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December 18, 2020
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Today as we look at the birth of Jesus Christ, we are going to center our attention on some key participants in the story that are often neglected but who illustrate the right response to the good news of Christ’s entrance into the world.

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  • ♪ MUSIC
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  • [ANNOUNCER] FROM THE PULPIT
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  • OF THE FIRST BAPTISTCHURCH OF DALLAS, TEXAS.
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  • THIS IS PATHWAY TO VICTORYWITH DR. ROBERT JEFFRESS.
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  • HI, I'M ROBERT JEFFRESS.
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  • AND WELCOME AGAIN TOPATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • FOR THOUSANDS OFYEARS, PHILOSOPHERS
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  • AND OTHER GREATMINDS HAVE WRESTLED
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  • WITH THE SAME QUESTIONS.
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  • WHY ARE WE HERE?
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  • WHAT IS OUR PURPOSE?
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  • AND HOW CAN WE LIVE AHAPPY AND MEANINGFUL LIFE?
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  • WELL, THOUSANDS OF BOOKS HAVEBEEN WRITTEN ON THESE TOPICS
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  • BUT THEIR ANSWERS AREN'T ASCOMPLICATED AS YOU MIGHT THINK.
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  • AND FOR A FEW ANCIENT MAGI,
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  • FINDING THE TRUTH WAS AS EASY
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  • AS FOLLOWING A STAR IN THE SKY.
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  • MY MESSAGE IS TITLED,"WISE MEN STILL SEEK HIM"
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  • ON TODAY'S EDITION OFPATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • ♪ MUSIC
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  • [ANNOUNCER] EVERY DAYPATHWAY 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 INVITINGYOU TO HELP US
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  • PROCLAIM THE GOSPEL ACROSSAMERICA THROUGH THE HOPE
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  • AND TRUTH 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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  • WELL, THEY APPEAR ONOUR CHRISTMAS CARDS.
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  • THEY ARE THE SUBJECT OFSOME OF OUR MOST BELOVED
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  • CHRISTMAS CAROLS.
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  • MANY TIMES YOU SEETHEM IN NATIVITY SCENES
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  • STANDING NEXT TO MARYJOSEPH AND THE BABY JESUS.
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  • NO, I'M NOT TALKING ABOUTSANTA CLAUS AND THE REINDEER.
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  • I'M TALKING ABOUT THE WISE MEN.
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  • THE WISE MAN ARETHE MOST ENIGMATIC,
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  • THE MOST MYSTERIOUS OF ALLOF THE CHRISTMAS CHARACTERS.
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  • THEY APPEAR OUT OF NOWHERE.
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  • WE REALLY DON'T KNOWMUCH ABOUT THEM.
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  • AND MANY TIMES WE HAVETROUBLE RELATING TO THEM.
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  • WE ARE MUCH MORE RELATEDTO MARY AND JOSEPH
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  • AND PERHAPS THE SHEPHERDS
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  • WHO ARE THE COMMONPEOPLE OF EVERYDAY LIFE.
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  • BUT THE WISE MEN, IT'S HARD TOFIND A CONNECTION WITH THEM.
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  • BUT AS WE'RE GOINGTO DISCOVER TODAY,
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  • OF ALL THE PLAYERS INTHE CHRISTMAS STORY,
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  • PERHAPS IT IS THE WISEMEN WHO ARE MOST LIKE US
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  • BECAUSE THEY REPRESENTTHE FIRST NON JEWS,
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  • THE FIRST GENTILES WHOEVER CAME TO JESUS CHRIST.
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  • AND IN THEIR SEARCHFOR JESUS CHRIST
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  • AND THEIR RESPONSE WHENTHEY FOUND JESUS CHRIST,
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  • THEY ILLUSTRATE FORALL OF US THE ESSENCE
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  • OF TRUE WISDOM IN LIFE.
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  • IF YOU HAVE YOUR BIBLES,
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  • I WANT YOU TO TURN TOMATTHEW CHAPTER TWO
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  • AS WE DISCOVER WHY IT ISTHAT WISE MEN STILL SEEK HIM.
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  • MATTHEW CHAPTER TWO.
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  • NOW YOU REMEMBER, THEREARE DIFFERING ACCOUNTS
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  • OF THE BIRTH OF CHRISTIN THE DIFFERENT GOSPELS,
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  • NOT CONTRADICTORY
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  • BUT THEY TELL THE STORYFROM A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE
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  • BECAUSE EACH GOSPELHAS A UNIQUE PURPOSE.
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  • NOW, WHEN WE READTHE CHRISTMAS STORY
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  • AND I'LL READ IT ON CHRISTMASEVE TO OUR CHILDREN,
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  • WE ALWAYS READFROM LUKE'S GOSPEL
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  • BECAUSE LUKE CONTAINS THE MOSTDETAIL ABOUT THE ACTUAL EVENT
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  • OF CHRIST'S BIRTH OFANY OF THE GOSPELS.
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  • LUKE WAS WRITTENTO THE GENTILES.
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  • BUT MATTHEW'S GOSPEL WAS WRITTEN
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  • TO THE JEWISH PEOPLETO PROVE THAT JESUS
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  • WAS THE LONG ANTICIPATED MESSIAH
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  • PROMISED IN THE OLD TESTAMENT.
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  • THAT'S WHY YOU FIND MOREREFERENCES TO THE OLD TESTAMENT
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  • IN MATTHEW THAN ANYOF THE OTHER GOSPELS.
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  • AND SO MATTHEWAPPROACHES JESUS' BIRTH
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  • A LITTLE BIT DIFFERENTLY.
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  • HE STARTS THE FIRSTHALF OF CHAPTER ONE
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  • SHOWING HOW JESUSIS A DESCENDANT,
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  • NOT ONLY OF ABRAHAMBUT OF DAVID,
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  • WHICH WAS IMPORTANTFOR HIM TO MEET
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  • THE OLD TESTAMENTQUALIFICATION FOR THE MESSIAH.
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  • AND THEN HE SPENDSONE VERSE TALKING
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  • ABOUT THE ACTUAL BIRTH OF JESUS.
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  • AND THEN HE TALKS ABOUTHOW HE IS THE FULFILLMENT
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  • OF ISAIAH'S PROPHECY.
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  • AND WHEN WE COME TOMATTHEW CHAPTER TWO,
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  • WE FAST FORWARD PASTTHE BIRTH OF CHRIST
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  • SEVERAL MONTHS PERHAPSEVEN UP TO A YEAR.
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  • AND THAT'S WHEREOUR STORY PICKS UP
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  • IN MATTHEW CHAPTERTWO VERSE ONE.
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  • NOW, AFTER JESUS WASBORN IN BETHLEHEM
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  • OF JUDEA IN THE DAYSOF HEROD THE KING,
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  • BEHOLD MAGI FROM THEEAST ARRIVED IN JERUSALEM
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  • THE MAGI, THAT'S WHOTHE WISE MEN WERE.
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  • THEY WERE REFERREDTO AS THE MAGI.
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  • AND THE MAGI CAME FROM THE EAST.
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  • WE DON'T KNOW EXACTLYWHERE IN THE EAST,
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  • BUT WE KNOW THAT THEY APPEARED
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  • AROUND THE SEVENTH CENTURY BC.
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  • THEY WERE CERTAINLY IN PERSIA,WHICH IS MODERN DAY IRAN.
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  • AS WE'LL SEE IN A MOMENT,THEY WERE IN BABYLON AS WELL.
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  • BUT THE WORD MAGI REFERSTO A SPECIAL CLASS
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  • OF MEN WHO WERE SKILLED INASTRONOMY AND IN ASTROLOGY.
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  • IN FACT, THEY WERE SO WISETHAT IF YOU WERE IN THE EAST,
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  • YOU COULD NEVER BECOME A KING
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  • WITHOUT HAVING MASTEREDTHE KNOWLEDGE OF THE MAGI
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  • AND BEING CROWNEDAS KING BY THE MAGI
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  • THEY WERE THE KINGMAKERS OF THEIR DAY.
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  • AND THAT THAT'SIMPORTANT TO OUR STORY
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  • AS WE'LL SEE IN JUST A MOMENT.
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  • AND IT EXPLAINS HEROD'SREACTION WHEN HE HEARD THE NEWS
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  • OF THE CHRIST CHILD.
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  • SO YOU'VE GOT THESE MAGIARRIVING IN JERUSALEM,
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  • SAYING, VERSE ONESAYS THEY WERE SAYING.
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  • THAT INDICATES ACONTINUOUS ACTION.
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  • THEY DIDN'T JUST ASK ONE TIME.
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  • THEY KEPT ON INQUIRINGOF EVERYONE AROUND THEM.
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  • VERSE TWO, WHERE IS HE WHO HASBEEN BORN KING OF THE JEWS?
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  • FOR WE SAW HIS STAR IN THE EAST
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  • AND HAVE COME TO WORSHIP HIM.
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  • NOW WE'LL TALK IN A MOMENT.
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  • WHERE DID THEY COMEUP WITH THE IDEA
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  • THAT THERE WOULD BEA CHRIST, A MESSIAH?
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  • IT'S VERY INTERESTING.
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  • WE'LL COME TO THAT IN A MOMENT.
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  • BUT NOT ONLY DID THEY KNOWTHERE WAS A CHRIST COMING,
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  • THEY WERE LOOKING FOR A SIGN.
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  • AND APPARENTLY IT ISTHIS STAR THAT LED THEM
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  • TO BELIEVE THAT THEMESSIAH HAD ARRIVED.
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  • NOW I WANT TO STOP HERE ANDMAKE A VERY PRACTICAL POINT.
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  • ONE OF THE QUESTIONS I'MASKED ALL THE TIME IS,
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  • PASTOR, IF YOU REALLYBELIEVE THAT JESUS CHRIST,
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  • FAITH IN CHRIST IS THEONLY WAY TO SALVATION
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  • AND THERE IS NOOTHER WAY TO HIM,
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  • WHAT ABOUT PEOPLEALL AROUND THE WORLD
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  • WHO HAVE NEVER HEARDOF JESUS CHRIST?
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  • HOW COULD GOD RIGHTLYCONDEMN THEM TO HELL
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  • BECAUSE THEY NEVERHAVE HEARD OF JESUS?
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  • NOW LET ME MAKE SOMETHING CLEAR.
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  • THE BIBLE IS CLEAR.
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  • THERE IS NO OTHER WAY TOGOD THAN FAITH IN JESUS.
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  • JESUS SAID, I AM THE WAYTHE TRUTH AND THE LIFE.
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  • NO MAN COMES TO THEFATHER BUT BY ME.
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  • YOU LOOK IN THE NEW TESTAMENT,
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  • YOU CAN'T FIND ONEEXAMPLE OF ANYONE ANYWHERE
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  • IN ANY PART OF THE WORLDWHO WAS EVER SAVED,
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  • APART FROM PERSONALLY TRUSTING
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  • IN THE NAME OF JESUSCHRIST FOR SALVATION.
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  • YOU REMEMBER WHEN JESUSKNELT IN GETHSEMANE?
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  • HE SAID, FATHER,IF IT BE YOUR WILL
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  • LET THIS EXPERIENCE, THEEXPERIENCE OF THE CROSS,
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  • PASS FROM ME.
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  • HE SAID, LORD, IFTHERE IS ANY OTHER WAY,
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  • MAKE IT KNOWN NOW.
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  • BUT HEAVEN WAS SILENT BECAUSETHERE WAS NO OTHER WAY.
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  • LISTEN TO ME, IFTHERE'S AN OPPORTUNITY
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  • FOR PEOPLE TO COME TO GOD
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  • OTHER THAN THROUGHFAITH IN JESUS CHRIST,
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  • THEN THE DEATH OF CHRISTWAS TOTALLY UNNECESSARY.
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  • THE WAY WE KNOW THERE'S ONE WAY
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  • IS NOT JUST BY JESUS'WORD, BUT WHAT HE DID.
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  • HE GAVE HIS LIFE BECAUSETHERE WAS NO OTHER WAY.
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  • WELL THEN, HOW CAN PEOPLE
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  • WHO HAVE NEVER HEARDOF CHRIST COME TO HIM?
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  • LOOK AT THE WISE MEN, THE MAGI.
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  • WHEN GOD SAW THESE MEN WHOSINCERELY WANTED TO KNOW GOD,
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  • HE WAS WILLING TODO WHATEVER IT TOOK
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  • TO BRING THEM TO FAITH IN JESUS.
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  • HE WAS WILLING TOPUT A STAR IN THE SKY
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  • OR WHATEVER IT WASTO LEAD THOSE PEOPLE
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  • DIRECTLY TO JESUS CHRIST.
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  • AND HE DOES THESAME THING TODAY.
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  • WHEN GOD SEES A MAN ORWOMAN OR BOY OR GIRL
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  • ANYWHERE IN THIS WORLD WHOREALLY WANTS TO KNOW HIM,
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  • YOU CAN TRUST THAT GODWILL DO WHATEVER IT TAKES.
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  • GOD IS MUCH MORE INTERESTEDIN THEIR SALVATION
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  • THAN YOU ARE OR I AM.
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  • THAT'S THE KIND OFLOVING GOD WE SERVE.
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  • AND BY THE WAY, SOMETIMES HE'LLUSE A MIRACLE LIKE A STAR.
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  • OTHER TIMES HE USESOTHER TYPES OF MIRACLES.
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  • THAT'S WHAT THE STAR TELLS US.
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  • GOD WANTS TO REDEEM PEOPLEAND HE'S WILLING TO LEAD
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  • ANYBODY TO A KNOWLEDGE OFCHRIST WHO TRULY WANTS IT.
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  • THEY WANTED TO FIND CHRISTTO WORSHIP HIM, THEY SAID.
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  • HEROD WANTED TO FIND CHRIST,
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  • BUT FOR AN ALTOGETHERDIFFERENT REASON.
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  • LOOK AT VERSE THREE.
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  • AND WHEN HERODTHE KING HEARD IT,
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  • HE WAS TROUBLED ANDALL JERUSALEM WITH HIM.
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  • WHEN HE HEARD THAT THERE MIGHTBE A KING OF THE JEWS COMING,
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  • HE WAS TROUBLED.
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  • THAT WORD IN GREEK MEANSAGITATED, STIRRED UP.
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  • AND NOT ONLY WAS HE STIRRED UP
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  • BUT ALL OF JERUSALEMWAS STIRRED UP AS WELL.
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  • NOW I'VE OFTEN HEARD IT SAID
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  • THE REASON THE PEOPLE WERESTIRRED UP WAS SIMPLY THIS,
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  • WHEN THE KING WASN'THAPPY, NOBODY WAS HAPPY.
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  • AND THAT'S TRUE,THEY FELT THE WRATH
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  • AND THE ANGER OF THE KING.
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  • BUT I THINK THERE'SANOTHER REASON
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  • ALL OF JERUSALEM WAS STIRRED UP
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  • ABOUT THIS ANNOUNCEMENT THATTHERE MIGHT BE A KING COMING,
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  • AND IT WAS ASSOCIATEDWITH THE MAGI.
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  • WHEN WE THINK ABOUT THE MAGI
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  • AND WE SEE THEM PORTRAYEDIN CHRISTMAS PAGEANTS,
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  • WHAT DO WE SEE?
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  • WE SEE THREE OF THEM DON'T WE.
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  • NOW DID YOU KNOW,THERE'S NO REASON
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  • TO THINK THERE WERE JUST THREE.
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  • I MEAN, THE REASON WE SAY THREE
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  • IS BECAUSE THEREWERE THREE GIFTS
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  • BUT IT DOESN'T MEAN THEREWERE ONLY THREE MAGI.
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  • AND WHAT DO WE SEETHEM PORTRAYED AS?
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  • THESE OLD MEN WITH BEARDSAND FUNNY LOOKING HATS.
  • 00:10:25.414 --> 00:10:30.019
  • AND THEY'RE RIDING ONOLD, BROKEN DOWN CAMELS,
  • 00:10:30.052 --> 00:10:34.690
  • MOVING AT SLOW MOTION SPEED,TO THE TEMPO OF THE MUSIC.
  • 00:10:34.724 --> 00:10:39.228
  • WE THREE KINGS OF ORIENT.
  • 00:10:39.261 --> 00:10:43.265
  • THAT'S OUR IDEA OF THE MAGI.
  • 00:10:43.299 --> 00:10:46.435
  • THERE'S NOTHING IN THE BIBLETHAT INDICATES THAT'S TRUE.
  • 00:10:46.469 --> 00:10:48.971
  • THE TRUTH IS BECAUSETHEY WERE ARISTOCRATS
  • 00:10:49.004 --> 00:10:51.607
  • AND BECAUSE THEYWERE KINGMAKERS,
  • 00:10:51.640 --> 00:10:53.409
  • THEY DIDN'T COME IN ON CAMELS.
  • 00:10:53.442 --> 00:10:55.277
  • THEY PROBABLY RODE IN ONHIGH-SPEED ARABIAN HORSES
  • 00:10:55.311 --> 00:11:00.850
  • OR PERSIAN STEEDS.
  • 00:11:00.883 --> 00:11:02.318
  • THEY CAME FROM THE EASTAND THEY DIDN'T COME ALONE.
  • 00:11:02.351 --> 00:11:04.587
  • THEY WOULD HAVE TRAVELED,AS ONE BIBLE SCHOLAR SAYS,
  • 00:11:04.620 --> 00:11:07.223
  • WITH A GROUP OF SOLDIERS WITHTHEM AND SERVANTS WITH THEM.
  • 00:11:07.256 --> 00:11:11.127
  • WHEN THEY ENTERED JERUSALEM
  • 00:11:11.160 --> 00:11:12.895
  • EVERYBODY KNEW SOMEBODYIMPORTANT HAS ARRIVED.
  • 00:11:12.928 --> 00:11:16.532
  • THE KING MAKERS HAD COMELOOKING FOR THE KING TO ANOINT.
  • 00:11:16.565 --> 00:11:20.603
  • AND NO WONDER HEROD WAS SCARED.
  • 00:11:20.636 --> 00:11:22.605
  • HE WAS SCARED FIRST OF ALL,
  • 00:11:22.638 --> 00:11:23.839
  • BECAUSE HE DIDN'T WANTHIS POSITION TAKEN.
  • 00:11:23.873 --> 00:11:25.941
  • HE WAS ON SHAKY GROUND WITHCAESAR AUGUSTUS ALREADY,
  • 00:11:25.975 --> 00:11:29.645
  • WHO HAD APPOINTED HIM AS KING.
  • 00:11:29.678 --> 00:11:31.714
  • AND NOT ONLY THAT,
  • 00:11:31.747 --> 00:11:33.149
  • IF YOU HAD THESE SOLDIERS COMINGIN THE EAST WITH THE MAGI,
  • 00:11:33.182 --> 00:11:37.386
  • IT MEANT A COMING INVASIONWAS ON THE HORIZON.
  • 00:11:37.419 --> 00:11:39.989
  • MAYBE THEY WERELOOKING FOR THE KING
  • 00:11:40.022 --> 00:11:41.624
  • WHO WAS ABOUT TOOVERTHROW HEROD.
  • 00:11:41.657 --> 00:11:43.759
  • AND HEROD COULDN'TAFFORD A WAR RIGHT NOW.
  • 00:11:43.793 --> 00:11:46.095
  • HIS SOLDIERS WEREOUTSIDE OF JERUSALEM.
  • 00:11:46.128 --> 00:11:48.864
  • THEY WERE STATIONEDUP AND DOWN ISRAEL
  • 00:11:48.898 --> 00:11:50.599
  • CONDUCTING THAT CENSUS THATCAESAR AUGUSTUS HAD ORDERED.
  • 00:11:50.633 --> 00:11:55.104
  • AND THAT IS WHY HEROD ANDTHE RESIDENTS OF JERUSALEM
  • 00:11:55.137 --> 00:11:59.775
  • WERE STIRRED UP.
  • 00:11:59.809 --> 00:12:01.010
  • AND SO, VERSE FOUR,GATHERING TOGETHER
  • 00:12:01.043 --> 00:12:03.345
  • ALL OF THE CHIEF PRIESTS
  • 00:12:03.379 --> 00:12:04.780
  • AND THE SCRIBES OF THE PEOPLE,
  • 00:12:04.814 --> 00:12:06.182
  • HEROD BEGAN TO INQUIRE OF THEM
  • 00:12:06.215 --> 00:12:08.250
  • WHERE THE CHRIST WAS TO BE BORN.
  • 00:12:08.284 --> 00:12:10.586
  • HEROD WAS A NON JEWBUT HE KNEW SOMETHING
  • 00:12:10.619 --> 00:12:12.855
  • ABOUT THIS PROMISEJEWISH MESSIAH.
  • 00:12:12.888 --> 00:12:15.424
  • SO HE GOT TOGETHERWITH THE JEWISH SCRIBES
  • 00:12:15.457 --> 00:12:18.794
  • AND HE SAID, NOW, WHERE IS IT
  • 00:12:18.828 --> 00:12:20.296
  • THIS GUY IS SUPPOSED TO BE BORN?
  • 00:12:20.329 --> 00:12:22.531
  • AND THEY SAID, KING,THAT'S AN EASY ONE.
  • 00:12:22.565 --> 00:12:24.533
  • 700 YEARS AGO THE PROPHETMICAH IN MICAH 5:2
  • 00:12:24.567 --> 00:12:28.470
  • SAID HE WAS TO BEBORN IN THAT TINY
  • 00:12:28.504 --> 00:12:31.774
  • NONDESCRIPT LITTLEDUSTY VILLAGE BETHLEHEM
  • 00:12:31.807 --> 00:12:34.844
  • SIX MILES SOUTH OF HERE.
  • 00:12:34.877 --> 00:12:37.713
  • THAT'S WHERE HE ISSUPPOSED TO BE BORN.
  • 00:12:37.746 --> 00:12:40.516
  • SO WHEN HE TALKED TO THE MAGI,
  • 00:12:40.549 --> 00:12:42.351
  • HEROD SAID TO THEM, NOWYOU GO TO BETHLEHEM.
  • 00:12:42.384 --> 00:12:46.589
  • AND WHEN YOU FIND HIM, FINDALL THE INFORMATION OUT
  • 00:12:46.622 --> 00:12:50.426
  • YOU CAN ABOUT HIM AND COME BACK
  • 00:12:50.459 --> 00:12:52.628
  • AND REPORT TO ME SO THAT IMAY GO AND WORSHIP HIM TOO.
  • 00:12:52.661 --> 00:12:58.834
  • SURE.
  • 00:12:58.868 --> 00:13:01.003
  • HE HAD A MOTIVE FOR WANTINGTO FIND THE CHRIST CHILD,
  • 00:13:01.036 --> 00:13:04.573
  • BUT THE MAGI WEREN'TAWARE OF IT AT THAT TIME.
  • 00:13:04.607 --> 00:13:07.142
  • LATER ON, REMEMBER THEANGEL APPEARED TO THEM
  • 00:13:07.176 --> 00:13:09.311
  • JUST LIKE HE DID TO JOSEPH,
  • 00:13:09.345 --> 00:13:10.813
  • AND SAID, DON'T COME BACK TOJERUSALEM, GO ANOTHER WAY.
  • 00:13:10.846 --> 00:13:14.917
  • AND SO THEY HEADED TO BETHLEHEM.
  • 00:13:14.950 --> 00:13:16.485
  • LOOK AT VERSE NINE ANDHAVING HEARD THE KING,
  • 00:13:16.518 --> 00:13:18.921
  • THEY WENT THEIRWAY AND LO THE STAR
  • 00:13:18.954 --> 00:13:21.757
  • WHICH THEY HAD SEEN INTHE EAST WENT BEFORE THEM
  • 00:13:21.790 --> 00:13:24.593
  • UNTIL IT CAME AND STOOD OVERWHERE THE CHRIST CHILD WAS.
  • 00:13:24.627 --> 00:13:30.733
  • AND LOOK AT THEIRRESPONSE IN VERSE 10.
  • 00:13:30.766 --> 00:13:32.167
  • AND WHEN THEY SAW THE STAR,
  • 00:13:32.201 --> 00:13:35.170
  • THEY REJOICED EXCEEDINGLYWITH GREAT JOY.
  • 00:13:35.204 --> 00:13:41.377
  • MATTHEW WAS AT A LOSSFOR WORDS TO DESCRIBE
  • 00:13:41.410 --> 00:13:43.279
  • THE JOY THEY FELT WHEN THEYFOUND THE CHRIST CHILD.
  • 00:13:43.312 --> 00:13:46.815
  • AND SO HE, AS ONE WRITER SAYS,
  • 00:13:46.849 --> 00:13:48.484
  • JUST PILES SUPERLATIVEON TOP OF SUPERLATIVE.
  • 00:13:48.517 --> 00:13:51.887
  • THEY REJOICED, THEYREJOICED EXCEEDINGLY.
  • 00:13:51.921 --> 00:13:55.724
  • THEY REJOICEDEXCEEDINGLY WITH GREAT,
  • 00:13:55.758 --> 00:13:58.827
  • I HAVE TO USE THEWORD AGAIN, JOY.
  • 00:13:58.861 --> 00:14:00.296
  • THAT'S ALL MATTHEWCOULD THINK OF SAYING.
  • 00:14:00.329 --> 00:14:02.431
  • THAT'S HOW HAPPY THEY WERETO FIND THE CHRIST CHILD.
  • 00:14:02.464 --> 00:14:06.035
  • AND NOTICE THEY CAME TOTHE HOUSE WHERE THEY WERE.
  • 00:14:06.068 --> 00:14:09.238
  • THEY WERE NO LONGERIN THE STABLE,
  • 00:14:09.271 --> 00:14:10.673
  • TELLING US THAT SOMEMONTHS HAD PASSED,
  • 00:14:10.706 --> 00:14:12.775
  • PERHAPS A YEAR HAD PASSED
  • 00:14:12.808 --> 00:14:14.376
  • WHEN THEY CAME TOTHE PLACE CHRIST WAS
  • 00:14:14.410 --> 00:14:17.780
  • AND THEY BROUGHTGIFTS WITH THEM,
  • 00:14:17.813 --> 00:14:18.981
  • VERSE 11 TELLS US.
  • 00:14:19.014 --> 00:14:20.883
  • NO ONE WAG SAID, HADTHE THREE WISE MEN
  • 00:14:20.916 --> 00:14:25.120
  • BEEN WISE WOMEN INSTEAD THINK
  • 00:14:25.154 --> 00:14:27.823
  • OF HOW DIFFERENTTHIS STORY WOULD BE.
  • 00:14:27.856 --> 00:14:31.794
  • FIRST OF ALL IF THEREWERE WOMEN WHO HAD COME,
  • 00:14:31.827 --> 00:14:33.629
  • THEY WOULD HAVE ARRIVED ON TIME.
  • 00:14:33.662 --> 00:14:37.066
  • THEY WOULD HAVE STOPPEDAND ASKED FOR DIRECTIONS.
  • 00:14:37.099 --> 00:14:39.969
  • THEY WOULD HAVE HELPED WITHTHE DELIVERY OF THE BABY.
  • 00:14:40.002 --> 00:14:41.971
  • THEY WOULD HAVECLEANED THE HOUSE.
  • 00:14:42.004 --> 00:14:43.205
  • THEY WOULD HAVEBAKED A CASSEROLE
  • 00:14:43.238 --> 00:14:44.707
  • AND THEY WOULD HAVE BROUGHTPRACTICAL GIFTS FOR THE BABY.
  • 00:14:44.740 --> 00:14:48.811
  • WELL, THERE MAY BESOME TRUTH IN THAT
  • 00:14:48.844 --> 00:14:51.280
  • BUT THE MAGI BROUGHT GIFTS
  • 00:14:51.313 --> 00:14:52.915
  • AND THEY MAY HAVE BEEN MOREPRACTICAL THAN YOU THINK.
  • 00:14:52.948 --> 00:14:55.084
  • LOOK AT THEM IN VERSE 11.
  • 00:14:55.117 --> 00:14:57.186
  • THE LATE JAMES MONTGOMERYBOICE POINTS OUT
  • 00:14:57.219 --> 00:14:59.755
  • SOME INTERESTING ASPECTSABOUT THESE THREE GIFTS.
  • 00:14:59.788 --> 00:15:02.858
  • FIRST OF ALL, THEOFFERING OF GOLD.
  • 00:15:02.891 --> 00:15:05.995
  • THE GOLD WAS ANAPPROPRIATE GIFT.
  • 00:15:06.028 --> 00:15:08.297
  • IT WAS THE METAL OF THE KINGS.
  • 00:15:08.330 --> 00:15:09.932
  • AND THERE WAS PROBABLY APRACTICAL ASPECT TO THIS GIFT.
  • 00:15:09.965 --> 00:15:13.235
  • REMEMBER, GOD WAS ABOUT TOSEND MARY AND JOSEPH AND JESUS
  • 00:15:13.268 --> 00:15:17.206
  • TO EGYPT TO PROTECTTHEM FROM HEROD.
  • 00:15:17.239 --> 00:15:20.042
  • AND THIS GOLD VERYWELL COULD HAVE BEEN
  • 00:15:20.075 --> 00:15:22.511
  • THE MEANS OF THEIR LIVELIHOOD
  • 00:15:22.544 --> 00:15:24.246
  • FOR THE TIME THATTHEY WERE IN EGYPT.
  • 00:15:24.279 --> 00:15:26.849
  • SO GOD BROUGHT THEMGOLD THROUGH THE MAGI.
  • 00:15:26.882 --> 00:15:29.585
  • SECONDLY, THE OFFERING OFFRANKINCENSE OR INCENSE.
  • 00:15:29.618 --> 00:15:35.891
  • NOW, AGAIN, THISWAS UNDERSTANDABLE.
  • 00:15:35.924 --> 00:15:38.327
  • REMEMBER, INCENSE WASUSED IN THE WORSHIP
  • 00:15:38.360 --> 00:15:40.796
  • IN THE TABERNACLELATER IN THE TEMPLE.
  • 00:15:40.829 --> 00:15:43.032
  • IT WOULD BE MIXED WITHFLOUR AND WHEAT OFFERINGS,
  • 00:15:43.065 --> 00:15:46.301
  • NOT THE SIN OFFERING, BUT THEFLOUR AND THE WHEAT OFFERINGS,
  • 00:15:46.335 --> 00:15:49.438
  • PROVIDING A PLEASANT AROMA
  • 00:15:49.471 --> 00:15:51.440
  • THAT WOULD COME UPFROM THE SACRIFICE,
  • 00:15:51.473 --> 00:15:53.575
  • SIGNIFYING THAT GOD WAS PLEASED
  • 00:15:53.609 --> 00:15:56.678
  • WITH THE OFFERING OF HIS PEOPLE.
  • 00:15:56.712 --> 00:15:58.747
  • OF COURSE, JESUS CHRIST WASGOING TO BE THE ULTIMATE
  • 00:15:58.781 --> 00:16:01.517
  • OFFERING TO GOD FORTHE SINS OF THE WORLD.
  • 00:16:01.550 --> 00:16:04.553
  • BUT BY BRINGINGHIM INCENSE AROMA,
  • 00:16:04.586 --> 00:16:07.189
  • IT WAS AS IF THE MAGIWERE SAYING, YOU JESUS,
  • 00:16:07.222 --> 00:16:11.627
  • ARE GOING TO BE THE MOSTPLEASING OFFERING TO GOD EVER.
  • 00:16:11.660 --> 00:16:15.230
  • YOUR ENTIRE LIFEIS PLEASING TO GOD
  • 00:16:15.264 --> 00:16:18.200
  • BECAUSE IT'S LEDWITH PERFECTION.
  • 00:16:18.233 --> 00:16:20.369
  • THAT WAS AN APPROPRIATEGIFT FOR THE MESSIAH,
  • 00:16:20.402 --> 00:16:23.705
  • GOLD FRANKINCENSE, BUTTHIS FINAL GIFT, MYRRH.
  • 00:16:23.739 --> 00:16:30.279
  • THEY BROUGHT MYRRH.
  • 00:16:30.312 --> 00:16:32.147
  • THAT WAS A STRANGEGIFT TO BRING TO A BABY
  • 00:16:32.181 --> 00:16:36.251
  • BECAUSE IN JESUS' DAY,THE PRIMARY USE OF MYRRH
  • 00:16:36.285 --> 00:16:40.722
  • WAS AS A PRESERVATIVEFOR A DEAD BODY.
  • 00:16:40.756 --> 00:16:47.162
  • THE WAY YOU WOULD PRESERVEA CORPSE WAS WITH MYRRH.
  • 00:16:47.196 --> 00:16:48.530
  • REMEMBER, IN JOHN'SGOSPEL NICODEMUS,
  • 00:16:48.564 --> 00:16:51.767
  • HE WAS THE JEWISH LEADERWHO CAME TO JESUS BY NIGHT
  • 00:16:51.800 --> 00:16:54.336
  • IN JOHN THREE AND ASKEDABOUT BEING BORN AGAIN.
  • 00:16:54.369 --> 00:16:56.638
  • HE BECAME A CONVERT.
  • 00:16:56.672 --> 00:16:57.840
  • AND REMEMBER WHEN JESUS DIED,
  • 00:16:57.873 --> 00:16:59.308
  • IT WAS A NICODEMUS WHOWENT TO JESUS' TOMB
  • 00:16:59.341 --> 00:17:02.244
  • AND HE PACKED JESUS' BODY,
  • 00:17:02.277 --> 00:17:04.980
  • WRAPPED IT IN 100 POUNDSOF MYRRH AND OTHER ALOES
  • 00:17:05.013 --> 00:17:09.885
  • IN ORDER TO PRESERVEJESUS' BODY.
  • 00:17:09.918 --> 00:17:13.021
  • HE THOUGHT HE WAS GOING TO HAVE
  • 00:17:13.055 --> 00:17:14.156
  • TO HAVE IT PRESERVEDFOR DECADES.
  • 00:17:14.189 --> 00:17:15.624
  • HE DIDN'T REALIZE IT WAS ONLYGOING TO BE FOR A FEW HOURS.
  • 00:17:15.657 --> 00:17:18.227
  • BUT MYRRH WAS USEDAS A PRESERVATIVE,
  • 00:17:18.260 --> 00:17:22.197
  • ALMOST LIKE YOU WOULD USETO EMBALM A BODY TODAY.
  • 00:17:22.231 --> 00:17:25.767
  • NOW CAN YOU IMAGINE HOWSTRANGE THAT WOULD BE
  • 00:17:25.801 --> 00:17:28.370
  • FOR MARY AND JOSEPHTO OPEN THE BABY GIFTS
  • 00:17:28.403 --> 00:17:31.707
  • AND THERE IS A VIAL OF MYRRH?
  • 00:17:31.740 --> 00:17:34.710
  • IT WOULD BE LIKE YOU GOINGTO A BABY SHOWER TODAY
  • 00:17:34.743 --> 00:17:38.780
  • AND BRINGING WITH YOUAS A GIFT FOR THE BABY
  • 00:17:38.814 --> 00:17:41.917
  • A MINIATURE CASKET.
  • 00:17:41.950 --> 00:17:45.254
  • IMAGINE WHAT REACTIONYOU WOULD GET
  • 00:17:45.287 --> 00:17:46.722
  • FROM THE PARENTSWHEN YOU DID THAT.
  • 00:17:46.755 --> 00:17:50.025
  • BUT THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT THEYDID BECAUSE THEY WERE SAYING
  • 00:17:50.058 --> 00:17:51.994
  • HERE IS A BABY THATWAS BORN TO DIE.
  • 00:17:52.027 --> 00:17:55.931
  • THAT WAS HIS PURPOSE IN COMING.
  • 00:17:55.964 --> 00:17:58.500
  • THROUGH THE GIFTSTHE MAGI BROUGHT,
  • 00:17:58.534 --> 00:18:01.303
  • THEY WERE SHOWINGTHE DEITY OF JESUS,
  • 00:18:01.336 --> 00:18:05.073
  • THE ACCEPTABLENESS OFJESUS TO GOD THE FATHER
  • 00:18:05.107 --> 00:18:08.443
  • AND THE SUFFICIENCY OFCHRIST'S DEATH FOR OUR SINS.
  • 00:18:08.477 --> 00:18:14.583
  • WHAT APPLICATION CAN WEDERIVE FROM THIS STORY FOR US?
  • 00:18:14.616 --> 00:18:17.619
  • WHAT DOES THIS MEAN TOUS 2000 YEARS LATER?
  • 00:18:17.653 --> 00:18:21.356
  • AGAIN, LET ME GO BACKTO THE LATE DR. BOICE
  • 00:18:21.390 --> 00:18:24.159
  • AND POINT OUT AND EXPANDUPON TWO PRINCIPLES
  • 00:18:24.193 --> 00:18:26.929
  • I FIND FROM THIS STORYABOUT THE WISE MEN.
  • 00:18:26.962 --> 00:18:30.432
  • FIRST OF ALL, THE WISEMEN WERE WISE ENOUGH
  • 00:18:30.465 --> 00:18:35.070
  • TO SEARCH FOR A KING.
  • 00:18:35.103 --> 00:18:38.307
  • THEY WERE WISE ENOUGHTO SEARCH FOR A KING.
  • 00:18:38.340 --> 00:18:41.109
  • REMEMBER, I ASKEDA QUESTION EARLIER,
  • 00:18:41.143 --> 00:18:43.078
  • HOW DID THE WISEMEN, THESE MAGI,
  • 00:18:43.111 --> 00:18:44.846
  • EVEN KNOW ABOUTTHE GOD OF ISRAEL
  • 00:18:44.880 --> 00:18:48.083
  • AND HAVING A SON WHOWOULD COME AND DIE FOR,
  • 00:18:48.116 --> 00:18:50.285
  • HOW DID THEY EVERGET THAT KNOWLEDGE
  • 00:18:50.319 --> 00:18:51.920
  • IF THEY WERE INBABYLON OR IN PERSIA?
  • 00:18:51.954 --> 00:18:54.723
  • HOW DID THEY GET THAT KNOWLEDGE?
  • 00:18:54.756 --> 00:18:56.325
  • THINK ABOUT BABYLONTHAT WAS LATER
  • 00:18:56.358 --> 00:18:58.293
  • TAKEN OVER BY THEMEDO PERSIAN EMPIRE.
  • 00:18:58.327 --> 00:19:00.762
  • THINK ABOUT BABYLON, WHO WASIN BABYLON, DO YOU REMEMBER?
  • 00:19:00.796 --> 00:19:05.934
  • REMEMBER, IT WAS NOTONLY THE BABYLONIANS
  • 00:19:05.968 --> 00:19:09.071
  • BUT THE KING NEBUCHADNEZZARINVADED ISRAEL.
  • 00:19:09.104 --> 00:19:12.674
  • AND HE TOOK DANIEL CAPTIVEAND SOME FRIENDS OF DANIEL
  • 00:19:12.708 --> 00:19:16.545
  • AND LATER ALL OF THE RESIDENTSOF JUDAH FOR 70 YEARS.
  • 00:19:16.578 --> 00:19:21.049
  • REMEMBER THE STORY INDANIEL CHAPTER TWO?
  • 00:19:21.083 --> 00:19:23.552
  • NEBUCHADNEZZAR HADA TROUBLING DREAM
  • 00:19:23.585 --> 00:19:26.388
  • AND HE WANTED WHOTO INTERPRET IT?
  • 00:19:26.421 --> 00:19:29.258
  • THE MAGI, THE WISE MEN.
  • 00:19:29.291 --> 00:19:32.094
  • AND HE SAID, BY THE WAY,YOU BETTER GET THIS RIGHT,
  • 00:19:32.127 --> 00:19:34.029
  • BECAUSE IF YOU DON'T,
  • 00:19:34.062 --> 00:19:35.264
  • I'M GOING TO HAVE YOUTORN LIMB FROM LIMB.
  • 00:19:35.297 --> 00:19:38.166
  • AND SO THEY GAVE ITSOME EXTRA ATTENTION.
  • 00:19:38.200 --> 00:19:39.835
  • THEY COULDN'T COME UP WITHTHE RIGHT INTERPRETATION.
  • 00:19:39.868 --> 00:19:42.304
  • REMEMBER, IT WASDANIEL WHO CAME UP
  • 00:19:42.337 --> 00:19:44.706
  • WITH THE RIGHT INTERPRETATION.
  • 00:19:44.740 --> 00:19:46.708
  • AND IT'S SO PLEASED THE KING
  • 00:19:46.742 --> 00:19:48.510
  • THAT DANIELSPECIFICALLY ASKED HIM
  • 00:19:48.543 --> 00:19:51.179
  • TO SPARE THE LIVES OFTHE MAGI, THE WISE MEN.
  • 00:19:51.213 --> 00:19:56.118
  • DANIEL IMMEDIATELY BECAMEA HERO TO THE MAGI.
  • 00:19:56.151 --> 00:19:59.721
  • AND I BELIEVE KNOWING DANIEL,
  • 00:19:59.755 --> 00:20:01.990
  • HE USED THAT PLACE OF INFLUENCE
  • 00:20:02.024 --> 00:20:04.026
  • TO SHARE WITH THEMTHE TRUTH OF SCRIPTURE
  • 00:20:04.059 --> 00:20:06.962
  • ABOUT THE GOD OF ISRAEL
  • 00:20:06.995 --> 00:20:08.897
  • AND ABOUT HIS PROMISE OF A SON,
  • 00:20:08.930 --> 00:20:10.532
  • NOT JUST TO SAVE ISRAEL
  • 00:20:10.565 --> 00:20:11.867
  • BUT TO SAVE ALL WHOWOULD BELIEVE IN HIM.
  • 00:20:11.900 --> 00:20:15.037
  • DANIEL WAS A HERO ANDSO WAS HIS TEACHING,
  • 00:20:15.070 --> 00:20:17.406
  • AND IT WAS PASSED ON FROMGENERATION TO GENERATION
  • 00:20:17.439 --> 00:20:20.475
  • UNTIL THAT PRESENT DAY OF MAGI.
  • 00:20:20.509 --> 00:20:22.344
  • THEY KNEW THERE WASA CHRIST COMING.
  • 00:20:22.377 --> 00:20:25.380
  • AND WHEN THEY SAW THESIGN, WHAT DID THEY DO?
  • 00:20:25.414 --> 00:20:29.685
  • THEY SAID, THIS IS IT.
  • 00:20:29.718 --> 00:20:30.786
  • WE'VE GOT TO GO SEARCH FOR HIM.
  • 00:20:30.819 --> 00:20:32.454
  • WE MUST FIND HIM IF HE'S HERE.
  • 00:20:32.487 --> 00:20:34.156
  • THAT'S THE ONLYLOGICAL THING TO DO.
  • 00:20:34.189 --> 00:20:36.692
  • IF THERE IS ASAVIOR OF THE WORLD
  • 00:20:36.725 --> 00:20:39.194
  • WHO'S GOING TO TAKE AWAY MY SINAND ENSURE ETERNAL LIFE FOR ME,
  • 00:20:39.227 --> 00:20:42.631
  • THE ONLY WISE THING TODO IS TO DO EVERYTHING
  • 00:20:42.664 --> 00:20:45.200
  • I CAN DO TO FIND HIM.
  • 00:20:45.233 --> 00:20:46.601
  • AND SO THEY LAIDASIDE THEIR RELIGION,
  • 00:20:46.635 --> 00:20:49.671
  • THEIR TRADITION, THEIR HERITAGE,
  • 00:20:49.705 --> 00:20:51.873
  • TO GO SEARCH FOR THE KING.
  • 00:20:51.907 --> 00:20:53.375
  • THAT'S WHAT WISE PEOPLE DO.
  • 00:20:53.408 --> 00:20:56.244
  • AND THAT'S TRUE TODAY AS WELL.
  • 00:20:56.278 --> 00:20:58.613
  • IF YOU ARE SEARCHING TODAYFOR MEANING IN YOUR LIFE,
  • 00:20:58.647 --> 00:21:02.617
  • IF YOU ARE SEARCHINGFOR THE ANSWER
  • 00:21:02.651 --> 00:21:05.153
  • TO LIFE, DEATH, AND ETERNITY,
  • 00:21:05.187 --> 00:21:07.556
  • THAT SEARCH WILLALWAYS BRING YOU
  • 00:21:07.589 --> 00:21:10.125
  • TO THE FEET OF JESUS CHRIST.
  • 00:21:10.158 --> 00:21:12.961
  • THE WISE MEN WERE WISEENOUGH TO SEARCH FOR HIM.
  • 00:21:12.994 --> 00:21:16.932
  • AND SECONDLY, THEY WERE WISEENOUGH TO WORSHIP THE KING.
  • 00:21:16.965 --> 00:21:22.304
  • THEY NOT ONLYSEARCHED FOR THE KING,
  • 00:21:22.337 --> 00:21:24.239
  • THEY WERE WISE ENOUGHTO WORSHIP THE KING.
  • 00:21:24.272 --> 00:21:26.775
  • THE BIBLE SAYS THAT WHENTHEY ARRIVED AT THE HOME
  • 00:21:26.808 --> 00:21:30.345
  • AND SAW THE BABY JESUS,
  • 00:21:30.379 --> 00:21:33.248
  • THEY DIDN'T STUDY HIM, THEYDIDN'T DEBATE ABOUT HIM.
  • 00:21:33.281 --> 00:21:38.086
  • THEY DIDN'T SAY WELL, WE'LL WAIT
  • 00:21:38.120 --> 00:21:40.389
  • AND HOLD OUR VERDICTTO ANOTHER DAY.
  • 00:21:40.422 --> 00:21:43.825
  • NO, IMMEDIATELY THEYFELL DOWN ON THEIR FACE
  • 00:21:43.859 --> 00:21:47.028
  • AND THEY WORSHIPED HIM.
  • 00:21:47.062 --> 00:21:50.332
  • WHEN YOU COME TOBELIEVE IN YOUR LIFE
  • 00:21:50.365 --> 00:21:52.367
  • THAT JESUS IS REALLYWHO HE SAID HE IS,
  • 00:21:52.401 --> 00:21:55.704
  • HE'S NOT JUST AGOOD MORAL TEACHER.
  • 00:21:55.737 --> 00:21:58.740
  • HE'S NOT JUST ARELIGIOUS LEADER.
  • 00:21:58.774 --> 00:22:00.909
  • HE IS THE SON OF GOD WHOCAME AND DIED AND ROSE AGAIN
  • 00:22:00.942 --> 00:22:05.013
  • THAT YOU CAN HAVE ETERNAL LIFE,
  • 00:22:05.046 --> 00:22:06.782
  • HE ONLY LOGICAL RESPONSEIS TO ACCEPT HIS GIFT
  • 00:22:06.815 --> 00:22:11.019
  • OF SALVATION AND TODEDICATE YOUR LIFE
  • 00:22:11.052 --> 00:22:14.890
  • TO FOLLOWING HIM,WHATEVER THE COSTS.
  • 00:22:14.923 --> 00:22:19.628
  • WHAT WAS TRUE 2000 YEARSAGO IS STILL TRUE TODAY.
  • 00:22:19.661 --> 00:22:26.301
  • WISE MEN STILL SEEK HIM.
  • 00:22:26.334 --> 00:22:29.971
  • AND WHEN THEY FINDHIM, THEY WORSHIP HIM
  • 00:22:30.005 --> 00:22:34.309
  • WITH ALL OF THEIR HEARTS.
  • 00:22:34.342 --> 00:22:37.045
  • ♪ MUSIC
  • 00:22:37.078 --> 00:22:42.717
  • I DON'T BELIEVE IT'S AN ACCIDENT
  • 00:22:42.751 --> 00:22:44.419
  • YOU'RE WATCHING THISBROADCAST RIGHT NOW.
  • 00:22:44.453 --> 00:22:47.389
  • GOD IS SPEAKING TOYOU AND OFFERING
  • 00:22:47.422 --> 00:22:49.424
  • HIS GIFT OF HOPE AND TRUTH.
  • 00:22:49.458 --> 00:22:52.060
  • PLEASE DON'T ALLOW THISOPPORTUNITY TO SLIP BY
  • 00:22:52.093 --> 00:22:55.330
  • WITHOUT RECEIVING THEGREATEST GIFT OF ALL,
  • 00:22:55.363 --> 00:22:58.099
  • THE FREE GIFT OF SALVATIONTHROUGH FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST.
  • 00:22:58.133 --> 00:23:02.471
  • NOW, BEFORE WE WRAP UP THE WEEK,
  • 00:23:02.504 --> 00:23:04.306
  • LET ME SHARE ANENCOURAGING LETTER
  • 00:23:04.339 --> 00:23:05.974
  • I RECEIVED FROM A MAN WHOHEARS OUR PROGRAM IN CHICAGO.
  • 00:23:06.007 --> 00:23:10.045
  • TED WROTE,
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  • FRIENDS, WHEN YOU GIVETO PATHWAY TO VICTORY
  • 00:23:30.999 --> 00:23:33.435
  • GOD IS USING YOUR GENEROSITYTO TOUCH LIVES LIKE TED'S.
  • 00:23:33.468 --> 00:23:37.906
  • AND TODAY, BECAUSE OF THEACTIVE MATCHING CHALLENGE
  • 00:23:37.939 --> 00:23:40.709
  • YOUR INVESTMENT INPATHWAY TO VICTORY
  • 00:23:40.742 --> 00:23:43.078
  • IS AUTOMATICALLY MATCHEDAND DOUBLED IN SIZE,
  • 00:23:43.111 --> 00:23:46.715
  • WHATEVER AMOUNTYOU CHOOSE TO SEND.
  • 00:23:46.748 --> 00:23:49.184
  • THANK YOU FOR RESPONDINGTO THIS UNPRECEDENTED
  • 00:23:49.217 --> 00:23:52.220
  • MATCHING CHALLENGE TODAY.
  • 00:23:52.254 --> 00:23:54.756
  • NOW PLEASE STAY RIGHT THERE.
  • 00:23:54.789 --> 00:23:56.291
  • I'LL BE BACK WITH MORE PATHWAYTO VICTORY IN JUST A MOMENT
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  • [ANNOUNCER] FROMONE DAY TO THE NEXT,
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  • LIFE IS ALWAYS CHANGING
  • 00:24:03.465 --> 00:24:05.333
  • BUT NO MATTER WHAT LIFE BRINGSOR WHAT YOUR DAY LOOKS LIKE,
  • 00:24:05.367 --> 00:24:08.904
  • YOU CAN STAY ROOTEDIN GOD'S WORD
  • 00:24:08.937 --> 00:24:10.972
  • THROUGHOUT THE COMING YEAR
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  • WITH THE BRAND NEW 2021 PATHWAYTO VICTORY DAILY DEVOTIONAL.
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  • FILLED WITH PRACTICALINSIGHTS FOR YOUR DAILY LIFE,
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  • THIS BEAUTIFULLEATHER-BOUND DEVOTIONAL
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  • CONTAINS 262 DEVOTIONS
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  • BASED ON THE TEACHINGOF DR. ROBERT JEFFERS.
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  • MORE THAN 500 PAGES INLENGTH THE BRAND NEW
  • 00:24:29.124 --> 00:24:32.894
  • 2021 DAILY DEVOTIONAL ISTHE PERFECT COMPANION
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  • FOR YOUR MORNING OR EVENINGBIBLE STUDY OR PRAYER TIME.
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  • EACH WEEK OF DEVOTIONAL CONTENT
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  • IS THOUGHTFULLY ORGANIZEDTO 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
  • 00:24:51.146 --> 00:24:54.182
  • AS YOU SEEK TO SERVEGOD AND HIS KINGDOM.
  • 00:24:54.215 --> 00:24:57.152
  • AS SPRING TURNS TO SUMMER,
  • 00:24:57.185 --> 00:24:58.887
  • LEARN HOW TO LET GOD SHAPEYOUR ATTITUDES AND CHOICES.
  • 00:24:58.920 --> 00:25:02.324
  • AND AS YOU MOVE INTO THE FALLAND BACK TO SCHOOL MONTHS,
  • 00:25:02.357 --> 00:25:05.460
  • GAIN A DEEPER UNDERSTANDING
  • 00:25:05.493 --> 00:25:07.095
  • OF WHY JESUS IS THE ONLYTRUE PATH TO SALVATION.
  • 00:25:07.128 --> 00:25:11.066
  • THIS BEAUTIFUL LEATHERBOUND BOOK IS YOURS
  • 00:25:11.099 --> 00:25:13.501
  • WHEN YOU GIVE A GENEROUSGIFT TO PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
  • 00:25:13.535 --> 00:25:16.571
  • LIFE MOVES FAST, ANDSOMETIMES IT'S HARD TO KEEP UP
  • 00:25:16.605 --> 00:25:20.141
  • BUT NO MATTER THESEASON OF THE YEAR
  • 00:25:20.175 --> 00:25:22.377
  • OR THE SEASON OF YOURLIFE, THE BRAND NEW 2021
  • 00:25:22.410 --> 00:25:25.847
  • PATHWAY TO VICTORYDAILY DEVOTIONAL
  • 00:25:25.880 --> 00:25:28.750
  • WILL HELP SEE YOU THROUGH IT.
  • 00:25:28.783 --> 00:25:32.821
  • GOD SAID IN JEREMIAH 29:13,
  • 00:25:32.854 --> 00:25:36.358
  • YOU WILL SEEK ME AND FIND ME
  • 00:25:36.391 --> 00:25:38.660
  • WHEN YOU SEARCH FOR MEWITH ALL OF YOUR HEART.
  • 00:25:38.693 --> 00:25:42.030
  • AND TO ANYONE WHO ISSEARCHING SINCERELY
  • 00:25:42.063 --> 00:25:44.432
  • FOR THE TRUTH WILL ALWAYS END UP
  • 00:25:44.466 --> 00:25:47.502
  • AT THE FEET OF JESUS CHRIST.
  • 00:25:47.535 --> 00:25:50.071
  • WELL, AFTER JESUSDIED, ROSE AGAIN
  • 00:25:50.105 --> 00:25:52.474
  • AND LATER ASCENDED INTO HEAVEN,
  • 00:25:52.507 --> 00:25:54.509
  • GOD SENT THE HOLY SPIRITTO DWELL IN HIS DISCIPLES.
  • 00:25:54.542 --> 00:25:58.313
  • AND ON THAT DAY OF PENTECOST,
  • 00:25:58.346 --> 00:26:00.348
  • THE APOSTLE PETERDELIVERED A FAMOUS SERMON
  • 00:26:00.382 --> 00:26:03.318
  • ON THE SOUTHERNSTEPS OF JERUSALEM
  • 00:26:03.351 --> 00:26:05.587
  • THAT STILL ECHOESIN THE WORLD TODAY.
  • 00:26:05.620 --> 00:26:08.790
  • STAY TUNED FOR A PREVIEWOF THE NEXT MESSAGE
  • 00:26:08.823 --> 00:26:11.359
  • HERE ON PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
  • 00:26:11.393 --> 00:26:15.664
  • [ANNOUNCER] TODAY, WHENYOU GIVE A GENEROUS GIFT
  • 00:26:15.697 --> 00:26:17.532
  • TO SUPPORT THE MINISTRYOF PATHWAY TO VICTORY,
  • 00:26:17.565 --> 00:26:20.035
  • WE'LL SAY, THANKS BY SENDING YOU
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  • THE BRAND NEW 2021 PATHWAYTO VICTORY DAILY DEVOTIONAL,
  • 00:26:21.703 --> 00:26:25.740
  • PLUS JESUS THE FULFILLMENTOF GOD'S PROPHECIES
  • 00:26:25.774 --> 00:26:28.843
  • IS OUR GIFT TO YOU SIMPLYFOR CONTACTING US TODAY
  • 00:26:28.877 --> 00:26:31.613
  • AT PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
  • 00:26:31.646 --> 00:26:33.281
  • AND WHEN YOUR GIFTIS $100 OR MORE,
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  • INCOMPARABLE CHRIST TEACHINGSERIES ON CD AND DVD.
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  • REMEMBER, YOURMINISTRY GIFT RIGHT NOW
  • 00:26:41.856 --> 00:26:43.758
  • WILL BE DOUBLED IN IMPACT,
  • 00:26:43.792 --> 00:26:45.093
  • THANKS TO OUR ACTIVEMATCHING CHALLENGE.
  • 00:26:45.126 --> 00:26:47.228
  • SO BE SURE TO CALL,WRITE, OR GO ONLINE TODAY.
  • 00:26:47.262 --> 00:26:50.432
  • NOW COMING UP NEXT TIMEON PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
  • 00:26:50.465 --> 00:26:53.768
  • WHAT ARE YOU TRUSTING IN?
  • 00:26:53.802 --> 00:26:56.137
  • WHERE IS YOUR FAITH?
  • 00:26:56.171 --> 00:26:57.338
  • WHAT IS THE OBJECTOF YOUR FAITH?
  • 00:26:57.372 --> 00:26:58.907
  • TO SURVIVE DEATHAND GOD'S JUDGMENT.
  • 00:26:58.940 --> 00:27:02.343
  • AND THE PASSAGE WE'REGOING TO LOOK AT TODAY,
  • 00:27:02.377 --> 00:27:04.212
  • THE APOSTLE PETER TELLS USTHAT THE LIFE, THE DEATH
  • 00:27:04.245 --> 00:27:10.085
  • THE RESURRECTION OF JESUS CHRIST
  • 00:27:10.118 --> 00:27:11.553
  • MAKE JESUS ALONE THEOBJECT WORTHY OF OUR FAITH
  • 00:27:11.586 --> 00:27:16.091
  • FOR LIFE AND FOR ETERNITY.
  • 00:27:16.124 --> 00:27:19.661
  • [ANNOUNCER] SET YOUR DVRAND JOIN US NEXT TIME
  • 00:27:19.694 --> 00:27:21.362
  • FOR THE MESSAGE"THIS MAN JESUS,"
  • 00:27:21.396 --> 00:27:23.665
  • HERE ON PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
  • 00:27:23.698 --> 00:27:25.633
  • ♪ MUSIC
  • 00:27:25.667 --> 00:27:28.970