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January 5, 2017
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Guest Nick Vujicic | Unstoppable Faith

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  • [congregation applauding]
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  • Bobby Schuller: Would you welcome with me Nick Vujicic?
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  • Nick, hi. Nice to see you.
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  • Nick Vujicic: Thank you.
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  • Bobby: So, if you don't know Nick,
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  • and Nick has tremendous faith in God, is one of the world's
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  • greatest communicators and preachers.
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  • But also, as you can see, he has no arms and legs,
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  • and that was a big challenge for you, but it was particularly
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  • when you were a kid.
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  • You talk a lot about the challenges you faced,
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  • sort of reconciling that.
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  • Nick: You know, being raised in a Christian home, and your
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  • mom and dad saying, "Oh, don't worry, God's got a plan for you,
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  • you're special," and I'm like,
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  • "I don't want to be special," right?
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  • I'm pretty unique as a guest to your interview
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  • because I bring my own chair, right, on this whole thing.
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  • But you know, unique in so many other ways, trying to figure
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  • out, well, you know, what does my life look like?
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  • What job am I going to get?
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  • I convinced myself that I'd never get married.
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  • And actually, the disability of feeling alone is worse than
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  • having no arms and no legs.
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  • But I'm not here to compare my suffering
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  • to anybody else's suffering.
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  • I tell teenagers all the time I believe it's worse being
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  • in a broken home than having no arms or legs.
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  • And so, we all go through ups and downs.
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  • And for me, it was obviously my challenge,
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  • but really it's the challenge was in my heart,
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  • and not really seeing a hope or future.
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  • Unfortunately, I went through depression,
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  • and actually attempted suicide at age ten.
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  • And I'm so glad to still be here, and I just want you
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  • to know I'm just one story, a testament of God's faithfulness
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  • that when you trust in him, that he does beautiful things with
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  • your broken pieces when you give your broken pieces a chance.
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  • And I just want you to know that God has a purpose
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  • and a plan for your life.
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  • And if God can use a man without arms and legs to be his hands
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  • and feet, then God can use any willing heart.
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  • Bobby: Amen to that, wow.
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  • [congregation applauding]
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  • Well, I want to encourage you guys to check out Nick's book,
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  • it'll be available afterwards.
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  • And there's a lot of his story, and a lot of the things
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  • that he's learned, real practical wisdom.
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  • And if you feel yourself stuck, or if you feel yourself kind of
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  • in a rut, Nick has just an incredible spirit and wisdom
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  • that I think can help guide you through that.
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  • We're going to be hearing from you a little bit later, and more
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  • of your story as you give a sermon this morning.
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  • But Nick, thank you so much for being here.
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  • We love you and appreciate you, and it's such an honor
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  • to have you here today.
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  • We love you, man.
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  • Nick: Can I just say I love you and Hannah
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  • and your family so much?
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  • May God bless you and your church and your ministry.
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  • And thank you, and we thank God for what he's doing
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  • through you guys.
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  • We love you guys so much. So proud of you, man.
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  • Bobby: Thanks, Nick. God bless you, man.
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  • Nick: Love you. Bobby: Thank you.
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  • [congregation applauding]
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  • Nick: Thank you!
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  • I always open up with a couple of funny stories.
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  • You know, when people see me for the first time, you know, kids,
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  • they look at me, they freak out a little bit,
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  • and they are like, "What happened?"
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  • And I go up to them and I say, "Cigarettes," right?
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  • When I was in a car one day, I'm in the front seat,
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  • and we're at the traffic lights,
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  • and this car comes up next to us.
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  • And this girl's looking at me, so I'm looking at her.
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  • You know, sorry, she's looking at me, I'm looking at her,
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  • she's looking at me, I'm looking at her.
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  • And all she sees is my head, right?
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  • So, I'm thinking to myself, "I'm going to freak her out."
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  • And so, I get the seatbelt in my mouth, and I loosen it like this
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  • so then I can freely move.
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  • Now, imagine all you see is my head, I just do this...
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  • [congregation laughing]
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  • And she thought my head did a 360 degree spin,
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  • and her face was like...
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  • So good. So good.
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  • So, I want to ask you two questions today.
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  • The first question is who are you?
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  • And what do you want?
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  • Do you see this table?
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  • This table to me is like an illustration of a timeline.
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  • I was 8 years old, and you see my Bible over there?
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  • That is the destiny that God has for you.
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  • God says he has a plan for you.
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  • You have a choice to do this.
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  • Are these big steps?
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  • Is this a big step? Is this a big step?
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  • Is this a big step?
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  • Is this a big step?
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  • I warned Bobby, I said, "Bobby, don't worry, I won't sue you for
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  • an arm and a leg, all right?
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  • It's all good.
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  • Don't worry, I won't break an arm or anything, all right?"
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  • But when I was 8 years old, we have a choice.
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  • Every age that we're in, we have a what?
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  • A choice.
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  • So, I did not know, if you fast forward to today,
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  • that I'm 33 years old, I'm a husband,
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  • a father of two, an evangelist
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  • who's met with 16 presidents, spoken at 9 governments,
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  • 1.4 billion people on TV, 600 million people
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  • heard the gospel on TV from a limbless guy?
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  • I mean, seriously, how can a limbless guy be the hands
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  • and feet of God?
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  • I'll tell you how, because God actually is pleased and has
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  • pleasure in using the foolish things of this world
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  • to confound the wise.
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  • It doesn't make sense for God to use stuttering Moses.
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  • It doesn't make sense to use David the shepherd boy.
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  • It doesn't make sense that an 8-year-old, at one point who
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  • felt like there was no hope, could now be standing
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  • in front of audiences to talk about real hope.
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  • Because when I was age eight, I did not see what was ahead,
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  • and all I saw were broken pieces.
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  • And every day of your life, you have a choice to live
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  • only by what you see, or live by faith.
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  • I had no faith.
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  • And when you have no faith, you convince yourself
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  • of the fearful conclusion and destiny for your life.
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  • The bullying at school got the best of me, and I walked away
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  • because I didn't understand that God could ever have a plan.
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  • And if he had a plan, seems pretty cruel to me.
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  • And I prayed by faith.
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  • The Bible says all you need is a mustard seed of faith.
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  • I had an avocado seed of faith, and still nothing happened.
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  • I prayed for arms and legs.
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  • I asked you what you want; let me tell you what I wanted.
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  • I wanted arms and legs.
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  • I mean, how cool would that be?
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  • I mean, seriously?
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  • Like right now, imagine the ceiling of the sanctuary opened
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  • up supernaturally, and that the glory of the Lord came into
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  • this room, and these angels are singing, "Laaa!"
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  • And bang, the light goes away, and I've got arms and legs.
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  • I mean, we'd all be like, "Huh?"
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  • I mean, I'd pick up Bobby and throw him up in the air
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  • if I could.
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  • I'd be so elated, I'd be so excited,
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  • it'd be so awesome.
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  • I prayed for arms and legs.
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  • They did not come.
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  • What does that mean?
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  • Is God real? Yes.
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  • Does he hear my prayer? Yes.
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  • Do I have to be a better person before God hears my prayer?
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  • No.
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  • Do I have to, like, lay hands on myself to pray?
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  • Do I have to start speaking in tongues?
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  • No.
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  • I want you to know I don't deny the gifts of the Holy Spirit,
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  • and there are some people who don't believe
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  • that miracles actually happen today.
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  • I can tell you that in my 33 years of experience
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  • of praying for thousands of people, out of those
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  • thousands of people, I've seen 13 miracles.
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  • I've seen a blind person see, a deaf person hear,
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  • a lame person walk.
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  • Crooked back, uneven legs totally come straight and even.
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  • It was unbelievable.
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  • I have a pair of shoes in my closet just in case
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  • God says yes to me.
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  • But that's why you pray for the sick.
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  • That's why I pray for my dad, who has stage four pancreatic
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  • cancer because I know that God is a God of miracles.
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  • And I can't be an atheist, because not only have I seen
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  • the good supernatural stuff that science cannot explain,
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  • but I've seen also the bad,
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  • dark side that science can't explain.
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  • And if you can't see a demon or an angel, or I can't show you
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  • God, just seriously if you're one of those people who only
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  • believe what science explains, go to a rural city in the middle
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  • of nowhere in just about any developing country, Africa,
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  • South America, Central America, India, places all around the
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  • world where they don't have a GP, they have a witch doctor
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  • that actually perform ceremonies where things actually happen.
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  • I want you to know I can't be an atheist.
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  • And I want you to know that I was very close to giving up.
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  • In fact, all these lies in not understanding what God has
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  • for me, "I'm never going to get married, how am I going
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  • to hold my wife's hand?"
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  • Well, little did I know that I don't need hands to hold my
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  • wife's heart.
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  • And you don't need to hold your wife's hand,
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  • you need to hold her heart.
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  • "Well, how am I going to hold my kids when they're crying?"
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  • Well, little did I know that when Kiyoshi cries, I can't put
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  • my arms around him, but he puts his arms around me.
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  • You see, beautiful things can come
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  • from your broken pieces, miracles.
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  • And when you don't get a miracle, you can still be
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  • a miracle for someone else, like 9 years ago.
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  • I was in front of a crowd, and I saw in the crowd a little boy
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  • with no arms and no legs being held up by the crowd,
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  • his father.
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  • He had no limbs, and a little foot just like me,
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  • and I'm like, "Wow, so cool.
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  • I want to wrestle him later on."
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  • So, I brought the father to bring him up on stage,
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  • and little Daniel, 19 months old, looking up at me,
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  • I'm looking down at him.
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  • I can't give him a high five, so I gave him
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  • a solid little two down here.
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  • So awesome.
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  • I hugged his mom, I hugged his dad, my mom hugged his mom,
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  • my dad hugged his dad, they cried.
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  • I told his mom that when little Daniel goes to school and if he
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  • ever gets bullied, I'm coming there in my wheelchair,
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  • and I'm going to run them all over.
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  • No, Christians should not be laughing at that one, all right?
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  • But I'll tell you right now, I went there 6 years ago, and I
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  • spoke just a simple message of love and hope, and now little
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  • Daniel is not only someone who doesn't get teased,
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  • not only someone who is accepted, he's now, like,
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  • the coolest kid in the school.
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  • I actually need to sit him down and talk about humility now.
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  • No, I don't, but that's exactly what happened,
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  • it was incredible.
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  • And I think to myself, "Wow, imagine if a limbless man came
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  • to my school when I was 6 years old, getting bullied,
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  • getting teased, and he told everyone to say,
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  • 'Nick's actually pretty cool just the way he is.'"
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  • Would have changed my life.
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  • I asked you what you want.
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  • What do you want?
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  • If you're looking for a perfect husband, you'll never find him.
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  • Ask my wife, I ain't perfect.
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  • Hannah, is Bobby perfect?
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  • She said yes.
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  • And I want you to know in your life, what you're looking
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  • for isn't what you need.
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  • I wanted arms and legs.
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  • What is the point of arms and legs?
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  • I mean, seriously, did anyone wake up this morning and look
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  • at your ten fingers and ten toes and say,
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  • "Well, I'm going to have a great day because I got my limbs"?
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  • No one.
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  • Some of you older, grey-haired teenagers looked at your little
  • 00:12:51.160 --> 00:12:54.190
  • pinkie and said, "I wish I didn't have you right now
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  • because you're killing me."
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  • Arthritis, I'm not going to get any.
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  • Did you get that one?
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  • So, arms and legs, it's about your spirit,
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  • it's about your mind, it's about your heart.
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  • Do I look disabled to you?
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  • No.
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  • Do I look chained to you in fear, chained in depression?
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  • No.
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  • I know who I am, and I've been set free by the truth.
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  • And the truth is I'm not a little boy with no arms and
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  • legs, I'm a man of God, an ambassador of the King of kings
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  • and Lord of lords.
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  • His angels are around me...
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  • [congregation applauding]
  • 00:13:41.260 --> 00:13:46.050
  • ...and the Spirit of God
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  • that raised Jesus Christ from the dead lives in me.
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  • He's watching me.
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  • If I fall down, he picks me up. I can't walk, he carries me.
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  • I need him.
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  • I need forgiveness of my sins, I need real hope from the two
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  • biggest disabilities, you want to know what they are?
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  • Sin and death. Sin and death.
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  • My dad, who has stage four pancreatic cancer, he knows
  • 00:14:17.280 --> 00:14:22.030
  • that he's a citizen of heaven passing through.
  • 00:14:22.040 --> 00:14:25.080
  • Every time I leave his side, just like about a month ago,
  • 00:14:25.090 --> 00:14:28.180
  • I said, "Dad, I'm going for about 16 days."
  • 00:14:28.190 --> 00:14:30.240
  • "Where are you going?" I said, "Seven countries."
  • 00:14:30.250 --> 00:14:34.030
  • He said, "Okay, when are you back?"
  • 00:14:34.040 --> 00:14:36.000
  • I told him when I'm back.
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  • I said, "Dad, if I don't see you here, I'll see you up there."
  • 00:14:37.170 --> 00:14:42.110
  • "Certainly will."
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  • You see, that's when you're not afraid of death.
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  • It's not pride, it's confidence that's humbled in the knowledge
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  • that Jesus gave us the cure for death.
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  • It's called the resurrection.
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  • The only way to go to heaven is to be perfect.
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  • You'll never be perfect unless you're forgiven
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  • of all of your imperfections.
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  • And when you believe that Jesus Christ, who was perfect,
  • 00:15:17.260 --> 00:15:23.050
  • took sin on his shoulders, died on the cross, why die?
  • 00:15:23.060 --> 00:15:29.150
  • Because Adam and Eve, who had no belly button in the garden
  • 00:15:29.160 --> 00:15:32.160
  • of Eden, didn't have to die till they had sin.
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  • That's why today, if you read in Genesis, the only person
  • 00:15:36.250 --> 00:15:41.290
  • who was saying that they are God was Jesus.
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  • That's why today, you realize in your own mind you don't know
  • 00:15:45.200 --> 00:15:49.140
  • anyone who's perfect and never dying.
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  • Sin is everywhere.
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  • Give me two 3 year olds, just two 3 year olds,
  • 00:15:54.190 --> 00:15:56.160
  • and give them one toy, and you'll see sin.
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  • They'll break 5 of the 10 Commandments
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  • in 28.6 seconds.
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  • That's why you don't know anyone who's staying alive
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  • forever here on earth.
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  • Even the people that Jesus resurrected from the dead,
  • 00:16:12.120 --> 00:16:14.260
  • what happened after they rose from the dead?
  • 00:16:14.270 --> 00:16:18.010
  • They died again.
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  • Why?
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  • We're not meant to stay here.
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  • We're meant to go home, where there is no powers
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  • and principalities of darkness.
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  • For now, Satan goes around the world,
  • 00:16:32.170 --> 00:16:35.030
  • seeking who he can devour, destroy, and steal from.
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  • But one day, he will be put behind bars,
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  • and he will be destroyed.
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  • When is that happening?
  • 00:16:43.160 --> 00:16:45.170
  • When 7 billion people hear about Jesus Christ.
  • 00:16:45.180 --> 00:16:49.270
  • It's what the Bible says, when all the world has a choice.
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  • I'll tell you one more story.
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  • First of all, those girls that I spoke to, some of them went to
  • 00:16:58.270 --> 00:17:02.280
  • a Jesus rehab camp, through Teen Challenge, Dave Raj,
  • 00:17:02.290 --> 00:17:06.120
  • who singlehandedly at that time gave their life to Jesus
  • 00:17:06.130 --> 00:17:11.130
  • over the years of him preaching.
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  • They go to a rehab camp, they find a job, get this.
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  • When they get a job, they don't save up for a car or a house.
  • 00:17:16.160 --> 00:17:19.210
  • They save up $700 to go back to the brothels, and get another
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  • slave that just got kidnapped at age ten, adopt them
  • 00:17:25.110 --> 00:17:29.270
  • as their own family.
  • 00:17:29.280 --> 00:17:31.280
  • And while they're there, they go to the former pimp or madam,
  • 00:17:31.290 --> 00:17:35.260
  • say, "You don't remember me, but I was once your slave.
  • 00:17:35.270 --> 00:17:38.290
  • I've come here with a bucket of water and a towel, and I'm here
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  • to wash your feet, tell you that Jesus loves you,
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  • and I forgive you."
  • 00:17:45.120 --> 00:17:48.250
  • Then that saved slave at ten goes later, finds a job,
  • 00:17:48.260 --> 00:17:54.000
  • saves up $700, they both get $700 twice as quick,
  • 00:17:54.010 --> 00:18:00.130
  • go back, get another one.
  • 00:18:00.140 --> 00:18:02.040
  • Three times as quick, go back.
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  • Four times as quick, five times as quick, come on.
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  • If that ain't redemption, I don't know what is,
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  • ladies and gentlemen.
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  • Only Jesus is that redeeming power.
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  • Do you have him in your life?
  • 00:18:19.150 --> 00:18:22.110
  • "Nick, you don't understand the sin in my life."
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  • No, I don't, but Jesus does, and he still loves you.
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  • There was an old woman on the floor, hunched over like this,
  • 00:18:29.210 --> 00:18:33.220
  • looking at me like this with a tremor, can't even close
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  • her mouth, couldn't walk 4 1/2 years.
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  • If you're a white guy like me, and you go into a developing
  • 00:18:43.080 --> 00:18:46.010
  • country to talk about an unseen, supernatural God,
  • 00:18:46.020 --> 00:18:48.270
  • you know what they say straight up?
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  • Show me. Show me.
  • 00:18:50.110 --> 00:18:55.100
  • So, I was preaching in a house, and this old woman,
  • 00:18:55.110 --> 00:18:57.250
  • she's on the floor.
  • 00:18:57.260 --> 00:18:59.050
  • They said, "Show me that your God is real, make her walk."
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  • I prayed a prayer.
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  • The first time, she couldn't get up and walk.
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  • So much excruciating pain, she couldn't even stand.
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  • Forget about walking, she couldn't stand.
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  • Prayed for her again.
  • 00:19:13.110 --> 00:19:15.150
  • Straight up, she stood, all by herself, all the pain gone,
  • 00:19:15.160 --> 00:19:20.010
  • walking for 4 1/2-- after 4 1/2 years,
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  • walking for the first time.
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  • She gets so excited, she screams, she yells,
  • 00:19:24.090 --> 00:19:27.050
  • she claps her hands.
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  • She even starts jumping up and down on the newly healed legs,
  • 00:19:28.200 --> 00:19:32.060
  • I'm like, "Honey, don't push your luck,
  • 00:19:32.070 --> 00:19:33.270
  • don't break the legs that God just healed."
  • 00:19:33.280 --> 00:19:37.110
  • And her sister, who was angry at me for being there preaching
  • 00:19:37.120 --> 00:19:40.260
  • the gospel, goes to the wall of Indian gods and were worshiping,
  • 00:19:40.270 --> 00:19:46.010
  • saying, "Thank you, thank you, thank you for healing
  • 00:19:46.020 --> 00:19:47.270
  • my sister," I said, "No, that wasn't your god,
  • 00:19:47.280 --> 00:19:49.240
  • that was Jesus Christ.
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  • Haven't you been praying to them for 4 1/2 years?"
  • 00:19:51.130 --> 00:19:53.090
  • She said, "Yes."
  • 00:19:53.100 --> 00:19:54.220
  • I said, "I'm so sorry, but I need to tell you something.
  • 00:19:54.230 --> 00:19:58.050
  • Jesus is alive because he resurrected.
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  • Unfortunately, they did not.
  • 00:20:02.030 --> 00:20:05.180
  • And God loves you, and Jesus has a plan for you."
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  • Dave Raj, who took me there, Indian guy, he took me back
  • 00:20:10.160 --> 00:20:13.130
  • to the hotel, he looked pale.
  • 00:20:13.140 --> 00:20:15.050
  • And it's hard for an Indian man to look pale.
  • 00:20:15.060 --> 00:20:18.260
  • And he sat me down, he said, "That was awesome."
  • 00:20:18.270 --> 00:20:20.180
  • I said, "That was awesome, huh?"
  • 00:20:20.190 --> 00:20:21.280
  • He said, "No, Nick, you don't understand," I said, "What?"
  • 00:20:21.290 --> 00:20:23.200
  • He said, "The woman that just got miraculously
  • 00:20:23.210 --> 00:20:25.150
  • healed and walked today?
  • 00:20:25.160 --> 00:20:27.260
  • That wasn't any old woman."
  • 00:20:27.270 --> 00:20:29.120
  • I said, "Who was she?"
  • 00:20:29.130 --> 00:20:30.280
  • He said, "She is evil."
  • 00:20:30.290 --> 00:20:35.060
  • Said, "What'd she do?"
  • 00:20:35.070 --> 00:20:36.280
  • He said, "Nick, that whole 10 acre red light district in
  • 00:20:36.290 --> 00:20:40.090
  • Mumbai that I took you through?
  • 00:20:40.100 --> 00:20:44.070
  • She started that 45 years ago.
  • 00:20:44.080 --> 00:20:48.180
  • She recruited the kidnappers.
  • 00:20:48.190 --> 00:20:51.290
  • She is responsible for 40.000-plus slaves."
  • 00:20:52.000 --> 00:21:00.140
  • Talking about running away from God a million miles an hour,
  • 00:21:00.150 --> 00:21:05.250
  • yet God reached her, touched her, healed her.
  • 00:21:05.260 --> 00:21:13.270
  • And 2 weeks later, she invited Jesus into her heart,
  • 00:21:13.280 --> 00:21:17.250
  • asked for the forgiveness of sins.
  • 00:21:17.260 --> 00:21:19.220
  • Not only did Jesus forget-- forgive her of her sins,
  • 00:21:19.230 --> 00:21:23.290
  • but God forgot all of her sins, every single one,
  • 00:21:24.000 --> 00:21:30.270
  • every single one.
  • 00:21:30.280 --> 00:21:34.200
  • That is a loving God.
  • 00:21:34.210 --> 00:21:37.060
  • There is no separation between us and the love of God, no sin.
  • 00:21:37.070 --> 00:21:40.190
  • So, I want to ask you today, what's stopping you?
  • 00:21:40.200 --> 00:21:44.230
  • Choose choice A, choose Jesus.
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  • [music]
  • 00:21:50.260 --> 00:22:00.250
  • [music]
  • 00:22:00.260 --> 00:22:05.120
  • Nick: Know that we are not alone, and we need each other,
  • 00:22:05.130 --> 00:22:07.130
  • we need to uplift this message of hope around the world,
  • 00:22:07.140 --> 00:22:11.190
  • to know that we are one.
  • 00:22:11.200 --> 00:22:13.170
  • The body of Christ is one.
  • 00:22:13.180 --> 00:22:15.010
  • And together, we can hold each other, we can uplift each other,
  • 00:22:15.020 --> 00:22:18.050
  • we can support each other, we can encourage each other.
  • 00:22:18.060 --> 00:22:22.050
  • [music]
  • 00:22:22.060 --> 00:22:32.050
  • [music]
  • 00:22:32.060 --> 00:22:42.050
  • [music]
  • 00:22:42.060 --> 00:22:52.050
  • [music]
  • 00:22:52.060 --> 00:23:02.080
  • [congregation applauding]
  • 00:23:02.120 --> 00:23:04.180
  • Nick: I am so blessed to be here.
  • 00:23:04.190 --> 00:23:06.260
  • Keep me and Bobby and our friend Kyle in prayer.
  • 00:23:06.270 --> 00:23:10.210
  • We know that we are three of billions of people,
  • 00:23:10.220 --> 00:23:15.010
  • billions of souls.
  • 00:23:15.020 --> 00:23:17.120
  • But together, we really feel that there is something that God
  • 00:23:17.130 --> 00:23:21.060
  • wants to do here in LA that might be a little unique.
  • 00:23:21.070 --> 00:23:24.040
  • So, we're praying.
  • 00:23:24.050 --> 00:23:26.020
  • We don't know what it looks like to outreach our community
  • 00:23:26.030 --> 00:23:28.100
  • like never before in LA.
  • 00:23:28.110 --> 00:23:30.190
  • So, we pray for you, Bobby.
  • 00:23:30.200 --> 00:23:32.240
  • Please pray for us.
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  • God bless you, man, and the mantle that he's given you.
  • 00:23:35.000 --> 00:23:38.040
  • And it's just been a pleasure and an honor
  • 00:23:38.050 --> 00:23:40.060
  • to be here with you all.
  • 00:23:40.070 --> 00:23:41.220
  • Thank you to the band for co-serving.
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  • God bless you, and thanks for having me here.
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  • God bless you all, bye-bye.
  • 00:23:45.070 --> 00:23:47.100
  • [congregation applauding]
  • 00:23:47.110 --> 00:23:51.180
  • male: I was born in Baghdad, Iraq.
  • 00:23:54.220 --> 00:23:57.120
  • In 1991, my life and many others changed dramatically when
  • 00:23:57.130 --> 00:24:04.190
  • the Gulf War started and we all had to be soldiers.
  • 00:24:04.200 --> 00:24:08.190
  • What I saw and experienced there was horrible and inhumane.
  • 00:24:08.200 --> 00:24:13.170
  • I'm the only one of my barracks who survived.
  • 00:24:13.180 --> 00:24:17.120
  • I was angry with God and disappointed because
  • 00:24:17.130 --> 00:24:21.130
  • he allowed this to happen.
  • 00:24:21.140 --> 00:24:23.210
  • Though, I tried to move on, anger and sadness
  • 00:24:23.220 --> 00:24:27.160
  • stood by me as a shadow.
  • 00:24:27.170 --> 00:24:29.190
  • Then one day, I saw "Hour of Power."
  • 00:24:29.200 --> 00:24:32.270
  • A young man said, "God loves you no matter what you are."
  • 00:24:32.280 --> 00:24:37.130
  • I still question things but now I leave it to God because he
  • 00:24:37.140 --> 00:24:41.210
  • is the one who answers and I have to trust him.
  • 00:24:41.220 --> 00:24:45.070
  • For now, he says to me, "You are my beloved son.
  • 00:24:45.080 --> 00:24:49.110
  • I gave you life and I will lead each day."
  • 00:24:49.120 --> 00:24:53.110
  • This has changed my life forever.
  • 00:24:53.120 --> 00:24:56.030
  • I am now more positive and happy with my life.
  • 00:24:56.040 --> 00:24:59.200
  • I want to thank you for your message and for giving me
  • 00:24:59.210 --> 00:25:03.140
  • a different perspective and purpose in my life.
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  • I know now that God is here and he loves me.
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  • Thank you.
  • 00:25:11.040 --> 00:25:12.200
  • Sincerely, Raf Imara.
  • 00:25:12.210 --> 00:25:14.170
  • Bobby: Raf, thank you so much and we're so thrilled about
  • 00:25:14.180 --> 00:25:17.020
  • your new positive attitude and your understanding
  • 00:25:17.030 --> 00:25:20.000
  • of God's love for you.
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  • I mean, that's--that is why we get up in the morning
  • 00:25:21.210 --> 00:25:23.150
  • is for people like you.
  • 00:25:23.160 --> 00:25:24.250
  • And one of the reasons we're sharing these stories with the
  • 00:25:24.260 --> 00:25:27.150
  • whole world is because we have to raise money to continue
  • 00:25:27.160 --> 00:25:30.100
  • to reach these types of people.
  • 00:25:30.110 --> 00:25:32.100
  • When we ask for money, we're not asking for us.
  • 00:25:32.110 --> 00:25:34.050
  • We're asking for people like Raf.
  • 00:25:34.060 --> 00:25:35.260
  • We're asking for those people in the world that are going through
  • 00:25:35.270 --> 00:25:38.290
  • just a rough time, that are looking for hope.
  • 00:25:39.000 --> 00:25:41.240
  • They don't know where to look and then on the TV, we're there.
  • 00:25:41.250 --> 00:25:45.040
  • Recently, we prayed about it and we took a huge leap
  • 00:25:45.050 --> 00:25:49.070
  • to go on a nationwide network.
  • 00:25:49.080 --> 00:25:51.140
  • And the price tag was $16.000 a month,
  • 00:25:51.150 --> 00:25:53.260
  • and we just said, let's do it.
  • 00:25:53.270 --> 00:25:55.230
  • Let's step out in faith. Let's go.
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  • So, we did.
  • 00:25:57.190 --> 00:25:58.280
  • We made this move and we're asking people to get behind it.
  • 00:25:58.290 --> 00:26:01.020
  • And if the millions of people that watch, if everybody plays
  • 00:26:01.030 --> 00:26:03.140
  • just a small part in this, it'll be a piece of cake.
  • 00:26:03.150 --> 00:26:06.050
  • We can totally do it and we're asking you to help us because
  • 00:26:06.060 --> 00:26:08.150
  • that $16.000 is gonna reach hundreds of thousands of people,
  • 00:26:08.160 --> 00:26:12.210
  • millions every year, if you get behind us
  • 00:26:12.220 --> 00:26:15.100
  • and make our dream reality.
  • 00:26:15.110 --> 00:26:16.280
  • We believe in you.
  • 00:26:16.290 --> 00:26:18.150
  • 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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