive
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  • to be curses are actually blessing in disguise.
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  • After our unsuccessful attempt at church planning
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  • in Chicago, I felt like a failure.
  • 00:18:41.200 --> 00:18:44.290
  • But if that church plan had succeeded,
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  • we would've never made the move to Washington, DC.
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  • So in hindsight, that failure is one of the best things
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  • that ever happened to me.
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  • Mismanaged success is the leading cause of failure,
  • 00:18:58.080 --> 00:19:02.230
  • and well-managed failure is the leading cause of success.
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  • God often uses a negative experience or a failure
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  • to reposition us or repurpose us.
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  • He redeems it and recycles it,
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  • and He uses it for His purposes.
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  • And I've learned that you're far more likely
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  • to give Him the credit for success
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  • after experiencing a little failure.
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  • Unless the Lord builds the house,
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  • they who labor labor in vain.
  • 00:19:32.290 --> 00:19:35.280
  • Now inciting incidents come in lots
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  • of sizes, shapes and colors.
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  • Some are as bold and brash as Benaiah chasing a lion.
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  • Others are as subtle and gentle as the act of kindness
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  • that influenced Paul Tudor Jones or Howard Kelly.
  • 00:19:50.030 --> 00:19:53.250
  • Either way, don't underestimate the power
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  • of one act of kindness, of one act of courage,
  • 00:19:57.230 --> 00:20:00.220
  • of one act of generosity.
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  • The Battle of Jericho ranks as one
  • 00:20:04.030 --> 00:20:06.100
  • of the most significant turning points
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  • in the Jewish storyline.
  • 00:20:08.170 --> 00:20:10.080
  • It was the first victory in the Promised Land.
  • 00:20:10.080 --> 00:20:13.030
  • But the key to victory was an act
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  • of kindness, and that act of kindness may be the key
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  • to your salvation.
  • 00:20:20.060 --> 00:20:22.000
  • Here's the backstory.
  • 00:20:22.000 --> 00:20:23.200
  • When the Israelites sent two spies into Jericho
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  • to do reconnaissance, they were nearly captured.
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  • It was a prostitute named Rahab
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  • who saved their lives by risking hers.
  • 00:20:32.160 --> 00:20:35.260
  • Now harboring Jewish spies was treason.
  • 00:20:35.260 --> 00:20:39.180
  • Before helping them escape, Rahab cut a deal.
  • 00:20:39.180 --> 00:20:43.100
  • She simply asked them to return the favor.
  • 00:20:43.100 --> 00:20:46.000
  • She said, "Please swear to me, by the Lord,
  • 00:20:46.000 --> 00:20:48.230
  • "that you will show kindness to my family,
  • 00:20:48.230 --> 00:20:51.180
  • "because I have shown kindness to you."
  • 00:20:51.180 --> 00:20:54.290
  • Now I'm sure Rahab was thinking of her immediate family.
  • 00:20:54.290 --> 00:20:59.070
  • It was a present-tense request.
  • 00:20:59.070 --> 00:21:01.240
  • But it had future-tense ramifications.
  • 00:21:01.240 --> 00:21:04.280
  • By showing kindness to Rahab,
  • 00:21:04.280 --> 00:21:07.080
  • those Jewish spies were also showing kindness
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  • to her great-great-grandson named David.
  • 00:21:10.260 --> 00:21:15.030
  • That one act of kindness had a domino effect
  • 00:21:15.030 --> 00:21:18.060
  • across four generations.
  • 00:21:18.060 --> 00:21:20.210
  • According to rabbinic tradition, Rahab was one
  • 00:21:20.210 --> 00:21:24.060
  • of the four most beautiful women in Scripture.
  • 00:21:24.060 --> 00:21:27.000
  • The other three were Sarah, Abigail and Esther.
  • 00:21:27.000 --> 00:21:31.190
  • And according to tradition, Rahab converted
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  • to Judaism at the age of 50.
  • 00:21:34.270 --> 00:21:38.000
  • She fell in love with Salmon, a Jewish man
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  • from the tribe of Judah.
  • 00:21:40.270 --> 00:21:42.190
  • They had a son named Boaz who had a son named Obed
  • 00:21:42.190 --> 00:21:47.010
  • who had a son named Jesse who had a son named David.
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  • You never know who you're showing kindness to.
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  • It might be the great-great grandmother of a king.
  • 00:21:56.110 --> 00:22:00.260
  • It might be a future billionaire
  • 00:22:00.260 --> 00:22:02.210
  • who will become a venture philanthropist.
  • 00:22:02.210 --> 00:22:05.270
  • Or it might be your future son-in-law.
  • 00:22:05.270 --> 00:22:08.200
  • When I was 13 years old, I was in the intensive care unit
  • 00:22:08.200 --> 00:22:12.130
  • at Edward Hospital in Naperville, Illinois.
  • 00:22:12.130 --> 00:22:15.160
  • Around 2 o'clock in the morning,
  • 00:22:15.160 --> 00:22:17.100
  • I felt like I was taking my final breath.
  • 00:22:17.100 --> 00:22:20.000
  • The doctors issued a code blue.
  • 00:22:20.000 --> 00:22:23.140
  • And my parents called our pastor, Bob Schmidgall
  • 00:22:23.140 --> 00:22:26.280
  • We had just started going to the church he pastored,
  • 00:22:26.280 --> 00:22:30.030
  • and it was a church of thousands.
  • 00:22:30.030 --> 00:22:32.070
  • So he didn't even know us, but that didn't keep him
  • 00:22:32.070 --> 00:22:35.090
  • from coming to the hospital in the middle
  • 00:22:35.090 --> 00:22:37.270
  • of the night to pray for me.
  • 00:22:37.270 --> 00:22:40.010
  • He didn't know it at the time,
  • 00:22:40.010 --> 00:22:41.210
  • but the 13-year-old kid he was praying
  • 00:22:42.260 --> 00:22:45.040
  • for would one day become his son-in-law, nine years later.
  • 00:22:45.040 --> 00:22:50.040
  • I married his daughter.
  • 00:22:50.260 --> 00:22:52.030
  • And we gave him his first grandchild.
  • 00:22:52.030 --> 00:22:55.050
  • Sometimes, the seeds of our dreams don't germinate
  • 00:22:55.050 --> 00:22:59.090
  • for months or years or even decades, but if we plant
  • 00:22:59.090 --> 00:23:04.010
  • in water, God will give the increase, why?
  • 00:23:04.010 --> 00:23:08.220
  • Because you can't break the law of sowing and reaping.
  • 00:23:08.220 --> 00:23:11.150
  • It will make or break you.
  • 00:23:11.150 --> 00:23:14.200
  • Galatians 6:9 says, "Let us not become weary in doing good,
  • 00:23:14.200 --> 00:23:19.110
  • "for at the proper time, we will reap a harvest
  • 00:23:19.110 --> 00:23:22.260
  • "if we do not give up."
  • 00:23:22.260 --> 00:23:26.120
  • Therefore, as we have opportunity,
  • 00:23:26.120 --> 00:23:28.240
  • let us do good to all people.
  • 00:23:28.240 --> 00:23:32.000
  • When it comes to the domino effect,
  • 00:23:32.000 --> 00:23:34.030
  • Rahab is Exhibit A.
  • 00:23:34.030 --> 00:23:36.190
  • She wasn't just King David's great-great grandmother.
  • 00:23:36.190 --> 00:23:40.120
  • She's also listed in the genealogy of Jesus.
  • 00:23:40.120 --> 00:23:45.040
  • So you're a secondary beneficiary of that act of kindness.
  • 00:23:45.040 --> 00:23:49.140
  • You're part of the chain reaction
  • 00:23:49.140 --> 00:23:51.070
  • that started thousands of years ago.
  • 00:23:51.070 --> 00:23:54.000
  • Most of us don't run a billion-dollar foundation
  • 00:23:54.000 --> 00:23:57.170
  • like Paul Tudor Jones or aid
  • 00:23:57.170 --> 00:23:59.230
  • and abet international spies like Rahab.
  • 00:23:59.230 --> 00:24:02.280
  • So let me bring this idea down to earth.
  • 00:24:02.280 --> 00:24:05.190
  • Some inciting incidents are obvious,
  • 00:24:05.190 --> 00:24:08.200
  • like the day my wife and I rented a U-Haul
  • 00:24:08.200 --> 00:24:11.180
  • and moved to Washington, DC.
  • 00:24:11.180 --> 00:24:14.050
  • But many inciting incidents fly under the radar
  • 00:24:14.050 --> 00:24:17.220
  • of our consciousness.
  • 00:24:17.220 --> 00:24:19.110
  • We don't realize the impact they had on us
  • 00:24:19.110 --> 00:24:22.000
  • until many years later.
  • 00:24:22.000 --> 00:24:24.080
  • As I look back on my life, I'm so grateful for the people
  • 00:24:24.080 --> 00:24:27.210
  • who profoundly impacted my life.
  • 00:24:27.210 --> 00:24:30.050
  • Some of them have no idea the difference they made.
  • 00:24:30.050 --> 00:24:34.140
  • A missionary named Chris Smith spoke at our church
  • 00:24:34.140 --> 00:24:37.270
  • during a mission convention when I was a teenager.
  • 00:24:37.270 --> 00:24:41.060
  • I went to the altar that night, and he prayed over me,
  • 00:24:41.060 --> 00:24:44.090
  • and that prayer turned prophetic.
  • 00:24:44.090 --> 00:24:47.010
  • I'm not sure he would even remember that moment,
  • 00:24:47.010 --> 00:24:50.080
  • but the words he spoke got into my spirit.
  • 00:24:50.080 --> 00:24:54.060
  • I think of some of the long conversations I had
  • 00:24:54.060 --> 00:24:57.140
  • with Opal Redden, one of my professors in college,
  • 00:24:57.140 --> 00:25:00.210
  • and Jack Perin, one of my pastors in college.
  • 00:25:00.210 --> 00:25:03.290
  • Their patience, their wisdom,
  • 00:25:03.290 --> 00:25:06.020
  • their words helped me resolve some
  • 00:25:06.020 --> 00:25:08.200
  • of my theological conundrums.
  • 00:25:08.200 --> 00:25:11.090
  • I'm indebted to them.
  • 00:25:11.090 --> 00:25:13.000
  • And I think of Bob Rhoden.
  • 00:25:13.000 --> 00:25:14.280
  • Everybody needs somebody who believes in them more
  • 00:25:14.280 --> 00:25:18.010
  • than they believe in themselves.
  • 00:25:18.010 --> 00:25:20.030
  • Honestly, I don't think I would've hired me at 25.
  • 00:25:20.030 --> 00:25:24.270
  • But he saw something in me that I didn't see in myself.
  • 00:25:24.270 --> 00:25:28.200
  • And he called it out, and a I'm grateful.
  • 00:25:28.200 --> 00:25:31.210
  • I don't know what dream God has put in your heart.
  • 00:25:31.210 --> 00:25:34.160
  • I don't know the defining moments
  • 00:25:34.160 --> 00:25:36.100
  • that have altered the trajectory of your life.
  • 00:25:36.100 --> 00:25:39.050
  • But I do know this.
  • 00:25:39.050 --> 00:25:40.230
  • One act of kindness, one word of encouragement,
  • 00:25:40.230 --> 00:25:44.100
  • one tough conversation can alter someone's eternity.
  • 00:25:44.100 --> 00:25:49.100
  • You're one decision away from a totally different life,
  • 00:25:50.220 --> 00:25:53.120
  • and where that domino effect ends only God knows.
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  • from Pastor Mark Batterson.
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  • (dramatic music)
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