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May 26, 2019
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Winning Walk with Ed Young

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  • Dr. Ed Young: In biblical days, the rabbis would walk around
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  • and teach, but when they sat down that indicated
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  • hold on.
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  • They were going to say something really eternal and important
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  • and, therefore, they were no longer walking around, but now
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  • they sat down, and the people were standing.
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  • Have you noticed that when you come to church that I've been
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  • doing the standing?
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  • Maybe we should--no, no, no, no, you may be seated.
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  • Jesus sat down and then we have five chapters in which he tells
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  • us, "This is how you live if you're in my kingdom."
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  • In other words, he gives us a spiritual examination.
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  • All of us have had physical examinations.
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  • I don't like them. You don't like them.
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  • Anybody who likes a physical, something is wrong with you.
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  • You wonder about your report, how it will come in, but here
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  • Jesus gives a spiritual examination, and he says in
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  • these words, "If you are a kingdom person, if you are in my
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  • kingdom, if you belong to me, if you're my son, you're my
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  • daughter, this is how you are to live."
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  • And you read the Sermon on the Mount.
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  • It is an--a hard Word.
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  • I'll be honest with you.
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  • I don't like it, because remember what he did.
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  • He took the moral understanding of that day, and he elevated it
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  • to a level of right and wrong that the world had never heard
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  • of before.
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  • He said, "It was said of them of old time."
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  • He's talking about the Torah.
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  • "This is what God spoke in the Torah, the first five books of
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  • the Old Testament."
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  • He said, "This is what you've been taught all of your life and
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  • all of you believe the Torah.
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  • It is the authoritative, final Word of God."
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  • But Jesus said, "I say unto you--" What an obnoxious,
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  • overpowering thing to say and nothing he ever uttered was more
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  • staggering than those words.
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  • "This is what the Torah says, but I say unto you," and he took
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  • right and wrong to a level that the world had never heard of
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  • before and the world has never heard of since.
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  • Think about it.
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  • You've got your little private world.
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  • I do: my mind, my imagination, that voice inside of me,
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  • that voice inside of you.
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  • And that's hidden.
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  • Nobody knows what's going on in there, and you don't know what's
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  • going on in here, and I don't know what's going on in there,
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  • and surely that's something we can own, we can possess, we can
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  • control.
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  • That has nothing to do with right and wrong, but Jesus says,
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  • "Wait a minute.
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  • It certainly does," because as you think, as your motives are,
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  • you're accountable to God for your thinking, your imagination,
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  • for your motives, of that part of you and that part of me that
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  • nobody can see.
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  • And that's where we get in trouble, isn't it?
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  • Yeah, that's where we get in trouble.
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  • I thought if I didn't do that and I did that, man, I'm okay.
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  • Jesus said, "Oh, no, no, no, no, it's the inside of you."
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  • You mean I can hate somebody and not let anybody know but
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  • that's--no, no, Jesus says you'll have to answer to murder.
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  • You mean I can have lust in my heart and nobody can know about
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  • that.
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  • No, you'll have to answer to adultery.
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  • "Jesus, this is so high.
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  • This is beyond anything I ever imagined," and then we stand up,
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  • and he gives us this spiritual examination to see how you're
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  • doing and see how I am doing.
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  • And so, he starts off with what we call the Beatitudes, and it's
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  • interesting.
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  • There are eight of them.
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  • The eighth one is mentioned twice, and they all begin with
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  • the word "blessed," and I have taught this, and it's not a bad
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  • translation.
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  • You could say "happy are those," "happy are those," "happy are
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  • those," or "to be congratulated are those," or "to be
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  • congratulated."
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  • That's not bad, but that's not really what the word "blessed"
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  • means.
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  • The word "blessed" means to be approved by God, and Jesus is
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  • saying, "If you're to be approved by God and I'm to be
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  • approved by God, here is the grid.
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  • Here is the standard that we have to put down."
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  • I don't like that standard.
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  • You don't like that standard, either, but it is the standard
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  • of the kingdom.
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  • The kingdom has come.
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  • The kingdom is here.
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  • It's God's standard for those who are in his family, and he
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  • says, "Blessed--" It means approved by God.
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  • I wish we had time to stand up here, and I just say, "Hey, come
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  • up here and stand right here.
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  • Let's just give you a spiritual.
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  • Are you approved by God?
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  • And let's just look at all the areas and--" As I have in my
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  • life and, by the way, it wasn't a great, wonderful moment when I
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  • put myself in the middle of this and turned the light of God's
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  • truth on my life.
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  • I took the spiritual, and it wasn't the highlight of my week
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  • let me assure you of that, because if there is any garbage
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  • in any part of your life and my life, I can tell you we turn on
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  • the light, the penetrating light of God's Word, God's truth in
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  • this magnificent sermon, it's not very pleasant.
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  • We take this, kind of, spiritual, because I believe
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  • everybody here--if you say, "What do you want more than
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  • anything else?"
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  • I want God's approval.
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  • I want God's applause.
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  • I want God's okay.
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  • I want God to say, "Yeah, you're all right.
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  • You're in the kingdom.
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  • You're doing a good job, or you could improve here, but, man,
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  • basically, man, you're on my team."
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  • That's what we wanna hear, God's approval.
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  • Nothing should be more important to you and more important to me
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  • than in your life and my life.
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  • Guess what?
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  • God approves of it, but we look at his standards, they are so
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  • high.
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  • Not on the outside, but the inside, so we look at what God
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  • approves of in the Beatitudes.
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  • I want us to look at them.
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  • First of all, he said God approves of the merciful.
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  • What's a synonym for being merciful?
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  • What is that?
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  • What's the synonym? What's the word?
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  • What else means merciful to you?
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  • It's all right. What?
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  • Forgiving. What else could be merciful?
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  • Compassion.
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  • There you go.
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  • That's probably the best, but, you know, to be merciful, to
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  • have mercy is different than having compassion.
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  • Totally different.
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  • I love the story I read a long, long time ago, "Androcles and
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  • the Lion."
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  • It's, sort of, a children's story.
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  • George Bernard Shaw, and Androcles was a slave, and he
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  • was horribly treated.
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  • He ran away. He was a fugitive.
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  • There is a price on his head, and Androcles was hiding in a
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  • cave, and this lion came by limping and had a deep thorn in
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  • one of its paws, and Androcles boldly went out and approached
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  • the lion and took the lion in the cave and began to pull that
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  • thorn out with great pain to the lion.
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  • Finally, he got it out, and Androcles looked after that lion
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  • and its paw until the lion left.
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  • Years went by.
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  • Androcles was still a slave, and he was captured and caught.
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  • They put him in the Colosseum and the penalty was death, and
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  • so they let loose this lion to go and consume him, as they did
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  • others.
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  • And this lion came running out and all the people are
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  • applauding, and the lion goes and jumps on Androcles not to
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  • attack him but just to embrace him, and he begins to lick him,
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  • and Androcles begins to rub his back, and they, sort of,
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  • playfully wrestle and love together, and the people are
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  • astounded.
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  • Here is a lion, man, just starving, ready to consume him
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  • and here Androcles was playing with it, and they were having a
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  • great time together.
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  • Of course, it was the lion that he took the paw out years
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  • before. I like that story.
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  • It's a good story but if modern novelists would tell the story,
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  • they would take it right up to this point, and the lion would
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  • go out and would have forgotten, and he would consume Androcles.
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  • That's the way we tell it today, but, see, that's a beautiful
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  • picture of mercy.
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  • The slave, at great risk, showed mercy to the lion, and the lion
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  • years later returned that mercy.
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  • "Blessed are the merciful.
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  • They shall receive mercy."
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  • And you say, "Boy, that's really a compassionate thing, but mercy
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  • is more than compassion."
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  • Fourteen-year-old boy broke into three stores in a small town,
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  • took things from all three.
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  • They caught him, stood before the judge, juvenile court, and
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  • the first merchant said, "You know, this boy is 14 and, Your
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  • Honor, I'm not gonna press charges.
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  • I think maybe he's learned his lesson.
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  • I'm not gonna press charges.
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  • I'm not worried about that which he had stolen from my store."
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  • See, that's compassion, isn't it?
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  • And the second guy stood up.
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  • He said, "Look, I'm not like this other owner.
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  • I'm gonna press charges.
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  • I want the full extent of the law to be displayed in this
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  • 14-year-old.
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  • He needs to go to juvenile prison, he needs discipline, and
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  • I want to press everything.
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  • He gets the full power of the law for the crime he's
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  • committed."
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  • That's justice, isn't it?
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  • But the third store owner was a woman, and he had taken more
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  • from her than the other two combined, and when she stood up
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  • she didn't even look at the judge.
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  • She looked at that young boy and said, "Son, God doesn't want you
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  • to be a thief.
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  • He wants better things to come to your life."
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  • And he says, "For that reason," she says, "I'm gonna press
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  • charges, and I want you to be found guilty because you are
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  • guilty."
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  • But she said, "I want the judge to turn you over to me, and I
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  • want you to come and live in my home with my kids, and I want
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  • you to work in that store that you have stolen for because I
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  • believe in you, and I think I can help God build the right
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  • stuff in your life."
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  • See, that's mercy.
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  • Compassion isn't, and we're so guilty of this.
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  • Well, somebody tells us a terrific problem, and we say,
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  • "I'm gonna pray for you.
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  • Oh, yeah, I'm gonna pray for you," when you could have helped
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  • and done something about that situation.
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  • I believe in prayer.
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  • Don't misunderstand me, but prayer without legs and
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  • generosity and walking into someone's life if you can is
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  • illegitimate.
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  • You show compassion.
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  • You don't show mercy.
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  • That's a difference.
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  • Jesus says, "You're on my team.
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  • You're in my family.
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  • If you show mercy, because you'll receive mercy," and,
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  • ladies and gentlemen, we all need a lot of mercy.
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  • Look at the next thing that we see here.
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  • It says, "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see
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  • God."
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  • A heart that is pure enables us to see God.
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  • What do we see?
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  • You see what you're trained to see.
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  • I see what I'm trained to see.
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  • You see what you're interested in.
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  • I see what I'm interested in.
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  • I drive around.
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  • You can't take me by a church.
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  • "I don't notice the church."
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  • Nobody has even noticed the church.
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  • I notice the church.
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  • Go off to the woods with a botanist.
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  • Man, we see trees and weeds and a few flowers.
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  • Go through with a botanist, and they will see, oh, the beauty of
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  • the flower.
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  • They may see something that's rare, something that's unique.
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  • And you walk through, a botanist, they see things and
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  • flowers and foliage in woods that we never see, because
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  • they're trained to see that.
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  • "Blessed are the pure in heart," unadulterated, unmixed, no other
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  • alloy there, "for they alone see God."
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  • Psalm 24, "Who shall I send in this holy place?
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  • Oh, only those that have clean hands and a pure heart,"
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  • a pure heart.
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  • Then look at the next one that we see there.
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  • He said you have the approval of God also if you are
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  • a peacemaker.
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  • It's blessed are the peace what?
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  • Makers.
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  • I don't just celebrate peace in my own life, in my heart.
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  • I'm in the business of making peace where I go.
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  • Now, to be a peacemaker is highly, highly risky.
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  • You know that? You take a chance.
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  • You become a peacemaker.
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  • Don't do it capriciously.
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  • I can tell you I've sought to be a peacemaker between a man and a
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  • woman, trying to get them back together, and when I got through
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  • they liked each other but they hated me.
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  • A peacemaker is an activist, an activist.
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  • How do you make peace in the world?
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  • One historian said the only way it will ever come is we get
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  • invaded from outer space and all the aliens attack the earth, and
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  • we see that the earth is about to be destroyed.
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  • He said then all the people will come together and fight those
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  • aliens in order to save the earth.
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  • He said that's the only way we'll ever have peace.
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  • I can tell you that historian, Will Durant, did not know Jesus
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  • Christ, but in Jesus Christ you have peace regardless of
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  • background, culture, geography, or anything else.
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  • You see that.
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  • You can go around the world.
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  • I've been a lot of places, I've met a lotta people in every
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  • walks of life, and if they're a Christian it cuts across every
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  • other single thing in life.
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  • Peace.
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  • Blessed are those we're active in peace.
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  • We're active in bringing about reconciliation.
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  • We are peacemakers.
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  • That's the kind of person that God approves.
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  • And what is the result?
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  • He says, "You're in my family."
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  • I don't know what family you're in.
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  • The Youngs have a mixed bag, I will tell you that, but, boy, to
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  • be in the family of God, boy.
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  • "You're in my family if you are a peacemaker."
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  • Then it says, "Blessed are the persecuted," persecuted for
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  • righteousness, for advocating goodness, for taking a stand for
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  • Jesus Christ, and the result is the same result we have in the
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  • first Beatitude.
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  • You get the kingdom of heaven, if you're persecuted for
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  • righteousness.
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  • Let me tell you something.
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  • Unless a church today experiences persecution, I doubt
  • 00:17:46.090 --> 00:17:53.070
  • that's a church that's really a church.
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  • Do you understand that?
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  • Jesus said--look at it in John 15.
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  • He says very clearly what this is all about.
  • 00:18:04.130 --> 00:18:07.050
  • He says, this is Jesus, "If the world hates you, you know that
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  • it hated me before it hated you.
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  • If you were of the world, the world would love its own.
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  • But because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of
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  • the world, because of this the world hates you."
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  • That's from the lips of the Lord Jesus Christ.
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  • Now, persecution isn't what we think it is many times.
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  • You may be familiar with the story of the gospel blimp.
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  • It's a story of a small town that wanted to tell everybody
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  • about Jesus, and so they bought a blimp, and they wrote on the
  • 00:18:47.070 --> 00:18:51.280
  • side of the blimp, "Jesus saves," and they put banners
  • 00:18:51.290 --> 00:18:55.250
  • behind that blimp telling people to go to church, telling people
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  • they're going to hell without Christ.
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  • And they flew over a little town.
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  • They dropped tracts, leaflets out telling people how to know
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  • Christ.
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  • Then, finally, that wasn't enough.
  • 00:19:09.190 --> 00:19:10.290
  • They got a loud speaker, and they went around preaching eight
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  • hours a day in this little town, shouting from the gospel blimp
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  • overhead.
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  • Finally, the people had enough, and so they passed an ordinance,
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  • a law, that they could not infringe on the privacy of
  • 00:19:24.040 --> 00:19:27.110
  • people the way they were doing it in a very obnoxious way.
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  • And then, somebody sabotaged the blimp, and they met in church,
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  • and they said, "Oh, we're being persecuted for righteousness'
  • 00:19:36.110 --> 00:19:41.210
  • sake." No, they weren't.
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  • To be righteous means that we live as Christ.
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  • We put light in dark places, and he says blessed are those who
  • 00:19:52.070 --> 00:19:56.180
  • are persecuted for righteous' sake, and then this last verse
  • 00:19:56.190 --> 00:20:00.280
  • and, sort of, a staggering thing happens.
  • 00:20:00.290 --> 00:20:03.060
  • I missed it for many years and when I saw it I said,
  • 00:20:03.070 --> 00:20:06.130
  • "Look at this."
  • 00:20:06.140 --> 00:20:08.200
  • The 11th verse said, "Blessed are you when people insult you
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  • and persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against
  • 00:20:13.130 --> 00:20:17.100
  • you because of me.
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  • Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great, for
  • 00:20:19.020 --> 00:20:23.140
  • in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before
  • 00:20:23.150 --> 00:20:26.160
  • you."
  • 00:20:26.170 --> 00:20:27.220
  • Up till this time they said blessed are those, all the other
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  • Beatitudes, those, those.
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  • Third person.
  • 00:20:34.240 --> 00:20:37.020
  • Now, he underscored this kind of persecution and said, "Blessed
  • 00:20:37.030 --> 00:20:40.170
  • are you."
  • 00:20:40.180 --> 00:20:42.170
  • He brings it home.
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  • He's saying I have responsibility.
  • 00:20:44.090 --> 00:20:46.280
  • You have responsibility.
  • 00:20:46.290 --> 00:20:48.240
  • That when persecution comes, it comes right to us because we are
  • 00:20:48.250 --> 00:20:53.210
  • seeking to live a life that is righteous.
  • 00:20:53.220 --> 00:20:57.060
  • Now, we take this spiritual and all of a sudden I say,
  • 00:20:59.160 --> 00:21:04.180
  • "That's beyond me. Who can live up to this?
  • 00:21:06.210 --> 00:21:13.190
  • Who can live up--how do we live this kingdom life, this heavenly
  • 00:21:13.200 --> 00:21:18.170
  • life on this Earth?"
  • 00:21:18.180 --> 00:21:19.210
  • That's what Jesus is asking us to do.
  • 00:21:19.220 --> 00:21:23.130
  • How do we always make those righteous, good moral choices?
  • 00:21:23.140 --> 00:21:29.080
  • Plato the philosopher said the answer is education.
  • 00:21:29.090 --> 00:21:33.130
  • He said if you educate everybody and really teach them how to use
  • 00:21:33.140 --> 00:21:39.230
  • their mind, their reason, and make choices, he said they--when
  • 00:21:39.240 --> 00:21:43.280
  • they are well-educated we'll see that when I do something that is
  • 00:21:43.290 --> 00:21:48.140
  • wrong the end results will be pain and misery, but I do
  • 00:21:48.150 --> 00:21:54.260
  • something right, I make a right choice, the end result will be
  • 00:21:54.270 --> 00:21:58.290
  • joy and happiness.
  • 00:21:59.000 --> 00:22:01.070
  • He said if we can educate people and let them see that and that's
  • 00:22:01.080 --> 00:22:05.230
  • the reason you got a lot of people around the world saying
  • 00:22:05.240 --> 00:22:08.060
  • the answer to all the world problems is education,
  • 00:22:08.070 --> 00:22:11.270
  • education, education, education.
  • 00:22:11.280 --> 00:22:16.040
  • By the way, as a parenthesis forgetting that Germany, prior
  • 00:22:16.050 --> 00:22:21.090
  • to the coming of Adolf Hitler, was by far the most educated,
  • 00:22:21.100 --> 00:22:26.240
  • literate nation in the world, but we won't bring that up, but
  • 00:22:26.250 --> 00:22:31.030
  • it's true.
  • 00:22:31.040 --> 00:22:33.040
  • Why is education not the answer?
  • 00:22:33.050 --> 00:22:35.170
  • You know why?
  • 00:22:35.180 --> 00:22:38.250
  • It's because your passions and my passions
  • 00:22:38.260 --> 00:22:45.010
  • are stronger than reason.
  • 00:22:45.020 --> 00:22:48.020
  • Oh, yeah, they are. They are.
  • 00:22:48.180 --> 00:22:52.020
  • We live in a fallen world and therefore my will, "Oh, I
  • 00:22:52.030 --> 00:22:56.200
  • desire," doesn't have enough strength to always make those
  • 00:22:56.210 --> 00:23:02.020
  • good choices.
  • 00:23:02.030 --> 00:23:04.090
  • My emotions, "Oh, I want to," will mostly be right, but my
  • 00:23:04.100 --> 00:23:07.250
  • emotions, because my emotions are fallen, do not always make
  • 00:23:07.260 --> 00:23:12.040
  • those choices, so how in the world can we live up to this?
  • 00:23:12.050 --> 00:23:16.080
  • You can't, I can't, remember?
  • 00:23:16.090 --> 00:23:19.100
  • But as Christ being formed in you and formed in me,
  • 00:23:19.110 --> 00:23:24.100
  • Galatians 5.
  • 00:23:24.110 --> 00:23:25.220
  • And then Ephesian 4 it says Jesus comes when we invite him.
  • 00:23:25.230 --> 00:23:30.060
  • He puts in you and he puts in me his righteousness.
  • 00:23:30.070 --> 00:23:38.090
  • He puts in you and he puts in me his nature and then all of a
  • 00:23:38.100 --> 00:23:44.040
  • sudden we have his divine power in us that enable us to have our
  • 00:23:44.050 --> 00:23:52.230
  • reason redeemed, our emotions redeemed, and our will redeemed,
  • 00:23:52.240 --> 00:23:58.180
  • because the bottom line in this kingdom-of-God business: we all
  • 00:23:58.190 --> 00:24:04.270
  • are in rehearsal.
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  • This whole life is rehearsal.
  • 00:24:08.020 --> 00:24:11.080
  • Did you know that?
  • 00:24:11.090 --> 00:24:13.160
  • Our earthly life is simply a rehearsal for our heavenly life.
  • 00:24:13.170 --> 00:24:21.210
  • A baby in the mother's womb is preparation for that baby to
  • 00:24:21.220 --> 00:24:27.260
  • live in the world, right, outside the womb, right?
  • 00:24:27.270 --> 00:24:33.020
  • We in the world, seeking to be a part and living in God's
  • 00:24:33.030 --> 00:24:40.130
  • kingdom, the world is a womb in which we live as preparation for
  • 00:24:40.140 --> 00:24:46.190
  • us to pop out into heaven.
  • 00:24:46.200 --> 00:24:50.030
  • It's a rehearsal.
  • 00:24:50.040 --> 00:24:52.220
  • We'll be born from this Earth into heaven as we are born from
  • 00:24:52.230 --> 00:24:56.100
  • our mother's womb on this Earth and that's what the kingdom
  • 00:24:56.110 --> 00:25:02.030
  • business is all about.
  • 00:25:02.040 --> 00:25:04.160
  • Oh, we summarize all these wonderful things by which God
  • 00:25:04.170 --> 00:25:09.260
  • puts his approval on your life and approval on my life, but the
  • 00:25:09.270 --> 00:25:14.000
  • Beatitude that I like best of all is God approves the pure in
  • 00:25:14.010 --> 00:25:18.270
  • heart, for they shall see God.
  • 00:25:18.280 --> 00:25:23.170
  • There is a Broadway play I've mentioned so many times.
  • 00:25:23.180 --> 00:25:27.010
  • I didn't see it, but, boy, I love the title"
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  • "On a Clear Day You Can See Forever."
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  • That's what we need.
  • 00:25:40.180 --> 00:25:43.010
  • That's what Christ offers. Blessed.
  • 00:25:43.020 --> 00:25:46.190
  • You have the approval of God when you have a pure heart,
  • 00:25:46.200 --> 00:25:51.270
  • because you'll see God everywhere and every when,
  • 00:25:51.280 --> 00:25:59.070
  • every time and every place that you go.
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  • Dr. Young: Some people think the Ten Commandments are old
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  • fashioned, archaic, a set of dusty rules that just don't
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  • apply to our lives today, but that could not be further from
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  • the truth.
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  • The Ten Commandments tell us a lot more than just what not to
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  • do.
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  • They show us what our responsibilities are to those
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  • around us and also what our responsibilities are to God.
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  • These are not legalistic rules, but guiding principles that God
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  • Dr. Young: I can remember when I first learned how to swim
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  • and perhaps you can remember the moment when you began to learn
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  • how to swim. I certainly do.
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  • My dad taught me in a muddy, muddy lake.
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  • I stepped in the water filled with fear and stiff and
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  • abnormally cold.
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  • He said, "Relax, son.
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  • I'll put my arms under you and when you begin to sink I'll be
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  • right there and lift you up."
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  • Sure enough, I started to sink but felt his sturdy arms holding
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  • me up and everything changed.
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  • I trusted and relaxed knowing that my father was there.
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  • Remember, when you swim in life's deep holes and muddy
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  • waters, your Lord God Almighty, your heavenly Father's arms are
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  • just below the surface ready to hold you and if necessary
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  • just lift you right up.
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