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May 19, 2019
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Winning Walk with Ed Young

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  • Dr. Ed Young: For three different sessions,
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  • three weeks, we've been on Mount Sinai, remember?
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  • That's the one Moses went up.
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  • Eight different times, he got up there and stayed
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  • 40 days and 40 nights.
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  • We've only been there three weeks.
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  • And God spoke to him those ten powerful words,
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  • we call it the Decalogue, we call it the Ten Commandments.
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  • A lot of people think, "Well, they're old-fashioned,
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  • they're archaic."
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  • Ladies and gentlemen, let me tell you something.
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  • They are just as relevant and practical today for you and me
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  • as they were for those Israelites who just got
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  • out of slavery in that day.
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  • So, we've looked at these commandments.
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  • We looked at the first four and discovered that they
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  • relate to how we, you and I, relate to God.
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  • That's where you start, isn't it?
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  • How do we do business with God?
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  • How does God do business with us?
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  • It starts with the vertical.
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  • And we decided that when anything is wrong in your life
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  • or my life, it's not working, it doesn't make sense,
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  • I've bottomed out, I have questions about his will,
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  • we always go, bang, that's where we look,
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  • isn't it, vertically?
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  • You look up first, and I've discovered that when I get this
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  • relationship right with God through Christ,
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  • it's amazing how, in time, all of these other relationships,
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  • all these other problems, begin to have meaning,
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  • understanding, and significance.
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  • So, we started vertically with the first four,
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  • we looked at the next three, and now we come to the
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  • last three commandments.
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  • We've gotten through honoring parents,
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  • we've gotten through murder, we've gotten through adultery,
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  • you say, "Well, we've gotten through all the tough ones,
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  • what are these last three?"
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  • Very simple, you don't steal, you know,
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  • that doesn't bother us too much.
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  • God says don't steal, okay, don't lie.
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  • Well, maybe a little bit.
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  • Don't covet, by the way, is that simple enough for everybody?
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  • There's nobody saying, "I want you to interpret
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  • that one about lying."
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  • Lying means not to tell the truth.
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  • Is that--anybody want a sub-definition of lying?
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  • This is truth, this is not telling the truth,
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  • and you take truth and you don't tell the truth,
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  • it's called a lie.
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  • Stealing, "I'd like some interpretation."
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  • If you and I take something that doesn't belong to us,
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  • that's stealing.
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  • It's not yours, it's mine, it's somebody else's,
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  • God says don't steal.
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  • The last one, boy, we really seemingly get off easy
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  • here, don't covet.
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  • Covet means to passionately long for something.
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  • Don't covet your neighbor's car.
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  • To covet doesn't mean you want a car like your neighbor,
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  • it means you want your neighbor's car.
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  • So, maybe we could skip through coveting and these last three.
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  • You know, the choir and orchestra,
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  • when they perform for us, usually they start off,
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  • "Da-da-da-da-da," very minor, very passionate,
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  • and then it builds to a crescendo, have you noticed?
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  • Normally, bang, you end up--and it looks like God would have
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  • handled the commandments like that.
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  • He's start off easy, maybe with these last three,
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  • you know, stealing, lying, coveting,
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  • that's, you know, but he ends up with these last three.
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  • And instead of it being something that really we
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  • don't relate to, I think you'll say, "You know,
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  • it may have been a good idea for us not to go to church today."
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  • Stealing, did you ever see "The Sting," "The Flim-Flam Man,"
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  • "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels?"
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  • Movies, in real life the con-artists are the aristocrats,
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  • the sophistication element of crime in America.
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  • How much they take off of innocent people come these
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  • corporations and business deals.
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  • Nobody knows, but I assure you it's billions
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  • and billions of dollars.
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  • Professional, intelligent, highly precisionized.
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  • It's called stealing.
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  • It's called stealing, stealing.
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  • Little lady had a big farm, she was elderly,
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  • lived by herself, had help a couple of days a week with some
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  • of the cattle and little stuff she had left.
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  • She wasn't thinking as clearly as usual,
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  • as she had for so many years, and one night,
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  • a man was hitchhiking down the highway in front,
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  • and he saw the house, and he went in,
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  • and broke in, and stole different things while she
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  • was asleep, around about $600.
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  • He left, and they caught him, he was tried,
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  • he was sentenced to seven years in prison
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  • for breaking and entering.
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  • Months went by, a real-estate man from the city saw that farm,
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  • a lot of acreage, found out a little old lady lived there by
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  • herself, no family immediately in the area.
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  • He went to the town and got another local real-estate man
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  • who knew that little old lady.
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  • Her family had been there forever.
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  • And the man said, "I'd like to go buy that farm."
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  • And so, the local real-estate guy and the big-city real-estate
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  • guy who saw in the land the potential for development
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  • and a shopping center to make a skillion dollars,
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  • and they go in there, and they talk to the little lady about
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  • church, and about, you know, this real-estate man in the city
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  • went to the same church the little old lady had gone,
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  • and her family had gone, and the man from out of town,
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  • he went to a church of another denomination,
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  • but they related to her so beautifully around coffee,
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  • until finally the out-of-town real-estate guy wanted to buy
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  • her property, and he offered her about 50% under the market
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  • value by any standards of the property, 50% under the price.
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  • She had no idea, she called her brother who was in Montreal,
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  • he said, "Well, whatever you wanna do, Dorothy."
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  • Called the daughter who was in California,
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  • she said, "Mom, I don't know about all that."
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  • So, she sold the property easily 50% under market value.
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  • The two real-estate men said, "Boy, did we make a good deal."
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  • Ladies and gentlemen, I wanna ask you a
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  • very sobering question.
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  • When they got to heaven and the guy who stole $600 because he
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  • was hungry, and had nothing, and served seven years in the
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  • slammer, is God gonna think harder on him,
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  • or on the honest, wheeling, dealing,
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  • businesspeople who robbed her of tens of thousands of dollars?
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  • Who do you think was the biggest thief?
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  • God says don't steal.
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  • You say, "Well, you know, I don't steal."
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  • Did you know that about 2% of the profits are taken away from
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  • every restaurant in the country because people take condiments,
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  • sugar, mustard, ketchup?
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  • I know none of us have ever done that,
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  • I mean, I'll be just preaching to the choir.
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  • Stealing, taking something that's not yours.
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  • Most companies and corporations, the biggest problem they have
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  • with the bottom line is the employers take away.
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  • They pad the expense account, they take away pencils,
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  • pens, and some people say, "Oh, they've got plenty of it,
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  • they don't miss it, they don't care."
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  • And it adds up, and it adds up, and it adds up,
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  • and it adds up.
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  • "Well, I got some money coming in,
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  • the government won't know anything about this.
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  • I will not report this.
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  • By the way, they throw away all that money anyway,
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  • and they're all crooks, and so I'm not gonna report this."
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  • Ah, what kind of stealing is that?
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  • I remember when I was in college,
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  • one semester, hard course, tough,
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  • a lot of exacting things you had to learn.
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  • One test determined the grade.
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  • He handed out this test, he said,
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  • "I want you to take this test home and give it to yourself
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  • and grade yourself."
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  • And all my buddies looked around and said,
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  • "Whoo, boy, boy, we'll take this dang test home,
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  • and we'll, you know, take it on our own," and somebody,
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  • some crazy student said,
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  • "Professor, we'd like to ask a question.
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  • What about cheating?"
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  • Take the test at home by yourself.
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  • Grade the test yourself and bring it back in.
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  • What about cheating?
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  • You know what the professor said?
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  • He said, "Well, you can certainly do that,
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  • but you'll know that you'll live the rest of
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  • your life with a thief."
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  • Ooh, that dropped most of our letter grades
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  • about a whole notch.
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  • Don't steal, "They have plenty," it doesn't matter.
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  • "I need it," it doesn't matter.
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  • We get things three ways, we work for it,
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  • we earn it, we inherit it, it's given to us, or we steal.
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  • And some people have a built-in way of stealing.
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  • Professions steal, doctors, you go to a doctor and they say,
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  • "Well, we better test you for in-grown toenails.
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  • We'll have to scan that for $2.000.
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  • Your insurance will cover it, but we want
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  • to protect ourselves."
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  • Stealing, a plumber, electrician.
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  • I had a friend that had to get some air-conditioning work done,
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  • he had three different bidders come,
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  • and they were talking about $35.000, $36.000,
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  • but he knew somebody who knew a young man who worked
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  • for another air-conditioning company, and brought him in,
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  • he fixed the whole thing for about $800.
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  • But who's gonna crawl in the attic?
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  • Who knows who was honest or not?
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  • They seemed to be honest.
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  • They smile, they had on the uniform,
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  • the truck, a big company, stealing.
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  • All the vocations, lawyers, my goodness.
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  • Some lawyers have to live to be 400 years old in order to cover
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  • all the hours they bill for their customers.
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  • Stealing, God says don't steal.
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  • You got that one? Then God says don't lie.
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  • And look at this lying that we have.
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  • At age four, 90% of children have learned
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  • the concept of lying.
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  • My boys were prodigies, they learned earlier than that.
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  • An estimated 60% of adults cannot have a ten-minute
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  • conversation without lying at least once.
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  • Within ten minutes, the average of three lies were told.
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  • Americans average lying 11 times a week.
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  • A little low for this crowd, I'd say.
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  • Twelve percent of adults admit to lying regularly.
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  • Twenty percent of women admit to telling
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  • harmless half-truths occasionally.
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  • Thirty-one percent of people admit to lying on their resume.
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  • You remember in 2001, George O'Leary was made head football
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  • coach at Notre Dame?
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  • The goal of his life as a coach.
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  • In his resume, he had written down,
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  • years before by the way, that he'd played football at the
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  • University of Massachusetts, was a three-year letterman,
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  • so somebody checked back to see about his career at this
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  • university and discovered he never played a down for the
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  • university, never played football.
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  • They fired him, he was head football coach of Notre Dame
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  • for one day because he lied on his resume.
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  • Six lies are told by men daily to their partner,
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  • boss, or colleagues.
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  • Three lies are told daily by women to their husbands,
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  • bosses, or colleagues.
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  • Sixty percent were outright deception,
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  • 70% of liars claim they would tell their lies again.
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  • If we lie, we let a half-truth go by.
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  • Well, it looks like we got a problem with lying,
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  • a big problem with lying, and boy how we love gossip,
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  • but here's something about gossip, folks.
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  • It is tasty, gossip is so sweet, but it's still poison,
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  • it's still poison.
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  • We always have to ask, "Is it true?
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  • Is it helpful? Is it necessary?"
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  • And don't cover it with prayer.
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  • "Oh, I want you to pray for Billy.
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  • Let me tell you what's going on with Billy."
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  • More godliness is done through false piousity than you'll
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  • ever imagine in the church.
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  • Is it true? Is it helpful?
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  • Is it necessary?
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  • A member of our church, a few months back,
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  • was eating at Loobies.
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  • And a man came up to him after and said,
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  • "You go to church?"
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  • He said, "Yes," he said, "Where do you go?"
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  • He said, "Second Baptist," he said,
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  • "I wouldn't go to that church for anything."
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  • And this man, whom I know quite well said, "Well, why?"
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  • He said, "Well, that pastor, he's got that big jet plane he
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  • flies around in," and my friend says,
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  • "Well, he doesn't have a plane, our church,
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  • we don't have an airplane."
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  • He said, "Oh, you just don't know.
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  • I saw it in a hanger down there at Hobby.
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  • I can take you to it. He does have a plane."
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  • He said, "No--" "Yes, he does, I know where it is,
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  • I can take you exactly to it."
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  • And this man told me he stood him down that I guess I had
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  • Air Force One, Junior hung up out there,
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  • and he said, "I know you don't have a plane."
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  • I said, "Look, go back and find that man,
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  • and find out where that plane is,
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  • because my helicopter is probably next to it."
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  • For somebody who didn't half-listen,
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  • we don't have any of that.
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  • But the bottom line is, when it's slanderous,
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  • we get half-truths.
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  • Remember the Battle of Waterloo in your history?
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  • Napoleon is battling Wellington about 1810,
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  • I think, and they were--nobody knew when the whole future
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  • of Europe was at stake.
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  • And England was anxiously waiting to see if Wellington
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  • would defeat Napoleon, and the battle was taking place,
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  • and they had no communication.
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  • The only communication they had were those pinafores that they
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  • would use, and so, sure enough, the battle was over,
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  • and somebody stood on the bank there in France and gave the
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  • signals, the signals all the way to England,
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  • and he said, "Wellington defeated," and the fog set in.
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  • News went all over England, "We've lost,
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  • General Wellington has lost.
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  • We've lost, General Wellington has lost."
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  • It went all over England, then the fog lifted,
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  • and the man sending signals, he says,
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  • "Wellington defeated the enemy."
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  • Totally different story.
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  • God says tell the whole truth.
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  • To tell a half-truth or to be silent sometimes is lying.
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  • "Well, I don't want to get involved."
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  • Tell the truth, it's freeing, it's liberating,
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  • it's life-giving.
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  • God says be honest, tell the truth.
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  • I got a friend who says, "You know,
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  • I never lie," I said, "That's a great asset."
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  • He said, "Unless I'm under real pressure."
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  • The last thing he says, don't covet.
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  • Don't covet, and I thought,
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  • "Well, this is one I escape on.
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  • I don't covet, I rejoice in people's success,
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  • what they do, that's just not a part of me."
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  • Then I realize that down underneath coveting,
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  • and it's a sin you can't see.
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  • Most of the other commandments, we break 'em,
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  • you know, it's pretty obvious, boy,
  • 00:20:01.070 --> 00:20:02.230
  • this one you don't see.
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  • You covet what is not yours, you don't see it.
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  • And then I thought about identity theft.
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  • That's a big thing.
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  • In 2017, there were 17.000.0200 reported identity thefts.
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  • We know what that is, some kind of cyber crime that they take
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  • your bank card, your credit card,
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  • your driver's license, your social security,
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  • and they assume your identity, and they take
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  • a lot of money out.
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  • Identity theft is a big, big thing in our world today.
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  • How many of you, in one way or another,
  • 00:20:42.080 --> 00:20:43.170
  • have been involved?
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  • I have, in that, lift your hand.
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  • My goodness, it's really something, isn't it?
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  • Identity theft, by the way, is this a new crime,
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  • sort of a new crime in recent days?
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  • You think it is?
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  • Not really, you know where it goes back to?
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  • The Garden of Eden, yeah.
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  • Identity theft involves all three of these sins we're
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  • talking about, stealing, lying, and coveting.
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  • And it goes all the way back to the garden.
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  • The lie was what the devil, the snake, told Eve.
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  • "Man, you won't die, you'll be like God," that's the lie.
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  • That's the lie right up front.
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  • And what was stolen?
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  • Eve said, "That sure does look good in that tree."
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  • We think it's an apple, we don't know what it was,
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  • and Satan says, "You mean you can't eat from that tree?"
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  • Now, Adam and Eve had everything.
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  • They had the whole shooting match,
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  • everything, everybody, they had all the world, all of it.
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  • They were to be stewards of it.
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  • They were in charge of it.
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  • That was their whole portfolio, the world,
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  • except that one little tree.
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  • And so, she stole from that tree.
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  • She took from God what she did not have, what she wanted.
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  • And what was behind all this?
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  • Covetousness, they wanted to steal God's identity.
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  • They wanted to be God, know good and evil.
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  • And, ladies and gentlemen, that's what we do when we steal,
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  • when we lie, when we cheat, when we break
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  • God's rule, when we sin.
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  • We want to be God, we want to take God's identity.
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  • We want to run our own life.
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  • We think, you think, I think when we sin,
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  • I know more about life than God does.
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  • How arrogant can you get?
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  • How arrogant all of us are.
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  • I know more than God.
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  • Adam and Eve wanted to be God, they didn't qualify.
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  • They didn't have the stuff, the equipment,
  • 00:22:51.230 --> 00:22:54.220
  • the givenness to be God.
  • 00:22:54.230 --> 00:22:57.040
  • And when you and I try to say, "Boy,
  • 00:22:57.050 --> 00:22:58.290
  • God, you should have done this and you shouldn't have done
  • 00:22:59.000 --> 00:23:01.270
  • this, you should have let this person live,
  • 00:23:01.280 --> 00:23:04.000
  • you should have let that person die," we can't make those calls,
  • 00:23:04.010 --> 00:23:07.240
  • folks, and someday in eternity, we'll look back and we'll
  • 00:23:07.250 --> 00:23:11.250
  • understand that God is God and you and I are not God,
  • 00:23:11.260 --> 00:23:17.040
  • and we try to steal his identity and play God,
  • 00:23:17.050 --> 00:23:20.290
  • it's always a disaster in the end.
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  • What's the opposite of covetousness?
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  • The word covetous, remember, means
  • 00:23:33.130 --> 00:23:35.160
  • to be passionate about something.
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  • What's the opposite of being covetous?
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  • It's being contented, isn't it?
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  • To be content.
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  • A 14-year-old boy wrote this, listen.
  • 00:23:46.250 --> 00:23:51.000
  • "It was spring, but it was summer I wanted.
  • 00:23:51.010 --> 00:23:55.040
  • The warm days and the great outdoors.
  • 00:23:55.050 --> 00:23:58.150
  • It was summer, but it was fall I wanted.
  • 00:23:58.160 --> 00:24:02.120
  • The colorful leaves and the cool, dry air.
  • 00:24:02.130 --> 00:24:05.140
  • It was fall, but it was winter I wanted.
  • 00:24:05.150 --> 00:24:08.240
  • The beautiful snow and the joy of the holiday season.
  • 00:24:08.250 --> 00:24:12.080
  • It was winter, but it was spring I wanted,
  • 00:24:12.090 --> 00:24:15.030
  • the warmth and the blooming of nature.
  • 00:24:15.040 --> 00:24:17.270
  • I was a child, but it was adulthood I wanted.
  • 00:24:17.280 --> 00:24:21.130
  • The freedom and the respect.
  • 00:24:21.140 --> 00:24:23.280
  • I was 20, but it was 30 I wanted.
  • 00:24:23.290 --> 00:24:27.030
  • To be mature and sophisticated.
  • 00:24:27.040 --> 00:24:29.290
  • I was middle-aged, but it was 30 I wanted.
  • 00:24:30.000 --> 00:24:32.240
  • The youth and the free-spirit.
  • 00:24:32.250 --> 00:24:35.040
  • I was retired, but it was middle-age that I wanted.
  • 00:24:35.050 --> 00:24:38.290
  • The presence of mind without limitations.
  • 00:24:39.000 --> 00:24:42.170
  • My life is now over, but I never got what I wanted."
  • 00:24:42.180 --> 00:24:50.080
  • You know what Paul said about all this,
  • 00:24:50.090 --> 00:24:52.210
  • about being covetous?
  • 00:24:52.220 --> 00:24:57.010
  • He said, and by the way, while he was in jail,
  • 00:24:57.020 --> 00:24:59.200
  • he said, "I know how to abound."
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  • He said I know how to be on top of the mountain.
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  • I know how to feel the sun at my back,
  • 00:25:06.130 --> 00:25:09.090
  • the wind at my back, and the sun in my face.
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  • He said I know how to abound.
  • 00:25:11.180 --> 00:25:13.040
  • I know how to be joyful and happy.
  • 00:25:13.050 --> 00:25:14.200
  • He said I also know how to bottom out.
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  • I know how to be abased.
  • 00:25:17.120 --> 00:25:18.210
  • I know how to lose everything, I'm in jail
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  • when I'm writing this.
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  • But Paul said because of Jesus Christ,
  • 00:25:22.090 --> 00:25:25.180
  • when I'm on top or in the bottom,
  • 00:25:25.190 --> 00:25:29.230
  • I know how to be contented.
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  • That's what Christ does for us, folks.
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  • That's what he does for us.
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  • Let me tell you something.
  • 00:25:38.020 --> 00:25:40.230
  • We'll never be contented, never be contented as long as these
  • 00:25:40.240 --> 00:25:45.150
  • last three deadly sins operate every so subtlety in your life
  • 00:25:45.160 --> 00:25:52.040
  • and in my life.
  • 00:25:52.050 --> 00:25:54.190
  • These three little concluding sins are the great commandments
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  • from Almighty God.
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  • 00:26:02.210 --> 00:26:04.260
  • male announcer: For a limited time,
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  • Dr. Ed Young would like to send you his Ten Commandments sermon
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  • series, "Written in Stone."
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  • Ed: Some people think the Ten Commandments are old-fashioned,
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  • archaic, a set of dusty rules that just don't
  • 00:26:16.040 --> 00:26:19.140
  • apply to our lives today.
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  • But that could not be further from the truth.
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  • The Ten Commandments tell us a lot more than just what not to
  • 00:26:25.030 --> 00:26:28.270
  • do, 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
  • 00:26:37.000 --> 00:26:42.000
  • has given to us, so that we can lead full and meaningful lives.
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  • announcer: To get your set of "Written in Stone," call the
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  • number on your screen today, or go online at winningwalk.org.
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  • of this ministry.
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  • Ed: Listen, the Ten Commandments are as relevant in today's
  • 00:27:03.150 --> 00:27:06.140
  • culture as they were when God delivered
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  • them to Moses on Mount Sinai.
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  • To ignore them is to court disaster.
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  • These are not arbitrary rules, but instead divine principles
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  • that provide the foundation of a life
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  • of joy and safety and victory.
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  • Jesus summed up the commandments in one law,
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  • "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart,
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  • with all thy soul, with all thy mind,
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  • and with all thy strength," and by the way,
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  • "Thou shalt love thy neighbor as you love yourself."
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  • Do you want to know what is good and right?
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  • Then look beyond the commands themselves to God who spoke
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  • them, for he is the one who loved us enough that he
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  • sent his Son not to abolish the law but
  • 00:27:53.140 --> 00:27:56.100
  • to fill it up, to fulfill it.
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  • Listen, if you have questions or would like to talk to someone
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  • today, call the number on your screen right now,
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  • and people are ready to listen and talk with you and give you
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  • wise, biblical counsel.
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  • And join me again next week right here
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  • on "The Winning Walk."
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