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Christmas: The Shepard's Story

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December 22, 2019
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Christmas: The Shepard's Story

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  • Ed Young: The church should be the most creative entity
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  • in the world.
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  • The church is where it happens.
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  • The church is where we find purpose and meaning and power.
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  • The church is the living breathing body of Christ.
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  • Wisdom though is seeing life through the perspective of God.
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  • You've never locked eyes with someone that Jesus did not
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  • die for.
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  • Ed: Thanks for tuning in to Ed Young Television.
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  • The next 27 minutes and 30 seconds will change your life.
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  • We're going to open God's word and teach you some things
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  • about what it means to live on the rugged plains of reality
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  • as we walk in concert with Jesus.
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  • Hey, thanks for watching.
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  • Thanks for your generosity.
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  • Check this out because it will cause a seismic shift to take
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  • place in your life.
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  • Watch this.
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  • Ed: Can you believe where I'm standing?
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  • I'm standing right here in the field.
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  • I'm talking about the spot where the shepherds were hangin'
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  • out pulling an all nighter tending their flocks.
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  • These guys were common people.
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  • They were outcasts.
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  • They were people that were like man yeah, yeah, I'm
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  • a shepherd.
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  • And here they are, I've always thought about these guys, you
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  • know, sipping stale coffee from 7-11 or something
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  • like that, just looking at the stars, just goin' man
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  • another night.
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  • And a lot of people think the shepherds were actually
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  • tending the sheep that were used as sacrifices in the temple,
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  • which is very interesting.
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  • So here they are.
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  • They're just standing around and you know this is
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  • the area because obviously this is called the shepherd's fields
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  • and there are a number of caves and in certain places and and we
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  • know this is probably where Mary and Joseph showed
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  • up and and they made their journey to the end and all that
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  • but I want to go back to the shepherds.
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  • Jesus is born.
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  • They're with their flock.
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  • They receive the greatest message in the universe.
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  • Now, we love to give and receive messages.
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  • We're always sending people messages, text messages, and we
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  • direct message people.
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  • We send messages to people on Instagram, we even use sticky
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  • notes if you're old school.
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  • We're always writing down these messages.
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  • I'll be frank with you.
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  • Most of the messages I receive, I'll just scroll through them,
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  • whatever, okay, that's important.
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  • Now and then I'll get one that's like, wow, amazing.
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  • You know, it'll snap my head so to speak.
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  • Well, the message that the shepherds received was
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  • the most miraculous message ever.
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  • This message is miraculous because these guys are out there
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  • and the angels show up and if you think about angels, angels
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  • are simply God's messengers.
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  • They show up and they tell the shepherds the deal.
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  • They give them the skinny on the whole situation.
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  • They say, "Hey, Jesus has been born."
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  • And I'm, you know, I'm kind of giving the Cliff Notes here,
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  • but when they receive the message the shepherds,
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  • the Bible says they hurried off and ran to the crib.
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  • I like that.
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  • I like that word crib, a crucial relationship initiated
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  • by the savior of the world.
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  • They obviously worshipped him and all the angels of course,
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  • were worshiping during this time, during this miraculous
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  • moment.
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  • Then the shepherds spun on their heels and they spread the word.
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  • Think about a mass email.
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  • Think about just using your thumbs, texting everybody you
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  • know, thinking about just just shouting it
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  • from the mountaintops.
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  • They were telling everybody about this amazing news.
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  • They spread the word and the Bible says people
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  • were amazed.
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  • And we're gonna talk about over the next couple
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  • of moments this miraculous story.
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  • We're going to talk about the real meaning of it
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  • and the motivation of it.
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  • Well, let's look at another aspect of this message.
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  • Ed: Christmas is definitely a time of stories.
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  • The story of the squad of shepherds seeing an angel,
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  • being the first ones ever to hear about the good news
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  • of Jesus.
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  • Speaking of stories, I heard about a 10 year old kid and he
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  • really wanted a bicycle.
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  • It was several days before Christmas and he was just
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  • wearing his parents out.
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  • "Mom, Dad, I want a bike.
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  • I want a bike.
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  • I want a bike."
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  • Finally, his mom said, "Son, I've had enough.
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  • I don't wanna hear another word about this Christmas bike."
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  • She was all stressed out with all the family being
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  • in town and everything.
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  • And the mom said, "You go up to your room, and if you
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  • really want a bike, son, why don't you just talk to God
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  • about it?
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  • Just pray about it."
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  • He goes, "Yes Ma'am."
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  • So he walks upstairs to his room, he starts praying.
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  • And the mom hears the screaming and yelling coming from his
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  • room.
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  • Dear God, I wanna a new bike!
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  • I wanna bike.
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  • Lord, help me get a bike.
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  • She ran up to his room, opened the door, she said, "What are
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  • you doing?
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  • You don't pray like that.
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  • God's not deaf."
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  • And the kid said, "I know God's not deaf, but grandma is."
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  • The shepherds definitely weren't deaf.
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  • I want you to think about the scene change in Luke
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  • chapter 2.
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  • And most of us have heard this story.
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  • The Bible says matter of factly in Luke chapter 2 verse 7, "And
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  • she, Mary, brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him
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  • in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger because there was no
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  • room for them in the inn."
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  • And just all of a sudden.
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  • The next verse, verse 8, "Now they were in the same country
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  • shepherds living out in the fields keeping watch
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  • over their flock by night."
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  • Doesn't that seem rather odd, sort of strange, sort
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  • of unusual?
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  • All of a sudden you're talkin' about Jesus being born
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  • of a virgin.
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  • That's a miracle and then the next verse and by the way
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  • there were some shepherds, a squad of shepherds, just
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  • minding their own business, pulling an all nighter, sipping
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  • espresso, just doing what they do.
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  • I thought about myself, so many times I just skip over that,
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  • so many times I don't really think about that, so many times
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  • I'm thinkin,' okay, these shepherds, all right,
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  • whatever, whatever.
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  • But just for a second I want us to to zoom in on the shepherds.
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  • Why the shepherds.
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  • I mean, what's the meaning, what's the motivation
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  • behind a bunch of low class outcast shepherds.
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  • You saw me in the shepherd's fields and when we think
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  • about a field we think about a flat field
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  • like a pasture, but over there in that area outside
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  • of Bethlehem, very rocky, very tough, very unforgiving.
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  • These shepherds were looking to see what the situation was.
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  • They were outcasts.
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  • They were looking to see if any animals would come in and take
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  • the sheep.
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  • Shepherds, they couldn't even worship in the temple.
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  • Shepherds they buried the dead.
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  • Shepherds, their witness couldn't be used in a court
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  • of law.
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  • Shepherds, a squad of shepherds.
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  • The baby's born to British royalty.
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  • It's not first announced to cab drivers or longshoreman, is it?
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  • Oh, no the A listers, man, the TMZers,
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  • the multi-squillionares.
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  • They were the first ones to hear and if writing a script I'm
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  • goin', okay, Jesus is born.
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  • Well, in a Ritz Carlton, right?
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  • And we're doin' this mass email and we're DMing all of these
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  • major players to bring them in but shepherds?
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  • The lowest of the low.
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  • Why shepherds?
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  • Several reasons, number one, shepherds were so low.
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  • They were so destitute and downtrodden that we can
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  • connect with them.
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  • In other words, they were the first responders.
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  • I would argue they were the first ones to become
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  • followers of Christ in this context.
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  • So that tells you and me that we can come to Jesus no matter who
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  • we are, no matter how high or how low, whether we're
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  • a billionaire or on welfare, it doesn't matter how far away we
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  • think we are from God.
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  • The universality of the Gospel is in play right there,
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  • so that's awesome, man.
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  • I think that's one of the reasons.
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  • Now another reason--whenever you read the Bible there's
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  • always this one meaning and many times, there's a deeper surface
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  • kind of vibe going on.
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  • Another reason why I believe the shepherds were the first
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  • ones and the only ones to get this birth announcement was
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  • the fact that they were shepherds.
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  • Moses was a shepherd.
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  • David was a shepherd.
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  • Jesus was known as a shepherd.
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  • He was also known as a lamb.
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  • What happened when he began his public ministry?
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  • John the Baptist looked at him and said, "Hey, there's the Lamb
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  • of God, who takes away the sin of the world."
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  • So the shepherds were tending sheep that most scholars feel
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  • were used as sacrifices in the temple.
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  • Yet the shepherds left their lambs to go and worship
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  • the Lamb.
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  • So really, I'm like, no wonder.
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  • There's the perfect audience to receive the birth
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  • announcement of Jesus.
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  • Why the shepherds? Why the shepherds?
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  • The universality of the Gospel.
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  • Why the shepherds?
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  • Because that's who Jesus compared himself to.
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  • That's who he was.
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  • Angels show up.
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  • Now, you might be saying angels, in this rationalistic world,
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  • you're tellin' me angels, heavenly beings came down?
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  • Well, the Scripture tells us again, just straight up.
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  • "And behold, an angel," verse nine, "of the Lord stood
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  • before them."
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  • Read here in the original language, stood over them.
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  • "And the glory of the Lord shone round about them and they were
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  • greatly afraid."
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  • I love the honesty.
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  • I would be freaked too, wouldn't you?
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  • They're just pulling an all nighter.
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  • Gabriel shows up.
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  • Gabriel always was the angel who gave messages.
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  • He was like we would say in modern day vernacular,
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  • over social media.
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  • Seriously study the angels in the Bible.
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  • Now a lot of times we go, I have a hard time believing that,
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  • but think about what the eye can't see.
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  • Have you ever thought about that?
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  • God just briefly pulls back the curtains of the supernatural
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  • and gives them a shot of the supernatural but think
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  • about what your eye can't see.
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  • My eye, your eye, we can't see atoms.
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  • we can't see molecules, we can't see infrared light, we can't see
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  • germs, we can't see the Dallas Cowboys winning the Super Bowl
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  • this year.
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  • We can't see a lot of things.
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  • No. The Cowboys are gonna win it.
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  • We're on a roll. I said that for a joke.
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  • And then you think about quantum physics.
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  • Quantum physics suggests that past, present, and future are
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  • happening now.
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  • And what does the Bible say about God?
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  • A year is like a thousand or a day is like a thousand
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  • and thousand is like a day.
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  • So yeah, there are all sorts of things and I've never seen
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  • a thought.
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  • Have you?
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  • I've never seen determination.
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  • I've seen the result of it.
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  • I've not seen it.
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  • So this is not a far reach, it's just an angel communicating
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  • to a bunch of first century ranch hands about the birth
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  • of Jesus.
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  • Don't be afraid it says.
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  • And then in verse 10, the Angel said, "Don't be afraid
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  • for behold I bring you good tidings of great joy, which
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  • will" be, there's the word again, "the inclusivity
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  • of the gospel for all people."
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  • Now I've flown over the word behold many, many times.
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  • The word behold means to grasp, to relish, and the writer is
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  • saying, if we grasp and relish the fact that good tidings,
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  • being Jesus Christ have arrived on Earth, then that should
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  • flatten any phobia or any fear that you deal with or that I
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  • deal with.
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  • But fear is real.
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  • You read about man and man had this perfect thing going
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  • on prior to sin and then in Genesis chapter 3, you have
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  • God and man dealing with each other and man dealing and God
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  • dealing with the consequences of sin and that's the first time
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  • you have fear entering the equation of human existence,
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  • just something that we deal with, fear.
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  • Fear, we fear rejection, we fear loneliness, we fear the future.
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  • It's amazing all the fears that we deal with.
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  • Well, these angels are like.
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  • "Guys, I know, you're fearful."
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  • And anytime someone in the Bible gets near to God, boom, they're
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  • gonna be fearful.
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  • Because I'm reminded, you're reminded of wow,
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  • I'm not in control.
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  • These angels are saying focus on Jesus.
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  • Focus on the Savior.
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  • Focus on the babe of Bethlehem.
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  • Because prior to sin there was no such thing as fear.
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  • After sin, after we tried to gain control, that's when you
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  • have fear.
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  • So whenever I try to run the show and say, "I'm the man.
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  • I'm doing this.
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  • I'm doing that."
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  • It's just a matter of time before fear hits
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  • on the coastline of my life.
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  • Well, the angels say, verse 11, "For there is born to you this
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  • day in the city of David a savior.
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  • Which is Christ the Lord."
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  • Christ the Lord.
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  • And then it says suddenly acquired--another squad join
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  • the squad of shepherds, but they were squad of angels singing
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  • at night in Bethlehem.
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  • So I want you to note here real quick they received the message.
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  • They just received a message.
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  • Ed: The C3 conference, The Creative Church Conference.
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  • There's no conference like it.
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  • It's two days where it's like drinking out of
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  • a fire hydrant.
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  • I'm gonna be there, my wife will be there,
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  • Dr. Don Lichi, O.S. Hawkins,
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  • Louie Giglio, Phil Dooley, Priscilla Shirer,
  • 00:15:44.250 --> 00:15:47.240
  • and Charles Nieman.
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  • It's going to be great.
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  • We talk about the real and the raw of the church.
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  • We love systems, we love organization, but we talk
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  • about what happens when you apply some of those things, what
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  • happens in the trenches of church.
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  • That's C3.
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  • Go to C3Conference.com to register
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  • and I'll see you there.
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  • Ed: Notice too, not only did they receive this message,
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  • but they also responded.
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  • And if you think about it, let me kinda jump ahead a little
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  • bit, when you hear the message and then respond that equals
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  • faith.
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  • So I hear something okay, I hear you man.
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  • I got you.
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  • You know I pick it up when you lie down whatever I got you all
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  • right.
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  • But when I do something about it, like in this context,
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  • I receive it and move out.
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  • That's faith.
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  • The shepherds didn't just stand there frozen in fear
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  • on the mountain.
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  • Whoa, dude did you see that?
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  • That was awesome.
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  • A squad of shepherds seeing some angels.
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  • Wow that was incredible.
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  • Let's just stand here.
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  • Let's not move.
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  • No they didn't do that.
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  • They hustled.
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  • They cruised to the crib.
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  • Let's keep cruising ourselves.
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  • They responded.
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  • Look at verse 15, so what, verse 15.
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  • "So it was when the angels had gone away from them into heaven
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  • that the shepherds said to one another, 'Let us go now.'"
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  • Like right now, don't put it off.
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  • Now to Bethlehem and see this thing that's come to pass, which
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  • the Lord has made known to us.
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  • And they, the Bible says, they moved out with haste and found--
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  • and the word found here means after an intense search, but we
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  • know who was really searching.
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  • They found Mary and Joseph.
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  • Then I love the last thing after they responded, after they
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  • had had received this word, retold about what had happened
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  • to them.
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  • So they leave after they worship and they're telling others
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  • about what happened to them.
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  • That's what they did.
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  • So the shepherds heard it from the angels and now
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  • the shepherds are telling other people about here's what
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  • happened to me.
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  • No I'm not a theologian.
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  • No I didn't go to seminary, but here's what happened to me.
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  • And the Bible says people were amazed.
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  • Again, the shepherds were the first ones to have faith.
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  • Romans chapter 10 verse 17, faith comes by hearing
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  • and hearing by the word of God.
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  • I'll say it again.
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  • You hear plus you're in a hurry, that equals faith.
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  • And that's what happened here.
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  • Faith, faith, faith.
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  • But see, I have a tough time surrendering to God.
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  • It's my human nature.
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  • I have a tough time saying God you're in control.
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  • I'm not.
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  • And here's how people do this.
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  • It's sly how we do it.
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  • There are two ways we show our hostility toward God ruling
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  • in our lives.
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  • The first way is very overt.
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  • It's like God I'm the man.
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  • I'm going to do what I've gotta do.
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  • Sorry, don't rain on my parade.
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  • I am going to sovereignly rule over this universe.
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  • Call me.
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  • And we know people like that.
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  • Now, the next one is covert.
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  • This is super sly.
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  • This is the religious person because they're both
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  • about control, who says I'm going to obey the Bible and do
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  • whatever the Bible says and because I'm doing what
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  • the Bible says God has got to bless me.
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  • They're both about control.
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  • Becoming a follower of Christ is surrendering control.
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  • Once we surrender control, then we'll gain control because God
  • 00:19:53.100 --> 00:19:59.140
  • is leading the show and we're made for him to live inside
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  • our lives.
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  • I like too how the shepherds worshiped.
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  • After they had this experience they worship the Lord.
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  • Everybody here worships.
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  • You're going to worship something or someone.
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  • To worship means to put someone or something on a high level,
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  • to show high esteem.
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  • When I was a kid, I was 13 years old, I worshipped a boat.
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  • I'm telling ya I did.
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  • And it was the best Christmas of my life because ran
  • 00:20:31.030 --> 00:20:35.050
  • into the living room I got a few little things then my mother
  • 00:20:35.060 --> 00:20:38.160
  • open the curtains she goes and look outside and there was
  • 00:20:38.170 --> 00:20:43.010
  • my father dragging this 12 foot Kmart, remember Kmart?
  • 00:20:43.020 --> 00:20:50.050
  • K-Mart kids, we have a blue light special on rowboats.
  • 00:20:50.060 --> 00:20:55.000
  • Anyway, drug this boat in the front yard and I
  • 00:20:55.010 --> 00:20:59.130
  • was like...
  • 00:20:59.140 --> 00:21:02.060
  • I mean, I was worshiping that boat.
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  • We lived kind of out in the country.
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  • We carried it through the woods to the lake.
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  • I was paddling around.
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  • I loved it, I loved it.
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  • Yet, it wasn't enough for me.
  • 00:21:10.160 --> 00:21:13.050
  • I mean, I was worshiping the boat, but it wasn't enough.
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  • I wanted to have the boat painted.
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  • Like the professional fishermen on television.
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  • I said, "Dad, would you help me carry it from the bank
  • 00:21:20.240 --> 00:21:23.220
  • of the lake through the woods up our driveway so I could
  • 00:21:23.230 --> 00:21:26.260
  • paint it."
  • 00:21:26.270 --> 00:21:28.070
  • He goes, "Yes, I'll be home at 6:00pm."
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  • I waited and waited and waited and waited and waited
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  • and at about 3 o'clock I said, you know what?
  • 00:21:34.040 --> 00:21:36.070
  • I'm gonna do it myself.
  • 00:21:36.080 --> 00:21:37.280
  • Although he told me not to, I'm going to do it myself.
  • 00:21:37.290 --> 00:21:40.290
  • So I grabbed that boat, pulled it through the woods and pulled
  • 00:21:41.000 --> 00:21:45.110
  • it across the road, pulled it up our driveway and I noticed
  • 00:21:45.120 --> 00:21:48.250
  • some sparks kind of popping out of the back.
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  • I didn't think anything about it.
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  • Get to the yard, began to paint it.
  • 00:21:53.240 --> 00:21:55.070
  • I was, you know, impressed by my artistic talents.
  • 00:21:55.080 --> 00:21:58.160
  • Dad shows up he goes, "Ed, what is the boat doing in the yard?
  • 00:21:58.170 --> 00:22:04.020
  • Didn't I tell you to wait until I could help you move it?"
  • 00:22:04.030 --> 00:22:10.070
  • And I said, Yes, sir, 'cause you know dad taught me how to say
  • 00:22:10.080 --> 00:22:13.140
  • yes, sir and yes, ma'am.
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  • That's something we need to adopt.
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  • You know? You know what I can't stand?
  • 00:22:17.060 --> 00:22:20.200
  • Just let me have a moment.
  • 00:22:20.210 --> 00:22:22.070
  • When people say this, "No problem."
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  • So there's like a problem?
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  • Just say my pleasure. Okay?
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  • No problem.
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  • Oh, how about this? No worries.
  • 00:22:32.180 --> 00:22:35.080
  • So we're worried about something?
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  • Where was I?
  • 00:22:38.260 --> 00:22:40.060
  • The boat, Dad getting mad at me.
  • 00:22:40.070 --> 00:22:41.160
  • He said, "Son, son, son.
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  • Let me look at this boat. How'd you--"
  • 00:22:45.170 --> 00:22:46.260
  • And I told him I drug it up the driveway.
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  • Do you realize there's a hole in the back?
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  • You drug a hole in the back of the boat.
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  • And I looked and my shock.
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  • This object that I worshipped had a hole in it.
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  • Dad spun on his heels and went inside.
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  • I tried for years to fix that hole.
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  • Couldn't do it.
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  • I would paddle out in the lake, do some fishing, and about 45
  • 00:23:10.230 --> 00:23:14.290
  • minutes the water level would rise in the boat.
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  • I would paddle it back to the bank, up and back,
  • 00:23:19.120 --> 00:23:23.040
  • up and back, up and back.
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  • It never worked.
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  • I didn't obey the voice of the father.
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  • It's our prayer that you obey the voice of God.
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  • Because maybe, just maybe you're here and you're like you know
  • 00:23:35.020 --> 00:23:37.140
  • what I thought, making my first deal and my first million that
  • 00:23:37.150 --> 00:23:41.170
  • would carry me but there's a hole in your boat.
  • 00:23:41.180 --> 00:23:45.230
  • Or maybe if I could be with that person or that situation or have
  • 00:23:45.240 --> 00:23:52.120
  • those letters before and after my name that
  • 00:23:52.130 --> 00:23:54.290
  • would do it but you're sinking.
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  • Obey the voice of God.
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  • God is worthy of our worship.
  • 00:24:03.220 --> 00:24:08.160
  • He wants to know you.
  • 00:24:08.170 --> 00:24:10.260
  • He wants to have a relationship with you.
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  • And those shepherds understood that.
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  • But it's just a--it's a crazy story about the shepherds.
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  • One minute, on one hand, they're in the dark and boom, they were
  • 00:24:22.060 --> 00:24:26.030
  • in the light.
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  • They were unclean, yet their soul was power washed and they
  • 00:24:27.160 --> 00:24:30.120
  • became clean.
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  • They heard the message and they sought and appropriated it
  • 00:24:32.200 --> 00:24:39.060
  • into their lives as they moved from being far away to having
  • 00:24:39.070 --> 00:24:44.090
  • this personal relationship with the Lord.
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  • So this service has left a message.
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  • Just let the message, first of all my life and in yours.
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  • Don't delete it.
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  • Don't scroll past it.
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  • Think about it.
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  • Ed: It's our prayer that this message will stop you
  • 00:25:08.170 --> 00:25:12.230
  • and literally rock your world, that you'll be ambushed
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  • and power washed by the love and the grace
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  • and the forgiveness of Jesus because Jesus crawled
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  • out of the crib, lived a sinless life, died a sacrificial death,
  • 00:25:25.080 --> 00:25:31.210
  • totally righteous for your sins and mine.
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  • Rose again, conquered the grave.
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  • That is the good news, the gospel.
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  • It's the good news.
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  • That's why the angel said, "Hey, guys, hey put your coffee cups
  • 00:25:43.030 --> 00:25:46.080
  • down.
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  • I bring you good tidings of great joy because unto you
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  • in the city of David, a Savior is born, who is Christ
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  • the Lord."
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  • Ed: It's been a wonderful year at Ed Young Television.
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  • Thank you so much for allowing us to come into your home each
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  • and every week.
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  • You guys are absolutely amazing.
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  • Thank you for your generosity.
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  • Because of that, that's why we're on.
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  • There's so many great things happening at Ed Young
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  • Television.
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  • I think about the orphanages.
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  • I think about our retreat center.
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  • I think about so many other things.
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  • Just go to our website, edyoung.com, and you'll see
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  • what's happening.
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  • So we would love for you to partner with us.
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  • All of us are blessed to be blessings.
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  • And as, again, we draw near to the end of the year, as
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  • we think about this time of giving, make sure to include
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  • Ed Young Television in your generosity.
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  • Because next year is gonna be awesome and it can only happen
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  • because of your generosity.
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  • Thanks again and have a merry, merry Christmas.
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  • It'll only get better in heaven.
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  • Heaven, heaven.
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