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July 25, 2020
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Michael Youssef passionately proclaims uncompromising truth from God’s Word. Learn more at LTW.org.

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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: Never before hasour nation been so divided,
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  • so distracted, so proneto seeking our own way.
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  • Yet for the believer,we are called to a hope
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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,
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  • 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.
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  • 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,
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  • from the crowns that areprepared for the believers?
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  • Have you given up the race?
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  • Have you stopped yourspiritual training program
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  • and you're listeningto the devil who says,
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  • "Well, now you've failed,just stay failed.
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  • You can't get up anymore."
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  • He's lying to you.
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  • I wanna tell you today onthe authority of God's Word,
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  • get back intothe training program.
  • 00:19:26.614 --> 00:19:29.483
  • Get back into the race.
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  • Get back into spiritualworkout program,
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  • because God wants you to win.
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  • Say that with me.
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  • God wants you to win.
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  • God is cheering for you.
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  • 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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  • ♪♪♪
  • 00:20:00.948 --> 00:20:06.954
  • William Masih: I have listenedto Dr. Michael Youssef
  • 00:20:10.825 --> 00:20:13.761
  • on Premiere Radio forthe last three, four years now.
  • 00:20:13.794 --> 00:20:18.032
  • I have found his teachingis really excellent.
  • 00:20:18.065 --> 00:20:22.870
  • Really, I was so touchedthat how much he want
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  • to reach outto these lost people,
  • 00:20:27.141 --> 00:20:29.543
  • and my heart isfor these lost people,
  • 00:20:29.577 --> 00:20:32.313
  • and when I listened his talk,really, I felt that, yes,
  • 00:20:32.346 --> 00:20:37.518
  • this is the ministry wherewe need to stand with,
  • 00:20:37.551 --> 00:20:39.887
  • and we need to work together.
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  • I was born ina Roman Catholic family.
  • 00:20:45.293 --> 00:20:47.762
  • Originally, I'm fromIslamabad, Pakistan.
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  • I knew about--little bit about Jesus,
  • 00:20:50.765 --> 00:20:52.967
  • but I didn't know him personallyas my Lord and Savior.
  • 00:20:53.000 --> 00:20:56.337
  • I had no relationship with him.
  • 00:20:56.370 --> 00:20:58.773
  • And then I start searching.
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  • I start studying about Hinduism,Sikhism, Pietism, New Age,
  • 00:21:02.610 --> 00:21:07.114
  • Mormon, Jehovah Witness, Islam.
  • 00:21:07.148 --> 00:21:09.784
  • And I did all these things.
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  • Whatever they said, I did,because deep down in my heart,
  • 00:21:11.952 --> 00:21:16.223
  • really, I wanted to knowa true living God.
  • 00:21:16.257 --> 00:21:19.093
  • And then I metwith one Christian friend,
  • 00:21:19.126 --> 00:21:22.196
  • and he said to methat all these religion,
  • 00:21:22.229 --> 00:21:24.765
  • they teach us how wecan reach out to God,
  • 00:21:24.799 --> 00:21:28.336
  • but only in Christianity,God reach out to us.
  • 00:21:28.369 --> 00:21:32.640
  • And he said to me that,
  • 00:21:32.673 --> 00:21:34.608
  • "My God can come,and he can talk to you."
  • 00:21:34.642 --> 00:21:38.079
  • And one day, I said,"Okay, I want to see your God."
  • 00:21:38.112 --> 00:21:41.849
  • And I said, "Lord, here I am.
  • 00:21:41.882 --> 00:21:43.484
  • Show me--what do youwant to show me?"
  • 00:21:43.517 --> 00:21:45.886
  • And as soon as I said this word,I saw a man in a white robe.
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  • His face was shining.
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  • And he came and he stood just,like, in front of my face,
  • 00:21:53.260 --> 00:21:56.797
  • and he said he's Jesus.
  • 00:21:56.831 --> 00:21:58.966
  • I was completely frozen.
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  • I couldn't say evenone single word.
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  • That was the day whenI gave my life to Jesus.
  • 00:22:02.770 --> 00:22:06.073
  • Very soon I started tellingmy story to my friends,
  • 00:22:06.107 --> 00:22:08.642
  • and I had a passion.
  • 00:22:08.676 --> 00:22:10.511
  • I was so excited aboutwhat God has done in my life,
  • 00:22:10.544 --> 00:22:13.481
  • and I want to tellevery single person.
  • 00:22:13.514 --> 00:22:16.016
  • Then I became a pastor,and Muslim people,
  • 00:22:16.050 --> 00:22:19.420
  • they are evangelizinga lot here.
  • 00:22:19.453 --> 00:22:21.455
  • But many Christians are notevangelizing to the Muslims.
  • 00:22:21.489 --> 00:22:24.658
  • I met with Ash Kotecha,
  • 00:22:24.692 --> 00:22:26.527
  • who is now oneof my best friends here in UK.
  • 00:22:26.560 --> 00:22:29.730
  • Through Ash,I met with Alan Kerbey,
  • 00:22:29.764 --> 00:22:32.066
  • who's the UK directorof Leading The Way.
  • 00:22:32.099 --> 00:22:34.869
  • They introduced mewith a device,
  • 00:22:34.902 --> 00:22:36.904
  • which called "Navigator."
  • 00:22:36.937 --> 00:22:38.739
  • And in that Navigator, thereis full New Testament teaching
  • 00:22:38.773 --> 00:22:41.876
  • of Dr. Michael Youssefand some worship also.
  • 00:22:41.909 --> 00:22:46.781
  • But when we give themthis Navigator,
  • 00:22:46.814 --> 00:22:48.749
  • they take it very easilywithout any hesitation,
  • 00:22:48.783 --> 00:22:51.685
  • and we have given itto so many people.
  • 00:22:51.719 --> 00:22:54.121
  • Dr. Youssef: This little gizmohas the gospel in it
  • 00:22:54.155 --> 00:22:57.258
  • in variety of ways.
  • 00:22:57.291 --> 00:22:59.226
  • William: Vision 2025will help to fulfill this cause.
  • 00:22:59.260 --> 00:23:03.397
  • announcer: Leading The Wayis striving to distribute
  • 00:23:03.431 --> 00:23:05.833
  • 100.000 Navigatorsto those without access
  • 00:23:05.866 --> 00:23:08.936
  • to modern technologies.
  • 00:23:08.969 --> 00:23:11.338
  • Dr. Youssef: God used Englandin the past to impact the world.
  • 00:23:11.372 --> 00:23:15.042
  • William: We need to be a partof this Vision 2025,
  • 00:23:15.075 --> 00:23:18.446
  • which will fulfill this purpose:
  • 00:23:18.479 --> 00:23:22.016
  • to bring a great revivalin this nation.
  • 00:23:22.049 --> 00:23:24.552
  • And this nation used to bea Christian nation,
  • 00:23:24.585 --> 00:23:27.421
  • and I believe that soon thiswill be a Christian nation again
  • 00:23:27.455 --> 00:23:31.492
  • for the glory of God, amen.
  • 00:23:31.525 --> 00:23:34.028
  • ♪♪♪
  • 00:23:34.061 --> 00:23:41.836
  • Dr. Youssef: Question:
  • 00:23:41.869 --> 00:23:43.404
  • have the problems in your lifebecome bigger than your God?
  • 00:23:43.437 --> 00:23:47.608
  • Do you long to haveunwavering faith
  • 00:23:47.641 --> 00:23:50.478
  • in the midst of pain?
  • 00:23:50.511 --> 00:23:52.446
  • Now, we livein troubled times, yes,
  • 00:23:52.480 --> 00:23:54.682
  • but we serve a victoriousand soon coming Lord.
  • 00:23:54.715 --> 00:23:58.285
  • I've written a book to show youhow you can live fearlessly,
  • 00:23:58.319 --> 00:24:03.958
  • no matter how overwhelmingthe circumstances might be.
  • 00:24:03.991 --> 00:24:07.695
  • It is called "Fearless Livingin Troubled Times."
  • 00:24:07.728 --> 00:24:11.665
  • It's a timely messageabout the hope that we have
  • 00:24:11.699 --> 00:24:14.502
  • in Christ's return.
  • 00:24:14.535 --> 00:24:16.270
  • Get your copy today.
  • 00:24:16.303 --> 00:24:18.339
  • announcer: When you think aboutthe state of the world today,
  • 00:24:20.608 --> 00:24:22.877
  • what fears or concernsdo you have for the future?
  • 00:24:22.910 --> 00:24:25.980
  • male: Acts of terror.
  • 00:24:26.013 --> 00:24:27.381
  • Suicide bombings are one ofthe things that I fear the most.
  • 00:24:27.414 --> 00:24:30.217
  • male: I would say maybethe present state of society
  • 00:24:30.251 --> 00:24:32.152
  • as a whole.
  • 00:24:32.186 --> 00:24:33.521
  • male: I just think of today.
  • 00:24:33.554 --> 00:24:35.556
  • male: The headlines of todayor the news today
  • 00:24:35.589 --> 00:24:37.958
  • gives me not much hope.
  • 00:24:37.992 --> 00:24:39.927
  • male: I really don't knowwhat's gonna happen tomorrow.
  • 00:24:39.960 --> 00:24:42.496
  • announcer: How can you liveout your faith in an age
  • 00:24:42.530 --> 00:24:44.598
  • of crisis and instabilitywith constant headlines
  • 00:24:44.632 --> 00:24:47.835
  • of global disasters,persecution,
  • 00:24:47.868 --> 00:24:50.170
  • and economic turmoil?
  • 00:24:50.204 --> 00:24:52.206
  • In his book, "Fearless Livingin Troubled Times,"
  • 00:24:53.007 --> 00:24:55.643
  • Dr. Michael Youssef guides youthrough 1 and 2 Thessalonians
  • 00:24:55.676 --> 00:24:59.914
  • and shares how you, too,
  • 00:24:59.947 --> 00:25:01.715
  • can live fearlesslyin today's world.
  • 00:25:01.749 --> 00:25:04.652
  • Dr. Youssef: Fear is natural.
  • 00:25:04.685 --> 00:25:06.253
  • Even some of the greatmen and women
  • 00:25:06.287 --> 00:25:08.055
  • in the Bible experienced fear.
  • 00:25:08.088 --> 00:25:10.357
  • It's what you dowith that fear,
  • 00:25:10.391 --> 00:25:12.026
  • and that's reallythe theme of my book,
  • 00:25:12.059 --> 00:25:14.194
  • "Fearless Livingin Troubled Times."
  • 00:25:14.228 --> 00:25:16.363
  • I even caught myself saying,you know, "I'm fine.
  • 00:25:16.397 --> 00:25:18.499
  • I'm going to heaven.
  • 00:25:18.532 --> 00:25:20.267
  • It's children that I worryabout, their future."
  • 00:25:20.301 --> 00:25:22.603
  • That's the flesh talkingin me, not faith.
  • 00:25:22.636 --> 00:25:25.205
  • That whole concept of saying,"I fear for my grandchildren,"
  • 00:25:25.239 --> 00:25:28.175
  • should be eliminatedfrom our vocabulary,
  • 00:25:28.208 --> 00:25:30.911
  • and I'm starting myself,doing that.
  • 00:25:30.945 --> 00:25:33.747
  • announcer: In this bookyou'll find encouraging answers
  • 00:25:33.781 --> 00:25:36.183
  • to life's greatest challengesand find an overwhelming hope
  • 00:25:36.216 --> 00:25:39.720
  • in Christ's return.
  • 00:25:39.753 --> 00:25:41.622
  • Dr. Youssef: Faith isbelieving in God's Word.
  • 00:25:41.655 --> 00:25:44.358
  • Even when the worldis falling apart,
  • 00:25:44.391 --> 00:25:47.261
  • faith says, "No matterwhat happens around me,
  • 00:25:47.294 --> 00:25:50.030
  • God will keep his word."
  • 00:25:50.064 --> 00:25:52.099
  • announcer: Uncover the truenature of the end times
  • 00:25:52.132 --> 00:25:54.802
  • and why you should not panic.
  • 00:25:54.835 --> 00:25:58.038
  • Dr. Youssef: I think the mostimportant message
  • 00:25:58.072 --> 00:26:00.374
  • is that you are not a victim.
  • 00:26:00.407 --> 00:26:02.810
  • You're a victor, and it isthe will of God for you
  • 00:26:02.843 --> 00:26:05.579
  • to live victorious,and therefore, when this book
  • 00:26:05.613 --> 00:26:09.483
  • comes into your handsand you read it,
  • 00:26:09.516 --> 00:26:11.418
  • you'll be lifted up,regardless of what circumstances
  • 00:26:11.452 --> 00:26:14.054
  • you might be facing.
  • 00:26:14.088 --> 00:26:15.756
  • So I hope you're gonna get it.
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  • announcer: This is the finalweek to receive your copy
  • 00:26:17.458 --> 00:26:20.060
  • of "Fearless Livingin Troubled Times"
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  • for your gift of any amount.
  • 00:26:22.429 --> 00:26:24.331
  • Call or visit us onlineat LTW.ORG
  • 00:26:24.365 --> 00:26:28.035
  • to request your copy today.
  • 00:26:28.068 --> 00:26:30.037
  • ♪♪♪
  • 00:26:30.070 --> 00:26:33.073
  • Dr. Youssef: He isthe same Holy Spirit
  • 00:26:36.543 --> 00:26:38.545
  • who is our tutorand our teacher
  • 00:26:38.579 --> 00:26:41.715
  • and our instructor.
  • 00:26:41.749 --> 00:26:43.651
  • He is the same Holy Spirit
  • 00:26:43.684 --> 00:26:45.686
  • who's willing to giveyou discernment,
  • 00:26:45.719 --> 00:26:48.656
  • to give you wisdom,to give you understanding,
  • 00:26:48.689 --> 00:26:52.026
  • to give you anointing,
  • 00:26:52.059 --> 00:26:53.460
  • to give you a favorwith God and man.
  • 00:26:53.494 --> 00:26:55.996
  • ♪♪♪
  • 00:26:56.030 --> 00:27:03.037
  • announcer:Passionately proclaiminguncompromising truth,
  • 00:27:05.105 --> 00:27:07.875
  • "Leading The Way"with Dr. Michael Youssef
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  • thanks youfor your faithful support
  • 00:27:10.110 --> 00:27:12.579
  • through your continuedprayers and gifts.
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  • ♪♪♪
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