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The Privileges of the Christian - Geoff Thomas

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    It's a great honor for me to be here.
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    I've heard about this conference from Mark
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    for so long and never thought I'd be able
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    and privileged to speak to you.
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    I'm so pleased to be here.
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    I want to speak to you
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    from the first letter of Peter chapter 1
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    and verses 8 and 9.
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    1 Peter 1:8-9
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    "Jesus Christ, whom having not seen,
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    you love.
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    Though now, though you see Him not,
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    yet believing, you rejoice with joy
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    inexpressible and full of glory,
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    receiving the end of your faith,
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    the salvation of your souls."
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    I want to speak to you tonight
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    on the privileges of being a Christian.
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    I could speak to you
    about the responsibilities
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    of being a Christian,
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    and referring to this same passage.
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    All privileges lead to responsibilities.
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    Mom and dad, they know Jesus Christ
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    as their Lord and Savior,
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    and they speak warmly to you about Him,
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    and they tell you you need Him
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    and it would wonderful if you had Him
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    as your own personal Lord and Savior.
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    And that's a wonderful privilege.
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    There are millions of boys
    and girls in the world -
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    they've never heard of Jesus Christ.
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    That privilege though
    brings responsibilities.
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    What will you do with this Jesus
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    who is called the Christ?
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    Or, you may on Sunday's come to a church,
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    and it's not just a very formal occasion,
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    and people dress up,
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    chant and behave in predictable ways,
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    but the climax of the service,
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    after we've sung and prayed to God
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    is that God speaks to us through His Word.
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    We feel something of conviction and joy
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    in hearing about Jesus Christ.
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    Now, that privilege - it's not
    given to lots of people.
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    It's given to you, and privileges
    bring responsibilities.
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    So, you must not just be
    a hearer of the Word,
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    but you must do what
    the preacher tells you to do.
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    And so here tonight, we're going to look
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    at the privileges rather
    than the responsibilities,
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    because I want to speak to you about grace
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    and not about law.
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    You know there are people who think
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    it's really a very hard life -
    the Christian life.
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    You got in your car.
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    Your neighbor said, "where are you going?"
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    "We're going to Denton in Texas."
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    "Oh yes, are you having a vacation?
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    Going to the rodeo?"
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    "It's a conference.
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    We're going to hear the Bible preached."
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    And after you drove off,
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    he turned to his wife and said,
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    "Oh, what a life... what a life."
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    "They're going to hear the Bible."
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    They think it's a joyless life.
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    And sometimes we do emphasize
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    the places we don't go to,
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    and the practices we don't approve of,
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    and the language we don't use.
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    People think they have to give up so much
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    if they are to become Christians.
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    We Christians never think like that.
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    We've given up what we could never keep.
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    And we've gained what we will never lose.
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    And Peter here in these verses
    that I've read in your hearing,
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    Peter tells us about some
    of the great privileges
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    that a Christian has.
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    And the first great privilege
    that a Christian has
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    is he has someone to believe in.
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    Verse 8, Though you don't
    see Jesus Christ now -
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    now - not today, but one day -
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    but now you don't see Him,
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    but you believe in Him.
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    How is that possible when
    I as a boy in school -
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    I was converted in 1954
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    in a little Baptist church up the valley.
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    Just an ordinary conversion.
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    And I witnessed to my friends,
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    and some of them would say,
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    "Well, seeing's believing."
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    As though that just
    destroyed the whole case
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    for Christianity.
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    Some of you - you never
    saw your grandmother.
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    She died when you were a baby,
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    or perhaps before you were born.
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    But your mother tells
    you stories about her,
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    and the love she showed,
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    and how she protected your mother
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    when your mother was very vulnerable
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    at one time in her life.
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    And she talks about the
    fun they had together
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    and what a lovely person she was.
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    Do you believe in your grandmother?
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    You never saw her.
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    But, of course, you do believe in her.
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    You believe in her through the testimony
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    of someone who did see her
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    and whose life was changed by her.
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    And that's how it was
    with these Christians
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    in what we call today Turkey,
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    but then in Cappadocia, Asia, Bythenia.
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    These places in the
    opening verses he tell us,
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    he's addressing the Christians.
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    Jesus Christ never went to Turkey.
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    He went to Africa.
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    He never came to Europe.
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    When He was a baby,
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    He went to North Africa, didn't He?
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    To Egypt.
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    He was there and protected from Herod.
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    But that wonderful evangelism of His
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    over three years and then He gathered
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    500 people - His flock.
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    And they all went different places
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    speaking of the transforming power
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    of His life and His resurrection.
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    They shared it with people everywhere.
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    Some came to Turkey,
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    and they said, ah, we've
    got good news for you.
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    And we can't say that, can't we?
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    Everybody in America,
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    we have good news for you.
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    We have a Savior for you.
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    We have a Teacher for you.
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    We have a Great Shepherd
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    who'll look after you and protect you.
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    I have good news for
    everybody here tonight.
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    Good news about Jesus Christ.
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    And so, they wanted to
    know more about Him.
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    They came to believe in Him,
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    and believe big truths,
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    so that these two
    letters that Peter wrote,
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    they were full of meaty doctrine
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    and a great concept of God
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    and of Jesus Christ.
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    Because Peter, you see, was an eyewitness.
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    He was there.
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    He was there when Jesus called him
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    when he was tending his nets
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    with his brother.
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    He was there on the
    Mount of Transfiguration.
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    He was there in Gethsemane.
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    He was there in the Upper Room.
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    He went into the tomb and he saw it.
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    It was empty, but the
    grave clothes were there.
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    He was an eyewitness.
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    And that is how we are Christians
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    in Denton tonight.
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    We are here not that Jesus ever came
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    to America,
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    but because people who
    were His eyewitnesses -
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    Matthew, Mark, Luke, John,
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    Peter, Paul, James, Jude, and others -
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    they saw Him.
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    And they recorded this extraordinary life.
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    The most wonderful years
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    in the history of this planet
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    when Jesus lived -
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    the most wonderful week,
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    the most wonderful days
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    at the end of His life.
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    No days can compare to them.
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    And there's a record of them.
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    And we believe because of this.
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    I was saved, I said, in '54,
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    and a few other boys in '55,
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    and we started a Christian gathering
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    in school.
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    And one of the boys,
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    he was called Neil Kinnock.
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    And Neil Kinnock then became
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    a prominent politician.
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    He led the Labor Party
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    in a couple of general elections
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    against Mrs. Thatcher.
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    And he was interviewed.
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    People were interested;
    asked him questions
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    about his religion, and he said,
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    "Well, I just admire Christians,
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    but I could never take
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    a leap into the dark."
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    That's what he said.
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    And so I wrote to him.
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    "Dear Neil, remember those days
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    when we had Bible studies,
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    and you came along
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    and you were interested?"
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    You know, becoming a Christian
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    isn't a leap into the dark.
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    It's coming to the Light of the world.
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    It's coming to Jesus Christ.
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    And we learn about Him
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    and we want to know more about Him.
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    We ask questions.
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    We feed our minds and our understanding,
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    and our affections are stirred,
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    and our conscience is troubled too,
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    but all about Him.
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    And then we believe in Him.
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    It's a special word here.
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    Not believe about Him,
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    but believing right into Him.
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    You know, there's a great database -
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    you teenagers, you know
    what a database is?
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    You all know about IT much
    more than we oldsters.
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    There's a database in which every piece
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    of the Greek language has been recorded.
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    People like Plato and Aristotle
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    and the philosophers,
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    and then Thucydides the historian,
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    and then the great dramatists and poets.
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    All of that - every bit of Greek
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    that men have ever found.
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    Classical Greek.
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    It's all on this database.
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    And then, common Greek as Greek changed
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    over the years and it came
    to the New Testament,
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    and the New Testament's on it too.
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    And then it's added to all the time.
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    They find pieces of parchment
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    preserved under the Egyptian sun.
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    Letters to a wife from a soldier.
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    Bills and contracts.
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    And then they are published,
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    and immediately then the people who run
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    this website, they add it to it.
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    So, it's an enormous help
    if you are a scholar.
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    And so, say you take this phrase now
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    which Peter uses here,
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    which is used in the New Testament
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    about believing into someone.
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    So you type it in,
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    and then you push a button
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    and then it searches very quickly
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    through all this Greek.
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    And then it prints out.
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    And you have a piece of paper
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    and you look at it,
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    and to your surprise,
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    the only place in all the world
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    where this phrase to believe into someone
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    is found is the New Testament.
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    In other words, it was invented
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    by the Holy Spirit.
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    It was invented by the apostles -
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    it's the same thing -
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    to explain to us what is the nature
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    of saving faith.
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    It's not believing about Him,
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    but it's believing right into Him.
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    Being joined to Him.
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    Jonathan Edwards called saving faith
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    "a connecting grace."
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    It plugs us in.
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    It grafts us into Christ and His life,
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    and we become joined
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    unbreakably,
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    eternally to God the Son.
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    So that His life is yours,
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    and your life is His.
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    That's what a Christian is.
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    You can only explain the heroism
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    and courage and the wonderful patience
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    of a wife looking after her husband
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    when he gets forgetful
    at the end of his days,
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    and she's so wonderfully
    patient and loving,
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    because the strength
    and the patience
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    and the joy and the peace
    of Jesus Christ is in her.
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    What a privilege to be a Christian!
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    Let's compare it to a
    proposal to marriage.
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    You know, a young man and woman,
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    or older man and woman,
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    they get married too, you know?
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    They meet in a conference like this.
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    They talk to one another,
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    and then, oh, they talk, and they talk.
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    So the father comes home
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    and he says, "Where's Cindy?"
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    "She's on the phone again."
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    Upstairs. There she is talking to
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    this man in her life.
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    And they sit together
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    and they eat together and they walk.
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    And she's watching him.
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    She's looking at him.
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    She's evaluating him.
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    How is he with his parents?
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    How is he with her parents?
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    How is he with other women?
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    What are his values?
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    What are his ambitions?
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    What does he want to do in life?
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    What's his goal?
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    Is he patient and humble and sweet?
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    Because when you go into marriage,
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    there's no backdoor you can get out of
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    if it doesn't work.
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    You don't think like that -
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    a Christian - if he's getting married.
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    And finally, on a moonlit night,
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    he gets down on a knee
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    and he brings her a little box
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    and he proposes.
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    "Will you marry me?" he says.
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    And when she says, "I do,"
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    it's not because of the moonlight
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    or the ring.
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    It's because she's grown in appreciation
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    and knowledge and understanding
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    and wisdom and love.
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    And she wants to go where he wants to go.
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    And then we say this phrase:
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    "They were joined together in marriage."
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    Now that's a picture
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    of what it is to become a Christian.
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    You come to church
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    and you listen to the preacher.
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    You have young people's meetings
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    and conferences and there are camps.
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    And there are books you read.
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    And you hear about Him.
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    And you grow in your understanding
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    of who this extraordinary
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    uninventable Person is.
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    And your heart is drawn out to Him.
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    When He says, "Come to Me,"
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    then you know the One who you're going to.
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    You've learned about Him
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    and you know why you need Him.
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    When you think that the future
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    is just impossible without Him,
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    and you are joined together with Him.
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    You trust in Jesus Christ.
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    Let's talk about trust.
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    I think faith is a rather
    strong Latin-based word.
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    Rather hard and tough word: faith.
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    But trust is a nice Anglo-Saxon word
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    and it's a gentler word, isn't it?
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    Trust is something you know -
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    you've got it or you haven't got it.
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    You can measure that, can't you,
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    when you wake up in the night
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    and you turn over
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    and you look at the digital alarm clock
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    and it says 3:30,
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    you know how accurate those clocks are.
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    You can trust it.
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    They're reliable.
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    A wife trusts her husband.
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    He's not home tonight.
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    It's late for him.
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    He's usually home at this time.
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    But you trust him.
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    You know he's not fooling around.
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    The children said they'd be
    home by half past nine,
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    and now it's ten.
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    Something's happened.
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    You trust them,
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    because that's the sort
    of children they are.
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    That's the sort of husband you have.
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    And so too, this is the
    distinctive characteristic
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    of the Christian;
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    the distinctive privilege
    that every Christian has.
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    We trust in the Lord Jesus Christ.
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    We do.
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    Our lives are not falling apart
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    because we know the One
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    who's in charge of our lives.
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    He's got all authority in
    heaven and earth, He says.
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    He's in control of our lives.
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    I believe in Him.
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    I've never seen Him,
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    but I know who my heart believed.
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    I know this Savior -
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    the Jesus of the Bible.
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    The Jesus my mother and father knew,
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    and the preacher knows,
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    and my friends know.
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    I'm safe in His presence.
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    I trust Him.
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    Take my life and let it be
    consecrated, Lord, to Thee.
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    That's the voice of trust.
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    That's a Christian.
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    That's salvation.
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    That is eternal life.
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    We trust everything about Jesus.
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    Everything that He's done -
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    especially when He died on the cross
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    and He cried, "It is finished!"
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    We trust those words.
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    We don't have to make a contribution
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    because it will be us,
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    and it will be spoiled by us.
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    We can't make a sinless contribution
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    because we drink iniquity like water.
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    So we trust in Him; in what He has done.
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    In His achievements, in His righteousness.
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    His perfection.
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    His loveliness. His beauty.
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    And in His atoning death.
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    We trust in these things.
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    My friend, Reg Burrows, he's a pastor.
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    He's retired now.
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    He was shaking hands at the door
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    with people as they
    left one Sunday morning.
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    An old lady came up to him
    and she shook his hand.
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    She said, "Oh, Mr. Burrows,
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    I hope I manage to do enough
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    for God to accept me."
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    Now, it's very helpful to a minister
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    when somebody says something like that,
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    because then we can understand
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    just where they are in this journey
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    into a living, saving relationship
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    with Jesus Christ.
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    A remark like that tells us
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    that they haven't understood Christianity.
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    They haven't understood the gospel.
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    They haven't understood grace.
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    They are showing their lostness.
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    They think God's made a contribution,
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    and then we need to make a contribution.
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    Then God will accept us.
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    But, we are saved
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    by the achievement of Someone else;
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    by what that Person did.
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    That's what saves us.
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    We never manage to do enough.
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    We never do.
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    Because of ego and pride
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    and self-pity,
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    and all the things that spoil our lives
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    in this world.
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    I've never prayed a sinner's prayer.
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    I've never done a zealous action.
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    I need at the end of every day to say,
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    "Sorry, Lord, about today."
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    "Forgive another day, Lord."
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    My best things - I have to say that.
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    We are saved by the achievement
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    of Somebody else
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    who never had to say "sorry"
    at the end of every day.
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    The lovely beauty...
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    holy, harmless, undefiled,
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    separate from sinners,
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    higher than the heavens -
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    this is the extraordinary life
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    of the Man Christ Jesus.
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    The Son of God.
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    Saved by what He did.
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    Christmas comes and then we have
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    "The Sound of Music."
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    All those lovely songs.
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    Maria, in the end,
    the stern grieving widower -
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    the Captain - he collapses before her
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    and wants to marry her.
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    And she can't get over it.
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    She is just amazed.
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    She's just a simple peasant girl.
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    Got a good voice.
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    There she is.
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    And so she sings then.
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    She's puzzling over why is it
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    that God has allowed this fellow
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    to fall in love with her.
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    And she sings, and you
    remember what she sings?
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    She sings, "somewhere
    in my youth or childhood,
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    I must have done something good."
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    That's what she says, doesn't she?
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    I helped an old lady over the road.
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    I was kind to my parents.
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    I wasn't nasty to animals.
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    I was patient with people.
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    God saw all that and so He
    gave me this rich dude.
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    I have three daughters,
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    and my youngest - she was born
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    with a silver spoon in her mouth.
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    So it all works out for her.
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    She passes, goes to university,
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    meets Glenn - a lovely fellow -
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    marries him,
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    gets a job as a teacher,
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    has three children.
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    She tells me the next thing.
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    I say, "How is it that everything seems
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    to happen to you like this?"
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    She says, "Somewhere in
    my youth or childhood,
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    I must have done something good."
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    She knows it's a heresy.
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    And she likes to tease her
    old man about it, doesn't she?
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    Now the Christian doesn't think like that.
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    We don't think like that at all.
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    The Christian says
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    because of everything
    that Jesus Christ did,
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    God has blessed me.
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    Oh, what wonderful blessings!
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    I've got Him. His mercies
    are new every morning!
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    His faithfulness - it's immeasurable.
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    You can't see the east or west of it.
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    How kind, how good,
    how patient He is with me.
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    He's forgiven all my sins.
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    And so a Christian has
    someone to believe in.
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    We want to believe in
    such a Savior, don't we?
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    I am trusting Thee, Lord Jesus,
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    trusting only Thee.
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    Trusting Thee for full salvation,
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    great and free.
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    That's the response to this amazing love,
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    that Jesus had seen the file on us.
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    He'd seen it. He knew.
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    He knew about everything.
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    The things done in darkness.
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    The things that God has veiled
    from those who know us best,
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    that we're so ashamed of.
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    He still loved us.
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    He still loved us.
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    We're joined to Him by saving faith.
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    Well now, who are you going to believe in
  • 25:09 - 25:15
    if you say no to my Savior again tonight?
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    Who are you going to trust in?
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    It can't be Hollywood,
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    after all the ugly disclosures.
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    The foundations have gone there.
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    That's hollow and ugly.
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    Sportsmen?
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    What figures are there?
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    Philosophers?
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    Writers?
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    If you reject my Savior Jesus Christ,
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    who have you got to look into
  • 25:48 - 25:52
    when you get married?
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    When you get children and they're sick?
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    When you've got bills to pay?
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    And you're getting older?
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    And the grandchildren are
    quite demanding too?
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    You're getting nearer death.
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    Who have you got?
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    Who do you have if you
    say no to Jesus Christ?
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    Who have you got?
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    Look, there's this wonderful privilege.
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    A Christian has Someone
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    to believe right into; to trust.
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    He can rely on Him completely.
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    And the second great privilege
    that a Christian has here:
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    A Christian has Someone to love.
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    Verse 8: "Whom having not seen, you love."
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    And it's the same illustration I use again
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    about your grandmother.
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    Mom takes you upstairs
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    and she puts you in bed.
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    And you say, "Tell me a story, Mom."
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    She says, "Oh, it's late tonight."
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    "Tell me about Nana.
    Tell me about Nana."
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    "Oh please... please, Mommy.
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    Please tell me about Nana and the cows."
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    "Oh, you've heard that story..."
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    "Tell me, Mommy."
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    So, she starts to tell you how
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    she went blackberry picking with jars
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    in a field and you were picking,
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    and the cows got very curious
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    and they all started to
    come nearer and nearer,
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    and then they started
    getting a bit faster.
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    And how your mother got
    a bit frightened as they came.
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    And she picked her up then -
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    her daughter, your mother -
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    carried her over the stream
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    and dropped her over the wall
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    and clambered over the wall.
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    The cows all came.
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    And looked at her. Looked at your mother.
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    You love the story.
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    And when your mother tells it,
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    you know, her eyes are filled with tears
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    as she remembers that wonderful person
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    who loved her.
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    And you love her.
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    You love her, though you never saw her,
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    you love her because your mother
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    whom you just adore -
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    your mother loved her
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    and owed her so much.
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    When you read a great biography
  • 28:23 - 28:30
    of Lloyd-Jones or Spurgeon,
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    in the end, you love these people.
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    You love them.
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    You don't want it to end.
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    You start to read a few pages less
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    because you don't want it to end.
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    You're so filled with admiration
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    that the world has seen
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    so terrific a person as some
    of these people are.
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    Peter tells us what he'd seen.
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    He told them.
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    We went into the room together.
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    It was just James and John and I.
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    There were some others there -
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    Jairus and his wife,
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    and there was just
    the little girl and Jesus.
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    There were seven of us in the room.
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    They're all spellbound and they listen.
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    They know the story,
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    but oh, they love to hear it again.
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    And He went over to the bed
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    and He held her by the hand -
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    her cold, dead hand.
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    And He said to her,
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    "Talitha cumi."
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    I am sorry, that's our language -
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    it's Aramaic.
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    I just see it so vividly in my mind.
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    My mother said it to me
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    when I was a boy by Galilee.
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    My mother would wake
    me up in the afternoon.
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    She normally would just sleep
    throughout all the afternoon.
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    I wouldn't sleep at night.
    Talitha cumi, she'd say.
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    Get up, now, get up.
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    And you build up this picture.
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    And it's a wonderful picture.
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    And you start to love -
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    not only believe in Him -
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    but to love this Man.
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    He's pure gold.
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    He's so approachable.
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    Women absolutely trust Him.
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    They bring their little children
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    and they give them to Him
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    for Him to hold,
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    and He prays God's blessing on them.
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    And that comes, not because
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    they'd actually seen Jesus -
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    because the Pharisees saw Him,
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    and they saw Him raise Lazarus
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    from the dead.
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    That didn't make them
    Christians - seeing Jesus.
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    If Jesus came back today,
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    you might think,
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    oh, I'd believe in Him then.
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    No, you wouldn't.
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    There's a real coldness in
    your heart towards Him
  • 31:07 - 31:10
    about having Him as your Lord,
  • 31:10 - 31:14
    to serve Him for the rest of your days.
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    You always have an excuse.
  • 31:16 - 31:21
    It's always so inconvenient
    just now, isn't it?
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    Just never quite the convenient time
  • 31:24 - 31:27
    to be trusting in Jesus Christ
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    and repenting of your sin
  • 31:28 - 31:31
    and starting to follow Him.
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    You need a work in your heart.
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    Jesus calls it the drawing.
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    The drawing out
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    of the poison of unbelief;
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    the drawing of new affections
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    for Jesus Christ.
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    "No one can come to Me,
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    except the Father who sent Me draw him."
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    You need to be drawn.
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    It's not just the physical sight,
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    but the drawing of love.
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    He wraps cords of love around you,
  • 32:07 - 32:09
    in a meeting like this,
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    and He starts to pull you to Himself
  • 32:12 - 32:14
    out of your unbelief.
  • 32:14 - 32:16
    He's just tugging you saying,
  • 32:16 - 32:18
    "I'm saying this to you.
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    That's why I sent the
    man from Wales there.
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    That's why I brought you here
  • 32:24 - 32:28
    that you might know
    this Jesus for yourself,
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    and that you might love Him."
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    And we do love Him.
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    Now when I say that,
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    everybody here's who's a Christian feels:
  • 32:35 - 32:39
    Oh, I wish I did love Him more.
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    Oh, it's my chief complaint
  • 32:41 - 32:46
    that my love is cold and weak and faint.
  • 32:46 - 32:50
    I'm sorry that I don't love Jesus more.
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    Every Christian - the most
    mature Christian here
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    and the youngest Christian
    is saying that just now.
  • 32:55 - 32:58
    When I say, we do love Him.
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    We say, but I do love Him.
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    I do love Him.
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    I love the Lord.
  • 33:08 - 33:12
    Oh, for grace to love Him more.
  • 33:12 - 33:13
    That's what we feel.
  • 33:13 - 33:20
    And every one of us is feeling that.
  • 33:20 - 33:24
    Sometimes we feel if we
    had a better preacher
  • 33:24 - 33:26
    we'd love Him more.
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    Well, we always want to
    blame something out there,
  • 33:31 - 33:33
    and the trouble is in here, isn't it?
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    There was the great preacher Isaiah,
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    and he was preaching -
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    what poetry, what passion, what pathos!
  • 33:42 - 33:44
    The greatest of all the writing prophets.
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    And there he is and he
    was preaching to them
  • 33:47 - 33:49
    and telling them of the
    Messiah who would come.
  • 33:49 - 33:51
    "All we like sheep have gone astray.
  • 33:51 - 33:53
    We've turned everyone to his own way,
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    and the Lord has laid on Him
  • 33:55 - 33:58
    the iniquity of us all," he told them.
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    They didn't understand.
  • 34:00 - 34:02
    It was to them as if
    he was getting excited
  • 34:02 - 34:07
    about a branch of bleached wood
  • 34:07 - 34:10
    blown by the wind in the desert.
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    A root out of dry ground.
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    There was no beauty that they desired him.
  • 34:15 - 34:21
    And he says, who has believed our report?
  • 34:21 - 34:23
    To whom is the arm of the Lord revealed?
  • 34:23 - 34:29
    And he's talking about
    a touch from heaven.
  • 34:29 - 34:32
    You've got to have a touch from heaven.
  • 34:32 - 34:34
    It's no good my laying hands on you.
  • 34:34 - 34:38
    You don't want a touch from a Welshman.
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    But oh, you do need the touch of God.
  • 34:41 - 34:44
    Oh, you must have that.
  • 34:44 - 34:46
    And you must be in your praying say,
  • 34:46 - 34:48
    "Lord, touch me."
  • 34:48 - 34:53
    "Lord, don't let me go away untouched."
  • 34:53 - 34:56
    A Christian, then, is someone
  • 34:56 - 34:59
    who has Someone to believe in,
  • 34:59 - 35:08
    and Someone he loves.
  • 35:08 - 35:10
    My mother was converted
  • 35:10 - 35:13
    through the influence of an uncle -
  • 35:13 - 35:15
    my grandmother's brother - Uncle Oliver,
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    who was converted
    in the 1904 revival.
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    Well, he couldn't go anywhere -
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    he'd see a crowd of people,
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    he'd speak to them.
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    And he'd carry a text around town.
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    He had children's meetings.
  • 35:30 - 35:32
    And he's see my mother then
  • 35:32 - 35:35
    for years afterwards
    and he'd just say to her,
  • 35:35 - 35:38
    "Do you love Him, Bess?"
  • 35:38 - 35:40
    "Do you love Him?"
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    Because in the simple way
  • 35:42 - 35:44
    sometime during the first World War
  • 35:44 - 35:46
    in 1917 or 1918,
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    she'd given her heart to Jesus Christ.
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    That had immense influence over me
  • 35:53 - 35:57
    twenty years later.
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    She sung hymns to do every chore.
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    When she vacuumed and when she washed
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    and she cooked and she dusted,
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    she would be singing,
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    "How sweet the name of Jesus sounds..."
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    "O, for a thousand tongues..."
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    My friend Brian - my best friend -
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    he said to me when we were about 15,
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    he said to me, "Your mother's
    remarkable, isn't she?"
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    I said, "Yes?"
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    He said, "The way she sings hymns..."
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    I thought, oh, his mother
    doesn't sing hymns.
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    I thought every mother sung hymns.
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    Do you love Him?
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    Do you love Him?
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    That's the great challenge, isn't it?
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    Why do we love Him?
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    Why is it impossible for
    us to stop loving Him?
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    Well, because of His teachings.
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    When it was said His
    disciples came unto Him,
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    and He opened His mouth and He taught them
  • 37:04 - 37:07
    saying, "Blessed are the poor in spirit,
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    theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.
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    Blessed are they that mourn,
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    for they shall be comforted.
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    Blessed are are the pure
    in heart, they shall see God.
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    Blessed are the meek,
    they shall inherit the earth.
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    Blessed are they that hunger
    and thirst after righteousness,
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    for they shall be filled."
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    William Shakespeare never said
    anything as wonderful as that.
  • 37:28 - 37:31
    Charles Dickens? Never.
  • 37:31 - 37:32
    All the great American writers,
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    European writers, Tolstoy -
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    they didn't say anything
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    as wonderful as Jesus.
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    Sometimes, you know, we read the Bible
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    and it's wonderful.
  • 37:53 - 37:56
    The Word of God.
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    The words of Jesus -
    wonderful words of life.
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    We have them.
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    We love His teaching.
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    We love His tenderness.
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    We love the way He saw the dirty feet,
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    and He did something about it.
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    He took the basin of water
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    and the towel,
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    and He washed 24 feet.
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    He got the donkey dung off them,
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    dried them.
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    They sat around in embarrassment
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    as He humbled Himself.
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    What a Man!
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    He had so much on His mind then,
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    and He did that.
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    He loved His neighbor as Himself.
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    How wonderful...
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    We love Him when they drove nails
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    through His hands and feet.
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    He didn't say, "You wait
    till My Father gets you!"
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    He said, "Father, forgive them.
  • 38:57 - 39:01
    They don't know what they're doing."
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    We love Him, don't we?
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    We love the Lord Jesus Christ.
  • 39:06 - 39:11
    We love the way He died for us.
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    You know what happened a week ago today
  • 39:13 - 39:15
    in Carcassonne, in France?
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    And we know about it because
  • 39:17 - 39:22
    one of my former students, Elizabeth -
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    she's living there now.
  • 39:25 - 39:28
    She came to faith in the church
  • 39:28 - 39:34
    my son-in-law pastors in London.
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    She was baptized by him,
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    and she came and studied
    art in Aberystwyth
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    and got first.
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    And she met Hisham,
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    and Hisham is an Arab.
  • 39:45 - 39:48
    His father in Tunisia is an Imam.
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    And through the testimony of his brother,
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    he came to faith.
  • 39:51 - 39:53
    And oh, he made such progress
  • 39:53 - 39:55
    and such growth.
  • 39:55 - 39:58
    And they live in Carcassonne.
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    He's the pastor of a church there,
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    and she's expecting their sixth child.
  • 40:06 - 40:08
    And last Friday, a week ago today,
  • 40:08 - 40:12
    an Islamic terrorist went
    into the supermarket
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    and started killing people.
  • 40:15 - 40:20
    And then he took the
    check-out girl Julie hostage.
  • 40:20 - 40:23
    The police arrived.
  • 40:23 - 40:26
    There was a very brave,
    wonderful policeman,
  • 40:26 - 40:29
    Arnaud Beltrame.
  • 40:29 - 40:37
    And he went up unarmed and he said,
  • 40:37 - 40:41
    "Let her go and I'll come instead of her."
  • 40:41 - 40:46
    Oh, the terrorist was very
    pleased to get a policeman.
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    And she came out and he went in.
  • 40:51 - 40:56
    And he cut his throat and shot him dead.
  • 40:56 - 40:58
    And the marines went in
    and there was a gunfight.
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    And the terrorist was killed.
  • 41:01 - 41:04
    A week today.
  • 41:04 - 41:08
    And Julie, this check-out girl,
  • 41:08 - 41:12
    they talked to her
    afterwards and she said,
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    "He gave his life for me.
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    He had himself killed
    so that I could live."
  • 41:27 - 41:29
    Now, what does a
    Christian congregation do?
  • 41:29 - 41:32
    Well, they are active.
  • 41:32 - 41:35
    They go around the
    supermarket the next day
  • 41:35 - 41:37
    in the area where this terrorist grew up,
  • 41:37 - 41:40
    and they gave out a special
    leaflet that he's written -
  • 41:40 - 41:44
    a little booklet called "Are We in War?"
  • 41:44 - 41:48
    And last night then,
    they hired the local cinema,
  • 41:48 - 41:53
    and the cinema people dropped the movie
  • 41:53 - 41:55
    and they showed then the film,
  • 41:55 - 41:56
    "The Case for Christ,"
  • 41:56 - 41:58
    the story of Lee Strobel's journey
  • 41:58 - 42:00
    from atheism to living faith.
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    And they had a book table out,
  • 42:02 - 42:03
    and it was full of French Bibles
  • 42:03 - 42:05
    and tracts and leaflets.
  • 42:05 - 42:06
    Everyone went.
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    170 people tried to get into a room
  • 42:10 - 42:19
    with 150 chairs last night.
  • 42:19 - 42:26
    They wrote to me this morning about it.
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    We love Him because He gave His life.
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    He gave His life - a hard life.
  • 42:36 - 42:38
    Not a trashy life.
  • 42:38 - 42:40
    This beautiful, perfect life.
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    And He gave it as the Lamb of God
  • 42:43 - 42:45
    without spot and without blemish.
  • 42:45 - 42:48
    He gave it in sacrifice,
  • 42:48 - 42:54
    because that is how God is.
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    That is the nature of God
  • 42:57 - 42:59
    that without the shedding of blood,
  • 42:59 - 43:00
    there's no remission;
  • 43:00 - 43:02
    there's no forgiveness.
  • 43:02 - 43:04
    God demands a lamb.
  • 43:04 - 43:06
    God provides a Lamb.
  • 43:06 - 43:08
    God becomes the Lamb.
  • 43:08 - 43:10
    He finds the Lamb in His own heart;
  • 43:10 - 43:12
    in His own bosom,
  • 43:12 - 43:16
    and He gives Him - His own dear Son.
  • 43:16 - 43:21
    He died for me.
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    He gave His life that I might live.
  • 43:24 - 43:28
    We love Him.
  • 43:28 - 43:32
    Well, now, if you say
    no to my Savior again,
  • 43:32 - 43:35
    who have you got to love?
  • 43:35 - 43:37
    Who do you have?
  • 43:37 - 43:41
    Who is there?
  • 43:41 - 43:43
    A couple of years ago,
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    we finished our lunch.
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    The children went next door
  • 43:49 - 43:51
    where the TV set is
  • 43:51 - 43:55
    and where they do this sort of thing.
  • 43:55 - 43:59
    We had coffee and shortbread cookies.
  • 43:59 - 44:01
    There was a bit of a silence.
  • 44:01 - 44:03
    Glenn then said,
  • 44:03 - 44:07
    "If there was some great figure,
  • 44:07 - 44:10
    some great leader in the world today
  • 44:10 - 44:12
    you'd like to meet,
  • 44:12 - 44:15
    who would it be?"
  • 44:15 - 44:19
    Well, now, that is a conversation stopper.
  • 44:19 - 44:22
    And we waited and we thought.
  • 44:22 - 44:26
    Britain and our politicians and Europe
  • 44:26 - 44:29
    and Asia, India, China,
  • 44:29 - 44:35
    Africa, the America's.
  • 44:35 - 44:38
    Now we can thank God that there are
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    some governors and congressman,
  • 44:41 - 44:45
    vice-presidents -
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    we'd like to meet them.
  • 44:50 - 44:52
    We were silent and then my wife said,
  • 44:52 - 44:53
    "Nelson Mandela.
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    I'd like to meet Nelson Mandela."
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    Yeah, that would be typical of some men.
  • 45:02 - 45:07
    But, my friends, if you're
    going to reject Jesus Christ,
  • 45:07 - 45:09
    whose picture are you going to put up?
  • 45:09 - 45:11
    Whose books, whose speeches,
  • 45:11 - 45:14
    who will travel to listen to?
  • 45:14 - 45:15
    I've got someone now.
  • 45:15 - 45:18
    I'm going to follow him.
  • 45:18 - 45:20
    Here is Someone.
  • 45:20 - 45:22
    And you can believe in Him.
  • 45:22 - 45:23
    You can trust in Him.
  • 45:23 - 45:27
    Here is Someone you can love.
  • 45:27 - 45:29
    And thirdly, here is Someone
  • 45:29 - 45:36
    who makes us full of joy
  • 45:36 - 45:42
    inexpressible and glorious joy, he says.
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    Verse 6.
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    Now there are times when we weep
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    because we are Christians.
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    We can break our hearts.
  • 45:53 - 45:57
    We can have a grief we don't shrug.
  • 45:57 - 45:59
    Things really hurt us.
  • 45:59 - 46:01
    And we experience pain.
  • 46:01 - 46:05
    I couldn't be a faithful
    servant of Jesus Christ
  • 46:05 - 46:10
    and tell you it's going
    to be joy all the while.
  • 46:10 - 46:17
    There's a joy that seeks us in our pain.
  • 46:17 - 46:20
    There's a strength from heaven
  • 46:20 - 46:25
    that helps us in our losses and crosses.
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    But there's a joy
    about the Christian life.
  • 46:36 - 46:44
    The apostle was caught up
    to the third heaven.
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    We're told that the converted eunuch
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    went on his way rejoicing.
  • 46:52 - 46:54
    We're told when Philip preached in Samaria
  • 46:54 - 46:55
    the place was full of joy.
  • 46:55 - 46:59
    He could have said, "full of repentance."
  • 46:59 - 47:02
    He could have said the Ethiopian
  • 47:02 - 47:04
    went on his way repenting.
  • 47:04 - 47:09
    And that's true - or believing.
    That's of course, true.
  • 47:09 - 47:12
    But he says, oh, he was a joyful man
  • 47:12 - 47:14
    after he met Christ;
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    after he confessed Him.
  • 47:16 - 47:19
    There was something in his heart
  • 47:19 - 47:20
    that had never been there before.
  • 47:20 - 47:22
    There were joy bells ringing
  • 47:22 - 47:24
    in his heart.
  • 47:24 - 47:26
    His chains had fallen off.
  • 47:26 - 47:28
    His heart was free.
  • 47:28 - 47:31
    The prison doors were opened.
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    He had a liberty that
    he'd never known before
  • 47:34 - 47:39
    in his life that God gives us.
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    Such joy.
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    It's "joy unspeakable" is
    the old King James phrase.
  • 47:47 - 47:49
    Indescribable.
  • 47:49 - 47:51
    How do you describe emotions?
  • 47:51 - 47:55
    How do you describe flavors or scents?
  • 47:55 - 47:57
    How difficult it is to use words
  • 47:57 - 47:59
    to go into another medium?
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    And so, he says, oh, I wish
  • 48:01 - 48:05
    I could describe this joy to you.
  • 48:05 - 48:09
    It's so real!
  • 48:09 - 48:13
    It means that my back is bleeding
  • 48:13 - 48:16
    and my feet are in stocks.
  • 48:16 - 48:18
    No bed - midnight.
  • 48:18 - 48:20
    And yet, my friend and I
  • 48:20 - 48:23
    can sing together to the Lord.
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    And the whole prison can know
  • 48:25 - 48:28
    what joy has come into the prison
  • 48:28 - 48:33
    because two servants of
    Jesus Christ are there.
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    And it's in pictures like that
  • 48:35 - 48:39
    that we begin to see that joy.
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    The disciples were full of
    joy in the Holy Spirit it says.
  • 48:43 - 48:45
    That's not saying they were regenerate.
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    It's saying much more than
    that they were regenerate.
  • 48:49 - 48:55
    It's saying, ah, Jesus Christ was so real
  • 48:55 - 48:59
    and joy-giving to them.
  • 48:59 - 49:01
    What a privilege it was
  • 49:01 - 49:04
    to be a servant of Jesus Christ.
  • 49:04 - 49:06
    What joy!
  • 49:06 - 49:08
    It's indescribable.
  • 49:08 - 49:10
    And it's full of glory.
  • 49:10 - 49:12
    In other words, it's not manufactured.
  • 49:12 - 49:14
    It's not change the lights;
  • 49:14 - 49:17
    turn the lights down,
  • 49:17 - 49:19
    and let's sing and repeat,
  • 49:19 - 49:20
    and repeat again, and say,
  • 49:20 - 49:22
    "now, won't you come?"
  • 49:22 - 49:24
    And a long, long appeal
  • 49:24 - 49:26
    just to get people out of their seats.
  • 49:26 - 49:27
    I mean, if Jesus was here,
  • 49:27 - 49:29
    I'd be telling you all
    to come to the front,
  • 49:29 - 49:32
    but the Word is nigh you.
  • 49:32 - 49:34
    You've heard the Word. It's nigh you.
  • 49:34 - 49:36
    It's in your heart. It's in your mind.
  • 49:36 - 49:38
    The word of faith that
    I've preached to you,
  • 49:38 - 49:40
    it's as close as that.
  • 49:40 - 49:42
    That's how close Jesus is.
  • 49:42 - 49:44
    You don't need to come to the front.
  • 49:44 - 49:45
    He's there.
  • 49:45 - 49:49
    He's been speaking to you tonight.
  • 49:49 - 49:51
    My Savior.
  • 49:51 - 49:55
    Where two or three gather, He's there.
  • 49:55 - 49:57
    He's here.
  • 49:57 - 50:00
    What a blessed Guest has joined us
  • 50:00 - 50:05
    in this conference tonight!
  • 50:05 - 50:07
    Joy inexpressible.
  • 50:07 - 50:09
    And it's full of glory.
  • 50:09 - 50:12
    In other words, it's not human tricksters
  • 50:12 - 50:14
    and human psychologists
  • 50:14 - 50:19
    and man-manipulators.
  • 50:19 - 50:23
    It's God present.
  • 50:23 - 50:25
    The glory of God.
  • 50:25 - 50:28
    The joy of heaven to earth come down.
  • 50:28 - 50:30
    It's that.
  • 50:30 - 50:37
    It's God's reality.
  • 50:37 - 50:41
    My friends, we live in an age
  • 50:41 - 50:44
    where people are crying out
  • 50:44 - 50:47
    for happiness, aren't they?
  • 50:47 - 50:50
    On Monday morning, there will be
  • 50:50 - 50:52
    thousands of people all over America
  • 50:52 - 50:54
    going to a doctor and saying,
  • 50:54 - 50:57
    "Can you give me a little pill?
  • 50:57 - 51:00
    I'm feeling depressed."
  • 51:00 - 51:01
    And there will be young people
  • 51:01 - 51:04
    with all their life before them.
  • 51:04 - 51:07
    It's alcohol and it's drugs.
  • 51:07 - 51:08
    Isn't it?
  • 51:08 - 51:11
    That's the reality.
  • 51:11 - 51:14
    And relationships -
  • 51:14 - 51:16
    if you say no to my Savior,
  • 51:16 - 51:18
    I'm saying, do you know
  • 51:18 - 51:21
    what your future's going to be?
  • 51:21 - 51:23
    The ruin of your friends
  • 51:23 - 51:25
    and brothers and sisters;
  • 51:25 - 51:27
    members of your family.
  • 51:27 - 51:30
    The mess they've made of their lives
  • 51:30 - 51:33
    because they've kept Jesus at bay;
  • 51:33 - 51:37
    arm's length away, not in them.
  • 51:37 - 51:44
    Not believing in Him.
  • 51:44 - 51:46
    This joy is full of glory.
  • 51:46 - 51:49
    It's so pure. It's so heavenly.
  • 51:49 - 51:53
    And it doesn't cloy.
  • 51:53 - 52:00
    We don't get fed up with it.
  • 52:00 - 52:04
    Who are you going to turn to for this joy
  • 52:04 - 52:06
    if you reject, again, Jesus Christ?
  • 52:06 - 52:11
    Here is Someone - you can trust Him.
  • 52:11 - 52:12
    You can love Him.
  • 52:12 - 52:13
    He gives you joy.
  • 52:13 - 52:16
    And last of all here,
  • 52:16 - 52:18
    He helps you achieve your goal in life.
  • 52:18 - 52:22
    There's a goal, there's a purpose in life.
  • 52:22 - 52:23
    There is.
  • 52:23 - 52:24
    You're on this planet.
  • 52:24 - 52:29
    You've been given life for a purpose.
  • 52:29 - 52:30
    You're receiving the goal;
  • 52:30 - 52:32
    the end of your faith -
  • 52:32 - 52:34
    the salvation of your souls.
  • 52:34 - 52:37
    You've got something
  • 52:37 - 52:38
    that will never be taken from you.
  • 52:38 - 52:41
    You've got a purpose in life.
  • 52:41 - 52:43
    This is a frustrated generation.
  • 52:43 - 52:45
    Your friends in school, you know,
  • 52:45 - 52:47
    they don't know what life is all about.
  • 52:47 - 52:51
    That's why they're trying drugs, isn't it?
  • 52:51 - 52:52
    They have a goal, they say,
  • 52:52 - 52:56
    I'd like to earn $100,000 a year.
  • 52:56 - 52:58
    And then, they get $100,000
  • 52:58 - 53:00
    and they grumble about taxes,
  • 53:00 - 53:07
    and you can't do much
    with $100,000 these days.
  • 53:07 - 53:10
    It wasn't as sufficient;
  • 53:10 - 53:14
    it wasn't a strong enough goal to live for
  • 53:14 - 53:20
    for a greenback dollar.
  • 53:20 - 53:23
    And then, they never attain the goals
  • 53:23 - 53:24
    they set for themselves.
  • 53:24 - 53:26
    They're unrealistic.
  • 53:26 - 53:29
    And many have no goals at all.
  • 53:29 - 53:31
    But Peter says we receive;
  • 53:31 - 53:34
    we get...
  • 53:34 - 53:37
    We get what we were made for;
  • 53:37 - 53:39
    why God made us;
  • 53:39 - 53:41
    why He redeemed us;
  • 53:41 - 53:43
    what our purpose in life is.
  • 53:43 - 53:46
    Man's chief end is to glorify God
  • 53:46 - 53:48
    and enjoy Him forever.
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    We never do it perfectly.
  • 53:49 - 53:52
    We would do it perfectly,
  • 53:52 - 53:56
    but we achieve more and more satisfaction
  • 53:56 - 53:57
    for the Lord.
  • 53:57 - 53:59
    I do it for the Lord.
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    Not for me.
  • 54:04 - 54:06
    The goal.
  • 54:06 - 54:07
    We receive the goal of our life -
  • 54:07 - 54:09
    the salvation of our souls.
  • 54:09 - 54:12
    That's how it ends, isn't it?
  • 54:12 - 54:15
    You're not just a body.
  • 54:15 - 54:17
    You are a soul, aren't you?
  • 54:17 - 54:19
    You are.
  • 54:19 - 54:21
    An animal is just a body.
  • 54:21 - 54:24
    I put a jug of water down
  • 54:24 - 54:26
    and he'll drink it;
  • 54:26 - 54:28
    give him some food and he'll eat it.
  • 54:28 - 54:29
    I'll bring a mate and he'll copulate
  • 54:29 - 54:34
    because he's just an animal.
  • 54:34 - 54:39
    People who aren't aware
    that they are souls
  • 54:39 - 54:44
    resort to the animal
    dimension of their lives,
  • 54:44 - 54:45
    don't they?
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    Eating, drinking, copulating.
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    I drive up to Aberystwyth -
    my town of 50 years
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    along the cliff tops
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    in a road from (unintelligible)
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    and there's a view
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    that's just particularly moving to me.
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    The green grass of a large field
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    goes down to the cliffs,
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    and then there's the Irish Sea
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    and the sun is setting,
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    and there are some cows in the field.
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    It's a beautiful sight.
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    Do I hear one cow saying to the other,
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    "Lovely sunset tonight, Blodwyn."
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    No, I don't. And the other cow saying,
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    "Yes, it is a great sight,
    isn't it, Gladys?"
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    I'd be a vegetarian if cows could
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    speak to one another.
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    But they can't.
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    They just look at the grass;
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    at their instincts. That's all.
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    They don't see the glory of God.
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    They don't see it.
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    Your soul is ruined by sin,
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    and you're not seeing the power
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    and glory of God in this world.
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    My Father made it.
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    Through Jesus Christ, He made it.
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    Without Him was not anything
    made that was made.
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    This is my Father's world.
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    This is my Savior's world.
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    And that's what your goal is -
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    to please Him and honor Him,
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    and look forward to being with Him,
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    and to a new heavens and a new earth,
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    when He will descend
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    this groaning universe,
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    and there won't be one rogue molecule
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    in all the world that doesn't show
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    the righteousness of Christ.
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    A new heavens and a new earth
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    where righteousness dwells.
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    I want to be there.
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    I want to see that.
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    Come with us.
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    It will do you good.
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    Come with us.
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    Don't be in unbelief any longer.
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    Don't go on now finding
    another excuse tonight
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    why you're not going
    to trust in Jesus Christ.
  • 57:05 - 57:06
    But you're going to come to Him.
  • 57:06 - 57:10
    Now coming to Jesus Christ
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    is a movement of your inmost being,
  • 57:14 - 57:15
    your heart, your life,
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    as the Holy Spirit takes the Word
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    that's been preached to you about His Son,
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    and He makes you ready
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    to saying,
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    "I'm not going on any
    longer in my unbelief."
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    "I'm going to turn from it."
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    "I'm sorry that it's been so long."
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    "I'm sorry that I've had one
    vain excuse after another."
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    "And from now on,
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    I'm going to trust in Jesus Christ."
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    Now, you've got to say it.
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    There's no formula at all.
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    But you've got to start speaking
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    to Jesus Christ about you and Him.
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    Just somewhere quiet.
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    Now, of course, we pray. Now.
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    But you keep praying
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    until you know He's answered you.
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    You keep praying until you have
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    the inward witness of the Holy Spirit.
  • 58:22 - 58:24
    And you'll know.
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    You'll know by a peace, a trust,
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    a joy, a rest.
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    Because He promises that.
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    "Come unto Me all ye that labor
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    and are heavy laden,
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    and I will give you rest."
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    Oh, I can cope with a
    crowd this size, Jesus says.
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    If all of Denton comes;
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    if all Dallas, if all Texas,
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    all get into their cars and buses,
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    because Jesus is here.
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    I can cope.
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    All men with their antagonisms,
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    or women with their phobias,
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    or children with their anxieties.
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    You come. You come.
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    You give your heart. You give your life.
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    It's just a movement now -
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    private movement.
  • 59:19 - 59:22
    You begin to talk to Him
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    about your future.
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    And you say it's unbearable without Him.
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    Why you've been away
    so long - you're sorry.
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    And from now on, you're
    going to follow Him.
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    We want you.
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    That's why Jesus Christ has
    brought you here tonight.
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    Do you know that?
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    That's really the reason.
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    That you could have
    these wonderful privileges -
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    Someone to believe in
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    and love and give you joy,
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    and you have your souls saved.
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    And you see the purpose in life.
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    I can't understand how anyone
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    can hear this offer
  • 60:08 - 60:12
    of what the Lord will do for you tonight
  • 60:12 - 60:17
    and go away saying "no!"
  • 60:17 - 60:21
    How can you do that?
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    When He's brought you here
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    and He's telling you
    of His wonderful benefits;
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    these wonderful blessings and privileges.
  • 60:32 - 60:33
    You come to Him.
  • 60:33 - 60:35
    You come to Him just as you are
  • 60:35 - 60:37
    to just what He is now:
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    this welcoming, loving Savior.
  • 60:41 - 60:43
    "He that comes to Me,
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    in no way will I cast them out."
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    However bad it's been;
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    however hypocritical.
  • 60:49 - 60:51
    You may be thinking,
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    oh, if the people sitting next to me
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    knew what sort of man,
  • 60:56 - 60:58
    what sort of woman I was,
  • 60:58 - 61:00
    they'd move away in shock.
  • 61:00 - 61:04
    You come. You particularly come
  • 61:04 - 61:11
    to this Savior just as you are.
  • 61:11 - 61:14
    Let's pray.
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    Lord, You have brought us here
  • 61:17 - 61:20
    to meet with Jesus Christ.
  • 61:20 - 61:22
    How privileged we are!
  • 61:22 - 61:26
    There are people meeting
    the prison warden tonight.
  • 61:26 - 61:28
    There are people seeing a doctor
  • 61:28 - 61:30
    and a surgeon tonight.
  • 61:30 - 61:34
    There are people meeting crooks.
  • 61:34 - 61:38
    There are people who are
    going to hurt them tonight.
  • 61:38 - 61:40
    There are men who are
    going to abuse them.
  • 61:40 - 61:43
    But we've met with the lovely,
  • 61:43 - 61:46
    loving, sweet and holy Jesus Christ.
  • 61:46 - 61:50
    Oh, thank You for being here, dear Savior.
  • 61:50 - 61:52
    Thank You for Your kindness
  • 61:52 - 61:56
    and patience with us for so long.
  • 61:56 - 61:58
    Now, we come just as we are,
  • 61:58 - 62:01
    without one plea.
  • 62:01 - 62:04
    Without any excuse.
  • 62:04 - 62:05
    Please take us.
  • 62:05 - 62:07
    Please receive us.
  • 62:07 - 62:09
    Please, from now on,
  • 62:09 - 62:14
    help us to live with Thee and for Thee.
  • 62:14 - 62:17
    We ask it for Your greater glory
  • 62:17 - 62:19
    and our eternal good.
  • 62:19 - 62:23
    Amen.
  • 62:23 - 62:27
    Now we'll sing our last hymn.
Title:
The Privileges of the Christian - Geoff Thomas
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