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Healthy Living In A Sick World Part 12

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  • male announcer: Coming up nexton "Leading The Way."
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  • Dr. Michael Youssef: When yougive in order to get something,
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  • you already havereceived your reward.
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  • A steward is entrusted by Godto manage our monies, our time,
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  • and our gifts for Godand on God's behalf.
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  • When you give for eternal fruit,for the cause of righteousness,
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  • then you havean indescribable eternal reward.
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  • announcer: Coming up next.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • Dr. Youssef: A steward isentrusted by God to manage
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  • our bodies, our monies,and our possessions,
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  • our time,and our gifts.
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  • All are managed for Godand on God's behalf.
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  • The trouble always, always beginwhether it be an individual
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  • or a communityor a society or a country,
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  • is when we begin to thinkthat we are the owners.
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  • In fact, 1 Corinthians chapter 9is all about stewardship.
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  • In the last message, we sawthe apostle Paul speaking
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  • about the stewardshipof our liberty in Christ,
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  • the stewardship of ourfreedom in Christ,
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  • and he said our stewardshipholds our liberty with love.
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  • That our freedom in Christis tempered with consideration
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  • for the weaker believer.
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  • Chapter 9 divides itselfinto two sections very easily.
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  • In verses 1 to 14Paul gives us six, six,
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  • six reasons as to whywe should give of ourselves
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  • to gospel work.
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  • I'm gonna repeatthat word gospel work
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  • so many times in this messageuntil you get it.
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  • Six reasons why we shouldsupport gospel work.
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  • Then in verses 15 to 27,the second half of the chapter,
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  • he gives us an overriding reasonas to why we must run
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  • the race to win.
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  • First, he gives us six reasonsas to why we have no option
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  • but be stewards.
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  • Reason number one, verses 1to 6, reason number one:
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  • giving to gospel causes,I keep saying gospel causes
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  • or gospel-preaching ministry,is a must.
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  • Secondly, he says, verse 7,
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  • because givingto gospel ministry
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  • helps frees upthe ministers to minister.
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  • Thirdly, verses 8 to 11, he saidgiving to gospel ministry
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  • is very biblical.
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  • It's run throughall the Scripture.
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  • Fourthly, verse 12, the apostleshave practiced it and taught it.
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  • Five, verse 13, God ordainedgiving to gospel ministry.
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  • And six, verse 14,Jesus commands giving
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  • to gospel ministry.
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  • In 1 Corinthians chapter 9,verses 1 to 6,
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  • Paul tells the Corinthiansas to why they should give
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  • to gospel ministries.
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  • Here we go:because the gospel ministry
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  • produces eternal results.
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  • It produces men and women whoescaped from hell to heaven.
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  • It produces changed lives.
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  • It produces mended heartsthat are broken.
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  • It produces Christianswho become disciples
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  • who disciple others.
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  • Now Paul points out tothe Corinthians themselves,
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  • he said, "You are the proofof that ministry.
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  • You're the sealof my effectiveness
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  • of my ministry,gospel ministry, in you.
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  • Therefore, you needto support gospel ministry,"
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  • even though he himselfdid not want anything.
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  • I'm gonna come back to that.
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  • Look at verse 7:
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  • Your giving will free upministers to minister.
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  • He said just like the soldierdoes not provide
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  • for his own rations,neither should the soldier,
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  • the foot soldier,in God's army.
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  • Just like the farmerwho plants a vineyard
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  • shares in the fruitof that vineyard,
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  • so is the planterof God's vineyard.
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  • Just like the shepherdof the flock drinks milk
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  • out of the flock, so doesthe spiritual shepherd.
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  • Thirdly, verses 8 to 11,it is biblical,
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  • and here the apostle Paulquotes Deuteronomy:
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  • "Do not muzzle the oxwhile it is treading the grain."
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  • Here's a Youssef interpretation.
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  • Listen to me.
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  • You do not give to whoeverscreamed the loudest,
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  • but you give where you'vebeen spiritually fed.
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  • Giving where you'respiritually fed
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  • and encouraged and challenged
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  • is truly giving backto God himself.
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  • Giving to gospel ministry isalso in order to see to it
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  • that others are fed, encouraged,and challenged.
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  • But there's more.
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  • Only the spiritually well-fedbeliever will give to those
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  • who provide them withtheir spiritual nourishment.
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  • When you giveto biblical sound ministry,
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  • you are not giving to a cause.
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  • You are giving directly to God.
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  • Did you know that?
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  • You're giving directly to God.
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  • And God is the onewho will multiply the seed.
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  • He's the only one who can.
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  • The Bible said heis no man's debtor.
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  • He will not be holden to you.
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  • The Scripture said:
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  • "He who sows sparinglywill reap also sparingly,
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  • but he who sows generouslywill reap generously."
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  • Fourthly, all of the apostlespracticed it, verse 12.
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  • While Paul chosenot to receive support
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  • from the Corinthiansdeliberately,
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  • I'm gonna explainthis to you,
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  • but in Acts 16 we seethat he received support
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  • from the Bereans, he received itfrom the Thessalonians
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  • and from the Philippiansand from the Macedonians.
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  • Why?
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  • Because Paul knewthat in this particular case,
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  • the case of the Corinthians,
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  • had he received supportfrom them,
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  • it would hinder the gospel.
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  • That was his conviction.
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  • Paul said while it is his choicenot to receive support
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  • from the Corinthians,others did receive their support
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  • from the Corinthian.
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  • He said that's absolutely fine.
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  • It is absolutely fine for them.
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  • Fifthly, in verse 13,because God ordained
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  • this type of stewardship.
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  • See, the priests in the temple,in the Old Testament,
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  • they all were supportedby the tithes
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  • and the offerings in the temple.
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  • But even way before the temple,
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  • way before the priesthoodof the Levites,
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  • way before the law of Moseswas given
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  • and the Ten Commandmentsand all of that,
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  • way before that,Abraham tithed not his income
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  • but his whole net worthto Melchizedek
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  • who's a type of Christ,the great high priest.
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  • Sixthly, verse 14,because Jesus commanded it.
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  • You know, when Jesus sentthe disciples, 70 of them,
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  • he sent them out, two by two,and he sent them
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  • in Luke chapter 10, verse 7.
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  • When he sent them out, he said,
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  • "The labor is worthyof his hire."
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  • And that they will receivetheir support
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  • as they faithfully servethe flock of God.
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  • As they blessed others,they will be blessed.
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  • Now I come to the second halfof this chapter.
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  • The running of the racefor the Christian life
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  • is a stewardship.
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  • Life and the runningof the race of life,
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  • Paul said, to him personallyand to every believer,
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  • it should be the whole ministry
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  • and the whole lifeis a stewardship.
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  • Paul is saying, "I am willingto go to any length
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  • in order to win peopleto Christ."
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  • And that is why,verses 24 to 27,
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  • Paul exhorts all believersto run the race well.
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  • How?
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  • By limiting our libertythrough self-control.
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  • Oh, self-control.
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  • That's another word that's notused these days: self-control.
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  • Limiting our libertythrough self-control.
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  • Why?
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  • Because God's winnersdo not turn their freedom
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  • into laziness because God'swinners understand
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  • that a steward must exerciseself-control,
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  • and that is why Paul gives usan example of the athlete.
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  • Look at in Scripturewith me please.
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  • And he's speakingto the Corinthians
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  • about athletesbecause they understood
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  • what athletes are all about.
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  • Corinth hosted the Isthmianathletic events.
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  • The Isthmian Games,next to the Olympics,
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  • was the most famous.
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  • And the Corinthians understood,
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  • because they sawwith their own eyes
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  • how hard thoseathletes exercise,
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  • how hard they work,in order to win.
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  • And yet, out of a large numberof athletes, only one wins.
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  • Did you get that?
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  • Only one wins.
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  • Now in the Christian race,Paul is saying,
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  • "We don't competewith each other.
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  • We're not competingwith each other, no, no, no.
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  • We are competingagainst obstacles.
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  • We are competing againsttemptations that we face.
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  • We're competing againstthe enemy of our soul.
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  • 'Cause God does not justwant one of his children
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  • to be winners.
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  • He wants every one of hischildren to be winners,
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  • everyone,everyone to be a winner.
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  • It is the longing of his heart.
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  • In the Isthmian Gamesthe prize was a pine wreath.
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  • A pine wreath.
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  • You worked so hard all year,
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  • and you run your heart outto get this.
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  • This type of wreathis worthless,
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  • but it representedto the athletes at the time
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  • fame and acclaimand hero worship,
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  • and these athleteswere immortalized.
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  • But listen carefully,this type of immortality
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  • was as mortal as both the wreathand the athlete.
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  • All die, both die.
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  • Both die.
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  • But believers in Jesus do notrun for a short-lived wreath
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  • that is literally be dead...
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  • in a few weeks time.
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  • That's all it is.
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  • It's falling apart.
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  • No, we don't do that.
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  • That's not--that's not for us.
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  • Believers in Jesus do not runfor a short-lived fame.
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  • Believers in Jesus do not runfor a short-lived cheer,
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  • but we run to receive the crownsthat are imperishable
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  • in the life that istruly immortal.
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  • For a student to succeed,he must study hard.
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  • For an athlete to win,he must work out for long hours.
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  • For an artist to bean accomplished,
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  • long hours of practiceare required.
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  • Ah, but for the believer to livea life that is above mediocrity,
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  • we have to be sacrificial giversof everything,
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  • even of what is near and dear.
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  • For the believer to livea life of an effective witness,
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  • spiritual disciplinemust be exercised.
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  • Look at the athletes again.
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  • The athletes know that they haveto restrain their liberty
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  • in order to win.
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  • They must disciplinetheir sleep.
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  • They must discipline their diet.
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  • They must disciplinetheir exercise program.
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  • The one thing that an athletecannot afford to do is
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  • to live by his feelings.
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  • They cannot allow their bodyto tell their mind what to do,
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  • and yet that'swhat many believers
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  • in the Lord Jesus Christdo today.
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  • They let their bodies dictateto their minds what to do.
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  • I don't feel like praying,
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  • I don't feel like studyingthe Word of God,
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  • I don't feel like goingto church,
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  • I don't feel like serving,I don't feel like witnessing,
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  • I don't feel like giving.
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  • The Word of God exhorts usagain and again and again,
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  • just like the athletehere in this passage.
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  • Like the athlete,
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  • we must let our mindstell our bodies what to do,
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  • not the other way around.
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  • Just like the athletecannot allow his feelings
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  • to instruct his mind,so must the believer.
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  • Just like the athlete's mindleads his body,
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  • so must the believer in Jesus.
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  • Can I get an amen?
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  • Why?Why?
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  • Verse 27, the last verse inthe chapter, tells you why.
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  • Paul said, "I do this lestI become disqualified."
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  • Lest I become disqualified.
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  • There are some who believewhen Paul says,
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  • "Lest I become disqualified"meaning losing his salvation,
  • 00:16:00.875 --> 00:16:05.813
  • but it's not gonna surpriseany of you to know
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  • that I have a differentpoint of view.
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  • If we're talkingabout true believers,
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  • not the professing Christians.
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  • I'm talking abouttrue believers.
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  • Then I believe the Scripture'svery clear that salvation
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  • for the true believer is sealedin Jesus for all of eternity.
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  • And when a true believerpersists in sin,
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  • God has a way of discipliningthe true believer.
  • 00:16:32.974 --> 00:16:38.379
  • Remember from chapter 5,he says,
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  • "Even if it comesto a point of taking his life
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  • in order to save his soul,"
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  • that's how serious God takeshis truly adopted children.
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  • He has a way of draggingyou back to himself,
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  • kicking and screaming.
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  • I know because I did that.
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  • Scripture's very clearnothing shall separate us.
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  • That is talking aboutthe elect of God.
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  • Nothing shall separate usfrom the love of God,
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  • even if he has to drag you back,kicking and screaming.
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  • Listen to me.
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  • In fact, that is why I thinksome Christians
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  • are lurching from defeatto defeat to defeat to defeat
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  • and living a defeated life.
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  • Some believersare like those athletes
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  • who start with great dealof enthusiasm
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  • and a desire to win,and they work hard
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  • and they starttheir training seriously
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  • and then they lose interest
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  • and stop runningthe race of faith.
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  • Let me ask you this.
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  • Have you cometo a point of feeling
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  • that you just cannot runthe race anymore
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  • and you aredisqualifying yourself
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  • from the crown of righteousness,
  • 00:17:54.622 --> 00:17:56.357
  • from the crowns that areprepared for the believers?
  • 00:17:56.390 --> 00:17:59.794
  • Have you given up the race?
  • 00:17:59.827 --> 00:18:06.200
  • Have you stopped yourspiritual training program
  • 00:18:06.234 --> 00:18:10.171
  • and you're listeningto the devil who says,
  • 00:18:10.204 --> 00:18:12.140
  • "Well, now you've failed,just stay failed.
  • 00:18:12.173 --> 00:18:15.042
  • You can't get up anymore."
  • 00:18:15.076 --> 00:18:18.279
  • He's lying to you.
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  • I wanna tell you today onthe authority of God's Word,
  • 00:18:21.549 --> 00:18:25.953
  • get back intothe training program.
  • 00:18:25.987 --> 00:18:28.856
  • Get back into the race.
  • 00:18:28.890 --> 00:18:31.058
  • Get back into spiritualworkout program,
  • 00:18:31.092 --> 00:18:35.196
  • because God wants you to win.
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  • Say that with me.
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  • God wants you to win.
  • 00:18:40.368 --> 00:18:42.970
  • God is cheering for you.
  • 00:18:43.004 --> 00:18:45.339
  • He wants you to be a winner.
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  • God wants you to be victoriousin Jesus's name.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪♪♪
  • 00:19:00.321 --> 00:19:03.057
  • Heba: My name is Heba.I'm a pharmacist from Egypt.
  • 00:19:03.090 --> 00:19:06.527
  • I grew up Muslimin a Muslim family.
  • 00:19:06.561 --> 00:19:09.397
  • I was always at the topof my class academically.
  • 00:19:09.430 --> 00:19:13.734
  • I loved Chemistry,so I registered
  • 00:19:13.768 --> 00:19:15.870
  • to the pharmaceutical college.
  • 00:19:15.903 --> 00:19:18.239
  • During the first yearsof classes,
  • 00:19:18.272 --> 00:19:20.474
  • one of the professors explainedthings in a different way.
  • 00:19:20.508 --> 00:19:24.345
  • I learnedthat he was a Christian,
  • 00:19:24.378 --> 00:19:26.747
  • and his way of explaining thingswas distinguished and new to me.
  • 00:19:26.781 --> 00:19:32.053
  • He challenged my thinking.
  • 00:19:32.086 --> 00:19:34.121
  • In Islam, we have a concept.
  • 00:19:36.791 --> 00:19:39.026
  • Only Muslimswill enter the garden,
  • 00:19:39.060 --> 00:19:41.462
  • and everybody elsewill be in hell.
  • 00:19:41.495 --> 00:19:44.065
  • Knowing this I wondered,"How did he not understand it?"
  • 00:19:44.699 --> 00:19:49.837
  • The true path.
  • 00:19:49.870 --> 00:19:54.141
  • I went on the internetand typed:
  • 00:19:54.175 --> 00:19:56.344
  • "What do Christians believe in?"
  • 00:19:56.377 --> 00:19:58.613
  • We grew up learningthat they are infidels.
  • 00:19:58.646 --> 00:20:01.282
  • I watched programswhere converts
  • 00:20:01.315 --> 00:20:03.150
  • were sharing their testimonies.
  • 00:20:03.184 --> 00:20:05.753
  • Then, I began to read the Bible.
  • 00:20:05.786 --> 00:20:08.556
  • I started realizingthe more I read the Bible,
  • 00:20:08.589 --> 00:20:11.525
  • the more I felt
  • 00:20:11.559 --> 00:20:12.994
  • I entered a different worldand felt peace.
  • 00:20:13.027 --> 00:20:16.998
  • You immediately knowit's a word from God.
  • 00:20:17.031 --> 00:20:19.900
  • I was learning things
  • 00:20:19.934 --> 00:20:21.702
  • that I could not understandin the Quran.
  • 00:20:21.736 --> 00:20:24.572
  • I learned about Jesus Christ.
  • 00:20:24.605 --> 00:20:26.874
  • If you are raised Muslim,
  • 00:20:28.876 --> 00:20:30.678
  • you grow up with rulesthat are deeply rooted.
  • 00:20:30.711 --> 00:20:34.348
  • It is hard to changeyour perspective
  • 00:20:34.382 --> 00:20:36.951
  • from Islamto another belief system.
  • 00:20:36.984 --> 00:20:39.820
  • We always hadpreconceived notions
  • 00:20:39.854 --> 00:20:41.822
  • that Christians were infidels.
  • 00:20:41.856 --> 00:20:45.660
  • When it comes to who Christ is,
  • 00:20:45.693 --> 00:20:47.862
  • there is a verse in the Quranthat says,
  • 00:20:47.895 --> 00:20:50.731
  • "They have indeeddisbelieved who say,
  • 00:20:50.765 --> 00:20:53.934
  • 'Surely, Allah is nonebut the Messiah, son of Mary.'"
  • 00:20:53.968 --> 00:20:58.773
  • This versewas the most difficult idea
  • 00:20:58.806 --> 00:21:01.309
  • that stayed with me for years.
  • 00:21:01.342 --> 00:21:04.412
  • I eventually said to myself,
  • 00:21:04.445 --> 00:21:07.081
  • "I'm done with Christianitybecause it is wrong."
  • 00:21:07.114 --> 00:21:11.319
  • I closed my Bibleand went back to Islam.
  • 00:21:11.352 --> 00:21:15.589
  • What I foundwas a spiritual drought.
  • 00:21:15.623 --> 00:21:18.592
  • My spirit was dead.
  • 00:21:18.626 --> 00:21:21.128
  • I said to myself,"This is not right.
  • 00:21:22.697 --> 00:21:25.433
  • I will not be ableto continue like this."
  • 00:21:25.466 --> 00:21:28.903
  • During these 2 years,I learned that the Kingdom SAT
  • 00:21:32.673 --> 00:21:36.177
  • did not criticizeor attack Islam.
  • 00:21:36.210 --> 00:21:39.180
  • It is mere Christianityshining a light.
  • 00:21:39.213 --> 00:21:43.651
  • You can feel God's Spirit.
  • 00:21:43.684 --> 00:21:45.920
  • I could not believehow wonderful it was.
  • 00:21:45.953 --> 00:21:48.356
  • Dr. Youssef: Christ delivered usand redeemed us
  • 00:21:48.389 --> 00:21:50.458
  • from the dominion of sin.
  • 00:21:50.491 --> 00:21:53.494
  • Heba: Dr. Michael Youssef's"Leading the Way" program
  • 00:21:53.527 --> 00:21:56.163
  • is so impactful to me.
  • 00:21:56.197 --> 00:21:58.299
  • I thank him for foundingthe Kingdom SAT channel.
  • 00:21:58.332 --> 00:22:01.102
  • While learning aboutJesus Christ, I thought,
  • 00:22:01.135 --> 00:22:04.071
  • "I will tellthe Kingdom SAT team
  • 00:22:04.105 --> 00:22:05.906
  • that I believe Christwas crucified,
  • 00:22:05.940 --> 00:22:08.542
  • resurrected from the grave,and is alive today."
  • 00:22:08.576 --> 00:22:12.012
  • When I contacted the channel,
  • 00:22:12.046 --> 00:22:13.748
  • one of the team membershelped me understand and believe
  • 00:22:13.781 --> 00:22:17.351
  • that Christ,the Son and Word incarnate,
  • 00:22:17.385 --> 00:22:20.621
  • does exist.
  • 00:22:20.654 --> 00:22:22.656
  • At this point, I knowthat the Lord Jesus Christ
  • 00:22:22.690 --> 00:22:25.593
  • is my personal Savior.
  • 00:22:25.626 --> 00:22:27.528
  • When I came backto the Lord's teaching,
  • 00:22:28.896 --> 00:22:31.165
  • I was amazed to feelthe presence of the Holy Spirit.
  • 00:22:31.198 --> 00:22:34.969
  • There is a secretthat I now understand.
  • 00:22:35.002 --> 00:22:39.273
  • Christ existsthrough his Spirit.
  • 00:22:39.306 --> 00:22:41.609
  • He is the Word.
  • 00:22:41.642 --> 00:22:42.943
  • The Father, the Son,and the Holy Spirit are one God,
  • 00:22:42.977 --> 00:22:46.881
  • the Word incarnatedin the fullness of time.
  • 00:22:46.914 --> 00:22:50.050
  • ♪♪♪
  • 00:22:50.551 --> 00:22:55.790
  • Dr. Youssef: Question:
  • 00:22:55.823 --> 00:22:57.358
  • have the problems in your lifebecome bigger than your God?
  • 00:22:57.391 --> 00:23:01.562
  • Do you long to haveunwavering faith
  • 00:23:01.595 --> 00:23:04.432
  • in the midst of pain?
  • 00:23:04.465 --> 00:23:06.400
  • Now, we livein troubled times, yes,
  • 00:23:06.434 --> 00:23:08.636
  • but we serve a victoriousand soon coming Lord.
  • 00:23:08.669 --> 00:23:12.239
  • I've written a book to show youhow you can live fearlessly,
  • 00:23:12.273 --> 00:23:17.912
  • no matter how overwhelmingthe circumstances might be.
  • 00:23:17.945 --> 00:23:21.649
  • It is called "Fearless Livingin Troubled Times."
  • 00:23:21.682 --> 00:23:25.619
  • It's a timely messageabout the hope that we have
  • 00:23:25.653 --> 00:23:28.456
  • in Christ's return.
  • 00:23:28.489 --> 00:23:30.224
  • Get your copy today.
  • 00:23:30.257 --> 00:23:34.528
  • announcer: When you think aboutthe state of the world today,
  • 00:23:34.562 --> 00:23:36.831
  • what fears or concernsdo you have for the future?
  • 00:23:36.864 --> 00:23:39.934
  • male: Acts of terror.
  • 00:23:39.967 --> 00:23:41.335
  • Suicide bombings are one ofthe things that I fear the most.
  • 00:23:41.368 --> 00:23:44.171
  • male: I would say maybethe present state of society
  • 00:23:44.205 --> 00:23:46.106
  • as a whole.
  • 00:23:46.140 --> 00:23:47.475
  • male: I just think of today.
  • 00:23:47.508 --> 00:23:49.510
  • male: The headlines of todayor the news today
  • 00:23:49.543 --> 00:23:51.912
  • gives me not much hope.
  • 00:23:51.946 --> 00:23:53.881
  • male: I really don't knowwhat's gonna happen tomorrow.
  • 00:23:53.914 --> 00:23:56.450
  • announcer: How can you liveout your faith in an age
  • 00:23:56.484 --> 00:23:58.552
  • of crisis and instabilitywith constant headlines
  • 00:23:58.586 --> 00:24:01.789
  • of global disasters,persecution,
  • 00:24:01.822 --> 00:24:04.124
  • and economic turmoil?
  • 00:24:04.158 --> 00:24:06.927
  • In his book, "Fearless Livingin Troubled Times,"
  • 00:24:06.961 --> 00:24:09.597
  • Dr. Michael Youssef guides youthrough 1 and 2 Thessalonians
  • 00:24:09.630 --> 00:24:13.868
  • and shares how you, too,
  • 00:24:13.901 --> 00:24:15.669
  • can live fearlesslyin today's world.
  • 00:24:15.703 --> 00:24:18.606
  • Dr. Youssef: Fear is natural.
  • 00:24:18.639 --> 00:24:20.207
  • Even some of the greatmen and women
  • 00:24:20.241 --> 00:24:22.009
  • in the Bible experienced fear.
  • 00:24:22.042 --> 00:24:24.311
  • It's what you dowith that fear,
  • 00:24:24.345 --> 00:24:25.980
  • and that's reallythe theme of my book,
  • 00:24:26.013 --> 00:24:28.148
  • "Fearless Livingin Troubled Times."
  • 00:24:28.182 --> 00:24:30.317
  • I even caught myself saying,you know, "I'm fine.
  • 00:24:30.351 --> 00:24:32.453
  • I'm going to heaven.
  • 00:24:32.486 --> 00:24:34.221
  • It's children that I worryabout, their future."
  • 00:24:34.255 --> 00:24:36.557
  • That's the flesh talkingin me, not faith.
  • 00:24:36.590 --> 00:24:39.159
  • That whole concept of saying,"I fear for my grandchildren,"
  • 00:24:39.193 --> 00:24:42.129
  • should be eliminatedfrom our vocabulary,
  • 00:24:42.162 --> 00:24:44.865
  • and I'm starting myself,doing that.
  • 00:24:44.899 --> 00:24:47.701
  • announcer: In this bookyou'll find encouraging answers
  • 00:24:47.735 --> 00:24:50.137
  • to life's greatest challengesand find an overwhelming hope
  • 00:24:50.170 --> 00:24:53.674
  • in Christ's return.
  • 00:24:53.707 --> 00:24:55.576
  • Dr. Youssef: Faith isbelieving in God's Word.
  • 00:24:55.609 --> 00:24:58.312
  • Even when the worldis falling apart,
  • 00:24:58.345 --> 00:25:01.215
  • faith says, "No matterwhat happens around me,
  • 00:25:01.248 --> 00:25:03.984
  • God will keep his word."
  • 00:25:04.018 --> 00:25:06.053
  • announcer: Uncover the truenature of the end times
  • 00:25:06.086 --> 00:25:08.756
  • and why you should not panic.
  • 00:25:08.789 --> 00:25:11.992
  • Dr. Youssef: I think the mostimportant message
  • 00:25:12.026 --> 00:25:14.328
  • is that you are not a victim.
  • 00:25:14.361 --> 00:25:16.764
  • You're a victor, and it isthe will of God for you
  • 00:25:16.797 --> 00:25:19.533
  • to live victorious,and therefore, when this book
  • 00:25:19.567 --> 00:25:23.437
  • comes into your handsand you read it,
  • 00:25:23.470 --> 00:25:25.372
  • you'll be lifted up,regardless of what circumstances
  • 00:25:25.406 --> 00:25:28.008
  • you might be facing.
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  • So I hope you're gonna get it.
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  • announcer: This is the finalweek to receive your copy
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  • of "Fearless Livingin Troubled Times"
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  • Call or visit us onlineat LTW.ORG
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • Dr. Youssef: Well, thank youfor that question.
  • 00:25:48.829 --> 00:25:50.197
  • In fact, it's a question thatwas asked by many people
  • 00:25:50.230 --> 00:25:53.367
  • in the Bible.
  • 00:25:53.400 --> 00:25:54.835
  • In fact, that was a questionthat was the Philippian jailer
  • 00:25:54.868 --> 00:25:57.871
  • asked the apostle Pauland Silas,
  • 00:25:57.905 --> 00:26:00.007
  • "What must I do to be saved?"
  • 00:26:00.040 --> 00:26:01.909
  • You know, the Gospel is muchsimpler than we make it.
  • 00:26:01.942 --> 00:26:05.145
  • There are some people who say
  • 00:26:05.179 --> 00:26:06.480
  • you have to jumpthrough some hoops
  • 00:26:06.513 --> 00:26:08.082
  • in order to get saved.
  • 00:26:08.115 --> 00:26:10.017
  • But the Scripture's so clear,it's the recognition
  • 00:26:10.050 --> 00:26:13.554
  • that I'm a sinnerand that I cannot save myself.
  • 00:26:13.587 --> 00:26:17.358
  • And the consequences of my sinis eternal hell,
  • 00:26:17.391 --> 00:26:20.327
  • for eternity tormented,
  • 00:26:20.361 --> 00:26:22.630
  • but then realize that Jesuscame from heaven,
  • 00:26:22.663 --> 00:26:26.800
  • lived a perfect life,died a criminal's death,
  • 00:26:26.834 --> 00:26:30.204
  • rose again, in order thatanyone who would come to him,
  • 00:26:30.237 --> 00:26:33.741
  • would ride on his coattailto heaven.
  • 00:26:33.774 --> 00:26:36.944
  • And so,salvation is very simple.
  • 00:26:36.977 --> 00:26:39.380
  • Lord Jesus, I'm a sinnerand I cannot save myself.
  • 00:26:39.413 --> 00:26:44.318
  • Only you can save me becauseyou, oh Jesus,
  • 00:26:44.351 --> 00:26:47.655
  • died on that cross for me.
  • 00:26:47.688 --> 00:26:50.257
  • Come in my life.
  • 00:26:50.290 --> 00:26:52.059
  • And the moment you do this
  • 00:26:52.092 --> 00:26:53.594
  • the Bible says the Holy Spiritis going to come into your life
  • 00:26:53.627 --> 00:26:56.430
  • and he's going to help you growin Christ,
  • 00:26:56.463 --> 00:26:58.832
  • and he's going to convict you,encourage you,
  • 00:26:58.866 --> 00:27:01.769
  • and give you peace.
  • 00:27:01.802 --> 00:27:04.038
  • announcer: If you've just madea decision to accept Jesus
  • 00:27:04.071 --> 00:27:06.974
  • into your life or if you wouldlike to speak with someone
  • 00:27:07.007 --> 00:27:09.877
  • about making this decision,please visit LTW.org/Jesus.
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  • Dr. Youssef would loveto hear from you.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • announcer: Passionatelyproclaiming
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  • uncompromising truth,
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  • "Leading The Way"with Dr. Michael Youssef
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  • thanks youfor your faithful support
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  • through your continuedprayers and gifts.
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