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June 4, 2018
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Mark Batterson: Chase the Lion

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  • in Washington D.C., it was bigger than we were.
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  • When He gave us the dream of purchasing a crack house
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  • on Capital Hill, and turning it into a coffee house,
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  • it was more than we could afford.
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  • And when He called us to open a Dream Center
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  • in our nation's capital, it was beyond our ability.
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  • But if your dream doesn't scare you, it's too small.
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  • When we come face to face with fear,
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  • our natural reaction is to run away.
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  • That's what normal people do.
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  • Lion chasers, they run to the roar.
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  • They don't see 500 pound problems,
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  • they see an opportunity for God to show up
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  • and show off His power.
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  • That's what one of my favorite characters in the Bible did.
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  • His name is Benaiah and he didn't let fear
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  • dictate his decision.
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  • He chased the lion into a pit on a snowy day and killed it.
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  • Chase the lion?
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  • It's more than a catchphrase.
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  • It's a radically different approach to life
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  • and this is your wake up call.
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  • Stop living as if the purpose of life
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  • is to arrive safely at death.
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  • You show me the size of your dream
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  • and I'll show you the size of your God.
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  • Chase the lion and change the world.
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  • (dramatic music)
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  • - [Narrator] Quit living as if the purpose of life
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  • is to arrive safely at death.
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  • Run to the roar.
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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 main and don't let go.
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  • Live like today is the first day 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, dare to be different.
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  • Quit holding out, quit holding back.
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  • Quit running away, chase the lion.
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  • - Do you have a dream?
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  • And idea that isn't just a good idea, it's a God idea?
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  • That's great but what if I told you
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  • that your greatest legacy isn't actually your dream?
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  • Your greatest legacy is the next generation of dreamers
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  • that your dream inspires.
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  • The dreams within a dream.
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  • Our dreams predate us, they were born long before we were
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  • and our dreams postdate us, they'll make a difference
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  • long after we're long gone.
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  • (birds chirping)
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  • (soft music)
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  • (clock ticking)
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  • - Hey, have you seen this?
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  • Happened two months ago.
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  • - Dies in unfortunate...
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  • Schule is just not making it to America?
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  • - Flew over 200 meters on its last flight.
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  • 200 meters through the air.
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  • No ropes, nothing between him and the ground.
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  • - And now he's just dead.
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  • And everything he worked for.
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  • - I'm sure some wealthy inventor will inherit his fortune.
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  • Will be flying high as birds before we know it.
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  • (coughs)
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  • Take it easy brother.
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  • Do you think you'll have time to read these books yourself?
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  • We could always sell the bike shop
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  • and take a flying ourselves.
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  • If we can ever get you over this fever and out of bed.
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  • - Why won't we?
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  • (bird chirping)
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  • (soft music)
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  • - I already finished this.
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  • That's nearly every book on pop's study.
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  • See what else he's got.
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  • - We wouldn't have to sell the bike shop.
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  • (clock ticking)
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  • (soft music)
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  • (transitions into inspirational music)
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  • - Every dream journey follows a unique path.
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  • It's full of twists and turns.
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  • It often takes us where we didn't expect to go
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  • and it goes further back than we often recognize.
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  • With Wilbur Wright, it was a book in his father's library
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  • that planted the seed.
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  • For me, it was a sermon I heard when I was just 19.
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  • A dream within a dream.
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  • My wife Lauren and I have a little tradition
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  • on Christmas Eve.
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  • We watch the 1946 classic starring Jimmy Stewart,
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  • It's a Wonderful Life.
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  • Our kids have a tradition too.
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  • They watch Inception, the science fiction thriller
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  • produced by Christopher Nolan.
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  • It gets our kids into Christmas spirit, I guess.
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  • The plot line of that movie isn't easy to unravel.
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  • But extractors infiltrate the subconscious mind
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  • of their targets and extricate information
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  • while the target's are in a dream state.
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  • In one scene, Dominick Cobb played by Leonardo DiCaprio
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  • goes beyond the art of extraction,
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  • he attempts the near impossible task of inception.
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  • Implanting an idea into the target's subconscious.
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  • Cobb says to his partner in crime, Arthur,
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  • "We have to plant it deep in his subconscious."
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  • Arthur asked, "How deep?"
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  • Cobb says, "Three levels down."
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  • Arthur responds with the question
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  • that frames the film, "A dream within
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  • "a dream within a dream?
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  • "Is that even possible?"
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  • Well, Christopher Nolan's film
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  • may have popularized the phrase, A dream within a dream.
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  • But its etymology traces back to an 1849 poem
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  • by Edgar Allan Poe titled, A Dream Within a Dream.
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  • The last stanza of that poem poses a question,
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  • "Is all that we see or or seem, but a dream within a dream?"
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  • I think the answer is yes.
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  • One of my dreams is to Pastor one church for life.
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  • But that dream wasn't conceived in a vacuum.
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  • I had a father-in-law, Bob Schmidgall
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  • who planted and pastored Calvary Church
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  • in Naperville, Illinois for 31 years.
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  • I saw what God could do.
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  • If you plant yourself in one place
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  • and let your roots grow deep.
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  • So my dream of pastoring one church for life
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  • is really a dream within a dream.
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  • National Community Church is one church with eight campuses.
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  • Six of those eight campuses meet in movie theaters
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  • and our domain name is theaterchurch.com.
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  • But the idea of meeting in movie theaters
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  • isn't original to us.
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  • I was at a Willow Creek conference
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  • when I was in seminary and found out that Willow
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  • started in a theater as well.
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  • Well that seed was planted in my spirit
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  • so our methodology of meeting in movie theaters
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  • is really a dream within a dream.
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  • I've now written two books on one verse
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  • in the bible, Second Samuel 23:12.
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  • The first was titled, In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day.
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  • And the second is, Chase the Lion.
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  • But those books weren't inspired in a vacuum either.
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  • It traces back to a sermon I heard when I was a teenager
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  • as I listened to that sermon,
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  • a thought fired across my synapses.
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  • If I ever write a book, I wanna write a book about Benaiah.
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  • Well, Chase the Lion is a dream within a dream.
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  • A sermon preached by Sam Farina when I was 19.
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  • Here's what I believe.
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  • Every dream you have is really a dream within a dream.
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  • We stand on the shoulders of dreamers
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  • of who have gone before us.
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  • And our greatest legacy is not the dreams we accomplish.
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  • It's the dreams that our dreams inspire in others.
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  • Second Samuel 23 lists the names of David's mighty men.
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  • 37 of them.
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  • These were David's best friends, his closest confidantes.
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  • But what turned this ragtag group of rebels
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  • into a band of brothers who would
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  • risk their lives for David?
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  • I think they were drawn to a dreamer.
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  • And here's what I want you to see.
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  • Without this band of brothers,
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  • David's dream of becoming king was a pipe dream.
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  • His destiny was tied to theirs
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  • and their destiny was tied to his.
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  • David's dream became their dream, a dream within a dream.
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  • Benaiah helped David fulfill his destiny
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  • and David became king of Israel.
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  • But it's a two-way street.
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  • David helped Benaiah's dreams come true too.
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  • When the crown was passed from David
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  • to his son Solomon 40 years later,
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  • Benaiah was promoted from bodyguard
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  • to commander in chief of Israel's army.
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  • And the same is true with Solomon.
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  • It was David's dream that set Solomon up
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  • to become king of Israel.
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  • But it was Solomon who fulfilled his father's dream
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  • of building a temple in Jerusalem.
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  • Our dreams are more intricately interwoven
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  • across time and space than any of us could imagine.
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  • Your dreams are possible because of the dreams
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  • that were dreamed before you.
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  • And the domino effect of your dreams
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  • will be felt for generations.
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  • Your greatest legacy isn't your dream.
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  • Your greatest legacy is the next generation of dreamers
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  • that your dream inspires.
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  • Take a little inventory.
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  • Whose dreams have inspired yours?
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  • And who are you setting up with your dreams?
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  • Tim Scott grew up in a single parent home.
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  • His mom worked 16-hour days just to put food on the table.
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  • For many, poverty is a dream killer.
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  • But for Tim Scott, it only fueled his fire.
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  • In the eighth grade, a teacher spotted Tim's potential.
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  • He said, you oughta think about student counsel.
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  • Well, those seven words changed the trajectory of his life
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  • and began his dream journey.
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  • Fast forward, Tim Scott is the first African American
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  • in U.S. history to be elected to both
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  • The House of Representatives and the United States Senate.
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  • But there's one more piece to this puzzle.
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  • When Tim was a teenager, a Chick-fil-A operator
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  • named John Moniz took him under his wing
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  • and began to mentor him.
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  • John had a dream of influencing a million people
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  • and one of those people was Tim.
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  • At the age of 38, John had a heart attack
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  • and so, in one sense, he never accomplished that goal
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  • or did he?
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  • When John died, Tim adopted John's dream and one-upped it.
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  • Habakkuk 2:2 says, "Write down the vision."
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  • And that's what Tim did.
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  • Tim Scott's vision is to positively effect
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  • the lives of one billion people.
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  • That's a 500 pound lion.
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  • But against all odds, Tim Scott is now making decisions
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  • as a United States Senator that directly effect
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  • the lives of 319 million Americans.
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  • And those decisions indirectly effect
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  • billions around the globe.
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  • In our cultural narrative, Senator Scott
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  • is the hero of the story.
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  • But I think he would argue that the true hero
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  • is an eight grade teacher and a Chick-fil-A operator
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  • who taught him to dream.
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  • Here's what I believe.
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  • Every Tim Scott needs a John Moniz.
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  • Every David needs a Benaiah.
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  • And someone needs you.
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  • Your legacy is not your dream.
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  • Your legacy is leveraging the dreams
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  • of those who come after you.
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  • You may not influence a million people, but who knows?
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  • You may influence one person
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  • who influences a billion people.
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  • We think right here right now.
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  • God is thinking nations and generations.
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  • We think that what God does for us, is for us.
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  • But it's never just for us.
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  • He's the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob
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  • and His blessing is for the third generation.
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  • A dream within a dream within a dream.
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  • (dramatic music)
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  • - [Narrator] 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
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  • comes from living in your divine purpose.
  • 00:15:46.000 --> 00:15:49.040
  • And you'll discover what happens
  • 00:15:49.040 --> 00:15:50.190
  • when you fearlessly chase after your God-sized dream.
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  • With grit and gusto, New York Time's Best Selling author,
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  • Mark Batterson delivers a bold message to everyone
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  • with a big dream.
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  • To thank you for your gift of $25 or more,
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  • in support of the worldwide outreaches of TBN,
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  • we'll send you your very own
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  • copy of the book, Chase the Lion.
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  • And for your gift of $75 or more,
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  • we'll also include two additional books by Pastor Mark.
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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
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  • and how He speaks to us through them.
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  • Each one unique and entirely divine.
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  • Right now you can begin the journey
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  • that takes you from your God given dream
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  • into your God ordained destiny.
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  • Hear Him, follow Him, run to the roar.
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  • Call or go online right now.
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  • from Pastor Mark Batterson.
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  • - There's a little phrase that's repeated
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  • half a dozen times in the Old Testament.
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  • It's only three words, "For David's sake."
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  • It shows up in First Kings 11:12,
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  • Second Kings 19:34, Isaiah 37:35, just to name a few.
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  • But let me zoom in on Second Kings 8:19.
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  • Here's the context.
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  • In 853 BC, a king named Jehoram assumes the throne.
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  • It's 117 years after the death of David.
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  • Jehoram is the fifth king of the Southern Kingdom.
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  • And it says, "He did evil in the eyes of the Lord."
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  • Jehoram actually killed his brother
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  • so he could assume the throne.
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  • Now doesn't it seem like
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  • that's something that God would punish?
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  • But verse 19 says, "Nevertheless, for David's sake,
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  • "the Lord was not willing to destroy Judah."
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  • David is long gone, this is six kings later.
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  • But God hasn't forgotten the promise He made to David.
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  • God has a good memory.
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  • Here's the bottom line, God has done things for you,
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  • for the sake of someone you probably don't even know.
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  • God has done things for you for the sake
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  • of something they did 117 years ago.
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  • Why?
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  • Because God is faithful to His promises.
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  • Jeremiah 1:12 says, "He's watching over
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  • "His word to perform it."
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  • I had a praying grandfather named Elmer Johnson
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  • who had a little prayer habit.
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  • At night, he would kneel next to his bed,
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  • he would take his earring aid off
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  • and he would pray for his family.
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  • Now he couldn't hear himself praying
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  • but everybody else in the house could.
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  • Those are some of my earliest memories.
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  • My grandfather died when I was six years old
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  • but his prayers did not.
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  • Our prayers don't die when we do.
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  • They live on long after we're long gone.
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  • There's no expiration date on prayer.
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  • Some of those powerful moments in my life
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  • have been those moments when I've experienced a blessing
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  • that I know I didn't do anything to deserve.
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  • In some of those moments, I've heard the Holy Spirit say,
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  • Mark, the prayers of your grandfather are being answered
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  • in your life right now.
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  • In other words, for the sake of Elmer,
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  • in Acts 10, there's a story
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  • about an Italian soldier named Cornelius.
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  • It says, "He prayed to God regularly."
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  • Here's what I found, when you pray to God regularly,
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  • irregular things will happen on a regular basis.
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  • The more I pray, the more coincidences I experience
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  • and it's not a coincidence,
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  • I believe it's a providence, prayer.
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  • Is the difference between the best you can do
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  • and the best God can do.
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  • It's the difference between letting things happen
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  • and making things happen.
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  • When we pray, God will move heaven and earth,
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  • God will move someone's heart.
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  • Long story short, this prayer leads to a vision.
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  • That vision leads to a divine appointment
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  • with the Apostle Peter and Cornelius
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  • becomes the first gentile convert.
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  • But how does it start?
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  • Well it starts the way every miracle starts,
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  • with someone praying.
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  • And I love this description of prayer in Acts 10:4,
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  • it says, "Your prayers have come up
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  • "as a memorial offering before God."
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  • I live in this city of memorials
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  • and monuments, Washington D.C.
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  • Now the purpose of those memorials
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  • is to remind us of what we can't afford to forget.
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  • Listen, I have a tendency to pray for something,
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  • forget what I prayed for, so when God answers it,
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  • I fail to give Him the credit.
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  • That's why I think a prayer journal is so important.
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  • But here's the good news, we may forget, but God does not.
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  • The Washington Monument stands 555 feet tall,
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  • it was the tallest building in the world
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  • when it opened in 1888.
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  • And it consists of more than 36.000 stones.
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  • I think that monument is a beautiful picture of prayer.
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  • You aren't just praying prayers,
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  • you're building a monument, building a memorial to God.
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  • Here's the bottom line, you are an answer
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  • to someone else's prayer.
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  • A praying parent or a praying grandparent.
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  • We're the beneficiaries of prayers we know nothing about.
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  • And the way we pay them back is to pay them forward
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  • by praying for others.
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  • John 4:38 says, "I sent you to reap
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  • "what you have not worked for.
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  • "Others have done the hard work
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  • and you have reaped the benefits of their labor."
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  • Listen, we're inheriting cities we didn't build.
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  • Wells we didn't dig and a harvest we didn't plant.
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  • God was setting us up long before we arrived on the scene
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  • and He's using us to set up the next generation.
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  • God has a good memory.
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  • He doesn't forget His people,
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  • He doesn't forget His promises.
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  • The only thing He forgets is the sin He forgives.
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  • I think our eyes glaze over
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  • when we get to the genealogies in scripture.
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  • Just a long list of names that we can't even pronounce.
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  • But those genealogies are a timeless testimony
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  • to God's faithfulness.
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  • Every dream has a genealogy, even the son of God
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  • was the son of David.
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  • The genealogy of Jesus is recorded in Matthews gospel.
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  • There are 42 generations, 42 begats
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  • and I would submit 42 for David's sake.
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  • A genealogy is a storyline.
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  • The names listed are the cast of characters.
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  • And in the case of Jesus, there's one plot twist
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  • that hyperlinks with Second Samuel 23.
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  • The Scriptures says, "Jesse begat David the king,
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  • "and David the king begat Solomon
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  • "of her that had been the wife of Uriah."
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  • You probably know the storyline but here's a subplot.
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  • David committed adultery with Bathsheba.
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  • Then he tried to cover it up by having Bathsheba's husband,
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  • Uriah the Hittite killed.
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  • You might assume that Uriah was a random soldier
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  • in David's army, but he was actually
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  • one of David's mighty men.
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  • The last name listed in Second Samuel 23
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  • is Uriah the Hittite.
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  • So David used the crown that Uriah helped him secure
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  • to betray his marriage and plot against his life.
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  • But here's the amazing thing.
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  • As messed up as those circumstances were,
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  • God still begat the Messiah.
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  • Even in the midst of our mistakes,
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  • God still begats miracles.
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  • A few years ago, we launched an initiative
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  • in Washington D.C. called City Fathers.
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  • The heart behind it is simple.
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  • If we don't honor the generation who went before us,
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  • we rob them of the opportunity to bless us.
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  • Well, we live in a culture that celebrates
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  • 15 minutes of fame over a lifetime of faithfulness.
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  • It's all about the latest and the greatest.
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  • So we decided to honor our city fathers and city mothers.
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  • Those who have been plowing and planting
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  • long before we showed up.
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  • Why?
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  • Because I'm reaping what I have not sown.
  • 00:25:04.260 --> 00:25:08.100
  • The blessings and breakthroughs I've experienced
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  • are the direct and indirect byproduct
  • 00:25:11.250 --> 00:25:14.060
  • of the faithfulness of those who have gone before me.
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  • For Elmer's sake, for Bob's sake.
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  • For Sam's sake and the list goes on.
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  • Their dreams have leveraged mine
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  • in ways I can't even comprehend
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  • until we get to heaven and God connects the dots
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  • between all of our dreams.
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  • Here's what I know for sure.
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  • You don't land a man on the moon
  • 00:25:38.040 --> 00:25:40.070
  • without that first flight at kiddie hawk.
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  • When Neal Armstrong took one small step for men,
  • 00:25:43.250 --> 00:25:47.020
  • one giant leap for mankind on July 20, 1969,
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  • it was a dream within a dream.
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  • Neal Armstrong knew that this unprecedented accomplishment
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  • in human history was made possible
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  • because of what the Wright Brothers did
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  • for Wilbur's sake, for Orville's sake.
  • 00:26:02.250 --> 00:26:06.100
  • It was a series of small steps
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  • that led to one giant leap.
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  • Your greatest legacy isn't your dream,
  • 00:26:11.030 --> 00:26:14.160
  • your greatest legacy is the next generation of dreamers
  • 00:26:14.160 --> 00:26:18.080
  • that your dream inspires.
  • 00:26:18.080 --> 00:26:21.050
  • Is all that we or seem, but a dream within a dream?
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  • The answer is yes and Amen.
  • 00:26:25.010 --> 00:26:27.240
  • (soft music)
  • 00:26:30.020 --> 00:26:31.290
  • - [Narrator] Far too often, we doubt our dreams
  • 00:26:31.290 --> 00:26:34.040
  • and delay our destinies.
  • 00:26:34.040 --> 00:26:36.130
  • Chase the Lion helps you understand
  • 00:26:36.130 --> 00:26:38.130
  • why life's greatest fulfillment
  • 00:26:38.130 --> 00:26:40.080
  • comes from living in your divine purpose.
  • 00:26:40.080 --> 00:26:43.040
  • And you'll discover what happens
  • 00:26:43.040 --> 00:26:44.190
  • when you fearlessly chase after your God-sized dream.
  • 00:26:44.190 --> 00:26:48.110
  • With grit and gusto, New York Time's Best Selling author,
  • 00:26:48.110 --> 00:26:51.240
  • Mark Batterson delivers a bold message
  • 00:26:51.240 --> 00:26:54.200
  • to everyone with a big dream.
  • 00:26:54.200 --> 00:26:57.010
  • To thank you for your gift of $25 or more,
  • 00:26:57.010 --> 00:27:00.110
  • in support of the worldwide outreaches of TBN,
  • 00:27:00.110 --> 00:27:03.140
  • we'll send you your very own copy
  • 00:27:03.140 --> 00:27:05.120
  • of the book Chase the Lion.
  • 00:27:05.120 --> 00:27:07.060
  • And for your gift of $75 or more,
  • 00:27:07.060 --> 00:27:10.140
  • we'll also include two additional books by Pastor Mark.
  • 00:27:10.140 --> 00:27:13.280
  • In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day
  • 00:27:13.280 --> 00:27:16.130
  • and his latest book Whisper: How to Hear the Voice of God.
  • 00:27:16.130 --> 00:27:20.020
  • Call or go online right now to share a gift
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  • and request these powerful resources
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  • from Pastor Mark Batterson.
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