Series Code: IIW
Program Code: IIW019202A
00:20 >>John Bradshaw: This is It Is Written.
00:21 I'm John Bradshaw. Thanks for joining me.
00:24 ♪[dramatic music]♪
00:26 There's no other place like it in the entire world.
00:30 People flock here from all around the planet--
00:33 pilgrims, many of them.
00:34 They come to walk where Jesus walked,
00:37 to see places spoken of in the Bible,
00:40 to see where Jesus died,
00:42 or, just a few miles away in Bethlehem, where Jesus was born.
00:47 Unlike some historic sites in the world,
00:50 there's no doubt that this one is legitimate.
00:54 Jesus, the Son of Mary and Joseph,
00:57 the Son of David, the Son of God lived here.
01:03 Now, He didn't spend as much time here as many people think.
01:06 Matthew 9:1 describes Capernaum as Jesus' own city.
01:11 It was there in Capernaum on the north side of the Sea of Galilee
01:14 and in other places nearby that Jesus cast out demons,
01:18 healed the mother of Peter,
01:20 healed the man who was lowered through the roof of that home.
01:23 It was in Galilee that many of the disciples were called.
01:26 Some were fisherman, and they fished on the Sea of Galilee.
01:30 It was there, 70 miles from Jerusalem in a straight line--
01:34 and, of course, much further if you walked, like Jesus did--
01:37 that Jesus walked on water, that Peter walked on water,
01:41 that Jesus calmed the storm.
01:44 When Jesus spoke of the future of the church
01:46 and told Peter that He would build the church upon a rock,
01:49 the rock being Jesus Himself,
01:51 that was north of Capernaum in Caesarea Philippi.
01:55 The Sermon on the Mount on a hillside in Galilee,
01:58 not here in Jerusalem.
02:00 But there was something in Jerusalem
02:02 that drew Jesus here often:
02:04 the temple.
02:07 The temple in Jerusalem was first built by Solomon
02:11 and was destroyed some years later by Nebuchadnezzar.
02:15 That temple was rebuilt by exiles who returned to Jerusalem
02:19 from the Babylonian captivity.
02:21 It was refurbished by Herod the Great,
02:24 the ruler in Israel when Jesus was born.
02:28 That's the man who was so alarmed
02:29 by word that a king had been born in Bethlehem
02:32 that he ordered the killing of every baby boy
02:35 under the age of 2 in Bethlehem.
02:38 Herod was ruthless--and an incredible builder.
02:43 He built the fortress at Masada.
02:46 He built the royal complex called Herodium,
02:49 another colossal palace, fortress-type building,
02:52 where his own tomb was located by archaeologist Ehud Netzer.
02:56 He built a lot more, all of it grand,
02:59 including that third temple.
03:02 He was determined to make it a huge complex.
03:05 So he constructed--or at least he had constructed--
03:08 the Temple Mount,
03:10 an enormous platform upon which the temple would rest.
03:14 Enormous stones were used in the wall of the Temple Mount,
03:17 many of them weighing an estimated 120 tons,
03:21 or almost 109 tonnes in metric.
03:23 And some of those stones, much more.
03:26 He built the Western Wall,
03:28 where Jews still come to worship today.
03:31 When Jesus visited the temple during Passover,
03:34 it's said in John 2, verse 20,
03:36 that the temple had been under construction for 46 years.
03:40 When it was destroyed in 70 AD,
03:43 it's thought construction had been fully completed
03:46 only a few years earlier.
03:48 ♪[solemn music]♪
03:51 [machinery whirring]
03:54 Visit the Temple Mount today
03:56 and you're able to see prophecy fulfilled.
03:58 Of course, there's no temple on the Temple Mount now.
04:03 Jesus, speaking to His disciples in Matthew 24
04:07 from the Mount of Olives,
04:08 just across the Kidron Valley from here,
04:11 told His disciples that the temple would be destroyed
04:13 to the extent that there would not be one stone
04:16 left upon another.
04:18 I've been asked about that by people many times
04:20 who see the wall, very much intact, stones on top of stones,
04:25 and they wonder whether that prophecy failed.
04:28 But no, Jesus was speaking about the stones
04:31 in the buildings of the temple complex.
04:33 And if you come here today,
04:34 you're able to see some of those same stones,
04:37 pushed off the Temple Mount, lying in piles today.
04:40 ♪[foreboding Middle Eastern instrumental music]♪
04:47 In the 2nd century AD, the Roman emperor Hadrian
04:50 built a temple for the worship of Jupiter on the Temple Mount,
04:55 later demolished by the emperor Constantine.
04:58 The area later became a rubbish dump.
05:00 But today, the Temple Mount is home to the Al-Aqsa Mosque,
05:04 considered to be the third holiest site in Islam,
05:07 and the magnificent Dome of the Rock.
05:11 It was completed in around 691 AD
05:14 and then rebuilt a little over 300 years later.
05:18 It's the most recognized landmark in Jerusalem today.
05:24 Now, there's no shortage of controversy and tension
05:27 in Jerusalem concerning the Temple Mount.
05:30 There are some Jews and some Christians, too,
05:32 who believe that the Jewish temple will be rebuilt here.
05:37 Now, the question is asked,
05:38 how can that possibly happen when the site is currently
05:41 under Muslim control?
05:43 That's a fair question.
05:45 And then there are those who ask whether the temple
05:47 even needs to be rebuilt,
05:48 considering that Jesus brought about an end
05:51 of the sacrificial system when He died on the cross
05:54 as the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.
06:03 Jesus came and went from the temple
06:05 that stood on the Temple Mount during His life and ministry.
06:08 It was there that Jesus overturned
06:10 the money changers' tables.
06:12 It was on the steps just in front of the Temple Mount
06:15 that Jesus anointed a blind man's eyes with dirt and saliva
06:20 and had him go and wash his eyes in the Pool of Siloam,
06:22 which the man did-- it was very nearby.
06:25 The man received his sight.
06:27 It was on that same Temple Mount when,
06:29 as a 12-year-old,
06:31 Jesus engaged the religious leaders in a discussion.
06:35 His parents had left town,
06:37 not realizing that they had failed to bring Jesus with them.
06:42 That was all right there.
06:44 But another very significant event happened on that same spot
06:49 2,000 years earlier,
06:51 an event that prefigured the coming of Jesus to this world.
06:55 Let's take a look at that story now.
06:57 It's a story of faith, great faith.
06:59 Well, some great faith and a fair amount of faithlessness.
07:04 But it's a story in which faith triumphs.
07:08 It's a challenging story.
07:10 But this story announces that Jesus would come to the world
07:12 to save us from our sins.
07:15 ♪[instrumental music]♪
07:23 God promised elderly Abram,
07:26 whose name was later changed to Abraham,
07:29 that he would have a son.
07:31 In fact, God told the old man that his descendants
07:33 would become a great nation.
07:36 The Bible says the Lord visited Abraham in Mamre,
07:40 which was located southwest of Jerusalem,
07:42 down near Hebron.
07:44 "And He said, 'I will certainly return to you
07:47 according to the time of life,
07:49 and behold, Sarah your wife shall have a son.'
07:53 (Sarah was listening in the tent door which was behind him.)"
07:57 That's Genesis 18:10.
07:59 The next verse says, "Now Abraham and Sarah were old,
08:03 well advanced in age;
08:05 and Sarah had passed the age of childbearing."
08:09 God stated a physical impossibility, and Sarah reacted
08:14 as many people do when they're confronted by God's power,
08:18 God's promises, God's Word.
08:21 "Oh, there's no way in the world
08:22 a big fish could possibly have swallowed up Jonah."
08:25 "How could a virgin possibly conceive?"
08:29 "Really? Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead?"
08:33 There are a lot of doubters.
08:35 "How could God possibly forgive me of my sins?"
08:38 Same thing.
08:39 When God speaks-- and He has spoken--
08:42 the right way to respond is by exercising faith in God's Word.
08:48 But that's not what Sarah did.
08:51 "Therefore Sarah laughed within herself, saying,
08:54 'After I have grown old, shall I have pleasure,
08:57 my lord being old also?'
08:59 And the Lord said to Abraham,
09:01 'Why did Sarah laugh, saying,
09:04 "Shall I surely bear a child, since I am old?"
09:07 Is anything too hard for the Lord?
09:09 At the appointed time I will return to you,
09:12 according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son.'"
09:17 Now, there's a question:
09:19 Is there anything too hard for the Lord?
09:21 God had spoken, so, it would happen.
09:27 There's nothing too hard for the Lord.
09:30 Believe that and you'll be in good shape.
09:33 I'll be right back.
09:43 >>John: Jesus said He came into the world
09:45 to give us a more abundant life.
09:48 And you can have that by making simple changes
09:50 that bring profound results.
09:52 And with that in mind, I'd like to offer you a special book.
09:54 It's called "Confidence in Chaos."
09:56 If you want to get your heart right with God,
09:58 this is the book that's going to set you on the path
10:00 to that place.
10:01 In order to get this book, call right now.
10:02 The number is 1-800-253-3000,
10:06 and simply ask for "Confidence in Chaos,"
10:09 or visit us online at iiwoffer.com.
10:14 >>John Bradshaw: Thanks for joining me today
10:15 on It Is Written.
10:17 Jerusalem, the city of peace.
10:20 Well, of course, over the last number of years
10:23 it hasn't been a city of a lot of peace.
10:26 Jerusalem, most of it, was under the control of Jordan
10:30 until the Six-Day War in 1967.
10:33 At that time, a large amount of territory was taken,
10:36 including the old city of Jerusalem.
10:39 Jews hadn't held the old city
10:41 for hundreds and hundreds of years.
10:43 And when Israeli soldiers made it to the wall
10:46 of the Temple Mount, they wept.
10:49 Which is why the Western Wall is referred to today
10:51 as the Wailing Wall.
10:54 And since then,
10:55 there hasn't been anything resembling real peace,
10:57 in spite of many attempts at securing peace.
11:00 Jesus is referred to as the Prince of Peace,
11:04 and you're left thinking that surely the only way
11:07 to real peace in this part of the world is Jesus Himself.
11:12 And this is a city of miracles,
11:14 and a city where great faith was demonstrated again and again
11:17 in Bible times.
11:19 The Pool of Bethesda is here in Jerusalem.
11:21 It's been excavated,
11:22 so it's possible to see just what it was like in Bible times.
11:26 In John chapter 5, we read an account of a man
11:29 who was at the Pool of Bethesda waiting for, as the Bible says,
11:32 "the moving of the water."
11:34 He'd been suffering from a physical problem for 38 years.
11:38 And Jesus saw him there.
11:41 Now, keep in mind, Jesus didn't go from Galilee to Jerusalem
11:45 for the purpose of healing.
11:47 He was there, well, here, for the feast.
11:50 But He saw this man suffering, and His heart was touched.
11:53 Jesus' heart is still touched by suffering.
11:56 It was touched by the plight of this man.
11:58 And if you're going through something,
12:00 remember, He's touched by your plight as well.
12:03 There's no hardship that you go through
12:05 that Jesus doesn't notice, that doesn't touch His heart.
12:08 And on this day at the Pool of Bethesda,
12:11 Jesus' heart was touched.
12:13 He said to the man, "Do you want to be made whole?"
12:17 And here's where the man told Jesus
12:19 about this interesting tradition that when the water was troubled
12:22 in some mystical way,
12:25 that the first person put into the pool would be healed.
12:28 But here was the source of life and healing,
12:31 the Creator and Re-Creator,
12:33 and He longed to give the man true healing.
12:36 Jesus said, "Rise, take up your bed, and walk."
12:42 Now, what would you do if you were in the man's situation?
12:45 You've been ill or disabled for 38 years,
12:47 and someone you've never met says to you,
12:50 "Take up your bed and walk."
12:52 You might doubt.
12:54 You might think the man was out of his mind.
12:57 But this man exercised faith.
12:59 He heard the word of Jesus and believed it,
13:03 acted upon it.
13:04 He heard the word, and he did what the word said.
13:08 That's faith.
13:10 And as he exercised faith, the Bible says,
13:14 "Immediately the man was made whole,
13:16 and took up his bed, and walked."
13:20 And there's another great story of faith
13:23 that has its culmination in Jerusalem.
13:26 It started a couple of hours away in a place called Mamre.
13:29 God spoke to Abraham,
13:31 known today as the "father of the faithful,"
13:34 and told Abraham that he would become a father,
13:38 and that his elderly wife would give birth to a son.
13:42 When God told Abraham that, Abraham was flabbergasted.
13:46 Sarah, previously Sarai, laughed.
13:50 You might understand why.
13:52 They just couldn't understand how, at their advanced age,
13:57 they were going to welcome a baby boy into their home.
14:00 But God said they would, and the same God had asked the question,
14:05 "Is [there] anything too hard for the Lord?"
14:08 Now, that's something you want to remember.
14:10 When you get into a scrape, when you get into a tough place,
14:14 when it seems like things aren't going well,
14:16 remember that God is with you.
14:19 And that there is nothing too hard for the Lord.
14:23 Now, why did God choose Abraham for this?
14:27 Genesis 18:19 tells us, "I have known him,
14:31 in order that he may command his children
14:33 and his household after him,
14:34 that they keep the way of the Lord,
14:37 to do righteousness and [judgment],
14:39 that the Lord may bring to Abraham
14:42 what He has spoken to him."
14:43 You know, it's interesting that Abraham wasn't always
14:46 a man of great faith.
14:48 He went to a place called Gerar.
14:50 Of course, Sarah was with him,
14:52 but he explained that his wife was actually his sister.
14:56 As a consequence, the king, Abimelech,
14:59 took Abraham's beautiful wife to be his own.
15:03 It wasn't until God appeared to Abimelech in a dream
15:06 and told him that he had taken another man's wife
15:10 that he returned Sarah to Abraham--and rebuked Abraham.
15:14 Seems Abimelech acted with more honor in this situation
15:17 than Abraham, the father of the faithful, did.
15:21 You see, Abraham evidently was scared that his wife
15:23 would be forcibly taken from him
15:25 and that he would be harmed in the process.
15:27 Seems that in Abraham's mind,
15:30 it was preferable that his wife be violated rather than him.
15:34 The father of the faithful?
15:37 Seems like he wasn't acting that way,
15:39 except we'll remember a couple of things.
15:41 People grow in their faith,
15:42 and people of faith can make mistakes.
15:46 But when God brought the big test to Abraham,
15:50 Abraham didn't stumble.
15:52 I'll have that in just a moment.
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16:33 >>John: It's one of the great stories of the Bible:
16:35 a shepherd boy against a giant.
16:38 It's a story that speaks to your story,
16:40 human beings weakened by years of sin
16:42 up against an enemy with years of experience in sin.
16:46 I'm John Bradshaw.
16:47 Join me on location in Israel for "David and Goliath."
16:51 We'll go to the Valley of Elah,
16:52 where the conflict between Judah and the Philistines took place.
16:56 We'll visit the stream where David selected five stones
16:59 and see the hillsides
17:00 on which Israel and the Philistines camped.
17:03 The Bible comes alive in "David and Goliath."
17:06 Faith in the face of darkness,
17:08 faith in the midst of faithlessness and failure,
17:10 and reliance upon God when all other hope is gone.
17:14 "David and Goliath," filmed on location in Israel.
17:18 Hope in the midst of trials, the power of a mighty God,
17:22 deliverance when deliverance is needed.
17:25 Don't miss "David and Goliath,"
17:27 brought to you by It Is Written TV.
17:33 >>John Bradshaw: Passing his wife off as his sister
17:36 wasn't the only serious mistake Abraham made.
17:40 This happened because Abraham and Sarah decided
17:43 that God needed some help.
17:45 They knew that God had said Sarah would have a baby
17:48 in her old age.
17:49 But Sarah figured that would never happen.
17:52 So she suggested that Abraham take her handmaid Hagar
17:56 and have a child with Hagar.
17:58 Now, Abraham very obviously should have told his wife
18:00 that that was a terrible idea,
18:01 but instead he agreed, and Ishmael was born.
18:06 But immediately this caused all kinds of problems.
18:09 And it still does.
18:11 The descendants of Isaac and Ishmael
18:13 have been at each other ever since.
18:16 The trouble in the Middle East today?
18:18 Isaac's descendants against Ishmael's descendants.
18:22 If Sarah hadn't tried to help God,
18:26 history would have turned out very differently.
18:29 Abraham was a hundred years old when Isaac was born.
18:32 Sarah was 90 or 91.
18:35 When they believed God, trusted God,
18:39 they demonstrated faith,
18:41 and their faith in God was very clearly vindicated.
18:44 Sarah had a baby boy, and he was the child of promise.
18:49 Ishmael could never be the child of promise
18:51 because taking Hagar was not an act of faith.
18:55 God said Sarah would give birth.
18:58 He didn't say anything about Hagar.
19:00 As impossible as it seemed, when God said,
19:03 "Sarah will bear a child,"
19:05 all they needed to do was believe that,
19:07 and it would be done, because God had said so.
19:10 And that's faith,
19:12 believing that what God says will happen because God said so.
19:17 You don't need further evidence,
19:20 just faith that God can do what He says He can do.
19:24 But it's in Genesis chapter 22
19:25 that things really get tough for Abraham.
19:30 Based on his previous failures, you might think he'd fail here.
19:34 God brings a severe test.
19:38 Starting in verse 1:
19:39 "Now it came to pass after these things that God tested Abraham,
19:44 and said to him, 'Abraham!'
19:46 And he said, 'Here I am.'
19:48 Then He said, 'Take now your son,
19:50 your only son Isaac, whom you love,
19:54 and go to the land of Moriah,
19:56 and offer him there as a burnt offering
19:58 on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.'"
20:02 Imagine that.
20:03 God said, "Sacrifice your son."
20:07 And in spite of his previous failings,
20:10 Abraham doesn't fail this time.
20:13 Verse 3 says this:
20:15 "So Abraham rose early in the morning and saddled his donkey,
20:19 and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son;
20:24 and he split the wood for the burnt offering,
20:26 and arose and went to the place of which God had told him."
20:30 Verse 4:
20:31 "Then on the third day Abraham lifted his eyes
20:35 and saw the place afar off."
20:37 The place he saw was Mount Moriah,
20:40 which is where the Temple Mount stands today.
20:44 And so you can imagine,
20:45 Abraham having traveled about three days with his son,
20:49 now starting slowly to ascend the mountain.
20:51 In fact, it's, it's really little more than a hill.
20:55 So he's traveling up the hill with his son,
20:59 with a heavy heart, knowing what he has to do.
21:02 Interestingly, Muslims believe it was Ishmael
21:05 that Abraham took to the top of Mount Moriah to sacrifice.
21:08 But the Bible says it was Abraham and Isaac.
21:12 "And Abraham said to his young men,
21:15 'Stay here with the donkey;
21:17 the lad and I will go yonder and worship,
21:20 and we will come back to you.'"
21:22 Now, that's interesting.
21:23 He knew what God had asked,
21:26 but he believed that God would raise Isaac from the dead.
21:30 It says this in Hebrews 11:
21:32 "By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac,
21:38 and he who had received the promises offered up
21:40 his only begotten son, of whom it was said,
21:43 'In Isaac your seed shall be called,'
21:46 concluding that God was able to raise him up,
21:49 even from the dead,
21:51 from which he also received him in a figurative sense."
21:54 But still,
21:55 this was a colossal struggle for the loving father Abraham.
22:00 Back to Genesis chapter 22.
22:02 "So Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering
22:05 and laid it on Isaac his son;
22:08 and he took the fire in his hand,
22:09 and a knife, and the two of them went together.
22:13 But Isaac spoke to Abraham his father and said,
22:16 'My father!' And he said, 'Here I am, my son.'
22:19 Then he said, 'Look, the fire and the wood,
22:23 but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?'"
22:26 Now, notice these beautiful words:
22:28 "And Abraham said, 'My son, God will provide for Himself
22:34 the lamb for a burnt offering.'
22:37 So the two of them went together.
22:39 Then they came to the place of which God had told him.
22:42 And Abraham built an altar there
22:44 and placed the wood in order;
22:46 and he bound Isaac his son and laid him on the altar,
22:49 upon the wood.
22:51 And Abraham stretched out his hand
22:54 and took the knife to slay his son."
22:56 So how do you do that?
22:59 Well, faith.
23:01 God had said Isaac was the child of promise.
23:05 So, very clearly, the boy's life couldn't come to an end.
23:09 God had spoken, and Abraham believed God.
23:13 As Romans 4, verse 3 says,
23:16 "For what does the Scripture say? 'Abraham believed God,
23:19 and it was accounted to him for righteousness.'"
23:22 And as Abraham was in the throes of taking his son's life,
23:27 God intervened.
23:30 "The Angel of the Lord called to him from heaven and said,
23:33 'Abraham, Abraham!' So he said, 'Here I am.'
23:38 And He said, 'Do not lay your hand on the lad,
23:41 or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear God,
23:45 since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from me.'"
23:51 "Now I know...you fear God."
23:54 And why was that?
23:55 Because you believed,
23:57 and you demonstrated that belief by your actions.
24:00 You believed, and you obeyed.
24:03 You believed, and you showed that belief in your life.
24:09 So how are things with you?
24:11 Are you living a life of faith?
24:13 Are you living "by every word
24:14 that proceeds from the mouth of God"?
24:16 That's what faith is. It's trusting God.
24:18 It's taking God at His word.
24:21 That's what Abraham chose to do.
24:24 Now, if you'd like another example of great faith,
24:27 think about Isaac.
24:28 A young man more than likely in his late teens.
24:30 His father says, "God has told me to sacrifice you."
24:35 Now, what would you have done?
24:37 No one would have blamed Isaac if he'd jumped up and,
24:39 jumped up and run off and said, "Dad, you're crazy!"
24:42 But that's not what he did. He submitted to his father.
24:44 Which tells us at least three things.
24:46 One, he loved his dad.
24:48 Two, he trusted and respected his dad.
24:51 And three, Abraham had lived the kind of life as a daddy
24:55 that inspired faithfulness in his son Isaac.
24:59 I think there's a lesson there for parents everywhere.
25:02 And the story ends with a truly beautiful verse.
25:05 Abraham had said to his son,
25:06 "[My] God [shall] provide Himself
25:09 a lamb for a burnt offering."
25:11 That's exactly what God did.
25:12 ♪[soft music]♪
25:14 Genesis 22:13, "Then Abraham lifted his eyes and looked,
25:19 and there behind him was a ram caught in a thicket
25:23 by its horns.
25:25 So Abraham went and took the ram,
25:28 and offered it up for a burnt offering instead of his son."
25:32 [traffic noise and indistinct voices in background]
25:34 And what was this?
25:36 This was prefiguring Jesus,
25:38 who would die for the sins of the world.
25:40 God did give Himself a Lamb for a burnt offering:
25:43 Jesus, God in the flesh, who died for the sins of the world.
25:48 And He did so pretty much in exactly the same place
25:51 that Abraham offered that ram.
25:54 A beautiful story, a story of faith.
25:57 Is anything too hard for the Lord?
25:59 No, nothing.
26:01 An elderly woman giving birth?
26:03 If that's God's will, sure.
26:05 A patriarch choosing to offer up his son?
26:08 Yes, because the man had faith.
26:12 Do you have faith in God?
26:14 Real faith?
26:15 Not just church-once-a-week faith, but real faith?
26:19 I've decided to follow Jesus.
26:21 His Word is my will.
26:22 When the Bible says it, I believe it.
26:24 And I want God's will done in my life.
26:27 What a beautiful story of faith.
26:29 And Abraham's story of faith can be your story.
26:36 >>John: Jesus said He came into the world to give us
26:38 a more abundant life,
26:40 and you can have that by making simple changes
26:42 that bring profound results.
26:44 And with that in mind, I'd like to offer you a special book.
26:47 It's called "Confidence in Chaos."
26:49 If you want to get your heart right with God,
26:51 this is the book that's going to set you on the path
26:52 to that place.
26:53 In order to get this book, call right now.
26:55 The number is 1-800-253-3000,
26:59 and simply ask for "Confidence in Chaos,"
27:02 or visit us online at iiwoffer.com.
27:07 >>John Bradshaw: Let's pray together now.
27:09 Our Father in heaven,
27:10 we come to You in the name of Jesus, and we thank You.
27:12 We thank You for the gift of faith.
27:15 And we pray, as the disciples pray,
27:17 "Increase our faith."
27:19 Friend, is there something for which you need more faith?
27:23 Is there a struggle you're having where,
27:24 where you can't see God, where you're battling to see God?
27:27 Or are you drifting, and you're not living your life
27:30 on the Word of God?
27:31 Tell God now, "I want faith.
27:34 I want to lean on Your Word. I want to stand on Jesus."
27:38 Believe His promises. Believe the Bible.
27:41 Father in heaven, we thank You. We thank You for faith.
27:44 Grow our faith, we pray, in Jesus' name.
27:50 Thanks so much for joining me today.
27:51 I'm looking forward to seeing you again next time.
27:54 Until then, remember:
27:56 "It is written, 'Man shall not live by bread alone,
28:00 but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.'"
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