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Discover Your Unique Purpose Part 2

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February 4, 2021
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The foundation for living an extraordinary life is discovering the unique purpose for which God created and gifted you. Your ultimate purpose in life will always be related to glorifying God; as Elijah’s life illustrates.

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  • ♪ MUSIC
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  • [ANNOUNCER] FROM THE PULPITOF THE FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH
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  • OF DALLAS, TEXAS, THISIS "PATHWAY TO VICTORY."
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  • HI, I'M ROBERT JEFFRESSAND WELCOME AGAIN
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  • TO "PATHWAY TO VICTORY."
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  • MOST PEOPLE WOULDN'TCONSIDER THEMSELVES
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  • PARTICULARLY EXTRAORDINARY,
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  • BUT GOD IS IN THE BUSINESSOF USING ORDINARY PEOPLE
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  • TO DO EXTRAORDINARY THINGS.
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  • AND HE'S BEEN DOING THATFOR THOUSANDS OF YEARS.
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  • AND NOW, GOD WANTS TODO THE SAME WITH YOU.
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  • IT ALL STARTS WITHAPPLYING THE WISDOM
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  • FOUND IN 1 KINGS 17 ANDTHE STORY OF ELIJAH.
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  • MY MESSAGE IS TITLED,"SECRET NUMBER ONE
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  • "FOR AN EXTRAORDINARY LIFE:DISCOVER YOUR UNIQUE PURPOSE,"
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  • ON TODAY'S EDITION OF"PATHWAY TO VICTORY."
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  • ♪ MUSIC
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  • ♪ YOUR VOICE, O LORD, IS POWER
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  • ♪ THE GOD OF GLORY THUNDERS
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  • ♪ THE SOUND OF MIGHTY WATERS
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  • ♪ ECHOES DEEP WITHIN MY SOUL
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  • ♪ HOLY, YOU ARE HOLY
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  • ♪ ALL THE GLORY TO YOUR NAME
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  • ♪ JESUS, YOU ARE MIGHTY
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  • ♪ STRENGTH ANDGLORY TO YOUR NAME ♪
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  • ♪ HOLY, YOU ARE HOLY
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  • ♪ ALL THE GLORY TO YOUR NAME
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  • ♪ JESUS, YOU ARE MIGHTY
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  • ♪ STRENGTH ANDGLORY TO YOUR NAME ♪
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  • ♪ HOLY, YOU ARE HOLY
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  • ♪ ALL THE GLORY TO YOUR NAME
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  • ♪ JESUS, YOU ARE MIGHTY
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  • ♪ STRENGTH ANDGLORY TO YOUR NAME ♪
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  • ♪ HOLY TO YOUR NAME
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  • ♪ HOLY IS YOUR NAME
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  • ♪ YOUR NAME
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  • (CONGREGATION APPLAUDS)
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  • [ANNOUNCER] LIFE ISRICH WHEN IT'S FILLED
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  • WITH PURPOSE 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 JEFFRESSOUTLINES SEVEN BIBLICAL
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  • PRINCIPLES FOR TRANSFORMING ANORDINARY EXISTENCE
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  • INTO AN EXTRAORDINARY LIFE.
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  • NO MATTER WHAT YOURAGE OR STAGE OF LIFE,
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  • GOD CAN USE YOU TODO GREAT THINGS.
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  • REQUEST YOUR COPY OF "CHOOSINGTHE EXTRAORDINARY LIFE,"
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  • WHEN YOU GIVE A GENEROUSGIFT TO "PATHWAY TO VICTORY."
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  • ♪ MUSIC
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  • THIRDLY, AND THISIS SO IMPORTANT,
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  • KNOWING YOURPURPOSE CLARIFIES
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  • DIFFICULTIES INYOUR LIFE.
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  • WHEN YOU UNDERSTANDYOUR SPECIFIC STORY
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  • YOU WERE CREATED TO TELL,
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  • THAT GIVES YOU A PRISMTHROUGH WHICH TO VIEW
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  • EVEN HARD THINGS THATCOME INTO YOUR LIFE.
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  • I THINK ABOUT STAFFSERGEANT TRAVIS MILLS.
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  • HE WAS ON HIS THIRDDUTY IN AFGHANISTAN
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  • WHEN HE ACCIDENTALLY CAMEIN CONTACT WITH AN IED.
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  • WHEN HE CAME TOAFTER THE EXPLOSION,
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  • HE DISCOVERED TO HIS HORRORTHAT HE HAD LOST BOTH ARMS
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  • AND BOTH LEGS.
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  • IN HIS BOOK "TOUGHAS THEY COME,"
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  • TRAVIS MILLS TELLS THATAFTER THAT HORRIBLE ACCIDENT,
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  • HE TRIED TO PERSUADE HISWIFE, KELSEY, TO DIVORCE HIM.
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  • KELSEY SAID, "NO, THAT'SNOT WHAT I SIGNED UP FOR
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  • "WHEN I MARRIED YOU."
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  • TRAVIS MILLS WASBITTER TOWARD GOD,
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  • HE COULDN'T UNDERSTANDWHY GOD WOULD ALLOW
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  • SUCH A TRAGEDY IN HIS LIFE.
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  • AT ONE POINT, HE DEMANDEDTHAT A SCRIPTURE PLAQUE
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  • THAT HIS SISTER-IN-LAW HADPLACED IN THE HOSPITAL ROOM
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  • BE REMOVED.
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  • THE SCRIPTURE PLAQUE HADJOSHUA 1:9 WRITTEN ON IT.
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  • "HAVE I NOT COMMANDED YOU?
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  • "BE STRONG AND COURAGEOUS;DO NOT TREMBLE OR BE DISMAYED
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  • "FOR THE LORD YOUR GOD ISWITH YOU WHEREVER YOU GO."
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  • HE DIDN'T WANT TO SEE THAT.
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  • HE DIDN'T WANT TO HEAR THAT.
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  • BUT HE WRITES IN HISBOOK, AS TIME WENT ON,
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  • HE CAME TO UNDERSTAND GOD'SPURPOSE IN THAT TRAGEDY.
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  • TODAY, TRAVIS MILLS WORKSTHROUGH HIS FOUNDATION
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  • TO ASSIST WOUNDED WARRIORSTHROUGHOUT OUR COUNTRY.
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  • HE TRAVELS THE COUNTRYSPEAKING TO VETERANS GROUPS,
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  • LARGE CORPORATIONS,AND CIVIC ORGANIZATIONS
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  • ABOUT NEVER GIVINGUP OR GIVING IN
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  • AND LEARNING TO TRUST IN GOD.
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  • TRAVIS MILLS UNDERSTANDSTHE UNIQUE PURPOSE
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  • FOR WHICH GOD HAS CREATED HIM
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  • AND HOW EVEN THE WORSTEXPERIENCE IN HIS LIFE
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  • WAS A WAY FOR HIMTO TELL THAT STORY
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  • TO EVEN A LARGER AUDIENCE.
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  • GOD HAS ALSO CREATED YOU, NOTJUST FOR THE GENERAL PURPOSE
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  • OF GLORIFYING AND ENJOYING GOD,
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  • BUT FOR A SPECIFIC WAYTO TELL THAT STORY.
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  • HOW DO YOU DISCOVERWHAT THE UNIQUE STORY IS
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  • GOD WANTS TO TELL THROUGH YOU?
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  • WELL, I WANT US TO TAKETHAT WORD STORY, S-T-O-R-Y,
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  • USE IT AS AN ACROSTIC THATWILL HELP YOU REMEMBER
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  • FIVE WAYS TO DISCOVER YOURUNIQUE PURPOSE IN LIFE.
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  • THE "S" IN STORY STANDSFOR START WITH SCRIPTURE.
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  • SCRIPTURE, GOD'S WORDIS THE BEGINNING PLACE,
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  • NOT THE ENDING PLACE,BUT THE BEGINNING PLACE
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  • FOR DISCOVERINGYOUR UNIQUE STORY.
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  • 2 TIMOTHY 3:16 AND 17 SAYS,"ALL SCRIPTURE IS INSPIRED
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  • "BY GOD AND IS PROFITABLEFOR TEACHING, FOR REPROOF,
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  • "FOR CORRECTION, FORTRAINING IN RIGHTEOUSNESS
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  • "THAT THE MAN OF GOD MAYBE ADEQUATELY EQUIPPED
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  • "FOR EVERY GOOD WORK."
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  • NOW, LET'S BE HONEST,YOU CAN READ THE BIBLE
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  • FROM COVER TO THE MAPS
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  • AND NOT FIND YOUR SPECIFICPROFESSION IN SCRIPTURE,
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  • UNLESS YOU'RE INTO TAXCOLLECTING, SHEPHERDING, OR
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  • FISHING. BUT IF IT'SNOT THOSE THREE,
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  • YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE A HARDTIME FINDING YOUR PROFESSION
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  • IN SCRIPTURE.
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  • BUT READING THE SCRIPTURE,SATURATING YOUR MIND
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  • WITH THE STORIES OF MENAND WOMEN WHOM GOD HAS USED
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  • IN A POWERFUL WAY, CANBE A GREAT FOUNDATION
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  • FOR LISTENING TO GOD'SVOICE WHEN HE SPEAKS TO YOU.
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  • START WITH SCRIPTURE.
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  • THE "T" STANDS FORTALK TO OTHERS.
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  • IF YOU WANT TO KNOWYOUR UNIQUE PURPOSE,
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  • GET WISE COUNSELFROM OTHER PEOPLE.
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  • PROVERBS 13:10 AND 20SAYS, "WISDOM IS WITH THOSE
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  • "WHO RECEIVE COUNSEL.
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  • "HE WHO WALKS WITHWISE MEN WILL BE WISE."
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  • WHEN IT COMES TO UNDERSTANDINGYOUR UNIQUE PURPOSE,
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  • GOD HAS PLACED AROUND YOUPEOPLE IN VERY DIFFERENT ROLES
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  • WHO CAN BE A GREAT HELP INUNCOVERING THAT PURPOSE FOR YOU.
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  • YOU KNOW, THEOLOGIANSAND PASTORS OFTEN REFER
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  • TO A PERSON'S UNIQUEPURPOSE AS THEIR CALLING.
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  • HAVE YOU HEARD THATBEFORE, THEIR CALLING.
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  • ONE THEOLOGIANDESCRIBES CALLING AS
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  • "AN INNER DESIRE GIVENBY THE HOLY SPIRIT,
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  • "THROUGH THE WORD OF GOD,
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  • "AND CONFIRMED BY THECOMMUNITY OF CHRIST."
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  • WHEN GOD CALLS PEOPLE,AND BY THE WAY,
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  • HE DOESN'T JUST CALLPASTORS AND MISSIONARIES,
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  • EVERY PERSON IS CALLED BYGOD FOR A UNIQUE PURPOSE.
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  • AND THAT PURPOSE BEGINSWITH AN INNER VOICE,
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  • THE HOLY SPIRIT OF GOD,
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  • BUT IT'S CONFIRMED BY OTHERPEOPLE GOD PLACES AROUND YOU.
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  • YOU KNOW, WHEN I THINK ABOUTMY OWN CALLING IN LIFE,
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  • I THINK BACK TO MY NINTHGRADE SPEECH TEACHER,
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  • HER NAME WAS NANCY FRY.
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  • NOW THIS IS BEFORE I WASEVER CALLED TO THE MINISTRY.
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  • I'LL TELL YOU THATSTORY IN JUST A MOMENT.
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  • BUT THIS IS WHEN IWAS TOTALLY CONVINCED
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  • I WAS GOING TO DOSOMETHING ELSE IN LIFE.
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  • I ENROLLED IN NANCYFRY'S SPEECH CLASS.
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  • NOW SHE WAS A PETITE WOMAN,
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  • BUT SHE WAS LIKE ANARMY DRILL SERGEANT.
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  • SHE ACTUALLY WORE BOOTS, THEYLOOKED LIKE COMBAT BOOTS,
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  • THAT WERE LACED UPALMOST UP TO HER KNEE,
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  • AND SHE WOULD WALKUP AND DOWN THE AISLE
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  • WHILE WE WERE UPTHERE TRYING TO SPEAK.
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  • AND SHE WOULD PACEUP AND DOWN THE AISLE
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  • AND AT TIMES SHE WOULDCLIMB UP ON HER DESK
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  • AND SHE'D YELL OUT, "LOUDER,LOUDER, I CAN'T HEAR YOU!
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  • "I CAN'T HEAR YOU!"
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  • PEOPLE WERE SCAREDTO DEATH OF MRS. FRY.
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  • (CONGREGATION LAUGHS)
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  • YOU REMEMBER, AMY,WHAT SHE WAS LIKE.
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  • BUT I TOOK AN INTEREST IN HER
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  • AND SHE TOOK AN INTEREST IN ME
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  • BECAUSE I FELT LIKE SHEMAYBE WASN'T A CHRISTIAN,
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  • (LAUGHS)
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  • I JUST DIDN'T KNOW.
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  • BUT I TALKED TO HEROFTEN AFTER CLASS
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  • ABOUT THE THINGS OF GOD.
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  • I HAD NO INTENTIONOF BEING A PREACHER,
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  • BUT I WANTED TO TALK TO HERAND SHE TOOK AN INTEREST IN ME.
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  • AND I REMEMBER ONEAFTERNOON, SHE SAID TO ME,
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  • "JEFFRESS, YOU'RE GOING TOBE A PREACHER SOMEDAY."
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  • (CONGREGATION LAUGHS)
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  • I HADN'T THOUGHT ABOUTBEING A PREACHER.
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  • SHE SAID, "YOU'RE GOING TOBE A PREACHER SOMEDAY
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  • "AND IT SCARES ME TO DEATH!"
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  • (CONGREGATION LAUGHS)
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  • I SAID, "WHY DOES ITSCARE YOU MRS. FRY?"
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  • SHE SAID, "BECAUSE YOUCOULD SELL ANYBODY ANYTHING
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  • -"AND THAT FRIGHTENS ME."-(CONGREGATION LAUGHS)
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  • THAT WAS THE FIRST PERSONWHO EVER ENVISIONED FOR ME
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  • THAT I WAS GOINGTO BE A PREACHER.
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  • AND WHEN GOD CALLSYOU TO DO SOMETHING,
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  • THERE'S GOING TO BECONFIRMING SIGNS.
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  • PEOPLE THAT GOD PLACES INYOUR LIFE WHO WILL TELL YOU
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  • THIS IS WHAT YOUOUGHT TO BE DOING.
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  • THE THIRD COMPONENT FORDISCOVERING YOUR PURPOSE,
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  • THE "O" IS, OBEY YOUR PASSIONS.
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  • IF YOU WANT TO KNOW HOWYOU OUGHTA SPEND YOUR LIFE,
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  • WHAT'S YOUR UNIQUE WAYTO TELL GOD'S STORY,
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  • ASK YOURSELF THE QUESTION,"WHAT WOULD I LIKE TO DO?"
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  • IF MONEY AND EDUCATIONWERE NO LIMIT
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  • AND I COULD DO WHATEVER IWANTED TO DO, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
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  • YOU SAY, "PASTOR, ASK YOURSELF?
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  • "SEE WHAT'S IN YOUR HEART?
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  • "PASTOR, DON'T YOU KNOWWHAT THE SCRIPTURE SAYS?
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  • "'THE HEART ISWICKED AND DECEITFUL
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  • "AND WHO CAN POSSIBLY KNOW IT?'"
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  • "YOU CAN'T TRUST YOURDESIRES CAN YOU?"
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  • WELL, THAT'S YOUR HEARTBEFORE YOU BECOME A CHRISTIAN.
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  • BUT ONCE YOU'RE SAVED, YOURHEART GETS TRANSFORMED.
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  • AND THE CLOSERYOU WALK WITH GOD,
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  • THE MORE YOUR DESIRES REFLECTGOD'S DESIRES FOR YOUR LIFE.
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  • ISN'T THAT WHAT WE READJUST A FEW MOMENTS AGO
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  • IN PSALM 37:4 AND 5?
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  • "DELIGHT YOURSELF IN THE LORD
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  • "AND HE WILL GIVE YOU THEDESIRES OF YOUR HEART.
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  • "COMMIT YOUR WAY TO THE LORD,
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  • "TRUST ALSO IN HIMAND HE WILL DO IT."
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  • YOU KNOW ANOTHER WORD FORDESIRE IS THE WORD PASSION.
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  • IF YOU WANT TO KNOW WHAT YOURSPECIFIC PURPOSE AND STORY IS,
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  • ASK YOURSELF, "WHATIS THE PASSION,
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  • "THE FIRE GOD HASPUT IN MY HEART?"
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  • SOMETIMES OUR PASSIONCOMES OUT OF A DEEP HURT
  • 00:12:42.574 --> 00:12:45.710
  • WE'VE EXPERIENCED.
  • 00:12:45.710 --> 00:12:47.779
  • CANDACE LIGHTNER LOSTHER TEENAGE DAUGHTER
  • 00:12:47.779 --> 00:12:51.916
  • BECAUSE OF A DRUNKDRIVER THAT KILLED HER,
  • 00:12:51.916 --> 00:12:55.086
  • AND OUT OF THAT HURT,SHE FORMED MADD,
  • 00:12:55.086 --> 00:12:58.756
  • MOTHERS AGAINST DRUNK DRIVING.
  • 00:12:58.756 --> 00:13:00.925
  • THAT PURPOSE, ELIMINATINGTHE MENACE OF DRUNK DRIVERS,
  • 00:13:00.925 --> 00:13:03.862
  • CAME OUT OF A HURT IN HER LIFE.
  • 00:13:03.862 --> 00:13:05.897
  • FREDERICK BUECHNER HAS WRITTEN"THE PLACE GOD CALLS YOU
  • 00:13:05.897 --> 00:13:09.434
  • "IS TO THE PLACE WHEREYOUR DEEP GLADNESS
  • 00:13:09.434 --> 00:13:12.637
  • "AND THE WORLD'SDEEP HUNGER MEET."
  • 00:13:12.637 --> 00:13:16.307
  • ISN'T THAT GREAT?
  • 00:13:16.307 --> 00:13:17.609
  • THAT'S WHERE GOD'S CALLING YOU,
  • 00:13:17.609 --> 00:13:18.910
  • WHERE YOUR PASSION ANDTHE WORLD'S NEED MEET.
  • 00:13:18.910 --> 00:13:22.881
  • FOURTH, THE "R," STANDSFOR RECOGNIZE YOUR GIFTS
  • 00:13:22.881 --> 00:13:27.118
  • AND YOUR ABILITIES.
  • 00:13:27.118 --> 00:13:28.620
  • PHILIPPIANS 2:13, AGAININ THE PHILLIPS SAYS,
  • 00:13:28.620 --> 00:13:31.456
  • "IT IS GOD WHO IS AT WORK WITHINYOU, GIVING YOU THE WILL,"
  • 00:13:31.456 --> 00:13:37.595
  • THAT MEANS PASSION,"AND THE POWER,"
  • 00:13:37.595 --> 00:13:39.664
  • THAT MEANS GIFTS AND ABILITIES,"TO ACHIEVE HIS PURPOSE."
  • 00:13:39.664 --> 00:13:42.300
  • YOU HEAR WHAT PAUL IS SAYING?
  • 00:13:42.300 --> 00:13:43.568
  • GOD HAS GIVEN YOUNOT ONLY A DESIRE,
  • 00:13:43.568 --> 00:13:45.703
  • BUT HE'S GIVEN YOU THEGIFTS AND THE ABILITIES
  • 00:13:45.703 --> 00:13:48.373
  • TO FULFILL THAT DESIRE.
  • 00:13:48.373 --> 00:13:50.975
  • WE SAY TO PEOPLE ALL THETIME, "OH, YOU CAN..."
  • 00:13:50.975 --> 00:13:53.478
  • AND WE TELL OUR CHILDREN THIS,
  • 00:13:53.478 --> 00:13:54.846
  • "YOU CAN BE WHATEVERYOU WANT TO BE."
  • 00:13:54.846 --> 00:13:58.883
  • NO, THEY CAN'T.(CONGREGATION LAUGHS)
  • 00:13:58.883 --> 00:14:02.520
  • NO, THEY CAN'T.
  • 00:14:02.520 --> 00:14:03.788
  • NEITHER CAN YOUOR NEITHER CAN I.
  • 00:14:03.788 --> 00:14:05.423
  • WE CAN'T BE WHATEVERWE WANT TO BE,
  • 00:14:05.423 --> 00:14:08.726
  • BUT WE HAVE THE POWER TO BEWHATEVER GOD WANTS US TO BE.
  • 00:14:08.726 --> 00:14:12.597
  • GOD HAS GIVEN US EVERYGIFT, EVERY ABILITY WE NEED
  • 00:14:12.597 --> 00:14:16.734
  • TO FULFILL HIS UNIQUEPURPOSE FOR OUR LIFE.
  • 00:14:16.734 --> 00:14:19.971
  • THAT'S WHY, AGAIN, PAULSAYS IN ROMANS 12:3,
  • 00:14:19.971 --> 00:14:22.140
  • "I SAY TO EVERYONE, DON'TTHINK MORE HIGHLY OF HIMSELF
  • 00:14:22.140 --> 00:14:25.944
  • "THAN HE OUGHT TO THINK,
  • 00:14:25.944 --> 00:14:27.178
  • "BUT THINK SO AS TOHAVE SOUND JUDGMENT."
  • 00:14:27.178 --> 00:14:30.515
  • I MEAN DO AN INVENTORY OFYOUR GIFTS AND ABILITIES.
  • 00:14:30.515 --> 00:14:33.017
  • MAYBE YOU DESIRE TO BE A DOCTOR,
  • 00:14:33.017 --> 00:14:36.187
  • BUT YOU FAINT ATTHE SIGHT OF BLOOD.
  • 00:14:36.187 --> 00:14:38.323
  • YOU MAY WANT TO RETHINKYOUR CALLING THERE.
  • 00:14:38.323 --> 00:14:41.359
  • OR MAYBE YOU ENVISIONYOURSELF PREACHING
  • 00:14:41.359 --> 00:14:43.661
  • TO THOUSANDS ANDTHOUSANDS OF PEOPLE,
  • 00:14:43.661 --> 00:14:46.130
  • BUT YOU BREAK OUTIN A COLD SWEAT
  • 00:14:46.130 --> 00:14:47.832
  • WHEN YOU'RE IN A GROUP OF 10.
  • 00:14:47.832 --> 00:14:50.234
  • OR MAYBE YOU HAVE A GIFTOF PUTTING PEOPLE TO SLEEP
  • 00:14:50.234 --> 00:14:52.270
  • WHEN YOU SPEAK, AGAINYOU MAY WANT TO RETHINK
  • 00:14:52.270 --> 00:14:55.039
  • WHAT YOUR CALLING IS.
  • 00:14:55.039 --> 00:14:56.307
  • IF GOD HAS CALLEDYOU TO SOMETHING,
  • 00:14:56.307 --> 00:14:57.842
  • HE'S GIVEN YOU THE GIFTS TOGO ALONG WITH THAT CALLING.
  • 00:14:57.842 --> 00:15:00.545
  • YES, I KNOW THERE ARE AFEW EXAMPLES IN THE BIBLE
  • 00:15:00.545 --> 00:15:04.048
  • WHERE GOD HAS CALLED SOMEBODYTO DO SOMETHING OUTSIDE
  • 00:15:04.048 --> 00:15:07.618
  • OF HIS AREA OF GIFTEDNESS,BUT THAT'S THE EXCEPTION,
  • 00:15:07.618 --> 00:15:10.388
  • NOT THE RULE.
  • 00:15:10.388 --> 00:15:11.656
  • USUALLY OUR GIFTINGREVEALS OUR CALLING.
  • 00:15:11.656 --> 00:15:15.860
  • OS GUINNESS SAYS IT THIS WAY,
  • 00:15:15.860 --> 00:15:17.395
  • "GOD NORMALLY CALLS US ALONGTHE LINE OF OUR GIFTEDNESS."
  • 00:15:17.395 --> 00:15:23.768
  • HERE'S SOME QUESTIONS, BYTHE WAY, TO ASK YOURSELF
  • 00:15:23.768 --> 00:15:25.470
  • IF YOU WANT TO KNOW WHATAREAS YOU'RE GIFTED IN.
  • 00:15:25.470 --> 00:15:28.840
  • JOT THESE DOWN.
  • 00:15:28.840 --> 00:15:30.641
  • WHAT DO I ENJOY DOING?
  • 00:15:30.641 --> 00:15:32.243
  • IF YOU WANT TO KNOWWHERE YOU'RE GIFTED,
  • 00:15:32.243 --> 00:15:33.745
  • ASK YOURSELF THE QUESTION,"WHAT DO I ENJOY DOING?"
  • 00:15:33.745 --> 00:15:36.514
  • NUMBER TWO, "WHAT THINGSDO OTHER PEOPLE SEE ME DO
  • 00:15:36.514 --> 00:15:40.685
  • "AND SAY, 'YOU WEREBORN TO DO THAT.'"
  • 00:15:40.685 --> 00:15:44.255
  • THAT'S A GREAT KEY TO KNOW IFYOU'RE GIFTED IN SOMETHING.
  • 00:15:44.255 --> 00:15:46.991
  • WHAT DO PEOPLE NOTICEIN YOU AND THEY SAY,
  • 00:15:46.991 --> 00:15:49.594
  • "MAN, YOU MAKETHAT LOOK SO EASY.
  • 00:15:49.594 --> 00:15:51.195
  • "YOU'RE SO GOOD AT THAT."
  • 00:15:51.195 --> 00:15:52.830
  • WHERE DO YOU GET AFFIRMATION?
  • 00:15:52.830 --> 00:15:55.199
  • NUMBER THREE, "WHAT DO I DOTHAT SEEMS EFFORTLESS TO ME?
  • 00:15:55.199 --> 00:16:01.406
  • "WHAT DO I DO THATSEEMS EFFORTLESS?"
  • 00:16:01.406 --> 00:16:02.907
  • IF YOU'RE OPERATING IN THEAREA OF YOUR GIFTEDNESS,
  • 00:16:02.907 --> 00:16:04.642
  • IT'S NOT THAT HARD TO DO WHATYOU DO, IT COMES NATURALLY.
  • 00:16:04.642 --> 00:16:08.312
  • NUMBER FOUR, AND THIS IS SO KEY,
  • 00:16:08.312 --> 00:16:10.615
  • "WHAT IS THE COMMON DENOMINATOR
  • 00:16:10.615 --> 00:16:13.451
  • "IN THE THREE MOST SATISFYINGTHINGS I'VE DONE IN MY LIFE?"
  • 00:16:13.451 --> 00:16:19.090
  • LOOK BACK AT THE THREE MOSTSATISFYING AND SUCCESSFUL THINGS
  • 00:16:19.090 --> 00:16:23.327
  • YOU HAVE EVER DONE IN YOUR LIFE.
  • 00:16:23.327 --> 00:16:25.997
  • IS THERE A COMMON DENOMINATOR?
  • 00:16:25.997 --> 00:16:28.900
  • FOR ME I'D WRITE THEWORD COMMUNICATION.
  • 00:16:28.900 --> 00:16:30.868
  • THE MOST FULFILLEDI'VE EVER FELT
  • 00:16:30.868 --> 00:16:32.470
  • IS WHEN I'VE BEEN IN ACOMMUNICATION SITUATION.
  • 00:16:32.470 --> 00:16:35.106
  • FOR YOU, IF YOU'VE GOTTHE GIFT OF LEADERSHIP,
  • 00:16:35.106 --> 00:16:37.108
  • IT MAY BE LEADERSHIP; IGOT TO EXERT LEADERSHIP.
  • 00:16:37.108 --> 00:16:41.512
  • FOR OTHER PEOPLEIT MAY BE SERVING.
  • 00:16:41.512 --> 00:16:43.681
  • "IN THESE THREESITUATIONS, I WAS SATISFIED
  • 00:16:43.681 --> 00:16:47.285
  • "'CAUSE I WERE SERVING ANDMEETING THE PRACTICAL NEEDS
  • 00:16:47.285 --> 00:16:49.787
  • "OF OTHERS."
  • 00:16:49.787 --> 00:16:51.355
  • ANSWERING THESEQUESTIONS WILL HELP YOU
  • 00:16:51.355 --> 00:16:53.024
  • HONESTLY ASSESS YOURAREA OF GIFTEDNESS.
  • 00:16:53.024 --> 00:16:56.661
  • FINALLY THE "Y" INTHIS ACROSTIC STORY,
  • 00:16:56.661 --> 00:16:59.464
  • THE "Y" STANDS FOR YIELD TOTHE LEADING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.
  • 00:16:59.464 --> 00:17:04.035
  • YIELD TO THE LEADINGOF THE HOLY SPIRIT.
  • 00:17:04.035 --> 00:17:06.471
  • YOU CAN START WITHSCRIPTURE, TALK TO OTHERS,
  • 00:17:06.471 --> 00:17:08.539
  • OBEY YOUR PASSIONS,RECOGNIZE YOUR GIFTS,
  • 00:17:08.539 --> 00:17:11.275
  • BUT THERE COMES THAT MOMENTWHEN YOU HAVE TO SAY,
  • 00:17:11.275 --> 00:17:13.244
  • "YES, LORD," TO HIS LEADINGAND CALLING IN YOUR LIFE.
  • 00:17:13.244 --> 00:17:17.215
  • ROMANS 12:1-2 SAYS, "I URGEYOU THEREFORE, BRETHREN,
  • 00:17:17.215 --> 00:17:21.219
  • "BY THE MERCIES OF GOD,TO PRESENT YOUR BODIES
  • 00:17:21.219 --> 00:17:24.355
  • "A LIVING AND HOLYSACRIFICE, ACCEPTABLE TO GOD,
  • 00:17:24.355 --> 00:17:28.392
  • "WHICH IS YOUR SPIRITUALSERVICE OF WORSHIP.
  • 00:17:28.392 --> 00:17:31.329
  • "AND DON'T BE CONFORMEDTO THIS WORLD,
  • 00:17:31.329 --> 00:17:33.364
  • "BUT BE TRANSFORMED BYTHE RENEWING OF YOUR MIND,
  • 00:17:33.364 --> 00:17:36.501
  • "THAT YOU MAY PROVEWHAT THE WILL OF GOD IS,
  • 00:17:36.501 --> 00:17:40.471
  • "THAT WHICH IS GOOD,ACCEPTABLE, AND PERFECT."
  • 00:17:40.471 --> 00:17:45.009
  • YOU HAVE TO YIELDTO GOD'S CALLING
  • 00:17:45.009 --> 00:17:47.411
  • ONCE YOU'VE IDENTIFIED IT.
  • 00:17:47.411 --> 00:17:49.280
  • NOW I KNOW, I'VE TALKED ALOT ABOUT MYSELF AND MY STORY
  • 00:17:49.280 --> 00:17:55.153
  • AND THE REASON I'VE DONE THAT IS
  • 00:17:55.153 --> 00:17:56.354
  • I'M THE ONLY ONEWHO KNOWS MY STORY.
  • 00:17:56.354 --> 00:17:58.356
  • BUT I'VE TOLD THESE STORIESHOPEFULLY TO HELP YOU
  • 00:17:58.356 --> 00:18:01.259
  • IDENTIFY YOUR UNIQUE STORYFOR WHICH GOD HAS CREATED YOU.
  • 00:18:01.259 --> 00:18:07.465
  • ONE FINAL STORY.
  • 00:18:07.465 --> 00:18:10.334
  • I KNEW, I TOLD YOU EARLIER,I KNEW FROM THE TIME
  • 00:18:10.334 --> 00:18:13.070
  • I WAS ABOUT SIX YEARS OLDEXACTLY WHAT I WAS GOING TO DO
  • 00:18:13.070 --> 00:18:16.474
  • WITH MY LIFE.
  • 00:18:16.474 --> 00:18:18.209
  • IT WAS JUST CRYSTAL CLEAR TO ME.
  • 00:18:18.209 --> 00:18:20.778
  • FROM THE TIME I WAS SIXUNTIL THE TIME I WAS 15,
  • 00:18:20.778 --> 00:18:24.248
  • I WAS HEADED IN ONE DIRECTIONAND THAT DIRECTION WAS
  • 00:18:24.248 --> 00:18:28.853
  • I WAS GOING TO BE ATELEVISION PRODUCER.
  • 00:18:28.853 --> 00:18:33.024
  • I DIDN'T CARE ABOUT GETTINGIN FRONT OF THE CAMERA,
  • 00:18:33.024 --> 00:18:34.926
  • BUT I WANTED TO BEBEHIND THE CAMERA,
  • 00:18:34.926 --> 00:18:37.995
  • PUTTING TOGETHER ANDSELLING TELEVISION PROGRAMS
  • 00:18:37.995 --> 00:18:40.631
  • BECAUSE THAT PROFESSIONMARRIED MY TWO GREAT PASSIONS
  • 00:18:40.631 --> 00:18:44.936
  • IN LIFE, BROADCASTINGAND BUSINESS.
  • 00:18:44.936 --> 00:18:49.173
  • I KNOW THIS IS GOING TOSOUND WEIRD TO YOU,
  • 00:18:49.173 --> 00:18:51.576
  • BUT FROM THE TIME IWAS SIX YEARS OLD,
  • 00:18:51.576 --> 00:18:54.178
  • I WOULD READ EVERYTHING I COULD
  • 00:18:54.178 --> 00:18:56.747
  • ABOUT BROADCASTING AND BUSINESS.
  • 00:18:56.747 --> 00:18:58.783
  • MY PARENTS WOULD BRING ME DOWNTO CHURCH ON WEDNESDAY NIGHTS
  • 00:18:58.783 --> 00:19:01.886
  • AND THEY'D DROP ME OFF ATTHE DALLAS PUBLIC LIBRARY,
  • 00:19:01.886 --> 00:19:04.689
  • WHILE THEY WENT TOCHURCH, TO DO MY HOMEWORK.
  • 00:19:04.689 --> 00:19:07.491
  • BUT INSTEAD OFDOING MY HOMEWORK,
  • 00:19:07.491 --> 00:19:09.460
  • I WOULD GET FROMTHE MAGAZINE RACK
  • 00:19:09.460 --> 00:19:11.495
  • EVERY PUBLICATION ICOULD ON BROADCASTING.
  • 00:19:11.495 --> 00:19:15.199
  • THIS WAS WHEN I WASSEVEN, EIGHT, NINE, 10,
  • 00:19:15.199 --> 00:19:17.568
  • EVERYTHING I COULD READ.
  • 00:19:17.568 --> 00:19:19.003
  • AND WHEN I'D FINISHEDREADING THOSE,
  • 00:19:19.003 --> 00:19:20.504
  • I WOULD GO TO FORBES MAGAZINEAND READ THE BACK ISSUES
  • 00:19:20.504 --> 00:19:24.408
  • OF FORBES MAGAZINESWHEN I WAS A TEENAGER.
  • 00:19:24.408 --> 00:19:27.578
  • I WAS JUST OBSESSED WITHBROADCASTING AND BUSINESS.
  • 00:19:27.578 --> 00:19:31.215
  • THAT'S WHAT I WAS GOING TO DO.
  • 00:19:31.215 --> 00:19:33.251
  • THEN WHEN I WAS 15 YEARS OLD,
  • 00:19:33.251 --> 00:19:35.553
  • I WENT TO OURCHURCH'S YOUTH CAMP.
  • 00:19:35.553 --> 00:19:37.922
  • AND WHEN I WENT TO OURCHURCH'S YOUTH CAMP,
  • 00:19:37.922 --> 00:19:39.991
  • I REMEMBER IT WAS A FRIDAYMORNING, IT WAS THE END OF CAMP,
  • 00:19:39.991 --> 00:19:43.394
  • THE CAMP PASTOR WAS PREACHING,
  • 00:19:43.394 --> 00:19:44.929
  • I CAN'T EVEN TELL YOU WHATHE WAS PREACHING ABOUT.
  • 00:19:44.929 --> 00:19:48.266
  • THEY DISMISSED THE SERVICEFROM THE OLD TABERNACLE
  • 00:19:48.266 --> 00:19:50.935
  • AND EVERYBODY WAS RUNNING TOGET IN PLACE IN THE CAFETERIA.
  • 00:19:50.935 --> 00:19:54.772
  • BUT INSTEAD OF RUNNING AS INORMALLY DID, I WAS WALKING.
  • 00:19:54.772 --> 00:19:58.609
  • AND WHILE I WAS WALKING,GOD SPOKE TO ME AS CLEARLY
  • 00:19:58.609 --> 00:20:02.780
  • AS HE COULD HAVEEVER SPOKEN TO ME.
  • 00:20:02.780 --> 00:20:04.882
  • AND HE SAID, "ROBERT, YOUARE GOING TO BE A PASTOR.
  • 00:20:04.882 --> 00:20:08.686
  • "TODAY, I'M CALLINGYOU TO BE A PASTOR."
  • 00:20:08.686 --> 00:20:11.889
  • PEOPLE ASK ME, "WASTHAT VOICE AUDIBLE?"
  • 00:20:11.889 --> 00:20:15.960
  • IT WAS LOUDER THAN THAT.
  • 00:20:15.960 --> 00:20:18.129
  • BUT IT WAS AS CLEAR ASI'VE EVER HEARD GOD SPEAK.
  • 00:20:18.129 --> 00:20:20.364
  • I'VE HEARD GOD SPEAK THREETIMES, THAT WAS ONE OF THEM.
  • 00:20:20.364 --> 00:20:24.101
  • AND THAT DAY, GOD TOLD MEEXACTLY WHAT MY SPECIFIC STORY
  • 00:20:24.101 --> 00:20:28.472
  • WAS GOING TO BE.
  • 00:20:28.472 --> 00:20:30.007
  • NOW, WHAT'S INTERESTING IS,DID GOD CHANGE MY INTERESTS?
  • 00:20:30.007 --> 00:20:35.246
  • DID GOD CHANGED MY GIFTEDNESS?
  • 00:20:35.246 --> 00:20:37.448
  • NO, HE DIDN'TCHANGE MY INTERESTS,
  • 00:20:37.448 --> 00:20:40.318
  • HE SIMPLY REDIRECTED THEM.
  • 00:20:40.318 --> 00:20:43.120
  • HE REDIRECTED THEMTOWARD HIS PURPOSE.
  • 00:20:43.120 --> 00:20:46.857
  • I MEAN, JUST THINK ABOUT IT.
  • 00:20:46.857 --> 00:20:48.893
  • IS IT ANY ACCIDENT THAT ASTHE PASTOR OF THIS CHURCH,
  • 00:20:48.893 --> 00:20:51.929
  • I'M INTERESTED IN BROADCASTING?
  • 00:20:51.929 --> 00:20:55.032
  • WHEN IN THESE FINAL DAYS,WHAT I BELIEVE OUR FINAL DAYS
  • 00:20:55.032 --> 00:20:57.902
  • HERE ON EARTH BEFORETHE LORD RETURNS,
  • 00:20:57.902 --> 00:21:00.004
  • GOD HAS OPENED UP THISMARVELOUS OPPORTUNITY
  • 00:21:00.004 --> 00:21:02.707
  • WE HAVE AS A CHURCH TO SHARETHE GOSPEL LOCALLY, NATIONALLY,
  • 00:21:02.707 --> 00:21:06.744
  • INTERNATIONALLY, AND GODIS BLESSING THAT MINISTRY.
  • 00:21:06.744 --> 00:21:09.280
  • IS THAT JUST AN ACCIDENT IHAPPEN TO HAVE THAT INTEREST?
  • 00:21:09.280 --> 00:21:12.817
  • IS IT AN ACCIDENT THAT IWAS INTERESTED IN BUSINESS?
  • 00:21:12.817 --> 00:21:15.720
  • I WOULD HATE TO THINKWHAT IT WOULD BE LIKE
  • 00:21:15.720 --> 00:21:17.988
  • TO BE THE PASTOR OF THE FIRSTBAPTIST CHURCH IN DALLAS
  • 00:21:17.988 --> 00:21:20.591
  • AND HAVE NO BUSINESSKNOWLEDGE WHATSOEVER.
  • 00:21:20.591 --> 00:21:23.694
  • THE CHURCH WOULD TANKIF THAT WERE THE CASE.
  • 00:21:23.694 --> 00:21:26.597
  • BUT GOD GAVE ME THE INTERESTSTHAT WERE NEEDED AT THIS TIME
  • 00:21:26.597 --> 00:21:32.803
  • IN THE CHURCH'S LIFE TOACCOMPLISH HIS PURPOSE.
  • 00:21:32.803 --> 00:21:36.073
  • AND HE'S DONE THESAME FOR YOU, AS WELL.
  • 00:21:36.073 --> 00:21:39.377
  • NOW LISTEN TO ME,YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE
  • 00:21:39.377 --> 00:21:41.912
  • IN FULL-TIME CHRISTIAN SERVICE,
  • 00:21:41.912 --> 00:21:45.249
  • WHICH MEANS GET YOURCHECK FROM THE CHURCH
  • 00:21:45.249 --> 00:21:47.184
  • OR A MISSION ORGANIZATION.
  • 00:21:47.184 --> 00:21:49.286
  • YOU DON'T HAVE TO DO THAT TOTELL A UNIQUE STORY FOR GOD.
  • 00:21:49.286 --> 00:21:53.524
  • BUT WHATEVER YOUR DAY JOB IS,
  • 00:21:53.524 --> 00:21:56.026
  • YOUR REAL JOB IS TO GLORIFY GOD.
  • 00:21:56.026 --> 00:21:59.263
  • AND THE SPECIFIC WAYYOU'RE GOING TO DO THAT
  • 00:21:59.263 --> 00:22:01.899
  • IS THROUGH THAT PASSIONAND THROUGH THE GIFTS
  • 00:22:01.899 --> 00:22:05.202
  • GOD HAS GIVEN TO YOU.
  • 00:22:05.202 --> 00:22:08.105
  • MAX LUCADO, THE WRITER ANDPASTOR, SAYS IT SO WELL,
  • 00:22:08.105 --> 00:22:12.309
  • A FORMULA FOR DISCOVERINGYOUR PURPOSE IN LIFE.
  • 00:22:12.309 --> 00:22:14.779
  • HE SAID, "USE YOURUNIQUENESS," WHAT YOU DO,
  • 00:22:14.779 --> 00:22:18.315
  • "TO MAKE A BIG DEAL OUTOF GOD," WHY YOU DO IT,
  • 00:22:18.315 --> 00:22:22.286
  • "EVERY DAY OF YOUR LIFE,"THAT'S WHERE YOU DO IT.
  • 00:22:22.286 --> 00:22:25.156
  • "AT THE CONVERGENCEOF ALL THREE,
  • 00:22:25.156 --> 00:22:27.558
  • "YOU'LL FIND YOUR SWEET SPOT.
  • 00:22:27.558 --> 00:22:29.960
  • "USE YOUR UNIQUENESS TOMAKE A BIG DEAL OUT OF GOD
  • 00:22:29.960 --> 00:22:33.497
  • "EVERY DAY OF YOUR LIFE.
  • 00:22:33.497 --> 00:22:35.366
  • "AT THE CONVERGENCEOF ALL THREE,
  • 00:22:35.366 --> 00:22:37.868
  • YOU'LL FIND YOUR SWEET SPOT."
  • 00:22:37.868 --> 00:22:41.005
  • DISCOVERING YOUR SWEET SPOT,YOUR UNIQUE PURPOSE IN LIFE,
  • 00:22:41.005 --> 00:22:47.211
  • IS THE FOUNDATION FOR LIVINGA TRULY EXTRAORDINARY LIFE.
  • 00:22:47.211 --> 00:22:52.817
  • ♪ MUSIC
  • 00:22:52.817 --> 00:22:58.622
  • THE BIBLE IS QUITE CLEAR,GOD HAS CREATED YOU
  • 00:22:58.622 --> 00:23:01.659
  • FOR A SPECIFIC PURPOSE.
  • 00:23:01.659 --> 00:23:03.861
  • IN FACT, HE'S WRITTENA STORY THROUGH YOU
  • 00:23:03.861 --> 00:23:06.497
  • THAT HE WANTS TOTELL TO THE WORLD.
  • 00:23:06.497 --> 00:23:08.866
  • AND NOW IT'S TIME TORESPOND TO HIS CALL.
  • 00:23:08.866 --> 00:23:11.969
  • ARE YOU READY TO BREAKOUT OF YOUR ROUTINE
  • 00:23:11.969 --> 00:23:14.338
  • AND FIND THE SWEET SPOTOF HIS PLAN FOR YOUR LIFE?
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  • WELL, THE MINISTRY OF "PATHWAYTO VICTORY" IS ON THE MOVE
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  • AND GAINING MOMENTUMALL ACROSS AMERICA
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  • AND AROUND THE WORLD.
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  • AND FRANKLY, IT'S BECAUSEOF PEOPLE LIKE YOU
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  • WHO ARE BECOMING OURFINANCIAL PARTNERS.
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  • THAT EMPOWER THIS MINISTRY,AND WE ARE TRULY GRATEFUL
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  • BY SUPPORTING"PATHWAY TO VICTORY,"
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  • YOU'RE MAKING AN ETERNAL IMPACT
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  • ON THOSE WHO WATCH THISBIBLE TEACHING PROGRAM
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  • SO THANK YOU FOR YOURCONTINUED GENEROSITY.
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  • NOW STAY RIGHT THERE,I'LL BE BACK WITH MORE
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  • "PATHWAY TO VICTORY"IN JUST A MOMENT.
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  • [ANNOUNCER] BASED ON THEINSPIRATIONAL LIFE OF ELIJAH,
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  • DR. JEFFRESS' BEST-SELLING BOOK,
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  • "CHOOSING THEEXTRAORDINARY LIFE,"
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  • IDENTIFIES SEVENBIBLICAL SECRETS
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  • FOR SUCCESS AND SIGNIFICANCE.
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  • MOST OF US DON'T WAKEUP IN THE MORNING
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  • FEELING LIKE SUPERHEROES,READY TO SLAY GIANTS
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  • OR SOLVE THE WORLD'S PROBLEMS.
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  • IN FACT, MOST PEOPLE ARE SIMPLYTRYING TO SURVIVE THE DAY.
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  • BUT BENEATH THE SURFACE, WEALL LONG FOR A GENUINE SENSE
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  • OF PURPOSE, POWER, AND PASSION.
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  • WHEREVER GOD HAS PLACED YOU,YOUR HOME, YOUR WORKPLACE,
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  • YOUR FAMILY, GOD HAS PLACEDYOU THERE FOR A REASON.
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  • YOUR SPECIFIC PURPOSEIN LIFE CAN BE DESCRIBED
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  • AS THE STORY GOD CREATEDFOR YOU TO TELL THE WORLD.
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  • [ANNOUNCER] REQUEST DR.JEFFRESS' BEST-SELLING BOOK
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  • [PASTOR JEFFRESS] NO MATTERYOUR AGE OR SEASON OF LIFE,
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  • GOD WANTS TO UNLEASHHIS POWER IN YOU
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  • TO FILL YOUR HEART WITH PASSIONAND YOUR LIFE WITH PURPOSE.
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  • [ANNOUNCER] AND WHENYOUR GIFT IS $75 OR MORE,
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  • [PASTOR JEFFRESS] GOD HAS AGENERAL PURPOSE FOR EVERYONE,
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  • BUT HE HAS A SPECIFICPURPOSE FOR YOUR LIFE.
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  • [ANNOUNCER] LET TODAY BE THE DAY
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  • YOU CHOOSE THE EXTRAORDINARYLIFE WHEN YOU REQUEST
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  • "CHOOSING THE EXTRAORDINARYLIFE" FROM "PATHWAY TO VICTORY."
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  • ♪ MUSIC
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  • DISCOVERING GOD'SPURPOSE FOR YOUR LIFE
  • 00:25:31.442 --> 00:25:33.644
  • MAY SOUND LIKE A DAUNTING TASK,
  • 00:25:33.644 --> 00:25:36.046
  • BUT IT'S A LOT SIMPLERTHAN YOU MIGHT THINK.
  • 00:25:36.046 --> 00:25:38.649
  • START WITH SCRIPTURE, TALK TOOTHERS, OBEY YOUR PASSIONS,
  • 00:25:38.649 --> 00:25:44.755
  • RECOGNIZE YOURGIFTS AND ABILITIES,
  • 00:25:44.755 --> 00:25:46.190
  • AND YIELD TO THELEADING OF THE SPIRIT.
  • 00:25:46.190 --> 00:25:49.460
  • WELL, THERE'S SO MUCH MORETO COVER ON THIS TOPIC
  • 00:25:49.460 --> 00:25:51.829
  • OF CHOOSING THEEXTRAORDINARY LIFE.
  • 00:25:51.829 --> 00:25:54.198
  • AND NEXT TIME, WE'LL LOOKAT SECRET NUMBER TWO,
  • 00:25:54.198 --> 00:25:57.001
  • DETERMINE TO INFLUENCEYOUR CULTURE.
  • 00:25:57.001 --> 00:25:59.970
  • WITHOUT A DOUBT, ELIJAH CAREDABOUT WHAT WAS HAPPENING
  • 00:25:59.970 --> 00:26:03.173
  • IN HIS WORLD AND WE OUGHTTO HAVE THAT SAME PASSION
  • 00:26:03.173 --> 00:26:06.243
  • FOR THE PEOPLE ANDNATIONS AROUND US.
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  • STAY TUNED FOR A PREVIEWOF WHAT'S COMING UP NEXT
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  • 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 BYSENDING YOU A COPY
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  • PLUS THE ELIJAH MAPIS OUR GIFT TO YOU
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  • SIMPLY FOR CONTACTING USTODAY AT "PATHWAY TO VICTORY."
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  • NOW, COMING UP NEXT TIMEON "PATHWAY TO VICTORY."
  • 00:26:50.821 --> 00:26:54.391
  • YOU KNOW SOME PEOPLEACTUALLY BELIEVE
  • 00:26:54.391 --> 00:26:56.326
  • THAT GOD HAS NO INTEREST INWHAT IS HAPPENING IN THE WORLD.
  • 00:26:56.326 --> 00:27:00.364
  • AND YET, FROM THEVERY BEGINNING,
  • 00:27:00.364 --> 00:27:02.399
  • GOD GAVE MAN THE MANDATETO TAKE CARE OF THE WORLD
  • 00:27:02.399 --> 00:27:05.803
  • IN WHICH HE PLACED HIM.
  • 00:27:05.803 --> 00:27:07.237
  • GOD'S INTERESTS, LISTEN TO THIS,
  • 00:27:07.237 --> 00:27:09.206
  • GOD'S INTERESTS EXTEND BEYONDTHE FOUR WALLS OF THE CHURCH.
  • 00:27:09.206 --> 00:27:13.077
  • GOD IS NOT ONLY INTERESTEDIN RELIGIOUS INSTITUTIONS,
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  • HE'S INTERESTED INTHE WHOLE WORLD.
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  • [ANNOUNCER] SET YOUR DVRAND JOIN US NEXT TIME
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  • FOR THE MESSAGE,"SECRET NUMBER TWO,
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  • "DETERMINE TO INFLUENCEYOUR CULTURE."
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  • HERE ON "PATHWAY TO VICTORY."
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  • ♪ MUSIC
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