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The Danger of Drifting

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January 17, 2021
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Dr. Jack Graham's mission is to glorify God by introducing Jesus Christ to as Lord to all people.

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  • I would invite you totake God's Word and turn to the
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  • letter to the Hebrews, the bookof Hebrews, chapter 2. This is
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  • our series called GOING THEDISTANCE. That's the theme of
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  • this letter to the Hebrews. It'sa letter to you as a believer
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  • and follower of Jesus. That youwould persevere in your life and
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  • in your faith, that you wouldrun with endurance the race that
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  • is set before you, that youwould not only start the race
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  • but that you would finish therace and finish it well. Now if
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  • we're going to persevere in lifeand in our Christian faith, then
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  • it requires a muscular faith. Sowe're talking about developing a
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  • muscular faith, a strong vibrantfaith. That's what this is all
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  • about. To live a life that stayson purpose and stays on course
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  • without wavering, neverdrifting. And the title of my
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  • message today is "The Danger ofDrifting." I might even add, The
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  • Deadly Danger of Drifting. Lookat the first four verses of
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  • Hebrews 2: 1) Therefore we mustpay much closer attention to
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  • what we have heard, lest wedrift away from it. 2) For since
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  • the message declared by angelsproved to be reliable, The
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  • message declared by angels,delivered by angels is the Law,
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  • the Ten Commandments. And weknow that's reliable... the Ten
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  • Commandments given by God. 2)...and every transgression or
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  • disobedience received is a justretribution, That is, we are
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  • judged by the law. When we breakthe law, we're not really
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  • breaking the law; we're brokenby the breaking of the law. But
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  • then look at verse 3. This is anunanswerable question. It is a
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  • question that preachers cannotanswer, philosophers cannot
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  • answer, scientists cannotanswer, politicians cannot
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  • answer. It is a question that isunanswerable. 2) how shall we
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  • escape if we neglect (or ignore)such a great salvation? It was
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  • declared at first by the Lord(That is, Jesus proclaimed it.
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  • He announced it), and it wasattested to us (the apostles,
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  • who believed it and advanced it)4) while God also
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  • bore witness by signs andwonders and various miracles and
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  • by the gifts (or the power) ofthe Holy Spirit distributed
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  • according to his will. If anyoneever says to you, you can't find
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  • the Trinity in the Bible.Where's the Trinity, you just
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  • saw it. God the Father, God theSon, God the Holy Spirit right
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  • here in this brief breath ofscripture. Yes, God is Father,
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  • God is Son, God is Holy Spirit.And God gave us His word, God
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  • gave us His Son. Jesus announcedHis salvation. He was the
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  • greatest proclaimer of his ownmessage of salvation whoever
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  • lived. God had one Son and Hemade Him a preacher... Jesus. He
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  • came preaching the Gospel.[Hebrews 12:2] "He's the Author
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  • and the Finisher of our faith."It's all Him. And then the Holy
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  • Spirit who empowers this messagethrough the works of the
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  • apostles and the witness that isattested here. In the first
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  • chapter, the first couple ofmessages in this series we saw
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  • the superiority and thesupremacy of Christ. That He is
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  • the Creator, the Sustainer, theRedeemer and the Savior of all
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  • who believe. And therefore, thewriter says, therefore, because
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  • this is true... because of thesuperiority of Jesus Christ, you
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  • must not neglect this salvation,you must not drift away, you
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  • must not go back into your oldway of life. That's what he's
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  • saying. Therefore... becausethis is true... If you really
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  • believe that Jesus is who Hesays He is and what the Bible
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  • claims Him to be, how can youdrift? How can you ignore or
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  • neglect this salvation? Thereare some who reject Jesus and
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  • salvation, unbelievers. Butthere are those who neglect it
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  • and this is addressed toChristians: How will we as
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  • believers escape if we neglectso great a salvation? It's
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  • possible to drift away and to beshipwrecked. Obviously this is a
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  • mariners term... sailor's word,this "drift away." When I was in
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  • West Palm Beach, Florida in the1980's the guys down there would
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  • often tell me, "If you'll go outwith us into the Atlantic Ocean
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  • and into the Gulf Stream of theAtlantic Ocean which is a river
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  • that runs through the AtlanticSeaboard there, [they] said
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  • guaranteed we will catch asailfish. Sailfish capitol of
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  • the world! So two or three timesI went. Every time we began to
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  • drift out there in that sea andthe more we drifted, the sicker
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  • I got! [laughter] Never caught asailfish! Never saw a sailfish!
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  • But I did feed the fish quite abit! [laughter] Because drifting
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  • in the ocean will make you sickguaranteed. And drifting in the
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  • ocean of life... in your journeyof life, will also be a
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  • disaster. Now it could happen ina number of ways. You know this
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  • idea of drifting. It can happento a business. For example,
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  • Blockbuster. Blockbusterbusiness until ... while they
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  • made the transition from VHS toDVD, they were unable to advance
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  • beyond that and they didn'tfactor in Netflix and YouTube.
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  • So when is the last time youwent to a Blockbuster to rent a
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  • movie? They lost their vision,lost their mission. They just
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  • sort of drifted. They didn'ttake care of the business. It
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  • can happen to an athlete, it canhappen to an athletic team. On a
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  • personal level this drifting cantake place. Many of us began our
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  • diets and a new exercise programwith dedication and desire, but
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  • the first time they pass the bigcake and the ice cream you went
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  • back into your old habits, itgot tough again, and we
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  • gradually drift away back intoour old habits, back into our
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  • bad habits we drifted! It canhappen in a marriage. Sure it
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  • can. You promise one another tolove and to live together in
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  • marriage as long as you bothshall live. But some say, "I'm
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  • just not feeling it anymore."And so you're looking for other
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  • options. It didn't happenovernight. What happened is you
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  • didn't nurture yourrelationship; you didn't pay
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  • attention to it. The writer ofHebrews says "pay attention to
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  • what we heard lest we drift." Ifyou don't pay attention to your
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  • family... if you don't payattention to your husband, your
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  • wife, before you know it you'redrifting apart. And more and
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  • more your marriage is moving inthe wrong direction. You know,
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  • it just happens a step at atime; a slip at a time. This
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  • decision that doesn't pleaseGod, and that decision that
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  • dishonors God. Just... justdrifting. Just backing up, and
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  • backing up and backing up, andbefore you know it, you're far
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  • away from God, living in thedarkness. That's why the
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  • Scripture says, "Payattention!... Pay attention to
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  • the things that matter the most:your faith [tap], this
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  • [tap]great [tap] salvation[tap-tap]! So how [tap] are we
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  • going to do that? One, there isa clear exhortation here... a
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  • clear exhortation. This is awarning passage. There are five
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  • of them in the book of Hebrews.Some people don't like the book
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  • of Hebrews because thesewarnings come. But these
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  • warnings are like alerts... it'slike a news alert. And five
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  • times in Hebrews, as we make ourway through this, we're going to
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  • get these warnings, thesealerts. And this one is an alert
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  • regarding this problem ofdrifting. Again, it's... it's a
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  • mariner's term. In the ancientdays, of course, a ship would
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  • pull up anchor, and castaway andgo into the seas. It's important
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  • that they have a direction... aclear direction because if a
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  • ship is drifting, before youknow it, it hits an iceberg and
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  • sinks, or it slips away fromcourse and runs into disastrous
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  • enemies and all the rest.Because if you're just
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  • drifting... if you're justfloating, like you're floating
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  • in your pool, then you findyourself floating right by...
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  • drifting right by the safeharbor. Your life... my life is
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  • never to be aimless! God iscalling us to meaningful
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  • directions, not just floatingaway! With that is a compelling
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  • affirmation. Because the keyword in this passage if you
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  • don't want to drift issalvation. You see it there?
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  • Right in the middle of thispassage. "How will we escape...
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  • how will we survive if weneglect this great salvation?"
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  • If you are a follower of Jesus,you know that salvation does not
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  • come from your humanachievement, your effort, your
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  • performance, but by the grace ofGod, the gift of God. What is
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  • the Gospel that was announced byJesus... that was advanced by
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  • the apostles... that wasattested to by the Holy Spirit
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  • with these signs and wonders andmiracles? It's the Gospel of
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  • salvation! It's the Gospel ofthe cross and the resurrection!
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  • So here's a news alert... it's agood news alert! You're not
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  • saved by keeping commandments,achieving personal goals,
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  • modifying your behavior; you aresaved by the grace alone in
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  • Christ alone through faithalone! That's why this salvation
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  • is so great! If salvation is upto me, that's not great because
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  • I'm not good enough, I'm notgreat enough to save myself! And
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  • neither are you! The reason it'sgreat is because of the great
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  • price that Jesus paid for yoursalvation on the cross, the
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  • precious blood of Jesus! It's agreat salvation because He gives
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  • it to us free and clear when wereceive Him as Lord and Savior.
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  • And that's the attestation; thatis the affirmation. So in view
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  • of that, how can we neglectthat? If you're a believer, how
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  • can you ignore that? Some aresubstituting neglect for reject.
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  • And truly you are not abeliever. You have rejected...
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  • maybe not overtly so, but you'rejust not a believer. You've
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  • rejected salvation. How will youescape if you reject your
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  • salvation? There's no otherhope. Nothing but despair;
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  • nothing but judgment and hell.You say, "[Are] You one of those
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  • preachers that believe in hell?"Absolutely! Jesus believed in
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  • hell, and told us that there isa hell, and there is a judgment.
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  • We'll read later on in the bookof Hebrews [Hebrews 9:27], "It
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  • is appointed unto man once todie, and then the judgment." So,
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  • yes, there is a hell! And toreject the Gospel of Jesus
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  • Christ is to reject your lastand final hope! There is no hope
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  • apart from Him! But if you are aChristian, as these were
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  • Christians noted in Hebrews,chapter 2, then how will you
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  • escape... how will yousurvive... how will you then
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  • live if you neglect thissalvation... if you ignore it?
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  • You began as a sincereChristian. You... you were
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  • committed, you were dedicated,you were all in! "I've decided
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  • to follow Jesus!" But now?Gradually over time, you
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  • drifted: you stopped readingyour Bible regularly and
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  • faithfully; you used to pray alot, now really you can't
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  • remember the last time youreally prayed unless it was an
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  • emergency SOS. You used toattend church faithfully,
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  • regularly. You're here today, ormaybe you're watching on line,
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  • watching on television. But youused to be really faithful to
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  • your church, and serve. But youstarted drifting. It wasn't a
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  • big decision; it was just, youbegan treating this whole thing
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  • casually. When it comes tochurch, you're pretty much in
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  • and out when you feel like it.You're a drifter... you're a
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  • spiritual drifter. How will youescape? How you going to live?
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  • How are you going survive ifyou're drifting through life?
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  • You used to be a faithfulwitness for Christ. Your
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  • testimony was strong and trueand vibrant. People knew you
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  • were a believer. But then youbegan to compromise here and
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  • there in choices. Again, youdidn't do it deliberately. It's
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  • just adrift. And now yourfriends barely know if you're a
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  • Christian or not. You see whatwe're saying here? It's possible
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  • to be a believer and follower ofJesus and ultimately be outside!
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  • Not losing your salvation. Youcan't lose your salvation. But
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  • you can sure lose yourtestimony, and you can sure lose
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  • your reputation. And you cansure lose your family! You can
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  • lose a lot of things! Notbecause of some big dynamic
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  • decision. Nobody wakes up...Rarely does anybody wake up and
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  • say, "You know I've decidedtoday to be an atheist." No, it
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  • happens over time and you stopbelieving God and you begin to
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  • drift, and then you're in deepwaters and you have no faith at
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  • all. It's a sad situation, isn'tit? It's a clear exhortation...
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  • a clear warning, just acompelling affirmation. But in
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  • the midst of all of this you canget things turned around.
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  • [Music]
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  • At the
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  • core of every one of my messagesis one thing: the power of Jesus
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  • to save, the power of God's wordto change our lives. I can't
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  • think of a better way to startthe New Year off right than by
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  • starting every day with God'sword, and that would include a
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  • devotional from God's word. So,today I want to send you a
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  • fantastic resource to help youtap into God's power, get into
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  • God's word, it's my new book,MOMENTS IN THE WORD. This daily
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  • devotional book will help youstart every day focused on the
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  • One who can truly change yourlife from the inside out and
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  • forever. So, call the number onthe screen or visit us online at
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  • JackGraham.org to donate to ourministry (PowerPoint) and to
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  • receive the MOMENTS IN THE WORDbook.
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  • I have a little acrostic
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  • for you to help you take awaysome truths... some practical
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  • ideas as to how we keep fromdrifting in our spiritual lives.
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  • Number one, D... determine...determine your priorities in
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  • life... determine yourpriorities in life. Determine
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  • what is my purpose in life? I amreally glad that as a teenage
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  • boy God called me to theministry and I made a decision
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  • about the direction of my lifeas a young man. Now that's just
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  • my story; it's not everybody'sstory, of course, and I don't
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  • set myself up here as a perfectexample. But I'm just telling
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  • you I'm grateful that the courseof my life was set as a young
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  • man, as I began to get seriousabout my Christian faith and
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  • walk. And so I began, ratherthan drifting through those
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  • college years andtwenty-something years... Had a
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  • purpose, had a plan, began tolive my priorities in my life.
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  • And even though some windsblew... and some heavy winds
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  • blew in those years in our life,but I stayed on course because I
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  • had determined God's purpose...God's plan for my life, and
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  • therefore, I lived by thosepriorities. That's number one.
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  • That will keep you fromdrifting. "Seek first (Matthew
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  • 6:33) the kingdom of God and Hisrighteousness, all of these
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  • things will be added unto you."Secondly, renew your faith
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  • daily... renew your faith daily.I believe there is a success
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  • habit in the life of everydynamic believer that I've ever
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  • known, and that is this: Givethe first moments and minutes of
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  • your day to God! How you beginyour day sets the mindset of
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  • your day and often the directionof your day. And so it is
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  • essential if you are going tokeep from drifting... because
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  • you know what happens when youbegin to neglect prayer, begin
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  • to neglect God's Word. You know,you hadn't been there a day,
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  • then it's been a week, and thenit's been two weeks. Same thing
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  • happens with church. Before youknow it it's been a month, it's
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  • been a half a year, it's been ayear. You're just drifting! You
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  • didn't intend for it happen, butthat's what happened. Why?
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  • Because you didn't renew yourfaith on a daily basis. We
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  • have... If you live a normallifespan you have about 25.000
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  • mornings to greet every day ofyour life. Some of us have less
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  • than that. The good news is ifyou're a Christian in heaven
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  • everyday is morning. It's aneternal morning. But on this
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  • side about 25.000 mornings. Soon our journey home every day
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  • presents an opportunity for anew beginning! For a new birth!
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  • New opportunities! So this iswhy you don't neglect your
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  • salvation. You just don't blareout pell-mell into your day
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  • without taking time to worship,to pray, to read your Bible, to
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  • ask God for guidance, to make alist even... what does God want
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  • me to do? I have a habit, Ijournal most every day of my
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  • life these days. I didn't do itall my life. I wish I had. But
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  • if I will take the time toregularly bathe my soul in the
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  • presence of God... if I willopen God's Word... if I will
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  • speak to Him... ask and pray...Listen to a couple of these
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  • scriptures: Psalm 5:3 "In themorning, O Lord, You hear my
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  • voice, in the morning I layrequests before You and wait in
  • 00:22:08.216 --> 00:22:11.620
  • expectation." Psalm 90:14...this is the prayer of Moses.
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  • Would you like to know whatMoses prayed and how Moses was
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  • so great in his life? "Satisfyus in the morning with Your
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  • unfailing love, that we may singfor joy and be glad all our
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  • days." [Psalm 118:24] "This isthe day the Lord has made; we
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  • will rejoice and be glad in it."Again, make your first
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  • appointment of your day anappointment with God [taps for
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  • emphasis]! It doesn't have to belong, but it can be a divine
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  • appointment. You hear His voice.You listen for His instruction.
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  • You seek His blessing. You renewyour faith. You offer your life.
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  • And repeat the next day. Yousay, "Well, that sounds like a
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  • lot." Well, do you want to driftor not drift? That's the
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  • question. How will you escape?How will you escape disaster in
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  • your life if you're drifting?Number three, quickly: Invest in
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  • what matters. Give your life,your talent, your time, your
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  • treasures. Invest in what reallymatters. If you focus on selfish
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  • pursuits... sinful pursuitsrather than spiritual pursuits,
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  • you will find yourself wasted.Invest in what matters. Invest
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  • in eternal things. Number four:Fellowship with other believers.
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  • D-R-I-F Fellowship with otherbelievers. This is why God has
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  • called us together as a family,as a church. Because we get
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  • fired up together. When you putthe logs together on the fire,
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  • it's a bigger fire. I need you;you need me. No wonder in
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  • Hebrews chapter 10 the writerwill again say [Hebrews 10:25],
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  • "Don't forsake the assembling ofyourselves together as the
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  • manner of some is, but so muchthe more as you see the Day
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  • approaching." The dark days, thetough days! "So much the more"
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  • encourage one another! Andexhort one another! So church,
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  • the family of God will keep youfrom drifting!
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  • Finally, trust in
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  • God... Trust God for yourfuture... trust God for your
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  • future. Live with Hope. If youlife with Jesus Christ, you're
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  • living in hope every single day.In fact if you'll look... and
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  • we'll close with this... inHebrews chapter 6, there's a
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  • scripture that will help yoursoul to be anchored and
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  • steadfast in stormy seas. It'sverse 19, chapter 6: "We have
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  • this as a sure and steadfastanchor of the soul, a hope that
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  • enters into the inner placebehind the curtain,"... A sure
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  • and steadfast anchor for thesoul! We need that, don't we?
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  • Something to steady us, tostrengthen us, to keep us from
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  • drifting away, slipping awayfrom our faith, from our family,
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  • from our commitments! It's ananchor for the soul. Did you
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  • know that one of the firstsymbols of the Christian faith
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  • was the anchor? You know aboutthe cross. That's an early
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  • symbol of the church. You knowperhaps about the fish... the
  • 00:25:35.223 --> 00:25:37.626
  • Ichthys... became a symbol ofthe church because those
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  • original followers werefisherman. They were fishing for
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  • men; thus the fish... theIchthys. You may not know that
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  • one of the earliest symbols ofthe church was an anchor. If you
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  • visit the catacombs in Rome youwill see the symbol of the
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  • anchor on many of the tombs andgravestones. If you go to
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  • Jerusalem and walk into theempty tomb, the tomb that many
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  • think was the very tomb whereJesus was laid in the Garden,
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  • etched on the backside of thattomb is a cross and then the
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  • anchor below that cross. Thecross... it becomes an anchor.
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  • It comes right from that verse."Hope which is an anchor for the
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  • soul." And in these dark days...in these stormy seas in which we
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  • are living in our lifetime, weneed an anchor for the soul. And
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  • that anchor is hope. And hope isnot wishful thinking; hope is
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  • the sure and steadfastconfidence that what God says is
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  • true. The songwriter put it thisway: "In times like these we
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  • need a Savior./ In times likethese we need an (what?) an
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  • anchor. (Some of you know thisold song.) Times like these we
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  • need an anchor! Be very sure, bevery sure that your anchor holds
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  • and grips the solid Rock.
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