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Christmas Eve 2019 Part 2

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December 27, 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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Christmas Eve 2019 Part 2

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  • - Are you going throughfiery tribulation?
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  • Remember, God isa consuming fire,
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  • but this flame doesn'tburn what we are.
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  • This fire only burns andpurges what we are not.
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  • It's through sufferingthat we're made perfect.
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  • That's what the bookof Hebrews says,
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  • that Jesus was madeperfect through suffering.
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  • We come to full maturation,the full stature
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  • of the Christ dimensionas the likeness of God
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  • through what we go through,
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  • through what we endure,through our hardships.
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  • So I wanna remind you that theonly easy day was yesterday,
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  • but that galvanizes usinto greater heroism
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  • because we are confident thatwe are forged by adversity.
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  • Your adversity is actuallyforging your soul into steel
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  • and is tempering yourspirit into iron.
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  • So, don't lose heartand don't give up hope.
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  • You are made perfectthrough suffering.
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  • We are forged by adversity.
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  • Hey Generators, I'm Ben Courson,
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  • and we're gonnaconclude this teaching
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  • entitled Christmas Eve 2019.
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  • Let's celebrate the birthof the King even now.
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  • Isaiah 700 years approximatelybefore Jesus was born
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  • prophesied thatone would be born
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  • to a virgin, named Emmanuel,
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  • which means God with us.
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  • That's the incarnation.
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  • The word incarnationin Latin means in flesh
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  • because it's as if Godtook on flesh and bones
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  • wrapped himself in humanity
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  • and his divinity walked amongus and tabernacled with us.
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  • - No eye has seen.
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  • No ear has heard whatthe Lord has in store
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  • for those who love Him.
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  • If you could even begin tofathom what your future holds,
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  • I know the thoughtsI think toward you
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  • to give you a future and hope.
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  • And when you're strong,
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  • you're gonna find thatyour storm cannot take you
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  • where God cannot keep you,but the Holy one of Israel,
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  • neither slumbers nor sleeps.
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  • And you think you weregoing in your own strength,
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  • but really it was hisrighteous right hand that was
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  • strengthening youon the journey.
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  • Depression is awful.
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  • Sadness is awful.
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  • It's a shadowy valley God walkedme through over many years.
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  • We all go through stuff, buthere's what I need to tell you.
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  • Find solace in the fact thatthe greatest Bible characters
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  • often struggledwith depression too.
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  • So for me, my message forpeople is the message of hope.
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  • The God of hope is real.
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  • I have more joy, more hope,
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  • more happiness than I'vehad in over a decade.
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  • When you understand that thisGod who made everything speaks
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  • worlds into existencewith his words
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  • that come out of nothing,
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  • that he can actually createsomething out of nothing.
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  • Then suddenly wesay, of course, God,
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  • the words that you speakare spirit and life.
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  • We have hope that keeps usbuoyant during the storm.
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  • So let's be harbingers ofhope showing our generation
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  • that God is the anchor of hope.
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  • And there is no place like hope.
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  • Will somebody please say, amen.
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  • If you can testify to thefaithfulness and goodness
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  • and hope of God, he's good.
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  • (congregation applauding)
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  • He's good.
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  • People say, "Who is God?
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  • "Is he a divine spark livein every living thing?
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  • "Is he the prime mover?
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  • "Is he the principlebehind which you cannot go?
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  • "Is he the creator ofthe initial singularity?
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  • "Is he the mystery?
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  • "Is he the sourceof the universe?
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  • "Who is God?"
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  • Jesus says, "If you've seenme, you've seen the father."
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  • He is God made flesh.
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  • In Isaiah's prophecy, heis the incarnation of God,
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  • which the prophet tellsus that he would be born
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  • in Bethlehem as the ruler,
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  • Emmanuel God withus roughly 400 years
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  • before Jesus was born.
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  • Micah made this prophecy
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  • that a ruler wouldbe born in Bethlehem.
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  • There is no God likeJehovah manifest in Jesus.
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  • Jesus is very name means,Jehovah is generous.
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  • - De Beneficios Messiah.
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  • That's the nickname of Psalm 117
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  • when the author says, "Praisethe Lord and loud him."
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  • Why should we praise the Lord?
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  • The Jewish doctors tell usthat that chapter was written
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  • to be a benefit of the Christosin the coming mashiach.
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  • And indeed Paul referredto Jesus in 1 Timothy 6:2
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  • as the benefit,
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  • John 4:10 refers toJesus as the gift of God.
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  • Haggai refers to Jesus,the coming Messiah
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  • as the desire of all nations.
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  • And Luke 2 refers to Jesusas being great tidings of joy
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  • to all people.
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  • So I wanna encourage youthat the Christ dimension
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  • can live through you sothat you no longer live,
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  • but now you have thegift, the benefit,
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  • the desirable nations, andthe glad tidings of great joy
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  • manifested through you whenyou simply put your faith
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  • and trust in the father whosent his son to image him
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  • to the world.
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  • By faith, the Christ dimension
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  • will be manifestedthrough you too.
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  • - Some people actually saythat when Jesus was in Egypt
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  • as a kid, wherever he went,
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  • all the idols fell down.
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  • Like Dagon felldown in the presence
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  • of the Ark of the Covenant.
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  • All the idols aresaying, "You're the man."
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  • I mean, "You're the God."
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  • So number three, heis the substantiation.
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  • He is the super impositionof the spirit source
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  • on our species.
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  • - In Joshua 1:3, Godpromised the Israelites
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  • that wherever the soleof their foot touched
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  • when it came to the soilof the land of Canaan,
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  • that territory belonged to them.
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  • The problem is topographicallyand historically
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  • they never walked more thanone third of the territory
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  • that God promised them.
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  • So, they didn't measureoff the length of the land
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  • with their feet.
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  • Therefore, theyonly got one third
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  • because that's how farthey were willing to walk.
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  • In the same way, Iwanna encourage you,
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  • take the sum total of the landflowing with milk and honey
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  • and don't leave anyof it left untapped.
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  • As the marqueesof Salisbury said,
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  • when he was questionedabout his colonial policies,
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  • "Gentlemen, get larger maps.
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  • "Let's expand our horizons.
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  • "Let's not settle for one third.
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  • "Let's take all ofthe promised land
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  • "because wherever thesole of our feet touch,
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  • "that soil belongs to us."
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  • - Number four, Jesus is alsothe sympathetic shepherd.
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  • Everyone saysympathetic shepherd.
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  • Now, have any of you everplayed in a nativity scene
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  • in your school play?
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  • Have any of you everhad to be the shepherd?
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  • You thought you got thegood role, you didn't.
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  • If you're playing the shepherd,that's not what you aim for.
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  • That's what you get stuck with.
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  • Back in the day, some peoplesay that shepherds were crooks.
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  • They were a bad bunch.
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  • They didn't just havea Shepherd's crooklike Richard Nixon.
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  • They could say, I'mnot a crook when
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  • really Watergate's goingon behind the scenes.
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  • These guys were crooks.
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  • In fact, they were somuch the law of the law
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  • that they weren't evenallowed to testify in court.
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  • And yet, look at what versesix tells us in Matthew 2.
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  • It says that a shepherdshall rule in Israel.
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  • Talking about Jesus.
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  • God has a way of using shepherdswho were considered crooks.
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  • Moses was a shepherd,David was a shepherd.
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  • Psalm 23 says, "TheLord is my shepherd."
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  • John 10:10, Jesus said,"I'm the good shepherd."
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  • First Peter 5, "He'sthe chief shepherd."
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  • Amos was a shepherd.
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  • God has a way ofsympathizing even with those
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  • who are considered crooks.
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  • You might say, oh, God'stoo supreme for me.
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  • He's the incarnationof the divine Jesus is.
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  • There's no way hecould relate to me.
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  • He says, "I relate to you evenif you feel like a crook."
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  • He's a sympathetic shepherd.
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  • - Historically, whena baby boy was born,
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  • that was a child of the king.
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  • They would light abonfire on earth.
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  • When Jesus, the Kingof the Jews was born
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  • of the line of David,there was no bonfire
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  • that was lit for him on earth.
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  • Why?
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  • Because his kingdom isnot from this world.
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  • He's the King of heaven.
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  • So what did the angels do?
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  • The Bible says, "Theangels were in the clouds
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  • "in the glory of Godshone roundabout them."
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  • The glory wasshining in the sky.
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  • There wasn't a bonfire on earth.
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  • There was a bonfire in the sky
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  • because he's not justthe king of earth,
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  • he's the king of heaven.
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  • Also when a baby boywas born culturally,
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  • the local musicians would cometo the birthplace to strike
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  • up a tune and play musicin honor of the baby boy
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  • that was just born.
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  • When Jesus was born,
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  • there were no local musicianswho fulfilled that customary
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  • greeting, welcoming the babyboy born into the world.
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  • So what did the angels do?
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  • The angels go up into thesky and they begin singing
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  • glory to God, peace onearth, goodwill toward men.
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  • The earthy musiciansforgot about Jesus,
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  • but the angels sing forJesus in the clouds.
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  • They didn't lighta bonfire on earth.
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  • They put a bonfire in the sky.
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  • There's a bonfire in the sky.
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  • There's music in the clouds
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  • because when peopleforget about you,
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  • God never does a will.
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  • And when men frown uponyou, heaven smiles at you
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  • because we are heirs of Godhad joined us with Christ.
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  • We too can know that our Godis a great party planner.
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  • For Jesus's birthday, Hetook care of the music
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  • and the lighting, theangels in the clouds singing
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  • and the bonfire in the sky.
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  • And so I wanna tellyou that God loves you
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  • even when people forgetabout you, he's got you.
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  • We'll return for more oftoday's message after this.
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  • - A year and one monthago, I didn't tell people,
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  • but I would sit in my houseand I would look at my walls
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  • and I wanted to die.
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  • I literally just wanted to die.
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  • And what happened is,over a year later,
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  • God has restoredso much joy to me.
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  • God has restored somuch peace to me.
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  • I'm gonna tell youa little secret.
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  • The Lord wants toserve you blessings
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  • in your moment of pain.
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  • Let me the maker of thetrinity of trinities
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  • minister to you,deliver to you hope
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  • and then you'll be ableto be a hope dealer
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  • to the world around you.
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  • Don't judge the rest ofyour life on one season.
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  • So you have zeroexcuse to be hopeless.
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  • You have zero excuseto be depressed.
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  • We have no excuseto give in to worry.
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  • We have no excuse togive in to anxiety.
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  • We have no excuse togrow old and grow jaded.
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  • We were called to be child like.
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  • We were called to be hopeful.
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  • We were called to be joyful,because the Bible says,
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  • "Happy are those peoplewhose God is the Lord."
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  • Do not judge the rest of yourlife on this current season
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  • because everything'sgonna be okay in the end.
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  • And if it's not okay,it's not the end.
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  • It's okay if you're not okay.
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  • It's just not okayif you stay that way.
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  • Get out of your cave and gominister hope to the world
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  • because the Lord serves you.
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  • Go serve them in Jesus' name.
  • 00:12:49.308 --> 00:12:51.443
  • In verse 11 of Matthew 2.
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  • It says, "When they'dcome into the house,
  • 00:13:02.221 --> 00:13:03.722
  • "the wise men saw the youngchild with Mary's mother,
  • 00:13:03.722 --> 00:13:06.692
  • "they fell down andthey worshiped him."
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  • They worshiped him.
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  • Why did they worship him?
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  • Because Luke 2 says thatJesus is the savior.
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  • Now what does that mean?
  • 00:13:17.436 --> 00:13:18.904
  • Cicero's an ancient writersays that Greek word for savior
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  • is too emphatic to betranslated properly
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  • into any other language.
  • 00:13:24.643 --> 00:13:26.645
  • It's not just that he's thesavior etymologically in Greek.
  • 00:13:26.645 --> 00:13:30.082
  • It's so striking. So emphatic.
  • 00:13:30.082 --> 00:13:32.184
  • So underscored of a word thatwe cannot even properly depict
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  • how powerful that etymologicalorigin is in this rhetoric
  • 00:13:35.921 --> 00:13:39.458
  • and syntax callinghim the savior.
  • 00:13:39.458 --> 00:13:41.894
  • When Jesus was born duringthe nativity, Caesar Augustus,
  • 00:13:41.894 --> 00:13:46.899
  • the ruler of Romestopped allowing peopleto call him, Lord.
  • 00:13:48.367 --> 00:13:51.804
  • He quit the Caesar worship andhe wouldn't even be worshiped
  • 00:13:51.804 --> 00:13:55.507
  • as God anymorebecause the true Lord,
  • 00:13:55.507 --> 00:13:57.910
  • the true savior had come.
  • 00:13:57.910 --> 00:13:59.745
  • So much so that evenwhen Jesus was 12,
  • 00:13:59.745 --> 00:14:02.748
  • he was speaking in thetemple at Jerusalem.
  • 00:14:02.748 --> 00:14:06.018
  • During that same period of time,
  • 00:14:06.018 --> 00:14:07.920
  • Passover when Jesuswas 12 years old.
  • 00:14:07.920 --> 00:14:10.489
  • Josephus tells us thatsomebody snuck into the temple
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  • and littered the temple ofJudaism with dead bones.
  • 00:14:13.993 --> 00:14:17.630
  • Why?
  • 00:14:17.630 --> 00:14:18.831
  • They were sayingthe temple is dead.
  • 00:14:18.831 --> 00:14:20.466
  • Some think it was theSamaritan spiting the Jews.
  • 00:14:20.466 --> 00:14:22.935
  • Others think itwas the hand of God
  • 00:14:22.935 --> 00:14:24.503
  • saying the temple is dead
  • 00:14:24.503 --> 00:14:25.971
  • because Jesus is thetemple for the Holy Spirit.
  • 00:14:25.971 --> 00:14:28.307
  • And his templewill be destroyed.
  • 00:14:28.307 --> 00:14:30.276
  • But three days later,he will rise it up again
  • 00:14:30.276 --> 00:14:32.845
  • because he is the truesavior of the world.
  • 00:14:32.845 --> 00:14:36.482
  • The reward of winning a war
  • 00:14:36.482 --> 00:14:38.117
  • is you get to writethe history books.
  • 00:14:38.117 --> 00:14:40.653
  • One of the reasons the Biblehas a work of literature
  • 00:14:40.653 --> 00:14:42.855
  • is so unique is becauseit's a book written
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  • by the oppressed and defeated.
  • 00:14:46.091 --> 00:14:48.227
  • A group of Jewish people whowere beaten by the Kaldi's,
  • 00:14:48.227 --> 00:14:51.563
  • the Egyptians, theBabylonians, the Greeks,
  • 00:14:51.563 --> 00:14:54.366
  • the Romans, the Assyrians.
  • 00:14:54.366 --> 00:14:56.602
  • Many empires havefought against Israel,
  • 00:14:56.602 --> 00:14:58.971
  • all wanting one thing, todestroy the Jewish people.
  • 00:14:58.971 --> 00:15:02.341
  • And yet through it all, theychose to hope in Jehovah.
  • 00:15:02.341 --> 00:15:07.079
  • Lamentations 3, however,has a powerful message.
  • 00:15:13.319 --> 00:15:16.422
  • When Jeremiah is watchingJerusalem gets sacked and burned
  • 00:15:16.422 --> 00:15:19.391
  • by its enemies.
  • 00:15:19.391 --> 00:15:20.893
  • He said, "It is becauseof the Lord's compassions
  • 00:15:20.893 --> 00:15:23.862
  • "that never fail.
  • 00:15:23.862 --> 00:15:25.130
  • "His mercies beingnew every morning.
  • 00:15:25.130 --> 00:15:27.633
  • "It is because theLord is my portion
  • 00:15:27.633 --> 00:15:30.035
  • "that I have hope in him."
  • 00:15:30.035 --> 00:15:33.305
  • Even when the Romanempire conquered Jerusalem
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  • and God's people werescattered throughout the world,
  • 00:15:35.641 --> 00:15:38.277
  • they never gave up hope.
  • 00:15:38.277 --> 00:15:40.212
  • And this biblical narrativewritten by a defeated foe
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  • brings forth themessage of victory,
  • 00:15:43.449 --> 00:15:46.251
  • that the greatest Jew ofall time, Jesus Christ,
  • 00:15:46.251 --> 00:15:48.988
  • according to Paul the Apostlehas swallowed up death itself
  • 00:15:48.988 --> 00:15:52.791
  • the final foe to bedefeated in victory.
  • 00:15:52.791 --> 00:15:56.295
  • So too with us, wehave our hope in God.
  • 00:15:57.830 --> 00:16:01.400
  • He will never leaveus nor forsake us.
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  • Hebrews 13, promises this to us.
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  • If God has been faithful tothe descendants of Abraham
  • 00:16:08.707 --> 00:16:12.311
  • for six millennia,you too can have hope
  • 00:16:12.311 --> 00:16:15.948
  • that God will befaithful to protect
  • 00:16:15.948 --> 00:16:18.050
  • and cover you till the very end.
  • 00:16:18.050 --> 00:16:20.619
  • So don't ever forgetthis little Jewish tribe,
  • 00:16:24.189 --> 00:16:27.826
  • a defeated foe that wouldgo on to change the world
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  • and produce some of thegreatest humans to ever live.
  • 00:16:31.897 --> 00:16:35.334
  • So to the God who wrote thestory of Abraham's descendants
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  • and fought for them, hewill fight for you too.
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  • The same God of hope whoused the little tribe
  • 00:16:48.414 --> 00:16:52.384
  • to change the worldand to alter history
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  • is the same God of hopethat is writing your story
  • 00:16:56.055 --> 00:17:00.059
  • and bringing youto your destiny.
  • 00:17:00.993 --> 00:17:03.128
  • - But how does this give mehope during the holidays?
  • 00:17:07.766 --> 00:17:10.402
  • Because the Bible saysthat not only is Jesus
  • 00:17:10.402 --> 00:17:13.372
  • the image of God, Salom Elohim,
  • 00:17:13.372 --> 00:17:16.008
  • the Bible says youare the image of God.
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  • You are Salaam Elohim.
  • 00:17:18.710 --> 00:17:20.412
  • That was the phraseused for Kings.
  • 00:17:20.412 --> 00:17:22.414
  • And the Bible saysin Revelation 1:6,
  • 00:17:22.414 --> 00:17:24.216
  • "We are Kings and priests.
  • 00:17:24.216 --> 00:17:25.851
  • "Jesus invites us lovinglyinto his destiny."
  • 00:17:25.851 --> 00:17:29.555
  • Revelation 3 says, "We'regonna sit with Jesus
  • 00:17:29.555 --> 00:17:31.723
  • "on his throne."
  • 00:17:31.723 --> 00:17:33.225
  • The Bible says, "We havedominion over the earth."
  • 00:17:33.225 --> 00:17:34.726
  • The Bible says, "Wesubdue the earth."
  • 00:17:34.726 --> 00:17:36.361
  • The Bible says,"We're Salom Elohim."
  • 00:17:36.361 --> 00:17:38.297
  • The Bible says, "We're theimage of the invisible God."
  • 00:17:38.297 --> 00:17:40.566
  • The Bible says,
  • 00:17:40.566 --> 00:17:41.800
  • "We're heirs of God andjoiners with Christ."
  • 00:17:41.800 --> 00:17:43.268
  • The Bible says, "The earthhas given to the sons of men."
  • 00:17:43.268 --> 00:17:45.838
  • Paul said, "Allthings are yours."
  • 00:17:45.838 --> 00:17:47.606
  • The father says in Luke15, "You're always with me.
  • 00:17:47.606 --> 00:17:50.075
  • "Everything I havebelongs to you."
  • 00:17:50.075 --> 00:17:52.177
  • The Bible says, "We area kingdom of priests.
  • 00:17:52.177 --> 00:17:54.580
  • "We are his masterpiece."
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  • Do you ever feel likeyour life doesn't matter?
  • 00:17:58.684 --> 00:18:02.020
  • Like you're just aspeck on a motive dust
  • 00:18:02.020 --> 00:18:04.556
  • hurdling through a sunbeamat 67.000 miles per hour.
  • 00:18:04.556 --> 00:18:07.759
  • Do you feel insignificant?
  • 00:18:09.995 --> 00:18:11.830
  • God created you sopowerfully that biologically
  • 00:18:14.666 --> 00:18:18.137
  • and scientifically youcontain the potential energy
  • 00:18:18.137 --> 00:18:21.440
  • equivalent of 30large hydrogen bombs.
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  • No wonder soulmate says,
  • 00:18:25.611 --> 00:18:27.112
  • "You are crownedwith glory and honor
  • 00:18:27.112 --> 00:18:29.381
  • "made a little lowerthan the angels."
  • 00:18:29.381 --> 00:18:31.250
  • In fact, Genesis saysthat mankind's mission
  • 00:18:31.250 --> 00:18:34.653
  • is to conquer the earth,
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  • have dominion overit and subdue it.
  • 00:18:36.188 --> 00:18:38.690
  • Paul the Apostlesaid to the Romans,
  • 00:18:41.293 --> 00:18:43.228
  • "You are more than conquers,"
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  • which in the Greek literallymeans you are super overcomers.
  • 00:18:44.696 --> 00:18:49.268
  • The book of Psalm says,"The earth God has given
  • 00:18:49.268 --> 00:18:51.670
  • "to the sons of men."
  • 00:18:51.670 --> 00:18:53.105
  • Paul said to the Corinthians,"All things are yours."
  • 00:18:53.105 --> 00:18:55.774
  • The father says in Luke 15,
  • 00:18:55.774 --> 00:18:57.409
  • "You are always with me andeverything I have is yours."
  • 00:18:57.409 --> 00:19:00.779
  • And revelation 3 saysthat as we overcome,
  • 00:19:00.779 --> 00:19:03.782
  • we're gonna sit withJesus on his throne.
  • 00:19:03.782 --> 00:19:06.552
  • So every morningwhen you wake up,
  • 00:19:06.552 --> 00:19:08.420
  • you're going into a worldyou were meant to conquer.
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  • So know your value.
  • 00:19:11.623 --> 00:19:13.258
  • You were created as a queenand you were created as a King.
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  • So have dominion overthe earth and subdue it.
  • 00:19:17.129 --> 00:19:20.165
  • - We are crownedwith glory and honor,
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  • Psalm 8 tells you and me,
  • 00:19:25.737 --> 00:19:27.406
  • and God says, "I inviteyou into my destiny,"
  • 00:19:27.406 --> 00:19:30.409
  • because he's a loving a supreme,
  • 00:19:30.409 --> 00:19:33.278
  • watch this, sovereign.
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  • He is not only asupreme sovereignty,he's shackle strapped,
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  • but he's the super impositionand the substantiation
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  • of the spirit sourceon our species.
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  • The hyper staticunion, God meets men.
  • 00:19:44.289 --> 00:19:47.226
  • And he's a sympathetic savior,and he's a striking shepherd
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  • who loves you.
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  • He loves me.
  • 00:19:52.564 --> 00:19:53.532
  • He's for you. He's for me.
  • 00:19:53.532 --> 00:19:55.467
  • And we get to be invitedinto his destiny.
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  • In Jesus name can I get an amen?
  • 00:19:58.370 --> 00:20:00.272
  • - You go from glory toglory, grace to grace,
  • 00:20:00.272 --> 00:20:04.042
  • strength to strength.
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  • As your days are, soshall your strength be.
  • 00:20:05.711 --> 00:20:08.747
  • He turns your sorrow into joy,your mourning into dancing,
  • 00:20:08.747 --> 00:20:12.618
  • puts off your sackcloth,encouraged you with gladness,
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  • gives you the garmentsof praise in exchange
  • 00:20:15.554 --> 00:20:18.023
  • for the spirit of heaviness.
  • 00:20:18.023 --> 00:20:19.324
  • Weeping may endurefor the night,
  • 00:20:19.324 --> 00:20:21.426
  • but joy comes in the morning.
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  • If you sow in tears, thenyou will reap in joy.
  • 00:20:23.061 --> 00:20:25.931
  • Then was our mouthfilled with laughter.
  • 00:20:25.931 --> 00:20:28.033
  • For they said among the heavens,
  • 00:20:28.033 --> 00:20:29.368
  • the Lord has donegreat things for them.
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  • We don't know what to do,
  • 00:20:31.737 --> 00:20:32.971
  • but our eyes are on youfor the Lord can save
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  • by many or by few,
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  • is his arm too shortthat it cannot save
  • 00:20:36.341 --> 00:20:38.310
  • as his ear too dullthat it cannot hear.
  • 00:20:38.310 --> 00:20:40.345
  • That shall be thehead not the tail,
  • 00:20:40.345 --> 00:20:42.281
  • that shall be above not beneath.
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  • Be still and know that I amGod for I will be exalted
  • 00:20:44.449 --> 00:20:48.720
  • among the nations.
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  • As you meditate day andnight on the law of God,
  • 00:20:50.055 --> 00:20:52.858
  • you'll be like a treeplanted by rivers of water,
  • 00:20:52.858 --> 00:20:56.028
  • bringing forthfruit in your season
  • 00:20:56.028 --> 00:20:58.130
  • so that your leafwill not wither.
  • 00:20:58.130 --> 00:20:59.431
  • And whatever youdo will prosper.
  • 00:20:59.431 --> 00:21:01.566
  • Psalm 20, "May the Lord grantyou your heart's desire."
  • 00:21:01.566 --> 00:21:04.670
  • Psalm 21:2, "TheLord has granted me
  • 00:21:04.670 --> 00:21:06.972
  • "the desires of my heart."
  • 00:21:06.972 --> 00:21:08.440
  • Psalm 37:4, "Delightyourself also in the Lord
  • 00:21:08.440 --> 00:21:11.009
  • "and he will give you thedesires of your heart."
  • 00:21:11.009 --> 00:21:13.378
  • Psalm 145:19, "He willfulfill the desire
  • 00:21:13.378 --> 00:21:16.281
  • "of those who fear.
  • 00:21:16.281 --> 00:21:17.516
  • "He will also hear theircry and save them."
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  • Proverbs 10:24,
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  • "The desire of therighteous will be granted."
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  • Proverbs 10:22, "The blessingof the Lord makes one rich
  • 00:21:23.488 --> 00:21:26.892
  • "and adds no sorrow with it."
  • 00:21:26.892 --> 00:21:28.493
  • Psalm 3:6, "I will not beafraid of 10.000s of people
  • 00:21:28.493 --> 00:21:32.197
  • "who have set themselvesagainst me on all sides
  • 00:21:32.197 --> 00:21:34.766
  • "for the Lord is mylight and my salvation,
  • 00:21:34.766 --> 00:21:37.069
  • "whom shall I fear?
  • 00:21:37.069 --> 00:21:38.370
  • "The Lord is thestrength of my life,
  • 00:21:38.370 --> 00:21:40.472
  • "whom shall I be afraid?
  • 00:21:40.472 --> 00:21:41.707
  • "Even if my fatherand mother forsake me,
  • 00:21:41.707 --> 00:21:43.842
  • "then the Lord willtake care of me,
  • 00:21:43.842 --> 00:21:45.844
  • "for the Lord my God in themidst of me, he is mighty.
  • 00:21:45.844 --> 00:21:48.580
  • "He will save.
  • 00:21:48.580 --> 00:21:49.514
  • "He will rest in his love.
  • 00:21:49.514 --> 00:21:50.749
  • "He will rejoiceover us with joy.
  • 00:21:50.749 --> 00:21:52.217
  • "He will rejoiceover us with singing.
  • 00:21:52.217 --> 00:21:54.219
  • "He will restore the yearsthat the locusts have eaten."
  • 00:21:54.219 --> 00:21:56.722
  • Jesus said, "Lo Iam with you all way,
  • 00:21:56.722 --> 00:21:59.524
  • "even unto theending of the age,
  • 00:21:59.524 --> 00:22:01.760
  • "I will never leaveyou nor forsake you."
  • 00:22:01.760 --> 00:22:05.197
  • Jesus said, "Blessedare the poor in spirit
  • 00:22:05.197 --> 00:22:08.133
  • "for theirs is thekingdom of heaven."
  • 00:22:08.133 --> 00:22:09.935
  • "Blessed are those who mournfor they shall be comforted.
  • 00:22:09.935 --> 00:22:13.071
  • "Blessed are the meek forthey shall inherit the earth.
  • 00:22:13.071 --> 00:22:15.907
  • "Blessed are those who hungerand thirst for righteousness
  • 00:22:15.907 --> 00:22:18.744
  • "for they shall be filled.
  • 00:22:18.744 --> 00:22:20.445
  • "Blessed are the mercifulfor they shall receive mercy.
  • 00:22:20.445 --> 00:22:23.482
  • "Blessed are the pure inheart for they shall see God.
  • 00:22:23.482 --> 00:22:26.718
  • "Blessed are the peacemakers,
  • 00:22:26.718 --> 00:22:28.153
  • "for they shall becalled sons of God.
  • 00:22:28.153 --> 00:22:30.288
  • "Blessed are thosewho are persecutedfor righteousness sake
  • 00:22:30.288 --> 00:22:33.658
  • "for theirs is thekingdom of heaven.
  • 00:22:33.658 --> 00:22:35.827
  • "Blessed are you when menrevile you and persecute you
  • 00:22:35.827 --> 00:22:39.297
  • "and say all manner of evilagainst you falsely for my sake,
  • 00:22:39.297 --> 00:22:42.667
  • "rejoice and beexceedingly glad.
  • 00:22:42.667 --> 00:22:44.603
  • "For so theypersecuted the prophets
  • 00:22:44.603 --> 00:22:46.872
  • "who came before you becauseGod works all things together
  • 00:22:46.872 --> 00:22:51.443
  • "for the good of those wholove him and are the called
  • 00:22:51.443 --> 00:22:54.579
  • "according to his purpose."
  • 00:22:54.579 --> 00:22:56.214
  • Now, these things thatwere written a four time
  • 00:22:56.214 --> 00:22:58.350
  • were written for our learning
  • 00:22:58.350 --> 00:23:00.318
  • that through the patience andcomfort of the scriptures,
  • 00:23:00.318 --> 00:23:02.320
  • we might have hope.
  • 00:23:02.320 --> 00:23:04.156
  • Now me, the God of hope,
  • 00:23:04.156 --> 00:23:05.524
  • fill you with all joyand peace and believing
  • 00:23:05.524 --> 00:23:08.093
  • that you may abound inhope through the power
  • 00:23:08.093 --> 00:23:10.929
  • of the Holy Spirit.
  • 00:23:10.929 --> 00:23:12.397
  • Finally, brethren whatsoeverthings are true, noble, lovely,
  • 00:23:12.397 --> 00:23:16.535
  • just sure, virtuousand praiseworthy
  • 00:23:16.535 --> 00:23:20.071
  • meditate on these things.
  • 00:23:20.071 --> 00:23:21.473
  • And the God of peacewill be with you.
  • 00:23:21.473 --> 00:23:24.776
  • Let patience have its perfectwork that you might be perfect
  • 00:23:24.776 --> 00:23:29.214
  • and complete lacking nothing.
  • 00:23:29.214 --> 00:23:31.483
  • I waited patiently for the Lord.
  • 00:23:31.483 --> 00:23:33.351
  • He inclined and heard my cry.
  • 00:23:33.351 --> 00:23:35.287
  • He brought my feet out of thepit, out of the miry clay.
  • 00:23:35.287 --> 00:23:38.990
  • This is the confidencethat we have in him,
  • 00:23:38.990 --> 00:23:41.159
  • that if we ask anythingaccording to hiswill, he hears us.
  • 00:23:41.159 --> 00:23:44.329
  • And if we know that he hears us,
  • 00:23:44.329 --> 00:23:45.931
  • we know that wehave the petitions
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  • that we have asked of him.
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  • We might be hardpressed on every side,
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  • but we are not crushed.
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  • We might be perplexed,but we are not in despair.
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  • We might be persecuted,but we are not forsaken
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  • because the God whobegins a good work in you
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  • will be faithful to completeit unto the day of Christ.
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  • Now unto him, who is ableto do exceeding abundantly.
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  • Above all we could ask or think
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  • according to the powerthat is at work within us,
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  • God cannot lie.
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  • And all the promises of Godin him are yes and amen.
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  • Come on.
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  • Until next time, maythe hope be with you.
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  • Ciao for now.
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  • - When you get up in the morning
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  • and your feet hit the floor,
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  • there's a deep tremble thatstrikes reverential awe
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  • into the very heart of creation
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  • and terror into the heartsof those that dare oppose you
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  • as the spirit of God himselfbellows inside of you
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  • with torrential power.
  • 00:24:47.626 --> 00:24:49.427
  • What used to beanother average day
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  • is shattered by onesempiternal truth.
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  • You win.
  • 00:24:55.100 --> 00:24:56.668
  • - Do you ever feel like youhave so much shame in your life
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  • that could never be cast out?
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  • Our Lord is in thebusiness of healing us
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  • of our guilt and condemnation,
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  • and giving us grace and love.
  • 00:25:09.748 --> 00:25:11.550
  • In the gospels, there'sthis story of Jesus
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  • encountering ademon possessed man.
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  • He says, "What's your name?"
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  • The guy says, "We are Legion."
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  • Jesus spoke through him.
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  • Jesus cast the demon out ofthe man and he was healed.
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  • Now, isn't it interesting
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  • that he first hadto name the demon
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  • before it was exorcized.
  • 00:25:32.637 --> 00:25:34.906
  • In the same way,psychologists tell us
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  • that if you don't havea label for something,
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  • you can't be conscious of it.
  • 00:25:39.244 --> 00:25:40.912
  • The Greeks didn'thave a word for blue.
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  • Therefore they called thesea, The Wine-Dark Sea.
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  • They saw it as purple.
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  • They couldn't see bluebecause they didn't have
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  • a name for it.
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  • So, to once we name something,we become conscious of it.
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  • And when we confess that demon,that's when it can come out.
  • 00:25:53.625 --> 00:25:56.661
  • Now, the word legionwas politically charged
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  • because a legion was atroop of 6.000 soldiers
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  • that were marching throughthe streets of Israel,\
  • 00:26:05.437 --> 00:26:07.739
  • reminding the Jewishpeople that the Hebrews
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  • were a conquered people.
  • 00:26:10.609 --> 00:26:12.310
  • So when Jesus cast theLegion out of the man,
  • 00:26:12.310 --> 00:26:14.779
  • it was also an inactiveparable and metaphor
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  • that he was casting out theLegion shame from Israel,
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  • turning their defeatinto a victory.
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  • And if the Lord coulddo it for the Jews,
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  • you best believe hecan do it for me.
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  • And he can do it for you.
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  • Chill ascending throughmy hometown, San Diego,
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  • with some of my best friendsunveiled once more to me,
  • 00:26:35.100 --> 00:26:39.037
  • the true secret toovercoming depression.
  • 00:26:39.037 --> 00:26:42.240
  • The answer is notontological navel gazing,
  • 00:26:46.711 --> 00:26:50.248
  • but getting out of your headto go send with your friends.
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  • We were made for buoyancy,for adventure, for excellence,
  • 00:26:59.290 --> 00:27:03.361
  • for exploration and for God.
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  • Life is too precious tobe wasted on the darkness.
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  • Look again toward the horizon.
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