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Frequently Asked Questions: Why Do Bad Things Happen to Good People?

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  • - Bil Cornelius: Some people
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  • say, "I'm going through
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  • such hell, I'm going through
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  • such difficult--God, can you
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  • just come back and take us
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  • all home?"
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  • Wouldn't that be easier?
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  • Wouldn't that be
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  • the loving thing for God to do
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  • right now in the middle
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  • of your mess, right?
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  • Actually, that would not be
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  • the loving thing to do.
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  • Let me tell you why.
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  • 'Cause the moment he does that,
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  • the person that you love
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  • that you've been trying
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  • to witness to that doesn't know
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  • Jesus yet, no longer has
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  • a chance.
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  • - Bil: You are the church
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  • - Bil: Welcome.
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  • Great to have you here today!
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  • Thanks for joining us.
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  • We're continuing
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  • the series called,
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  • "Frequently Asked Questions,"
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  • you know.
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  • It's been a really fun series
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  • and we're talking
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  • about the question today.
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  • It's one of the biggest
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  • questions people have,
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  • is that why is life unfair?
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  • Why does the jerk at work get
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  • the promotion?
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  • Why does the good guy get
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  • dumped?
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  • Why does
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  • the hell-raising party animal
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  • person never have a problem
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  • and then the nun gets hit
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  • by a bus, right?
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  • And so, it's very tough
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  • to figure out because there's
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  • not a one-to-one correspondence
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  • of good or bad that happens
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  • in our lives
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  • based upon whether we're
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  • good or bad.
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  • And so this makes it difficult
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  • to understand.
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  • And so, why is it that life
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  • really is unfair at times?
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  • Let's look
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  • at our first key verse
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  • for today, John 16:33.
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  • It says, "I have told you
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  • all this so that you will have
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  • peace of heart and mind.
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  • Here on earth you will have
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  • many trials and sorrows;
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  • but cheer up,
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  • for I have overcome
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  • the world."
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  • Now, the reason why I wanna
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  • start with this is
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  • because I think many of us have
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  • this unwritten contract
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  • in our mind that we think
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  • we've signed and that God
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  • has signed too but he's not.
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  • And the unwritten contract
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  • goes like this.
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  • If I love God and if I'm
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  • a Christian, problems won't
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  • come my way.
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  • But that's
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  • just not in the Bible.
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  • In fact, actually, I would say
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  • that if you really love God
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  • and you're a Christian honoring
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  • him, problems will come
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  • your way because you love God
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  • and because you're a Christian
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  • and because you're trying
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  • to honor him.
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  • So actually, sometimes,
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  • that actually introduces
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  • problems into your lives
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  • because there's
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  • a spiritual enemy that wants
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  • to take you out
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  • because now you're a problem
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  • to him.
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  • Well, let's take it
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  • to the very beginning
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  • in Genesis chapter 1.
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  • Genesis chapter 1,
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  • God said this.
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  • "God saw all that he had made,
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  • and it was very good."
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  • The first thing you need to know
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  • is that everything God made
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  • is good.
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  • And so he did not create
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  • anything evil.
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  • He did not create
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  • a bad circumstance.
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  • God did not send something bad
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  • into your life that he created.
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  • But here's the tricky part.
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  • When God created us, he did not
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  • make you and I robots.
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  • We are people with choices.
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  • And so God gave us
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  • the scariest gift of all time,
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  • was one simple thing.
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  • He gave you and I the ability
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  • to choose.
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  • He gave you and I free choice.
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  • And when he gave
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  • you and I free will, that was
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  • the scariest gift of all.
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  • But the only way we can
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  • really love someone is
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  • if we can love them freely.
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  • Otherwise, it's not love.
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  • The only way we can ever choose
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  • God is to have the ability
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  • to choose not to follow God.
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  • The only way we can ever choose
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  • to worship him is be able
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  • to choose not to.
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  • The only way you know
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  • if your kids are good or bad is
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  • if they have a choice.
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  • You really don't know
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  • if your kids are good or bad
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  • until you've done what?
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  • Taken those keys
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  • to that newly turned 16-year-old
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  • and dropped them
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  • in their hands.
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  • And they can drive off
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  • and, at some point, do
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  • what they want.
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  • And you're not around to see it,
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  • good or bad, right?
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  • And so, in the same way God gave
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  • us free choice.
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  • It's a scary thing
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  • 'cause when he did that he knew
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  • some of us would choose,
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  • well, actually all of us would
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  • choose at some point to do
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  • something wrong also.
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  • And Adam and Eve
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  • did that, right?
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  • God said, "Hey, you got
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  • this whole garden.
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  • Everything's plush.
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  • It's beautiful.
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  • It's awesome.
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  • Adam, here's your beautiful
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  • naked wife, right?"
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  • And so Adam clearly was
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  • an idiot.
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  • He's got a naked woman
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  • in front of him and he goes
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  • and tries to find some fruit
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  • to eat.
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  • What are you thinking, dude?
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  • That's a whole 'nother issue,
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  • but Adam and Eve
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  • eventually found
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  • the forbidden fruit and Eve was
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  • tempted by the devil to eat it.
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  • She then enticed her husband
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  • to join and so they both
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  • took part in this sin
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  • and so now they brought sin
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  • into the world.
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  • Now, before you give them
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  • too hard of a time,
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  • if it would have been you or I,
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  • we'd have done the same thing.
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  • 'Cause here's the thing.
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  • Adam had the ability to do
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  • nothing but right
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  • and so did Eve.
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  • But we all know that they
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  • weren't gonna do nothing
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  • but right, right?
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  • So they had the ability to be
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  • perfect but we know they weren't
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  • going to be.
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  • Jesus, by the way, when he was
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  • born into the world,
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  • had the ability to sin,
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  • but we knew he wasn't going to.
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  • See how that works?
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  • So Adam had the ability to be
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  • perfect, but he was not
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  • going to.
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  • Jesus had the ability to be
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  • not perfect but he was
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  • not going to.
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  • And so that's
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  • kind of how that works
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  • and so, basically, Adam and Eve
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  • entered this world.
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  • They sinned and when they
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  • sinned, that created
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  • consequence.
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  • A consequence of the sin is not
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  • just the fact that God is not
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  • happy with us
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  • but also that introduced evil
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  • into the world.
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  • Now, there are two kinds of evil
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  • and here's where things get
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  • a little bit complicated.
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  • The first kind of evil is
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  • moral evil.
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  • This one's kind of easy
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  • to figure out, right?
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  • This is when we choose to do
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  • the wrong thing.
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  • This is when we lie, cheat,
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  • steal, betray someone, right?
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  • This is why there's groups
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  • called ISIS, this is why there's
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  • evil men like Adolf Hitler
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  • or this is why there are people,
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  • you know, like Gacy who killed
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  • a bunch of people,
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  • that's why there's people who do
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  • horrible things, right?
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  • Because of moral evil.
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  • Because people make choices.
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  • Romans 3:23 says,
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  • "For all have sinned and fall
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  • short of the glory of God."
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  • And so, this is how evil entered
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  • the world.
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  • Deuteronomy 11:26 says, "Today
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  • I am giving you the choice
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  • between a blessing and a curse!"
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  • This is what God says to you
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  • and me.
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  • He said "You will be blessed
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  • if you obey the commands
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  • of the Lord your God
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  • that I am giving you today.
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  • You will receive a curse
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  • if you reject the commands
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  • of the Lord your God
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  • and turn from his way."
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  • So he says, "Look, the choice
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  • is yours.
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  • You can honor me
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  • and you'll be blessed.
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  • You can not honor me
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  • and you will be cursed."
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  • This is not that different,
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  • parents, than what we do
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  • with our kids.
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  • "Okay, I need
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  • the room cleaned, right?
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  • And so you can choose,
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  • blessings or curses, right?
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  • I'm gonna come back in an hour.
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  • I need that room clean.
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  • If it's not clean, there will be
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  • curses coming your way, right?
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  • If it is clean, there will be
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  • blessings coming
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  • your way, right?"
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  • This is not really different
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  • than what God has done
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  • for you and I.
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  • Now, here's where it gets
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  • a little more complicated today.
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  • So we got moral evil but there's
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  • also natural evil.
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  • This is where life seems unfair.
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  • Romans 8:22 says, "For we know
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  • that up to the present time
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  • all of creation groans with pain
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  • like the pain of childbirth."
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  • Look at Genesis chapter 3,
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  • verse 17.
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  • Because Adam and Eve chose
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  • to sin, right, that plush garden
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  • was no longer gonna be
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  • that plush anymore.
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  • In fact, look what it says.
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  • It says, "Cursed is the ground
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  • because of you;
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  • through painful toil you will
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  • eat of it all the days
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  • of your life.
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  • It will produce thorns
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  • and thistles for you,
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  • and you will eat the plants
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  • of the field."
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  • Now, thorns and thistles
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  • were not there until Adam
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  • and Eve chose to sin.
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  • It says, "By the sweat
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  • of your brow you will eat
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  • your food until you return
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  • to the ground, since from it you
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  • were taken; for dust you are
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  • and to dust you will return."
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  • So he says, "Hey, look, before,
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  • the Garden was always perfect.
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  • The soil was just right to plant
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  • anything you wanted.
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  • It grew beautiful vegetation.
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  • It grew beautiful, you know,
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  • fruits and flowers
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  • and all kinds of stuff.
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  • But now, Adam,
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  • the ground's gonna be hard.
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  • It's not gonna be as easy
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  • as it once was.
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  • Adam and Eve
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  • in their relationship,
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  • used to be real natural,
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  • always good, always great
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  • and all of a sudden
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  • it says what?
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  • Eve, you're gonna think
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  • you need Adam more than you do.
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  • He's gonna rule you.
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  • It didn't say that
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  • until after this, right?
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  • Now, he was always to lead her
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  • but not rule her, not run her,
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  • not dominate her.
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  • And when sin enters
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  • a relationship,
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  • someone tries to dominate
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  • the other person, right?
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  • And so this is
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  • where--how we know sin has
  • 00:07:32.190 --> 00:07:33.180
  • entered the world.
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  • So we understand the moral side
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  • but the tricky part is
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  • the natural side.
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  • And so here's the thing that's
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  • crazy.
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  • Go with me here, if you will,
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  • okay?
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  • When they chose to sin, the seed
  • 00:07:40.220 --> 00:07:43.220
  • of their sin entered creation.
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  • So now the ground that was soft
  • 00:07:47.150 --> 00:07:49.080
  • is now hard.
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  • Now the ground that was perfect
  • 00:07:50.180 --> 00:07:52.020
  • now has earthquakes.
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  • Now there's such things
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  • as hurricanes.
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  • Now there's--now when we have
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  • kids, we're not
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  • just passing down our genes
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  • that have no sin in them,
  • 00:07:59.010 --> 00:08:00.210
  • now we're passing down our genes
  • 00:08:00.210 --> 00:08:02.040
  • that have sin in them,
  • 00:08:02.040 --> 00:08:03.220
  • which means what?
  • 00:08:03.220 --> 00:08:04.200
  • Now you've got birth defects.
  • 00:08:04.200 --> 00:08:06.060
  • Now you've got cancer.
  • 00:08:06.060 --> 00:08:07.160
  • Now you've got disease.
  • 00:08:07.160 --> 00:08:09.000
  • Now you have
  • 00:08:09.000 --> 00:08:09.150
  • debilitating problems.
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  • Does this make sense, guys?
  • 00:08:10.280 --> 00:08:12.130
  • And so that gets passed down
  • 00:08:12.130 --> 00:08:13.180
  • from generation to generations.
  • 00:08:13.180 --> 00:08:15.080
  • And this is why someone
  • 00:08:15.080 --> 00:08:16.050
  • who seemingly is all healthy,
  • 00:08:16.050 --> 00:08:17.290
  • goes to gym every day,
  • 00:08:17.290 --> 00:08:19.020
  • eats salads every day for lunch
  • 00:08:19.020 --> 00:08:20.060
  • and they get cancer?
  • 00:08:20.060 --> 00:08:21.280
  • What?
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  • This doesn't make sense.
  • 00:08:22.190 --> 00:08:24.030
  • This seems unfair,
  • 00:08:24.030 --> 00:08:26.160
  • but, again, if you're
  • 00:08:26.160 --> 00:08:27.190
  • just looking in that one person
  • 00:08:27.190 --> 00:08:28.200
  • and the way they live
  • 00:08:28.200 --> 00:08:29.070
  • in that one moment in a vacuum,
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  • okay, I'll give you
  • 00:08:30.290 --> 00:08:31.150
  • the unfairness.
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  • But if you look at it
  • 00:08:32.000 --> 00:08:32.150
  • from the world perspective
  • 00:08:32.150 --> 00:08:33.250
  • of the fact that sin enters
  • 00:08:33.250 --> 00:08:34.180
  • the world and entered
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  • into our genes and then entered
  • 00:08:35.240 --> 00:08:37.040
  • into all of creation,
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  • then it's a crapshoot, guys.
  • 00:08:39.290 --> 00:08:42.290
  • It really is.
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  • And there's a lot of bad stuff
  • 00:08:44.250 --> 00:08:45.210
  • that happens in the world today
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  • and if you're like me, I look
  • 00:08:46.170 --> 00:08:47.120
  • at all the bad and the evil
  • 00:08:47.120 --> 00:08:48.250
  • in the world, I'm, like,
  • 00:08:48.250 --> 00:08:49.160
  • "Man, Lord, this is just bad."
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  • Now, some of the evil we
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  • can stop.
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  • I mean, if you're saying,
  • 00:08:52.110 --> 00:08:53.050
  • "Man, God, if you're
  • 00:08:53.050 --> 00:08:54.020
  • such a God of love
  • 00:08:54.020 --> 00:08:54.170
  • then why is ISIS there?"
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  • I think instead of us saying
  • 00:08:55.210 --> 00:08:57.110
  • to God, "God, why is ISIS
  • 00:08:57.110 --> 00:08:58.260
  • killing people," I think God
  • 00:08:58.260 --> 00:09:00.020
  • would look back at us and say,
  • 00:09:00.020 --> 00:09:00.270
  • "Yeah, why are you letting that
  • 00:09:00.270 --> 00:09:01.230
  • happen?"
  • 00:09:01.230 --> 00:09:04.000
  • I really believe that and I'm
  • 00:09:04.000 --> 00:09:04.230
  • gonna set aside my opinions
  • 00:09:04.230 --> 00:09:05.190
  • on that for now, but the reality
  • 00:09:05.190 --> 00:09:08.070
  • is that there are some evils
  • 00:09:08.070 --> 00:09:09.250
  • we can do something about,
  • 00:09:09.250 --> 00:09:11.070
  • that we can stop, right?
  • 00:09:11.070 --> 00:09:13.010
  • But then there's also some evils
  • 00:09:13.010 --> 00:09:14.220
  • that we just--we can't stop.
  • 00:09:14.220 --> 00:09:16.290
  • And I've discovered, and you've
  • 00:09:16.290 --> 00:09:18.240
  • probably discovered this
  • 00:09:18.240 --> 00:09:19.200
  • already too that there's--
  • 00:09:19.200 --> 00:09:20.230
  • no one's immune to this.
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  • You can't be rich
  • 00:09:22.140 --> 00:09:23.240
  • enough to avoid disease.
  • 00:09:23.240 --> 00:09:25.250
  • Life isn't fair to everybody.
  • 00:09:25.250 --> 00:09:28.000
  • None of us have it
  • 00:09:28.000 --> 00:09:29.100
  • perfectly fair all the time.
  • 00:09:29.100 --> 00:09:32.000
  • And so, moral evil is reality
  • 00:09:32.000 --> 00:09:33.260
  • and so is natural evil.
  • 00:09:33.260 --> 00:09:36.010
  • Look at 2 Corinthians 7,
  • 00:09:36.010 --> 00:09:37.050
  • verse 10, "For God sometimes
  • 00:09:37.050 --> 00:09:39.030
  • uses sorrow in our lives
  • 00:09:39.030 --> 00:09:40.090
  • to help us turn away from sin
  • 00:09:40.090 --> 00:09:41.190
  • and seek eternal life.
  • 00:09:41.190 --> 00:09:42.210
  • We should never regret
  • 00:09:42.210 --> 00:09:43.200
  • his sending it."
  • 00:09:43.200 --> 00:09:44.280
  • Now, he sends sorrow,
  • 00:09:44.280 --> 00:09:47.010
  • which means that's an emotion.
  • 00:09:47.010 --> 00:09:48.060
  • He doesn't send the evil
  • 00:09:48.060 --> 00:09:49.000
  • that may have caused it.
  • 00:09:49.000 --> 00:09:50.130
  • But he knows since we live
  • 00:09:50.130 --> 00:09:51.110
  • in an evil world,
  • 00:09:51.110 --> 00:09:52.070
  • it's going to happen.
  • 00:09:52.070 --> 00:09:52.260
  • So here's the good news
  • 00:09:52.260 --> 00:09:54.130
  • about your bad situation.
  • 00:09:54.130 --> 00:09:56.210
  • The good news
  • 00:09:56.210 --> 00:09:57.230
  • about your bad news is it leads
  • 00:09:57.230 --> 00:09:59.180
  • you to look to the good news
  • 00:09:59.180 --> 00:10:01.020
  • So the truth is, is most of us
  • 00:10:03.130 --> 00:10:04.150
  • would not be Christians today
  • 00:10:04.150 --> 00:10:05.170
  • if it was not for the fact
  • 00:10:05.170 --> 00:10:06.170
  • that things went bad
  • 00:10:06.170 --> 00:10:07.130
  • in our lives and made us
  • 00:10:07.130 --> 00:10:08.120
  • call out to God.
  • 00:10:08.120 --> 00:10:10.190
  • Most of us came to Jesus
  • 00:10:10.190 --> 00:10:11.210
  • because we were,
  • 00:10:11.210 --> 00:10:12.130
  • like, "Man, life is not working
  • 00:10:12.130 --> 00:10:14.080
  • for me very well.
  • 00:10:14.080 --> 00:10:15.180
  • Things are not going good.
  • 00:10:15.180 --> 00:10:16.270
  • My life is crumbling.
  • 00:10:16.270 --> 00:10:17.260
  • I need something else,"
  • 00:10:17.260 --> 00:10:19.110
  • and so we show up at church,
  • 00:10:19.110 --> 00:10:20.260
  • hoping there's something more
  • 00:10:20.260 --> 00:10:22.050
  • beyond us and then we discover
  • 00:10:22.050 --> 00:10:23.070
  • there is.
  • 00:10:23.070 --> 00:10:24.220
  • And that's how most of us found
  • 00:10:24.220 --> 00:10:25.140
  • Christ, is because of bad things
  • 00:10:25.140 --> 00:10:28.040
  • in our lives.
  • 00:10:28.040 --> 00:10:29.080
  • This verse helps me a lot,
  • 00:10:29.080 --> 00:10:30.160
  • Romans 8:28.
  • 00:10:30.160 --> 00:10:31.180
  • I hope this helps you too.
  • 00:10:31.180 --> 00:10:33.190
  • "And we know that in all things
  • 00:10:33.190 --> 00:10:34.080
  • God works for the good
  • 00:10:34.080 --> 00:10:35.090
  • of those who love him,
  • 00:10:35.090 --> 00:10:36.100
  • who have been called
  • 00:10:36.100 --> 00:10:37.060
  • according to his purpose."
  • 00:10:37.060 --> 00:10:38.250
  • So God even uses some bad things
  • 00:10:38.250 --> 00:10:40.170
  • in our lives to get
  • 00:10:40.170 --> 00:10:41.200
  • his purpose done.
  • 00:10:41.200 --> 00:10:42.140
  • For example, there's
  • 00:10:42.140 --> 00:10:43.140
  • probably someone you
  • 00:10:43.140 --> 00:10:44.120
  • really thought you were
  • 00:10:44.120 --> 00:10:45.090
  • in love with and was the person
  • 00:10:45.090 --> 00:10:46.170
  • for you and then they broke up
  • 00:10:46.170 --> 00:10:47.170
  • with you.
  • 00:10:47.170 --> 00:10:48.050
  • But if they wouldn't have,
  • 00:10:48.050 --> 00:10:48.210
  • you wouldn't be
  • 00:10:48.210 --> 00:10:49.050
  • with your spouse now.
  • 00:10:49.050 --> 00:10:51.110
  • So the reality is,
  • 00:10:51.110 --> 00:10:52.020
  • is that if they would have been
  • 00:10:52.020 --> 00:10:52.280
  • faithful or if they would have
  • 00:10:52.280 --> 00:10:54.010
  • been nice or if they wouldn't
  • 00:10:54.010 --> 00:10:55.050
  • have betrayed you,
  • 00:10:55.050 --> 00:10:56.010
  • if they wouldn't have broke up
  • 00:10:56.010 --> 00:10:56.230
  • with you, you wouldn't be with
  • 00:10:56.230 --> 00:10:57.190
  • who you are now.
  • 00:10:57.190 --> 00:10:59.130
  • Does that make sense?
  • 00:10:59.130 --> 00:11:01.160
  • Sometimes it's easy to see
  • 00:11:01.160 --> 00:11:02.090
  • God's protection if you missed
  • 00:11:02.090 --> 00:11:03.150
  • a flight and you found out later
  • 00:11:03.150 --> 00:11:04.290
  • the plane went down.
  • 00:11:04.290 --> 00:11:06.080
  • "Oh, wow, thank you,
  • 00:11:06.080 --> 00:11:07.010
  • Lord," right?
  • 00:11:07.010 --> 00:11:08.060
  • But most of us don't get to see
  • 00:11:08.060 --> 00:11:09.180
  • the other side of that.
  • 00:11:09.180 --> 00:11:11.020
  • We just see that something
  • 00:11:11.020 --> 00:11:12.000
  • didn't work out but you
  • 00:11:12.000 --> 00:11:12.200
  • don't know what God protected
  • 00:11:12.200 --> 00:11:13.080
  • you from.
  • 00:11:13.080 --> 00:11:14.280
  • I love
  • 00:11:14.280 --> 00:11:15.130
  • what Pastor Rick Warren says.
  • 00:11:15.130 --> 00:11:17.000
  • Maybe you're in the middle
  • 00:11:17.000 --> 00:11:17.250
  • of crisis.
  • 00:11:17.250 --> 00:11:18.100
  • He says, "When people ask me
  • 00:11:18.100 --> 00:11:19.200
  • in anger and frustration,
  • 00:11:19.200 --> 00:11:20.180
  • 'Where is God in all of this?'"
  • 00:11:20.180 --> 00:11:22.120
  • Whenever they're going
  • 00:11:22.120 --> 00:11:22.270
  • through something.
  • 00:11:22.270 --> 00:11:23.160
  • And he always smiles and says,
  • 00:11:23.160 --> 00:11:24.070
  • "In the Christians
  • 00:11:24.070 --> 00:11:25.040
  • all around you, helping you."
  • 00:11:25.040 --> 00:11:27.260
  • That's where God is
  • 00:11:27.260 --> 00:11:28.120
  • in all of this.
  • 00:11:28.120 --> 00:11:29.230
  • So you can trust that God
  • 00:11:29.230 --> 00:11:30.160
  • really is there,
  • 00:11:30.160 --> 00:11:31.120
  • even when things don't
  • 00:11:31.120 --> 00:11:32.230
  • seem to make sense.
  • 00:11:32.230 --> 00:11:35.100
  • Joseph in the Bible was betrayed
  • 00:11:35.100 --> 00:11:37.040
  • by his brothers
  • 00:11:37.040 --> 00:11:38.120
  • for the only reason he was
  • 00:11:38.120 --> 00:11:39.060
  • betrayed is 'cause his daddy
  • 00:11:39.060 --> 00:11:40.060
  • liked him more and that's
  • 00:11:40.060 --> 00:11:41.200
  • not really fair that his daddy
  • 00:11:41.200 --> 00:11:42.230
  • liked him more but sometimes
  • 00:11:42.230 --> 00:11:43.210
  • you think, "Oh, it must be nice
  • 00:11:43.210 --> 00:11:44.160
  • 'cause his daddy liked him
  • 00:11:44.160 --> 00:11:45.130
  • more," but actually, I think
  • 00:11:45.130 --> 00:11:46.120
  • that was probably worse
  • 00:11:46.120 --> 00:11:47.070
  • on him than better
  • 00:11:47.070 --> 00:11:48.210
  • 'cause his brothers hated him
  • 00:11:48.210 --> 00:11:49.220
  • for it, right?
  • 00:11:49.220 --> 00:11:50.290
  • And so then what happens?
  • 00:11:50.290 --> 00:11:52.240
  • His brothers betrayed him
  • 00:11:52.240 --> 00:11:54.090
  • and sold him into slavery.
  • 00:11:54.090 --> 00:11:55.220
  • I mean, you think you had
  • 00:11:55.220 --> 00:11:56.090
  • sibling rivalry.
  • 00:11:56.090 --> 00:11:57.100
  • Can you imagine your sibling
  • 00:11:57.100 --> 00:11:58.070
  • selling you to someone else?
  • 00:11:58.070 --> 00:12:00.290
  • Like, that's a problem.
  • 00:12:00.290 --> 00:12:02.220
  • So 30 years later, now he's
  • 00:12:02.220 --> 00:12:04.140
  • an adult and he's in Egypt
  • 00:12:04.140 --> 00:12:06.060
  • where he was sold into slavery
  • 00:12:06.060 --> 00:12:07.170
  • and now he's become a free man
  • 00:12:07.170 --> 00:12:09.020
  • and he's now leading
  • 00:12:09.020 --> 00:12:09.290
  • all of Egypt and he's--
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  • literally saves all their lives
  • 00:12:10.270 --> 00:12:12.030
  • including his brothers
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  • 'cause there was
  • 00:12:12.250 --> 00:12:13.190
  • a massive famine.
  • 00:12:13.190 --> 00:12:14.170
  • His brothers come to him
  • 00:12:14.170 --> 00:12:15.120
  • to apologize.
  • 00:12:15.120 --> 00:12:16.020
  • "Hey, we're really sorry
  • 00:12:16.020 --> 00:12:16.180
  • about selling you into slavery."
  • 00:12:16.180 --> 00:12:18.090
  • Like, what do you think he's
  • 00:12:18.090 --> 00:12:18.260
  • gonna say, like, "Oh,
  • 00:12:18.260 --> 00:12:19.130
  • no problem, we're good."
  • 00:12:19.130 --> 00:12:20.150
  • Like, that's
  • 00:12:20.150 --> 00:12:21.000
  • a pretty big thing, right?
  • 00:12:21.000 --> 00:12:23.000
  • What does Joseph say?
  • 00:12:23.000 --> 00:12:23.270
  • Look at the wisdom in this.
  • 00:12:23.270 --> 00:12:24.270
  • Genesis 50, verse 20.
  • 00:12:24.270 --> 00:12:26.000
  • He said, "You intended to harm
  • 00:12:26.000 --> 00:12:26.280
  • me, but God intended it for good
  • 00:12:26.280 --> 00:12:29.250
  • to accomplish what is now
  • 00:12:29.250 --> 00:12:30.240
  • being done, the saving
  • 00:12:30.240 --> 00:12:31.220
  • of many lives."
  • 00:12:31.220 --> 00:12:33.210
  • So the world will hurt you
  • 00:12:33.210 --> 00:12:35.160
  • and harm you and people
  • 00:12:35.160 --> 00:12:36.220
  • will hurt you and harm you,
  • 00:12:36.220 --> 00:12:37.270
  • but God will even use that harm
  • 00:12:37.270 --> 00:12:40.140
  • to get you where you're
  • 00:12:40.140 --> 00:12:41.060
  • supposed to be.
  • 00:12:41.060 --> 00:12:42.150
  • The year was 1996.
  • 00:12:42.150 --> 00:12:44.190
  • I was in seminary.
  • 00:12:44.190 --> 00:12:45.060
  • I was finishing up school.
  • 00:12:45.060 --> 00:12:47.000
  • And my wife was working
  • 00:12:47.000 --> 00:12:48.020
  • as a teacher and she,
  • 00:12:48.020 --> 00:12:49.200
  • like, had the baby bug bad.
  • 00:12:49.200 --> 00:12:52.100
  • And you guys know
  • 00:12:52.100 --> 00:12:52.250
  • what I'm talking about
  • 00:12:52.250 --> 00:12:53.100
  • if you're married.
  • 00:12:53.100 --> 00:12:53.250
  • The baby bug is,
  • 00:12:53.250 --> 00:12:54.140
  • like, a very real deal.
  • 00:12:54.140 --> 00:12:55.130
  • She wanted a kid now, right?
  • 00:12:55.130 --> 00:12:57.030
  • Which I was all for the process.
  • 00:12:57.030 --> 00:12:58.050
  • That was all great.
  • 00:12:58.050 --> 00:12:59.060
  • I was all great with that.
  • 00:12:59.060 --> 00:13:01.180
  • But eventually, we got pregnant
  • 00:13:01.180 --> 00:13:02.220
  • and one day,
  • 00:13:02.220 --> 00:13:04.000
  • there was a problem.
  • 00:13:04.000 --> 00:13:05.100
  • She called me from work.
  • 00:13:05.100 --> 00:13:06.010
  • She said, "Honey, I need you
  • 00:13:06.010 --> 00:13:06.180
  • to get home.
  • 00:13:06.180 --> 00:13:07.040
  • I'm--I don't know what's
  • 00:13:07.040 --> 00:13:07.240
  • going on."
  • 00:13:07.240 --> 00:13:08.090
  • And so she was spotting.
  • 00:13:08.090 --> 00:13:09.210
  • And some of you know
  • 00:13:09.210 --> 00:13:10.160
  • what this leads to, you know,
  • 00:13:10.160 --> 00:13:12.200
  • and we didn't understand
  • 00:13:12.200 --> 00:13:13.290
  • so we were just told to go
  • 00:13:13.290 --> 00:13:15.160
  • to the doctor, you know,
  • 00:13:15.160 --> 00:13:16.050
  • and they ran some tests
  • 00:13:16.050 --> 00:13:17.010
  • and we went in and the doctor
  • 00:13:17.010 --> 00:13:18.160
  • was unavailable
  • 00:13:18.160 --> 00:13:19.010
  • so it was just this other person
  • 00:13:19.010 --> 00:13:20.100
  • that was running the tests
  • 00:13:20.100 --> 00:13:21.000
  • and they're rubbing jelly
  • 00:13:21.000 --> 00:13:22.030
  • all over her belly and they
  • 00:13:22.030 --> 00:13:23.260
  • start to do little tests
  • 00:13:23.260 --> 00:13:25.010
  • and they're trying to find
  • 00:13:25.010 --> 00:13:25.270
  • the heartbeat and we're
  • 00:13:25.270 --> 00:13:27.190
  • in this room and this girl
  • 00:13:27.190 --> 00:13:29.170
  • just keeps looking and we said,
  • 00:13:29.170 --> 00:13:31.070
  • "Okay, did you find
  • 00:13:31.070 --> 00:13:31.270
  • the heartbeat yet?"
  • 00:13:31.270 --> 00:13:32.120
  • She's, like, "Give me a second,
  • 00:13:32.120 --> 00:13:33.010
  • give me a second."
  • 00:13:33.010 --> 00:13:33.170
  • She's looking around
  • 00:13:33.170 --> 00:13:34.080
  • and, "What's up?
  • 00:13:34.080 --> 00:13:35.120
  • Did you find it yet?"
  • 00:13:35.120 --> 00:13:35.280
  • And she starts to put
  • 00:13:35.280 --> 00:13:37.050
  • her equipment down.
  • 00:13:37.050 --> 00:13:37.200
  • We said, "Whoa, whoa, you didn't
  • 00:13:37.200 --> 00:13:38.090
  • tell us what's going on.
  • 00:13:38.090 --> 00:13:38.260
  • What's happened?"
  • 00:13:38.260 --> 00:13:39.230
  • She goes, "You need to go see
  • 00:13:39.230 --> 00:13:40.110
  • your doctor right now."
  • 00:13:40.110 --> 00:13:41.010
  • We're, like, "No, no, no, no,
  • 00:13:41.010 --> 00:13:41.270
  • no, you need to tell me what's
  • 00:13:41.270 --> 00:13:42.150
  • going on."
  • 00:13:42.150 --> 00:13:43.070
  • And she just hung her head
  • 00:13:43.070 --> 00:13:43.260
  • and said, "I'm sorry."
  • 00:13:43.260 --> 00:13:44.170
  • I said, "Check it again,
  • 00:13:44.170 --> 00:13:46.180
  • one more time."
  • 00:13:46.180 --> 00:13:48.070
  • And she did.
  • 00:13:48.070 --> 00:13:50.220
  • She said, "I'm really sorry.
  • 00:13:50.220 --> 00:13:52.280
  • There's no heartbeat."
  • 00:13:52.280 --> 00:13:55.230
  • So now my wife's crying.
  • 00:13:55.230 --> 00:13:57.180
  • And I'm mad.
  • 00:13:57.180 --> 00:13:59.040
  • I'm not crying, I'm angry.
  • 00:13:59.040 --> 00:14:01.110
  • So I'm driving home.
  • 00:14:01.140 --> 00:14:04.140
  • And we go the next day
  • 00:14:04.140 --> 00:14:05.080
  • to the doctor and then we get
  • 00:14:05.080 --> 00:14:07.060
  • to experience
  • 00:14:07.060 --> 00:14:07.230
  • this wonderful thing
  • 00:14:07.230 --> 00:14:08.110
  • where they get to take
  • 00:14:08.110 --> 00:14:08.290
  • a dead baby out of you.
  • 00:14:09.070 --> 00:14:12.070
  • And so she's bawling
  • 00:14:12.070 --> 00:14:13.190
  • her head off.
  • 00:14:13.190 --> 00:14:14.100
  • She's on this gurney and they're
  • 00:14:14.100 --> 00:14:15.080
  • dragging her in.
  • 00:14:15.080 --> 00:14:16.290
  • And I'm helpless to help her.
  • 00:14:16.290 --> 00:14:17.290
  • There's nothing I can do.
  • 00:14:17.290 --> 00:14:20.150
  • Surgery goes on, fine, and we go
  • 00:14:20.150 --> 00:14:22.210
  • back home.
  • 00:14:22.210 --> 00:14:24.270
  • And then she's crying
  • 00:14:24.270 --> 00:14:25.160
  • throughout the day.
  • 00:14:25.160 --> 00:14:26.050
  • I gather my stuff 'cause I've
  • 00:14:26.050 --> 00:14:28.000
  • gotta go back to school.
  • 00:14:28.000 --> 00:14:29.270
  • And as I'm driving to seminary,
  • 00:14:29.270 --> 00:14:30.210
  • I go to seminary, I get to hear
  • 00:14:30.210 --> 00:14:31.180
  • the professor talk
  • 00:14:31.180 --> 00:14:32.130
  • about how God's in control
  • 00:14:32.130 --> 00:14:33.110
  • and the God of love
  • 00:14:33.110 --> 00:14:34.050
  • and I'm, like, "Oh yeah,
  • 00:14:34.050 --> 00:14:35.160
  • right, sure.
  • 00:14:35.160 --> 00:14:36.120
  • Sure, God's in control."
  • 00:14:36.270 --> 00:14:39.270
  • And I had this crisis of faith,
  • 00:14:39.270 --> 00:14:40.240
  • driving home from seminary.
  • 00:14:40.240 --> 00:14:42.050
  • I remember pulled the car over.
  • 00:14:42.050 --> 00:14:44.290
  • I remember just yelling to God.
  • 00:14:44.290 --> 00:14:46.090
  • I said, "God, this is
  • 00:14:46.090 --> 00:14:47.190
  • so not right.
  • 00:14:47.190 --> 00:14:49.130
  • All my friends graduated
  • 00:14:49.130 --> 00:14:50.130
  • college.
  • 00:14:50.130 --> 00:14:51.050
  • Already making money.
  • 00:14:51.050 --> 00:14:52.070
  • I'm still broke, I'm in college.
  • 00:14:52.070 --> 00:14:54.130
  • I'm going to seminary for you
  • 00:14:54.130 --> 00:14:56.110
  • and I'm gonna go start a church
  • 00:14:56.110 --> 00:14:57.100
  • which means I'm gonna be broke
  • 00:14:57.100 --> 00:14:58.150
  • even longer and I'm trying
  • 00:14:58.150 --> 00:14:59.080
  • to honor you and I'm trying
  • 00:14:59.080 --> 00:15:00.070
  • to give my life for you
  • 00:15:00.070 --> 00:15:01.060
  • and all we want is a baby
  • 00:15:01.060 --> 00:15:02.210
  • and you let this happen to me.
  • 00:15:02.210 --> 00:15:04.020
  • How can you let this happen?
  • 00:15:05.020 --> 00:15:08.020
  • If you're such a God of love,
  • 00:15:08.020 --> 00:15:10.140
  • why is my wife crying?
  • 00:15:11.080 --> 00:15:14.080
  • Where were you when we lost
  • 00:15:14.080 --> 00:15:16.190
  • our child?
  • 00:15:16.190 --> 00:15:18.000
  • Where were you?"
  • 00:15:20.000 --> 00:15:23.000
  • And in that moment, I sensed
  • 00:15:23.000 --> 00:15:23.230
  • the Spirit of God speak to me
  • 00:15:23.230 --> 00:15:26.200
  • and say, "Well, I was
  • 00:15:26.200 --> 00:15:27.100
  • in the same place I was
  • 00:15:27.100 --> 00:15:28.190
  • when I sent my child to die
  • 00:15:28.190 --> 00:15:31.080
  • for you."
  • 00:15:32.040 --> 00:15:35.040
  • Life is unfair.
  • 00:15:35.040 --> 00:15:37.170
  • But God is still good.
  • 00:15:39.080 --> 00:15:42.080
  • You can trust him.
  • 00:15:44.130 --> 00:15:47.130
  • 2 Corinthians 1:4 really helped
  • 00:15:48.200 --> 00:15:51.200
  • me through that time.
  • 00:15:51.200 --> 00:15:54.040
  • It says, "God helps us
  • 00:15:54.040 --> 00:15:54.240
  • in our troubles, so we are able
  • 00:15:54.240 --> 00:15:57.010
  • to help others who have
  • 00:15:57.010 --> 00:15:58.140
  • all kinds of troubles, using
  • 00:15:58.140 --> 00:15:59.280
  • the same help that we ourselves
  • 00:15:59.280 --> 00:16:01.030
  • have received from God."
  • 00:16:01.030 --> 00:16:03.230
  • What I didn't know was
  • 00:16:03.230 --> 00:16:04.270
  • how many couples I would end up
  • 00:16:04.270 --> 00:16:06.240
  • ministering to over decades
  • 00:16:07.100 --> 00:16:10.100
  • who have faced,
  • 00:16:10.100 --> 00:16:10.260
  • or maybe are facing right now,
  • 00:16:10.260 --> 00:16:12.170
  • the same thing.
  • 00:16:12.170 --> 00:16:14.210
  • In the same way,
  • 00:16:14.210 --> 00:16:15.110
  • I will tell you this.
  • 00:16:15.110 --> 00:16:15.260
  • You know
  • 00:16:15.260 --> 00:16:16.120
  • the best drug counselors I know,
  • 00:16:16.120 --> 00:16:18.150
  • guess what they used to do?
  • 00:16:18.150 --> 00:16:20.150
  • Drugs.
  • 00:16:20.150 --> 00:16:22.260
  • The good news
  • 00:16:22.260 --> 00:16:24.010
  • about your current misery is it
  • 00:16:24.010 --> 00:16:25.280
  • will become your future ministry
  • 00:16:26.190 --> 00:16:29.190
  • as you'll be able to help people
  • 00:16:29.190 --> 00:16:31.170
  • because of the help you yourself
  • 00:16:31.170 --> 00:16:33.070
  • have received.
  • 00:16:33.070 --> 00:16:33.230
  • Now, the good news about that
  • 00:16:33.230 --> 00:16:34.180
  • also means that you're
  • 00:16:34.180 --> 00:16:35.090
  • gonna overcome
  • 00:16:35.090 --> 00:16:35.260
  • whatever you're dealing with.
  • 00:16:35.260 --> 00:16:37.250
  • So that you can help
  • 00:16:37.250 --> 00:16:39.270
  • someone else overcome
  • 00:16:39.270 --> 00:16:40.260
  • the very same thing.
  • 00:16:41.050 --> 00:16:44.050
  • Number two, would you
  • 00:16:44.050 --> 00:16:44.200
  • write this down?
  • 00:16:44.200 --> 00:16:46.160
  • "Bad things are still bad,
  • 00:16:46.160 --> 00:16:48.070
  • but God can use them
  • 00:16:48.070 --> 00:16:49.080
  • to accomplish
  • 00:16:49.080 --> 00:16:49.260
  • his good purposes."
  • 00:16:49.260 --> 00:16:52.110
  • Doesn't change the fact
  • 00:16:52.110 --> 00:16:53.000
  • that bad things are bad.
  • 00:16:53.000 --> 00:16:54.240
  • But God will use those
  • 00:16:54.240 --> 00:16:55.240
  • to accomplish his good
  • 00:16:55.240 --> 00:16:57.240
  • purposes in your life.
  • 00:16:57.240 --> 00:16:59.250
  • What I'm trying to tell you
  • 00:16:59.250 --> 00:17:00.140
  • is that God never wastes a hurt.
  • 00:17:00.140 --> 00:17:03.080
  • He recycles the pain you have
  • 00:17:03.080 --> 00:17:04.290
  • so you can help others with it.
  • 00:17:04.290 --> 00:17:07.260
  • And you're able to help
  • 00:17:07.260 --> 00:17:08.110
  • those who've gone through
  • 00:17:08.110 --> 00:17:09.250
  • difficulties.
  • 00:17:09.250 --> 00:17:10.150
  • You know, I've been betrayed
  • 00:17:10.150 --> 00:17:11.020
  • and that betrayal has helped me
  • 00:17:11.020 --> 00:17:12.080
  • help you through your betrayal.
  • 00:17:12.080 --> 00:17:15.040
  • I've been hurt and lied about
  • 00:17:15.040 --> 00:17:16.120
  • unfairly so that you can, what?
  • 00:17:16.120 --> 00:17:18.270
  • Receive help when you're hurt
  • 00:17:18.270 --> 00:17:20.160
  • and lied about unfairly
  • 00:17:20.160 --> 00:17:22.120
  • from a pastor who gets it.
  • 00:17:22.120 --> 00:17:25.010
  • Does that make sense?
  • 00:17:25.010 --> 00:17:26.040
  • I mean, how do you think you can
  • 00:17:26.040 --> 00:17:26.230
  • help your teenagers
  • 00:17:26.230 --> 00:17:27.170
  • through their awkward years?
  • 00:17:27.170 --> 00:17:28.110
  • 'Cause you went
  • 00:17:28.110 --> 00:17:28.270
  • through 'em, right?
  • 00:17:28.270 --> 00:17:31.090
  • That's how we can help 'em.
  • 00:17:31.090 --> 00:17:32.060
  • They don't think we can
  • 00:17:32.060 --> 00:17:33.040
  • And so the truth is, is you're
  • 00:17:35.260 --> 00:17:36.230
  • able to use that pain
  • 00:17:36.230 --> 00:17:38.130
  • and that difficulty that you
  • 00:17:38.130 --> 00:17:39.160
  • yourselves have
  • 00:17:39.160 --> 00:17:40.260
  • also gone through.
  • 00:17:40.260 --> 00:17:42.240
  • Jesus is who Jesus is
  • 00:17:42.240 --> 00:17:44.110
  • because of the cross.
  • 00:17:44.120 --> 00:17:47.120
  • In the same way, you and I
  • 00:17:47.120 --> 00:17:48.140
  • become who we are and we become
  • 00:17:48.140 --> 00:17:50.190
  • more like Christ
  • 00:17:50.190 --> 00:17:51.170
  • because of the crosses
  • 00:17:51.170 --> 00:17:52.260
  • that we bear,
  • 00:17:52.260 --> 00:17:54.230
  • because of the pain
  • 00:17:54.230 --> 00:17:55.120
  • and difficulties in our lives.
  • 00:17:56.010 --> 00:17:59.010
  • Life is hard, but God is good
  • 00:17:59.010 --> 00:18:02.000
  • and he really can be trusted.
  • 00:18:02.170 --> 00:18:05.170
  • 1 Corinthians 13:12, I think
  • 00:18:05.170 --> 00:18:08.050
  • this can really help you
  • 00:18:08.050 --> 00:18:08.270
  • 'cause it helps me to know this.
  • 00:18:08.270 --> 00:18:10.270
  • It says, "In the same way,
  • 00:18:10.270 --> 00:18:11.270
  • we can see and understand
  • 00:18:11.270 --> 00:18:12.270
  • only a little about God now,
  • 00:18:12.270 --> 00:18:14.190
  • as if we were peering
  • 00:18:14.190 --> 00:18:15.160
  • at his reflection
  • 00:18:15.160 --> 00:18:16.130
  • in a poor mirror; but someday we
  • 00:18:16.130 --> 00:18:18.220
  • are going to see him
  • 00:18:18.220 --> 00:18:19.270
  • in his completeness,
  • 00:18:19.270 --> 00:18:20.220
  • face-to-face.
  • 00:18:20.220 --> 00:18:22.060
  • Now all that I know is hazy
  • 00:18:22.060 --> 00:18:23.180
  • and blurred, but then I will see
  • 00:18:23.180 --> 00:18:25.050
  • everything clearly,
  • 00:18:25.050 --> 00:18:26.170
  • just as clearly as God sees
  • 00:18:26.170 --> 00:18:28.040
  • into my heart right now."
  • 00:18:28.040 --> 00:18:31.020
  • The truth is if you're looking
  • 00:18:31.020 --> 00:18:32.080
  • to fully understand why you're
  • 00:18:32.080 --> 00:18:33.250
  • going through what you're
  • 00:18:33.250 --> 00:18:34.270
  • going through right now,
  • 00:18:34.270 --> 00:18:35.240
  • you're probably not going
  • 00:18:35.240 --> 00:18:36.240
  • to understand it completely
  • 00:18:36.240 --> 00:18:38.030
  • on this side of eternity.
  • 00:18:38.030 --> 00:18:40.270
  • We all need to have in our minds
  • 00:18:40.270 --> 00:18:42.130
  • a file that we file
  • 00:18:42.130 --> 00:18:44.180
  • away the "why" questions
  • 00:18:44.180 --> 00:18:46.060
  • in, not because we're not gonna
  • 00:18:46.060 --> 00:18:47.110
  • get them answered but we
  • 00:18:47.110 --> 00:18:48.060
  • just may not get them
  • 00:18:48.060 --> 00:18:48.290
  • answered now.
  • 00:18:48.290 --> 00:18:51.000
  • But when we see God face
  • 00:18:51.000 --> 00:18:52.060
  • to face, not only are we gonna
  • 00:18:52.060 --> 00:18:53.070
  • see who he is in all his glory,
  • 00:18:53.070 --> 00:18:55.010
  • but we'll also immediately,
  • 00:18:55.010 --> 00:18:56.110
  • because of his completeness
  • 00:18:56.110 --> 00:18:57.200
  • and his knowledge,
  • 00:18:57.200 --> 00:18:58.130
  • we'll immediately see
  • 00:18:58.130 --> 00:18:59.090
  • and understand why the things
  • 00:18:59.090 --> 00:19:01.290
  • that have happened in our lives
  • 00:19:01.290 --> 00:19:02.220
  • have happened.
  • 00:19:02.220 --> 00:19:04.250
  • So I really can't tell you
  • 00:19:04.250 --> 00:19:06.070
  • why you lost your child.
  • 00:19:06.070 --> 00:19:09.050
  • I really can't tell you
  • 00:19:09.050 --> 00:19:09.230
  • why someone betrayed you.
  • 00:19:09.230 --> 00:19:11.000
  • I really can't tell you
  • 00:19:11.000 --> 00:19:11.180
  • why that accident happened
  • 00:19:11.180 --> 00:19:14.000
  • and took your right arm
  • 00:19:14.000 --> 00:19:15.110
  • or your left eye
  • 00:19:15.110 --> 00:19:16.280
  • or whatever had happened to you.
  • 00:19:17.110 --> 00:19:20.110
  • I really don't have
  • 00:19:20.110 --> 00:19:20.260
  • a great reason.
  • 00:19:20.260 --> 00:19:23.130
  • In fact, is there
  • 00:19:23.130 --> 00:19:23.280
  • really a good reason
  • 00:19:23.280 --> 00:19:25.000
  • for someone to be abused?
  • 00:19:25.000 --> 00:19:26.290
  • I mean, is there really gonna be
  • 00:19:26.290 --> 00:19:27.220
  • an answer, you're gonna go,
  • 00:19:27.220 --> 00:19:28.170
  • "Oh, well, that makes sense
  • 00:19:28.170 --> 00:19:29.120
  • why I was sexually abused,
  • 00:19:29.120 --> 00:19:30.110
  • yeah, sure."
  • 00:19:30.110 --> 00:19:32.080
  • I don't think
  • 00:19:32.080 --> 00:19:32.230
  • that really exists.
  • 00:19:32.230 --> 00:19:35.020
  • I don't think there's
  • 00:19:35.020 --> 00:19:35.170
  • a good reason that someone
  • 00:19:35.170 --> 00:19:38.130
  • would go through
  • 00:19:38.130 --> 00:19:40.140
  • some kind of horrible experience
  • 00:19:40.140 --> 00:19:43.060
  • but I think we can trust
  • 00:19:43.060 --> 00:19:43.280
  • that God,
  • 00:19:43.280 --> 00:19:45.220
  • in his infinite wisdom,
  • 00:19:45.220 --> 00:19:48.020
  • can show us the purpose
  • 00:19:48.020 --> 00:19:48.250
  • through it.
  • 00:19:48.250 --> 00:19:50.230
  • 2 Corinthians 4:17 says,
  • 00:19:50.230 --> 00:19:52.050
  • "For our light
  • 00:19:52.050 --> 00:19:52.250
  • and momentary troubles
  • 00:19:52.250 --> 00:19:53.230
  • are achieving for us
  • 00:19:53.230 --> 00:19:54.240
  • an eternal glory
  • 00:19:54.240 --> 00:19:55.200
  • that far outweighs them all."
  • 00:19:55.200 --> 00:19:58.050
  • Or as the Bible teacher
  • 00:19:58.050 --> 00:19:59.010
  • Beth Moore says,
  • 00:19:59.010 --> 00:20:00.160
  • "I believe that your pain
  • 00:20:00.160 --> 00:20:01.150
  • creates greater glory for God."
  • 00:20:02.040 --> 00:20:05.040
  • Whatever you're going through,
  • 00:20:05.040 --> 00:20:06.010
  • it really does create
  • 00:20:06.010 --> 00:20:07.130
  • a greater glory.
  • 00:20:07.180 --> 00:20:10.180
  • 2 Peter 3:9 says, "The Lord
  • 00:20:10.180 --> 00:20:12.230
  • is not slow
  • 00:20:12.230 --> 00:20:13.150
  • in keeping his promise,
  • 00:20:13.150 --> 00:20:14.160
  • as some understand slowness.
  • 00:20:14.160 --> 00:20:16.100
  • He is patient with you,
  • 00:20:16.100 --> 00:20:17.190
  • not wanting anyone to perish,
  • 00:20:17.190 --> 00:20:18.280
  • but everyone to come
  • 00:20:18.280 --> 00:20:20.140
  • to repentance."
  • 00:20:20.140 --> 00:20:22.140
  • Reason I wanna mention this,
  • 00:20:22.140 --> 00:20:23.030
  • 'cause some people say,
  • 00:20:23.030 --> 00:20:23.280
  • "I'm going through such hell,
  • 00:20:23.280 --> 00:20:25.130
  • I'm going through
  • 00:20:25.130 --> 00:20:25.280
  • such difficult--God, can you
  • 00:20:25.280 --> 00:20:26.270
  • just come back
  • 00:20:26.270 --> 00:20:27.200
  • and take us all home?"
  • 00:20:27.200 --> 00:20:29.100
  • Wouldn't that be easier if God
  • 00:20:29.100 --> 00:20:30.150
  • just took away all this pain
  • 00:20:30.150 --> 00:20:32.010
  • right now and just zapped us
  • 00:20:32.010 --> 00:20:33.110
  • up to heaven and we were done?
  • 00:20:33.110 --> 00:20:35.200
  • Wouldn't that be
  • 00:20:35.200 --> 00:20:36.050
  • the loving thing for God to do
  • 00:20:36.050 --> 00:20:37.250
  • right now in the middle
  • 00:20:37.250 --> 00:20:38.140
  • of your mess, right?
  • 00:20:38.140 --> 00:20:40.030
  • Actually, that would not be
  • 00:20:40.030 --> 00:20:40.210
  • the loving thing to do.
  • 00:20:40.210 --> 00:20:41.220
  • Let me tell you why.
  • 00:20:41.220 --> 00:20:42.260
  • 'Cause the moment he does that,
  • 00:20:42.260 --> 00:20:44.180
  • the person that you love
  • 00:20:44.180 --> 00:20:45.090
  • that you've been trying
  • 00:20:45.090 --> 00:20:46.020
  • to witness to that doesn't know
  • 00:20:46.020 --> 00:20:46.250
  • Jesus yet, no longer has
  • 00:20:46.250 --> 00:20:47.290
  • a chance.
  • 00:20:47.290 --> 00:20:50.050
  • So the loving thing is
  • 00:20:50.050 --> 00:20:52.150
  • to let the world continue
  • 00:20:52.150 --> 00:20:53.200
  • with ISIS and tornadoes
  • 00:20:53.200 --> 00:20:56.120
  • and floods and shooters
  • 00:20:56.120 --> 00:20:58.220
  • in malls and schools
  • 00:20:58.220 --> 00:21:00.090
  • and someone betraying you
  • 00:21:00.090 --> 00:21:01.190
  • at work and cancer
  • 00:21:01.190 --> 00:21:03.040
  • still around and pain
  • 00:21:03.040 --> 00:21:04.230
  • in your life because all of that
  • 00:21:04.230 --> 00:21:06.130
  • he is hoping and praying
  • 00:21:06.130 --> 00:21:08.070
  • that in the middle
  • 00:21:08.070 --> 00:21:08.270
  • of all the world's chaos
  • 00:21:08.270 --> 00:21:10.220
  • and crisis and difficulty
  • 00:21:10.220 --> 00:21:11.190
  • that more people will come
  • 00:21:11.190 --> 00:21:13.130
  • to Jesus.
  • 00:21:13.130 --> 00:21:15.270
  • That's why he has not
  • 00:21:15.270 --> 00:21:16.190
  • taken you out.
  • 00:21:19.110 --> 00:21:22.110
  • Last verse I wanna share
  • 00:21:22.110 --> 00:21:23.010
  • with you is Psalm 34:18.
  • 00:21:23.010 --> 00:21:24.230
  • It says, "The Lord is close
  • 00:21:24.230 --> 00:21:25.230
  • to the brokenhearted and saves
  • 00:21:25.230 --> 00:21:27.060
  • those who are crushed
  • 00:21:27.060 --> 00:21:28.010
  • in spirit."
  • 00:21:28.010 --> 00:21:30.040
  • Sometimes I think I pray,
  • 00:21:30.040 --> 00:21:30.220
  • "O God, I wanna be close
  • 00:21:30.220 --> 00:21:31.180
  • to you."
  • 00:21:31.180 --> 00:21:32.050
  • And I think God says,
  • 00:21:32.050 --> 00:21:32.230
  • "You don't know
  • 00:21:32.230 --> 00:21:33.190
  • what you're asking."
  • 00:21:33.190 --> 00:21:36.020
  • 'Cause to really be close
  • 00:21:36.020 --> 00:21:36.280
  • to Jesus is to share
  • 00:21:36.280 --> 00:21:38.260
  • in his sufferings.
  • 00:21:38.260 --> 00:21:41.100
  • Is to share in the pain
  • 00:21:41.100 --> 00:21:42.010
  • that he has undergone for you
  • 00:21:42.100 --> 00:21:45.100
  • and for me.
  • 00:21:45.100 --> 00:21:46.280
  • Number three,
  • 00:21:46.280 --> 00:21:47.130
  • would you write this down?
  • 00:21:47.130 --> 00:21:48.290
  • "Understand that you're not
  • 00:21:48.290 --> 00:21:50.100
  • going to completely understand
  • 00:21:50.100 --> 00:21:52.240
  • until the end."
  • 00:21:52.240 --> 00:21:55.000
  • You've gotta learn to understand
  • 00:21:55.000 --> 00:21:56.230
  • that you're not gonna
  • 00:21:56.230 --> 00:21:57.140
  • completely understand
  • 00:21:57.140 --> 00:21:59.180
  • until the end.
  • 00:21:59.180 --> 00:22:00.140
  • Hopefully, today has given you
  • 00:22:00.140 --> 00:22:01.160
  • a little more understanding
  • 00:22:01.160 --> 00:22:02.180
  • of the chaos and crisis
  • 00:22:02.180 --> 00:22:03.160
  • in your life but it doesn't mean
  • 00:22:03.160 --> 00:22:04.130
  • that you're necessarily leaving
  • 00:22:04.130 --> 00:22:05.260
  • here, going,
  • 00:22:05.260 --> 00:22:06.130
  • "Oh, I'm cool with it now."
  • 00:22:06.130 --> 00:22:09.060
  • I don't think we're all
  • 00:22:09.060 --> 00:22:10.010
  • just cool with pain
  • 00:22:10.010 --> 00:22:11.250
  • or great with difficulty
  • 00:22:11.250 --> 00:22:13.050
  • or betrayal
  • 00:22:13.050 --> 00:22:14.140
  • or whatever your trial
  • 00:22:14.140 --> 00:22:15.060
  • happens to be, right?
  • 00:22:15.060 --> 00:22:17.090
  • But it does help you
  • 00:22:17.090 --> 00:22:18.070
  • to know this.
  • 00:22:18.070 --> 00:22:19.150
  • Listen.
  • 00:22:19.150 --> 00:22:20.020
  • Jesus never promised you would
  • 00:22:20.020 --> 00:22:21.220
  • not have trials and pain
  • 00:22:21.220 --> 00:22:23.230
  • or tragedy.
  • 00:22:23.230 --> 00:22:24.180
  • He promised to get you
  • 00:22:24.180 --> 00:22:26.080
  • through them.
  • 00:22:26.080 --> 00:22:28.140
  • He's with you through it.
  • 00:22:28.170 --> 00:22:31.170
  • Back in 1818 in France there was
  • 00:22:31.170 --> 00:22:33.160
  • a little boy named Louis.
  • 00:22:33.160 --> 00:22:36.030
  • Louis wanted to be
  • 00:22:36.030 --> 00:22:36.260
  • just like his daddy.
  • 00:22:36.260 --> 00:22:38.030
  • He was 9 years old
  • 00:22:38.030 --> 00:22:38.270
  • and, like most little boys,
  • 00:22:38.270 --> 00:22:39.200
  • he looked up to his dad.
  • 00:22:39.200 --> 00:22:41.130
  • His dad was a craftsman
  • 00:22:41.130 --> 00:22:42.220
  • by trade.
  • 00:22:42.220 --> 00:22:43.130
  • He was very good with his hands.
  • 00:22:43.130 --> 00:22:45.000
  • He was always building things
  • 00:22:45.000 --> 00:22:45.280
  • and selling them.
  • 00:22:45.280 --> 00:22:47.090
  • One day, he was in his shop
  • 00:22:47.090 --> 00:22:48.200
  • and he was working on something
  • 00:22:48.200 --> 00:22:49.190
  • and he had heated up
  • 00:22:49.190 --> 00:22:50.250
  • some iron ore and he was
  • 00:22:50.250 --> 00:22:52.100
  • banging out some metal
  • 00:22:52.100 --> 00:22:53.230
  • and he was shaping something
  • 00:22:53.230 --> 00:22:54.260
  • and he was building
  • 00:22:54.260 --> 00:22:55.250
  • and Louis said,
  • 00:22:55.250 --> 00:22:56.230
  • "Daddy, can I help?"
  • 00:22:56.230 --> 00:22:57.190
  • He said, "Sure, of course."
  • 00:22:57.190 --> 00:22:59.110
  • He said, "Go get your hammer.
  • 00:22:59.110 --> 00:23:00.110
  • You're gonna build something
  • 00:23:00.110 --> 00:23:00.280
  • beside me."
  • 00:23:00.280 --> 00:23:01.200
  • And so he went and he got
  • 00:23:01.200 --> 00:23:02.080
  • his little hammer and he had
  • 00:23:02.080 --> 00:23:03.020
  • a little piece and he heated up
  • 00:23:03.020 --> 00:23:04.070
  • a little bit and he said,
  • 00:23:04.070 --> 00:23:04.270
  • "Okay, now, get right up, now.
  • 00:23:04.270 --> 00:23:06.010
  • Okay, now, now hit it
  • 00:23:06.010 --> 00:23:06.240
  • just right here."
  • 00:23:06.240 --> 00:23:07.270
  • And so little Louis at age 9 has
  • 00:23:07.270 --> 00:23:09.230
  • a little hammer in his hand,
  • 00:23:09.230 --> 00:23:10.210
  • he was just wanting to be
  • 00:23:10.210 --> 00:23:11.180
  • like his daddy.
  • 00:23:11.180 --> 00:23:12.210
  • And he took the hammer and he
  • 00:23:12.210 --> 00:23:13.280
  • swung it real hard and he hit
  • 00:23:13.280 --> 00:23:14.290
  • what he was supposed to hit,
  • 00:23:14.290 --> 00:23:16.120
  • but what no one was prepared for
  • 00:23:16.120 --> 00:23:17.140
  • was that there was
  • 00:23:17.140 --> 00:23:17.290
  • a little piece on the side
  • 00:23:17.290 --> 00:23:19.140
  • that was just barely attached
  • 00:23:19.140 --> 00:23:22.090
  • and when he hit it it flew up
  • 00:23:22.090 --> 00:23:23.230
  • into his eye, blinded him
  • 00:23:23.230 --> 00:23:26.080
  • immediately in that eye.
  • 00:23:26.080 --> 00:23:28.200
  • Well, 2 or 3 years later,
  • 00:23:28.200 --> 00:23:29.170
  • unbeknownst to them, Louis went
  • 00:23:29.170 --> 00:23:31.200
  • blind in his other eye
  • 00:23:31.200 --> 00:23:32.230
  • and they don't really know why.
  • 00:23:32.230 --> 00:23:35.100
  • So now, he's a teenager,
  • 00:23:35.100 --> 00:23:37.130
  • totally blind.
  • 00:23:37.130 --> 00:23:39.040
  • It's hard enough being
  • 00:23:39.040 --> 00:23:39.190
  • a teenager, but try being
  • 00:23:39.190 --> 00:23:40.210
  • a teenager blind.
  • 00:23:40.210 --> 00:23:43.040
  • And so here he is,
  • 00:23:43.040 --> 00:23:43.250
  • he has no sight.
  • 00:23:43.250 --> 00:23:46.000
  • He's wallowing in frustration
  • 00:23:46.000 --> 00:23:47.040
  • like anyone would be.
  • 00:23:47.040 --> 00:23:49.050
  • One day, a friend of his
  • 00:23:49.050 --> 00:23:49.230
  • comes by to see him.
  • 00:23:49.230 --> 00:23:51.150
  • Louis heard him
  • 00:23:51.150 --> 00:23:52.010
  • and he said, "Hey."
  • 00:23:52.010 --> 00:23:52.210
  • He knew who he was immediately
  • 00:23:52.210 --> 00:23:53.150
  • just by the sound of his walk
  • 00:23:53.150 --> 00:23:54.180
  • 'cause that's what happens
  • 00:23:54.180 --> 00:23:55.160
  • when you're blind, by the way,
  • 00:23:55.160 --> 00:23:56.100
  • is you have
  • 00:23:56.100 --> 00:23:56.250
  • a heightened sensitivity
  • 00:23:56.250 --> 00:23:58.100
  • in other areas like your hearing
  • 00:23:58.100 --> 00:23:59.100
  • and your touch.
  • 00:23:59.100 --> 00:24:01.040
  • And so he
  • 00:24:01.040 --> 00:24:01.210
  • immediately said, "Hey."
  • 00:24:01.210 --> 00:24:03.090
  • He knew who he was.
  • 00:24:03.090 --> 00:24:04.130
  • And he said, "What do you hold
  • 00:24:04.130 --> 00:24:05.020
  • in your hand?"
  • 00:24:05.020 --> 00:24:06.160
  • He said, "Oh, I got
  • 00:24:06.160 --> 00:24:07.010
  • some pine cones,"
  • 00:24:07.010 --> 00:24:07.220
  • and Louis said,
  • 00:24:07.220 --> 00:24:08.120
  • "Can I have one?"
  • 00:24:08.120 --> 00:24:09.120
  • He said, "Sure."
  • 00:24:09.120 --> 00:24:10.010
  • So he put a pine cone
  • 00:24:10.010 --> 00:24:10.210
  • in his hand.
  • 00:24:10.210 --> 00:24:11.070
  • Of course, they're prickly,
  • 00:24:11.070 --> 00:24:12.000
  • you know, they're sharp
  • 00:24:12.000 --> 00:24:12.240
  • and he put it in his hand.
  • 00:24:12.240 --> 00:24:13.100
  • He's, "Ooh, ow," 'cause he had
  • 00:24:13.100 --> 00:24:14.250
  • heightened sensitivity
  • 00:24:14.250 --> 00:24:16.040
  • in his fingers and he began
  • 00:24:16.040 --> 00:24:17.160
  • to hold the pine cone
  • 00:24:17.160 --> 00:24:18.160
  • and as he sat there for a while,
  • 00:24:18.160 --> 00:24:19.150
  • quietly, his friend said,
  • 00:24:19.150 --> 00:24:20.100
  • "Are you okay?"
  • 00:24:20.100 --> 00:24:21.160
  • He said, "I got a great idea."
  • 00:24:21.160 --> 00:24:23.160
  • He said, "What?"
  • 00:24:23.160 --> 00:24:25.040
  • He goes, "Can you get
  • 00:24:25.040 --> 00:24:25.190
  • a piece of paper?"
  • 00:24:25.190 --> 00:24:27.210
  • "Sure."
  • 00:24:27.210 --> 00:24:29.060
  • "Get a pencil."
  • 00:24:29.060 --> 00:24:30.220
  • So he got it.
  • 00:24:30.220 --> 00:24:32.070
  • And right there, a teenage boy
  • 00:24:32.140 --> 00:24:35.140
  • named Louis Braille began
  • 00:24:35.140 --> 00:24:37.070
  • to create an alphabet
  • 00:24:37.070 --> 00:24:39.250
  • from the bumps he felt
  • 00:24:39.250 --> 00:24:41.130
  • on a pine cone.
  • 00:24:41.130 --> 00:24:43.250
  • And because of his pain
  • 00:24:43.250 --> 00:24:45.230
  • and because of his difficulty,
  • 00:24:45.230 --> 00:24:48.220
  • millions of blind people get
  • 00:24:48.220 --> 00:24:50.160
  • to enter into a world of books.
  • 00:24:50.160 --> 00:24:53.120
  • And I'm a little jealous
  • 00:24:53.120 --> 00:24:54.010
  • 'cause when Mom and Dad say
  • 00:24:54.010 --> 00:24:55.010
  • to turn the lights off,
  • 00:24:55.010 --> 00:24:55.240
  • they can keep reading.
  • 00:24:59.200 --> 00:25:02.220
  • So you can wallow in your pain
  • 00:25:02.220 --> 00:25:05.070
  • or you can say,
  • 00:25:05.070 --> 00:25:06.100
  • "God, as Job did, 'Though he
  • 00:25:06.100 --> 00:25:09.050
  • slay me, I will worship him.'
  • 00:25:09.280 --> 00:25:12.280
  • I don't understand why I'm going
  • 00:25:12.280 --> 00:25:13.240
  • through this, God, but I will
  • 00:25:13.240 --> 00:25:15.180
  • worship you, I will find
  • 00:25:15.180 --> 00:25:16.170
  • my purpose in this anyways.
  • 00:25:16.170 --> 00:25:19.000
  • I will be helpful to a world
  • 00:25:19.000 --> 00:25:21.000
  • in need, even though I myself
  • 00:25:21.000 --> 00:25:22.170
  • need help, I will try to make
  • 00:25:22.170 --> 00:25:25.020
  • a difference.
  • 00:25:25.020 --> 00:25:26.200
  • I will live my purpose.
  • 00:25:26.200 --> 00:25:28.100
  • - Bil: Hey, thanks so much for
  • 00:25:36.220 --> 00:25:37.150
  • watching the program today.
  • 00:25:37.150 --> 00:25:39.040
  • I got a question for you.
  • 00:25:39.040 --> 00:25:40.150
  • Have you asked Jesus Christ
  • 00:25:40.150 --> 00:25:41.200
  • to be your Lord and Savior?
  • 00:25:41.200 --> 00:25:43.180
  • Have you prayed a simple prayer
  • 00:25:43.180 --> 00:25:45.050
  • that guarantees that you will
  • 00:25:45.050 --> 00:25:46.260
  • go to heaven because you know
  • 00:25:46.260 --> 00:25:48.070
  • Jesus?
  • 00:25:48.070 --> 00:25:49.190
  • Would you pray this prayer with
  • 00:25:49.190 --> 00:25:50.120
  • me right now?
  • 00:25:50.120 --> 00:25:51.140
  • You can just say this out loud.
  • 00:25:51.140 --> 00:25:52.080
  • You can say,
  • 00:25:52.080 --> 00:25:52.270
  • "Dear Jesus, I realize I need
  • 00:25:52.270 --> 00:25:55.020
  • you.
  • 00:25:55.020 --> 00:25:56.030
  • I believe you died on the cross
  • 00:25:56.030 --> 00:25:57.050
  • for me to pray the price
  • 00:25:57.050 --> 00:25:58.130
  • for my sins and I believe
  • 00:25:58.130 --> 00:26:00.060
  • you rose again.
  • 00:26:00.060 --> 00:26:01.130
  • Please come into my heart,
  • 00:26:01.130 --> 00:26:02.250
  • be my Lord and be my Savior.
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  • Thank you, Jesus, for saving me.
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  • controversial subjects?
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  • - Bil: God has too many great
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  • plans for your life for you to
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  • be addicted to any substance.
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