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February 15, 2021
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Every successful and significant person has an “all-in” moment when they totally commit themselves to his or her life purpose. The prophet Elijah had that experience; and challenges every would-be follower of Jehovah to do the same.

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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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  • ♪ MUSIC
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  • HI, I'M ROBERT JEFFRESS.
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  • AND WELCOME AGAIN TOPATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • IF THERE'S ONE THINGGOD CAN'T STAND
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  • IT'S A LUKEWARM CHRISTIAN.
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  • JESUS USED SEVERALCOLORFUL METAPHORS
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  • TO DESCRIBE THIS KIND OF APATHY,
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  • WATER THAT'S NEITHERCOLD NOR HOT,
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  • SALT THAT HAS LOSTITS SALTINESS,
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  • A MAN TRYING TOSERVE TWO MASTERS.
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  • THE POINT IS THIS, WHENIT COMES TO SERVING GOD
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  • YOU'RE EITHER IN OR YOU'RE OUT.
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  • AND TODAY I WANT TO SUGGEST
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  • THAT CHOOSING THEEXTRAORDINARY LIFE
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  • BEGINS WITH CHOOSINGTO BE ALL IN FOR GOD.
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  • MY MESSAGE IS TITLED"DECIDING TO BURN THE SHIPS"
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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 TRANSFORMINGAN ORDINARY 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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  • ♪ MUSIC
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  • ON APRIL THE 22ND,1519, A GOOD FRIDAY.
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  • THE SPANISH EXPLORER,HERNÁN CORTÉS
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  • LANDED IN VERACRUZ, MEXICO
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  • IN ORDER TO CLAIMTHE LAND FOR GOD
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  • AND TO CLAIM A LITTLEGOLD FOR HIMSELF.
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  • BUT CORTÉS AND HIS MENFACED A DAUNTING CHALLENGE.
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  • THEY WOULD HAVE TOTRAVEL 200 CACTUS FILLED
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  • SNAKE INFESTED MILES TOTAKE THEM FROM VERACRUZ
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  • TO THE CAPITAL CITYOF THE AZTEC EMPIRE
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  • WHERE MOCTEZUMA REIGNEDYOU KNOW, CHITLIN.
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  • AND IT WAS IN THATCAPITAL CITY THAT
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  • HOPEFULLY CORTÉS WOULDDEFEAT MOCTEZUMA.
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  • BUT IN ORDER TO GET THERE
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  • THEY WOULD HAVE TO PERVERSESOME VERY DANGEROUS TERRITORY.
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  • THERE WERE NO SUPPLY LINES,SCARCE WATER AND FOOD.
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  • THE FACT IS SUCCESS WASVERY SKETCHY FOR THE MISSION
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  • FAILURE WAS LIKELY.
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  • CORTÉS KNEW THATHE KNEW THE RISK
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  • AND REALIZING THAT SOME OFHIS MEN MIGHT BE TEMPTED
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  • TO ABANDON THEMISSION AND RETREAT,
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  • CORTÉS DID THE UNTHINKABLE.
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  • HE ORDERED THEMASTER OF HIS SHIPS
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  • TO TAKE NINE OF THE12 SAILING VESSELS
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  • AND TO SAIL THEM ONTOTHE BEACH AT VERACRUZ
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  • AND TO SET THEM ON FIRE,MAKING RETREAT IMPOSSIBLE.
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  • CORTÉS LATER WROTEABOUT THAT DECISION.
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  • THE EXPEDITION FROM THAT POINTON HAD NOTHING TO RELY ON
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  • APART FROM THEIR OWN HANDS
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  • AND THE ASSURANCE THATTHEY WOULD EITHER CONQUER
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  • AND WIN THE LAND OR DIEIN THEIR ATTEMPT TO DO SO.
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  • PEOPLE HAVE USED THAT EXPERIENCE
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  • AS A COMMON PHRASEIN OUR CULTURE TODAY.
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  • WE USE THE PHRASE BURN THE SHIPS
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  • TO REFER TO THAT DECISION WEMAKE AT SOME POINT IN OUR LIFE
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  • WHERE RETREAT IS NOLONGER AN OPTION.
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  • TO BURN THE SHIPS MEANS TODECIDE THAT YOU ARE ALL IN
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  • IN WHATEVER COMMITMENTTHAT YOU'RE CONSIDERING.
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  • THESE KINDS OF DECISIONSDON'T COME EVERY DAY.
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  • BUT OCCASIONALLY INLIFE, WE HAVE TO MAKE
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  • A BURN THE SHIPS DECISION.
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  • ARE WE GONNA STAY INA DIFFICULT MARRIAGE
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  • OR BAIL WHILE THERE'S STILLAN OPPORTUNITY TO DO SO?
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  • DO WE CONTINUE THIS IMMORALBUT FULFILLING RELATIONSHIP
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  • OR RISK A LIFE OF LONELINESS?
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  • DO WE ACCEPT THISRISKY JOB OFFER
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  • OR STAY WHERE WE ARE INA COMFORTABLE SETTING?
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  • DO WE DECIDE THAT WE'RE GOINGTO OBEY GOD UNCONDITIONALLY
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  • REGARDLESS OF THE CIRCUMSTANCES
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  • OR STAY IN OUR LUKEWARMCOMMITMENT TO CHRIST?
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  • ALL OF THESE DECISIONSARE IMPORTANT
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  • BUT IT'S THAT LAST DECISION
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  • THAT HAS AN IMPACTNOT ONLY ON THIS LIFE
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  • BUT IN THE LIFE BEYOND.
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  • ARE WE GOING TO BURN THE SHIPS
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  • AND BE ALL IN IN OURCOMMITMENT TO GOD?
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  • AND TODAY WE'RE GOINGTO SEE IN ELIJAH STORY
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  • A FOURTH SECRET FOR ASUCCESSFUL AND SIGNIFICANT LIFE
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  • AND THAT IS THE DECISIONTO BURN THE SHIPS.
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  • TO BURN THE SHIPS,NOW LET'S FACE IT.
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  • WHEN IT COMES TO OURRELATIONSHIP TO GOD
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  • BURNING THE SHIPS IS NOT APOPULAR IDEA IN OUR CULTURE.
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  • IN OUR CULTURE OF GLOBALIZATIONAND MULTICULTURALISM,
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  • WE'VE ACTUALLY COMETO BELIEVE THAT
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  • WE DON'T EVEN HAVE TO MAKEA BURN THE SHIPS DECISION.
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  • HAVE YOU NOTICED TODAY
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  • HOW MANY PEOPLE TREAT FAITHLIKE A SPIRITUAL BUFFET?
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  • THEY TAKE ALL OFTHE WORLD RELIGIONS
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  • ALL OF THE DIFFERENTLIFE PHILOSOPHIES
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  • LIKE THEY'RE OUTON A BUFFET TABLE
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  • AND THEY PICK AND CHOOSETHE ONES THAT THEY LIKE
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  • AND FIND TASTEFUL TO THEIRPARTICULAR LIFESTYLE.
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  • AND THAT'S HOW PEOPLEDECIDE THEIR BELIEF SYSTEM.
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  • THEY PICK AND CHOOSE, YOUKNOW SCRATCH THE SURFACE
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  • OF MOST CHRISTIANS FAITHTODAY AND YOU'LL DISCOVER
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  • IT MAY BE ONE PARTBIBLICAL CHRISTIANITY,
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  • TWO PARTS NEW AGETHEOLOGY, MYSTICISM
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  • ONE PART POSITIVE THINKING
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  • PINCHED WITH A LITTLE SPRINKLEOF AMERICAN PATRIOTISM
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  • AND THAT'S HOW PEOPLEMANUFACTURE THEIR OWN FAITH.
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  • IT'S VERY HARD TO LOOKAT BIBLICAL CHRISTIANITY
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  • AND NOT BE ALL IN THAT'SEXACTLY WHAT WAS GOING ON
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  • WITH THE ISRAELITESDURING ELIJAH'S TIME.
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  • THEY WERE TRYING TOBLEND THEIR FAITH IN GOD
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  • WITH A BELIEF ANDA WORSHIP OF BALE
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  • AND BECAUSE OF THAT, GOD HADTURNED HIS BACK FROM ISRAEL.
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  • GOD DEMANDS A TOTALCOMMITMENT TO HIM
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  • NOT JUST A PARTIAL COMMITMENT.
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  • JESUS WOULD SAY IT THIS WAY
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  • IN MARK 12:29-30,
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  • "THE LORD OUR GOD IS ONE LORD
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  • AND YOU SHALL LOVETHE LORD YOUR GOD WITH
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  • ALL OF YOUR HEART ANDWITH ALL OF YOUR SOUL
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  • AND WITH ALL OF YOUR MIND ANDWITH ALL OF YOUR STRENGTH."
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  • 800 YEARS BEFORE JESUS SAIDTHAT ELIJAH SAID THE SAME THING
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  • TURN IN YOUR BIBLESTO 1 KINGS 18
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  • AS WE LOOK AT ELIJAH'SBURN THE SHIPS CHALLENGE
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  • TO THE ISRAELITES.
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  • AS HE STOOD ON MOUNT CARMEL
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  • WHERE MANY OF USHAVE STOOD BEFORE,
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  • ELIJAH ADDRESSED THEFALSE PROPHETS OF BALE,
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  • HE ADDRESSED THE ISRAELITESWITH THIS CHALLENGE,
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  • LOOK AT VERSE 21
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  • "AND ELIJAH CAME NEAR TOALL OF THE PEOPLE AND SAID
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  • HOW LONG WILL YOU HESITATEBETWEEN TWO OPINIONS?
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  • IF THE LORD IS GOD FOLLOWHIM BUT IF BALE, FOLLOW HIM
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  • BUT THE PEOPLE DID NOTANSWER HIM WITH A WORD."
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  • ELIJAH SAID TO THE ISRAELITESWERE AT THAT FORK IN THE ROAD.
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  • IT'S TIME FOR YOU TO DECIDEFOR THREE AND A HALF YEARS
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  • GOD HAS BEEN PUNISHING YOU
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  • BECAUSE YOU'VE TRIEDTO SERVE GOD AND BALE.
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  • YOU CAN'T HESITATE ANY LONGER.
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  • IT'S TIME TO MAKE UP YOUR MIND.
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  • IF JEHOVAH IS WHO HE REALLYSAYS HE IS, SERVE HIM.
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  • IF YOU'RE CONVINCED THAT BALEIS WHO HE SAYS HE IS SERVE HIM
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  • BUT DON'T TRY TO SERVE BOTH.
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  • EITHER WAY IT IS TIMETO MAKE UP YOUR MIND.
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  • THAT IS THE CHALLENGE THATELIJAH MADE TO THE ISRAELITES.
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  • HOW DID THE ISRAELITESRESPOND TO ELIJAH'S
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  • BURN THE SHIPS CHALLENGE?
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  • INTERESTINGLY, THERE WEREFOUR DISTINCT RESPONSES
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  • AMONG THE PEOPLETO THAT CHALLENGE
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  • TO DECIDE WHETHER ORNOT THEY WERE ALL IN.
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  • AND THEY'RE ALL CONTAINEDIN 1 KINGS 18.
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  • AND THEY BOTH ALLFOUR ILLUSTRATE
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  • HOW DIFFERENT PEOPLE TODAYRESPOND TO THAT CHALLENGE
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  • TO BE ALL IN.
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  • FIRST OF ALL, ELIJAH HIMSELF
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  • MODELS FAITHFUL ANDFEARLESS COMMITMENT TO GOD.
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  • SOME PEOPLE DECIDEYES, I'M ALL IN,
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  • I'M GONNA BE FAITHFUL ANDFEARLESS, THAT WAS ELIJAH.
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  • NOW LET'S REWIND THETAPE IN JUST A MOMENT
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  • AND FIGURE OUT HOW ELIJAH GOT
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  • FROM ZAREPHATHWHERE THE WIDOW WAS
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  • TO STANDING ON TOPOF MOUNT CARMEL
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  • BEFORE AHAB, JEZEBEL ANDALL OF THE ISRAELITES.
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  • HOW DID HE GET THERE?
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  • REMEMBER THREE ANDA HALF YEARS EARLIER
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  • GOD SAID TO ELIJAHIN CHAPTER 17,
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  • "GO TO AHAB AND SAYIT'S NOT GONNA RAIN
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  • FOR THE NEXT THREE YEARSBECAUSE OF YOUR UNFAITHFULNESS."
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  • THEN ELIJAH HIDAS GOD TOLD HIM TO
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  • FOR THREE AND A HALF YEARS.
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  • NOW GOD IS SAYING, OKAYELIJAH, IT'S TIME TO GO TO AHAB
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  • AND SAY THAT I'MABOUT TO SEND RAIN
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  • ON THE FACE OF THE EARTH.
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  • SO VERSE 2, "ELIJAH WENTTO SHOW HIMSELF TO AHAB
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  • NOW THE FAMINE WASSEVERE IN SAMARIA."
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  • I WANT YOU TO NOTICETWO THINGS ABOUT ELIJAH.
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  • FIRST OF ALL, ELIJAHFOLLOWED GOD FAITHFULLY
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  • BY THAT I'M TALKINGABOUT HIS STEELY RESOLVE
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  • TO TRANSFORM HIS WORLD INSTEADOF CONFORM TO THE WORLD.
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  • THAT WAS ELIJAH'S RESOLVE.
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  • HE WAS A PERFECT MODEL OFROMANS 12 VERSES ONE AND TWO
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  • WHEN PAUL SAID, "DO NOTBE CONFORMED TO THIS WORLD
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  • BUT TRANSFORM YOURSELF BYTHE RENEWING OF YOUR MIND."
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  • I LOVE THE WAY THE JBPHILLIPS PARAPHRASE SAYS IT,
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  • "DON'T LET THE WORLDSQUEEZE YOU INTO ITS MOLD."
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  • THAT WAS ELIJAH.
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  • ELIJAH FOLLOWED GOD FAITHFULLY
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  • BUT SECONDLY ELIJAHOBEYED GOD FEARLESSLY.
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  • ONCE GOD HAD SPOKEN,ELIJAH NEVER HESITATED.
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  • WHEN PEOPLE ARE ALL IN TOTHEIR COMMITMENT TO GOD
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  • THEY OBEY GOD FAITHFULLY ANDFEARLESSLY THAT WAS ELIJAH.
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  • BUT NOT EVERYBODY IN ISRAELHAD THAT SAME RESPONSE
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  • NOT EVEN THE GOD FOLLOWERS.
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  • THERE'S A SECOND RESPONSETO GOD'S ALL-IN CHALLENGE.
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  • AND IT'S ILLUSTRATEDBY A MAN NAMED OBADIAH.
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  • OBADIAH WAS FAITHFULBUT HE WAS ALSO FEARFUL.
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  • NOW OBADIAH DON'T CONFUSE HIM
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  • WITH THE OLD TESTAMENTPROPHET OBADIAH
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  • WHO HAS HIS OWN BOOKIN THE OLD TESTAMENT.
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  • THIS IS A DIFFERENT OBADIAH.
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  • OBADIAH REPRESENTS GOD FOLLOWERS
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  • WHO TRY TO KEEP THEIRCOMMITMENT SECRET.
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  • THEY HAVE FOUND A REASONNOT TO BE OUTSPOKEN
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  • ABOUT THEIR FAITH IN THEIRSCHOOL, AT THEIR JOBS
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  • EVEN IN THEIR OWN FAMILIES.
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  • THEY HAVE RATIONALIZEDTHEIR FEAR OF SPEAKING OUT
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  • BY SAYING "I COULD BE MOREEFFECTIVE AS A SECRET DISCIPLE."
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  • DO YOU KNOW PEOPLE LIKE THAT?
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  • THAT'S EXACTLY OBADIAH.
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  • LET'S LOOK AT HIS STORYBEGINNING IN VERSE 3
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  • OF 1 KINGS 18.
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  • REMEMBER GOD HAS TOLD ELIJAH,
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  • GO FROM ZAREPHATHBACK TO SAMARIA
  • 00:11:45.828 --> 00:11:48.030
  • AND PRESENT YOURSELF TO AHAB.
  • 00:11:48.030 --> 00:11:49.431
  • AT THE SAME TIMEVERSE 3 SAYS
  • 00:11:49.431 --> 00:11:51.133
  • "AND AHAB CALLED OBADIAHWHO WAS OVER THE HOUSEHOLD."
  • 00:11:51.133 --> 00:11:57.540
  • OBADIAH WAS IN CHARGE OFTHE PALACE UNDER KING AHAB.
  • 00:11:57.540 --> 00:12:01.076
  • BUT NOTICE WHAT IT SAYS THELAST PHRASE OF VERSE 3.
  • 00:12:01.076 --> 00:12:04.146
  • "NOW OBADIAH FEAREDTHE LORD GREATLY."
  • 00:12:04.146 --> 00:12:09.485
  • HE WAS A WORSHIPER OF JEHOVAH.
  • 00:12:09.485 --> 00:12:11.821
  • IN FACT HIS NAMEOBADIAH LITERALLY MEANS
  • 00:12:11.821 --> 00:12:14.957
  • THE SERVANT OF JEHOVAH.
  • 00:12:14.957 --> 00:12:17.793
  • IN FACT, IF YOU WANT TOKNOW HOW FAITHFUL HE WAS
  • 00:12:17.793 --> 00:12:19.728
  • LOOK AT VERSE 4"FOR IT CAME ABOUT
  • 00:12:19.728 --> 00:12:21.864
  • WHEN JEZEBEL DESTROYEDTHE PROPHETS OF THE LORD
  • 00:12:21.864 --> 00:12:25.000
  • THAT OBADIAH TOOKA HUNDRED PROPHETS
  • 00:12:25.000 --> 00:12:27.670
  • AND HID THEM BYFIFTIES IN A CAVE
  • 00:12:27.670 --> 00:12:30.139
  • AND PROVIDED THEMWITH BREAD AND WATER."
  • 00:12:30.139 --> 00:12:32.908
  • WHEN JEZEBEL WAS SO INFURIATED
  • 00:12:32.908 --> 00:12:35.010
  • BY ELIJAH'S PRONOUNCEMENTTHREE YEARS EARLIER
  • 00:12:35.010 --> 00:12:38.080
  • THAT THERE WOULD BE ADROUGHT IN THE LAND.
  • 00:12:38.080 --> 00:12:39.915
  • JEZEBEL SAID I'M GONNA KILLEVERY PROPHET OF JEHOVAH.
  • 00:12:39.915 --> 00:12:43.118
  • OBADIAH THE SECRETFOLLOWER OF JEHOVAH SAID,
  • 00:12:43.118 --> 00:12:46.121
  • I'M GONNA SPARE THEPROPHETS OF GOD.
  • 00:12:46.121 --> 00:12:48.457
  • VERSE 5, "THENAHAB SAID TO OBADIAH
  • 00:12:48.457 --> 00:12:52.595
  • GO THROUGH THE LAND,ALL THE SPRINGS OF WATER
  • 00:12:52.595 --> 00:12:56.098
  • AND ALL THE VALLEYS,PERHAPS WE WILL FIND GRASS
  • 00:12:56.098 --> 00:12:59.902
  • AND KEEP THE HORSESAND MULES ALIVE
  • 00:12:59.902 --> 00:13:02.304
  • AND NOT HAVE TO KILLSOME OF THE CATTLE.
  • 00:13:02.304 --> 00:13:05.040
  • BY THIS TIME,
  • 00:13:05.040 --> 00:13:06.542
  • THE FAMINE HAD GONE ON FORTHREE AND A HALF YEARS.
  • 00:13:06.542 --> 00:13:10.312
  • IT WAS ESPECIALLY DESPERATETHE BIBLE TELLS US
  • 00:13:10.312 --> 00:13:13.015
  • AND SAMARIA THE CAPITALOF ISRAEL WHERE AHAB WAS,
  • 00:13:13.015 --> 00:13:19.188
  • ANIMALS WERE DYING,PEOPLE WERE DYING.
  • 00:13:19.188 --> 00:13:21.624
  • NOW WHAT'S IRONIC IS THEGOD THAT AHAB WORSHIPED,
  • 00:13:21.624 --> 00:13:27.796
  • BALE WAS SUPPOSED TOBE THE GOD OF WEATHER.
  • 00:13:27.796 --> 00:13:31.934
  • BUT EVERY DAY THAT PASSED
  • 00:13:31.934 --> 00:13:33.736
  • SHOWED WHAT ANIMPOTENT GOD BALE WAS.
  • 00:13:33.736 --> 00:13:37.273
  • AND SO HE SAYS TOHIS SERVANT OBADIAH
  • 00:13:37.273 --> 00:13:40.242
  • WE'RE LOSING OUR LIVESTOCK
  • 00:13:40.242 --> 00:13:41.744
  • GO AND SEE IF YOUCAN FIND ANY WATER,
  • 00:13:41.744 --> 00:13:44.079
  • ANY GRASS TO KEEP THEM FED.
  • 00:13:44.079 --> 00:13:47.016
  • SO ELIJAH'S ON HISWAY TO SEE AHAB,
  • 00:13:47.016 --> 00:13:51.053
  • AHAB SENDS OBADIAH OUTTO FIND WATER AND GRASS
  • 00:13:51.053 --> 00:13:55.291
  • AND THEY MEET ONE ANOTHER,ELIJAH AND OBADIAH.
  • 00:13:55.291 --> 00:13:58.060
  • LOOK AT VERSE 7,
  • 00:13:58.060 --> 00:13:59.528
  • "NOW AS OBADIAH WAS ON THEWAY BEHOLD ELIJAH MET HIM
  • 00:13:59.528 --> 00:14:03.032
  • AND HE RECOGNIZED HIM ANDHE FELL ON HIS FACE AND SAID
  • 00:14:03.032 --> 00:14:06.869
  • IS THIS YOU ELIJAH MY MASTER?
  • 00:14:06.869 --> 00:14:11.440
  • AND HE SAID TO HIM IT IS I,
  • 00:14:11.440 --> 00:14:13.742
  • GO SAY TO YOUR MASTER AHAB,BEHOLD ELIJAH IS HERE."
  • 00:14:13.742 --> 00:14:20.115
  • GO TELL HIM I'M ONMY WAY TO SEE HIM.
  • 00:14:20.115 --> 00:14:23.719
  • NOW, INSTEAD OF RUNNINGAND DOING WHAT ELIJAH SAID
  • 00:14:23.719 --> 00:14:27.856
  • OBADIAH SHOOK IN HISSANDALS WITH FEAR, WHY?
  • 00:14:27.856 --> 00:14:32.394
  • LOOK AT VERSES NINE TO 12
  • 00:14:32.394 --> 00:14:33.862
  • I'M GONNA READ THEM FROMTHE PARAPHRASE, THE MESSAGE.
  • 00:14:33.862 --> 00:14:37.499
  • LOOK AT THIS.
  • 00:14:37.499 --> 00:14:38.968
  • "AND OBADIAH SAID, WHATHAVE I DONE TO DESERVE THIS?
  • 00:14:38.968 --> 00:14:42.204
  • AHAB WILL KILL ME.
  • 00:14:42.204 --> 00:14:44.106
  • AS SURELY AS YOUR GOD LIVES
  • 00:14:44.106 --> 00:14:46.008
  • THERE ISN'T A COUNTRY ORKINGDOM WHERE MY MASTER
  • 00:14:46.008 --> 00:14:49.144
  • HASN'T SENT OUT A SEARCHPARTY, LOOKING FOR YOU.
  • 00:14:49.144 --> 00:14:52.314
  • THE MINUTE I LEAVE YOU,
  • 00:14:52.314 --> 00:14:54.149
  • THE SPIRIT OF GOD WILL WHISKYOU AWAY TO WHO KNOWS WHERE.
  • 00:14:54.149 --> 00:14:57.886
  • THEN WHEN I REPORT TO AHABYOU'LL HAVE DISAPPEARED
  • 00:14:57.886 --> 00:15:00.956
  • AND AHAB WILL KILL ME."
  • 00:15:00.956 --> 00:15:03.692
  • WHY DIDN'T HE WANT TO DELIVERTHE MESSAGE TO AHAB?
  • 00:15:03.692 --> 00:15:05.694
  • HE WAS FEARFUL,
  • 00:15:05.694 --> 00:15:06.962
  • FOR A STATED REASON ANDFOR AN UNSTATED REASON.
  • 00:15:06.962 --> 00:15:10.065
  • THE STATED REASON WAS HE SAID,
  • 00:15:10.065 --> 00:15:11.700
  • "ELIJAH AS SURE AS I GO ANDTELL HIM YOU'RE ON THE WAY
  • 00:15:11.700 --> 00:15:14.837
  • YOU'RE GONNA DISAPPEAR AGAINAND AHAB'S GONNA KILL ME."
  • 00:15:14.837 --> 00:15:17.639
  • THAT'S WHAT HE WAS FEARFUL OF.
  • 00:15:17.639 --> 00:15:19.041
  • THAT WAS THE STATED REASON.
  • 00:15:19.041 --> 00:15:20.642
  • BUT I THINK THERE'S ANUNSTATED REASON HERE AS WELL.
  • 00:15:20.642 --> 00:15:24.113
  • OBADIAH KNEW THATIF HE TOLD AHAB
  • 00:15:24.113 --> 00:15:26.482
  • ABOUT HIS MEETING WITH ELIJAH
  • 00:15:26.482 --> 00:15:28.817
  • IT WOULD BLOW HIS COVER ASA SECRET FOLLOWER OF GOD.
  • 00:15:28.817 --> 00:15:33.655
  • HE'S LIKE MANY CHRISTIANS TODAY.
  • 00:15:33.655 --> 00:15:35.290
  • THEY WANT TO FOLLOW GOD BUTTHEY WANT TO KEEP IT PRIVATE.
  • 00:15:35.290 --> 00:15:39.028
  • THAT WAS OBADIAH,HE WAS FAITHFUL BUTHE WAS ALSO FEARFUL.
  • 00:15:39.028 --> 00:15:45.467
  • THERE'S A THIRD RESPONSE TOTHE CHALLENGE TO BE ALL IN
  • 00:15:45.467 --> 00:15:48.470
  • IN YOUR COMMITMENT TO GOD.
  • 00:15:48.470 --> 00:15:49.738
  • AND INTERESTINGLY IT'SDEMONSTRATED BY AHAB
  • 00:15:49.738 --> 00:15:53.475
  • TO BE BOTH FAITHLESSAND FEARLESS.
  • 00:15:53.475 --> 00:15:57.713
  • FAITHLESS AND FEARLESSIN YOUR FAITHLESSNESS.
  • 00:15:57.713 --> 00:16:02.217
  • OH, NOTICE THATAHAB WAS IN SAMARIA
  • 00:16:02.217 --> 00:16:05.287
  • THAT'S WHERE THE FAMINEWAS ESPECIALLY SEVERE
  • 00:16:05.287 --> 00:16:07.723
  • BECAUSE IT WAS THECENTER OF BAAL WORSHIP.
  • 00:16:07.723 --> 00:16:11.060
  • AND SO YOU HAD PEOPLEDYING, ANIMALS DYING
  • 00:16:11.060 --> 00:16:15.064
  • BUT INTERESTINGLY AHAB WASMORE INTERESTED IN THE ANIMALS
  • 00:16:15.064 --> 00:16:18.634
  • THAN HE WAS THE PEOPLE.
  • 00:16:18.634 --> 00:16:20.069
  • NOTICE IN WHAT HESAID IN VERSE 5
  • 00:16:20.069 --> 00:16:21.603
  • HE SAYS, OBADIAH IWANT YOU TO GO OUT
  • 00:16:21.603 --> 00:16:24.606
  • AND FIND SOME FOOD AND WATER
  • 00:16:24.606 --> 00:16:26.275
  • BECAUSE MY LIVESTOCK ARE DYING.
  • 00:16:26.275 --> 00:16:29.978
  • WELL PEOPLE WERE DYING,CHILDREN WERE DYING
  • 00:16:29.978 --> 00:16:32.714
  • IN ISRAEL AS WELL BUT YOUDON'T FIND AHAB EXPRESSING
  • 00:16:32.714 --> 00:16:35.517
  • ANY REMORSE ABOUT THAT.
  • 00:16:35.517 --> 00:16:38.153
  • HE WAS CONCERNED ABOUTHIS OWN POSSESSIONS
  • 00:16:38.153 --> 00:16:40.989
  • HE'S A PERSONIFICATIONOF PROVERBS 29:2 THAT SAYS,
  • 00:16:40.989 --> 00:16:44.793
  • "WHEN A WICKED MANRULES, THE PEOPLE GROAN."
  • 00:16:44.793 --> 00:16:50.265
  • BUT I WANT YOU TO NOTICESOMETHING ELSE ABOUT AHAB HERE
  • 00:16:50.265 --> 00:16:53.402
  • AS THE DROUGHT GOTWORSE AND WORSE
  • 00:16:53.402 --> 00:16:56.505
  • AHAB DOUBLED DOWN ON HISDISOBEDIENCE AND HIS IDOLATRY.
  • 00:16:56.505 --> 00:17:00.542
  • THAT WAS AHAB. WHENHE SEES ELIJAH, HE SAYS,
  • 00:17:00.542 --> 00:17:04.012
  • "IS THIS YOU YOUTROUBLER OF ISRAEL?
  • 00:17:04.012 --> 00:17:08.317
  • YOU TROUBLER OF ISRAELTHAT WORD TROUBLER,
  • 00:17:08.317 --> 00:17:11.053
  • TROUBLER LITERALLY MEANS SNAKE.
  • 00:17:11.053 --> 00:17:12.287
  • IS THAT YOU, YOUSNAKE IN THE GRASS?
  • 00:17:12.287 --> 00:17:16.692
  • IT'S EASY TO SEE WHY HEWAS SO DISTURBED BY ELIJAH.
  • 00:17:16.692 --> 00:17:19.628
  • HE BLAMED ELIJAH FOREVERYTHING THAT WAS HAPPENING
  • 00:17:19.628 --> 00:17:22.865
  • IN THE LAND.
  • 00:17:22.865 --> 00:17:24.366
  • AND ELIJAH COMES RIGHT BACKAT HIM AND HE SAYS IN VERSE 18
  • 00:17:24.366 --> 00:17:27.035
  • "IT IS NOT I WHO HAVETROUBLED ISRAEL BUT YOU
  • 00:17:27.035 --> 00:17:31.039
  • AND YOUR FATHER'S HOUSE
  • 00:17:31.039 --> 00:17:32.808
  • BECAUSE YOU HAVE FORSAKENTHE COMMANDMENTS OF THE LORD.
  • 00:17:32.808 --> 00:17:36.545
  • AND YOU HAVEFOLLOWED THE BAALS."
  • 00:17:36.545 --> 00:17:40.115
  • AHAB AND ALL OF ISRAELNEEDED A REMINDER
  • 00:17:40.115 --> 00:17:43.252
  • THAT THERE WAS ONLY ONE GOD.
  • 00:17:43.252 --> 00:17:45.954
  • AND THEY WOULD GET THAT REMINDER
  • 00:17:45.954 --> 00:17:47.222
  • AS WE'LL SEE IN ACOUPLE OF WEEKS,
  • 00:17:47.222 --> 00:17:48.857
  • IN THE CONTEST ON MOUNT CARMEL.
  • 00:17:48.857 --> 00:17:52.561
  • BUT I WANT YOU TOSTOP HERE FOR A MOMENT
  • 00:17:52.561 --> 00:17:54.897
  • AND CONSIDER THE DIFFERENTPOSSIBLE RESPONSES YOU CAN MAKE
  • 00:17:54.897 --> 00:18:01.069
  • TO GOD'S CHALLENGETO YOU THIS MORNING
  • 00:18:01.069 --> 00:18:03.372
  • TO DECIDE WHETHERYOU'RE ALL IN OR NOT
  • 00:18:03.372 --> 00:18:05.507
  • IN YOUR COMMITMENT TO GOD.
  • 00:18:05.507 --> 00:18:08.210
  • YOU CAN BE LIKE ELIJAH
  • 00:18:08.210 --> 00:18:10.412
  • WHO IS BOTH FAITHFUL ANDFEARLESS IN HIS COMMITMENT.
  • 00:18:10.412 --> 00:18:15.217
  • YOU CAN BE LIKE OBADIAH,WHO WAS FAITHFUL
  • 00:18:15.217 --> 00:18:18.954
  • BUT HE WAS ALSO FEARFULHE WAS HESITANT.
  • 00:18:18.954 --> 00:18:22.124
  • YOU CAN BE LIKE AHAB, WHOCOMPLETELY TURNS HIS BACK ON GOD
  • 00:18:22.124 --> 00:18:25.594
  • HE'S FAITHLESS AND FEARLESSIN HIS FAITHLESSNESS.
  • 00:18:25.594 --> 00:18:30.132
  • OR YOU CAN BE LIKE THEISRAELITES WE'LL SEE NEXT WEEK
  • 00:18:30.132 --> 00:18:34.303
  • WHO WERE FAITHLESSAND ALSO FEARFUL.
  • 00:18:34.303 --> 00:18:38.707
  • BUT ELIJAH WOULD NOT ALLOW THEM
  • 00:18:38.707 --> 00:18:40.209
  • TO TRY TO SERVE GOD AND BALE.
  • 00:18:40.209 --> 00:18:42.978
  • IT WAS TIME FOR THEMTO MAKE UP THEIR MIND.
  • 00:18:42.978 --> 00:18:46.949
  • YOU KNOW, WHEN ITHINK ABOUT SOMEBODY
  • 00:18:46.949 --> 00:18:49.084
  • WHO DEMONSTRATESWHAT IT REALLY MEANS
  • 00:18:49.084 --> 00:18:52.020
  • TO BURN THE SHIPS INHIS COMMITMENT TO GOD
  • 00:18:52.020 --> 00:18:55.757
  • I THINK ABOUT THE TRUESTORY OF WILLIAM BORDEN.
  • 00:18:55.757 --> 00:18:59.328
  • WILLIAM BORDEN WAS BORN IN1887 TO A VERY WEALTHY FAMILY.
  • 00:18:59.328 --> 00:19:05.467
  • THE BORDEN FAMILYHAD MADE THEIR WEALTH
  • 00:19:05.467 --> 00:19:07.002
  • IN THE SILVER MINES IN COLORADO.
  • 00:19:07.002 --> 00:19:09.204
  • AND THEN THEY HADMOVED TO CHICAGO
  • 00:19:09.204 --> 00:19:11.473
  • WHERE THEY SET UP THEIR EMPIRE.
  • 00:19:11.473 --> 00:19:13.542
  • EVERYBODY IMAGINEDTHAT WILLIAM BORDEN
  • 00:19:13.542 --> 00:19:15.744
  • THE HEIR TO THE BORDEN FORTUNE
  • 00:19:15.744 --> 00:19:17.246
  • WOULD CONTINUE IN HISFATHER'S FOOTSTEPS.
  • 00:19:17.246 --> 00:19:20.249
  • BUT AFTER HE GRADUATEDFROM HIGH SCHOOL
  • 00:19:20.249 --> 00:19:22.584
  • ON A ROUND THE WORLDGRADUATION GIFT
  • 00:19:22.584 --> 00:19:24.920
  • CHANGED HIS PERSPECTIVE FOREVER.
  • 00:19:24.920 --> 00:19:27.689
  • AS HE WAS EXPOSED TODIFFERENT COUNTRIES
  • 00:19:27.689 --> 00:19:29.725
  • AND THE GREAT NEEDSIN THOSE COUNTRIES
  • 00:19:29.725 --> 00:19:32.594
  • HE BEGAN TO DEVELOP A HEARTFOR BECOMING A MISSIONARY
  • 00:19:32.594 --> 00:19:37.132
  • AND THOUGHT PERHAPS GOD WASLEADING HIM IN THAT DIRECTION.
  • 00:19:37.132 --> 00:19:40.936
  • HIS BEST FRIEND FROMHIGH SCHOOL TOLD HIM
  • 00:19:40.936 --> 00:19:43.071
  • HE WAS AN ABSOLUTEFOOL TO PURSUE THAT
  • 00:19:43.071 --> 00:19:46.041
  • WHEN HE HAD SUCH A GREATFUTURE IN FRONT OF HIM.
  • 00:19:46.041 --> 00:19:49.311
  • WILLIAM BORDEN WENT FROM HIGHSCHOOL TO YALE UNIVERSITY.
  • 00:19:49.311 --> 00:19:52.981
  • HE EXCELLED IN ACADEMICS THERE,
  • 00:19:52.981 --> 00:19:55.117
  • HE WAS KNOWN FOR HISEVANGELISTIC WORK
  • 00:19:55.117 --> 00:19:57.286
  • AND LEADING OTHERSTUDENTS TO CHRIST,
  • 00:19:57.286 --> 00:19:59.521
  • HE WORKED WITH THE POORIN NEW HAVEN, CONNECTICUT,
  • 00:19:59.521 --> 00:20:02.357
  • HE WENT FROM YALE TOPRINCETON SEMINARY
  • 00:20:02.357 --> 00:20:06.061
  • AND WHILE HE WAS IN SEMINARYGOD SPOKE TO HIM SPECIFICALLY
  • 00:20:06.061 --> 00:20:10.499
  • ABOUT GOING TO REACH
  • 00:20:10.499 --> 00:20:11.833
  • THE MANSUR MUSLIMS INNORTHWESTERN, CHINA.
  • 00:20:11.833 --> 00:20:15.170
  • THAT'S WHERE GOD WANTED HIM.
  • 00:20:15.170 --> 00:20:17.239
  • WHEN HE TOLD HIS DAD
  • 00:20:17.239 --> 00:20:19.007
  • WHAT HE FELT LIKE GODWAS LEADING HIM TO DO
  • 00:20:19.007 --> 00:20:21.710
  • WILLIAM'S FATHER TOLD HIM,
  • 00:20:21.710 --> 00:20:23.011
  • IF YOU DO THIS IWILL DISINHERIT YOU
  • 00:20:23.011 --> 00:20:25.614
  • AND YOU'LL NEVER HAVEA PLACE IN MY COMPANY.
  • 00:20:25.614 --> 00:20:29.484
  • BUT WILLIAM BORDEN KNEWGOD HAD SPOKEN TO HIM.
  • 00:20:29.484 --> 00:20:32.721
  • HE BOARDED A SHIPSAILING TO CHINA.
  • 00:20:32.721 --> 00:20:36.325
  • ON THE WAY TO CHINA HESTOPPED OFF IN EGYPT
  • 00:20:36.325 --> 00:20:39.561
  • IN ORDER TO LEARN ARABIC
  • 00:20:39.561 --> 00:20:40.929
  • SO HE COULD MINISTERMORE EFFECTIVELY
  • 00:20:40.929 --> 00:20:43.332
  • TO THE MUSLIMS IN CHINA.
  • 00:20:43.332 --> 00:20:46.034
  • HE SPENT A COUPLEOF MONTHS IN EGYPT
  • 00:20:46.034 --> 00:20:48.136
  • AND WHILE THERE HE CONTRACTEDCEREBRAL MENINGITIS
  • 00:20:48.136 --> 00:20:51.873
  • AND HE DIED IN AN EGYPTIANHOSPITAL AT THE AGE OF 25.
  • 00:20:51.873 --> 00:20:58.847
  • NEWSPAPERS ALL OVER AMERICAHAD THIS THEIR HEADLINES,
  • 00:20:58.847 --> 00:21:02.718
  • THE DEATH OF THE HEIR TO THEBORDEN FORTUNE, WILLIAM BORDEN.
  • 00:21:02.718 --> 00:21:06.221
  • WHAT A TRAGEDY, A MANCUT DOWN AT AGE 25
  • 00:21:06.221 --> 00:21:12.027
  • BEFORE HE EVER HAD ACHANCE TO BEGIN HIS CAREER
  • 00:21:12.027 --> 00:21:13.929
  • OR EVEN FOLLOW GOD'SCALLING IN HIS LIFE.
  • 00:21:13.929 --> 00:21:17.566
  • WHAT A TRAGEDY THE WORLD SAID.
  • 00:21:17.566 --> 00:21:20.836
  • BUT THE STORY IS THATYEARS AFTER HIS DEATH
  • 00:21:20.836 --> 00:21:23.972
  • HIS BIBLE WAS DISCOVERED.
  • 00:21:23.972 --> 00:21:26.475
  • AND IN THE BACK OF HIS BIBLEHE HAD WRITTEN THREE PHRASES
  • 00:21:26.475 --> 00:21:31.480
  • AND DATED THEM AT SIGNIFICANTMILESTONES IN HIS LIFE.
  • 00:21:31.480 --> 00:21:36.952
  • WHEN HIS HIGH SCHOOL FRIENDTOLD HIM HE WAS A FOOL
  • 00:21:36.952 --> 00:21:39.521
  • FOR PURSUING MISSIONSHE WROTE THE WORDS,
  • 00:21:39.521 --> 00:21:43.525
  • NO RESERVES, NORESERVES IN HIS BIBLE.
  • 00:21:43.525 --> 00:21:49.965
  • LATER WHEN HIS FATHER SAID HEWAS GOING TO DISINHERIT HIM
  • 00:21:49.965 --> 00:21:53.435
  • FOR FOLLOWING GOD'SDIRECTION IN HIS LIFE
  • 00:21:53.435 --> 00:21:57.005
  • BORDEN WROTE A SECONDPHRASE IN HIS BIBLE
  • 00:21:57.005 --> 00:21:59.241
  • UNDER NO RESERVESHE WROTE THE WORDS,
  • 00:21:59.241 --> 00:22:02.010
  • NO RETREAT, NO RETREAT.
  • 00:22:02.010 --> 00:22:07.449
  • AND AS HE LAID DYING INTHAT EGYPTIAN HOSPITAL
  • 00:22:07.449 --> 00:22:11.453
  • HE WROTE ONE FINALPHRASE IN HIS BIBLE,
  • 00:22:11.453 --> 00:22:15.590
  • NO REGRETS, NO REGRETS.
  • 00:22:15.590 --> 00:22:22.330
  • WILLIAM BORDEN MADE THEDECISION TO BURN THE SHIPS,
  • 00:22:22.330 --> 00:22:27.235
  • TO GIVE UP HIS FUTURE,TO GIVE UP HIS FORTUNE,
  • 00:22:27.235 --> 00:22:30.071
  • TO GIVE UP HIS SAFETYIN ORDER TO FOLLOW GOD
  • 00:22:30.071 --> 00:22:33.975
  • FAITHFULLY AND FEARLESSLY.
  • 00:22:33.975 --> 00:22:36.912
  • ♪ MUSIC
  • 00:22:36.912 --> 00:22:42.484
  • YES LIFE CHANGE ALWAYS BEGINSWITH A SIMPLE DECISION.
  • 00:22:42.484 --> 00:22:46.855
  • AND FOR GOD'S PEOPLE, IT'STIME TO CHOOSE OUR MASTER.
  • 00:22:46.855 --> 00:22:51.126
  • WILL WE FOLLOW FALSE GODSLIKE THE PROPHETS OF BALE?
  • 00:22:51.126 --> 00:22:54.696
  • OR THE LIVING GOD WHO ALONECAN TRANSFORM OUR LIVES?
  • 00:22:54.696 --> 00:23:00.869
  • IN CLOSING, LET ME SAYA SPECIAL WORD OF THANKS
  • 00:23:00.869 --> 00:23:02.337
  • TO THOSE OF YOU WHOSUPPORT PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
  • 00:23:02.337 --> 00:23:05.507
  • YOUR GIFTS ARE TRULYMAKING AN IMPACT.
  • 00:23:05.507 --> 00:23:08.276
  • FOR EXAMPLE, I HEARD FROMSCOTT RECENTLY WHO SAID
  • 00:23:08.276 --> 00:23:11.613
  • "PASTOR JEFFRESS I'MA BORN-AGAIN BELIEVER,
  • 00:23:11.613 --> 00:23:14.349
  • BUT I'VE BEEN AT ALOW POINT IN MY LIFE.
  • 00:23:14.349 --> 00:23:16.852
  • LISTENING TO YOUR PROGRAM HASBECOME A NIGHTLY HABIT FOR ME.
  • 00:23:16.852 --> 00:23:20.755
  • AND IT'S BEEN INSTRUMENTALIN GETTING MY LIFE
  • 00:23:20.755 --> 00:23:23.391
  • BACK ON THE RIGHTTRACK WITH THE LORD.
  • 00:23:23.391 --> 00:23:26.027
  • THANK YOU FOR ALLOWINGGOD TO WORK THROUGH YOU
  • 00:23:26.027 --> 00:23:28.997
  • AND PATHWAY TO VICTORY."
  • 00:23:28.997 --> 00:23:31.366
  • ACTUALLY, THIS THANKYOU NOTE FROM SCOTT
  • 00:23:31.366 --> 00:23:34.236
  • REALLY BELONGS TO EVERY ONE OFYOU WHO GIVES SO FAITHFULLY.
  • 00:23:34.236 --> 00:23:38.974
  • WE WOULD NOT BE ABLE TOREACH LISTENERS LIKE SCOTT
  • 00:23:38.974 --> 00:23:41.810
  • WITHOUT YOUR HELP.
  • 00:23:41.810 --> 00:23:43.345
  • SO THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROUSGIVING TO PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
  • 00:23:43.345 --> 00:23:47.582
  • NOW STAY RIGHT THERE,
  • 00:23:47.582 --> 00:23:48.783
  • I'LL BE BACK WITHMORE IN JUST A MOMENT.
  • 00:23:48.783 --> 00:23:52.921
  • [NARRATOR] BASED ON THEINSPIRATIONAL LIFE OF ELIJAH,
  • 00:23:52.921 --> 00:23:55.757
  • DR. JEFFRESS'S BEST-SELLING BOOK
  • 00:23:55.757 --> 00:23:57.425
  • "CHOOSING THEEXTRAORDINARY LIFE"
  • 00:23:57.425 --> 00:23:59.561
  • IDENTIFY SEVEN BIBLICALSECRETS FOR SUCCESS
  • 00:23:59.561 --> 00:24:02.531
  • AND SIGNIFICANCE.
  • 00:24:02.531 --> 00:24:03.732
  • MOST OF US DON'T WAKEUP IN THE MORNING
  • 00:24:03.732 --> 00:24:05.634
  • FEELING LIKE SUPERHEROES,READY TO SLAY GIANTS
  • 00:24:05.634 --> 00:24:09.137
  • OR SOLVE THE WORLD'S PROBLEMS.
  • 00:24:09.137 --> 00:24:11.306
  • IN FACT, MOST PEOPLE ARE SIMPLYTRYING TO SURVIVE THE DAY.
  • 00:24:11.306 --> 00:24:15.176
  • BUT BENEATH THE SURFACE WEALL LONG FOR A GENUINE SENSE
  • 00:24:15.176 --> 00:24:19.114
  • OF PURPOSE, POWER AND PASSION.
  • 00:24:19.114 --> 00:24:21.950
  • WHEREVER GOD HAS PLACED YOU
  • 00:24:21.950 --> 00:24:23.885
  • YOUR HOME, YOURWORKPLACE, YOUR FAMILY,
  • 00:24:23.885 --> 00:24:28.757
  • GOD HAS PLACED YOUTHERE FOR A REASON.
  • 00:24:28.757 --> 00:24:31.126
  • YOUR SPECIFIC PURPOSE IN LIFE
  • 00:24:31.126 --> 00:24:33.094
  • CAN BE DESCRIBED ASTHE STORY GOD CREATED
  • 00:24:33.094 --> 00:24:36.598
  • FOR YOU TO TELL THE WORLD.
  • 00:24:36.598 --> 00:24:38.199
  • [NARRATOR] REQUEST DR.JEFFRESS'S BEST-SELLING BOOK,
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  • "CHOOSING THEEXTRAORDINARY LIFE"
  • 00:24:40.502 --> 00:24:42.304
  • WHEN YOU GIVE A GENEROUSGIFT TO PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
  • 00:24:42.304 --> 00:24:45.206
  • NO MATTER YOUR AGEOR SEASON OF LIFE
  • 00:24:45.206 --> 00:24:47.876
  • GOD WANTS TO UNLEASHHIS POWER IN YOU
  • 00:24:47.876 --> 00:24:50.979
  • TO FILL YOUR HEART WITH PASSIONAND YOUR LIFE WITH PURPOSE.
  • 00:24:50.979 --> 00:24:55.383
  • [NARRATOR] AND WHENYOUR GIFT IS $75 OR MORE
  • 00:24:55.383 --> 00:24:58.386
  • YOU'LL ALSO RECEIVETHE COMPLETE UNEDITED
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  • "CHOOSING THE EXTRAORDINARYLIFE" TEACHING SERIES
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  • ON CD AND DVD.
  • 00:25:03.692 --> 00:25:05.727
  • GOD HAS A GENERALPURPOSE FOR EVERYONE
  • 00:25:05.727 --> 00:25:09.397
  • BUT HE HAS A SPECIFICPURPOSE FOR YOUR LIFE.
  • 00:25:09.397 --> 00:25:12.367
  • [NARRATOR] LET TODAY BE THE DAY
  • 00:25:12.367 --> 00:25:13.602
  • YOU CHOOSE THEEXTRAORDINARY LIFE
  • 00:25:13.602 --> 00:25:16.037
  • WHEN YOU REQUEST "CHOOSINGTHE EXTRAORDINARY LIFE"
  • 00:25:16.037 --> 00:25:19.074
  • FROM PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • ♪ MUSIC
  • 00:25:20.675 --> 00:25:24.479
  • SOME OF YOU WATCHINGPATHWAY TO VICTORY TODAY
  • 00:25:24.479 --> 00:25:26.514
  • HAVE ALREADY MADE YOURDECISION TO BURN YOUR SHIPS.
  • 00:25:26.514 --> 00:25:30.418
  • YOU CAN THINK BACK TOA MOMENT IN YOUR LIFE
  • 00:25:30.418 --> 00:25:32.520
  • WHEN YOU DECIDED TOBE ALL IN FOR GOD
  • 00:25:32.520 --> 00:25:35.357
  • AND LEAVE ALL EARTHLYCONCERNS BEHIND
  • 00:25:35.357 --> 00:25:38.660
  • AND I WANT TO COMMENDYOU FOR THAT.
  • 00:25:38.660 --> 00:25:41.029
  • BUT OTHERS AREWATCHING RIGHT NOW
  • 00:25:41.029 --> 00:25:42.697
  • WHO HAVE YET TOMAKE THAT CHOICE.
  • 00:25:42.697 --> 00:25:45.166
  • MAYBE YOU WANT TO FULLY DEVOTEYOUR LIFE TO GOD'S PURPOSE
  • 00:25:45.166 --> 00:25:48.637
  • BUT YOU'RE NOT QUITE SUREHOW TO TAKE YOUR FIRST STEPS.
  • 00:25:48.637 --> 00:25:52.240
  • WELL, NEXT TIME I'M GOINGTO SHOW YOU JESUS' FOUR TIPS
  • 00:25:52.240 --> 00:25:55.944
  • FOR BURNING YOUR SHIPS.
  • 00:25:55.944 --> 00:25:57.746
  • STAY TUNED FOR A PREVIEWOF WHAT'S COMING UP NEXT
  • 00:25:57.746 --> 00:26:00.348
  • ON PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
  • 00:26:00.348 --> 00:26:03.318
  • [NARRATOR] TODAY WHENYOU GIVE A GENEROUS GIFT
  • 00:26:03.318 --> 00:26:05.353
  • TO SUPPORT THE MINISTRYOF PATHWAY TO VICTORY,
  • 00:26:05.353 --> 00:26:08.056
  • WE'LL SAY THANKS BYSENDING YOU A COPY
  • 00:26:08.056 --> 00:26:10.325
  • OF DR. JEFFRESS'SBEST-SELLING BOOK
  • 00:26:10.325 --> 00:26:12.327
  • "CHOOSING THEEXTRAORDINARY LIFE."
  • 00:26:12.327 --> 00:26:14.529
  • PLUS THE ELIJAH MAPIS OUR GIFT TO YOU
  • 00:26:14.529 --> 00:26:17.399
  • SIMPLY FOR CONTACTING USTODAY AT PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
  • 00:26:17.399 --> 00:26:20.702
  • AND WHEN YOUR GIFTIS $75 OR MORE
  • 00:26:20.702 --> 00:26:23.672
  • WE'LL ALSO SEND YOU THE COMPLETE
  • 00:26:23.672 --> 00:26:25.407
  • "CHOOSING THE EXTRAORDINARYLIFE" TEACHING SERIES
  • 00:26:25.407 --> 00:26:28.176
  • ON CD AND DVD.
  • 00:26:28.176 --> 00:26:30.645
  • THESE PROGRAMS ARE MADE POSSIBLE
  • 00:26:30.645 --> 00:26:32.380
  • BECAUSE OF YOURGENEROUS SUPPORT.
  • 00:26:32.380 --> 00:26:34.449
  • SO THANKS FOR CALLING,WRITING OR GOING ONLINE
  • 00:26:34.449 --> 00:26:37.052
  • TO GIVE TODAY.
  • 00:26:37.052 --> 00:26:38.286
  • NOW COMING UP NEXT TIMEON PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
  • 00:26:38.286 --> 00:26:41.990
  • LADIES AND GENTLEMEN,
  • 00:26:41.990 --> 00:26:43.191
  • I'M CONVINCED THEREARE TOO MANY CHRISTIANS
  • 00:26:43.191 --> 00:26:45.293
  • IN THE NEUTRAL ZONE RIGHT NOW.
  • 00:26:45.293 --> 00:26:47.729
  • THEY'RE LIKE THE DRUNK
  • 00:26:47.729 --> 00:26:48.930
  • WANDERING DOWN THEMIDDLE OF THE STREET.
  • 00:26:48.930 --> 00:26:50.865
  • SOME DAYS THEY'RE SERVING GOD,
  • 00:26:50.865 --> 00:26:53.368
  • SOMEDAY THEY'RE SERVING THEGOD OF THEIR IMAGINATION
  • 00:26:53.368 --> 00:26:56.304
  • WHICH MEANS THEMSELVES BUTTHEY NEVER QUITE DECIDED
  • 00:26:56.304 --> 00:27:00.675
  • WHO IS REALLY GOINGTO BE THEIR GOD,
  • 00:27:00.675 --> 00:27:03.044
  • THE REAL GOD OR THEMSELVES?
  • 00:27:03.044 --> 00:27:07.215
  • IT'S TIME TO MAKE UP YOUR MINDWHOM YOU'RE GOING TO SERVE.
  • 00:27:07.215 --> 00:27:09.517
  • YOU KNOW JESUS SAID THE VERYSAME THING. JESUS ISSUED HIS OWN
  • 00:27:09.517 --> 00:27:13.788
  • BURN- THE- SHIPS CHALLENGE
  • 00:27:13.788 --> 00:27:16.257
  • [NARRATOR] SET YOUR DVRAND JOIN US NEXT TIME
  • 00:27:16.257 --> 00:27:18.326
  • FOR THE MESSAGE JESUS' FOURTIPS FOR BURNING YOUR SHIPS
  • 00:27:18.326 --> 00:27:22.297
  • HERE ON PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
  • 00:27:22.297 --> 00:27:23.598
  • ♪ MUSIC
  • 00:27:23.598 --> 00:27:23.598