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Choosing The Extraordinary Life Part 1

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February 1, 2021
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Everyone wants to live a life that transcends the ordinary. Today we are going to begin our study of one of the most remarkable characters in all of the Bible. Elijah discovered seven secrets for living a truly extraordinary and spiritually significant life.

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  • ♪ MUSIC
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  • [NARRATOR] FROM THE PULPITOF THE FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH
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  • OF DALLAS, TEXAS, THISIS PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • HI, I'M ROBERT JEFFRESS.
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  • AND WELCOME AGAIN TOPATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • LET ME ASK YOU APERSONAL QUESTION.
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  • IN YOUR QUIET, PRIVATE MOMENTS,DO YOU EVER FIND YOURSELF
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  • THINKING THERE MUST BEMORE TO LIFE THAN THIS?
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  • PERHAPS YOU FEEL A LONGINGFOR SOMETHING MORE.
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  • WELL, TODAY WE'REBEGINNING A NEW SERIES
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  • BASED ON THE LIFE OF ELIJAH
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  • IN WHICH WE'LL DISCOVERGOD'S SEVEN SECRETS
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  • FOR SUCCESS AND SIGNIFICANCE.
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  • MY MESSAGE IS TITLED "CHOOSINGTHE EXTRAORDINARY LIFE"
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  • ON TODAY'S EDITION OFPATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • ♪ MUSIC
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  • [NARRATOR] LIFE IS RICH
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  • WHEN IT'S FILLED WITHPURPOSE AND MEANING.
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  • ALL OF US LONG FOR SUCCESS,SIGNIFICANCE AND SATISFACTION,
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  • BUT THE REAL QUESTIONIS, HOW DO WE GET THERE?
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  • IN HIS BESTSELLING BOOK,"CHOOSING THE EXTRAORDINARY
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  • LIFE," DR. ROBERT JEFFRESSOUTLINED SEVEN BIBLICAL
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  • PRINCIPLES FOR TRANSFORMING ANORDINARY EXISTENCE
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  • INTO AN EXTRAORDINARY LIFE.
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  • NO MATTER WHAT YOURAGE OR STAGE OF LIFE,
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  • GOD CAN USE YOU TODO GREAT THINGS.
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  • REQUEST YOUR COPY OF "CHOOSINGTHE EXTRAORDINARY LIFE"
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  • WHEN YOU GIVE A GENEROUSGIFT TO PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • MY FRIEND DR. JAMES DOBSON
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  • HAS WRITTEN ABOUT THEORDINARY EXISTENCE
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  • THAT MOST MEN EXPERIENCE,BUT YOU COULD TAKE HIS WORDS
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  • AND CERTAINLY APPLY THEMTO MOST WOMEN AS WELL.
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  • HE CALLS THE ORDINARYLIFE THE STRAIGHT LIFE.
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  • LISTEN TO HIS DESCRIPTION.
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  • HE SAID, "THE STRAIGHTLIE FOR A WORKING MAN
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  • IS PULLING OUR TIRED FRAMEOUT OF BED FIVE DAYS A WEEK,
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  • 50 WEEKS OUT OF A YEAR.
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  • IT'S EARNING A TWO-WEEKVACATION IN AUGUST
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  • AND CHOOSING A TRIP THATWILL PLEASE THE KIDS.
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  • THE STRAIGHT LIFE ISSPENDING YOUR MONEY WISELY
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  • WHEN YOU'D RATHER INDULGEIN A NEW WHATEVER.
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  • IT IS TAKING YOUR SONBIKE-RIDING ON SATURDAY,
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  • WHEN YOU WANT SO BADLY TOWATCH THE BASEBALL GAME.
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  • IT'S CLEANING OUT THEGARAGE ON YOUR DAY OFF
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  • AFTER WORKING 60HOURS THE PRIOR WEEK.
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  • THE STRAIGHT LIFE ISCOPING WITH HEAD COLDS
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  • AND ENGINE TUNEUPS AND CRABGRASS AND INCOME TAX FORMS."
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  • THAT'S A PRETTY GOOD DESCRIPTION
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  • OF THE ORDINARY EXISTENCEOF MOST MEN AND WOMEN.
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  • AND YET I BELIEVE PERHAPSTHE REASON YOU'RE HERE TODAY
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  • OR YOU'VE TUNEDINTO THIS BROADCAST
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  • IS YOU'VE BEEN CAPTIVATEDPERHAPS BY THE SUBJECT MATTER,
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  • THE TITLE, "CHOOSINGTHE EXTRAORDINARY LIFE."
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  • PERHAPS DEEP DOWNYOU WANT A LIFE
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  • THAT IS TRULY EXTRAORDINARY.
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  • ONE THAT IS MAKINGAN ETERNAL DIFFERENCE
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  • IN THE LIVES OF PEOPLE.
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  • BUT DEEP DOWN YOU SAY, "ANEXTRAORDINARY LIFE FOR ME?
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  • PASTOR, YOU DON'T UNDERSTAND.
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  • I'M RETIRED."
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  • OR, "I'M AN ACCOUNTANT."
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  • OR, "I'M A HOMEMAKER."
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  • OR, "I'M A STUDENT.
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  • WHAT ETERNAL DIFFERENCE
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  • CAN AN ORDINARYPERSON LIKE ME MAKE?"
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  • DON'T EVER UNDERESTIMATE THEPOWER OF AN ORDINARY PERSON
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  • TO MAKE AN EXTRAORDINARY IMPACT.
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  • CONSIDER THE STORYOF EDWARD KIMBALL.
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  • EDWARD KIMBALL WAS ACARPET SALESMAN IN BOSTON.
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  • HE TAUGHT A SUNDAY SCHOOLCLASS OF HIGH SCHOOL BOYS
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  • AT THE MOUNT VERNONCONGREGATIONAL CHURCH IN BOSTON.
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  • AND THERE WAS A BOY IN HIS CLASS
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  • THAT EDWARD KIMBALLWAS CONCERNED ABOUT.
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  • THE BOY WAS 18 YEARS OLD.
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  • HE WASN'T A CHRISTIAN.
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  • KIMBALL PRAYEDFOR HIM REGULARLY,
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  • BUT HE DECIDED HE NEEDEDTO DO MORE THAN PRAY.
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  • HE NEEDED TO SHARETHE GOSPEL WITH HIM.
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  • AND SO HE DECIDED TO GO TOTHE BOY'S PLACE OF WORK,
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  • THE HOLTON SHOESTORE THERE IN BOSTON
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  • TO PRESENT THE GOSPEL TO HIM.
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  • EDWARD KIMBALL WALKED ON THESIDEWALK IN FRONT OF THE STORE
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  • UP AND DOWN FOR A FEW MINUTES
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  • TRYING TO SCREW UPTHE COURAGE TO GO IN.
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  • BUT FINALLY HE WENT INAND HE ASKED THE BOY
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  • IF HE COULD SHARE THE GOSPELWITH HIM, TALK WITH HIM.
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  • THE BOY SAID YES.
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  • AND SO THEY WENTBACK TO THE STOCKROOM
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  • AND EDWARD KIMBALLPRESENTED THE GOSPEL TO HIM.
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  • AND TO HIS SURPRISE,THIS 18-YEAR OLD PRAYED
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  • TO TRUST CHRIST AS HIS SAVIOR.
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  • LATER THAT 18-YEAROLD BOY AS A MAN
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  • WROTE ABOUT THAT EXPERIENCE.
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  • HE SAID, "I WAS INA NEW WORLD WORLD.
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  • THE BIRDS SAYING SWEETER,THE SUN SHONE BRIGHTER.
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  • I HAD NEVER KNOWN SUCH PEACE."
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  • THAT 18-YEAR OLD WASNAMED DWIGHT LYMAN MOODY,
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  • D.L. MOODY, WHO'DGO ON TO BECOME
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  • THE GREATEST EVANGELISTOF THE 19TH CENTURY.
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  • BUT THAT WAS JUST THE BEGINNING.
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  • D.L. MOODY PREACHEDEVANGELISTIC CRUSADES
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  • ALL ACROSS AMERICAAND HE WAS RESPONSIBLE
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  • FOR LEADING ANOTHER MAN TOCHRIST NAMED J. WILBUR CHAPMAN.
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  • J. WILBUR CHAPMAN WOULD BECOMEA PRESBYTERIAN MINISTER.
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  • HE WOULD ALSO BE AN EVANGELIST.
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  • AND BECAUSE OF THE MINISTRYOF J. WILBUR CHAPMAN,
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  • ANOTHER MAN BECAME A CHRISTIAN.
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  • HE WAS AN EX BASEBALLPLAYER NAMED BILLY SUNDAY.
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  • BILLY SUNDAYTRAVELED THE COUNTRY
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  • IN THE LATE 19TH CENTURYAND EARLY 20TH CENTURY
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  • PREACHING EVANGELISTICCRUSADES AROUND THE COUNTRY.
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  • HE EVEN PREACHED IN THE OLDSANCTUARY OF OUR CHURCH,
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  • FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH, DALLAS.
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  • MANY WERE LED TO CHRIST THROUGHBILLY SUNDAY'S MINISTRY.
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  • IN 1924, BILLY SUNDAYWENT TO THE CITY
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  • OF CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA
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  • TO LEAD AN EVANGELISTIC CRUSADE.
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  • AND OVER THOSE WEEKS,THERE WERE SO MANY PEOPLE
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  • IN CHARLOTTE WHOWERE LED TO CHRIST.
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  • SUCH A REVIVAL THATTOOK PLACE IN THAT CITY
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  • THAT AN ORGANIZATION OFBUSINESSMEN WAS FORMED,
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  • THE CHARLOTTE CHRISTIANBUSINESSMAN'S CLUB.
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  • AND THAT CLUB MADE A DIFFERENCEIN THE CITY OF CHARLOTTE.
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  • 10 YEARS LATER IN 1934,
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  • THE CHARLOTTE CHRISTIANBUSINESSMAN'S CLUB
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  • SPONSORED ANEVANGELISTIC CRUSADE.
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  • IT WAS 1934.
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  • AND THEY INVITED ANOTHERWELL-KNOWN EVANGELIST
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  • TO COME LEAD THAT CRUSADE.
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  • HIS NAME WAS MORDECAI HAM.
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  • AND ONE NIGHT AS MORDECAI HAMWAS FINISHING HIS MESSAGE,
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  • HE ISSUED THE INVITATION,AND DOWN THE SAWDUST TRAIL,
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  • THE AISLE, WALKEDANOTHER TEENAGE BOY.
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  • HIS NAME WAS BILLY GRAHAM.
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  • AND BILLY GRAHAM BECAMEA CHRISTIAN THAT NIGHT.
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  • AND GOD USED BILLY GRAHAM TOPREACH ALL OVER THIS COUNTRY
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  • AND ALL OVER THIS WORLD
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  • TO MORE UNBELIEVERS THAN ANYHUMAN BEING HAS EVER PREACHED.
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  • HE LED THE EVANGELISTICCRUSADES IN OUR COUNTRY.
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  • AND IN 1953, BILLY GRAHAMCAME TO THE CITY OF DALLAS
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  • TO LEAD A CRUSADEAT THE COTTON BOWL.
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  • MY PARENTS WHO ARE NOW IN HEAVEN
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  • HAD ONLY BEENMARRIED A FEW YEARS.
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  • MY DAD WAS A CHRISTIAN.
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  • MY MOM WAS NOT A CHRISTIAN.
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  • MY DAD DID EVERYTHING HECOULD TO DRAG MY MOTHER
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  • TO COME DOWN TO THE FIRSTBAPTIST CHURCH OF DALLAS
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  • WHERE HE WAS A MEMBER,BUT SHE REFUSED TO COME.
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  • ONE THING SHE COULDN'TSTAND DR. CHRISWELL.
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  • (PASTOR ANDCONGREGATION LAUGHING)
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  • SHE JUST HATED THE PREACHING.
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  • SHE HATED EVERYTHING ABOUT IT.
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  • SHE WOULD NOT COME.
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  • BUT WHEN BILLYGRAHAM CAME TO TOWN,
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  • MY FATHER PERSUADED HERTO GO TO THE COTTON BOWL,
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  • TO THE CRUSADE.
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  • SHE DID AND THERE SHE TRUSTEDIN CHRIST AS HER SAVIOR.
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  • IT WAS ANNOUNCEDTHAT THE NEXT SUNDAY
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  • BILLY GRAHAM WOULD BE PREACHING
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  • AT THE FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH
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  • -IN DALLAS.-(CONGREGATION LAUGHS)
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  • SO MY MOTHER DECIDEDTO COME WITH MY DAD
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  • AND THEY SAT UP IN THEBALCONY OF THE OLD SANCTUARY.
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  • WHEN BILLY GRAHAMFINISHED HIS MESSAGE,
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  • HE WALKED DOWN FROMBEHIND THE PULPIT,
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  • TOOK DR. CRISWELL BY THE HAND
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  • AND PLACED HISMEMBERSHIP IN OUR CHURCH
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  • WHERE HE CONTINUED TO BEA MEMBER FOR 54 YEARS.
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  • WHEN HE CAME DOWN TO DO THAT,
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  • MY MOM TURNED TO MY DADIN THE BALCONY AND SAID,
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  • "IF IT'S GOOD ENOUGHFOR BILLY GRAHAM,
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  • -IT'S GOOD ENOUGH FOR ME."-(CONGREGATION LAUGHS)
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  • AND SHE JOINED
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  • -THE FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH-(CONGREGATION APPLAUDS)
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  • -OF DALLAS.-(CONGREGATION APPLAUDS)
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  • -THAT WAS 1953.-(CONGREGATION APPLAUDS)
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  • A YEAR AND A HALFLATER I WAS BORN.
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  • AND I CAN TRULY SAY THATI BECAME A CHRISTIAN.
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  • I BECAME A MEMBEROF THIS CHURCH.
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  • I EVENTUALLY BECAMEPASTOR OF THIS CHURCH.
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  • NOT JUST BECAUSE OF THE GREATINFLUENCE OF DR. BILLY GRAHAM,
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  • BUT BECAUSE OF A MAN WHOLIVED 150 YEARS BEFORE HIM.
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  • A CARPET SALESMAN,A LAYMAN IN BOSTON
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  • WHO TOOK THE CALL OF GODSERIOUSLY IN HIS LIFE
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  • AND WANTED TO MAKEAN ETERNAL IMPACT.
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  • DON'T EVER UNDERESTIMATETHE POWER OF GOD
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  • USING AN ORDINARY YOU TO MAKEAN EXTRAORDINARY DIFFERENCE.
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  • HE DID THAT WITH EDWARD KIMBALL.
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  • HE ALSO DID THAT WITH ANOTHERMAN WHO LIVED 3000 YEARS AGO.
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  • HIS NAME WAS ELIJAH, AND HE ISTHE SUBJECT OF OUR NEW STUDY,
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  • "CHOOSING THEEXTRAORDINARY LIFE."
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  • OVER THESE NEXT WEEKS,WE'RE GOING TO DISCOVER
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  • ELIJAH'S SEVEN SECRETS FORLIVING A SPIRITUALLY SUCCESSFUL
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  • AND SIGNIFICANT LIFE.
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  • IF YOU HAVE YOUR BIBLES,I WANT YOU TO TURN
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  • TO 1 KINGS 11.TO 1 KINGS 11.
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  • TO UNDERSTAND THE WORLDIN WHICH ELIJAH LIVED,
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  • WE HAVE TO UNDERSTANDWHAT WAS GOING ON MORALLY
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  • AND SPIRITUALLY IN THE COUNTRY.
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  • IT'S EASY TO SAY,IT'S EASY TO THINK,
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  • WELL, BACK IN BIBLICAL TIMES,
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  • IT WAS A LOT EASIER TO LIVEFOR GOD THAN IT IS TODAY.
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  • TODAY IS FILLED WITHSUCH SIN AND SECULARISM.
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  • IT'S JUST TOO HARDTO LIVE FOR GOD.
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  • THINGS WERE NOT AS BAD BACKTHEN AS THEY ARE TODAY.
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  • AND THAT'S TRUE.
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  • THINGS ARE NOT AS BAD TODAYAS THEY WERE BACK THEN.
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  • THINGS BACK THEN WEREWORSE THAN THEY ARE TODAY.
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  • AND IF YOU DON'T BELIEVE THAT,
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  • JUST LOOK AT THESPIRITUAL DEBAUCHERY,
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  • THE IDOLATRY THAT CHARACTERIZEDTHE WORLD OF ELIJAH.
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  • NOW, THE BOOK OF 1 KINGSBEGINS WITH A FUNERAL
  • 00:10:27.873 --> 00:10:30.876
  • AND IT ENDS WITH A FUNERAL.
  • 00:10:30.910 --> 00:10:32.712
  • IT BEGINS WITH THEFUNERAL OF KING DAVID.
  • 00:10:32.745 --> 00:10:36.182
  • REMEMBER DAVID WAS THEULTIMATE KING OF ISRAEL.
  • 00:10:36.215 --> 00:10:40.286
  • WHEN DAVID DIED, THE DOWNWARDSLIDE OF ISRAEL BEGAN
  • 00:10:40.319 --> 00:10:46.425
  • AND IT BEGAN WITH HISSON NAMED SOLOMON.
  • 00:10:46.459 --> 00:10:48.994
  • SOLOMON STARTEDOUT STRONG FOR GOD.
  • 00:10:49.028 --> 00:10:51.430
  • HE PRAYED FOR WISDOM ASA YOUNG 19-YEAR OLD KING.
  • 00:10:51.464 --> 00:10:55.067
  • HIS HEART WAS WHOLLYDEVOTED TO GOD,
  • 00:10:55.101 --> 00:10:57.837
  • BUT THEN HE DISREGARDEDTHE COMMANDS OF GOD
  • 00:10:57.870 --> 00:11:01.140
  • AND THAT BEGAN THEDOWNWARD SPIRAL OF SOLOMON.
  • 00:11:01.173 --> 00:11:04.210
  • LOOK AT 1 KINGS 11:1-4.
  • 00:11:04.243 --> 00:11:07.913
  • "NOW KING SOLOMON LOVEDMANY FOREIGN WOMEN
  • 00:11:07.947 --> 00:11:11.217
  • ALONG WITH THEDAUGHTER OF PHARAOH,
  • 00:11:11.250 --> 00:11:13.486
  • MOABITE, AMMONITE, EDOMITE,SIDONIAN AND HITTITE WOMEN
  • 00:11:13.519 --> 00:11:17.523
  • FROM THE NATIONS CONCERNINGWHICH THE LORD HAD SAID
  • 00:11:17.556 --> 00:11:20.426
  • TO THE SONS OF ISRAEL, 'YOUSHALL NOT ASSOCIATE WITH THEM
  • 00:11:20.459 --> 00:11:24.163
  • NEITHER SHALL THEYASSOCIATE WITH YOU
  • 00:11:24.196 --> 00:11:26.198
  • OR THEY WILL SURELY TURN YOURHEART AWAY AFTER OTHER GODS.'
  • 00:11:26.232 --> 00:11:30.736
  • BUT SOLOMON HELD FASTTO THESE IN LOVE."
  • 00:11:30.770 --> 00:11:34.707
  • LET ME SAY AS STRONGLY AS I CAN,
  • 00:11:34.740 --> 00:11:37.276
  • DON'T MARRY, DON'TDATE A NON-CHRISTIAN
  • 00:11:37.309 --> 00:11:43.182
  • BECAUSE MORE OFTEN THAN NOT,
  • 00:11:43.215 --> 00:11:45.184
  • THEY WILL TURN YOURHEART AWAY FROM GOD.
  • 00:11:45.217 --> 00:11:49.121
  • MY DAD MARRIED MY MOM WHENSHE WASN'T A CHRISTIAN.
  • 00:11:49.155 --> 00:11:53.058
  • HE DIDN'T KNOW BETTER.
  • 00:11:53.092 --> 00:11:54.326
  • HE WAS JUST UNTAUGHT,NEW IN THE FAITH HIMSELF
  • 00:11:54.360 --> 00:11:57.496
  • AND GOD OVERRODE THAT DECISION.
  • 00:11:57.530 --> 00:12:00.266
  • AND OCCASIONALLYGOD WILL DO THAT.
  • 00:12:00.299 --> 00:12:02.735
  • BUT THE MAJORITYOF TIME I'VE SEEN
  • 00:12:02.768 --> 00:12:04.503
  • AFTER 40 YEARS IN THE MINISTRY,IT WORKS JUST THE OPPOSITE.
  • 00:12:04.537 --> 00:12:08.641
  • YOU DON'T TURN THE HEART OFTHE NON-CHRISTIAN TOWARD GOD.
  • 00:12:08.674 --> 00:12:11.677
  • THAT NON-CHRISTIAN WILLTURN YOUR HEART AGAINST GOD.
  • 00:12:11.710 --> 00:12:15.281
  • IT HAPPENS OVER AND OVER.
  • 00:12:15.314 --> 00:12:16.549
  • AND THAT'S WHATHAPPENED TO KING SOLOMON
  • 00:12:16.582 --> 00:12:18.951
  • BECAUSE OF THE WOMEN.
  • 00:12:18.984 --> 00:12:20.219
  • NOT BECAUSE THEY WERE FOREIGN,
  • 00:12:20.252 --> 00:12:21.587
  • IT WAS BECAUSE THEYWORSHIP FOREIGN GODS.
  • 00:12:21.620 --> 00:12:24.557
  • LOOK AT WHAT HAPPENEDIN VERSE FOUR.
  • 00:12:24.590 --> 00:12:25.825
  • "FOR IT CAME ABOUTWHEN SOLOMON WAS OLD
  • 00:12:25.858 --> 00:12:28.594
  • THAT HIS WIVES TURNED HISHEART AWAY AFTER OTHER GODS
  • 00:12:28.627 --> 00:12:32.631
  • AND HIS HEART WAS NOT WHOLLYDEVOTED TO THE LORD HIS GOD
  • 00:12:32.665 --> 00:12:36.001
  • AS THE HEART OF DAVIDHIS FATHER HAD BEEN."
  • 00:12:36.035 --> 00:12:39.471
  • AFTER SOLOMON DIED, SOLOMON'SSON, REHOBOAM BECAME KING
  • 00:12:39.505 --> 00:12:45.411
  • AND THE DOWNWARDSLIDE CONTINUED.
  • 00:12:45.444 --> 00:12:46.779
  • THERE WAS A CIVIL WARTHAT OCCURRED IN 922 BC.
  • 00:12:46.812 --> 00:12:50.549
  • NOW, LET ME GIVE YOU THREEMINUTES OF ISRAEL LIFE HISTORY
  • 00:12:50.583 --> 00:12:53.185
  • THAT WILL HELP YOUUNDERSTAND THE BIBLE.
  • 00:12:53.219 --> 00:12:55.487
  • IN 922 BC, THERE WAS A CIVIL WAR
  • 00:12:55.521 --> 00:12:58.257
  • THAT SPLIT ISRAELINTO TWO PARTS.
  • 00:12:58.290 --> 00:13:01.093
  • THERE WAS THE NORTHERN KINGDOMAND THE SOUTHERN KINGDOM.
  • 00:13:01.126 --> 00:13:04.330
  • THE NORTHERN KINGDOMCONSISTED OF 10
  • 00:13:04.363 --> 00:13:06.665
  • OF THE 12 TRIBES OF ISRAEL.
  • 00:13:06.699 --> 00:13:08.667
  • AND BECAUSE IT HAD THEMAJORITY OF THE TRIBES,
  • 00:13:08.701 --> 00:13:11.003
  • IT RETAINED THE NAME OF ISRAEL.
  • 00:13:11.036 --> 00:13:14.039
  • ANYTIME YOU READ IN THEBIBLE FROM 1 KINGS 12 ON
  • 00:13:14.073 --> 00:13:18.043
  • THE WORD ISRAEL, IT'S REFERRINGTO THE NORTHERN KINGDOM.
  • 00:13:18.077 --> 00:13:24.216
  • THE SOUTHERN KINGDOMHAD TWO TRIBES IN IT.
  • 00:13:24.250 --> 00:13:25.918
  • ONE OF THOSE TRIBES WAS JUDAH
  • 00:13:25.951 --> 00:13:27.620
  • FROM WHICH WOULDCOME JESUS CHRIST.
  • 00:13:27.653 --> 00:13:29.822
  • THE SOUTHERN KINGDOMBECAME KNOWN AS JUDAH.
  • 00:13:29.855 --> 00:13:32.491
  • SO YOU HAD ISRAEL IN THE NORTH,YOU HAD ISRAEL IN THE SOUTH.
  • 00:13:32.524 --> 00:13:36.262
  • ISRAEL IN THE NORTH HAD 19 KINGS
  • 00:13:36.295 --> 00:13:38.497
  • AND THEY WERE ALLROTTEN TO THE CORE.
  • 00:13:38.530 --> 00:13:40.699
  • EVERY ONE OF THEM.
  • 00:13:40.733 --> 00:13:41.867
  • THEY WERE ALL EVIL.
  • 00:13:41.901 --> 00:13:43.569
  • THE SOUTHERN KINGDOM,JUDAH HAD 20 KINGS
  • 00:13:43.602 --> 00:13:46.171
  • DURING ITS BRIEF HISTORY.
  • 00:13:46.205 --> 00:13:47.973
  • 12 OF THEM WERE EVIL,EIGHT OF THEM WERE GOOD.
  • 00:13:48.007 --> 00:13:51.677
  • ELIJAH LIVED IN NORTHERN ISRAEL.
  • 00:13:51.710 --> 00:13:55.281
  • HE WAS IN THE KINGDOM OF ISRAEL.
  • 00:13:55.314 --> 00:13:57.516
  • THAT'S WHERE HE MINISTERED.
  • 00:13:57.549 --> 00:13:59.218
  • AND THE DOWNWARD SLIDEOF THE NORTHERN KINGDOM
  • 00:13:59.251 --> 00:14:02.521
  • THAT BEGAN WITH SOLOMONINTENSIFIED UNDER A KING
  • 00:14:02.554 --> 00:14:06.825
  • NAMED AHAB. AHAB WAS THE KINGWHEN ELIJAH LIVED ANDMINISTERED.
  • 00:14:06.859 --> 00:14:13.832
  • AHAB IT SAYS DID MORETO PROVOKE GOD TO ANGER
  • 00:14:13.866 --> 00:14:18.304
  • THAN ANY KING BEFORE HIM.
  • 00:14:18.337 --> 00:14:21.040
  • WHY WAS HE SO UNGODLY?
  • 00:14:21.073 --> 00:14:22.574
  • PART OF IT HAD TO DOWITH HIS HERITAGE.
  • 00:14:22.608 --> 00:14:24.843
  • IF YOU DON'T THINKPARENTS MAKE A DIFFERENCE
  • 00:14:24.877 --> 00:14:26.812
  • IN THEIR CHILDREN, LOOKAT WHAT HAPPENED TO AHAB.
  • 00:14:26.845 --> 00:14:29.515
  • 1 KINGS 16:25 SAYS,"OMRI," THAT IS AHAB'S FATHER
  • 00:14:29.548 --> 00:14:33.585
  • "DID EVIL IN THESIGHT OF THE LORD
  • 00:14:33.619 --> 00:14:35.754
  • AND HE ACTED MORE WICKEDLYTHAN ALL WHO WERE BEFORE HIM.
  • 00:14:35.788 --> 00:14:41.493
  • BUT THEN CAME AHAB.
  • 00:14:41.527 --> 00:14:43.128
  • IF YOU THOUGHT OMRI WASBAD, LOOK AT WHAT AHAB DID.
  • 00:14:43.162 --> 00:14:46.131
  • HE MULTIPLIED THESINS OF HIS FATHER.
  • 00:14:46.165 --> 00:14:49.101
  • AND THAT'S INTERESTING.
  • 00:14:49.134 --> 00:14:50.703
  • OMRI'S RAIN WAS SEENAS UNSUCCESSFUL.
  • 00:14:50.736 --> 00:14:53.339
  • THE 60 PLUS YEARS HE WAS KING,
  • 00:14:53.372 --> 00:14:55.341
  • THE NATION WAS FILLEDWITH BLOODSHED,
  • 00:14:55.374 --> 00:14:58.177
  • THE ECONOMY WENT TO POT.
  • 00:14:58.210 --> 00:15:00.279
  • WHEN AHAB BECAME KING,THINGS TURNED AROUND.
  • 00:15:00.312 --> 00:15:03.349
  • BECAUSE OF TRADEDEALS WITH PHOENICIA,
  • 00:15:03.382 --> 00:15:05.517
  • THE ECONOMY PICKED UP ANDTHE PEOPLE WERE HAPPY.
  • 00:15:05.551 --> 00:15:08.554
  • EVERYBODY, IF YOU ASKTHE AVERAGE ISRAELITE,
  • 00:15:08.587 --> 00:15:10.889
  • THOUGHT THINGS WEREGOING SPLENDIDLY
  • 00:15:10.923 --> 00:15:13.258
  • IN THE NATION OF ISRAEL.
  • 00:15:13.292 --> 00:15:15.594
  • IT COULD WELL BE SAID IN ISRAEL
  • 00:15:15.627 --> 00:15:17.229
  • THERE WAS A CHICKEN INEVERY POT, IN A CHARIOT,
  • 00:15:17.262 --> 00:15:19.598
  • IN EVERY GARAGE.
  • 00:15:19.631 --> 00:15:21.100
  • PEOPLE WERE HAPPY WITH WHATWAS HAPPENING IN THE COUNTRY.
  • 00:15:21.133 --> 00:15:24.636
  • BUT YOU KNOW WHAT?
  • 00:15:24.670 --> 00:15:26.071
  • GOD DOES NOT JUDGE THE SUCCESSOF A NATION BY ITS GDP.
  • 00:15:26.105 --> 00:15:30.743
  • IT'S GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT.
  • 00:15:30.776 --> 00:15:33.078
  • GOD JUDGES A NATION BY GBP.
  • 00:15:33.112 --> 00:15:36.682
  • IT'S GODLY BEHAVIOR PRODUCT.
  • 00:15:36.715 --> 00:15:39.718
  • AND BY THAT MEASUREMENT,
  • 00:15:39.752 --> 00:15:41.754
  • THE NATION WAS IN ASERIOUS DEFICIT POSITION.
  • 00:15:41.787 --> 00:15:45.924
  • THE NATION WAS SLIDINGDOWNWARD SPIRITUALLY.
  • 00:15:45.958 --> 00:15:49.528
  • THAT INTENSIFIED IN UNDER AHAB.
  • 00:15:49.561 --> 00:15:52.931
  • FIRST OF ALL, BECAUSEOF HIS UNGODLY FATHER,
  • 00:15:52.965 --> 00:15:55.234
  • BUT ALSO BECAUSE OFHIS UNGODLY WIFE.
  • 00:15:55.267 --> 00:15:59.838
  • THE REASON AHAB PROVOKEDTHE LORD TO ANGER
  • 00:15:59.872 --> 00:16:03.409
  • MORE THAN ANYONE BEFORE HIMWAS BECAUSE OF HIS WIFE.
  • 00:16:03.442 --> 00:16:07.613
  • NOW I KNOW SOME OF YOULADIES ARE THINKING,
  • 00:16:07.646 --> 00:16:09.181
  • THAT'S RIGHT PASTOR.
  • 00:16:09.214 --> 00:16:10.416
  • -BLAME IT ON THE WOMEN.-(CONGREGATION LAUGHS)
  • 00:16:10.449 --> 00:16:11.617
  • BLAME IT ON THE WOMEN.
  • 00:16:11.650 --> 00:16:13.052
  • NO, IT WASN'T BECAUSESHE WAS A WOMAN.
  • 00:16:13.085 --> 00:16:15.154
  • IT WAS BECAUSE SHE WAS A PAGAN.
  • 00:16:15.187 --> 00:16:17.322
  • SHE WAS A FOREIGN WIFE WHOWORSHIPED A FOREIGN GOD
  • 00:16:17.356 --> 00:16:21.894
  • AND SHE BROUGHT THE WORSHIPOF THAT FOREIGN GOD,
  • 00:16:21.927 --> 00:16:24.663
  • BAAL INTO ISRAEL.
  • 00:16:24.696 --> 00:16:27.232
  • AND THAT'S WHY WE FINDIN 1 KINGS 16:31,
  • 00:16:27.266 --> 00:16:30.202
  • "IT CAME ABOUT AS THOUGHIT HAD BEEN A TRIVIAL THING
  • 00:16:30.235 --> 00:16:33.639
  • FOR HIM TO WALK IN THE SINSOF JEROBOAM THE SON OF NEBAT,
  • 00:16:33.672 --> 00:16:38.010
  • THAT HE MARRIED JEZEBELTHE DAUGHTER OF ETHBAAL
  • 00:16:38.043 --> 00:16:42.047
  • KING OF THE SARDINIANS."
  • 00:16:42.081 --> 00:16:45.017
  • JEZEBEL MADE A SPORTOF HUNTING DOWN
  • 00:16:45.050 --> 00:16:47.419
  • THE PROPHETS OF JEHOVAH GOD
  • 00:16:47.453 --> 00:16:49.521
  • AS WE'LL SEE IN THE WEEKS AHEAD.
  • 00:16:49.555 --> 00:16:52.124
  • BUT THE THING THAT ANGEREDGOD MOST ABOUT JEZEBEL
  • 00:16:52.157 --> 00:16:55.027
  • WAS THE WORSHIP OF BAAL.
  • 00:16:55.060 --> 00:16:57.296
  • AND THAT DOWNWARDSLIDE OF ISRAEL
  • 00:16:57.329 --> 00:16:59.465
  • THAT BEGUN WITH SOLOMONINTENSIFIED UNDER AHAB,
  • 00:16:59.498 --> 00:17:03.535
  • IT FINALLY CULMINATEDIN THE WORSHIP OF BAAL.
  • 00:17:03.569 --> 00:17:09.141
  • WHO WAS BAAL?
  • 00:17:09.174 --> 00:17:10.576
  • IT'S INTERESTING THEWORSHIPERS OF BAAL
  • 00:17:10.609 --> 00:17:12.811
  • DID NOT DENY THEEXISTENCE OF JEHOVAH GOD.
  • 00:17:12.845 --> 00:17:16.115
  • THEY SIMPLY SAID BAALWAS GREATER THAN GOD.
  • 00:17:16.148 --> 00:17:18.650
  • IN FACT, HIS NAMEMEANS LORD OR OWNER.
  • 00:17:18.684 --> 00:17:21.854
  • BAAL WAS THOUGHT TOBE THE GOD OF THE SUN,
  • 00:17:21.887 --> 00:17:25.324
  • OF RAIN, OF FERTILITYAND CLIMATE CHANGE.
  • 00:17:25.357 --> 00:17:30.996
  • (CONGREGATION LAUGHS)
  • 00:17:31.029 --> 00:17:33.665
  • -ISN'T THAT INTERESTING?-(CONGREGATION LAUGHS)
  • 00:17:33.699 --> 00:17:35.701
  • THEY ATTRIBUTED CLIMATECHANGE WHICH WAS SO INTEGRAL
  • 00:17:35.734 --> 00:17:39.471
  • IN AN AGRICULTURALSOCIETY TO THE ECONOMY.
  • 00:17:39.505 --> 00:17:42.774
  • THEY ATTRIBUTEDCLIMATE CHANGE AND RAIN
  • 00:17:42.808 --> 00:17:46.345
  • TO THIS FALSE GOD NAMED BAAL.
  • 00:17:46.378 --> 00:17:50.582
  • WE DO THE SAME THING TODAY
  • 00:17:50.616 --> 00:17:52.384
  • WHEN WE TALK ABOUTMOTHER NATURE.
  • 00:17:52.417 --> 00:17:54.753
  • DO YOU HEAR THESE IDIOTICCOMMENTATORS AND METEOROLOGISTS
  • 00:17:54.786 --> 00:17:58.090
  • TALKING ABOUT MOTHER NATURE,MOTHER NATURE, MOTHER NATURE?
  • 00:17:58.123 --> 00:18:01.627
  • MOTHER NATURE IS JUSTANOTHER NAME FOR BAAL.
  • 00:18:01.660 --> 00:18:04.263
  • THERE IS ONLY ONEGOD WHO CONTROLS
  • 00:18:04.296 --> 00:18:07.432
  • WHAT HAPPENS IN THIS WORLDAND HIS NAME IS JEHOVAH GOD.
  • 00:18:07.466 --> 00:18:10.836
  • -HE IS THE GOD OVERALL.-(CONGREGATION APPLAUDS)
  • 00:18:10.869 --> 00:18:14.673
  • WELL, THEY DIDN'TUNDERSTAND THAT.
  • 00:18:14.706 --> 00:18:15.841
  • SO THEY WORSHIPED BAAL.
  • 00:18:15.874 --> 00:18:17.309
  • BUT WHAT WAS PARTICULARLYODIOUS IN THE NOSTRILS OF GOD
  • 00:18:17.342 --> 00:18:20.946
  • WAS THE WAY IN WHICHTHEY WORSHIPED BAAL.
  • 00:18:20.979 --> 00:18:23.448
  • THEY WORSHIPED HIMTHROUGH SEXUAL PERVERSION,
  • 00:18:23.482 --> 00:18:26.185
  • THROUGH SELF-MUTILATION ANDTHROUGH CHILD SACRIFICE.
  • 00:18:26.218 --> 00:18:32.357
  • THE IDOLS TO BAAL WEREMADE OUT OF SHEET METAL.
  • 00:18:32.391 --> 00:18:34.993
  • AND IN THE BELLY OF THATIDOL, IT WAS CARVED OUT.
  • 00:18:35.027 --> 00:18:39.398
  • IT WAS MADE HOLLOW SO THATTHEY COULD BUILD A FIRE
  • 00:18:39.431 --> 00:18:42.734
  • IN THE BELLY OF BAAL.
  • 00:18:42.768 --> 00:18:44.469
  • AND ONCE THAT FIRE WAS LIT,
  • 00:18:44.503 --> 00:18:46.705
  • THEY WOULD TAKEBABIES WHO ARE ALIVE
  • 00:18:46.738 --> 00:18:49.141
  • AND THROW THEM INTO THE FIREAND BURN THOSE BABIES ALIVE.
  • 00:18:49.174 --> 00:18:53.912
  • THAT'S WHAT THEY BELIEVED THATTHEY ALL REQUIRED OF THEM.
  • 00:18:53.946 --> 00:18:57.616
  • AND SO IT WAS THATCHILD SACRIFICE
  • 00:18:57.649 --> 00:19:00.385
  • THAT PARTICULARLY ENRAGED GOD.
  • 00:19:00.419 --> 00:19:02.754
  • LOOK AT VERSES 32 AND33 OF 1 KINGS 16.
  • 00:19:02.788 --> 00:19:06.124
  • "SO HE ERECTED AN ALTAR FORBAAL IN THE HOUSE OF BAAL,
  • 00:19:06.158 --> 00:19:10.562
  • WHICH HE BUILT IN SAMARIA."
  • 00:19:10.596 --> 00:19:13.265
  • AHAB BUILT A TEMPLEFOR THIS FALSE GOD BAAL
  • 00:19:13.298 --> 00:19:16.034
  • IN THE CAPITAL OF THE CITY.
  • 00:19:16.068 --> 00:19:17.803
  • AND THEY HAVE ALSOMADE THE ASHERAH.
  • 00:19:17.836 --> 00:19:21.807
  • ASHERAH WAS THOUGHT TO BETHE FEMALE COMPANION OF BAAL.
  • 00:19:21.840 --> 00:19:25.877
  • SO HE MADE A STATUTEOF THE ASHERAH
  • 00:19:25.911 --> 00:19:28.046
  • THUS AHAB DID MORE TO PROVOKETHE LORD GOD OF ISRAEL
  • 00:19:28.080 --> 00:19:32.618
  • THAN ALL THE KINGS OFISRAEL WHO WERE BEFORE HIM.
  • 00:19:32.651 --> 00:19:37.589
  • EVIL WAS RUNNING RAMPANT
  • 00:19:37.623 --> 00:19:39.358
  • AND UNCHECKEDTHROUGHOUT THE NATION.
  • 00:19:39.391 --> 00:19:41.560
  • AND AT THAT PARTICULAR TIME,
  • 00:19:41.593 --> 00:19:43.662
  • GOD RAISED UP HISREPRESENTATIVE, A MAN NAMED
  • 00:19:43.695 --> 00:19:49.801
  • ELIJAH. IT'S INTERESTING WHENWE LOOK AT ELIJAH.
  • 00:19:49.835 --> 00:19:51.536
  • HE WAS NO SPIRITUAL SUPERMAN.
  • 00:19:51.570 --> 00:19:54.172
  • JAMES 5:17 SAYS THAT HE WAS AMAN WITH A LIKE NATURE AS OURS.
  • 00:19:54.206 --> 00:20:00.646
  • HE WAS AN ORDINARY PERSON.
  • 00:20:00.679 --> 00:20:02.347
  • HE HAD THE SAMEBATTLES YOU AND I HAVE.
  • 00:20:02.381 --> 00:20:04.916
  • HE BATTLED WITHDEPRESSION, DESPAIR,
  • 00:20:04.950 --> 00:20:08.120
  • TEMPTATION, WITHDOUBTS ABOUT GOD.
  • 00:20:08.153 --> 00:20:11.490
  • NEVERTHELESS, GOD USED HIMIN AN EXTRAORDINARY WAY
  • 00:20:11.523 --> 00:20:15.060
  • TO MAKE A DIFFERENCEIN HIS NATION.
  • 00:20:15.093 --> 00:20:17.863
  • WHY WAS THAT?
  • 00:20:17.896 --> 00:20:19.298
  • I WANT YOU TO NOTICETHREE QUALITIES OF ELIJAH.
  • 00:20:19.331 --> 00:20:22.401
  • FIRST OF ALL, ELIJAHWAS A MAN OF PASSION.
  • 00:20:22.434 --> 00:20:28.407
  • HE BURNED HOT.
  • 00:20:28.440 --> 00:20:30.509
  • HE BURNED HOT FOR GOD.
  • 00:20:30.542 --> 00:20:32.778
  • WE FIND THAT INTHE OPENING WORDS
  • 00:20:32.811 --> 00:20:34.379
  • WHERE HE JUST APPEARS OUTOF NOWHERE ON THE SCENE.
  • 00:20:34.413 --> 00:20:36.548
  • LOOK AT 1 KINGS 17:1.
  • 00:20:36.581 --> 00:20:38.483
  • "NOW ELIJAH THE TISHBITE, WHOWAS OF THE SETTLERS OF GILEAD
  • 00:20:38.517 --> 00:20:42.321
  • SAID TO AHAB, 'AS THE LORDTHE GOD OF ISRAEL LIVES,
  • 00:20:42.354 --> 00:20:46.992
  • BEFORE WHOM I STAND, SURELYTHERE SHALL BE NEITHER DEW
  • 00:20:47.025 --> 00:20:50.696
  • NOR RAIN THESE YEARS,EXCEPT BY MY WORD.'"
  • 00:20:50.729 --> 00:20:54.399
  • NOW, THAT TOOK GUTS TOCOME BEFORE A PAGAN KING
  • 00:20:54.433 --> 00:20:58.403
  • AND A PAGAN QUEEN WHO LOVEDTO KILL JEHOVAH'S PROPHETS.
  • 00:20:58.437 --> 00:21:02.374
  • HE CAME AND SAID, "GOD'SGOING TO STOP THE RAIN."
  • 00:21:02.407 --> 00:21:07.446
  • NOW, WHEN HE SAID, "AS THELORD LIVES," NOTICE THAT.
  • 00:21:07.479 --> 00:21:11.283
  • UNDERLINE THAT IN YOURBIBLE, "AS THE LORD LIVES."
  • 00:21:11.316 --> 00:21:14.986
  • THAT WAS CERTAINLY A JAB ATAHAB AND THE GOD HE SERVED
  • 00:21:15.020 --> 00:21:18.623
  • WHO WAS AS DEAD AS THEY COME.
  • 00:21:18.657 --> 00:21:20.359
  • BAAL WAS A STATUE THATWAS MADE BY MAN'S HAND.
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  • ELIJAH WAS SAYING, "ISERVE THE LIVING GOD.
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  • YOU'RE SERVING A DEAD GOD."
  • 00:21:26.531 --> 00:21:28.934
  • BUT BY SAYING, "ASTHE LORD LIVES,"
  • 00:21:28.967 --> 00:21:31.470
  • HE WAS SAYING SOMETHING ELSE.
  • 00:21:31.503 --> 00:21:32.771
  • HE WAS TELLING USSOMETHING ABOUT HIMSELF.
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  • TO ELIJAH, GOD WAS MOREALIVE AND MORE REAL
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  • THAN EVEN AHAB AND JEZEBEL WERE.
  • 00:21:41.913 --> 00:21:45.384
  • TO ELIJAH, AHAB AND JEZEBELWERE JUST LIKE BLADES OF GRASS
  • 00:21:45.417 --> 00:21:48.787
  • THAT BLOW A LITTLE WHILEIN THE WIND AND THEN DIE.
  • 00:21:48.820 --> 00:21:53.625
  • BUT ELIJAH, HE WASN'T SERVINGTHE BAAL, AHAB OR JEZEBEL.
  • 00:21:53.658 --> 00:21:56.828
  • HE WAS A SERVANTOF THE ETERNAL GOD.
  • 00:21:56.862 --> 00:21:59.865
  • AND HE WAS CONSUMED WITH THATPASSION TO MAKE THAT GOD KNOWN
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  • TO THE ENTIRE WORLD.
  • 00:22:04.603 --> 00:22:06.872
  • A.W. TOZER ONCE SAID, "THEMOMENT WE MAKE UP OUR MINDS
  • 00:22:06.905 --> 00:22:11.009
  • THAT WE ARE GOING ON WITH THISDETERMINATION TO EXALT GOD,
  • 00:22:11.042 --> 00:22:15.313
  • OVERALL WE STEP OUT OFTHE WORLD'S PARADE."
  • 00:22:15.347 --> 00:22:19.818
  • WE SHALL FIND OURSELVESOUT OF ADJUSTMENT
  • 00:22:19.851 --> 00:22:22.220
  • TO THE WAYS OF THE WORLD
  • 00:22:22.254 --> 00:22:23.855
  • AND INCREASINGLY SO AS WEMAKE PROGRESS IN THE HOLY WAY.
  • 00:22:23.889 --> 00:22:29.294
  • ELIJAH WAS EXTRAORDINARY
  • 00:22:29.327 --> 00:22:30.762
  • BECAUSE HE GOT OUT OFTHE WORLD'S PARADE.
  • 00:22:30.796 --> 00:22:32.864
  • HE WASN'T GOING THE WAY EVERYOTHER PERSON IN THE WORLD WAS.
  • 00:22:32.898 --> 00:22:36.868
  • HE WANTED TO BE DIFFERENT.
  • 00:22:36.902 --> 00:22:38.537
  • HE WANTED TO STAND FOR GOD.
  • 00:22:38.570 --> 00:22:40.038
  • AND IT WAS THAT PASSION FORGOD THAT CAUSED GOD TO USE HIM
  • 00:22:40.071 --> 00:22:43.408
  • IN AN EXTRAORDINARY WAY.
  • 00:22:43.442 --> 00:22:45.744
  • ELIJAH WAS A MAN OF PASSION.
  • 00:22:45.777 --> 00:22:47.145
  • SECONDLY, HE WASA MAN OF PURPOSE.
  • 00:22:47.179 --> 00:22:49.948
  • HE WAS A MAN OF PURPOSE.
  • 00:22:49.981 --> 00:22:52.083
  • AND ELIJAH UNDERSTOOD HEHAD ONE REASON FOR LIVING
  • 00:22:52.117 --> 00:22:55.187
  • AND THAT WAS TO MAKE GOD KNOWN
  • 00:22:55.220 --> 00:22:57.088
  • TO AS MANY PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE.
  • 00:22:57.122 --> 00:22:58.990
  • IN FACT, YOU FIND THATIN HIS NAME, ELIJAH,
  • 00:22:59.024 --> 00:23:01.593
  • THE NAME ELIJAH THAT HISPARENTS BESTOWED UPON HIM
  • 00:23:01.626 --> 00:23:04.629
  • LITERALLY MEANS YAHWEH IS GOD,YAHWEH IS GOD
  • 00:23:04.663 --> 00:23:10.602
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  • 00:23:10.635 --> 00:23:15.173
  • WE'VE ONLY HAD TIME TO DISCUSSSOME OF ELIJAH'S QUALITIES.
  • 00:23:15.207 --> 00:23:19.010
  • SO LET ME URGE YOU TOLISTEN AGAIN NEXT TIME
  • 00:23:19.044 --> 00:23:22.214
  • WHEN I'LL ADDRESSSEVERAL OTHERS.
  • 00:23:22.247 --> 00:23:24.349
  • WE'RE TALKING THIS MONTH
  • 00:23:24.382 --> 00:23:25.584
  • ABOUT CHOOSING THEEXTRAORDINARY LIFE.
  • 00:23:25.617 --> 00:23:28.353
  • AND AS WE EMBARK ON THISNEW SERIES TOGETHER,
  • 00:23:28.386 --> 00:23:31.323
  • LET ME SAY THANKSFOR GIVING GENEROUSLY
  • 00:23:31.356 --> 00:23:34.159
  • TO SUPPORT PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
  • 00:23:34.192 --> 00:23:36.361
  • I CAN ASSURE YOU
  • 00:23:36.394 --> 00:23:37.629
  • THAT EVERY SINGLE DOLLARYOU GIVE MAKES AN IMPACT
  • 00:23:37.662 --> 00:23:40.098
  • AND NO GIFT IS TOO SMALL.
  • 00:23:40.131 --> 00:23:42.501
  • WHEN YOU GIVE A GENEROUSGIFT TO PATHWAY TO VICTORY,
  • 00:23:42.534 --> 00:23:45.370
  • GOD IS USING YOU ASOUR CHANNEL OF BLESSING
  • 00:23:45.403 --> 00:23:48.473
  • TO SOMEONE YOU MAY NEVERMEET UNTIL YOU GET TO HEAVEN.
  • 00:23:48.507 --> 00:23:51.877
  • PLEASE CONTINUETO PARTNER WITH US
  • 00:23:51.910 --> 00:23:54.145
  • AS TOGETHER WEPIERCE THE DARKNESS
  • 00:23:54.179 --> 00:23:56.848
  • WITH THE LIGHT OF GOD'S WORD.
  • 00:23:56.882 --> 00:23:58.917
  • NOW ,STAY RIGHT THERE.
  • 00:23:58.950 --> 00:24:00.452
  • I'LL BE BACK WITH MORE PATHWAYTO VICTORY IN JUST A MOMENT.
  • 00:24:00.485 --> 00:24:07.125
  • [NARRATOR] BASED ON THEINSPIRATIONAL LIFE OF ELIJAH,
  • 00:24:07.158 --> 00:24:10.095
  • DR. JEFFRESS' BEST-SELLING BOOK
  • 00:24:10.128 --> 00:24:11.763
  • "CHOOSING THEEXTRAORDINARY LIFE"
  • 00:24:11.796 --> 00:24:13.899
  • IDENTIFIES SEVENBIBLICAL SECRETS
  • 00:24:13.932 --> 00:24:16.001
  • FOR SUCCESS AND SIGNIFICANCE.
  • 00:24:16.034 --> 00:24:18.036
  • MOST OF US DON'T WAKEUP IN THE MORNING
  • 00:24:18.069 --> 00:24:19.971
  • FEELING LIKE SUPERHEROES,READY TO SLATE GIANTS
  • 00:24:20.005 --> 00:24:23.508
  • OR SOLVE THE WORLD'S PROBLEMS.
  • 00:24:23.542 --> 00:24:25.644
  • IN FACT, MOST PEOPLE ARE SIMPLYTRYING TO SURVIVE THE DAY,
  • 00:24:25.677 --> 00:24:29.514
  • BUT BENEATH THESURFACE WE ALL LONG
  • 00:24:29.548 --> 00:24:31.716
  • FOR A GENUINE SENSE OFPURPOSE, POWER AND PASSION.
  • 00:24:31.750 --> 00:24:36.288
  • WHEREVER GOD HAS PLACED YOU,
  • 00:24:36.321 --> 00:24:38.223
  • YOUR HOME, YOURWORKPLACE, YOUR FAMILY,
  • 00:24:38.256 --> 00:24:42.928
  • GOD HAS PLACED YOUTHERE FOR A REASON.
  • 00:24:42.961 --> 00:24:45.463
  • YOUR SPECIFIC PURPOSEIN LIFE CAN BE DESCRIBED
  • 00:24:45.497 --> 00:24:48.266
  • AS THE STORY GOD CREATEDFOR YOU TO TELL THE WORLD.
  • 00:24:48.300 --> 00:24:52.571
  • [NARRATOR] REQUEST DR.JEFFRESS' BEST-SELLING BOOK,
  • 00:24:52.604 --> 00:24:54.839
  • "CHOOSING THEEXTRAORDINARY LIFE"
  • 00:24:54.873 --> 00:24:56.641
  • WHEN YOU GIVE A GENEROUSGIFT TO PATHWAY TO VICTORY
  • 00:24:56.675 --> 00:24:59.544
  • [JEFFRESS] NO MATTER YOURAGE OR SEASON OF LIFE,
  • 00:24:59.578 --> 00:25:02.213
  • GOD WANTS TO UNLEASHHIS POWER IN YOU
  • 00:25:02.247 --> 00:25:05.317
  • TO FILL YOUR HEART WITH PASSIONAND YOUR LIFE WITH PURPOSE.
  • 00:25:05.350 --> 00:25:09.721
  • [NARRATOR] AND WHEN YOURGIFT IS $75 OR MORE,
  • 00:25:09.754 --> 00:25:12.724
  • YOU'LL ALSO RECEIVETHE COMPLETE UNEDITED
  • 00:25:12.757 --> 00:25:15.093
  • "CHOOSING THE EXTRAORDINARYLIFE TEACHING SERIES"
  • 00:25:15.126 --> 00:25:18.029
  • ON CD AND DVD.
  • 00:25:18.063 --> 00:25:20.131
  • [JEFFRESS] GOD HAS A GENERALPURPOSE FOR EVERYONE,
  • 00:25:20.165 --> 00:25:23.735
  • BUT HE HAS A SPECIFICPURPOSE FOR YOUR LIFE.
  • 00:25:23.768 --> 00:25:26.738
  • [NARRATOR] LET TODAYBE THE DAY YOU CHOOSE
  • 00:25:26.771 --> 00:25:28.740
  • THE EXTRAORDINARY LIFE.
  • 00:25:28.773 --> 00:25:30.408
  • WHEN YOU REQUEST "CHOOSINGTHE EXTRAORDINARY LIFE"
  • 00:25:30.442 --> 00:25:33.411
  • FROM PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
  • 00:25:33.445 --> 00:25:35.880
  • ♪ MUSIC
  • 00:25:35.914 --> 00:25:37.616
  • IT DOESN'T MATTER IF YOU'REA GRANDPARENT, AN ACCOUNTANT,
  • 00:25:37.649 --> 00:25:41.086
  • A HOMEMAKER, A STUDENT,A RETAIL WORKER
  • 00:25:41.119 --> 00:25:43.855
  • OR ANY OTHER OCCUPATION, NEVERUNDERESTIMATE YOUR POTENTIAL
  • 00:25:43.888 --> 00:25:50.295
  • BECAUSE GOD CAN USE YOU TOMAKE AN ETERNAL DIFFERENCE.
  • 00:25:50.328 --> 00:25:53.999
  • WELL, TODAY I BEGAN BYOUTLINING THE STONES ELIJAH LAID
  • 00:25:54.032 --> 00:25:58.203
  • AS A FOUNDATION FORHIS LIFE AND MINISTRY.
  • 00:25:58.236 --> 00:26:01.206
  • AND NEXT TIME I'LL HIGHLIGHTSEVEN CHOICES ELIJAH MADE
  • 00:26:01.239 --> 00:26:05.443
  • BUILT ON THAT SOLID FOUNDATION
  • 00:26:05.477 --> 00:26:07.912
  • THAT UNLOCKED THE SECRETFOR SPIRITUAL SUCCESS.
  • 00:26:07.946 --> 00:26:11.483
  • STAY TUNED FOR A PREVIEW OFWHAT'S COMING UP NEXT TIME
  • 00:26:11.516 --> 00:26:14.452
  • ON PATHWAY TO VICTORY
  • 00:26:14.486 --> 00:26:16.921
  • [NARRATOR] TODAY WHENYOU GIVE A GENEROUS GIFT
  • 00:26:16.955 --> 00:26:18.923
  • TO SUPPORT THE MINISTRYOF PATHWAY TO VICTORY,
  • 00:26:18.957 --> 00:26:21.593
  • WE'LL SAY THANKS BYSENDING YOU A COPY
  • 00:26:21.626 --> 00:26:23.862
  • OF DR. JEFFRESS'BESTSELLING BOOK,
  • 00:26:23.895 --> 00:26:25.864
  • "CHOOSING THEEXTRAORDINARY LIFE"
  • 00:26:25.897 --> 00:26:28.099
  • PLUS THE ELIJAH MAPIS OUR GIFT TO YOU
  • 00:26:28.133 --> 00:26:31.036
  • SIMPLY FOR CONTACTING USTODAY AT PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
  • 00:26:31.069 --> 00:26:34.339
  • AND WHEN YOUR GIFTIS $75 OR MORE,
  • 00:26:34.372 --> 00:26:37.308
  • WE'LL ALSO SEND YOU THE COMPLETE
  • 00:26:37.342 --> 00:26:39.010
  • "CHOOSING THE EXTRAORDINARYLIFE TEACHING SERIES"
  • 00:26:39.044 --> 00:26:41.813
  • ON CD AND DVD.
  • 00:26:41.846 --> 00:26:44.282
  • THESE PROGRAMS ARE MADE POSSIBLE
  • 00:26:44.315 --> 00:26:46.017
  • BECAUSE OF YOURGENEROUS SUPPORT.
  • 00:26:46.051 --> 00:26:48.086
  • SO THANKS FOR CALLING,WRITING OR GOING ONLINE
  • 00:26:48.119 --> 00:26:50.689
  • TO GIVE TODAY.
  • 00:26:50.722 --> 00:26:51.923
  • NOW, COMING UP NEXT TIMEON PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
  • 00:26:51.956 --> 00:26:55.493
  • GOD HAS GIVEN USA RESCUE MISSION.
  • 00:26:55.527 --> 00:26:59.297
  • AND ONLY WHEN WE UNDERSTANDTHAT ETERNAL PURPOSE
  • 00:26:59.330 --> 00:27:03.368
  • GOD HAS FOR US AND BUILD OURLIVES AROUND THAT PURPOSE,
  • 00:27:03.401 --> 00:27:07.372
  • ONLY THEN WILL WE TRANSFORMAN ORDINARY EXISTENCE
  • 00:27:07.405 --> 00:27:13.545
  • INTO AN EXTRAORDINARY LIFE.
  • 00:27:13.578 --> 00:27:17.749
  • [NARRATOR] SET YOUR DVRAND JOIN US NEXT TIME
  • 00:27:17.782 --> 00:27:19.984
  • FOR PART TWO OF THE MESSAGE,
  • 00:27:20.018 --> 00:27:21.386
  • "CHOOSING THEEXTRAORDINARY LIFE"
  • 00:27:21.419 --> 00:27:23.621
  • HERE ON PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
  • 00:27:23.655 --> 00:27:25.323
  • ♪ MUSIC
  • 00:27:25.356 --> 00:27:27.992