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February 9, 2021
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Today we are going to examine a basic attitude choice that not only impacts our lives; but our eternity.

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  • ♪ MUSIC
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  • [NARRATOR] FROM THE PULPIT
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  • OF THE FIRST BAPTISTCHURCH OF DALLAS, TEXAS,
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  • THIS IS "PATHWAY TO VICTORY"WITH DR. ROBERT JEFFRESS.
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  • HI, I'M ROBERT JEFFRESSAND WELCOME AGAIN
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  • TO "PATHWAY TO VICTORY".
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  • TODAY MILLIONS OFAMERICANS ARE STRUGGLING
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  • WITH THE PHYSICAL, MENTAL ANDSPIRITUAL EFFECTS OF STRESS.
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  • IS THERE ANY WAY TO BREAKFREE FROM THE ENDLESS CYCLE
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  • OF TENSION AND STRAIN?
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  • WELL, TODAY I'M GOING TO SHOWYOU THAT WHILE WE CAN'T LIVE
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  • WITHOUT PROBLEMS, WE CANLIVE ABOVE OUR PROBLEMS
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  • AND IT BEGINS BYMAKING A CHOICE.
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  • MY MESSAGE IS TITLED CHOOSINGRELAXATION OVER STRESS
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  • ON TODAY'S EDITION OF"PATHWAY TO VICTORY."
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  • ♪ MUSIC
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  • [NARRATOR] WE CANNOT CHOOSETHE CIRCUMSTANCES WE FACE
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  • BUT WE CAN CHOOSEOUR RESPONSE TO THEM.
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  • LEARN HOW TO MAKE YOURCIRCUMSTANCES WORK FOR YOU
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  • NOT AGAINST YOU WITHA BRAND NEW BOOK
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  • FROM DR. ROBERT JEFFRESS,
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  • "CHOOSE YOUR ATTITUDESCHANGE YOUR LIFE."
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  • WHEN IT COMES TOFACING OBSTACLES,
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  • ATTITUDE IS EVERYTHING.
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  • THE PRACTICAL BIBLICALPRINCIPLES IN THIS BOOK
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  • WILL HELP YOU EXPERIENCETHE JOY GOD INTENDS FOR YOU
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  • REGARDLESS OF WHAT'SHAPPENING AROUND YOU.
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  • REQUEST "CHOOSE YOURATTITUDES CHANGE YOUR LIFE"
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  • WHEN YOU GIVE A GENEROUSGIFT TO "PATHWAY TO VICTORY."
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  • ♪ MUSIC
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  • IN 1964, SUPREME COURTJUSTICE POTTER STEWART
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  • WAS ASKED TO DEFINE OBSCENITY,AND HE FAMOUSLY SAID
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  • "I'M NOT ABLE TO DEFINE IT,BUT I KNOW IT WHEN I SEE IT."
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  • YOU KNOW THE SAME THINGCOULD BE SAID ABOUT STRESS.
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  • YOU MAY NOT BE ABLE TO DEFINESTRESS, GIVE A DICTIONARY
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  • DEFINITION OF STRESS, BUTWE KNOW IT WHEN WE SEE IT
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  • OR MORE ACCURATELY, WE KNOWIT WHEN WE FEEL IT, DON'T WE?
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  • MIGRAINES, HIGH BLOODPRESSURE, CERTAIN STROKES,
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  • EVEN CANCER ARE JUSTSOME OF THE SYMPTOMS
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  • OF A STRESSED OUT SOCIETY.
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  • IT'S NO ACCIDENT THATAMONG THE TOP SELLING DRUGS
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  • IN OUR COUNTRY RIGHT NOW ARETHE ULCER MEDICATION TAGAMET,
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  • THE HYPERTENSIONMEDICINE INDERAL
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  • AND THE TRANQUILIZER VALIUM.
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  • AND DON'T MAKE THE MISTAKE OFTHINKING STRESS IS SOMETHING
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  • THAT CHRISTIANS ARE EXEMPT FROM.
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  • A FAMOUS TELEVISION TEACHERPREACHER ASKED HIS ELECTRONIC
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  • CONGREGATION TO SEND INTHE NUMBER ONE PROBLEM
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  • THEY WERE DEALING WITH IN LIFE
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  • AND AT THE TOP OFTHE LIST WAS STRESS.
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  • EVEN THOUGH CHRISTIANS ARENOT EXEMPT FROM STRESS,
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  • JESUS OFFERS US THIS WORDOF PROMISE THAT WE READ
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  • FROM MATTHEW 11 JUSTA FEW MOMENTS AGO.
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  • BEGINNING IN VERSE28, JESUS SAID,
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  • "COME TO ME ALL YOU WHOARE WEARY AND HEAVY-LADEN,
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  • AND I WILL GIVE YOU REST.
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  • TAKE MY YOKE UPON YOU ANDLEARN FROM ME, FOR I AM GENTLE
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  • AND HUMBLE IN HEART, AND YOUSHALL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS.
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  • MY YOKE IS EASY ANDMY LOAD IS LIGHT."
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  • AND PLEASE DON'T MISUNDERSTAND.
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  • JESUS IS NOT SAYING BECAUSEYOU'RE A CHRISTIAN YOU'RE EXEMPT
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  • FROM STRESS, YOU'REEXEMPT FROM PROBLEMS.
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  • NOTHING COULD BEFURTHER FROM THE TRUTH.
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  • ANY TEACHER, ANY PREACHER WHOTELLS YOU THAT CHRISTIANITY
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  • IS AN EXEMPTION FROM PROBLEMS,
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  • YOU TURN THEM OFFIMMEDIATELY, WALK OUT.
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  • THEY DON'T KNOW WHATTHEY'RE TALKING ABOUT.
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  • JESUS PROMISED YOU'RE GOING TOHAVE PROBLEMS IN THE WORLD.
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  • IN JOHN 16:33, HE SAID,
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  • "THESE THINGS I HAVESPOKEN TO YOU THAT IN ME
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  • YOU MAY HAVE PEACE IN THEWORLD YOU HAVE TRIBULATION."
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  • THE GREEK WORD TRIBULATIONLITERALLY MEANS TO PRESS.
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  • IN THIS WORLD YOU'REGOING TO HAVE PRESSURE,
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  • YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE STRESS.
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  • BUT HE GOES ON TO SAY,
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  • "TAKE COURAGE, I HAVEOVERCOME THE WORLD."
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  • JESUS IS NOT SAYING WECAN LIVE IN THIS WORLD
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  • WITHOUT PROBLEMS, BUT HESAID THERE IS A WAY TO LIVE
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  • ABOVE YOUR PROBLEMS.
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  • AND THAT'S WHAT WE'REGOING TO TALK ABOUT TODAY
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  • AS WE CONTINUE OUR SERIES
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  • "CHOOSE YOUR ATTITUDESCHANGE YOUR LIFE."
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  • WE'RE GOING TO TALKABOUT THE ATTITUDE CHOICE
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  • OF CHOOSING RELAXATIONOVER STRESS.
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  • REMEMBER AN ATTITUDEIS HOW YOU RESPOND
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  • TO THE UNCHANGEABLECIRCUMSTANCES IN YOUR LIFE.
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  • YOU DON'T GET TO CHOOSEYOUR CIRCUMSTANCES,
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  • YOU DON'T GET TO CHANGEYOUR CIRCUMSTANCES,
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  • BUT YOU CAN CHOOSE YOURRESPONSE TO CIRCUMSTANCES.
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  • AND TODAY WE'RE GOING TOTALK ABOUT THAT CHOICE
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  • OF CHOOSING RELAXATIONOVER STRESS.
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  • NOW FIRST I THINK IT'SIMPORTANT TO DIFFERENTIATE
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  • BETWEEN TWO KINDS OF STRESS.
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  • THERE IS ACTUALLY AHEALTHY KIND OF STRESS.
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  • YOU KNOW IN THE WORLD OFMECHANICS, THE WORD STRESS
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  • REFERS TO THE ABILITY OFCERTAIN METALS TO BEAR
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  • CERTAIN LOADS ANDAMOUNT OF LOADS.
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  • THE LOAD BEARING ABILITYOF CERTAIN METALS.
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  • AND FOR SOME METALSLOAD STRESS CAN ACTUALLY
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  • STRENGTHEN THAT METAL.
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  • THE SAME THING IS TRUE FOR US.
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  • A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF STRESSCAN ACTUALLY STRENGTHEN US.
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  • FOR EXAMPLE, STUDIES HAVE SHOWNTHAT SHORT BURST OF STRESS
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  • CAN ACTUALLY AFFECTOUR PITUITARY GLAND
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  • AND RELEASE A SUBSTANCECALLED BETA ENDORPHIN.
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  • AND WE'VE KNOWN FOR A LONGTIME THAT BETA ENDORPHIN
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  • IS KEY TO BLOCKING THEPERCEPTION OF PAIN IN OUR BRAIN,
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  • BUT WE'VE ALSO DISCOVEREDRECENTLY THAT BETA ENDORPHINS
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  • CAN ALSO HELP OUR IMMUNE SYSTEM.
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  • A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF STRESSTHAT RELEASES BETA ENDORPHIN
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  • CAN ENHANCE THE WORK OF NATURALKILLER CELLS IN OUR BODY
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  • THAT ROAM THROUGHOUT OURBODY CHECKING ON TUMORS
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  • AND DEALING WITH TUMORS THATWOULD BRING ABOUT CANCER.
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  • AND THAT'S ONE OF THE THINGSTHAT THESE BETA ENDORPHINS DO.
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  • THEY ENHANCE OUR IMMUNE SYSTEM.
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  • THAT'S WHY DR. JOHN MORLEY,PROFESSOR OF GERIATRICS
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  • AT THE SAINT LOUIS UNIVERSITYSCHOOL OF MEDICINE WRITES
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  • "THE STRESS THAT YOU ADEQUATELYCOPE WITH MAY ACTUALLY
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  • BE GOOD FOR YOU WHEREAS STRESSTHAT YOU FAIL TO COPE WITH
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  • IS MOST PROBABLY BAD FOR YOU.
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  • SHORT BURST OF STRESS ARE OKAY,
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  • LONG BURST COULD BE A PROBLEM."
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  • LISTEN AGAIN TO WHAT THEDOCTOR SAYS, PROLONGED STRESS
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  • OR STRESS THAT IS NOTADEQUATELY DEALT WITH
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  • IS WHAT CAN BE HARMFUL.
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  • WHAT ARE THE HAZARDS OFPROLONGED OR IGNORED STRESS?
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  • WELL THEY'RE PHYSICALRESULTS OF THAT.
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  • FOR EXAMPLE, WE ALL KNOWTHE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN
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  • STRESS AND HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE.
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  • BUT NEW STUDIES AREDEMONSTRATING THAT STRESS
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  • THAT'S NOT DEALT WITH CANACTUALLY RAISE OUR CHOLESTEROL
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  • THAT NOT ONLY CAUSES HEARTDISEASE, BUT ACTUALLY
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  • WEAKENS OUR IMMUNE SYSTEMAND CAN LEAD TO CANCER.
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  • THERE ARE EMOTIONALEFFECTS OF STRESS.
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  • PROLONGED STRESS RAISES OURLEVEL OF CORTISOL IN OUR BODIES
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  • THAT CAN LEAD TOCHRONIC DEPRESSION.
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  • BUT THERE ARE ALSOSPIRITUAL EFFECTS OF STRESS.
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  • NOW AGAIN, SOMESTRESS CAN ACTUALLY BE
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  • SPIRITUALLY BENEFICIAL TO US.
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  • I THINK THAT'S WHATJAMES HAS IN MIND
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  • WHEN IN JAMES 1:2-4 HE WRITES,
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  • "CONSIDER IT ALL JOY MYBRETHREN, WHEN YOU ENCOUNTER
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  • VARIOUS TRIALS, KNOWING THATTHE TESTING OF YOUR FAITH
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  • PRODUCES ENDURANCE.
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  • AND LET ENDURANCE HAVEITS PERFECT RESULT
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  • THAT YOU MAY BE PERFECT ANDCOMPLETE, LACKING IN NOTHING."
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  • JUST AS A CERTAIN AMOUNT OFSTRESS CAN STRENGTHEN A METAL,
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  • A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF STRESSCAN STRENGTHEN US SPIRITUALLY.
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  • IN VERSE THREE THATWORD TESTING,
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  • THE TESTING OF YOUR FAITH,THAT WORD IN GREEK IS DOKIMION.
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  • IT'S A WORD THAT REFERREDTO A PIECE OF POTTERY
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  • THAT AFTER BEING SHAPED WASPLACED INTO A FIRING OVEN
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  • IN ORDER THAT ITMIGHT BE STRENGTHENED.
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  • AND IF THAT PIECE OFPOTTERY FORMED BY CLAY
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  • SURVIVED THE FIRINGOVEN WITHOUT CRACKING,
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  • NOW THE POTTER WOULD TAKEIT OUT AND THEN THE BOTTOM
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  • HE WOULD WRITE THE WORD,DOKIMOS, TESTED, APPROVED.
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  • BUT IF IT BROKE IN THATFIRING OVEN, IF IT CRACKED,
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  • IT WAS DISCARDEDUPON A HEAP OF TRASH.
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  • IT'S THE SAME WAY WITH US.
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  • GOD ALLOWS TEST IN OUR LIVES,STRESS, NOT TO DESTROY US,
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  • BUT TO STRENGTHEN US.
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  • IT CAN HAVE A POSITIVEBENEFIT IN OUR LIFE
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  • AS LONG AS IT DRIVES US TOWARDGOD AND NOT AWAY FROM GOD.
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  • I THINK OF A FRIENDOF MINE WHO MANAGES
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  • A FAST FOOD RESTAURANTAND HE TOLD ME ABOUT
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  • HIS ASSISTANT MANAGER WHOWAS DRIVING HIM CRAZY.
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  • HE WAS ALWAYS COMPLAINING,ALWAYS SOWING DISCORD AMONG
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  • THE OTHER EMPLOYEES, ALWAYSGOING BEHIND HIS BACK
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  • TO THE OWNER AND GIVING ANEGATIVE REPORT ABOUT MY FRIEND.
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  • AND, YOU KNOW, FINALLY HE SAID,
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  • THE ONE DAY HE CRIED OUT TO GOD,
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  • "GOD, WHY WOULD YOUPUT ME IN A SITUATION
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  • IN WHICH I HAVE TO LITERALLYPRAY EVERY FIVE MINUTES
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  • JUST TO SURVIVE?"
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  • HE SAID, I ANSWEREDMY OWN QUESTION.
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  • (CONGREGANTS LAUGHING)
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  • GOD MANY TIMES PUTS US INSITUATIONS WHERE WE HAVE NO WAY
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  • TO SURVIVE, BUTDEPENDING UPON HIM.
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  • THE FACT IS STRESS CANHAVE A POSITIVE IMPACT
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  • ON OUR SPIRITUAL LIVESBUT IT CAN ALSO HAVE
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  • A NEGATIVE IMPACT IF WE ALLOWIT TO DRIVE US AWAY FROM GOD.
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  • AS I SUMMARIZE, SOMESTRESS IS GOOD FOR US,
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  • BUT STRESS THAT IS NOTDEALT WITH ADEQUATELY
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  • CAN BE HARMFUL TO US.
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  • HOW DO WE HANDLETHE STRESS MESS?
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  • TWO WAYS WE DOIT. FIRST OF ALL,
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  • REMOVING UNNECESSARYSTRESS FROM OUR LIVES.
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  • AND SECONDLY, DEALING POSITIVELYWITH UNAVOIDABLE STRESS
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  • IN OUR LIFE.
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  • LET'S TALK ABOUT FIRST OF ALL,REMOVING UNNECESSARY STRESS.
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  • HOW MANY OF YOU WOULD LIKE TOREMOVE SOME STRESS RIGHT NOW
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  • FROM YOUR LIFE?
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  • DON'T POINT TO THEPERSON NEXT TO YOU,
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  • IT'S NOT POLITE, OKAY?
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  • (CONGREGANTS LAUGHING)
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  • YEAH WE'RE NOT TALKINGABOUT THAT, BUT SOME STRESS
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  • CAN ACTUALLY BE ANDSHOULD BE REMOVED.
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  • LET ME MENTION SIX CAUSES OFUNNECESSARY STRESS IN OUR LIFE.
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  • FIRST OF ALL, STRESSCAUSED BY LACK OF PURPOSE.
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  • A STRESS CAUSED BYLACK OF PURPOSE.
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  • THE FRENCH PHILOSOPHERNICOLA BELAY SAID
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  • "HE IS MOST FATIGUED, WHOKNOWS NOT WHAT YOU DO."
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  • THERE'S GOLD IN THAT.
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  • "HE IS MOST FATIGUED, WHOKNOWS NOT WHAT TO DO."
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  • YOU KNOW, WE HAVE IN OUR MINDS,
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  • IT'S THOSE GOAL-ORIENTED PEOPLE,
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  • THOSE HARD DRIVING INDIVIDUALSWHO ARE JUST STRESSED OUT
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  • AND PRONE TO A HEART ATTACK.
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  • THAT'S REALLY NOT TRUE.
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  • THE PEOPLE WHO ARE MOSTSTRESSED OUT IN LIFE,
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  • ARE THOSE WHO DON'T KNOW WHATTHEY'RE SUPPOSED TO BE DOING.
  • 00:11:44.627 --> 00:11:47.763
  • LET ME ILLUSTRATE THAT FOR YOU.
  • 00:11:47.763 --> 00:11:49.265
  • HAVE YOU EVER BEEN HEADEDSOMEPLACE IN YOUR CAR,
  • 00:11:49.265 --> 00:11:51.901
  • YOU KNEW EXACTLYWHERE YOU WANTED TO GO
  • 00:11:51.901 --> 00:11:54.069
  • AND YET YOU GET LOST?
  • 00:11:54.069 --> 00:11:56.739
  • WHAT HAPPENS?
  • 00:11:56.739 --> 00:11:58.007
  • WHAT'S YOUR EMOTIONWHEN YOU GET LOST?
  • 00:11:58.007 --> 00:11:59.975
  • DON'T YOU IMMEDIATELYSTART FEELING STRESSED OUT?
  • 00:11:59.975 --> 00:12:03.979
  • YOU DON'T KNOW WHICH WAYTO TURN, WHICH WAY TO GO.
  • 00:12:03.979 --> 00:12:06.782
  • THAT PRODUCES STRESS.
  • 00:12:06.782 --> 00:12:07.850
  • IT'S THE SAME WAY IN LIFE.
  • 00:12:07.850 --> 00:12:09.118
  • WHEN YOU DON'T HAVE ACLEAR PURPOSE IN LIFE,
  • 00:12:09.118 --> 00:12:12.621
  • IT CAN PRODUCE STRESS.
  • 00:12:12.621 --> 00:12:14.590
  • SECONDLY, STRESS CAUSEDBY UNREALISTIC GOALS.
  • 00:12:14.590 --> 00:12:19.161
  • MUCH OF THE STRESS WEHAVE IS WHEN WE INSTILL
  • 00:12:19.161 --> 00:12:23.265
  • UNREALISTIC GOALS THAT HAVENO BASIS IN SCRIPTURE AT ALL.
  • 00:12:23.265 --> 00:12:26.001
  • WE'RE JUST IMPOSING THESEUNREALISTIC GOALS ON OURSELF.
  • 00:12:26.001 --> 00:12:30.606
  • I REMEMBER MANY YEARS AGOWHEN I GOT MY FIRST CONTRACT
  • 00:12:30.606 --> 00:12:34.944
  • FOR MY FIRST BOOK, I WAS SOEXCITED ABOUT THAT FIRST BOOK.
  • 00:12:34.944 --> 00:12:41.417
  • AND THE PUBLISHER SAID NOWYOU HAVE SIX MONTHS TO DO
  • 00:12:41.417 --> 00:12:43.219
  • THIS BOOK TO TURNIN THE MANUSCRIPT.
  • 00:12:43.219 --> 00:12:45.521
  • BUT IN A FIT OF INSANITY, IDECIDED THAT I WOULD DO IT
  • 00:12:45.521 --> 00:12:49.291
  • IN THREE MONTHS.
  • 00:12:49.291 --> 00:12:50.559
  • I WAS GOING TO PUSH MYSELFAND FINISH THIS BOOK
  • 00:12:50.559 --> 00:12:53.362
  • IN THREE MONTHS.
  • 00:12:53.362 --> 00:12:54.830
  • THE ONLY PROBLEM WASJULIA HAD JUST BEEN BORN,
  • 00:12:54.830 --> 00:12:58.067
  • SO THAT CAUSED A LITTLEDIFFERENCE IN OUR HOUSEHOLD.
  • 00:12:58.067 --> 00:13:01.704
  • THINGS WERE GOING ON ATTHE CHURCH AND I ENDED UP
  • 00:13:01.704 --> 00:13:04.106
  • PUTTING UNDUE STRESS, NOTONLY ON MYSELF AND AMY
  • 00:13:04.106 --> 00:13:07.543
  • AND POOR JULIA, BUT ONMY CHURCH AS WELL AS,
  • 00:13:07.543 --> 00:13:10.980
  • AND IT WAS JUST ALL UNNECESSARY
  • 00:13:10.980 --> 00:13:12.615
  • BECAUSE OF ANUNREALISTIC EXPECTATION.
  • 00:13:12.615 --> 00:13:15.851
  • BY THE WAY, WE ALL DO THAT.
  • 00:13:15.851 --> 00:13:17.286
  • SOMETIMES THE UNREALISTICEXPECTATIONS WE HAVE
  • 00:13:17.286 --> 00:13:20.756
  • EXTENDS TO OUR VACATIONS.
  • 00:13:20.756 --> 00:13:23.325
  • WE BRING TO OUR VACATIONSUNREALISTIC GOALS
  • 00:13:23.325 --> 00:13:26.528
  • THAT END UP STRESSING US OUT.
  • 00:13:26.528 --> 00:13:28.631
  • WRITER TIM HANSEL GIVES AGREAT DESCRIPTION OF THAT.
  • 00:13:28.631 --> 00:13:31.333
  • HE SAYS, "SINCE THEY'VE WAITED50 WEEKS FOR THIS VACATION,
  • 00:13:31.333 --> 00:13:35.938
  • SOME PEOPLE TRY TO CRAMA YEAR'S WORTH OF LIVING
  • 00:13:35.938 --> 00:13:39.174
  • INTO TWO WEEKS.
  • 00:13:39.174 --> 00:13:40.876
  • THEY WIND UP PUSHING HARDERAND SPENDING LONGER HOURS
  • 00:13:40.876 --> 00:13:44.680
  • THAN THEY DO ON THE JOB, RUSHINGFROM ONE PLACE TO THE NEXT,
  • 00:13:44.680 --> 00:13:48.984
  • HURRYING UP TO BE HAPPY.
  • 00:13:48.984 --> 00:13:51.453
  • IT'S NO WONDER THATPEACE ALLUDES THEM.
  • 00:13:51.453 --> 00:13:54.490
  • RELATED TO THIS IMAGETHAT VACATION IS A REWARD
  • 00:13:54.490 --> 00:13:57.760
  • FOR HARD WORK, IS THE NOTIONTHAT THEREFORE WE'RE SUPPOSED
  • 00:13:57.760 --> 00:14:01.764
  • TO ENJOY THIS TIME AND IFWE DON'T, WE FEEL ANXIOUS.
  • 00:14:01.764 --> 00:14:06.669
  • WE CARRY SO MANY BIONIC IMAGESOF LEISURE INTO THE VACATION
  • 00:14:06.669 --> 00:14:11.540
  • THAT NOTHING COULDEVER MATCH IT.
  • 00:14:11.540 --> 00:14:14.176
  • AND THEN WE WONDERWHY WE'RE SO UNHAPPY."
  • 00:14:14.176 --> 00:14:18.380
  • MUCH STRESS IS CAUSED BYUNREALISTIC EXPECTATIONS.
  • 00:14:18.380 --> 00:14:22.084
  • THIRDLY, STRESS CAUSEDBY UNRESOLVED ANGER.
  • 00:14:22.084 --> 00:14:25.955
  • UNRESOLVED ANGER.
  • 00:14:25.955 --> 00:14:27.823
  • YOU KNOW, ANGER IS ANEGATIVE EMOTION WE FEEL
  • 00:14:27.823 --> 00:14:32.328
  • WHEN OUR EXPECTATIONSARE NOT MET.
  • 00:14:32.328 --> 00:14:36.298
  • IN FACT, I WANTYOU TO THINK ABOUT
  • 00:14:36.298 --> 00:14:37.633
  • THE LAST TIME YOUGOT REALLY ANGRY.
  • 00:14:37.633 --> 00:14:40.970
  • I BET YOU CAN TRACE THAT ANGERTO SOME EXPECTATION YOU HAD
  • 00:14:40.970 --> 00:14:45.641
  • THAT WAS NOT FULFILLEDBY ANOTHER PERSON
  • 00:14:45.641 --> 00:14:48.777
  • OR A CIRCUMSTANCE.THINK ABOUT IT.
  • 00:14:48.777 --> 00:14:51.413
  • WE GET ANGRY WHEN THESTOPLIGHT DOESN'T TURN
  • 00:14:51.413 --> 00:14:53.782
  • FROM RED TO GREEN AS QUICKLYAS WE THINK IT SHOULD.
  • 00:14:53.782 --> 00:14:57.953
  • WE GET ANGRY WHEN OUR MATEDOESN'T PAY US THE ATTENTION
  • 00:14:57.953 --> 00:15:00.522
  • WE THINK HE OR SHE SHOULD.
  • 00:15:00.522 --> 00:15:02.925
  • MUCH OF THE ANGER WE HAVE ISCAUSED BY UNMET EXPECTATIONS.
  • 00:15:02.925 --> 00:15:09.331
  • AND THAT'S WHY IT'S IMPORTANTTHAT WE LEARN HOW TO DEAL
  • 00:15:09.331 --> 00:15:11.166
  • WITH THAT STRESS CAUSEDBY UNRESOLVED ANGER.
  • 00:15:11.166 --> 00:15:14.403
  • YOU KNOW, THE FACT IS ANGERDECREASES THE LYMPHOCYTES
  • 00:15:14.403 --> 00:15:17.272
  • IN OUR BODIES WHICH RESULTIN DECREASED ANTIBODIES
  • 00:15:17.272 --> 00:15:21.877
  • THAT WARD OFFINFECTIOUS DISEASE.
  • 00:15:21.877 --> 00:15:24.513
  • IN THEIR BOOK"HAPPINESS IS A CHOICE,"
  • 00:15:24.513 --> 00:15:26.982
  • PSYCHIATRISTS FRANKMINIRTH AND PAUL MEIER
  • 00:15:26.982 --> 00:15:31.220
  • MAKE THIS BOLD ASSERTION.
  • 00:15:31.220 --> 00:15:32.755
  • THEY SAY QUOTE,
  • 00:15:32.755 --> 00:15:34.256
  • "PENT-UP ANGER IS PROBABLYTHE LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH."
  • 00:15:34.256 --> 00:15:41.663
  • AINT THAT INTERESTING?
  • 00:15:41.663 --> 00:15:42.898
  • PENT-UP ANGER.
  • 00:15:42.898 --> 00:15:44.533
  • HERE ARE DOCTORS SAYING,
  • 00:15:44.533 --> 00:15:46.035
  • "PENT-UP ANGER IS PROBABLYTHE LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH."
  • 00:15:46.035 --> 00:15:51.707
  • THE WORD OF GODCOMMANDS IN JAMES 1:19,
  • 00:15:51.707 --> 00:15:54.009
  • "EVERYONE BE QUICK TO HEAR,
  • 00:15:54.009 --> 00:15:56.311
  • SLOW TO SPEAK ANDSLOW TO ANGER."
  • 00:15:56.311 --> 00:16:02.618
  • THEN IN THE GREEK LANGUAGE,THERE ARE TWO WORDS FOR ANGER.
  • 00:16:02.618 --> 00:16:04.219
  • ONE WORD FOR ANGER MEANS AVIOLENT EXPLOSIVE VOLCANIC
  • 00:16:04.219 --> 00:16:07.990
  • OUTBURST OF ANGER.
  • 00:16:07.990 --> 00:16:09.158
  • WE'VE SEEN THAT?
  • 00:16:09.158 --> 00:16:10.592
  • WE'VE DONE THAT BEFORE.
  • 00:16:10.592 --> 00:16:12.494
  • BUT THE WORD HERE ANGER,"ORGE," REFERS TO A SMOLDERING
  • 00:16:12.494 --> 00:16:18.934
  • PERSISTENT ANGER RATHERTHAN A TEMPORARY OUTBURST.
  • 00:16:18.934 --> 00:16:22.271
  • AND IT'S THAT ANGER JAMESWRITES ABOUT IN VERSE 20,
  • 00:16:22.271 --> 00:16:25.507
  • WHEN HE SAYS, "FORTHE ANGER OF MAN
  • 00:16:25.507 --> 00:16:27.242
  • DOES NOT ACHIEVE THERIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD."
  • 00:16:27.242 --> 00:16:30.412
  • IS ANGER ALWAYS WRONG?
  • 00:16:30.412 --> 00:16:32.314
  • NOT NECESSARILY.
  • 00:16:32.314 --> 00:16:34.183
  • ANGER SOMETIMES ISLIKE A HEADACHE.
  • 00:16:34.183 --> 00:16:36.819
  • IT'S A SYMPTOM THATSOMETHING ELSE IS WRONG
  • 00:16:36.819 --> 00:16:40.022
  • THAT NEEDS TO BE DEALT WITH.
  • 00:16:40.022 --> 00:16:41.623
  • AND THAT'S WHY PAUL SAIDIN EPHESIANS 4:26-27,
  • 00:16:41.623 --> 00:16:45.594
  • "BE ANGRY AND YET DO NOT SIN.
  • 00:16:45.594 --> 00:16:49.064
  • DO NOT LET THE SUN GODOWN ON YOUR ANGER,
  • 00:16:49.064 --> 00:16:52.034
  • AND DON'T GIVE THEDEVIL AN OPPORTUNITY."
  • 00:16:52.034 --> 00:16:55.204
  • WHEN ANGER ARISES DEAL WITH IT.
  • 00:16:55.204 --> 00:16:57.139
  • DEAL WITH IT BEFORE THESUN SETS, DON'T ALLOW IT
  • 00:16:57.139 --> 00:17:00.242
  • TO SMOLDER ANDDESTROY YOUR LIFE.
  • 00:17:00.242 --> 00:17:04.079
  • A FOURTH SOURCE OFUNNECESSARY STRESS,
  • 00:17:04.079 --> 00:17:06.315
  • STRESS CAUSED BYCOMPARISON TO OTHER PEOPLE.
  • 00:17:06.315 --> 00:17:13.822
  • MY LATE MENTOR, HOWARD HENDRIXUSED TO CALL COMPARISON
  • 00:17:10.786 --> 00:17:18.227
  • THE FAVORITE INDOORSPORT OF CHRISTIANS.
  • 00:17:18.227 --> 00:17:23.065
  • HE WAS RIGHT.
  • 00:17:23.065 --> 00:17:24.533
  • CHRISTIANS ABSOLUTELYLOVE TO COMPARE THEMSELVES
  • 00:17:24.533 --> 00:17:27.803
  • WITH ONE ANOTHER.
  • 00:17:27.803 --> 00:17:29.338
  • WE COMPARE OUR HOUSES, OURCLOTHES, OUR CARS, OUR JOBS,
  • 00:17:29.338 --> 00:17:35.477
  • OUR BANK ACCOUNTS, OUR CHILDREN,
  • 00:17:35.477 --> 00:17:38.780
  • BUT LISTEN TO WHAT THE WORDOF GOD SAYS ABOUT COMPARISON.
  • 00:17:38.780 --> 00:17:42.351
  • I LOVE THE WAY THE LIVINGBIBLE PARAPHRASES THIS
  • 00:17:42.351 --> 00:17:45.154
  • IN 2ND CORINTHIANS 10:12.
  • 00:17:45.154 --> 00:17:47.756
  • "THEIR TROUBLE IS THAT THEYARE ONLY COMPARING THEMSELVES
  • 00:17:47.756 --> 00:17:51.426
  • WITH EACH OTHER ANDMEASURING THEMSELVES
  • 00:17:51.426 --> 00:17:54.363
  • AGAINST THEIR OWN LITTLE IDEAS.
  • 00:17:54.363 --> 00:17:57.666
  • WHAT STUPIDITY!"
  • 00:17:57.666 --> 00:18:01.236
  • THE BIBLE SAYS IT ISSTUPID TO COMPARE YOURSELF
  • 00:18:01.236 --> 00:18:05.507
  • TO ANYBODY ELSE.
  • 00:18:05.507 --> 00:18:08.343
  • NEXT. SOME STRESS ISCAUSED BY MATERIALISM.
  • 00:18:08.343 --> 00:18:12.247
  • BUILDING OUR AFFECTIONSAROUND MONEY
  • 00:18:12.247 --> 00:18:14.650
  • OR THE THINGS THAT MONEY BUYS.
  • 00:18:14.650 --> 00:18:16.785
  • REMEMBER THE STORY THAT JESUSTOLD IN LUKE CHAPTER 12,
  • 00:18:16.785 --> 00:18:20.055
  • THE PARABLE ABOUT THE RICH MANWHO SUFFERED FROM INSOMNIA.
  • 00:18:20.055 --> 00:18:24.259
  • HE COULDN'T SLEEP AT NIGHTSBECAUSE HE WAS SO CAUGHT UP
  • 00:18:24.259 --> 00:18:27.663
  • WITH HIS POSSESSIONS,WHAT AM I GOING TO DO
  • 00:18:27.663 --> 00:18:29.998
  • WITH ALL THE EXCESSINCOME AND PRODUCE I HAVE?
  • 00:18:29.998 --> 00:18:33.068
  • WHERE AM I GOING TO INVEST IT?
  • 00:18:33.068 --> 00:18:34.670
  • AND HE SAYS TO HIMSELF, HESAID, THIS IS WHAT I WILL DO.
  • 00:18:34.670 --> 00:18:37.506
  • I'M GOING TO BUILD LARGERBARNES. I'M GOING TO DO THIS,
  • 00:18:37.506 --> 00:18:40.509
  • I'M GOING TO DO THIS,I'M GOING TO DO THIS.
  • 00:18:40.509 --> 00:18:42.578
  • AND THEN I'M GOING TOSTORE UP SO MUCH MONEY,
  • 00:18:42.578 --> 00:18:44.613
  • I'M GOING TO TAKE OFF THEREST OF MY LIFE AND SAY,
  • 00:18:44.613 --> 00:18:47.416
  • SOUL, TAKE EASE. FORYOU HAVE ENOUGH NOW.
  • 00:18:47.416 --> 00:18:50.886
  • EAT, DRINK, AND BE MERRY.
  • 00:18:50.886 --> 00:18:53.488
  • AND GOD CAME TO HIM THATVERY NIGHT AND SAID,
  • 00:18:53.488 --> 00:18:55.757
  • "YOU FOOL, TONIGHT YOURSOUL IS REQUIRED OF YOU.
  • 00:18:55.757 --> 00:19:01.830
  • AND WHO NOW WILL OWNWHAT YOU HAVE LEFT?"
  • 00:19:01.830 --> 00:19:06.001
  • THAT WORD REQUIREDIS A BANKING TERM,
  • 00:19:06.001 --> 00:19:08.337
  • IT MEANS TO CALL IN ALONE.
  • 00:19:08.337 --> 00:19:10.973
  • THERE'S A DAYCOMING FOR ALL OF US
  • 00:19:10.973 --> 00:19:12.674
  • WHEN GOD'S GOING TOCALL IN OUR LONE.
  • 00:19:12.674 --> 00:19:15.043
  • HE'S GOING TO SAY, YOU'VE HADENOUGH TIME HERE ON EARTH.
  • 00:19:15.043 --> 00:19:18.113
  • IT'S TIME FOR YOU TOCOME AND STAND BEFORE ME.
  • 00:19:18.113 --> 00:19:21.817
  • THAT'S WHY IT'S SO FOOLISH
  • 00:19:21.817 --> 00:19:23.051
  • TO BUILD YOUR LIFEAROUND THE MATERIAL.
  • 00:19:23.051 --> 00:19:25.754
  • IN FACT, PEOPLE WHOHAVE A LOT OUT OF MONEY
  • 00:19:25.754 --> 00:19:28.590
  • EXPERIENCE A LOT OF STRESS.
  • 00:19:28.590 --> 00:19:30.192
  • ECCLESIASTES 5:12 SAYS,
  • 00:19:30.192 --> 00:19:31.994
  • "THE ABUNDANCE OF A RICHMAN PERMITS HIM NO SLEEP."
  • 00:19:31.994 --> 00:19:37.866
  • THAT WAS THROUGH THIS RICH MAN.
  • 00:19:37.866 --> 00:19:39.601
  • BUT YOU KNOW, MATERIALISM ISN'TA PROBLEM JUST FOR THE WEALTHY,
  • 00:19:39.601 --> 00:19:44.506
  • MATERIALISM IS ANATTITUDE THAT SAYS
  • 00:19:44.506 --> 00:19:47.109
  • MONEY OR THE THINGS THATMONEY BUYS CAN REALLY SOLVE
  • 00:19:47.109 --> 00:19:50.245
  • MY DEEPEST LONGINGS.
  • 00:19:50.245 --> 00:19:52.314
  • POOR PEOPLE CAN BEMATERIALISTIC AS WELL.
  • 00:19:52.314 --> 00:19:55.784
  • THEY CAN BE UNDERTHAT ILLUSION TOO.
  • 00:19:55.784 --> 00:19:57.686
  • THAT MONEY IS THE ANSWERTO ALL OF THEIR PROBLEMS.
  • 00:19:57.686 --> 00:20:01.823
  • IN FACT MANY TIMES, A POORPERSON CAN BE MORE MATERIALISTIC
  • 00:20:01.823 --> 00:20:05.494
  • THAN THE RICH BECAUSE HE'SNEVER HAD MONEY AND HE IS STILL
  • 00:20:05.494 --> 00:20:08.497
  • UNDER THE ILLUSION THATMONEY CAN SOLVE HIS PROBLEMS.
  • 00:20:08.497 --> 00:20:11.833
  • AND THAT'S WHY JESUSSAID IN LUKE 12:22-23,
  • 00:20:11.833 --> 00:20:15.270
  • "FOR THIS REASON I SAY TOYOU, DO NOT BE ANXIOUS,
  • 00:20:15.270 --> 00:20:19.841
  • DO NOT BE STRESSEDOUT FOR YOUR LIFE
  • 00:20:19.841 --> 00:20:22.544
  • AS TO WHAT YOU SHALL EAT,NOR FOR YOUR BODY AS TO WHAT
  • 00:20:22.544 --> 00:20:25.647
  • YOU SHALL PUT ON FOR LIFEIS MORE THAN THE MATERIAL.
  • 00:20:25.647 --> 00:20:30.218
  • LIFE IS MORE THAN FOOD ANDTHE BODY MORE THAN CLOTHING."
  • 00:20:30.218 --> 00:20:35.724
  • SIXTH.
  • 00:20:35.724 --> 00:20:36.958
  • SOME UNNECESSARY STRESSIS STRESS CAUSED BY
  • 00:20:36.958 --> 00:20:40.095
  • PHYSICAL FATIGUE.
  • 00:20:40.095 --> 00:20:41.863
  • STRESS CAUSED BYPHYSICAL FATIGUE.
  • 00:20:41.863 --> 00:20:44.499
  • BECAUSE WE'VE TALKEDABOUT THIS BEFORE,
  • 00:20:44.499 --> 00:20:46.001
  • I'M NOT TO CAMP HERELONG, BUT THE GREAT STORY,
  • 00:20:46.001 --> 00:20:49.004
  • THE GREAT ILLUSTRATION OFTHAT IS THE STORY OF ELIJAH,
  • 00:20:49.004 --> 00:20:52.174
  • THE PROPHET OF GOD.
  • 00:20:52.174 --> 00:20:53.642
  • REMEMBER WHEN HE HADKILLED THOSE PROPHETS
  • 00:20:53.642 --> 00:20:55.844
  • OF QUEEN JEZEBEL, SHESENT OUT THE EDICT,
  • 00:20:55.844 --> 00:20:59.581
  • "ELIJAH I'M COMING AFTER HIM."
  • 00:20:59.581 --> 00:21:01.850
  • AND ELIJAH STARTED RUNNING.
  • 00:21:01.850 --> 00:21:04.720
  • HE RAN FROM JEZREELTO BEERSHEBA.
  • 00:21:04.720 --> 00:21:08.757
  • AND REMEMBER, AFTERTHAT 120 MILE RUN,
  • 00:21:08.757 --> 00:21:12.894
  • 1ST KINGS 19:4 SAYS,
  • 00:21:12.894 --> 00:21:14.696
  • "HE WENT A DAY'S JOURNEYINTO THE WILDERNESS,
  • 00:21:14.696 --> 00:21:17.866
  • AND HE CAME AND SATUNDER A JUNIPER TREE
  • 00:21:17.866 --> 00:21:20.302
  • AND HE REQUESTED FORHIMSELF THAT HE MIGHT DIE.
  • 00:21:20.302 --> 00:21:23.772
  • AND HE SAID, 'IT IS ENOUGHNOW, O LORD, TAKE MY LIFE,
  • 00:21:23.772 --> 00:21:27.776
  • FOR I AM NOT BETTERTHAN MY FATHERS.'"
  • 00:21:27.776 --> 00:21:31.680
  • AINT IT INTERESTING?
  • 00:21:31.680 --> 00:21:33.014
  • 850 ANGRY PROPHETS ONTOP OF MOUNT CARMEL
  • 00:21:33.014 --> 00:21:37.252
  • DIDN'T FACE THE PROPHET OF GOD,
  • 00:21:37.252 --> 00:21:40.288
  • BUT ONE ANGRY FEMALESENT HIM ON THE RUN.
  • 00:21:40.288 --> 00:21:43.825
  • (CONGREGANTS LAUGHING)
  • 00:21:43.825 --> 00:21:45.560
  • AND HE RAN AND HERAN AND HE RAN.
  • 00:21:45.560 --> 00:21:49.498
  • AND THEN HE SITS DOWNUNDER A TREE AND SAY,
  • 00:21:49.498 --> 00:21:51.299
  • IT'S ENOUGH LORD, I'M READYTO GO, JUST TAKE ME HOME.
  • 00:21:51.299 --> 00:21:54.603
  • I'M READY TO GO.
  • 00:21:54.603 --> 00:21:55.771
  • NOW, IF HE HADREALLY WANTED TO DIE,
  • 00:21:55.771 --> 00:21:57.639
  • HE COULD HAVESTAYED WITH JEZEBEL.
  • 00:21:57.639 --> 00:21:59.441
  • SHE WOULD HAVE TAKENCARE OF THINGS FOR HIM.
  • 00:21:59.441 --> 00:22:02.210
  • WHY DID HE SAY THAT?
  • 00:22:02.210 --> 00:22:03.245
  • WHY WAS HE READYTO END HIS LIFE?
  • 00:22:03.245 --> 00:22:05.881
  • HE WAS WORN OUT.
  • 00:22:05.881 --> 00:22:08.617
  • HE WAS WORN OUT SPIRITUALLY
  • 00:22:08.617 --> 00:22:10.318
  • FROM THAT GREAT VICTORYON MOUNT CARMEL.
  • 00:22:10.318 --> 00:22:13.288
  • HE WAS TIRED AFTER RUNNING120 MILES, WHO WOULDN'T BE?
  • 00:22:13.288 --> 00:22:18.427
  • AND HE HAD A DISTORTEDPERSPECTIVE OF REALITY.
  • 00:22:18.427 --> 00:22:21.163
  • YOU KNOW, I THINK OF VINCELOMBARDI'S FAMOUS QUOTE,
  • 00:22:21.163 --> 00:22:24.733
  • "FATIGUE MAKESCOWARDS OF US ALL."
  • 00:22:24.733 --> 00:22:29.337
  • THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUTJUST BEING PHYSICALLY TIRED,
  • 00:22:29.337 --> 00:22:32.207
  • THAT DISTORTS YOURPERCEPTION OF YOURSELF,
  • 00:22:32.207 --> 00:22:35.110
  • YOUR CIRCUMSTANCES AND YOUR GOD.
  • 00:22:35.110 --> 00:22:38.013
  • AND THAT'S WHY AGAIN TOQUOTE HOWARD HENDRICK,
  • 00:22:38.013 --> 00:22:40.315
  • "SOMETIMES THE MOSTSPIRITUAL THING YOU CAN DO
  • 00:22:40.315 --> 00:22:44.686
  • IS TAKE A NAP."
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  • JUST TAKE A NAP, REST.
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  • IT RESTORES YOURPROPER PERSPECTIVE.
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  • THIS TOPIC TRULY STRIKESCLOSE TO HOME, DOESN'T IT?
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  • THE UNREST AND UNCERTAINTYOF THE PAST YEAR
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  • HAS STRUCK FEAR INTOTHE HEARTS OF MILLIONS.
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  • AND YET, EVEN WITH THEPRECARIOUS STATE OF OUR WORLD,
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  • GOD IS CALLING US TO CHOOSERELAXATION OVER STRESS.
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  • WELL, THERE'S MORE TEACHING ONTHIS TOPIC COMING NEXT TIME.
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  • BUT RIGHT NOW, LET ME SAYA BRIEF WORD OF THANKS
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  • TO OUR TEAM OFFINANCIAL SUPPORTERS.
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  • WHEN YOU INVEST IN"PATHWAY TO VICTORY,"
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  • YOU'RE PLAYING A STRATEGICROLE IN PUSHING BACK
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  • THE ENEMY OF FEAR.
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  • AND I CAN'T THINK OF A MOREURGENT TIME THAN RIGHT NOW
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  • AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLEUNTIL HE COMES AGAIN.
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  • OF THE GOSPEL TO A WORLDTHAT'S FALLING ALL AROUND US.
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  • STAY RIGHT THERE NOWI'LL BE BACK WITH MORE
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  • "PATHWAY TO VICTORY"IN JUST A MOMENT.
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  • AN ATTITUDE IS OUR MENTALAND EMOTIONAL RESPONSE
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  • TO THE CIRCUMSTANCES OF LIFE.
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  • THE TITLE OF THIS SERIES ISNOT CHOOSE YOUR CIRCUMSTANCES.
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  • THERE ARE TERRIBLE THINGSTHAT HAPPEN TO CHRISTIANS.
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  • WE CAN EITHER ALLOW LIFE'SDIFFICULT CIRCUMSTANCES
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  • TO STRENGTHEN USOR TO DESTROY US.
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  • IF YOU CAN CHANGE YOUR ATTITUDE,YOU CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE.
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  • [NARRATOR] SOMEONE HASSAID THE GREATEST DISCOVERY
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  • OF MY GENERATION IS THAT HUMANBEINGS CAN ALTER THEIR LIVES
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  • BY ALTERING THEIRATTITUDES OF MIND.
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  • IN HIS BRAND NEW BOOK,
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  • "CHOOSE YOUR ATTITUDECHANGE YOUR LIFE,"
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  • DR. ROBERT JEFFRESSEXAMINES 11 ATTITUDE CHOICES
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  • THAT DELIVER THE ABUNDANTLIFE GOD INTENDS FOR YOU.
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  • PROVERBS 23:7 SAYS,
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  • "AS A PERSON THINKSWITHIN HIMSELF, SO IS HE."
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  • AND IN MY BRAND NEWBOOK, I WANT TO SHOW YOU
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  • HOW TO CHOOSE FAITH OVER WORRY,FORGIVENESS OVER BITTERNESS,
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  • RELAXATION OVER STRESS,AND SO MUCH MORE.
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  • [NARRATOR] REQUEST"CHOOSE YOUR ATTITUDES
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  • THAT ARE NECESSARY TOEXPERIENCE THE ABUNDANT LIFE
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  • JESUS PROMISED.
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  • DURING TODAY'S MESSAGE,I HOPE GOD'S SPIRIT
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  • HAS BEGUN TO HELP YOUIDENTIFY YOUR STRESS POINTS.
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  • WHAT ARE THE ISSUES THAT ARESABOTAGING YOUR PEACE OF MIND?
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  • WHAT FEARS HAVE CONSUMEDYOUR PRIVATE THOUGHTS
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  • AND CAUSED YOU TOEXCHANGE WORRY OVER TRUST?
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  • REMEMBER WHAT JESUS SAID,
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  • "DO NOT BE STRESSEDOUT FOR YOUR LIFE.
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  • LIFE IS MORE THAN FOOD ANDTHE BODY MORE THAN CLOTHING."
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  • AND NEXT TIME I'LL HELP YOUDISCOVER THE GENUINE CURE
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  • FOR OVERCOMING STRESS,WORRY AND FEAR.
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  • STAY TUNED FOR A PREVIEW OFWHAT'S COMING UP NEXT TIME
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  • ON "PATHWAY TO VICTORY."
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  • [NARRATOR] TODAY, WHEN YOUGIVE A GENEROUS GIFT TO SUPPORT
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  • ALONG WITH A PERSONALAND GROUP STUDY GUIDE.
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  • NOW COMING UP NEXT TIMEON "PATHWAY TO VICTORY."
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  • YOU KNOW WHAT, GOD GAVEYOU THE GIFT OF LIFE
  • 00:26:53.902 --> 00:26:56.071
  • NOT JUST TO ENDURE BUT TO ENJOY.
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  • IF YOU WANT TO GETTHROUGH A STRESSFUL DAY,
  • 00:26:59.140 --> 00:27:01.342
  • A STRESSFUL WEEK, MAKESURE YOU HAVE PROGRAMMED
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  • INTO YOUR DAY SOMETIME TO DOSOMETHING YOU ENJOY DOING.
  • 00:27:03.978 --> 00:27:07.949
  • EVERYBODY NEEDS SOMETHINGTO LOOK FORWARD TO.
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  • GOD WANTS US TO ENJOY THELIFE THAT HE HAS GIVEN US.
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  • [NARRATOR] SET YOUR DVRAND JOIN US NEXT TIME
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  • FOR PART TWO OF THE MESSAGE,CHOOSING RELAXATION OVER STRESS
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  • HERE ON "PATHWAY TO VICTORY."
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