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August 11, 2019
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Wrastlin: The Ladder Match

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  • Ed Young: The church should be the most creative entity
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  • in the world.
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  • Ed: The church is where it happens.
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  • The church is where we find purpose and meaning and power.
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  • The church is the living, breathing body of Christ.
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  • Ed: Wisdom, though, is seeing life through
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  • the perspective of God.
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  • Ed: You've never locked eyes with someone
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  • that Jesus did not die for.
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  • Ed: Hi, I'm Ed Young, thank you so much for watching.
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  • Sit back, relax, but also lean in because I believe
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  • the next few moments can change your life.
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  • Ed: Standing six feet, three inches tall,
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  • weighing 260 pounds, he has 30 professional
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  • wrestling championships.
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  • He's a member of the WWE hall of fame.
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  • Let's stand to our feet in all campuses and welcome
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  • the Million Dollar Man, Ted Dibiase.
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  • Ted Dibiase: If I've said it once,
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  • I've said it a million times, everybody's got a price
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  • for the Million Dollar man, [laughing]
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  • And Pastor, that includes you.
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  • Ed: That's right, sir.
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  • Ted Dibiase is in the house, the Million Dollar Man.
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  • Ted, welcome to Fellowship.
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  • Look at that belt, man.
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  • Have a seat, Ted.
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  • Ted, it is such an honor to have you.
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  • Ted: Well, it's a real pleasure to be here,
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  • Pastor, and again, I wanna just say this in front of everybody.
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  • You guys have been so hospitable,
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  • so nice to us.
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  • My wife and I have had a blast.
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  • Ed: Well, Ted, tell us a little bit about
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  • how you got into wrestling.
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  • Because you are a household name,
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  • one of the top wrestlers ever, how did it happen for you?
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  • Ted: Wrestling's been a part of my entire life.
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  • I was raised by a stepfather who came into my life when I was 5,
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  • Mike Dibiase, son of Italian immigrants.
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  • He was not only a pro wrestler, but was an amateur wrestler
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  • with a storied career, University of Nebraska,
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  • lettered there eight times, four years football, four wrestling,
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  • three years conference heavyweight wrestling champion.
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  • And a man who had a great influence on my life.
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  • Of course, the one thing my dad never wanted me
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  • to do was be a wrestler.
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  • And I grew up and figured that out, you know,
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  • but the things that he instilled in me.
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  • I lost him when I was 15 years old.
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  • He suffered a heart attack, 45 years old and he's gone.
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  • I moved back to Wilcox, Arizona, three traffic lights.
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  • That's where I was when he came into my life
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  • with my grandmother.
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  • And, you know, I'm in this little town and I've got hopes
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  • and dreams of college and professional football, going,
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  • "Man, can my dreams come true here?"
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  • But my dad always tole me, he said,
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  • "Son," he said, "Don't follow the crowd.
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  • Don't do what everybody else is doing, that's easy."
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  • He said, "Be the head, not the tail.
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  • Be a leader, not a follower," and he says,
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  • "If you're willing to work hard, you can be anything
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  • you want to be in life."
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  • And so, I held onto that, and I had a very strong childlike
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  • faith, which carried me through watching my mother than sink
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  • into despair and alcoholism.
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  • But the things that my father had instilled in me stuck,
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  • so I was the first kid to graduate from this little school
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  • in Southern Arizona with a full scholarship
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  • to play division one college football.
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  • I went to West Texas State University,
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  • but I get to college, now God's blessed me with all the things
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  • that I prayed about, and it's almost as if I said,
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  • "Gee, thanks Lord, I appreciate all the help,
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  • I'll take it from here."
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  • So, that was like the downslide start.
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  • So, I had just become very worldly, you know,
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  • my pride and my ego took over in my life.
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  • A failed marriage the first time around, six years,
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  • divorced with a child, and then I met Melanie
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  • in Atlanta, Georgia.
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  • A Christian girl comes into my life,
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  • we fall in love, we get married, and this is where I really start
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  • my journey back to God.
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  • We had began to attend a non-denominational church
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  • on the campus of LSU, because I was staying in Baton Rouge,
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  • chapel on the campus, the first time I answered an altar call.
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  • Well, the one thing I didn't do after that altar call
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  • was race down to the Christian bookstore, buy the Bible,
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  • and dive in, and get into the relationship.
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  • What I try to tell everybody all the time is,
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  • for the longest time, I had what I call
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  • an intellectual relationship with God.
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  • I had believed the gospel message most of my life,
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  • but the difference between heaven and hell,
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  • I tell people, is about 18 inches.
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  • It's moving everything you know about Jesus from here to here.
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  • Because when it gets here, when it gets into your heart,
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  • it has no choice but to start coming out of your life.
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  • And that process really started--
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  • again I walked the aisle.
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  • I walked the aisle a second time,
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  • and I make that decision again, and my pastor says to me,
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  • he said, "Ted," he says, "God's planted a seed in your life,"
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  • he says, "Nurture the seed," he says,
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  • "Because the devil will come quickly now to try to pluck
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  • the seed before it has time to take root."
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  • So, what he encouraged me to do was, you know,
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  • get in the Bible, get into the relationship,
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  • surround myself with Godly men.
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  • Get two or three guys that you can be accountable to.
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  • Ed: That's so important, Ted.
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  • Ted: With no accountability, he said,
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  • "Ted," he says, "If you're not accountable,
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  • it's not a question of if you'll fall,
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  • it's just a question of when."
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  • Ed: That's right.
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  • Ted: And so, I gave all of these things lip service,
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  • but he did say, he says, "Because the devil will come
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  • quickly now to pluck the seed."
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  • Within a month, I get the greatest,
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  • you know, greatest break in my wrestling career,
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  • and Vince McMahon calls me, and the next thing you know,
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  • I'm going to the WWF as it was known then,
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  • and not only that, then he gives me this character,
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  • the Million Dollar Man, who's like, you know,
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  • Ebenezer Scrooge of wrestling,
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  • but he says in an effort to market the character,
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  • you're gonna fly first class everywhere,
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  • you'll have limousine service every day,
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  • you'll stay at only first-class hotels.
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  • It was a tough job, but somebody had to do it.
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  • But, I mean, worldly, worldly, worldly,
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  • and I fell right into line, and what my pastor said would happen
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  • is exactly what happened, and I did fall,
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  • and, you know, I fell right into the line with the other guys.
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  • And the turning point in my life was in March of '92,
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  • just after WrestleMania 8, when my wife confronted me with
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  • a list of things that I had been doing that I shouldn't be doing,
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  • and it was a breaking point in my life.
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  • Because it's like God gave me a snapshot of my life and said,
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  • "I was here for you when your dad died.
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  • I was here for you then, I was here for you then," he says,
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  • "And you know what, I'm still here for you."
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  • And if I would turn my life over to him,
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  • and it was like I finally hit the wall,
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  • because I had everything I thought I ever wanted,
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  • but in reality, what did I have that was worth anything?
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  • Because there was no integrity, there was no strength of
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  • character, and I wasn't being the priest in my own home.
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  • But at that point, and when my wife forgave me,
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  • it's the greatest expression of Christlike mercy
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  • I've ever experienced, and it was a catapult.
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  • I mean, I said, "Give me this chance,
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  • and I promise I'll become the man you thought you married.
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  • I'll become the spiritual leader in my home,
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  • and one day, you'll love and trust me again."
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  • And my knowledge of Scripture began to grow,
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  • and it's just kept growing.
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  • And, I mean, I've been in full-time evangelism
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  • for 19 years.
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  • Ed: And Ted, you have, I know, a great documentary.
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  • Talk to us about your documentary
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  • and where can we get that?
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  • Ted: The documentary is called, "The Price of Fame."
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  • It's available on iTunes and Amazon.
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  • It's the story of my life in greater detail.
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  • Ed: It's powerful, the Million Dollar Man,
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  • Ted Dibiase.
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  • Let's give him another standing ovation.
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  • Ted, thank you, my brother.
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  • Awesome, Ted Dibiase.
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  • Ed: Hey, I want to invite you to travel to Israel
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  • with Lisa and I.
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  • We do Israel like no other ministry.
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  • The dates, December 28 - January the 6th.
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  • It's a life-changer.
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  • We walk where Jesus walked.
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  • We have a blast.
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  • We have such a great time talking to people,
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  • getting to know people.
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  • There's teaching, there's worship,
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  • there's fellowship, there's friendship.
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  • For details, go to EdYoung.com, and you can sign up right there
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  • on our website.
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  • I'll see you with me in Israel.
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  • Ed: The annoying chirp of a smoke alarm.
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  • I think you know what I'm talking about, don't you?
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  • Those smoke alarms will wear you out.
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  • I heard the chirping, grabbed a chair,
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  • tried to reach this demonic device, couldn't do it.
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  • Then I found a step stool, that didn't work.
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  • Finally, Lisa said, "Honey, how about the ladder?"
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  • She, of course, was right, and is right.
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  • I got the ladder, and the ladder allowed me to unscrew
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  • this device, take it down, and fix it.
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  • A ladder, there's really nothing like a ladder.
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  • Everyone owns a ladder.
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  • Ladders take us from point A to point B.
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  • They help us reach and get to another level.
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  • A ladder, a ladder, you might be thinking,
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  • "Well, why are you bringing up ladders, Ed,
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  • ladders in church?"
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  • Well, I'm glad you're asking that question, because ladders,
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  • we're gonna find out, really matter, they do.
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  • Most of us own ladders, and ladders are great.
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  • We utilize ladders, but I want you to think about a ladder
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  • today maybe like you've never thought about one before,
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  • because God is going to teach us something about a ladder.
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  • And it has to do with sort of wrestling with a ladder.
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  • I'm in a series called, "Wrestling."
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  • Last week, we started talking about a guy named Jacob,
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  • and we discovered that Jacob was and is a wrestler.
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  • Well today, we're gonna find out that Jacob wrestled
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  • with a ladder.
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  • There are all sorts of different matches in wrestling.
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  • There's the first-blood match, there's the empty-arena match,
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  • there's the last-man-standing match,
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  • there's the tag-team match, there's a TV-time-limit match.
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  • There's also a ladder match.
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  • Is that hilarious, a ladder match?
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  • Jacob is going to have a wrestling match with a ladder,
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  • and maybe, just maybe, it's a wrestling match
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  • that you're having as well.
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  • I would suggest that a lot of us here,
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  • and at our different locations, are having a wrestling match
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  • with and over a ladder.
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  • Well, the first part of Jacob's story,
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  • and I'm gonna run through this really quick,
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  • Genesis chapter 28.
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  • You might wanna turn there, that's the first book
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  • of the Bible.
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  • Genesis chapter 28, and then later on,
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  • I'm gonna turn to John chapter 1.
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  • But right now, Genesis chapter 28.
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  • Notice this sudden departure from Jacob.
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  • And he began by himself a 400-mile road trip
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  • to a place called Heron.
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  • As he's on his way, he'd been, what,
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  • a couple of days on this journey.
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  • Don't you know he's thinking, "Man, I am such an idiot.
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  • I can't believe I ripped my brother off.
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  • I lied to my father. I mean, I can't believe it."
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  • Have you ever had conversations with yourself like that before?
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  • I have, swimming those laps of regret,
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  • running those stadium stairs of guilt and shame.
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  • "I'm pathetic.
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  • Ed, why did you say that?
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  • You're so stupid.
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  • I wish I could take a Mulligan on that one.
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  • I wish I could do that over."
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  • We've all had those conversations.
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  • And you know our boy Jacob was saying that.
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  • Well, then Scripture says, after he had faced this disaster
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  • and left, after he understood that he was, you know,
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  • under a death sentence, the Bible says it became dark.
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  • I mean, you're out in the middle of nowhere,
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  • and he was outside of this down called Luz,
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  • L-U-Z, say Luz with me, "Luz."
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  • Luz means separation from God.
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  • That's what the name means.
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  • So, he's outside of Luz, and he's like,
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  • "Man, I'm not gonna go and hang out with those Luzzians,
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  • because these people are crazy, man."
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  • So, he decides to take a nap, well, to sleep, really,
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  • in the wilderness.
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  • And it's so difficult, notice this next part of his life,
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  • he has this supernatural dream.
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  • I mean, he has a dream that's one of the most famous dreams
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  • in the history of dreaming.
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  • But before that, he finds a rock, you ready for this?
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  • And the rock out in the wilderness becomes his pillow.
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  • And here's what the Bible says.
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  • When we run away from God, this is an amazing verse,
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  • Proverbs 13:15 says, "The way of transgressors is,"
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  • say it with me, "Hard."
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  • What do we say?
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  • "Oh, I've hit rock bottom."
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  • "My marriage is on the rocks."
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  • "I tell you, in this business situation,
  • 00:14:26.210 --> 00:14:28.270
  • I'm between a rock and a hard place."
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  • That's really all the world can offer us,
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  • a rock, cold, hard, discomfort.
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  • Genesis chapter 28 verse 12, "He had a dream and
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  • he saw a stairway," read here, a ladder, you know,
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  • with rungs on it, "Resting on its earth."
  • 00:15:00.240 --> 00:15:05.050
  • So, positionally, it was right in front of him as he slept,
  • 00:15:05.060 --> 00:15:08.220
  • and the payload was pretty awesome,
  • 00:15:08.230 --> 00:15:10.260
  • because it carried a bunch of angels.
  • 00:15:10.270 --> 00:15:12.260
  • The Bible says, "With the top reaching to heaven,
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  • and with angels who were ascending and descending."
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  • I mean, that's a serious ladder.
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  • Up and down, up and down, so he's asleep,
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  • the rock is a pillow, he sees a ladder in front of him,
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  • this is crazy.
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  • And we're gonna find out the Lord was at the top
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  • of the ladder, angels ascending and descending
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  • right in front of him.
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  • Isn't it something that in God's sovereignty,
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  • that he still blessed Jacob?
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  • Isn't it amazing, even though Jacob stumbled and fumbled,
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  • God still blessed, God still reigns?
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  • And then God, here we see, reigned in his life,
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  • because Jacob made that decision.
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  • I think about my life, the mistakes I've made.
  • 00:16:03.180 --> 00:16:05.180
  • I think about, you know, the times I've fumbled the ball,
  • 00:16:05.190 --> 00:16:08.180
  • and how God orchestrates it all in his sovereignty.
  • 00:16:08.190 --> 00:16:12.070
  • That means God reigns, God reigns.
  • 00:16:12.080 --> 00:16:15.210
  • I remember several years ago, I wrote this book,
  • 00:16:15.220 --> 00:16:19.160
  • and it was pretty popular, and Lisa and I got invited
  • 00:16:19.170 --> 00:16:22.240
  • to a conference overseas, kind of a book tour type thing.
  • 00:16:22.250 --> 00:16:27.030
  • So, the people that put the conference on flew us over
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  • on a triple seven, we're flying business class, it was great.
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  • We landed at Heathrow Airport.
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  • I'm on this triple seven, and I'm thinking,
  • 00:16:37.240 --> 00:16:39.110
  • "Alright, alright," so we're going to London,
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  • we're landing, that's the destination,
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  • at Heathrow.
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  • You got a pilot, you got a copilot,
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  • and a navigator, awesome.
  • 00:16:51.170 --> 00:16:53.150
  • Now, we're behind them, so we can make all of these decisions,
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  • all of these choices.
  • 00:16:58.150 --> 00:16:59.240
  • We can eat, we can sleep, we can read,
  • 00:16:59.250 --> 00:17:03.050
  • we can talk to flight attendants,
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  • and we can do whatever we wanna do,
  • 00:17:05.160 --> 00:17:06.280
  • really, within reason, but the plane has
  • 00:17:06.290 --> 00:17:11.100
  • a predetermined destination, Heathrow Airport in London.
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  • I just described to you the sovereignty of God
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  • and the freewill of man.
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  • God the Father is the pilot, God the Son is the copilot,
  • 00:17:22.030 --> 00:17:26.070
  • God the Holy Spirit is the navigator.
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  • We're behind them, and we have the freedom of choice
  • 00:17:29.060 --> 00:17:34.170
  • to make any decision we want.
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  • There's gonna be consequences.
  • 00:17:37.100 --> 00:17:39.010
  • I mean, if I wanted to, I could have had five desserts,
  • 00:17:39.020 --> 00:17:40.170
  • but the consequences, you know.
  • 00:17:40.180 --> 00:17:48.000
  • But I cannot rule God.
  • 00:17:48.010 --> 00:17:51.210
  • When I try to rule, God always overrules.
  • 00:17:51.220 --> 00:17:54.240
  • The plane is going to its predetermined destination.
  • 00:17:54.250 --> 00:17:59.210
  • I have a choice.
  • 00:17:59.220 --> 00:18:03.100
  • So, the sovereignty of God and the freewill of man,
  • 00:18:03.110 --> 00:18:07.010
  • Jacob had an opportunity and he chose to follow the Lord.
  • 00:18:07.020 --> 00:18:12.260
  • And then, we keep on cruising down,
  • 00:18:12.270 --> 00:18:15.270
  • look at Genesis chapter 28 verses 16 and 17.
  • 00:18:15.280 --> 00:18:18.200
  • Now, in verse 16, "When Jacob awoke from his sleep," whoa,
  • 00:18:18.210 --> 00:18:23.070
  • he thought, man, "Surely the Lord is in this place."
  • 00:18:23.080 --> 00:18:26.140
  • Man, now I'm glad he said that, and here's a sad line,
  • 00:18:26.150 --> 00:18:31.130
  • "I was not aware of it."
  • 00:18:31.140 --> 00:18:35.160
  • He wasn't even aware of the presence of God.
  • 00:18:35.170 --> 00:18:38.210
  • He goes, "Surely, the Lord is here,
  • 00:18:38.220 --> 00:18:41.000
  • and I wasn't even aware of it."
  • 00:18:41.010 --> 00:18:45.090
  • Jesus is the Lord of the ladder, we're gonna find out.
  • 00:18:45.100 --> 00:18:48.080
  • And he changes the name, I love this,
  • 00:18:48.090 --> 00:18:50.230
  • after the dream from Luz, remember,
  • 00:18:50.240 --> 00:18:53.080
  • Luz means separation, now he calls it Bethel.
  • 00:18:53.090 --> 00:18:56.190
  • Bethel means house of God.
  • 00:18:56.200 --> 00:18:58.220
  • So, he was separate, and now, boom, house of God.
  • 00:18:58.230 --> 00:19:03.290
  • You show me someone who genuinely gives their life to
  • 00:19:04.000 --> 00:19:08.010
  • the Lord, and I'll show you somebody who has a burning,
  • 00:19:08.020 --> 00:19:10.140
  • yearning desire for the house of God.
  • 00:19:10.150 --> 00:19:13.200
  • He changed the name.
  • 00:19:13.210 --> 00:19:17.260
  • And, we're gonna find out later, and please put this
  • 00:19:17.270 --> 00:19:22.070
  • in your frontal lobe, that Jacob's name was changed.
  • 00:19:22.080 --> 00:19:27.110
  • Remember, last time I said he was the father
  • 00:19:27.120 --> 00:19:29.250
  • of the 12 tribes of Israel.
  • 00:19:29.260 --> 00:19:32.170
  • Jacob's name, which means deceiver,
  • 00:19:32.180 --> 00:19:35.230
  • cheater, was changed to Israel.
  • 00:19:35.240 --> 00:19:40.220
  • Now, I was part of a name change.
  • 00:19:40.230 --> 00:19:44.050
  • Ed: Well, it's Sunday morning, and I've been up a little while.
  • 00:19:44.060 --> 00:19:49.160
  • I think it's about 6:00 a.m.
  • 00:19:49.170 --> 00:19:51.280
  • I like to get up early and study.
  • 00:19:51.290 --> 00:19:53.210
  • This is our new addition, this cat, this little kitty.
  • 00:19:53.220 --> 00:19:58.240
  • We found her yesterday.
  • 00:19:58.250 --> 00:20:00.060
  • We were driving and she was crossing the freeway.
  • 00:20:00.070 --> 00:20:02.290
  • She's, like, four months old, and we pulled over
  • 00:20:03.000 --> 00:20:08.260
  • in this kind of sketchy area and picked her up.
  • 00:20:08.270 --> 00:20:13.150
  • I'm not sure what her name was, but we named her Meow Meow
  • 00:20:13.160 --> 00:20:18.290
  • after Mister Rogers's little puppet.
  • 00:20:19.000 --> 00:20:22.050
  • So, anyway, there's a power in a name change, Meow Meow.
  • 00:20:22.060 --> 00:20:28.010
  • Ed: Meow Meow, a name change, a name change.
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  • From Luz to Bethel, from Jacob to Israel.
  • 00:20:34.150 --> 00:20:39.070
  • This is not just an object when I talk about the ladder.
  • 00:20:39.080 --> 00:20:43.010
  • If you think it's just an object,
  • 00:20:43.020 --> 00:20:44.210
  • you're missing the whole message.
  • 00:20:44.220 --> 00:20:46.180
  • This ladder, we're gonna find out, is a person,
  • 00:20:46.190 --> 00:20:50.070
  • because whenever you read Scripture, you better see Jesus.
  • 00:20:50.080 --> 00:20:54.270
  • If you don't see Jesus, you're not reading Scripture.
  • 00:20:54.280 --> 00:20:57.090
  • Because this story I just told you in Genesis 28
  • 00:20:57.100 --> 00:20:59.290
  • is a prophecy about who?
  • 00:21:00.020 --> 00:21:03.000
  • Jesus, the ladder is our Lord.
  • 00:21:03.010 --> 00:21:07.140
  • The ladder is our link, because Jesus has this conversation.
  • 00:21:07.150 --> 00:21:12.190
  • And many times I've just skipped over it in John chapter 1.
  • 00:21:12.200 --> 00:21:16.100
  • I told you we'll hit John 1.
  • 00:21:16.110 --> 00:21:19.050
  • He's talking to Nathaniel, and he goes in verse 47,
  • 00:21:19.060 --> 00:21:22.080
  • "Hey, Nate, hey, Nate, wow, what's the deal?"
  • 00:21:22.090 --> 00:21:26.100
  • So, he starts talking.
  • 00:21:26.110 --> 00:21:27.220
  • "When Jesus saw Nate approaching,
  • 00:21:27.230 --> 00:21:29.090
  • he said to him, 'There's a true Israelite
  • 00:21:29.100 --> 00:21:31.090
  • in whom there is no deceit."
  • 00:21:31.100 --> 00:21:34.120
  • Okay, wait a minute, Ed, deceit.
  • 00:21:34.130 --> 00:21:36.290
  • In the Hebrew, deceit is what?
  • 00:21:37.000 --> 00:21:39.050
  • Jacob, you see how he's playing with those words?
  • 00:21:39.060 --> 00:21:43.200
  • So, in the literal language, "Here truly is an Israelite in
  • 00:21:43.210 --> 00:21:47.000
  • whom there is no Jacob."
  • 00:21:47.010 --> 00:21:49.180
  • Hmm, say, "Hmm" with me.
  • 00:21:49.190 --> 00:21:52.000
  • Hmm, yeah, 'cause this is gonna get very, very hmm.
  • 00:21:52.010 --> 00:21:54.260
  • Yeah, it is.
  • 00:21:54.270 --> 00:21:56.230
  • That's pretty good, very, very hmm.
  • 00:21:56.240 --> 00:21:58.040
  • Okay, "How do you know me," Nate asked?
  • 00:21:58.050 --> 00:22:01.150
  • Jesus said, "I saw you when you were under a fig tree,
  • 00:22:01.160 --> 00:22:03.220
  • before Phillip called you."
  • 00:22:03.230 --> 00:22:05.030
  • "Then Nate declared, 'Rabbi, you're the Son of God,
  • 00:22:05.040 --> 00:22:08.000
  • you are the King of Israel.'
  • 00:22:08.010 --> 00:22:09.100
  • Jesus said, 'You believe because I told you I saw you
  • 00:22:09.110 --> 00:22:11.270
  • under the fig tree.
  • 00:22:11.280 --> 00:22:13.100
  • You'll see greater things than that.'"
  • 00:22:13.110 --> 00:22:15.060
  • Now, here is the verse that will knock your socks off.
  • 00:22:15.070 --> 00:22:19.170
  • It'll blow your hair back, you ready for this?
  • 00:22:19.180 --> 00:22:21.180
  • John chapter 1 verse 51, "Then he added,"
  • 00:22:21.190 --> 00:22:24.000
  • kind of casually, this is Jesus, "Truly I tell you,
  • 00:22:24.010 --> 00:22:28.130
  • you will see heaven open," let's read it together,
  • 00:22:28.140 --> 00:22:33.160
  • "And the angels of God ascending and descending
  • 00:22:33.170 --> 00:22:38.120
  • on the Son of Man."
  • 00:22:38.130 --> 00:22:43.050
  • Oh, my goodness, gracious, are you feeling me?
  • 00:22:43.060 --> 00:22:49.030
  • Who is the ladder?
  • 00:22:49.040 --> 00:22:52.240
  • In Genesis 28, he was up in the clouds,
  • 00:22:52.250 --> 00:22:58.250
  • now in John 1, he's at the bottom.
  • 00:22:58.260 --> 00:23:04.020
  • The Lord came from the top to the bottom to bring us
  • 00:23:04.030 --> 00:23:07.240
  • from the bottom to the top.
  • 00:23:07.250 --> 00:23:12.060
  • He came from there to here to bring us from here to there.
  • 00:23:12.070 --> 00:23:18.220
  • Jesus is the ladder.
  • 00:23:18.230 --> 00:23:23.020
  • The ladder matters.
  • 00:23:23.030 --> 00:23:26.160
  • If you're a follower of Christ, there's a ladder from your life
  • 00:23:26.170 --> 00:23:31.090
  • to the heavenlies, and the ladder is Jesus.
  • 00:23:31.100 --> 00:23:34.170
  • The angels are ascending and descending.
  • 00:23:34.180 --> 00:23:37.170
  • Wherever you go, there's the ladder.
  • 00:23:37.180 --> 00:23:39.120
  • Wherever you go, it's our link between heaven and earth.
  • 00:23:39.130 --> 00:23:43.050
  • Jesus is the link.
  • 00:23:43.060 --> 00:23:47.270
  • What did the Million Dollar Man say, Ted Dibiase?
  • 00:23:47.280 --> 00:23:50.270
  • Every man has a price.
  • 00:23:50.280 --> 00:23:55.250
  • We do, I do, you do, the Son of God who died
  • 00:23:55.260 --> 00:24:03.070
  • on the cross for our sins, the link between heaven and earth.
  • 00:24:03.080 --> 00:24:09.260
  • The ladder, and the ladder is right there before you.
  • 00:24:09.270 --> 00:24:17.010
  • The placement, the ladder, the payload.
  • 00:24:17.020 --> 00:24:22.070
  • He took your sins and mine.
  • 00:24:22.080 --> 00:24:24.250
  • The purpose, it starts now and forever and ever.
  • 00:24:24.260 --> 00:24:34.250
  • Are you in a wrestling match?
  • 00:24:34.260 --> 00:24:41.100
  • A ladder match?
  • 00:24:41.110 --> 00:24:44.100
  • Are you climbing, and climbing, and climbing?
  • 00:24:44.110 --> 00:24:47.020
  • Pleasure, once I get to that top, fame,
  • 00:24:47.030 --> 00:24:53.190
  • once I get to that rung.
  • 00:24:53.200 --> 00:24:58.150
  • The more monster, once I get more,
  • 00:24:58.160 --> 00:25:00.220
  • and more, and more.
  • 00:25:00.230 --> 00:25:04.050
  • When you get there without the Lord, you're gonna
  • 00:25:04.060 --> 00:25:10.200
  • find out the ladder is leaning against the wrong wall.
  • 00:25:10.210 --> 00:25:16.050
  • There's only one ladder, his name is Jesus.
  • 00:25:16.060 --> 00:25:23.100
  • Do you know him? Do you know him?
  • 00:25:23.110 --> 00:25:29.210
  • Because in God's sovereignty, he's given you a choice,
  • 00:25:29.220 --> 00:25:34.000
  • and I pray that you make that decision to follow our ladder,
  • 00:25:34.010 --> 00:25:43.270
  • because the ladder matters.
  • 00:25:44.190 --> 00:25:50.040
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  • It'll only get better in heaven
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  • Heaven, heaven, it'll only get better
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  • when I'm with you in heaven, heaven
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  • It'll only get better
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  • Chains are fallin', freedom's callin'
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  • eyes are opened, and I see heaven's in motion
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