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January 20, 2017
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  • Bobby Schuller: Thank you for joining us today,
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  • and if you're ever in this area,
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  • come down and worship with us here at Shepherd's Grove.
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  • All right, would you say this with me?
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  • Hold your hands out like this as a sign of receiving.
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  • "I'm not what I do. 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. It's who I am.
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  • No one can take it from me. 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 have a great video next about our guest, Nick Vujicic.
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  • Nick: Know that we are not alone and we need each other.
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  • We need to uplift this message of hope around the world
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  • to know that we are one.
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  • The body of Christ is one,
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  • and together we can hold each other.
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  • We can uplift each other.
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  • We can support each other.
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  • We can encourage each other.
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  • Nick Vujicic: Good morning.
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  • Thank you for your welcome.
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  • And I want to say, first of all, it's an honor,
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  • a privilege to be back.
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  • God bless you and your church.
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  • And I want you all to know I don't know who you are,
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  • and I don't know what you're expecting to hear.
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  • And maybe you're going through something right now in your life
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  • or your loved one, and I just pray that this message is very,
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  • very encouraging to you.
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  • As Hannah had read the psalm, Psalm 23, I think it's about
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  • the 5th line where it says, "He restores my soul."
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  • Can you say that with me?
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  • "He restores my soul."
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  • You know, when you find about the truth of the knowledge of
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  • Jesus Christ as we were talking earlier, all you want to do
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  • is share that with the world.
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  • And I'm privileged to tell you and humbled to tell you
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  • that God really has an amazing plan for you.
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  • Even sometimes when all you see are broken pieces,
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  • I want you to know that God can do beautiful things
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  • with your broken pieces if you give your broken pieces to God.
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  • And I stand before you limbless, but I'm not disabled
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  • because I have walked by faith and not by sight.
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  • And when you go by faith, you put a G-O in front of the world
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  • "disabled" and it spells God is able.
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  • To do what?
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  • To do exceedingly, abundantly more than you can ever ask,
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  • imagine, or attain.
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  • Can you say the word "attain"?
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  • Do you know what that means?
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  • That means God wants to give you so much more than you
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  • can ever hold with one hand, two hand, ten hands.
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  • When you have a hand that's holding on to something
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  • and the five fingers are closed, how much can you receive
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  • when your fingers are closed?
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  • Nothing.
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  • All you have is what's in your hand.
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  • And it's amazing as we live in a society that gets busier
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  • and busier and faster and faster, and you look
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  • from this season to the next season of your life
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  • hoping that things might be a little bit different.
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  • Let me just tell you about the sadness of our human state
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  • in a humorous way.
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  • Are you ready?
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  • I was in front of an 8-year-old crowd one day and I asked
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  • the kids, I said, "Can I ask you a question?"
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  • They said, "Uh-huh."
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  • And I said, "Have you ever been stressed?"
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  • And they're like, "Oh yeah!"
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  • I'm like, "What could be possibly
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  • stressing out 8-year-olds?"
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  • They told me homework and their siblings,
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  • that's what stresses them out.
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  • I said, "I'm very, very sorry." And it's true.
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  • It's like, you know, when you got bigger siblings, then,
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  • you know, they pull on your hair,
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  • it's stressful,right?
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  • Then you have 17-year-olds and they gotta get out
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  • of high school 'cause then they gotta get into college.
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  • "If I could just get into the right college,
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  • then everything's gonna be okay."
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  • Are they wrong or what?
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  • They get into college, and what do they need now?
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  • Money.
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  • "Oh Lord, give me a job, please.
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  • If I could just get a job, then everything's gonna be okay."
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  • They finally get their job and after 2 days,
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  • they look at their boss, they look at God.
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  • You say, "Really, God, you gave me him?
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  • I hate him. He stresses me out."
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  • Then, oh, the single people.
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  • Oh, oh, the single people.
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  • Oh, the choir liked that one.
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  • Got some married people up there, right?
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  • "Oh Lord, if I can just find the one,
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  • then everything is gonna be okay."
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  • No, go talk to some married people 'cause if you
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  • ain't happy single, you ain't gonna be happy married.
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  • Can you hear an amen?
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  • All the married people said amen.
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  • I have two questions for you this morning, who are you,
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  • and what do you want?
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  • I wanted arms and legs 'cause I never would have imagined
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  • that I would ever be happy or have a purpose-filled life
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  • without limbs.
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  • You see, you can have arms and legs, but I tell teenagers
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  • all the time, I believe it's worse being in a broken home
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  • than having no arms and legs.
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  • You can have arms and legs but you don't know
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  • what you're living for.
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  • They say that you haven't found something to live for
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  • until you found something to die for.
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  • Is there such a thing?
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  • Is there such a thing as an absolute hope?
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  • You know, many people have different philosophies
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  • about hope and life.
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  • I was 12 years old in an airport and this woman,
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  • she sees me she says, "Hello."
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  • I said, "Hello."
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  • She said, "Were you born this way?"
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  • I said, "Yes."
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  • She said, "Have you ever wondered why?"
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  • And I said, "Yes."
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  • She said, "Well, I know why."
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  • And I'm thinking, wait a second,
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  • she's a total stranger.
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  • She didn't even know my name and now she's gonna tell me
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  • why I was born this way.
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  • I mean for real, my doctors, my parents, they don't know
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  • why I was born this way.
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  • Lady Gaga sure don't why I was born this way
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  • and now this strangers knows.
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  • And so, what happens is I listen to her and she says,
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  • "Have you ever heard of reincarnation?"
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  • And I said, "No."
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  • She said, "Well, this is what exactly happened."
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  • I said, "What happened?"
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  • She said, "In your previous life--"
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  • And I'm like--first flag.
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  • I'm like previous life?
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  • I didn't even have the fingerprints to this life.
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  • How did she find me?
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  • She said, "In your previous life,
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  • you were a very, very, very bad boy."
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  • And I said, "Thanks."
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  • She said, "But don't worry, now that you're a good boy,
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  • you'll come back in your next life like a butterfly."
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  • And I'm thinking, I don't think I want to be a butterfly.
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  • I'm gonna tell her how many butterflies I've killed
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  • in my wheelchair.
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  • I ain't gonna be a butterfly.
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  • People have different philosophies.
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  • You know those people, "All you need is positivity.
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  • Just be positive."
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  • You know what my conclusion is?
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  • They haven't gone through something real enough yet,
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  • because when you are told by your doctors you got stage four
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  • pancreatic cancer, how can you be positive unless you know that
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  • you're a child of God, you're an ambassador of the King of kings
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  • and Lord of lords, God's angels are around you, and the Spirit
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  • of God that raised Jesus Christ from the dead lives in you.
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  • Why wouldn't we be positive?
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  • Yes, it's hard for my dad to have cancer.
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  • Yes, we've cried many, many tears,
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  • but every time I leave his side I say,
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  • "Dad, I'm coming home and if I don't see you here,
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  • I'll see you up there."
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  • Who knows?
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  • I could die in a plane crash or car crash
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  • before my dad actually dies of cancer.
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  • Who knows?
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  • My dad could be healed.
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  • Actually, I have a pair of shoes in my closet
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  • just in case God gives me arms and legs.
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  • Why?
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  • Because we walk by faith and not by sight but the peace of God
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  • that surpasses all understanding can guide your heart and your
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  • mind in Christ Jesus through every single season
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  • of your life.
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  • It's not about going from a valley to a mountain.
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  • It's about deciding to walk with Jesus Christ,
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  • that is the deciding factor that changes everything.
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  • I don't need arms and legs.
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  • Can I show you my beautiful family up on the screen?
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  • This is Kanae.
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  • She's half Japanese, half Mexican, Japs-ican.
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  • And that's Kiyoshi in the red.
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  • He's 3 1/2 years old, way taller than me already.
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  • And they Dejan.
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  • He's so cute.
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  • He's about 14 months now.
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  • And I look at that photo and if I had fingers,
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  • I'd be pinching myself because dreams come true.
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  • Beautiful miracles can come from your broken pieces and when you
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  • don't get a miracle, you can still be a miracle for somebody
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  • else like the 30-odd people that I've met around the world
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  • in 63 countries who have no limbs.
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  • Can you imagine those conversations?
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  • Can you imagine the parents of the children
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  • with no limbs having conversations with my parents?
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  • It's very game changing to the point where here
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  • in southern California I saw a limbless boy.
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  • I asked you what you want, here's what I want.
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  • You see, I met a little boy called Daniel here in California
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  • and now he swims, he goes to school,
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  • And I told his mom I said, "When he goes to school
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  • and he gets bullied, I'm gonna come there in my wheelchair
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  • and I'm gonna run them all over."
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  • I heard a Christian clap to that.
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  • You shouldn't be clapping to that.
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  • But 6 years ago, I went to his school
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  • and now he's not getting teased and bullied.
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  • And I want you to know this is what I want.
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  • One day when I'm in heaven because now little Daniel and
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  • his family knows that God has a plan for him, too,
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  • one day I'm gonna be in heaven with my own two new arms,
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  • my own new legs, and I'm gonna be in heaven chillin'
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  • And I'll hear my name. "Hey Nick!"
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  • I'm gonna look.
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  • It will be Daniel Martinez running to me with his new legs,
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  • hugging me with his new arms and saying, "Thank you, brother
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  • for helping me believe that this place called heaven was real."
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  • [congregation applauding]
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  • Money, drugs, sex, alcohol, pornography, fame, and fortune.
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  • If you put your happiness in temporary things,
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  • your happiness will be temporary, even if you put
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  • your happiness just in doing good.
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  • You gotta put your happiness in Jesus.
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  • Know him intimately as your friend.
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  • My heavenly Father, he knows me.
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  • I know him.
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  • He has given me everything I need.
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  • And there is no redemption like the redemption
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  • and the power of Jesus Christ.
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  • He's the only one who said, "I am God."
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  • He's the only one what said, "I am holy."
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  • He's the only one who could ever die for anyone else's sin
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  • because he had no sin.
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  • You see, if my and Bobby are driving our different cars,
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  • and that would be very interesting if I would ever
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  • be driving a car next to you.
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  • I'd probably have a drag race with you.
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  • I'd be tempted to that anyway.
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  • So, but let's say that me and Bobby, we're driving
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  • in L.A. streets and we both get a ticket.
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  • And we find out, "Hey, Bobby."
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  • "Hey Nick, I got a ticket."
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  • "Oh, so did I."
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  • Now, I can't pay for his ticket and he can't pay for mine.
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  • We have to pay for our own tickets.
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  • If we only have $500 in the bank and our ticket's 500 bucks,
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  • I can't pay Bobby's ticket and he can't pay mine.
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  • Now, if Bobby didn't get a ticket 'cause he's a pastor
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  • and he's a very good young man, better than me, right?
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  • And he doesn't get a ticket, I get a ticket but he has
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  • 500 bucks and I don't have 500 bucks, listen,
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  • if Bobby pays my ticket and he doesn't have a ticket,
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  • when he pays the price for my ticket, I'm done.
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  • I'm free.
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  • The police aren't coming after me.
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  • You see, we all have sin.
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  • All of us have sin and that's the ticket.
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  • And I can't die for your sin and you can't die for mine,
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  • but Jesus who had no sin died on the cross for the world.
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  • God sent his Son.
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  • He beat the devil face to face.
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  • He conquered the two biggest disabilities that you'll
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  • ever face in your life, sin and death.
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  • Forget about arms and legs.
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  • It'd be cool to have arms and legs.
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  • It'd be so cool that if the roof now opens up and the glory
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  • of the Lord shone around us and we heard the angels sing,
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  • la, and bang.
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  • It'd be awesome.
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  • And I've seen miracles.
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  • I've seen lame people walk and crooked backs come straight,
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  • skin diseases fall off bodies within 24 hours.
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  • We prayed for a 17-year-old who was left in a hospital bed
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  • in Australia to die.
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  • In the hospital we prayed, next morning he's doing cartwheels
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  • down the hallways of the hospital with
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  • the doctors' jaws on the floor.
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  • I've seen miracles.
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  • Often I don't see them.
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  • Rarely, I see them.
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  • But greater than a physical miracle is the miracle of
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  • being saved, is the miracle of knowing him.
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  • Why?
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  • Because he lives. Jesus is alive.
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  • He's not dead and he has a real hope for you and me
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  • if you trust him.
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  • Trust your life into his hands and he will not fail.
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  • I don't know what redemptive stories you've ever heard in
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  • your life but when I'm in front of 650 slaves in India in 2008
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  • who've been kidnapped at age 10, bought for $700 as a slave,
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  • sometimes actually sold by their own parents.
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  • What are you gonna tell them?
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  • Reincarnation, better luck next time?
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  • Be positive?
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  • There was one religion that I'll never talk about because
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  • actually that one religion says, well, you just become
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  • your own god and whatever you believe it, that's what happens.
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  • That's so silly.
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  • You can't tell a slave that.
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  • Try.
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  • There are three other major religions that I could not talk
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  • to them about because they were a woman first
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  • and second they're a slave.
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  • That are three major actual big worldwide religions that
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  • actually already condemned them to no redemption,
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  • no hope because they're a slave.
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  • So, what am I gonna tell them, be an atheist?
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  • How does that help?
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  • You see, I can't be an atheist.
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  • I can't. I've seen way too much.
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  • When you see a demon, you can't be an atheist anymore.
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  • And if you don't believe that anything's happening
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  • on this earth that science cannot explain, go to a rural
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  • developing country where they have no hospitals
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  • and all they have are witchdoctors.
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  • They see supernatural things every single week.
  • 00:16:59.070 --> 00:17:03.030
  • There is more to this life than meets the eye.
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  • What is your hope?
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  • These girls who were once slave went to a Jesus camp
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  • rehabilitation, found a job, saved up money,
  • 00:17:13.190 --> 00:17:16.280
  • didn't save up for a car or for a house.
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  • They went back to the brothels, the very house that they were
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  • once slaves in, and actually went up to their former masters
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  • and say, "You don't remember me but you were once my master.
  • 00:17:24.180 --> 00:17:28.190
  • And I've come here to tell you that I love you and I forgive
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  • you with the love of Jesus Christ.
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  • I'm praying for you and I've come here to wash your feet.
  • 00:17:34.280 --> 00:17:40.290
  • And after they're done, here's $700.
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  • I'm taking another slave."
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  • They go through the rehab. They get a job.
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  • They together save up money.
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  • They go back and free another one and another one
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  • and another one.
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  • I've seen three cycles of this with my own eyes,
  • 00:17:55.030 --> 00:17:57.270
  • and I want you to know that hope is real
  • 00:17:57.280 --> 00:18:02.030
  • when your hope is in Jesus Christ.
  • 00:18:02.040 --> 00:18:05.280
  • Later that night, we saw a woman on the floor,
  • 00:18:05.290 --> 00:18:08.040
  • very frail, very old.
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  • She hadn't walked for 4 1/2 years.
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  • We prayed for her, that night she walked.
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  • Why do I tell you this story?
  • 00:18:15.140 --> 00:18:18.200
  • Because that woman who had not walked for 4 1/2 years
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  • and after we prayed for her, I didn't even lay hands on her.
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  • [congregation laughing]
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  • She walked for the very first time after 4 1/2 years of being
  • 00:18:30.240 --> 00:18:35.090
  • on the floor carried everywhere.
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  • My friend Dave Raj from "Teen Challenge Mumbai"
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  • who's single handedly by the grace of God rescued
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  • 350 slaves, he's an Indian man and he looked pale.
  • 00:18:44.010 --> 00:18:47.110
  • And it's hard for an Indian man to look pale.
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  • Did you get that?
  • 00:18:51.070 --> 00:18:54.060
  • He said, "Nick, I can be the believe it."
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  • I said, "What?"
  • 00:18:55.210 --> 00:18:57.020
  • He said, "That old woman wasn't just any old woman."
  • 00:18:57.030 --> 00:18:58.190
  • "The one who walked?"
  • 00:18:58.200 --> 00:18:59.290
  • He said, "Yes." I said, "Who was she?"
  • 00:19:00.020 --> 00:19:03.220
  • "That old woman who walked tonight miraculously was the
  • 00:19:03.230 --> 00:19:06.100
  • very woman who claimed that block of land 10 acres
  • 00:19:06.110 --> 00:19:10.020
  • in the city red light district.
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  • She's the one who started human trafficking
  • 00:19:12.130 --> 00:19:15.110
  • in this city 45 years ago.
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  • She was an evil woman responsible
  • 00:19:18.200 --> 00:19:20.270
  • for 40.000 girls plus,
  • 00:19:20.280 --> 00:19:25.020
  • and God still touched her, healed her."
  • 00:19:25.030 --> 00:19:31.040
  • Two weeks later, she gave her life to Jesus.
  • 00:19:31.050 --> 00:19:34.180
  • Three years later, human trafficking became illegal
  • 00:19:34.190 --> 00:19:37.250
  • in India in 2011 and guess what happened.
  • 00:19:37.260 --> 00:19:42.090
  • Dave Raj got permission to bulldoze the entire city block
  • 00:19:42.100 --> 00:19:47.070
  • and build a church right in the heart of Mumbai.
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  • [congregation applauding]
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  • I'm gonna now invite Alyssa Hicks to the stage.
  • 00:20:00.290 --> 00:20:04.150
  • She's someone who has not seen the light of day nor the color
  • 00:20:04.160 --> 00:20:08.130
  • of a rose and she, though, sees Jesus.
  • 00:20:08.140 --> 00:20:12.230
  • And it's because he lives that Alyssa who can't see has hope
  • 00:20:12.240 --> 00:20:18.030
  • and a limbless conductor conducts an orchestra
  • 00:20:18.040 --> 00:20:22.040
  • with his shoulders.
  • 00:20:22.050 --> 00:20:23.280
  • Because Jesus lives is why I have hope.
  • 00:20:23.290 --> 00:20:26.220
  • If you haven't found hope yet, he's knocking at your door.
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  • Let him in.
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  • Ladies and gentlemen, Alyssa Hicks,
  • 00:20:34.280 --> 00:20:37.010
  • "Because He Lives."
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  • [congregation applauding]
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  • [music]
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  • God sent His son, they called Him Jesus
  • 00:20:52.150 --> 00:21:01.160
  • He came to love, heal and forgive
  • 00:21:01.170 --> 00:21:10.200
  • He lived and died to buy my pardon
  • 00:21:10.210 --> 00:21:20.020
  • An empty grave is there to prove my Savior lives!
  • 00:21:20.030 --> 00:21:29.010
  • Because He lives, I can face tomorrow
  • 00:21:29.020 --> 00:21:38.060
  • Because He lives, all fear is gone
  • 00:21:38.070 --> 00:21:46.290
  • Because I know He holds the future
  • 00:21:47.000 --> 00:21:56.090
  • And life is worth the living
  • 00:21:56.100 --> 00:22:00.040
  • Just because He lives!
  • 00:22:00.050 --> 00:22:05.190
  • And then one day, I'll cross the river
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  • I'll fight life's final war with pain
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  • And then, as death gives way to victory
  • 00:22:32.110 --> 00:22:41.080
  • I'll see the lights of glory and I'll know He lives!
  • 00:22:41.090 --> 00:22:50.030
  • Because He lives, I can face tomorrow
  • 00:22:50.040 --> 00:22:59.120
  • Because He lives, all fear is gone
  • 00:22:59.130 --> 00:23:08.170
  • Because I know He holds the future
  • 00:23:08.180 --> 00:23:17.180
  • And life is worth the living
  • 00:23:17.190 --> 00:23:26.230
  • Just because He lives
  • 00:23:26.240 --> 00:23:33.140
  • Because He lives
  • 00:23:33.150 --> 00:23:38.260
  • He lives
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  • [congregation applauding]
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  • [congregation applauding]
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  • Bobby: Thank you Alyssa Hicks and Nick Vujicic, of course.
  • 00:24:02.030 --> 00:24:05.060
  • We appreciate you both so much.
  • 00:24:05.070 --> 00:24:06.260
  • And thank you for making this truly a special Sunday
  • 00:24:06.270 --> 00:24:09.150
  • for all of us here.
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  • And now rise for the benediction.
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  • The Lord bless you and keep you.
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  • The Lord make his face to shine upon you
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  • and be gracious unto you.
  • 00:24:18.010 --> 00:24:19.180
  • The Lord lift his countenance upon you and give you his peace.
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  • In the name of the Father, and of the Son,
  • 00:24:23.040 --> 00:24:25.080
  • and of the Holy Spirit, amen.
  • 00:24:25.090 --> 00:24:28.150
  • male: I was born in Baghdad, Iraq.
  • 00:24:29.270 --> 00:24:32.170
  • In 1991, my life and many others changed dramatically when
  • 00:24:32.180 --> 00:24:39.220
  • the Gulf War started and we all had to be soldiers.
  • 00:24:39.230 --> 00:24:43.220
  • What I saw and experienced there was horrible and inhumane.
  • 00:24:43.230 --> 00:24:48.200
  • I'm the only one of my barracks who survived.
  • 00:24:48.210 --> 00:24:52.150
  • I was angry with God and disappointed because
  • 00:24:52.160 --> 00:24:56.160
  • he allowed this to happen.
  • 00:24:56.170 --> 00:24:58.240
  • Though, I tried to move on, anger and sadness
  • 00:24:58.250 --> 00:25:02.210
  • stood by me as a shadow.
  • 00:25:02.220 --> 00:25:04.240
  • Then one day, I saw "Hour of Power."
  • 00:25:04.250 --> 00:25:08.020
  • A young man said, "God loves you no matter what you are."
  • 00:25:08.030 --> 00:25:12.180
  • I still question things but now I leave it to God because he
  • 00:25:12.190 --> 00:25:16.260
  • is the one who answers and I have to trust him.
  • 00:25:16.270 --> 00:25:20.120
  • For now, he says to me, "You are my beloved son.
  • 00:25:20.130 --> 00:25:24.160
  • I gave you life and I will lead each day."
  • 00:25:24.170 --> 00:25:28.160
  • This has changed my life forever.
  • 00:25:28.170 --> 00:25:31.080
  • I am now more positive and happy with my life.
  • 00:25:31.090 --> 00:25:34.250
  • I want to thank you for your message and for giving me
  • 00:25:34.260 --> 00:25:38.170
  • a different perspective and purpose in my life.
  • 00:25:38.180 --> 00:25:42.100
  • I know now that God is here and he loves me.
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  • Thank you.
  • 00:25:46.070 --> 00:25:47.230
  • Sincerely, Raf Imara.
  • 00:25:47.240 --> 00:25:49.200
  • Bobby: Raf, thank you so much and we're so thrilled about
  • 00:25:49.210 --> 00:25:52.050
  • your new positive attitude and your understanding
  • 00:25:52.060 --> 00:25:55.030
  • of God's love for you.
  • 00:25:55.040 --> 00:25:56.230
  • I mean, that's--that is why we get up in the morning
  • 00:25:56.240 --> 00:25:58.180
  • is for people like you.
  • 00:25:58.190 --> 00:25:59.280
  • And one of the reasons we're sharing these stories with the
  • 00:25:59.290 --> 00:26:02.200
  • whole world is because we have to raise money to continue
  • 00:26:02.210 --> 00:26:05.150
  • to reach these types of people.
  • 00:26:05.160 --> 00:26:07.150
  • When we ask for money, we're not asking for us.
  • 00:26:07.160 --> 00:26:09.100
  • We're asking for people like Raf.
  • 00:26:09.110 --> 00:26:11.010
  • We're asking for those people in the world that are going through
  • 00:26:11.020 --> 00:26:14.040
  • just a rough time, that are looking for hope.
  • 00:26:14.050 --> 00:26:16.290
  • They don't know where to look and then on the TV, we're there.
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  • Recently, we prayed about it and we took a huge leap
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  • to go on a nationwide network.
  • 00:26:24.130 --> 00:26:26.190
  • And the price tag was $16.000 a month,
  • 00:26:26.200 --> 00:26:29.010
  • and we just said, let's do it.
  • 00:26:29.020 --> 00:26:30.280
  • Let's step out in faith. Let's go.
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  • So, we did.
  • 00:26:32.240 --> 00:26:34.030
  • We made this move and we're asking people to get behind it.
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  • And if the millions of people that watch, if everybody plays
  • 00:26:36.060 --> 00:26:38.170
  • just a small part in this, it'll be a piece of cake.
  • 00:26:38.180 --> 00:26:41.080
  • We can totally do it and we're asking you to help us because
  • 00:26:41.090 --> 00:26:43.180
  • that $16.000 is gonna reach hundreds of thousands of people,
  • 00:26:43.190 --> 00:26:47.240
  • millions every year, if you get behind us
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  • and make our dream reality.
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  • We believe in you.
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  • It's not for us, it's for people that are hurting,
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  • people that need hope, and you're doing it.
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  • I'm so thankful for you.
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  • filled with testimonies of what God is doing in the lives
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  • of "Hour of Power" viewers.
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