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Awesometastic Part 1

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November 8, 2020
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Hope Generation as a whole; deals out hope galore; as our Hope Generator speaker; Ben Courson shares the holy optimism found in the Creator of the Universe; who's title is actually "The God of Hope."

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Awesometastic Part 1

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  • - There was just a lot ofthings that I was going through
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  • at that point where I just,
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  • I didn't believe therewas any hope left.
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  • I was 19,
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  • I ended up dating a guy that Iwasn't supposed to be dating.
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  • God told me not to datehim, but I did anyways,
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  • and I got pretty horriblyabused for about three years.
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  • My parents just wentthrough a divorce,
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  • and I stopped talking to my dad
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  • because he didn'twanna talk to me
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  • if I wasn't friendswith his new wife.
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  • And she was best friends withthe guy who was abusing me.
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  • I was self-medicating
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  • and making it more aboutcovering up my pain
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  • rather than doingwhat God wanted.
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  • That was me for a long timeuntil I finally got to the point
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  • of wanting to kill myself.
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  • I just thought it wastime for me to go,
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  • and that nobodyreally cared about me.
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  • And that's when Ijumped out of a car.
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  • The first two weeks Iwas there, they're like,
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  • she's not living past fourweeks, there's no way.
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  • My dad was preparing cremation.
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  • But my mom was on the otherside where she was like,
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  • no, that's not happening.
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  • God's gonna save her.
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  • God gave me a song rightbefore I tried to kill myself,
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  • and it was "NewWine," and it was the,
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  • in the pressing,in the crushing,
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  • you are making new wine.
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  • And the soil I surrender,you are breaking new ground.
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  • And God told me that,
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  • and I told my mom beforeI was going through that.
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  • My mom believed I was gonnacome out of this and be okay,
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  • and that God had a plan for me.
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  • And they said,
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  • "Well, she's not gonna beable to remember anything.
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  • She's not gonnabe able to walk."
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  • But God just startedmy life over.
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  • My mom ended up with somany people praying for me,
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  • and God healed me.
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  • The first day I was conscious,I walked over to the piano
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  • and started playing pianoand singing to the Lord.
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  • My mom was sittingthere with the doctors
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  • just, like, flabbergasted.
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  • I feel so much more lovedthan I've ever felt by God.
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  • I've always felt like Godwas this controlling person,
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  • but it's like, he's onlycontrolling with the things
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  • that are not good for you.
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  • We forget that it's moreabout what God wants
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  • than what I want, whatsomebody else wants.
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  • It's not about fameor popularity orany of those things.
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  • It's all about whatthe Lord wants.
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  • He changed my entire life.
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  • It's so much easierwith the Lord
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  • than it is without the Lord.
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  • It doesn't evenmatter what you do
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  • or who you are orwho you seem to be.
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  • God has a biggeridea for your life
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  • than the mess that you've made.
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  • I think a lot of kidsgrow up in an area
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  • where they feel likethey've dug a hole
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  • that's too deep forthem to get out,
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  • and they don't realizethat God can get them out
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  • of that hole fasterthan anybody else can.
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  • - God did not create us tolanguish in the darkness,
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  • he gave us all this energy
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  • so that we wouldgo chase the light.
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  • - I'm Ben Courson, you'rewatching Hope Generation,
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  • and today's a throwback teaching
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  • from 2017 entitled,Awesometastic.
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  • You might go through hell,
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  • but you don't haveto smell like smoke.
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  • You might have hell around you,
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  • but you got heaven inside you.
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  • You can stand at the gatesof hell and redirect traffic,
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  • because the gates of Hadeswill never prevail against you
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  • and gates never attack,
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  • which means we're togo on the offensive,
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  • which means we take upthe helmet of salvation,
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  • the sword of the Spirit,which is the Word of God,
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  • the shield of faith, whichcan quench every fiery darts
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  • of the wicked one, thebreastplate of righteousness,
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  • the belt of truth, theshoes of the preparation
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  • of the gospel of peace.
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  • Fight a good fight,wage a good warfare,
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  • go hunt some demons.
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  • Gates never attack, whichmeans we go on the offensive,
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  • we stay woke, we reachthe lost at any cost.
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  • God has wrecked us, so we'regonna get it, get it, get it.
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  • Would somebody say, Amen?
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  • - Amen.
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  • - Let's go!
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  • - God did not destineus for depression.
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  • He destined us for adventures.
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  • Are you silly? I'mstill gonna send it.
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  • Let's go! That was insane!
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  • Oh, my gosh.
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  • Let's go.
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  • That's how we live our life.
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  • High-octane forthe Spirit of God.
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  • We suck the marrow out of life.
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  • We live the dream.
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  • We have (indistinct) John 10:10,
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  • life and not more abundantly.
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  • We stay woke.
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  • We follow our stoke.
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  • That rhymed and Ididn't even mean to.
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  • We follow afterthe Spirit of God
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  • who gives us righteousness,peace, and joy,
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  • in the Holy Ghost, becausethat's what the kingdom is.
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  • Now, it's not how much you know,
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  • it's how well youknow what you know.
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  • But what I wanna do is I don'twanna just skim the surface
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  • of our own existence, Iwanna go deep into hope.
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  • Now, if you're gonna live alife where you attack the enemy,
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  • if you're gonna live alife where you stay woke,
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  • where you do follow your stoke,
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  • if you're gonna live alife #AdventuresWithGod,
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  • sometimes that willmean, drum roll please,
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  • I need a drum roll,
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  • you're gonna have toget uncomfortable.
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  • I hate to say it,
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  • but Jesus said that the HolyGhost is called the paraclete,
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  • which means the comforter.
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  • But why would weever need a comforter
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  • if we never get uncomfortable?
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  • We are warriors
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  • We're made for battleforged by adversity.
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  • That is why fewthings make me happier
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  • than doing regular Navy SEALtraining with Chad Williams,
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  • the legendary warrior fromSEAL Team 1 and SEAL Team 7.
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  • The only easy day was yesterday.
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  • There are no shortcuts, spendingover three hours straight
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  • of pure bodilyHades day after day
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  • starts to make us invincible.
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  • Paul told us to endurehardships as good soldiers.
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  • Our God is a man of war,
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  • so we will follow himto the gates of Hades,
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  • and we will win,because we are soldiers.
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  • When the Bible calls theLord the God of hosts,
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  • it literally means thegeneral of the armies.
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  • We have the most powerfulcommander in the universe
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  • fighting for us, so into thebreaches once more, friends
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  • Great things never camefrom comfort zones,
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  • and we will neverreach new horizons
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  • unless we're willing tolose sight of the shore,
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  • because faith isspelled R-I-S-K.
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  • Sometimes walking with the Lord
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  • means that we have tounderstand that life
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  • begins at the end ofyour comfort zone,
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  • but that's okay, becausethat means an epic life.
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  • The problem is so often wefocus on how uncomfortable
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  • walking with the God of hope is.
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  • It's an adventure,but it's scary.
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  • That's because we're focusedon all the wrong stuff.
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  • Life is all aboutadventures with God
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  • and adventures with squad.
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  • When you think about it,life is just a collection
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  • of moments, moments ofwonder and pure bliss,
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  • and sometimes momentsof fear and doubt,
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  • moments you thought youwould never survive the pain,
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  • and moments when you overcame.
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  • Point is, trials will come.
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  • Sometimes we choose our battles
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  • and sometimes ourbattles choose us.
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  • It's what we dowith those battles
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  • that define who weare and where we go.
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  • Life doesn't have to be perfect.
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  • It just has to be lived.
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  • We'll return for more oftoday's message after this.
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  • What I'm seeing with mygeneration and my age group
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  • is a lot of peopleare feeling jaded,
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  • they're feeling cynical,they're feeling distrustful,
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  • they're feeling let down.
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  • I really believe the core ofexistence, the nexus our being,
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  • is found when we chooseto refuse to give up.
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  • I genuinely believewhat Paul said is true.
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  • "That we glory in tribulation,
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  • because tribulationproduces perseverance,
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  • perseverance character,character hope,
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  • and hope never makes ashamed,because of the love of God
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  • spread abroad in ourhearts by the Holy Ghost,
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  • which is given unto us."
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  • So, I wanna tell youthat no matter how dark
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  • your night might be, nomatter how deep your valley
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  • may sink, the Godof hope is with you,
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  • and when you kneel beforehim, he will stand up for you,
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  • no matter how formidablethe grave may appear to be.
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  • Even when the stars areswallowed by shadows
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  • and the sun refuses topierce the thunderclouds,
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  • just because yourstorm is present
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  • does not mean yourSavior is absent.
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  • And just because bad thingsare happening around you
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  • does not mean they need tobe happening inside you.
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  • Give everything but up,because I promise you,
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  • everything is gonnabe okay in the end.
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  • You can't controlwhat happens to you,
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  • but you can't controlwhat comes through you.
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  • God never does anything to you,he only does things for you.
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  • And if God's gonnado something for you,
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  • he's first gotta worksomething in you.
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  • So, if it's not okay,it's not the end,
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  • and it's okay ifyou're not okay,
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  • it's just not okayif you stay that way.
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  • When we're goingthrough our worst,
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  • God is planning his best,because not all things are good,
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  • but all things worktogether for the good,
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  • because God is good.
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  • Even if you go through hell,
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  • you don't have tosmell like smoke.
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  • Look up and get up.
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  • Jesus rose so you could rise,
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  • and he wants youto own your faith.
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  • We were not called tocomplain and remain,
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  • we were called topraise and be raised.
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  • It's when our nightis at its darkest.
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  • That's when our praisehas to be at its loudest.
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  • And God has called usto make much of him.
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  • God has called us toput him on full display,
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  • and not to focus on theplight of the journey,
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  • but to focus on thepower of Jehovah.
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  • We gotta stop complainingabout how uncomfortable it is,
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  • and we gotta start saying,what an amazing opportunity
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  • I have to go on scaryadventures with the Lord
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  • as I attempt greatthings for God
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  • and expect greatthings from God.
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  • But it means changingyour outlook to an uplook
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  • to have a betteroutcome, not complaining,
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  • because rose bushes have thorns,
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  • but rejoicing becausethorn bushes have roses.
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  • Come on.
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  • - In John 8:36, Jesus says,
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  • "Who the Son setsfree is free indeed."
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  • And my friends, they're themost free people I know.
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  • But freedom isn't justsomething they have.
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  • They encompass freedom.
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  • And everywhereour squad shows up
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  • gets a very infectioustaste of it.
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  • We're free.
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  • We're consumed by love,
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  • and we're an unstoppableforce to be reckoned with.
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  • We're dreamers,paradigm shifters,
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  • and most of the time,absolute goofballs.
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  • And I wholeheartedly believe
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  • we're going to change the world.
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  • - We got to surroundourselves with people
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  • who are going toencourage our hope.
  • 00:14:48.661 --> 00:14:50.529
  • The Bible says,"Build one another up
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  • in your most holy faith."
  • 00:14:53.165 --> 00:14:54.700
  • Not people who beat you downbecause of your many faults,
  • 00:14:54.700 --> 00:14:58.604
  • people who build you upin your most holy faith.
  • 00:14:58.604 --> 00:15:01.640
  • Listen, there arepeople who give energy
  • 00:15:01.640 --> 00:15:04.843
  • and there are peoplewho take energy.
  • 00:15:04.843 --> 00:15:07.479
  • There are peoplewho build you up
  • 00:15:07.479 --> 00:15:09.281
  • and there are otherpeople who beat you up.
  • 00:15:09.281 --> 00:15:12.051
  • I'm gonna love on them, butI'm not gonna invest my heart
  • 00:15:12.051 --> 00:15:15.120
  • or relationship into them.
  • 00:15:15.120 --> 00:15:16.588
  • As far as understanding,"Those who walk with the wise
  • 00:15:16.588 --> 00:15:19.158
  • will become wise,"the Bible says,
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  • "but a companion offools will suffer harm."
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  • You are the averageof the five people
  • 00:15:23.395 --> 00:15:24.797
  • you spend the most time with.
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  • Friending against darkness.
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  • My friends havetaught me how to hope.
  • 00:15:29.234 --> 00:15:31.770
  • They have modeledthe meaning of life,
  • 00:15:31.770 --> 00:15:33.339
  • which is essentiallyand effectively
  • 00:15:33.339 --> 00:15:35.574
  • enjoying the joy ofbeing enjoyed by God.
  • 00:15:35.574 --> 00:15:39.078
  • God does not endure you, hedoes not put up with you,
  • 00:15:39.078 --> 00:15:41.580
  • he doesn't wince at the thoughtof spending time with you.
  • 00:15:41.580 --> 00:15:44.516
  • Zephaniah 3:17 says herejoices over you with singing.
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  • You are at the top ofhis Spotify playlist
  • 00:15:48.520 --> 00:15:51.423
  • and he loves to sing your song.
  • 00:15:51.423 --> 00:15:53.125
  • My friends also taught me thatI shouldn't always be living
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  • in my head, which is a veryreal temptation for yours truly.
  • 00:16:11.610 --> 00:16:15.347
  • They've shown me howto live from my heart.
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  • That might be thegreatest gift of all.
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  • Get around those peoplewho won't beat you up
  • 00:16:21.787 --> 00:16:24.256
  • for your many faults,but build you up
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  • because of your most holy faith.
  • 00:16:26.091 --> 00:16:27.793
  • I'll tell you, the truestfriends are those you can afford
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  • to be stupid around.
  • 00:16:30.229 --> 00:16:31.764
  • The truest friendship, thelanguage of friendship,
  • 00:16:31.764 --> 00:16:34.466
  • is not words but meanings.
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  • There is nothing onthis earth to be prized
  • 00:16:37.202 --> 00:16:39.371
  • more than friendship.
  • 00:16:39.371 --> 00:16:40.873
  • And so we gotta get aroundthose people who will inspire us
  • 00:16:40.873 --> 00:16:44.309
  • to go on #AdventuresWithGodand attack the gates of hell.
  • 00:16:44.309 --> 00:16:47.813
  • Zachariah 9:11, "Because ofthe covenant I made with you,
  • 00:16:47.813 --> 00:16:52.818
  • sealed with blood,
  • 00:16:53.552 --> 00:16:55.120
  • I will free yourprisoners from death
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  • in a waterless dungeon."
  • 00:16:59.658 --> 00:17:01.660
  • Look at this.
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  • "Come back to theplace of safety,
  • 00:17:02.928 --> 00:17:06.098
  • all you prisonerswho still have hope.
  • 00:17:06.098 --> 00:17:11.103
  • I promise this veryday that I will repay
  • 00:17:12.271 --> 00:17:14.506
  • two blessings for eachof your troubles."
  • 00:17:14.506 --> 00:17:17.609
  • Let me quote, Zachariah 9:12from the New King James.
  • 00:17:17.609 --> 00:17:20.512
  • From the old KingJames, actually.
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  • "Turn ye to the strongholds,you prisoners of hope,
  • 00:17:22.347 --> 00:17:27.352
  • even today do I declare that Iwill render double unto you."
  • 00:17:28.821 --> 00:17:33.058
  • If you've gone through lifeand you feel like your trouble
  • 00:17:33.058 --> 00:17:35.727
  • has doubled like Job,
  • 00:17:35.727 --> 00:17:36.895
  • God will give youdouble for your trouble.
  • 00:17:36.895 --> 00:17:39.665
  • "Turn to the strongholds,you prisoners of hope,
  • 00:17:39.665 --> 00:17:41.867
  • even today do I declare that Iwill render double unto you."
  • 00:17:41.867 --> 00:17:45.737
  • Now, here's the thing.
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  • Sometimes, listen, sometimes,don't miss this, sometimes,
  • 00:17:47.239 --> 00:17:50.809
  • are you listening, sometimes,do I have your attention?
  • 00:17:50.809 --> 00:17:53.979
  • Sometimes you needchaos in your soul
  • 00:17:53.979 --> 00:17:57.783
  • to give birth to a dancing star.
  • 00:17:57.783 --> 00:18:00.586
  • Louis Zamperini,one of my heroes,
  • 00:18:00.586 --> 00:18:02.988
  • he could survive as a POW ina Japanese torture chamber
  • 00:18:02.988 --> 00:18:06.225
  • in the days of World War II.
  • 00:18:06.225 --> 00:18:07.926
  • One of the reasonswhy he was unbroken
  • 00:18:07.926 --> 00:18:09.695
  • is because of hissense of humor.
  • 00:18:09.695 --> 00:18:12.064
  • I found that sometimes in thehardest points of my life,
  • 00:18:12.064 --> 00:18:15.434
  • when I thought Icouldn't go lower,
  • 00:18:15.434 --> 00:18:17.002
  • it's in those momentswhere I need to laugh.
  • 00:18:17.002 --> 00:18:19.872
  • You know you're trulystrong when you can laugh
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  • in the face of the abyss.
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  • You know thatyou're truly strong
  • 00:18:24.743 --> 00:18:26.011
  • when you can dance indefiance of the dark.
  • 00:18:26.011 --> 00:18:29.948
  • You know thatyou're truly strong
  • 00:18:29.948 --> 00:18:31.216
  • when you can turnto the stronghold,
  • 00:18:31.216 --> 00:18:33.318
  • looking to the strong forstrength for when you're weak,
  • 00:18:33.318 --> 00:18:35.621
  • when I'm weak then he is strong,
  • 00:18:35.621 --> 00:18:37.389
  • because you know he willrender double unto you,
  • 00:18:37.389 --> 00:18:39.791
  • because you're aprisoner of hope.
  • 00:18:39.791 --> 00:18:41.493
  • In the creation poem of Genesis,
  • 00:18:42.628 --> 00:18:45.130
  • the earth is withoutform and void
  • 00:18:45.130 --> 00:18:47.799
  • and the Spirit hoversover the waters.
  • 00:18:47.799 --> 00:18:50.802
  • In Jewish consciousness,water that was not kinetic
  • 00:18:52.237 --> 00:18:56.141
  • but stagnantrepresented the abyss.
  • 00:18:56.141 --> 00:19:00.078
  • Out of the abyss,out of formless void,
  • 00:19:05.217 --> 00:19:08.987
  • out of the chaos comes creation.
  • 00:19:08.987 --> 00:19:13.325
  • New life is birthedout of chaos.
  • 00:19:14.426 --> 00:19:17.429
  • In times of chaos anduncertainty, stars are born.
  • 00:19:19.698 --> 00:19:24.469
  • Chaos in the soul givesbirth to a dancing star,
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  • that's how the thing works.
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  • Everybody, please say,I'm a prisoner of hope.
  • 00:19:35.581 --> 00:19:37.583
  • - I'm a prisoner of hope.
  • 00:19:37.583 --> 00:19:38.850
  • - You are notaddicted to alcohol.
  • 00:19:38.850 --> 00:19:41.386
  • You are not a slaveof depression.
  • 00:19:41.386 --> 00:19:43.689
  • You are not inchains to addiction.
  • 00:19:43.689 --> 00:19:46.191
  • You're a prisoner of hope.
  • 00:19:46.191 --> 00:19:48.026
  • If you're gonna beaddicted to anything,
  • 00:19:48.026 --> 00:19:49.595
  • be addicted to hope,be a prisoner of hope.
  • 00:19:49.595 --> 00:19:53.398
  • That's what Zachariah calls you.
  • 00:19:53.398 --> 00:19:54.733
  • You're a prisoner of hope.
  • 00:19:54.733 --> 00:19:57.069
  • And sometimes what we needto do is we need to laugh
  • 00:19:57.069 --> 00:19:59.871
  • in the face ofthe abyss and say,
  • 00:19:59.871 --> 00:20:01.940
  • the reason why I can have joy,
  • 00:20:01.940 --> 00:20:03.475
  • and that's why LouisZamperini, by the way,
  • 00:20:03.475 --> 00:20:05.711
  • was able to survivelonger at sea with no food
  • 00:20:05.711 --> 00:20:09.414
  • than any POW in history thananybody who was stranded at sea
  • 00:20:09.414 --> 00:20:12.684
  • in history, partly becausehe had a sense of humor.
  • 00:20:12.684 --> 00:20:15.787
  • That's what they'll tell youif you're a prisoner of war.
  • 00:20:15.787 --> 00:20:18.056
  • That's why like Navy SEALsand these great epic warriors
  • 00:20:18.056 --> 00:20:20.659
  • often have a sense of humor.
  • 00:20:20.659 --> 00:20:22.094
  • That's why, like,these wise writers,
  • 00:20:22.094 --> 00:20:23.929
  • whether it's Gandalfor Dumbledore,
  • 00:20:23.929 --> 00:20:25.897
  • they always havea sense of humor.
  • 00:20:25.897 --> 00:20:27.499
  • It's not taking life lightly,rather it's realizing
  • 00:20:27.499 --> 00:20:31.169
  • that I'm not gonnaask for lighter loads,
  • 00:20:31.169 --> 00:20:32.904
  • I'm gonna ask fora stronger back.
  • 00:20:32.904 --> 00:20:34.606
  • I'm not gonna askfor lighter burdens,
  • 00:20:34.606 --> 00:20:36.508
  • I'm gonna ask forbroader shoulders,
  • 00:20:36.508 --> 00:20:38.310
  • 'cause I'm gonna bemore brains than brawn,
  • 00:20:38.310 --> 00:20:40.345
  • and I'm gonna say, I'm gonnalaugh in the face of the dark,
  • 00:20:40.345 --> 00:20:43.015
  • because God gives mea joy, John 16:22,
  • 00:20:43.015 --> 00:20:45.917
  • that no man can take from me.
  • 00:20:45.917 --> 00:20:48.220
  • No matter what I go through,
  • 00:20:48.220 --> 00:20:49.888
  • I don't have tobehave and get saved,
  • 00:20:49.888 --> 00:20:51.456
  • I just believe in receive.
  • 00:20:51.456 --> 00:20:52.958
  • I can't do enough badthings to lose God,
  • 00:20:52.958 --> 00:20:55.260
  • I can't do enough goodthings to get God,
  • 00:20:55.260 --> 00:20:56.728
  • and though he is with me always,
  • 00:20:56.728 --> 00:20:58.797
  • even to the ending of the age,
  • 00:20:58.797 --> 00:21:00.132
  • he will never leaveme nor forsake me.
  • 00:21:00.132 --> 00:21:02.267
  • So, of course I'm gonna allow,of course I'm gonna have joy,
  • 00:21:02.267 --> 00:21:05.103
  • of course I'm gonnabe a prisoner of hope
  • 00:21:05.103 --> 00:21:07.039
  • and I'm gonnasurvive this storm,
  • 00:21:07.039 --> 00:21:08.740
  • I'm gonna weather the whirlwind,
  • 00:21:08.740 --> 00:21:10.175
  • I'm gonna throw the thunderhead.
  • 00:21:10.175 --> 00:21:11.743
  • I'm gonna endure your rock,and I'm gonna brave the wave,
  • 00:21:11.743 --> 00:21:15.280
  • I'm gonna survive this storm,
  • 00:21:15.280 --> 00:21:16.982
  • and I'm gonna thriveupon this tempest
  • 00:21:16.982 --> 00:21:19.084
  • because God is forme, God is with me,
  • 00:21:19.084 --> 00:21:21.320
  • he's never failed anybody,
  • 00:21:21.320 --> 00:21:22.988
  • and he ain't gonnastart with me.
  • 00:21:22.988 --> 00:21:24.222
  • Would somebody say Amen?
  • 00:21:24.222 --> 00:21:25.624
  • Sometimes we feellike we're wandering
  • 00:21:44.509 --> 00:21:46.678
  • through the desert insearch of our better selves.
  • 00:21:46.678 --> 00:21:49.414
  • But when we'rescorching in the wild
  • 00:21:59.758 --> 00:22:02.060
  • we have to remember thatpain makes us stronger,
  • 00:22:02.060 --> 00:22:05.330
  • pain makes us stronger,tears make us braver,
  • 00:22:05.330 --> 00:22:08.900
  • tears make us braver,
  • 00:22:08.900 --> 00:22:10.268
  • heartbreak makes us wiser,heartbreak makes us wiser,
  • 00:22:13.271 --> 00:22:15.474
  • so we're gonna thank ourpast for a better future.
  • 00:22:17.809 --> 00:22:20.645
  • Paul said "we gloryin tribulation
  • 00:22:21.747 --> 00:22:23.815
  • because tribulationproduces patience,
  • 00:22:23.815 --> 00:22:26.118
  • patience experience,experience hope,
  • 00:22:26.118 --> 00:22:29.121
  • and hope maketh not ashamed,because of the love of God
  • 00:22:29.121 --> 00:22:32.257
  • spread abroad in ourhearts by the Holy Ghost,
  • 00:22:32.257 --> 00:22:34.760
  • which is given unto us."
  • 00:22:34.760 --> 00:22:36.161
  • Hope is not hype, it'sbased on the facts
  • 00:22:40.298 --> 00:22:43.201
  • that God's beenfaithful in the past,
  • 00:22:43.201 --> 00:22:45.604
  • so we're gonna be faithfilled about the future.
  • 00:22:45.604 --> 00:22:48.106
  • And we're gonnabe fulfilled today
  • 00:22:48.106 --> 00:22:50.008
  • because God's neverfailed anyone,
  • 00:22:50.008 --> 00:22:52.110
  • and he ain't gonnastart with me.
  • 00:22:52.110 --> 00:22:53.845
  • Paul calls our Lordthe God of hupomone,
  • 00:23:06.258 --> 00:23:09.361
  • which meanstriumphant fortitude.
  • 00:23:09.361 --> 00:23:11.596
  • When you walk withthe God of hope,
  • 00:23:11.596 --> 00:23:13.198
  • you can take situationsthat are painful
  • 00:23:13.198 --> 00:23:15.801
  • and convert them into pain fuel.
  • 00:23:15.801 --> 00:23:18.303
  • There are two types of pain,the pain that hurts you
  • 00:23:18.303 --> 00:23:21.740
  • and the pain that changes you.
  • 00:23:21.740 --> 00:23:24.342
  • Pain either has thepower to break you
  • 00:23:24.342 --> 00:23:27.078
  • or it is the power thatmakes you unbreakable.
  • 00:23:27.078 --> 00:23:29.981
  • What it is dependson your response
  • 00:23:29.981 --> 00:23:33.051
  • to who your God justso happens to be.
  • 00:23:33.051 --> 00:23:35.454
  • When you walk withthe God of hope,
  • 00:24:16.127 --> 00:24:17.829
  • you can take situationsthat are painful
  • 00:24:17.829 --> 00:24:20.665
  • and convert them into pain fuel,
  • 00:24:20.665 --> 00:24:23.468
  • because there aretwo types of pain.
  • 00:24:23.468 --> 00:24:25.704
  • There's the pain that hurts you,
  • 00:24:25.704 --> 00:24:28.139
  • and there's the painthat changes you.
  • 00:24:28.139 --> 00:24:30.609
  • God is so awesometasticthat he can turn our pain
  • 00:24:42.287 --> 00:24:45.423
  • into power and ourvisions into victories.
  • 00:24:45.423 --> 00:24:48.493
  • You've been watchingHope Generation,
  • 00:24:48.493 --> 00:24:49.928
  • and we'll see you next time.
  • 00:24:49.928 --> 00:24:51.329
  • Cupcakes are muffinsthat believe in miracles.
  • 00:25:08.113 --> 00:25:12.050
  • When you believein the God of hope,
  • 00:25:14.586 --> 00:25:16.521
  • you become toochildlike to realize
  • 00:25:16.521 --> 00:25:19.024
  • that certain thingsare impossible,
  • 00:25:19.024 --> 00:25:21.059
  • so you do them by accident.
  • 00:25:21.059 --> 00:25:23.461
  • Faith occasions miracles,muffins become cupcakes,
  • 00:25:23.461 --> 00:25:27.032
  • persecutors becomepreachers like Paul,
  • 00:25:27.032 --> 00:25:29.634
  • murderous sorcerers becomerevivalists like Manasseh,
  • 00:25:29.634 --> 00:25:33.371
  • and ultimate chickensbecome ultimate fighters,
  • 00:25:33.371 --> 00:25:36.308
  • like Peter who deniedJesus three times
  • 00:25:36.308 --> 00:25:39.210
  • when a little girlpeer pressured him,
  • 00:25:39.210 --> 00:25:41.279
  • only to ask Rome tocrucify him upside down.
  • 00:25:42.414 --> 00:25:45.383
  • Jesus said, "All things arepossible to him who believes."
  • 00:25:45.383 --> 00:25:49.521
  • Anything is possible.
  • 00:25:52.257 --> 00:25:54.392
  • Contrarily, life without God,
  • 00:25:54.392 --> 00:25:57.562
  • it's like a Krispy Kremedonut that's sugar-free.
  • 00:25:57.562 --> 00:26:01.099
  • It's not how it was designed.
  • 00:26:01.099 --> 00:26:02.601
  • The psalmist understood this.
  • 00:26:03.735 --> 00:26:05.403
  • He had a craving for God.
  • 00:26:05.403 --> 00:26:08.006
  • In fact, in Psalm42:1, 2, and 3,
  • 00:26:08.006 --> 00:26:12.110
  • he listed mankind'sthree greatest appetites.
  • 00:26:12.110 --> 00:26:16.281
  • In verse one, he said, "Mysoul pants for God," air.
  • 00:26:16.281 --> 00:26:21.219
  • In verse two, he said, "Mysoul thirsts for God," water.
  • 00:26:22.621 --> 00:26:26.491
  • And in verse three, he said,
  • 00:26:26.491 --> 00:26:27.993
  • "My tears have becomemy meat," food.
  • 00:26:27.993 --> 00:26:31.529
  • Air, water, and food.
  • 00:26:31.529 --> 00:26:33.765
  • We can live about 40days without food.
  • 00:26:33.765 --> 00:26:36.635
  • We can live about threedays without water.
  • 00:26:36.635 --> 00:26:39.437
  • We can live about eightminutes without air,
  • 00:26:39.437 --> 00:26:42.140
  • but we cannot live a secondwithout the God of hope.
  • 00:26:42.140 --> 00:26:46.144
  • Faith is just anacronym, F-A-I-T-H,
  • 00:26:49.247 --> 00:26:53.785
  • forward all issues to heaven.
  • 00:26:53.785 --> 00:26:56.855
  • Wet your appetitefor the God of hope.
  • 00:26:58.023 --> 00:27:00.291
  • Faith your fears, and mountainswill leap into the sea,
  • 00:27:00.291 --> 00:27:05.296
  • muffins will become cupcakes,
  • 00:27:06.164 --> 00:27:08.433
  • and disciples whoonce failed to grasp
  • 00:27:10.402 --> 00:27:13.038
  • the upside down kingdom,
  • 00:27:13.038 --> 00:27:14.739
  • they'll turn theworld right side up.
  • 00:27:14.739 --> 00:27:16.841