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God is Good Even When it's Bad

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July 20, 2019
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Hour of Power with Bobby Schuller

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God is Good Even When it's Bad

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  • Ed Arnold: Hello, I'm Ed Arnold.
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  • I've been a proud member of the "Hour of Power" ministry
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  • for almost 50 years.
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  • Over ten years ago, I had the honor to speak about
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  • the God's Minute devotionals right here
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  • on the "Hour of Power."
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  • No books have been more heartfelt and warmly received
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  • than these wonderful little devotionals simply entitled
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  • "God's Minute."
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  • Today, thanks to requests by many of you,
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  • we are offering an exclusive reprint of the bestselling
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  • "God's Minute Volume III."
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  • With your generous gift of $20 or more we will send you
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  • the exclusive bestseller, pocket-sized
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  • "God's Minute Volume III," filled with 365 prayers taken
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  • from the private prayer life of Dr. Robert H. Schuller,
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  • the founding pastor of this ministry.
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  • But act fast, we are only offering a limited quantity
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  • of these cherished devotionals.
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  • I invite you to take part of the legacy of spiritual growth,
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  • hope, and love that the "Hour of Power"
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  • and supporting this ministry.
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  • And as we always say, remember always God loves you
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  • and so do we.
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  • Now, let's watch the service.
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  • Joyful, joyful, we adore you
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  • God of glory, Lord of love
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  • Hearts unfold like flow'rs before you
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  • op'ning to the sun above
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  • Melt the clouds of sin and sadness
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  • drive the dark of doubt away
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  • Giver of immortal gladness, fill us with the light of day
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  • Amen, Amen
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  • Amen!
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  • Bobby Schuller: This is the day the Lord has made.
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  • We will rejoice and be glad in it.
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  • Good morning.
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  • Hannah Schuller: And welcome visitors and church family.
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  • Did you know that there is nothing you can do
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  • to make God love you less?
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  • God is love.
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  • He is for you, and he is on your side.
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  • Thank you so much for being here today.
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  • We love you.
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  • Bobby: Man, we're so glad you're here.
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  • Let's begin this morning with a word of prayer.
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  • Father, we thank you and we love you.
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  • We ask in Jesus's name that your Holy Spirit
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  • would meet us in this place.
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  • Lord, so many of us, we're coming
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  • to this place missing you.
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  • We're thirsty for you, God.
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  • We're wanting your total presence in life.
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  • And so, I ask that for everyone under the sound of my voice that
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  • right now maybe they would receive a deep, abiding, and
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  • amazing experience with you, a Word from you, something.
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  • Lord, we thank you and we love you.
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  • It's in Jesus' name we pray, amen.
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  • Hannah: Amen, turn around and shake the hand of the person
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  • next to you, and say, "God loves you and so do I."
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  • announcer: We all face mountains in our lives,
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  • situations that seem impossible to overcome.
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  • But there's hope.
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  • Every mountain we face is an opportunity for God
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  • to do something amazing.
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  • Today with your generous gift of any size,
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  • "Move Your Mountain: The Power of Big Faith."
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  • Be encouraged to face the mountains in your life
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  • with power and authority.
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  • You'll also receive the booklet, "Faith Comes by Hearing,"
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  • filled with Scriptures on key topics
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  • like anxiety, finances, and healing.
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  • This booklet will help you build your faith
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  • for whatever mountain you're facing in your life.
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  • Call or go online today,
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  • and for your generous gift of any size,
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  • we'll send you Bobby's two-message CD series,
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  • "Move Your Mountain," plus the Scripture-filled booklet,
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  • "Faith Comes by Hearing."
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  • Request these empowering resources today and learn
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  • how to face the mountains in your life with bold faith.
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  • Bobby: We all face various mountains in our lives.
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  • For some the mountain is debt,
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  • for others it's sickness or pain.
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  • Whatever your mountain, it can seem imposing,
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  • defeating, and demoralizing.
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  • God's solution isn't to just stare up at the mountain
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  • or run away from it.
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  • He wants us to speak to that mountain
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  • and to watch it move.
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  • When we speak to the mountains in our lives,
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  • it releases faith.
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  • So we've created these resources to help you build your faith
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  • so you can experience the incredible,
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  • wonder-working power of God in your life.
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  • I don't wanna be afraid every time I face the waves
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  • I don't wanna be afraid
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  • I don't wanna be afraid
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  • I'm not gonna fear the storm
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  • You are greater than it's roar
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  • I'm not gonna fear the storm
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  • Oh, I'm not gonna fear at all
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  • Peace be still
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  • Say the word and I will set my feet upon the sea
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  • til I'm dancing in the deep
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  • Oh, peace be still
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  • You are here so it is well
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  • Even when my eyes can't see
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  • I will trust the voice that speaks peace
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  • peace over me, yeah
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  • Oh, Jesus, let your peace ring out
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  • Let faith rise up
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  • O heart, believe
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  • Let faith rise up in me
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  • Joslyn Sarshad: Lift your voices.
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  • Let faith rise up
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  • O heart, believe
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  • Let faith rise up in me
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  • Joslyn: Lift your voices.
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  • Let faith rise up
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  • O heart, believe
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  • Let faith rise up in me
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  • Let faith rise up
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  • O heart, believe
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  • Let faith rise up in me
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  • Peace be still
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  • Say the word
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  • and I will set my feet upon the sea
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  • til I'm dancing in the deep
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  • Oh, peace be still
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  • You are here so it is well
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  • Even when my eyes can't see
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  • I will trust the voice that speaks peace
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  • peace, yes, over me, yeah
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  • Peace, peace, yes
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  • over me, yes, yes
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  • [congregation applauding]
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  • Hannah: The words of Moses found in Psalm 91,
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  • "Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
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  • will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
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  • I say of the Lord, 'He is my refuge and my fortress,
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  • my God, in whom I trust.'
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  • Surely he will save you from the fowler's snare
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  • and from the deadly pestilence.
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  • He will cover you with his feathers,
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  • and under his wings you will find refuge;
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  • his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
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  • You will not fear the terror of night,
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  • nor the arrow that flies by day,
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  • nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
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  • nor the plague that destroys at midday.
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  • A thousand may fall at your side,
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  • ten thousand at your right hand,
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  • but it will not come near you.
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  • You will only observe with your eyes
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  • and see the punishment of the wicked.
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  • If you say, 'The Lord is my refuge,'
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  • and you make the Most High your dwelling,
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  • no harm will overtake you, no disaster will
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  • come near your tent.
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  • For he will command his angels concerning you
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  • to guard you in all your ways.
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  • 'Because he loves me,' says the Lord,
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  • 'I will rescue him; I will protect him,
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  • for he acknowledges my name.
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  • He will call on me, and I will answer him;
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  • I will be with him in trouble,
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  • I will deliver him and honor him.
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  • With long life I will satisfy him
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  • and show him my salvation.'"
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  • Church family, we can have serene minds in the midst
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  • of storms because God is good even when things are bad, amen.
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  • [congregation applauding]
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  • Bobby: Well, our guest today is Vivian Mabuni.
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  • She's a mom, a breast cancer survivor,
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  • and she's been serving for 30 years
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  • with Campus Crusade.
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  • She's an author and she's done so much more.
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  • Her new book, "Open Hands, Willing Heart,"
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  • looks at what it truly means to take a posture
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  • of surrendering to the Lord amongst our fears
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  • and uncertainties while living open-handed.
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  • Please welcome with me Vivian Mabuni.
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  • Hi, Vivian. So great to see you.
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  • Vivian Mabuni: Good to see you.
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  • Bobby: So, I really love this theme of this book.
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  • It's something our church talks about a lot, this idea of kind
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  • of holding things loosely, trusting your future
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  • to the Lord.
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  • How did you get into sort of teaching on this
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  • and showing people how to walk in this way?
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  • You experienced something personally.
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  • Vivian: Yes, well, I did not grow up in a Christian home.
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  • I grew up culturally Buddhist.
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  • Then I had a friend in high school who sat next to me
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  • and she just changed right before me,
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  • causing me to wonder, like, "What has gone on with you?
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  • Did you become vegetarian?"
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  • And she said that she had a personal relationship with God,
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  • and that started me on a spiritual journey
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  • where I eventually placed my trust in Christ and then I tried
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  • to do all the things that Christians are supposed to do.
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  • I went out and got a Bible and tried to read it,
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  • and it didn't make any sense.
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  • And I tried to pray and I would fall asleep.
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  • So I thought, "You know what?
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  • This is probably just another phase I'm going through."
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  • And right before my senior year in high school, after living 17
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  • years in Boulder, Colorado, God moves our family to Hong Kong.
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  • Bobby: Wow. Vivian: Wow is right.
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  • And I was a very angry 17 year old.
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  • Bobby: Yeah, you're frustrated. You're leaving all your friends.
  • 00:17:02.270 --> 00:17:05.040
  • You're probably frustrated at God, too, 'cause you're like,
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  • "Hey, you've got my life."
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  • Seventeen is a--is that your senior year of high school?
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  • Vivian: Right before my senior year.
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  • Bobby: So, that's rough, 'cause you've spent your whole
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  • time in Boulder and you're going to a whole different country.
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  • How did you feel? What was it like?
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  • Vivian: Well, absolutely angry at God.
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  • So, I remember sitting in my little bed in our flat and I
  • 00:17:22.170 --> 00:17:25.070
  • just kind of had one of those "Come to God" moments
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  • where I was very honest with him and I said, "I am so mad,
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  • but in my heart of hearts, I really want to know you.
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  • I need a church, a youth group, some Christian friends,
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  • and if you do that I will give you my whole life.
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  • I will surrender my life.
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  • If you don't, I'm gonna go out and do something I'll probably
  • 00:17:41.190 --> 00:17:43.220
  • regret, but I'm never talking to you again."
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  • Bobby: So, you're bargaining with God.
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  • Vivian: Yeah, a little bit of that,
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  • and I don't necessarily recommend it,
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  • but hey, God met me.
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  • And it was in Hong Kong that I met for the first time
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  • Christians who lived what they believed.
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  • They walked their talk.
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  • They were people of integrity.
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  • And I was discipled in Hong Kong of all places and I learned
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  • that opening my hands and yielding my will,
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  • my heart, surrendering my heart would open up
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  • so many untold opportunities to know God
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  • and to make him known.
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  • Bobby: Hong Kong's really an amazing city.
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  • I'm not surprised at all that, you know, you had--
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  • I would think--
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  • you'd think going to Hong Kong, it's this big--
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  • it's like New York, and it's on an island,
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  • it's even bigger, and it's just--
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  • but it's East Asia, so you think there's not gonna be,
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  • but I am not surprised at all that God totally met you
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  • there because the Christians that we know and love, and we
  • 00:18:32.020 --> 00:18:34.100
  • have an office in Hong Kong, are so full of life and joy.
  • 00:18:34.110 --> 00:18:38.050
  • I feel like that often happens where Christians
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  • are a minority and not the majority.
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  • Vivian: Absolutely, and the more that I travel the world--
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  • I just returned from Rwanda, like, yesterday,
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  • but I realized God is not an American.
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  • Bobby: As silly as it sounds, as a teenager,
  • 00:18:52.090 --> 00:18:54.160
  • it really is an interesting thing.
  • 00:18:54.170 --> 00:18:56.240
  • You sort of--it is weird as a teenager how much you bind up
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  • God in your own culture, identity, nation, language.
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  • Vivian: We take our context and we assume that that's
  • 00:19:03.230 --> 00:19:06.070
  • what it'll be like so that the worship will be the way
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  • that we think it should be.
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  • And experiencing my Rwandan brothers and sisters worshipping
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  • God is an entirely different experience, and so I can't wait.
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  • Bobby: Well, I love this book and I love its message.
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  • What do you say to someone, especially teenagers or teenage
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  • girls today who are really struggling
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  • with holding things loosely?
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  • You know, I'm picture another maybe 17 year old
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  • who's watching just now, and maybe her whole life
  • 00:19:30.280 --> 00:19:33.040
  • has changed, and she's kind of struggling
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  • with her faith and struggling with her family.
  • 00:19:35.220 --> 00:19:38.010
  • What do you say to someone like that who's going through that?
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  • Vivian: Well, I think the message is for the teenager
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  • to the very end that there are two really critical decisions
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  • we make in our life as believers.
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  • First is coming into relationship with God
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  • through Jesus Christ.
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  • The second is who is gonna be in control.
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  • And so, I think for--that is a decision that's a point in time,
  • 00:19:57.080 --> 00:20:01.230
  • but it's also progressive where we return to this decision
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  • over and over.
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  • It's a re-up.
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  • But this idea of "Open hands, willing heart,"
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  • that would be where I would encourage.
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  • We cannot open our hands if we don't have
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  • an accurate picture of who God is.
  • 00:20:13.260 --> 00:20:15.260
  • And that is why the study of the Scriptures is so important
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  • to get a robust, complete understanding of God's heart
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  • and his character.
  • 00:20:21.250 --> 00:20:23.210
  • That helps us to trust and to let go,
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  • but it's really a recalibrating, honestly.
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  • You know, when I think about, I can ask in an instant,
  • 00:20:28.270 --> 00:20:31.210
  • "Are my hands open?
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  • Am I open to let God take and to give even the hard times?
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  • And will I yield my heart so that I'm willing to go wherever
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  • God would call us to go?"
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  • I think that there's a tremendous need everywhere,
  • 00:20:44.170 --> 00:20:48.280
  • and as we have breath in our lungs and a heartbeat,
  • 00:20:48.290 --> 00:20:51.260
  • we are still on assignment.
  • 00:20:51.270 --> 00:20:53.210
  • And so, it thrills me to be in this congregation, to think
  • 00:20:53.220 --> 00:20:56.160
  • about the generations of faith, as well as still the good works
  • 00:20:56.170 --> 00:21:00.270
  • beforehand that God has prepared for each of us.
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  • Bobby: Amen to that.
  • 00:21:03.040 --> 00:21:04.140
  • The book is "Open Hands, Willing Heart" by Vivian Mabuni.
  • 00:21:04.150 --> 00:21:07.100
  • And I just wanna recommend it to everyone.
  • 00:21:07.110 --> 00:21:09.180
  • I think it's gonna be such a big help in your walk with God,
  • 00:21:09.190 --> 00:21:12.060
  • and you can get it anywhere books are sold.
  • 00:21:12.070 --> 00:21:15.170
  • Vivian, thank you so much for being with us.
  • 00:21:15.180 --> 00:21:17.040
  • Thanks for this message.
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  • I know you're encouraging a lot of people.
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  • Vivian: Thank you so much. Good to be here with you.
  • 00:21:19.250 --> 00:21:21.230
  • [congregation applauding]
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  • Bobby: We all face various mountains in our lives.
  • 00:21:30.050 --> 00:21:32.290
  • For some the mountain is debt,
  • 00:21:33.000 --> 00:21:34.200
  • for others it's sickness or pain.
  • 00:21:34.210 --> 00:21:37.060
  • Whatever your mountain, it can seem imposing,
  • 00:21:37.070 --> 00:21:39.130
  • defeating, and demoralizing.
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  • I want to encourage you today.
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  • Every single mountain you face is an opportunity
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  • to draw closer to God and watch him do something
  • 00:21:45.260 --> 00:21:49.000
  • miraculous and wonderful.
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  • Scripture is filled with examples of people who faced
  • 00:21:51.210 --> 00:21:54.250
  • seemingly impossible situations with great faith.
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  • They spoke to their mountain
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  • and saw God move on their behalf.
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  • Hannah: That is right.
  • 00:22:02.170 --> 00:22:04.090
  • A great example is David facing Goliath.
  • 00:22:04.100 --> 00:22:07.050
  • He faced Goliath head on and said,
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  • "I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty.
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  • This day the Lord will deliver you into my hands."
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  • David stepped out in bold faith and spoke to his mountain.
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  • announcer: We all face mountains in our lives,
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  • situations that seem impossible to overcome.
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  • But there's hope.
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  • Every mountain we face is an opportunity for God
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  • to do something amazing.
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  • Today with your generous gift of any size,
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  • request Pastor Bobby's two-message audio collection,
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  • "Move Your Mountain: The Power of Big Faith."
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  • Be encouraged to face the mountains in your life
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  • with power and authority.
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  • You'll also receive the booklet, "Faith Comes by Hearing,"
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  • filled with Scriptures on key topics
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  • like anxiety, finances, and healing.
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  • This booklet will help you build your faith
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  • for whatever mountain you're facing in your life.
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  • Call or go online today,
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  • and for your generous gift of any size,
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  • "Move Your Mountain," plus the Scripture-filled booklet,
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  • "Faith Comes by Hearing."
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  • Request these empowering resources today and learn
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  • how to face the mountains in your life with bold faith.
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  • Bobby: Our ministry is in the midst
  • 00:23:18.030 --> 00:23:19.230
  • of some urgent financial needs.
  • 00:23:19.240 --> 00:23:21.240
  • In fact, we're facing our own mountain.
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  • We wanna continue being a blessing and minister
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  • to as many people as possible,
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  • but I have to tell you that the rising costs of airtime
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  • constantly threaten our ability to keep this program
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  • on the air.
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  • You may not realize it, but we have to cover
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  • the expenses for every single minute of airtime
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  • on the station where you view "Hour of Power."
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  • That's why we must rely on friends like you to keep
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  • this hope-filled program coming into homes across America
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  • and around the world.
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  • You know, there are people who have never heard
  • 00:23:50.120 --> 00:23:52.100
  • about the love of Jesus Christ, but because of you they can.
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  • So thank you for prayerfully standing with us
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  • and supporting us during this urgent time.
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  • 00:24:01.200 --> 00:24:11.080
  • Hallelujah doesn't mean that much to me
  • 00:24:11.090 --> 00:24:16.150
  • The things I'd tell you
  • 00:24:16.160 --> 00:24:19.140
  • would shock the least of these
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  • King of sinners I've been crowned
  • 00:24:21.250 --> 00:24:25.140
  • Maybe that proves I'm at the bottom
  • 00:24:25.150 --> 00:24:30.140
  • with nothing left to lose
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  • I've heard your story
  • 00:24:36.050 --> 00:24:39.070
  • how you died there on that tree
  • 00:24:39.080 --> 00:24:41.170
  • I gotta tell you, I'm not sure that I believe
  • 00:24:41.180 --> 00:24:47.050
  • But still I've come
  • 00:24:47.060 --> 00:24:49.270
  • and I'm here just as I am
  • 00:24:49.280 --> 00:24:52.090
  • I hope you take me, a broken-hearted man
  • 00:24:52.100 --> 00:24:58.070
  • If you are not a stranger to sorrow
  • 00:25:02.260 --> 00:25:08.100
  • if you can understand all my pain
  • 00:25:08.110 --> 00:25:13.010
  • then give me strength for today and for tomorrow
  • 00:25:13.020 --> 00:25:19.290
  • and eyes to see the glory of the coming of the Lord
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  • Eyes to see the glory of the coming of the Lord
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  • Forgiveness, now that means something for sure
  • 00:25:35.090 --> 00:25:40.140
  • For most my life
  • 00:25:40.150 --> 00:25:42.260
  • I've been trying to even out the score
  • 00:25:42.270 --> 00:25:46.130
  • A hurter, bridge-burner, out looking for a war
  • 00:25:46.140 --> 00:25:52.010
  • but a man who's been forgiven
  • 00:25:52.020 --> 00:25:54.210
  • doesn't need that anymore
  • 00:25:54.220 --> 00:25:58.220
  • If you are not a stranger to sorrow
  • 00:25:59.190 --> 00:26:05.040
  • if you can understand all my pain
  • 00:26:05.050 --> 00:26:09.270
  • then give me strength for today and for tomorrow
  • 00:26:09.280 --> 00:26:16.200
  • and eyes to see the glory of the coming of the Lord
  • 00:26:16.210 --> 00:26:22.120
  • Eyes to see the glory of the coming of the Lord
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  • Oh glory, glory, hallelujah
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  • Glory, glory, hallelujah
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  • Glory, glory, hallelujah
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  • Give me eyes to see the glory of the coming of the Lord
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  • Oh, glory, glory, hallelujah
  • 00:26:54.290 --> 00:27:00.190
  • Glory, glory, hallelujah
  • 00:27:00.200 --> 00:27:06.040
  • Oh, glory, glory, hallelujah
  • 00:27:06.050 --> 00:27:11.220
  • Give me eyes to see the glory of the coming of the Lord
  • 00:27:11.230 --> 00:27:17.200
  • Oh glory, glory, hallelujah
  • 00:27:17.210 --> 00:27:23.010
  • Oh glory, glory, hallelujah
  • 00:27:23.020 --> 00:27:28.160
  • Oh glory, glory, hallelujah
  • 00:27:28.170 --> 00:27:34.060
  • Give me eyes to see the glory of the coming of the Lord
  • 00:27:34.070 --> 00:27:40.020
  • Oh, eyes to see the glory of the coming of the Lord
  • 00:27:40.030 --> 00:27:46.140
  • You are not a stranger to sorrow
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  • You can understand all my pain
  • 00:27:56.170 --> 00:28:01.090
  • You give me strength for today and for tomorrow
  • 00:28:01.100 --> 00:28:08.060
  • and eyes to see the glory of the coming of the Lord
  • 00:28:08.070 --> 00:28:14.090
  • Eyes to see the glory of the coming of the Lord
  • 00:28:14.100 --> 00:28:20.010
  • Oh, eyes to see the glory of the coming of the Lord
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  • [congregation applauding]
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  • Bobby: Friends, would you hold your hands like this
  • 00:28:39.070 --> 00:28:40.180
  • as a way of receiving?
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  • Let's say this together.
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  • I'm not what I do. I'm not what I have.
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  • I'm not what people say about me.
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  • I am the beloved of God. It's who I am.
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  • No one can take it from me. I don't have to worry.
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  • I don't have to hurry.
  • 00:28:59.090 --> 00:29:01.100
  • I can trust my friend Jesus and share his love with the world.
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  • Thanks, you can be seated.
  • 00:29:06.220 --> 00:29:08.200
  • Well, today I wanna talk about serenity in the storm.
  • 00:29:08.210 --> 00:29:11.160
  • It's a series we're on.
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  • Last week we talked about the importance of serenity in the
  • 00:29:13.200 --> 00:29:16.010
  • life of a disciple, a student of Jesus, that we can't do the
  • 00:29:16.020 --> 00:29:20.100
  • things Jesus has asked us to do, like love our enemies, care for
  • 00:29:20.110 --> 00:29:23.250
  • those who are in need, walk in faith and courage, if we're
  • 00:29:23.260 --> 00:29:28.090
  • always anxious, and angsty, and worried thinking about tomorrow;
  • 00:29:28.100 --> 00:29:32.000
  • that part of the covenant promise is for God to give us
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  • a serene mind, confidence, peace of heart and mind.
  • 00:29:35.190 --> 00:29:41.280
  • And I believe God wants that for you today,
  • 00:29:41.290 --> 00:29:44.070
  • and he can provide that to you through his Holy Spirit.
  • 00:29:44.080 --> 00:29:46.290
  • Now, one of the first and most important things about this
  • 00:29:47.000 --> 00:29:49.280
  • is actually philosophical, theological:
  • 00:29:49.290 --> 00:29:52.220
  • the understanding of God's provision, his providence.
  • 00:29:52.230 --> 00:29:56.240
  • Remember, providence, which theologically we always think of
  • 00:29:56.250 --> 00:29:59.130
  • as God's big grand plan, it comes from
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  • the word "provision."
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  • It means that God will provide for us.
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  • He'll give us exactly what we need when we need it.
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  • He'll give us our daily bread.
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  • He'll provide for us in times of danger, in the storm.
  • 00:30:09.250 --> 00:30:13.070
  • And if we can believe in that providence,
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  • we truly will gain a sense of peace.
  • 00:30:15.050 --> 00:30:19.140
  • And so, today I wanna talk about that providence,
  • 00:30:19.150 --> 00:30:21.200
  • especially as it has to do not just with our life,
  • 00:30:21.210 --> 00:30:25.090
  • but with our death.
  • 00:30:25.100 --> 00:30:27.050
  • Now, some of you here are little older and some of you are
  • 00:30:27.060 --> 00:30:30.010
  • younger but you have sickness, or maybe you've lost close ones
  • 00:30:30.020 --> 00:30:33.180
  • in your life, and maybe you feel a sense of worry
  • 00:30:33.190 --> 00:30:37.150
  • about your own death.
  • 00:30:37.160 --> 00:30:39.050
  • You wonder, is God really gonna be there for me?
  • 00:30:39.060 --> 00:30:41.030
  • A lot of Christians worry about hell if you grew up in a very
  • 00:30:41.040 --> 00:30:43.280
  • strict thing, and I want you to know that if you trust your life
  • 00:30:43.290 --> 00:30:46.230
  • to Jesus Christ you don't have to worry about that,
  • 00:30:46.240 --> 00:30:49.030
  • that heaven is your home, and that heaven,
  • 00:30:49.040 --> 00:30:52.040
  • for the disciple of Jesus, is a lot more like waking up
  • 00:30:52.050 --> 00:30:55.050
  • than falling asleep.
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  • male: Amen.
  • 00:30:56.220 --> 00:30:58.010
  • Bobby: I think-- amen, thank you, Jim--
  • 00:30:58.020 --> 00:30:59.260
  • that heaven is going to be something
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  • you will truly enjoy, that life is not short,
  • 00:31:02.240 --> 00:31:07.000
  • that life is very, very, very, very, very long,
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  • and that you don't have to live every day
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  • anxious about death and sickness,
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  • that you may endure some of those things,
  • 00:31:15.020 --> 00:31:17.070
  • you may face some of those things,
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  • all of us will face death, but you can trust in that,
  • 00:31:18.180 --> 00:31:21.060
  • that you won't be alone.
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  • You won't be.
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  • The Lord will be with you and he'll take you home.
  • 00:31:24.130 --> 00:31:26.050
  • And so, today I wanna talk about how that impacts our whole
  • 00:31:26.060 --> 00:31:29.050
  • society, to truly believe that and how that impacts our life,
  • 00:31:29.060 --> 00:31:32.130
  • and what heaven really means in the Bible.
  • 00:31:32.140 --> 00:31:34.140
  • It's not just a place, it's something that's always
  • 00:31:34.150 --> 00:31:36.290
  • going on, something we can experience.
  • 00:31:37.000 --> 00:31:39.010
  • And to believe truly that no matter what we go through,
  • 00:31:39.020 --> 00:31:42.140
  • everything can happen for a reason.
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  • Everything that happens in our life can be part
  • 00:31:44.090 --> 00:31:47.070
  • of a bigger whole.
  • 00:31:47.080 --> 00:31:48.250
  • Now, I heard this amazing quote years ago
  • 00:31:48.260 --> 00:31:51.240
  • from my old hairdresser.
  • 00:31:51.250 --> 00:31:53.140
  • She said, "Everything happens for a reason."
  • 00:31:53.150 --> 00:32:00.090
  • And I thought, "That's profound."
  • 00:32:01.000 --> 00:32:03.240
  • That's profound.
  • 00:32:03.250 --> 00:32:05.050
  • So, I was-- in this particular instance,
  • 00:32:05.060 --> 00:32:07.240
  • I was dating this hot girl named Hannah Presley,
  • 00:32:07.250 --> 00:32:11.170
  • who, yes, is related to Elvis, sitting over there.
  • 00:32:11.180 --> 00:32:17.080
  • And we were only dating at the time, and it was time
  • 00:32:17.090 --> 00:32:20.090
  • for the big Bobby reveal.
  • 00:32:20.100 --> 00:32:22.080
  • That is, it was her cousin's wedding and I was gonna come
  • 00:32:22.090 --> 00:32:25.240
  • as the plus one in a very cheap tuxedo,
  • 00:32:25.250 --> 00:32:28.210
  • but a tuxedo nonetheless.
  • 00:32:28.220 --> 00:32:30.130
  • And she was like, "Okay, you're going,
  • 00:32:30.140 --> 00:32:32.000
  • but you have to get a haircut."
  • 00:32:32.010 --> 00:32:33.140
  • So, I had this girl that always cut my hair, always did
  • 00:32:33.150 --> 00:32:35.210
  • a great job, and so I'm like, "Okay, I'm going to her."
  • 00:32:35.220 --> 00:32:38.190
  • And she was cutting my hair, and of course--
  • 00:32:38.200 --> 00:32:40.260
  • she was not a Christian.
  • 00:32:40.270 --> 00:32:42.070
  • I knew her personal life.
  • 00:32:42.080 --> 00:32:43.230
  • I knew that because she's a hairdresser.
  • 00:32:43.240 --> 00:32:45.090
  • Hairdressers tell you all about their personal lives,
  • 00:32:45.100 --> 00:32:47.110
  • even when it gets uncomfortable.
  • 00:32:47.120 --> 00:32:50.070
  • And she went on and on, and was talking about something
  • 00:32:50.080 --> 00:32:52.140
  • that was, to her, horrible.
  • 00:32:52.150 --> 00:32:54.030
  • To me, it didn't sound like that big of a deal.
  • 00:32:54.040 --> 00:32:56.050
  • But she said, "Well, everything happens for a reason."
  • 00:32:56.060 --> 00:33:00.030
  • And at the time, and I still am, I was passionate about people
  • 00:33:00.040 --> 00:33:03.070
  • coming to faith, passionate about sharing the gospel.
  • 00:33:03.080 --> 00:33:05.090
  • So, I used that line which I believe is true,
  • 00:33:05.100 --> 00:33:07.250
  • "Everything happens for a reason," to, like, convert her.
  • 00:33:07.260 --> 00:33:10.240
  • I was gonna proselytize her.
  • 00:33:10.250 --> 00:33:12.270
  • And so as this, you know, 19, 20 year old who's getting
  • 00:33:12.280 --> 00:33:16.060
  • kind of an important haircut, I decide to evangelize
  • 00:33:16.070 --> 00:33:19.110
  • my not-so-Christian hairdresser.
  • 00:33:19.120 --> 00:33:22.070
  • And I start asking, "For what reason does everything happen?"
  • 00:33:22.080 --> 00:33:25.140
  • you know?
  • 00:33:25.150 --> 00:33:27.010
  • "Whose reason is this?"
  • 00:33:27.020 --> 00:33:28.260
  • And "If you died today, do you know where you'd go?"
  • 00:33:28.270 --> 00:33:31.050
  • and this kind of a thing.
  • 00:33:31.060 --> 00:33:32.270
  • And I don't know if I asked that last question, but I really did
  • 00:33:32.280 --> 00:33:36.270
  • talk to her for a long time and I really thought I was doing
  • 00:33:36.280 --> 00:33:39.270
  • a good job with, you know, talking about the gospel
  • 00:33:39.280 --> 00:33:42.250
  • and about my faith.
  • 00:33:42.260 --> 00:33:44.120
  • And I left there feeling really good, but later as I looked in
  • 00:33:44.130 --> 00:33:47.180
  • the mirror, I wondered by evidence of the haircut
  • 00:33:47.190 --> 00:33:49.250
  • itself if really she was enjoying what I was saying.
  • 00:33:49.260 --> 00:33:53.190
  • Here's a picture from that night.
  • 00:33:53.200 --> 00:33:55.200
  • You can see, Hannah looks great.
  • 00:33:55.210 --> 00:34:01.000
  • That is a real--that is an honest-to-goodness real picture.
  • 00:34:01.010 --> 00:34:05.160
  • And by evidence of the picture, I feel like maybe she didn't
  • 00:34:07.220 --> 00:34:11.000
  • receive as much of the Lord's gospel as I thought she did.
  • 00:34:11.010 --> 00:34:15.260
  • And actually, my mother-in-law, as mothers-in-law go,
  • 00:34:15.270 --> 00:34:19.120
  • decided to--
  • 00:34:19.130 --> 00:34:20.220
  • this is the only reason I have this picture--
  • 00:34:20.230 --> 00:34:22.020
  • decided to commemorate the moment
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  • by making it a Christmas ornament.
  • 00:34:23.130 --> 00:34:29.120
  • Nothing says Christmas like a bad haircut in a tuxedo.
  • 00:34:29.130 --> 00:34:33.040
  • So, that hangs on our tree every year to remind me.
  • 00:34:33.050 --> 00:34:36.120
  • So, again, I don't know what happened to her.
  • 00:34:38.020 --> 00:34:39.180
  • I don't know if she came to the Lord,
  • 00:34:39.190 --> 00:34:42.040
  • but I came to a new hairdresser next time to get my haircut,
  • 00:34:42.050 --> 00:34:46.170
  • someone who would truly listen.
  • 00:34:46.180 --> 00:34:48.110
  • And I also learned, and this is a bit of free advice,
  • 00:34:48.120 --> 00:34:51.230
  • never proselytize your hairdresser.
  • 00:34:51.240 --> 00:34:53.190
  • Just let them do their thing.
  • 00:34:53.200 --> 00:34:55.020
  • Just let them-- let them do--
  • 00:34:55.030 --> 00:34:56.210
  • tip well.
  • 00:34:56.220 --> 00:34:58.100
  • All right, so this is something that people say though,
  • 00:34:58.110 --> 00:35:01.080
  • isn't it?
  • 00:35:01.090 --> 00:35:02.220
  • It's something that everyone sort of says, especially here
  • 00:35:02.230 --> 00:35:04.160
  • in the, you know, greater Southern California area.
  • 00:35:04.170 --> 00:35:07.020
  • There's a lot of, sort of, you know, religiosity, spiritualism,
  • 00:35:07.030 --> 00:35:12.060
  • this kind of thing.
  • 00:35:12.070 --> 00:35:13.200
  • And you will hear secular people and unreligious people say
  • 00:35:13.210 --> 00:35:15.220
  • all the time, "Everything happens for a reason."
  • 00:35:15.230 --> 00:35:18.230
  • And you wonder if people have thought that through.
  • 00:35:18.240 --> 00:35:21.180
  • Maybe you've said it.
  • 00:35:21.190 --> 00:35:23.080
  • Well, I wanna tell you that everything does happen for
  • 00:35:23.090 --> 00:35:24.240
  • a reason, and God is on your side, and that reason is good.
  • 00:35:24.250 --> 00:35:28.050
  • And though we don't understand it now, even our death,
  • 00:35:28.060 --> 00:35:31.060
  • when we experience it as passing through a door
  • 00:35:31.070 --> 00:35:35.030
  • from sleep to wake, from not understanding
  • 00:35:35.040 --> 00:35:39.090
  • to understanding, from anxiety to peace,
  • 00:35:39.100 --> 00:35:41.230
  • from frustration, to joy, to celebration,
  • 00:35:41.240 --> 00:35:45.140
  • to fullness of life, you'll see.
  • 00:35:45.150 --> 00:35:47.200
  • He didn't have to worry that whole time about your death
  • 00:35:47.210 --> 00:35:50.180
  • or the death of those you love, and the ones that you love,
  • 00:35:50.190 --> 00:35:52.200
  • you'll see them again.
  • 00:35:52.210 --> 00:35:54.020
  • So, today I wanna say that you can trust your life
  • 00:35:54.030 --> 00:35:57.070
  • and your death to Jesus Christ.
  • 00:35:57.080 --> 00:35:59.120
  • He cares so, so much about you.
  • 00:35:59.130 --> 00:36:03.230
  • And just as if you had the power to keep your own children alive,
  • 00:36:03.240 --> 00:36:07.210
  • wouldn't you do it?
  • 00:36:07.220 --> 00:36:09.010
  • Of course God will keep you alive.
  • 00:36:09.020 --> 00:36:10.110
  • Of course God will care for you.
  • 00:36:10.120 --> 00:36:11.210
  • And of course you don't have to worry.
  • 00:36:11.220 --> 00:36:13.070
  • Nobody wants you to go to heaven more than God does.
  • 00:36:13.080 --> 00:36:16.230
  • Trust in Jesus Christ.
  • 00:36:16.240 --> 00:36:18.040
  • If you're a friend of God, he's gonna let you in.
  • 00:36:18.050 --> 00:36:20.150
  • Don't worry about it.
  • 00:36:20.160 --> 00:36:22.040
  • And so, today I wanna talk about that,
  • 00:36:22.050 --> 00:36:23.210
  • and I also wanna talk about this idea
  • 00:36:23.220 --> 00:36:25.150
  • of the presence of God, that if heaven is anything,
  • 00:36:25.160 --> 00:36:30.000
  • it's the full presence of God, right?
  • 00:36:30.010 --> 00:36:31.290
  • It's the full-on experience of God who is love,
  • 00:36:32.000 --> 00:36:36.230
  • just total love, total joy, total peace,
  • 00:36:36.240 --> 00:36:39.270
  • total consciousness, total awakeness.
  • 00:36:39.280 --> 00:36:43.090
  • Psalm 91, which Hannah read today, is one of most famous
  • 00:36:43.100 --> 00:36:48.080
  • psalms about God's presence and about God's protection
  • 00:36:48.090 --> 00:36:51.160
  • and how we don't have to worry.
  • 00:36:51.170 --> 00:36:53.200
  • Now, let's see how many people were paying attention.
  • 00:36:53.210 --> 00:36:56.060
  • Who wrote Psalm 91?
  • 00:36:56.070 --> 00:36:57.280
  • Hannah said it. Did you hear?
  • 00:36:57.290 --> 00:37:00.170
  • Choir, come on. You're cheating.
  • 00:37:00.180 --> 00:37:02.220
  • You heard--you've already heard this whole sermon.
  • 00:37:02.230 --> 00:37:05.040
  • I didn't ask you. It's Moses.
  • 00:37:05.050 --> 00:37:08.130
  • Yeah, Moses wrote it, not David.
  • 00:37:11.010 --> 00:37:12.260
  • And David actually included it--
  • 00:37:12.270 --> 00:37:14.180
  • I'm just kidding, you can say Moses next time.
  • 00:37:14.190 --> 00:37:18.100
  • Psalm 91, according to the Midrash, Psalm 91 is a psalm of
  • 00:37:18.110 --> 00:37:22.250
  • Moses, which a lot of people may be surprised that it's not some
  • 00:37:22.260 --> 00:37:26.150
  • random psalmist or David himself who wrote it, that
  • 00:37:26.160 --> 00:37:28.220
  • it's actually an ancient psalm.
  • 00:37:28.230 --> 00:37:30.110
  • It was ancient when David included it in the Psalms.
  • 00:37:30.120 --> 00:37:32.260
  • It was something people had sung for a long time,
  • 00:37:32.270 --> 00:37:35.050
  • especially when they were afraid,
  • 00:37:35.060 --> 00:37:36.290
  • especially they were worried about
  • 00:37:37.000 --> 00:37:38.090
  • something that was gonna happen, or especially they had to go
  • 00:37:38.100 --> 00:37:39.280
  • to war, or if they were facing an enemy,
  • 00:37:39.290 --> 00:37:42.050
  • or facing a trial or sickness.
  • 00:37:42.060 --> 00:37:44.160
  • This Psalm 91 is a psalm of covering, a psalm of protection.
  • 00:37:44.170 --> 00:37:48.010
  • And the psalm is 100% rooted in one thing and one thing alone,
  • 00:37:48.020 --> 00:37:52.090
  • God's presence. God isn't far away.
  • 00:37:52.100 --> 00:37:55.260
  • He's here. He's with you.
  • 00:37:55.270 --> 00:37:57.260
  • He's on your side.
  • 00:37:57.270 --> 00:37:59.260
  • It's important, too, when you read this that it's not David
  • 00:37:59.270 --> 00:38:02.030
  • who wrote it, although clearly David loves it.
  • 00:38:02.040 --> 00:38:05.000
  • He's the one who probably included it in the hymnal
  • 00:38:05.010 --> 00:38:07.200
  • that we call the Book of Psalms.
  • 00:38:07.210 --> 00:38:09.260
  • But that tradition says at least, and maybe history,
  • 00:38:09.270 --> 00:38:12.200
  • that Moses himself wrote it, and he wrote it
  • 00:38:12.210 --> 00:38:15.060
  • at an interesting time.
  • 00:38:15.070 --> 00:38:16.160
  • He wrote it when he had this amazing counter
  • 00:38:16.170 --> 00:38:20.150
  • in the tent of meeting.
  • 00:38:20.160 --> 00:38:22.250
  • Now before we get there, Moses, you know,
  • 00:38:22.260 --> 00:38:25.280
  • is an important character.
  • 00:38:25.290 --> 00:38:27.130
  • You're probably picturing Charlton Heston,
  • 00:38:27.140 --> 00:38:29.270
  • and that's right.
  • 00:38:29.280 --> 00:38:31.070
  • Charlton Heston is the closest--
  • 00:38:31.080 --> 00:38:33.100
  • I think God wrote that movie, and he picked Charlton Heston.
  • 00:38:33.110 --> 00:38:37.280
  • The book of Exodus, of course, is a story of God's people,
  • 00:38:37.290 --> 00:38:41.140
  • the Jews, who--
  • 00:38:41.150 --> 00:38:42.240
  • or the Hebrews, who are freed from slavery of the hand
  • 00:38:42.250 --> 00:38:45.030
  • of Pharaoh and led by Moses into the promised land.
  • 00:38:45.040 --> 00:38:49.060
  • And a huge part of the story is they come to this mountain.
  • 00:38:49.070 --> 00:38:53.290
  • The mountain is called Mount Sinai.
  • 00:38:54.000 --> 00:38:55.120
  • And they can see up on the mountain this cloud
  • 00:38:55.130 --> 00:39:00.150
  • that's full of the glory of God.
  • 00:39:00.160 --> 00:39:03.170
  • And Moses says, "I'm gonna go up there and talk to him."
  • 00:39:03.180 --> 00:39:06.070
  • Moses ascends the mountain, and God's people
  • 00:39:06.080 --> 00:39:10.070
  • and Moses make a covenant.
  • 00:39:10.080 --> 00:39:11.200
  • He receives the Ten Commandments and a number of rights
  • 00:39:11.210 --> 00:39:16.020
  • and things to do to show that the covenant is in full play.
  • 00:39:16.030 --> 00:39:20.100
  • But at the heart of it is God's promise to his people that,
  • 00:39:20.110 --> 00:39:24.020
  • "I will be with you."
  • 00:39:24.030 --> 00:39:26.040
  • It's the promise of God's full presence and glory.
  • 00:39:26.050 --> 00:39:31.160
  • And so, Moses has this exchange where he's going
  • 00:39:31.170 --> 00:39:34.050
  • up and down this mountain, and the stiff-necked people,
  • 00:39:34.060 --> 00:39:37.220
  • the Hebrew people, are just constantly like
  • 00:39:37.230 --> 00:39:40.060
  • we wanna go back to Egypt, or we want other gods,
  • 00:39:40.070 --> 00:39:42.220
  • or we wanna do this or that,
  • 00:39:42.230 --> 00:39:44.020
  • and they've entered into covenant and then there's this
  • 00:39:44.030 --> 00:39:45.280
  • whole idea of a return to an Eden type existence.
  • 00:39:45.290 --> 00:39:49.230
  • It's this amazing thing.
  • 00:39:49.240 --> 00:39:51.080
  • And as Moses is up in the mountain talking to God,
  • 00:39:51.090 --> 00:39:54.110
  • all of a sudden, because these stiff-necked people are sick
  • 00:39:54.120 --> 00:39:58.020
  • of waiting for him, they make a golden calf and begin
  • 00:39:58.030 --> 00:40:01.220
  • worshipping him, and then fall into some kind of revelry, which
  • 00:40:01.230 --> 00:40:06.100
  • is probably some horrible, like, super Pagan, off-the-wall thing.
  • 00:40:06.110 --> 00:40:11.050
  • And they're there, they can see the glory of God on the
  • 00:40:11.060 --> 00:40:14.010
  • mountain, and they just fall into this incredible thing.
  • 00:40:14.020 --> 00:40:17.120
  • They're already breaking the covenant
  • 00:40:17.130 --> 00:40:19.250
  • they just made with God.
  • 00:40:19.260 --> 00:40:22.110
  • And so, there's all these big plans, and God sees this
  • 00:40:22.120 --> 00:40:25.050
  • from the mountain and he says to Moses,
  • 00:40:25.060 --> 00:40:27.050
  • "Moses, this is what they're doing down there."
  • 00:40:27.060 --> 00:40:28.270
  • And he says to him, "I'm just gonna destroy them all,
  • 00:40:28.280 --> 00:40:33.120
  • and I'm gonna start over with you."
  • 00:40:33.130 --> 00:40:35.130
  • And Moses, like, begs God.
  • 00:40:35.140 --> 00:40:37.040
  • He makes two points.
  • 00:40:37.050 --> 00:40:38.140
  • He says, "God, if you destroy them all,
  • 00:40:38.150 --> 00:40:40.150
  • what about the covenant that you made to their father Abraham?
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  • You'll be going back on your covenant.
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  • And number two, if you destroy them all,
  • 00:40:45.120 --> 00:40:46.290
  • what will the nations think?
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  • They'll say, 'This is what God does to his people in whom
  • 00:40:48.170 --> 00:40:51.090
  • he's in covenant with.'"
  • 00:40:51.100 --> 00:40:53.240
  • And so, God relents and Moses goes down.
  • 00:40:53.250 --> 00:40:57.280
  • And though he punishes, he brings judgment against those
  • 00:40:57.290 --> 00:41:01.140
  • who instigated this crazy thing, God renews his covenant
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  • with his people and promises his presence with them.
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  • And in that moment, he gives all these drawings for this thing
  • 00:41:10.050 --> 00:41:12.160
  • that's gonna be this called the Tabernacle where they're going
  • 00:41:12.170 --> 00:41:15.070
  • to experience God, and his presence is gonna be there,
  • 00:41:15.080 --> 00:41:17.160
  • and that's gonna become the temple.
  • 00:41:17.170 --> 00:41:19.000
  • and the temple is gonna become you, but that's another sermon.
  • 00:41:19.010 --> 00:41:22.250
  • And so, but before this--at the end of this, in Psalm 33, Moses
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  • comes down from the Mount and he's so disappointed
  • 00:41:28.130 --> 00:41:30.090
  • at these people.
  • 00:41:30.100 --> 00:41:31.190
  • He's gone through this horribly traumatic event.
  • 00:41:31.200 --> 00:41:33.130
  • And God says to Moses, "I'm not going with you to the promised
  • 00:41:33.140 --> 00:41:37.180
  • land anymore," and the reason is because of God's mercy.
  • 00:41:37.190 --> 00:41:41.260
  • He says to Moses, "If I go with these people, they're going
  • 00:41:41.270 --> 00:41:44.250
  • to tick me off again and I'm gonna kill them all."
  • 00:41:44.260 --> 00:41:47.010
  • He doesn't--it's not specifically what he says,
  • 00:41:47.020 --> 00:41:49.280
  • but that's basically it.
  • 00:41:49.290 --> 00:41:51.080
  • He says, "If I go with you, these stiff-necked people,
  • 00:41:51.090 --> 00:41:53.030
  • they won't last a day and I'll wipe them out."
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  • He says, "So, instead I'm going to send an angel with you."
  • 00:41:55.120 --> 00:41:58.270
  • And Moses just, upon hearing this, falls into, like,
  • 00:41:58.280 --> 00:42:03.200
  • a deep depression and his heart just begins to break.
  • 00:42:03.210 --> 00:42:07.100
  • And he tells the people, "God's not going with us.
  • 00:42:07.110 --> 00:42:10.160
  • Instead he's gonna send an angel,
  • 00:42:10.170 --> 00:42:11.270
  • and it's because of his mercy."
  • 00:42:11.280 --> 00:42:14.000
  • And all of the people, they take off all their ornaments,
  • 00:42:14.010 --> 00:42:17.010
  • and all their jewelry, and all their fine clothing,
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  • and they all begin to weep because they know
  • 00:42:19.130 --> 00:42:21.270
  • that it's their own fault, that they broke covenant with God.
  • 00:42:21.280 --> 00:42:24.040
  • And because of God's mercy, not his judgment,
  • 00:42:24.050 --> 00:42:26.270
  • he's not gonna go with them.
  • 00:42:26.280 --> 00:42:29.080
  • So, Moses is in this place, and then the Bible says
  • 00:42:29.090 --> 00:42:31.120
  • that Moses had this thing called the tent of meeting.
  • 00:42:31.130 --> 00:42:33.220
  • It wasn't the Tabernacle yet, but it will be eventually.
  • 00:42:33.230 --> 00:42:36.110
  • And Moses decides in the night--
  • 00:42:36.120 --> 00:42:39.170
  • it's away from the camp.
  • 00:42:39.180 --> 00:42:40.270
  • You know, so they have this camp where everybody is,
  • 00:42:40.280 --> 00:42:42.080
  • and then there's this tent that he created.
  • 00:42:42.090 --> 00:42:43.240
  • And he set this tent up so that anybody, if they wanted
  • 00:42:43.250 --> 00:42:46.200
  • to talk to God, they could go there and meet him.
  • 00:42:46.210 --> 00:42:50.020
  • But whenever Moses went to the tent of meeting,
  • 00:42:50.030 --> 00:42:52.030
  • some amazing thing happened and people knew to look for it.
  • 00:42:52.040 --> 00:42:55.210
  • He would enter the tent and then something called a pillar
  • 00:42:55.220 --> 00:42:59.090
  • of cloud would form over the doorway to the tent.
  • 00:42:59.100 --> 00:43:03.040
  • And God and Moses, the Bible says, would speak to each
  • 00:43:03.050 --> 00:43:05.270
  • other face to face as friends would be speaking.
  • 00:43:05.280 --> 00:43:09.010
  • Isn't that amazing?
  • 00:43:09.020 --> 00:43:10.110
  • One of most amazing things about this passage, too, is it seems
  • 00:43:10.120 --> 00:43:13.050
  • that God only does this after Moses enters the tent
  • 00:43:13.060 --> 00:43:16.210
  • and then blocks the entrance.
  • 00:43:16.220 --> 00:43:18.160
  • It's almost like Moses can't leave until God's done with him.
  • 00:43:18.170 --> 00:43:21.170
  • You ever felt that way in a time of prayer or powerful worship
  • 00:43:21.180 --> 00:43:25.060
  • where you're just like, "I can't leave this place"?
  • 00:43:25.070 --> 00:43:28.050
  • And Moses says to God, "God, you need to go with us.
  • 00:43:28.060 --> 00:43:32.150
  • I don't want an angel. I don't want a book.
  • 00:43:32.160 --> 00:43:35.220
  • I don't want rites. I don't want songs.
  • 00:43:35.230 --> 00:43:37.240
  • I want you. I want you.
  • 00:43:37.250 --> 00:43:39.140
  • I need you with me. We need you with us.
  • 00:43:39.150 --> 00:43:43.190
  • Don't abandon us. Don't leave us alone."
  • 00:43:43.200 --> 00:43:46.090
  • And God is moved by this and he changes his mind, and he says
  • 00:43:46.100 --> 00:43:51.250
  • to Moses, "My presence," there it is again, that word,
  • 00:43:51.260 --> 00:43:56.120
  • "My presence will go with you and I will give you rest."
  • 00:43:56.130 --> 00:44:02.000
  • What a great promise.
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  • Not only will God be with him, but he's gonna take away
  • 00:44:03.250 --> 00:44:05.270
  • all of his worry, his anxiety, his fear.
  • 00:44:05.280 --> 00:44:08.280
  • And yes they're gonna be fighting, and yes they're
  • 00:44:08.290 --> 00:44:10.200
  • gonna face pestilence, and snakes, and war,
  • 00:44:10.210 --> 00:44:13.290
  • and all of this crazy stuff.
  • 00:44:14.000 --> 00:44:15.270
  • It's gonna be an adventure, but God is never, ever
  • 00:44:15.280 --> 00:44:18.120
  • going to leave him.
  • 00:44:18.130 --> 00:44:20.240
  • And it's in this moment that Moses writes Psalm 91.
  • 00:44:20.250 --> 00:44:25.030
  • "Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest,"
  • 00:44:25.040 --> 00:44:29.050
  • there's the promise, "in the shadow of the Almighty.
  • 00:44:29.060 --> 00:44:32.040
  • I will say of the Lord, 'He is my refuge and my fortress,
  • 00:44:32.050 --> 00:44:37.000
  • my God, in whom I trust.'"
  • 00:44:37.010 --> 00:44:39.040
  • And on and on it goes.
  • 00:44:39.050 --> 00:44:40.140
  • Hannah did a great job reading it.
  • 00:44:40.150 --> 00:44:41.290
  • Thank you, Hannah.
  • 00:44:42.000 --> 00:44:43.090
  • But this is at the heart of it, that God's presence
  • 00:44:43.100 --> 00:44:46.110
  • will keep me safe.
  • 00:44:46.120 --> 00:44:48.020
  • God's providence, God's presence,
  • 00:44:48.030 --> 00:44:50.210
  • it will always be with me.
  • 00:44:50.220 --> 00:44:52.240
  • And then a little interesting tag to the story.
  • 00:44:52.250 --> 00:44:55.150
  • You know, Moses then, who's so moved by this, says to God,
  • 00:44:55.160 --> 00:44:59.260
  • "I wanna see your face."
  • 00:44:59.270 --> 00:45:01.260
  • So, even though the Bible says they were speaking face to face,
  • 00:45:01.270 --> 00:45:04.070
  • it seems as though this cloud was actually covering God's form
  • 00:45:04.080 --> 00:45:08.010
  • somehow or God's image, so that you could see maybe
  • 00:45:08.020 --> 00:45:11.060
  • something in it, but he couldn't actually see God.
  • 00:45:11.070 --> 00:45:13.150
  • He says, "Lord, I wanna see your glory.
  • 00:45:13.160 --> 00:45:15.070
  • I wanna see your face."
  • 00:45:15.080 --> 00:45:17.240
  • And of course God says to Moses, "I can show you my glory,
  • 00:45:17.250 --> 00:45:22.050
  • but not my face, because anyone who were to see
  • 00:45:22.060 --> 00:45:25.050
  • my face would die."
  • 00:45:25.060 --> 00:45:26.280
  • And so this interesting thing, he says, "I have this rock
  • 00:45:26.290 --> 00:45:29.270
  • that has a big crag in it, and I want you to go into this rock.
  • 00:45:29.280 --> 00:45:33.160
  • And I'm going to cover the opening of the rock
  • 00:45:33.170 --> 00:45:35.280
  • with my hand, and as I pass by, you'll see my glory.
  • 00:45:35.290 --> 00:45:39.090
  • And then I'll remove my hand and you can see my back
  • 00:45:39.100 --> 00:45:42.050
  • and the back of my head."
  • 00:45:42.060 --> 00:45:43.150
  • Isn't that interesting? And so, this happens.
  • 00:45:43.160 --> 00:45:45.090
  • So, there's this experience where God, like, shows Moses,
  • 00:45:45.100 --> 00:45:50.010
  • you know, part of him but not his face.
  • 00:45:50.020 --> 00:45:53.210
  • It's so often that I think--when I think of Moses, I don't think
  • 00:45:53.220 --> 00:45:56.180
  • of a David-type character, but you can see in this story
  • 00:45:56.190 --> 00:46:00.110
  • Moses and David really are a lot alike, in my opinion.
  • 00:46:00.120 --> 00:46:04.110
  • Yeah, Moses is the law-bringer, the one who has all the rules,
  • 00:46:04.120 --> 00:46:07.260
  • and yeah, he has all of these things, but in this story it
  • 00:46:07.270 --> 00:46:10.260
  • just seems so clear to me that the thing that Moses wants is
  • 00:46:10.270 --> 00:46:14.110
  • God's presence; that the thing that Moses wants most is
  • 00:46:14.120 --> 00:46:18.000
  • to bring this Eden-type tree of life experience back to earth.
  • 00:46:18.010 --> 00:46:23.140
  • And he's yearning to be with God, and not just himself.
  • 00:46:23.150 --> 00:46:25.290
  • He wants his people to know God and to know him personally.
  • 00:46:26.000 --> 00:46:30.130
  • Moses, like David, has heart after God.
  • 00:46:30.140 --> 00:46:33.150
  • He wakes up in the morning thinking about God,
  • 00:46:33.160 --> 00:46:35.120
  • and goes to bed thinking of God, and wants to know more
  • 00:46:35.130 --> 00:46:37.170
  • about God, and wants God's presence more than anything.
  • 00:46:37.180 --> 00:46:42.200
  • And this is at the heart of this message,
  • 00:46:42.210 --> 00:46:45.020
  • that God's presence is the best place to be.
  • 00:46:45.030 --> 00:46:49.120
  • This should be the desire of every disciple of Jesus Christ,
  • 00:46:49.130 --> 00:46:53.130
  • is to be in his presence, to be in his presence,
  • 00:46:53.140 --> 00:46:56.080
  • to experience him.
  • 00:46:56.090 --> 00:46:57.180
  • And we can't do it all the time, and there's lots of times when
  • 00:46:57.190 --> 00:47:00.250
  • we doubt, and there's lots of times we pray
  • 00:47:00.260 --> 00:47:02.110
  • and God doesn't answer, but the desire should be there.
  • 00:47:02.120 --> 00:47:04.290
  • And it's a right desire because nothing helps us with our
  • 00:47:05.000 --> 00:47:08.140
  • serenity, and our fear, and our worry, and our morality,
  • 00:47:08.150 --> 00:47:11.090
  • and all of our issues more than God's presence in life.
  • 00:47:11.100 --> 00:47:14.270
  • Nothing brings more joy than this.
  • 00:47:14.280 --> 00:47:17.290
  • And this is what I want you to hear, this is heaven.
  • 00:47:18.000 --> 00:47:21.220
  • I think a right answer of heaven is the presence of God.
  • 00:47:21.230 --> 00:47:26.110
  • Eden is heaven.
  • 00:47:26.120 --> 00:47:28.050
  • What Moses experienced in that Tabernacle is heaven.
  • 00:47:28.060 --> 00:47:31.020
  • Maybe you've experienced it in a time of worship or deep prayer.
  • 00:47:31.030 --> 00:47:35.010
  • And all of those are touch points of the big place heaven
  • 00:47:35.020 --> 00:47:38.210
  • where we go when this part of our life is over.
  • 00:47:38.220 --> 00:47:43.020
  • See, the thing that takes away our angst and out fear of death
  • 00:47:43.030 --> 00:47:46.180
  • is not studying more, and reading more,
  • 00:47:46.190 --> 00:47:49.090
  • or not being told things more.
  • 00:47:49.100 --> 00:47:50.190
  • It's actually experiencing heaven before we die.
  • 00:47:50.200 --> 00:47:54.260
  • That's because heaven's not just a place, it's an experience.
  • 00:47:54.270 --> 00:47:59.240
  • If you experience heaven on multiple occasions, you will
  • 00:47:59.250 --> 00:48:03.130
  • find that the fear that you have about what happens after I die,
  • 00:48:03.140 --> 00:48:07.230
  • and what happens if I get sick, and what happens for my kids,
  • 00:48:07.240 --> 00:48:10.140
  • and for my parents, and all this stuff, it begins to diminish
  • 00:48:10.150 --> 00:48:13.260
  • and even go away as you're full of the life, and the presence,
  • 00:48:13.270 --> 00:48:17.210
  • and the joy of God.
  • 00:48:17.220 --> 00:48:20.290
  • And you'll be able to say to yourself and others,
  • 00:48:21.000 --> 00:48:23.010
  • "You don't need to be afraid.
  • 00:48:23.020 --> 00:48:24.130
  • Nothing to be afraid of.
  • 00:48:24.140 --> 00:48:26.080
  • You don't have to worry."
  • 00:48:26.090 --> 00:48:27.180
  • I remember once I had a deep and profound experience
  • 00:48:27.190 --> 00:48:31.130
  • like this that still informs my life today.
  • 00:48:31.140 --> 00:48:33.160
  • It's the only experience I had like it.
  • 00:48:33.170 --> 00:48:35.210
  • When I was in Forest Home at a Christian camp in sixth grade,
  • 00:48:35.220 --> 00:48:40.010
  • so I don't know, what is that, 10, 11 years old,
  • 00:48:40.020 --> 00:48:41.290
  • something like that?
  • 00:48:42.000 --> 00:48:43.160
  • And I remember being there and praying,
  • 00:48:43.170 --> 00:48:46.120
  • and I was praying on this boulder.
  • 00:48:46.130 --> 00:48:48.050
  • It's the middle of the night with a camp counselor
  • 00:48:48.060 --> 00:48:50.040
  • who we were praying together, and I just went--
  • 00:48:50.050 --> 00:48:52.220
  • and it was a tough time in my life,
  • 00:48:52.230 --> 00:48:54.050
  • and I just went to this deep, incredible experience of prayer.
  • 00:48:54.060 --> 00:48:59.000
  • And I had this, I don't know what to call it, amazing
  • 00:48:59.010 --> 00:49:02.240
  • experience where it felt like I was totally surrounded by light,
  • 00:49:02.250 --> 00:49:06.290
  • like I wasn't there on the rock.
  • 00:49:07.000 --> 00:49:08.160
  • I was, like, somewhere else completely.
  • 00:49:08.170 --> 00:49:11.060
  • And I was-- and I was so--
  • 00:49:11.070 --> 00:49:12.220
  • it was so awesome and incredible, and I remember
  • 00:49:12.230 --> 00:49:18.130
  • later saying that it was like Jesus gave me
  • 00:49:18.140 --> 00:49:21.060
  • a hug or something like that.
  • 00:49:21.070 --> 00:49:22.290
  • Sometimes as an adult, when I try and remember it,
  • 00:49:23.000 --> 00:49:24.280
  • I think about it as almost like when you step out
  • 00:49:24.290 --> 00:49:26.230
  • of a movie theater into a sunny day,
  • 00:49:26.240 --> 00:49:29.180
  • and your eyes don't adjust, and everything is light.
  • 00:49:29.190 --> 00:49:32.030
  • I even wonder if I had had this experience longer if maybe
  • 00:49:32.040 --> 00:49:35.120
  • I would've, like, seen something, or I don't know.
  • 00:49:35.130 --> 00:49:38.200
  • But all I do know is that my counselor ended up shaking me
  • 00:49:38.210 --> 00:49:41.200
  • because I had been praying like this for, like,
  • 00:49:41.210 --> 00:49:43.220
  • three or four hours.
  • 00:49:43.230 --> 00:49:45.130
  • And to me, it felt like a minute or two.
  • 00:49:45.140 --> 00:49:47.280
  • And this is true story, and I'm almost afraid to share stories
  • 00:49:47.290 --> 00:49:51.240
  • like this because it doesn't seem credible, but it is.
  • 00:49:51.250 --> 00:49:56.070
  • That's my experience and it has had a big impact
  • 00:49:56.080 --> 00:49:58.130
  • on my spiritual life ever since.
  • 00:49:58.140 --> 00:50:01.280
  • Maybe you've maybe not had something like that,
  • 00:50:01.290 --> 00:50:03.210
  • but you've had moments where in worship or prayer
  • 00:50:03.220 --> 00:50:06.120
  • you experience heaven, you experienced God's life.
  • 00:50:06.130 --> 00:50:08.170
  • And this is what we need to remove all the angst
  • 00:50:08.180 --> 00:50:11.080
  • and fear we have, especially about death.
  • 00:50:11.090 --> 00:50:15.000
  • So, our fear of death is something
  • 00:50:15.010 --> 00:50:17.090
  • that actually drives our society.
  • 00:50:17.100 --> 00:50:21.040
  • Fear of death leads to so much of the brokenness
  • 00:50:21.050 --> 00:50:23.230
  • in our community.
  • 00:50:23.240 --> 00:50:25.030
  • Maybe you--do you remember the time when you realized
  • 00:50:25.040 --> 00:50:26.140
  • that you were mortal?
  • 00:50:26.150 --> 00:50:27.240
  • You ever experienced some dread of death for you,
  • 00:50:27.250 --> 00:50:30.240
  • or your family, or something like that?
  • 00:50:30.250 --> 00:50:33.050
  • I remember when I was in Oklahoma for a family reunion.
  • 00:50:33.060 --> 00:50:37.120
  • My grandpa Durham, so my grandma's father,
  • 00:50:37.130 --> 00:50:41.050
  • who was a Nazarene minister and a wonderful man,
  • 00:50:41.060 --> 00:50:44.120
  • he was just such a sweet guy, and I got to spend a lot of time
  • 00:50:44.130 --> 00:50:48.070
  • with him while we were at this family reunion.
  • 00:50:48.080 --> 00:50:49.260
  • And we were leaving, we lived in California, my mom said,
  • 00:50:49.270 --> 00:50:52.220
  • "You should say goodbye to Grandpa Durham," because he was
  • 00:50:52.230 --> 00:50:55.080
  • in his late 80s or early 90s at the time.
  • 00:50:55.090 --> 00:50:58.020
  • And she said, "You know, we won't be back here for years
  • 00:50:58.030 --> 00:51:00.140
  • and so you may not see him again."
  • 00:51:00.150 --> 00:51:02.180
  • And for some reason when I said goodbye to him, I didn't wanna
  • 00:51:02.190 --> 00:51:07.020
  • leave because as a child I had this fear that, like,
  • 00:51:07.030 --> 00:51:10.290
  • if I left he would die.
  • 00:51:11.000 --> 00:51:12.210
  • And I kind of, like, freaked out.
  • 00:51:12.220 --> 00:51:14.200
  • I really got really scared, terrified, worried.
  • 00:51:14.210 --> 00:51:18.090
  • And I think a lot of the angst that adults carry
  • 00:51:18.100 --> 00:51:21.160
  • I was showing full-bore as a child.
  • 00:51:21.170 --> 00:51:24.290
  • And I didn't wanna--I was crying and weeping, and finally left.
  • 00:51:25.000 --> 00:51:28.240
  • The good news is though he lived to be like 100 and I saw him
  • 00:51:28.250 --> 00:51:31.180
  • lots of other times in Missouri and it was fine.
  • 00:51:31.190 --> 00:51:34.050
  • But you know, I think of that and I remember, you know,
  • 00:51:34.060 --> 00:51:38.210
  • that many of us, we have this fear of death that we
  • 00:51:38.220 --> 00:51:43.070
  • carry around in our bodies.
  • 00:51:43.080 --> 00:51:47.000
  • There was a wonderful book by Ernest Becker
  • 00:51:47.010 --> 00:51:49.130
  • written in the '70s, it won a Pulitzer Prize,
  • 00:51:49.140 --> 00:51:52.020
  • called "Denial of Death."
  • 00:51:52.030 --> 00:51:53.170
  • He was a an anthropologist and he was putting forward a theory
  • 00:51:53.180 --> 00:51:58.080
  • that what drives a lot of the nasty stuff in societies was
  • 00:51:58.090 --> 00:52:02.000
  • actually not what Freud said, which was repressed sexuality
  • 00:52:02.010 --> 00:52:05.240
  • and all this weird stuff, but it was what Jung and later
  • 00:52:05.250 --> 00:52:08.220
  • Kierkegaard, or earlier Kierkegaard said, and that is
  • 00:52:08.230 --> 00:52:11.120
  • that it's this fear, this dread that many of us carry
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  • of annihilation, of just not existing, of death.
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  • It was interesting because in his thing he says that what's
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  • happening in society is people are putting together these grand
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  • hero stories about themselves or about their group.
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  • And he calls these things "immortality projects," that if
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  • I can be a part of something heroic, or something grand,
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  • or meaningful, then my death will have meaning and actually
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  • my life will sort of carry on after I'm gone in my memory.
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  • The Romans really endorsed this a lot.
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  • Caesar, you know, would say things like this,
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  • "You live forever as long as people remember your name"
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  • kind of a thing.
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  • And Becker actually believed that this was at the source
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  • of society's greatest conflicts.
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  • We're two immortality projects colliding with one another,
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  • so much so that people are willing to kill over it.
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  • And so, he claimed that it was actually our fear of death
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  • leading to immortality projects that caused wars, bigotry,
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  • genocide, racism, et cetera; that this was really
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  • at the heart of all these things.
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  • And then he goes on to say that this dread is something that
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  • many of us forget that we have, that we carry it unconsciously.
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  • And he says Freud was wrong, and you know who he says is right?
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  • You may not know this name.
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  • You probably don't, but he says Soren Kierkegaard,
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  • Kierkegaard was right.
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  • Now, Kierkegaard is one of my favorite thinkers and writers,
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  • and he's kind of like the philosophical version
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  • of Rembrandt who we had last week, a lot of dark,
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  • a lot of light.
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  • Kierkegaard was the same way.
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  • He was a Danish philosopher and theologian
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  • and a deep thinking Christian man.
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  • And Kierkegaard proposed the same thing.
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  • He said, "I opened my eyes and I saw society as it was,
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  • and I laughed."
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  • And he's saying that cynically.
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  • He's saying, you know, he was a wealthy man and by his 20s,
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  • he had seven siblings, six of them had died.
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  • He was just surrounded by death and trial.
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  • He himself struggled with health problems.
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  • And as he looked around, he just said, like,
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  • "This Danish state church, this is a joke.
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  • And all of your rights are a joke, and all of your clergy
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  • is a joke, and all of this is fake."
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  • It keeps getting darker.
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  • He's like, "Society is laughable, and all of your
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  • pretense is laughable, and everything I look at, all these
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  • institutions and everything."
  • 00:54:43.170 --> 00:54:45.050
  • So, he has this really dark, dark, nihilistic,
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  • postmodern-sounding language about his whole world.
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  • And he says, "What you're all trying to do is make your life
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  • valuable because of your angst, your fear of death, when deep
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  • down inside you know none of it has any meaning at all, right?
  • 00:55:01.160 --> 00:55:05.080
  • So, it sounds like Nietzsche or Sartre
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  • or Derrida or something.
  • 00:55:07.250 --> 00:55:09.090
  • And all of these guys love Kierkegaard until he gets
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  • to the solution, and what's his solution?
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  • It's Jesus Christ.
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  • He tells everybody, "None of this matters.
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  • The only thing that matters is Jesus Christ.
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  • Run to God. Know God.
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  • Abide in God.
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  • These institutions won't do it. These books won't do it.
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  • These meetings won't do it. None of this will do it.
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  • There's only one thing that will do it and it's the man himself,
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  • Jesus Christ, with you.
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  • Only he can take away your angst, your fear.
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  • Only he can give you life."
  • 00:55:39.290 --> 00:55:43.000
  • And of course, Sartre and Derrida, they like
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  • the old stuff but they don't like the solution, do they?
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  • They don't like the message.
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  • And yet he's the one who coined this phrase, Kierkegaard,
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  • "Take a leap of faith."
  • 00:55:51.090 --> 00:55:53.050
  • Take a leap of faith, just as you were jumping into the water.
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  • You can't read about water if you wanna swim.
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  • You have to jump in.
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  • You might say, "What if I drown?"
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  • Well, I'll tell you, Christ is jumping with you.
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  • So, maybe you're here today and you're afraid.
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  • I wanna tell you that Kierkegaard is right.
  • 00:56:08.060 --> 00:56:10.060
  • Ernest Becker actually said, "Kierkegaard is right,
  • 00:56:10.070 --> 00:56:13.050
  • but I just can't believe in God."
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  • It's actually very sad.
  • 00:56:15.140 --> 00:56:17.140
  • Later on in life, Ernest Becker would go on to have a number
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  • of exchanges with actually a youth pastor through letters,
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  • and through that before his death of colon cancer,
  • 00:56:25.050 --> 00:56:27.230
  • he himself came to-- kind of returned to faith
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  • in his Jewish Orthodox roots, which is saying something.
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  • But all this to say, I think Kierkegaard is right.
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  • I don't think Kierkegaard is the first or the last person
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  • to say it.
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  • I think David said it, I think Moses said it,
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  • and that is that we need the presence of the Lord.
  • 00:56:44.240 --> 00:56:47.080
  • And so, I would encourage you that God wants to meet you in
  • 00:56:47.090 --> 00:56:50.150
  • your own tent, whatever that is.
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  • He wants to meet you in a prayer closet, or in a private place,
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  • in your car, in the shower, wherever it is.
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  • God is willing to meet you there.
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  • And I think all of us as believers, if we wanna be free
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  • from this angst of death, free of this angst about what happens
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  • if this happens or that, if we want true serenity of mind,
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  • we need to know and be confirmed in our hearts that God
  • 00:57:09.200 --> 00:57:13.120
  • is with us, that he's a part of us, and we need a true
  • 00:57:13.130 --> 00:57:16.010
  • experience of God's life.
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  • So, he's waiting for us. He's waiting to see you.
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  • He wants to hear from you. He's not angry at you.
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  • He's forgiven you.
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  • And so, I say what Kierkegaard says,
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  • "Run to Jesus Christ and you'll be saved."
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  • So, Father, we pray to you.
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  • And many of us are saying,
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  • "Lord, we've never had a deep encounter with you."
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  • Lord, I thank you that we can.
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  • And I pray, Father, that if there's someone in this room,
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  • or on television, or online who's watching now,
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  • and they want that, they want that tent experience with you,
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  • if you're in that room, just in your own heart
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  • ask for it from the Lord.
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  • Lord, I'm asking for it. We all are.
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  • And we thank you, Lord, that you wanna meet us,
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  • and we ask that you would.
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  • It's in Jesus's name we pray, amen.
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