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The Story's Not Over

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February 7, 2021
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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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  • - Hope generators.
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  • Let's not be static.
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  • Let's be kinetic.
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  • Let's get up and rise up,regardless of what we feel
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  • and choose to behope generators.
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  • Hope generators.
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  • Paul told the Philippians tolive as citizens of the King.
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  • Philippi was a colony800 miles from Rome.
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  • Just as their job wasto Romanized Macedonia,
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  • our calling is to heavenizethe world around us.
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  • There is a place called LoveChurch in Omaha, Nebraska.
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  • It's an outpost forthe kingdom of God.
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  • Getting to speak thereand share my book,
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  • "Flirting with Darkness,"with these heavenizers,
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  • I'm in awe as these Omahansare building an empire of hope
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  • to crowd out aculture of despair.
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  • All over the world thereare colonies and outposts
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  • of Sandi followers ofthe sect of the Nazarene
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  • emanating grace andemitting peace into the air,
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  • lacing the atmosphere with hope.
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  • Pastor PT from the NFL
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  • doesn't just trainspiritually, but physically.
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  • As Paul said, "Let'sbe strong in grace
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  • and train like athletes,fight like warriors,
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  • and plant like farmers.
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  • Growing the Kings theocracyas citizens from a country
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  • with foundations whosebuilder and maker is God."
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  • Let's dare andfight and be brave
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  • as we build hope intothe fabric of our city.
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  • We are on this planet tospread kingdom culture.
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  • We are here toheavenize the world.
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  • Sometimes we wonder why ourlife is totally broken down.
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  • Everything fell apartand we're surprised.
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  • Is it really that shocking whenwe haven't first taken time
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  • to fuel up in God's presence?
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  • 106 times, the Bible tellsus to wait on the Lord.
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  • I know you have to-doitems on your list
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  • that you need to checkoff, dreams to fulfill,
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  • goals to pursue,social media to check,
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  • texts to get back to.
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  • But the truth of thematter is 106 times
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  • the Bible tells usto wait on the Lord
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  • because it's when wewait, when we breathe,
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  • when we unplug,when we rest in him,
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  • that we'll get fueled up toactually be more efficient
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  • and more effectiveduring our journey.
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  • Experiments have now shown us
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  • that emotions denybreathing room,
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  • affect ourintellectual, emotional,
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  • and even physical performance.
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  • So I want to encourage you,don't let your life break down.
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  • First fuel up in God's presence,and as you wait on him,
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  • the Bible says,you'll have a wings.
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  • I'm Ben Courson, and you'rewatching Hope Generation.
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  • Are you in the middle of a darkand bleak and dire conflict?
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  • I have good news.
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  • The story's not over.
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  • That's what thisteaching is entitled
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  • from our ChristmasEve service of 2020.
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  • I wanna talk to youthis Christmas Eve
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  • about how the story is not over.
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  • Everyone say thestory's not over.
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  • - The story's not over.
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  • - When Herod makes a decreethat all the children
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  • under two years oldin Bethlehem will die,
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  • the story's not over.
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  • Everyone say thestory's not over.
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  • - The story's not over.
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  • - When there's noroom in the inn
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  • and it looks like Jesus willhave no place to be born,
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  • everyone say it.
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  • - The story's not over.
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  • - When they say no good thingcould come out of Nazareth,
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  • the story's not over.
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  • When a teenage girl hearsthat she's gonna give birth
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  • to the Savior of the world, andshe says, "How can this be?"
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  • and it seems impossible,the story's not over.
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  • So many people areafraid of death.
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  • We can see cemeteries,so they seem substantial.
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  • But in Psalm 23,David said famously,
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  • "Yea though I walkthrough the valley
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  • of the shadow of death."
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  • To David, death didn't havesubstance, it was just a shadow.
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  • Conversely, the bookof Hebrews says,
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  • "Faith is the substanceof things hoped for,
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  • the evidence ofthings not seen."
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  • So sometimes the substanceis that what you can't see.
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  • You see a mirageand it seems solid,
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  • but really it has no substance.
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  • So too, death is just theshadow, faith is the substance
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  • Which begs the question,if death is just a shadow,
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  • would you rather gethit by a semi truck?
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  • Or by the shadowof a semi-truck?
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  • Back in ancient timeswhen a baby boy was born,
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  • local musicians would comeand they would play a tune,
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  • but no local musicianscame to play for Jesus.
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  • So what happened?
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  • The angels playeda song in the sky.
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  • In ancient times whena king's son was born
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  • a bonfire would be lit on earth.
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  • But what happenedin Jesus's case
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  • there was no bonfire onearth, so what did they do?
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  • The Bible says "the gloryshone roundabout the angels
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  • in the sky" in Luke 2.
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  • There was a bonfire in the sky.
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  • Friends, there ismusic in the clouds
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  • and there is abonfire in the sky.
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  • This is a glorious Christmas,
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  • which shows us thestory's not over.
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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,
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  • there was no bonfire thatwas 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,so what did the angels do?
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  • The Bible says theangels were in the clouds
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  • and 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 boy was born,
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  • culturally the local musicianswould come to the birthplace
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  • to strike up a tune and playmusic in honor of the baby boy
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  • that was just born.
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  • When Jesus was born, therewere no local musicians
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  • who fulfilled thatcustomary greeting
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  • welcoming the baby boyborn 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 earthly musiciansfor God about Jesus,
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  • but the angels sang 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,there's music in the clouds,
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  • because when peopleforget about you,
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  • God never does or will.
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  • And when men frown uponyou, heaven smiles at you.
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  • Because we are heirs of Godand joint heirs 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 peopleforget about you.
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  • He's got you.
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  • Do not accept puddlegluminto your heart.
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  • We are not made inthe image of Eeyore,
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  • the story's not over.
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  • You say, well, yeah,the story's not over,
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  • but remember whathappened to Jesus.
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  • He ended up on a cross.
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  • Even when he went to the cross,
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  • the story's not over.
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  • There was an empty tomb.
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  • The righteous one bledfrom seven places.
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  • The head, the right hand,the left hand, the side,
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  • the right foot, theleft foot, and the back,
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  • he bled from the back.
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  • The book of Isaiah saysthat God will go before you.
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  • But it also says heis your rear guard.
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  • God is not only yourrock of offense,
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  • just as David hurled thestone, the rock of offense,
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  • into Goliath's forehead, sotoo the Son of David gives us
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  • the plunder becausehe has defeated death,
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  • now we get to reap the victory.
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  • He's not only our rock ofoffense, but the psalmist said,
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  • "You are my rock in my defense."
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  • "You're my defenseattorney," 1 John says.
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  • So he's not only your rockof offense going before you,
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  • he's your rock of defense,
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  • he is your rear guardgoing behind you.
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  • He has got your back.
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  • And not only is hethe rock of defense,
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  • not only is he therock of offense,
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  • but he is the rock of ageswho rolls the stone away.
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  • So we can say, O grave,where is your victory?
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  • God has got my back.
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  • I don't have to fear my past.
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  • He's got my back.
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  • I know that he goes beforeme, he's holding my future.
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  • The same Spirit thatraised Jesus from the dead
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  • is the seal and guaranteefor a brighter tomorrow
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  • for my future, so you betterbelieve I'm gonna get rid
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  • of stinking thinking, havean attitude of gratitude,
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  • and have a checkupfrom the neck up,
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  • because my God has got my back.
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  • And if I kneel before God,God will stand up for me.
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  • And when God stands up for me,nobody can stand against me,
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  • because his kingdom isnot from this world,
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  • but it's for this world, justas we are not of this world,
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  • but we are in this worldand his kingdom will come
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  • to this world on earth,even as it is in heaven.
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  • So ultimately becausemy God has got my back
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  • I don't have to fear theaccuser of the brethren
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  • who's stopping me in the back.
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  • I can know thatPsalm 47 is true.
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  • My enemies are my footstool.
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  • So if I wanna saysomething to my enemy,
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  • I'd better writeit on my sneakers
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  • because he's under my feet.
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  • God doesn't take medeeper to drown me,
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  • he just knows myenemy can't swim.
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  • And if the enemy isstabbing me in my back,
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  • he's behind me for a reason.
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  • God bled from theback, he's got my back,
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  • no one could stabme in the back.
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  • He bled from his back withthe cat o' nine tails scourge
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  • on his back.
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  • And not only did the Righteousbleed from seven places,
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  • but, boy, did he rise again.
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  • The Righteous Onefell under his cross,
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  • bled from seven places,but he rose again.
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  • So now that we know he loves us,
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  • now that we know he rises again,
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  • we can go forward into thefuture with so much hope.
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  • Would somebody say, amen?
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  • (audience clapping)
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  • This is big.
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  • We'll return for moretoday's message after this.
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  • My heart for us is thatby the grace of God, yes,
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  • he would keep ussafe from danger.
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  • But even more thanthat, that we would pray
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  • not keep me safe from danger,
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  • but, God, deliver me from fear.
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  • That was Paul's mindset.
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  • God, give medeliverance from fear.
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  • God can make you intosuch a powerful person
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  • that like Paul wouldsay in the next chapter,
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  • "He will take my weakness
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  • and he will transform itinto a thing of strength."
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  • See, it's not about howgreat you and I might be
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  • when we handle these dangers,
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  • it's about how great Godis to use weak people
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  • who realize it's him, andwithout him we are doomed.
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  • Because when Jesus was goingto the Garden of Gethsemane,
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  • even he knew what it was like
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  • to face a moment of desperation.
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  • He said, "Father, please,I don't want this danger."
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  • When he was about to goto the cross and be buried
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  • and conquer death, he said,
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  • "I really don't wannado this, Father.
  • 00:12:14.774 --> 00:12:17.009
  • Nevertheless, not my will,but your will be done."
  • 00:12:17.009 --> 00:12:22.381
  • And I wanna say that nomatter how weak you might be,
  • 00:12:23.482 --> 00:12:26.418
  • God is strongerthan your weakness.
  • 00:12:26.418 --> 00:12:29.588
  • No matter how impotentyou might feel,
  • 00:12:29.588 --> 00:12:31.524
  • God, the same God whoauthored Paul's story,
  • 00:12:31.524 --> 00:12:34.093
  • can also author your story.
  • 00:12:34.093 --> 00:12:36.796
  • My heart is is thatwe would be a people
  • 00:12:36.796 --> 00:12:38.731
  • who don't so much pray fordeliverance from danger,
  • 00:12:38.731 --> 00:12:42.968
  • but ratherdeliverance from fear.
  • 00:12:42.968 --> 00:12:59.618
  • Philippians is abook all about joy.
  • 00:13:00.419 --> 00:13:02.655
  • And what's theannouncement of Christmas?
  • 00:13:02.655 --> 00:13:04.190
  • Joy to the world,
  • 00:13:04.190 --> 00:13:06.025
  • peace on earth,goodwill toward men.
  • 00:13:06.025 --> 00:13:08.260
  • This is the gospel message.
  • 00:13:08.260 --> 00:13:09.728
  • You see, the gospelappears more times
  • 00:13:09.728 --> 00:13:12.665
  • in the book ofPhilippians per verse
  • 00:13:12.665 --> 00:13:15.234
  • than any otherbook in the Bible.
  • 00:13:15.234 --> 00:13:17.069
  • Now, question, whatdoes gospel mean?
  • 00:13:17.069 --> 00:13:20.206
  • - Good news.- Good news.
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  • What did the angel proclaimwhen Jesus was born?
  • 00:13:21.707 --> 00:13:24.677
  • Good news, but notjust good news.
  • 00:13:24.677 --> 00:13:26.378
  • What did he go on to say?
  • 00:13:26.378 --> 00:13:27.913
  • The angels went on to say"good news of great joy."
  • 00:13:27.913 --> 00:13:31.817
  • Did you know that word, great,
  • 00:13:31.817 --> 00:13:33.586
  • in the Greek is literally mega.
  • 00:13:33.586 --> 00:13:36.155
  • I'm not joking. You can lookit up when you get home.
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  • Friends, you have mega joy.
  • 00:13:38.123 --> 00:13:40.192
  • You say, I'm reallydepressed, I got heartbroken,
  • 00:13:40.192 --> 00:13:43.262
  • it's dark, my family's at odds.
  • 00:13:43.262 --> 00:13:45.097
  • I don't know whatyou're going through,
  • 00:13:45.097 --> 00:13:46.332
  • but this is whatI wanna tell you.
  • 00:13:46.332 --> 00:13:48.067
  • The story's not over.
  • 00:13:48.067 --> 00:13:49.802
  • Joy to the world.
  • 00:13:49.802 --> 00:13:51.003
  • Philippians isGod's guide to joy.
  • 00:13:51.003 --> 00:13:53.472
  • I love this book so much.
  • 00:13:53.472 --> 00:13:54.673
  • Did you know, 19times in 104 verses
  • 00:13:54.673 --> 00:13:58.677
  • in the book of Philippians,
  • 00:13:58.677 --> 00:14:00.179
  • this book talks about joy19 times in 104 verses,
  • 00:14:00.179 --> 00:14:03.716
  • Paul talks about joy inits verb form, rejoicing.
  • 00:14:03.716 --> 00:14:07.186
  • Did you know this is allthrough the Scripture?
  • 00:14:07.186 --> 00:14:08.587
  • 2.700 times your Bibleuses words like joy,
  • 00:14:08.587 --> 00:14:13.525
  • rejoice, gladness, feasting,celebrating, happy.
  • 00:14:13.525 --> 00:14:18.797
  • That's what happens whenyou get the good news.
  • 00:14:19.698 --> 00:14:21.500
  • Jesus had only threeyears to change the world
  • 00:14:22.468 --> 00:14:25.671
  • and he still found thetime to have banquets,
  • 00:14:25.671 --> 00:14:28.874
  • go on picnics, andparty with his friends.
  • 00:14:28.874 --> 00:14:32.611
  • He is somehow less busy andmore fun than any pastor I know.
  • 00:14:32.611 --> 00:14:50.996
  • Martin Luther, he once said,"A Christian should be joyful.
  • 00:14:52.164 --> 00:14:55.601
  • If he's not, the devilis tempting him."
  • 00:14:55.601 --> 00:14:58.003
  • Isn't that great?
  • 00:14:58.003 --> 00:15:05.244
  • How many of you wouldwrite a book about joy
  • 00:15:06.178 --> 00:15:08.614
  • when you're in prison?
  • 00:15:08.614 --> 00:15:09.715
  • That's Paul the apostle.
  • 00:15:09.715 --> 00:15:11.183
  • But friends, this is notjust information about joy,
  • 00:15:11.183 --> 00:15:13.953
  • this should be animpartation of joy.
  • 00:15:13.953 --> 00:15:16.689
  • Paul says, "Being confidentof this very thing
  • 00:15:16.689 --> 00:15:20.526
  • that he which hathbegun a good work in you
  • 00:15:20.526 --> 00:15:23.762
  • will perform it untilthe day of Jesus Christ."
  • 00:15:23.762 --> 00:15:27.366
  • Philippians 1:6.
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  • I love that, he whobegan a good work.
  • 00:15:28.801 --> 00:15:31.971
  • When Jesus was a baby,remember, he didn't stay a baby.
  • 00:15:31.971 --> 00:15:36.275
  • He would go on to bea mighty conquerer
  • 00:15:36.275 --> 00:15:38.477
  • who would conquereddeath and the grave,
  • 00:15:38.477 --> 00:15:41.146
  • who would say, "I haveovercome the world."
  • 00:15:41.146 --> 00:15:44.083
  • The Father began agood work in Jesus,
  • 00:15:44.083 --> 00:15:46.518
  • but he also finished it.
  • 00:15:46.518 --> 00:15:47.853
  • Tetelestai, it is finished.
  • 00:15:47.853 --> 00:15:49.989
  • Paul said, "I labored sothat Christ would be born
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  • or formed in you."
  • 00:15:52.658 --> 00:15:53.592
  • You too have a second birth.
  • 00:15:53.592 --> 00:15:56.161
  • Sometimes we flirt withthe darkness of depression
  • 00:15:56.161 --> 00:15:58.931
  • and despair and strugglewith suicide ideation
  • 00:15:58.931 --> 00:16:03.102
  • because we start to feelforgotten and alone.
  • 00:16:03.102 --> 00:16:06.805
  • But in the book ofIsaiah, God said,
  • 00:16:06.805 --> 00:16:08.540
  • "Would a nursing motherforget about her child?
  • 00:16:08.540 --> 00:16:11.243
  • She would never.
  • 00:16:11.243 --> 00:16:12.711
  • Yet even if she would, I'llnever forget about you,
  • 00:16:12.711 --> 00:16:14.947
  • O Israel, I've engraved yourname on the palm of my hand."
  • 00:16:14.947 --> 00:16:18.450
  • What a promise.
  • 00:16:18.450 --> 00:16:21.086
  • If you feel forgotten about,
  • 00:16:21.687 --> 00:16:23.255
  • remember that God willalways remember you.
  • 00:16:23.255 --> 00:16:26.892
  • Interestingly, he compareshimself to a nursing mother.
  • 00:16:26.892 --> 00:16:31.830
  • Now, a nursing motheris the paradigm
  • 00:16:31.830 --> 00:16:33.899
  • of the gospel personified.
  • 00:16:33.899 --> 00:16:35.834
  • When a mother givesbirth to a child,
  • 00:16:35.834 --> 00:16:37.569
  • her body is broken open, butas her body is broken open,
  • 00:16:37.569 --> 00:16:41.640
  • she gives birth to a child.
  • 00:16:41.640 --> 00:16:43.876
  • In the same way, Jesus said,
  • 00:16:43.876 --> 00:16:45.577
  • "This is my bodybroken for you."
  • 00:16:45.577 --> 00:16:48.280
  • And although like Job, youmight have cursed the day
  • 00:16:48.280 --> 00:16:51.383
  • of your first birth,you will never, John 3,
  • 00:16:51.383 --> 00:16:53.986
  • curse the day of your new birth.
  • 00:16:53.986 --> 00:16:56.055
  • He's come to make us born again.
  • 00:16:56.055 --> 00:16:58.624
  • And then the childlongs for food,
  • 00:16:58.624 --> 00:17:01.093
  • so what does the mother do?
  • 00:17:01.093 --> 00:17:02.428
  • She nurses the child onher breasts and says,
  • 00:17:02.428 --> 00:17:05.531
  • "Take, eat, this is my body."
  • 00:17:05.531 --> 00:17:07.800
  • That's exactly what Jesus does.
  • 00:17:07.800 --> 00:17:19.378
  • So just as a motheris a personification
  • 00:17:20.245 --> 00:17:22.915
  • of the paradigm of thegospel first birth,
  • 00:17:22.915 --> 00:17:25.918
  • so too Jesus represents aGod who compares himself
  • 00:17:25.918 --> 00:17:29.254
  • to a nursing mother whogives us a second birth.
  • 00:17:29.254 --> 00:17:32.825
  • We don't have toflirt with darkness
  • 00:17:32.825 --> 00:17:34.526
  • because the Light ofthe world is with us
  • 00:17:34.526 --> 00:17:36.595
  • to give us new birth.
  • 00:17:36.595 --> 00:17:38.697
  • The two words that Paul usesfor begin and to complete
  • 00:17:39.798 --> 00:17:42.167
  • are actually technical terms
  • 00:17:42.167 --> 00:17:43.802
  • for the beginning andending of a sacrifice.
  • 00:17:43.802 --> 00:17:48.040
  • When Jesus died on the cross,
  • 00:17:48.040 --> 00:17:49.875
  • does anybodyremember what he said
  • 00:17:49.875 --> 00:17:51.310
  • in the original language?
  • 00:17:51.310 --> 00:17:52.578
  • Tetelestai.
  • 00:17:52.578 --> 00:17:54.179
  • Now that word fromepi and teleo,
  • 00:17:54.179 --> 00:17:57.483
  • it is finished, isthe same root word
  • 00:17:57.483 --> 00:18:00.853
  • that Paul uses here,teleo, it is finished.
  • 00:18:00.853 --> 00:18:04.456
  • Same root word.
  • 00:18:04.456 --> 00:18:05.757
  • Isn't that amazing?
  • 00:18:05.757 --> 00:18:07.292
  • The odds are that Paul theapostle as a Jewish rabbi
  • 00:18:07.292 --> 00:18:10.262
  • would have put the entireOld Testament to memory.
  • 00:18:10.262 --> 00:18:12.264
  • You see, in the firstcentury, if you're a Jew,
  • 00:18:12.264 --> 00:18:13.999
  • three words wouldpop off the page.
  • 00:18:13.999 --> 00:18:15.467
  • We actually talked aboutthis last Monday night.
  • 00:18:15.467 --> 00:18:18.036
  • The words begin,everyone say begin.
  • 00:18:18.036 --> 00:18:20.572
  • What's the firstverse in the Bible?
  • 00:18:20.572 --> 00:18:22.141
  • "In the beginning God createdthe heavens and the earth."
  • 00:18:22.141 --> 00:18:25.377
  • The next word that would havepopped off to a Jew is good.
  • 00:18:25.377 --> 00:18:27.746
  • He who began a good,everyone say good.
  • 00:18:27.746 --> 00:18:30.215
  • When God made the world,he saw that it was good.
  • 00:18:30.215 --> 00:18:33.685
  • And then watch this, completionperformed in your margin,
  • 00:18:33.685 --> 00:18:36.555
  • it says finished,he finished it.
  • 00:18:36.555 --> 00:18:38.090
  • Genesis 2:1 says thatGod completed or finished
  • 00:18:38.090 --> 00:18:43.028
  • the heavens and the earth.
  • 00:18:43.028 --> 00:18:43.962
  • He completed it, Genesis 2:1.
  • 00:18:43.962 --> 00:18:46.098
  • So in the beginning, Godsaw that it was good.
  • 00:18:46.098 --> 00:18:49.134
  • Beginning, saw that it was good,
  • 00:18:49.134 --> 00:18:50.869
  • and he finished the heavensand the earth, Genesis 2:1.
  • 00:18:50.869 --> 00:18:53.438
  • Isn't that amazing?
  • 00:18:53.438 --> 00:18:54.640
  • So Paul is retellingthe creation story here.
  • 00:18:54.640 --> 00:18:58.110
  • When Paul says "he hasbegun a good work in you,"
  • 00:18:58.110 --> 00:19:00.145
  • remember he saidto the Galatians,
  • 00:19:00.145 --> 00:19:01.613
  • "I pray that Christ would bebirthed in you," formed in you.
  • 00:19:01.613 --> 00:19:04.950
  • I don't want the birth justto happen in the manger.
  • 00:19:04.950 --> 00:19:06.885
  • I want it to beginand happen in you
  • 00:19:06.885 --> 00:19:08.520
  • and be completed in you.
  • 00:19:08.520 --> 00:19:10.055
  • When he says that "he whichhath begun a good work in you,"
  • 00:19:10.055 --> 00:19:13.158
  • in Greek, it'sliterally in begun.
  • 00:19:13.158 --> 00:19:16.128
  • Everyone say in begun.
  • 00:19:16.128 --> 00:19:18.063
  • So he's retellingthe creation story,
  • 00:19:18.063 --> 00:19:20.165
  • and he's saying thatGod is working in you.
  • 00:19:20.165 --> 00:19:23.001
  • He will finish the workhe's started in you.
  • 00:19:23.001 --> 00:19:25.103
  • The Creator of theuniverse is at work in you.
  • 00:19:25.103 --> 00:19:29.208
  • 400 years in advanceof Jesus's birth,
  • 00:19:29.208 --> 00:19:32.110
  • Micah 5:2 prophesiedthat a ruler
  • 00:19:32.110 --> 00:19:35.147
  • would be born inBethlehem Ephrathah.
  • 00:19:35.147 --> 00:19:39.351
  • Now, that came to passin the story of Jesus
  • 00:19:40.285 --> 00:19:43.388
  • who was born inBethlehem as a baby.
  • 00:19:43.388 --> 00:19:46.325
  • Eusebius, Origen, JustinMartyr, Epiphanius,
  • 00:19:46.325 --> 00:19:50.028
  • they all say hewas born in a cave,
  • 00:19:50.028 --> 00:19:51.930
  • in a den, in thenavel of the earth.
  • 00:19:51.930 --> 00:19:54.533
  • What's interestingis he was born
  • 00:19:54.533 --> 00:19:56.134
  • in a feeding troughin Bethlehem,
  • 00:19:56.134 --> 00:19:58.303
  • because the word Bethlehemmeans house of bread.
  • 00:19:58.303 --> 00:20:01.673
  • Jesus is the bread sent fromheaven, the manna, what is it?
  • 00:20:01.673 --> 00:20:05.611
  • And he said, "This ismy body broken for you.
  • 00:20:05.611 --> 00:20:07.846
  • Come, take and eat."
  • 00:20:07.846 --> 00:20:09.381
  • As the bread of life, thebread sent from heaven,
  • 00:20:09.381 --> 00:20:11.984
  • the manna was bornin a feeding trough
  • 00:20:11.984 --> 00:20:13.986
  • so we could eat of hisbody and be satisfied.
  • 00:20:13.986 --> 00:20:17.222
  • The same is true withthe word Ephrathah.
  • 00:20:18.123 --> 00:20:20.092
  • The word Ephrathahprophesied in Micah
  • 00:20:20.092 --> 00:20:22.961
  • is a nickname for Bethlehem,
  • 00:20:22.961 --> 00:20:24.696
  • which literallymeans fruit bearing.
  • 00:20:24.696 --> 00:20:27.266
  • What did Jesus sayat the Last Supper?
  • 00:20:27.266 --> 00:20:29.101
  • Not only take my body andeat, the feeding trough,
  • 00:20:29.101 --> 00:20:32.638
  • but take my blood anddrink, the fruit bearing.
  • 00:20:32.638 --> 00:20:35.474
  • He gave the fruitof the vine, wine,
  • 00:20:35.474 --> 00:20:37.776
  • as a symbol of his bloodshed for those he loves.
  • 00:20:37.776 --> 00:20:41.680
  • So too I wanna tell you,if you need satisfaction,
  • 00:20:42.714 --> 00:20:45.784
  • if you need a thirst slate,
  • 00:20:45.784 --> 00:20:48.253
  • when you walk with theKing of kings passionately
  • 00:20:48.253 --> 00:20:51.023
  • and follow after him zealously,
  • 00:20:51.023 --> 00:20:53.325
  • you can eat and drinkand never thirst again,
  • 00:20:53.325 --> 00:20:56.762
  • because in the presence of God,
  • 00:20:56.762 --> 00:20:58.530
  • as imaged in JesusChrist, the King of kings,
  • 00:20:58.530 --> 00:21:01.333
  • you will findcompletion, satisfaction,
  • 00:21:01.333 --> 00:21:04.970
  • hunger satisfied, thirst slaked.
  • 00:21:04.970 --> 00:21:08.106
  • He wants to fulfill you.
  • 00:21:08.106 --> 00:21:10.542
  • The day of Christ,the day of the Lord,
  • 00:21:11.376 --> 00:21:13.612
  • this is a play on words.
  • 00:21:13.612 --> 00:21:15.047
  • Isaiah foresaw a daycoming, the day of the Lord,
  • 00:21:15.047 --> 00:21:17.849
  • "when the glory of theLord will cover the earth
  • 00:21:17.849 --> 00:21:21.053
  • as the waters cover the sea."
  • 00:21:21.053 --> 00:21:23.689
  • Don't you wanna see that day?
  • 00:21:23.689 --> 00:21:25.223
  • No more politicking, nomore anger, no more hatred.
  • 00:21:25.223 --> 00:21:29.561
  • You say, yeah right, thatfuture ain't happening.
  • 00:21:29.561 --> 00:21:32.431
  • The story's not over.
  • 00:21:32.431 --> 00:21:34.132
  • Look at the past.
  • 00:21:34.132 --> 00:21:35.634
  • He who began agood work in Jesus
  • 00:21:35.634 --> 00:21:37.803
  • will carry it throughto completion.
  • 00:21:37.803 --> 00:21:40.572
  • There's coming a day whenwrongs will be put to rights.
  • 00:21:40.572 --> 00:21:43.408
  • There's coming a day whenwe'll see that human history
  • 00:21:43.408 --> 00:21:45.977
  • was headed somewhere all along.
  • 00:21:45.977 --> 00:21:47.646
  • There's coming a daywhen we'll realize
  • 00:21:47.646 --> 00:21:49.414
  • the story wasn't over.
  • 00:21:49.414 --> 00:21:51.717
  • The greatest complimentJesus ever gave us
  • 00:21:51.717 --> 00:21:54.953
  • is when he called usthe light of the world,
  • 00:21:54.953 --> 00:21:58.023
  • because that's a nicknameJesus gave himself.
  • 00:21:58.023 --> 00:22:01.927
  • Speaking at my homechurch this Christmas Eve
  • 00:22:01.927 --> 00:22:04.730
  • reminded me we bear theimage of the Divine.
  • 00:22:04.730 --> 00:22:08.767
  • In fact, the Biblesays we are Imago Dei,
  • 00:22:08.767 --> 00:22:12.170
  • the imprint of deity himself.
  • 00:22:12.170 --> 00:22:15.874
  • The phrase b'tzelem Elohim,meaning image of God,
  • 00:22:16.908 --> 00:22:21.680
  • was used all over theancient Near East,
  • 00:22:21.680 --> 00:22:24.616
  • but not just foranybody, for the king.
  • 00:22:24.616 --> 00:22:27.886
  • All over ancient Mesopotamia
  • 00:22:27.886 --> 00:22:30.155
  • the king was calledthe image of God.
  • 00:22:30.155 --> 00:22:33.625
  • The king was the highpriest mediating blessing
  • 00:22:33.625 --> 00:22:37.262
  • to the kingdom.
  • 00:22:37.262 --> 00:22:38.597
  • So too, we have royalichor coursing our veins.
  • 00:22:39.598 --> 00:22:44.069
  • We are lights in the world.
  • 00:22:44.069 --> 00:22:46.037
  • We are a kingdom of priests.
  • 00:22:46.037 --> 00:22:48.206
  • We are the image bearers of God.
  • 00:22:48.206 --> 00:22:52.577
  • Jesus says, "I am thelight of the world."
  • 00:22:53.478 --> 00:22:55.814
  • He says, "You are thelights of the world."
  • 00:22:55.814 --> 00:22:58.250
  • Friends, let's focusnot on the darkness,
  • 00:22:58.250 --> 00:23:00.252
  • let's focus on the star.
  • 00:23:00.252 --> 00:23:02.721
  • Let's focus not on thebloodbath of Herod,
  • 00:23:02.721 --> 00:23:04.890
  • but the baby born in a manger
  • 00:23:04.890 --> 00:23:06.324
  • to spread his ownblood and save.
  • 00:23:06.324 --> 00:23:08.293
  • Let's focus not juston what God began,
  • 00:23:08.293 --> 00:23:10.228
  • let's look forward also towhat he's going to complete.
  • 00:23:10.228 --> 00:23:13.698
  • If you're going throughvalleys and troughs,
  • 00:23:13.698 --> 00:23:16.601
  • the story is not over.
  • 00:23:16.601 --> 00:23:19.004
  • You're wandering and meandering,
  • 00:23:19.004 --> 00:23:20.939
  • lost to plot and path, shadowlays siege to your soul,
  • 00:23:20.939 --> 00:23:26.244
  • but then a light.
  • 00:23:26.678 --> 00:23:29.414
  • God, the Father of lights,
  • 00:23:29.414 --> 00:23:31.516
  • puts to flight the gloomthat once defeated you.
  • 00:23:31.516 --> 00:23:35.187
  • As an ancientHebrew prophet said,
  • 00:23:35.187 --> 00:23:37.856
  • "Even when I sit in darkness
  • 00:23:37.856 --> 00:23:40.325
  • the Lord will bea light unto me."
  • 00:23:40.325 --> 00:23:44.496
  • When you lean intothe God of hope
  • 00:23:45.263 --> 00:23:47.599
  • he will enlighten the eyesof your understanding,
  • 00:23:47.599 --> 00:23:51.470
  • so you begin to seepain as a great teacher.
  • 00:23:51.470 --> 00:23:55.340
  • The more pain you can endure
  • 00:23:55.340 --> 00:23:57.809
  • the more growth youwill experience.
  • 00:23:57.809 --> 00:24:04.616
  • Because the lightshines most brightly
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  • through vesselsthat are cracked.
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  • Rise, hope generators,to the spoil.
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  • The gates of Hades will notprevail against our onslaught.
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  • The darkness no longerlays claim to our souls.
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  • The light is come.
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  • When you look at the cross,the story's not over.
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  • When you look at the tomb,the story's not over.
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  • There is an empty tomb coming.
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  • We fellowship in his suffering,
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  • we're gonna share in his glory.
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  • The story ain't over.
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  • This is good news of megajoy to all the people
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  • in Jesus' name.
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  • Can I get an amen?
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  • This is good news.
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  • The story is not over.
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  • A skateboard is aweapon I love to use
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  • to gun down theforces of darkness,
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  • sending the diablosback into the pit
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  • from whence he came.
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  • Skateboarding is a movingmeditation, and for me,
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  • it's definitely a Holyof Holies on the go.
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  • It's a prayer on wheels akinto an Ark of the Covenant
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  • over which hoversthe glories of God.
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  • Our generation is predisposed
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  • to spending somuch time indoors,
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  • but there's healingfound in vitamin D,
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  • living coram Deo,in the face of God,
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  • whose countenance shines upon us
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  • and is reflected in thefaces of our friends.
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  • This is how God helpedrid me of my depression.
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  • No more drawing the shadesand lamenting in the dark.
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  • Let's go out and adventurewith our friends,
  • 00:25:49.087 --> 00:25:51.923
  • remembering the triumphal entryand riding our skateboards
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  • into the new Jerusalem.
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  • Rancho Santa Fe in La Jollawas ready for some hope,
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  • so we gave it to them.
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  • Continuing my "Flirtingwith Darkness" book tour
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  • in the middle of COVID,
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  • we are finding creativeways to spread hope.
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  • Meeting with so many newpeople through speaking
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  • and book signings, I'mfinding the masses are hungry
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  • for connection and for hope.
  • 00:26:28.026 --> 00:26:30.395
  • Nearly half of Americansreport the coronavirus
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  • is harming their mental health.
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  • Thus, my vision is towrite books on hope,
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  • to speak about hope, andto adventure with hope.
  • 00:26:40.538 --> 00:26:44.576
  • We live in a world brimming over
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  • with miraculous creative hope
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  • for those with eyespeeled and ready to see.
  • 00:26:48.947 --> 00:26:52.817
  • Einstein said, "Either webelieve everything is a miracle
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  • or nothing is a miracle."
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  • My goal in life is tospend every waking breath
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  • proving the former.
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  • Every moment is a miracle.
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  • Suicide is the secondleading cause of death
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  • in my age group.
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  • I refuse to accept that.
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  • Ever since I was a teen,
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  • God put in me agenerational mindset,
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  • so I would reach thenations with hope.
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  • We might have hell around us,but we have heaven inside us.
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  • Join me as we leavedepression behind
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  • and take a deep diveinto biblical hope.
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