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  • Scott Dooley: This is"Connect with Skip Heitzig."
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  • Glad you have joined us todaybecause we have an important
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  • topic to present.
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  • The message is, "Fact-Check,"and in these times of uncertain
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  • sources, we need to knowwhat we believe and why.
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  • This is Scott Dooley, invitingyou to open your Bible to
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  • Hebrews chapter 11, and wewill begin in verse 1 as we join
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  • Skip Heitzig to "Fact-CheckYour Faith."
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  • Skip Heitzig: You know, there'ssomething that has come out over
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  • the last few years calledfact-checking.
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  • And the phenomenon offact-checking, because now
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  • everybody has access to theInternet, is nobody can
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  • cheat anymore.
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  • Nobody can readily give out fakenews without being called into
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  • account because we all haveaccess to run down
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  • certain facts.
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  • We can go to a websites, some ofthem wholly dedicated to
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  • exploring the facts of a matter,and you can discern if what is
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  • said, whether it's a newsreport, or a politician's
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  • speech, or a preacher's sermon.
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  • In the old days, you could getaway with a lot more.
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  • Today, you cannot getaway with anything.
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  • You can get stuff fact-checked.
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  • Now, put that inthe Christian's life.
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  • As believers, wedeal with facts.
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  • We deal with real-time events.
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  • We are face-to-face with life.
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  • We face the same facts as abeliever that right now an
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  • unbeliever faces in any countryin the world.
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  • We're facing somethingvery similar.
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  • However, when you bring Godinto the equation,
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  • things look different.
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  • Things begin to change and thatis what the life of faith will
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  • do for you.
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  • What faith does, it brings Godinto the picture and it thereby
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  • changes your outlook.
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  • Now, we all know the wordCoronavirus.
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  • It's part of our vocabulary.
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  • It's here to stay.
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  • We're going to be saying thatfor a long time to come looking
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  • back on this very unique time inhistory, but right now facts
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  • are changing.
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  • Models are changing every day.
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  • Projections are changing.
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  • There's opposing voices of whatwe should do or shouldn't do,
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  • when we should open,when we shouldn't.
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  • We're noticing that each stateis being very unique in how it's
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  • gearing back into business.
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  • A variety of opinions on this.
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  • So when we face a difficulty, atrial, an experience that's
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  • hard, we have tofact check with faith.
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  • So are there issues?
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  • Are there difficulties?
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  • Yes, but fact, God loves me.
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  • Fact, I'm his child.
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  • Fact, God has a planunique for my life.
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  • Fact, all things work togetherfor good to those who love God
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  • and are called accordingto his purpose.
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  • And fact, I'm goin' to heavenwhen it's all done.
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  • I've got a future and a hope.
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  • I've got God's plan and the bestworking for me now and I have a
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  • glorious future when it's over.
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  • Now, Hebrews chapter 11 is oneof the great chapters in the
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  • Bible and I have a notion thatmost of you know it already
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  • pretty well.
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  • We know it as the faith chapterin the Bible.
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  • It's similar to what1 Corinthians 13 is.
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  • That's the love chapter.
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  • This is the faith chapter.
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  • It's as if the author writesthis long, beautiful oratory
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  • or song about faith,using a variety of examples
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  • from the Old Testament.
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  • The theme of chapter 11is common people
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  • with an uncommon faith.
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  • Or simply put, ordinary peoplewho trust an extraordinary God.
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  • And because of that, they livedextraordinary lives.
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  • They were normal people like youand I are but they tapped
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  • into something in the midstof a difficulty.
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  • Hebrews chapter 11 has beencalled a number of things.
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  • It's been called the Hall ofFaith or the Hall of Fame
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  • of Faith.
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  • It's been called the Honor Rollof the Old Testament.
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  • You know, one of the things thatthe coronavirus has done with
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  • hospitals and it's gonna bechanging we think soon, but
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  • right now elective surgeries arenot being done.
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  • You can't--like,I had a back surgery.
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  • I elected to do it.
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  • I can't get that done today.
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  • So that's been shut down, whichmeans all the elective surgeries
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  • like facelifts, and plasticsurgeries, they're on hold.
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  • And so there's people like,"Man, I'm so bummed out I can't
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  • get that faceliftthat I wanted."
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  • You're not thinking that, Tamra,'cause you're so beautiful the
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  • way you are, you girls, Avery.
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  • But now's a good timefor you to get a faith lift.
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  • Let's look at Hebrews 11as something that's gonna
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  • give us a faith lift.
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  • These are peoplelike you and me.
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  • These are people who put theirsandal on one at a time.
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  • They struggledwith issues in life.
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  • They had to pay rent.
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  • But they were models of trust.
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  • These are people like Abel, andNoah, and Enoch, and Abraham,
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  • and Sarah, and a host of others.
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  • They all had difficulties, butthey had to fact-check life by
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  • bringing God into the equation,adding faith to it, and
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  • things changed.
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  • Each of them lived in hardshipwith this world, but each of
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  • them lived in fellowshipwith God.
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  • They lived in hardship, yes,with things around them, but
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  • they lived in fellowship withthe one who is above them.
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  • Well, we face thesame obstacles.
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  • We face difficult times, andthat has been a recurrent theme
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  • on the weekends and Wednesdaystudies for the last several
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  • weeks, and rightly so.
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  • We're dealing with somethingvery, very unique.
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  • We're in tough times,no question.
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  • Tough times demand tough faith.
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  • And I'm hoping--by the way, theonly way to get tough faith is
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  • to have tough times.
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  • A faith is like a muscle thatneeds to be exercised.
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  • You need resistance.
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  • It needs to be kinda beaten downand broken down, and then you
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  • build it back up again, justlike when you go to the gym and
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  • you work out.
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  • So God is allowing us to gothrough this difficulty because
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  • he's strengthening the outcomeof the church's faith
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  • going forward.
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  • And some of us are saying, "Oh,I don't know if I can make it."
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  • You can make it.
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  • You should make it.
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  • You must make it and here's why.
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  • Jeremiah once complained becausethings were difficult in his
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  • life, and he was pleadingwith God in the midst
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  • of a difficult situation.
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  • Listen to the Lord's response toJeremiah, "If you have run with
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  • the footmen and they havewearied you, how will you
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  • contend with the horses?
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  • And if in the land of peace inwhich you trusted they wearied
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  • you, then how will you do in thefloodplain in the Jordan?"
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  • In other words, yeah, this istough, but I'm preparing you for
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  • something perhaps that istougher going forward.
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  • So God is conditioning us.
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  • And the way we get conditionedis to have our faith challenged.
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  • Now, not everybody agrees thatfaith is even a
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  • worthwhile disposition.
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  • There's people who marginalizethe life of faith.
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  • They think that it's crude andoutdated, and it's for weak
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  • people, it's a superstition.
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  • The American author H.L.
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  • Mencken said, "Faith may bedefined as an illogical belief
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  • in the occurrence of theimprobable."
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  • In other words, it's a blindleap in the dark.
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  • It really makes no sense at all,but weak people do that.
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  • But I contend that everybody hasfaith to some degree.
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  • There's natural faith andeverybody has that.
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  • You go to the faucet, you turnon the faucet, and you don't
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  • know what's living in yourpipes, but you've had enough
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  • experience to know that probablyI'll be okay.
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  • You go to the car, and you putthe key in, and you turn it.
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  • Though you may not understandhow engines work,
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  • and electricity and pistonsand rings and all that,
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  • but you have faith that it'snot only going to turn on,
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  • but roll down the road.
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  • You go to the pharmacy and theysay, "Take two of these every
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  • four hours," you don't knowwhat's in there.
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  • You're hoping that there'ssomebody back there with enough
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  • experience to give you somethingthat won't kill you.
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  • You go to a restaurantfor takeout, and you go home
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  • and you eat it.
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  • You don't know what's in there.
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  • It's probably good that youdon't know what's in there, but
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  • you have had enough experiencethat that natural faith is gonna
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  • carry you through.
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  • So we all have faith.
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  • I remember when my son, Nate,who's now a pastor on our staff
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  • and a gifted leader,when he would--
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  • we would give him a meal.
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  • If he didn't know what it was,and my wife cooked it, but he
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  • had a very unusual prayer.
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  • You know, we usually say, "Lord,bless this food to the
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  • nourishment of our bodies."
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  • He would pray this prayer,"Lord, I pray this food is
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  • not poison.
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  • In Jesus's name, amen."
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  • Not a whole lot of confidencein his mom.
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  • So we're gonna look at Hebrewschapter 11 and we're gonna begin
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  • with some preliminaries beforewe get into some examples of
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  • people who did fact-checking bybringing faith into
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  • the equation.
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  • Hebrews 11, verse 1, "Now faithis the substance of things hoped
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  • for, the evidenceof things not seen.
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  • For by it the elders obtaineda good testimony.
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  • By faith we understand that theworlds were framed by the Word
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  • of God, so that the things whichare seen were not made of the
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  • things which are visible."
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  • Let's begin by talking about theessence of faith.
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  • That's where verse one comes in.
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  • It tells us not really adefinition, but a description of
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  • faith, the essence of faith.
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  • Faith is the substance of thingshoped for, the evidence of
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  • things not seen.
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  • I've always found itinteresting, maybe funny.
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  • Maybe "funny" isn't the rightword, but sad I would say,
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  • the way some peopletry to define faith.
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  • They define faith as, somepeople, a blind optimism, saying
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  • things like, "Things are gonnawork out.
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  • I have faith."
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  • In what?
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  • What do you have faith in?
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  • What is the objectof your faith?
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  • So that's just sort ofa blind optimism.
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  • Everything's gonna work out.
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  • I have faith.
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  • Others' view of faith is likepositive confession, the idea of
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  • whatever the mind can believeand conceive, it can achieve.
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  • And so you just, you know,you speak out.
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  • Your words are the containersof your faith and you speak out
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  • a positive confession.
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  • The problem with that,that can be faith in faith.
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  • You're believing in the powerof faith alone.
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  • To other people,faith is a feeling.
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  • I don't know if any of you hereremember the movie "Oklahoma."
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  • Do you remember it?
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  • It was an old musical.
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  • You remember it?
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  • So you have seen it 'causeyou've had acting
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  • experience, Ryan.
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  • So there's a song,you'll recognize the song,
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  • "Oh, what a beautiful morning.
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  • Oh, what a beautiful day.
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  • I've got a beautiful feelingeverything's going my way."
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  • What a wonderful feeling.
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  • To some people, that's faith.
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  • I have a wonderful feeling andit's my feeling that things are
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  • just gonna be okay.
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  • Listen, faith is onlyas good as its object.
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  • If your faith is in faith,if the object of your faith
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  • is the power of faith,it's gonna fail,
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  • 'cause some days it's strong,some days it's not.
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  • If your faith is in a feeling,well, that's gonna go up
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  • and down.
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  • You have to have faith in God.
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  • True faith clings to thepromises of God, not to the
  • 00:12:51.963 --> 00:12:56.568
  • premises or preferences of man.
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  • It has to be rooted in somethingmore solid, and that is the
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  • promise of God.
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  • That's why it says in verse 3,"By faith, we understand the
  • 00:13:04.709 --> 00:13:07.979
  • worlds were framed by the Wordof God, so the things which are
  • 00:13:08.012 --> 00:13:13.151
  • seen were not made of thingsthat are visible."
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  • Some people have seen faith asbelieving in spite of evidence.
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  • Now, nothing could be furtherfrom the truth.
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  • To believe in something despiteor contrary to evidence is
  • 00:13:25.296 --> 00:13:29.234
  • just superstitious.
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  • So what I love here is what theauthor does is he gives us the
  • 00:13:31.402 --> 00:13:35.039
  • essence of true biblical faithand he says two things, "It's
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  • the substance of things hopedfor.
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  • It's the evidenceof things not seen."
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  • They are two parallel phrasesthat essentially mean
  • 00:13:44.549 --> 00:13:48.887
  • the same thing.
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  • One just builds on the other.
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  • It's not a full theologicaldefinition of faith, but it is
  • 00:13:51.623 --> 00:13:54.893
  • the essence of faith.
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  • So listen to verse 1 inthe New Living Translation,
  • 00:13:56.861 --> 00:14:00.098
  • "What is faith?
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  • It is the confident assurancethat what we hope for is going
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  • to happen.
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  • It is the evidence of things wecannot yet see."
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  • So take that first phrase here,"Faith is the substance of
  • 00:14:13.578 --> 00:14:18.750
  • things hoped for."
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  • I like that.
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  • Faith has substance.
  • 00:14:21.452 --> 00:14:22.787
  • It's substantive, okay?
  • 00:14:22.820 --> 00:14:24.355
  • So the word translated here"substance" means a firm,
  • 00:14:24.389 --> 00:14:29.727
  • solid assurance, or better yet,a foundation.
  • 00:14:29.761 --> 00:14:33.131
  • It comes from two Greek wordsput together that means
  • 00:14:33.164 --> 00:14:37.168
  • to set underneath.
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  • To set underneath.
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  • So you put something underneathand you rest on that.
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  • It's a support.
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  • It's a firm ground to stand on.
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  • So then faith is not somethingthat you concoct in
  • 00:14:49.180 --> 00:14:51.916
  • your imagination.
  • 00:14:51.950 --> 00:14:53.284
  • It's for weak people who needto look outside of themselves
  • 00:14:53.318 --> 00:14:56.354
  • and believe in some Godthat they made up.
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  • It's not fabricated by the mind.
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  • Faith, true biblical faith,has solid substance.
  • 00:15:01.793 --> 00:15:07.398
  • There's a great story about JohnPaton, who became a physician
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  • and an academic, and before thathe was a missionary to the New
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  • Hebrides Islands in the SouthPacific, filled with cannibals,
  • 00:15:15.673 --> 00:15:19.077
  • by the way.
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  • He went to these islands.
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  • He was translating the Gospel ofJohn and he was trying to come
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  • up with the right word in thereceptor language for the word
  • 00:15:26.985 --> 00:15:31.522
  • "faith," the word "believe,"the word "trust."
  • 00:15:31.556 --> 00:15:35.026
  • And he didn't find an adequateword to translate into
  • 00:15:35.059 --> 00:15:38.496
  • that language.
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  • So he is in his tent one day andhe did have a desk, he had a
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  • chair, and he had a local, likean attache or servant with him
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  • who knew the language.
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  • So he would ask him questions,"Well, what does this mean?
  • 00:15:52.043 --> 00:15:54.045
  • What does that mean?"
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  • So one day he sat in his chairat his desk and he said to him,
  • 00:15:55.413 --> 00:15:58.683
  • he said, "What am I doing?"
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  • And the man said, "You'resitting in your chair."
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  • So then he leaned back alittle bit, put his feet up
  • 00:16:03.388 --> 00:16:07.658
  • in the air like this, said,"Now what am I doing?"
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  • And the word the man utteredback to him was a word that when
  • 00:16:09.861 --> 00:16:14.732
  • translated means to lean yourwhole weight upon.
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  • "What am I doing right now?"
  • 00:16:18.903 --> 00:16:20.204
  • "You are leaning your wholeweight upon that chair."
  • 00:16:20.238 --> 00:16:25.343
  • So he said that's the word totranslate "trust,"
  • 00:16:25.376 --> 00:16:28.980
  • "faith," "belief."
  • 00:16:29.013 --> 00:16:30.348
  • So John 3:16 in that languageis, "For God so loved the world
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  • that he gave his only begottenSon, that whoever leans his
  • 00:16:35.253 --> 00:16:37.989
  • whole weight upon him will notperish but will have
  • 00:16:38.022 --> 00:16:41.893
  • everlasting life."
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  • That's the essence of faith.
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  • It's substantive.
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  • It has a strong undergirdingand foundation.
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  • You might say that faith isputting all your eggs in God's
  • 00:16:49.967 --> 00:16:54.105
  • basket and then counting yourblessings before they hatch.
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  • It's got real substance.
  • 00:16:59.877 --> 00:17:01.746
  • So that's the first phrase,"Faith is the substance of
  • 00:17:01.779 --> 00:17:06.017
  • things hoped for."
  • 00:17:06.050 --> 00:17:07.919
  • Second parallel phrase is, "Andit's the evidence of things
  • 00:17:07.952 --> 00:17:12.723
  • not seen."
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  • That's the same truth, but itjust kicks it up another notch,
  • 00:17:14.092 --> 00:17:17.428
  • goes up another level.
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  • And the word here for "evidence"means the satisfying conviction.
  • 00:17:19.430 --> 00:17:24.902
  • So that which I rest uponbecomes deep within me,
  • 00:17:24.936 --> 00:17:29.140
  • something I'm really convictedin that it's true, a
  • 00:17:29.173 --> 00:17:32.710
  • satisfying conviction.
  • 00:17:32.743 --> 00:17:34.345
  • And the idea here is that faithacts upon that confidence even
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  • though I can't fully see it.
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  • I don't see it all yet.
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  • It's not completely revealed.
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  • A man of faith acts upon what hebelieves even if he can't
  • 00:17:46.324 --> 00:17:51.028
  • totally grasp it.
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  • You're going to the doctor, tothe pharmacist, you don't
  • 00:17:53.531 --> 00:17:56.267
  • understand all the compounds,but you take it by faith
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  • and you apply it.
  • 00:17:59.937 --> 00:18:02.006
  • I've always loved the storyabout a grocer, a guy who owned
  • 00:18:02.039 --> 00:18:05.510
  • a grocery store.
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  • Old days now, old day--thinksmall town America, a little
  • 00:18:06.878 --> 00:18:09.647
  • grocery store, the kind that hadthe cellar beneath the store.
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  • So he had a wood floor, go downthe steps, he kept his stock
  • 00:18:13.584 --> 00:18:17.255
  • down there, moved it upstairs.
  • 00:18:17.288 --> 00:18:19.056
  • So he went down to get someitems, some stock, to bring up
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  • to the shelves.
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  • And while he's down there--so up top it's very well lit
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  • because you havenatural window light.
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  • Down below, it's dimly lit.
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  • While the grocer was down in thecellar, the grocer's son was in
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  • the main part of the storelooking down that hole
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  • where the ladder is.
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  • Couldn't see anything'cause it's so dark.
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  • It's so well-lit up there,couldn't see anything.
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  • And his dad looks up and seeshis son, his well-lit face from
  • 00:18:46.717 --> 00:18:50.655
  • the window light looking down,peering down.
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  • And the dad says, "Jump!"
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  • All the boy hears--can't see.
  • 00:18:57.662 --> 00:18:59.530
  • He could only hear a voicethat says, "Jump."
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  • He goes, "I can't jump."
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  • "Come on, son.
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  • It's your Daddy.
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  • You recognize my voice.
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  • You hear my voice, jump."
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  • And the boy said,"I can't jump, Daddy.
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  • I can't see you."
  • 00:19:09.941 --> 00:19:12.543
  • And Daddy said, "But I can seeyou, and you know me, and you
  • 00:19:12.577 --> 00:19:18.583
  • know that I love you."
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  • The boy just jumped.
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  • So that's--there was substanceand conviction that dad was
  • 00:19:24.021 --> 00:19:29.060
  • gonna be down thereto catch him.
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  • That's the essence of faith.
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  • Now, when it comes to living alife of faith and the need to
  • 00:19:33.097 --> 00:19:35.766
  • fact-check with a life of faith,it's because of this.
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  • There is a spiritual realityaround us that we don't see with
  • 00:19:40.204 --> 00:19:44.809
  • our natural eye.
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  • If we could see it, it wouldchange our life.
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  • Give you a few examples.
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  • In the Old Testament,there's a guy who's running
  • 00:19:51.949 --> 00:19:53.718
  • from his brother,his name was Jacob,
  • 00:19:53.751 --> 00:19:55.453
  • and his brother Esau--because of the stolen blessing--
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  • Jacob hightails itthrough the country.
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  • His brother's fleeing--runningafter him, chasing him,
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  • and so Jacob runs.
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  • He goes to this spotwhere it's desolate.
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  • He doesn't have a tent,doesn't have a home.
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  • He lays his head on a rock atnight and he's very lonely.
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  • It's very isolated.
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  • He feels very alone.
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  • When he falls asleep, the Lordgives him a vision, a dream.
  • 00:20:25.616 --> 00:20:31.188
  • And he sees a ladder going allthe way up into heaven and the
  • 00:20:31.222 --> 00:20:34.392
  • angels of God going up from theearth and coming down from
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  • heaven to the earth.
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  • Jacob wakes up the next morningand says, "The Lord is in this
  • 00:20:41.532 --> 00:20:46.203
  • place and I knew it" not.
  • 00:20:46.237 --> 00:20:49.974
  • And he calls the place Bethel,which means the house of God,
  • 00:20:50.007 --> 00:20:53.244
  • "Truly this is the house of God.
  • 00:20:53.277 --> 00:20:54.912
  • Surely this is the gateof heaven."
  • 00:20:54.945 --> 00:20:57.948
  • I love the way it's worded, "TheLord is in this place," not was,
  • 00:20:57.982 --> 00:21:02.219
  • is, present tense,"but I knew it not."
  • 00:21:02.253 --> 00:21:05.690
  • I know it now, but I knew it notyesterday, but now I know it.
  • 00:21:05.723 --> 00:21:10.027
  • There is now an awareness.
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  • I have seen into the other worlda reality I didn't know existed,
  • 00:21:11.696 --> 00:21:16.567
  • but now I do.
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  • And it changedthe way he did life.
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  • That's one example.
  • 00:21:21.472 --> 00:21:22.773
  • Another exampleis the Prophet Elisha.
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  • He's down at a towncalled Dothan.
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  • The Syrian armycamps around him.
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  • The reason the Syrians are afterhim is because Elisha the
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  • Prophet could tell what theSyrian army was gonna do before
  • 00:21:35.820 --> 00:21:41.359
  • they did it.
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  • As soon as a battle cry wentout, "Bring your men here."
  • 00:21:42.760 --> 00:21:45.129
  • He would tell theIsraelite commander
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  • and they'd be ready for it.
  • 00:21:47.598 --> 00:21:49.367
  • So the Syrian Army says, "Look,we kinda have a snitch.
  • 00:21:49.400 --> 00:21:52.570
  • God, you know, is telling thisguy what we're doin'.
  • 00:21:52.603 --> 00:21:54.939
  • We gotta just get ridof this guy."
  • 00:21:54.972 --> 00:21:57.241
  • So the Syrian army camps aroundwhere he is, where Elisha and
  • 00:21:57.274 --> 00:22:02.113
  • his servant Gehazi are.
  • 00:22:02.146 --> 00:22:04.949
  • And the next morning, theservant of Elisha, Gehazi,
  • 00:22:04.982 --> 00:22:08.953
  • looks around and sees armieson the hillsides all around him,
  • 00:22:08.986 --> 00:22:13.424
  • and he freaks out.
  • 00:22:13.457 --> 00:22:15.893
  • He says, "What are we gonna do,master?
  • 00:22:15.926 --> 00:22:18.295
  • We're surrounded."
  • 00:22:18.329 --> 00:22:19.930
  • And the Bible says that Elishasaid to his servant, "Do not
  • 00:22:19.964 --> 00:22:25.836
  • fear for those that are with usare more than those that are
  • 00:22:25.870 --> 00:22:30.775
  • with them."
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  • Now, I'm sure the servant ofElisha didn't understand the
  • 00:22:33.677 --> 00:22:36.680
  • meaning of that.
  • 00:22:36.714 --> 00:22:38.015
  • What do you mean there's morewith us than with them?
  • 00:22:38.048 --> 00:22:39.517
  • There's a whole lot of them.
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  • I just see two of us.
  • 00:22:40.751 --> 00:22:42.620
  • Then he said, "Lord, I pray,open his eyes.
  • 00:22:42.653 --> 00:22:47.425
  • Open his eyes."
  • 00:22:47.458 --> 00:22:48.826
  • And it says that the Lord openedhis spiritual eyes to perceive
  • 00:22:48.859 --> 00:22:52.296
  • that there--the angels of Godwere encamped around the Syrian
  • 00:22:52.329 --> 00:22:56.000
  • army, more in number than theSyrian army itself.
  • 00:22:56.033 --> 00:23:01.505
  • So before, the servant of Elishawas looking out saying,
  • 00:23:01.539 --> 00:23:05.709
  • "Poor us."
  • 00:23:05.743 --> 00:23:07.077
  • Now he's lookin' out saying,"Poor them."
  • 00:23:07.111 --> 00:23:09.380
  • They're surrounded.
  • 00:23:09.413 --> 00:23:10.881
  • They're dead meat.
  • 00:23:10.915 --> 00:23:12.249
  • So both of them are able to seeinto the spiritual realm, and
  • 00:23:12.283 --> 00:23:15.686
  • because they did that, thingschanged.
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  • Faith is the organ by which weare unable to see into the
  • 00:23:18.389 --> 00:23:22.726
  • invisible order.
  • 00:23:22.760 --> 00:23:26.330
  • Remember Shadrach, Meshach,and Abednego, those three
  • 00:23:26.363 --> 00:23:30.434
  • Hebrew children?
  • 00:23:30.468 --> 00:23:31.769
  • That was their Babylonian names.
  • 00:23:31.802 --> 00:23:33.204
  • Nebuchadnezzar gave an order.
  • 00:23:33.237 --> 00:23:34.638
  • They defied the order.
  • 00:23:34.672 --> 00:23:36.674
  • The king said, "Well, you defymy order, I'm going to throw you
  • 00:23:36.707 --> 00:23:39.610
  • into this burning,fiery furnace."
  • 00:23:39.643 --> 00:23:41.846
  • So what did these three guys do?
  • 00:23:41.879 --> 00:23:44.748
  • Do they obey the king that theycan see, Nebuchadnezzar, or do
  • 00:23:44.782 --> 00:23:49.653
  • they trust in the King theycan't see?
  • 00:23:49.687 --> 00:23:52.256
  • They can't see, but they knowhe's there.
  • 00:23:52.289 --> 00:23:54.658
  • They decided to put their faithin the one they cannot see but
  • 00:23:54.692 --> 00:24:00.464
  • knew was there and it changedeverything for them.
  • 00:24:00.498 --> 00:24:05.102
  • That's how substantive faith is.
  • 00:24:05.135 --> 00:24:07.905
  • J. Oswald Sanders put it thisway, "Faith enables the
  • 00:24:07.938 --> 00:24:11.275
  • believing soul to treat thefuture as the present and the
  • 00:24:11.308 --> 00:24:16.313
  • invisible as seen."
  • 00:24:16.347 --> 00:24:19.884
  • So it's not to be marginalized.
  • 00:24:19.917 --> 00:24:22.520
  • It's not unsubstantive.
  • 00:24:22.553 --> 00:24:24.188
  • It's not backwards.
  • 00:24:24.221 --> 00:24:25.523
  • It's not just illogical.
  • 00:24:25.556 --> 00:24:27.157
  • It's substantive.
  • 00:24:27.191 --> 00:24:29.093
  • So the the fact-check we need tobring into every situation is,
  • 00:24:29.126 --> 00:24:34.031
  • "I serve a God who is bigger andmore powerful than this virus or
  • 00:24:34.064 --> 00:24:38.969
  • anything else."
  • 00:24:39.003 --> 00:24:40.804
  • So that's the essence of faith.
  • 00:24:40.838 --> 00:24:43.474
  • Second is the effect of faith.
  • 00:24:43.507 --> 00:24:45.276
  • That's verse 2. The effect offaith is this, "For by it," that
  • 00:24:45.309 --> 00:24:49.713
  • is, by faith, "the eldersobtained a good testimony."
  • 00:24:49.747 --> 00:24:55.753
  • Now, pause for a moment.
  • 00:24:57.755 --> 00:24:59.089
  • What does that mean?
  • 00:24:59.123 --> 00:25:00.424
  • "For by it," by faith,"the elders obtained
  • 00:25:00.457 --> 00:25:03.861
  • a good testimony."
  • 00:25:03.894 --> 00:25:05.629
  • Well, it could meana couple of things.
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  • Number one, as it's translatedhere in the New King James, it
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  • could mean that these peoplelisted in Hebrews 11,
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  • these Old Testament examplesof faith left a good witness.
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  • In other words, they werea good example.
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  • They were a wonderfulpattern to follow.
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  • Or it could mean that they werea good testimony before God,
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  • that God is approvingof their witness.
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  • And probably that'swhat it means.
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  • The New Living Translationtranslates verse 2,
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  • "God gave his approval tothe people in the days of old
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  • because of their faith."
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  • NIV is very similar.
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  • "This is what the ancientswere commended for."
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  • So the idea is that God approvedof their life.
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  • Scott Dooley: You've beenwatching Skip Heitzig present
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  • the message,"Fact-Check Your Faith."
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  • More next time from thisimportant series, but now
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  • let's hear from Skip about hisnew book, "Biography of God."
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  • Skip Heitzig: You know, Godreally is the loftiest of all
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  • subjects and the pinnacle of allhuman pursuits.
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  • It was an honor and a very realchallenge for me to write my
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  • latest book, "Biography of God."
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  • In its pages, you'll discoverwho he is, what he is like, and
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  • how you can relate to him.
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  • We must always remember not tostop with just gathering
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  • information about God.
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  • We need to know him in apersonal way, like Abraham did.
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  • Consider this incredible truth.
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  • It's possible for you to bea friend of God.
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  • I hope you'll get a copy of mynew book, "Biography of God."
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  • Here's how to order.
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  • Scott Dooley: Order your copy ofSkip's new book, "Biography of
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  • That is 1-800-922-1888 or goto connectwithskip.com.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • Scott Dooley:Thanks for joining uson "Connect with Skip Heitzig."
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  • We're connecting you to God'snever-changing truth
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  • in ever-changing times.
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