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A Life That Pleases God Part 2

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November 10, 2019
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A Life That Pleases God Part 2

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  • Pleasing God is the purpose for every believer, and
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  • God has a plan. There was a tract... a Gospel tract years
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  • ago, still active... the four spiritual laws, and law number
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  • one is God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life. He
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  • does. God loves you; He has a will, a purpose, a plan that is
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  • fulfilling, it's satisfying, it's God's plan for a meaningful
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  • life. We know it is God's will and God's purpose that every
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  • person come to faith in Jesus Christ. He said, [2 Peter 3:9]
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  • "God is not willing that any should perish..." God is not
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  • willing... that's His will! And if you do not know Christ as
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  • your Savior, I can tell you where to start: Start by
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  • repenting of your sins, receiving Christ into your life,
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  • trusting Him as your Lord and Savior. It is God's will that
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  • you come to Him, and that you do it today. But once you become a
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  • believer, God's will also becomes clear as we walk with
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  • Him and live to please Him. And the Apostle Paul who gave us
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  • these words under the authority of the inspired, inerrant,
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  • infallible Word of God, is speaking with us as though he is
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  • a pastoral counselor. It's as though we're having a
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  • conversation with the great Apostle Paul, as he talks with
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  • us as to how we are to pursue life and to live to please God.
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  • And so in verse 3 he says: 3) For this is the will of God
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  • (here it is), your sanctification; that you abstain
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  • from sexual immorality; 4) that each one of you know how to
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  • control his own body in (watch this) in holiness and honor, 5)
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  • not in the passion of lust like the Gentiles (that is the
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  • unbelievers) who do not know God; 6) that no one transgress
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  • and wrong his brother in this matter, because the Lord is an
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  • avenger (He gives justice) in all these things, as we told you
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  • beforehand and solemnly warned you. 7) For God has not called
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  • us for impurity, but in holiness. 8) Therefore whoever
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  • disregards this, disregards not man but God, who gives the Holy
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  • Spirit to you. It is God's will that we be sanctified. What does
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  • that mean? Well Paul gives us the example here when he talks
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  • to us about personal sexual purity. Morality... morality!
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  • And I want to show you in this passage today not only the
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  • mandate for our sexual purity, the must for our sexual purity,
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  • but I want to show you the means for our sexual purity, and the
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  • motivation for this purity. First, the must or the mandate
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  • for sexual purity. When you look at our text, verse 3, chapter 4,
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  • 1 Thessalonians, "This is the will of God: your
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  • sanctification, that you abstain from sexual immorality." Abstain
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  • means abstain! [laughter] Not avoid; abstain! Not accept;
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  • abstain! It is abstinence! God has given sex as a gift. He has
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  • blessed within the beauties of Christian marriage and family,
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  • and He has told us clearly again and again in scripture, that God
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  • has given us this gift; it was His idea, but it not to be
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  • abused; it is not to be taken outside the borders of home and
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  • family and marriage. It's like a garden. If you have a beautiful
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  • garden with flowers and dirt and everything that you put in a
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  • garden, it's beautiful in the garden. But you take several
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  • buckets full of dirt and you pour it in your living room, not
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  • good! So within the parameters of God's purpose for sex and
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  • marriage He has said, "Enjoy." But beyond that - sex before
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  • marriage, sex during marriage outside of the marriage
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  • relationship - God says don't do it! You're not smarter than God!
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  • And if you live God's way and love God's way, He will give you
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  • great joy and happiness. But if you don't there are
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  • consequences. This is a commandment, not a suggestion!
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  • That's why the Scripture says here if you disregard this in
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  • verse 8, you are disregarding not man, not what Jack Graham
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  • thinks, "but God, who gives the Holy Spirit to you." That is if
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  • you are a believer, you have the Holy Spirit! You know what is
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  • right, you know what God's Word says! Paul expands on this just
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  • a page over in 1 Thessalonians 5: 22 and 23. Look at it. It
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  • says, "Abstain from every form of evil." This is 1
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  • Thessalonians 5:22 and 23: "Abstain from every form of
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  • evil." Every form of it. Not only the act, the physical act,
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  • the sexual act, but every form of impurity. "Now may the God of
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  • peace Himself sanctify you completely..." Think of holiness
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  • as being wholeness... wholeness. "... that your whole spirit and
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  • soul and body be kept blameless (not perfect but) blameless at
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  • the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ." Abstain! Abstain. I
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  • like what the Apostle Paul also said... Don't miss this.
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  • Ephesians 5, verse 1. We'll put it on the screen for you. Here's
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  • what the Scripture says:[Ephesians 5:1-3]
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  • "Therefore be imitators of God as beloved children; and walk in
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  • love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a
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  • fragrant offering and sacrifice to God." This is what we are to
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  • do. "But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness...
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  • may it not even be named among you, as is proper among saints."
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  • Are you a saint? Are you a child of God? Don't let it be names
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  • among you! Verse 4: [Ephesians 5:4-5] "Let there be... (He
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  • expands the idea) Let there be no filthiness, no foolish talk,
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  • no crude joking (that is, nasty filthy joking) which are out of
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  • place, but instead let there be thanksgiving. For you may be
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  • sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure...
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  • (that is, living this lifestyle)... or who is covetous
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  • (that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of
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  • God and Christ." That word there... or the... verse 3 when
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  • it says "Let not sexual immorality or any impurity even
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  • be names among you." I like the way the ESV... the English
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  • Standard gives that phrase. It says, "Let there not be a
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  • hint... a hint of immorality or impurity about you, around you,
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  • on you." Not a hint! Not a scent! Not even the smell of
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  • sin! Don't let the filth of this world get into your life. We are
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  • in the world but we don't want to the world to be in us!
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  • Unfortunately we are becoming more and more like the world and
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  • less and less like Jesus!
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  • [Music]
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  • Everyday people all over
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  • the world the world make choices without a second thought. But
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  • the choices we make ultimately make us and that's why I've
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  • written the book, CHOICES. In CHOICES we can learn about the
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  • powerful, timeless wisdom of the word of God, especially seen in
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  • the book of Proverbs and how God's word and God Himself will
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  • help you choose His way and His will in every aspect of your
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  • life. This book will give you both personal and practical
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  • wisdom which is seeing things from God's perspective to guide
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  • you through the critical decisions you face every single
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  • day. So call now the number on the screen or visit us online at
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  • JackGraham.org to donate to this ministry and when you do, please
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  • be sure to request your copy of CHOICES. This powerful resource
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  • shows you how to make decisions God's way and enjoy the life God
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  • has created for you to live.
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  • You say, "Okay, pastor, I get it.
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  • I'm a teenager. My hormones are raging. You're telling me to
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  • abstain. How am I supposed to do that? I'm tempted. There are
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  • triggers. I'm addicted to certain behaviors in my life.
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  • How do I live differently than the world?" It's interesting
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  • that in 1 Thessalonians... back to 1 Thessalonians 4, verse 4 it
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  • says that each of you know how... know how. I think it's
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  • also written learn how "to control his own body in holiness
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  • and honor." Control your own body. How? We learn how to be
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  • pure, how to live a godly life in an ungodly world, a pure life
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  • in an impure world, a moral life in an immoral world. How?
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  • P-U-R-E pure. And with these... with these words I've got a
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  • little acrostic for you today to give you a plan. And the
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  • first... the first word is ... is... is "P" ... is prepare for
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  • spiritual attack.
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  • You say, "Well, you know, this... this message isn't
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  • really for me, you know. I'm beyond all this now. I'm
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  • sanctified beyond all this. You tell those teenagers, Pastor."
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  • The Scripture says, [1 Corinthians 10:12] "Let him who
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  • stands take heed, lest he fall." David, the great king, was a man
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  • after God's own heart when he sinned his great sin of adultery
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  • with Bathsheba! You're not better than David. You're not
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  • better than Paul, who himself confronted [1 John 2:16] "the
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  • lust of the flesh and the pride of life." So we're all in, and
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  • therefore, we have to prepare for spiritual attack.
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  • Put on the full armor of God! [1 Peter 5:8]
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  • "Satan is like a roaring lion, prowling and provoking whom he
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  • may devour!" We have to discipline our minds and our
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  • bodies like an athlete. Paul did the same thing. First
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  • Corinthians 9. [9:25] "Every athlete exercises self control
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  • in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but
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  • we, an imperishable", so Paul said. [I] Love the fact that
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  • Paul loved athletics... loved the game, the races, the boxing.
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  • And he said, [1 Corinthians 9:26] "I don't run aimlessly. I
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  • do not box as one beating the air." He said, "I'm not playing
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  • here. I'm fighting a real fight." And he went on to say,
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  • [1 Corinthians 9:27] "I discipline (I buffet) my body so
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  • that I having preached to others might [not] become a castaway
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  • (might be set on the bench)." So every Christian ought to run a
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  • little bit scared that somehow you could take a sucker punch
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  • and go down, because you weren't ready, you weren't disciplined.
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  • So prepare yourself for spiritual attack. Paul said, [1
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  • Corinthians 6:19] "What, do you not know that your body is the
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  • temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you?" This is the temple of
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  • the Holy Spirit. Don't desecrate the temple. Paul says, "Take the
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  • temple... your body and live with holiness and honor! You are
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  • the created of God and redeemed by Christ! You're not an animal!
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  • You're not the byproduct of evolution! You are handmade by
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  • God! You are the temple of God! Don't desecrate the temple,
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  • don't desecrate what God has made! You are created! Don't
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  • cheapen what God has made! That's what he's saying. And
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  • then "U" - pure. Undo defiling associations... undo defiling
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  • associations. Remove... Listen very carefully. Remove from
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  • yourself any friendship, any association, any person, place,
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  • thing, activity, entertainment, amusement. Get rid of anything
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  • in your life that brings you down. Pleasures, people, places,
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  • things, activities, entertainment... Get rid of that
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  • stuff. Anything that would weaken your ability to abstain
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  • from sexual sin. Run! Flee! That's what Joseph did! When
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  • Joseph was accosted, seduced... attempted to be seduced by
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  • Potiphar's wife, he didn't stay around and talk about it and
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  • discuss it. He put on his P.F. Fliers and ran like crazy! She
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  • grabbed his coat. He lost his coat but he kept his character!
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  • Right? Because he ran! The Bible says, [1 Corinthians 6:18] "Flee
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  • fornication." Run from it. When evil shows up, get out! You know
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  • why Joseph got out and refused to compromise his convictions?
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  • Because God had given him a dream bigger than that. God's
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  • given you, students... teenagers, boys and girls... all
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  • of us. He's given us a dream bigger than the world can give
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  • you. Don't sell your dream for something cheap. Don't sell your
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  • life out for something that won't last! Joseph had a dream
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  • that God would elevate him in due season, so he kept his dream
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  • alive by saying no. He said, ... [Genesis 39:9] "How could I do
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  • this great wickedness in the sight of God?" You got to resist
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  • it and get yourself out of it! Get yourself out of... Don't
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  • give the devil a stick to hit you with! Find your way through.
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  • The Holy Spirit is in you. [1 John 4:4] "Greater is He that is
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  • in you than he that is in the world." That's why Paul ends
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  • this passage by saying who gives us the Holy Spirit... "who the
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  • Holy Spirit to you". "R"... Remember the consequences...
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  • remember the consequences. In verse 6 he says: 6) Let no one
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  • transgress and wrong his brother in this matter. In other words,
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  • don't cheat your brother. There's no such thing as silent
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  • sin, solitude in sin, or casual sin. There are consequences to
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  • sin. It affects other people. You can't... you can't say,
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  • "Well, it's just between me and her, me and him or whatever."
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  • You can't say that, because no one sins alone in this matter,
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  • certainly not a Christian. He says you're defrauding your
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  • brother in this. You know what that means? You're cheating on
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  • your brother. You're cheating on your wife. You're cheating on
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  • your kids. You're cheating on your church. You're cheating on
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  • your friends. Don't defraud your brother. Don't say, "Well what I
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  • do is between me and myself and I." NO! If you are a Christian
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  • and a member of this church, what I do affects you; what you
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  • do affects me! And frankly, we've been through that a time
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  • or two around here, and some sins affect all of us like no
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  • others! It impacts everybody! And if you are thinking about
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  • cheating on yourself and cheating on your wife, and
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  • cheating on God, just remember, you're cheating on your kids,
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  • you're cheating on your church family and ultimately you're
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  • responsible to God because God says He is the avenger. You say,
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  • "Now [are] you trying to scare me?" Yeah. If I could I would!
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  • [Psalm 111:10; Proverbs 9:10] "The fear of the Lord is the
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  • beginning of wisdom." He is the avenger. [Numbers 32:23] "Be
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  • sure your sin will find you out!" [Galatians 6:7] "God is
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  • not mocked: whatever a man sows, that he will also reap." So
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  • before you decide to go out and have a little fling with your
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  • secretary... before you decide to cheat on your husband,
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  • remember, there is a God in heaven who knows and sees it
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  • all! And He is the avenger. That is, He brings justice. And He
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  • will bring discipline. If you're a believer... [Hebrews 12:6]
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  • "Whom the Lord loves, He chastens and scourges every
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  • son." You say, "Well, I've been getting away with it a long
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  • time." You know why? You're not a believer. God just let you go
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  • on. But if you're a believer in Jesus Christ... a follower of
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  • Jesus, you're not going to get away with it. I promise you,
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  • you're not going to get away with it. There's no secret sin,
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  • no solitary sin. You defraud your brother, you defraud God,
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  • you defraud the Holy Spirit. You grieve the Holy Spirit! (Oh,
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  • it's really quiet in here.) [laughter] To end on a positive
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  • note... "E" Engage in positive spiritual activities... engage
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  • in positive spiritual activities. Alright, here's your
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  • game plan: Prepare for spiritual attack. Everyday put on the
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  • armor of God. Suit up, get your game face on. Go everyday in the
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  • power of Jesus Christ! Undo defiling associations of your
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  • life. Get away. Be done with the pleasures, the people, and
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  • things, and activities and entertainment and stuff. Some of
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  • you, on those premium channels, you're watching soft porn!
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  • You're bringing that filth into your house! Be done with that!
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  • Undo defiling associations! Remember the consequences of
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  • sexual sin. And then Engage in positive spiritual activities.
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  • Fortify your faith, [Romans 10:17] "Faith comes by hearing,
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  • and hearing by the Word of God." Psalm 119 says, [Psalm 119:11]
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  • "Your word have I hidden in my heart that I might not sin
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  • against You." Jesus spoke of the sanctifying power of His word.
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  • [John 17:17] "Sanctify them... ...My word is true." We talk
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  • about this all the time so I'm not going to elaborate, but you
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  • got to fortify your faith. Strengthen your faith against
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  • the enemy. And the way you do that is the filling of the
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  • Spirit by walking in the Word. Purify your thought life. "Don't
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  • be conformed to this world... (Romans 12:2) but be transformed
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  • by the renewing of your mind." Some of you keep running the old
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  • film from the past. You got to renew your mind. And the only
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  • way to wash your mind... cleanse your mind is to fill it with
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  • God's Word. Fill it with God's truth. Purify your thought life.
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  • Don't... don't consider lust. Don't contemplate sexual
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  • behavior outside of God's plan for your life. Purify your
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  • thought life. Identify accountability partners. Have
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  • positive influences in your life that will encourage you and
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  • challenge you and, not necessarily call you out, but
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  • call you up! Typically we get in trouble when we get isolated and
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  • alienated... alone. That's why we need each other. And then
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  • finally, magnify the Lord Jesus. If you love Jesus then the love
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  • and the things of this world will fade away. "My Jesus, I
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  • love you, I know Thou art mine; For Thee all the follies of sin
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  • I resign." Some would say I've already got a past, I've got a
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  • history. I wish I'd have heard this... You can't imagine how
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  • many emails I got this past week after part 1 of this that said,
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  • "I wish I had heard that years ago." But here's the good news!
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  • There's no sin that God cannot forgive. There's no unpardonable
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  • sin! His grace is greater than all our sin. [Romans 5:20]
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  • "Where sin abounds, grace much more abounds." The blood of
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  • Jesus Christ, God's Son cleanses us from all our sin. We can't
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  • always change the consequences. In fact, we can't change the
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  • consequences of some of the decisions that we've made in
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  • past. We can't unscramble eggs. But God can change your present,
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  • forgive your past, and give you a brand new future with Him.
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  • Jesus came not to condemn, but to save. When a woman caught in
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  • the very act of adultery was brought to Him, they said,
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  • "Stone this woman." He said, "Who among you has not sinned?
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  • Cast the first stone." None, they all walked away. Jesus
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  • looked at her with love and said, [John 8:11] "Neither do I
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  • condemn you. Go, and sin no more." You can have a new
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  • beginning, a new life, a new love in Christ if you will come
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  • to Him.
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  • [Music]
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  • There's very little
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  • difference, (it appears), between the lives of those who
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  • profess faith in Jesus Christ and those who do not practice or
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  • accept Jesus Christ regarding all kinds of things. There's no
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  • difference in the divorce rate, for example, adultery,
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  • fornication, homosexuality, pornography. It's truly
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  • disheartening when you read some of these statistics. And as much
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  • as we hate to admit it, the church, (including many of us,
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  • many of it's leaders), have accommodated to the culture. We
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  • have compromised and therefore we are sliding downward. We are
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  • slouching towards Gomorrah as one man wrote. God has called us
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  • not to acceptance but to abstinence from an opposition to
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  • all kinds of sin, including sexual sin. Sexual sin has
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  • eternal and devastating physical, emotional, relational
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  • and spiritual consequences in our lives and yet everyday
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  • people make really bad choices about their personal behavior
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  • about morality without even a second thought. But, the choices
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  • we make ultimately make us and that's why I've written the book
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  • CHOICES. In CHOICES we learn about the powerful, timeless
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  • wisdom of God that's described here in the book of Proverbs and
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  • how it can help each one of us to choose God's way and God's
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  • will in every aspect of our lives, body, soul and spirit.
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  • This book will give you personal and practical wisdom to guide
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  • you and guard you through the critical daily decisions that we
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  • all face. So, call the number on the screen or visit us online at
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  • JackGraham.org to donate to our ministry and request your copy
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  • of CHOICES. You'll like this book! I really want you to have
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  • it, it's also a book that you can give to your children or
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  • your grandchildren or friends who have questions about what is
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  • right and what is wrong, how to live your life. This powerful
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  • resource shows you how to make good decisions, right choices,
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  • so you can experience the power of God, the presence of God in
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  • your life and live the life that God created you to live. Once
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  • again, thank you for your support and your love for this
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  • ministry that actually translates into prayer and
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  • financial support, all the good things that we're doing together
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  • with the transforming message of Jesus Christ. Please pray for
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  • our country, pray for people who are struggling with the choices
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  • that they are making and please help us help them with the word
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  • of God and the testimony of Jesus.
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