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The Great Restoration

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December 4, 2020
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  • -ANNOUNCER: What would youchange in your life?
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  • - What if you could unleash themiraculous in your
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  • everyday life?
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  • - Experience freedom, live inpeace, change the world. Become
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  • Spirit Contemporary. Join LeonFontaine, world renowned
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  • conference speaker, seniorpastor of Canada's fastest
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  • growing church, and CEO ofCanada's only Christian TV
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  • station. Today, on THE SPIRITCONTEMPORARY LIFE.
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  • -LEON FONTAINE: When this babyJesus came to the planet, He
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  • came to end all religions bygiving every individual person
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  • access to God Almighty.That's why He came.
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  • -ANNOUNCER: In John 10:10, itsays that Jesus came to give us
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  • life, and life more abundantly.So, why is there such a
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  • disconnect between this biblicalpromise, and how most Christians
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  • live today? Why have so manybelievers become spiritually
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  • weak, and ineffective at sharingJesus' message of love? THE
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  • SPIRIT CONTEMPORARY LIFE is theanswer. It's being led by Holy
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  • Spirit, but in a contemporaryway. It's being Jesus and
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  • demonstrating His love in wayspeople can understand and
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  • appreciate. Spirit Contemporaryis unique for everyone. It never
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  • compromises the truth, and itnever makes others feel
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  • uncomfortable. It's freeingyourself from religious
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  • constraints, and walking freelyin God's amazing grace, for His
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  • purpose. THE SPIRIT CONTEMPORARYLIFE is absolutely crucial if
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  • the global church and her peopleare going to change the world.
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  • - Later in the show, we'll tellyou how you can reserve your
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  • copy of today's resource. Enrichyour soul and renew your mind
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  • with this timely series.
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  • - And now, from Calgary,Canada, pastor Leon Fontaine.
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  • -LEON: I love Christmas. I'mone of those, I love everything
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  • about Christmas. I mean, you canput the Grinch, the elves, the
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  • Santa. I love all the stories. Ilove all the little nursery
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  • rhymes. I just feel like, it'sjust a time when people get
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  • focused on family and they getfocused on generosity and
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  • giving. And yes, I know thatthere's a lot of things that go
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  • wrong. In fact, I was drivingthrough one of the cities in
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  • Canada the other day. And righton a major thoroughfare probably
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  • 20-stories high in thisapartment or condo complex. This
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  • guy in perfect letters, brightred that everybody could see for
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  • miles. It just said, "Humbug!" Ithought, "Lots in people have
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  • pain and family isn't good for alot of people, and getting
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  • together isn't the joy of theirlife." But I love what Christmas
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  • represents. The Christmas storyis about a broken family. I was
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  • talking with a man the other daywho'd been in the church all of
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  • his life, raised his familythere. And one of his children
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  • had done something that, youknow, it was really embarrassing
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  • got into sin. He talked to me alittle bit about it. You could
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  • see the tears in his eyes as heasked me, "Where have I failed?"
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  • I said, "Dude, we can all bebetter parents. I mean, I
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  • should, could be." But I said,"Did you know that God is a
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  • parent? And that He had twokids. And that He raised them
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  • perfectly and they left Him. Soif God can't make or force them,
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  • then you could be the mostperfect dad on the planet. And
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  • at a certain age they get achoice to live the way they
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  • want." And you could just seethe peace that it brought him as
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  • he realized that there are noperfect families on the planet
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  • but there are healthy families.And the Christmas story is about
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  • God repairing, restoring Hisfamily. When Adam and Eve made
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  • the decision to decide what theywanted. How they wanted to live.
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  • What was right and what waswrong according to them. Their
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  • truth. When they decided that,the presence of God left their
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  • lives. And we see a world thatstruggles through a ton of
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  • stuff. But all of a sudden, atthis time around 2000 years ago,
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  • angels filled the heavens withsinging, shocking shepherds, you
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  • know. And then, at the same timestar is appearing in the sky and
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  • the wises men on the then knownplanet who study the stars and
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  • who were known as Sages and menwho were -, So they saw, and
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  • they knew that through theprophecies handed down of old.
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  • There was a king being borntoday. This Christmas story is
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  • beautiful. When the shepherds,when they heard the angels sing,
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  • "Glory to God in the highest andon earth peace, goodwill towards
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  • men." They ran to see, and theycame into that manger and they
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  • saw the baby laying there andthey give glory to God. And you
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  • read the story of the shepherds.Then you read the story of the
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  • wisemen, how that, you know,they saw the star and they began
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  • the trek to finding the babyJesus. Everybody thinks they
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  • came on the same day but it'snot true. You know, we've got
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  • beautiful pictures of thewisemen in one side, shepherds
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  • on the other and the donkey andthe sheep and Jesus laying in a
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  • manger. And it all entails aChristmas story but as I study
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  • the Word and look through a lotof things there. It looks as
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  • though the wisemen took as maybeas long as up to two years to
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  • find Him. And although theshepherds found Him in the
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  • manger as a baby. It says thewisemen found him in a house as
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  • a child. And when the king heardabout this, and the wisemen
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  • didn't go back to this evil kingbecause he'd heard there was a
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  • king being born and he wanted tostop it. And so God prompted the
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  • wisemen once they had worshipedJesus and left their gifts to
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  • leave the country another way.He was so upset. He killed the
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  • baby boys from the age of twoand under. And the Bible says
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  • that he killed that age andunder because of the discussions
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  • that he had had with these magi,with these wisemen. When the
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  • baby Jesus was born, there wasthis incredible celebration.
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  • There was this stunning thingthat went on. And you wonder,
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  • "Why was that?" It was the startof God restoring His family. You
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  • know, it's amazing to me. WhenJesus came to the planet, we
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  • already had enough religions. Ifyou've ever studied world
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  • religions. Well, most of thecourses are taught by guys who
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  • don't understand them. But whenyou study world religions and
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  • you see how many religions havecome and gone over the years? I
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  • mean, weird ones, brutal ones,ones that kind of close to the
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  • story. But Jesus didn't come tothe planet go, "Hey, let's start
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  • a bigger religion." I mean, it'spretty huge today. We know that
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  • over two billion people declarethat they're Christians. Okay?
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  • So, wow! Did it spread? But whenit becomes a religion, it's just
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  • becomes awful. Because religionis man-made rules to help people
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  • think they're getting closer toGod. And so we've got to judge
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  • one another and it's just awful.Jesus taught us not to judge.
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  • But when this baby Jesus came tothe planet, He came to end all
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  • religions by giving everyindividual person access to God
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  • Almighty. That's why He came.And so when Jesus was born and
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  • the angels were, I mean,flipping amazed. They were out
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  • there singing and shouting, andthe skies were filled of stars
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  • and all these signs and wonderstook place. It was because what
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  • had been prophesied was here.I've got friends, maybe you do,
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  • who are fascinated with peoplewho are "sages" or very
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  • prophetic as they prophesy thefuture. Nostradamus. They've got
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  • whole shows on this guy and thethings that he had said and how
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  • does that work out and otherthings. Did you know that this
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  • one event that took place whereJesus was born had been
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  • prophesied by multiple prophets.Right to the point where they
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  • knew the very town He was goingto be born in. And it was
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  • prophesied that the Saviourwould be born in a town called
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  • Bethlehem. Yet the Saviour willbe raised in a place called
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  • Nazareth and be called aNazarene. They nailed His life
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  • so perfectly. And that whenJesus was born, that these magi
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  • who studied all sorts of ancientprophecies and scriptures, they
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  • knew. And when they came to theking, and they were traveling to
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  • find Jesus. And the king gotwisemen together. That he knew
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  • and they all began to talk, andthey knew. They knew a king was
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  • born. Not just any king, aSaviour of the world, a King of
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  • kings was here. It's interestingto me to note that there are no
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  • similar celebrations for anyother baby that is born. Jesus
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  • is the only. Now, I love babies.Don't get me wrong. You've seen
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  • me with one in my arms walkingaround. And I love babies, but
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  • no other baby got this kind ofheavenly reception. However, I
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  • want to read you a portion ofscripture which stunned me when
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  • I first began to realize this.In Luke 15:8-10, it talks about
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  • a woman who had ten silvercoins, a lot of money worth for
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  • her. And it says, "What woman,having ten silver coins, if she
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  • loses one coin, does not light alamp, sweep the house, and
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  • search carefully until she findsit? And then when she has found
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  • it, she calls her friends andher neighbors together and says,
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  • 'Rejoice with me, for I havefound the piece which I lost!'
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  • Likewise, I say to you, there isjoy in the presence of the
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  • angels of God over one sinnerwho repents." Isn't that
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  • interesting? That angels don'tsing, and heaven doesn't come
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  • alive just because a baby isborn. But there's a second birth
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  • the Bible talks about. And Jesuscalled it being born again. It's
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  • a term that's been misused by alot of people as well. But this
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  • term means you were bornphysically into this world. But
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  • when you make a choice toreceive this gift, Jesus. You
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  • become born again. And when youbecome born again, a
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  • celebration, not exactly likethis because you're not the
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  • Messiah. But you're a child ofGod. Now all the angels rejoice.
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  • Heaven is excited over oneperson who says, "I believe on
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  • Jesus. Come into my heart." Andthis is why the church of Jesus
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  • Christ exist. It's not to planretreats and advances and
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  • massage each other's egos andcreates some community that
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  • supports you in all your needyareas. We do that. But it's to
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  • raise up men and women strong.Raise up men and women who know
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  • there's a world out there withbeautiful wonderful people who
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  • do not know the story of Jesus.They've heard the religious side
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  • of it, or they've meet religiousChristians that they can't stand
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  • because they're judgmental,condescending, authoritarian.
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  • But that's not the way Jesuswas. This gift to the planet.
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  • This gift Jesus was about to dieon a cross for you and I and
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  • take care of every sin, everyhurt, every heartbroken moment
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  • that you have. I think it'simportant that we understand.
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  • I've shared with a lot of peoplefirst as a paramedic and then as
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  • a pastor. I've been with a lotof people as they die. And a
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  • number of times I've had thisquestion. But I'll focus on one
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  • specific guy that spoke to me.He was very strong, very
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  • resolute. And when I shared withhim the plan of what Jesus had
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  • done for me. He looked at me andhe says, "Wow, I wish I could.
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  • But I can't." I said, "Why not?"He said, "I've lived my life the
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  • way I want it." He basicallytold me the I did it may way
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  • song. But he says, "I justcan't." So I looked at him. I
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  • began to talk to him about thefact that this gift he needed to
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  • receive. This Jesus that hissins were already forgiven even
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  • before you ask. He dealt withthem, cancelled them out. And
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  • they're as far as the east isfrom the west. It just requires
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  • you as a sovereign being. You asfreewill being to choose Jesus.
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  • He said, "It's already a donedeal? I'm asking, and He's
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  • thinking about forgiving me?" Isaid, "It's already done. It's
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  • just a matter of believing onJesus." I was able to just lead
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  • him on a quick prayer, within afew hours he went into eternity
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  • and he made heaven. Becausenobody can earn the free gift.
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  • The problem with religion is westart thinking that we've earned
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  • it. I'm better than you. There'sa story in the Bible about two
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  • men praying. One is a publicanand the other one is a Pharisee.
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  • And the publican who was a taxcollector and they were usually
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  • real thieves. They would stealeverything they could from
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  • people. He beats his chest as heprays. And he says, "Lord, be
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  • merciful to me a sinner." Andthe Pharisee just goes, "I thank
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  • You, Lord, I'm not like thatungodly publican over there." He
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  • don't understand none of us arerighteous on our own. I don't
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  • care how many rules you keep. Idon't care if you say, "I've
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  • never hurt anybody in my life."That's not the issue, okay? The
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  • issue is you ain't perfectenough ever. And anytime you try
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  • to earn or be good enough forGod to do something. That's
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  • called self-righteousness. Butwhen you humbly realize, I can't
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  • earn it. I'm not good enough toget there. And so I just accept
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  • this gift freely. That is whenyou see the miraculous power of
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  • God touch your life. I waschatting with a guy the other
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  • day and he says to me, and thesame thing most of the stories I
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  • hear, I've heard for decades.This guy says, "Yeah, well,
  • 00:15:38.252 --> 00:15:43.658
  • preacher if I walk into yourchurch, lightning would strike."
  • 00:15:43.691 --> 00:15:47.295
  • I thought he was bad to thebone, you know. I looked at him
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  • and said, "Dude, I got a hundredguys badder and tougher than you
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  • coming to the church." And hehad never been told that before.
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  • You think that you're the man.You got a license on bad? I
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  • said, "The Bible's written bymurderers and adulterers." His
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  • mouth dropped, going, "What?"You see, I said, you need to
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  • come to church and recognizethere are no perfect people
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  • here, okay? One guy said to me,"I wouldn't go to church. I'm
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  • not going to be a hypocrite." Isaid, "Actually." I said,
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  • "Church is filled with imperfectpeople which is why you can
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  • come." Why are we embarrassed toshare this beautiful, beautiful
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  • news of Jesus. This Christmas, Iwant you to remember the
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  • greatest gift that was evergiven to us was Jesus. And in 33
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  • years from the morning He wasborn, approximately. He died on
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  • the cross for you and I. Youdidn't even ask for it. He just
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  • did it 'cause He loved you.Knowing that millions if not
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  • billions wouldn't even acceptit. But He did it anyway because
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  • He loves everyone the same. Tothose who are Christians that
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  • are here. I want to remind you.That your life of following
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  • Christ is not about you.Everybody's wondering what can
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  • someone do for me. But actuallyit's about others. You know, God
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  • loves people. And He never givesup on them. Can you imagine if
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  • you went on holidays with yourspouse. While you're out there
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  • all three of your kidsdisappeared. You looked for
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  • hours and found one. You lookedfor days, found the second one.
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  • But after a couple of weeks, youcan't find the third one. So you
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  • turn to your husband and say,"Well, two out of three is not
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  • bad. Let's go home." You'relaughing because they're never
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  • going to do that. And yet God'slove for mankind is a million
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  • times greater than the mostloving mom and the most loving
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  • dad. We can't ever forget thatour lives on this planet with
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  • all of our gifts, all of ourabilities, all of our wealth and
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  • finance and friendships andinfluence. And whatever you got,
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  • if it does not include helpingthe master find people that He's
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  • in love with. The story of Jesuswho left the 99 and He went
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  • after the one. Showing us thevalue that people on this planet
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  • are worth investing time, money,worth building a church. It's
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  • not about just you getting on acruise ship. It's about you
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  • getting on a warship and beingtrained on how to share your
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  • faith. How to reach out to themost amazing people that God is
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  • still in love with. They don'tbelieve a thing you've believed
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  • in. The Bible says, "It's thegoodness of God that leads a man
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  • to repentance." As we come tothis Christmas season, let's
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  • remember the greatest gift wasJesus. And let's not be
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  • embarrassed to share Him in aSpirit Contemporary way, a way
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  • that's relevant, a way that'scool. Let's learn to conduct
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  • ourselves in a way that whensomeone finds out you're a
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  • Christian, then I go, "Oh, myGod." Then they go, "Wow, I want
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  • to look into God." Because theway God reaches people is
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  • through us and it's the goodnessof God that leads a man to
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  • repentance. Meaning, they'relooking at His goodness in our
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  • lives. Not perfection, Hisgoodness. How much He forgives
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  • us when we fail? How much we getup again when the storm blows us
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  • down? Church is not a collectionof perfect people. It's not a
  • 00:19:47.435 --> 00:19:51.505
  • collection of champions. It's acollection of all sorts of
  • 00:19:51.539 --> 00:19:55.643
  • people with one goal in mind. Iwant to know the truth. One of
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  • the questions I get asked. No,actually, one of the statements
  • 00:20:01.849 --> 00:20:05.686
  • I'm told a lot when peopleengaged me in conversation is,
  • 00:20:05.720 --> 00:20:10.524
  • "I just don't know what tobelieve anymore." And I often
  • 00:20:10.558 --> 00:20:17.031
  • just nicely asked them, "Wherethey've researched?" Very few
  • 00:20:17.064 --> 00:20:24.071
  • people research anything. Theyjust hear their favorite person
  • 00:20:24.105 --> 00:20:27.208
  • on TV and, "Oh, Buddha soundscool." And they watch another,
  • 00:20:27.241 --> 00:20:31.112
  • "Oh, New Age sounds good,meditation, mind over matter. I
  • 00:20:31.145 --> 00:20:33.748
  • can do that." But they've neverreally researched and read men
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  • and women and the authors ofincredible things. There will be
  • 00:20:37.785 --> 00:20:41.522
  • an apologetics, etcetera. Orsome religion that they think
  • 00:20:41.555 --> 00:20:44.792
  • they should follow. They did notreally check it out. They just
  • 00:20:44.825 --> 00:20:46.927
  • grabbed the four things out of ahundred principles and I just
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  • keep those. But truth isimportant. And Jesus said, "I am
  • 00:20:49.463 --> 00:20:54.602
  • the way, the truth, and thelife." This Christmas make sure
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  • that you give Jesus some space,some airtime as you get around
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  • with your family. Make sure thatyour children, your
  • 00:21:04.712 --> 00:21:07.515
  • grandchildren recognize the verypurpose of you and I on this
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  • planet is to follow Christ.What's He doing? Oh, He's got
  • 00:21:12.119 --> 00:21:16.824
  • His feet up and He's justchilling. No. He's out to seek
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  • you and saving that which islost. Jesus is the gift. I'm not
  • 00:21:20.928 --> 00:21:25.833
  • embarrassed to use His name.People wants us to be quiet.
  • 00:21:25.866 --> 00:21:28.836
  • It's amazing we live in worldwhere everybody's got an
  • 00:21:28.869 --> 00:21:31.806
  • opinion, and no one'sembarrassed to share it. As
  • 00:21:31.839 --> 00:21:35.309
  • embarrassing as their opinionsare, except for Christians.
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  • Nobody wants a Christian tospeak up. No wants a Christian
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  • to share their faith. If they'vealready judged it. Let it go.
  • 00:21:42.450 --> 00:21:46.053
  • Ever ask yourself the question,why is Jesus a swear word? Why
  • 00:21:46.087 --> 00:21:50.958
  • isn't Lorna a swear word? Whyisn't Leon a swear word? Why is
  • 00:21:50.991 --> 00:21:55.830
  • it Jesus? Because it's a namethat when spoken from the lips
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  • of a born again believer,releases all the power of
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  • heaven. The enemy wants tobelittle that name. Christmas, I
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  • pray that all of you who knowChrist already awaken to this.
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  • You're here to help Jesus reachHis lost family. And to those
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  • who have never decided one wayor the other. I want to
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  • encourage you to forget all theweird Christians you've meet.
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  • You meet weird everything. Youknow, I didn't stop driving a
  • 00:22:29.230 --> 00:22:34.068
  • motorbike because I met a Hell'sAngel. I didn't remove all the
  • 00:22:34.101 --> 00:22:38.939
  • knives from our house once I meta guy who was a stabber. So it
  • 00:22:38.973 --> 00:22:43.978
  • doesn't work on Jesus either.Check Him out. Ask Him to reveal
  • 00:22:44.011 --> 00:22:48.783
  • Himself. Find a life-givingchurch. Sit there for months if
  • 00:22:48.816 --> 00:22:53.554
  • you have to, just check thingsout. Because this gift that
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  • Christmas is all about issomething so great it will
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  • solidify your return.
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  • -ANNOUNCER: Are yourrelationships all you hoped and
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  • dreamed? For many, that might bea difficult question to answer.
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  • But the good news is, that Jesusis an expert on relationships.
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  • -LEON: I have good news. Thegood news is, there is no one
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  • standing between you and anamazing future. No one.
  • 00:23:27.154 --> 00:23:30.758
  • -ANNOUNCER: In this series,"Freedom From Judgement", Leon
  • 00:23:30.791 --> 00:23:33.627
  • leads you through biblicalteachings that will take you to
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  • greater levels of peace,understanding, and fulfillment
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  • in every relationship.
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  • -LEON: When you dream aboutwhat you can do with the rest of
  • 00:23:43.771 --> 00:23:46.674
  • your life, God's going to takeyou further than that. Dream
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  • big, He's going to take youbigger than that. Think amazing?
  • 00:23:50.044 --> 00:23:53.681
  • He's going to go beyond amazing,beyond what you can think,
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  • ask, or imagine.
  • 00:23:56.717 --> 00:23:57.751
  • -ANNOUNCER: Get started on thisjourney today, and set yourself
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  • free. Call now to request thisseries, and experience a greater
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  • level of love, trust, and joy inall your relationships.
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  • -LEON: You know, thesupernatural or what many of us
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  • call the miraculous is not amystery. It is something that
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  • God is trying to show us on aregular basis. You see, we do
  • 00:24:43.664 --> 00:24:47.701
  • not fire prayers at the skyhoping the God will decide to
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  • heal us. Hoping that God willchoose to bless us financially.
  • 00:24:53.240 --> 00:24:57.912
  • When you understand that God hasalready blessed us. He's already
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  • given us the blessing. He'salready signed, sealed, and
  • 00:25:03.584 --> 00:25:08.055
  • delivered every promise that isin God's Word. Okay, Jesus has
  • 00:25:08.088 --> 00:25:13.360
  • qualified you for it. So faithis not believing enough 'til God
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  • gives it to you. It's basicallythat as we begin to understand
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  • the powerful principle of thepresence of God, the words that
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  • we speak. What do we believeabout miracles, all of a sudden,
  • 00:25:28.309 --> 00:25:32.913
  • things begin to come together,and they just change. In the
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  • studio I'm in right now, youknow there are certain laws of
  • 00:25:36.817 --> 00:25:39.753
  • electricity and lighting. AndI'm not praying hoping God turns
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  • the switch on. We can go overand flick it off and the light
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  • all stops. We can go on andflick the switch on and all the
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  • lights come on. God wants youand I to walk in the
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  • supernatural every day with thewords we speak, the things that
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  • we believe, not trying toconvince an unhappy God to do
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  • something. God has alreadyreleased to us within us His
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  • presence, His power. All that weneed has been given to us. Learn
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  • to speak words. Learn tobelieve. Learn to stop the lies
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  • of the enemy. And watch thesupernatural, you can call it
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  • miracles and there's thingsoutside of your power in the
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  • natural mind, but things beginto happen in a beautiful
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  • powerful way is something youcan see every day. Learn to
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  • understand the miraculous.Father, I pray blessing upon
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  • them right now. Let the wisdomof God be upon them and let a
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  • whole new chapter of their lifebegin now. In Jesus' name, amen.
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  • -ANNOUNCER: It's no accidentthat you watched today's show.
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  • You are special, and you have adestiny to fulfill. Our media
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  • ministry reaches some of thedarkest corners of the world,
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  • and your support is what makesthis possible week after week.
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  • You are vital, you can change alife. Act today. And remember,
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  • this amazing resource willbe yours as our way of
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  • saying thank you.
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