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Choose: Diminish Your Distractions

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October 23, 2020
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  • David Jeremiah: Today isabout the rest of your life.
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  • It's about tomorrowand the day after that.
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  • The future God has plannedfor you shouldn't be
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  • a haphazard approach to life.
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  • You might feel stuck,but you don't have to be.
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  • Perhaps you're discouraged.
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  • It's time to deal with that.
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  • And if you feel uncertain,you can find clarity.
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  • You may not know what's next,but God does.
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  • He's there waiting for youin your tomorrow,
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  • so step into it and discoverGod's presence and purpose
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  • in your life.
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  • Starting today, starting now,it's time to move forward.
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  • male announcer: It's timewe rise above our circumstances,
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  • conquer our fears,face the future with faith,
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  • prevail over the past, aspireto accomplish greater things,
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  • reclaim our birthright,proclaim his power,
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  • and claim God's promises.
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  • God has more for us.
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  • It's not time to stop.
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  • It's time to move forward.
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  • Today on "Turning Point,"Dr. Jeremiah shows
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  • how we were createdfor an ever-fruitful
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  • and thriving faith.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: WheneverI find myself straying,
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  • I feel these principlespulling me back into line.
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  • That's what a priority will do.
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  • When you choose something andmake it number one in your life,
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  • it will constantly be thereand when you walk away from it
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  • a little bit, it'll be likea magnet pulling you back.
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  • announcer: That's coming upon today's special,
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  • "Forward" editionof "Turning Point."
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  • announcer: In just a momentDr. Jeremiah will guide you
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  • toward the life you were createdfor and an ever-fruitful,
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  • flourishing, and thriving faith.
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  • And now, here is Dr. Jeremiahwith his message,
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  • "Choose:Diminish Your Distractions."
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: Just monthsbefore America entered
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  • World War II, a young Marinefrom Ohio named Walter Osipoff,
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  • boarded a DC-2 transport plane.
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  • He and several other Marinestook off on a routine parachute
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  • jumping exercise as pilotHarry Johnson headed aloft
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  • into a beautifulblue San Diego sky.
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  • Nine men jumped from the planeand then disaster struck.
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  • Osipoff was standing nearthe jump door when his ripcord
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  • caught on somethingand deployed.
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  • His 'chute flew open and he shotfrom the plane like a rocket,
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  • hitting the sideof the aircraft.
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  • The impact broketwo of his ribs,
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  • fractured three vertebrae, and,as Osipoff plunged toward
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  • the ground, he was yanked toa stop and then jerked backward.
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  • His parachute had wrappedaround the plane's wheel
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  • and the hapless Marinefound himself dangling 15 feet
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  • below the plane's tail.
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  • He was literally hangingby a thread.
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  • And it gets worse.
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  • The 'chute's chest strap andone leg harness had broken,
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  • so Osipoff was danglingin midair upside down,
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  • suspended by a single strapwhich had slipped
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  • down to his ankle.
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  • His weight put tremendouspressure on the plane
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  • and Johnson was strugglingto keep from nosediving.
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  • Furthermore, Johnsonhad no radio contact
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  • and the other men in the planecouldn't reach their buddy.
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  • The dangling Marine,injured and terrified,
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  • kept his eyes squeezed shutagainst the rushing wind.
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  • Blood dripped from his helmet.
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  • He was stuck and he was facingcertain death.
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  • I'll tell you the endof this story later, but,
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  • for now, I want to imagine howhelpless Walter Osipoff felt.
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  • I mean, you may not have dangledfrom an airplane but you have,
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  • like all of us, felt like yourlife was turned upside down.
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  • Maybe you felt like you wereat the end of your rope,
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  • stretched to the breaking pointor stuck in a situation
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  • you couldn't escape.
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  • It's not usuallyas dramatic as what
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  • our Marine friend experienced,
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  • but feeling powerless to changeanything is real,
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  • and it can keep youfrozen in place.
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  • Certain points in life, you'llfeel incapacitated and stuck,
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  • unable to gain forward momentum.
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  • Some of the greatest charactersin the Bible
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  • were immobilizedfor a time.
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  • Moses was stuck on the backside of the desert for years,
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  • unaware of God's future for him.
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  • Naomi was trapped in Moabafter the death of her husband
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  • and her sons.
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  • Peter was caughtin a dark depressive cycle
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  • on the Saturday before Easter.
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  • The Apostle John was exiledon the Island of Patmos,
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  • lonely and unableto continue his ministry,
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  • or so he thought.
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  • So if you feel stuckby circumstances,
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  • or by your own lethargy, that'snot where God wants you to stay.
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  • We all have temporary phasesin life where we recalibrate,
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  • recover, regain our bearings.
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  • We start going forward again.
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  • Because, you see, you werecreated for an ever-fruitful,
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  • flourishing, thriving life,according to Jesus.
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  • John 10:10 put it this way:"I have come that
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  • they may have life,and that they may have it
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  • more abundantly."
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  • You can't be stuck and liveabundantly at the same time.
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  • You can't be despondentwhile keeping
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  • your spiritual fervorin God's service.
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  • You can't be immobilizedand give yourself fully
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  • to the work of the Lord.
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  • So, how do you get freeof the sandbar
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  • and back to sailingin open water?
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  • I have some thoughtsI'd like to suggest to you.
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  • First of all,consider what's best.
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  • Start by accepting the factthat everything
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  • is not equally important.
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  • Almost every adult struggleswith this today.
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  • We've become so distractedby molehills
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  • that we can't charge upthe mountain.
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  • But we have to remembernot every activity is vital.
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  • Not every situation is eternal.
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  • In his parable of the sower,Jesus said,
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  • "Now he who received the seedamong the thorns is he who hears
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  • the word, and the cares ofthis world and the deceitfulness
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  • of riches choke the word,and he becomes unfruitful."
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  • Oftentimes, our inabilityto move forward
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  • is due to a lack of priorities.
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  • We fail to even considerthat some things
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  • are more important than others.
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  • Without prioritizing your life,you just can't sort
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  • through the cares of this world.
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  • You become paralyzed by burdensand business and busyness.
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  • In trying to do everything,you end up doing nothing.
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  • This paralysis by analysiscan devastate your morale
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  • and your emotional health,so you have to learn
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  • to consider what's best.
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  • Not everything is as importantas everything else.
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  • If you're going to diminishyour distractions,
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  • you're gonna have to come upwith your priorities.
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  • Secondly, clarify what's best.
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  • Once you've understoodthe significance of priorities,
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  • the next step to getting unstuckis to actually determine
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  • the most important thingsin your life.
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  • To do that, you need the clarityto know what's best.
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  • Start by asking what'smost important to God,
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  • what isn't as important to him,what do you need to focus on
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  • in your life, and whatcan you start deleting?
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  • To generate momentum,evaluate your activities.
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  • Delete things of less importanceto keep things of greater worth.
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  • I can't give you an itemizedlist of what should be important
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  • to you, but in Mark chapter 12Jesus gave us
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  • three principles that should becentral to everyone's life.
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  • Let me read that passage:
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  • "The first of allthe commandments is:
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  • 'Hear, O Israel, the Lordour God, the Lord is one.
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  • And you shall love the Lordyour God with all your heart,
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  • with all your soul,with all your mind,
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  • and with all your strength.'This is the first commandment.
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  • And the second, like it,is this:
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  • 'You shall love your neighboras yourself.'
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  • There is no other commandmentgreater than these."
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  • Jesus boiled down the contentsof the entire Old Testament
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  • into one overarching,overwhelming priority,
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  • and that priority is love.
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  • And he ascribedto that priority,
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  • three applications.
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  • Without understanding this,it's impossible to move forward.
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  • Love, as God defines love,is life's ultimate priority.
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  • First is the priorityof loving God.
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  • Deuteronomy 6 says it this way:"You shall love the Lord
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  • your God with all your heart,with all your soul,
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  • and with all your strength,"and Jesus quoted that
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  • in Mark chapter 12.
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  • More than anything else,this is what we're made to do.
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  • This is what we're made for:a passionate,
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  • practical embracing of Godand all of his attributes,
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  • all of his virtues,and all of his grace,
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  • embracing himwith an overflowing heart
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  • of burning devotionand passion in our lives.
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  • That affects everything elsewe do, everything we say,
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  • everything we think.
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  • So, number one, your priority ofloving God with all your heart,
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  • you really can't go anywhere'til you go there
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  • because that's the ultimate goalof every Christian.
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  • But Jesus answered the questionthat was posed to him
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  • by giving more thanhe was asked.
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  • Jesus said, "And you shall loveyour neighbor as yourself."
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  • Within the same priorityof love,
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  • there's a second application:we're to love our neighbors and,
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  • believe it or not, we have7.7 billion of them.
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  • We can't know or personally carefor each of them but the Lord
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  • knows exactly how to lead usto those that we need to serve.
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  • You see, loving others issharing the compassion of Christ
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  • with the people around you.
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  • The Bible says: "Owe no oneanything except to love
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  • one another, for he who lovesanother has fulfilled the law.
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  • Love does not harm a neighbor;therefore love is
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  • the fulfillment of the law."
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  • And Paul wrote: "For all the lawis fulfilled in one word,
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  • even this: 'You shall loveyour neighbor as yourself.'"
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  • And loving your neighbor is notsomething you feel.
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  • Loving your neighbor issomething that you do.
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  • For as James 2:8 says:"If you really fulfill
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  • the royal law accordingto the Scriptures,
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  • 'You shall love your neighboras yourself.'"
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  • If you do that, he said,"you do well."
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  • But keeping priorities correctlyaligned is a daily challenge.
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  • The first step is knowingwhat's at the top of the list.
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  • Once that's settled, everythingelse begins to fall into place.
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  • What comes first is clear:love God.
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  • And next is to love others,and finally,
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  • and this will surprisesome of you, to love yourselves.
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  • Notice again how Jesusstated this commandment.
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  • He said, "You shall love yourneighbor as you love yourself."
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  • Now, we have to be careful herebecause the devil always tries
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  • to turn self loveinto selfishness and ego,
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  • and low and high self-esteem,and conceit and haughtiness,
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  • and self-importance,and all the other things
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  • that make upfor sinful narcissism.
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  • I'm not recommendingany of these.
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  • On the other hand, you havea God-given responsibility
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  • to take care of yourself.
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  • Your body is the templeof the Holy Spirit.
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  • Your personality is the meansby which God touches others.
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  • If you get in a rut, you'll pullothers down into it with you.
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  • But when you have your priority,love in its right place,
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  • and you understandthe three applications,
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  • things have a wayof moving forward.
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  • You have to take careof yourself.
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  • I remember as a young pastor,walking into the office
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  • of a chiropractor andthere was a note on the wall
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  • and this is what it said:"When you wear out this body,
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  • then where will you live?"
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  • We only get one body.
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  • We don't get a new one.
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  • We don't get a do-over.
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  • So we have to take careof what God has given us.
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  • So consider what's best andclarify what's best, and then,
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  • of course, you have to choosewhat's best.
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  • Once you've clarifiedwhat is God's best in your life,
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  • the next thing you need to do isactually choose
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  • those priorities.
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  • You need to make intentionalplanned decisions that elevate
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  • what is best and removewhat is just good.
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  • The older you getthe more you'll find out
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  • that your choicesare not between good and bad
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  • but they're between goodand best.
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  • And sometimes they almost seemlike they're between
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  • best and bet.
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  • Once you establishyour priorities,
  • 00:14:56.969 --> 00:14:58.871
  • find the courage to say, "No",to some things and, "Yes",
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  • to some other things,and let's just look at two areas
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  • where this courage is required.
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  • First of all, we all needthe courage to embrace
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  • our limitations.
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  • Beware of living in denial.
  • 00:15:13.652 --> 00:15:15.955
  • To move forward,you have to be realistic.
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  • Progress comes by embracingyour God-given limits.
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  • Here's somethingthat will shock you.
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  • Even the Lord Jesus Christhad limitations.
  • 00:15:25.164 --> 00:15:28.467
  • As Almighty God, of course,he had no limitations.
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  • He was and is all-powerful,all-knowing, and all-loving.
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  • Not even the entire universecan contain him.
  • 00:15:35.007 --> 00:15:38.010
  • His power, might, grace,holiness,
  • 00:15:38.043 --> 00:15:39.812
  • and justice are limitless,boundless, and measureless.
  • 00:15:39.845 --> 00:15:44.049
  • But when the Son of God enteredthe human race in Bethlehem,
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  • he was confined withinan animal's feeding trough.
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  • He grew upin a small hillside town.
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  • He did no recorded miracles forthe first 30 years of his life,
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  • and he lived in submissionto his parents.
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  • When Jesus began his ministry,he didn't fly around like
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  • an angel from one preachingassignment to another.
  • 00:16:06.638 --> 00:16:09.575
  • He didn't even havea horse or donkey,
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  • except on one known occasion.
  • 00:16:13.112 --> 00:16:16.215
  • He said in Matthew 8:20: "Foxeshave holes and birds of the air
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  • have nests, but the Son of Manhas nowhere to lay his head."
  • 00:16:21.020 --> 00:16:26.592
  • Jesus's area of ministryduring the whole time he was
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  • on this earth was limitedto a little strip of land along
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  • the Mediterranean, and he nevervisited the great cities
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  • of his day: Athens, Rome, Milan,Alexandria, Carthage.
  • 00:16:37.703 --> 00:16:42.107
  • He had a limited education,a limited income,
  • 00:16:42.141 --> 00:16:45.577
  • and a limited time for his work:only three years.
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  • Oh, and his nation wasn't free.
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  • It was occupiedby Roman soldiers.
  • 00:16:52.351 --> 00:16:55.554
  • The limitless Son of Godwas financially, geographically,
  • 00:16:55.587 --> 00:16:59.558
  • chronologically, politically,and physically limited.
  • 00:16:59.591 --> 00:17:04.430
  • And then, his limitationsbecame far more stringent.
  • 00:17:04.463 --> 00:17:08.100
  • On the cross, he becameso limited by the nails
  • 00:17:08.133 --> 00:17:11.737
  • in his hands and feet,he was unable to wipe the blood
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  • from his eyes or scatterthe flies from his face.
  • 00:17:15.240 --> 00:17:19.344
  • Yet, his limitations workedfor the advantages
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  • of the whole world.
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  • Imagine that.
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  • Limitations should never becomeexcuses for staying
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  • where you are.
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  • Your priorities are determinedby the gifts God has given you,
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  • your stage in life,your personal shortcomings.
  • 00:17:33.392 --> 00:17:35.761
  • Embrace your limitations.
  • 00:17:35.794 --> 00:17:37.629
  • Realize you can't do everything.
  • 00:17:37.663 --> 00:17:39.331
  • All of us have limitationsand before we can move forward,
  • 00:17:39.364 --> 00:17:43.168
  • before we can see this principletake hold in our lives,
  • 00:17:43.202 --> 00:17:46.839
  • we have to acknowledgethat we're not superman,
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  • we don't have everythingeverybody else has.
  • 00:17:49.875 --> 00:17:52.478
  • God has given us a certain setof abilities and giftedness,
  • 00:17:52.511 --> 00:17:56.748
  • and in one way or another,those things limit us.
  • 00:17:56.782 --> 00:18:02.454
  • Courage to embraceyour limitations.
  • 00:18:02.488 --> 00:18:05.491
  • And then, secondly, you needthe courage to eliminate
  • 00:18:05.524 --> 00:18:08.327
  • distractions by saying, "No",to bad things, and even saying,
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  • "No", to some good things.
  • 00:18:12.197 --> 00:18:14.366
  • You only say,"Yes", to the best things.
  • 00:18:14.399 --> 00:18:17.803
  • Warren Buffett has learnedhe can't focus
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  • on too many things at once.
  • 00:18:19.805 --> 00:18:21.673
  • This incredible man advisesmaking a list
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  • of the top 25 thingsyou want to accomplish
  • 00:18:24.209 --> 00:18:26.845
  • in the next few years.
  • 00:18:26.879 --> 00:18:28.714
  • And from this list,pick the five that are
  • 00:18:28.747 --> 00:18:30.782
  • all most important to you.
  • 00:18:30.816 --> 00:18:33.552
  • Now you have two lists.
  • 00:18:33.585 --> 00:18:35.020
  • Buffett suggests you avoidat all costs the longer one
  • 00:18:35.053 --> 00:18:38.557
  • for those items may well preventthe big things from happening.
  • 00:18:38.590 --> 00:18:43.195
  • To move forward in life,we have to discover the beauty
  • 00:18:43.228 --> 00:18:46.565
  • of the word, "No."
  • 00:18:46.598 --> 00:18:48.834
  • Someone said to me recently,"No is a complete sentence."
  • 00:18:48.867 --> 00:18:52.938
  • The art of a graceful,"No, takes courage but,
  • 00:18:52.971 --> 00:18:55.607
  • boy, is it liberating.
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  • Jesus said, "No."
  • 00:18:58.310 --> 00:19:00.245
  • He said, "No", to othersso that he could say, "Yes",
  • 00:19:00.279 --> 00:19:03.081
  • to his Father.
  • 00:19:03.115 --> 00:19:04.449
  • In Matthew 16, the Phariseesand Sadducees came to Jesus,
  • 00:19:04.483 --> 00:19:07.419
  • asking him for a sign.
  • 00:19:07.452 --> 00:19:09.354
  • He said, "No."
  • 00:19:09.388 --> 00:19:11.456
  • He gave thema blunt little sermon instead
  • 00:19:11.490 --> 00:19:13.125
  • and left themand went away.
  • 00:19:13.158 --> 00:19:14.826
  • In Mark 1:38, Peter asked Jesusto return to Capernaum
  • 00:19:14.860 --> 00:19:18.230
  • where everyone wantedto hear him but Jesus said,
  • 00:19:18.263 --> 00:19:20.832
  • "No, let's go to the next towns,that I may preach there also,
  • 00:19:20.866 --> 00:19:23.869
  • because for this purposeI have come forth."
  • 00:19:23.902 --> 00:19:27.539
  • So, write this down:We can't do everything,
  • 00:19:27.573 --> 00:19:30.542
  • but we can always doour Father's will.
  • 00:19:30.576 --> 00:19:33.178
  • When we know whatGod wants us to do,
  • 00:19:33.212 --> 00:19:35.047
  • we can do that, but that doesn'tmean we can do everything.
  • 00:19:35.080 --> 00:19:39.017
  • We can fulfill his designin our life if we will.
  • 00:19:39.051 --> 00:19:45.090
  • So consider what's best.
  • 00:19:45.123 --> 00:19:47.492
  • Clarify what's best.
  • 00:19:47.526 --> 00:19:49.661
  • Choose what's best,and commit to what's best.
  • 00:19:49.695 --> 00:19:53.065
  • Proverbs 23:17 says this:"Be zealous for the fear
  • 00:19:53.098 --> 00:19:57.502
  • of the Lord all the day."
  • 00:19:57.536 --> 00:20:00.872
  • Paul said that we are to be,
  • 00:20:00.906 --> 00:20:03.008
  • "His own special people,zealous for good works."
  • 00:20:03.041 --> 00:20:08.580
  • When you do whatI've suggested in this message,
  • 00:20:08.614 --> 00:20:11.583
  • you'll place yourself in thepath God has promised to bless.
  • 00:20:11.617 --> 00:20:15.254
  • Even when thingsappear discouraging,
  • 00:20:15.287 --> 00:20:17.990
  • keep pressing forward,trusting God to make a way.
  • 00:20:18.023 --> 00:20:21.460
  • Stay committed to what's bestfor the Lord takes things
  • 00:20:21.493 --> 00:20:24.963
  • from there and he will take themto places you never dreamed.
  • 00:20:24.997 --> 00:20:30.435
  • I haven't always lived upto these four priorities,
  • 00:20:30.469 --> 00:20:33.472
  • but whenever I find myselfstraying,
  • 00:20:33.505 --> 00:20:36.074
  • I feel these principlespulling me back into line.
  • 00:20:36.108 --> 00:20:38.944
  • That's what a priority will do.
  • 00:20:38.977 --> 00:20:41.580
  • When you choose something andmake it number one in your life,
  • 00:20:41.613 --> 00:20:44.283
  • it will constantly be thereand when you walk away from it
  • 00:20:44.316 --> 00:20:47.886
  • a little bit, it'll be likea magnet pulling you back.
  • 00:20:47.919 --> 00:20:50.856
  • And I've experiencedthat in my life.
  • 00:20:50.889 --> 00:20:53.792
  • And that brings usback to our Marine.
  • 00:20:53.825 --> 00:20:57.296
  • I'm sorry you had to waitso long to find out
  • 00:20:57.329 --> 00:20:59.031
  • what happened to that boy.
  • 00:20:59.064 --> 00:21:00.732
  • But he was left danglingwhen we left him.
  • 00:21:00.766 --> 00:21:03.769
  • You know, those Marineshave a motto:
  • 00:21:03.802 --> 00:21:05.771
  • Semper Fi, always faithful.
  • 00:21:05.804 --> 00:21:07.739
  • They're not peoplewho easily give up.
  • 00:21:07.773 --> 00:21:10.309
  • Walter Osipoff was hangingby his ankle,
  • 00:21:10.342 --> 00:21:13.545
  • pulled behind a planeby the cords of his parachute
  • 00:21:13.578 --> 00:21:17.082
  • which were entangledin the plane's wheels.
  • 00:21:17.115 --> 00:21:20.819
  • The pilot, Harold Johnson,was running out of fuel
  • 00:21:20.852 --> 00:21:23.955
  • but he knew if he triedan emergency landing
  • 00:21:23.989 --> 00:21:27.526
  • he would kill Walter Osipoff.
  • 00:21:27.559 --> 00:21:31.296
  • So he descended to about300 feet above the ground
  • 00:21:31.330 --> 00:21:35.200
  • and he started circlingaround the airbase.
  • 00:21:35.233 --> 00:21:37.903
  • Most people who saw the planethought it was some towing piece
  • 00:21:37.936 --> 00:21:40.672
  • of equipment situation,but one pilot,
  • 00:21:40.706 --> 00:21:44.676
  • Lieutenant Bill Lowrey,looked up
  • 00:21:44.710 --> 00:21:46.845
  • and he knew what was happening.
  • 00:21:46.878 --> 00:21:49.314
  • Spotting a nearby Marine,John McCants,
  • 00:21:49.348 --> 00:21:51.783
  • Lowrey shouted, "There's a manhanging on that line,"
  • 00:21:51.817 --> 00:21:54.319
  • and they jumped into an SOC-1,a two-seat open cockpit plane,
  • 00:21:54.353 --> 00:21:58.523
  • and they took off withouteven knowing if the aircraft
  • 00:21:58.557 --> 00:22:00.892
  • was fueled.
  • 00:22:00.926 --> 00:22:02.527
  • Suddenly, everybodyon the ground realized
  • 00:22:02.561 --> 00:22:04.596
  • the nature of the emergency.
  • 00:22:04.629 --> 00:22:06.431
  • Every eye was transfixed.
  • 00:22:06.465 --> 00:22:08.367
  • There were no radios on theplanes but Lowrey hand-signaled
  • 00:22:08.400 --> 00:22:11.603
  • Johnson to headtoward the Pacific
  • 00:22:11.636 --> 00:22:14.039
  • and the two planes roseto an altitude of 3000 feet.
  • 00:22:14.072 --> 00:22:17.342
  • The SOC-1 maneuvered beneaththe larger plane and McCants
  • 00:22:17.376 --> 00:22:21.646
  • stood uprightin his rear cockpit seat
  • 00:22:21.680 --> 00:22:24.850
  • and lunged for Osipoff.
  • 00:22:24.883 --> 00:22:26.885
  • Grabbing him by the waist,he pulled him across
  • 00:22:26.918 --> 00:22:29.121
  • the tiny seat.
  • 00:22:29.154 --> 00:22:31.256
  • But Osipoff was still attachedto the harness.
  • 00:22:31.289 --> 00:22:34.292
  • Now both planes and all theMarines were in mortal danger.
  • 00:22:34.326 --> 00:22:38.997
  • Somehow, I believe it wasby the grace of God,
  • 00:22:39.030 --> 00:22:42.067
  • Lowrey inched his planecloser and closer
  • 00:22:42.100 --> 00:22:44.703
  • to the DC-2and actually bumped it.
  • 00:22:44.736 --> 00:22:47.739
  • But in the process,the propeller sliced through
  • 00:22:47.773 --> 00:22:50.909
  • the remaining cords of Osipoff'sparachute and freed him up.
  • 00:22:50.942 --> 00:22:56.014
  • After flying through the airfor more than a half an hour,
  • 00:22:56.047 --> 00:22:58.683
  • dangling on a parachute line,Osipoff was free
  • 00:22:58.717 --> 00:23:01.720
  • but he wasn't safe.
  • 00:23:01.753 --> 00:23:03.488
  • Now, the cut parachute cordbecame entangled in the SOC's
  • 00:23:03.522 --> 00:23:06.758
  • rudder and Lowrey struggled tomaintain control of his plane.
  • 00:23:06.792 --> 00:23:11.263
  • But he did and when he landed,a roaring shout came
  • 00:23:11.296 --> 00:23:15.167
  • from the crowd.
  • 00:23:15.200 --> 00:23:16.835
  • They had just witnessedwhat was later called one
  • 00:23:16.868 --> 00:23:18.737
  • of the most brilliant and daringrescues in Naval history.
  • 00:23:18.770 --> 00:23:23.475
  • And as for our hapless Marine,he spent six months
  • 00:23:23.508 --> 00:23:27.412
  • in the hospital and as soon ashe recovered he went right back
  • 00:23:27.446 --> 00:23:29.981
  • to jumping out of airplanes.
  • 00:23:30.015 --> 00:23:31.950
  • What do you know?
  • 00:23:31.983 --> 00:23:33.885
  • Good for him.
  • 00:23:33.919 --> 00:23:35.787
  • You've been hanging aroundlong enough, so I want you
  • 00:23:35.821 --> 00:23:38.857
  • to grab on to the lifelineof God's priorities
  • 00:23:38.890 --> 00:23:42.894
  • and move forward in his designfor your life, always abounding
  • 00:23:42.928 --> 00:23:46.331
  • with his momentumand with his blessing.
  • 00:23:46.364 --> 00:23:50.035
  • Find out whatGod wants you to do.
  • 00:23:50.068 --> 00:23:52.537
  • Make it your number one thingand then organize your life
  • 00:23:52.571 --> 00:23:56.341
  • around that one thing andGod will move you forward
  • 00:23:56.374 --> 00:24:00.779
  • into his grace in a waythat will surprise you
  • 00:24:00.812 --> 00:24:04.349
  • and everybody who knows you.
  • 00:24:04.382 --> 00:24:06.218
  • May God grant thathappens for all of us.
  • 00:24:06.251 --> 00:24:09.087
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: If you're seriousabout moving forward,
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  • there is one crucial stepto complete first.
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  • It's step one of this process:knowing Christ
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  • as your personal Lordand Savior.
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  • I hope you're walking stronglywith Christ
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  • because faith in Christ isthe starting block
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  • that will keep propelling youforward.
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  • But perhapsyou don't know Christ.
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  • If that's the case, I would liketo introduce you to him today.
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  • Please allow me to send youtwo free resources to help.
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  • The first is a booklet called,"Your Greatest Turning Point,"
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  • which will guide you in yourfirst steps forward with Christ.
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  • The second is our monthlydevotional magazine,
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  • "Turning Points," with articlesand devotions to help you
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  • keep moving your faith forwardeach month.
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  • We will gladly send theseto you, free of charge,
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  • if you will simply contact ushere at,
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  • "Turning Point" today.
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  • announcer: Also availablefrom Dr. Jeremiah,
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  • Next time on "Turning Point."
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: Let nothingof the pure and precious
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  • life-giving Word of Godbe wasted.
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  • To be good stewardsof the calling of God
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  • that has given us the privilegeof proclaiming his Word
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  • to as many people as possiblein our lifetime.
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  • This is our mission,this is our one thing,
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  • this is our main thing,this is our focus.
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  • announcer: Thank youfor being with us today.
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  • Join us next timeas Dr. Jeremiah challenges you
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  • to set your focus forwardon God's plan,
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  • perspective, and purpose,here on "Turning Point."
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  • ♪♪♪
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