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January 3, 2021
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  • Ed Young: Noah was a manof faith, the Bible tells us,
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  • and he had a wife.
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  • His sons married wives and theyhad a household, a family
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  • of faith, which wascountercultural, going
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  • in the opposite directionof everybody else on the planet,
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  • so judgment came in the formof a flood.
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  • The flood waters cameand destroyed everybody,
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  • but they had at least 120 years.
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  • Genesis 6:3, 120 years to turnback to God.
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  • Oh yeah, 'cause that's when Godsaid to Noah, "Go build a boat."
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  • Now that's crazy.
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  • He was 100 miles from any bodyof water.
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  • Nobody had ever seen it rain.
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  • Moisture came from the Earth.
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  • The first rain that was recordedin history was with the flood
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  • waters that came those 40 daysand 40 nights.
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  • Here he is building a boat, thisrighteous man, this God-fearing
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  • man, this worshiping man,and you can imagine
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  • the ridicule.
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  • Well, Noah, what are youbuilding there, man?
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  • Large proportions, isn't it?
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  • By the way, you rememberthe dimensions of the ark?
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  • A hundred and fifty feet long,a football and a half long, you
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  • know, onto the Super Bowl.
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  • I'll give you that most measure.
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  • A football and a half long fieldlong, 25 yards wide, 15 yards
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  • high.
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  • It wasn't for going anywhere.
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  • It was for existence.
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  • Now, people have studied the artfor many years and some scholars
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  • and people who're supposedto know about boats said, you
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  • know, "That boat wouldn't float.
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  • It couldn't possibly inhabit twoof every kind and keep people
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  • alive for all those 40 days, 40nights, et cetera."
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  • But now, go to Branson,Missouri, you can see a replica
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  • of the ark.
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  • Go to other places on the earth,you see the ark has been exactly
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  • reconstructed.
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  • And now there is common beliefthat what is reported
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  • in the Bible that many peoplejust said, "Oh it won't work,"
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  • now they see exactly how itcould have worked and it did
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  • function.
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  • Amazing, isn't it?
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  • Noah built that big ol' arkby faith.
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  • He got in, the rains came, thenhe floated out there a million
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  • miles from nowhere and his boatended up on Mount Ararat.
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  • Remember, we climbed up Ararata few months ago?
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  • And I can imagine that Noahwalked out of that ark and he
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  • looked around.
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  • There was nobody, no people, noinhabitants, no landmarks, no
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  • nothing.
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  • He started over from zip.
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  • A lot of people think that Noahexercised more faith
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  • after the flood than he didbefore the flood, because what's
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  • the first thing Noah did when hegot off the boat?
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  • The Bible says he builtan altar.
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  • He worshipped in thanksgiving.
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  • The ark was salvation, the altarwas transformation.
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  • You can be saved and not betransformed.
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  • But that's the transformationthat took place as Noah had
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  • a new chance to begin lifeon this earth by faith.
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  • Noah.
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  • Noah.
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  • Let me ask you a question.
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  • What is faith?
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  • How would you define faith?
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  • How do you get faith?
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  • How do you continue to livein faith?
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  • Does faith grow?
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  • Can it grow?
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  • Does faith decline?
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  • What do you do when you loseyour faith?
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  • Can you get it back?
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  • Is there such a thing as loseyour faith and then reclaiming
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  • your faith?
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  • We have a lot of questionsabout faith.
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  • You go to Hebrews chapter 11,there's a whole chapter
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  • on faith.
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  • It's the centerpiecein the Bible on faith.
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  • It gives us in the openingverses sort of a general
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  • definition of faith.
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  • Look at Hebrews 11:1-3, "Nowfaith is the substance of things
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  • hoped for, the evidenceof things not seen.
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  • For by it the elders obtaineda good testimony."
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  • And by the way, this is the restof Hebrews.
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  • You have a general definitionof faith, and then the rest
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  • of the chapter tells us menand women in history who lived
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  • by faith in all kindsof circumstances.
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  • Then he says a key versein verse 3, "By faith we
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  • understand."
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  • "Understand" there meanssomething you come to believe
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  • by evidence, by proof.
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  • "By faith we come to believe weunderstand that the world--
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  • the worlds were framedby the Word of God, so that
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  • the things which are seen werenot made of things which are
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  • visible."
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  • In other words--by the way,the scientists came
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  • up with the Big Bang.
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  • Remember the Big Bang?
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  • Said Bang, the world cameinto being.
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  • There it is right therein Hebrews, is it not?
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  • The world was made by Godout of things that were not
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  • seen, and boom, there'san explosion and now there are
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  • things that are seen.
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  • And this gives us understanding.
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  • Let's talk about faith.
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  • Three levels.
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  • Three levels of faith.
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  • Now, they're all sort of subsetshere, but let me tell you
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  • a basic understanding of faith.
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  • First of all, faith is reason.
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  • It's reason.
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  • It's understanding.
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  • It's reason.
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  • And then on top of reason, faithis belief.
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  • And on top of belief, there iscommitment.
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  • And then you have faith isreason, and then reason leads
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  • to belief, and belief leadsto commitment.
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  • And then with those three, youhave certainty.
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  • You see a lot of people tryto move from reason
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  • to certainty.
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  • I'm goin' to figure all thisout.
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  • I'm going to work through it,then I'm going to be certain.
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  • It never works like that.
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  • Reason is the base.
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  • It moves to belief, then itmoves to commitment, and then
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  • hopefully it comes to certainty.
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  • Up 'til that point, it's alltentative.
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  • It's all, "I hope."
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  • It's perhaps.
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  • It's experimental.
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  • Let me tell you something.
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  • Except in math, every decisionyou make, every decision I make,
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  • comes by way of faith.
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  • Therefore if somebody might say,"Well, you know, I don't need
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  • faith.
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  • I don't--I don't thinkabout those things," every
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  • decision, every choice we makeabout everything on the planet
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  • comes by the way of faith.
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  • You say, "Well, is itpractical?"
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  • How practical is that?
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  • If we can't do anything,accomplish anything, make any
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  • decision without faith, that'spretty practical, isn't it?
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  • So let's seek to understandfaith from the very, very
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  • beginning.
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  • When you decide who you wantyour plumber to be, it's a faith
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  • decision.
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  • You decide who you wantto marry, faith decision.
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  • You decide, if you need surgery,who your surgeon is going to be,
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  • a faith decision.
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  • Pretty important, wouldn't yousay?
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  • Well, how's this work?
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  • Let's take a plumber.
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  • Alright, you got pipes that arerusted all over your house.
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  • Need to get a plumber.
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  • So you go and use what?
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  • Reason.Reason.
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  • Try to find a plumber who cando this.
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  • You use your mind, you useunderstanding, reason, and then
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  • you move to belief.
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  • Then you say, "You know, Ibelieve enough, I've
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  • investigated enough, and I havereason that this would be my
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  • plumber.
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  • Now I believe he will do it."
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  • And then you commit and you givehim the job.
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  • And once it is completed, allthose process is sorta
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  • tentative.
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  • It's sort of, you know, I don'tknow, but when it's completed
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  • and it works, you havecertainty.
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  • Picking a mate.
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  • A lot of people are not married.
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  • You know why?
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  • They think they movedfrom reason to certainty.
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  • Oh, I'm going to figure all thisout.
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  • She's the right one.
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  • He's the right one.
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  • Bang, bang, I'm certain now.
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  • No, no, no, it startedwith reason, then you go
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  • through a belief.
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  • You begin to put it together.
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  • And then you make a commitment,which may be engagement.
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  • And then when you say, "I do,"and he says, or he says, "I
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  • will," there is the certaintythat comes.
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  • Faith has three basic steps.
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  • You don't move from reasonto certainty.
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  • Let's take a surgeon.
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  • Your GP says you need surgery.
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  • You go and try to picka surgeon.
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  • You use reason, right?
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  • Good idea.
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  • You use reason.
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  • And then reasonably you think,"This is a person that can
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  • do it."
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  • Then you have a certain beliefabout methodology and how it
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  • will be done.
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  • And then you make a commitment.
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  • In that commitment, you lieon the table.
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  • Put that thing over.
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  • Count backwards to whatever.
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  • That's pretty committed,isn't it?
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  • Huh?Huh?
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  • Commitment.
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  • And then following the surgery,things go well, and then you
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  • have what?
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  • Certainty.Certainty.
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  • So faith isn't just something,well, pie in the sky over there.
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  • Faith isn't something that wesay, "Well, Christians have
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  • faith and non-Christians don'thave faith."
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  • No, we all have the same amountof faith.
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  • The difference is what you putyour faith in, what I put my
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  • faith in.
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  • For example, let's look at--goback through and talked
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  • about reason, understanding.
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  • That's where we start.
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  • Scientists normally operateby faith.
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  • Scientists do not discovera whole lot of things
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  • through inductive reasoning.
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  • What is that?
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  • They don't say, "Well, I seethis over here and I see that
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  • over there, and I understandthat molecule over there,
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  • and this works over here,"and they put all this together
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  • inductively and they cometo a conclusion, something that
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  • works, something that'saccurate.
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  • Normally that's not the wayscience works.
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  • Science works with a faithassumption, with a thesis,
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  • with an idea and a concept,and then this is deductive
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  • reasoning.
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  • They begin to deduce from thatevidence as to whether or not
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  • that faith assumption isaccurate.
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  • Science operates by faithprimarily.
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  • And so we look at the universe.
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  • Godless people say, Boy,the universe came together
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  • by chance.
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  • It just all came by accident,by atoms coming together,
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  • like in some primeval momentbillions of years ago.
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  • It just evolved.
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  • Let me tell you something.
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  • To say this universe cametogether by chance is
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  • like saying there wasan explosion in a print shop
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  • and out produced the Webster'sUnabridged Dictionary.
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  • Man, what are the odds of that?
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  • Explosion in a print shopand you have a dictionary
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  • perfectly put together, what arethe odds in that?
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  • Ladies and gentlemen, the oddsof that happening are less than
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  • the odds that this universewould come together
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  • without a designer.
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  • Abraham Lincoln--I said itrecently.
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  • Abraham Lincoln says, "You goto outer space, you look back
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  • on the earth, you may bean atheist."
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  • He said, "You stand on the earthand look at outer space," he
  • 00:12:43.452 --> 00:12:46.689
  • said, "you can't be an atheist."
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  • So the idea that all of thiscame--for example, decisions
  • 00:12:49.625 --> 00:12:52.995
  • in your life, faith choices thatwe make, what if you think that
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  • you came into being by chance,that all human beings are here
  • 00:12:57.099 --> 00:13:00.603
  • by chance?
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  • We came from some primeval mudpuddle there.
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  • We came here by chance.
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  • By chance something that wasinorganic became organic
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  • by chance.
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  • If you believe that you're hereby chance or if you are here
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  • because you have been designedby a designer, what
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  • a difference.
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  • By design or chance?
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  • That makes all the differencein the world on how we make
  • 00:13:24.960 --> 00:13:27.162
  • decisions every day of our life.
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  • What's right, what's wrong, whatwill work, what will not work,
  • 00:13:29.932 --> 00:13:34.003
  • and these are faith decisions.
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  • So faith is reason.
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  • Reason.
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  • The idea to say, "Well, youknow, I don't have faith that
  • 00:13:42.411 --> 00:13:46.148
  • you have in the church."
  • 00:13:46.181 --> 00:13:47.549
  • People here who are notChristians, somebody stand
  • 00:13:47.583 --> 00:13:50.719
  • up and tell how Jesus Christcame in their life and changed
  • 00:13:50.753 --> 00:13:54.390
  • everything, gave them a freshnew beginning, a new outlook
  • 00:13:54.423 --> 00:13:57.559
  • on life, and there's a freshnessthere they'd never had.
  • 00:13:57.593 --> 00:14:00.496
  • Somebody who's not a Christiansay, "Boy, you know I wish I
  • 00:14:00.529 --> 00:14:02.264
  • could believe that, but I don'thave enough faith."
  • 00:14:02.298 --> 00:14:06.535
  • If somebody from Mars camedown to this earth and we
  • 00:14:06.568 --> 00:14:11.507
  • explain to themabout procreation, how we
  • 00:14:11.540 --> 00:14:14.243
  • cooperate with God and producelife, and the martian would say,
  • 00:14:14.276 --> 00:14:20.049
  • "I can't even imagine that.
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  • We procreate by the exchangingof earwax."
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  • They have no frame of reference.
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  • You see, we think people who seesomeone who comes to Christ have
  • 00:14:29.992 --> 00:14:34.496
  • a new life, they backup and say, "I have no frame
  • 00:14:34.530 --> 00:14:37.066
  • of reference for that.
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  • I wish I had faith like that."
  • 00:14:38.300 --> 00:14:40.636
  • We all have the same amountof faith, ladies and gentlemen.
  • 00:14:40.669 --> 00:14:44.073
  • It's just what we put our faithin.
  • 00:14:44.106 --> 00:14:47.042
  • And when someone puts theirfaith into something other than
  • 00:14:47.076 --> 00:14:49.878
  • Jesus Christ, and that occupiesthe core and the center of their
  • 00:14:49.912 --> 00:14:54.984
  • life, therefore it's no wonderthat they have trouble
  • 00:14:55.017 --> 00:14:59.621
  • believing.
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  • We all have the same amountof faith.
  • 00:15:00.556 --> 00:15:03.125
  • All, we have the sameprogressiveness.
  • 00:15:03.158 --> 00:15:06.729
  • This is development from reason,to belief, to commitment,
  • 00:15:06.762 --> 00:15:12.201
  • and then to certainty.
  • 00:15:12.234 --> 00:15:13.569
  • That's how it works.
  • 00:15:13.602 --> 00:15:14.870
  • Someone who says, "I just--Ijust need more faith," let me
  • 00:15:14.903 --> 00:15:19.408
  • tell you something.
  • 00:15:19.441 --> 00:15:20.542
  • Let's talk about securityof believers, for example.
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  • Once saved, always saved.
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  • Oh, we Baptists love that one.
  • 00:15:26.749 --> 00:15:28.851
  • Why do we believe that?
  • 00:15:28.884 --> 00:15:30.085
  • It's taught in the Bible.
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  • But let's say it another way.
  • 00:15:31.620 --> 00:15:33.222
  • Let's say, for example, howare we saved?
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  • If we're saved by doing goodand not doing evil, we can lose
  • 00:15:35.290 --> 00:15:40.362
  • our salvation, couldn't we?
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  • If that's how we're saved, it'sbecause when we begin to do evil
  • 00:15:41.897 --> 00:15:45.134
  • and not good, we'd be lost.
  • 00:15:45.167 --> 00:15:46.802
  • We were saved by doing goodand not evil.
  • 00:15:46.835 --> 00:15:49.038
  • Now we can be lost by doingevil, not good, right?
  • 00:15:49.071 --> 00:15:52.741
  • But we're not saved by doinggood, by works.
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  • We're saved by the grace of Godin Jesus Christ.
  • 00:15:55.444 --> 00:15:58.414
  • Therefore, we are eternallysecure.
  • 00:15:58.447 --> 00:16:01.850
  • And we--when we wander awayfrom God in Christ and we slide
  • 00:16:01.884 --> 00:16:05.954
  • back, because we are in Christ,we know that, and our faith
  • 00:16:05.988 --> 00:16:10.692
  • begins to operate, and we feellike someone who is no longer
  • 00:16:10.726 --> 00:16:14.329
  • at home in this life.
  • 00:16:14.363 --> 00:16:16.698
  • We become a bomb.
  • 00:16:16.732 --> 00:16:19.435
  • You know what a bomb is?
  • 00:16:19.468 --> 00:16:20.636
  • A bomb is something that,in the center, in the core,
  • 00:16:20.669 --> 00:16:25.541
  • there is a compound that isunstable.
  • 00:16:25.574 --> 00:16:29.378
  • That's the reason it's a bomb.
  • 00:16:29.411 --> 00:16:31.647
  • And if your life and my lifethere's a compound that is
  • 00:16:31.680 --> 00:16:34.349
  • unstable, we haven't blown up,but we will blow up.
  • 00:16:34.383 --> 00:16:39.688
  • We're bombs.
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  • In the center of your lifeand my life, when there's God
  • 00:16:41.723 --> 00:16:44.593
  • and Jesus Christ, he gives usstability.
  • 00:16:44.626 --> 00:16:48.464
  • Stability.
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  • And we understand thisthrough reason
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  • and through belief.
  • 00:16:51.533 --> 00:16:53.602
  • You see, as Christians, we lookback on the facts of history.
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  • You and I can believe thatChristmas is real.
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  • God visited this earth in humanflesh, incarnation.
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  • You can believe that.
  • 00:17:06.982 --> 00:17:08.383
  • We can believe that Jesus diedon the cross for all your
  • 00:17:08.417 --> 00:17:11.220
  • garbage and my garbage.
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  • We can believe that, oursubstitute.
  • 00:17:12.688 --> 00:17:15.057
  • We can believe that God raisedhim from the dead.
  • 00:17:15.090 --> 00:17:19.361
  • We can believe that,the resurrection, Easter.
  • 00:17:19.394 --> 00:17:21.897
  • But you can believe that, but itreally doesn't become yours
  • 00:17:21.930 --> 00:17:25.968
  • until that which happensin the past affects how we live
  • 00:17:26.001 --> 00:17:29.638
  • in the present.
  • 00:17:29.671 --> 00:17:31.940
  • In other words, we have to liveon the basis of our--
  • 00:17:31.974 --> 00:17:34.776
  • of the gospel, on the basisof what Jesus has done.
  • 00:17:34.810 --> 00:17:38.747
  • Now, Peter and Paul were broughtup as Jews, right?
  • 00:17:38.780 --> 00:17:44.686
  • And they were taught thata Gentile--and a Gentile is
  • 00:17:44.720 --> 00:17:47.422
  • anybody who's not a Jewin the Bible.
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  • If you--you're either a Jewor a non-Jew.
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  • If you're a non-Jew, you'rea Gentile.
  • 00:17:51.760 --> 00:17:53.529
  • And Peter and Paul were taughtthat Gentiles could never know
  • 00:17:53.562 --> 00:17:58.634
  • God.
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  • Why?
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  • Because their pedigreeand because of their practice.
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  • Their pedigree, a Gentile is notfrom Abraham.
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  • A Jew's pedigree isfrom Abraham.
  • 00:18:10.279 --> 00:18:13.115
  • A Gentile's practice is notkeeping the law, a Jew's
  • 00:18:13.148 --> 00:18:16.919
  • practice is keeping the law.
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  • Therefore, Gentile could neverknow God.
  • 00:18:18.787 --> 00:18:20.722
  • But you read the book of Acts,there is Peter over there and he
  • 00:18:20.756 --> 00:18:25.227
  • gets with Cornelius who wasa Gentile, a centurion.
  • 00:18:25.260 --> 00:18:28.997
  • And he tells Cornelius about Godin Christ, and zip, Cornelius,
  • 00:18:29.031 --> 00:18:34.036
  • a Gentile, accepts Jesus Christand becomes a Christian.
  • 00:18:34.069 --> 00:18:38.207
  • There's a problem.
  • 00:18:38.240 --> 00:18:40.509
  • Peter had no problem.
  • 00:18:40.542 --> 00:18:42.077
  • He saw that this Gentile hadbecome a Christian.
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  • He saw that the performanceof Jesus was put in his life,
  • 00:18:45.914 --> 00:18:51.787
  • the pedigree of Jesus was putin his life, so he was
  • 00:18:51.820 --> 00:18:54.690
  • a Christian.
  • 00:18:54.723 --> 00:18:55.791
  • So Peter went over thereand loved eating breakfast
  • 00:18:55.824 --> 00:18:57.859
  • with him, and he fell in lovewith bacon.
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  • He lies to Jesus.
  • 00:19:03.098 --> 00:19:05.567
  • And Peter just loved the waythe Gentiles ate, but some big
  • 00:19:05.601 --> 00:19:08.937
  • shots from Jerusalem came.
  • 00:19:08.971 --> 00:19:11.340
  • Some of the family of Jamesthere in the strict Judaism, who
  • 00:19:11.373 --> 00:19:14.743
  • believe you had to take allthe practices of Jew after you
  • 00:19:14.776 --> 00:19:17.980
  • receive Christ as Messiah,and they saw that Peter was
  • 00:19:18.013 --> 00:19:21.483
  • eating with the Gentiles.
  • 00:19:21.516 --> 00:19:23.352
  • They heard about it, so whilethey were there, Peter didn't
  • 00:19:23.385 --> 00:19:25.954
  • eat with Cornelius anymore.
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  • He did without bacon.
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  • Paul, in Galatians chapter 2, hefaced Peter with this hypocrisy.
  • 00:19:31.627 --> 00:19:38.000
  • He said, "Pete, if theseGentiles are really Christians
  • 00:19:38.033 --> 00:19:43.438
  • and you've been told thateverything is clean, don't
  • 00:19:43.472 --> 00:19:46.775
  • change how you live, becausethose who come who haven't
  • 00:19:46.808 --> 00:19:50.779
  • yet caught up with what it meansto be born again and a child
  • 00:19:50.812 --> 00:19:54.483
  • of God."
  • 00:19:54.516 --> 00:19:55.617
  • He looked in Peter's faceand pointed it out to him.
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  • This is what happens to us,ladies and gentlemen.
  • 00:19:59.755 --> 00:20:02.257
  • We know all these factshistorically, but we have
  • 00:20:02.291 --> 00:20:05.193
  • to take them and incorporatethat into our lives and discover
  • 00:20:05.227 --> 00:20:08.764
  • this is how we then live.
  • 00:20:08.797 --> 00:20:12.134
  • Oh, I'm burdened with my sin.
  • 00:20:12.167 --> 00:20:13.902
  • I can't handle this.
  • 00:20:13.935 --> 00:20:15.537
  • We have to live on the basis oursin has been covered
  • 00:20:15.570 --> 00:20:18.874
  • by the blood of Christ.
  • 00:20:18.907 --> 00:20:20.142
  • We are forgiven.
  • 00:20:20.175 --> 00:20:21.143
  • Don't let that beat youdown and keep you down.
  • 00:20:21.176 --> 00:20:24.346
  • Live on the basis of that.
  • 00:20:24.379 --> 00:20:25.681
  • That's a part of the beliefsystem that we have.
  • 00:20:25.714 --> 00:20:28.483
  • And then finally, lookat the last thing we see here.
  • 00:20:28.517 --> 00:20:32.120
  • Yeah, we're talking about faith,reason, belief, doctrine, what
  • 00:20:32.154 --> 00:20:37.259
  • we have.
  • 00:20:37.292 --> 00:20:38.327
  • Then there comes commitment.
  • 00:20:38.360 --> 00:20:40.729
  • Commitment.
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  • Commitment.
  • 00:20:41.963 --> 00:20:43.398
  • You walk on the edge of a cliff,slippery rocks, and you slide,
  • 00:20:43.432 --> 00:20:48.603
  • and you start falling down thatcliff hundreds of feet below.
  • 00:20:48.637 --> 00:20:52.674
  • And as you're sliding down, yousee ahead a branch sticking
  • 00:20:52.708 --> 00:20:56.845
  • up out of the cliff.
  • 00:20:56.878 --> 00:20:58.613
  • You're going to slide rightby that branch.
  • 00:20:58.647 --> 00:21:01.883
  • How much faith is going to takefor you to grab hold of that
  • 00:21:01.917 --> 00:21:05.220
  • branch?
  • 00:21:05.253 --> 00:21:06.955
  • Huh?
  • 00:21:06.988 --> 00:21:08.657
  • "Oh, it's got--" no, it's gonnatake--no, it's not gonna take
  • 00:21:08.690 --> 00:21:14.229
  • hardly any faith, is it, whenyou're sliding down that cliff,
  • 00:21:14.262 --> 00:21:17.966
  • to grab that branch.
  • 00:21:17.999 --> 00:21:19.668
  • But once you grab that branch,that's a little faith that you
  • 00:21:19.701 --> 00:21:24.172
  • have, but that branch, in itsstrength, will hold you
  • 00:21:24.206 --> 00:21:28.243
  • up and save you.
  • 00:21:28.276 --> 00:21:31.046
  • When we extend our hand to JesusChrist, we extend our hand
  • 00:21:31.079 --> 00:21:35.016
  • to him, he grabs us and he putsin you and me his pedigree.
  • 00:21:35.050 --> 00:21:39.755
  • He's the Son of God.
  • 00:21:39.788 --> 00:21:41.690
  • Is that a pretty good familyto be in?
  • 00:21:41.723 --> 00:21:43.358
  • He puts in you and me hispractice, a life of perfection.
  • 00:21:43.392 --> 00:21:47.295
  • Is that enough for you and me?
  • 00:21:47.329 --> 00:21:49.264
  • And therefore that gives ussalvation.
  • 00:21:49.297 --> 00:21:54.269
  • Faith.Faith.
  • 00:21:54.302 --> 00:21:57.873
  • Faith.
  • 00:21:57.906 --> 00:22:00.575
  • It works everywhere, when we'reon top of our game, when we're
  • 00:22:00.609 --> 00:22:04.446
  • in the bottom of our game.
  • 00:22:04.479 --> 00:22:06.248
  • Faith.
  • 00:22:06.281 --> 00:22:07.916
  • What is it?
  • 00:22:07.949 --> 00:22:09.718
  • Faith.
  • 00:22:09.751 --> 00:22:11.319
  • How do we get it?
  • 00:22:11.353 --> 00:22:13.155
  • Faith.
  • 00:22:13.188 --> 00:22:14.489
  • We can't lose it.
  • 00:22:14.523 --> 00:22:16.625
  • Once we're in Christ and Christis within us, and then we can
  • 00:22:16.658 --> 00:22:20.562
  • handle whatever life putsin for of us on our plate.
  • 00:22:20.595 --> 00:22:24.199
  • And that is the certainty ofour faith.
  • 00:22:24.232 --> 00:22:27.335
  • We see it works.
  • 00:22:27.369 --> 00:22:29.104
  • It applies.
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  • It keeps us going.
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  • It sees us through.
  • 00:22:33.241 --> 00:22:35.343
  • Chicago Fire was in, I think,1871.
  • 00:22:35.377 --> 00:22:38.246
  • I'm not sure.
  • 00:22:38.280 --> 00:22:40.248
  • In that fire, Horatio Spaffordwas a lawyer, owned property
  • 00:22:40.282 --> 00:22:45.120
  • in Chicago, very wealthy,and everything he had was
  • 00:22:45.153 --> 00:22:47.989
  • wiped out.
  • 00:22:48.023 --> 00:22:49.991
  • He sent his wife and four littledaughters to London to go
  • 00:22:50.025 --> 00:22:55.130
  • to a D. L. Moody crusade,
  • 00:22:55.163 --> 00:22:57.866
  • to try to havea moment of getting over their
  • 00:22:57.899 --> 00:23:00.702
  • tremendous loss.
  • 00:23:00.735 --> 00:23:02.804
  • On that voyage from New Yorkto London, middle
  • 00:23:02.838 --> 00:23:07.509
  • of the Atlantic, the shipwent down.
  • 00:23:07.542 --> 00:23:10.979
  • All four daughters were lost.
  • 00:23:11.012 --> 00:23:13.949
  • Anna was saved.
  • 00:23:13.982 --> 00:23:16.151
  • Somehow she was on a board,and when she regained
  • 00:23:16.184 --> 00:23:19.254
  • consciousness, she lookedaround, all four of her
  • 00:23:19.287 --> 00:23:22.123
  • daughters had drowned.
  • 00:23:22.157 --> 00:23:24.392
  • When she found safety there, wasrescued, she sent a telegram
  • 00:23:24.426 --> 00:23:28.997
  • back to her husband who wascoming over later to be
  • 00:23:29.030 --> 00:23:31.967
  • with them.
  • 00:23:32.000 --> 00:23:34.069
  • And it said simply, "Saved,alone.
  • 00:23:34.102 --> 00:23:40.742
  • What am I to do?"
  • 00:23:40.775 --> 00:23:43.378
  • Horatio Spafford wentover there, joined his wife,
  • 00:23:43.411 --> 00:23:47.215
  • and they saw and were ledto believe that God had
  • 00:23:47.249 --> 00:23:50.218
  • a special calling fortheir life.
  • 00:23:50.252 --> 00:23:53.255
  • And so they moved to Jerusalem,and they bought this house,
  • 00:23:53.288 --> 00:23:57.826
  • which is now a hotel, and theybegan to take in orphans.
  • 00:23:57.859 --> 00:24:02.097
  • They began to take in streetpeople.
  • 00:24:02.130 --> 00:24:03.965
  • They began to feed, and love,and share with those people,
  • 00:24:03.999 --> 00:24:07.369
  • Jews and Muslims, the LordJesus Christ.
  • 00:24:07.402 --> 00:24:10.539
  • And they did that for the restof their life.
  • 00:24:10.572 --> 00:24:16.545
  • And on the way over, HoratioSpafford asks the ship he was
  • 00:24:16.578 --> 00:24:20.949
  • on to stop over the spot wherehis four little daughters had
  • 00:24:20.982 --> 00:24:26.021
  • drowned months before.
  • 00:24:26.054 --> 00:24:28.456
  • And there he wrote, "It Is Wellwith My Soul."
  • 00:24:28.490 --> 00:24:34.829
  • "Peace like a river, attendethmy day."
  • 00:24:34.863 --> 00:24:37.866
  • Good things.
  • 00:24:37.899 --> 00:24:39.167
  • "Sorrow when like sea,billows roll."
  • 00:24:39.200 --> 00:24:42.103
  • Bad things.
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  • Said, "Whatever, whatever,whatever the cost, thou has
  • 00:24:43.805 --> 00:24:49.110
  • taught me to say, it is well, itis well with my soul."
  • 00:24:49.144 --> 00:24:57.919
  • That, ladies and gentlemen, isfaith in action.
  • 00:24:57.953 --> 00:25:01.890
  • Ed: It is not always easy tokeep track
  • 00:25:04.693 --> 00:25:06.595
  • of all God does foryou and for me.
  • 00:25:06.628 --> 00:25:09.664
  • That is why we put together theIlluminate Journal.
  • 00:25:09.698 --> 00:25:12.567
  • It can help you take new stepsin your walk with the Lord
  • 00:25:12.601 --> 00:25:15.737
  • as you record what God is doingin your life.
  • 00:25:15.770 --> 00:25:18.807
  • Each page contains inspirationalscripture
  • 00:25:18.840 --> 00:25:21.543
  • from the book of Proverbs
  • 00:25:21.576 --> 00:25:23.578
  • and space for you to record yourthoughts,
  • 00:25:23.612 --> 00:25:26.448
  • your prayers, and answers toprayer
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  • so you can remember what God hasdone in your life.
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