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December 14, 2020
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In Jesus’ day; the Jews had equally hard feeling toward those who collected taxes for the Romans. Thus; you may understand why the Pharisees were shocked by the parable we are going to examine this morning.

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  • [ANNOUNCER] FROM THE PULPITOF THE FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH
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  • OF DALLAS, TEXAS,
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  • THIS IS PATHWAY TO VICTORYWITH DR. ROBERT JEFFRESS.
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  • HI, I'M ROBERT JEFFERSON
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  • AND WELCOME AGAIN TOPATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • WHICH SIN DO YOU THINK IS WORSE?
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  • ROBBING A BANK AT GUNPOINT ORCHEATING ON YOUR TAX RETURN?
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  • WELL, THE ANSWERMIGHT SURPRISE YOU
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  • BECAUSE GOD'S VIEWOF SIN AND SALVATION
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  • IS FAR DIFFERENT THAN OUR OWN.
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  • TO MAKE THAT POINT TODAY,
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  • I'M GOING TO TELL YOU ONEOF JESUS' FAVORITE STORIES.
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  • MY MESSAGE IS TITLEDCONFESSIONS OF AN IRS AGENT
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  • ON TODAY'S EDITION OFPATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • ♪ MUSIC
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  • [ANNOUNCER] EVERYDAY,PATHWAY TO VICTORY
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  • IS REACHING MOREPEOPLE THAN EVER BEFORE
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  • WITH THE ULTIMATE HOPE INTROUBLING TIMES, JESUS CHRIST,
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  • AND WE'RE INVITING YOU
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  • TO HELP US PROCLAIM THEGOSPEL ACROSS AMERICA
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  • THROUGH THE HOPE ANDTRUTH MATCHING CHALLENGE.
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  • EVERY DOLLAR YOU GIVEBETWEEN NOW AND DECEMBER 31ST
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  • WILL BE MATCHED ANDTHEREFORE DOUBLED
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  • SO TAKE ADVANTAGEOF THIS OPPORTUNITY
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  • TO MULTIPLY YOUR IMPACTFOR THE KINGDOM OF GOD.
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  • TOGETHER, WE WILL PIERCETHE DARKNESS OF OUR DAY
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  • WITH THE HOPE OF THE WORLD,THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST.
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  • I ALWAYS LOVED THATSTORY ABOUT THE SNAKE
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  • THAT WENT TO THE OPTOMETRISTFOR A PAIR OF GLASSES.
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  • AND THE OPTOMETRIST SAID,
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  • "WHAT DO YOU MEANA PAIR OF GLASSES?
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  • YOU DON'T HAVE EARSON WHICH TO HANG THEM
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  • AND YOUR EYES AREIN THE WRONG PLACE.
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  • WHY NOT TRY SOME CONTACT LENSES?
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  • SO THE SNAKE SAID, "OKAY,WE'LL TRY CONTACTS."
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  • ABOUT THREE WEEKS LATER,
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  • THE SNAKE COMES BACKTO THE OPTOMETRIST.
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  • THE OPTOMETRIST SAYS,"WELL, HOW ARE YOU DOING?"
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  • THE SNAKE SAYS, "WELL,I CAN SEE PERFECTLY,
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  • BUT I'M ALL DEPRESSED."
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  • "WELL, WHY ARE YOU DEPRESSED?"THE OPTOMETRIST ASKED.
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  • THE SNAKE SAID, "BECAUSEI'VE JUST DISCOVERED
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  • FOR THE LAST THREE YEARS,
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  • I'VE BEEN LIVINGWITH A WATER HOSE."
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  • (CONGREGATION LAUGHING)
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  • YOU KNOW, CLEAR VISIONCAN BE PAINFUL SOMETIMES
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  • ESPECIALLY WHEN IT COMES TOSEEING OURSELVES AS GOD SEES US.
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  • AND YET SEEING OURSELVESCLEARLY THE WAY GOD SEES US
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  • IS THE FIRST STEP TO RECEIVINGGOD'S GIFT OF FORGIVENESS.
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  • THAT'S THE POINT OF THE PARABLE
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  • WE'RE GOING TO LOOK AT TODAY.
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  • IF YOU HAVE YOURBIBLES, TURN TO LUKE 18.
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  • LUKE 18, AS WE LOOK AT THECONFESSIONS OF AN IRS AGENT.
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  • IT'S THE PARABLEFOUND IN LUKE 18.
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  • AND I THINK THIS PARABLE,THIS TEACHING OF JESUS
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  • PERHAPS MORE THAN ANY OTHERCLEARLY ANSWERS THE QUESTION,
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  • HOW A PERSON CAN BE SAVED,
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  • HOW A PERSON CAN KNOW FOR SURE
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  • HE'S GOING TO BEIN HEAVEN ONE DAY.
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  • LUKE 18 BEGINNINGWITH VERSE 9.
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  • NOW, JESUS AT THE BEGINNING
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  • TELLS THE PURPOSEOF THIS PARABLE.
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  • WE DON'T HAVE TO GUESS ABOUT IT.
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  • WE DON'T HAVE TO THEORIZE.
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  • THE PURPOSE OF THEPARABLE IS VERY CLEAR
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  • BEGINNING IN VERSE 9.
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  • LUKE SAYS, "AND JESUS ALSO TOLDTHIS PARABLE TO CERTAIN ONES
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  • WHO TRUSTED IN THEMSELVESTHAT THEY WERE RIGHTEOUS."
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  • THIS PARABLE WAS DIRECTED TOWARDA SPECIFIC GROUP OF PEOPLE,
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  • THE PHARISEES.
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  • AND THE PHARISEES WERETRUSTING IN THEMSELVES.
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  • THE LITERAL TRANSLATION SAYSIT WAS BASED ON THEMSELVES.
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  • THAT WAS THE FOUNDATION OFTHEIR FAITH, THEMSELVES.
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  • THEY WERE TRUSTING INTHEIR INHERENT GOODNESS
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  • RATHER THAN IN GOD'SUNCONDITIONAL GRACE TO BE SAVED.
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  • I DO THE BEST I CAN,I LOVE OTHER PEOPLE.
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  • I MAY NOT BE PERFECT, BUTI'M AS GOOD AS MOST PEOPLE.
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  • WELL, THAT WAS THE PHARISEES.
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  • THEY TRUSTED IN THEMSELVESTHAT THEY WERE RIGHTEOUS.
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  • AND NOT ONLY THAT, IT SAYS,
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  • "THEY ALSO VIEWED OTHERSWITH THE CONTEMPT."
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  • I MEAN, AFTER ALL,WHAT'S THE USE
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  • OF THINKING HIGHLY OF YOURSELF
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  • IF YOU CAN'T THINKLOWLY OF OTHER PEOPLE?
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  • AND THAT WAS THE PHARISEES.
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  • THEY HAD THIS INFLATEDVIEW OF THEMSELVES.
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  • AND WHEN WE LOOK AT THISPARABLE, WE NEED TO BE CERTAIN
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  • THAT WE'RE NOT LIKE THE FOURTHGRADE SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHER
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  • WHO AFTER TEACHING THISPARABLE ABOUT THE PHARISEES
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  • TO HER FOURTH GRADESUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS SAID,
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  • "NOW BOYS AND GIRLSLET'S BOW OUR HEADS
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  • AND THANK GOD THAT WE'RENOT LIKE THE PHARISEES."
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  • WE DON'T WANT TO BEPROUD OF OUR HUMILITY.
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  • IN THIS PARABLE, WE NEEDTO SAY AT THE OUTSET
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  • IS NOT A PARABLE THATTELLS US HOW TO PRAY.
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  • IT'S NOT A PARABLETHAT TEACHES US
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  • WHAT KIND OF PRAYERS GOD ANSWERS
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  • AND WHICH HE REFUSES TO ANSWER.
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  • THIS IS A PARABLEABOUT SALVATION.
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  • AND YOU SEE ITBEGINNING IN VERSE 10.
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  • JESUS TELLS US THAT THERE ARETWO PLAYERS IN THIS PARABLE.
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  • LOOK AT VERSE 10.
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  • "TWO MEN WENT UP TOTHE TEMPLE TO PRAY,
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  • ONE A PHARISEE AND THEOTHER A TAX GATHERER."
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  • SOME OF YOUR TRANSLATIONS SAY,"A PHARISEE AND A PUBLICAN."
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  • NOT A REPUBLICAN,BUT A PUBLICAN.
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  • THAT MEANS TAX GATHERER, APHARISEE AND THE TAX GATHERER.
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  • NOW IN SELECTINGTHESE TWO CHARACTERS,
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  • JESUS COULD NOT HAVECHOSEN TWO PEOPLE
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  • MORE AT THE OPPOSITE END
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  • OF THE RELIGIOUSSPECTRUM IN ISRAEL.
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  • AND THAT WAS THE DIFFERENCEIN THE JEWISH MIND
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  • BETWEEN THE PHARISEEAND THE TAX GATHERER.
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  • LET'S LOOK, FIRST OF ALL, ATTHE CHARACTER, THE PHARISEE.
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  • "THE PHARISEE STOODAND WAS PRAYING."
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  • NOW, WHENEVER WE HEARTHE WORD PHARISEES,
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  • I CAN ALMOST HEAR THE HISSING(HISSING) THE PHARISEES.
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  • WE THINK OF THEM ASVILLAINOUS CHARACTERS.
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  • NOBODY COULD BE MORE EVIL INOUR MIND THAN THE PHARISEES.
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  • JESUS' AUDIENCE DIDNOT TAKE IT THAT WAY.
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  • YOU SEE IN, IN ISRAEL,
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  • THE PHARISEES REPRESENTED THEMOST HOLY GROUP OF THE JEWS.
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  • THEY WERE PEOPLE WHO WERE INTENT
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  • NOT ON BREAKING GOD'S LAW,BUT ON KEEPING GOD'S LAW.
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  • THEY SUPPOSEDLY LOVED GOD.
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  • THEY OBEYED GOD,AT LEAST OUTWARDLY.
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  • THERE WERE ONLY 3000OF THEM IN ISRAEL.
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  • THEY WERE A VERYHOLY GROUP OF PEOPLE.
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  • THE PHARISEE, HECAME TO THE TEMPLE
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  • AND THE BIBLE SAID HESTOOD AS HE PRAYED.
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  • I'VE HEARD PREACHERS ANDTEACHERS TEACH FROM THIS PASSAGE
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  • AND SAY, "OH,THAT'S THE PROBLEM.
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  • INSTEAD OF KNEELINGBEFORE GOD, HE STOOD.
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  • THAT'S NOT THE PROBLEM.
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  • JEWS STOOD TO PRAYIN JESUS' DAY.
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  • PEOPLE STAND TO PRAY TODAY.
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  • THERE'S NOTHINGWRONG WITH STANDING.
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  • THE PROBLEM WITH THIS PHARISEE
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  • WAS NOT HIS POSTURE IN PRAYING,BUT HIS ATTITUDE IN PRAYING.
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  • I LOVE THE PHRASETHAT JESUS ADDS.
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  • "HE STOOD PRAYINGTHUS TO HIMSELF."
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  • HIS PRAYER DIDN'T MAKEIT OUT OF THE TEMPLE.
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  • AND YOU CAN SEE WHY
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  • WHEN YOU LOOK AT THECONTENT OF THIS PRAYER.
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  • HE SAID, "GOD, I THANK THEETHAT I'M NOT LIKE OTHER PEOPLE:
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  • SWINDLERS, UNJUST, ADULTERERS,
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  • OR EVEN LIKE THIS TAXGATHERER STANDING BESIDE ME.
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  • INSTEAD, I FAST TWICE A WEEK
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  • AND I PAY TITHESOF ALL THAT I GET."
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  • IN THIS SHORT PRAYER, THEWORD IS USED FIVE TIMES.
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  • I AM NOT LIKE OTHER PEOPLE,I FAST TWICE A WEEK.
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  • I PAY TITHES OF ALL THAT I GET.
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  • I THINK KENT HUGHES HITSTHE NAIL ON THE HEAD
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  • WHEN HE POINTS OUT WHAT THEPROBLEM WITH THIS PRAYER IS.
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  • HE WRITES, "AFTER ANINITIAL NOD TO GOD,
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  • HIS WAS ESSENTIALLY A SELFCONGRATULATING MONOLOGUE
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  • DISGUISED AS A PRAYER."
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  • HE WASN'T PRAYING TO GOD,HE WAS PRAYING TO HIMSELF
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  • AND NOTICE WHAT HESAYS ABOUT HIMSELF.
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  • HE SAYS, "I FAST TWICE A WEEK."
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  • NOW, ACCORDING TO JEWISH LAW,
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  • THE JEWS ONLY HADTO FAST ONCE A YEAR.
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  • BUT THE PHARISEESUP TO THE LITTLE BIT
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  • THEY FASTED ONCE A WEEK,
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  • BUT THIS PHARISEE,HE EXCEEDED THEM ALL,
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  • HE FASTED TWICE A WEEK.
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  • AND NOT ONLY THAT HE SAID, "IPAY TITHES OF ALL THAT I GET."
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  • ACCORDING TO THE LAW,
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  • YOU WOULD PAY TITHES OF YOURINCOME, BUT NOT THIS PHARISEE.
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  • HE PAID TITHES OF HIS INCOME
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  • AND PERHAPS HIS CAPITAL AS WELL.
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  • HE WAS A HOLY MAN, ATLEAST IN HIS OWN EYES.
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  • BUT WHAT IS SO CLEAR THATIS MISSING FROM THIS PRAYER,
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  • SOMETHING THAT EVEN ACHILD COULD RECOGNIZE IS
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  • NOWHERE IN THIS PRAYER ISTHERE ANY SENSE OF REPENTANCE.
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  • NO SEEKING GOD'S FORGIVENESS,
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  • NO SUPPLICATION FOR GOD TODO SOMETHING IN HIS LIFE.
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  • IT WAS I, I, I.
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  • NOW I WANT YOU TO CONTRAST HIM
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  • TO THE SECOND CHARACTER,THE TAX GATHERER.
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  • VERSE 13, "BUT THE TAX GATHERER,
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  • STANDING SOME DISTANCE AWAY."
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  • AGAIN, YOU COULDN'TPICK ANYBODY ANY LOWER
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  • ON THE RELIGIOUS LADDERTHAN THE TAX GATHERER.
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  • HE RANKED RIGHT DOWNTHERE IN JEWISH SOCIETY
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  • WITH TELEVANGELIST ANDUSED CHARIOT SALESMEN.
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  • I MEAN, PEOPLEHATED TAX GATHERERS.
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  • AND WHEN YOU UNDERSTANDSOMETHING ABOUT THEM,
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  • YOU CAN UNDERSTAND WHY.
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  • SEE, THE TAX GATHERERSMOSTLY WERE FELLOW JEWS.
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  • THEY WERE JEWS WHO GOTTHE RIGHT TO COLLECT TAXES
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  • ON BEHALF OF THEROMAN GOVERNMENT.
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  • THEY BOUGHT WHAT WOULD BELIKE A FRANCHISE TODAY.
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  • YOU KNOW, IF YOU WANT TO OPENA MCDONALD'S HAMBURGER STAND,
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  • YOU HAVE TO BUY A FRANCHISEFROM THE MCDONALD'S CORPORATION.
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  • THAT GIVES YOU THE RIGHT TOSELL MCDONALD'S HAMBURGERS.
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  • WELL, IN JEWISH SOCIETY,
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  • IF YOU WANTED TO COLLECT TAXESFOR THE ROMAN GOVERNMENT,
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  • YOU WOULD PURCHASE AFRANCHISE SO TO SPEAK.
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  • YOU WOULD AGREE TO PAY THEROMAN GOVERNMENT SO MUCH MONEY
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  • FOR THE RIGHT TO COLLECT TAXES
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  • AND THEN YOU COULD CHARGEWHATEVER PRICE YOU WANTED TO.
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  • YOU COULD CHARGE WHATEVERTAXES YOU WANTED TO
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  • AND KEEP THE DIFFERENCEFOR YOURSELF.
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  • AND SO THESE TAX GATHERERSWERE HATED FOR TWO REASONS.
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  • FIRST OF ALL, THEYWERE FELLOW JEWS
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  • WHO WERE HELPING SUPPORT THEOPPRESSIVE ROMAN GOVERNMENT.
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  • AND NOT ONLY THAT,
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  • THEY WERE GUILTY OF CHEATINGPEOPLE OUT OF THEIR MONEY.
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  • TWO DISTINCT PEOPLE, A PHARISEEWHO LOVES AND OBEYS GOD
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  • AND A TAX GATHERER, WHO ISA TRAITOR TO HIS PEOPLE.
  • 00:10:33.989 --> 00:10:37.326
  • AND NOT ONLY THAT,CHEATS HIS OWN PEOPLE.
  • 00:10:37.359 --> 00:10:41.230
  • JAMES BOYCE IN HISCOMMENTARY ON THIS PASSAGE
  • 00:10:41.263 --> 00:10:43.933
  • RAISES THE POSSIBILITY THOUGH
  • 00:10:43.966 --> 00:10:46.435
  • THAT PERHAPS THERE WASSOMETHING DIFFERENT
  • 00:10:46.469 --> 00:10:48.471
  • ABOUT THIS TAX GATHERER.
  • 00:10:48.504 --> 00:10:50.773
  • MAYBE JESUS WAS INFERRINGTHAT THIS TAX GATHERER
  • 00:10:50.806 --> 00:10:53.642
  • WAS NOT AS BAD ASTHE OTHER ONES.
  • 00:10:53.676 --> 00:10:56.545
  • PERHAPS THIS TAX GATHERERCOULD BE COMPARED TO,
  • 00:10:56.579 --> 00:10:59.582
  • YOU KNOW, THENEIGHBORHOOD BARTENDER
  • 00:10:59.615 --> 00:11:01.217
  • WHO ALONG WITH LIQUOR,DISPENSES GOOD ADVICE.
  • 00:11:01.250 --> 00:11:04.320
  • SO HE'S NOT QUITE ASBAD AS OTHER BARTENDERS.
  • 00:11:04.353 --> 00:11:07.656
  • OR PERHAPS HE'SLIKE THE PROSTITUTE
  • 00:11:07.690 --> 00:11:10.059
  • IN THOSE OLD WESTERN MOVIES
  • 00:11:10.092 --> 00:11:12.261
  • WHO ALTHOUGH SHE WAS APROSTITUTE, SHE HAD A
  • 00:11:12.294 --> 00:11:15.164
  • HEART OF GOLD. MAYBE THAT'S WHATJESUS IS INFERRING HERE
  • 00:11:15.197 --> 00:11:19.268
  • BUT NOTHING IN THE PASSAGEWOULD SUGGEST THIS.
  • 00:11:19.301 --> 00:11:21.704
  • THIS MAN WAS JUST AS MUCH OFA SINNER AS THE PHARISEE WAS.
  • 00:11:21.737 --> 00:11:26.709
  • THE DIFFERENCE WAS IN THEIRATTITUDE TOWARD THEIR NEED.
  • 00:11:26.742 --> 00:11:31.113
  • NOTICE THE PRAYER.
  • 00:11:31.147 --> 00:11:32.715
  • "BUT THE TAX GATHERERSTANDING SOME DISTANCE AWAY,"
  • 00:11:32.748 --> 00:11:37.153
  • VERSE 13, "WAS EVEN UNWILLINGTO LIFT UP HIS EYES TO HEAVEN,
  • 00:11:37.186 --> 00:11:41.023
  • BUT WAS BEATINGHIS BREAST, SAYING,
  • 00:11:41.056 --> 00:11:43.225
  • 'GOD, BE MERCIFULTO ME, THE SINNER.'"
  • 00:11:43.259 --> 00:11:49.732
  • ONE OF THE SHORTESTPRAYERS IN THE BIBLE.
  • 00:11:49.765 --> 00:11:52.067
  • SEVEN WORDS IN THE ENGLISH TEXT,
  • 00:11:52.101 --> 00:11:54.603
  • SIX WORDS IN THE GREEK TEXT.
  • 00:11:54.637 --> 00:11:57.139
  • "GOD BE MERCIFULTO ME, THE SINNER."
  • 00:11:57.173 --> 00:12:01.577
  • BUT IN THIS PRAYER,
  • 00:12:01.610 --> 00:12:02.812
  • I WANT YOU TO NOTICE TWOESSENTIAL COMPONENTS.
  • 00:12:02.845 --> 00:12:05.014
  • FIRST OF ALL, HE EXPRESSEDSORROW FOR HIS SIN.
  • 00:12:05.047 --> 00:12:10.786
  • GOD BE MERCIFULTO ME, THE SINNER.
  • 00:12:10.820 --> 00:12:15.691
  • IN THE GREEK TEXT, THEWORD SINNER IS ARTICULAR.
  • 00:12:15.724 --> 00:12:18.761
  • SIMPLY MEANING IT'S NOT,
  • 00:12:18.794 --> 00:12:20.129
  • "GOD BEING MERCIFULTO ME, A SINNER,
  • 00:12:20.162 --> 00:12:22.865
  • IT'S GOD BE MERCIFULTO ME, THE SINNER."
  • 00:12:22.898 --> 00:12:26.735
  • IN OTHER WORDS, "I AM THECHIEF OF ALL SINNERS,"
  • 00:12:26.769 --> 00:12:29.972
  • THIS MAN IS SAYING.
  • 00:12:30.005 --> 00:12:32.374
  • WE DON'T KNOW WHATDROVE HIM IN THE TEMPLE
  • 00:12:32.408 --> 00:12:34.076
  • TO PRAY THAT DAYOUT OF DESPERATION.
  • 00:12:34.109 --> 00:12:36.946
  • PERHAPS HE HAD JUST COMMITTEDA SIN SO HORRIBLE, SO HEINOUS
  • 00:12:36.979 --> 00:12:41.851
  • THAT EVEN HE HIMSELFDID NOT THINK
  • 00:12:41.884 --> 00:12:43.519
  • HE WAS CAPABLE OF DOING THAT.
  • 00:12:43.552 --> 00:12:46.655
  • OR MAYBE HIS LIFE HADJUST SLOWLY UNRAVELED
  • 00:12:46.689 --> 00:12:48.891
  • OVER A LONG PERIOD OF TIME
  • 00:12:48.924 --> 00:12:50.426
  • AND NOW HE WAS ATTHE END OF HIS ROPE.
  • 00:12:50.459 --> 00:12:52.895
  • AND ALL HE KNEW TO DOWAS TO CRY OUT TO GOD,
  • 00:12:52.928 --> 00:12:55.331
  • "GOD BE MERCIFUL, THECHIEF SINNER OF ALL."
  • 00:12:55.364 --> 00:13:00.603
  • BY THE WAY, YOU SEETHAT DESPERATION
  • 00:13:00.636 --> 00:13:03.739
  • IN THE WAY HE PLACED HIMSELF.
  • 00:13:03.772 --> 00:13:06.642
  • WHEN THE PHARISEECAME INTO THE TEMPLE,
  • 00:13:06.675 --> 00:13:08.644
  • HE STOOD AS NEAR TO THE HOLYOF HOLIES AS HE POSSIBLY COULD,
  • 00:13:08.677 --> 00:13:12.615
  • WITHOUT BEING STRUCK DEAD.
  • 00:13:12.648 --> 00:13:14.984
  • NOT THIS TAX GATHERER.
  • 00:13:15.017 --> 00:13:16.886
  • THIS TAX GATHERERIT SAYS, VERSE 13,
  • 00:13:16.919 --> 00:13:19.221
  • "STOOD SOME DISTANCE AWAY."
  • 00:13:19.255 --> 00:13:22.458
  • HE DIDN'T FEEL WORTHY TO COMEINTO THE PRESENCE OF GOD.
  • 00:13:22.491 --> 00:13:27.263
  • AND BY THE WAY,
  • 00:13:27.296 --> 00:13:28.731
  • THAT'S A PRINCIPLE YOU'LLFIND IN YOUR OWN LIFE.
  • 00:13:28.764 --> 00:13:31.834
  • THE CLOSER YOU GET TO GOD,
  • 00:13:31.867 --> 00:13:34.003
  • THE MORE UNWORTHYYOU FEEL BEFORE GOD.
  • 00:13:34.036 --> 00:13:38.107
  • THE CLOSER YOU COME INTOCONTACT WITH A HOLY GOD,
  • 00:13:38.140 --> 00:13:41.877
  • THE MORE YOU REALIZEHOW UNHOLY YOU ARE.
  • 00:13:41.911 --> 00:13:46.181
  • YOU SEE THATTHROUGHOUT SCRIPTURE.
  • 00:13:46.215 --> 00:13:48.017
  • REMEMBER ISAIAH THE PROPHETWHEN HE HAD THAT VISION
  • 00:13:48.050 --> 00:13:50.886
  • OF GOD ON THE THRONE ANDHE SAID IN ISAIAH 6:5,
  • 00:13:50.920 --> 00:13:54.490
  • "WOE TO ME, I AM RUINED FORI AM A MAN OF UNCLEAN LIPS."
  • 00:13:54.523 --> 00:14:00.863
  • OR THINK ABOUT PETER AFTERSEEING ONE OF THE MIRACLES
  • 00:14:00.896 --> 00:14:02.097
  • OF THE LORD IN LUKE 5:8.
  • 00:14:02.131 --> 00:14:03.632
  • HE SAID, "DEPART FROM ME,LORD, I AM A SINFUL MAN."
  • 00:14:03.666 --> 00:14:07.970
  • OR THINK ABOUT JOHN ONTHE ISLAND OF PATMOS
  • 00:14:08.003 --> 00:14:10.472
  • AFTER HE SAW THE LORD GLORIFIEDIN ALL OF HIS GLORIFICATION.
  • 00:14:10.506 --> 00:14:16.679
  • THE BIBLE SAYS, "HE FELLDOWN BEFORE THE LORD
  • 00:14:16.712 --> 00:14:18.881
  • AS THOUGH ONE DEAD."
  • 00:14:18.914 --> 00:14:22.251
  • WHEN YOU COME INTO A REALIZATIONOF THE HOLINESS OF GOD,
  • 00:14:22.284 --> 00:14:24.720
  • YOU REALIZE WHAT A DISTANCETHERE IS BETWEEN YOU AND GOD.
  • 00:14:24.753 --> 00:14:29.658
  • GOD BE MERCIFULTO ME, THE SINNER.
  • 00:14:29.692 --> 00:14:35.831
  • BUT YOU SEE THAT'S THE TEST.
  • 00:14:35.864 --> 00:14:38.500
  • THE CLOSER YOU GET TO GOD,
  • 00:14:38.534 --> 00:14:40.169
  • THE MORE UNWORTHYYOU FEEL BEFORE GOD.
  • 00:14:40.202 --> 00:14:44.773
  • THAT WAS THIS TAX GATHERER.
  • 00:14:44.807 --> 00:14:47.309
  • "LORD BE MERCIFULTO ME, THE SINNER."
  • 00:14:47.343 --> 00:14:52.214
  • HE EXPRESSED SORROW FOR HIS SIN.
  • 00:14:52.247 --> 00:14:54.516
  • BUT LISTEN TO ME THIS MORNING,
  • 00:14:54.550 --> 00:14:55.851
  • IT'S POSSIBLE TO BESORRY FOR YOUR SIN
  • 00:14:55.884 --> 00:14:59.254
  • WITHOUT EVER SAVEDFROM YOUR SIN.
  • 00:14:59.288 --> 00:15:02.791
  • AND THAT'S THE SECOND IMPORTANTCOMPONENT OF THIS PRAYER.
  • 00:15:02.825 --> 00:15:05.794
  • HE SECONDLY REQUESTED GOD'SMERCY TO COVER HIS SIN.
  • 00:15:05.828 --> 00:15:11.934
  • "GOD BE MERCIFULTO ME, THE SINNER."
  • 00:15:11.967 --> 00:15:17.339
  • BE MERCIFUL.
  • 00:15:17.373 --> 00:15:19.074
  • HE WAS SAYING,"LORD, MERCY SEAT ME.
  • 00:15:19.108 --> 00:15:23.712
  • COVER OVER MY SIN.
  • 00:15:23.746 --> 00:15:26.882
  • I AM NOT CAPABLE OF ATONINGFOR COVERING MY GUILT.
  • 00:15:26.915 --> 00:15:31.186
  • YOU'RE GOING TO HAVETO DO THAT FOR ME."
  • 00:15:31.220 --> 00:15:34.089
  • HE REQUESTED GOD'SMERCY TO COVER HIS SIN.
  • 00:15:34.123 --> 00:15:39.261
  • TWO MEN WHO APPROACHED GODIN TWO VERY DIFFERENT WAYS.
  • 00:15:39.294 --> 00:15:45.300
  • ONE, THE PHARISEEWHO CAME TO GOD
  • 00:15:45.334 --> 00:15:46.535
  • ON THE BASIS OF HISOWN INHERENT GOODNESS.
  • 00:15:46.568 --> 00:15:49.571
  • THE OTHER WHO CAME ONTHE BASIS OF GOD'S GRACE.
  • 00:15:49.605 --> 00:15:55.778
  • JESUS STOPPED THESTORY RIGHT HERE
  • 00:15:55.811 --> 00:15:57.746
  • AND GIVEN A POP QUIZ TO HISAUDIENCE AND SAID, "OKAY,
  • 00:15:57.780 --> 00:16:00.449
  • YOU'VE HEARD THE STORY ABOUTTWO MEN WHO WENT TO PRAY.
  • 00:16:00.482 --> 00:16:03.085
  • WHICH ONE LEFT FORGIVEN?"
  • 00:16:03.118 --> 00:16:06.088
  • THE PHARISEE WOULDHAVE WON HANDS DOWN.
  • 00:16:06.121 --> 00:16:08.590
  • NO QUESTION IN JESUSAUDIENCE'S MIND.
  • 00:16:08.624 --> 00:16:11.493
  • WHY, YOU'VE GOT A PHARISEE
  • 00:16:11.527 --> 00:16:12.761
  • WHO DOES ALL OFTHESE GOOD THINGS:
  • 00:16:12.795 --> 00:16:15.130
  • LOVES GOD, KEEPS THE LAW.
  • 00:16:15.164 --> 00:16:17.266
  • AND THEN YOU GOTTHIS TAX GATHERER
  • 00:16:17.299 --> 00:16:19.068
  • WHO WHO'S DONE WHO KNOWS WHAT,THAT MAKES HIM SO DESPERATE
  • 00:16:19.101 --> 00:16:22.971
  • AND HE THINKS ONE LITTLE PRAYER
  • 00:16:23.005 --> 00:16:24.573
  • IS GOING TO GET RIDOF HIS SIN, WHY?
  • 00:16:24.606 --> 00:16:26.341
  • THAT'S RIDICULOUS.
  • 00:16:26.375 --> 00:16:27.843
  • OBVIOUSLY THE PHARISEE ISTHE ONE WHO'S FORGIVEN.
  • 00:16:27.876 --> 00:16:32.514
  • JESUS DUMBFOUNDSTHEM IN VERSE 14
  • 00:16:32.548 --> 00:16:35.384
  • WHEN HE TURNS THEIREXPECTATIONS UPSIDE DOWN.
  • 00:16:35.417 --> 00:16:37.686
  • HE SAYS IN VERSE 14, "I TELLYOU THIS MAN, THE TAX GATHERER,
  • 00:16:37.719 --> 00:16:42.324
  • WENT DOWN TO HIS HOUSE JUSTIFIEDRATHER THAN THE PHARISEE."
  • 00:16:42.357 --> 00:16:49.865
  • YOU SEE, I'M JUST IMAGINING THIS
  • 00:16:49.898 --> 00:16:51.366
  • BUT I THINK WHEN THEPHARISEE LEFT THE TEMPLE
  • 00:16:51.400 --> 00:16:54.136
  • AND WENT BACK TO HIS HOUSE,
  • 00:16:54.169 --> 00:16:55.871
  • I THINK HE FELT PRETTYGOOD ABOUT HIMSELF.
  • 00:16:55.904 --> 00:16:59.141
  • "NOTHING LIKE SOME TIMESPENT WITH THE LORD,"
  • 00:16:59.174 --> 00:17:01.343
  • HE PROBABLY SAID.
  • 00:17:01.376 --> 00:17:03.679
  • AND THE TAX GATHERER,
  • 00:17:03.712 --> 00:17:06.482
  • I'M JUST IMAGINING HE FELTAS BADLY ABOUT HIMSELF
  • 00:17:06.515 --> 00:17:09.251
  • AFTER HE LEFT THE TEMPLE ASWHEN HE WENT INTO THE TEMPLE.
  • 00:17:09.284 --> 00:17:14.156
  • BUT YOU SEE LADIES ANDGENTLEMEN IN THE FINAL ANALYSIS,
  • 00:17:14.189 --> 00:17:16.792
  • IT REALLY DOESN'TMATTER WHAT WE THINK
  • 00:17:16.825 --> 00:17:19.294
  • ABOUT OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD.
  • 00:17:19.328 --> 00:17:21.930
  • IT'S WHAT GOD THINKS ABOUTHIS RELATIONSHIP WITH US.
  • 00:17:21.964 --> 00:17:25.334
  • THAT'S WHAT MATTERS.
  • 00:17:25.367 --> 00:17:26.802
  • AND THE BIBLE SAYS THATIT IS THE TAX GATHERER
  • 00:17:26.835 --> 00:17:29.638
  • WHO WENT DOWN TO HIS HOUSEFROM THE TEMPLE JUSTIFIED.
  • 00:17:29.671 --> 00:17:34.910
  • THAT WORD JUSTIFIEDIS A LEGAL TERM
  • 00:17:34.943 --> 00:17:37.045
  • THAT MEANS NOT GUILTY.
  • 00:17:37.079 --> 00:17:39.948
  • WHEN THIS TAX GATHERER SIMPLYEXPRESSED SORROW FOR HIS SIN
  • 00:17:39.982 --> 00:17:44.219
  • AND REQUESTED ACOVERING FOR HIS SIN
  • 00:17:44.253 --> 00:17:47.156
  • IN THE GREATCOURTROOM OF HEAVEN,
  • 00:17:47.189 --> 00:17:49.191
  • GOD HAMMERED DOWNTHE GAVEL AND SAID,
  • 00:17:49.224 --> 00:17:51.760
  • "NOT GUILTY, NOT GUILTY."
  • 00:17:51.793 --> 00:17:55.864
  • AND IT'S THE SAME WITH US.
  • 00:17:55.898 --> 00:17:58.200
  • THE ONLY WAY IN GOD'S EYESWE WILL EVER BE FORGIVEN
  • 00:17:58.233 --> 00:18:02.538
  • IS BY REQUESTING GOD'S MERCY,
  • 00:18:02.571 --> 00:18:06.108
  • THE BLOOD OF HIS SONTO ATONE FOR OUR SINS.
  • 00:18:06.141 --> 00:18:10.712
  • AND THEN JESUS ADDS THISWELL-KNOWN PHRASE IN VERSE 14,
  • 00:18:10.746 --> 00:18:14.349
  • "FOR EVERYONE WHO EXALTSHIMSELF SHALL BE HUMBLED,
  • 00:18:14.383 --> 00:18:18.420
  • BUT HE WHO HUMBLESHIMSELF SHALL BE EXALTED."
  • 00:18:18.453 --> 00:18:23.325
  • THAT IS THE PERSONWHO LIKE THE PHARISEE,
  • 00:18:23.358 --> 00:18:25.694
  • ENGAGES IN SELFCONGRATULATIONS BEFORE GOD,
  • 00:18:25.727 --> 00:18:28.764
  • WHO IS TRUSTING IN HIS OWNRELATIVE GOODNESS FOR SALVATION.
  • 00:18:28.797 --> 00:18:32.201
  • ONE DAY WHEN HE STANDSBEFORE THE JUDGMENT OF GOD,
  • 00:18:32.234 --> 00:18:36.438
  • HE'S GOING TO BE HUMBLED
  • 00:18:36.471 --> 00:18:38.807
  • AS HE REALIZES THAT NOMATTER HOW GOOD HE WAS,
  • 00:18:38.840 --> 00:18:41.643
  • IT WASN'T GOOD ENOUGHTO ENTER INTO HEAVEN.
  • 00:18:41.677 --> 00:18:45.514
  • ON THE OTHER HAND,
  • 00:18:45.547 --> 00:18:46.782
  • THE PERSON WHO HUMBLESHIMSELF IN THIS LIFE,
  • 00:18:46.815 --> 00:18:49.918
  • WHO SAYS, "GOD, IAM SORRY FOR MY SIN.
  • 00:18:49.952 --> 00:18:53.121
  • I REQUEST THE GRACE OFJESUS TO COVER OVER MY SIN."
  • 00:18:53.155 --> 00:18:57.526
  • ONE DAY HE WILL BE EXALTED.
  • 00:18:57.559 --> 00:19:02.598
  • IN HIS BOOK, "THE GRACEAND TRUTH PARADOX,"
  • 00:19:02.631 --> 00:19:06.168
  • RANDY ALCORN WRITES,
  • 00:19:06.201 --> 00:19:09.304
  • "WESTLEY ALLAN DODDTORTURED, MOLESTED,
  • 00:19:09.338 --> 00:19:13.141
  • AND MURDERED THREE BOYSIN VANCOUVER, WASHINGTON
  • 00:19:13.175 --> 00:19:16.511
  • 15 MILES FROM OUR HOME.
  • 00:19:16.545 --> 00:19:19.181
  • WESTLEY DODD WASSCHEDULED TO BE HANGED,
  • 00:19:19.214 --> 00:19:21.817
  • THE FIRST IS HANGINGIN THREE DECADES
  • 00:19:21.850 --> 00:19:24.286
  • SHORTLY AFTER MIDNIGHT,JANUARY 4TH, 1993.
  • 00:19:24.319 --> 00:19:30.459
  • AT DINNER THAT EVENING,BOTH OF OUR DAUGHTERS,
  • 00:19:30.492 --> 00:19:32.427
  • THEN 11 AND 13,
  • 00:19:32.461 --> 00:19:34.496
  • PRAYED EARNESTLY THATWESTLEY DODD WOULD REPENT
  • 00:19:34.529 --> 00:19:37.199
  • AND PLACES HIS FAITH INCHRIST BEFORE HE DIED.
  • 00:19:37.232 --> 00:19:41.069
  • I AGREED WITH THEIR PRAYER BUTONLY BECAUSE I KNEW I SHOULD.
  • 00:19:41.103 --> 00:19:46.308
  • I STAYED UP AND WATCHED.
  • 00:19:46.341 --> 00:19:48.277
  • REPORTERS FROM ALLOVER THE COUNTRY
  • 00:19:48.310 --> 00:19:50.112
  • CROWDED AROUND THE PRISON.
  • 00:19:50.145 --> 00:19:52.281
  • 12 MEDIA REPRESENTATIVESWERE FIRSTHAND WITNESSES
  • 00:19:52.314 --> 00:19:55.350
  • TO THE EXECUTION.
  • 00:19:55.384 --> 00:19:57.519
  • WHEN THEY EMERGED 30 MINUTESAFTER WESTLEY DODD DIED,
  • 00:19:57.552 --> 00:20:01.923
  • THEY RECOUNTED THE EXPERIENCE.
  • 00:20:01.957 --> 00:20:04.493
  • ONE OF THEM READDODD'S LAST WORDS.
  • 00:20:04.526 --> 00:20:08.664
  • 'I HAD THOUGHT THERE WASNO HOPE AND NO PEACE,
  • 00:20:08.697 --> 00:20:11.867
  • BUT I WAS WRONG.
  • 00:20:11.900 --> 00:20:13.535
  • I HAVE FOUND HOPE AND PEACEIN THE LORD JESUS CHRIST.'
  • 00:20:13.568 --> 00:20:19.741
  • GASPS AND GROANS ERUPTEDFROM THE GALLERY.
  • 00:20:19.775 --> 00:20:24.046
  • THE ANGER WAS PALPABLE.
  • 00:20:24.079 --> 00:20:26.348
  • 'HOW DARE SOMEONE WHO HASDONE ANYTHING SO TERRIBLE
  • 00:20:26.381 --> 00:20:29.918
  • SAY THAT HE'S FOUNDHOPE AND PEACE IN JESUS?
  • 00:20:29.951 --> 00:20:33.488
  • DID HE REALLY THINK GODWOULD LET HIM INTO HEAVEN
  • 00:20:33.522 --> 00:20:35.824
  • AFTER WHAT HE HAD DONE?
  • 00:20:35.857 --> 00:20:37.759
  • SHUT UP AND GO TOHELL YOU CHILD KILLER.
  • 00:20:37.793 --> 00:20:40.395
  • YOU WON'T GET OFF SO EASILY.'
  • 00:20:40.429 --> 00:20:43.665
  • THE IDEA OF GOD'S OFFERINGGRACE TO WESTLEY DODD
  • 00:20:43.699 --> 00:20:46.635
  • WAS UTTERLY OFFENSIVE
  • 00:20:46.668 --> 00:20:49.971
  • AND YET, DIDN'T JESUSDIE FOR DODD'S SINS
  • 00:20:50.005 --> 00:20:53.642
  • JUST AS HE DID FOR MINE?
  • 00:20:53.675 --> 00:20:56.144
  • NO SIN IS BIGGERTHAN THE SAVIOR.
  • 00:20:56.178 --> 00:21:00.582
  • GRACE IS LITERALLYNOT OF THIS WORLD.
  • 00:21:00.615 --> 00:21:04.886
  • I STRUGGLED WITH THE IDEAOF GOD SAVING WESTLEY DODD
  • 00:21:04.920 --> 00:21:07.956
  • ONLY BECAUSE I THOUGHTTOO MUCH OF MYSELF
  • 00:21:07.989 --> 00:21:11.893
  • AND TOO LITTLE OF MY LORD.
  • 00:21:11.927 --> 00:21:15.397
  • I'D IMAGINED THAT THE DISTANCEBETWEEN WESTLEY DODD AND ME
  • 00:21:15.430 --> 00:21:18.900
  • WAS AS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEENTHE SOUTH AND THE NORTH POLES.
  • 00:21:18.934 --> 00:21:23.138
  • BUT WHEN YOU CONSIDER GOD'SVIEWPOINT FROM LIGHT YEARS AWAY,
  • 00:21:23.171 --> 00:21:27.943
  • THAT DISTANCE IS NEGLIGIBLE,
  • 00:21:27.976 --> 00:21:32.647
  • IN MY STANDING BEFORE AHOLY GOD APART FROM CHRIST,
  • 00:21:32.681 --> 00:21:38.053
  • I AM WESTLEY DODD."
  • 00:21:38.086 --> 00:21:43.058
  • DO YOU BELIEVE THATABOUT YOURSELF?
  • 00:21:43.091 --> 00:21:46.495
  • DO YOU BELIEVE THAT IN GOD'SEYES, YOU ARE JUST AS GUILTY
  • 00:21:46.528 --> 00:21:52.667
  • AS SOMEONE WHO RAPES, TORTURESAND MURDERS A SMALL CHILD?
  • 00:21:52.701 --> 00:21:59.941
  • DO YOU BELIEVE INGOD'S EVALUATION
  • 00:21:59.975 --> 00:22:04.780
  • THAT YOU ARE JUSTAS DESERVING OF HELL
  • 00:22:04.813 --> 00:22:09.885
  • AS THOSE THREE MEN THIS WEEK
  • 00:22:09.918 --> 00:22:11.887
  • WHO MURDERED MATTHEWBUTLER AND STEVE SWAN?
  • 00:22:11.920 --> 00:22:17.859
  • UNTIL YOU ARE WILLING TO ACCEPTTHAT EVALUATION OF YOURSELF,
  • 00:22:17.893 --> 00:22:24.466
  • YOU WILL NEVER BE READY TOACCEPT GOD'S GIFT OF
  • 00:22:24.499 --> 00:22:29.438
  • FORGIVENESS. LORD, BE MERCIFULTO ME, THE SINNER.
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  • WE CAN HARDLY FATHOM THE DEPTH
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  • OF GOD'S UNCONDITIONALLOVE AND FORGIVENESS.
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  • AND A PATHWAY TO VICTORY,
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  • WE NEVER TIRE BRINGING THISMESSAGE OF HOPE AND TRUTH
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  • TO PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD.
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  • I'M REMINDED OF A LETTER IRECEIVED FOR MONA WHO WROTE,
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  • "PASTOR JEFFERS, I'VE BEENSTRUGGLING WITH A BAD DECISION
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  • THAT HAS HELD ME BACKFOR SO MANY YEARS.
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  • BUT WHEN I HEARD YOUSAY THERE IS HOPE
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  • AND THAT GOD IS ALWAYSGIVING US A SECOND CHANCE,
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  • IT WAS JUST WHATI NEEDED TO HEAR.
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  • PLEASE PASTOR JEFFERS,
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  • NEVER QUIT SHARING GOD'SLOVE FOR ALL OF US."
  • 00:23:16.852 --> 00:23:21.223
  • WELL, MONA, I PROMISE TOKEEP SHARING THE TRUTH
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  • ABOUT GOD'S LOVE AND MERCY.
  • 00:23:23.859 --> 00:23:26.027
  • AND IT'S OUR GENEROUS VIEWERS
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  • WHO ALLOW ME TO DOTHAT WITHOUT RESTRAINT.
  • 00:23:27.729 --> 00:23:30.966
  • REMEMBER THAT RIGHT NOW, YOURGENEROUS YEAR-END INVESTMENT
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  • IN PATHWAY TO VICTORYHAS TWICE THE IMPACT
  • 00:23:35.070 --> 00:23:38.306
  • BECAUSE OF THE MATCHINGCHALLENGE THAT'S ACTIVE RIGHT
  • 00:23:38.340 --> 00:23:41.877
  • NOW. WHATEVER AMOUNTYOU CHOOSE TO GIVE
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  • WILL AUTOMATICALLYMATCHED AND DOUBLED
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  • UNTIL WE REACH THE TOTALGOAL OF $2.4 MILLION.
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  • SO DON'T LET THISOPPORTUNITY SLIP BY
  • 00:23:51.019 --> 00:23:53.388
  • WITHOUT GIVING GENEROUSLYTO PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
  • 00:23:53.421 --> 00:23:57.425
  • NOW STAY RIGHT THERE,
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  • I'LL BE BACK WITHMORE IN JUST A MOMENT.
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  • [ANNOUNCER] FROMONE DAY TO THE NEXT,
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  • LIFE IS ALWAYS CHANGING.
  • 00:24:04.399 --> 00:24:06.268
  • BUT NO MATTER WHAT LIFE BRINGSOR WHAT YOUR DAY LOOKS LIKE,
  • 00:24:06.301 --> 00:24:09.838
  • YOU CAN STAY ROOTED IN GOD'SWORD THROUGHOUT THE COMING YEAR
  • 00:24:09.871 --> 00:24:13.542
  • WITH THE BRAND NEW 2021
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  • "PATHWAY TO VICTORYDAILY DEVOTIONAL."
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  • FILLED WITH PRACTICALINSIGHTS FOR YOUR DAILY LIFE,
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  • THIS BEAUTIFULLEATHER-BOUND DEVOTIONAL
  • 00:24:21.616 --> 00:24:23.885
  • CONTAINS 262 DEVOTIONS
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  • BASED ON THE TEACHINGOF DR. ROBERT JEFFERS.
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  • MORE THAN 500 PAGES IN LENGTH,
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  • THE BRAND NEW 2021"DAILY DEVOTIONAL"
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  • IS THE PERFECT COMPANION
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  • FOR YOUR MORNING OR EVENINGBIBLE STUDY OR PRAYER TIME.
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  • EACH WEEK OF DEVOTION CONTENTIS THOUGHTFULLY ORGANIZED
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  • TO GUIDE YOU THROUGHOUT 2021,
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  • EVERY MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY,ALL 52 WEEKS OF THE YEAR.
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  • FROM NEW YEAR'S DAY TO EASTER,
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  • DISCOVER HOW TO LIVEAN EXTRAORDINARY LIFE
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  • AS YOU SEEK TO SERVEGOD IN HIS KINGDOM.
  • 00:24:55.150 --> 00:24:58.086
  • AS SPRING TURNS TO SUMMER,
  • 00:24:58.119 --> 00:24:59.754
  • LEARN HOW TO LET GOD SHAPEYOUR ATTITUDES AND CHOICES.
  • 00:24:59.788 --> 00:25:03.291
  • AND AS YOU MOVE INTO THE FALLAND BACK TO SCHOOL MONTHS,
  • 00:25:03.325 --> 00:25:06.394
  • GAIN A DEEPER UNDERSTANDING
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  • OF WHY JESUS IS THE ONLYTRUE PATH TO SALVATION.
  • 00:25:08.063 --> 00:25:12.000
  • THIS BEAUTIFULLEATHER-BOUND BOOK IS YOURS
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  • WHEN YOU GIVE A GENEROUSGIFT TO PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
  • 00:25:14.469 --> 00:25:17.505
  • LIFE MOVES FAST AND SOMETIMESIT'S HARD TO KEEP UP,
  • 00:25:17.539 --> 00:25:21.076
  • BUT NO MATTER THESEASON OF THE YEAR
  • 00:25:21.109 --> 00:25:23.345
  • OR THE SEASON OF YOUR LIFE,
  • 00:25:23.378 --> 00:25:25.246
  • THE BRAND NEW 2021 "PATHWAYTO VICTORY DAILY DEVOTIONAL"
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  • WILL HELP SEE YOU THROUGH IT.
  • 00:25:29.751 --> 00:25:33.955
  • ARE YOU GLAD WE SERVE A GOD
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  • WHO'S WILLING TOPARDON YOU AND ME?
  • 00:25:35.624 --> 00:25:38.226
  • HIS GRACE AND MERCYSURPASS OUR COMPREHENSION.
  • 00:25:38.259 --> 00:25:43.031
  • BUT WE'RE NOT READY TORECEIVE HIS GIFT OF SALVATION
  • 00:25:43.064 --> 00:25:46.234
  • UNTIL FIRST OF ALL, WEHUMBLE OURSELVES BEFORE HIM.
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  • THAT'S THE CLEAR MESSAGEFROM JESUS' PARABLE
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  • OF THE PHARISEE ANDTHE TAX COLLECTOR.
  • 00:25:53.375 --> 00:25:56.678
  • WELL, WHEN JESUS ASKEDPEOPLE TO FOLLOW HIM,
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  • HE DIDN'T GIVE THEMTIME TO CHOOSE.
  • 00:25:59.414 --> 00:26:01.616
  • IT WAS NOW OR NEVER.
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  • AND NEXT TIME, WE'REGOING TO DISCOVER
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  • WHAT JESUS REQUIRES OF US TODAYIN ORDER TO BE HIS DISCIPLE.
  • 00:26:06.087 --> 00:26:12.494
  • STAY TUNED FOR A PREVIEW OFWHAT'S COMING UP NEXT TIME
  • 00:26:12.527 --> 00:26:14.629
  • ON PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • [ANNOUNCER] TODAY, WHENYOU GIVE A GENEROUS GIFT
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  • TO SUPPORT THE MINISTRYOF PATHWAY TO VICTORY,
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  • WE'LL SAY, THANKS BY SENDINGYOU THE BRAND NEW 2021
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  • "PATHWAY TO VICTORYDAILY DEVOTIONAL,"
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  • PLUS THE PARABLES OF JESUSBROCHURE IS OUR GIFT TO YOU
  • 00:26:28.176 --> 00:26:32.280
  • SIMPLY FOR CONTACTING USTODAY AT PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
  • 00:26:32.313 --> 00:26:35.483
  • AND WHEN YOUR GIFTIS $100 OR MORE,
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  • WE'LL ALSO SEND YOU THECOMPLETE JESUS FAVORITE STORIES
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  • TEACHING SERIES ON CD AND DVD.
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  • REMEMBER YOUR MINISTRYGIFT RIGHT NOW
  • 00:26:45.126 --> 00:26:47.262
  • WILL BE DOUBLED IN IMPACT
  • 00:26:47.295 --> 00:26:48.930
  • THANKS TO OUR ACTIVEMATCHING CHALLENGE.
  • 00:26:48.963 --> 00:26:51.466
  • SO BE SURE TO CALL RIGHTOR GO ONLINE TODAY.
  • 00:26:51.499 --> 00:26:54.803
  • NOW COMING UP NEXT TIMEON PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
  • 00:26:54.836 --> 00:26:58.606
  • IT SEEMS LIKE,ESPECIALLY IN THE PASSAGE
  • 00:26:58.640 --> 00:27:00.375
  • WE'RE GOING TO LOOK AT TODAY,
  • 00:27:00.408 --> 00:27:01.910
  • THAT JESUS ISN'T TRYINGTO ATTRACT FOLLOWERS.
  • 00:27:01.943 --> 00:27:04.412
  • IT ALMOST SEEMS LIKE HE'STRYING TO DISCOURAGE FOLLOWERS.
  • 00:27:04.446 --> 00:27:08.917
  • JESUS LOOKED AT THE GREAT CROWDS
  • 00:27:08.950 --> 00:27:10.952
  • THAT HAD BEEN FOLLOWING HIM
  • 00:27:10.985 --> 00:27:13.254
  • AND HE SAID TO HIMSELF, "IT'STIME TO THIN OUT THE RANKS."
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  • [ANNOUNCER] SET YOUR DVR
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  • AND JOIN US NEXTTIME FOR THE MESSAGE,
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  • "BECOMING SALTY SAINTS"HERE ON PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • ♪ MUSIC
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