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The Joy of Integrity

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August 17, 2019
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Turning Point with Dr. David Jeremiah

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The Joy of Integrity

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  • Dr. David Jeremiah: Think there's no place for truthful,
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  • moral, and honorable people in this world?
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  • Well, I'm here to tell you those are
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  • exactly the individuals this world needs.
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  • And today, I'll share
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  • the four building blocks to living with integrity
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  • and the happiness that accompanies it.
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  • Are you up for the challenge?
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: Hello, I'm David Jeremiah.
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  • The apostle Paul understood the value of being the same
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  • in every situation and around any person,
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  • and the contentment found in doing that.
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  • In the book of Philippians, he gives four principles
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  • that will enable you to live with integrity
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  • and we'll identify those today
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  • in my series, "Count It All Joy,"
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  • on today's edition of "Turning Point."
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  • Hosanna, Hosanna
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  • You are the God who saves us
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  • Worthy of all our praises
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  • Hosanna, Hosanna
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  • Come have your way among us
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  • We welcome you here, Lord Jesus
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  • Hear the sound of hearts
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  • Returning to you
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  • We turn to you
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  • In your kingdom
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  • Broken lives are made new
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  • You make us new
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  • 'Cause when we see you
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  • We find strength to face the day
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  • In your presence
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  • All our fears are washed away
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  • Washed away
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  • Hosanna, Hosanna
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  • You are the God who saves us
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  • Worthy of all our praises
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  • Hosanna, Hosanna
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  • Come have your way among us
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  • We welcome you here, Lord Jesus
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  • [congregation applauding]
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  • announcer: Coming up on "Turning Point."
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: Paul was saying this:
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  • "I want your faith to be in Christ, not in me.
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  • I want it to be so that when I'm with you,
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  • or whether I'm not with you at all,
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  • you stand fast for the things you believe."
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  • female announcer: What if you could experience happiness
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  • no matter what?
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  • You can.
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  • Discover a happiness that circumstances cannot change
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  • with Dr. Jeremiah's book, "Count It All Joy."
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  • In this rich exploration
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  • of the biblical book of Philippians,
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  • Dr. Jeremiah uncovers the apostle Paul's secret
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  • to experiencing a joy
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  • that can change your perspective on life.
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  • Whatever you're facing, this teaching provides
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  • practical steps to help you find contentment
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  • in abundance or in scarcity,
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  • comfort in failure or in sickness,
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  • and peace for today's troubles
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  • and for tomorrow's uncertainties.
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  • "Count It All Joy," is yours as a thank you
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  • when you give a gift of any amount
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  • in support of this program.
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  • And if you generously give $60 or more,
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  • Dr. Jeremiah would like to send you in appreciation
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  • the "Count It All Joy" set, which includes his book,
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  • his complete newly preached 12-message teaching series
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  • on your choice of CD or DVD, and a correlating study guide.
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  • Learn to live out a joy that never ends
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  • when you contact "Turning Point" today.
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  • Amazing grace
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  • How sweet the sound
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  • That saved a wretch like me
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  • I once was lost
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  • But now I'm found
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  • Was blind
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  • But now I see
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  • 'Twas grace that taught my heart to fear
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  • And grace my fears relieved
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  • How precious did that grace appear
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  • The hour I first believed
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  • My chains are gone
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  • And I've been set free
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  • My God, my Savior
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  • Has ransomed me
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  • And like a flood
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  • His mercy reigns
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  • Unending love
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  • Amazing grace
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  • My chains are gone
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  • Oh, I've been set free
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  • My God, my Savior
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  • Has ransomed me
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  • And like a flood
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  • His mercy reigns
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  • Unending love
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  • Amazing grace
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  • Unending love
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  • Amazing grace
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  • Unending love
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  • Amazing grace
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  • In this time of desperation
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  • When all we know is doubt and fear
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  • There is only one foundation
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  • We believe, we believe
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  • In this broken generation
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  • When all is dark, you help us see
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  • There is only one salvation
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  • We believe, we believe
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  • We believe in God the Father
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  • We believe in Jesus Christ
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  • We believe in the Holy Spirit
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  • And he's given us new life
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  • We believe in the Crucifixion
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  • We believe that he conquered death
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  • We believe in the Resurrection
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  • And he's coming back again
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  • We believe
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  • So let our faith be more than anthems
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  • Greater than the songs we sing
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  • And in our weakness and temptations
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  • We believe
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  • Oh, we believe, yeah
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  • We believe in God the Father
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  • We believe in Jesus Christ
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  • We believe in the Holy Spirit
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  • And he's given us new life
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  • We believe in the Crucifixion
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  • We believe that he conquered death
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  • We believe in the Resurrection
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  • And he's coming back again
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  • Let the lost be found and the dead be raised
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  • In the here and now, let love invade
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  • Let the church live love our God will see
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  • We believe, we believe
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  • And the gates of hell will not prevail
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  • For the power of God has torn the veil
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  • Now we know your love will never fail
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  • We believe, we believe
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  • We believe in God the Father
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  • We believe in Jesus Christ
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  • We believe in the Holy Spirit
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  • And he's given us new life
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  • We believe in God the Father
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  • We believe in Jesus Christ
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  • We believe in the Holy Spirit
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  • And he's given us new life
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  • We believe in the Crucifixion
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  • We believe that he conquered death
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  • We believe in the Resurrection
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  • And he's coming back
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  • He's coming back again
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  • Oh, he's coming back again
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  • He's coming back again
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  • Oh, he's coming back again
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  • Oh
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  • Amen
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  • If you've been walking the same old road
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  • For miles and miles
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  • If you've been hearing the same old voice
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  • And the same old lies
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  • If you're trying to fill
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  • The same old holes inside
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  • There's a better life, yeah
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  • A better life, oh
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  • If you've got pain
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  • He's a pain taker
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  • If you feel lost
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  • And he's a way maker
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  • If you need freedom or saving
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  • He's a prison-shaking Savior
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  • If you got chains
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  • He's a chain breaker
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  • Oh, yeah
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  • We've all searched for the light of day
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  • In the dead of night
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  • We've all found ourselves worn out
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  • From the same old fight
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  • We've all run to things we know
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  • Well, they just ain't right
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  • Oh, but there's a better life
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  • C'mon, yeah
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  • There's a better life
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  • You know
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  • If you've got pain
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  • He's a pain taker
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  • If you feel lost
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  • And he's a way maker
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  • If you need freedom or saving
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  • He's a prison-shaking Savior
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  • If you got chains
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  • He's a chain breaker
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  • Well, yeah, yeah, ohh
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  • If you believe it
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  • If you receive it
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  • C'mon, if you can feel it
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  • Somebody testify
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  • Michael Sanchez: Hey, church, c'mon.
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  • If you believe it
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  • If you receive it, won't you know
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  • If you can feel it
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  • Somebody testify
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  • Testify
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  • If you believe it
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  • If you receive it, don't you know
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  • If you can feel it
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  • Somebody testify
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  • Oh, if you've got pain
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  • He's a pain taker
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  • Oh, c'mon
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  • If you feel lost, yeah
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  • He's a way maker
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  • If you need freedom or saving
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  • He's a prison-shaking Savior
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  • If you got chains
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  • He's a chain breaker
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  • Oh, if you need freedom or saving
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  • He's a prison-shaking Savior
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  • If you got chains
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  • He's a chain breaker
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  • Oh, yeah
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  • No, no, no, no
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  • Ooh, yeah, yeah, yeah
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  • In this rich exploration
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  • of the biblical book of Philippians,
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  • Dr. Jeremiah uncovers the apostle Paul's secret
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  • to experiencing a joy that carried Paul
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  • through the most difficult times.
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  • on "Turning Point."
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  • Now, here is Dr. Jeremiah with his message,
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  • "The Joy of Integrity."
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: At the age of 18, Mary Barra
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  • started working for General Motors
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  • as a way to help earn her way through college.
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  • Her job was inspecting hoods and fender panels
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  • of the Pontiac Grand Prix, and it turned out to be
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  • the first step in a lifelong career
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  • which culminated in her being appointed
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  • as the Chief Executive of General Motors in 2014.
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  • This made her the first woman to run
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  • one of the big three auto makers in the US.
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  • During the past 30 years, Mary Barra has interviewed
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  • countless executives for senior leadership positions.
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  • Like a lot of corporate leaders,
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  • she has some go-to interview questions.
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  • She's developed these as a way to tell
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  • if the candidates have what she's looking for.
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  • The first attribute that she tests for
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  • during the interview process is integrity.
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  • At the beginning of the interview,
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  • she tells the candidate that she's going to ask them
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  • three questions in relatively quick succession.
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  • "First, I ask people,
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  • 'How would your peers describe you
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  • in three adjectives?'"
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  • Next, she asks how the candidate's supervisor
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  • would describe them in three adjectives.
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  • And finally, she asks how people who've worked for the candidate
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  • would describe them in three adjectives.
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  • "Ideally," she said, "you don't want these adjectives
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  • to change very much
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  • because if you're hiring for integrity,
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  • you don't want people to manage up differently
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  • than they manage down.
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  • And you want people to work just as well with their peers
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  • and their superiors as they do with their subordinates.
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  • This consistency is the key to getting the right person."
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  • What she's saying is that people need to be the same.
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  • Actually, the word "integrity"
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  • is from the word "integral," which is one.
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  • We don't change because of where we are
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  • and what we do.
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  • The circumstances don't really change us.
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  • We may, out of who we are,
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  • respond differently to the circumstances,
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  • but it doesn't change who we are.
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  • Integrity is being the same.
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  • Someone once defined integrity for me
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  • as "keeping your commitments after the circumstances
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  • under which your commitments were made have changed."
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  • That's integrity.
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  • My friend, Warren Wiersbe,
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  • believes that a lack of integrity's the major crisis
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  • that's facing evangelical churches today.
  • 00:21:53.240 --> 00:21:57.160
  • He wrote that, "For nineteen centuries
  • 00:21:57.170 --> 00:21:59.230
  • the church has been telling the world to admit its sins,
  • 00:21:59.240 --> 00:22:02.240
  • repent, and believe the gospel.
  • 00:22:02.250 --> 00:22:05.050
  • Today, the world is telling the church to face up to her sins,
  • 00:22:05.060 --> 00:22:08.080
  • repent, and start being the true church.
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  • We Christians boast that we are not ashamed
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  • of the gospel of Christ,
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  • but," he said, "sometimes I wonder
  • 00:22:15.020 --> 00:22:16.140
  • if the gospel of Christ is ashamed of us.
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  • For some reason, our ministry
  • 00:22:19.260 --> 00:22:21.240
  • doesn't always match our message."
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  • Integrity, being who we proclaim we are,
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  • who we say we are.
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  • In his book, "A Severe Mercy," Sheldon Vanauken said
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  • that, "The best argument for Christianity is Christians,
  • 00:22:35.190 --> 00:22:39.290
  • their joy, their certainty, their completeness.
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  • But the strongest argument against Christianity
  • 00:22:42.090 --> 00:22:44.250
  • is also Christians.
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  • When they are somber and joyless
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  • and when they're self-righteous and smug,
  • 00:22:48.260 --> 00:22:51.060
  • then Christianity dies a thousand deaths."
  • 00:22:51.070 --> 00:22:54.290
  • Well, because of his stand for the faith,
  • 00:22:55.000 --> 00:22:57.060
  • Paul was facing the possibility of death.
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  • You remember this book we're studying,
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  • the book of Philippians,
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  • was written by Paul while he was under house arrest in Rome.
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  • So in writing to the Philippian believers,
  • 00:23:08.040 --> 00:23:11.040
  • he shared his concern.
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  • He knew that what had happened to him,
  • 00:23:14.060 --> 00:23:15.260
  • what was coming to him, would soon be coming to them.
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  • They too would face responsibility.
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  • They too would face pressure.
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  • And he wanted to be certain
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  • that they would be ready for it when it came.
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  • And we're so thankful that he had those thoughts
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  • because, as he helped the Philippian believers
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  • prepare themselves for persecution or harassment
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  • or whatever else you wanna call it,
  • 00:23:37.290 --> 00:23:40.070
  • by helping them, he's helped us.
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  • He's given us what we need to know to face
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  • the challenges in our lives.
  • 00:23:46.010 --> 00:23:48.230
  • And, men and women, these challenges for us
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  • who name the name of Christ in faith,
  • 00:23:50.180 --> 00:23:52.200
  • have never been greater in the years
  • 00:23:52.210 --> 00:23:54.200
  • that I've been alive in this country.
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  • It's more unpopular to be a Christian today
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  • than it's ever been.
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  • And there is toleration for just about everything.
  • 00:24:02.010 --> 00:24:05.050
  • Some things you can't believe that are tolerated,
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  • but there's almost no toleration for believers.
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  • So whether we face the ragged edge of persecution
  • 00:24:11.180 --> 00:24:15.240
  • that Paul is talking about here
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  • or just what we might call harassment,
  • 00:24:17.200 --> 00:24:22.090
  • we're in the game and we need to know how to win.
  • 00:24:22.100 --> 00:24:26.240
  • So, like a coach presenting his game to the players,
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  • Paul sends to his friends in Philippi four priorities
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  • that would help them endure the persecution,
  • 00:24:33.200 --> 00:24:36.290
  • harassment, the problems that they would face
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  • because of their commitment to Christ.
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  • First priority that he mentions is conduct.
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  • So clearly in the first verse, verse 27: "Only let your conduct
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  • be worthy of the gospel of Christ."
  • 00:24:51.180 --> 00:24:55.110
  • One of the beauties of having studied
  • 00:24:55.120 --> 00:24:57.060
  • the original languages of the Bible
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  • is that once in a while you notice that the writer
  • 00:24:59.070 --> 00:25:02.050
  • has decided to use a play on words,
  • 00:25:02.060 --> 00:25:05.220
  • and sometimes if you didn't study
  • 00:25:05.230 --> 00:25:07.220
  • the way we have to study when we go to seminary,
  • 00:25:07.230 --> 00:25:09.200
  • you might miss that.
  • 00:25:09.210 --> 00:25:11.000
  • It's not always lethal, but sometimes it's pretty cool
  • 00:25:11.010 --> 00:25:14.030
  • to see what the writer really was talking about.
  • 00:25:14.040 --> 00:25:18.010
  • And the word for conduct in this text
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  • is a really interesting word.
  • 00:25:19.290 --> 00:25:21.080
  • It's politeuo or polis.
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  • It's the word for city.
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  • And that word is used
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  • in our English language like this:
  • 00:25:28.140 --> 00:25:30.030
  • we have a place called Indianapolis, Minneapolis,
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  • a big area around a city is called the metropolitan area.
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  • It's the word from which we get the word "politics."
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  • So let me read that verse again:
  • 00:25:47.090 --> 00:25:49.060
  • "Only let your politics be worthy of the gospel of Christ."
  • 00:25:49.070 --> 00:25:54.110
  • How's that for an application?
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  • Also the word "police" comes from this word.
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  • And we've carried this word over into our culture.
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  • In the Greek language,
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  • the word meant the largest political unit,
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  • the citizens that belonged to a city.
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  • In the same way that we belong to our country,
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  • so the word, as it is used in this verse,
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  • refers to the public duties of good citizens.
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  • We are citizens of the United States of America,
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  • and Paul was writing to the citizens of Philippi,
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  • and the Philippians would have understood this
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  • really well because of their situation.
  • 00:26:34.250 --> 00:26:37.260
  • You see, Philippi was a Roman colony
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  • surrounded by a Greek world.
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  • It was 800 miles away from Rome,
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  • and it was fully Roman but not in Rome.
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  • The citizens of Philippi were literally citizens of Rome
  • 00:26:51.060 --> 00:26:55.070
  • and their names were on the rolls
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  • in the city of Rome.
  • 00:26:57.010 --> 00:26:58.230
  • But they were removed from Rome,
  • 00:26:58.240 --> 00:27:02.060
  • surrounded by a culture which was foreign to them,
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  • and they would know that their emperor
  • 00:27:05.270 --> 00:27:08.260
  • expected them to represent Rome in their Greek culture
  • 00:27:08.270 --> 00:27:13.150
  • in a way that would not be embarrassing to the Romans.
  • 00:27:13.160 --> 00:27:17.270
  • The Philippians gloried in their Roman citizenship
  • 00:27:17.280 --> 00:27:21.050
  • and they believed that it was their responsibility
  • 00:27:21.060 --> 00:27:23.230
  • to bring the glory of Rome
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  • into the Greek world in which they lived.
  • 00:27:25.280 --> 00:27:29.150
  • So if someone would have said to them,
  • 00:27:29.160 --> 00:27:31.220
  • "Make sure you're living your life
  • 00:27:31.230 --> 00:27:36.200
  • in honor of the place where your citizenship is,"
  • 00:27:36.210 --> 00:27:41.160
  • they would have understood it, and Paul grabbed hold of that
  • 00:27:41.170 --> 00:27:44.030
  • and he uses it in a very amazing way.
  • 00:27:44.040 --> 00:27:46.140
  • He says to them,
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  • "Just as you are a colony of Rome 800 miles removed,
  • 00:27:47.250 --> 00:27:52.050
  • you are also citizens of another place
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  • a little further than 800 miles.
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  • You are citizens of heaven."
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  • He makes no apology for that,
  • 00:27:59.060 --> 00:28:01.170
  • and on occasions in his writings,
  • 00:28:01.180 --> 00:28:04.010
  • he uses the very term.
  • 00:28:04.020 --> 00:28:06.020
  • In the 3rd chapter of Philippians,
  • 00:28:06.030 --> 00:28:07.250
  • he says it this way: "Our citizenship is in heaven,
  • 00:28:07.260 --> 00:28:11.210
  • from which we eagerly wait for the Savior,
  • 00:28:11.220 --> 00:28:14.040
  • the Lord Jesus Christ."
  • 00:28:14.050 --> 00:28:17.000
  • Now as Paul writes to the Philippian believers
  • 00:28:17.010 --> 00:28:20.020
  • about their heavenly citizenship,
  • 00:28:20.030 --> 00:28:22.000
  • he exhorts them to allow their allegiance to heaven
  • 00:28:22.010 --> 00:28:26.170
  • to affect the way they live their lives on this earth.
  • 00:28:26.180 --> 00:28:30.160
  • "Let your conduct be worthy of the gospel of Christ."
  • 00:28:30.170 --> 00:28:35.270
  • Over the years, as a pastor,
  • 00:28:35.280 --> 00:28:37.290
  • I have been asked so many times, "Is this okay?
  • 00:28:38.000 --> 00:28:42.040
  • Can a Christian do this?
  • 00:28:42.050 --> 00:28:44.110
  • What about the casinos, Pastor?"
  • 00:28:44.120 --> 00:28:48.010
  • I get letters and emails and questions,
  • 00:28:48.020 --> 00:28:52.030
  • so I wanna answer them all today.
  • 00:28:52.040 --> 00:28:55.270
  • "Only let your conduct be worthy of the gospel of Christ."
  • 00:28:55.280 --> 00:29:01.200
  • Run what you wanna do through that grid
  • 00:29:01.210 --> 00:29:03.180
  • and quit sending me emails.
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  • [congregation laughing]
  • 00:29:05.180 --> 00:29:10.290
  • Dr. Jeremiah: Wouldn't it be interesting if that's the way
  • 00:29:11.000 --> 00:29:12.090
  • we began every day?
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  • Lord, help me to live my life today
  • 00:29:14.040 --> 00:29:15.250
  • in a way that's worthy of the truth
  • 00:29:15.260 --> 00:29:18.130
  • that I am a citizen of heaven.
  • 00:29:18.140 --> 00:29:21.220
  • And if we were to do that, it would take
  • 00:29:21.230 --> 00:29:23.230
  • a lot of complication out of how life is lived.
  • 00:29:23.240 --> 00:29:28.100
  • I know Caesar Augustus instructed his soldiers
  • 00:29:28.110 --> 00:29:31.080
  • to make sure their conduct was worthy of Roman citizenship.
  • 00:29:31.090 --> 00:29:35.200
  • And Peter helps us to define that,
  • 00:29:35.210 --> 00:29:37.260
  • even a little bit more.
  • 00:29:37.270 --> 00:29:39.060
  • I know you know this verse,
  • 00:29:39.070 --> 00:29:40.170
  • but maybe you haven't seen it in this context.
  • 00:29:40.180 --> 00:29:42.160
  • Here's how this works when we're good citizens
  • 00:29:42.170 --> 00:29:45.120
  • and we live for God
  • 00:29:45.130 --> 00:29:46.220
  • and we honor him with our conduct.
  • 00:29:46.230 --> 00:29:48.240
  • He said, "Your conduct
  • 00:29:48.250 --> 00:29:50.070
  • among the surrounding peoples in your different countries
  • 00:29:50.080 --> 00:29:53.020
  • should always be good and right,
  • 00:29:53.030 --> 00:29:55.260
  • so that although they may in the usual way slander you
  • 00:29:55.270 --> 00:29:59.210
  • as evil-doers yet when disasters come,
  • 00:29:59.220 --> 00:30:03.120
  • they may glorify God
  • 00:30:03.130 --> 00:30:04.230
  • when they see how well you conduct yourselves."
  • 00:30:04.240 --> 00:30:09.100
  • The greatest thing we've got going for us,
  • 00:30:09.110 --> 00:30:11.130
  • men and women, as Christians
  • 00:30:11.140 --> 00:30:13.100
  • is that we're Christians and we live as Christians.
  • 00:30:13.110 --> 00:30:16.190
  • And today, the uniqueness of it is so profound.
  • 00:30:16.200 --> 00:30:23.140
  • Christianity today is more different,
  • 00:30:23.150 --> 00:30:26.120
  • if that's a good phrase, than it's ever been.
  • 00:30:26.130 --> 00:30:29.260
  • When we live for Christ, when we walk with him,
  • 00:30:29.270 --> 00:30:33.190
  • when we process life through a mind of Christ,
  • 00:30:33.200 --> 00:30:37.130
  • we are uniquely different from all the world around us,
  • 00:30:37.140 --> 00:30:40.240
  • as uniquely different
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  • as were the Romans surrounded by the Greek culture.
  • 00:30:42.050 --> 00:30:47.230
  • But when men and women see that, it makes an impact on them.
  • 00:30:47.240 --> 00:30:52.100
  • Have you ever noticed if you work in a secular place,
  • 00:30:52.110 --> 00:30:55.100
  • and most of us here in this room do,
  • 00:30:55.110 --> 00:30:58.100
  • they give us grief all the time.
  • 00:30:58.110 --> 00:31:01.180
  • They know we're Christians,
  • 00:31:01.190 --> 00:31:02.280
  • maybe you carry your Bible to work.
  • 00:31:02.290 --> 00:31:04.140
  • What a brave thing to do.
  • 00:31:04.150 --> 00:31:06.110
  • Or they hear you
  • 00:31:06.120 --> 00:31:07.210
  • having conversations with other Christians,
  • 00:31:07.220 --> 00:31:10.020
  • and they kind of look at you,
  • 00:31:10.030 --> 00:31:11.190
  • maybe they make some strange remarks,
  • 00:31:11.200 --> 00:31:13.100
  • but here's what I know.
  • 00:31:13.110 --> 00:31:15.000
  • When trouble comes,
  • 00:31:15.010 --> 00:31:16.100
  • yours is the first door they knock on.
  • 00:31:16.110 --> 00:31:20.040
  • Why is that?
  • 00:31:20.050 --> 00:31:21.220
  • Because the evidence of Christ in your life
  • 00:31:21.230 --> 00:31:24.230
  • and the way you live
  • 00:31:24.240 --> 00:31:26.040
  • is a--it's a reminder to them of something different,
  • 00:31:26.050 --> 00:31:30.220
  • and we may not think we need something different
  • 00:31:30.230 --> 00:31:32.210
  • when things are going well,
  • 00:31:32.220 --> 00:31:34.010
  • but when things start to go south on us,
  • 00:31:34.020 --> 00:31:36.140
  • we need an anchor.
  • 00:31:36.150 --> 00:31:39.140
  • I've seen this happen with my children,
  • 00:31:39.150 --> 00:31:41.290
  • some of whom have gone to secular colleges.
  • 00:31:42.000 --> 00:31:45.100
  • I could not begin to tell you some of the things
  • 00:31:45.110 --> 00:31:47.130
  • that have happened to my kids and my grandkids
  • 00:31:47.140 --> 00:31:49.220
  • because they're Christians.
  • 00:31:49.230 --> 00:31:52.150
  • But when those who have harassed them
  • 00:31:52.160 --> 00:31:57.020
  • have gotten into a jam, the first person they call
  • 00:31:57.030 --> 00:32:01.110
  • is the person whose conduct is becoming
  • 00:32:01.120 --> 00:32:04.180
  • of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
  • 00:32:04.190 --> 00:32:06.190
  • So Paul says what you do most of all,
  • 00:32:06.200 --> 00:32:10.040
  • live in a way that honors the Lord.
  • 00:32:10.050 --> 00:32:12.260
  • Number two, the second priority is consistency.
  • 00:32:12.270 --> 00:32:16.200
  • I love this verse; he said,
  • 00:32:16.210 --> 00:32:18.000
  • "So that whether I come and see you or I am absent,
  • 00:32:18.010 --> 00:32:22.170
  • I may hear of your affairs,
  • 00:32:22.180 --> 00:32:24.030
  • that you stand fast in one spirit."
  • 00:32:24.040 --> 00:32:27.260
  • Paul said, "When I'm with you, you seem to do well.
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  • I'm not worried about that.
  • 00:32:30.200 --> 00:32:32.110
  • What I'm worried about is when I'm not with you
  • 00:32:32.120 --> 00:32:34.150
  • and will you do well then?"
  • 00:32:34.160 --> 00:32:37.110
  • People tell me sometimes, "Dr. Jeremiah, when you're gone,
  • 00:32:37.120 --> 00:32:42.270
  • things are not always quite the same
  • 00:32:42.280 --> 00:32:44.170
  • as when you're here."
  • 00:32:44.180 --> 00:32:46.240
  • I never know what that means and I choose not to ask.
  • 00:32:46.250 --> 00:32:51.120
  • But isn't it interesting that when there's a leader
  • 00:32:51.130 --> 00:32:54.130
  • or there's somebody who's in the middle of it
  • 00:32:54.140 --> 00:32:58.130
  • and they're present, things are different.
  • 00:32:58.140 --> 00:33:00.240
  • When they're gone,
  • 00:33:00.250 --> 00:33:02.040
  • things happen to go back to being the same.
  • 00:33:02.050 --> 00:33:03.210
  • Paul was saying this:
  • 00:33:03.220 --> 00:33:05.010
  • "I want your faith to be in Christ, not in me.
  • 00:33:05.020 --> 00:33:08.200
  • I want it to be so that when I'm with you,
  • 00:33:08.210 --> 00:33:10.230
  • or whether I'm not with you at all,
  • 00:33:10.240 --> 00:33:12.200
  • you stand fast for the things you believe,
  • 00:33:12.210 --> 00:33:15.190
  • that your faith is consistent,
  • 00:33:15.200 --> 00:33:17.270
  • not controlled by your circumstances,
  • 00:33:17.280 --> 00:33:20.180
  • not determined by your environment,
  • 00:33:20.190 --> 00:33:23.010
  • but you're the same: consistency.
  • 00:33:23.020 --> 00:33:26.270
  • One of the greatest lifestyle illustrations of that
  • 00:33:26.280 --> 00:33:29.270
  • in the Bible is the man Daniel.
  • 00:33:29.280 --> 00:33:32.120
  • Daniel proved it's possible to maintain your integrity
  • 00:33:32.130 --> 00:33:35.120
  • even when you're isolated.
  • 00:33:35.130 --> 00:33:37.160
  • You remember his story.
  • 00:33:37.170 --> 00:33:38.260
  • As a young man, he was carried away captive
  • 00:33:38.270 --> 00:33:41.040
  • to the city of Babylon;
  • 00:33:41.050 --> 00:33:42.140
  • and for 70 years, he endured
  • 00:33:42.150 --> 00:33:44.170
  • the pressures of a pagan culture.
  • 00:33:44.180 --> 00:33:46.280
  • In the first chapter of the book that bears his name,
  • 00:33:46.290 --> 00:33:50.110
  • we are given a simple description
  • 00:33:50.120 --> 00:33:52.090
  • of his integrity.
  • 00:33:52.100 --> 00:33:54.020
  • I have to tell you that I wrote a book on Daniel a long time ago
  • 00:33:54.030 --> 00:33:57.130
  • and I've signed hundreds and hundreds of them,
  • 00:33:57.140 --> 00:33:59.200
  • and I've always inscribed this verse in the front cover.
  • 00:33:59.210 --> 00:34:02.270
  • I've never had any book that I've ever written,
  • 00:34:02.280 --> 00:34:05.200
  • that I've ever inscribed a verse,
  • 00:34:05.210 --> 00:34:07.050
  • have more questions because here is Daniel 1:21:
  • 00:34:07.060 --> 00:34:12.040
  • "Daniel continued
  • 00:34:12.050 --> 00:34:14.140
  • until the first year of King Cyrus."
  • 00:34:14.150 --> 00:34:16.100
  • You say, "Well, why in the world would you write that verse
  • 00:34:16.110 --> 00:34:19.000
  • in the front of a book?"
  • 00:34:19.010 --> 00:34:20.100
  • Because that verse describes the integrity of Daniel.
  • 00:34:20.110 --> 00:34:23.280
  • "He continued."
  • 00:34:23.290 --> 00:34:26.110
  • I don't know what they'll write on my tombstone,
  • 00:34:26.120 --> 00:34:29.090
  • but maybe that's a good one: "Dr. Jeremiah continued.
  • 00:34:29.100 --> 00:34:33.120
  • He just kept doing it.
  • 00:34:33.130 --> 00:34:34.240
  • He kept preaching it. He kept living it."
  • 00:34:34.250 --> 00:34:37.040
  • Daniel was a man who was consistent in his life
  • 00:34:37.050 --> 00:34:40.120
  • throughout all the captivity,
  • 00:34:40.130 --> 00:34:42.080
  • during all the troubles of his nation,
  • 00:34:42.090 --> 00:34:44.230
  • through intrigues and envies and murderers and persecutions.
  • 00:34:44.240 --> 00:34:49.010
  • Daniel continued.
  • 00:34:49.020 --> 00:34:52.000
  • The rule of the kingdom passed
  • 00:34:52.010 --> 00:34:53.190
  • from Nebuchadnezzar to Belshazzar to Darius
  • 00:34:53.200 --> 00:34:56.140
  • and finally to Cyrus, but Daniel just continued.
  • 00:34:56.150 --> 00:35:00.240
  • He was in the public eye all of his life.
  • 00:35:00.250 --> 00:35:02.230
  • He was in the court from his youth up.
  • 00:35:02.240 --> 00:35:04.280
  • He spent the majority of his years
  • 00:35:04.290 --> 00:35:06.150
  • in a wicked culture.
  • 00:35:06.160 --> 00:35:08.160
  • What did he do? He continued.
  • 00:35:08.170 --> 00:35:11.060
  • So consistent was his life that when the jealous presidents
  • 00:35:11.070 --> 00:35:15.000
  • and princes tried to find something against him,
  • 00:35:15.010 --> 00:35:17.160
  • according to Daniel 6,
  • 00:35:17.170 --> 00:35:18.270
  • "they could find no charge or fault,
  • 00:35:18.280 --> 00:35:20.260
  • because he was faithful;
  • 00:35:20.270 --> 00:35:22.160
  • nor was there any error or fault found in him."
  • 00:35:22.170 --> 00:35:26.140
  • He continued.
  • 00:35:26.150 --> 00:35:29.120
  • He was the same.
  • 00:35:29.130 --> 00:35:31.170
  • He was consistent.
  • 00:35:31.180 --> 00:35:34.110
  • Oh, what a tremendous tool that is in the hand of God:
  • 00:35:34.120 --> 00:35:38.210
  • consistent Christians
  • 00:35:38.220 --> 00:35:40.260
  • who face the troubles and the joys,
  • 00:35:40.270 --> 00:35:46.030
  • the problems and the pain.
  • 00:35:46.040 --> 00:35:50.200
  • They're just Christians in the midst of it all.
  • 00:35:50.210 --> 00:35:54.130
  • When trouble comes,
  • 00:35:54.140 --> 00:35:55.230
  • you can't let trouble make you different than you are.
  • 00:35:55.240 --> 00:35:59.170
  • Best be sure who you are before trouble comes.
  • 00:35:59.180 --> 00:36:04.040
  • And trouble will not make you different.
  • 00:36:04.050 --> 00:36:06.050
  • It will bring out of you the courage
  • 00:36:06.060 --> 00:36:07.290
  • that was latent in your life all along.
  • 00:36:08.000 --> 00:36:12.130
  • Here's the third one.
  • 00:36:12.140 --> 00:36:14.140
  • The first priority is your conduct.
  • 00:36:14.150 --> 00:36:16.140
  • The second is consistency.
  • 00:36:16.150 --> 00:36:18.090
  • The third one is cooperation.
  • 00:36:18.100 --> 00:36:20.200
  • In verse 27, he says, "Do this in one spirit,
  • 00:36:20.210 --> 00:36:24.010
  • with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel."
  • 00:36:24.020 --> 00:36:29.230
  • I have to say to you today, congregation,
  • 00:36:29.240 --> 00:36:31.120
  • that the Christian life
  • 00:36:31.130 --> 00:36:32.220
  • was never meant to be lived alone.
  • 00:36:32.230 --> 00:36:35.180
  • So we're all here together to testify to that.
  • 00:36:35.190 --> 00:36:40.180
  • We're here together
  • 00:36:40.190 --> 00:36:41.280
  • because the Lord Jesus gave us the church,
  • 00:36:41.290 --> 00:36:44.280
  • his great gift to the body of Christ.
  • 00:36:44.290 --> 00:36:47.090
  • "Forsake not the assembling of yourselves together,
  • 00:36:47.100 --> 00:36:50.080
  • as the manner of some is," says the book of Hebrews.
  • 00:36:50.090 --> 00:36:53.290
  • But within the church, there's even greater togetherness.
  • 00:36:54.000 --> 00:36:58.250
  • When Paul instructed these believers
  • 00:36:58.260 --> 00:37:00.130
  • to strive together, he used a Greek word
  • 00:37:00.140 --> 00:37:02.160
  • from which we get our word "athlete."
  • 00:37:02.170 --> 00:37:05.120
  • This is a special unity of striving together,
  • 00:37:05.130 --> 00:37:08.060
  • struggling side by side,
  • 00:37:08.070 --> 00:37:09.250
  • like athletes against a common opponent.
  • 00:37:09.260 --> 00:37:12.150
  • Paul said, as Christians, we're to stand together.
  • 00:37:12.160 --> 00:37:15.070
  • We're to strive together.
  • 00:37:15.080 --> 00:37:16.170
  • That our strength as believers
  • 00:37:16.180 --> 00:37:18.200
  • is not in who we are individually,
  • 00:37:18.210 --> 00:37:20.230
  • but in who we are collectively.
  • 00:37:20.240 --> 00:37:23.050
  • We started a program here years ago for prayer.
  • 00:37:23.060 --> 00:37:26.000
  • It was called "Triple Cord."
  • 00:37:26.010 --> 00:37:28.000
  • It was based on a verse of Scripture
  • 00:37:28.010 --> 00:37:29.270
  • in the book of Ecclesiastes that you may never have seen,
  • 00:37:29.280 --> 00:37:32.250
  • but listen to the profundity of this verse:
  • 00:37:32.260 --> 00:37:35.280
  • "Two are better than one, because they have
  • 00:37:35.290 --> 00:37:39.040
  • a good reward for their labor.
  • 00:37:39.050 --> 00:37:41.090
  • For if they fall, one will lift up his companion.
  • 00:37:41.100 --> 00:37:44.240
  • But woe to him who is alone when he falls,
  • 00:37:44.250 --> 00:37:47.170
  • for he has no one to help him up.
  • 00:37:47.180 --> 00:37:50.070
  • Again, if two lie down together, they will keep warm;
  • 00:37:50.080 --> 00:37:53.100
  • but how can one be warm alone?
  • 00:37:53.110 --> 00:37:56.080
  • Though one may be overpowered by another,
  • 00:37:56.090 --> 00:37:58.230
  • two can withstand him.
  • 00:37:58.240 --> 00:38:02.110
  • And a threefold cord is not quickly broken."
  • 00:38:02.120 --> 00:38:08.160
  • Solomon in his wisdom said there's strength in numbers.
  • 00:38:08.170 --> 00:38:13.150
  • We don't face the harassment of the church by ourselves.
  • 00:38:13.160 --> 00:38:17.060
  • We may face it by ourselves for a few hours during the week,
  • 00:38:17.070 --> 00:38:21.190
  • but the fact that there is more toleration
  • 00:38:21.200 --> 00:38:25.240
  • for everything in our culture today
  • 00:38:25.250 --> 00:38:27.170
  • than for Christianity is not something we
  • 00:38:27.180 --> 00:38:29.270
  • have to deal with by ourselves.
  • 00:38:29.280 --> 00:38:31.100
  • We deal with that as a church.
  • 00:38:31.110 --> 00:38:33.060
  • We come together and we find consolation in one another.
  • 00:38:33.070 --> 00:38:36.030
  • We find courage in one another,
  • 00:38:36.040 --> 00:38:38.000
  • and we discover in our personal conversations,
  • 00:38:38.010 --> 00:38:40.190
  • we're not the only ones who face this.
  • 00:38:40.200 --> 00:38:44.150
  • And so we are strengthened to be strong in our faith.
  • 00:38:44.160 --> 00:38:51.010
  • When we're trying to prove the integrity of our lives,
  • 00:38:51.020 --> 00:38:53.240
  • it takes conduct that is worthy of the gospel of Christ.
  • 00:38:53.250 --> 00:38:58.070
  • It takes consistency so that whether--
  • 00:38:58.080 --> 00:39:03.010
  • whatever situation we may be in, we're the same.
  • 00:39:03.020 --> 00:39:06.090
  • It takes cooperation.
  • 00:39:06.100 --> 00:39:07.250
  • We don't do this by ourselves,
  • 00:39:07.260 --> 00:39:09.190
  • we strive together for the gospel.
  • 00:39:09.200 --> 00:39:13.040
  • And finally, it takes courage.
  • 00:39:13.050 --> 00:39:16.260
  • I must say to you, I should tell you to go home
  • 00:39:16.270 --> 00:39:21.160
  • and read these verses and not comment on them.
  • 00:39:21.170 --> 00:39:25.080
  • They're written about persecution.
  • 00:39:25.090 --> 00:39:27.260
  • I know very little about that.
  • 00:39:27.270 --> 00:39:30.230
  • I've been harassed, I've been treated badly,
  • 00:39:30.240 --> 00:39:36.140
  • but I've never spent any time in prison for my faith.
  • 00:39:36.150 --> 00:39:39.270
  • I've never been arrested for my faith.
  • 00:39:39.280 --> 00:39:43.200
  • So I don't really have any platform
  • 00:39:43.210 --> 00:39:47.180
  • upon which to stand and tell you,
  • 00:39:47.190 --> 00:39:49.160
  • ladies and gentlemen,
  • 00:39:49.170 --> 00:39:50.260
  • here's how you deal with persecution.
  • 00:39:50.270 --> 00:39:53.050
  • Let me tell you, I know all about it.
  • 00:39:53.060 --> 00:39:55.200
  • I don't know anything about it.
  • 00:39:55.210 --> 00:39:57.000
  • All I know is what Paul tells me.
  • 00:39:57.010 --> 00:40:00.220
  • So my role here is not just to give you
  • 00:40:00.230 --> 00:40:02.210
  • my personal testimony about persecution,
  • 00:40:02.220 --> 00:40:05.050
  • but to tell you what Paul,
  • 00:40:05.060 --> 00:40:06.160
  • who did know something about it--
  • 00:40:06.170 --> 00:40:08.100
  • you remember what we learned about Paul.
  • 00:40:08.110 --> 00:40:10.080
  • Everywhere he went, he had two stops in every city:
  • 00:40:10.090 --> 00:40:12.170
  • the synagogue and the prison.
  • 00:40:12.180 --> 00:40:13.270
  • He visited all of them regularly.
  • 00:40:13.280 --> 00:40:18.160
  • And here's what he tells us,
  • 00:40:18.170 --> 00:40:20.180
  • and we may not need this for right now,
  • 00:40:20.190 --> 00:40:24.140
  • but surely we will need it.
  • 00:40:24.150 --> 00:40:29.200
  • He says: "And not in any way terrified by your adversaries,
  • 00:40:29.210 --> 00:40:33.270
  • which is to them a proof of perdition,
  • 00:40:33.280 --> 00:40:35.220
  • but to you of salvation, and that from God.
  • 00:40:35.230 --> 00:40:38.040
  • For to you it has been granted on behalf of Christ,
  • 00:40:38.050 --> 00:40:41.070
  • not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake,
  • 00:40:41.080 --> 00:40:45.230
  • having the same conflict which you saw in me
  • 00:40:45.240 --> 00:40:48.030
  • and now hear is in me."
  • 00:40:48.040 --> 00:40:50.010
  • Paul knew from experience
  • 00:40:50.020 --> 00:40:51.180
  • that there would be many occasions
  • 00:40:51.190 --> 00:40:53.170
  • for his brothers and sisters in Philippi
  • 00:40:53.180 --> 00:40:56.030
  • to demonstrate strength
  • 00:40:56.040 --> 00:40:57.240
  • beyond what they personally possessed.
  • 00:40:57.250 --> 00:41:00.220
  • So he closes this section of his letter
  • 00:41:00.230 --> 00:41:02.290
  • by exhorting the Christians
  • 00:41:03.000 --> 00:41:04.250
  • to face their opponents with courage.
  • 00:41:04.260 --> 00:41:08.040
  • He provided guidelines to help them
  • 00:41:08.050 --> 00:41:10.120
  • accurately identify those times of harassment
  • 00:41:10.130 --> 00:41:14.090
  • and draw strength from each other and from Christ.
  • 00:41:14.100 --> 00:41:17.260
  • He begins by asking them
  • 00:41:17.270 --> 00:41:19.180
  • to have courage to encounter persecution,
  • 00:41:19.190 --> 00:41:22.190
  • "and not in any way terrified by your adversaries."
  • 00:41:23.190 --> 00:41:27.150
  • That's an interesting phrase.
  • 00:41:27.160 --> 00:41:28.250
  • You know the word "terrified" is only used one time
  • 00:41:28.260 --> 00:41:31.010
  • in the New Testament and it's right here, this word.
  • 00:41:31.020 --> 00:41:33.260
  • And it's a word that is used of horses
  • 00:41:33.270 --> 00:41:36.190
  • that are spooked into an uncontrollable stampede.
  • 00:41:36.200 --> 00:41:40.220
  • Paul is saying to the believers,
  • 00:41:40.230 --> 00:41:42.060
  • "Don't get spooked by those who come after you.
  • 00:41:42.070 --> 00:41:45.210
  • Don't get blown off course."
  • 00:41:45.220 --> 00:41:48.070
  • It's a word that describes an inward fear
  • 00:41:48.080 --> 00:41:51.200
  • caused by an outward stimulus.
  • 00:41:51.210 --> 00:41:55.220
  • It's very appropriate
  • 00:41:55.230 --> 00:41:57.020
  • for this little group of believers living in Philippi.
  • 00:41:57.030 --> 00:42:01.090
  • The courage in the face of opposition
  • 00:42:01.100 --> 00:42:03.200
  • is a double-edged sword.
  • 00:42:03.210 --> 00:42:05.090
  • Paul says, "It's the evidence of the believer's salvation."
  • 00:42:05.100 --> 00:42:08.180
  • What does he mean by that?
  • 00:42:08.190 --> 00:42:09.280
  • The Bible says: "For those who are godly in Christ Jesus,"
  • 00:42:09.290 --> 00:42:13.030
  • what does it say about us?
  • 00:42:13.040 --> 00:42:14.130
  • "We shall suffer persecution."
  • 00:42:14.140 --> 00:42:17.050
  • So when we suffer persecution
  • 00:42:17.060 --> 00:42:19.030
  • and we go around complaining about it,
  • 00:42:19.040 --> 00:42:21.000
  • we're complaining about the badge of our salvation.
  • 00:42:21.010 --> 00:42:26.000
  • Let me tell you something, if you're not living for Christ,
  • 00:42:26.010 --> 00:42:27.250
  • they are not gonna bother you.
  • 00:42:27.260 --> 00:42:30.110
  • They probably think you're one of them.
  • 00:42:30.120 --> 00:42:33.180
  • But if you live for Christ,
  • 00:42:33.190 --> 00:42:34.280
  • if you walk with the Lord, if you're different,
  • 00:42:34.290 --> 00:42:37.150
  • if you're not trying to be like everybody else,
  • 00:42:37.160 --> 00:42:39.140
  • if what you believe
  • 00:42:39.150 --> 00:42:40.240
  • is being translated into how you behave,
  • 00:42:40.250 --> 00:42:43.210
  • somebody's gonna come after you, and when they do,
  • 00:42:43.220 --> 00:42:46.220
  • the Bible says that is an evidence of your salvation,
  • 00:42:46.230 --> 00:42:50.160
  • that you have been thought worthy of harassment
  • 00:42:50.170 --> 00:42:53.260
  • by those who do not know Jesus Christ, wow.
  • 00:42:53.270 --> 00:43:00.210
  • It's quiet in here.
  • 00:43:00.220 --> 00:43:03.150
  • And Paul knew what he was talking about.
  • 00:43:03.160 --> 00:43:05.000
  • You know, historically, this letter was written
  • 00:43:05.010 --> 00:43:07.100
  • somewhere between AD 60 and 63,
  • 00:43:07.110 --> 00:43:11.240
  • and it was a time
  • 00:43:11.250 --> 00:43:13.090
  • when the pressure of the Roman empire was intense.
  • 00:43:13.100 --> 00:43:16.200
  • Nero was in charge, and it was in July of AD 64
  • 00:43:16.210 --> 00:43:21.190
  • that he surpassed himself in cruelty
  • 00:43:21.200 --> 00:43:24.110
  • and ordered his servants to set fire to the city of Rome.
  • 00:43:24.120 --> 00:43:29.000
  • And one of the few eye witness historians of that day,
  • 00:43:29.010 --> 00:43:31.270
  • a man by the name of Tacitus, said,
  • 00:43:31.280 --> 00:43:34.130
  • "Consequently, to get rid of the report
  • 00:43:34.140 --> 00:43:36.100
  • that he had ordered the fire, Nero fastened the guilt
  • 00:43:36.110 --> 00:43:39.230
  • and inflicted the most exquisite tortures
  • 00:43:39.240 --> 00:43:42.120
  • on a class hated for their abominations,
  • 00:43:42.130 --> 00:43:45.070
  • people called Christians by the populace.
  • 00:43:45.080 --> 00:43:47.280
  • Christus, from whom the name had its origin,
  • 00:43:47.290 --> 00:43:50.200
  • suffered the extreme penalty during the reign of Tiberius
  • 00:43:50.210 --> 00:43:54.050
  • at the hands of one of our procurators,
  • 00:43:54.060 --> 00:43:56.270
  • Pontius Pilate."
  • 00:43:56.280 --> 00:43:59.280
  • So what happened,
  • 00:43:59.290 --> 00:44:01.100
  • after Nero, in a angry moment, burned down a city,
  • 00:44:01.110 --> 00:44:07.230
  • he blamed the Christians for it
  • 00:44:07.240 --> 00:44:09.090
  • and began to persecute them as enemies of Rome.
  • 00:44:09.100 --> 00:44:14.060
  • I haven't the courage to tell you some of the things he did,
  • 00:44:14.070 --> 00:44:17.200
  • but here's a couple of illustrations.
  • 00:44:17.210 --> 00:44:19.260
  • He would take the Christians and put clothing on them
  • 00:44:19.270 --> 00:44:24.140
  • that was the bare skin of animals,
  • 00:44:24.150 --> 00:44:26.250
  • with the smell of the animals on it
  • 00:44:26.260 --> 00:44:28.110
  • and then throw them into the Coliseum
  • 00:44:28.120 --> 00:44:30.260
  • where the lions would just decimate them.
  • 00:44:30.270 --> 00:44:34.170
  • On one occasion, he took some of the Christians
  • 00:44:34.180 --> 00:44:38.200
  • and covered them with pitch
  • 00:44:38.210 --> 00:44:40.150
  • and stationed them around the Coliseum
  • 00:44:40.160 --> 00:44:42.200
  • and lit them on fire as human torches.
  • 00:44:42.210 --> 00:44:48.150
  • This was what was coming down the road
  • 00:44:48.160 --> 00:44:50.130
  • for some of the Philippians when Paul wrote this letter.
  • 00:44:50.140 --> 00:44:55.010
  • I read recently that one of the greatest
  • 00:44:55.020 --> 00:44:56.240
  • and most serious deficits of Christian preaching today
  • 00:44:56.250 --> 00:45:00.220
  • is that we refuse to get our people ready to suffer.
  • 00:45:00.230 --> 00:45:06.240
  • And so when suffering comes,
  • 00:45:06.250 --> 00:45:08.210
  • the people of God have no clue what to do.
  • 00:45:08.220 --> 00:45:11.150
  • They respond to it just like everybody else,
  • 00:45:11.160 --> 00:45:13.270
  • but we have something different going on in our behalf.
  • 00:45:13.280 --> 00:45:17.140
  • We have the Word of God.
  • 00:45:17.150 --> 00:45:18.280
  • We have God's encouragement to us
  • 00:45:18.290 --> 00:45:21.040
  • that it may be suffering for now,
  • 00:45:21.050 --> 00:45:23.200
  • but it's glory forever.
  • 00:45:23.210 --> 00:45:26.050
  • And not be blown away
  • 00:45:26.060 --> 00:45:27.180
  • by the difficult things that happen.
  • 00:45:27.190 --> 00:45:29.050
  • It's easy for that to happen.
  • 00:45:29.060 --> 00:45:30.160
  • Isn't it interesting as we look back over our shoulders
  • 00:45:30.170 --> 00:45:33.040
  • to realize how many times as we see
  • 00:45:33.050 --> 00:45:35.110
  • the whole totality of an event, we have been blown off course
  • 00:45:35.120 --> 00:45:38.070
  • by things that should not have moved us.
  • 00:45:38.080 --> 00:45:40.250
  • But they did.
  • 00:45:40.260 --> 00:45:43.110
  • Paul regarded suffering for Christ as a privilege.
  • 00:45:43.120 --> 00:45:47.060
  • In fact, in these verses that we've been reading,
  • 00:45:47.070 --> 00:45:50.060
  • he talks about it coming as a gift from God.
  • 00:45:50.070 --> 00:45:53.240
  • He says that blessing is in suffering for him.
  • 00:45:53.250 --> 00:45:57.180
  • There's no blessing in just suffering and being in pain.
  • 00:45:57.190 --> 00:46:00.130
  • That's not the issue.
  • 00:46:00.140 --> 00:46:01.230
  • The issue is if we're doing it because of him,
  • 00:46:01.240 --> 00:46:04.150
  • if we're doing it in his behalf, if we're doing it
  • 00:46:04.160 --> 00:46:07.080
  • because we've been accused of being who we are,
  • 00:46:07.090 --> 00:46:09.110
  • men and women who are followers of Christ,
  • 00:46:09.120 --> 00:46:11.230
  • there is a blessing in that.
  • 00:46:11.240 --> 00:46:14.110
  • In fact, isn't that what Jesus said in his Beatitudes?
  • 00:46:14.120 --> 00:46:19.010
  • He said, "Blessed are you
  • 00:46:19.020 --> 00:46:20.150
  • when they revile and persecute you,
  • 00:46:20.160 --> 00:46:23.240
  • and when they say all kinds of evil against you,
  • 00:46:23.250 --> 00:46:27.140
  • rejoice and be exceeding glad,
  • 00:46:27.150 --> 00:46:30.190
  • for great is your reward in heaven,
  • 00:46:30.200 --> 00:46:32.270
  • for so they persecuted
  • 00:46:32.280 --> 00:46:34.080
  • the prophets who were before you."
  • 00:46:34.090 --> 00:46:37.280
  • Donna and I have been to Europe
  • 00:46:37.290 --> 00:46:39.250
  • maybe three times over our travels,
  • 00:46:39.260 --> 00:46:42.180
  • and one of our favorite cities in Europe is Prague.
  • 00:46:42.190 --> 00:46:46.140
  • We've been there three times.
  • 00:46:46.150 --> 00:46:49.030
  • It is the most European city you will ever see.
  • 00:46:49.040 --> 00:46:51.170
  • It's built in a-- it's built around a circle.
  • 00:46:51.180 --> 00:46:54.080
  • In the center of the city is this humungous circle.
  • 00:46:54.090 --> 00:46:57.070
  • All of a sudden, we're walking round the circle
  • 00:46:57.080 --> 00:46:59.090
  • and we see this statue-- and this is a Catholic city.
  • 00:46:59.100 --> 00:47:02.270
  • It's totally Catholic.
  • 00:47:02.280 --> 00:47:05.110
  • Big cathedrals everywhere.
  • 00:47:05.120 --> 00:47:07.070
  • And the statue is of John Huss.
  • 00:47:07.080 --> 00:47:10.280
  • And my first thought is, "What are you doing here?"
  • 00:47:10.290 --> 00:47:14.290
  • What is John Huss doing in Prague?
  • 00:47:15.000 --> 00:47:18.030
  • John Huss was one of the great reformers.
  • 00:47:18.040 --> 00:47:21.040
  • He was one of the great leaders
  • 00:47:21.050 --> 00:47:23.020
  • that brought Reformation to the church.
  • 00:47:23.030 --> 00:47:26.050
  • Two weeks before he was martyred for his faith,
  • 00:47:26.060 --> 00:47:29.020
  • he wrote these words from his prison cell:
  • 00:47:29.030 --> 00:47:31.210
  • "I am greatly consoled by that saying of Christ:
  • 00:47:31.220 --> 00:47:35.000
  • 'Blessed are ye when men shall hate you.'
  • 00:47:35.010 --> 00:47:37.210
  • It bids us rejoice in these tribulations.
  • 00:47:37.220 --> 00:47:40.120
  • It is easy to read it aloud to expound it.
  • 00:47:40.130 --> 00:47:42.240
  • It's difficult to live it."
  • 00:47:42.250 --> 00:47:45.120
  • And then he wrote, "O most Holy Christ,
  • 00:47:45.130 --> 00:47:48.070
  • give me a fearless heart, a right faith, a firm hope,
  • 00:47:48.080 --> 00:47:51.040
  • a perfect love, that for thy sake
  • 00:47:51.050 --> 00:47:53.110
  • I may lay down my life with patience and joy, amen,"
  • 00:47:53.120 --> 00:47:56.270
  • and he did.
  • 00:47:56.280 --> 00:47:59.000
  • And now, in this city in Europe, here's a statue of John Huss,
  • 00:47:59.010 --> 00:48:04.150
  • the great reformer, who suffered for his faith.
  • 00:48:04.160 --> 00:48:10.250
  • And those of us who are real about life
  • 00:48:10.260 --> 00:48:13.210
  • know that that's a part of who we are,
  • 00:48:13.220 --> 00:48:15.240
  • whether it happens to be
  • 00:48:15.250 --> 00:48:17.140
  • to the level of harassment or not,
  • 00:48:17.150 --> 00:48:20.070
  • we're born with trouble.
  • 00:48:20.080 --> 00:48:22.020
  • From the shedding of blood that initiates birth
  • 00:48:22.030 --> 00:48:24.180
  • to the last gasp of astonishment in the face of death,
  • 00:48:24.190 --> 00:48:28.130
  • we are encircled by suffering.
  • 00:48:28.140 --> 00:48:31.100
  • The biography of a human being
  • 00:48:31.110 --> 00:48:33.050
  • is a history of anguish.
  • 00:48:33.060 --> 00:48:35.250
  • The way we react to the suffering of life
  • 00:48:35.260 --> 00:48:38.000
  • matters more in creative and human terms
  • 00:48:38.010 --> 00:48:41.050
  • than the suffering itself.
  • 00:48:41.060 --> 00:48:43.040
  • We become the people we are
  • 00:48:43.050 --> 00:48:44.270
  • through the disadvantages and conflicts we prefer
  • 00:48:44.280 --> 00:48:47.120
  • to more comfortable alternatives.
  • 00:48:47.130 --> 00:48:49.130
  • In other words, he said we all have this potential and desire
  • 00:48:49.140 --> 00:48:53.010
  • to push suffering and pain away from us,
  • 00:48:53.020 --> 00:48:55.050
  • as far as we can get it.
  • 00:48:55.060 --> 00:48:56.210
  • "Not today, Lord, not this week,
  • 00:48:56.220 --> 00:48:58.090
  • and for whatever it's worth, not ever."
  • 00:48:58.100 --> 00:49:01.270
  • But it is through those moments that we learn
  • 00:49:01.280 --> 00:49:04.230
  • the most important lessons of life.
  • 00:49:04.240 --> 00:49:06.290
  • It's when we suffer and we discover that God is enough
  • 00:49:07.000 --> 00:49:10.020
  • that we have great faith in the Lord.
  • 00:49:10.030 --> 00:49:12.190
  • If we did not have those troubles,
  • 00:49:12.200 --> 00:49:14.170
  • if we did not have some suffering,
  • 00:49:14.180 --> 00:49:16.080
  • how would we ever know that the Lord Jesus Christ
  • 00:49:16.090 --> 00:49:18.150
  • is sufficient for every need?
  • 00:49:18.160 --> 00:49:20.090
  • We know he's sufficient for the good times.
  • 00:49:20.100 --> 00:49:22.170
  • But, ladies and gentlemen, I'm here to tell you
  • 00:49:22.180 --> 00:49:24.200
  • he's sufficient for all times.
  • 00:49:24.210 --> 00:49:27.130
  • And no matter what we face and what we're going through,
  • 00:49:27.140 --> 00:49:30.010
  • he is enough;
  • 00:49:30.020 --> 00:49:32.030
  • and that's why Paul urges the Philippians
  • 00:49:32.040 --> 00:49:34.120
  • not to be terrorized when things happen.
  • 00:49:34.130 --> 00:49:37.200
  • They're about to discover
  • 00:49:37.210 --> 00:49:39.000
  • that the God about whom he has taught them
  • 00:49:39.010 --> 00:49:41.180
  • will be enough.
  • 00:49:41.190 --> 00:49:44.010
  • On several occasions, over the years of my life,
  • 00:49:44.020 --> 00:49:47.130
  • I've had the privilege of talking
  • 00:49:47.140 --> 00:49:48.240
  • with a man by the name of Josef Tson.
  • 00:49:48.250 --> 00:49:52.170
  • Josef was the pastor
  • 00:49:52.180 --> 00:49:53.270
  • of the largest Baptist church in Romania during the days
  • 00:49:53.280 --> 00:49:56.100
  • when the Communists ruled his country.
  • 00:49:56.110 --> 00:49:59.130
  • Back in 1973, he published a document that described
  • 00:49:59.140 --> 00:50:02.070
  • how the Communist government
  • 00:50:02.080 --> 00:50:03.170
  • had obstructed religious freedom in his land.
  • 00:50:03.180 --> 00:50:06.040
  • And as a result of his brave disclosure,
  • 00:50:06.050 --> 00:50:08.070
  • he was singled out for persecution.
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  • And on one occasion,
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  • they threatened him with torture and death,
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  • and he wrote a courageous response.
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  • I love this paragraph: "Your supreme weapon is killing.
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  • My supreme weapon is dying.
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  • Here's how it works.
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  • You know that my sermons on tape
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  • have spread all over the country.
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  • If you kill me, these sermons will be sprinkled with my blood.
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  • Everyone will know I died for my preaching,
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  • so my sermons will speak ten times louder than before.
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  • I will actually rejoice in this supreme victory
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  • if you kill me."
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  • Now, you say, "Did he really feel that way?"
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  • I assume he did 'cause he was that kind of a person.
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  • Courage to encounter persecution and endure pain.
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  • Finally, to emulate Paul.
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  • Paul's saying, "If you're still having trouble with this,
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  • and you still don't know how this works
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  • and you still don't know how
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  • to make this happen in your life, listen,
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  • just watch me."
  • 00:51:05.170 --> 00:51:07.200
  • He said, "Having the same conflict
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  • which you saw in me and now hear is in me."
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  • Where's Paul? He's in prison.
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  • There's two passages in the Scripture
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  • that describe everything Paul went through.
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  • I mean, this guy suffered
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  • every kind of pain you can imagine.
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  • He talks about how many times he was whipped,
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  • how many times he was shipwrecked,
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  • how many times he was--
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  • they tried to kill him by stoning him.
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  • They tried to throw him off a--
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  • they did everything they could to destroy this man,
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  • and he just kept continuing
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  • to be the person God called him to be.
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  • So he said, "If you don't really still get this,
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  • let me be an example for you.
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  • Just do what I've done: stand strong."
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  • I'm not ready to say that to you all.
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  • As I said to you at the beginning,
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  • I don't know a lot about this.
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  • I know a little bit about cancer,
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  • I know a little bit about some organizational turmoil.
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  • I've had more than one or two crises
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  • in my extended family.
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  • But when you put me up against Paul,
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  • I'm not in the same universe.
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  • So I'm glad that he's told me what to say today
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  • 'cause I wouldn't know what to say
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  • if he hadn't told me what to say.
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  • He's been there and done it.
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  • And I accept it as the path forward.
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  • Let's face it, men and women,
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  • it's often very difficult for us to maintain a positive attitude
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  • when adversity and pressures prevail.
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  • Paul wanted the trying circumstances
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  • that would come to the Philippians
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  • to spur them on to greater victory and joy.
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  • We've every reason to believe that that actually happened.
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  • And as we look back over history, isn't it true
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  • that some of the world's greatest men and women
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  • are those who have been saddled
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  • with disabilities and adversities?
  • 00:52:52.030 --> 00:52:55.000
  • They teach us that circumstances don't make us what we are.
  • 00:52:55.010 --> 00:52:58.060
  • They reveal what we are.
  • 00:52:58.070 --> 00:53:01.080
  • Cripple him and you have Sir Walter Scott.
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  • Lock him in a prison cell and you have John Bunyan.
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  • Bury him in the snows of Valley Forge
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  • and you have George Washington.
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  • Raise him in abject poverty and you have Abraham Lincoln.
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  • Subject him to bitter religious prejudice
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  • and you have Benjamin Disraeli.
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  • Strike him down with infantile paralysis
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  • and he becomes Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
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  • Burn him so severely in a schoolhouse fire
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  • that the doctors say he will never walk again,
  • 00:53:29.280 --> 00:53:32.140
  • and you have Glenn Cunningham who set a world's record in 1934
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  • for running a mile in four minutes and six seconds.
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  • Deafen a genius composer and you have
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  • Ludwig van Beethoven.
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  • Have him or her born black
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  • in a society filled with racial discrimination
  • 00:53:48.040 --> 00:53:50.220
  • and you have Booker T. Washington,
  • 00:53:50.230 --> 00:53:52.210
  • Harriet Tubman, Marian Anderson,
  • 00:53:52.220 --> 00:53:54.280
  • or George Washington Carver.
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  • Make him the first child to survive
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  • in a poor Italian family of 18 children
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  • and you have Enrico Caruso.
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  • Have him born of parents
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  • who survived a Nazi concentration camp,
  • 00:54:09.070 --> 00:54:11.220
  • paralyze him from the waist down when he is four,
  • 00:54:11.230 --> 00:54:14.180
  • and you have an incomparable concert violinist,
  • 00:54:14.190 --> 00:54:17.160
  • Itzhak Perlman.
  • 00:54:17.170 --> 00:54:20.060
  • Call him a slow learner, write him off as uneducable
  • 00:54:20.070 --> 00:54:23.260
  • and you end up with Albert Einstein.
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  • I'm reminded that persecution is not always bad.
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  • Harassment is not always for our destruction.
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  • Sometimes the problems we face are simply God's way
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  • of burning the dross from our lives
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  • so that the gold will rise to the top
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  • and we become the people he created us to be.
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  • So here's a tutorial for all of us
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  • when we're having a bad day and things are tough.
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  • Here's what to do according to Paul.
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  • for today's program, here is Dr. Jeremiah.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: I don't know if you would agree,
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  • but integrity appears to be
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  • an unpopular virtue in today's culture.
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  • Spend a few minutes watching the news
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  • or scrolling social media and you'll see
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  • that quality character can be hard to come by.
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  • No wonder the watching world takes notice
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  • when we live with integrity;
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  • and when they pay attention,
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  • we hope they see Christ reflected in our actions.
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  • But in order to see Christ in us,
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  • we first need him to live in us.
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  • announcer: Next time, on "Turning Point."
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: We are one in Christ
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  • because of what we believe;
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  • and this is a very, very important lesson
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  • because today what we're being told
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  • is that it doesn't matter what you believe.
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  • Just everybody be good to everybody else.
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  • Just try to get along.
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  • How's that working?
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  • announcer: Thank you for being with us today.
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  • Join us next time for Dr. Jeremiah's message,
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  • "The Joy of Unity," here on "Turning Point."
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