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November 26, 2016
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  • Make a connection, make a connection
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  • at the foot of the cross.
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  • female: Hello, and welcome to "The Connection"
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  • with Skip Heitzig.
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  • Today on our series titled "Playlist," Pastor Skip explains
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  • how God speaks, and how you can hear his voice as we unfold the
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  • book of Psalms.
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  • God's Word is his personal letter to us, a letter we
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  • can hold on to, and one that we can share with others.
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  • By the same token, we'd love to hear from you.
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  • We're encouraged when we hear how lives are being transformed.
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  • Just send an email to mystory@calvaryabq.org.
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  • And if you'd like to support this ministry financially,
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  • at the end of the broadcast, we'll tell you about a valuable
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  • resource available to you for your gift to this ministry.
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  • God speaks through his creation and his word to our soul.
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  • It's comforting to know that he is deeply involved in our lives.
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  • Today, Skip takes us through Psalm 19 with the message "Say
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  • Something."
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  • male announcer: Pastor Skip Heitzig scrolls through the
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  • Psalms, exploring the very nature of God and his
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  • relationship with humankind in the series "Playlist."
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  • Do you ever feel like God isn't speaking to you?
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  • Do you wish he could just say something?
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  • If he did, would you listen?
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  • In this message, Pastor Skip explains how God speaks,
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  • and how you can hear his voice.
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  • Open your Bibles to Psalm 19.
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  • Skip Heitzig: There was a couple that was married,
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  • they had been married for 60 years.
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  • And they loved each other deeply.
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  • They shared everything together.
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  • They kept no secrets from each other, except one.
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  • The wife in this couple had a little shoebox that, when they
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  • were first married, she put on the top shelf in her closet.
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  • And she made her husband promise that he would never look at it
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  • and he would never ask about it. He promised.
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  • And he complied for 60 years.
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  • Well, one day, the wife grew very,
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  • very sick, and she went to the hospital.
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  • The husband put her affairs in order,
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  • and then took the box down from the top shelf,
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  • and brought it to the hospital, and asked his wife's permission
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  • if he could open the box. And she said, "Yes, you can."
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  • He opened the box, and he was surprised to find simply,
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  • two dolls, two crochet dolls, and $95.000.
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  • And she said, "Let me explain.
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  • When we were first married, my grandmother gave me advice.
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  • She said, "If you get into a fight with your husband,
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  • an argument, you reconcile that argument as soon as you can.
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  • If you cannot reconcile, you say nothing.
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  • You don't say a word. What you should do is just go
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  • into the room and crochet a doll."
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  • So she said, "That's what I did."
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  • Now, he looked and saw there were only two dolls,
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  • and he--a new love for his wife just welled up in his heart,
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  • and tears came to his eyes as he realized, "After 60 years
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  • of marriage, we've only had 2 unresolved conflicts."
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  • And then he said, "Now, what about the $95.000 in cash?"
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  • She goes, "Well, every time I crocheted a doll,
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  • I'd sell it to the craft store." So, now we get a different
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  • picture here, right? "What we have here is a failure
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  • to communicate," in the words of "Cool Hand Luke"
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  • if you remember that movie.
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  • So now, we don't have a wife who quickly resolves conflict,
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  • we have a woman who's got pent up frustrations and not
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  • saying something when she should.
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  • And that's been going on for 60 years.
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  • In the song that we played this morning, "Say Something," it's
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  • about a relationship that is coming to an end.
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  • And communication is replaced with silence.
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  • There's one final hand going out to fix it, if at all possible.
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  • "Say something, I'm giving up on you.
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  • I'll be the one if you want me to.
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  • Anywhere, I would've followed you.
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  • Say something, I'm giving up on you."
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  • There's a lot of people that echo those sentiments
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  • when it comes to God.
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  • "God, if you would just say something.
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  • Speak to me." Isaiah the prophet said, "O,
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  • that you would rend the heavens and come down."
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  • How many of us have felt that at some time in our Christian life?
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  • Well, in Psalm 19, David says, "God has spoken and God still
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  • speaks." There's three parts of this
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  • Psalm. We'll get into it in a minute.
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  • But basically, David says God is revealed in nature,
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  • God is revealed in Scripture, and God is revealed in
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  • character. So, he looks upward at the
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  • skies, he looks downward at the Scripture,
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  • he looks inward at his soul.
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  • And in all three places, he notices that God is speaking.
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  • Sometimes we say, "Say something," God would say,
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  • "Hear something.
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  • Listen to something when I speak."
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  • In the skies, God reveals his glory.
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  • In the Scriptures, God reveals his greatness.
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  • And in our soul, God reveals his grace.
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  • So, let's look at the first six verses.
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  • Here's the first way God speaks. God speaks in the skies.
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  • "The heavens declare the glory of God,
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  • and the firmament shows his handiwork.
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  • Day unto day utters speech and night unto night reveals
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  • knowledge. There is no speech nor language
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  • where their voice is not heard.
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  • Their line has gone out through all the earth,
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  • and their words to the end of the world.
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  • In them he has set a Tabernacle for the sun,
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  • which is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber,
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  • and rejoices like a strong man to run its race.
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  • Its rising is from one end of heaven,
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  • and its circuit to the other end.
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  • And there is nothing hidden from its heat."
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  • David says the heavens are talking,
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  • they're declaring, they're giving a record of something.
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  • Now, David was a shepherd, so he spent a lot of time outside,
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  • camping out, looking at the stars.
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  • Perhaps he wrote this psalm as the sun first flushed over the
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  • Dead Sea. He was in Bethlehem.
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  • And maybe after the sunrise, he wrote this.
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  • "The heavens are preaching a sermon," he said.
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  • In his words, they utter speech.
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  • You know, for a long time, I think since the beginning of
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  • mankind, people have wondered, "Is there anybody up there?
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  • And if so, who is he?" And it's really interesting.
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  • I was watching a little news clip,
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  • an NBC news clip, about how that mankind is listening to the
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  • universe. And they have this huge ear,
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  • it's a radio telescope. It's the largest on earth.
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  • It's so big and it's called Green Bank, West Virginia.
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  • It's a little sleepy town, they put this big apparatus.
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  • It's so big that you could drop inside of it a 60.000-seat
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  • stadium. It's enormous.
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  • And it's listening to frequencies that may be emitting
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  • from outer space, to get some kind of a signal.
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  • Well, they want it quiet around Green Bank, West Virginia.
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  • And for miles, you cannot use a cell phone,
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  • you can't use Wi-Fi, you can't turn on a radio in your car.
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  • One of the workers that was being interviewed said,
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  • "You know, you start wondering, how did all those stars get up
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  • there? And why are they there?
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  • Where did they come from?
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  • And then that leads you to ask, where did I come from?"
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  • All good questions.
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  • And those are the kinds of questions that the skies are
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  • meant to have you ask. David says the heavens
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  • are declaring something, they're preaching a sermon.
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  • And the sermon is a special sermon.
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  • You'll notice he says, "The heavens declare the glory of
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  • God." They don't tell you of the
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  • grace of God. The heavens don't tell you
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  • of the love of God, or the mercy of God,
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  • or the judgement of God.
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  • But they do tell you of the glory of God.
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  • The glorious design of the universe speaks of the glorious
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  • designer behind it. I'm going to give you a word.
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  • Throw this out at lunch time. You ready?
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  • Teleological. Now, I didn't--I didn't say that
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  • just to say a weird word, but the argument of what I'm
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  • talking about is called the teleological argument
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  • in apologetics. In other words, we argue from
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  • the vantage point that when you see something designed, you
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  • expect that there was a designer.
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  • If I were to say, you know, "Your car,
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  • boy, your car is really cool.
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  • I bet it just oozed spontaneously out of the
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  • asphalt." You'd say, "Idiot."
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  • But if I were to say, "Boy, that's a great car.
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  • The manufacturer had some great design they put into."
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  • You go, "Oh, now you're onto something."
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  • A design speaks of a designer. And when you look at the art
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  • that's hanging in the skies, you're forced to say, "How much
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  • more glorious is the artist himself?"
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  • The glorious art speaks of the glorious artist.
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  • The heavens declare the glory of God.
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  • Also, the sermon is continual.
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  • Notice what David writes, "Day unto day utters speech,
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  • night unto night reveals knowledge."
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  • So here we are, we're able now actually to observe planetary
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  • movements, rotations, and patterns every day,
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  • every night, every week, month, year.
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  • Keep going on, we're able to observe this.
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  • Just like I talked about your car as oozing up out of the
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  • pavement, suppose I said this.
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  • "All that I see around us, it's just one fantastic accident.
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  • It's a spontaneous generation that just so happened.
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  • Wow, what a coincidence.
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  • It's a fortuitous occurrence of accidental circumstance."
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  • I could say that.
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  • I could say, "And it just so happens that the surface
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  • temperature of the sun is 12.000 degrees Fahrenheit,
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  • and we are 93 million miles away from that,
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  • but it's just an accident."
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  • See, actually, if our rotation were a little bit further away,
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  • like Mars, or a little bit closer,
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  • we'd either burn or freeze to death.
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  • We couldn't have the kind of life we have on this planet.
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  • But amazing, it just so happened.
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  • And get this, it just so happens that the little sphere that
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  • we're on, the earth, rotates 365 times as it makes its yearly
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  • journey around the sun. Why, why not 30 times?
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  • Well, if it did rotate 30 times on its axis,
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  • the days and nights would be 10 times longer,
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  • and there would be alternate freezing and cooling,
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  • and carbon-based life like we know it could not
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  • be sustained on this planet.
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  • It's a marvelous accident though, isn't it?
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  • And I could say, "And get this, it just so happens that the
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  • earth is tilted 23 and a third degrees on its axis,
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  • giving us 4 beautiful seasons year after year.
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  • Incredible coincidence. And furthermore, it just so
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  • happens that the atmosphere that we breathe is a perfect
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  • balance of oxygen to nitrogen, 79% to 20% with 1% of
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  • variant gases. Amazing."
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  • Why not 50/50? Well, if it was 50/50, you
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  • wouldn't be doing this. You'd be doing this, plop.
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  • And the first guy to light a match would blow it all up.
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  • But there's more. It just so happens that the
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  • water to land ratio on the earth is just marvelously balanced.
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  • There's 71% of the earth's surface that is ocean.
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  • Did you know that if the oceans were half the dimensions they
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  • are presently, we would only have one-fourth of the rainfall
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  • we have on earth? Imagine what this place would
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  • look like. It wouldn't exist.
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  • If the oceans were just one-eighth larger than they are,
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  • we would have four times the amount of rainfall that we have,
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  • and the earth would be a flood zone.
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  • So yeah, I could say, "It's a marvelous accident that just
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  • happened."
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  • Or I think I could be a little wiser and say,
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  • "No, no, no, there is design built into that.
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  • And therefore, there must be a designer behind it all."
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  • I remember hearing this stuff in school.
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  • I heard it for years, you hear it.
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  • We all just came from spontaneous generation of a
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  • single bacterium. I love what Sir Fredrick Hoyle,
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  • the noted astronomer, once wrote: he said, "The probability
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  • of spontaneous generation of a single bacterium is the same
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  • probability that a tornado sweeping through a junkyard
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  • could assemble a 747 from the contents therein."
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  • Didn't just so happen.
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  • The heavens declare the glory of God.
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  • The sermon is continual, and the sermon is universal.
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  • Everywhere on earth, you see stars.
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  • Everywhere on earth, there's moon.
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  • Everywhere on earth, there's a sunrise and sunset.
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  • And this is the reason. The Apostle Paul said, "What you
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  • see around you is enough to make you responsible to believe
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  • in God." It's enough to let people know
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  • God exists. In Roman 1, verse 20, Paul
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  • writes, "From the time the world was created, people have
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  • seen the earth and the sky and all that God has made.
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  • They can clearly see his invisible qualities,
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  • his eternal power and divine nature," i.e. glory.
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  • So, they have no excuse whatsoever for not knowing God.
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  • So yeah, we can say, "Say something!"
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  • God would say, "I did. But evidently, you're not
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  • listening." You notice in verse 5 and 6,
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  • he poetically describes the sun rising in the morning and
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  • setting in the evening, like a bridegroom and like
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  • a--like an athlete running a race.
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  • When you walk outside and you feel the sun brush against your
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  • cheek, or perhaps the day beating harshly on your
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  • head, what you are experiencing is the radiation that the
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  • sun is giving off. And did you know that the
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  • radiation that the sun gives off is produced by the loss
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  • of part of its mass? Did you know that the sun loses
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  • 4.200.000 tons of its mass every second?
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  • And it only recovers 1/200th of what it loses.
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  • You know what that means? It means the sun is running
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  • down. The light bulb is running down.
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  • And if the light bulb is running down,
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  • it means it must've had a beginning.
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  • The heavens declare the glory of God.
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  • So, the skies speak, God speaks in the skies.
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  • Second, you'll notice David writes that God speaks
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  • in the Scripture. In verse 7, he turns now looking
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  • downward at the Scripture after upward at the skies.
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  • "The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul.
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  • The testimony of the Lord is sure,
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  • making wise the simple.
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  • The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart.
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  • The commandment of the Lord is pure and lightening the eyes.
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  • The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever the judgments
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  • of the Lord are true and righteous altogether."
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  • So, he looks upward, but he realizes,
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  • "You know, the universe speaks, but it doesn't tell you the
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  • whole story. There are certain things the
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  • universe cannot tell you about God."
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  • Can't tell you about his love, can't tell you about his grace,
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  • can't tell you about his mercy, can't tell you
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  • about his judgment. But when we look at the
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  • Scripture, now we get special revelation.
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  • Now, this is specific speech.
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  • And in the Scripture, God will speak to you about life,
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  • about death, about what happens after you die,
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  • about love and relationships, and the future.
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  • Now, if you'll just indulge me a moment,
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  • and you look down at your Bibles that you brought,
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  • you'll notice that there are essentially what I read,
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  • six lines, six poetic stanzas. And each line has three parts.
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  • First of all, there's the title for God's truth in Scripture.
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  • Second, there is an attribute of that truth.
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  • And third, a result.
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  • So, notice the titles: law, testimony,
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  • statutes, commandments, fear of the Lord,
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  • judgments, all synonyms for Scripture.
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  • The attributes: it's perfect, it's sure,
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  • it's right, it's pure, it's clean,
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  • it's true, and righteous altogether.
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  • This is a high view of Scripture, by the way.
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  • Sometimes, people may wonder, "Why is it always a Bible
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  • study?" And that's one thing that I
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  • do, I do an expositional Bible study.
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  • I don't run back and forth, and dance and shout,
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  • and come up with an idea that I had after a late night pizza,
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  • or something that I think is cool,
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  • or, "Here's my opinion." I want to give you what the
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  • Bible says 'cause I believe God speaks through his Word very,
  • 00:18:30.230 --> 00:18:33.290
  • very specifically to people's hearts.
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  • But I just want you to know something.
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  • I think you already know it, but I want to tell
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  • you and explain why. I believe the Bible is indeed
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  • the very Word of God.
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  • I believe it is without error in its original documents.
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  • And I believe we have the complete mind of God in the
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  • Scripture.
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  • I realize in saying that that a whole lot of people do not hold
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  • to that, and it could be that some people here may not even
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  • hold to that. And that would be evidenced by
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  • the fact that you don't read it and never carry it.
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  • "It's not a big deal, it's just something the preacher does on
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  • Sundays, and we listen to it." You might have a much lower
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  • view of inspiration than I do. Here's what I want you to
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  • know. I believe the Bible to be
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  • the Word of God for one simple reason.
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  • I believe Jesus Christ.
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  • I believe--I follow him, and I believe what he said.
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  • Now, let me just tell you, when I--when I first got saved,
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  • I was drawn not to the Bible, I was drawn to Jesus as a person.
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  • I was compelled by the person of Christ.
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  • I didn't know much about the Bible.
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  • I didn't get the Bible, and when I tried to read it,
  • 00:19:41.180 --> 00:19:43.150
  • it's like "What?"
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  • But I kept reading, and I was presented in the gospels,
  • 00:19:47.050 --> 00:19:49.210
  • in the Bible, the historical Jesus.
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  • And I started reading what he said about the Scripture.
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  • And it floored me.
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  • He said, his words, "The Scriptures cannot be broken."
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  • That's a high view.
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  • He said, "I didn't come to abolish the law and the
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  • prophets, but to fulfill them.
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  • Not one jot, not one tittle will pass from this law till it's all
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  • fulfilled," high view of Scripture.
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  • "Heaven and earth will pass away,
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  • my words will never pass away," high view of Scripture.
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  • So now, when I read the Bible, I believe that I'm seeing it,
  • 00:20:24.220 --> 00:20:29.190
  • and reading it, and believing about it what Jesus saw and
  • 00:20:29.200 --> 00:20:33.060
  • believed about it, that it is indeed the very voice of God
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  • and the Word of God.
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  • So, let's go through that list quickly,
  • 00:20:40.020 --> 00:20:43.030
  • and give you some of the results of the special revelation of God
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  • in the Scripture. What will it do for you?
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  • Number one, it'll refresh your soul.
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  • Verse 7, "The law of the Lord is perfect,
  • 00:20:53.210 --> 00:20:56.060
  • converting the soul."
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  • The word "convert" means to turn back to something.
  • 00:20:58.260 --> 00:21:02.150
  • Or you could translate it to restore,
  • 00:21:02.160 --> 00:21:06.250
  • or to refresh, or to revive.
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  • "The Scripture will turn you back to God,
  • 00:21:09.290 --> 00:21:13.010
  • and in turning you back to your God,
  • 00:21:13.020 --> 00:21:16.060
  • you will be refreshed." It will always realign you.
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  • It will do it the first time when you come to him at
  • 00:21:20.270 --> 00:21:22.110
  • salvation, it will do it the second,
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  • third, fourth, fifth, umpteenth time in sanctification.
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  • The Bible is like an unending well that refreshes and realigns
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  • your life with God's purposes. So, here's this.
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  • You can go to a doctor for the needs of your body,
  • 00:21:34.290 --> 00:21:37.210
  • you can go to college for the needs of your mind,
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  • you can only go to the Scripture for the needs of your soul.
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  • It refreshes your soul. Second thing it'll do is it'll
  • 00:21:43.240 --> 00:21:46.060
  • challenge your mind. Verse 7, "The testimony of the
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  • Lord is sure, making wise the simple."
  • 00:21:49.240 --> 00:21:54.240
  • Now, when you hear the word "simple-minded," you might think
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  • of a naive person. That's one way to look at it.
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  • But the word also means open-minded,
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  • open to instruction.
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  • Now, I will grant you that you come across certain things in
  • 00:22:06.210 --> 00:22:10.140
  • the Bible, it's hard for your mind to get around,
  • 00:22:10.150 --> 00:22:12.280
  • hard for your mind to deal with.
  • 00:22:12.290 --> 00:22:14.160
  • They're just, like, so big, and you look at it and you go,
  • 00:22:14.170 --> 00:22:16.250
  • "Really?" But hang in there.
  • 00:22:16.260 --> 00:22:21.070
  • Even if there is, now listen, an apparent contradiction,
  • 00:22:21.080 --> 00:22:24.020
  • not a contradiction, I believe there are none,
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  • but there are apparent contradictions,
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  • you just keep applying yourself and you will see how things
  • 00:22:27.110 --> 00:22:30.060
  • weave together and align themselves beautifully.
  • 00:22:30.070 --> 00:22:33.130
  • I've discovered that people don't reject the Bible because
  • 00:22:33.140 --> 00:22:36.120
  • it contradicts itself, but people reject the Bible because
  • 00:22:36.130 --> 00:22:39.270
  • it contradicts them. And they're just looking
  • 00:22:39.280 --> 00:22:42.230
  • for something to say, "See?
  • 00:22:42.240 --> 00:22:45.060
  • Contradiction." That's 'cause you don't want
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  • to deal with you, and the Bible does.
  • 00:22:47.200 --> 00:22:50.040
  • It'll challenge your mind. Third thing it'll do is it'll
  • 00:22:50.050 --> 00:22:54.010
  • delight the heart. In verse 8, the statues of
  • 00:22:54.020 --> 00:22:57.190
  • the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart."
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  • Remember the happy man last week in Psalm 1?
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  • "His delight is in the law of the Lord.
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  • In his law he meditates day and night."
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  • Okay, but sometimes am I right? You read the Bible, and you
  • 00:23:11.220 --> 00:23:15.230
  • read that verse, and it's not so delightful.
  • 00:23:15.240 --> 00:23:19.070
  • "Ouch." You go, "Ouch.
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  • God's smacking me upside the head on that verse, ouch.
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  • That's not delightful." But conform yourself to it.
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  • Don't turn away from it.
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  • Allow it to shape you, and mold you, and change you.
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  • And the result of all that will be a delightful result.
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  • It will delight the heart.
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  • Jeremiah said, "Your words were found,
  • 00:23:42.290 --> 00:23:44.220
  • and I did eat them, and they were to me the joy and the
  • 00:23:44.230 --> 00:23:47.080
  • rejoicing of my heart."
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  • Number four, it'll clarify your vision.
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  • Also in verse 8, "The commandment of the Lord is pure,
  • 00:23:55.050 --> 00:23:59.010
  • enlightening the eyes." If you have a New Living
  • 00:23:59.020 --> 00:24:02.180
  • translation, it says, "Giving insight to life."
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  • Folks, Scripture is like the sun coming up on a
  • 00:24:06.090 --> 00:24:11.060
  • dark alleyway in the inner city.
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  • It's dark, you don't want to go down it.
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  • Then the sun pops up, and you can see to navigate.
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  • The Bible throws light on life.
  • 00:24:20.090 --> 00:24:24.000
  • It's amazing how much light the Bible throws on politics.
  • 00:24:24.010 --> 00:24:29.220
  • It's amazing how much light the Bible throws on dating,
  • 00:24:29.230 --> 00:24:33.280
  • and marriage, and finances. In all of life, it gives insight
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  • and delight.
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  • Number five, it'll stabilize your future.
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  • Look at verse 9, "The fear of the Lord is clean,
  • 00:24:43.090 --> 00:24:47.220
  • enduring forever." Now, we have something
  • 00:24:47.230 --> 00:24:49.290
  • a little bit different. You notice the phrase "the fear
  • 00:24:50.000 --> 00:24:55.150
  • of the Lord," here's it's a synonym for the Bible, for
  • 00:24:55.160 --> 00:24:58.200
  • Scripture, for God's written truth.
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  • It's odd because you find that nowhere else.
  • 00:25:01.230 --> 00:25:04.030
  • And the reason I believe he's using that phrase is because he
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  • is describing the effect that it has on you.
  • 00:25:07.220 --> 00:25:11.200
  • The effect of exposure to God's truth is it produces within you,
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  • or it should if it's doing its job and you're open-minded,
  • 00:25:17.130 --> 00:25:20.220
  • it will produce a respect, a holy, awesome respect for God.
  • 00:25:20.230 --> 00:25:25.130
  • That's the fear of the Lord.
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  • And because God's truth is clean,
  • 00:25:26.280 --> 00:25:29.010
  • truth, that's his word, it is pure without deficiency,
  • 00:25:29.020 --> 00:25:33.040
  • without error, it will endure forever.
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  • Listen, the truth that got you through yesterday is the same
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  • truth that will be available tomorrow.
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  • It worked then, it's working now,
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  • it will be there in the future.
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  • And finally, it will benefit your whole life.
  • 00:25:48.140 --> 00:25:53.050
  • Verse 9, the end of it, "The judgments of the Lord are true
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  • and righteous altogether.
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  • More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much
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  • fine gold, sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.
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  • Moreover, by them your servant is warned.
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  • And in keeping them there is great reward."
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  • You know, one of the things I've discovered as I read the Bible
  • 00:26:12.240 --> 00:26:15.090
  • is that it warns me about the path I might be wanting to go
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  • down. It tells me the truth that
  • 00:26:18.160 --> 00:26:21.160
  • the world hides from me.
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  • announcer: Thank you for joining us for this teaching
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  • from Skip Heitzig of Calvary Albuquerque.
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  • announcer: "The Connection" is a presentation of Connection
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  • Communications, connecting you to God's never changing truth in
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  • ever changing times.
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