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  • Dr. Ed Young: We're studying the Book of Ecclesiastes,
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  • Ecclesiastes is the book of sheer philosophy.
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  • It's the only book in the Bible that presents life without God.
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  • It's a book about meaninglessness,
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  • but it has a great deal of meaning.
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  • Say, "How can this be?"
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  • We've already discovered that it asks all the big questions of
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  • life that all of us need to ask, we must ask,
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  • we should ask, but we sort of gloss them over and avoid them.
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  • And when we come head to head with
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  • them, it gets a little hard.
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  • We have to think and therefore we sort of hide these,
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  • but it deals with all the big questions.
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  • "Who am I? Where did I come from?
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  • Where am I going? The real big one, why am I here?
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  • Why are you here? Why am I here?"
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  • Really big questions.
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  • This is what Solomon, writing his out biography kept asking
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  • over and over again and he came to the same conclusion,
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  • we'll see it for 12 chapters.
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  • He said, "Life does not any significance."
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  • He said, "Everybody's life is like spitting in the wind.
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  • It's smoke, has no eternal value.
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  • It's empty.
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  • It's void, has no lasting significance.
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  • Now, we know that ancient man was most fearful of death.
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  • Medieval man was most fearful of hell.
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  • Modern man, we're most fearful of life that has no meaning,
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  • no significance.
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  • And therefore, Solomon is the ultimate philosopher.
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  • You know the difference between philosophy and theology?
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  • I've tried to state this many times.
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  • The philosopher says, "I'm looking for God."
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  • The theologian says, "God is looking for you."
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  • Philosophy are words going up.
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  • Theology is the Word of God coming down.
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  • Philosophy is looking for a life that has relevance.
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  • Theology gives us a life that gives relevance.
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  • So, we're in a book of philosophy.
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  • "Boy, do I need that?" Absolutely.
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  • Every searcher, every honest person,
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  • every doubter, every skeptic, every believing Christian needs
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  • to understand what Solomon is doing to us
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  • in the Book of Ecclesiastes.
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  • He's waking us up saying, "Ask this most basic question."
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  • And you say, "You mean Ecclesiastes is
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  • void of any reference to God?"
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  • No, I didn't say that.
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  • God is spoken of in Ecclesiastes,
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  • but God is pictured almost in a deistic view.
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  • The deists believe that God created the world and then he
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  • backed away from the world and said, "Lots of
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  • luck, I'm out of here," deists.
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  • Sometimes you think he's a pantheist.
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  • Pantheism is God is in everything.
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  • He's in the rocks. He's in the moon.
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  • He's in the stars.
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  • And sometimes you say, he's a pantheist.
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  • Sometimes Solomon sounds like a Hindu or a Buddhist
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  • and to summarize all that he says, "The real genius of life
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  • is to not have a life, is to nullify life, is to make life a
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  • simple vacuum and not respond to vacuums, not
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  • respond to mountaintops, or valleys and they would
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  • say, life should be mmm, mmm, mmm.
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  • No motions, no right, no wrong, no up, no down, mmm.
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  • And when you get to a nirvana and you're mmm,
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  • then when breath leaves your body it's no big deal because
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  • you're just absorbed up into the eternal mist."
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  • Sometimes Solomon sounds like that so there's references to
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  • God, but it's not the God that we know and Abraham,
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  • Isaac, Jacob reveal to Jesus Christ.
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  • He's looking at the things under the sun.
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  • He's a philosopher.
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  • One school of philosophy said life is just a matter of chance.
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  • That's nihilism, roll the dice.
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  • "Man, you sure were lucky, you're last name's
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  • Rockefeller, man, boy."
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  • Life is just a thing of chance, nihilism.
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  • Sometimes we see Solomon as a nihilist
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  • if you look at it closely.
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  • Sometimes life is a thing of choice.
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  • That's secularism, humanism. "I determine my own destiny.
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  • I am the master of my fate. I'm the captain of my soul.
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  • I run my life by what I do and the choices
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  • and decisions that I make."
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  • Some people look at life like that and once in a while you see
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  • old soul, old man, that's where he's coming down.
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  • And sometimes you see life as chosen, that's determinism.
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  • We really don't decide your DNA, your environment.
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  • Every decision, every choice you and I would
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  • make is already predetermined.
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  • Now, they can't decide who the determiner is,
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  • but that's one philosophical view of life.
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  • So, we read through Ecclesiastes we see all kinds
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  • of things and that's healthy for us to understand, ladies
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  • and gentlemen, what life is like for those who consider
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  • life only on the basis of what's under the sun without any real
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  • relevance or understanding of transcendence of him
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  • who is above the sun.
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  • What a difference.
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  • You see, God has set down two poles for us.
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  • There is good and there's evil. There we have it.
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  • As long as we're clear as biblical theologians,
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  • as Christians, as to what is good and what is evil,
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  • we're in good shape, but what has happened to us?
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  • There's sort of a muddy, muddy, muddiness that's created between
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  • that which is good and that which is evil.
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  • I could take many things to illustrate
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  • that I think I'll use sex.
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  • Awakened two men back here, I'm sorry.
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  • There was a day 50, 60, years ago when there was a general
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  • consensus in the culture of the United States that sex
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  • was exclusive to marriage.
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  • No one much debated that 50, 60 years ago.
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  • But then finally we moved into another kind of vein and sex was
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  • okay if you're engaged, if you have a ring, you
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  • stated yourself.
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  • Sex is all right if you're engaged.
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  • And then it moved down, "Well, sex is okay if you really love
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  • each other, I love you, you love me.
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  • That makes this intimate relationship okay."
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  • And then it moved down a little further and said,
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  • "Well, if they're two consenting adults, it's fine."
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  • And then it moved down, "It's simply a recreational thing.
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  • It's a natural instinct that is fulfilled.
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  • It has no eternal, or relevant, or sacred meaning."
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  • And that's what's happened to us.
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  • You have good and you have evil and now it's all muddy in
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  • here in so many areas of ethics.
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  • You say, how did it happen? We've looked at this before.
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  • When our high schools, and colleges, and
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  • universities have, for decades,
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  • said there's no right, there's no wrong, what is true for
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  • you and true for me may be two different things and
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  • there are no absolutes.
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  • This is where you end up and you have a whole score of Harvey
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  • Weinsteins appearing on the scene and you wonder, whoa,
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  • where did this come from?
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  • When there's no absolutes in our culture, this is the results.
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  • And some of those who are a part of the sort of functional
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  • agnosticism, they say, "Oh man, this is
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  • a terrible, terrible thing."
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  • This is what has been advocating situational
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  • ethics for generations.
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  • We've been teaching, we've been teaching over and over again.
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  • And that is life lived without any reference to God above the
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  • sun, and this is exactly what Solomon is talking about in his
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  • autobiography, the latter years of his life.
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  • We call it the Book of Ecclesiastes.
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  • Look at chapter 4, Solomon says, "Then I looked again at all the
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  • acts of oppression," I'm using injustice,
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  • "which were being done under the sun.
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  • And behold I saw the tears of the oppressed," those who were
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  • caught in injustice, "and that they had no one to comfort them;
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  • and on the side of their oppressors was no one,"
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  • it says, "comfort but to confront them."
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  • He talks about injustice.
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  • There's sort of a built-inness of all of us
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  • to recognize injustice.
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  • Injustice it's all around us. We learned it as children.
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  • Remember the story of Cinderella?
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  • Yeah, Cinderella, you remember she was brought up
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  • by an evil stepmother, had terrible stepsisters.
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  • They hated her.
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  • They abused her, but they had the ball and she went, and she
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  • had on that glass slipper,
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  • and the prince saw her and fell in love with her.
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  • And she had to leave early because the chariot
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  • was turning into a pumpkin.
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  • If you hadn't read it, you ought to read it.
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  • Keith reads it every night before he goes to sleep.
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  • But it's a wonderful story and all the prince has is that glass
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  • slipper and he's trying to find who it was that wore
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  • that glass slipper.
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  • He goes around trying it on all the young maidens and he tried
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  • it on there was the evil stepsisters, and they tried
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  • to get in that glass--
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  • it really wouldn't fit them, but he slipped it on Cinderella and
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  • she became his princess.
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  • That's injustice that was counted by justice, right?
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  • Beautiful story.
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  • Now, what if one of those evil stepsisters had somehow
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  • squeezed in that glass slipper?
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  • That would be wrong, wouldn't it?
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  • That would be injustice.
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  • See, we're taught early on the difference between
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  • justice and injustice.
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  • We see it today.
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  • We see so much injustice in our society.
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  • You know what Solomon says?
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  • He said it doesn't matter if there's justice or injustice.
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  • He said--"it doesn't make any difference any way,
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  • we're all gonna die, doesn't matter.
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  • That's what life is like under the sun, a lack of
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  • a cry for justice, injustice, makes no difference.
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  • And then Solomon moves from injustice, he moves to success.
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  • He deals with success.
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  • He said, "Well, maybe success will give meaning."
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  • Verse 4, he said, "I have seen that every labor and every skill
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  • which is done is the result of rivalry between a man
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  • and his neighbor."
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  • He said, "This too is meaningless,
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  • this too is vanity."
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  • He talks about competitive man, how we compete today.
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  • I know a man who came to this area many, many, years ago.
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  • He could speak very poor English.
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  • He applied to be a dishwasher and the owner of the restaurant
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  • said, "You don't speak English well enough."
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  • He said, "I'll work hard. I'll improve my English."
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  • He said, "No, I can't hire you."
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  • And the young teenager looked at him and he said, "Sir, one
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  • day I'll come and buy this restaurant from you."
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  • And the owner just shrugged his shoulders and six years went by.
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  • He got a job washing dishes in another restaurant.
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  • He saved, he worked. He saved and he worked.
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  • And finally when things were sort of down in the market and
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  • restaurants business was not blooming,
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  • he walked in a coat, and a suit and tie,
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  • and talked to the owner, and made him an offer,
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  • and bought the restaurant.
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  • And he looked at him said, "Do you remember me?"
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  • He said, "No, we've never met."
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  • He said, "Oh yes, I was the young man that you wouldn't hire
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  • me a dishwasher and I told you one day I'd come back
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  • and buy this restaurant."
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  • He said, "I just bought it from ya," True story.
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  • I like competitiveness.
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  • He's talking about some people work and they're competitive.
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  • That's their whole life.
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  • And then he comes and talks to another kind of
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  • man on the road to success.
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  • He said, "The fool folds his hands and consumes
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  • his own flesh."
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  • We do an injustice in this country when we provide all
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  • the means of staying alive to someone who
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  • is healthy and strong.
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  • We take away their dignity, we take away their life,
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  • and I don't think we ought to help anybody who is healthy and
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  • strong as long as there's an unmanned
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  • mop or broom anywhere in this area.
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  • We do it injustice.
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  • That's not right and that's what Solomon's saying.
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  • He said, "You eat your own flesh at this."
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  • So, here's a competitive man.
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  • Here is a person who becomes a lazy man, and
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  • that's what happened with the idea of entitlement.
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  • And then he moves he says, verse 6, "One hand
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  • full of rest is better than two fists full of labor."
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  • In other words, he's saying there has to be balance in
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  • our vocational endeavor.
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  • There has to be hard work over here, but there has
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  • to be rest over here.
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  • See, that's balance.
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  • Somebody just works, works, works, works.
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  • "Oh, I'm doing it for the family.
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  • I'm doing it so we'll have."
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  • And they wake up one day and say, "Oh what's wrong
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  • with my kids?
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  • They're so rotten."
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  • I'll tell you what was wrong, mom or dad weren't there
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  • when they needed to be there, that's what's wrong.
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  • They lost balance, work, recreation, recreation, rest
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  • work, rest, work, rest.
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  • He's pointing out the balanced kind of person
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  • who moves through life.
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  • Then he moves and talks about another kind of person,
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  • someone who is a soloist, someone who just lives in
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  • and of himself.
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  • It's a picture really of the Christmas personality Scrooge.
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  • He said, "There was a certain man without a dependent,
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  • having neither a son nor a brother, yet there was no end
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  • to all his labor.
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  • Indeed, his eyes were not satisfied with riches, he never
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  • asked, 'And for whom am I laboring and depriving myself
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  • of pleasure?'"
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  • He just worked all the time,
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  • worked all the time, and he accumulated more and more.
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  • He said, "Look I what I've done."
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  • No reason for it.
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  • Let me tell you something, ladies and gentlemen,
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  • success in the world's eye and failure in the world's
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  • eye, they both lie to you.
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  • And I'll try to say it now.
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  • I should save it for later but I cannot.
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  • Success is simply being as best you can where God would have you
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  • in his plan and his purpose and using his gifts to make
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  • a difference in this world.
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  • That is success.
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  • You can't measure in any kind of tangible way.
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  • That's what Solomon's telling us.
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  • He talks about injustice. He talks about justice.
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  • He compares them.
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  • He said, "Well, it really doesn't make
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  • any difference in the long run."
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  • He talks about success, he talks about faith.
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  • "Well, it really doesn't make any difference in the long run.
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  • Doesn't have any meaning. We're all gonna die."
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  • And then he moves down, he talks about loneliness.
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  • Verse 9, "Two are better than one because they have
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  • a good return for their labor.
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  • For if either of them falls, the one will lift up his companion.
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  • But woe to the one who falls when there is not another to
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  • lift them up," talking about loneliness.
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  • It's a difference in being lonely and being alone.
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  • I spent a long time every week for many,
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  • many, many years alone.
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  • It's a part of my vocation.
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  • It is what I must do, I have to do.
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  • Being alone is good, fine, it's healthy, it's
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  • invigorating if you know how to handle it.
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  • Being alone, but it's another thing to be lonely.
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  • He said, "Well, it doesn't matter whether you're lonely or
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  • not ultimately because life makes no sense if like is like
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  • spitting in the wind."
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  • Oh Solomon, oh solo man.
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  • Then he comes and talks about popularity
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  • and he talks about a king.
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  • He said, "Here's an old king who got old and wouldn't
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  • listen to anybody else."
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  • And then he says, "A young king comes along and he listened to
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  • people, and the old king popularity failed."
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  • He says, "I've seen all the living under the sun throng to
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  • the side of the second lad who replaces him."
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  • He said, "There's no end to all the people,
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  • to all who were before them, even the ones who will come
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  • later will not be happy for him."
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  • What's he saying?
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  • Here's somebody in a position of leadership and all of a sudden,
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  • people turn against him.
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  • He's not popular.
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  • Here comes some young person in the leadership,
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  • everybody's applauding them but Solomon says there'll come a day
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  • he'll make some wrong decision and they'll boo
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  • the person they've applauded.
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  • He said that's the way it is with popularity.
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  • A hero today, a goat tomorrow. Ever played quarterback?
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  • How many of you've ever played quarterback on a football team,
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  • little league, whatever kind?
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  • You know how it works, doesn't it, folks?
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  • I'll tell you, "Boy, you were great, and what happened
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  • to you today?
  • 00:20:45.250 --> 00:20:47.050
  • That was yesterday."
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  • Ever preach a sermon, "Boy, pastor, that was some sermon
  • 00:20:49.180 --> 00:20:54.150
  • but, boy, this week, the wheels came off."
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  • You see, we can go from mountaintop to valleys and let
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  • the world control our destiny and our feeling.
  • 00:21:01.170 --> 00:21:04.200
  • And Solomon says, "You know, it doesn't make any difference
  • 00:21:04.210 --> 00:21:07.030
  • whether you're on top or bottom, whether you're a
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  • hero or you're being booed."
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  • He said, "It's all without meaning."
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  • Boy, Solomon is right, except he leaves out the
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  • most important thing.
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  • You can't reckon with life on a flatland, humanistic,
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  • secular basis.
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  • You end up right where Solomon is,
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  • life is spitting in the wind.
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  • But when the understanding that the S-O-N from above the S-U-N
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  • entered into time and space and gave us the ability to know
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  • Jesus Christ, and we look at those areas of philosophies in
  • 00:21:47.280 --> 00:21:53.090
  • life we talk about, we discover that we are chosen and also
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  • we have to make a choice.
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  • In Jesus Christ, we were chosen for God's so loved the world
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  • that whosoever, that's anybody regardless of circumstances.
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  • We were chosen and now we have to choose, and
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  • we choose to receive Christ to run my life and I'll not run
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  • my life, to run your life and you'll not run your life.
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  • And then all of a sudden, we're in the family of God and all of
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  • a sudden, all of these things we encounter begin to take on new
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  • life and eternal meaning.
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  • After the beatitudes, Matthew 5, all the happy,
  • 00:22:34.060 --> 00:22:37.270
  • happy, happy, happy, happy, blessed, blessed, blessed,
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  • blessed, blessed, you get there and you know what Jesus says?
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  • He said, "Those now who have been chosen
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  • and they have chosen me to come into their life,"
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  • he says, "Guess what?
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  • Guess who you are."
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  • He said, "You are the salt of the earth."
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  • He says, "You are the light of the world."
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  • Boy, that is gigantic.
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  • He said a salt that's lost its flavor--by the way,
  • 00:23:06.220 --> 00:23:10.060
  • salt never loses its flavor.
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  • It uses its flavor when they put a little pinch of salt in a bowl
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  • of soup that big, you won't taste the salt, will you?
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  • So, we are salty as we're in Christ, but we lose our
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  • tang, our flavor,
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  • our thrust of our Christian life when it's so watered down with
  • 00:23:26.180 --> 00:23:30.100
  • so much stuff that we do and we're involved in this world.
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  • It gets watered down.
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  • That's what--how salt loses its flavor.
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  • And what about light? You're the light of the world.
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  • Take these four things that we're dealing with just in this
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  • one chapter, and you take someone who is in Christ Jesus
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  • and their life is salty and their life turns on the lights.
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  • Take a salty Christian and someone who turns the light
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  • on in justice, watch injustice run.
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  • Watch the power brokers who are pushing all the exploitation of
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  • people get out of the way when we simply turn on the light of
  • 00:24:11.220 --> 00:24:15.210
  • our lives and we pour salt in that situation.
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  • That'll take care of injustice in the name
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  • of the Lord Jesus Christ.
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  • And then you come and you take the next thing that we have.
  • 00:24:24.290 --> 00:24:28.230
  • Not only was there injustice, there was success.
  • 00:24:28.240 --> 00:24:33.220
  • "Well, I'm not as successful."
  • 00:24:33.230 --> 00:24:35.110
  • You take success and define it as discovering the will and
  • 00:24:35.120 --> 00:24:39.170
  • purpose of God as to where you are and where
  • 00:24:39.180 --> 00:24:42.140
  • I am, all of a sudden, there is a salty life.
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  • There is a life that turns lights on, wherever you
  • 00:24:45.250 --> 00:24:48.240
  • go illuminates every dark place,
  • 00:24:48.250 --> 00:24:51.090
  • all of a sudden, that is success that will last here and forever.
  • 00:24:51.100 --> 00:24:56.160
  • See, the difference when you bring Jesus Christ in these
  • 00:24:56.170 --> 00:24:59.160
  • situations, changes everything, revolutionizes everything,
  • 00:24:59.170 --> 00:25:05.020
  • takes things that are passing in transit and makes them permanent
  • 00:25:05.030 --> 00:25:09.070
  • and eternal because it's a part of the kingdom of God
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  • almighty on this earth.
  • 00:25:13.030 --> 00:25:15.220
  • See, the difference we have?
  • 00:25:15.230 --> 00:25:17.060
  • And loneliness, can anybody be really lonely when you know
  • 00:25:17.070 --> 00:25:21.150
  • there's the salt of Jesus in your life?
  • 00:25:21.160 --> 00:25:24.080
  • There's the light of Christ lighting up all
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  • the dark places in your life.
  • 00:25:26.100 --> 00:25:28.100
  • There's no room for loneliness.
  • 00:25:28.110 --> 00:25:30.130
  • There's only room for ministry, and meaning, and significance
  • 00:25:30.140 --> 00:25:34.100
  • as you touch the lives of others.
  • 00:25:34.110 --> 00:25:38.000
  • Boy, it's such a powerful thing when you take all of this that's
  • 00:25:38.010 --> 00:25:41.280
  • Solomon is whining about, and doesn't understand,
  • 00:25:41.290 --> 00:25:45.160
  • and thinks, "I can't make rhyme or reason out of it," and you
  • 00:25:45.170 --> 00:25:49.080
  • plug in a salty Christian that life
  • 00:25:49.090 --> 00:25:53.010
  • is lighted up by Jesus Christ.
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  • Let me tell ya something, it's a whole new world there.
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  • Popularity doesn't make any difference.
  • 00:26:02.140 --> 00:26:05.020
  • They can boo or cheer, but you're on the team of God
  • 00:26:05.030 --> 00:26:08.280
  • almighty and you are salty and you're lighting up everything.
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  • You know God's a part of your life.
  • 00:26:13.120 --> 00:26:15.140
  • See what happens when you take him who is above the sun and
  • 00:26:15.150 --> 00:26:18.280
  • invite him to come into your life while we're under the sun.
  • 00:26:18.290 --> 00:26:22.110
  • It takes care of everything and it makes a life that seemingly
  • 00:26:22.120 --> 00:26:26.180
  • does not have significance be eternally meaningful.
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  • (Dr. Ed Young): We all have regrets in our lives.
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  • Regrets in relationship, careers, finances, and health.
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  • We always wish we had done things differently.
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  • King Solomon had everything you could ever want,
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  • and he did everything you could ever imagine.
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  • And in the end, just like you and me,
  • 00:26:49.140 --> 00:26:52.220
  • he was left with regret.
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  • Join me in my series Living Life with No Regrets,
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  • where we'll go through the life of Solomon to
  • 00:26:59.250 --> 00:27:02.180
  • identify the ungodly choices that led him astray and discover
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  • at the same time principles of wisdom for living a life that
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  • pleases God & leaves us, with no regrets.
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  • To get a set of Living Life with No Regrets
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  • for yourself or someone you love,
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  • call the number on your screen or go online at winningwalk.org.
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  • Dr. Young: Jesus said you're the salt of the earth.
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  • When you discover the will and purpose of God for your life,
  • 00:27:35.220 --> 00:27:38.140
  • you become salty and there's a new flavor and zest to your life
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  • that absolutely changes everything.
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  • One important characteristic
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  • of salt is that it makes you thirsty.
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  • When we are living for Jesus, we should make
  • 00:27:50.270 --> 00:27:53.060
  • other people thirst for him.
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  • So, let me challenge you to be salty as you influence the
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  • people in your life.
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  • And I want to personally thank you for watching today and
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  • please join us again next week as we take another exciting
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  • salty step together on "The Winning Walk."
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