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November 9, 2016
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Acting Joyful Glorifies God

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  • Bobby Schuller: Hold your hands out like this as a sign of
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  • receiving from God, and we're gonna say this together.
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  • "I'm not what I do.
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  • I'm not what I have.
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  • I'm not what people say about me.
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  • I am the beloved of God.
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  • It's who I am.
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  • No one can take it from me.
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  • I don't' have to worry.
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  • I don't have to hurry.
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  • I can trust my friend Jesus and share his love with the world."
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  • Thanks. You can be seated.
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  • We'll you picked a good day to come to church, you know?
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  • And you made the right decision to be here.
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  • And we're so glad you're here. We really mean that.
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  • This is a church that not only loves people,
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  • we like people.
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  • And we love people just as they are,
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  • not as they should be, 'cause that's how Christ loves us.
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  • Amen?
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  • So this week we're, kind of, on an addendum of this
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  • "Lions in the Daniel Den" series.
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  • And today I wanna talk about joy.
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  • Today we're gonna talk about joy.
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  • Joy.
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  • Joy is holy.
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  • Joy is happy.
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  • And you are a joyful person.
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  • Now, I believe as a deep core value that if you have put on
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  • Christ, if you're a Christian, you are joyful.
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  • That you have, like, this big well of joy inside your heart
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  • no matter how you feel up here.
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  • That even if you feel gloomy, if you feel down,
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  • if you feel blue, if you're doubting,
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  • I believe that you have a well of joy inside your body that
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  • sometimes requires, we would say,
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  • priming, requires some action to get it goin' a little bit so
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  • that you really feel joyful.
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  • And, so, today I wanna encourage you in just one thing.
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  • I wanna proclaim over you that you're already joyful,
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  • but I wanna ask that today you take a step of faith and release
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  • your joy into the world in which you live.
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  • Releasing your joy means that you fake being joyful.
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  • I'm not even kidding.
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  • And I'm gonna make a strong defense for this.
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  • If you're a GenX, if you're an X or a Millennial,
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  • the idea of being fake is like the greatest sin
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  • on God's green earth.
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  • And it's not a sin, you know?
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  • We'll talk about that in a bit.
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  • But I wanna encourage you today to totally fake being happy,
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  • because I love you.
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  • And we're gonna talk--but, you are a joyful person.
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  • You have joy within you.
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  • And sometimes feeling happy, feeling joyful requires
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  • a step of faith.
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  • And I believe that when the Scripture say,
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  • "The joy of the Lord is your strength," I believe in that.
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  • I am a happy dude.
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  • I am a very smiley person.
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  • People know I'm coming, 'cause I whistle a lot,
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  • and I whistle because I'm happy.
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  • And I just am a guy that exudes happiness.
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  • And there is a reason for that.
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  • It's because I work at it.
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  • I work at it.
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  • Being happy is hard.
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  • Being depressing, slothy, bored is easy.
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  • Being positive is hard.
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  • Being negative and cynical is easy.
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  • Being a positive, joy-filled, happy,
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  • life-giving, luminescent person requires work,
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  • and it requires a choice.
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  • And this is a church that loves people and loves people enough
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  • that we choose to be joyful and happy.
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  • Unless you have some you're grieving,
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  • something terrible just happened to you,
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  • I'm gonna encourage you to be a happy,
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  • joy-filled, life-giving person.
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  • I remember in high school I had contempt for my 14 and
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  • 15-year-old self, because I remember being
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  • a teenager in summer.
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  • And when summer would come around I would be so bored.
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  • And I don't know why I did this sometimes.
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  • And I would wake up, and I would sit on the couch.
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  • Maybe I would go get a bowl of cereal and go back to bed,
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  • then wake up and watch TV for 4 hours.
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  • And by 2 o'clock or 3 o'clock in the afternoon I'm laying around
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  • going, "I know I should do something,
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  • but I just don't feel like it.
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  • Nothing sounds good."
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  • I know none of you have any idea what I'm talking about,
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  • because you're so--but I remember this.
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  • And I remember learning at an early age that fishing doesn't
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  • sound good when I'm laying on the couch bored and slothy,
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  • but I know if I get up I'm gonna have a better day if I make a
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  • decision to get out of the house and do something.
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  • And, so, I remember many of those summers being a constant
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  • battle between just laying around all day or actually
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  • getting out and going to the beach,
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  • or seeing a friend, or doing something fun.
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  • And I know I didn't feel like doing those things most of the
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  • time, but I knew if I went ahead and did them I would enjoy 'em.
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  • And I feel like that was a valuable lesson,
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  • because I still do that today.
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  • Many of you don't know this, but pastors have Monday blues.
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  • This is, like, a very normal thing.
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  • I'm sure totally gets it too--other musicians and other
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  • people who have to do things.
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  • You get this, kind of, high from preaching,
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  • from, you know, being energetic, but on Mondays you feel,
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  • kind of, just a--you feel blue, you know?
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  • Like it's a drag.
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  • You're not depressed, but nothin' sounds good.
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  • You wake up.
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  • You're kinda grumpy.
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  • And I know of Mondays and other times when I feel that way
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  • it requires a choice.
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  • It means I need to make a decision to get out of bed.
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  • I need to make a decision to get outta the house.
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  • I need to make a decision to act the way I wanna feel before I
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  • feel that way.
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  • And this is something I'm really gonna advocate today.
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  • I'm, basically, just gonna say one thing.
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  • I'm not gonna tell you to be joyful,
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  • 'cause you already are joyful.
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  • I'm gonna ask you to release your joy.
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  • I think you have so much joy in you that all you have to do is
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  • dig that well and let it explode.
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  • And you're gonna see how much joy you have in your body,
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  • and how much life and happiness.
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  • But it requires that you act joyful,
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  • and then the feelings will follow.
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  • I'm so sick of the lazy way in which our world,
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  • sort of, teaches on happiness.
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  • That it's always supposed to, just,
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  • sorta, come to you, but I don't believe that.
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  • I believe that being happy requires faith.
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  • I means that you act in faith according to the promises of the
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  • Word of God, that say, "I am a joyful person,
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  • so I'm gonna act like it by faith."
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  • Before we get into this joyful thing,
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  • I just wanna say two things, specifically,
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  • to you religious people.
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  • First, joy is happy.
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  • Can we just say that?
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  • I'm surprised I even have to say that out loud.
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  • Very often in churches there's this idea that,
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  • like, "I can be joyful with a frown."
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  • You can't.
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  • There's this idea that, like, "Even though I'm sad,
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  • and I'm morose, and I'm grumpy, and angry,
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  • I have an inner joy that you can't see."
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  • And I just wanna say joy is happy,
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  • and joy is holy.
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  • And that's just my first question,
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  • especially, to religious people who've defined joy as this other
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  • weird thing that's not true.
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  • Is your joy happy?
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  • Is your joy happy?
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  • If your joy isn't happy, it's not joy.
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  • Joy smiles.
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  • It laughs. It eats.
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  • It's sings. It tells jokes.
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  • It hugs.
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  • It celebrates, and it edifies.
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  • Never trust a religious person that you haven't heard
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  • laugh at a joke.
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  • One-hundred percent, all of the time,
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  • don't trust them unless you've seen them laugh at a joke
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  • at least once.
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  • And I don't mean a mocking joke.
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  • Joy is happy.
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  • Joy has a sense of humor.
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  • If you do not have joy in your life,
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  • you do not have Christ in your life.
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  • It you do not smile in your life,
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  • you do not have Christ in your life.
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  • If you do not laugh at jokes, and eat,
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  • and hug, and edify others, you are not living
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  • your life like Christ.
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  • I don't say that to be guilty.
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  • I'm saying that to say this: that joy,
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  • which is a command, a fruit of the Spirit.
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  • It's a command from God to be joyful,
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  • and if you don't have joy in your life you're not living
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  • according to the way Christ wants you to live.
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  • That's why this community is a joyful community.
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  • We wanna lift up people.
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  • We want people to leave here encouraged,
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  • ready to go.
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  • So you are joyful. You are.
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  • You are such a joy-filled person.
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  • And the joy that you have in your life is lifting up people.
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  • Life is hard, and people need joyful people like you to lift
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  • them up, to bring encouragement, to give hugs.
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  • We don't need more morose cynics.
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  • We need joyful people like you.
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  • And thank God for you. I'm proud of you.
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  • And I believe the more you smile,
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  • the more you life up people, the more you're doing what God
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  • has called you to do.
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  • Because joy is not only happy, joy is holy.
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  • It is holy.
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  • Joyful people are honoring God in their life.
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  • The Scripture today is Nehemiah 8.
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  • We've been spending some time talking about
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  • the Babylonian Exile.
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  • This amazing time in history when the Jewish people are taken
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  • by these Babylonian soldiers back to Babylon,
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  • and they're there for 70 years.
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  • The Babylonians are conquered by the Persians,
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  • and the Persians set them free.
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  • And then they have this amazing journey where 70 years later
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  • they have to come back to Jerusalem.
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  • And they have to rebuild this wall,
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  • and they have to rebuild the temple,
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  • and they have to come back to a society where they're forced to
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  • try and remember what it's like to be Jewish,
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  • to be a people that are not in captivity.
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  • And the, sort of, final moment this happens--this is the
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  • beginning of the Feast of the Tabernacle.
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  • And they come out, and Ezra, who is the high priest,
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  • and Nehemiah, who's the governor,
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  • and the Levites come out.
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  • And they're about the leave these people in prayer.
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  • And as they begin to read from the Torah,
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  • from the Bible, or the Law, everybody begins to weep.
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  • Let me read this story to you.
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  • Nehemiah chapter 8, verse 9: "Then Nehemiah the governor,
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  • Ezra the priest and teacher of the law,
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  • and the Levites who were instructing the people said to
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  • them all, 'This day is holy to the Lord your God.
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  • Do not mourn or weep.' "
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  • Let me just stop there for a second.
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  • Notice they didn't say, "Today is a happy day.
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  • Do not mourn or weep.
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  • Today is a joyful day.
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  • Do not mourn or weep."
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  • They don't say, "Today is a day of celebration."
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  • They say, "Today is holy.
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  • Today is holy."
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  • Joy is holy.
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  • And they say, "For all the people had been weeping as they
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  • listened to the words of the Law..
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  • Nehemiah said, 'Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks,
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  • and send some to those who have nothing prepared.
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  • This day is holy to our Lord.
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  • Don't grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.'
  • 00:11:02.090 --> 00:11:05.210
  • The Levites calmed all the people, saying,
  • 00:11:05.220 --> 00:11:10.080
  • 'Be still, for this is a holy day.
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  • Do not grieve.'
  • 00:11:12.030 --> 00:11:14.020
  • Then all the people went away to eat and
  • 00:11:14.030 --> 00:11:15.210
  • drink, to send portions of food and to celebrate with great joy,
  • 00:11:15.220 --> 00:11:19.130
  • because they now understood the words that had been
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  • make known to them."
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  • I just wanna point out something very clear that most people
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  • think that being solemn, and sad,
  • 00:11:27.010 --> 00:11:29.260
  • and weeping is holy.
  • 00:11:29.270 --> 00:11:32.010
  • And it is sometimes. It is.
  • 00:11:32.020 --> 00:11:34.030
  • But it's not all the time.
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  • And especially in this case, joy,
  • 00:11:35.260 --> 00:11:37.220
  • joy is what is holy.
  • 00:11:37.230 --> 00:11:39.020
  • Joy is what is righteous.
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  • Joy is what pleases God.
  • 00:11:40.150 --> 00:11:41.240
  • And we as Christians have every reason to be joyful.
  • 00:11:41.250 --> 00:11:45.240
  • We know that Christ is King.
  • 00:11:45.250 --> 00:11:47.210
  • And I know that every chain in your life is gonna be broken.
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  • I know you're gonna have victory.
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  • I know your today is brighter than your yesterday.
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  • And I know your tomorrow's gonna be brighter than your today.
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  • I know God is doing great things,
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  • that even though you doubt, even though you were afraid,
  • 00:12:00.090 --> 00:12:02.090
  • even though you feel like you're under spiritual attack,
  • 00:12:02.100 --> 00:12:04.180
  • God is working in your life, and he will have the victory
  • 00:12:04.190 --> 00:12:07.070
  • in your life.
  • 00:12:07.080 --> 00:12:08.180
  • And that gives you every reason to celebrate with faith and joy.
  • 00:12:08.190 --> 00:12:12.190
  • Good things are coming to you.
  • 00:12:12.200 --> 00:12:14.140
  • And you have good things even today.
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  • Like the fact that we get to sit in this building
  • 00:12:16.180 --> 00:12:18.130
  • and worship God.
  • 00:12:18.140 --> 00:12:19.240
  • And that we have people in our lives who love us.
  • 00:12:19.250 --> 00:12:21.180
  • And good weather.
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  • We live in Southern California.
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  • We have every reason to be happy.
  • 00:12:24.120 --> 00:12:29.070
  • Life is good.
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  • [congregation applauding]
  • 00:12:30.240 --> 00:12:34.080
  • So being morose and solemn in Christianity is not holy.
  • 00:12:34.090 --> 00:12:40.160
  • Joy is.
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  • Joy is.
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  • It's the second fruit of the Spirit after love.
  • 00:12:43.230 --> 00:12:45.120
  • Being a joyful, laughing, happy, smiling person is a good thing.
  • 00:12:45.130 --> 00:12:53.090
  • Your joy is holy.
  • 00:12:53.100 --> 00:12:56.120
  • And many of you, you get teased because you're so happy and you
  • 00:12:56.130 --> 00:12:58.250
  • have all this joy in your life.
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  • Never let people mock you because you're joyful.
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  • When people mock your joy, they mock God,
  • 00:13:04.180 --> 00:13:07.230
  • because your joy is from the Lord,
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  • and it is your strength.
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  • So be proud of your joy.
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  • It's a good thing.
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  • Keep smiling.
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  • Keep enjoying your day, and don't let people
  • 00:13:16.280 --> 00:13:19.170
  • bring you down, okay?
  • 00:13:19.180 --> 00:13:21.150
  • So to be joyful, I believe, for many Christians,
  • 00:13:21.160 --> 00:13:24.170
  • I believe if you are a Christian,
  • 00:13:24.180 --> 00:13:26.210
  • even if you've lost your way, even if you've back-slid,
  • 00:13:26.220 --> 00:13:29.160
  • even if you've mistakes, I believe you have joy
  • 00:13:29.170 --> 00:13:32.070
  • in you right now.
  • 00:13:32.080 --> 00:13:33.200
  • It's in there.
  • 00:13:33.210 --> 00:13:35.010
  • And to feel it, to feel the joy means you gotta prime the pump.
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  • There's these farms.
  • 00:13:39.120 --> 00:13:42.070
  • My dad and one--my grandpa was from one in Iowa.
  • 00:13:42.080 --> 00:13:44.240
  • And I remember there was this pump.
  • 00:13:44.250 --> 00:13:46.150
  • And to get the water out you gotta pour a little bit of water
  • 00:13:46.160 --> 00:13:48.270
  • in, and then you get all this water out of the well,
  • 00:13:48.280 --> 00:13:50.220
  • and you can get as much as you want.
  • 00:13:50.230 --> 00:13:52.040
  • It's called priming the pump.
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  • Any farmers? No.
  • 00:13:53.170 --> 00:13:54.270
  • You got one right here. That's what you gotta do.
  • 00:13:54.280 --> 00:13:56.200
  • Sometimes you gotta put a little bit of water in there to prime
  • 00:13:56.210 --> 00:13:58.270
  • the pump to get all the water out.
  • 00:13:58.280 --> 00:14:00.110
  • And I think that the, sort of, the well of happiness
  • 00:14:00.120 --> 00:14:03.180
  • and joy in your life is a bit this way.
  • 00:14:03.190 --> 00:14:05.080
  • Sometimes you've got to do a little bit to get
  • 00:14:05.090 --> 00:14:07.000
  • a lot out of it.
  • 00:14:07.010 --> 00:14:08.100
  • You've got to prime the pump.
  • 00:14:08.110 --> 00:14:09.240
  • You have to totally fake it.
  • 00:14:09.250 --> 00:14:12.140
  • That's what you have to do.
  • 00:14:12.150 --> 00:14:14.090
  • And I'm not kidding.
  • 00:14:14.100 --> 00:14:15.270
  • You need to act happy even when you don't feel happy.
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  • Make a decision that you're going to act happy.
  • 00:14:19.180 --> 00:14:22.200
  • I'm--what I'm really saying is that by default,
  • 00:14:22.210 --> 00:14:28.280
  • like, that's you're default mode is happiness.
  • 00:14:28.290 --> 00:14:32.010
  • Now, like, if I don't have any reason to feel any emotion at
  • 00:14:32.020 --> 00:14:34.260
  • all, I'm gonna choose to feel happy.
  • 00:14:34.270 --> 00:14:37.050
  • That happiness is my default, amen?
  • 00:14:37.060 --> 00:14:40.000
  • So there's a couple of reasons for this.
  • 00:14:40.010 --> 00:14:42.170
  • The first is this: the people who love you deserve
  • 00:14:42.180 --> 00:14:46.290
  • happy company.
  • 00:14:47.000 --> 00:14:49.050
  • Don't you think?
  • 00:14:49.060 --> 00:14:51.080
  • The people who love you and wanna be with you,
  • 00:14:51.090 --> 00:14:54.010
  • man, they deserve happy company.
  • 00:14:54.020 --> 00:14:57.130
  • Imagine you're in a room with ten people,
  • 00:14:57.140 --> 00:15:00.210
  • and you all love each other very much,
  • 00:15:00.220 --> 00:15:03.050
  • and you're all very close.
  • 00:15:03.060 --> 00:15:04.260
  • And one of these people is grieving.
  • 00:15:04.270 --> 00:15:07.150
  • Is it okay for those other nine people to not grieve,
  • 00:15:07.160 --> 00:15:10.060
  • also, if they truly love that person?
  • 00:15:10.070 --> 00:15:12.190
  • It's not, right?
  • 00:15:12.200 --> 00:15:14.000
  • If one person is feeling blue and sad and everybody else is
  • 00:15:14.010 --> 00:15:16.220
  • feeling happy, that one grieving person will bring down the other
  • 00:15:16.230 --> 00:15:21.060
  • nine people who are happy.
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  • He--they've actually given them a choice.
  • 00:15:22.260 --> 00:15:24.070
  • If you go into a room with people who love you,
  • 00:15:24.080 --> 00:15:25.270
  • and you're feeling morose and sad,
  • 00:15:25.280 --> 00:15:29.040
  • and it's not for anything in particular,
  • 00:15:29.050 --> 00:15:31.120
  • like, you know, like a big loss, you're just kinda feeling blue,
  • 00:15:31.130 --> 00:15:34.060
  • and you bring that into a room, you've now given
  • 00:15:34.070 --> 00:15:37.000
  • everybody a choice.
  • 00:15:37.010 --> 00:15:38.130
  • They either get to feel blue, also.
  • 00:15:38.140 --> 00:15:40.160
  • That's choice number one.
  • 00:15:40.170 --> 00:15:41.290
  • Or they get to be rude and act happy even though
  • 00:15:42.000 --> 00:15:44.020
  • you're not happy.
  • 00:15:44.030 --> 00:15:45.230
  • So you've given everybody a choice between being rude
  • 00:15:45.240 --> 00:15:48.100
  • or being morose.
  • 00:15:48.110 --> 00:15:50.230
  • And I know what so many of you are thinking.
  • 00:15:50.240 --> 00:15:53.010
  • We'll there's this pride thing in all of us
  • 00:15:53.020 --> 00:15:56.040
  • when we feel this way.
  • 00:15:56.050 --> 00:15:57.160
  • "I'm just not gonna do it. This is a bunch of bull.
  • 00:15:57.170 --> 00:15:59.210
  • I'm not gonna be fake.
  • 00:15:59.220 --> 00:16:01.080
  • I'm not gonna pretend. I'm me."
  • 00:16:01.090 --> 00:16:03.140
  • There's this, like, pride thing that says,
  • 00:16:03.150 --> 00:16:05.040
  • "I'm not gonna do that, so, you know what?
  • 00:16:05.050 --> 00:16:07.090
  • You're right.
  • 00:16:07.100 --> 00:16:08.190
  • I'm just not gonna be around people anymore."
  • 00:16:08.200 --> 00:16:10.210
  • And that's not good, either.
  • 00:16:10.220 --> 00:16:12.160
  • People need your joy.
  • 00:16:12.170 --> 00:16:15.010
  • You've got so much joy in you.
  • 00:16:15.020 --> 00:16:17.040
  • When you let your joy out around people,
  • 00:16:17.050 --> 00:16:19.150
  • it lifts them up.
  • 00:16:19.160 --> 00:16:21.000
  • It encourages them.
  • 00:16:21.010 --> 00:16:22.230
  • We need to be people who just take initiative and fake it
  • 00:16:22.240 --> 00:16:26.250
  • 'til you make it.
  • 00:16:26.260 --> 00:16:28.240
  • Acting happy makes you feel happy.
  • 00:16:28.250 --> 00:16:32.210
  • And I just wanna make this argument, okay?
  • 00:16:32.220 --> 00:16:34.290
  • When you act happy even if you don't feel happy,
  • 00:16:35.000 --> 00:16:39.060
  • it's not faking it.
  • 00:16:39.070 --> 00:16:40.280
  • It's a life-hack.
  • 00:16:40.290 --> 00:16:43.000
  • That's exactly right.
  • 00:16:43.010 --> 00:16:45.160
  • Acting happy when you don't feel happy is a life-hack.
  • 00:16:46.180 --> 00:16:50.000
  • It's a way to train your body, to train your brain,
  • 00:16:50.010 --> 00:16:52.220
  • your body, your soul, your spirit to,
  • 00:16:52.230 --> 00:16:55.010
  • like, be happy as a default, to be a blessing to others and to
  • 00:16:55.020 --> 00:16:59.190
  • be a blessing to yourself.
  • 00:16:59.200 --> 00:17:02.110
  • And I know if you're a Millennial like me,
  • 00:17:02.120 --> 00:17:04.130
  • you're just, like, "Oh, it's so fake.
  • 00:17:04.140 --> 00:17:06.020
  • I don't wanna be fake."
  • 00:17:06.030 --> 00:17:07.160
  • But let me just tell you Advil is fake.
  • 00:17:07.170 --> 00:17:10.010
  • Showers are fake.
  • 00:17:10.020 --> 00:17:11.200
  • Brushing your teeth is fake.
  • 00:17:11.210 --> 00:17:13.120
  • Putting on deodorant is fake.
  • 00:17:13.130 --> 00:17:14.290
  • Thank you for being fake.
  • 00:17:15.000 --> 00:17:16.290
  • Thank you for not being you're real,
  • 00:17:17.000 --> 00:17:19.200
  • natural, b.o.-ish self and washing that self off.
  • 00:17:19.210 --> 00:17:23.200
  • This self-righteous, like, stuff about,
  • 00:17:23.210 --> 00:17:27.090
  • "Well, I can be fake about some things,
  • 00:17:27.100 --> 00:17:28.290
  • but not others," is not helping you,
  • 00:17:29.000 --> 00:17:31.120
  • and it's not helping anybody.
  • 00:17:31.130 --> 00:17:32.250
  • And that is fake.
  • 00:17:32.260 --> 00:17:34.280
  • Acting happy when you don't feel happy is a way of training your
  • 00:17:34.290 --> 00:17:37.260
  • body and your mind to be happy, especially if
  • 00:17:37.270 --> 00:17:41.060
  • you have no reason.
  • 00:17:41.070 --> 00:17:43.200
  • One of the most obvious ways you can act happy even if you don't
  • 00:17:43.210 --> 00:17:47.260
  • feel happy is smiling.
  • 00:17:47.270 --> 00:17:50.100
  • Smiling.
  • 00:17:50.110 --> 00:17:52.070
  • I don't believe if you're with people that you love,
  • 00:17:52.080 --> 00:17:56.160
  • I don't think you can actually fake a smile.
  • 00:17:56.170 --> 00:18:00.080
  • And I'm gonna test it here, okay?
  • 00:18:00.090 --> 00:18:01.200
  • I just wanna point out this is not a cool church, all right?
  • 00:18:01.210 --> 00:18:04.060
  • We're not at being super-cool.
  • 00:18:04.070 --> 00:18:05.210
  • We are a joyful church.
  • 00:18:05.220 --> 00:18:07.110
  • So I wanna see everybody fake a smile.
  • 00:18:07.120 --> 00:18:09.100
  • And everybody that's not gonna fake a smile is basically
  • 00:18:09.110 --> 00:18:11.000
  • saying, "I'm too cool to smile."
  • 00:18:11.010 --> 00:18:12.270
  • So let's go. I can see you.
  • 00:18:12.280 --> 00:18:15.110
  • You don't think I can. I can see everybody in the back.
  • 00:18:15.120 --> 00:18:17.150
  • I can see Adam. I can see Al.
  • 00:18:17.160 --> 00:18:19.270
  • I can see the camera guy.
  • 00:18:19.280 --> 00:18:21.120
  • So I wanna see you try and fake a smile to me.
  • 00:18:21.130 --> 00:18:26.110
  • [laughing]
  • 00:18:26.120 --> 00:18:29.030
  • You can do a mean smile.
  • 00:18:29.040 --> 00:18:31.230
  • That's good.
  • 00:18:31.240 --> 00:18:33.150
  • Now, notice, when you fake a smile with friends,
  • 00:18:33.160 --> 00:18:37.200
  • it's fake at first, and then because it's so ridiculous that
  • 00:18:37.210 --> 00:18:41.090
  • you're faking a smile after a pastor told you to in church
  • 00:18:41.100 --> 00:18:43.290
  • that happy feelings come, right?
  • 00:18:44.000 --> 00:18:46.130
  • A little bit.
  • 00:18:46.140 --> 00:18:47.270
  • That is actually scientific that there is no such thing
  • 00:18:47.280 --> 00:18:53.260
  • as a fake smile.
  • 00:18:53.270 --> 00:18:57.040
  • Scientifically, that is.
  • 00:18:57.050 --> 00:18:59.070
  • It's a great article I read by Leo Widrich.
  • 00:18:59.080 --> 00:19:03.280
  • And he talked about the science of smiling.
  • 00:19:03.290 --> 00:19:06.150
  • A secular guy.
  • 00:19:06.160 --> 00:19:08.130
  • And he said this: "When your smile muscles contract there is
  • 00:19:08.140 --> 00:19:12.280
  • a positive feedback loop that reinforces our feelings of joy."
  • 00:19:12.290 --> 00:19:18.030
  • In other words, when you feel joy,
  • 00:19:18.040 --> 00:19:19.130
  • you smile, right?
  • 00:19:19.140 --> 00:19:20.240
  • That's naturally.
  • 00:19:20.250 --> 00:19:22.060
  • If you're like, "Oh, great. I won the lottery.
  • 00:19:22.070 --> 00:19:24.120
  • Yeah," you know, or whatever?
  • 00:19:24.130 --> 00:19:26.190
  • "They serve breakfast all day at McDonalds," you know?
  • 00:19:26.200 --> 00:19:31.130
  • We don't realize that the opposite is true as well.
  • 00:19:31.140 --> 00:19:34.000
  • Even if you don't feel those things of joy,
  • 00:19:34.010 --> 00:19:35.230
  • but if you smile, it activates--it's the chemicals in
  • 00:19:35.240 --> 00:19:39.010
  • your brain that actually make you feel joy.
  • 00:19:39.020 --> 00:19:40.180
  • So I don't feel joy and I fake a smile.
  • 00:19:40.190 --> 00:19:43.100
  • Fake smile. Real smile.
  • 00:19:43.110 --> 00:19:45.050
  • Oh, okay.
  • 00:19:45.060 --> 00:19:46.190
  • So it creates a loop in your brain that actually causes
  • 00:19:46.200 --> 00:19:49.160
  • you to feel happy.
  • 00:19:49.170 --> 00:19:51.210
  • When they were doing a study about the reward centers in the
  • 00:19:51.220 --> 00:19:54.060
  • brain and things that activate that reward center that makes
  • 00:19:54.070 --> 00:19:57.170
  • people feel happy, things like victory,
  • 00:19:57.180 --> 00:19:59.200
  • almost at the very top, not quite at the top,
  • 00:19:59.210 --> 00:20:02.210
  • but almost at the very top was chocolate.
  • 00:20:02.220 --> 00:20:05.170
  • I know you're surprised by that, but chocolate actually makes
  • 00:20:05.180 --> 00:20:08.140
  • you feel happy.
  • 00:20:08.150 --> 00:20:09.260
  • It's true.
  • 00:20:09.270 --> 00:20:11.080
  • But there was one thing, one thing--that beat chocolate.
  • 00:20:11.090 --> 00:20:15.140
  • You know what it was?
  • 00:20:15.150 --> 00:20:16.270
  • Faking a smile.
  • 00:20:16.280 --> 00:20:18.190
  • According to the study, "smiling reinforces our brains reward
  • 00:20:18.200 --> 00:20:22.060
  • mechanism in a way that even chocolate cannot match."
  • 00:20:22.070 --> 00:20:28.030
  • When you act happy even though you don't feel happy,
  • 00:20:28.040 --> 00:20:30.250
  • you are actually chemically changing the brain and altering
  • 00:20:30.260 --> 00:20:33.090
  • your body to be a happy body.
  • 00:20:33.100 --> 00:20:35.120
  • Do you wanna happy body? Me, too.
  • 00:20:35.130 --> 00:20:37.250
  • Train it. Make it so.
  • 00:20:37.260 --> 00:20:39.210
  • There was a famous study called a "Yearbook Study."
  • 00:20:39.220 --> 00:20:42.240
  • Do we have that picture?
  • 00:20:42.250 --> 00:20:44.150
  • The "Yearbook Study" of people who are
  • 00:20:44.160 --> 00:20:46.270
  • graduating from high school.
  • 00:20:46.280 --> 00:20:48.260
  • And they went through their yearbook pictures,
  • 00:20:48.270 --> 00:20:51.090
  • and they took the ones that they thought were authentic--big
  • 00:20:51.100 --> 00:20:55.030
  • smiles versus, like, the small, kind of,
  • 00:20:55.040 --> 00:20:56.240
  • like, just-posing-for-a-camera- smile,
  • 00:20:56.250 --> 00:20:59.060
  • and they wanted to see what would happened.
  • 00:20:59.070 --> 00:21:02.170
  • And they showed that people who had the bigger smiles led
  • 00:21:02.180 --> 00:21:05.030
  • happier lives, they had happier marriages,
  • 00:21:05.040 --> 00:21:07.190
  • and they had fewer set-backs.
  • 00:21:07.200 --> 00:21:10.000
  • Completely reinforcing the idea that people who act happy lead
  • 00:21:10.010 --> 00:21:13.190
  • happier lives.
  • 00:21:13.200 --> 00:21:15.180
  • There was also a famous baseball study when they went through and
  • 00:21:15.190 --> 00:21:19.200
  • they studied the lives of some old baseball cards from
  • 00:21:19.210 --> 00:21:23.070
  • the '50s, or '40s.
  • 00:21:23.080 --> 00:21:25.050
  • And they wanted to see what would happen to the guys in the
  • 00:21:25.060 --> 00:21:27.050
  • baseball cards who smiled versus the guys who didn't smile.
  • 00:21:27.060 --> 00:21:30.090
  • And they actually found out a lot of startling things,
  • 00:21:30.100 --> 00:21:33.010
  • but the most startling thing was that the men in the pictures
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  • that smiled for their baseball cards versus those who didn't
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  • lived 7 years longer than the ones who didn't smile.
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  • Wanna add 7 years to your life?
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  • Smile more.
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  • Smiling, acting happy is actually a way to feel the joy
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  • that God has already given you.
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  • And when you release your joy to others,
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  • when you smile more, when you laugh more in spite of the
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  • challenges that you're facing, you're being brave.
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  • You're working hard.
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  • You're taking initiative.
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  • You're blessing God, you're blessing others,
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  • and you're blessing me, and I'm proud of you.
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  • I want you to be joyful and happier.
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  • And I want you to be happier every day.
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  • Every day you can be even happier than you are now.
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  • And there is no limit--and this is proven--to the amount of
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  • happiness that you can experience in your life.
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  • When you don't feel happy, just smile.
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  • Smile more.
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  • And do the things that you would do if you were happy.
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  • You used to smile more, you know?
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  • The average adult smiles 20 times a day,
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  • but the average child smiles 400 times a day.
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  • What happened?
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  • I think a bit part of it is society.
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  • It's not cool to be happy anymore.
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  • It's not cool to smile.
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  • You know what?
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  • I don't care about being cool anymore.
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  • I wanna be happy.
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  • How 'bout you?
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  • I don't care about peers who want me to be grumpy,
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  • and stern, and morose, and manly,
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  • and all of these ridiculous things.
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  • I'm gonna be a happy person.
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  • I'm gonna choose to smile, and laugh,
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  • and enjoy my life, and love the people I do life with,
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  • because the people that love me deserve happy company.
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  • Your joy that God has given you is your strength.
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  • I'm proud of you.
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  • I'm so happy to know that you are a joyful person.
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  • Don't let anybody put you down because you're
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  • joy-filled and happy.
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  • God has given it to you.
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  • It's his gift. Don't turn it away.
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  • In Jesus' name, amen.
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  • Let's pray.
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  • Father, thank you so much for inviting us here.
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  • And thank you that you've made us happy students of Jesus.
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  • And, so, Lord, I pray for everybody that's wrestling,
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  • especially--I just pray against pride in particular.
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  • Those who have the source of pride that,
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  • I think, is from the enemy that wants to keep us sad and morose,
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  • these defense mechanisms.
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  • Lord, today we decided to do the hard work of being vulnerable,
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  • being whole-hearted, of being ourselves,
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  • of not hiding, and that we're gonna choose every single day to
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  • be joy-filled, happy people.
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  • Lord, we love you so much.
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  • This in Jesus' name we pray, amen."
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  • male announcer: When you give to our ministry,
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  • we wanna say a small "thank you."
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  • So when you give a gift of $40 or more,
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  • we will send you a "Creed of the Beloved" tumbler.
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  • Let it be a reminder that God is your provider.
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  • Bobby: Every single week we get,
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  • literally, thousands of letters from people all around the world
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  • who tell us that their lives were radically transformed.
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  • Every single letter we get we open,
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  • and we read it.
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  • Every prayer request we get we pray for those people.
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  • And every time we do it our team is so encouraged.
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  • And we're encouraged because lives are being changed.
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  • We want you to know that that's not our doing,
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  • that's your doing.
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  • When you give to this ministry, you are making such a big impact
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  • on people's lives.
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  • This is crazy.
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  • Like, every week we have to raise lots and lots of money to
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  • pay for air-time.
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  • If one month goes by that we don't get money,
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  • we go off the air.
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  • And we're so, so thankful for your generosity.
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  • Here's one story that was touched because of your
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  • generosity.
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  • Kassy: Dear Bobby, I am an inmate at a correctional
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  • facility here in Tennessee.
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  • I have been incarcerated since February 1998,
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  • but only recently discovered "Hour of Power."
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  • I am a stronger, more seeking Christian because of the message
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  • Jesus gives through you.
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  • And even I, a sinner who is locked away for a crime,
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  • still feel the love and forgiveness of Christ.
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  • You have helped me realize that though many may look down upon
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  • me, God controls everything.
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  • I am forgiven, loved, and want to be a part of life again.
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  • I will be going home within the next few years.
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  • It's scary to consider what that will be like,
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  • but you have given me hope and faith.
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  • I thank you, and I send you this high-five in praise and
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  • gratitude for what Christ does through you.
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  • Billy: Kassy, we want you to know you really are a part of
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  • this church family.
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  • High-five right back at you.
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  • Seriously, you are not what you do.
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  • You're not what you have.
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  • You're not what people say about you.
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  • We believe that for you.
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  • We love you, and we're rooting for you.
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  • For everybody else that's watching on TV,
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  • we just want you to know that this is one of thousands of
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  • stories from people who are touched because of your giving.
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  • So thank you, and please continue to support this
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  • ministry as we reach people all around the world.
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  • or a recurring gift of $20 or more,
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  • Every time you take a sip let it be a reminder that God is your
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  • provider, and he unconditionally loves you just as you are.
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