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December 25, 2019
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Robert Jeffress: Pathway to Victory

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  • [ANNOUNCER] FROM THE PULPIT
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  • OF THE FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF DALLAS, TEXAS,
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  • THIS IS "PATHWAY TO VICTORY" WITH DR. ROBERT JEFFRESS.
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  • HI, I'M ROBERT JEFFRESS,
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  • AND MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY.
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  • AND WELCOME TO THIS SPECIAL CHRISTMAS EDITION
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  • OF "PATHWAY TO VICTORY."
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  • FOR THOUSANDS OF YEARS,
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  • PHILOSOPHERS AND OTHER GREAT MINDS
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  • HAVE WRESTLED WITH THE SAME QUESTIONS.
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  • WHY ARE WE HERE?
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  • WHAT IS OUR PURPOSE?
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  • AND HOW CAN WE HAVE A HAPPY AND MEANINGFUL LIFE?
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  • WELL, FOR AS MANY BOOKS
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  • AS HAVE BEEN WRITTEN ON THESE TOPICS,
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  • THE ANSWER ISN'T AS COMPLICATED AS YOU MIGHT THINK.
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  • AND FOR A FEW ANCIENT MAGI, FINDING THE TRUTH WAS AS EASY
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  • AS FOLLOWING A STAR IN THE SKY.
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  • MY MESSAGE IS TITLED "WISE MEN STILL SEEK HIM"
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  • ON TODAY'S CHRISTMAS EDITION OF "PATHWAY TO VICTORY."
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  • MUSIC
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  • [ANNOUNCER] PEOPLE WHO INVEST THEIR LIVES
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  • IN THE KINGDOM OF GOD DON'T LOOK BACK WITH REGRET.
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  • IN FACT, THEIR IMPACT EXTENDS FAR BEYOND THEIR OWN LIFETIME.
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  • IN THIS SPIRIT, SOME FRIENDS OF "PATHWAY TO VICTORY"
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  • HAVE BANDED TOGETHER AND SET ASIDE A GIFT OF $920.000
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  • WITH THE INTENTION OF MOTIVATING YOU
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  • TO GIVE FROM YOUR RESOURCES AS WELL.
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  • AS YOU DO, EVERY DOLLAR YOU GIVE WILL BE MATCHED
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  • AND THEREFORE DOUBLED UNTIL DECEMBER 31ST.
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  • THANK YOU FOR GIVING GENEROUSLY
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  • TOWARD THE COURAGEOUS 2020 MATCHING CHALLENGE.
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  • MUSIC
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  • WELL, THEY APPEAR ON OUR CHRISTMAS CARDS.
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  • THEY ARE THEY SUBJECT
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  • OF SOME OF OUR MOST BELOVED CHRISTMAS CAROLS.
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  • MANY TIMES YOU SEE THEM IN NATIVITY SCENES,
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  • STANDING NEXT TO MARY, JOSEPH, AND THE BABY JESUS.
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  • NO, I'M NOT TALKING ABOUT SANTA CLAUS AND THE REINDEER.
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  • I'M TALKING ABOUT THE WISE MEN.
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  • YOU KNOW, THE WISE MEN ARE THE MOST ENIGMATIC,
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  • THE MOST MYSTERIOUS OF ALL OF THE CHRISTMAS CHARACTERS.
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  • THEY APPEAR OUT OF NOWHERE,
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  • WE REALLY DON'T KNOW MUCH ABOUT THEM.
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  • AND MANY TIMES WE HAVE TROUBLE RELATING TO THEM,
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  • WE'RE MUCH MORE RELATED TO MARY AND JOSEPH
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  • AND PERHAPS THE SHEPHERDS
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  • WHO ARE THE COMMON PEOPLE OF EVERYDAY LIFE.
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  • BUT THE WISE MEN?
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  • IT'S HARD TO FIND A CONNECTION WITH THEM.
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  • BUT AS WE'RE GOING TO DISCOVER TODAY,
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  • OF ALL THE PLAYERS IN THE CHRISTMAS STORY,
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  • PERHAPS IT IS THE WISE MEN WHO ARE MOST LIKE US.
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  • BECAUSE THEY REPRESENT THE FIRST NON-JEWS,
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  • THE FIRST GENTILES WHO EVER CAME TO JESUS CHRIST.
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  • AND IN THEIR SEARCH FOR JESUS CHRIST
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  • AND THEIR RESPONSE WHEN THEY FOUND JESUS CHRIST
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  • THEY ILLUSTRATE FOR ALL OF US
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  • THE ESSENCE OF TRUE WISDOM IN LIFE.
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  • IF YOU HAVE YOUR BIBLES, I WANT YOU TO TURN
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  • TO MATTHEW CHAPTER TWO
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  • AS WE DISCOVER WHY IT IS THAT WISE MEN STILL SEEK HIM.
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  • MATTHEW 2. NOW YOU REMEMBER THERE ARE DIFFERING ACCOUNTS
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  • OF THE BIRTH OF CHRIST IN THE DIFFERENT GOSPELS.
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  • NOT CONTRADICTORY, BUT THEY TELL THE STORY
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  • FROM A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE,
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  • BECAUSE EACH GOSPEL HAS A UNIQUE PURPOSE.
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  • NOW WHEN WE READ THE CHRISTMAS STORY,
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  • AND I'LL READ IT ON CHRISTMAS EVE TO OUR CHILDREN,
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  • WE ALWAYS READ FROM LUKE'S GOSPEL.
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  • BECAUSE LUKE CONTAINS THE MOST DETAIL
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  • ABOUT THE ACTUAL EVENT OF CHRIST'S BIRTH
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  • OF ANY OF THE GOSPELS.
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  • LUKE WAS WRITTEN TO THE GENTILES.
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  • BUT MATTHEW'S GOSPEL WAS WRITTEN TO THE JEWISH PEOPLE
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  • TO PROVE THAT JESUS WAS THE LONG-ANTICIPATED MESSIAH
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  • PROMISED IN THE OLD TESTAMENT.
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  • THAT'S WHY YOU FIND MORE REFERENCES TO THE OLD TESTAMENT
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  • IN MATTHEW THAN IN ANY OF THE OTHER GOSPELS.
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  • AND SO MATTHEW APPROACHES JESUS'S BIRTH
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  • A LITTLE BIT DIFFERENTLY.
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  • HE STARTS THE FIRST HALF OF CHAPTER 1
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  • SHOWING HOW JESUS IS A DESCENDANT
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  • NOT ONLY ABRAHAM BUT OF DAVID,
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  • WHICH WAS IMPORTANT FOR HIM TO MEET
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  • THE OLD TESTAMENT QUALIFICATION FOR THE MESSIAH.
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  • AND THEN HE SPENDS ONE VERSE
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  • TALKING ABOUT THE ACTUAL BIRTH OF JESUS.
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  • AND THEN HE TALKS ABOUT HOW
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  • HE IS THE FULFILLMENT OF ISAIAH'S PROPHECY.
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  • AND WHEN WE COME TO MATTHEW 2,
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  • WE FAST FORWARD PAST THE BIRTH OF CHRIST
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  • SEVERAL MONTHS, PERHAPS EVEN UP TO A YEAR.
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  • AND THAT'S WHERE OUR STORY PICKS UP
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  • IN MATTHEW 2:1.
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  • "NOW AFTER JESUS WAS BORN IN BETHLEHEM OF JUDEA
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  • "IN THE DAYS OF HEROD THE KING, BEHOLD,
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  • "MAGI FROM THE EAST ARRIVED IN JERUSALEM."
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  • THE MAGI, THAT'S WHO THE WISE MEN WERE.
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  • THEY WERE REFERRED TO AS THE MAGI.
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  • AND THE MAGI CAME FROM THE EAST.
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  • WE DON'T KNOW EXACTLY WHERE IN THE EAST,
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  • BUT WE KNOW THAT THEY APPEARED AROUND THE 7TH CENTURY BC.
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  • THEY WERE CERTAINLY IN PERSIA, WHICH IS MODERN DAY IRAN.
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  • AS WE'LL SEE IN A MOMENT, THEY WERE IN BABYLON AS WELL.
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  • BUT THE WORD MAGI REFERS TO A SPECIAL CLASS OF MEN
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  • WHO WERE SKILLED IN ASTRONOMY AND IN ASTROLOGY.
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  • IN FACT, THEY WERE SO WISE THAT IF YOU WERE IN THE EAST,
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  • YOU COULD NEVER BECOME A KING
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  • WITHOUT HAVING MASTERED THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE MAGI
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  • AND BEING CROWNED AS KING BY THE MAGI.
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  • THEY WERE THE KING MAKERS OF THEIR DAY.
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  • NOW THAT'S IMPORTANT TO OUR STORY,
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  • AS WE'LL SEE IN JUST A MOMENT,
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  • AND IT EXPLAINS HEROD'S REACTION
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  • WHEN HE HEARD THE NEWS OF THE CHRIST CHILD.
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  • SO YOU'VE GOT THESE MAGI ARRIVING IN JERUSALEM, SAYING.
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  • VERSE ONE SAYS THEY WERE SAYING.
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  • THAT INDICATES A CONTINUOUS ACTION.
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  • THEY DIDN'T JUST ASK ONE TIME,
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  • THEY KEPT ON INQUIRING EVERYONE AROUND THEM.
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  • VERSE 2, "WHERE IS HE WHO HAS BEEN BORN KING OF THE JEWS?
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  • "FOR WE SAW HIS STAR IN THE EAST
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  • "AND HAVE COME TO WORSHIP HIM."
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  • NOW WE'LL TALK IN A MOMENT WHERE DID THEY COME UP
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  • WITH THE IDEA THAT THERE WOULD BE A CHRIST, A MESSIAH.
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  • IT'S VERY INTERESTING, WE'LL COME TO THAT IN A MOMENT.
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  • BUT NOT ONLY DID THEY KNOW THERE WAS A CHRIST COMING,
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  • THEY WERE LOOKING FOR A SIGN.
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  • AND APPARENTLY IT IS THIS STAR THAT LED THEM TO BELIEVE
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  • THAT THE MESSIAH HAD ARRIVED.
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  • NOW I WANNA STOP HERE AND MAKE A VERY PRACTICAL POINT.
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  • YOU KNOW, ONE OF THE QUESTIONS I'M ASKED ALL THE TIME IS,
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  • PASTOR, IF YOU REALLY BELIEVE THAT JESUS CHRIST,
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  • FAITH IN CHRIST IS THE ONLY WAY TO SALVATION
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  • AND THERE IS NO OTHER WAY TO HIM,
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  • WHAT ABOUT PEOPLE ALL AROUND THE WORLD
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  • WHO HAVE NEVER HEARD OF JESUS CHRIST?
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  • HOW COULD GOD RIGHTLY CONDEMN THEM TO HELL
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  • BECAUSE THEY NEVER HAVE HEARD OF JESUS?
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  • NOW LET ME MAKE SOMETHING CLEAR.
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  • THE BIBLE IS CLEAR THERE IS NO OTHER WAY TO GOD
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  • THAN FAITH IN JESUS.
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  • JESUS SAID, "I AM THE WAY, THE TRUTH, AND THE LIFE.
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  • "NO MAN COMES TO THE FATHER BUT BY ME."
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  • YOU LOOK IN THE NEW TESTAMENT,
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  • YOU CAN'T FIND ONE EXAMPLE OF ANYONE
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  • ANYWHERE IN ANY PART OF THE WORLD
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  • WHO WAS EVER SAVED APART FROM PERSONALLY TRUSTING
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  • IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST FOR SALVATION.
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  • YOU REMEMBER WHEN JESUS KNELT IN GETHSEMANE,
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  • HE SAID, "FATHER, IF IT BE YOUR WILL, LET THIS EXPERIENCE,
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  • "THE EXPERIENCE OF THE CROSS PASS FROM ME."
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  • HE SAID, "LORD, IF THERE IS ANY OTHER WAY,
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  • "MAKE IT KNOWN NOW."
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  • BUT HEAVEN WAS SILENT BECAUSE THERE WAS NO OTHER WAY.
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  • LISTEN TO ME, IF THERE'S AN OPPORTUNITY
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  • FOR PEOPLE TO COME TO GOD
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  • OTHER THAN THROUGH FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST,
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  • THEN THE DEATH OF CHRIST WAS TOTALLY UNNECESSARY.
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  • THE WAY WE KNOW THERE'S ONE WAY
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  • IS NOT JUST BY JESUS' WORD BUT WHAT HE DID.
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  • HE GAVE HIS LIFE BECAUSE THERE WAS NO OTHER WAY.
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  • WELL THEN, HOW CAN PEOPLE
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  • WHO'VE NEVER HEARD OF CHRIST COME TO HIM?
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  • LOOK AT THE WISE MEN, THE MAGI.
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  • WHEN GOD SAW THESE MEN WHO SINCERELY WANTED TO KNOW GOD,
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  • HE WAS WILLING TO DO WHATEVER IT TOOK
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  • TO BRING THEM TO FAITH IN JESUS.
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  • HE WAS WILLING TO PUT A STAR IN THE SKY
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  • OR WHATEVER IT WAS TO LEAD THOSE PEOPLE
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  • DIRECTLY TO JESUS CHRIST,
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  • AND HE DOES THE SAME THING TODAY.
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  • WHEN GOD SEES A MAN OR WOMAN OR BOY OR GIRL
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  • ANYWHERE IN THIS WORLD WHO REALLY WANTS TO KNOW HIM,
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  • YOU CAN TRUST THAT GOD WILL DO WHATEVER IT TAKES.
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  • GOD IS MUCH MORE INTERESTED IN THEIR SALVATION
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  • THAN YOU ARE OR I AM.
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  • THAT'S THE KIND OF LOVING GOD WE SERVE.
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  • AND BY THE WAY, SOMETIMES HE'LL USE A MIRACLE LIKE A STAR.
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  • OTHER TIMES HE USES OTHER TYPES OF MIRACLES.
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  • THAT'S WHAT THE STAR TELLS US.
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  • GOD WANTS TO REDEEM PEOPLE AND HE'S WILLING TO LEAD ANYBODY
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  • TO A KNOWLEDGE OF CHRIST WHO TRULY WANTS IT.
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  • THEY WANTED TO FIND CHRIST TO WORSHIP HIM, THEY SAID.
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  • HEROD WANTED TO FIND CHRIST
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  • BUT FOR AN ALTOGETHER DIFFERENT REASON, LOOK AT VERSE 3.
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  • "AND WHAT HEROD THE KING HEARD IT, HE WAS TROUBLED,
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  • "AND ALL JERUSALEM WITH HIM."
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  • WHEN HE HEARD THAT THERE MIGHT BE A KING OF THE JEWS COMING,
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  • HE WAS TROUBLED.
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  • THAT WORD IN GREEK MEANS AGITATED.
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  • STIRRED UP.
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  • AND NOT ONLY WAS HE STIRRED UP,
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  • BUT ALL OF JERUSALEM WAS STIRRED UP AS WELL.
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  • I'VE OFTEN HEARD IT SAID
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  • THE REASON THE PEOPLE WERE STIRRED UP WAS SIMPLY THIS.
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  • WHEN THE KING WASN'T HAPPY, NOBODY WAS HAPPY.
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  • AND THAT'S TRUE, THEY FELT THE WRATH
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  • AND THE ANGER OF THE KING,
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  • BUT I THINK THERE'S ANOTHER REASON
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  • ALL OF JERUSALEM WAS STIRRED UP ABOUT THIS ANNOUNCEMENT
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  • THAT THERE MIGHT BE A KING COMING,
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  • AND IT WAS ASSOCIATED WITH THE MAGI.
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  • YOU KNOW, WHEN WE THINK ABOUT THE MAGI
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  • AND WE SEE THEM PORTRAYED IN CHRISTMAS PAGEANTS,
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  • WHAT DO WE SEE?
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  • WE SEE THREE OF THEM, DON'T WE?
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  • BUT DID YOU KNOW THERE'S NO REASON TO THINK
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  • THERE WERE JUST THREE?
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  • THE REASON WE SAY THREE IS BECAUSE THERE WERE THREE GIFTS,
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  • BUT IT DOESN'T MEAN THERE WERE ONLY THREE MAGI.
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  • AND WHAT DO WE SEE THEM PORTRAYED AS?
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  • THESE OLD MEN WITH BEARDS AND FUNNY-LOOKING HATS.
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  • AND THEY'RE RIDING ON OLD BROKEN DOWN CAMELS,
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  • MOVING AT SLOW MOTION SPEED TO THE TEMPO OF THE MUSIC.
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  • -"WE THREE KINGS OF ORIENT..." -(CONGREGATION LAUGHS)
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  • THAT'S OUR IDEA OF THE MAGI.
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  • THERE'S NOTHING IN THE BIBLE THAT INDICATES THAT'S TRUE.
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  • THE TRUTH IS, BECAUSE THEY WERE ARISTOCRATS
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  • AND BECAUSE THEY WERE KING MAKERS,
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  • THEY DIDN'T COME IN ON CAMELS.
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  • THEY PROBABLY RODE IN ON HIGH-SPEED ARABIAN HORSES
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  • OR PERSIAN STEEDS, THEY CAME FROM THE EAST.
  • 00:11:08.100 --> 00:11:10.010
  • AND THEY DIDN'T COME ALONE.
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  • THEY WOULD HAVE TRAVELED, AS ONE BIBLE SCHOLAR SAYS,
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  • WITH A GROUP OF SOLDIERS WITH THEM, AND SERVANTS WITH THEM.
  • 00:11:14.090 --> 00:11:18.060
  • WHEN THEY ENTERED JERUSALEM,
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  • EVERYBODY KNEW SOMEBODY IMPORTANT HAS ARRIVED.
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  • THE KING MAKERS HAVE COME LOOKING FOR THE KING TO ANOINT.
  • 00:11:23.190 --> 00:11:27.200
  • AND NO WONDER HEROD WAS SCARED.
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  • HE WAS SCARED FIRST OF ALL
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  • 'CAUSE HE DIDN'T WANT HIS POSITION TAKEN.
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  • HE WAS ON SHAKY GROUND WITH CAESAR AUGUSTUS ALREADY
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  • WHO HAD APPOINTED HIM AS KING.
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  • AND NOT ONLY THAT, IF YOU HAD THESE SOLDIERS
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  • COMING IN THE EAST WITH THE MAGI,
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  • IT MEANT A COMING INVASION WAS ON THE HORIZON.
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  • MAYBE THEY WERE LOOKING FOR THE KING
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  • WHO WAS ABOUT TO OVERTHROW HEROD.
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  • AND HEROD COULDN'T AFFORD A WAR RIGHT NOW,
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  • HIS SOLDIERS WERE OUTSIDE OF JERUSALEM.
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  • THEY WERE STATIONED UP AND DOWN ISRAEL
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  • CONDUCTING THAT CENSUS THAT CAESAR AUGUSTUS HAD ORDERED.
  • 00:11:57.170 --> 00:12:02.020
  • AND THAT IS WHY HEROD AND THE RESIDENTS OF JERUSALEM
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  • WERE STIRRED UP.
  • 00:12:06.280 --> 00:12:08.040
  • AND SO VERSE FOUR, "GATHERING TOGETHER
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  • "ALL THE CHIEF PRIESTS AND THE SCRIBES OF THE PEOPLE,
  • 00:12:10.120 --> 00:12:13.070
  • "HEROD BEGAN TO INQUIRE OF THEM
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  • "WHERE THE CHRIST WAS TO BE BORN."
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  • HEROD WAS A NON-JEW BUT HE KNEW SOMETHING
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  • ABOUT THIS PROMISED JEWISH MESSIAH.
  • 00:12:19.290 --> 00:12:22.160
  • SO HE GOT TOGETHER WITH THE JEWISH SCRIBES AND HE SAID,
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  • "NOW WHERE IS IT THIS GUY IS SUPPOSED TO BE BORN?"
  • 00:12:26.160 --> 00:12:29.200
  • AND THEY SAID, "KING, THAT'S AN EASY ONE.
  • 00:12:29.210 --> 00:12:31.150
  • "700 YEARS AGO, THE PROPHET MICAH IN MICAH 5:2 SAID
  • 00:12:31.160 --> 00:12:35.280
  • "HE WAS TO BE BORN IN THAT TINY NONDESCRIPT
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  • "LITTLE DUSTY VILLAGE, BETHLEHEM, SIX MILES SOUTH
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  • OF HERE. "THAT'S WHERE HE'S SUPPOSED TO BE BORN."
  • 00:12:44.020 --> 00:12:47.160
  • SO WHEN HE TALKED TO THE MAGI,
  • 00:12:47.170 --> 00:12:49.110
  • HEROD SAID TO THEM, "NOW YOU GO TO BETHLEHEM.
  • 00:12:49.120 --> 00:12:53.140
  • "AND WHEN YOU FIND HIM,
  • 00:12:53.150 --> 00:12:55.070
  • "FIND ALL THE INFORMATION OUT YOU CAN ABOUT HIM
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  • "AND COME BACK AND REPORT TO ME
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  • "SO THAT I MAY GO AND WORSHIP HIM TOO."
  • 00:13:01.110 --> 00:13:05.280
  • SURE.
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  • HE HAD A MOTIVE FOR WANTING TO FIND THE CHRIST CHILD.
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  • BUT THE MAGI WEREN'T AWARE OF IT AT THAT TIME.
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  • LATER ON, REMEMBER, THE ANGEL APPEARED TO THEM
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  • JUST LIKE HE DID TO JOSEPH AND SAID,
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  • "DON'T COME BACK TO JERUSALEM, GO ANOTHER WAY."
  • 00:13:18.120 --> 00:13:22.030
  • AND SO THEY HEADED TO BETHLEHEM, LOOK AT VERSE NINE.
  • 00:13:22.040 --> 00:13:24.220
  • "AND HAVING HEARD THE KING, THEY WENT THEIR WAY;
  • 00:13:24.230 --> 00:13:27.140
  • "AND LO, THE STAR, WHICH THEY HAD SEEN IN THE EAST,
  • 00:13:27.150 --> 00:13:30.120
  • "WENT BEFORE THEM UNTIL IT CAME
  • 00:13:30.130 --> 00:13:32.280
  • "AND STOOD OVER WHERE THE CHRIST CHILD WAS."
  • 00:13:32.290 --> 00:13:36.260
  • AND LOOK AT THEIR RESPONSE IN VERSE 10.
  • 00:13:36.270 --> 00:13:39.050
  • "AND WHEN THEY SAW THE STAR,
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  • "THEY REJOICED EXCEEDINGLY WITH GREAT JOY."
  • 00:13:42.060 --> 00:13:48.010
  • MATTHEW WAS IN A LOSS FOR WORDS
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  • TO DESCRIBE THE JOY THEY FELT
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  • WHEN THEY FOUND THE CHRIST CHILD,
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  • AND SO HE, AS ONE WRITER SAYS,
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  • JUST PILES SUPERLATIVE ON TOP OF SUPERLATIVE.
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  • THEY REJOICED.
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  • THEY REJOICED EXCEEDINGLY.
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  • THEY REJOICED EXCEEDINGLY WITH GREAT,
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  • I HAVE TO USE THE WORD AGAIN, JOY.
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  • THAT'S ALL MATTHEW COULD THINK OF SAYING.
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  • THAT'S HOW HAPPY THEY WERE TO FIND THE CHRIST CHILD.
  • 00:14:09.210 --> 00:14:13.090
  • AND NOTICE THEY CAME TO THE HOUSE WHERE THEY WERE.
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  • THEY WERE NO LONGER IN THE STABLE,
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  • TELLING US THAT SOME MONTHS HAD PASSED,
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  • PERHAPS A YEAR HAD PASSED WHEN THEY CAME
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  • TO THE PLACE CHRIST WAS.
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  • AND THEY BROUGHT GIFTS WITH THEM, VERSE 11 TELLS US.
  • 00:14:25.000 --> 00:14:28.090
  • ONE WAG SAID, HAD THE THREE WISE MEN
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  • BEEN WISE WOMEN INSTEAD,
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  • THINK OF HOW DIFFERENT THIS STORY WOULD BE.
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  • FIRST OF ALL, IF THEY WERE WOMEN WHO HAD COME,
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  • THEY WOULD HAVE ARRIVED ON TIME.
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  • (CONGREGATION LAUGHS)
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  • THEY WOULD HAVE STOPPED AND ASKED FOR DIRECTIONS.
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  • THEY WOULD HAVE HELPED WITH THE DELIVERY OF THE BABY,
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  • THEY WOULD HAVE CLEANED THE HOUSE,
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  • THEY WOULD HAVE BAKED A CASSEROLE,
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  • AND THEY WOULD HAVE BROUGHT PRACTICAL GIFTS FOR THE BABY.
  • 00:14:51.270 --> 00:14:54.220
  • (CONGREGATION LAUGHS)
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  • WELL, THERE MAY BE SOME TRUTH IN THAT,
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  • BUT THE MAGI BROUGHT GIFTS
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  • AND THEY MAY HAVE BEEN MORE PRACTICAL THAN YOU THINK.
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  • LOOK AT THEM IN VERSE 11.
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  • THE LATE JAMES MONTGOMERY BOICE POINTS OUT
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  • SOME INTERESTING ASPECTS ABOUT THESE THREE GIFTS.
  • 00:15:07.040 --> 00:15:10.050
  • FIRST OF ALL, THE OFFERING OF GOLD.
  • 00:15:10.060 --> 00:15:13.100
  • NOW GOLD WAS AN APPROPRIATE GIFT.
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  • IT WAS THE MEDAL OF THE KINGS.
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  • THERE WAS PROBABLY A PRACTICAL ASPECT TO THIS GIFT.
  • 00:15:17.080 --> 00:15:20.130
  • REMEMBER GOD WAS ABOUT TO SEND MARY AND JOSEPH AND JESUS
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  • TO EGYPT TO PROTECT THEM FROM HEROD.
  • 00:15:24.030 --> 00:15:27.070
  • AND THIS GOLD VERY WELL COULD HAVE BEEN
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  • THE MEANS OF THEIR LIVELIHOOD
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  • FOR THE TIME THAT THEY WERE IN EGYPT.
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  • SO GOD BROUGHT THEM GOLD THROUGH THE MAGI.
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  • SECONDLY, THE OFFERING OF FRANKINCENSE, OR INCENSE.
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  • NOW AGAIN, THIS WAS UNDERSTANDABLE.
  • 00:15:42.180 --> 00:15:44.020
  • REMEMBER, INCENSE WAS USED IN THE WORSHIP
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  • IN THE TABERNACLE LATER IN THE TEMPLE.
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  • IT WOULD BE MIXED WITH FLOUR AND WHEAT OFFERINGS.
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  • NOT THE SIN OFFERING BUT THE FLOUR AND THE WHEAT OFFERINGS,
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  • PROVIDING A PLEASANT AROMA
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  • THAT WOULD COME UP FROM THE SACRIFICE,
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  • SIGNIFYING THAT GOD WAS PLEASED
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  • WITH THE OFFERING OF HIS PEOPLE.
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  • OF COURSE, JESUS CHRIST WAS GOING TO BE
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  • THE ULTIMATE OFFERING TO GOD FOR THE SINS OF THE WORLD.
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  • BUT BY BRINGING HIM INCENSE, AROMA,
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  • IT WAS AS IF THE MAGI WERE SAYING,
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  • "YOU, JESUS, ARE GOING TO BE
  • 00:16:16.120 --> 00:16:18.020
  • "THE MOST PLEASING OFFERING TO GOD EVER.
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  • "YOUR ENTIRE LIFE IS PLEASING TO GOD
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  • "BECAUSE IT'S LIVED WITH PERFECTION."
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  • THAT WAS AN APPROPRIATE GIFT FOR THE MESSIAH.
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  • GOLD, FRANKINCENSE.
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  • BUT THIS FINAL GIFT, MYRRH.
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  • THEY BROUGHT MYRRH.
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  • THAT WAS A STRANGE GIFT TO BRING TO A BABY
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  • BECAUSE IN JESUS' DAY, THE PRIMARY USE OF MYRRH
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  • WAS AS A PRESERVATIVE FOR A DEAD BODY.
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  • THE WAY YOU WOULD PRESERVE A CORPSE WAS WITH MYRRH.
  • 00:16:52.290 --> 00:16:54.110
  • NOW CAN YOU IMAGINE HOW STRANGE THAT WOULD BE
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  • FOR MARY AND JOSEPH TO OPEN THE BABY GIFTS
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  • AND THERE IS A VIAL OF MYRRH?
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  • IT WOULD BE LIKE YOU GOING TO A BABY SHOWER TODAY
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  • AND BRINGING WITH YOU AS A GIFT FOR THE BABY
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  • A MINIATURE CASKET.
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  • IMAGINE WHAT REACTION YOU WOULD GET FROM THE PARENTS
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  • WHEN YOU DID THAT.
  • 00:17:15.290 --> 00:17:18.120
  • BUT THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT THEY DID BECAUSE THEY WERE SAYING,
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  • "HERE IS A BABY THAT WAS BORN TO DIE.
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  • "THAT WAS HIS PURPOSE IN COMING."
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  • THROUGH THE GIFTS THE MAGI BROUGHT,
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  • THEY WERE SHOWING THE DEITY OF JESUS,
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  • THE ACCEPTABLENESS OF JESUS TO GOD THE FATHER,
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  • AND THE SUFFICIENCY OF CHRIST'S DEATH FOR OUR SINS.
  • 00:17:36.290 --> 00:17:43.010
  • WHAT APPLICATION CAN WE DERIVE FROM THIS STORY FOR US?
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  • WHAT DOES THIS MEAN TO US 2.000 YEARS LATER?
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  • AGAIN, LET ME GO BACK TO THE LATE DR. BOICE
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  • AND POINT OUT AND EXPAND UPON TWO PRINCIPLES
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  • I FIND FROM THIS STORY ABOUT THE WISE MEN.
  • 00:17:55.130 --> 00:17:58.270
  • FIRST OF ALL, THE WISE MEN WERE WISE ENOUGH
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  • TO SEARCH FOR A KING.
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  • THEY WERE WISE ENOUGH TO SEARCH FOR A KING.
  • 00:18:06.260 --> 00:18:09.190
  • REMEMBER I ASKED THE QUESTION EARLIER,
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  • HOW DID THE WISE MEN, THESE MAGI, EVEN KNOW
  • 00:18:11.190 --> 00:18:14.070
  • ABOUT THE GOD OF ISRAEL AND HAVING A SON
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  • WHO WOULD COME AND DIE?
  • 00:18:17.170 --> 00:18:18.250
  • HOW DID THEY EVER GET THAT KNOWLEDGE
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  • IF THEY WERE IN BABYLON OR IN PERSIA?
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  • HOW DID THEY GET THAT KNOWLEDGE?
  • 00:18:23.070 --> 00:18:24.250
  • THINK ABOUT BABYLON, THAT WAS LATER TAKEN OVER
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  • BY THE MEDO-PERSIAN EMPIRE.
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  • THINK ABOUT BABYLON.
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  • WHO WAS IN BABYLON, DO YOU REMEMBER?
  • 00:18:31.260 --> 00:18:34.160
  • REMEMBER, IT WAS NOT ONLY THE BABYLONIANS,
  • 00:18:34.170 --> 00:18:37.210
  • BUT THE KING NEBUCHADNEZZAR INVADED ISRAEL
  • 00:18:37.220 --> 00:18:41.080
  • AND HE TOOK DANIEL CAPTIVE, AND SOME FRIENDS OF DANIEL,
  • 00:18:41.090 --> 00:18:45.050
  • AND LATER ALL OF THE RESIDENTS OF JUDAH FOR 70 YEARS.
  • 00:18:45.060 --> 00:18:49.200
  • AND REMEMBER THE STORY IN DANIEL 2,
  • 00:18:49.210 --> 00:18:52.040
  • NEBUCHADNEZZAR HAD A TROUBLING DREAM,
  • 00:18:52.050 --> 00:18:54.290
  • AND HE WANTED WHO TO INTERPRET IT?
  • 00:18:55.000 --> 00:18:57.250
  • THE MAGI, THE WISE MEN.
  • 00:18:57.260 --> 00:19:00.230
  • AND HE SAID, "BY THE WAY, YOU BETTER GET THIS RIGHT,
  • 00:19:00.240 --> 00:19:02.180
  • "BECAUSE IF YOU DON'T,
  • 00:19:02.190 --> 00:19:03.270
  • "I'M GONNA HAVE YOU TORN LIMB FOR LIMB."
  • 00:19:03.280 --> 00:19:06.290
  • AND SO THEY GAVE IT SOME EXTRA ATTENTION,
  • 00:19:07.000 --> 00:19:08.160
  • THEY COULDN'T COME UP WITH THE RIGHT INTERPRETATION.
  • 00:19:08.170 --> 00:19:10.290
  • REMEMBER IT WAS DANIEL
  • 00:19:11.000 --> 00:19:12.250
  • WHO CAME UP WITH THE RIGHT INTERPRETATION.
  • 00:19:12.260 --> 00:19:15.120
  • AND IT SO PLEASED THE KING
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  • THAT DANIEL SPECIFICALLY ASKED HIM TO SPARE THE
  • 00:19:17.060 --> 00:19:20.270
  • LIVES OF THE MAGI, THE WISE MEN.
  • 00:19:20.280 --> 00:19:24.230
  • DANIEL IMMEDIATELY BECAME A HERO TO THE MAGI.
  • 00:19:24.240 --> 00:19:28.120
  • AND I BELIEVE, KNOWING DANIEL,
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  • HE USED THAT PLACE OF INFLUENCE TO SHARE WITH THEM
  • 00:19:30.190 --> 00:19:34.000
  • THE TRUTH OF SCRIPTURE ABOUT THE GOD OF ISRAEL
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  • AND ABOUT HIS PROMISE OF A SON NOT JUST TO SAVE ISRAEL
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  • BUT TO SAVE ALL WHO WOULD BELIEVE IN HIM.
  • 00:19:40.140 --> 00:19:43.190
  • DANIEL WAS A HERO AND SO WAS HIS TEACHING,
  • 00:19:43.200 --> 00:19:45.290
  • AND IT WAS PASSED ON FROM GENERATION TO GENERATION
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  • UNTIL THAT PRESENT DAY OF MAGI.
  • 00:19:49.020 --> 00:19:50.260
  • THEY KNEW THERE WAS A CHRIST COMING.
  • 00:19:50.270 --> 00:19:53.280
  • AND WHEN THEY SAW THE SIGN, WHAT DID THEY DO?
  • 00:19:53.290 --> 00:19:58.070
  • THEY SAID, "THIS IS IT, WE'VE GOT TO GO SEARCH FOR HIM.
  • 00:19:58.080 --> 00:20:00.270
  • "WE MUST FIND HIM IF HE'S HERE.
  • 00:20:00.280 --> 00:20:02.180
  • "THAT'S THE ONLY LOGICAL THING TO DO.
  • 00:20:02.190 --> 00:20:05.030
  • "IF THERE IS A SAVIOR OF THE WORLD
  • 00:20:05.040 --> 00:20:07.180
  • "WHO'S GONNA TAKE AWAY MY SIN
  • 00:20:07.190 --> 00:20:09.150
  • "AND ENSURE ETERNAL LIFE FOR ME,
  • 00:20:09.160 --> 00:20:11.010
  • "THE ONLY WISE THING TO DO IS
  • 00:20:11.020 --> 00:20:12.250
  • "TO DO EVERYTHING I CAN DO TO FIND HIM."
  • 00:20:12.260 --> 00:20:15.020
  • AND TO THEY LAID ASIDE THEIR RELIGION,
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  • THEIR TRADITION, THEIR HERITAGE, TO GO SEARCH FOR THE KING.
  • 00:20:18.070 --> 00:20:21.260
  • THAT'S WHAT WISE PEOPLE DO.
  • 00:20:21.270 --> 00:20:24.230
  • AND THAT'S TRUE TODAY AS WELL.
  • 00:20:24.240 --> 00:20:27.040
  • IF YOU ARE SEARCHING TODAY FOR MEANING IN YOUR LIFE,
  • 00:20:27.050 --> 00:20:31.060
  • IF YOU ARE SEARCHING FOR THE ANSWER
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  • TO LIFE, DEATH, AND ETERNITY,
  • 00:20:33.240 --> 00:20:36.030
  • THAT SEARCH WILL ALWAYS BRING YOU
  • 00:20:36.040 --> 00:20:38.210
  • TO THE FEET OF JESUS CHRIST.
  • 00:20:38.220 --> 00:20:41.160
  • THE WISE MEN WERE WISE ENOUGH TO SEARCH FOR HIM.
  • 00:20:41.170 --> 00:20:45.140
  • AND SECONDLY, THEY WERE WISE ENOUGH TO WORSHIP THE KING.
  • 00:20:45.150 --> 00:20:50.260
  • THEY NOT ONLY SEARCHED FOR THE KING,
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  • THEY WERE WISE ENOUGH TO WORSHIP THE KING.
  • 00:20:52.240 --> 00:20:55.090
  • THE BIBLE SAYS THAT WHEN THEY ARRIVED AT THE HOME
  • 00:20:55.100 --> 00:20:58.260
  • AND SAW THE BABY JESUS, THEY DIDN'T STUDY HIM.
  • 00:20:58.270 --> 00:21:04.100
  • THEY DIDN'T DEBATE ABOUT HIM.
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  • THEY DIDN'T SAY, "WELL, WE'LL WAIT
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  • "AND HOLD OUR VERDICT TO ANOTHER DAY."
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  • NO, IMMEDIATELY THEY FELL DOWN ON THEIR FACE
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  • AND THEY WORSHIPED HIM.
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  • WHEN YOU COME TO BELIEVE IN YOUR LIFE
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  • THAT JESUS IS REALLY WHO HE SAYS HE IS,
  • 00:21:21.000 --> 00:21:24.090
  • HE'S NOT JUST A GOOD MORAL TEACHER,
  • 00:21:24.100 --> 00:21:27.100
  • HE'S NOT JUST A RELIGIOUS LEADER,
  • 00:21:27.110 --> 00:21:29.200
  • HE IS THE SON OF GOD WHO CAME AND DIED AND ROSE AGAIN
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  • THAT YOU CAN HAVE ETERNAL LIFE,
  • 00:21:33.210 --> 00:21:35.120
  • THE ONLY LOGICAL RESPONSE IS TO ACCEPT HIS GIFT OF SALVATION
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  • AND TO DEDICATE YOUR LIFE TO FOLLOWING HIM,
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  • WHATEVER THE COST.
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  • WHAT WAS TRUE 2.000 YEARS AGO IS STILL TRUE TODAY.
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  • WISE MEN STILL SEEK HIM.
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  • AND WHEN THEY FIND HIM,
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  • THEY WORSHIP HIM WITH ALL OF THEIR HEARTS.
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  • MUSIC
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  • I DON'T BELIEVE IT'S AN ACCIDENT
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  • THAT YOU'RE WATCHING THIS BROADCAST TODAY,
  • 00:22:13.030 --> 00:22:15.220
  • ON CHRISTMAS DAY. RIGHT NOW GOD IS SPEAKING TO YOU
  • 00:22:15.230 --> 00:22:19.210
  • AND OFFERING YOU HIS GIFT OF FORGIVENESS AND ETERNAL LIFE.
  • 00:22:19.220 --> 00:22:25.030
  • PLEASE DON'T ALLOW THIS CHRISTMAS DAY TO SLIP BY
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  • WITHOUT RECEIVING GOD'S GREATEST GIFT OF ALL.
  • 00:22:28.250 --> 00:22:32.030
  • THE FREE GIFT OF SALVATION THROUGH FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST.
  • 00:22:32.040 --> 00:22:38.070
  • IN JUST ONE WEEK WE'RE GOING TO STEP
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  • INTO A BRAND NEW YEAR TOGETHER.
  • 00:22:40.020 --> 00:22:42.170
  • AT "PATHWAY TO VICTORY,"
  • 00:22:42.180 --> 00:22:43.290
  • THE NEW YEAR MARKS A SIGNIFICANT MILESTONE
  • 00:22:44.000 --> 00:22:47.030
  • BECAUSE WE'RE ENGAGED IN THE
  • 00:22:47.040 --> 00:22:48.140
  • COURAGEOUS 2020 MATCHING CHALLENGE THAT CONCLUDES
  • 00:22:48.150 --> 00:22:52.290
  • A WEEK FROM TODAY, DECEMBER 31ST AT MIDNIGHT.
  • 00:22:53.000 --> 00:22:57.290
  • BECAUSE OF THIS GENEROUS OFFER,
  • 00:22:58.000 --> 00:22:59.180
  • EVERY DOLLAR YOU GIVE BEFORE THE TUESDAY NIGHT DEADLINE
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  • WILL BE AUTOMATICALLY MATCHED AND THEREFORE DOUBLED
  • 00:23:04.000 --> 00:23:07.070
  • UNTIL WE REACH A COMBINED GOAL OF $1.8 MILLION.
  • 00:23:07.080 --> 00:23:12.050
  • WE'RE PRAYING THAT GOD WILL CONTINUE
  • 00:23:12.060 --> 00:23:13.290
  • TO STIR IN THE HEARTS OF FRIENDS LIKE YOU
  • 00:23:14.000 --> 00:23:16.130
  • TO HELP US BUILD UP THESE RESOURCES
  • 00:23:16.140 --> 00:23:18.260
  • SO THAT WE CAN EXPAND OUR OUTREACH WITH THE GOSPEL IN 2020
  • 00:23:18.270 --> 00:23:23.140
  • BY REACHING MORE PEOPLE THAN EVER BEFORE
  • 00:23:23.150 --> 00:23:26.170
  • WITH THE TRUTH OF GOD'S WORD.
  • 00:23:26.180 --> 00:23:28.240
  • NOW STAY RIGHT THERE.
  • 00:23:28.250 --> 00:23:30.020
  • I'LL BE BACK WITH MORE IN JUST A MOMENT.
  • 00:23:30.030 --> 00:23:34.220
  • [ANNOUNCER] CHRISTMAS, IT'S MY FAVORITE TIME OF THE YEAR.
  • 00:23:34.230 --> 00:23:37.260
  • (GENTLE MUSIC)
  • 00:23:37.270 --> 00:23:40.060
  • (LIQUID SOFTLY SLOSHING)
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  • OUR KIDS AND OUR GRANDCHILDREN COME FROM ALL OVER
  • 00:23:41.170 --> 00:23:44.020
  • TO SHARE THE JOYS OF THE PAST YEAR,
  • 00:23:44.030 --> 00:23:46.290
  • BLESS EACH OTHER WITH GIFTS,
  • 00:23:47.000 --> 00:23:48.210
  • AND REMEMBER THE TRUE MEANING OF CHRISTMAS.
  • 00:23:48.220 --> 00:23:53.040
  • FOR OUR FAMILY, CHRISTMAS,
  • 00:23:53.050 --> 00:23:54.250
  • IT'S THE MOST SPECIAL DAY OF THE YEAR.
  • 00:23:54.260 --> 00:23:56.250
  • WE GET TOGETHER FOR SOME GREAT FOOD AND FELLOWSHIP,
  • 00:23:56.260 --> 00:23:59.120
  • FOR SOME GREAT LAUGHS AND MEMORIES,
  • 00:23:59.130 --> 00:24:02.270
  • AND TO THANK THE LORD FOR THE BIRTH OF HIS SON JESUS CHRIST.
  • 00:24:02.280 --> 00:24:07.250
  • GATHERING TOGETHER TO HONOR THE BIRTH OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOR
  • 00:24:07.260 --> 00:24:11.100
  • IT'S A TRADITION WE WANNA CONTINUE IN OUR FAMILY,
  • 00:24:11.110 --> 00:24:13.200
  • SO THIS YEAR WE'RE GIVING OUR LOVED ONES A GIFT
  • 00:24:13.210 --> 00:24:16.230
  • THAT WILL NOT ONLY BRING A SMILE BUT LEAVE A LEGACY.
  • 00:24:16.240 --> 00:24:21.090
  • "THE DAILY DEVOTIONAL" IS A GIFT
  • 00:24:21.100 --> 00:24:22.260
  • THAT INVITES THE LORD INTO THEIR LIFE EVERY DAY,
  • 00:24:22.270 --> 00:24:26.040
  • SO WHEN THE DAY COMES FOR THE FAMILY CHRISTMAS
  • 00:24:26.050 --> 00:24:28.040
  • TO TAKE PLACE IN THEIR HOME,
  • 00:24:28.050 --> 00:24:30.040
  • WE KNOW THAT JESUS WILL STILL BE
  • 00:24:30.050 --> 00:24:31.200
  • THE CENTER OF THE CELEBRATION.
  • 00:24:31.210 --> 00:24:34.180
  • LIFE IS BETTER WHEN YOU SPEND TIME DAILY WITH GOD.
  • 00:24:34.190 --> 00:24:37.190
  • HE GUIDES OUR STEPS AND LIGHTS A CLEAR PATH
  • 00:24:37.200 --> 00:24:40.140
  • FOR US TO FOLLOW.
  • 00:24:40.150 --> 00:24:42.010
  • AND THIS CHRISTMAS YOU CAN HELP YOUR FAMILY
  • 00:24:42.020 --> 00:24:44.230
  • BOLDLY FACE THE COMING YEAR
  • 00:24:44.240 --> 00:24:46.270
  • WITH THE BRAND NEW LEATHER-BOUND
  • 00:24:46.280 --> 00:24:49.050
  • "PATHWAY TO VICTORY DAILY DEVOTIONAL" FOR 2020.
  • 00:24:49.060 --> 00:24:53.110
  • THIS 52-WEEK DEVOTIONAL CONTAINS 500 PAGES
  • 00:24:53.120 --> 00:24:57.150
  • OF PRACTICAL INSIGHTS FOR 2020.
  • 00:24:57.160 --> 00:25:00.280
  • IT'S PERFECT FOR YOUR OWN WALK WITH GOD,
  • 00:25:00.290 --> 00:25:03.190
  • OR TO GIVE A LOVED ONE THIS CHRISTMAS.
  • 00:25:03.200 --> 00:25:06.270
  • GOD SAID IN JEREMIAH 29:13,
  • 00:25:06.280 --> 00:25:10.230
  • "YOU WILL SEEK ME AND FIND ME WHEN YOU SEARCH FOR ME
  • 00:25:10.240 --> 00:25:15.150
  • "WITH ALL OF YOUR HEART."
  • 00:25:15.160 --> 00:25:17.180
  • AND ANYONE WHO IS SEARCHING SINCERELY FOR THE TRUTH
  • 00:25:17.190 --> 00:25:21.140
  • WILL ALWAYS END UP AT THE FEET OF JESUS CHRIST.
  • 00:25:21.150 --> 00:25:27.050
  • WELL, AT SOME POINT, NEARLY EVERY CHRISTIAN
  • 00:25:27.060 --> 00:25:29.200
  • GOES THROUGH A SEASON OF DOUBT
  • 00:25:29.210 --> 00:25:31.100
  • REGARDING GOD'S EXISTENCE OR GOODNESS,
  • 00:25:31.110 --> 00:25:34.270
  • AND MANY ARE TOO ASHAMED TO EVER ADMIT IT.
  • 00:25:34.280 --> 00:25:37.280
  • SO HOW DO WE HANDLE THOSE INEVITABLE MOMENTS
  • 00:25:37.290 --> 00:25:41.070
  • OF UNCERTAINTY AND DOUBT?
  • 00:25:41.080 --> 00:25:43.250
  • STAY TUNED FOR A PREVIEW OF WHAT'S COMING UP NEXT
  • 00:25:43.260 --> 00:25:46.220
  • ON "PATHWAY TO VICTORY."
  • 00:25:46.230 --> 00:25:50.200
  • [ANNOUNCER] TODAY, WHEN YOU GIVE A GENEROUS GIFT
  • 00:25:50.210 --> 00:25:52.150
  • TO SUPPORT THE MINISTRY OF "PATHWAY TO VICTORY,"
  • 00:25:52.160 --> 00:25:55.020
  • WE'LL SAY THANKS BY SENDING YOU
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  • THE BRAND NEW "2020 PATHWAY TO VICTORY DAILY DEVOTIONAL."
  • 00:25:56.210 --> 00:26:00.150
  • PLUS, "JESUS: THE FULFILLMENT OF GOD'S PROPHECIES"
  • 00:26:00.160 --> 00:26:03.170
  • IS OUR GIFT TO YOU SIMPLY FOR CONTACTING US TODAY
  • 00:26:03.180 --> 00:26:06.100
  • AT "PATHWAY TO VICTORY."
  • 00:26:06.110 --> 00:26:08.000
  • AND WHEN YOUR GIFT IS $100 OR MORE,
  • 00:26:08.010 --> 00:26:10.170
  • WE'LL ALSO SEND YOU THE COMPLETE
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  • "INCOMPARABLE CHRIST" TEACHING SERIES ON CD AND DVD.
  • 00:26:12.050 --> 00:26:16.160
  • REMEMBER, YOUR MINISTRY GIFT RIGHT NOW
  • 00:26:16.170 --> 00:26:18.130
  • WILL BE DOUBLED IN IMPACT
  • 00:26:18.140 --> 00:26:19.250
  • THANKS TO OUR ACTIVE MATCHING CHALLENGE.
  • 00:26:19.260 --> 00:26:21.280
  • SO BE SURE TO CALL, WRITE, OR GO ONLINE TODAY.
  • 00:26:21.290 --> 00:26:24.230
  • NOW, COMING UP NEXT TIME ON "PATHWAY TO VICTORY."
  • 00:26:24.240 --> 00:26:28.130
  • ALL OF US AT SOME POINT IN OUR LIFE
  • 00:26:28.140 --> 00:26:31.040
  • WILL QUESTION EITHER THE LOVE, THE WISDOM,
  • 00:26:31.050 --> 00:26:35.060
  • OR EVEN THE EXISTENCE OF GOD.
  • 00:26:35.070 --> 00:26:38.140
  • IF THAT'S TRUE OF YOU, YOU'RE IN GOOD COMPANY.
  • 00:26:38.150 --> 00:26:42.150
  • IT MAY SURPRISE YOU TO KNOW
  • 00:26:42.160 --> 00:26:44.000
  • THAT SOME OF THE GREATEST MEN AND WOMEN IN HISTORY
  • 00:26:44.010 --> 00:26:46.190
  • WHO HAVE BEEN USED BY GOD
  • 00:26:46.200 --> 00:26:48.000
  • HAVE ALL HAD TIMES OF GREAT DOUBT.
  • 00:26:48.010 --> 00:26:51.000
  • [ANNOUNCER] SET YOUR DVR AND JOIN US NEXT TIME
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  • FOR THE MESSAGE "FOR THOSE WHO DOUBT"
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