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GT Episode 11

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    This ministry is made possible
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    by the generous donations
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    of friends and viewers
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    of Greater Things.
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    Can you think of just
    one place in the world
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    that is free of violence?
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    Not likely.
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    Violence can strike anywhere,
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    and anyone at any moment.
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    The high percentage
    of violence involves you,
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    whether they be
    the victim or perpetrator.
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    On today's episode
    we will discuss what our Christian duty is
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    to the hurting before
    they lash out in violence.
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    Also we will discuss
    youth violence,
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    such as school shootings
    with law enforcement.
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    This and more
    on Greater Things.
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    (Intro Music Playing)
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    Alot has happened since our last report.
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    We begin from news
    from December ninth
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    with The Church of God being established
    in the African country of Malawi.
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    This has also revived the work
    for neighboring countries
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    of Zimbabwe and Zambia.
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    Please join with me in welcoming
    the youth of Malawi
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    to the Victory Leaders Band.
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    We've received a fantastic report from
    the former youth leader of Costa Rica
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    about their recent National Convention.
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    Take a look.
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    We have 297 youth members
    in the VLB department.
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    We have 350 youth members
    in attendance for National Youth Camp.
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    Yesterday, we had a march of over 260
    youth people in the National Convention.
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    Three were sanctified
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    and seven were saved.
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    I ask you to pray for us.
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    We are praying for you.
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    May the Lord bless you.
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    Youth emphasis week
    is quickly approaching.
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    We were able to grab an interview
    with the General Coordinator
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    regarding his thoughts
    for this designated week.
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    For Youth Emphasis Week,
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    I'd like to see our local state,
    regional, and national coordinators
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    to make this week one of the biggest
    youth events all year long.
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    Take this time to serve the youth.
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    They are important.
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    So lets give to the youth
    during this week.
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    Youth Emphasis Week is
    April 28-May 4th.
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    Greater Things is having an
    impact in foreign countries.
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    Costa Rica plans to use
    one of last years episodes,
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    "The Millennials Big Challenge,"
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    as their main topic of their
    upcoming National Camp.
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    We wish them the best,
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    and pray that it is overflowing
    with God's presence.
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    We have big news concerning
    International Youth Camp.
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    This year it will be held in
    Pigeon Forge, Tennessee,
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    at the Smoky Mountain Resort.
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    This positions IYC in the beautiful
    Smoky Mountains of east Tennessee,
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    only 90 miles from
    the General Assembly in Kingsport.
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    IYC provides vital training for youth camp
    directors, staff, and representatives.
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    Also, all youth leaders are invited
    to attend this event.
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    Get your applications in early
    to reserve your place at IYC.
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    Share your news and events with us
    by sending them to gt@thechurchofgod.org
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    This has been the news for today
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    and we're looking forward
    to greater things.
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    Real hope is the opposite of death.
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    Real hope is the opposite of fear.
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    Real hope won't let go,
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    No matter what the present
    circumstances may look like
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    Real hope holds on.
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    It is not to early to start
    planning your events
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    for this year’s Youth Emphasis Week.
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    This week of activities
    and encouragement
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    is dedicated to the ministry
    of all youth around the world,
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    so go ahead and plan a special outing
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    or take initiative to start a new project.
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    It’s a great opportunity to be creative,
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    have lots of fun,
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    and reiterate the importance
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    of being a follower of Christ.
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    Whatever your inspiration may be
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    there is no better time
    than Youth Emphasis Week.
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    No matter how far we've run or
    how extensive our policies and laws are,
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    we can't escape violence.
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    It occurs in homes, department stores,
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    daycares, courthouses, airports,
    schools, and even churches.
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    There is not one place
    that can be named
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    in which violence in some
    degree hasn't occurred.
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    Recent school and church shootings
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    has prompted a lot of discussion
    regarding this topic.
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    What we learn in many of these cases
    is the perpetrator is a youth
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    which targeted other youth.
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    We then ask ourselves,
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    how can someone so young be capable
    of committing such acts of violence?
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    If we had the opportunity
    to study their history,
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    then we will likely discover
    that they too were victims of violence.
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    There is a vicious cycle
    that must be stopped.
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    When sin entered this world,
    violence soon followed.
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    Sin produces violence
    and violence produces more violence.
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    As Christians, we are called
    to do more than passively wait
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    for the next person to draw a gun.
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    We must close the gap
    with those that are rejected
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    and connect with the wounded
    before they lash out and wound others.
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    We must bring down the level
    of tension and stress around us
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    by being a peacemaker.
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    You don't have to look far
    to find someone who is a victim of hurt
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    feeling all alone and rejected.
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    God is calling for us to be a
    peacemaker in someone's life.
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    Matthew 5:9 says,
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    "Blessed are the Peacemakers, for they
    shall be called the children of God."
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    A peacemaker doesn't sit idly by
    while violence occurs,
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    but rather he intervenes much the same way
    God sustains the weak, runs to the weary,
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    defends the feeble,
    and serves the unfortunate.
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    On the other side of this,
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    if you are a Christian,
    and violence is occuring against you,
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    what do you do then?
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    Some people are of the believe
    that no action should be taken,
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    rather we should just pray
    and hope for the best outcome.
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    Others believe self defense
    is appropriate and permissible.
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    One thing we can all agree on
    is that the Bible condemns violence.
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    It's biblically wrong for someone
    to commit violence against others,
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    and it's just as Biblically wrong
    if someone commits violence against you.
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    God makes it clear that
    He values human life.
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    We are to protect and preserve life
    including our own.
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    However violence takes on many forms
    such as school, domestic, gang related,
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    sexual and physical assaults,
    and much more.
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    And for this portion of this discussion
    we have obtained a personal interview
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    with the local sheriff's office.
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    We have with us today,
    Heath Arthur, Field Training Officer
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    with the Bradley County Sheriff's Office.
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    We appreciate you
    being here with us.
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    Yes sir.
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    In your line of work, you deal with
    violence on a regular basis.
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    How often are you seeing youth involved
    in violence and other criminal activity?
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    It's on a daily basis, man.
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    At what age are you noticing
    youth involved in violence?
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    Is it in high school age
    or much earlier than that?
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    We're seeing it more and more
    during grade school times now,
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    it's from Kindergarten on up.
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    Where are the parents of the youth
    that commit violence?
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    Are they involved in their child's life?
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    Are they neglecting their child
    that caused them to turn to violence?
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    We have a large number
    of children in foster care
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    that are committing these acts.
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    That's only because their
    parents have gotten in trouble,
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    put in prison,
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    or because of drug use,
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    their children have
    been taken away.
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    So it just depends on
    how their household is going at home.
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    Could be a broken home
    but we see it alot
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    from the foster system too
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    where they're having to deal
    with these trouble kids.
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    A lot of violence occurs in schools.
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    Most have policies and procedures
    to prevent violence.
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    Do you feel that more measures
    could be taken to prevent it?
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    I think one of the biggest measures
    could be taken from the home standpoint.
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    I think discipline starts in the home.
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    The values for life
    the value for property,
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    I think it starts at home
    and how the child is being raised.
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    On the law enforcement standpoint,
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    I would look at it as,
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    we need to have that officer
    present inside the schools
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    so they know they'll be repercussions
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    for any acts that would be
    committed inside the school.
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    So you feel that the parents can be active
    in helping to prevent youth violence?
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    Absolutely.
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    A lot of youth violence occur in schools.
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    Probably the most extreme forms
    that we have witnessed
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    over the years is school shootings.
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    In many cases, it was youth
    that targeted other youth.
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    Why is that?
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    I think the biggest problem,
    first of all,
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    is going to be bullying
    inside the schools.
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    The teachers, the principals,
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    the people that are there
    at the schools need to take
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    and they need to recognize
    what's going on with the children.
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    They need to realize why these children
    are acting out and how they're acting out.
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    And that needs to be reported
    to law enforcement
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    and law enforcement is responsible
    for acting on that
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    and making sure it's corrected
    before anything bad happens.
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    First it starts with
    the parents, teachers,
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    and that accountability
    towards the students
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    and the teachers
    getting that taken care of.
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    What are the most important steps
    that anyone of us should take
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    if we were faced with
    an active shooter situation?
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    A lot of folks don't know--they've not
    been in this kind of situation before
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    but what is the absolute first thing
    that we should do?
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    Protection of life. You go,
    you find cover,
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    and you wait on law enforcement.
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    And if you have a phone, it doesn't
    matter if 100 people have called 9-1-1,
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    you might be the very first one
    to call 9-1-1
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    so make sure that you
    notify the authorities
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    and you get help there
    as quick as possible.
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    There is no doubt students
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    that are throughout this country,
    they are living in fear,
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    they are afraid to go to school tomorrow,
    what would you say to those students?
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    Go to school, live your lives as normal,
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    because if you change,
    your basically giving that shooter,
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    whoever is doing these acts,
    what they wanted.
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    They want things to change;
    they want that attention.
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    Go about your life as normal,
    don't let them win.
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    Well we appreciate all the advice
    you have given today
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    and we want to make sure that we
    make application with what we hear
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    so that we can be better prepared and
    understand situations a little bit better,
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    pertaining to youth violence.
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    Thank you again, Deputy Arthur,
    for being here,
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    thank you for your service to the
    Bradley County Sheriff's Office,
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    for protecting and serving
    in our community, we appreciate that.
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    Thanks sir, My pleasure.
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    (Piano music playing)
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    The words you've seen
    are such a beautiful message.
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    "For God so loved the world
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    that He gave his only begotten son,
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    that whosoever believeth in him,
    should not perish,
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    but have everlasting life."
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    Because they are not of a language
    we speak or read,
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    most of us could not understand them.
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    The Victory Leaders Band
    is tasked with raising funds
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    to print and translate the gospel message
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    to reach every area
    and language of the world.
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    Through the fundraising efforts
    of young people like you,
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    this beautiful gospel is printed,
    translated, and sent to souls
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    who need to know the peace, comfort, joy,
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    and salvation that only comes from God.
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    We encourage you to
    raise a special offering
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    for outreach literature.
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    These donations, in addition to
    our monthly offerings,
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    are vital as we help
    lost souls of the world
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    hear about Jesus Christ.
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    Will you help us publish his Word today?
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    Perhaps some of you
    watching today are victims.
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    Victims of what, you may ask?
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    Of fear.
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    Paralyzed by fear,
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    dreading to walk into
    your school tomorrow,
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    wondering if you will have to face
    the nightmare that other students lived.
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    2 Timothy 1:7 says,
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    "For God hath not given us
    the spirit of fear,
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    but of power, and of love,
    and of a sound mind.
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    The fear you may be experiencing
    did not come from God,
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    but from the enemy of our souls
    seeking to destroy our peace
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    and shake our faith.
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    John 16:33 says,
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    "These things I have spoken unto you,
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    that in me ye might have peace.
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    In the world ye have tribulation
    but be of good cheer,
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    I have overcome the world."
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    What better way to close this episode
    than with the Words of Christ?
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    Can you bow your heads
    with me, and let's pray.
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    Our Father, which art in Heaven,
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    Lord we come to you this day,
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    we thank you, Father,
    that we can run to you
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    in our time of trouble,
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    Lord you are our high tower,
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    And Father, we can find shelter
    and peace in you
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    and Lord, I pray for those that are
    watching right now
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    that you would just bring peace
    to their hearts
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    Lord, You know of all of the students
    that are watching this episode
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    that are afraid to
    go into their school tomorrow.
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    Afraid that some violent crime
    is going to happen there in that place
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    or somebody is going to come in
    and do awful things
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    but God I pray that you just send
    your Comforter to them,
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    send your peace to them right now.
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    Father, and reassure them that
    You are in control of tomorrow.
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    You are already there.
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    And God I pray that you
    would just minister to them,
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    you know what they have need of right now
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    Lord you know what's on
    their hearts what's on their mind, God,
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    and I pray that you
    would meet their needs
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    and bring an overwhelming
    peace to them right now, we pray,
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    in Jesus' name, Amen.
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    We would love to hear from you,
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    so send us an email with your thoughts
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    to gt@thechurchofgod.org,
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    or leave us a comment
    on our facebook or Twitter feeds.
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    Your feedback will help us
    to improve each episode
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    and we'll know what topics
    are important to you.
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    You can watch this and future
    episodes of Greater Things
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    on our website, through our mobile apps,
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    via our social media pages,
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    or by subscribing to our podcast feed.
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    Until next time,
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    keep your eyes firmly set on Jesus,
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    and get ready to see Him
    perform greater things
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    in your life.
Title:
GT Episode 11
Video Language:
English
Duration:
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