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Choose Life And Live

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August 16, 2020
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Father Cedric Pisegna is a Catholic priest. His program will inspire and encourage you to Live with Passion.

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  • - Your decisions matter.
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  • Choose life and live.
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  • Hi, I'm Father Cedric Pisegna.
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  • I welcome you to"Live with Passion".
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  • I'm talking in this seriesabout what really matters,
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  • and what really matterwas very crucial,
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  • are your choices, the decisionsthat you make in life.
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  • They matter now, andthey matter for eternity.
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  • Let me share with you this
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  • from the Book of Deuteronomy:
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  • I call heaven and earth towitness against you this day
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  • that I have set beforeyou life and death,
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  • blessing and the curse.
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  • Therefore, choose life,
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  • that you and yourdescendants may live
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  • loving the Lord your God,and obeying his voice.
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  • I was just flippingthrough the channels,
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  • and I tuned into a"My 600-lb Life".
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  • It was on The Learning Channel.
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  • Never seen a programlike that before.
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  • Documents these people
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  • that are strugglingwith a food addiction.
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  • And these people, allof them men and women,
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  • weighed 600 poundsminimally. (laughs)
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  • Some of them weighed700, 800, 900 pounds.
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  • And they were so obese
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  • that they hadtrouble even walking
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  • or getting out of the house.
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  • And so what theprogram was about
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  • was somewhere along the line,
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  • they had lost their abilityto choose about food.
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  • Their emotionshad been so strong
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  • that what happened istheir will was weakened,
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  • and they decided to just eat.
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  • And they ate more, andthey ate more to the point
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  • where their obesitythreatened their health.
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  • So the program was also abouttheir going to the doctor,
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  • and the doctor trying tohelp them to lose weight.
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  • And they wouldactually document them
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  • flying on an airplane, andthat was very hard to do.
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  • And once they got to the doctor,
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  • they had to make thechoice, make the decision,
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  • that they weren't gonnalet their feelings
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  • dictate who they wereand what they ate.
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  • And they had to reallydiscipline themselves,
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  • self-discipline.
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  • That's one of the reasonswhy we fast in Lent,
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  • or other times during the year
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  • is to get a grip on our will.
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  • Sometimes, our willbecomes kind of weak.
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  • And fastingstrengthens our will.
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  • Good habits strengthen us
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  • so that our emotionsdon't just rule us.
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  • So anyway, in this program,
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  • many of these people actuallylost hundreds of pounds.
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  • Others of themhave died already,
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  • and they failed in their attempt
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  • to lose the weight thatthey wanted to lose.
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  • My point is that weall make decisions,
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  • and decisions have consequences.
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  • And we are responsible forthe decisions that we make.
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  • Not other people.
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  • You and I are responsiblefor the decisions we make.
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  • And on judgment day,when we stand before God.
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  • God isn't gonna bejudging your parents,
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  • or the people thatyou lived with,
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  • about the decisionsthat you made.
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  • He will be judging you forthe decisions that you made,
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  • the choices that you made.
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  • And it's very importantthat you understand,
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  • we have to take responsibilityfor our own choices.
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  • And I am hoping, asyou watch this program,
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  • that you will chooselife and live.
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  • We have that reading,"Choose Life and Live",
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  • that I just read to you fromthe Book of Deuteronomy.
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  • We have that everysecond day of Lent.
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  • Ash Wednesday inthe Catholic Church,
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  • then the second day,we have that reading.
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  • And we have it soearly on in Lent
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  • because Lent givesus a fair of readings
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  • about what's really important,
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  • what's really serious,what really matters.
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  • And so right away, inthe season of Lent,
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  • right after Ash Wednesday,we hear this reading,
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  • "Choose Life and Live".
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  • Wanna talk some aboutchoices in life.
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  • And we all make a multitudeof choices every day,
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  • decisions every day.
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  • You may not know it, but whenyou're gonna get out of bed,
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  • and what you're gonnaeat for breakfast,
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  • and what you're gonna puton, what color clothes,
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  • and the different things asyou go throughout your day.
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  • We're making choicesall the time.
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  • I flew on an airplane one time,
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  • and as we landed,the captain got on
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  • and he thanked usfor flying with him.
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  • And he says, "I know youhave a choice in carriers.
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  • "Thank you forchoosing our airline."
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  • My point is that weall make choices,
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  • and there's a plethora ofchoices that come our way.
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  • And we are responsiblefor the choices we make.
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  • And our choiceshave consequences.
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  • So I was thinking aboutsome of the decisions
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  • that I've made in my life,and these are firm decisions.
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  • I have decided years ago,
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  • when it comes toeating and weight gain,
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  • that I am going towatch what I eat,
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  • because I love to eat.
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  • And it's easy to justsit in front of a TV
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  • and eat cookies,and potato chips,
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  • and peanuts, andall the good things.
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  • They call that stuffingyour feelings, comfort food.
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  • You know, you may be goingthrough some distress
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  • in your life, and somegrieving, or you're upset,
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  • or you're anxious or something.
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  • What people tend to do is
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  • they bury theirfeelings just by eating.
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  • And the feelings won't go away.
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  • They'll go away temporarily,because you're eating sugar,
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  • and you're eatingall these things,
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  • but the bottom line is is youjust start to gain weight.
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  • So I made the decision,
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  • you know, I'll eat some things.
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  • We can't just starve ourselves.
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  • But I really madethat firm decision,
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  • and that's one ofthe keys in life.
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  • When you make decisions, somedecisions are firm decisions.
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  • I mean, you don't just say,"Oh, I wish I'll do that,"
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  • or "I hope I'll do that."
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  • You say, "I'm gonna do it."
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  • And you are the masterof your own life.
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  • I love what it says inGenesis, I think chapter three.
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  • "Sin is crouching at yourdoor, but you must master it."
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  • That's what God tells us.
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  • Everybody's responsible whenit comes to sin in their life.
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  • It's crouching at your door.
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  • In other words, it's for you.
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  • It wants to get you.
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  • But you must masterit, in other words,
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  • you have the free will,
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  • and that's the giftthat God gave us.
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  • You have the ability tomaster sin to whatever degree.
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  • You can do it, so don'tkeep making excuses.
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  • So I made the decision thatI was gonna try to eat well,
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  • and work out.
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  • Now, do I always feel likeworking out, no. (laughs)
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  • Most of the time I don't.
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  • But after a while,psychologist will tell us this.
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  • After a while, when youdo something for 30 days,
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  • it becomes a habit.
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  • And once you startto develop a habit,
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  • it's not so much adecision anymore.
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  • I know that when Iget up in the morning,
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  • and brush my teeth,
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  • and take mymedications and things,
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  • I don't even makedecisions about that.
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  • I just kinda do it by habit.
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  • It's the same way, ifyou develop good habits,
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  • you can develop habits thatyou don't always have to
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  • agonize over your decisions.
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  • So when it comes to working out,
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  • it's like, "I feel tired,I don't wanna do it today."
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  • You know, that's what the,your heart will tell you.
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  • And it's like, "There'sno argument here.
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  • "I'm doing it, quiet down.
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  • "I'm going to workout," and I work out.
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  • And I always feel somuch better after.
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  • I've tried to cutdown on golf, also.
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  • There are 14 clubsin the golf bag,
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  • and they all represent decisions
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  • that you have to makeon the golf course
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  • depending on where you are.
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  • If you're on thegreen, of course,
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  • you're gonna use your putter.
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  • If you're in the sand trap,
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  • yeah, you're gonnause your sand wedge.
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  • You're on a tee,most of the time,
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  • you're gonna use your driver.
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  • Sometimes a 3-wood or a 5-wood.
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  • But when you're in the fairway,
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  • it's not always so clear cut.
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  • What am I gonna use here,or if you're in the rough,
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  • you have to make decisions.
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  • That's one of the reasons whypro golfers have a caddie.
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  • They feed them information,
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  • like how far it is, andwhat the wind is doing,
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  • and they counsel with them.
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  • And that's what I tellpeople all the time
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  • when it comes to addictions,
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  • or it comes to marriage.
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  • Oftentimes, they want,they need counseling.
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  • Counseling can helpyou to make a decision.
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  • People will come intothe confessional.
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  • They will confess to me
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  • that they have anaddiction to drinking,
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  • an addiction to overeating.
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  • And what I'll tell them is,of course, I'll absolve them,
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  • you know, they're forgiven.
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  • What I'll tell them is:
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  • Look, go to anaddictions counselor,
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  • and talk these things over.
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  • Learn about the addiction
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  • so that you canmake good decisions.
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  • One moment in the confessional
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  • isn't gonna takeyour addiction away.
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  • You need to workon your addiction.
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  • See, what happensin an addiction is,
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  • somewhere along the line,your will becomes weak.
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  • And as it becomes weak,
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  • and I know it's a disease.
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  • I did a, I created a wholeseries on addictions.
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  • So I understand thedisease element of it.
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  • But the bottom line is,
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  • it has to do withyour will also.
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  • That's part of the disease.
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  • And somewhere along the line,your will becomes weakened.
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  • That's the reason forfasting, by the way,
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  • when it comes to food.
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  • So that you canstrengthen your will,
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  • and be self-disciplinedand self-control.
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  • So what I tell people is,
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  • "You know, get a counselor,talk to somebody about it.
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  • "That will help you tomake good decisions."
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  • So when it comes to golf,
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  • I made the decision, becauseit's been hurting my back,
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  • it's been hurting my hip,it's been hurting my knee.
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  • I've made a decisionto cut down on it,
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  • and for all intentsand purposes, to stop.
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  • Now, I love the game,
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  • but I'm responsible forthe decisions that I make,
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  • and I like being able tostand up here and preach
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  • and go on the roadand travel and preach.
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  • And I'm not gonnabe able to do that
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  • if I make, I call itself-sabotaging decisions.
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  • And some people in theirlife, and I don't know why,
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  • are into sabotaging their lives.
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  • The bottom line is, whenit comes to decisions,
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  • you gotta love yourselfin a healthy way.
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  • You know, there'senough people out there
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  • that struggle, and maybethey don't like you,
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  • and I don't know if youcan call 'em your enemies,
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  • but you gotta beyour own best friend.
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  • Make good decisions.
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  • You have a goodfuture ahead of you.
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  • Make sure you make goodchoices about your health.
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  • So, made thedecision about golf.
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  • That was a harddecision to make.
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  • And then went to the doctor,
  • 00:11:23.991 --> 00:11:26.494
  • and he told me aboutthe sugar intake,
  • 00:11:26.494 --> 00:11:30.064
  • that my numbers are very high.
  • 00:11:30.064 --> 00:11:32.200
  • Years ago, my cholesterolnumbers were really high,
  • 00:11:32.200 --> 00:11:34.902
  • so cut down on fats,cut down on sugar.
  • 00:11:34.902 --> 00:11:38.673
  • Not just on food itself,but the type food you eat.
  • 00:11:38.673 --> 00:11:41.876
  • So this is something thatwe all have to deal with.
  • 00:11:41.876 --> 00:11:45.980
  • We all have to dealwith the consequences
  • 00:11:45.980 --> 00:11:48.616
  • of our decisions.
  • 00:11:48.616 --> 00:11:50.685
  • I wanna live a healthy life.
  • 00:11:50.685 --> 00:11:53.488
  • And as I study things now,
  • 00:11:53.488 --> 00:11:55.289
  • they talk about howdementia and Alzheimer's
  • 00:11:55.289 --> 00:11:58.059
  • are related to what you eat,the exercise that you do.
  • 00:11:58.059 --> 00:12:01.963
  • So it's what's important.
  • 00:12:01.963 --> 00:12:03.498
  • If you want to have a good andhealthy life in the future,
  • 00:12:03.498 --> 00:12:05.933
  • I heard something thatI really agree with,
  • 00:12:05.933 --> 00:12:09.036
  • and it has to do with tomorrow.
  • 00:12:09.036 --> 00:12:11.372
  • And it says, "Do today,"this is the saying.
  • 00:12:11.372 --> 00:12:14.842
  • "Do today what you're gonnabe happy with tomorrow."
  • 00:12:14.842 --> 00:12:18.412
  • Now most people do todaywhat they're gonna happy,
  • 00:12:18.412 --> 00:12:22.383
  • what they're gonnabe happy with today.
  • 00:12:22.383 --> 00:12:24.452
  • Whether it meansovereating or playing golf,
  • 00:12:24.452 --> 00:12:26.554
  • or eating a lot of sugar,or drinking too much,
  • 00:12:26.554 --> 00:12:28.990
  • or smoking marijuana,whatever it is.
  • 00:12:28.990 --> 00:12:31.325
  • They decide to do
  • 00:12:31.325 --> 00:12:32.927
  • what they're gonna behappy with right now.
  • 00:12:32.927 --> 00:12:35.997
  • But wisdom dictatesthat you do today
  • 00:12:35.997 --> 00:12:38.366
  • what you're gonna behappy with tomorrow
  • 00:12:38.366 --> 00:12:39.967
  • because tomorrow always comes.
  • 00:12:39.967 --> 00:12:41.769
  • In fact, today istomorrow already.
  • 00:12:41.769 --> 00:12:46.140
  • You know, we're livingin yesterday's tomorrow.
  • 00:12:46.140 --> 00:12:49.544
  • So really, wisdom dictates
  • 00:12:49.544 --> 00:12:53.247
  • that you have to takecare of yourself,
  • 00:12:53.247 --> 00:12:55.283
  • because tomorrow is on the way.
  • 00:12:55.283 --> 00:12:57.852
  • Foolishness says,
  • 00:12:57.852 --> 00:12:59.320
  • "Just eat, drink, and bemerry, for tomorrow we die."
  • 00:12:59.320 --> 00:13:02.089
  • I like to say, "Eatdrink and be merry,
  • 00:13:02.089 --> 00:13:03.424
  • "for tomorrow, we live."
  • 00:13:03.424 --> 00:13:04.926
  • So all kinds of choices.
  • 00:13:05.860 --> 00:13:08.362
  • I also have triedto make good choices
  • 00:13:08.362 --> 00:13:11.299
  • regarding my ministry.
  • 00:13:11.299 --> 00:13:13.401
  • I decided years ago,
  • 00:13:14.969 --> 00:13:16.771
  • I could either be safeand stay in a little box.
  • 00:13:16.771 --> 00:13:21.776
  • I'll have a ministry,but it won't go anywhere.
  • 00:13:23.177 --> 00:13:24.979
  • Or I made the choice tostep out of my comfort zone,
  • 00:13:24.979 --> 00:13:29.383
  • and do the work.
  • 00:13:30.484 --> 00:13:31.786
  • What do I mean by the work?
  • 00:13:32.653 --> 00:13:34.822
  • Reading.
  • 00:13:34.822 --> 00:13:37.625
  • Writing.
  • 00:13:37.625 --> 00:13:38.459
  • Risking. (laughs)
  • 00:13:40.027 --> 00:13:42.230
  • Trying new things.
  • 00:13:42.230 --> 00:13:44.198
  • This is how you expand.
  • 00:13:44.198 --> 00:13:46.667
  • This is how you grow.
  • 00:13:46.667 --> 00:13:49.103
  • It's called launching outinto the deep for a catch.
  • 00:13:49.103 --> 00:13:52.139
  • And I'm bearingthe fruit of that.
  • 00:13:52.139 --> 00:13:55.810
  • And I keep pushing myself.
  • 00:13:55.810 --> 00:13:57.445
  • Yes, it's hard.
  • 00:13:57.445 --> 00:13:59.280
  • My feelings don't wanna do it.
  • 00:13:59.280 --> 00:14:01.716
  • But when you do it,
  • 00:14:01.716 --> 00:14:02.850
  • it leads to a fruitful,fulfilled life.
  • 00:14:02.850 --> 00:14:06.020
  • And I keep tellingyou all the time.
  • 00:14:06.020 --> 00:14:07.822
  • Don't just live,live with passion.
  • 00:14:07.822 --> 00:14:09.924
  • I don't know if youever saw the movie.
  • 00:14:09.924 --> 00:14:11.826
  • I did years ago.
  • 00:14:11.826 --> 00:14:13.694
  • And it was a moviecalled "Sophie's Choice".
  • 00:14:13.694 --> 00:14:16.931
  • It came out in 1982.
  • 00:14:16.931 --> 00:14:19.033
  • Meryl Streep starredin the movie.
  • 00:14:19.033 --> 00:14:21.269
  • And it was about themother of a boy and a girl
  • 00:14:21.269 --> 00:14:24.272
  • who were condemned toa concentration camp.
  • 00:14:24.272 --> 00:14:27.375
  • And then right before they were
  • 00:14:27.375 --> 00:14:29.777
  • to go to the concentration camp,
  • 00:14:29.777 --> 00:14:31.979
  • they made Sophie, themother, make a decision.
  • 00:14:31.979 --> 00:14:36.217
  • And the decision was,
  • 00:14:36.217 --> 00:14:37.718
  • one child was gonna die,one child was gonna live.
  • 00:14:37.718 --> 00:14:41.956
  • And she had to decide,and she couldn't decide.
  • 00:14:41.956 --> 00:14:44.692
  • That's the movie,Sophie's choice.
  • 00:14:44.692 --> 00:14:46.827
  • She couldn't decide, herlittle girl or little boy.
  • 00:14:46.827 --> 00:14:48.829
  • Which one would she choose?
  • 00:14:48.829 --> 00:14:50.631
  • And the Nazis said,"If you don't decide,
  • 00:14:50.631 --> 00:14:53.434
  • "if you don't choose,they're both gonna die."
  • 00:14:53.434 --> 00:14:55.870
  • And in a moment'ssplit second decision,
  • 00:14:55.870 --> 00:14:59.140
  • she grabbed a hold of her son,
  • 00:14:59.140 --> 00:15:00.508
  • and her daughter wastaken off to die.
  • 00:15:00.508 --> 00:15:02.610
  • She had to live with theconsequence of that decision.
  • 00:15:02.610 --> 00:15:05.913
  • But she was forced into it.
  • 00:15:05.913 --> 00:15:07.982
  • My point, decisionshave consequences,
  • 00:15:09.150 --> 00:15:12.386
  • and can change lives,and even take away lives.
  • 00:15:12.386 --> 00:15:16.891
  • I remember some of the decisions
  • 00:15:16.891 --> 00:15:18.793
  • that I had to make in my life.
  • 00:15:18.793 --> 00:15:21.162
  • Especially, this happenswith young people.
  • 00:15:21.162 --> 00:15:24.432
  • Has to do with high school.
  • 00:15:24.432 --> 00:15:25.866
  • You know, as you'regraduating from high school,
  • 00:15:25.866 --> 00:15:27.501
  • or right before that,
  • 00:15:27.501 --> 00:15:28.970
  • are you gonna go to college,are you gonna get a job,
  • 00:15:28.970 --> 00:15:31.072
  • or what are you gonna do?
  • 00:15:31.072 --> 00:15:32.540
  • And if you're like me,
  • 00:15:32.540 --> 00:15:33.975
  • most young people,we're not sure. (laughs)
  • 00:15:33.975 --> 00:15:37.211
  • You know, all of a sudden,
  • 00:15:37.211 --> 00:15:39.246
  • those high schoolyears are over with,
  • 00:15:39.246 --> 00:15:41.015
  • and I didn't know what Iwanted to do with my life.
  • 00:15:41.015 --> 00:15:43.284
  • So I went to aguidance counselor.
  • 00:15:43.284 --> 00:15:45.219
  • Remember what I saidabout counseling.
  • 00:15:45.219 --> 00:15:47.188
  • People, spiritualdirectors, counselors,
  • 00:15:47.188 --> 00:15:49.690
  • they can help you to makegood, informed decisions.
  • 00:15:49.690 --> 00:15:52.293
  • And I'll tell you, thatis such a great suffering
  • 00:15:52.293 --> 00:15:53.995
  • for teenagers, not to know what,
  • 00:15:53.995 --> 00:15:55.997
  • not to know, not to decide,
  • 00:15:55.997 --> 00:15:57.865
  • not to make a choicein their life,
  • 00:15:57.865 --> 00:15:59.834
  • 'cause they're notsure what to do.
  • 00:15:59.834 --> 00:16:01.602
  • In college, thanks be to God,
  • 00:16:03.237 --> 00:16:05.706
  • I was touched bythe Holy Spirit.
  • 00:16:05.706 --> 00:16:08.275
  • Had this wonderful conversion.
  • 00:16:08.275 --> 00:16:09.744
  • Now I'm studying business.
  • 00:16:09.744 --> 00:16:11.812
  • Gonna try to makemoney, get married,
  • 00:16:11.812 --> 00:16:15.883
  • be a business man.
  • 00:16:15.883 --> 00:16:17.651
  • That was my choice,that was my life choice.
  • 00:16:17.651 --> 00:16:20.488
  • Well, I get touchedby the Holy Spirit,
  • 00:16:20.488 --> 00:16:23.157
  • and now, the Holy Spiritinfluenced my choices.
  • 00:16:23.157 --> 00:16:28.162
  • One of the gifts of the HolySpirit is called counsel.
  • 00:16:29.597 --> 00:16:32.299
  • Remember what I said,
  • 00:16:32.299 --> 00:16:33.367
  • get a spiritual director,get counselors in your life
  • 00:16:35.236 --> 00:16:38.005
  • they can help you, even thepresident has his advisors.
  • 00:16:38.005 --> 00:16:41.609
  • Well, the Holy Spirit iscalled the Counselor. (laughs)
  • 00:16:41.609 --> 00:16:45.713
  • And the Comforter.
  • 00:16:45.713 --> 00:16:47.581
  • And one of the gifts ofthe spirit is direction,
  • 00:16:47.581 --> 00:16:50.284
  • guidance, be ledby the Holy Spirit.
  • 00:16:50.284 --> 00:16:52.353
  • So I started to surrendermy life to the Holy Spirit.
  • 00:16:52.353 --> 00:16:54.955
  • And things startedreally changing for me.
  • 00:16:54.955 --> 00:16:57.291
  • I started making what I callspirit-anointed decisions
  • 00:16:57.291 --> 00:17:00.795
  • instead of just offthe top of my head,
  • 00:17:00.795 --> 00:17:02.830
  • or decisions that reallyweren't the best for me.
  • 00:17:02.830 --> 00:17:06.033
  • And that turned out tobe discerning a call
  • 00:17:06.033 --> 00:17:10.104
  • toward priesthood,
  • 00:17:10.104 --> 00:17:11.772
  • and then a call towardministry and preaching,
  • 00:17:11.772 --> 00:17:15.409
  • and then a call towardreaching out on television.
  • 00:17:15.409 --> 00:17:18.245
  • I try to surrendermyself to the spirit.
  • 00:17:18.245 --> 00:17:20.414
  • It says in Proverbs,
  • 00:17:20.414 --> 00:17:22.316
  • "Acknowledge the Lordin all your ways,
  • 00:17:22.316 --> 00:17:25.820
  • "and he will direct your paths."
  • 00:17:25.820 --> 00:17:28.322
  • I wish I knew that inhigh school. (laughs)
  • 00:17:28.322 --> 00:17:31.826
  • But in high school,
  • 00:17:31.826 --> 00:17:33.060
  • I didn't have arelationship with God.
  • 00:17:33.060 --> 00:17:35.262
  • Didn't know who theHoly Spirit was.
  • 00:17:35.262 --> 00:17:37.498
  • Didn't have the ability tomake all these decisions.
  • 00:17:37.498 --> 00:17:40.568
  • And remember, yourdecisions have consequences.
  • 00:17:40.568 --> 00:17:45.039
  • So my career choice
  • 00:17:45.039 --> 00:17:47.475
  • was heading toward whatthe culture told me
  • 00:17:47.475 --> 00:17:50.611
  • would make me happy.
  • 00:17:50.611 --> 00:17:52.146
  • Making a lot of money,living the high life,
  • 00:17:52.146 --> 00:17:55.649
  • having affluence.
  • 00:17:55.649 --> 00:17:57.384
  • And I'm not poopooingthose things.
  • 00:17:57.384 --> 00:17:59.153
  • Those are good things, ifyou share it with others.
  • 00:17:59.153 --> 00:18:01.956
  • But I discovered that there'smore to life than money.
  • 00:18:01.956 --> 00:18:04.625
  • There's more to life than sex.
  • 00:18:04.625 --> 00:18:06.393
  • There's more to life thanyour own self-comfort.
  • 00:18:06.393 --> 00:18:09.063
  • And those are the decisions
  • 00:18:09.063 --> 00:18:10.431
  • that the Holy Spiritwill help you to make.
  • 00:18:10.431 --> 00:18:12.333
  • And not only help youto make, empower you.
  • 00:18:12.333 --> 00:18:15.402
  • See, we need to be filledwith the Holy Spirit
  • 00:18:16.770 --> 00:18:19.240
  • and with grace in orderto make a decisions.
  • 00:18:19.240 --> 00:18:21.675
  • Wanted to tellyou that one time,
  • 00:18:21.675 --> 00:18:23.043
  • I went to a BillyGraham conference,
  • 00:18:23.043 --> 00:18:27.014
  • and it was for minsters.
  • 00:18:27.014 --> 00:18:28.249
  • And at this conference,
  • 00:18:29.116 --> 00:18:31.085
  • he counseled us,Billy Graham did,
  • 00:18:31.085 --> 00:18:33.754
  • that when we preach,
  • 00:18:33.754 --> 00:18:35.656
  • we should preach to try to helppeople to make good choices.
  • 00:18:35.656 --> 00:18:40.094
  • To preach for a decision, infact, if you know anything
  • 00:18:40.094 --> 00:18:42.930
  • about the BillyGraham organization,
  • 00:18:42.930 --> 00:18:45.032
  • he has a magazine called"Decision Magazine".
  • 00:18:45.032 --> 00:18:49.236
  • So I realized that youknow, I was preaching,
  • 00:18:49.236 --> 00:18:52.473
  • and I was doingwell and everything,
  • 00:18:52.473 --> 00:18:53.908
  • but I wasn't really callingpeople to a decision.
  • 00:18:53.908 --> 00:18:57.444
  • And remember how Ibegan this program,
  • 00:18:57.444 --> 00:18:59.280
  • I said that your decisionsdetermine heaven and hell.
  • 00:18:59.280 --> 00:19:02.283
  • You are gonna stand beforethe judgment seat of God
  • 00:19:02.283 --> 00:19:04.919
  • to bear witness to,or be responsible for,
  • 00:19:04.919 --> 00:19:09.490
  • or be culpable for thedecisions that you make,
  • 00:19:09.490 --> 00:19:13.160
  • because it's thedecisions that we make
  • 00:19:13.160 --> 00:19:15.229
  • that determine howour life turns out.
  • 00:19:15.229 --> 00:19:17.331
  • We are culpablefor our decisions.
  • 00:19:18.499 --> 00:19:20.334
  • God gave us free will.
  • 00:19:20.334 --> 00:19:21.835
  • This is what separates usfrom animals and from puppets.
  • 00:19:21.835 --> 00:19:26.473
  • And this is, by the way,
  • 00:19:26.473 --> 00:19:27.741
  • I'll talk about thisin another program.
  • 00:19:27.741 --> 00:19:29.009
  • This is why we haveevil in the world.
  • 00:19:29.009 --> 00:19:30.511
  • Of course, evil comes fromSatan, the evil one himself.
  • 00:19:30.511 --> 00:19:34.181
  • But also becauseof our free will.
  • 00:19:34.181 --> 00:19:36.917
  • A lot of the evil thathappens in the world
  • 00:19:36.917 --> 00:19:38.752
  • is because peoplemake bad decisions.
  • 00:19:38.752 --> 00:19:41.255
  • Abortions, murders,lying, stealing.
  • 00:19:41.255 --> 00:19:46.260
  • You know, we can't blamethat all on the devil.
  • 00:19:47.461 --> 00:19:48.729
  • Those are people thathave made bad decisions.
  • 00:19:48.729 --> 00:19:51.465
  • So anyway, preachfor a decision.
  • 00:19:51.465 --> 00:19:53.634
  • So I went out there,
  • 00:19:53.634 --> 00:19:54.935
  • and I started preachingpeople, calling people.
  • 00:19:54.935 --> 00:19:57.705
  • We're talking about peoplethat go to church already.
  • 00:19:57.705 --> 00:20:00.174
  • Because just becauseyou go to church
  • 00:20:00.174 --> 00:20:02.276
  • doesn't mean that you're saved.
  • 00:20:02.276 --> 00:20:04.678
  • Doesn't mean that you've beenbaptized in the Holy Spirit,
  • 00:20:04.678 --> 00:20:07.514
  • and you have a personalrelationship with Jesus.
  • 00:20:07.514 --> 00:20:09.350
  • So I came to realize that Igotta call people to Christ.
  • 00:20:09.350 --> 00:20:12.686
  • So I started having altar calls.
  • 00:20:14.088 --> 00:20:16.056
  • Yes, you heard me right,
  • 00:20:17.024 --> 00:20:18.259
  • a Catholic priesthaving altar calls.
  • 00:20:18.259 --> 00:20:19.660
  • Because I'm ashepherd of your soul.
  • 00:20:19.660 --> 00:20:22.396
  • I'm not out there justtrying to tickle your ears,
  • 00:20:22.396 --> 00:20:24.231
  • or have you donateto my ministry.
  • 00:20:24.231 --> 00:20:25.799
  • I really want you tocome to eternal life.
  • 00:20:25.799 --> 00:20:28.836
  • I want you to be saved,I want you to know Jesus,
  • 00:20:28.836 --> 00:20:31.138
  • I want you to be filledwith the Holy Spirit.
  • 00:20:31.138 --> 00:20:33.140
  • And I want you, when you come
  • 00:20:33.140 --> 00:20:34.208
  • before the judgment seat of God,
  • 00:20:34.208 --> 00:20:36.210
  • to be allowed into heaven.
  • 00:20:36.210 --> 00:20:39.246
  • This is what really matters.
  • 00:20:40.547 --> 00:20:42.683
  • And that's what thisseries is all about.
  • 00:20:42.683 --> 00:20:44.785
  • Making good, solid choices.
  • 00:20:44.785 --> 00:20:46.453
  • I love what it justsaid in Deuteronomy,
  • 00:20:46.453 --> 00:20:48.656
  • "Choose life and live."
  • 00:20:48.656 --> 00:20:49.923
  • So I would have altar calls.
  • 00:20:49.923 --> 00:20:52.126
  • And invite peopleto come forward,
  • 00:20:52.126 --> 00:20:53.861
  • and give their lives to Jesus.
  • 00:20:53.861 --> 00:20:55.262
  • And, at least the way I did it,
  • 00:20:55.262 --> 00:20:57.598
  • most of the churchwould come forward.
  • 00:20:57.598 --> 00:20:59.400
  • And rededicate themselvesand give their lives.
  • 00:20:59.400 --> 00:21:02.603
  • You're watching this program,
  • 00:21:02.603 --> 00:21:03.837
  • maybe you haven'tbeen going to church.
  • 00:21:03.837 --> 00:21:06.140
  • Can I invite you to make agood decision for Christ?
  • 00:21:06.140 --> 00:21:09.109
  • Give your will to Christ?
  • 00:21:09.109 --> 00:21:11.045
  • You've been making somebad decisions about food,
  • 00:21:11.045 --> 00:21:14.815
  • and about your life.
  • 00:21:14.815 --> 00:21:16.283
  • It hasn't turned out theway that you hoped it would.
  • 00:21:16.283 --> 00:21:19.253
  • Please, give your lifeto Jesus right now.
  • 00:21:19.253 --> 00:21:22.489
  • Make that decision.
  • 00:21:22.489 --> 00:21:23.924
  • He'll turn your life around.
  • 00:21:23.924 --> 00:21:25.592
  • Instead of looking at your past,
  • 00:21:26.827 --> 00:21:28.329
  • he'll give you aglorious future.
  • 00:21:28.329 --> 00:21:30.831
  • And that's the way Jesusalways was, and is.
  • 00:21:30.831 --> 00:21:34.234
  • He would say, "Forget the past,
  • 00:21:34.234 --> 00:21:35.669
  • "and focus on your future,make good choices."
  • 00:21:35.669 --> 00:21:39.640
  • So I remember oneplace that I went.
  • 00:21:39.640 --> 00:21:41.375
  • It was Augusta, Kentucky.
  • 00:21:41.375 --> 00:21:42.843
  • They gave me the key to thecity because I preached,
  • 00:21:42.843 --> 00:21:44.978
  • and they've never seenthat in a Catholic church,
  • 00:21:44.978 --> 00:21:47.414
  • inviting all thosepeople to come to Christ.
  • 00:21:47.414 --> 00:21:50.451
  • And so I invite you
  • 00:21:50.451 --> 00:21:52.219
  • whether you've given yourheart to Christ or not,
  • 00:21:52.219 --> 00:21:55.422
  • to make that decision.
  • 00:21:55.422 --> 00:21:57.157
  • I went to a youthconference one time.
  • 00:21:57.157 --> 00:21:59.660
  • And they invited the people,
  • 00:21:59.660 --> 00:22:02.863
  • excuse me, theleaders, the speakers,
  • 00:22:02.863 --> 00:22:05.232
  • invited the young people,and especially young people,
  • 00:22:05.232 --> 00:22:07.568
  • because you know, by age 24,
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  • we've lost 80% ofour young people.
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  • When I say lost,they've left the church.
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  • So the speakersat that conference
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  • invited the young people togive their hearts to Christ.
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  • And there was a beautifulsong that they sang,
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  • and it was called "IWill Choose Christ,
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  • "I will choose love.
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  • "I choose to serve.
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  • "I give my heart,I give my life.
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  • "I give my all to you."
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  • And so those young peoplegave their hearts to Christ.
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  • Those people at thatmission in Augusta
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  • gave their hearts to Jesus.
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  • And I'm inviting youthrough this program
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  • to choose life and live.
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  • And I invite youto pray with me.
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  • Jesus, I choose you.
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  • I turn away from sin andfrom all that would harm me.
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  • I give you my heart and my life.
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  • I give my all to you.
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  • I open the door of my life.
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  • And I surrender myall to you, amen.
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  • Holman Hunt was a painter,
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  • and he once painted Jesusknocking at the door of,
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  • knocking at the door,that's from Revelation 3:20.
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  • And a critic saw it,
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  • and at the door, therewas no knob to the door,
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  • and he said, "Holman, it'sa great portrait of Jesus.
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  • "Only thing is, you leftthe knob off of the door."
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  • And Holman Hunt said:
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  • I'm glad that you noticedthat, but I have to tell ya,
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  • I didn't leave it off,I didn't forget it,
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  • I left it off intentionally.
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  • See, that door is thedoor of your heart.
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  • And the only wayit can be opened
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  • is from the inside, andthat's where the knob is.
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  • And so as you'veprayed that prayer,
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  • I invite you to continue
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  • in a lifestyle ofchoices and decisions.
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  • Open the door ofyour heart to Jesus.
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  • Choose life and live.
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  • Your life will befruitful and magnificent.
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  • You're sculpting your tomorrow
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  • by the choices thatyou make today.
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  • And don't just live,live with passion.
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  • I received a card from a woman.
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  • Very pretty, hadbutterflies on it.
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  • And this is what she said,she quoted one of my episodes,
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  • "Give me liberty,or give me death."
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  • I said that in myprogram on freedom.
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  • And she said,"Thank you so much.
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  • "You have no idea, I am free."
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  • And I love to gettestimonies like this,
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  • because my preaching,
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  • my teaching is making adifference in people's lives.
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  • Prisons are full of people
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  • who have become boundbecause of their bad choices.
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  • The bottom line is, we arefree, we have free will,
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  • to make good choices,
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  • choices that will bringfruitfulness to our life.
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  • And I wanna help youto make good choices.
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  • I wanna help you to have a life
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  • that is fruitful and blessed.
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  • I wrote a book called"Choose Life and Live!"
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  • Coming right from thatDeuteronomy quote.
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  • This book will help youto make good choices.
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  • It'll be like a counselor,
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  • like a director in your life.
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  • Bottom line is, youare responsible foryour own choices.
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  • So I invite youto get this book,
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  • get the DVD or the CD ofthis program, this series.
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  • And don't just live,live with passion.
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