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September 9, 2017
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Jesus Loves Addicts Part 2

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  • Make a connection.
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  • Make a connection
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  • at the foot
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  • at the foot
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  • - male announcer: Jesus loves
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  • - male announcer: Jesus loves
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  • And Jesus loves you.
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  • If Jesus loves people,
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  • - Tamra Aragon: Hello, and
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  • welcome to this message from
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  • Pastor Skip Heitzig of
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  • Calvary Albuquerque.
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  • Skip's teachings are shared
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  • globally, and we're excited
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  • to hear how they're helping
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  • to empower others to live
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  • for Christ.
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  • If this message brings you
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  • closer to Jesus,
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  • we'd like to know.
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  • E-mail us at
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  • mystory@calvaryabq.org.
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  • And if you'd like to support
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  • this ministry financially,
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  • you can give online securely
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  • at calvaryabq.org/giving.
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  • Jesus loves everyone and
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  • is compassionate towards
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  • all people, including those
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  • who struggle with addiction.
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  • As we continue the series "Jesus
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  • Loves People," we see that
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  • Jesus has a message for addicts
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  • and a plan to help them, and
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  • we can be a part of that plan.
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  • Mark your Bibles in Luke chapter
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  • 4 and Matthew chapter 11
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  • as Skip begins the message
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  • as Skip begins the message
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  • - Pastor Skip Heitzig: "Soon,
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  • they would discover as your
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  • human nature began to blossom."
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  • "Oh, man.
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  • She's got that propensity;
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  • he has that bent, that leaning."
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  • And then as the years went on,
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  • even you made that same
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  • discovery about yourself, as
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  • societal pressure and inborn
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  • tendencies worked together, you
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  • saw how flawed you really were.
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  • And for some people, that
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  • fleshly pull is so profound, it
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  • shows itself in what we would
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  • call life-dominating sins;
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  • addictions.
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  • Life-dominating sins; what
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  • the writer of Hebrews calls
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  • besetting sins.
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  • Hebrews chapter 12 says, "The
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  • sin which so easily besets us,
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  • ensnares us, entangles us."
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  • That's an addiction.
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  • Jesus has a special message for
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  • such people.
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  • Notice, he has come to preach
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  • the gospel.
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  • You know what the word, gospel,
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  • means right?
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  • Means good news.
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  • And, we as Christians need to
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  • remember that our message ought
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  • to be a message of good news.
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  • For the life of me, I don't know
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  • how we manage to do it, but some
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  • of us Christians manage to make
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  • good news sound like bad news.
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  • "You ought to become a Christian
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  • and have joy like me, and have
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  • peace and meaning and zip and
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  • zing in your life."
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  • "No thanks.
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  • Next."
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  • It's good news, and we need to
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  • give the gospel, good news.
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  • Because you see the world has
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  • message of bad news for these
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  • people.
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  • "You were born this way,
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  • you'll never change.
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  • That identifies you, and that
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  • defines you, and your addiction
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  • will always define you."
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  • Oh, we need to give them
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  • the good news.
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  • Good news is the gospel.
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  • And what is the gospel,
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  • by the way?
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  • Well, the gospel, according
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  • to Paul in 1 Corinthians 15
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  • is very simple.
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  • It's that message that Jesus
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  • came, that he died, that he was
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  • buried, and that he rose again
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  • from the dead, and that he did
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  • it for you.
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  • That's the gospel.
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  • Somebody asked Charles Spurgeon
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  • one time, "Could you take
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  • everything you believe in, or
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  • that Christians believe in, and
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  • sum it up in a few words?"
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  • He said, "I'll give you four
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  • words: Christ died for me."
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  • That's the gospel.
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  • That's the good news.
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  • He loves you, he has a plan for
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  • you.
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  • So, notice that it says, "that
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  • the Lord sent him, the Father
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  • sent him to proclaim liberty
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  • to the captives."
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  • There's that word.
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  • I just want to consider that
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  • word when talk about addictions:
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  • captive.
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  • Did you know the word literally
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  • refers to prisoners of war?
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  • POWs.
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  • "I have come to proclaim liberty
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  • to prisoners of war."
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  • Jesus has a special message
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  • to those who have been
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  • barraged by the enemy.
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  • Jesus has a special message
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  • for those who have been taken
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  • captive by Satan, who are in
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  • bondage of addiction.
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  • I was reading this week,
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  • the testimony of an ex-addict
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  • named Gary.
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  • Here's the story in a nutshell.
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  • When he grew up, he said he was
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  • abused by his maternal
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  • grandmother.
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  • That would tweak anybody.
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  • By age 12, he was drinking
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  • alcohol.
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  • He became addicted to it; 12
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  • years of age.
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  • By 16, he was already on drugs,
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  • became addicted.
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  • One day, as a teenager, as a mid
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  • to late teenager, he's in a car
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  • and somebody in the car, I don't
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  • know exactly who it was, but
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  • spoke to him a message.
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  • He said, "Gary, I don't know why
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  • I'm telling you this, but I feel
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  • like I need to tell you,
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  • 'Jesus loves you.'"
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  • He goes, "What?"
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  • "Jesus Christ loves you."
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  • Gary said, "You know, it
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  • irritated me, but that simple
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  • message was so profound,
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  • 'Jesus loves an addict.'"
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  • He said,
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  • "Those words were a seed that
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  • began to break down my angry,
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  • hardened heart."
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  • So Jesus has good news
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  • for addicts, "I've come
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  • to preach the good news."
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  • There's something else.
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  • Not only does he have good news
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  • for addicts, Jesus has a good
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  • plan for addicts.
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  • I draw you back to verse 18 of
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  • Luke chapter 4.
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  • I want you to notice as you look
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  • at the text, the relationship
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  • between two phrases, because
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  • it's an important relationship.
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  • Notice he says, "that he has
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  • been anointed, he has been
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  • sent to proclaim liberty
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  • to the captives."
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  • See that phrase?
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  • But then notice a few phrases
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  • after that, "To set at liberty
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  • those who were oppressed."
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  • To proclaim liberty,
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  • to set at liberty.
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  • To proclaim liberty is to
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  • preach, to herald, to make an
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  • announcement, to say something
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  • with your mouth.
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  • But to set at liberty is
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  • something vastly different.
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  • In other words, I'm going to do
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  • for you what I proclaimed.
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  • In other words, Jesus is saying,
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  • "I don't just have a nice sermon
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  • for addicts.
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  • I have a great strategy
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  • for them.
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  • I have a plan, and my plan is
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  • to release them, to give them
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  • freedom from their addictions,
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  • to break the cycle
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  • that they're caught in."
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  • Now, how does he do that?
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  • How can he do that?
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  • How can God do that?
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  • Well, I think you will agree
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  • with is statement.
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  • First of all, he can do
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  • anything, right?
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  • He can do anything.
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  • So how does he do it?
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  • Well, I have seen him,
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  • but again, this is rare.
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  • I'll just say that.
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  • He can take away a desire
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  • instantly.
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  • A lot of us would just love if
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  • he would do that with all our
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  • bad desires, just take it away.
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  • Just remove it.
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  • I have heard the testimony of
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  • those who have been addicted to
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  • a variety of things, tell me
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  • they no longer have any trouble
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  • with issue anymore.
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  • They're not even struggling
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  • with it.
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  • They don't have a desire.
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  • I applaud that, I think
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  • it's wonderful.
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  • It's miraculous.
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  • It's not the norm.
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  • Usually, the way he does that,
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  • is supernaturally naturally.
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  • That is supernatural power that
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  • comes through natural processes.
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  • It's the principle of
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  • cooperation.
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  • If you're familiar with your Old
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  • Testament, you know this
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  • principle.
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  • God tells the children of
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  • Israel, "Go in and conquer the
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  • land and take it over.
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  • I've going to give
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  • the land to you.
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  • I'm going to deliver your
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  • enemies into your hand."
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  • Sounds easy, right?
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  • "I'm going to do this, I'm going
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  • to do that, I'm going to
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  • deliver, I'm going to give."
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  • But he also says, "You need
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  • boots on the ground.
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  • You need to take your sword out.
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  • You need to engage in battle.
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  • You need to march through the
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  • land.
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  • And as you cooperate with me, my
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  • power will give it to you and do
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  • it for you, through a natural
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  • process."
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  • So I want to give you what I
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  • think is a healthy process that
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  • God empowers.
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  • From everything I've read, and
  • 00:09:34.150 --> 00:09:35.230
  • from those that I have spoken
  • 00:09:35.230 --> 00:09:37.140
  • with, who have in the past been
  • 00:09:37.140 --> 00:09:39.080
  • addicted to a variety of
  • 00:09:39.080 --> 00:09:41.010
  • substances, we need to take and
  • 00:09:41.010 --> 00:09:43.240
  • isolate that addiction.
  • 00:09:44.160 --> 00:09:47.160
  • So picture an addiction in front
  • 00:09:47.160 --> 00:09:50.030
  • of you, how ever you want to
  • 00:09:50.030 --> 00:09:51.000
  • picture it, whatever it is.
  • 00:09:51.000 --> 00:09:52.260
  • And we need now to
  • 00:09:52.260 --> 00:09:53.270
  • quarantine it.
  • 00:09:53.270 --> 00:09:54.180
  • We need to isolate it; we need
  • 00:09:54.180 --> 00:09:55.250
  • to a draw a box around it.
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  • The box has four sides.
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  • The first side, we're going to
  • 00:10:00.000 --> 00:10:02.010
  • call "Accurate Assessment."
  • 00:10:02.070 --> 00:10:05.070
  • You need to make an accurate
  • 00:10:05.070 --> 00:10:07.010
  • assessment of your addiction.
  • 00:10:07.010 --> 00:10:09.020
  • In other words, don't
  • 00:10:09.020 --> 00:10:10.040
  • underestimate your addiction.
  • 00:10:10.040 --> 00:10:13.020
  • It's a big deal.
  • 00:10:13.020 --> 00:10:14.070
  • This is where many people fail.
  • 00:10:14.070 --> 00:10:15.290
  • "Oh, it's not a big deal.
  • 00:10:15.290 --> 00:10:17.190
  • I can stop any time I want."
  • 00:10:19.080 --> 00:10:22.080
  • They never do.
  • 00:10:22.080 --> 00:10:24.020
  • It's keeps going, the cycle
  • 00:10:24.020 --> 00:10:26.040
  • continues, but they keep telling
  • 00:10:26.040 --> 00:10:28.010
  • themselves not a big deal.
  • 00:10:28.010 --> 00:10:29.100
  • No, accurate assessment.
  • 00:10:29.240 --> 00:10:32.240
  • Don't underestimate your
  • 00:10:32.240 --> 00:10:33.290
  • addiction.
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  • An addiction is not a typical
  • 00:10:35.220 --> 00:10:38.050
  • challenge that everybody goes
  • 00:10:38.050 --> 00:10:39.280
  • through.
  • 00:10:39.280 --> 00:10:41.080
  • It is the struggle of a
  • 00:10:41.080 --> 00:10:42.290
  • lifetime.
  • 00:10:42.290 --> 00:10:45.050
  • In fact, there will probably
  • 00:10:45.050 --> 00:10:47.080
  • never be a greater challenge in
  • 00:10:47.080 --> 00:10:50.030
  • your entire life than that
  • 00:10:50.030 --> 00:10:52.100
  • particular challenge.
  • 00:10:52.100 --> 00:10:53.090
  • All other problems will pale in
  • 00:10:53.090 --> 00:10:55.160
  • comparison.
  • 00:10:55.160 --> 00:10:57.210
  • Accurate assessment.
  • 00:10:57.250 --> 00:11:00.270
  • One author, who was once
  • 00:11:00.270 --> 00:11:02.050
  • addicted wrote these words,
  • 00:11:03.050 --> 00:11:06.050
  • "Early recovery is one big
  • 00:11:06.050 --> 00:11:08.070
  • dramatic event, and your
  • 00:11:08.140 --> 00:11:11.140
  • emotional core is bouncing down
  • 00:11:11.140 --> 00:11:13.170
  • the side of a mountain.
  • 00:11:13.170 --> 00:11:14.250
  • It's an emotional rollercoaster.
  • 00:11:14.250 --> 00:11:17.110
  • The same phenomenon can be
  • 00:11:17.110 --> 00:11:19.100
  • observed when someone tries to
  • 00:11:19.100 --> 00:11:21.040
  • quit smoking.
  • 00:11:21.040 --> 00:11:23.060
  • The smoker will notice that
  • 00:11:23.060 --> 00:11:24.120
  • every time they try to quit
  • 00:11:24.120 --> 00:11:25.130
  • smoking, all this drama pops up
  • 00:11:25.130 --> 00:11:28.030
  • in their life.
  • 00:11:28.030 --> 00:11:29.120
  • Why is this happening they
  • 00:11:29.120 --> 00:11:30.140
  • wonder?
  • 00:11:30.140 --> 00:11:31.040
  • Why does all this drama suddenly
  • 00:11:31.040 --> 00:11:32.190
  • show up every time they try to
  • 00:11:32.190 --> 00:11:34.070
  • quit?"
  • 00:11:34.070 --> 00:11:34.270
  • He answers it.
  • 00:11:34.270 --> 00:11:36.140
  • "You have been fooled by your
  • 00:11:36.140 --> 00:11:38.220
  • addiction.
  • 00:11:38.220 --> 00:11:40.290
  • You have been fooled by your
  • 00:11:40.290 --> 00:11:42.030
  • addiction.
  • 00:11:42.030 --> 00:11:42.270
  • Withdrawal from nicotine or
  • 00:11:42.270 --> 00:11:44.290
  • drugs or pornography or food
  • 00:11:46.050 --> 00:11:49.050
  • turns up the intensity,"
  • 00:11:49.050 --> 00:11:50.160
  • he says, "on your life, turns
  • 00:11:50.160 --> 00:11:52.240
  • up the emotional intensity."
  • 00:11:52.240 --> 00:11:54.140
  • So an accurate assessment is
  • 00:11:54.140 --> 00:11:57.110
  • the first side of that box.
  • 00:11:57.110 --> 00:11:59.220
  • Let's draw our second side to
  • 00:11:59.220 --> 00:12:01.240
  • quarantine addiction.
  • 00:12:01.240 --> 00:12:03.170
  • We'll call this,
  • 00:12:03.170 --> 00:12:04.130
  • "Overwhelming Force."
  • 00:12:04.130 --> 00:12:06.020
  • Use overwhelming force.
  • 00:12:07.160 --> 00:12:10.160
  • If you want to capture a base of
  • 00:12:10.160 --> 00:12:13.060
  • your enemies, the best way to do
  • 00:12:13.200 --> 00:12:16.200
  • it is by using overwhelming
  • 00:12:16.200 --> 00:12:19.010
  • force.
  • 00:12:19.010 --> 00:12:19.210
  • So it takes 200 soldiers to take
  • 00:12:19.210 --> 00:12:21.250
  • over an enemy base, bring 800,
  • 00:12:21.290 --> 00:12:24.290
  • so there is no chance
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  • for failure.
  • 00:12:26.100 --> 00:12:27.150
  • You will overwhelm the enemy
  • 00:12:27.150 --> 00:12:29.000
  • with your force.
  • 00:12:29.000 --> 00:12:29.230
  • You will make sure that the job
  • 00:12:29.230 --> 00:12:31.150
  • gets done.
  • 00:12:32.170 --> 00:12:35.170
  • One alcoholic said that early
  • 00:12:38.050 --> 00:12:41.050
  • on, he struggled with the idea
  • 00:12:41.050 --> 00:12:42.290
  • that he was smarter than
  • 00:12:42.290 --> 00:12:43.280
  • everybody else.
  • 00:12:43.280 --> 00:12:44.190
  • He was, "Yeah, I know there's
  • 00:12:44.190 --> 00:12:45.090
  • people who are alcoholics, but
  • 00:12:45.090 --> 00:12:47.150
  • I'm the smart one, you know,
  • 00:12:47.150 --> 00:12:49.290
  • and I don't need the same
  • 00:12:49.290 --> 00:12:51.050
  • kind of help they do."
  • 00:12:51.050 --> 00:12:53.120
  • Now, I found this to be typical.
  • 00:12:53.120 --> 00:12:54.220
  • So he was telling himself things
  • 00:12:54.220 --> 00:12:56.020
  • like this, "I don't need a real
  • 00:12:56.020 --> 00:12:57.140
  • long rehab, and I don't need to
  • 00:12:57.140 --> 00:13:00.120
  • go to meetings that many times
  • 00:13:00.120 --> 00:13:02.200
  • a week like other people do."
  • 00:13:04.080 --> 00:13:07.080
  • And so he kept failing,
  • 00:13:07.080 --> 00:13:08.080
  • and failing and failing,
  • 00:13:08.080 --> 00:13:09.100
  • and that cycle continued
  • 00:13:09.100 --> 00:13:10.240
  • until somebody told him.
  • 00:13:10.240 --> 00:13:12.010
  • A friend of his said,
  • 00:13:12.010 --> 00:13:13.010
  • "You don't need three weeks
  • 00:13:13.010 --> 00:13:14.040
  • or three months.
  • 00:13:14.040 --> 00:13:14.290
  • You need a year rehab," and
  • 00:13:14.290 --> 00:13:17.280
  • he was so beat up by failure,
  • 00:13:17.280 --> 00:13:19.110
  • he said, "You're right,"
  • 00:13:19.110 --> 00:13:20.080
  • and he went and he did it.
  • 00:13:20.080 --> 00:13:21.210
  • He said, "It was
  • 00:13:21.210 --> 00:13:22.110
  • the best thing I ever did."
  • 00:13:22.110 --> 00:13:23.070
  • Overwhelming force.
  • 00:13:24.070 --> 00:13:27.070
  • I talked to a friend this week;
  • 00:13:27.070 --> 00:13:29.000
  • a friend of mine who struggled
  • 00:13:29.000 --> 00:13:30.200
  • for years with addictions to
  • 00:13:30.200 --> 00:13:32.120
  • heroine and other substances.
  • 00:13:32.120 --> 00:13:34.120
  • And I was telling him, you know,
  • 00:13:34.120 --> 00:13:36.140
  • what I have found, or what I was
  • 00:13:36.140 --> 00:13:37.240
  • going to say, he goes, "Yeah,
  • 00:13:37.240 --> 00:13:38.150
  • yeah, yeah, because Skip, this
  • 00:13:38.150 --> 00:13:40.000
  • is what I learned: you got to
  • 00:13:40.000 --> 00:13:41.140
  • change your playground
  • 00:13:41.140 --> 00:13:43.130
  • and your playmates.
  • 00:13:43.160 --> 00:13:46.160
  • You need to get as many people
  • 00:13:46.160 --> 00:13:48.000
  • around you as you can on a new
  • 00:13:48.000 --> 00:13:50.210
  • playground, that are the right
  • 00:13:50.210 --> 00:13:52.210
  • kind of people to hold
  • 00:13:52.210 --> 00:13:53.230
  • you accountable and to help you
  • 00:13:53.230 --> 00:13:55.000
  • through this overwhelming
  • 00:13:55.000 --> 00:13:56.090
  • force."
  • 00:13:56.090 --> 00:13:58.100
  • Now, let's draw a third line in
  • 00:13:58.100 --> 00:13:59.210
  • this box: "Zero tolerance.
  • 00:14:02.080 --> 00:14:05.080
  • Zero tolerance."
  • 00:14:05.080 --> 00:14:06.180
  • You see, recovery
  • 00:14:06.180 --> 00:14:08.070
  • is pass or fail.
  • 00:14:08.070 --> 00:14:10.100
  • Everything else in life will
  • 00:14:10.100 --> 00:14:13.010
  • depend on your sobriety.
  • 00:14:13.010 --> 00:14:15.290
  • Relationships will depend on it,
  • 00:14:16.270 --> 00:14:19.270
  • your viability will depend on
  • 00:14:19.270 --> 00:14:21.220
  • it, your effectiveness will
  • 00:14:21.220 --> 00:14:23.010
  • depend on it.
  • 00:14:23.010 --> 00:14:25.060
  • And so if this is an issue, you
  • 00:14:26.140 --> 00:14:29.140
  • need to make an agreement within
  • 00:14:29.140 --> 00:14:30.250
  • yourself that says, "I can never
  • 00:14:31.150 --> 00:14:34.150
  • use again," "I can never take
  • 00:14:34.150 --> 00:14:37.020
  • another drink," "I can never
  • 00:14:37.020 --> 00:14:38.250
  • watch that stuff ever again,
  • 00:14:38.250 --> 00:14:40.290
  • no matter what."
  • 00:14:40.290 --> 00:14:42.280
  • Zero tolerance.
  • 00:14:42.280 --> 00:14:44.270
  • The problem with that is, if you
  • 00:14:44.270 --> 00:14:47.000
  • have an addictive personality,
  • 00:14:47.000 --> 00:14:48.080
  • you've said that a thousand
  • 00:14:48.080 --> 00:14:49.090
  • times already, and gone back,
  • 00:14:49.090 --> 00:14:52.030
  • and back, and back, and back,
  • 00:14:52.030 --> 00:14:53.150
  • and back.
  • 00:14:53.150 --> 00:14:54.230
  • But that principle, along with
  • 00:14:54.230 --> 00:14:57.040
  • the first two principles,
  • 00:14:57.040 --> 00:14:58.130
  • all working together,
  • 00:14:58.130 --> 00:14:59.220
  • will be of great strength
  • 00:14:59.220 --> 00:15:01.000
  • and value and help.
  • 00:15:01.000 --> 00:15:03.100
  • And now, let's close this box
  • 00:15:03.100 --> 00:15:04.230
  • in and quarantine it completely.
  • 00:15:04.230 --> 00:15:07.140
  • The fourth side of that box,
  • 00:15:07.140 --> 00:15:10.090
  • we will call "Highest Power.
  • 00:15:10.230 --> 00:15:13.230
  • Highest Power."
  • 00:15:13.230 --> 00:15:15.270
  • If you are familiar
  • 00:15:15.270 --> 00:15:16.250
  • at all with the language
  • 00:15:16.250 --> 00:15:17.260
  • of recovery, you have
  • 00:15:17.260 --> 00:15:18.230
  • heard the term higher power.
  • 00:15:18.230 --> 00:15:21.220
  • They say, "Well, you need
  • 00:15:21.220 --> 00:15:22.200
  • a higher power in this."
  • 00:15:22.200 --> 00:15:24.250
  • And it's very sort of innocuous
  • 00:15:24.250 --> 00:15:26.170
  • and non-descript.
  • 00:15:26.170 --> 00:15:27.150
  • "Just sort of pick a higher
  • 00:15:27.150 --> 00:15:28.140
  • power and trust that."
  • 00:15:28.140 --> 00:15:29.240
  • No, no, no.
  • 00:15:29.240 --> 00:15:30.180
  • You need the highest power and
  • 00:15:30.180 --> 00:15:33.090
  • that comes only through one
  • 00:15:33.090 --> 00:15:35.020
  • source, and that is the Lord
  • 00:15:35.020 --> 00:15:36.190
  • Jesus Christ.
  • 00:15:36.190 --> 00:15:38.070
  • And as the addict learns of the
  • 00:15:38.070 --> 00:15:41.020
  • love of Christ, and as the
  • 00:15:41.020 --> 00:15:42.290
  • addict learns of the power of
  • 00:15:42.290 --> 00:15:44.160
  • the Holy Spirit, and as the
  • 00:15:44.160 --> 00:15:46.170
  • addict is surrounded with and
  • 00:15:46.170 --> 00:15:48.270
  • interacts with healthy
  • 00:15:48.270 --> 00:15:50.140
  • believers, they will discover a
  • 00:15:50.140 --> 00:15:53.090
  • whole new life.
  • 00:15:53.090 --> 00:15:54.170
  • You see, effectiveness and
  • 00:15:54.170 --> 00:15:56.280
  • recovery is more than just
  • 00:15:56.280 --> 00:15:58.030
  • saying no to the menace.
  • 00:15:58.030 --> 00:16:00.030
  • It's saying yes to the maker.
  • 00:16:00.050 --> 00:16:03.050
  • It's the highest power.
  • 00:16:07.110 --> 00:16:10.110
  • If you have a scientific
  • 00:16:10.110 --> 00:16:11.110
  • background, you understand the
  • 00:16:11.110 --> 00:16:12.230
  • principle I'm going to give you
  • 00:16:12.230 --> 00:16:14.000
  • now, and that is that certain
  • 00:16:14.000 --> 00:16:15.180
  • viruses die when you expose them
  • 00:16:16.190 --> 00:16:19.190
  • to light.
  • 00:16:19.280 --> 00:16:22.280
  • Certain bacteria will also die
  • 00:16:22.280 --> 00:16:24.270
  • if they're exposed to the right
  • 00:16:24.270 --> 00:16:26.090
  • kinds of light, like ultraviolet
  • 00:16:26.090 --> 00:16:27.250
  • light.
  • 00:16:27.250 --> 00:16:28.150
  • So they're in the dark as they
  • 00:16:28.150 --> 00:16:30.180
  • grow, and they flourish, and
  • 00:16:30.180 --> 00:16:32.100
  • they spread, but once you expose
  • 00:16:32.100 --> 00:16:34.180
  • them to light: sunlight, in some
  • 00:16:34.180 --> 00:16:36.150
  • case ultraviolet life, it will
  • 00:16:36.150 --> 00:16:38.140
  • kill them.
  • 00:16:38.140 --> 00:16:39.040
  • Addictions are like that.
  • 00:16:39.040 --> 00:16:40.170
  • It's a virus that has to be
  • 00:16:40.170 --> 00:16:41.240
  • exposed to the light to be
  • 00:16:41.240 --> 00:16:43.280
  • cured.
  • 00:16:43.280 --> 00:16:44.180
  • Listen to what Jesus said in
  • 00:16:44.180 --> 00:16:45.160
  • John 3, "This is verdict, light
  • 00:16:45.160 --> 00:16:48.000
  • has come into the world, but men
  • 00:16:48.000 --> 00:16:49.130
  • have loved darkness rather than
  • 00:16:49.130 --> 00:16:51.000
  • light, because their deeds were
  • 00:16:51.000 --> 00:16:52.170
  • evil.
  • 00:16:52.170 --> 00:16:53.280
  • Everyone who does evil hates the
  • 00:16:53.280 --> 00:16:55.140
  • light, and will not come into
  • 00:16:55.140 --> 00:16:57.050
  • the light for fear that his
  • 00:16:57.050 --> 00:16:59.290
  • deeds will be exposed.
  • 00:16:59.290 --> 00:17:01.170
  • But whoever lives by the truth
  • 00:17:01.170 --> 00:17:03.090
  • comes into the light, so that it
  • 00:17:03.090 --> 00:17:05.200
  • may be seen plainly that what he
  • 00:17:05.290 --> 00:17:08.290
  • has done has been done through
  • 00:17:08.290 --> 00:17:11.210
  • God."
  • 00:17:11.210 --> 00:17:13.190
  • Remember the leper who came to
  • 00:17:13.190 --> 00:17:14.290
  • Jesus?
  • 00:17:14.290 --> 00:17:15.190
  • I didn't say leopard, but
  • 00:17:15.190 --> 00:17:16.270
  • the leper, man with leprosy.
  • 00:17:17.040 --> 00:17:20.040
  • Walked up Jesus, probably at
  • 00:17:20.040 --> 00:17:21.180
  • the very end of his rope and
  • 00:17:21.180 --> 00:17:23.110
  • he said, "If you are willing,
  • 00:17:23.130 --> 00:17:26.130
  • you can make me clean."
  • 00:17:26.130 --> 00:17:29.050
  • And Jesus said, "I am willing.
  • 00:17:30.000 --> 00:17:33.000
  • Be clean."
  • 00:17:33.000 --> 00:17:34.290
  • Every addict needs to
  • 00:17:34.290 --> 00:17:36.070
  • come to Jesus and say, "If you
  • 00:17:36.070 --> 00:17:39.010
  • are willing, make me clean."
  • 00:17:39.160 --> 00:17:42.160
  • And he will immediately say,
  • 00:17:42.160 --> 00:17:43.170
  • "I am willing," and he might
  • 00:17:43.170 --> 00:17:46.170
  • immediately move the desire, but
  • 00:17:46.170 --> 00:17:48.170
  • chances are, you're going to
  • 00:17:48.170 --> 00:17:49.160
  • have to go through this process,
  • 00:17:49.160 --> 00:17:51.060
  • and you're going to have to
  • 00:17:51.060 --> 00:17:52.100
  • "Accurate Assessment,
  • 00:17:55.220 --> 00:17:58.060
  • Overwhelming Force, Zero
  • 00:17:58.100 --> 00:18:01.120
  • Tolerance, Highest Power."
  • 00:18:02.280 --> 00:18:05.280
  • Jesus has a good plan
  • 00:18:08.190 --> 00:18:09.240
  • for addicts.
  • 00:18:09.240 --> 00:18:10.260
  • There's a final thing I want you
  • 00:18:10.260 --> 00:18:12.060
  • to notice, as we close, and that
  • 00:18:12.060 --> 00:18:14.220
  • is Jesus has a good reputation
  • 00:18:14.220 --> 00:18:17.070
  • among addicts.
  • 00:18:17.070 --> 00:18:19.020
  • Would you turn now,
  • 00:18:19.020 --> 00:18:19.250
  • and we'll close with this,
  • 00:18:19.250 --> 00:18:20.210
  • Matthew chapter 11.
  • 00:18:20.210 --> 00:18:21.270
  • Just a couple verses.
  • 00:18:21.270 --> 00:18:23.190
  • Matthew 11.
  • 00:18:23.190 --> 00:18:25.190
  • You know, I've discovered over
  • 00:18:25.190 --> 00:18:26.230
  • the years in talking to people
  • 00:18:26.230 --> 00:18:28.070
  • who have struggled with
  • 00:18:28.070 --> 00:18:30.120
  • addictions of various sorts,
  • 00:18:30.280 --> 00:18:33.280
  • that even those who are really
  • 00:18:33.280 --> 00:18:35.140
  • down and out, they're okay with
  • 00:18:35.140 --> 00:18:38.000
  • Jesus, you know, some aren't.
  • 00:18:38.000 --> 00:18:39.070
  • But for the most part, they just
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  • understand that Jesus is this
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  • compelling, loving figure, and
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  • they're drawn to him.
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  • They may not be too crazy about
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  • churches or church people, like
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  • usually they aren't because of
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  • their past experiences with
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  • such.
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  • But when it comes to the person
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  • of Jesus, Jesus has a reputation
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  • now, as he did then, and I want
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  • you to notice it.
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  • Jesus is speaking here in
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  • Matthew 11:16, to his
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  • detractors.
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  • Matthew 11:16, "But to what
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  • should I liken this generation?
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  • Like children sitting in
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  • the marketplace and calling to
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  • their companions and saying,
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  • 'We played the flute for you
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  • and you did not dance.
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  • We mourned to you
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  • and you did not lament.'
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  • For John," Jesus
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  • says, that's John the Baptist,
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  • "came neither drinking or
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  • eating, and they say that he
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  • has a demon.
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  • The Son of man came eating and
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  • drinking," that's Jesus,
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  • "and they say, 'Look,
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  • a glutton and winebibber.'"
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  • You know what a winebibber is,
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  • right?
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  • It's a lush.
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  • It's an alcoholic.
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  • Can you imagine saying
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  • that of Jesus?
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  • "This guy eats too much
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  • and he drinks too much."
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  • Notice the next phrase,
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  • "A friend of tax collectors
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  • and sinners.
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  • But wisdom is justified by her
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  • children."
  • 00:20:08.120 --> 00:20:09.020
  • Now, they meant it as a slur.
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  • Jesus accepted it as a badge of
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  • honor.
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  • "I'm a friend of tax collectors
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  • and sinners."
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  • Now, I'm not here to exegete
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  • this entire text.
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  • I just want you to notice this
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  • label, because by this time,
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  • Jesus has already called a
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  • notorious tax collector named
  • 00:20:28.230 --> 00:20:30.180
  • Matthew.
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  • Jesus has already gone to the
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  • house of Matthew and shared an
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  • evening meal with him and his
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  • buddies.
  • 00:20:38.240 --> 00:20:41.240
  • And according to one
  • 00:20:41.240 --> 00:20:42.230
  • commentator, John MacArthur, he
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  • said, "At that meeting that
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  • would include robbers,
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  • murderers, drunkards and
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  • prostitutes.
  • 00:20:51.150 --> 00:20:52.160
  • And it was probably," he said,
  • 00:20:52.160 --> 00:20:54.120
  • "because of that encounter in
  • 00:20:54.120 --> 00:20:55.290
  • Matthew's house that Jesus got
  • 00:20:55.290 --> 00:20:58.090
  • this reputation that he mentions
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  • here, 'A friend of tax
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  • collectors and sinners.'"
  • 00:21:03.040 --> 00:21:06.040
  • This is what it says in Matthew
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  • 9, "Many tax collectors and
  • 00:21:07.160 --> 00:21:09.290
  • sinners came and sat down with
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  • Him."
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  • Luke 15:1, "Tax collectors and
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  • notorious sinners often came to
  • 00:21:17.060 --> 00:21:20.060
  • listen to Jesus teach."
  • 00:21:20.150 --> 00:21:23.150
  • And then there's the story of
  • 00:21:23.150 --> 00:21:24.150
  • Zacchaeus in Jericho.
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  • Remember Zacchaeus?
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  • A short guy who walked
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  • up--climbed up the tree so he
  • 00:21:27.130 --> 00:21:28.170
  • could see Jesus.
  • 00:21:28.170 --> 00:21:30.080
  • And Jesus saw him and said, "Get
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  • down.
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  • Let's go to your house and eat
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  • lunch," and they hung out
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  • together.
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  • That's a paraphrase, by the way,
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  • of that text.
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  • And the crowd was not excited
  • 00:21:38.190 --> 00:21:40.170
  • about that.
  • 00:21:40.170 --> 00:21:41.070
  • The Bible says, "The crowds were
  • 00:21:41.070 --> 00:21:43.060
  • upset, saying, 'He has gone to
  • 00:21:43.060 --> 00:21:45.120
  • be a guest of a notorious
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  • sinner.'"
  • 00:21:47.080 --> 00:21:49.190
  • You got to understand that most
  • 00:21:49.190 --> 00:21:51.210
  • religious Jews would never, ever
  • 00:21:51.210 --> 00:21:54.150
  • conceive of socializing with
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  • that group of people, but Jesus
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  • would, and Jesus did.
  • 00:22:02.070 --> 00:22:05.070
  • He sat down with them, he ate
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  • with them and he was known as
  • 00:22:07.210 --> 00:22:09.130
  • that friend of sinners.
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  • And in that group, were
  • 00:22:11.170 --> 00:22:14.170
  • drunkards, alcoholics.
  • 00:22:14.200 --> 00:22:17.200
  • In that group, were prostitutes
  • 00:22:17.200 --> 00:22:19.140
  • and probably the men who were
  • 00:22:19.140 --> 00:22:20.220
  • addicted to sex from the
  • 00:22:20.220 --> 00:22:22.090
  • prostitutes, and there was Jesus
  • 00:22:22.240 --> 00:22:25.240
  • among them.
  • 00:22:25.240 --> 00:22:27.160
  • And so they thought, "Hey, I
  • 00:22:27.160 --> 00:22:29.170
  • want to listen to him teach,"
  • 00:22:29.170 --> 00:22:31.140
  • and they would often go to hear
  • 00:22:31.140 --> 00:22:32.230
  • him teach.
  • 00:22:32.230 --> 00:22:34.250
  • I just want to give this
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  • challenge to us, the body of
  • 00:22:35.230 --> 00:22:38.010
  • Christ.
  • 00:22:38.010 --> 00:22:38.280
  • The Bible calls the church, the
  • 00:22:38.280 --> 00:22:40.020
  • body of Christ.
  • 00:22:40.020 --> 00:22:41.200
  • I hope you understand what that
  • 00:22:41.200 --> 00:22:42.200
  • means.
  • 00:22:42.200 --> 00:22:44.200
  • We are the representatives of
  • 00:22:44.200 --> 00:22:46.030
  • Jesus Christ, as if we were the
  • 00:22:46.030 --> 00:22:48.080
  • physical body of Jesus, so he
  • 00:22:48.080 --> 00:22:50.070
  • has no hands, no feet, no mouth
  • 00:22:50.070 --> 00:22:52.100
  • but ours.
  • 00:22:52.100 --> 00:22:54.140
  • So it's our hands that reach out
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  • to people in his name.
  • 00:22:57.150 --> 00:22:58.220
  • It's our feet that go out to
  • 00:22:58.220 --> 00:23:00.230
  • people and walk toward people in
  • 00:23:00.230 --> 00:23:02.100
  • his name.
  • 00:23:02.100 --> 00:23:03.000
  • It's our mouths that bring
  • 00:23:03.000 --> 00:23:04.280
  • a message of hope and love,
  • 00:23:04.280 --> 00:23:07.200
  • and the gospel of good news in
  • 00:23:07.200 --> 00:23:09.080
  • his name.
  • 00:23:09.080 --> 00:23:10.210
  • We're the body of Christ.
  • 00:23:10.210 --> 00:23:11.210
  • Jesus said, "As I have loved
  • 00:23:11.210 --> 00:23:13.050
  • you, you must love."
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  • We could that.
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  • You know, it is possible.
  • 00:23:17.180 --> 00:23:18.220
  • We could actually become
  • 00:23:18.220 --> 00:23:21.020
  • an army of love.
  • 00:23:22.100 --> 00:23:25.100
  • Well, I mentioned that Webster
  • 00:23:25.100 --> 00:23:26.180
  • defined addiction as,
  • 00:23:26.180 --> 00:23:28.020
  • "A surrender of oneself to
  • 00:23:28.020 --> 00:23:30.060
  • something obsessively,
  • 00:23:30.060 --> 00:23:32.280
  • habitually."
  • 00:23:32.280 --> 00:23:35.150
  • It is my prayer that
  • 00:23:35.150 --> 00:23:36.140
  • more of us become addicted
  • 00:23:36.140 --> 00:23:39.050
  • to Christ, addicted to serving
  • 00:23:39.080 --> 00:23:42.080
  • our Lord, and addicted to loving
  • 00:23:42.080 --> 00:23:44.230
  • people in a transforming way, in
  • 00:23:45.130 --> 00:23:48.130
  • his name.
  • 00:23:52.160 --> 00:23:55.160
  • Jesus began his ministry with
  • 00:23:55.160 --> 00:23:57.180
  • the text we started out with,
  • 00:23:57.180 --> 00:24:00.030
  • and John Wesley began his
  • 00:24:00.030 --> 00:24:01.150
  • ministry outside the church
  • 00:24:01.150 --> 00:24:02.230
  • walls with the same text.
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  • I thought it was only fitting to
  • 00:24:03.270 --> 00:24:05.070
  • end this message, and quote
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  • a hymn written by the brother
  • 00:24:08.040 --> 00:24:10.240
  • of John Wesley, Charles Wesley,
  • 00:24:10.240 --> 00:24:13.020
  • about that same text.
  • 00:24:13.150 --> 00:24:16.150
  • The hymn is called "O for
  • 00:24:16.150 --> 00:24:17.230
  • a Thousand Tongues to Sing."
  • 00:24:17.230 --> 00:24:19.140
  • And here's the little phrase,
  • 00:24:19.140 --> 00:24:21.250
  • "He breaks the power of
  • 00:24:21.250 --> 00:24:24.050
  • canceled sin.
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  • He sets the prisoner free.
  • 00:24:25.270 --> 00:24:28.270
  • His blood can make the foulest
  • 00:24:28.270 --> 00:24:31.110
  • clean.
  • 00:24:31.110 --> 00:24:32.010
  • His blood availed for me."
  • 00:24:32.180 --> 00:24:35.180
  • The foulest, clean: the addict,
  • 00:24:36.080 --> 00:24:39.080
  • the prostitute, the criminal,
  • 00:24:39.090 --> 00:24:42.090
  • the murderer, all those that we
  • 00:24:42.090 --> 00:24:44.020
  • have isolated in this series.
  • 00:24:44.020 --> 00:24:45.090
  • He, "His blood can make the
  • 00:24:45.090 --> 00:24:48.000
  • foulest clean.
  • 00:24:48.000 --> 00:24:49.190
  • His blood availed for me."
  • 00:24:49.190 --> 00:24:52.040
  • As we take communion, we realize
  • 00:24:52.260 --> 00:24:55.260
  • that what Jesus said fits us:
  • 00:24:56.080 --> 00:24:59.080
  • poor, brokenhearted,
  • 00:24:59.210 --> 00:25:02.230
  • captive, blind."
  • 00:25:03.070 --> 00:25:06.070
  • Yep, that's pretty much
  • 00:25:06.070 --> 00:25:07.190
  • my testimony.
  • 00:25:07.190 --> 00:25:08.130
  • His blood can make the foulest
  • 00:25:09.030 --> 00:25:12.030
  • clean.
  • 00:25:12.030 --> 00:25:13.060
  • And if he can save you,
  • 00:25:13.060 --> 00:25:14.080
  • don't you think he can
  • 00:25:14.080 --> 00:25:14.280
  • save others through you?
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