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January 31, 2021
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  • female announcer: This programis paid for by the friends
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  • and partners of EdYoung Television.
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  • Welcome to theinternational broadcast ministry
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  • of Ed Young.
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  • Here at Ed Young Television,
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  • our mission is to makethe complex simple
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  • as he speaks truth to people inways they can understand
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  • and apply in their every daylives.
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  • And now, here's pastor, author,and speaker
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  • Ed Young.
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  • Ed Young: Thank you somuch for watching today.
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  • [congregation applauding]
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  • Ed: I want to talk to youabout a really cool fishing trip
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  • that I had the pleasure of beinga part of about a year ago.
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  • As many of you know, I loveto fish.
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  • Fishing is a biblical sport.
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  • That's why we're calling thisseries, "Hooked."
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  • Jesus said, "Followers fish."
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  • Basically, if you're a followerof Christ, you should fish--
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  • fish for men.
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  • Well, this fishing trip wasso unusual, that I went on, I
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  • wrote it down in my journaland so I'm gonna try to give it
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  • back to you exactly the way ithappened.
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  • I was in Marathon, Florida,in the Florida Keys.
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  • Marathon is a small town,nestled in that beautiful area.
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  • I was fishing with a friendof mine named Scott.
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  • Scott and I have fished togetherfor many years.
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  • He is one of the best guidesI've ever seen in my life.
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  • He's a wonderful guy.
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  • He has a great family.
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  • And the first time I steppedon his boat before this trip, I
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  • could tell that he was nota Christian.
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  • He sort of had the pushbackgoing on because when people
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  • find out that I'm a pastor theywatch every word and they think
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  • about what they're saying,and they're a little bit, "Whoa!
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  • What's this guy going to do, youknow, on my boat, fishing?"
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  • Well, we fished for a long timetogether on this 16-foot boat
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  • and had some cool timesand the more I fished with him,
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  • the more I just prayed, "God,you know you've put us in this
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  • boat together for all thesehours.
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  • Obviously, he's not a follower,and just help me to know what
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  • to say, what not to say.
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  • Help me to not only fishfor fish, but also fish
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  • for men."
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  • And the cool thing about beinga Christian is, God says we're
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  • to be fishers of men.
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  • God's word says that.
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  • Become fishers of men, notcatchers.
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  • God does the catching, we dothe fishing.
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  • I've thought about fishing a lotand how it relates to the real
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  • fishing that God talksabout in his word.
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  • There are three aspectsof fishing, and I was involved
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  • in these three aspects on thatmonumental fishing trip I took
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  • with Scott about a year ago.
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  • There's the presentation.
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  • Whenever you're fishing, you'representing the bait.
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  • You're presenting the lure.
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  • You're presenting the flyto the fish.
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  • Presentation.
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  • Then you got the attraction.
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  • You got to manipulate the fly,the lure, the bait to attract
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  • the fish.
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  • The fish would go, "Whoa!
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  • [Bubbling Sounds]" You gotto get the fish going.
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  • Then you've got the reaction.
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  • What kind of reaction isthe fish having to the bait?
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  • Three aspects of fishing.
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  • So I found myself, this dayin the Florida keys, fishing.
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  • The presentation,the attraction, and hopefully,
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  • getting a reaction.
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  • Then I found myself fishingfor men, because as Scott and I
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  • began to talk, some reallyamazing things happened.
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  • We were fishing in an area thathad a lot of bridges and you can
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  • see the photo of exactly wherewe were fishing.
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  • We were fishing between thosetwo bridges.
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  • Scott has sort of grownup in the Florida Keys and one
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  • of those bridges was the famousbridge that Flagler built.
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  • It was his dream to builda bridge from Florida, all
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  • the way to Cuba.
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  • Several problems occurred.
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  • Number one, he ran out of money.
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  • And number two, the greathurricane hit, 1935, killed
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  • hundreds of people.
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  • So the bridge now wasin shambles.
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  • So, it was very interestingto hear about the history
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  • of the bridge and then, westopped at a little marina.
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  • And this marina is called, "TheOld Wooden Bridge" and I thought
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  • to myself, "I don't see anybridge around here."
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  • And Scott said, "Oh, the oldwooden bridge burned."
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  • Wow!
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  • That's kind of morbid.
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  • And he told me about the historyof the old wooden bridge.
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  • So, I was thinkin'about bridges, and we were
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  • talking, and I just really felta prompting in my spirit-- I
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  • felt the Holy Spirit of Godspeaking to me, not
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  • in an audible voice.
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  • Not, "Ed, now's the time to talkto Scott."
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  • I've never heard God's audiblevoice.
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  • Yet, when the Holy Spirit of Godspeaks to you I think, many
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  • times it's more powerful thatan audible voice.
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  • I knew I was supposed to talkto Scott, to sort of drill
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  • down into his life because, Italk to him about the things
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  • of God before.
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  • You know, when it came up.
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  • He would ask me questionsor whatever.
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  • And a real interesting thinghappened.
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  • He has two beautiful girls and Itold him about Allaso Ranch
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  • and so we arranged to send hisoldest to Allaso Ranch, and she
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  • accepted Christ at Allaso Ranch.
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  • So with Scott, now we'retalking.
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  • He was like, "Man, you know mydaughter came home and she said
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  • she accepted Christ," like hedidn't really know what that
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  • meant.
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  • And so I thought, "Oh, that'scool."
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  • And he talked about how she wasgetting involved in a student
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  • group there in little Marathon,Florida, so, "Ah man, thats
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  • cool...
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  • Man that's cool..."
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  • And I don't know why I had thissense, but I thought, Here I've
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  • spent all this time with Scott.
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  • Hour upon hour in this little16-foot Dolphin Skiff.
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  • I mean, this skiff isso light-weight, if you don't
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  • stay in the center of the skiff,you can fall in; and I've fallen
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  • in numerous times.
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  • So, we're in this skiff and youknow, we're talking and we're
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  • goin' on and on, and I justthought, "Man, what if Scott
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  • died?"
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  • That sounds kind of morbid,but I "thought, What if he died
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  • in some boating accident?
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  • Car wreck?
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  • What if he had a heart attack?
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  • How would I feel?"
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  • Because I've spent long hourswith him yet I've never really
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  • ask him the question,the question, I've never really
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  • gotten into what it means in hislife to become a follower
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  • of Christ.
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  • And then I thought.
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  • "What if I died?"
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  • I might be the only cog,the only link into his life
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  • because, quite frankly, I don'tknow, especially then, of any
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  • other Christian who knew himwell enough to even talk
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  • about those things.
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  • And you know, I want to ask youthat same question.
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  • I'm talking to believers.
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  • Who's the Scott in your life?
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  • Who's that person that you'vespent so much time with?
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  • Who is that person who has yourear?
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  • Who's that person that you'rewith?
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  • I mean, it's not by accidentthat you know them.
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  • Who is your Scott?
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  • Because, so often we're the onlyJesus that people will ever see,
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  • and one day, God's gonna ask us,"Did you fish?"
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  • Did you fish?
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  • Did you present the gospel?
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  • Could people see Jesus in yourlife?
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  • The attraction?
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  • Did you bring them to a pointof decision?
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  • Reacting one way or another,those are-- Wow!
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  • Those are some heavy questions.
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  • Aren't they?
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  • And with Scott, I just prayfor him regularly.
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  • I can show you my prayerjournal.
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  • Dozens and dozens, and dozens,and dozens of times I prayed
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  • for Scott.
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  • "God, open up doors.
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  • I want to walk through them.
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  • Give me the words to sayto him."
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  • And on this day, I knew it.
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  • We were talking about bridgesand it's so interesting when you
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  • walk with God, how God willpoint out things that are common
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  • and then, boom!
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  • You can use them to tell someoneabout Jesus.
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  • And I was speaking words and itwas almost like an out of body
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  • experience; because I'm not thatsmart to come up with this
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  • stuff.
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  • And so I said, "Scott, Herewe're talking about bridges.
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  • Do you know what separatesChristianity from all the other
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  • religions of the world?"
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  • He goes, "No, not really."
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  • I said, "The bridge."
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  • I said, "God build the bridge.
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  • He constructed the bridgefrom his side to man's side.
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  • The bridge, Scott, is Jesus.
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  • He lived righteously, diedsacrificially, rose bodily.
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  • So, God has built the bridgefrom himself to us."
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  • In fact, I said, "Rightbefore Jesus died, here's what
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  • he said.
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  • 'It is finished.
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  • The work has been done.
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  • The bridge has been built.It's done.'"
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  • He was like, "I'venever thought about that."
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  • That's the thing about the otherworld religions.
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  • Or think about all the othermanmade systems.
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  • We try to build bridges to God,being philosophical, or being
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  • nice, or helping charities,or being moral.
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  • They all fall short.
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  • I said, "Scott, it's notan accident that we're together.
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  • I mean, I'm a pastor and I'vespent all of this time fishing
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  • with you."
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  • So as God began to leadand Scott began to describe
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  • the change in his daughter'slife, I decided to go deeper
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  • into the conversation.
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  • I'd earned the right to do so.
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  • I said, "Scott, I'm going to askyou a question, man.
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  • Just between me and you.
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  • Have you walked the bridge?
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  • God built the bridge.
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  • The bridge is Jesus.
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  • Have you walked the bridge?"
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  • And, he dropped his head and, hewas like, "No, no, no, no."
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  • He goes, "Man, I don't, I don'tknow.
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  • I've got I've don't know if Ihave enough faith.
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  • I've got some doubts."
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  • I said, "Join the club.
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  • I have doubts too."
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  • I "said, If you don't have anydoubt, that means you don't have
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  • faith.
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  • If you have doubt, you havefaith.
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  • No doubt means you've gotcertainty, and with certainty
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  • there's no faith."
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  • The just shall live by faith.
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  • We're saved by gracethrough faith.
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  • Oh, yeah.You've got faith.
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  • And we were under this bridge,seven mile bridge, the bridge
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  • to the left, it was Africa-hotthat day.
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  • It was so hot, my kneecaps weresweating.
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  • I said, "Scott, how many timesthat we driven on seven mile
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  • in your truck pulling your boat,and we're going like 60 miles
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  • an hour on this two lane road,semis are coming the opposite
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  • way, some idiots are going 80,we're about 10-feet apart.
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  • That's faith!"
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  • I said, "We got faith now!
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  • That were gonna catch some fish!
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  • I've got doubts, becausethe tides are all messed up--
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  • but, I've got faith!"
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  • I said, "Yeah, you've got faith.
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  • I have faith."
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  • He goes, "Yeah, but I havequestions about suffering.
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  • My mom..."
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  • And he had a very tumultuouschildhood, moving back and forth
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  • through divorce.
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  • He said, "My mom has had thisexcruciating illness
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  • for decades.
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  • I don't understand how a goodGod would allow suffering."
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  • It's a fair question.
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  • I said, "Scott, God does notpromise us a pain-free life."
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  • I mean think about it.
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  • The symbol of Christianity isnot a pillow, it's not a cloud,
  • 00:12:51.450 --> 00:12:54.854
  • is not a Snuggie.
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  • It's a cross; an empty one.
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  • It's a cross.
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  • "If God did not shield," I said,"His son from suffering, he's
  • 00:13:05.965 --> 00:13:10.970
  • not gonna shield you or mefrom suffering.
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  • Part of God's will is suffering.
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  • The Bible says, 'It rainson the just and the unjust.'
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  • Obviously though, we'll haveultimate healing in heaven.
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  • I can't make you, or coerce you,to walk the bridge.
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  • I'm not gonna do that.
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  • You have that option.
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  • But I want to ask you, man, Willyou walk the bridge?"
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  • I said, "You've got enoughfaith.
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  • Jesus said, 'If we had the faiththe size of a mustard seed,
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  • that's enough faith.'"
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  • And I looked at himand I saw tears
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  • coming out from behind hispolarized sunglasses.
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  • He said, "Man, I want to-- Iwant to walk the bridge."
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  • So right there, in the shadowof the seven mile bridge,
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  • and ironically, that island waswhere he was married.
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  • I said, "Scott, you're makingthe most important decision
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  • of your life to walk the bridge,against the backdrop of where
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  • you made the second mostimportant decision when you got
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  • married."
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  • Right there in the shadows, weprayed, and he walked
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  • the bridge, and then we metin the middle of his boat,
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  • about turn it over, gave a brohug.
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  • You know?
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  • And he became a followerof Christ.
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  • It doesn't get any better thenthat.
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  • It doesn't get any better thanknowing God is using you
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  • to fish.
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  • Are you doing that?
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  • Who's your Scott?
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  • Who in your life do you needto talk to?
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  • To share with?
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  • Who in your life do you needto present the gospel to?
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  • Who in your life is beingattracted because they see
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  • Jesus?
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  • Who in your life are you leadingto that reaction?
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  • The hook bindseverything together.
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  • We're gonna gothrough the colors.
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  • The colors mean something.
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  • God is a God of Color.
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  • Did you know that?
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  • Not of black and white.
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  • Once you walk the bridge, you'llmove from black and white
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  • to color.
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  • God's a God of what?
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  • Y'all what?
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  • Color, color, color.
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  • I'm glad we can see in color!
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  • Black!
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  • Well, that's not a color becauseblack is the absence of color.
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  • Say, "Black," with me.
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  • Black means sinfulness.
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  • Sinfulness.
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  • The absence of color.
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  • The Bible says that, "We allsin."
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  • I'm a natural born sinner.
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  • "My sins," the Bible says,"Separate me from God."
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  • I'm separated from God becauseof my, what?
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  • Sinfulness.
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  • I've never taken personallessons on how to sin.
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  • I just know how to lie, I knowhow to cheat, I know how
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  • to think impure thoughts,and so do you.
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  • Sin separates us from God.
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  • So the darkness is like, "Man!
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  • I can't see my hand in frontof my face!"
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  • It's that dark.
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  • God is holy.
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  • He's just.
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  • He's righteous.
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  • Yet we chose to rebelagainst God, causing this cosmic
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  • chasm.
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  • This chasm that we cannotbridge.
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  • This chasm that we jump over.
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  • This chasm always falls short.
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  • The Bible says, in Romanschapter 3, verse 23, "For all
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  • have sinned and," say itwith me, "Fall short
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  • of the glory of God."
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  • That's what the Bible says.
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  • And the Bible also says, "Ouriniquities, our sins, have
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  • separated us from God."
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  • Isaiah 59, verse 2.
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  • So black means sinfulness.
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  • Say it again.
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  • Black means...
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  • How 'bout red?
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  • Oh,red's the good news, man.
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  • It's bad, but it's good.
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  • Red stands for forgiveness.
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  • Red stands for?
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  • That's what I thought you said,forgiveness.
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  • We don't deserve forgiveness.
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  • I don't deserve it, you don't.
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  • We deserve eternal separationfrom God.
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  • Yet God is a God of love.
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  • God chose to do what?
  • 00:17:59.658 --> 00:18:01.960
  • To build the bridge from hisside to man's side.
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  • The bridge is?
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  • Yeah, pretty much any time I askyou a question the answer is
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  • Jesus.
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  • Yeah.
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  • The Bible is about?
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  • Okay, there we go!
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  • That's right.
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  • It is.
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  • So, Jesus did something.
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  • He lived a perfect life.
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  • We say, "Oh man!
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  • That was righteous!"
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  • Righteous is who Jesus is.
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  • The righteousness of God is seenin his character and his
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  • attributes.
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  • Read about the laws mentionedin scripture.
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  • Read about who God is, totallyand completely righteous,
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  • and God says, "If you'rerighteous, if you're perfect,
  • 00:18:45.437 --> 00:18:48.073
  • you can get into Heaven.
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  • I mean, if you're perfect-- noimpure thought, no bad mood, no
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  • off day, no sin of commissionor omission."
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  • If you're perfect-- God says,when you die, "Come
  • 00:18:56.548 --> 00:18:59.851
  • on into Heaven!"
  • 00:18:59.851 --> 00:19:03.055
  • Uh oh, but, the Bible says, "Allhave sinned."
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  • So we got a sin problem.
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  • I've got a sin problem.
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  • My sins have separated mefrom God, but God built
  • 00:19:09.061 --> 00:19:11.096
  • the bridge from his side to ourside.
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  • Jesus lived righteously then hespilled his blood on the cross
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  • for the sins of the world.
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  • There's something within us,when something bad happens, we
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  • say, "Somebody's got to pay!
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  • Somebody has got to pay!"
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  • God has placed that in ourlives.
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  • Somebody's got to pay for yoursins and mine.
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  • Jesus paid it all.
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  • Is that awesome?
  • 00:19:43.962 --> 00:19:45.297
  • He paid it all!
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  • I don't care what you've done,what you're doing, what you will
  • 00:19:47.799 --> 00:19:51.670
  • do.
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  • Jesus paid it all, he shed hisblood on the cross.
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  • Life is in the blood.
  • 00:19:56.908 --> 00:19:59.945
  • And the Bible says, in One John1:9, "If we confess our sins..."
  • 00:19:59.945 --> 00:20:03.782
  • You know what confession means?
  • 00:20:03.782 --> 00:20:06.084
  • Agreeing with God.
  • 00:20:06.084 --> 00:20:08.687
  • It's not like we confess oursins and God goes, "Whoa!
  • 00:20:08.687 --> 00:20:11.456
  • Thank you for telling me that!
  • 00:20:11.456 --> 00:20:14.059
  • Thanks for giving me the 411!"
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  • No-no-no-no-no, we're agreeingwith him.
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  • If we confess our sins, he'sfaithful and just and will what?
  • 00:20:19.064 --> 00:20:22.100
  • Forgive us our sins, and purifyus from what?
  • 00:20:22.100 --> 00:20:26.071
  • All unrighteousness.
  • 00:20:26.071 --> 00:20:27.639
  • How about gold?
  • 00:20:27.639 --> 00:20:29.341
  • Gold.
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  • People say, "Man, you're golden.
  • 00:20:30.676 --> 00:20:32.044
  • You're golden!"
  • 00:20:32.044 --> 00:20:33.378
  • You know what gold represents?
  • 00:20:33.378 --> 00:20:34.746
  • Gold represents righteousness.
  • 00:20:34.746 --> 00:20:36.148
  • What is righteousness?
  • 00:20:36.148 --> 00:20:37.516
  • The word righteousness meansto be right with God.
  • 00:20:37.516 --> 00:20:40.686
  • So if I'm righteous, I'm what?
  • 00:20:40.686 --> 00:20:42.554
  • Right with God.
  • 00:20:42.554 --> 00:20:43.889
  • "But Ed, I don't--I'm notfollowing you, man!
  • 00:20:43.889 --> 00:20:47.959
  • Because how can I be rightwith God, if I'm a sinner?"
  • 00:20:47.959 --> 00:20:52.030
  • Jesus has made us rightwith God.
  • 00:20:52.030 --> 00:20:55.834
  • Jesus has made us...
  • 00:20:55.834 --> 00:20:58.904
  • righteous!
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  • Second Corinthians chapter 5,verse 21, "God made him who had
  • 00:21:00.272 --> 00:21:04.309
  • no sin," that's Jesus, "To besin for us, so that in him,"
  • 00:21:04.309 --> 00:21:11.316
  • let's say it together, "We mightbecome the righteousness
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  • of God."
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  • Check this out.
  • 00:21:16.988 --> 00:21:18.357
  • This is so, so critical.
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  • When God sees you and sees menow, if we've walked the bridge,
  • 00:21:21.593 --> 00:21:26.164
  • when God sees Scott now, he seesthe righteousness of Jesus.
  • 00:21:26.164 --> 00:21:32.904
  • Jesus fulfilled the lawperfectly.
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  • He satisfied God's demandsprecisely.
  • 00:21:37.376 --> 00:21:44.049
  • When we become followersof Christ, the righteousness
  • 00:21:44.049 --> 00:21:47.386
  • of Christ is attributed to ourlives.
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  • We receive the righteousnessof Christ.
  • 00:21:52.657 --> 00:21:56.395
  • So now, it's not because of whatI've done, it's because of what
  • 00:21:56.395 --> 00:22:01.066
  • Jesus did.
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  • I've walked the bridge, and now,I'm just, I'm righteous.
  • 00:22:02.434 --> 00:22:05.036
  • So, isn't that cool?
  • 00:22:05.036 --> 00:22:06.738
  • Black, sinfulness.
  • 00:22:06.738 --> 00:22:08.974
  • Red, forgiveness.
  • 00:22:08.974 --> 00:22:11.176
  • Gold, righteousness.
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  • And then green, green.
  • 00:22:13.178 --> 00:22:14.513
  • Green represents fruitfulness.
  • 00:22:14.513 --> 00:22:16.248
  • Green represents...?
  • 00:22:16.248 --> 00:22:18.450
  • That's what I thought you said,fruitfulness, that were to grow.
  • 00:22:18.450 --> 00:22:21.853
  • So, what happens-- when youplant something, what do you do
  • 00:22:21.853 --> 00:22:24.723
  • with that something?
  • 00:22:24.723 --> 00:22:26.057
  • You water it.
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  • After we walk the bridge, weneed to get watered; when you
  • 00:22:27.426 --> 00:22:31.630
  • get baptized.
  • 00:22:31.630 --> 00:22:33.532
  • The Bible says, "After we becomefollowers of Christ, we're to be
  • 00:22:33.532 --> 00:22:36.868
  • baptized."
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  • Part of growth is beingbaptized.
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  • Part of growth is understandingthe word, talking to God
  • 00:22:41.540 --> 00:22:46.111
  • in prayer, involving yourselfin church.
  • 00:22:46.111 --> 00:22:48.246
  • Are you feeling the colors?
  • 00:22:48.246 --> 00:22:50.515
  • Are you loving the colors?
  • 00:22:50.515 --> 00:22:52.184
  • And the hook is what holdseverything together!
  • 00:22:52.184 --> 00:22:56.254
  • I love this text!
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  • Colossians chapter 1, verse 17.
  • 00:22:57.823 --> 00:23:00.025
  • "He is before all things," hebeing Jesus, "And in him, all
  • 00:23:00.025 --> 00:23:04.463
  • things hold together."
  • 00:23:04.463 --> 00:23:09.835
  • The hook.
  • 00:23:09.835 --> 00:23:11.169
  • The hook is the gospel.
  • 00:23:11.169 --> 00:23:12.504
  • The bait is Jesus.
  • 00:23:12.504 --> 00:23:14.573
  • This rope?
  • 00:23:14.573 --> 00:23:15.941
  • The thread that holds everythingtogether, the gospel.
  • 00:23:15.941 --> 00:23:19.511
  • Black, sinfulness.
  • 00:23:19.511 --> 00:23:20.846
  • Red, forgiveness.
  • 00:23:20.846 --> 00:23:23.715
  • Gold, righteousness.
  • 00:23:23.715 --> 00:23:26.418
  • Green, fruitfulness.
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  • Living things grow.
  • 00:23:27.853 --> 00:23:29.221
  • The Bible says, the Second Peter3:18, "But grow in the grace
  • 00:23:29.221 --> 00:23:33.158
  • and knowledge of Jesus."
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  • I'll ask you the same question Iasked Scott.
  • 00:23:38.763 --> 00:23:43.235
  • Have you walked the bridge?
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  • "Well man, I've got doubts."
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  • Cool.
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  • It's part of faith.
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  • You live by faith.
  • 00:23:52.577 --> 00:23:56.615
  • Have you walked the bridge?
  • 00:23:56.615 --> 00:24:05.223
  • I pray you walk the bridgebecause it's the best step
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  • you'll ever take, and it's whatbeing "Hooked" is all about.
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  • I'm gonna pray a prayer rightnow, and this is a prayer that
  • 00:24:22.674 --> 00:24:25.710
  • I led Scott in 13 months agowhen he walked the bridge.
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  • And just repeatthis prayer after me.
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  • Just say God, I admit toyou that I'm a sinner.
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  • I admit to you thatI've fallen short,
  • 00:24:40.792 --> 00:24:42.661
  • that I've done life my own way.
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  • I understand that I'm separatefrom you because of my behavior.
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  • But I believe that you shed yourblood on the cross for my sins,
  • 00:24:53.705 --> 00:25:02.714
  • and I understand right now thatyou've done that and I receive
  • 00:25:02.714 --> 00:25:08.053
  • you, Jesus, into my life.
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  • I turn from my sinsand I receive you.
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  • Wash me, forgive me, cleanse me.
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  • Many of you aresaying that right now,
  • 00:25:20.699 --> 00:25:22.233
  • and here's what's happening: therighteousness of Jesus is being
  • 00:25:22.233 --> 00:25:27.305
  • attributed, is beinggrafted, it's being imputed
  • 00:25:27.305 --> 00:25:35.513
  • into your life right now.
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  • You're born again.You're a new creature in Christ.
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  • You've walked the bridge.
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  • So Father, we thank youfor this time, we thank you
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  • for your grace, and we thankyou for this moment of decision.
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  • We ask all these things, amen.
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  • from Pastor Ed Young, go toEdYoung.com.
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  • Ed: Something we're alwaysasking ourselves is: How do we
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  • take what we're learninghere and apply it out there,
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  • where you work, where youlive, where you do life on those
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  • rugged plains of reality?
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  • That's why I want to sendyou our monthly Bible teaching
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  • letter delivered right toyour home that unpacks,
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  • in even more detail, messageslike the one you've heard today.
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  • Along with that, I'd like tosend you some emails about our
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  • daily devotionals to helpyou get the Word of God
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  • in your life every day.
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  • And finally, we have a teamstanding by who would love to
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  • pray with you andfor you right now.
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  • You can find all of this andmore by visiting our website
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  • at edyoung.com.
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  • announcer: Creatively sharingtruth while helping people
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  • discover God's purpose and planfor their lives.
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  • This is Ed Young Television.
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  • and your faithfulprayers and gifts.
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