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Love is the Key

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November 22, 2019
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Leon Fontaine

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Love is the Key

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  • -ANNOUNCER: What would you change in your life?
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  • - What if you could unleash the miraculous in your
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  • everyday life?
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  • - Experience freedom, live in peace, change the world. Become
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  • Spirit Contemporary. Join Leon Fontaine, world renowned
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  • conference speaker, senior pastor of Canada's fastest
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  • growing church, and CEO of Canada's only Christian TV
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  • station. Today, on THE SPIRIT CONTEMPORARY LIFE.
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  • -LEON FONTAINE: To have a life that feels amazing and strong.
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  • You must let God lead your heart into His love. You must let and
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  • see, and that Holy Spirit reveal to you God is absolutely in love
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  • with you. Don't care what you've done. Don't care where
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  • you came from. The love that He has for you
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  • is not because you earned it.
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  • -ANNOUNCER: In John 10:10, it says that Jesus came to give us
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  • life, and life more abundantly. So, why is there such a
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  • disconnect between this biblical promise, and how most Christians
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  • live today? Why have so many believers become spiritually
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  • weak, and ineffective at sharing Jesus' message of love? THE
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  • SPIRIT CONTEMPORARY LIFE is the answer. It's being led by Holy
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  • Spirit, but in a contemporary way. It's being Jesus and
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  • demonstrating His love in ways people can understand and
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  • appreciate. Spirit Contemporary is unique for everyone. It never
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  • compromises the truth, and it never makes others feel
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  • uncomfortable. It's freeing yourself from religious
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  • constraints, and walking freely in God's amazing grace, for His
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  • purpose. THE SPIRIT CONTEMPORARY LIFE is absolutely crucial if
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  • the global church and her people are going to change the world.
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  • - Later in the show, we'll tell you how you can reserve your
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  • copy of today's resource. Enrich your soul and renew your mind
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  • with this timely series.
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  • - And now, from Winnipeg, Canada, pastor Leon Fontaine.
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  • -LEON: I want to focus on love today because love I used to
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  • think as a young man I would always, there was something in
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  • my heart for God. My mom and dad did an amazing job of
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  • introducing me to God. They were very real. If you knew my
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  • parents, they are so authentic, so transparent, so in love with
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  • God. I saw their relationship. The miracles that took place.
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  • That neither of them were perfect and neither was I but I
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  • knew that there was a God. And so I would want to get to know
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  • Him and I would read these verses about you must love the
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  • Lord your God with all of your heart, your soul, your mind,
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  • your strength. And I knew I didn't love Him much. But I have
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  • the wrong definition of love because I thought love was a
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  • feeling. You lost that lovin' feeling, whoa lovin' feeling.
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  • You lost that lovin' feeling. Now it's gone, gone, gone, woh.
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  • Remember that song? What a stupid song and the definition
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  • of love is not a feeling. My feelings change over supper,
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  • lunch, dinner, when I wake up, when I go to bed. My feelings
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  • can change in 30 seconds flat. Can you imagine being married to
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  • a person who believes love is a feeling. Love is not a feeling.
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  • Love according to the Word of God is to value something. When
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  • you love God, you value God. When I made this adjustment to
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  • the definition of love, I began to recognize I've always valued
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  • God. I've always valued God from a young age. Therefore, I've
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  • loved Him. I have valued Him. And it's amazing that as I
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  • pursued Him feelings come. So I always feel them, but it doesn't
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  • matter because my value for God, my value for Jesus who died on
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  • the cross for me is huge. Sometimes I feel it. Sometimes I
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  • don't. But it doesn't matter because I value this. In 2
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  • Thessalonians 3:5, it says, "May the Lord lead, guide, direct
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  • your hearts into God's love and Christ's patience, His
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  • endurance, His perseverance." Look what it doesn't say? It
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  • does not say may the Lord lead and guide you into a good life.
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  • Make all the good decisions about who you marry. Make the
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  • right decisions about your career. Make the right decisions
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  • about this. It doesn't say any of those things. It says, "May
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  • the Lord lead, guide, direct your heart." Heart always means
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  • the deepest part of you. The very beliefs that are core to
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  • you. It says may He guide those into God's love. Now, the Bible
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  • says that we love God because He first loved us. So you shouldn't
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  • focus anyway on how much I love God. You should focus on how
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  • much He loves you. You know, it's amazing to me. I look at my
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  • family and when they'll do things that show me their love,
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  • or I'll sit there and just think about, why do they love me so
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  • much? You know, what an incredible compliment is to be
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  • loved. For someone to love you. And God knows everything about
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  • you dude. I mean, everything. God knows you girl. Everything
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  • about you and He is overwhelmed with love for you. And we need
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  • as believers, if you want to have a life that is not
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  • controlled by depression. You're gonna have to begin to believe
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  • how much God loves you. And as you go into God's Word and you
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  • see how He sent His Son to die on the cross. He took your sin,
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  • your death. You know, when Jesus said, "My God, My God, why have
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  • You forsaken Me?" He said that. Why would Jesus say that? And He
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  • didn't say, "Oh, God." He said, "My God." It shows this
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  • incredible relationship. If I'm saying a wife, a wife. But if I
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  • say my wife, very personal. He's saying My God, My God, why have
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  • You forsaken Me? That word forsaken is brutal. It means
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  • someone that you love so much walks away from you. You want to
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  • know pain. It will never be an injury. You want to know pain.
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  • It will never be financial. The deepest pains are if you love
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  • someone so much you've opened your heart to them, and they
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  • walked away from you. Jesus screaming at the cross, My God!
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  • He wasn't complaining about the spikes. He wasn't complaining
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  • about hanging or He wasn't complaining about the thorns or
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  • the beating. He was saying why have You forsaken Me? Why did
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  • God forsake Him? Because Jesus became sin. He took your sin and
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  • God turned His head away as He took this curse, for you and I
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  • to be in His family. If you do not believe God's love. If do
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  • not learn to, I'm not gonna use the word feel, to believe, to
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  • trust, to be aware of how much God's in love with you. You'll
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  • never -, Oh, I'm gonna be careful but I'm gonna just say
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  • it. You'll never be psychologically secure. You will
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  • struggle and you'll find that whatever this world puts new
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  • titles on things. Mood disorder, emotional disorders, and
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  • depression and all these things. To have a life that feels
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  • amazing and strong. You must let God lead your heart into His
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  • love. You must let and see, and that Holy Spirit reveal to you.
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  • God is absolutely in love with you. Don't care what you've
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  • done. Don't care where you came from. The love that He has for
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  • you is not because you earned it. In 1 Thessalonians 3:12, it
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  • says, "May the Lord make your love grow more and multiply,
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  • abound, overflow for each other." Okay, so not only do we
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  • love God. We have to have a love for each other. And so, well,
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  • Leon, how do you do that? If you have conditional love, you'll
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  • never know it. I mean, if you don't choose and begin to
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  • believe. You choose Jesus and you see the love that He has for
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  • you and then you grow in that. If you don't do that, depression
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  • will hound you, harass you. What do you call depression? I'm not
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  • getting into a psychological debate on that. I'm just saying
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  • this awful feeling of vanity, uselessness, nothing is working,
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  • life sucks, going nowhere. Don't like what's happening in life.
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  • This sense of regret or what is life all about. In Luke 10, I'm
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  • not gonna read it but if you're taking notes Luke 10:27. A man
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  • asks Jesus a question. What shall we do with our lives? And
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  • He said, "Love the Lord your God with all your heart, your soul,
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  • your strength and all your mind, love your neighbor as yourself."
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  • This man say I believe that. Then Jesus say do it. You know,
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  • believing or knowledge is different in the Bible than it
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  • is today. You can say you know about something doesn't mean you
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  • know it experientially. The word know in the Bible means to
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  • experience it with everything that every way you have to
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  • experience it. It literally means to know something is to
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  • experience it. And if you want to know God's love, and you're
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  • looking for purpose and meaning and your life is empty. That
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  • when you give your life to Christ, you discover the purpose
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  • of Christ. Which is to reach out and to value people around you.
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  • And this valuing of them, they will sense it. What it causes
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  • you do for them? They will know it. And it's stunning how our
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  • lives change. What brings instability? Not being all in to
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  • what you believe. Kind of gosh golly gee. I don't know. Hey, I
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  • could be right over here, could be right over there. Like, it's
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  • amazing to me how truth, no one believes in truth and university
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  • is my truth. What's your truth? Really? No wonder Jesus said I
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  • am the truth. He said I'm the way. I'm the truth. I'm the
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  • life. If you're looking for a new path, He's the way. If
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  • you're looking for a new life, Jesus say I am the life. If
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  • you're looking for truth, it's gotta start with an
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  • understanding of Jesus and what He's done on the cross, the
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  • Bible, and from there He is truth. There's no such thing as,
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  • well, my truth, your truth. All religions they lead to heaven.
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  • No, they don't. No, they don't. Don't get it wrong. We need to
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  • be double-minded. What I mean to say, stop being double-minded.
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  • We need to be all in to this what we believe, this faith.
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  • What we're gonna do for God. You know what scares the hell out of
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  • me? Did he just swear? No, the word hell's in the Bible. What
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  • scares the hell out of me is that my kids listen to me
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  • preach. They're living their lives because I'm not just their
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  • father. I'm their pastor. Now, my grandkids are listening to me
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  • and I want to make sure that I'm speaking truth. That I'm
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  • speaking with honor and integrity and being transparent.
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  • I don't want to spin something. I don't want to just throw out
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  • my ideas. When I'm gonna be dead and gone and my kids are gonna
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  • live this stuff out. So I, I am all in. If this stuff isn't
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  • true, I am so screwed. But I know it's real. And you know
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  • what, I just refuse to live my life half-baked. Well, gosh
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  • golly gee. I kind of believe this, kind of believe that,
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  • whatever. No. I know whom I have belief and I'm persuaded. That
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  • He is able to keep that which I've committed into Him against
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  • that day. The only way to take the presence of God and families
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  • to be really truly generational is in to serve God, it's to be
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  • all in. It's to be committed because if you're not, you're
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  • double-minded. And a double-minded person is unstable
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  • in all their ways. The Bible says don't let them even think
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  • they're gonna accept, receive anything from God. You know what
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  • I admire? I admire when I meet a warrior princess. A woman who
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  • knows what she believes in Christ and she's not arrogant or
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  • judgmental to the world around us. We need to be loving and
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  • caring like Jesus. But you mess what she believes? She knows
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  • what she believes, and you can't change a thing there. That all
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  • in is what makes someone powerful. It's an attractive
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  • force. But this wishy-washy, oh gosh golly gee. I don't know.
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  • Let's just see what happens. No, I've made a decision. I have
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  • searched out God's Word. I have tried Him. I've served Him for
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  • decades. He is so good. You know, there's a story in the
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  • Bible about a woman. We don't know her name. She's just called
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  • Lot's wife. Why she makes the Bible is because Lot lived in a
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  • city called Sodom. The Bible says that city was so wicked
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  • that there were no restraints anywhere in the culture. And in
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  • fact, two angels that were sent to protect and take Lot, his
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  • wife, and kids out of the city once they found out there was
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  • two new people at in his house. The city surrounded the house
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  • and said send them out so we can have sex with them. I mean,
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  • there were no boundaries in this place. So when the angels
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  • finally led Lot and his wife out of the city and the city was
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  • just destroyed with brimstone fire. The angel said to the
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  • family, don't look back. Don't look back. They got going, as
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  • they're walking out of the city, I guess maybe they heard the
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  • sounds. I don't know. But Lot's wife turns around and gazes back
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  • at her past and what she was leaving. Showing us that there
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  • wasn't a fixed all in. It was kind of way, you know, I don't
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  • know. And she died on the spot. The Bible says she turned into a
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  • pillar of salt. And the Bible has a verse that says remember
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  • Lot's wife. Or let me put it this way. Be all in. If you're
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  • gonna believe in something, don't believe in half-baked.
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  • Don't just try it. Don't you put your toe in the water. Go off
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  • the high board. You're in. Just, I'm in. People respect that.
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  • Even when people disagree with you. They respect all in with
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  • what you believe more than I don't know. Gosh, golly, gee.
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  • Yeah, I could believe. Oh, I could believe that, too. Oh,
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  • yeah! You could be right, too. Like, really? You can love,
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  • respect, be friends, do business with people, and believe
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  • differently. Lot's wife. Another person in the Bible in Hebrews
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  • 11:7. I'm not gonna have any time to read it but write it
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  • down. Says Noah, he built an ark and he saved his family. Expert
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  • say that how long it took Noah to build the ark was probably
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  • around a hundred and twenty years. They lived longer back
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  • then, because he was planting the trees that he was later
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  • gonna cut down and make boards out of to build the ark. And
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  • Noah by building an ark saved his family. You know why I'm all
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  • in? Because I know my kids are too strong. My kids are too
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  • like, that if I just kind of, "Well, I don't know. You guys
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  • find your way like I did. I mean, that's what really life's
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  • all about." Life is not about just finding your way. Life is
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  • about hearing truth, knowing truth, following truth. Getting
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  • all in to what is truth because this world is gonna push you and
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  • shove you. It's gonna try to really harass what you believe.
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  • Make you back off from what believe. Make you to kind of get
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  • double-minded because once you get double-minded, your life
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  • completely changes. But when you're all in, this is where
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  • faith and trust begin to rise up on the inside of you and in your
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  • life. Well, Leon, how do I build an ark? All Noah did was obey
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  • the Word of God to him. And I want to challenge you dads, your
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  • kids aren't gonna follow what you say. They're gonna follow
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  • what you do. I want to challenge you moms. You're gonna explain
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  • all you want. They will live out what you live like, not what
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  • your words say. So let's be all in. Let them see a person of
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  • integrity and character saying Jesus Christ is Lord. And I've
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  • read a lot of stuff on this planet, but I know that He is
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  • the truth. He is the way. He is the life. And it gives this
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  • guiding light. It gives this anchor for their soul. The Bible
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  • literally says it that the soul of a human being, that the
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  • psyche, the memory, the imagination, the moods, the
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  • emotions, that the only thing that anchors it is God's Word.
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  • When it's not anchored to the truths of God's Word, somewhere
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  • it might be a decade from now. Somewhere you will struggle, and
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  • depression will push at you, emptiness, vanity. The bubble
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  • world burst as you find out that what you did pursue wasn't
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  • Jesus. That it has no real benefit. You can't chase
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  • pleasures. Did you know? Well, if you're here, and yeah, I
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  • don't believe that. Let me give you a little test. You can't
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  • pursue pleasures because if you pursue pleasure, your life's
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  • gonna be messed up. For example, pursuing happiness. The Bible
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  • does not say to do that. If you will, do this. Okay, if you're
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  • struggling with what I'm saying, do this for one week, about ten
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  • times a day. Just say, I'm pursuing happiness. I just want
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  • to be happy. Or am I happy? Ask yourself the question ten times
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  • a day. I'm telling you. You'll be so depressed in five days
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  • because you're not supposed to pursue happiness. I talk to
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  • parents. What do you want for your kids? Oh, I just want them
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  • to be happy. They never, parents never used to talk like that
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  • generations ago. I want my kids to be integrous. I want my kids
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  • to, lives to mean something. I want them to know what they
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  • believe. I want them to be people of character and honor
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  • and integrity. They would go, "I want to be happy." What's that
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  • mean? Go lie, cheat, and steal as long as you're happy? You
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  • pursue happiness which is a pleasure because happiness comes
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  • from happenings. And your life will be so double-minded. But
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  • pursue Jesus. Pursue knowing Him. The plan for our lives is
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  • to live for Him. And then as we put Him first. Seek first the
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  • kingdom of God, it says in Matthew 6, everything else gets
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  • added. You know, that all, this pleasure God created them. He
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  • says at His right hand are pleasures forevermore. And we
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  • all think it's heaven. No, we get to live in the kingdom while
  • 00:19:51.290 --> 00:19:55.160
  • we're on this planet. Jesus came that we might have life and more
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  • abundantly in John 10:10. We gotta recognize that this way of
  • 00:19:58.160 --> 00:20:02.120
  • serving Him is crucial. So obey the Word of God. And as you do,
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  • all these pleasures you're seeking after, they'll come to
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  • you in a way that won't hurt you, kill you, destroy you, make
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  • a mess of your generations. Build an ark. Last that I'll
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  • give you and our time is up. Pick a fight. Pick a fight. You
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  • know what, bullies are a problem. I get that totally. And
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  • I'm glad that our school are taking a stand against bullies.
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  • But on the playground when I was young, it was kind of like there
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  • was the bully who'd always pick a fight. Then there's always
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  • kind of the people, always afraid of a fight. You can't be
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  • afraid of a fight. Evil prevails when good men do nothing. Evil
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  • prevails when good women do nothing. Don't be afraid of a
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  • fight. Can you fight for your marriage when it's going through
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  • a mess? Can you fight for a country when it -, But what
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  • about fighting for the things that are important to you at
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  • your core. You know, have you found yourself like a frog in a
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  • frying pan where the water keeps getting warmer and hotter that
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  • you used to not even notice it. The Bible says wake up the
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  • mighty men! It doesn't mean that some of you are mighty and some
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  • of you aren't. It means inside of all of us is a mighty man, a
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  • mighty woman. Either wake him up or you're gonna find yourself
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  • going the way of the world like Lot's wife who was taught in the
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  • things of God. Slowly it says the Bible says it just corrupted
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  • her righteous soul, just seeing and just desiring and not being
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  • strong. Pick a fight in your own life and get up and decide what
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  • you're gonna believe. Get up and decide how you're gonna live.
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  • Get up and be determined as to who you're gonna be emotionally.
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  • Who are you gonna be as far as your character goes and decide
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  • who you are and then get up and be that. That's where you become
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  • such an attractive force to the world around you because we're
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  • so used to people just, you know, just kind of moving and
  • 00:22:06.090 --> 00:22:09.100
  • shifting at whatever the flow. But someone that just stand
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  • strong and this is what I believe. And it doesn't mean
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  • that you're gonna be judgmental or some arrogant Christian.
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  • Please don't. Be Spirit Contemporary. Be spiritually
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  • alive and strong. But when it comes to others. You see, on
  • 00:22:22.050 --> 00:22:26.270
  • this planet I'm not concerned about the sin in somebody else's
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  • life. I'm not gonna argue about what is sin sexually and gender
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  • wise with people who have their opinion. So you get to do what
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  • you want with your life. You get to believe what you want, talk
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  • what you want, live what you want. And everything we believe,
  • 00:22:43.210 --> 00:22:46.200
  • talk, and do there's consequences. So they come with
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  • it. But I'm gonna recognize this freedom that God has given each
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  • person to live the way they want, believe what they want.
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  • But don't you start forcing me to believe what you believe.
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  • Don't you start telling me I got to teach my kids that this is
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  • truth when I don't believe this is truth. We're living in a day
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  • and age right now where all truth is being tested. You
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  • better know what you believe, and you better figure out how we
  • 00:23:11.140 --> 00:23:14.080
  • fit into this world. How can we be salt and light? Meaning, we
  • 00:23:14.090 --> 00:23:18.030
  • know what we believe. Then at the same time we are in love
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  • with the world that hasn't found Jesus yet. We're in love with
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  • them. We value them even if they don't agree with anything that
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  • we do. We value them. We love them. We reach out with arm. We
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  • can do business together, hang out together, not a problem. But
  • 00:23:33.150 --> 00:23:36.270
  • now, what I believe is not up for you to change. Am I helping
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  • anybody here today? Maybe it's time to pick a fight.
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  • What's going on in your heart, your mind, your life,
  • 00:23:52.240 --> 00:23:56.120
  • pick a fight and decide who you gonna believe.
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  • -LEON: How should we pray when we're discouraged? You know,
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  • when I'm discouraged and it's not very often, okay? Because
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  • I've learned something here. The word courage is something that
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  • you do even when you feel afraid. Like I've taught on
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  • at them, but you have to use courage. Courage is not the
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  • absence of fear. Courage is feeling the fear and doing the
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  • right things anyway, going to that next level anyway, and it's
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  • of reasons for feeling discourage. But the Bible says
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  • that David encouraged himself in the Lord. Something you can do
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  • is this, if you are looking at the results of your life and
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  • you've got your eyes off of Jesus. Your self-identity and
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