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November 3, 2019
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Turning Point with Dr. David Jeremiah

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  • but is it taking you where you want to
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  • but is it taking you where you want to go
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  • but is it taking you where you want to go?
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  • You can spend years searching for something you do not have,
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  • only to end up where you don't want to be.
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  • Exploring what the world has to offer we often find nothing.
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  • However, your journey through the twists and turns
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  • of this world doesn't have to put you
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  • on the path of discouragement and despair.
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  • Let me tell you how to take the journey of your lifetime.
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  • It's an adventure with God as your guide,
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  • where you'll discover the peace, the purpose,
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  • and the power you've been seeking.
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  • It's a journey of unimaginable blessing
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  • and here is the amazing part:
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  • with God you already have everything you need
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  • for life's journey, not half of what you need
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  • or a whole lot of what you need.
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  • God has given you everything you need.
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  • God never intended for you to stumble your way
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  • through the course of each day
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  • and certainly not journey unprepared into your future.
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  • So where do you wanna go?
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  • It's time to unpack all that God has given you.
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  • Discover how you have been equipped for this journey
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  • and can live with confidence
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  • because you, my friend, have everything you need.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: There is nothing quite like the thrill
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  • of setting out on an adventure to discover new experiences.
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  • Do you know what makes that experience
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  • all the more meaningful?
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  • Being able to share that journey with someone else.
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  • Life is a bit like that.
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  • I mean, it's easy to live life according to you,
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  • but often living life according to us is all the better.
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  • What does it take to live a life that is concerned
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  • about the wellbeing and happiness of others?
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  • It takes radical kindness, kindness that transforms
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  • the lives of others and yourself.
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  • Hello, I'm David Jeremiah, and today we'll look
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  • at seven ways to take your journey
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  • from a solitary one to a fulfilling adventure
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  • with other people.
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  • Discover how in my message, "Radical Kindness",
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  • on this edition of, "Turning Point."
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  • So, travel with me across the United States
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  • and join me in New York City, high above Central Park,
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  • in the Appel Room at Jazz, at Lincoln Center,
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  • for my series, "Everything You Need."
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  • announcer: In Dr. Jeremiah's new book,
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  • "Everything You Need," he invites you to consider
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  • how would your life change if you had the energy
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  • to diligently fulfill God's purpose for you,
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  • or the confidence to always do what pleases God,
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  • or had an intimate knowledge of his Word.
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  • What would your faith be like if you replaced a harmful habit
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  • with a positive one, or developed a determination
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  • that could carry you through any difficulty?
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  • Do you wanna see yourself becoming more like Christ,
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  • sharing his kindness and love to those around you?
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  • It may surprise you to know that God has already given you
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  • everything you need to do all this and more.
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  • In "Everything You Need," learn practical ways to unleash
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  • the power of God in your life and cultivate a faith
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  • that will change you and everyone around you.
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  • female announcer: Thank you for watching,
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  • "Everything You Need" here on "Turning Point."
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  • Contact Turning Point today.
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  • And now, here is Dr. Jeremiah with his message,
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  • "Radical Kindness."
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: Peter believed the church should be a place
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  • filled with the attitude of brotherly kindness,
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  • and so he adds that to his list of characteristics
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  • that we're to develop in our lives.
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  • He says we're to add to our godliness brotherly kindness.
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  • The word Peter uses in the original language
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  • of the Greek for brotherly kindness--
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  • are you ready for this?
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  • It's the word, "philadelphia."
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  • Philadelphia is the translation of the words,
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  • "brotherly kindness."
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  • That city was called Philadelphia
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  • because William Penn, the founder of Pennsylvania,
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  • wanted to establish a city that was characterized
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  • by this particular biblical trait.
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  • So, he chose this name right out of the Bible
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  • to call the city Philadelphia, which translated means,
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  • "The city of brotherly love."
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  • Whether or not it lives up to that name,
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  • you can figure that out.
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  • As followers of Christ, we are to live up to that name.
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  • We're to be philadelphian Christians.
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  • The commentary on the word "philadelphia" is found
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  • in Ephesians 4:25 and following.
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  • This passage of Scripture describes what it means
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  • to live the philadelphian Christian life.
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  • Here we go.
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  • "Therefore, put away lying,
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  • 'Let each of you speak truth with his neighbor,'
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  • for we are members of one another.
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  • 'Be angry, and do not sin': do not let the sun go down
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  • on your wrath.
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  • Don't give place to the devil.
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  • Let him who stole steal no longer,
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  • but rather let him labor, working with his hands
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  • what is good, that he may have something
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  • to give him who has need.
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  • Let no corrupt word come out of your mouth,
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  • but what is good for necessary edification,
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  • that it may impart grace to those who hear it.
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  • And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God,
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  • by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.
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  • Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor
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  • and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice.
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  • And be kind one to another, tenderhearted,
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  • forgiving one another,
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  • even as God in Christ forgave you."
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  • This passage of Scripture in Ephesians is
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  • a come-back-to-often passage, because it's Paul's
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  • seven bullet points about being kind.
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  • Each is like a special delivery from the divine postal carrier
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  • to your heart.
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  • The Bible tells us to forge our friendships with trust,
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  • free our relationships from anger,
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  • feed those who are hungry, fortify others by our words,
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  • flash bitterness out of our spirit,
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  • find ways of practicing kindness,
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  • and forgive others as Christ forgave you.
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  • Man, if you start working on that,
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  • it will change everything.
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  • Can you imagine a better definition
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  • of what it means to be a philadelphian Christian?
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  • So, let's take 'em one at a time.
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  • Here is the first one:
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  • Forge your friendships with trust.
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  • Paul begins by saying, "Put away lying,
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  • the Lord tells us, and speak the truth to your neighbor.
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  • We're members one of another."
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  • That's what it says.
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  • Trust is essential to healthy relationships.
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  • Do people know they can trust you?
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  • Brotherly kindness begins with a trustworthy spirit,
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  • with a willingness to be honest and kind.
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  • Listen to me.
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  • Speaking honestly one to another doesn't mean
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  • speaking bluntly or brutally.
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  • Stormie Omartian wrote,
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  • "I've known people who use the excuse of just being honest
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  • to devastate other people with their words."
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  • Have you ever known anybody like that?
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  • "Now, I'm just gonna tell you the truth this time.
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  • As your brother, as your sister, I feel obligated to tell you
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  • the truth," and then, they just bury you.
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  • Being honest doesn't mean you have to be completely frank.
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  • You don't have to go past the point of hurting people.
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  • It takes wisdom to know how to balance all of that,
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  • honesty and kindness.
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  • It takes wisdom to know when and where to trust another person,
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  • but growing in brotherly kindness means growing
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  • in our ability to trust and be trusted,
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  • and you can't trust everybody in the world.
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  • You know, one of the things I learned when I was sick is,
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  • I learned who I could trust.
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  • Illness or serious issues in your life will sort out
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  • your friends, help you to see who the real friends are
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  • and who the others are.
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  • I know we can't trust everybody in this world,
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  • but you should be trustworthy.
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  • Your spouse should be able to trust you.
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  • Your neighbors should be able to trust you.
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  • The people you work with should be able to trust you.
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  • Brotherly kindness begins when we put off falsehood,
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  • and we stop lying to one another,
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  • and we're honest, kind people.
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  • Forge your friendships with trust.
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  • Here is the second one:
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  • Free your relationships from anger.
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  • Our attitude of brotherly kindness has a way
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  • of shoving aside angry tempers that plague us.
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  • Here is what Paul said, "'Be angry, and do not sin':
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  • do not let the sun go down on your wrath,
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  • nor give place to the devil."
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  • Paul wasn't talking here about getting angry
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  • at things like traffic.
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  • He's talking about getting mad with your neighbor.
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  • When you're most tempted to lose your temper,
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  • it's often because someone else, perhaps someone you love
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  • very much, has done something to irritate you.
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  • The Bible doesn't tell us never to be angry.
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  • Anger is a natural human response,
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  • but it must be governed.
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  • It's a dangerous emotion that must be controlled,
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  • as volatile as nitroglycerin, and that's why Paul quoted
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  • Psalm 4:4 when he said, "Be angry, and do not sin."
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  • Brotherly kindness is the biblical corrective
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  • for an angry spirit.
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  • Someone said, "The more you grow up,
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  • the less you blow up."
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  • Maturity involves learning to control how and when you express
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  • your anger, and I always love this little catchphrase
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  • that says, "don't let the sun go down on your anger,"
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  • and I've been in marriage conferences
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  • where people have said that's a good thing.
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  • If you're having a spat with your wife or your husband,
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  • just make sure you settle it before you go to bed.
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  • It's not God's will for us to live with an angry spirit.
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  • You can't be kind and angry at the same time.
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  • Forge your friendships with trust.
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  • Free your relationships from anger.
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  • Then it says, feed somebody who's hungry.
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  • Here is another secret to brotherly kindness.
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  • He says, "Let him who stole steal no longer,
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  • but rather let him labor, working with his hands
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  • what is good,
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  • that he may have something to give him who has need."
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  • Now, you have to understand when this was written,
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  • when Paul wrote these words, Christians who first read
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  • this letter, they'd come to Christ
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  • out of a background of thievery.
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  • Many of them were shoplifters and cheaters, even burglars,
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  • and Paul is saying that, if they stop stealing
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  • and instead go to work with their hands,
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  • they could earn a livelihood, and then they'd have something
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  • of their own to share with other people,
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  • and that would give them the transformation
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  • in their life which we call brotherly kindness.
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  • What a reversal.
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  • Instead of stealing from others, based on this verse,
  • 00:11:47.260 --> 00:11:51.250
  • "I advise you," says Paul, "to work hard so that
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  • you won't steal from them, but you can give to them."
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  • The Bible says, "He who has pity on the poor lends to the Lord,
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  • and he will pay him back what he has given."
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  • When that kind of generosity becomes a constant lifestyle,
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  • you're starting to live Ephesians chapter 4.
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  • I remember one time Donna and I were talking about this.
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  • She told me this story.
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  • She was at a 7-Eleven store not far from where we live,
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  • and in this particular situation there was a mother there
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  • with two little children,
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  • and she had a little sign saying,
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  • "Help me feed my children."
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  • So, Donna got her stuff, and she left,
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  • and she was on her way home, when God spoke to her heart,
  • 00:12:33.240 --> 00:12:35.260
  • and she turned around.
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  • And instead of going back to 7-Eleven she went
  • 00:12:37.170 --> 00:12:39.090
  • to the pizza store, and she bought
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  • a couple of pizzas for those kids,
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  • and she went back, and she gave the mom some money,
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  • and she gave those two little girls a pizza.
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  • And Donna said, she said,
  • 00:12:49.250 --> 00:12:51.110
  • "David, I have never seen two little children as hungry
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  • as those girls were."
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  • And she said, "When I stood there
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  • and just watched them start on those pizzas,
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  • it just broke my heart."
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  • Those are the stories that happen
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  • when you open your heart to kindness.
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  • And so, here is what some people will say,
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  • "Well, I can't take care of all of 'em,
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  • so I'm not gonna worry about it."
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  • No, if everybody does that, nobody ever gets any care.
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  • Just ask the Lord to give you a sensitivity
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  • to the people you meet during the day.
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  • If he says, "Help that person," help 'em, and then leave it
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  • up to God for what he wants to do in their lives.
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  • The best thing that will happen if you do that is you'll protect
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  • your heart from getting cold and indifferent to the needs
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  • of people we have everywhere.
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  • Little Gisele only weighed 1 pound and 14 ounces
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  • when she was born, a consequence
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  • of her pregnant mother's drug abuse.
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  • She spent three months in the NICU, on ventilator support.
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  • Her parents were battling addictions
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  • and unable to tend to her.
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  • She was transferred to Franciscan Children's Hospital
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  • tiny and alone.
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  • No one ever came to see her, but there was a nurse named,
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  • Liz Smith, who noticed her and felt incredible compassion
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  • for her, and she began visiting her regularly.
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  • She said, "Since the moment I met her,
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  • there was something behind her striking blue eyes
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  • that captured my attention.
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  • I felt that I needed to love this child and keep her safe."
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  • Liz became a foster mother to Gisele,
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  • with the view forward that would hopefully reunite her
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  • with her birth parents.
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  • And when that plan fell through, guess what she did?
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  • She volunteered to adopt her, and when Liz and her family
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  • and Gisele appeared before the judge
  • 00:14:35.170 --> 00:14:38.030
  • to finalize the adoption, he stood up and said,
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  • "When a judge walks into the room,
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  • everyone stands up out of respect,
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  • but today I stand in respect for you, Liz,
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  • because you deserve the respect from this room.
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  • A birthing day is a miracle, but adopting a child
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  • from miles away, that's destiny."
  • 00:14:55.190 --> 00:14:58.050
  • And even as Liz adapts to the pressures of being
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  • a single mother, Gisele has made tremendous medical strides.
  • 00:15:01.070 --> 00:15:05.070
  • She still receives most of her nutrition from a feeding tube
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  • and most of her nutrition is hard for Liz to manage,
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  • but she started taking some simple bits of food.
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  • Liz is doing what the Scripture talks about when it says,
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  • "and add to your godliness brotherly kindness,"
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  • Christ-like kindness, radical kindness.
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  • That's radical.
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  • She didn't know this child, but God birthed in her heart
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  • a love for this child, and she followed through.
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  • You know, God does that if we open ourselves up to it,
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  • if we just say, "Lord, if there is somebody I should help today,
  • 00:15:38.230 --> 00:15:41.020
  • somebody that I should minister today,
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  • show me who that is.
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  • I stand ready to do it to the best of my ability."
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  • So, forge your friendships with trust.
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  • Don't lie to each other.
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  • Free your relationships with anger.
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  • Don't be angry one with another.
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  • Feed somebody who's hungry, and then fortify other people
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  • with your words.
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  • Here is what it says, "Let no corrupt word proceed
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  • out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification,
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  • that it may impart grace to the hearers."
  • 00:16:10.270 --> 00:16:14.190
  • The Bible is full of verses about how we speak the words
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  • we say, about the tones that we employ,
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  • but this is among the most practical and helpful Scripture
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  • when it comes to the subject of our tongues.
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  • Nothing we say with our mouth should be unwholesome,
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  • that means unholy.
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  • We don't use words that are vulgar and that are cuss words.
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  • Nothing we say should be unwholesome, unholy.
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  • Nothing should be unhealthy.
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  • Nothing should be destructive.
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  • Nothing should be detrimental, instead the words
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  • of a brotherly kindness Christian should always build
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  • somebody up, and benefit them, and encourage them.
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  • To practice brotherly kindness with your words,
  • 00:16:57.180 --> 00:17:00.060
  • make a habit of complimenting at least one person every day.
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  • "Who can I compliment today?"
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  • You'd be amazed at the gratitude that flows your way
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  • and fills your heart over time when you say thank you.
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  • Do you know that Abraham Lincoln wore a Brooks Brothers overcoat
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  • when he and his wife, Mary, attended a performance
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  • at Ford's Theatre on April 14, 1865?
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  • Shortly after 10 p.m., John Wilkes Booth
  • 00:17:28.020 --> 00:17:31.150
  • crept behind him and fired a fatal shot into his head.
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  • After he was shot, Lincoln was carried across the street
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  • to a boarding house where he died,
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  • and the personal belongings in his coat pocket
  • 00:17:41.080 --> 00:17:43.250
  • were collected and given to his son.
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  • Robert Todd Lincoln put them in a box.
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  • They were later passed down to Robert's daughter, Mary,
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  • who donated them to the Library of Congress in 1937,
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  • and the box was never opened until 1976.
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  • Do you know what was in the box?
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  • What Lincoln carried with him that fatal night
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  • in his Brooks Brothers coat,
  • 00:18:09.010 --> 00:18:12.000
  • he had a couple of pairs of eyeglasses,
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  • a pocket knife, a gold watch fob,
  • 00:18:14.160 --> 00:18:18.030
  • a white handkerchief, a cuff link,
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  • a confederate $5 bill, a brown leather wallet--
  • 00:18:20.100 --> 00:18:24.150
  • and listen to this--and several newspaper clippings.
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  • One of them extolled his accomplishments
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  • and began with the words, "Abraham Lincoln is
  • 00:18:30.230 --> 00:18:33.110
  • one of the greatest statesmen of all time."
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  • Though he was one of the greatest statesmen of all time,
  • 00:18:36.240 --> 00:18:40.080
  • Abraham Lincoln had borne unceasing criticism.
  • 00:18:40.090 --> 00:18:43.280
  • He needed encouragement and affirmation,
  • 00:18:43.290 --> 00:18:46.050
  • as most of us do, and what he found was
  • 00:18:46.060 --> 00:18:49.280
  • an article that said something good about him,
  • 00:18:49.290 --> 00:18:52.090
  • and he folded it up and put it in his pocket
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  • and carried it with him through his death experience.
  • 00:18:54.290 --> 00:18:59.260
  • And isn't that a tremendous reminder to us that,
  • 00:18:59.270 --> 00:19:02.090
  • no matter who we are, we all need encouragement?
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  • We all need to know that somebody cares about
  • 00:19:06.260 --> 00:19:08.220
  • what we're doing and that's why we should never waste
  • 00:19:08.230 --> 00:19:11.080
  • any of our words being critical of other people.
  • 00:19:11.090 --> 00:19:14.140
  • You know what?
  • 00:19:14.150 --> 00:19:15.240
  • As Christians we don't have to do that,
  • 00:19:15.250 --> 00:19:17.040
  • 'cause there's a lotta people who've taken that
  • 00:19:17.050 --> 00:19:18.200
  • whole thing over, and they do it all the time.
  • 00:19:18.210 --> 00:19:21.090
  • Why would we join them?
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  • Let's be different.
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  • Let's be people who have philadelphian tongues,
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  • philadelphian words, brotherly kindness words.
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  • We need to quit being mean as snakes and start being
  • 00:19:30.170 --> 00:19:32.270
  • as kind as the Scripture encourages us to be.
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  • Amen.
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  • Forge your friendships with trust,
  • 00:19:42.180 --> 00:19:44.190
  • free your relationships from anger,
  • 00:19:44.200 --> 00:19:48.090
  • feed somebody who's hungry, fortify others with your words,
  • 00:19:48.100 --> 00:19:52.210
  • and then, number five,
  • 00:19:52.220 --> 00:19:54.210
  • flush bitterness out of your spirit.
  • 00:19:54.220 --> 00:19:57.030
  • Here is what verses 30 and 31 say,
  • 00:19:57.040 --> 00:19:59.180
  • "And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God,
  • 00:19:59.190 --> 00:20:02.240
  • by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.
  • 00:20:02.250 --> 00:20:06.130
  • Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor
  • 00:20:06.140 --> 00:20:10.060
  • and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice."
  • 00:20:10.070 --> 00:20:14.240
  • I don't know if you've noticed, but in verses 26 and 27
  • 00:20:14.250 --> 00:20:19.120
  • Paul says that when we stay angry over a period of time,
  • 00:20:19.130 --> 00:20:23.180
  • we give the devil a foothold.
  • 00:20:23.190 --> 00:20:26.090
  • And then, in verse 30 he says that,
  • 00:20:26.100 --> 00:20:28.110
  • when we let bitterness grow in our hearts,
  • 00:20:28.120 --> 00:20:30.220
  • we grieve the Holy Spirit.
  • 00:20:30.230 --> 00:20:33.140
  • So, if we don't do right by our words and by our heart,
  • 00:20:33.150 --> 00:20:36.160
  • we give the devil a foothold in our life,
  • 00:20:36.170 --> 00:20:38.230
  • and we grieve the Holy Spirit who lives within us.
  • 00:20:38.240 --> 00:20:42.190
  • A bitter spirit does two things at once.
  • 00:20:42.200 --> 00:20:44.200
  • It grieves the Holy Spirit, and it delights the devil.
  • 00:20:44.210 --> 00:20:50.010
  • To excel in brotherly kindness you have to work
  • 00:20:50.020 --> 00:20:52.180
  • to resolve your personal issues.
  • 00:20:52.190 --> 00:20:56.020
  • This is no easy task.
  • 00:20:56.030 --> 00:20:57.270
  • Today there are many ways to seek help
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  • in freeing yourself from bitterness.
  • 00:20:59.180 --> 00:21:02.080
  • With guidance, the Holy Spirit, do what you need to get rid
  • 00:21:02.090 --> 00:21:04.250
  • of the bitterness in your heart.
  • 00:21:04.260 --> 00:21:06.270
  • As we grow in him, our angry and disapproving faces
  • 00:21:06.280 --> 00:21:11.050
  • are transformed into loving expressions,
  • 00:21:11.060 --> 00:21:13.290
  • and the Bible says those who look to him are radiant.
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  • Their faces are never covered with shame.
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  • Let us always be people who are known for our kindness,
  • 00:21:20.030 --> 00:21:24.210
  • who stand up against the ugliness and evil that's
  • 00:21:24.220 --> 00:21:27.100
  • so much a part of our discourse today and our evil today.
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  • I don't have to agree with you.
  • 00:21:30.260 --> 00:21:33.010
  • I don't have to believe anything you believe,
  • 00:21:33.020 --> 00:21:35.110
  • but I do have to treat you with dignity and kindness
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  • and listen to you as I expect you to listen to me.
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  • [audience applauding]
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  • Forge your friendship with trust,
  • 00:21:47.040 --> 00:21:48.130
  • free your relationship from anger,
  • 00:21:48.140 --> 00:21:50.170
  • feed somebody who's hungry, fortify others with your words,
  • 00:21:50.180 --> 00:21:54.170
  • flush bitterness out of your spirit,
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  • and find new ways to practice kindness.
  • 00:21:57.050 --> 00:21:59.290
  • That leads us to the last verse of the chapter, Ephesians 4:32,
  • 00:22:00.020 --> 00:22:03.270
  • which really brings the idea of brotherly kindness to fruition.
  • 00:22:03.280 --> 00:22:07.130
  • Ephesians 4:32 says, "Be kind to one another,
  • 00:22:08.110 --> 00:22:13.290
  • tenderhearted."
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  • Oh, I love that.
  • 00:22:15.210 --> 00:22:17.000
  • I remember as a little child I had to learn that verse.
  • 00:22:17.010 --> 00:22:19.050
  • Did you?
  • 00:22:19.060 --> 00:22:20.150
  • Growing up in Sunday school, that was one of the key verses.
  • 00:22:20.160 --> 00:22:23.030
  • Kindness always creates a chain reaction.
  • 00:22:23.040 --> 00:22:25.200
  • Have you noticed that?
  • 00:22:25.210 --> 00:22:27.000
  • The Bible says, "A soft answer turns away wrath."
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  • I'm just trying to help you understand that kindness
  • 00:22:31.160 --> 00:22:33.200
  • is not a doctrine.
  • 00:22:33.210 --> 00:22:35.240
  • Kindness is not some word in the Bible.
  • 00:22:35.250 --> 00:22:38.140
  • Kindness is a word that has action attached to it.
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  • "Be ye kind."
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  • When you're kind to somebody,
  • 00:22:44.160 --> 00:22:45.250
  • that means you do something for them.
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  • It's not a warm feeling about your heart.
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  • It's not a good enough thing just to have a kind attitude.
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  • Kind attitudes are good, but they don't do any good.
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  • Kind actions are what do good.
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  • Just pray the prayer, "Lord, help me today to see somebody
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  • that I can be kind to, who needs a Word from you."
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  • If you ask him that, he will do it.
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  • If you ask him that, you better mean it,
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  • 'cause if you don't, he'll do it.
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  • Then you're gonna be upset if you don't know what to do.
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  • So, you ask him, and he'll do it.
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  • He'll help you.
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  • He'll give you a sensitive heart.
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  • There is somebody you should help.
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  • Be kind one to another, tenderhearted.
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  • And then, it says, "Forgiving them,
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  • even as God for Christ's sake has forgiven you."
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  • And you know what?
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  • There is tremendous truth in that little section
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  • of Scripture.
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  • How many of you know forgiveness is hard?
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  • Oh, man, depending on what's happened.
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  • Sometimes something happens to you that's so awful,
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  • you cannot--
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  • "And you want me to forgive him for that?"
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  • "You want me to forgive her for that?"
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  • No, I don't, but God does, and God says this.
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  • If you come to grips with what it meant for him to forgive you
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  • out of the reservoir of God's forgiveness for you,
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  • you will find the forgiveness you need to forgive
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  • somebody else.
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  • If you try to do it in your own strength, you won't,
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  • but just every time you get to the place where you say,
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  • "I cannot forgive that person," just remember the Bible says
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  • when we were without strength,
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  • when we had nothing to offer to God,
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  • when we didn't bring anything to the table,
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  • God sent his own Son into this world
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  • to die for our sin and forgive us.
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  • And because he has forgiven me,
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  • out of the forgiveness I got from him,
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  • I can find what it takes to forgive someone else.
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  • For Christ's sake, for God's sake, be forgiving.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: What an adventure it is
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  • Can you imagine the impact we would have in this world
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: If we try to do the work of God
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  • But when you love God and you let the love of God
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  • that's been shed abroad in your hearts
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