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  • Scott Dooley: Greetingsand welcome to "Connect"
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  • with Skip Heitzig.
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  • As we study the Bible together,this is your host, Scott Dooley,
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  • and today, we will dive into theimportant biblical topic of
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  • fact checking your faith.
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  • Now, let's return to the book ofHebrews chapter 11, as we join
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  • Skip Heitzig.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • Skip Heitzig: In the OldTestament, there's a guy who's
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  • running from his brother, hisname was Jacob, and his brother,
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  • Esau, because ofthe stolen blessing.
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  • Jacob high tails it through thecountry, his brother's fleeing,
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  • running after him chasing him,and so Jacob runs, he goes to
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  • this spot where it's desolate,he doesn't have a tent, doesn't
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  • have a home he lays his head ona rock at night and he's very
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  • lonely, he's very isolated,he feels very alone.
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  • When he falls asleep the Lordgives him a vision, a dream, and
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  • he sees a ladder going all theway up into heaven and the
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  • angels of God going up fromthe Earth and coming down
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  • from heaven to the Earth.
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  • Jacob wakes up the next morningand says, "The Lord is in this
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  • place and I knew it not," and hecalls the place Bethel, which
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  • means the house of God, "Truly,this is the house of God, surely
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  • this is the gate of heaven."
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  • I love the way it's worded, theLord is in this place, not was,
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  • is, present tense, but I knewit not, I know it now,
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  • but I knew it not yesterday,but now I know it.
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  • There is now an awareness, Ihave seen into the other world,
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  • a reality I didn't know existed,but now I do and it changed
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  • the way he did life.
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  • That's one example, anotherexample is the Prophet Elijah.
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  • He's down at a town calledDothan, the Syrian Army camps
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  • around him, the reason theSyrians are after him is because
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  • Elijah the prophet could tellwhat the Syrian Army was gonna
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  • do before they did it.
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  • As soon as a battle cry wentout, "Bring your men here,"
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  • he would tell the Israelitecommander and they'd be
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  • ready for it.
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  • So the Syrian Army says look wekinda have a snitch, God you
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  • know is telling this guy whatwe're doing and we got to just
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  • get rid of this guy.
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  • So the Syrian army camps aroundwhere he is, where Elijah and
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  • his servant, Gehazi, are.
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  • And the next morning, theservant of Elijah, Gehazi looks
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  • around and then sees armies onthe hillsides all around him and
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  • he freaks out.
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  • He says, "What are wegonna do, Master?
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  • we're surrounded," and the Biblesays that Elijah said to his
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  • servant, "Do not fear, for thosethat are with us are more than
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  • those that are with them."
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  • Now I'm sure the servant ofElijah didn't understand the
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  • meaning of that, "What do youmean, 'There's more with us
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  • than with them?'
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  • There's a whole lot of them,I just see two of us."
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  • Then he said, "Lord, I pray,open his eyes," open his eyes,
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  • and it says that, "The Lordopened his spiritual eyes to
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  • perceive that the angels of Godwere encamped around the Syrian
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  • Army; more, in number,than the Syrian army itself."
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  • So before, the servant of Elijahwas looking out saying,
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  • "Poor us," now he's looking outsaying, "Poor them."
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  • They're surrounded, they're deadmeat so both of them are able
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  • to see into the spiritual realmand because they did that,
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  • things changed.
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  • Faith is the organ by whichwe are enabled to see into
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  • the invisible order.
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  • Remember Shadrach, Meshach,and Abednego,
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  • those three Hebrew children?
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  • That was their Babylonian names.
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  • Nebuchadnezzar gave an order,they defied the order, the king
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  • said, "Well, you defy my order,I'm going to throw you into this
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  • burning fiery furnace."
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  • So what do these three guys do?
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  • Do they obey the king that theycan see, Nebuchadnezzar,
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  • or do they trust in the kingthey can't see, they can't see
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  • but they know he's there?
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  • They decided to put their faithin the one they cannot see but
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  • knew was there and it changedeverything for them, that's how
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  • substantive faith is.
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  • J. Oswald Sanders put itthis way: "Faith enables the
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  • believing soul to treat thefuture as the present and the
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  • invisible as seen," so it's notto be marginalized, it's not
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  • unsubstantive, it's notbackwards, it's not just
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  • illogical; it's substantive.
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  • So the fact check we need tobring into every situation is,
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  • "I serve a God who is bigger andmore powerful than this virus
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  • or anything else;" so that'sthe essence of faith.
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  • Second is the effect of faith,that's verse 2, the effect
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  • of faith is this.
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  • "For by it," that is, by faith,"The elders obtained
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  • a good testimony."
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  • Now pause for a moment, whatdoes that mean, "For by it,"
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  • by faith, "The elders obtaineda good testimony?"
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  • Well it could meana couple of things.
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  • Number one, as it's translatedhere in the New King James,
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  • it could mean that these peoplelisted in Hebrews 11, these
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  • Old Testament examples of faithleft a good witness; in other
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  • words, they were a goodexample, they were a wonderful
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  • pattern to follow.
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  • Or, it could mean that they werea good testimony before God,
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  • that God is approving of theirwitness; and probably,
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  • that's what it means.
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  • The New Living Translationtranslates verse 2, "God gave
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  • his approval to the peoplein the days of old because
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  • of their faith."
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  • NIV is very similar: "This iswhat the ancients were commended
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  • for," so the idea is that Godapproved of their life.
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  • And that is fully supported,if you go down to verse 5,
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  • it brings up Enochas an example.
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  • "By faith Enoch was taken awayso that he did not see death,
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  • and was not found, because Godhad taken him; for before he was
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  • taken, he had this testimony,"or this witness,
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  • "That he pleased God.
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  • But without faith it isimpossible," verse 6, "To please
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  • God, for he who comes to Godmust believe that he is, that he
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  • is a rewarder of those whodiligently seek him."
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  • So the experience of the peopleof faith is they leave a good
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  • witness to the world and Godgives them his stamp of
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  • approval, they are pleasingto God, which, by the way,
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  • should be our motivationin life by the way.
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  • Our motivation in life,the New Testament calls it,
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  • "glorifying God,"Jesus called the cross,
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  • "His way ofglorifying the Father."
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  • "Father, glorify yourself,the time has now come for you
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  • to be glorified."
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  • So the idea is I'm gonna live mylife to please God and this is
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  • the effect of faith: when youlive a life of faith,
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  • God is pleased.
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  • 2 Corinthians chapter 5, Paulwrites, "We make it our aim,
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  • whether present or absent, to bewell-pleasing to God,"
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  • that's our goal and aim in life.
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  • Jesus said, "I always do thosethings that are pleasing
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  • to him," don't you wishyou could say that?
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  • I wish I could say, "I always dothose things that are pleasing
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  • to God," I can't say that, I'mworking on it, I'd like to,
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  • I want to get better at it, butJesus could say and live that
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  • way, "I always do those thingsthat are pleasing to him."
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  • But that's the effect of faith,when you live a life of faith,
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  • you leave a good witness and youget God's stamp of approval.
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  • Another one of my favoritestories is a story about a group
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  • of entertainers, you're gonnalike this, Ryan, because you
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  • grew up in this industry.
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  • They were a group of actors--singers, and they
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  • formed a little group and theywould travel through European
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  • towns playing a taverns andplaces where people could pay
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  • a modest amount for a ticketand get good entertainment
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  • over a meal.
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  • But it was turning from fall towinter, it was getting colder,
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  • an economic downturn inthe economy, like now, was
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  • happening, less people werecoming out and the group
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  • was getting discouraged.
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  • So one of them said before aperformance, they looked out
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  • and saw just a couple of peoplesitting in the chairs, and one
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  • of them said to the whole group,"I think we should just not go
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  • out tonight, I thinkwe should just quit.
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  • Look it, nobody's coming, itstarting to snow outside,
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  • fewer and fewer arecoming to hear us.
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  • It's really not worth the effortanymore so let's just
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  • call it quits."
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  • The oldest and more experiencedman who had been in this group
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  • a longtime said to the youngerman who was saying this,
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  • he said, "No, I think we owe itto those people who are here to
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  • give our best performance ever,this may be the last time we do
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  • it, after tonight we canreevaluate but let's just
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  • give it our best shot.
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  • And then after tonight,we'll discuss it."
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  • They went out, gave the bestperformance they ever had to
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  • just a few people, it was darkso they couldn't see who's there
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  • but afterwards, the old man washanded a note, he opened it up,
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  • he then shared it with the wholegroup, that said, "Thanks for
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  • a beautiful performance," andit was signed, "Your King."
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  • The king of that realm happenedto be coming through, happened
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  • to hear about it, go inside,they didn't know their king
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  • was there, they got to performfor their king and they won
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  • their king's approval.
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  • Well, that changes a person'smotivation when you know I'm
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  • doing this for my King, and myKing might say, "I loved that,"
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  • or, "How come you didn't putyour heart into it?"
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  • So that's the effect of faith;for by it, the elders obtained
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  • God's vote of approval,you might say.
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  • When you live a life of faithnot everybody is going to give
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  • you their approval, they're notgonna cheer you on necessarily,
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  • they're not gonna be clappingfor you or encouraging you,
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  • but you'll have God's approval.
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  • Here's the question youhave to ask yourself,
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  • is that enough for you?
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  • Really should be because if youknow that you're pleasing God,
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  • if you know you're pleasing GodI can almost guarantee you--
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  • no, I can guarantee you,it's gonna be enough.
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  • You're not gonna care who likesit or who doesn't like it,
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  • the biggest pay off to the lifeof faith is knowing that God is
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  • pleased with your life, and thenthere's another pay off, there's
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  • heaven afterwards,there's home afterwards.
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  • You're not home yet, you're notdone yet, you still have
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  • a welcoming committee yet ahead.
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  • So that's the essence of faithand the effect of faith, I want
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  • to give you a third componentand that is the example of faith
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  • that the author gives us,that's in verse 3.
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  • Now he gives several personalexamples later but he begins
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  • with a grand example,here's the example.
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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 things
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  • which are visible."
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  • Now there's a lot in that verse,I want to unpack it for you.
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  • Again, before giving anypersonal-private examples,
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  • the author gives this colossalpublic example of faith and
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  • that is creation, creation.
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  • He's assuming that the audiencebelieves in the creation
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  • narrative, the creation story,"By faith we understand the
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  • worlds were framed bythe Word of God."
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  • Notice it doesn't say, "Weunderstand the world," singular,
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  • "Was framed by the Word of God,"but notice it's put in the
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  • plural, "worlds," it's the Greekword aionios, "worlds" plural.
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  • So the idea here is theuniverse, that'd be a better
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  • translation, "By faith weunderstand that the universe was
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  • created," the physical universe,"Was created by God."
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  • Here's what the author issaying, you Hebrews, he's
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  • writing to the Hebrews, youJewish people already have
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  • a certain kind of faith, that'shis example, you already believe
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  • that God created the universe,you believe this even though
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  • you weren't therewhen it happened.
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  • The only way you're certain ofit, you rely on it, is because
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  • it was revealed to you;the Word of God tells you that.
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  • That's what he's saying, it wasrevealed to you, you weren't
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  • there when it happened, how dowe know the world was made,
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  • how do we knowthe universe was created,
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  • by scientific observation?
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  • No, because no one was there toobserve it, that I've met, have
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  • you met anyone or you could say,"I was there when God created
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  • the heavens and the earth?"
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  • No, nobody was there to see it,only God was there.
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  • Do we understand it bylaboratory experiment?
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  • No, because we can't replicatethe original set of
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  • circumstances to observe itover and over and over again
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  • to come up with fact.
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  • We believe it by faith,we believe it because it was
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  • revealed by God, Genesis chapter1, verse 1: "In the beginning,
  • 00:14:23.888 --> 00:14:30.128
  • God created the heavensand the earth,"
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  • God created out of nothing,ex nihilo creation, "Out of
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  • nothing God created everything."
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  • Now I realize, I've been aroundlong enough I have a little bit
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  • of a science background,unbelievers automatically
  • 00:14:44.943 --> 00:14:48.680
  • dismiss God and a life of faithwhenever we talk like this,
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  • whenever we talkabout a creation.
  • 00:14:54.185 --> 00:14:56.187
  • They see this as simplistic,they see this as crude, they see
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  • this as naive, when in fact,Genesis chapter 1, verse 1,
  • 00:15:00.024 --> 00:15:05.930
  • there was one short verse, isincredibly precise and neatly
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  • sums up the truth, "In thebeginning, God created the
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  • heavens and the earth."
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  • Back in 1903, a scientist by thename of Herbert Spencer, said
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  • that "everything in existencecan be put into one of five
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  • categories, one of fivecategories: time, force,
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  • action, space, matter."
  • 00:15:32.290 --> 00:15:36.127
  • Everything in existence can beput in one of those five
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  • categories: time, force, action,space, and matter; that happens
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  • to be Genesis chapter 1,verse 1: "In the beginning,"
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  • that's time; "God created,"that's force; "The heavens,"
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  • that's space; "And theearth," that's matter.
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  • All five categories placed inone verse, we believe that,
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  • that's something weapprehend and know by faith.
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  • It's faith that informs us thatthe first uncaused cause is not
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  • an impersonal process known asevolution, or theistic evolution
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  • even, but it's the result of apersonal God; he is the first
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  • uncaused cause, "God createdthe heavens and the earth."
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  • Instead of saying billionsof years ago, there was
  • 00:16:33.918 --> 00:16:36.521
  • an explosion and rubber wasbubbling forth and metal was
  • 00:16:36.554 --> 00:16:41.626
  • bubbling forth, and a car oozedup eventually out of the
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  • pavement, go out in theparking lot and you'll see it.
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  • Whenever we see something thatlooks like it's been designed,
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  • we infer there isa designer behind it.
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  • If I look at this set, I couldsay, It's amazing how this just
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  • happened over a longperiod of time.
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  • We came here one day and therugs were here, the couch was
  • 00:17:04.482 --> 00:17:07.652
  • here, the surfboard wasmiraculously here,
  • 00:17:07.685 --> 00:17:10.288
  • and the guitar--
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  • No, say that and say,"You're an idiot if you believe
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  • that, this design setspeaks of a designer."
  • 00:17:15.393 --> 00:17:21.099
  • And there are very capabledesigners, some of who are
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  • watching online, one who ispresent, or a couple who are
  • 00:17:25.803 --> 00:17:29.574
  • present in the other side ofthe campus who can attest
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  • to the fact that, yep,they designed it.
  • 00:17:32.510 --> 00:17:35.680
  • So when you see design you thinkthere is a designer, it's a very
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  • powerful argument,the argument by design.
  • 00:17:40.017 --> 00:17:43.387
  • It comes from an axiom,"Whenever there is a thing there
  • 00:17:43.421 --> 00:17:46.457
  • must have been a proceedingthought, whenever there is
  • 00:17:46.491 --> 00:17:50.027
  • a thought there must have been athinker;" somebody had to think
  • 00:17:50.061 --> 00:17:54.398
  • that up and then putthat into reality.
  • 00:17:54.432 --> 00:17:59.437
  • So if that's true with a caror this set that we're coming
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  • to you with, it's much truer ofthe human body that God created.
  • 00:18:04.075 --> 00:18:09.480
  • You could think this is justthe product of fortuitous
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  • occurrences of accidentalcircumstance, or you could say,
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  • "Boy, it sure seems like thishuman body has been designed."
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  • I love to look at these thingsand I love to research these
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  • things and read about them.
  • 00:18:24.729 --> 00:18:27.031
  • The human body has 30 trillioncells, Tamra did you wake up
  • 00:18:27.064 --> 00:18:31.202
  • this morning thinking,"I have 30 trillion cells, wow?"
  • 00:18:31.235 --> 00:18:36.274
  • No, not your first thought.
  • 00:18:36.307 --> 00:18:37.675
  • So in each human body are about,give or take a few billion,
  • 00:18:37.708 --> 00:18:42.980
  • 30 trillion cells.
  • 00:18:43.014 --> 00:18:44.649
  • In each cell is the nucleus,right, you learned about that in
  • 00:18:44.682 --> 00:18:47.985
  • school, and inside the nucleusare millions of components.
  • 00:18:48.019 --> 00:18:52.990
  • In every nucleus there's23 pairs of chromosomes, right,
  • 00:18:53.024 --> 00:18:57.762
  • you know about that, right,mom and dad put those there,
  • 00:18:57.795 --> 00:19:00.264
  • or you get it from there.
  • 00:19:00.298 --> 00:19:01.933
  • So your chromosomes, the DNAinside every nucleus of every
  • 00:19:01.966 --> 00:19:05.336
  • cell is like scrunched upmaterial, scrunched up
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  • coded information writteninto that DNA.
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  • If you took the densely recordedinformation recorded in the DNA
  • 00:19:16.714 --> 00:19:22.620
  • of one nucleus of one cell ofyour body and you translated it
  • 00:19:22.653 --> 00:19:26.857
  • into words, okay, readablelanguage, you took the
  • 00:19:26.891 --> 00:19:31.529
  • information of one cell of yourbody, it would produce 40 these,
  • 00:19:31.562 --> 00:19:38.703
  • 40 volumes, 40 books.
  • 00:19:38.736 --> 00:19:41.606
  • So if you took one ofyourselves, decoded it, put it
  • 00:19:41.639 --> 00:19:45.876
  • in written language, you wouldhave a stack of 40 books.
  • 00:19:45.910 --> 00:19:49.180
  • If you were to do that to allof the 30 trillion cells in the
  • 00:19:49.213 --> 00:19:52.316
  • human body it would fill theGrand Canyon 30 times with
  • 00:19:52.350 --> 00:19:58.489
  • books, that's how muchinformation which tells each
  • 00:19:58.522 --> 00:20:03.127
  • cell how to act from conceptionto expiration, to death.
  • 00:20:03.160 --> 00:20:09.533
  • So, verse 1 through 3, then,that gives us this life of
  • 00:20:09.567 --> 00:20:15.273
  • faith, it tells us that faith isthe lens that we as believers,
  • 00:20:15.306 --> 00:20:20.444
  • as Christian believers,use to live our life.
  • 00:20:20.478 --> 00:20:25.383
  • We look at life, we look ateverything through the lens of
  • 00:20:25.416 --> 00:20:29.320
  • biblical faith, not the lens offear, not the lens of a feeling,
  • 00:20:29.353 --> 00:20:34.992
  • not even the lens of facts,factual information, because
  • 00:20:35.026 --> 00:20:39.096
  • facts can change dependingon who's giving
  • 00:20:39.130 --> 00:20:41.999
  • and using the facts.
  • 00:20:42.033 --> 00:20:44.068
  • So we need to fact check ourfacts, we need to fact check our
  • 00:20:44.101 --> 00:20:48.839
  • fear, we need to fact check ourfeelings with the life of faith.
  • 00:20:48.873 --> 00:20:54.412
  • So to sum it all up, this isthe essence of faith: faith is
  • 00:20:54.445 --> 00:20:58.983
  • a solid confidence that movesyou into action, it's a solid
  • 00:20:59.016 --> 00:21:04.955
  • confidence that, when you jump,your dad's gonna catch you;
  • 00:21:04.989 --> 00:21:09.393
  • that's the essence of it.
  • 00:21:09.427 --> 00:21:10.728
  • The effect is you get God'sstamp of approval on your life,
  • 00:21:10.761 --> 00:21:14.699
  • you are pleasing God, you areglorifying God, you are leaving
  • 00:21:14.732 --> 00:21:17.735
  • a good testimony anda good witness for others.
  • 00:21:17.768 --> 00:21:21.472
  • And the prime example, beforegiving personal examples, is
  • 00:21:21.505 --> 00:21:25.209
  • the creation that we believewas given to us by God,
  • 00:21:25.242 --> 00:21:29.280
  • it's God's design.
  • 00:21:29.313 --> 00:21:32.049
  • So what the author of the bookof Hebrews would be saying, is,
  • 00:21:32.083 --> 00:21:36.153
  • "Now it's your move."
  • 00:21:36.187 --> 00:21:39.790
  • Now it's your move, you havea rudimentary faith that God
  • 00:21:39.824 --> 00:21:42.727
  • created everything, your faithis substantive enough to give
  • 00:21:42.760 --> 00:21:47.331
  • you a solid foundation, it'swinsome and wonderful enough
  • 00:21:47.365 --> 00:21:52.036
  • to leave a good testimony,and it'll please God, so what
  • 00:21:52.069 --> 00:21:56.507
  • are you doing with it?
  • 00:21:56.540 --> 00:21:58.342
  • I'll tell you what you're doingwith it, you are exercising it
  • 00:21:58.376 --> 00:22:01.312
  • right now, right nowin this difficult time.
  • 00:22:01.345 --> 00:22:05.750
  • You're going to the gym withyour muscle of faith, you're
  • 00:22:05.783 --> 00:22:10.221
  • getting a workout and you'regetting stronger because of it.
  • 00:22:10.254 --> 00:22:15.192
  • The last few months, and I'vetalked about this enough and
  • 00:22:15.226 --> 00:22:17.561
  • I don't need to belabor it, butI do want to say that I've been
  • 00:22:17.595 --> 00:22:20.030
  • under the care, primarily,of two physicians, one for
  • 00:22:20.064 --> 00:22:23.734
  • my back and one for my brain.
  • 00:22:23.768 --> 00:22:25.536
  • Interestingly, I let both ofthese physicians take scalpels
  • 00:22:25.569 --> 00:22:30.708
  • and cut into my body.
  • 00:22:30.741 --> 00:22:33.477
  • I'm gonna tell ya, theyexplained to me what they're
  • 00:22:33.511 --> 00:22:36.180
  • doing, I kinda did a lot ofthis, I didn't have a whole lot
  • 00:22:36.213 --> 00:22:41.385
  • of questions, I had a few butI didn't understand everything,
  • 00:22:41.419 --> 00:22:44.855
  • you know.
  • 00:22:44.889 --> 00:22:46.223
  • I hope that they knew howto connect the dots and sew
  • 00:22:46.257 --> 00:22:48.292
  • the right parts together and putthe right screws in and make
  • 00:22:48.325 --> 00:22:50.127
  • the right holes inthe right places.
  • 00:22:50.161 --> 00:22:52.496
  • But I let them do that, I hadto at some point disengage
  • 00:22:52.530 --> 00:22:58.736
  • how I felt with their capabilityand the result has been
  • 00:22:58.769 --> 00:23:05.676
  • so far so good.
  • 00:23:05.709 --> 00:23:07.011
  • I mean some people willdisagree, "Yeah that whole brain
  • 00:23:07.044 --> 00:23:08.379
  • thing kinda left youa little wonky."
  • 00:23:08.412 --> 00:23:10.781
  • But I want to ask you aquestion: are you needing
  • 00:23:10.815 --> 00:23:14.151
  • to fact checkyour life of faith?
  • 00:23:14.185 --> 00:23:18.255
  • Because right now for someof you it's being challenged
  • 00:23:18.289 --> 00:23:21.625
  • by immense fear.
  • 00:23:21.659 --> 00:23:23.427
  • You wake up in the morning or inthe middle of the night fearful,
  • 00:23:23.461 --> 00:23:27.097
  • and again, as I said, faith isa muscle that needs to be
  • 00:23:27.131 --> 00:23:30.234
  • exercised, its exercised so thatit grows stronger, that's what
  • 00:23:30.267 --> 00:23:35.005
  • exercises faith, struggles,hardships, uncertainty,
  • 00:23:35.039 --> 00:23:39.577
  • hard times.
  • 00:23:39.610 --> 00:23:41.946
  • Most of you know I likemotorcycles, always have,
  • 00:23:41.979 --> 00:23:44.114
  • I grew up in a family--my dadhad a motorcycle, my brother had
  • 00:23:44.148 --> 00:23:47.351
  • them, brothers had them, theonly one that didn't ride was
  • 00:23:47.384 --> 00:23:51.555
  • my mom, but we all rode.
  • 00:23:51.589 --> 00:23:54.391
  • And whenever I put a passengeron the back here's what I
  • 00:23:54.425 --> 00:23:58.128
  • noticed, passengers on the backthe motorcycle, as long as we're
  • 00:23:58.162 --> 00:24:01.265
  • going smoothly and not too fastthey're just sort of balancing,
  • 00:24:01.298 --> 00:24:05.703
  • you know they're maybe holdingonto the seat if it has a strap
  • 00:24:05.736 --> 00:24:08.572
  • or a handle.
  • 00:24:08.606 --> 00:24:09.940
  • But I noticed something, if wetake a turn or go over a bump
  • 00:24:09.974 --> 00:24:15.012
  • they grip, they grip tighter,they might grab ahold of me
  • 00:24:15.045 --> 00:24:20.150
  • or if they're grabbinga hold of me and they get
  • 00:24:20.184 --> 00:24:22.019
  • a bump they'll grab tighter.
  • 00:24:22.052 --> 00:24:24.355
  • Now is time for you to grabtighter, firmer, hold on closer.
  • 00:24:24.388 --> 00:24:31.795
  • Jesus knows what he's doing,he's having fun taking you on
  • 00:24:31.829 --> 00:24:34.532
  • all these wild turns and curvesand bumps, he's not worried
  • 00:24:34.565 --> 00:24:38.936
  • in the least, he's got you,he's got this; grab tighter.
  • 00:24:38.969 --> 00:24:45.309
  • Some of you aren't evenliving a life of faith at all,
  • 00:24:45.342 --> 00:24:48.913
  • some of you haven't even engagedwith God by faith, you're simply
  • 00:24:48.946 --> 00:24:51.949
  • observing corona virus, thelock down, the turndown in
  • 00:24:51.982 --> 00:24:55.286
  • the economy, this is justa bad thing that happened
  • 00:24:55.319 --> 00:24:58.255
  • to the world.
  • 00:24:58.289 --> 00:24:59.590
  • But you--you're watchingfrom afar, you're tuning in now,
  • 00:24:59.623 --> 00:25:02.760
  • we're glad you're tuning in, butyou need to engage personally
  • 00:25:02.793 --> 00:25:06.830
  • in this life of faith, that'sa personal commitment.
  • 00:25:06.864 --> 00:25:09.800
  • God loves you and God is tryingto get your attention, and you
  • 00:25:09.833 --> 00:25:14.905
  • have a choice from now tillthe moment you take your last
  • 00:25:14.939 --> 00:25:18.142
  • breath, but after that yourchoices are over and this life
  • 00:25:18.175 --> 00:25:23.614
  • is over and you will facethe consequence of the choices
  • 00:25:23.647 --> 00:25:26.116
  • you made on Earth.
  • 00:25:26.150 --> 00:25:27.451
  • Jesus said, "You're eitherfor me or against me," and he's
  • 00:25:27.484 --> 00:25:30.588
  • giving you an opportunity,friend, right now, to be for him
  • 00:25:30.621 --> 00:25:34.158
  • and to engage with the livingGod who has a plan and a purpose
  • 00:25:34.191 --> 00:25:37.928
  • for this world, for thiscreation and for you,
  • 00:25:37.962 --> 00:25:41.265
  • but you have toengage with him.
  • 00:25:41.298 --> 00:25:43.867
  • And he's saying, "Jump, I'llcatch you," and you're saying,
  • 00:25:43.901 --> 00:25:48.305
  • "I can't see you, God," and Godis saying, "Yeah, but I can see
  • 00:25:48.339 --> 00:25:51.075
  • you, and if you don't know meI'm gonna reveal myself to you
  • 00:25:51.108 --> 00:25:56.847
  • in a very powerful way."
  • 00:25:56.880 --> 00:25:59.249
  • Scott Dooley: That is SkipHeitzig, concluding a crucial
  • 00:26:03.120 --> 00:26:05.356
  • message about the needto fact check your faith.
  • 00:26:05.389 --> 00:26:08.192
  • Now, here's Skip to letyou know about his new book.
  • 00:26:08.225 --> 00:26:10.928
  • Skip Heitzig: I want to let youknow about my latest book,
  • 00:26:14.865 --> 00:26:17.568
  • it's titled, "Biography of God."
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  • This book will help yourecognize and remove the limits
  • 00:26:20.004 --> 00:26:23.474
  • you may have placed on your ideaof who God is and you'll gain
  • 00:26:23.507 --> 00:26:27.378
  • a better understanding of thelife-changing hope that comes
  • 00:26:27.411 --> 00:26:31.081
  • from believing that Godis who he says he is.
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  • Whether you're a longtimebeliever or you're still looking
  • 00:26:35.085 --> 00:26:38.022
  • for answers about faith,"Biography of God" will help you
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  • transform your acknowledgmentof God to trust in him.
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  • I think it will igniteyour passion to know him
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  • more intimately too.
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  • Here's how to order your copy.
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  • Scott Dooley: Order your copyof Skip's new book, "Biography
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  • Again, for your copy of Skip'sbook, the "Biography of God,"
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  • Thanks for joining us on"Connect" with Skip Heitzig,
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  • in ever-changing times.
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