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February 13, 2021
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  • Dr. Michael Youssef:In the time of war,
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  • you are either an arrowor a target.
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  • If you are only passive,if you're only indifferent,
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  • if you're in a defensive postureonly, you will keep on absorbing
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  • the enemy's arrows.
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  • But if you place yourselfand those whom God entrusted you
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  • to go on the offensive,you will experience
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  • the unbelievable thrillof victory.
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  • male announcer: Coming up nexton "Leading the Way."
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  • male announcer:As the eyes of the world
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  • focus on the latest floodof calamities,
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  • the most urgentmay not be the most visible
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  • to the average person.
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  • For decades, we have seenan erosion of Christian values,
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  • but toady we're experiencinga world gone mad.
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  • Christ followers are beingedged out of cultural
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  • and political influence.
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  • Cultural norms are shifting.
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  • What can we do in a worldhostile to Christianity?
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  • Dr. Youssef presentsa seven part plan
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  • providing practical steps
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  • on how to be a godly influencein our society,
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  • and how to take a standfor our faith in a culture
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  • aggressively opposedto the truth of Christ.
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  • and biblical principles.
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  • Dr. Youssef: In the yearsbetween 1984 to 86,
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  • I have struggled in prayer.
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  • Have you ever struggledin prayer?
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  • You know what I'm talking about.
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  • I mean, it was almost like Jacobwrestling with God in prayer.
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  • And it was at timesvery painful struggle.
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  • My question of the Lordwas very simple.
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  • "Do you really want meto birth this church?"
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  • Which is now we callthe Church of the Apostles.
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  • I had so much personal doubt,I wasn't really sure
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  • whether I'm listening to God,am I hearing his voice,
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  • or am I hearing my own voice?
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  • Because, make no mistakeabout it,
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  • we often can hear our own voiceand answer our own prayers.
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  • I'm aware of that.
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  • So, that is why the struggle,am I listening to other voices?
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  • Deep down, I longed to obeythe Lord,
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  • so the issue was not an issueof obedience,
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  • it was an issue of discernment,discerning the voice of God.
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  • I've always believedthat for the transmission
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  • of the whole truth,whole biblical truth
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  • to the next generation,certainly at that time,
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  • at the time of my struggleand even this day,
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  • for that to happen,there is or has to be
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  • three legged stools in orderto help in that--
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  • in that preparationof the next generation
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  • and that next link of the chain.
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  • First and foremost is the home,and secondly is the church,
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  • and then the school,or education in general.
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  • At least that's what ison my heart at the time.
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  • In my case, I coulddiscount education,
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  • I could discount school,I knew that.
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  • But the home and the church haveto be inexorably linked together
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  • to work together, in orderto establish and affirm
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  • and train the next generation,in order for them
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  • to receive the whole truth.
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  • But what God did for mein this struggle at that time,
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  • he used self-interest for mepersonally to get me off
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  • my blessed assuranceand go ahead
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  • and do what he's been telling meto do for two years,
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  • where I struggle in prayer.
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  • And the way God got me offmy duff
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  • to do what he wants me to dowhen I was really not sure,
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  • it was basically a phone callthat I received from a person
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  • who's now a memberof this church.
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  • She called me at the churchwe used to attend,
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  • she was the Sunday schoolsuperintendent.
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  • So, she called me on the phoneand she said,
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  • "Yesterday, we had a meeting
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  • with the newChristian education director."
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  • He had met withthe Sunday school teachers,
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  • children's Sunday schoolteachers.
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  • And he basically said,
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  • "You guys are giving Jesustoo much airtime.
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  • We need to havewell-rounded children."
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  • Listen, I believed back in '86,as I believe exactly right now
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  • as I'm standingin front of you today,
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  • that the churchand the home are
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  • the two of the most importantplaces for the next generation
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  • not only to learnbut to practice biblical faith.
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  • Little did I know thenthat 35 years later
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  • the anti-Christian forcesthat were just becoming to get
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  • into some churches at the time,these anti-Christian forces,
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  • anti-biblical forces,that now become so blatant,
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  • so--you would neverhave imagined back then
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  • they'd be so blatant.
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  • That they would openlyintimidate and harass
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  • and, yes, persecuteBible-believing Christian kids.
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  • So much so that by 2020...
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  • there are so many Christians whocaved in to that pressure, okay?
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  • Caved in, and they just said,
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  • "Well, we've got to gowith the flow."
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  • Beloved, I believe with allmy heart now is the time.
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  • This is the hour and this isthe place where we need
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  • to fight back withevery spiritual power.
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  • You heard this carefully,please.
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  • Spiritual power,spiritual weapons to save,
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  • train, equipthe next generation.
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  • We do not have an option.
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  • [congregation applauding]
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  • I'm not under any illusionthat the forces of evil
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  • that have been working hard,strategizing hard
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  • to affect our next generation,systematically,
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  • they've been at itfor over 70 or 80 years.
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  • Open your eyes.
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  • They're not gonna beovercome overnight, I know that.
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  • I'm not under any illusion,but that's why in this team,
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  • the team that God blessed uswith in this church,
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  • we are all hands on deck forthe next ten years to implement,
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  • obey, fulfill God's visionfor this church.
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  • Question, why am I so passionateabout this?
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  • Because, my believing friends,the Scripture tells us
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  • that our next generation isour greatest asset.
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  • Our next generation
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  • is our mostimportant investment.
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  • Turn with me to Psalm 127,please,
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  • and keep it openin front of you,
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  • because that is what I will begoing through.
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  • Psalm 127.
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  • In verse 3 of Psalm 127,it says,
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  • "Children are a heritagefrom the Lord."
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  • Heritage from whom?
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  • Not from society,
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  • not from anybody else,but it is from the Lord.
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  • And you heard me say this,and I'll keep saying this,
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  • our children are not ours.
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  • They are the Lord's children,he entrust them to us.
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  • He is basically telling usthat the next generation is
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  • our most treasured possessionsthat God entrusted to us.
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  • And then he continues,
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  • "Like arrows in the handsof a warrior
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  • are children of one's youth."
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  • Let me explain it at the outset
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  • that this psalm hasa primary application
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  • and has a secondary application.
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  • The primary applicationof the psalm is for the family.
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  • The secondary application isfor the church.
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  • And that is why in verse 1is where he starts.
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  • You see, he starts verse 1,he begins by reminding us of
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  • the sovereignty of God, the Godwho has given us everything,
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  • the God has given usour children,
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  • that God who is giving usthe next generation.
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  • God is the one who canand must be trusted
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  • to uphold the next generation.
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  • But then the psalmist hastenedto tell us our responsibility
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  • toward the next generation.
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  • Beloved, the one thing about theWord of God that makes it very,
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  • very clear, that evenour responsibility cannot,
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  • cannot, cannot be accomplishedwithout God's power
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  • and God's strings working in us.
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  • But beloved, the one thingwe better not do
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  • is squander his gift,or give that gift to everything
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  • except the onemost important thing of all,
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  • and that is for them to knowand love God,
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  • that is to loveand obey his Word,
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  • and that is to honorand revere his Word.
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  • I know and you know there are somany parents who work so hard,
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  • they work so hard,they work so hard to provide
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  • for their children,and I thank God for that.
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  • But they leave outthe most important
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  • and the most treasuredresponsibility,
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  • that is the responsibilityof training them
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  • as warriors for God,
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  • that is consistentlyreminding them
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  • of their importancein the kingdom of God.
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  • That is the continuouslydrilling in their mind
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  • how mightily they can beused of God.
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  • And that is to demonstrateto them the greatest success
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  • in life is to be lightfor Jesus,
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  • wherever they may be,whatever they may be.
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  • What breaks my heart is thatthere are churches
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  • that are constantly planningand strategizing
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  • on how to entertain kids,
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  • how to let the kidshave a good time.
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  • Now listen, I'm notagainst good time, guys.
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  • Don't--I like a good timeas good as anybody.
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  • I'm not against a good time.
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  • Or how to be rounded kidsjust like that pastor said
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  • back in 1986.
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  • "You're giving Jesus too muchairtime," he said.
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  • We need rounded kids,well-rounded kids.
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  • I remember saying the momentI hung up that phone
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  • from that call, I said,
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  • "Not with my kidsyou're going to."
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  • And we walked outand never looked back.
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  • My plea for everyone todayis not just for parents
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  • and grandparents, listen to me.
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  • I believe with all my heartthis vision is for everyone.
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  • Whether you're marriedor single,
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  • whether you have childrenor you don't,
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  • everyone must put their shoulderto the plow and become involved
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  • in passing the whole biblicaltruth to the next generation.
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  • If you're an older man,you need to pour yourself
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  • into a younger man.
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  • If you're an older woman,you need to pour yourself
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  • into some younger women.
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  • If you're a college students,you can get involved
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  • with elementary school studentsor high school students.
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  • The chain is endless.
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  • Most often, the need isfor someone just to listen
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  • and may give some wise advice.
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  • Other times, a morebiblical instruction is needed.
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  • In any case and in all cases,every one of us,
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  • every one of us,no one is exempted,
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  • can do something.
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  • Let's look back againat verse 1, Psalm 127.
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  • "Unless the Lordbuilds the house."
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  • Why do we build houses?
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  • For the family, right?
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  • "Unless the Lord guardsthe city."
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  • Why do we have cities?
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  • So the familiescan live in them.
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  • "Unless the Lord buildsthe house.
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  • Unless the Lord guardsthe city."
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  • It's all begin with focuson the Lord.
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  • Otherwise, we will feelso overwhelmed,
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  • like a mom that I talkedto not long ago,
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  • so overwhelmed they say,"I want to give up."
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  • Please don't give up,please don't give up.
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  • We're here to stand with you.
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  • The Lord gave usa precious gift,
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  • an invaluable giftof the next generation.
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  • What do you do with a gift?
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  • You lock it up in a safe?
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  • You put it on the tablefor display?
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  • No, you use the gift,you train the gift,
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  • you deploy the gift,you exercise the gift.
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  • And the first thing you dowith a precious gift is
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  • to recognize its immense value.
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  • It's to feel a senseof responsibility
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  • toward the giver of the gift.
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  • It's to do anything possibleto honor the giver of the gift.
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  • It's to invest everything,deploy, to deploy that gift.
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  • I cannot tell you withoutreliance on the giver of gifts
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  • to build the next generation,
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  • to encouragethe next generation,
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  • to instill a senseof responsibility
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  • for the future generation,to constantly remind
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  • the next generationthat they are a gift from God,
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  • that they are a vital linkin the chain,
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  • that they are the oneswho will be responsible
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  • for the future generation.
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  • And that there are to bean arrow.
  • 00:16:29.303 --> 00:16:33.841
  • Verse 4 literally means,
  • 00:16:35.476 --> 00:16:38.613
  • "As an arrow in the handof a mighty warrior."
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  • See, in the ancient world,an arrow is
  • 00:16:44.118 --> 00:16:46.654
  • the most lethal weapon usedin warfare.
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  • And that is why the Bibledescribes Satan's attack on us
  • 00:16:50.391 --> 00:16:54.529
  • as an--with arrows,he calls it fiery darts.
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  • You know, in Ephesians,it talks about the armor of God,
  • 00:16:58.666 --> 00:17:02.637
  • and they said the shield.
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  • Basically what the shield,
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  • when you putthe shield of faith,
  • 00:17:05.606 --> 00:17:06.941
  • it makes arrows fizzle out.
  • 00:17:06.941 --> 00:17:12.113
  • Those fiery darts,they fizzle out,
  • 00:17:12.113 --> 00:17:14.048
  • they get neutralizedbefore they impact you.
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  • Please don't misswhat I'm going to tell you.
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  • In the time of war,
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  • you are eitheran arrow or a target.
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  • If you are only passive,if you're only indifferent,
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  • if you're only in a defensiveposture only all the time,
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  • you will keep on absorbingthe enemy's arrows.
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  • But that's not what weor those who are entrusted to us
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  • supposed to be.
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  • We are to go on the offensive.
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  • We are to learnhow to aim our arrows.
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  • We are to learn how to invadethe enemy's territories.
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  • I am not minimizingthat defensive posture,
  • 00:17:59.160 --> 00:18:03.564
  • it is important.
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  • But if you place yourself andthose whom God entrusted you
  • 00:18:05.566 --> 00:18:11.439
  • to go on the offensive,you will experience
  • 00:18:11.439 --> 00:18:14.075
  • the unbelievablethrill of victory.
  • 00:18:14.075 --> 00:18:18.813
  • And the psalmist does not saythe next generations
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  • need to learnto be a nice dartboard.
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  • No, look at it with me, arrows.
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  • And arrows require a whole lotof different thinking,
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  • a whole different strategy,a whole different mindset,
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  • a whole different posture.
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  • Above all, learn to placeyourself in the hand
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  • of the greatest bow holderin the universe.
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  • I'm talking aboutthe Holy Spirit.
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  • Let me give you some training,some help regarding arrows,
  • 00:18:53.781 --> 00:18:56.918
  • okay?
  • 00:18:56.918 --> 00:18:58.719
  • First of all, the arrow isvery quick, it really is fast.
  • 00:18:58.719 --> 00:19:04.859
  • You put the arrow in the bowand you're--
  • 00:19:04.859 --> 00:19:07.128
  • and it can go a long distance.
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  • It moves likewith lightning speed.
  • 00:19:10.464 --> 00:19:14.368
  • An arrow is not often seen.
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  • Listen to me,some of your greatest impact,
  • 00:19:18.940 --> 00:19:23.644
  • please listen,some of your greatest impact,
  • 00:19:23.644 --> 00:19:26.547
  • and we might not be able to seethis until you get to heaven,
  • 00:19:26.547 --> 00:19:30.218
  • your greatest impact iswhat you have done
  • 00:19:30.218 --> 00:19:34.188
  • or will dowithout a lot of fanfare.
  • 00:19:34.188 --> 00:19:38.192
  • Your greatest ministryin pouring in the lives
  • 00:19:38.192 --> 00:19:41.395
  • of the next generationmay not be visible.
  • 00:19:41.395 --> 00:19:44.932
  • But remember this,in ancient times,
  • 00:19:44.932 --> 00:19:48.102
  • an arrow hada long range capability.
  • 00:19:48.102 --> 00:19:53.174
  • Isaiah 49:2 tells usbasically the same thing.
  • 00:19:53.174 --> 00:19:57.712
  • See, throughout the Scripture,it's the same concept.
  • 00:19:57.712 --> 00:20:00.715
  • It speaks about the powerof the Word,
  • 00:20:00.715 --> 00:20:03.851
  • the power of the Word of lifeto the next generation.
  • 00:20:03.851 --> 00:20:09.523
  • He said the Word will belike arrow because
  • 00:20:09.523 --> 00:20:12.994
  • of the Holy Spirit's powerin it.
  • 00:20:12.994 --> 00:20:15.429
  • Listen to whatthe Word of God said,
  • 00:20:15.496 --> 00:20:18.266
  • "He made my mouthlike a sharpened sword;
  • 00:20:18.266 --> 00:20:22.503
  • in the shadow of his handhe hides me.
  • 00:20:22.503 --> 00:20:25.840
  • He made me into a polished arrowand concealed me in his quiver."
  • 00:20:25.840 --> 00:20:33.714
  • In Jeremiah 51:11,same thing,
  • 00:20:35.516 --> 00:20:38.686
  • said very somethingvery similar.
  • 00:20:38.686 --> 00:20:40.554
  • He said, "Sharpen the arrows."
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  • Beloved, this is the time,sharpen the arrows,
  • 00:20:43.357 --> 00:20:47.962
  • take up the shieldsfor defensive purposes.
  • 00:20:48.029 --> 00:20:53.668
  • Why do you sharpen the arrow?
  • 00:20:53.668 --> 00:20:55.703
  • For God's gloryand for our blessing.
  • 00:20:55.703 --> 00:21:00.107
  • There's something else I needto tell you about arrows
  • 00:21:00.107 --> 00:21:03.010
  • before I finish.
  • 00:21:03.010 --> 00:21:05.179
  • Arrows used to carry messages.
  • 00:21:05.179 --> 00:21:07.581
  • Sometimes, you put a message init and with the sharpness of it,
  • 00:21:07.581 --> 00:21:11.552
  • and send it to the enemy,and the enemy would read it.
  • 00:21:11.552 --> 00:21:13.688
  • But also other times,an arrow used as a sign,
  • 00:21:13.688 --> 00:21:18.326
  • as a sign.
  • 00:21:18.326 --> 00:21:20.695
  • If you rememberin 1 Samuel 20:21,
  • 00:21:20.695 --> 00:21:25.199
  • you know, David and Jonathanwere dear friends,
  • 00:21:25.199 --> 00:21:27.568
  • were close friends.
  • 00:21:27.568 --> 00:21:29.570
  • And David is on the run fromthis demon possessed King Saul.
  • 00:21:29.570 --> 00:21:36.977
  • And Jonathan said to him,he said if the arrow goes
  • 00:21:36.977 --> 00:21:39.613
  • to this side, it means that,and if it goes to this side,
  • 00:21:39.613 --> 00:21:42.550
  • it means the other thing.
  • 00:21:42.550 --> 00:21:44.318
  • It's a sign.
  • 00:21:44.318 --> 00:21:47.488
  • His arrow served as a message.
  • 00:21:47.488 --> 00:21:51.025
  • To be sure, an arrow can beused for good
  • 00:21:51.025 --> 00:21:55.363
  • or can be used for evil.
  • 00:21:55.363 --> 00:21:56.764
  • Satan uses arrows as well,as I already showed you.
  • 00:21:56.764 --> 00:22:00.034
  • But when we bathe our trainingof the next generation
  • 00:22:00.034 --> 00:22:07.007
  • in prayer, the next generationwill become arrows
  • 00:22:07.007 --> 00:22:12.146
  • in the greatest hand of all.
  • 00:22:12.146 --> 00:22:16.384
  • The anti-God forces,the anti-biblical forces,
  • 00:22:16.384 --> 00:22:20.488
  • the anti-family forces,they are organizing,
  • 00:22:20.488 --> 00:22:25.226
  • they are scheming,they are planning their arrows
  • 00:22:25.226 --> 00:22:29.697
  • to be used for evilagainst the next generation.
  • 00:22:29.697 --> 00:22:34.068
  • And that is why you and I haveno option but to train
  • 00:22:34.068 --> 00:22:39.774
  • the next generation.
  • 00:22:39.774 --> 00:22:42.877
  • We need to train them not justto wear the shield of faith
  • 00:22:42.877 --> 00:22:47.882
  • in order to neutralizethe fiery darts of Satan's,
  • 00:22:47.882 --> 00:22:51.852
  • but we need to train themto be arrows themselves.
  • 00:22:51.852 --> 00:22:56.891
  • Train them to be alert,not to be deceived.
  • 00:22:56.891 --> 00:23:02.196
  • My goodness, the deceptionthat we're seeing
  • 00:23:02.196 --> 00:23:05.266
  • in our culture today,the smooth talking,
  • 00:23:05.266 --> 00:23:08.302
  • the double talk,the deceitful slogans
  • 00:23:08.302 --> 00:23:12.506
  • that they sounds so good,but they have poison in them.
  • 00:23:12.506 --> 00:23:17.978
  • We need to equip them to besharp arrows in the hand
  • 00:23:17.978 --> 00:23:22.516
  • of the holy, mighty God.
  • 00:23:22.516 --> 00:23:25.586
  • We need to train themnot to fear intimidation,
  • 00:23:25.586 --> 00:23:30.157
  • manipulations, and wantingto be accepted at any cost.
  • 00:23:30.157 --> 00:23:34.895
  • Above all, we need to train themhow to pray, and live,
  • 00:23:34.895 --> 00:23:40.034
  • and walk with the Lord.
  • 00:23:40.034 --> 00:23:44.238
  • But listen, this cannot be donejust by speaking, by words,
  • 00:23:44.238 --> 00:23:53.180
  • it has to be modeled.
  • 00:23:53.180 --> 00:23:55.483
  • Most often, it is more caughtthan taught.
  • 00:23:55.483 --> 00:24:01.655
  • Teaching is important.
  • 00:24:01.655 --> 00:24:03.891
  • It cannot say,"Look, do what I say,
  • 00:24:03.891 --> 00:24:05.693
  • don't do what I do."
  • 00:24:05.693 --> 00:24:07.228
  • They're watching what we do.
  • 00:24:07.228 --> 00:24:10.598
  • And that iswhy the psalmist said,
  • 00:24:10.598 --> 00:24:12.967
  • "Unless, unless,"say it with me.
  • 00:24:12.967 --> 00:24:16.637
  • Say it again.
  • 00:24:16.637 --> 00:24:19.139
  • Unless God's Word isat the center of life,
  • 00:24:19.139 --> 00:24:23.344
  • God's Word is at the centerof the family,
  • 00:24:23.344 --> 00:24:26.013
  • God's Word at the centerof the church,
  • 00:24:26.013 --> 00:24:28.182
  • God's Word at the centerof community,
  • 00:24:28.182 --> 00:24:32.019
  • we can spend trillionsof dollars in education,
  • 00:24:32.019 --> 00:24:36.657
  • but we will end upwith a collapsed society.
  • 00:24:36.657 --> 00:24:40.261
  • I think it wasAlbert Schweitzer,
  • 00:24:40.261 --> 00:24:41.629
  • I'm not sure, but I thinkit was him who said,
  • 00:24:41.629 --> 00:24:43.831
  • "Example is not the main thingin influence.
  • 00:24:43.831 --> 00:24:48.102
  • It's the only thing."
  • 00:24:48.102 --> 00:24:51.972
  • Now, my beloved,my beloved friends,
  • 00:24:51.972 --> 00:24:55.209
  • if we are to pray and guideand train the next generation,
  • 00:24:55.209 --> 00:25:03.117
  • we will be doinggreat exploits for God.
  • 00:25:03.117 --> 00:25:06.320
  • And if we're going to do greatexploits for God in the lives
  • 00:25:06.320 --> 00:25:10.357
  • of the next generation,we better learn
  • 00:25:10.357 --> 00:25:14.795
  • how to model Christto the next generation.
  • 00:25:14.795 --> 00:25:19.199
  • We better set our lives as rolemodels so that they can see,
  • 00:25:19.199 --> 00:25:27.575
  • not just hear, how to dogreat things for God.
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