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Our Mission in the Moment

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July 19, 2020
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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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 likeflow'rs before you ♪
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  • ♪ op'ning to the sun above ♪
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  • ♪ Melt the cloudsof sin and sadness ♪
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  • ♪ drive the darkof 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 isthe day the Lord has made,
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  • We will rejoiceand 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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  • Thank you for joining us.
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  • You know, COVID and the state ofour world creates a lot of
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  • unrest, and today I felt like Iwas supposed to pray for those
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  • of you who are not just dealingwith the state of our world, but
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  • also have some other majorcrisis, maybe more than one
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  • other major crisis piling on topof each other.
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  • I know that you are carrying avery heavy load, so can I pray
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  • for you right now?
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  • Lord Jesus, we come before youand we ask that you would heal
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  • our world.
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  • Bring peace to our world.
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  • Lord, forgive us of our sins.
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  • Lord, we turn our eyes to you,the one true and only
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  • living God.
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  • And right now, I pray for all ofthose who can hear my voice who
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  • are dealing with multiple layersof hardship.
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  • Lord, I pray in this very momentthat you would begin to redeem
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  • their tragedy, Lord.
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  • I pray that you would begin toredeem the hardship that they
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  • are facing.
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  • Holy Spirit, come.
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  • Holy Spirit, we are hungryfor you.
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  • And in your powerful and holyname we pray, amen.
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  • Would you turn around to theperson next to you, and shake
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  • their hand, and say, "Godloves you and so do I."
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  • male announcer: For 50 years,"Hour of Power" has been sharing
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  • the good news of God's lovearound the world and empowering
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  • others to do the same.
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  • To celebrate every minute of theLord's faithfulness in this
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  • milestone year, our team hascreated a special gift that we
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  • hope will remind you of hisgoodness and our gratitude.
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  • a premium local roaster inOrange County, and a reprint
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  • of Dr. Robert Schuller'smini devotional book,
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  • "God's Minute III:365 Daily Affirmationsfor Positive Prayer."
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  • Bobby Schuller: As a faithfulfriend and supporter of the
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  • "Hour of Power," you have comealongside us in a difficult time
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  • and infused fresh hope.
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  • While July and August aretraditionally challenging for us
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  • as a ministry, this year thesummer slump is hitting us
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  • especially hard.
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  • With the lingering effectsof the COVID-19 crisis,
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  • we're desperately in needof financial support.
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  • Because I know you understandthe importance of our mission,
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  • I'm asking for your help today.
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  • Thank you for your continuedprayer and generosity.
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  • And remember as always,God loves you and so do we.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • Hannah Schuller: In preparationfor the message, John 20:19.
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  • "On the evening of that firstday of the week, when the
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  • disciples were together, withthe doors locked for fear of the
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  • Jewish leaders, Jesus came andstood among them and said,
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  • 'Peace be with you!'
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  • After he said this, he showedthem his hands and his side.
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  • The disciples were overjoyedwhen they saw the Lord.
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  • Again, Jesus said,'Peace be with you!
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  • As the Father has sent me,I am sending you,'" amen.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪ Let there be peaceon earth ♪
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  • ♪ and let it beginwith me. ♪
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  • ♪ Let there be peaceon earth, ♪
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  • ♪ the peace thatwas meant to be. ♪
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  • ♪ With Godas our Father, ♪
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  • ♪ we are family. ♪
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  • ♪ Let us walkwith each other ♪
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  • ♪ in perfect harmony. ♪
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  • ♪ Let peace beginwith me. ♪
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  • ♪ Let this bethe moment now. ♪
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  • ♪ With every step I take,let this be my solemn vow. ♪
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  • ♪ To take each momentand live each moment ♪
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  • ♪ in peace eternally. ♪
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  • ♪ Let there be peaceon earth ♪
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  • ♪ and let it beginwith me. ♪
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  • ♪ And let it begin ♪
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  • ♪ with me. ♪
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  • ♪ Amen. ♪♪
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  • [drum music]
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  • male announcer: Ryan Stevensonis a Dove award-winning singer
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  • and songwriter.
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  • Prior to launching his career asa professional musician, he
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  • spent eight yearsas a paramedic.
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  • He drew upon his experience inthat season of his life when
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  • he wrote his hit single,"Eye of the Storm,"
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  • which won a Dove award in 2017.
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  • It also became the title for hisnew book, which chronicles the
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  • events of his life and how hisfaith was formed through them.
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  • Please welcome Ryan Stevenson.
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  • Bobby Schuller: Well, a lot ofpeople know your music, but a
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  • lot of people may not know whatinspired your music.
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  • I mean, we can start there.
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  • I'd love for people to hearyour story.
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  • Ryan Stevenson: Sure, I mean,you know, I'm just a country kid
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  • from the valleyin southern Oregon.
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  • I grew up in an agricultural,tiny farming town, about
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  • 250 people.
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  • And but I got a guitar for agraduation present from
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  • high school.
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  • I'm really more of a drummer.
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  • I started playing drums in thethird grade, but you know, I
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  • started playing guitar and Ilearned how to just sing.
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  • And I loved just learning towrite songs and I just did that
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  • for years, and years, and years,led worship.
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  • You know, I was raised in thechurch so I learned how to,
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  • like, play little worship songsand then that just grew to the
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  • point where I just, you know,I just developed such a love
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  • and a passion for music andcommunicating messages.
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  • Then I ended up working as aparamedic for almost nine years,
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  • and so I took-- really, the Lordreally used that season of my
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  • life to just teach me a lotabout people, and just a lot
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  • about human beings, and the factthat we're all just fragile and
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  • we're all in need of a Savior.
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  • And I took those experiences asa paramedic and just started
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  • using that life experienceand sensitivity for people
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  • to write music.
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  • And so that's justkind of me in a nutshell.
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  • What you see is what you get.
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  • Bobby Schuller: I love that youhave the experience of, like, on
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  • the one hand being a worshipleader, praising and stuff, but
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  • as a paramedic, I imagine it's--first responders are going to
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  • see the worst thing.
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  • I'm sure if you made a list ofthe top ten worst things you've
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  • ever seen, we would probably beshocked at some of the trauma
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  • that you've witnessed or evenhad to personally deal with.
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  • But in the same time, I imaginethat stretching, that suffering
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  • that you witness and experienceprobably helped forge a lot of
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  • your great music, right?
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  • Ryan Stevenson: Yeah,absolutely.
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  • I mean, you can't witness peopleat their worst, you can't bear
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  • witness to tragic, life-alteringevents and people's great loss
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  • and great sadness,and you can't see that stuff
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  • and it not affect you.
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  • And it woke me up reallyquickly, and it grew me up
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  • overnight, and it just--it shifted and changed
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  • my perspective so quickly.
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  • I mean, it just weeded out anyentitlement in me whatsoever and
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  • I just saw very quickly thatwe're all just people
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  • and we need hope.
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  • Bobby Schuller:Yeah, that's right.
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  • We're about to do something,like, that's pretty new for us
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  • here at the church.
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  • You're gonna sing a songactually, like, in your--
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  • at your house, right?
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  • And the song you're going to dois called "Eye of the Storm,"
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  • and how did you get to that?
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  • Is that from-- that's from yourparamedic experience, isn't it?
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  • Ryan Stevenson:Yeah, absolutely.
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  • You know, everythingthat you hear in the song,
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  • "Eye of the Storm," is a directrepresentation from something
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  • that was either going on in mylife personally or in the lives
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  • of my dearest, close friends.
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  • You know, and we were just kindof-- when I was writing that
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  • song, just looking over my lifeand things that, you know, a lot
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  • of my community was goingthrough.
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  • I just really wanted to talkabout those things, whether it
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  • be job loss, drug addiction,loss of children, loss of,
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  • you know, loss of a child,loss of my mother.
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  • Whatever it was, I just-- Iwanted to actually address
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  • things that people were actuallygoing through, that we are
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  • dealing with as people, and thenalways point people to the
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  • Hope-Giver, to the Comforter,and the Healer, which is Jesus.
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  • Bobby Schuller: And that's yournew book, also same as the song,
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  • "Eye of the Storm," right?
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  • And this is-- who did you--I love it when someone like you
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  • who, you've been in ministry,but you've also had this real
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  • tangible kind of first responderexperience, can bring those two
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  • worlds together, and you reallydo that in your book.
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  • Who are you-- who do you wantto read this book?
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  • Like, who's your audience whenyou're thinkin', like, this is
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  • the person that would be perfectfor this kind of book?
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  • Ryan Stevenson: Just somebodywho I think is questioning,
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  • somebody maybe who is in themundane chapter of their life,
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  • who feels likethey're going nowhere.
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  • Because that was that was me.
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  • I felt like for a long time itwas just this roller coaster of
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  • mundane heartache.
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  • Bobby Schuller: A lot of peopleare doing tons of soul searching
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  • during this, you know, beinglocked down.
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  • Some people are losingeverything, but most people it
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  • seems like are just kind of,like bored for too long and I
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  • think it's hard.
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  • Like I noticed, you know, forme, getting a lot of stuff done,
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  • especially early on, was justhard to do.
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  • Like, stuff that normally wouldhave been pretty easy, a lot of
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  • normal tasks are feeling justlike I don't have the energy.
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  • And I think a lot of people areexperiencing some of the
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  • symptoms of depression or likedepressive stuff that maybe
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  • they've never felt before.
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  • And for people that are at homethat are just feeling that way,
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  • what-- do you have advice forsomeone like that?
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  • I mean, you said you're writingfor people that feel like
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  • they're in the mundane, rotekind of like-- what do you say
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  • to someone who's feeling thatway in their faith?
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  • And just, they're tryin' to prayand, like, have quiet times
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  • during this time, but theydon't feel anything.
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  • It's like, you know what I mean?
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  • I think a lot of people arehaving that type of experience.
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  • Ryan Stevenson: Absolutely, andyou know, I've had some of
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  • that myself.
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  • And I guess what I've beentrying to remind myself, one,
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  • is that I need to stoprelying on my feelings.
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  • My feelings you're gonna lead meastray pretty quick.
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  • And two, Colossians 2 says thatwe need to fix our minds on the
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  • things of heaven and not thethings of earth.
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  • And I've read that Scripture amillion times, but this last
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  • season, it has really becomesuch a pivotal anthem in my life
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  • right now of, okay, if I'm animage-bearer of Jesus, if I
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  • say-- if I am a Christian and Iknow that the realities of
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  • heaven is my ultimate goal anddestination.
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  • You know, the biggestcommandment in the Bible is,
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  • "Do not fear," so I'm justsaying that to myself
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  • and everybody as muchas I get the chance.
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  • Do not fear.
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  • God is overseeing the processand the details of our life,
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  • and we can trust himwith those things.
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  • Bobby Schuller: Amen.
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  • It's a good word,and the book is good.
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  • It's called "Eye of the Storm."
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  • For those of you who arewatching at home, I really want
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  • to recommend that you get Ryan'snew book, "Eye of the Storm."
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  • Ryan, thank you so much for allof this.
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  • We're ready to hear you sing andwe're excited to have you lead
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  • us in worship in this bizarre,virtual world.
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  • Any final words you want to sendout to those who are listening
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  • today, just sending us home?
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  • Ryan Stevenson: Man,just hang in there.
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  • God's got it.He's got us.
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  • He's a good, good Father.
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  • Bobby Schuller: Amen.Ryan, we love you.
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  • Thank you so much.God bless you, brother.
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  • Ryan Stevenson: Thank you, guys.Blessings.
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  • ♪ In the eye of the storm,you remain in control. ♪
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  • ♪ In the middle of the war,you guard my soul. ♪
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  • ♪ 'Cause you aloneare the anchor ♪
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  • ♪ when my sails are torn. ♪
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  • ♪ Your love surrounds mein the eye of the storm. ♪
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  • ♪ When the solid ground ♪
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  • ♪ is falling out fromunderneath my feet, ♪
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  • ♪ between the black skiesand my red eyes, ♪
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  • ♪ I can barely see. ♪
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  • ♪ And when I'm feelinglike I've been let down ♪
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  • ♪ by my friendsand my family, ♪
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  • ♪ I can hear the rainreminding me ♪
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  • ♪ that in the eye of the storm,you remain in control. ♪
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  • ♪ In the middle of the war,you guard my soul. ♪
  • 00:21:25.267 --> 00:21:31.006
  • ♪ 'Cause you aloneare the anchor ♪
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  • ♪ when my sails are torn. ♪
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  • ♪ Your love surrounds mein the eye of the storm. ♪
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  • ♪ When my hopes and dreamsare far from me ♪
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  • ♪ and I'm runningout of faith, ♪
  • 00:21:50.225 --> 00:21:53.095
  • ♪ I see the future I picturedslowly fade away. ♪
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  • ♪ When the tears of painand heartache ♪
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  • ♪ come pouring downmy face, ♪
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  • ♪ yes, I find my peacein Jesus's name. ♪
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  • ♪ In the eye of the storm,you remain in control. ♪
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  • ♪ In the middle of the war,you guard my soul. ♪
  • 00:22:16.084 --> 00:22:21.523
  • ♪ 'Cause you aloneare the anchor ♪
  • 00:22:21.556 --> 00:22:24.693
  • ♪ when my sails are torn. ♪
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  • ♪ Your love surrounds mein the eye of the storm. ♪
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  • ♪ Yeah, yeah. ♪
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  • ♪ Ooh, ooh. ♪
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  • ♪ In the eye of the storm. ♪
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  • ♪ Ooh, ooh. ♪
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  • ♪ I know you'rewatching me. ♪
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  • ♪ Ooh, ooh. ♪
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  • ♪ In the eyeof the storm, oh. ♪
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  • ♪ Well, when they let me goand I just don't know ♪
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  • ♪ how I'm gonna makeends meet. ♪
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  • ♪ I did my best and nowI'm scared to death ♪
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  • ♪ we might lose everything. ♪
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  • ♪ And when the sicknesstakes my child away ♪
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  • ♪ and there's nothing I can do,my only hope is to trust you. ♪
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  • ♪ Do you trust him? ♪
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  • ♪ I trust you, Lord. ♪
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  • ♪ In the eye of the storm,you remain in control. ♪
  • 00:23:24.019 --> 00:23:29.758
  • ♪ In the middle of the war,you guard my soul. ♪
  • 00:23:29.791 --> 00:23:35.130
  • ♪ 'Cause you aloneare the anchor ♪
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  • ♪ when my sails are torn. ♪
  • 00:23:38.667 --> 00:23:41.470
  • ♪ Your love surrounds mein the eye of the storm. ♪
  • 00:23:41.503 --> 00:23:45.974
  • ♪ Sing it out. ♪
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  • ♪ You remain in control. ♪
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  • ♪ In the middle of the war,you guard my soul. ♪
  • 00:23:50.212 --> 00:23:53.048
  • ♪ 'Cause you aloneare the anchor ♪
  • 00:23:53.081 --> 00:23:58.820
  • ♪ when my sails are torn. ♪
  • 00:23:58.854 --> 00:24:01.790
  • ♪ Your love surrounds mein the eye of the storm. ♪
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  • ♪ Yeah, your love surrounds mein the eye of the storm. ♪♪
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  • While July and August aretraditionally challenging for us
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  • as a ministry, this year thesummer slump is hitting us
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪ A restless generation, ♪
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  • ♪ we're turningover every stone ♪
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  • ♪ and we're hopingto find salvation ♪
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  • ♪ in a world that'sleft us cold. ♪
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  • ♪ But can we get backto the altar, ♪
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  • ♪ back to the armsof our first love? ♪
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  • ♪ There's only one wayto the Father ♪
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  • ♪ and he's calling out to us. ♪
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  • ♪ To the captive,it looks like freedom. ♪
  • 00:26:34.843 --> 00:26:37.879
  • ♪ To the orphan,it feels like home. ♪
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  • ♪ To the skeptic,it might sound crazy ♪
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  • ♪ to believe ina God who loves. ♪
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  • ♪ In a world whereour hearts are breaking ♪
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  • ♪ and we're lost inthe mess we made, ♪
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  • ♪ like a blinding lightin the dead of night, ♪
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  • ♪ it's the gospel, ♪
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  • ♪ the gospel thatmakes a way. ♪
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  • ♪ Yeah, it's the gospelthat makes a way, yeah. ♪
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  • ♪ It's the gospelthat makes a way. ♪
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  • ♪ Ooh, ooh. ♪
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  • ♪ Yeah, yeah. ♪
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  • ♪ In my own life,it means forgiveness ♪
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  • ♪ when I knowI deserve the fall. ♪
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  • ♪ You called meout of my darkness ♪
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  • ♪ and carried meto the cross. ♪
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  • ♪ In a moment,my eyes were opened. ♪
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  • ♪ In that moment,my heart was changed. ♪
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  • ♪ Like a blinding lightin the dead of night, ♪
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  • ♪ it's the gospel. ♪
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  • ♪ To the captive,it looks like freedom. ♪
  • 00:27:48.049 --> 00:27:51.519
  • ♪ To the orphan,it feels like home. ♪
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  • ♪ To the skeptic,it might sound crazy ♪
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  • ♪ to believe in a Godwho loves. ♪
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  • ♪ In a world whereour hearts are breaking ♪
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  • ♪ and we're lost inthe mess we made, ♪
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  • ♪ like a blinding lightin the dead of night, ♪
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  • ♪ it's the gospel, ♪
  • 00:28:09.337 --> 00:28:11.339
  • ♪ the gospelthat makes a way. ♪
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  • ♪ Yeah, it's the gospelthat makes a way. ♪
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  • ♪ It's the gospel, the gospelthat makes a way. ♪♪
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  • Hallelujah, amen.
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  • Bobby Schuller: For those of youwho are at home or those of you
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  • here in the church, would youstand with me?
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  • We're gonna say this creed thatwe say every single week.
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  • Hold your hands out like this aswe receive these words from
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  • the Lord.
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  • I'm not what I do.
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  • I'm not what I have.
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  • I'm not what peoplesay about me.
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  • I am the beloved of God.
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  • It's who I am.
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  • No one can take it from me.
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  • I don't have to worry.
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  • I don't have to hurry.
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  • I can trust my friend Jesus andshare his love with the world.
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  • Thanks, you can be seated.
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  • Well, we are so excited to haveEd Stetzer in the house,
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  • my good friend.
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  • Ed is-- he's not only a pastor,but he's a
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  • world-renowned author.
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  • His writings can be found in"Christianity Today" and
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  • "Outreach Magazine," andmultiple other media outlets.
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  • He's involved in ministry thatspans incredible organizations,
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  • including being the director ofthe Billy Graham Center.
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  • And actually.
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  • Ed just finished, I think lastSunday, his interim pastoring
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  • of Moody Church indowntown Chicago.
  • 00:29:36.057 --> 00:29:38.593
  • His interim was supposedto be six months.
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  • It ended up being four years.
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  • It's finally over and he's hereto preach his first non-interim
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  • pastor sermon hopefully.
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  • Please welcome with meour dear friend, Ed Stetzer.
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  • And I'd hug you,but we can't, man.
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  • Ed Stetzer: Well, it is so goodto be here and good to be with
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  • the Shepherd's Grove family.
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  • And Bobby and Hannah, thanks somuch for having me as well, and
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  • so glad to be here with you.
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  • We want to talk today about whatit means to be in this moment
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  • and how it relatesto our mission.
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  • And the reality is the momentwe're in does not pause the
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  • mission that we're on, and I'mgoing to talk about both the
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  • moment and the mission as welook at John chapter 20,
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  • beginning at verse 19.
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  • Now, the passage here walks usthrough an encounter on a Sunday
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  • night where Jesus appears.
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  • Let me just read it.
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  • It says this.
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  • It says, "On the evening of thatfirst day of the week, the
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  • disciples were gatheredtogether, with doors locked
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  • because of their fear of theJewish leaders, and Jesus came
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  • and stood among them."
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  • I don't want youto miss this, right?
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  • "Jesus came and stood among themand said, 'Peace be with you!'
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  • After he showed them his handsand his side, the disciples
  • 00:30:45.660 --> 00:30:49.097
  • rejoiced-- were overjoyedwhen they saw the Lord.
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  • Again Jesus said,'Peace be with you!
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  • As the father has sent me, I amsending you.'".
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  • It's a short passage, butcontained in there is powerful
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  • truths that will speak to us,our situation, our lives today,
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  • because the moment we're in doesnot pause the mission we are on.
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  • There are four things I want todraw from this passage today
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  • that I hope might speakencouragement to your life,
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  • might speak truth into oursituation, and might minister in
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  • this global moment we're walkingthrough together.
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  • The first thingI want you to see,
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  • I want to use the word always.
  • 00:31:27.602 --> 00:31:28.937
  • Well, always,more than once.
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  • These are totalizingstatements.
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  • Speaking of these thingsare always true.
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  • And number one, fear is alwaysthe opposite of faith.
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  • For the follower of Christ, fearis always the opposite of faith.
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  • And we see the fearof the disciples.
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  • Now, maybe we can havesome appreciation
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  • for their situation.
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  • They perhaps by now had heardthat Jesus had risen
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  • from the dead.
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  • They heard from whatthe Bible calls the women,
  • 00:31:56.564 --> 00:31:58.533
  • but maybe they weren't sure.
  • 00:31:58.566 --> 00:31:59.867
  • Maybe some werestill questioning.
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  • So then they're hiding.
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  • It actually says this, "On theevening of the first day of the
  • 00:32:03.938 --> 00:32:08.042
  • week, when disciples weretogether," so it's Sunday.
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  • First day week is a Sunday.
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  • Sunday night, "The doorswere locked for fear."
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  • Now, don't miss that.
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  • The doors were locked for fear.
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  • Two thousand years later,there's people all over the
  • 00:32:18.786 --> 00:32:21.723
  • world who are afraid.
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  • Now again, I'm not talking aboutthe rightful caution and the
  • 00:32:23.691 --> 00:32:25.927
  • appropriate response to thecrisis, but there are some
  • 00:32:25.960 --> 00:32:28.329
  • people who fearhas gripped them.
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  • And sometimes it'sbecause of the virus,
  • 00:32:30.999 --> 00:32:33.167
  • the circumstances around that.
  • 00:32:33.201 --> 00:32:34.836
  • Sometimes it's becauseof economic.
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  • Sometimes because, I mean,let's be honest,
  • 00:32:36.404 --> 00:32:38.573
  • the stress this hasplaced on all of us
  • 00:32:38.606 --> 00:32:40.508
  • has been tremendousand ongoing.
  • 00:32:40.541 --> 00:32:43.544
  • Now, we might find ourselvesbehind closed doors, sometimes
  • 00:32:43.578 --> 00:32:46.647
  • because of the directiveand sometimes
  • 00:32:46.681 --> 00:32:49.050
  • because of the health of ourneighbors, we're distancing,
  • 00:32:49.083 --> 00:32:52.754
  • social distancing they call it.
  • 00:32:52.787 --> 00:32:54.088
  • I like to call itphysical distancing,
  • 00:32:54.122 --> 00:32:55.957
  • 'cause we needeach other socially.
  • 00:32:55.990 --> 00:32:57.291
  • But 2.000 years later, so manyoften behind closed doors.
  • 00:32:57.325 --> 00:33:00.461
  • In this case, they're afraid ofbeing arrested by the Jewish
  • 00:33:00.495 --> 00:33:03.164
  • leaders, who were at this pointlooking for them
  • 00:33:03.197 --> 00:33:07.568
  • and they were hiding.
  • 00:33:07.602 --> 00:33:08.903
  • I mean, that's whatthey were doing.
  • 00:33:08.936 --> 00:33:10.271
  • That's not a secret.
  • 00:33:10.304 --> 00:33:11.606
  • That's what it was.
  • 00:33:11.639 --> 00:33:12.974
  • And I think that moments likethese 2.000 years ago and
  • 00:33:13.007 --> 00:33:15.610
  • moments like ours 2.000 yearslater today kinda reveal part
  • 00:33:15.643 --> 00:33:20.882
  • of who we are as Christians.
  • 00:33:20.915 --> 00:33:23.551
  • So early on in the pandemic, Iwrote an article for a newspaper
  • 00:33:23.584 --> 00:33:27.188
  • called "USA Today," andin that article I wrote--
  • 00:33:27.221 --> 00:33:31.025
  • the title was real simple.
  • 00:33:31.059 --> 00:33:32.860
  • It was about masks.
  • 00:33:32.894 --> 00:33:34.228
  • It was about, "The MasksAre Comin' Down."
  • 00:33:34.262 --> 00:33:35.563
  • Let me just share, if you don'tmind, just a little bit of it.
  • 00:33:35.596 --> 00:33:37.465
  • It says, "Everyone's looking formasks," I wrote back then,
  • 00:33:37.498 --> 00:33:41.669
  • "even though medicalprofessionals tell us not to."
  • 00:33:41.702 --> 00:33:43.671
  • How times have changed sincethat was written.
  • 00:33:43.704 --> 00:33:45.973
  • "Maybe it helps us to feel lesshelpless, but masks have
  • 00:33:46.007 --> 00:33:48.876
  • another purpose.
  • 00:33:48.910 --> 00:33:50.244
  • We think of them as things tocover who we are, to hide or
  • 00:33:50.278 --> 00:33:53.481
  • disguise what we really value.
  • 00:33:53.514 --> 00:33:54.816
  • I think this virus will take offsome masks and reveal our
  • 00:33:54.849 --> 00:33:58.853
  • true selves."
  • 00:33:58.886 --> 00:34:00.188
  • Let me be clear, that was thefocus of my article.
  • 00:34:00.221 --> 00:34:01.689
  • No other debate, no otherdiscussion about masks.
  • 00:34:01.722 --> 00:34:04.292
  • My article says this, "And Ithink a whole lot of masks are
  • 00:34:04.325 --> 00:34:07.728
  • about to come down."
  • 00:34:07.762 --> 00:34:09.063
  • When we see the situation we'rein, we see the moment we're in,
  • 00:34:09.097 --> 00:34:14.302
  • it doesn't pausethe mission we're on.
  • 00:34:14.335 --> 00:34:16.871
  • And fear sometimes keeps us fromjoining Jesus on mission in
  • 00:34:16.904 --> 00:34:21.042
  • tumultuous and difficult times.
  • 00:34:21.075 --> 00:34:23.644
  • So we start with number one onour outline, is fear is always
  • 00:34:23.678 --> 00:34:27.148
  • the opposite of faith.
  • 00:34:27.181 --> 00:34:28.483
  • Over and over through the Bible,when Angels appear, "Fear not."
  • 00:34:28.516 --> 00:34:30.852
  • We're consistently commanded,"Fear not."
  • 00:34:30.885 --> 00:34:33.521
  • And the reason we're commandedover, and over, and over again
  • 00:34:33.554 --> 00:34:37.425
  • to fear not is that sometimesthat's our first response and
  • 00:34:37.458 --> 00:34:40.728
  • sometimes it's our subsequentresponse when Jesus calls us to
  • 00:34:40.761 --> 00:34:44.465
  • a different way.
  • 00:34:44.499 --> 00:34:45.800
  • The disciples were behind closeddoors 2.000 years ago for fear.
  • 00:34:45.833 --> 00:34:49.370
  • Two thousand years later,fear is still and always
  • 00:34:49.403 --> 00:34:53.708
  • the opposite of faith.
  • 00:34:53.741 --> 00:34:55.543
  • So number one, fear isthe opposite of faith.
  • 00:34:55.576 --> 00:34:56.911
  • The big picture, the momentwe're in does not pause the
  • 00:34:56.944 --> 00:34:59.580
  • mission we're on.
  • 00:34:59.614 --> 00:35:00.915
  • Number two on our outline ispeace is always the
  • 00:35:00.948 --> 00:35:04.018
  • Christian response.
  • 00:35:04.051 --> 00:35:06.454
  • Now, it's interesting becauseJesus says something twice here.
  • 00:35:06.487 --> 00:35:10.124
  • Let's look at it.
  • 00:35:10.158 --> 00:35:11.492
  • It says, "Jesus came and stoodamong them and said,
  • 00:35:11.526 --> 00:35:16.430
  • 'Peace be with you!'".
  • 00:35:16.464 --> 00:35:17.798
  • Now, let me just say to you,if Jesus says something once,
  • 00:35:17.832 --> 00:35:21.035
  • you should be paying fulland complete
  • 00:35:21.068 --> 00:35:22.537
  • and undivided attention.
  • 00:35:22.570 --> 00:35:24.071
  • If Jesus says, "Repent, for thekingdom of heaven is at hand,"
  • 00:35:24.105 --> 00:35:27.475
  • if Jesus says, "Follow me andI'll make you fish for people,"
  • 00:35:27.508 --> 00:35:30.077
  • whatever Jesus says, we want tosay, "I'm all in."
  • 00:35:30.111 --> 00:35:33.548
  • But he doesn't say it once here.
  • 00:35:33.581 --> 00:35:34.882
  • I'm reading from the passagein verse 19.
  • 00:35:34.916 --> 00:35:38.352
  • It says, "Jesus came and stoodamong them and said,
  • 00:35:38.386 --> 00:35:41.055
  • 'Peace be with you!'".
  • 00:35:41.088 --> 00:35:43.090
  • Right, it's right there, verse19, "Peace be with you."
  • 00:35:43.124 --> 00:35:44.458
  • But what I want you not to missis he says the same thing again
  • 00:35:44.492 --> 00:35:47.361
  • in verse 21.
  • 00:35:47.395 --> 00:35:48.729
  • We'll get to that in a minute.
  • 00:35:48.763 --> 00:35:50.064
  • He says, "Peace bewith you," twice.
  • 00:35:50.097 --> 00:35:52.300
  • Something in between thatchanges everything that makes
  • 00:35:52.333 --> 00:35:54.535
  • that peace possible.
  • 00:35:54.569 --> 00:35:55.870
  • "Jesus came and stood among themand said, 'Peace be with you.'".
  • 00:35:55.903 --> 00:35:59.807
  • He comes to a people who arebehind closed doors.
  • 00:35:59.840 --> 00:36:02.410
  • There's something differentabout his body.
  • 00:36:02.443 --> 00:36:04.378
  • It's a physical, bodilyresurrection.
  • 00:36:04.412 --> 00:36:06.280
  • It's the basis of the faith inthe gospel that we preach,
  • 00:36:06.314 --> 00:36:09.550
  • but there's still somethingdifferent because he appears
  • 00:36:09.584 --> 00:36:12.386
  • behind those closed doors.
  • 00:36:12.420 --> 00:36:14.655
  • And he says to them, "Peace."
  • 00:36:14.689 --> 00:36:18.359
  • Now, mind you, this is a fearfulpeople, afraid of being caught
  • 00:36:18.392 --> 00:36:21.095
  • and prosecuted, and he says tothem, "Peace."
  • 00:36:21.128 --> 00:36:25.499
  • Now, here's the thing I want younot to miss.
  • 00:36:25.533 --> 00:36:28.236
  • There's a consistent teaching ofthe Scriptures that point us to
  • 00:36:28.269 --> 00:36:31.739
  • this reality that if you're inthe midst of a troubling time,
  • 00:36:31.772 --> 00:36:36.143
  • if you're in the midst of atumultuous time and you're a
  • 00:36:36.177 --> 00:36:38.746
  • follower of Jesus, you are notactually exempt from troubles,
  • 00:36:38.779 --> 00:36:44.352
  • but you have the presence ofJesus, the work of the Holy
  • 00:36:44.385 --> 00:36:48.522
  • Spirit in your life.
  • 00:36:48.556 --> 00:36:50.591
  • I don't know why all thedifficult things happen.
  • 00:36:50.625 --> 00:36:53.361
  • Neither do you.
  • 00:36:53.394 --> 00:36:54.729
  • Anyone who gets up and says,"Here's why all this bad things
  • 00:36:54.762 --> 00:36:56.597
  • happen," they don't know.
  • 00:36:56.631 --> 00:36:58.499
  • They're guessing.I don't know.
  • 00:36:58.532 --> 00:37:00.167
  • I mean, I know in a sense thatthe world's broken, right, that
  • 00:37:00.201 --> 00:37:02.803
  • the brokenness is all around us.
  • 00:37:02.837 --> 00:37:04.438
  • Jesus sends us into thatbrokenness to show
  • 00:37:04.472 --> 00:37:07.375
  • and share his love.
  • 00:37:07.408 --> 00:37:09.744
  • That's what we care so deeplyabout at the Wheaton College
  • 00:37:09.777 --> 00:37:11.245
  • Billy Graham Center is how do wehelp people show and share the
  • 00:37:11.279 --> 00:37:14.115
  • love of Jesus.
  • 00:37:14.148 --> 00:37:15.449
  • But in the midst of thebrokenness, the response of
  • 00:37:15.483 --> 00:37:18.586
  • Christians is noticed and shouldbe noticeable in our
  • 00:37:18.619 --> 00:37:23.958
  • lives, right?
  • 00:37:23.991 --> 00:37:25.459
  • This is a recurring teaching.
  • 00:37:25.493 --> 00:37:26.827
  • Look at the book of Philippians.
  • 00:37:26.861 --> 00:37:28.896
  • Paul the Apostle writes this inPhilippians chapter 4. Beginning
  • 00:37:28.929 --> 00:37:32.133
  • at verse 7, it says, "And thepeace of God, which transcends
  • 00:37:32.166 --> 00:37:36.771
  • all understanding--"don't miss this.
  • 00:37:36.804 --> 00:37:38.139
  • In other words, you won'tunderstand this.
  • 00:37:38.172 --> 00:37:40.074
  • It transcends understanding.
  • 00:37:40.107 --> 00:37:41.842
  • "And the peace of God, whichtranscends all understanding,
  • 00:37:41.876 --> 00:37:44.812
  • will guard your hearts and mindsin Christ Jesus."
  • 00:37:44.845 --> 00:37:47.548
  • And for some of us today, weneed the peace guarding our
  • 00:37:47.581 --> 00:37:51.852
  • troubled hearts.
  • 00:37:51.886 --> 00:37:54.322
  • And that comes when Jesus isreal, and evident, and present
  • 00:37:54.355 --> 00:37:58.092
  • in your life, when the HolySpirit's working, giving you a
  • 00:37:58.125 --> 00:38:00.728
  • peace that passes allunderstanding.
  • 00:38:00.761 --> 00:38:03.631
  • That's the kind of power thatworks in our life and gives us a
  • 00:38:03.664 --> 00:38:08.703
  • surprising peace.
  • 00:38:08.736 --> 00:38:10.705
  • It's interesting, Jesus actuallyrefers to himself as the one who
  • 00:38:10.738 --> 00:38:15.343
  • brings this peace.
  • 00:38:15.376 --> 00:38:16.711
  • It's not on your screen, but itsays, "Peace I leave with you,"
  • 00:38:16.744 --> 00:38:18.813
  • Jesus says, "My peace, not asthe world do I give."
  • 00:38:18.846 --> 00:38:22.249
  • So Jesus has the kind of peacethat the world can't offer.
  • 00:38:22.283 --> 00:38:25.519
  • And let me just tell you rightnow, I don't know your
  • 00:38:25.553 --> 00:38:28.356
  • circumstance or situation.
  • 00:38:28.389 --> 00:38:29.824
  • For some of you, you're walkingthrough this crisis
  • 00:38:29.857 --> 00:38:31.959
  • globally fine.
  • 00:38:31.992 --> 00:38:33.294
  • For others, it's been some ofthe most difficult times in
  • 00:38:33.327 --> 00:38:36.831
  • your life.
  • 00:38:36.864 --> 00:38:38.199
  • We know that sometimes those whoare already vulnerable or
  • 00:38:38.232 --> 00:38:40.568
  • already struggling get hurt themost in a global crisis.
  • 00:38:40.601 --> 00:38:43.871
  • You might say, "I don't knowwhat to think.
  • 00:38:43.904 --> 00:38:46.073
  • I don't know what to do."
  • 00:38:46.107 --> 00:38:47.441
  • And what I would say to you ispart of what you can rest in is
  • 00:38:47.475 --> 00:38:51.912
  • that this won't last.
  • 00:38:51.946 --> 00:38:54.482
  • Robert Schuller once said,"Tough times never last, but
  • 00:38:54.515 --> 00:38:57.818
  • tough people do."
  • 00:38:57.852 --> 00:38:59.153
  • But I would say that's both trueand I would add to that, Jesus
  • 00:38:59.186 --> 00:39:04.291
  • gives peace to people duringtough times if you know him.
  • 00:39:04.325 --> 00:39:10.331
  • And today, what I want toencourage you is to respond to
  • 00:39:11.665 --> 00:39:15.035
  • his work in your life.
  • 00:39:15.069 --> 00:39:16.370
  • If you're not a follower ofJesus, to receive by grace and
  • 00:39:16.404 --> 00:39:19.073
  • through faith the good news ofthat gospel.
  • 00:39:19.106 --> 00:39:21.409
  • You see, Jesus's people, hispeople, Jesus's people walk
  • 00:39:21.442 --> 00:39:25.146
  • through tough times with Jesus'spresence.
  • 00:39:25.179 --> 00:39:28.349
  • Jesus's people walk throughtough times with
  • 00:39:28.382 --> 00:39:31.752
  • Jesus's presence.
  • 00:39:31.786 --> 00:39:33.921
  • It seems that in much of theworld, that's not how a lot of
  • 00:39:33.954 --> 00:39:37.324
  • Christians even are responding.
  • 00:39:37.358 --> 00:39:38.659
  • A moment ago, I was talking thatmaybe if you're not a follower
  • 00:39:38.692 --> 00:39:41.295
  • of Jesus, but if you are afollower of Jesus, your life
  • 00:39:41.328 --> 00:39:43.864
  • should be marked by that peace.
  • 00:39:43.898 --> 00:39:46.734
  • Sometimes that's not what itlooks like.
  • 00:39:46.767 --> 00:39:48.502
  • Too many Christians are beingdiscipled by their cable
  • 00:39:48.536 --> 00:39:51.472
  • news choices.
  • 00:39:51.505 --> 00:39:52.807
  • They're being spiritually shapedby their social media feed.
  • 00:39:52.840 --> 00:39:54.842
  • And what it looks like fromtheir comments and commentary is
  • 00:39:54.875 --> 00:39:59.046
  • not peace that passes allunderstanding, but
  • 00:39:59.079 --> 00:40:02.750
  • something different.
  • 00:40:02.783 --> 00:40:04.084
  • When Jesus calls us to adifferent-- when he came and
  • 00:40:04.118 --> 00:40:06.353
  • said, "Peace be with you."
  • 00:40:06.387 --> 00:40:10.758
  • So in this age of outrage thatalready exists, we're Christians
  • 00:40:10.791 --> 00:40:15.196
  • and age of outrage, in this ageof outrage, may our lives not be
  • 00:40:15.229 --> 00:40:19.300
  • marked by joining into therancor and anger, but instead by
  • 00:40:19.333 --> 00:40:24.171
  • showing and sharing the love ofJesus that comes from a peace
  • 00:40:24.205 --> 00:40:27.141
  • that passes all understanding.
  • 00:40:27.174 --> 00:40:29.910
  • Don't miss the big picture.
  • 00:40:29.944 --> 00:40:31.245
  • Again, the moment we're in doesnot pause the mission we are on.
  • 00:40:31.278 --> 00:40:34.915
  • So peace is always the Christianresponse.
  • 00:40:34.949 --> 00:40:37.351
  • Let's go, number one, fear isalways the opposite of faith.
  • 00:40:37.384 --> 00:40:39.854
  • Number two, peace is always theChristian response.
  • 00:40:39.887 --> 00:40:42.623
  • Number three, the cross isalways our hope and
  • 00:40:42.656 --> 00:40:46.694
  • our motivation.
  • 00:40:46.727 --> 00:40:48.062
  • The cross is alwaysour hope and motivation.
  • 00:40:48.095 --> 00:40:52.433
  • I want you not to miss thisbecause we see this in
  • 00:40:52.466 --> 00:40:54.768
  • the passage.
  • 00:40:54.802 --> 00:40:56.103
  • It continues, and actually ifyou look in John 20, now we get
  • 00:40:56.136 --> 00:40:59.807
  • to verse 20, John 20:20, it saysthis, Jesus now being described,
  • 00:40:59.840 --> 00:41:05.846
  • it says, "After he said this,"Jesus had said these words,
  • 00:41:06.847 --> 00:41:09.783
  • "After he said this, he showedthem his hands and side.
  • 00:41:09.817 --> 00:41:14.455
  • The disciples were overjoyedwhen they saw the Lord."
  • 00:41:14.488 --> 00:41:16.724
  • I want to pause for just amoment, all right, because why
  • 00:41:16.757 --> 00:41:20.694
  • were the disciples not overjoyedwhen they saw the Lord period?
  • 00:41:20.728 --> 00:41:25.199
  • Why is there this phrase, "Afterhe said this"?
  • 00:41:25.232 --> 00:41:28.636
  • Jesus, back from the dead, saysto you, "Peace."
  • 00:41:28.669 --> 00:41:30.771
  • You're going to be like,"This is awesome.
  • 00:41:30.804 --> 00:41:32.540
  • I'm overjoyed."
  • 00:41:32.573 --> 00:41:33.874
  • But it says something happensin this little phrase.
  • 00:41:33.908 --> 00:41:36.443
  • It says, "After he said this,he showed them his hands
  • 00:41:36.477 --> 00:41:39.813
  • and his side.
  • 00:41:39.847 --> 00:41:41.148
  • The disciples were overjoyedwhen they saw the Lord."
  • 00:41:41.181 --> 00:41:43.651
  • He showed them his handsand his side.
  • 00:41:43.684 --> 00:41:45.152
  • What might that be?
  • 00:41:45.185 --> 00:41:47.154
  • Well, we know his side is wherethe spear struck.
  • 00:41:47.187 --> 00:41:50.524
  • His hands are where the nailswent through.
  • 00:41:50.558 --> 00:41:53.360
  • The disciples were overjoyed.
  • 00:41:53.394 --> 00:41:55.629
  • There was disciples couldrespond with an overwhelming
  • 00:41:55.663 --> 00:41:59.366
  • pervasive sense of peace becauseJesus had died on the cross for
  • 00:41:59.400 --> 00:42:05.406
  • their sin and in our place.
  • 00:42:05.439 --> 00:42:08.042
  • Now, let me just say that thatfor us is the news that
  • 00:42:08.075 --> 00:42:11.111
  • changes everything.
  • 00:42:11.145 --> 00:42:12.446
  • That's why even now, the momentwe're in does not pause the
  • 00:42:12.479 --> 00:42:14.949
  • mission we're on.
  • 00:42:14.982 --> 00:42:16.317
  • Because here's what I know.
  • 00:42:16.350 --> 00:42:18.352
  • Here's what you can know as afollower of Jesus.
  • 00:42:18.385 --> 00:42:21.455
  • I can't promise that this isgonna all end fine for you.
  • 00:42:21.488 --> 00:42:25.659
  • I can't say with certainty thatyou won't go through harder
  • 00:42:25.693 --> 00:42:28.996
  • times that are still to come.
  • 00:42:29.029 --> 00:42:30.664
  • I can't say that your job isalways secure.
  • 00:42:30.698 --> 00:42:32.866
  • You'll know more than I do.
  • 00:42:32.900 --> 00:42:34.201
  • Here's what I know, though,with great certainty.
  • 00:42:34.234 --> 00:42:37.237
  • If you believe that there wassomeone who was dead on a
  • 00:42:37.271 --> 00:42:40.741
  • Friday, and on Sunday not somuch, but back from the grave,
  • 00:42:40.774 --> 00:42:45.346
  • you can say with confidence thatthe cross is always our hope and
  • 00:42:45.379 --> 00:42:50.184
  • it's always our motivation.
  • 00:42:50.217 --> 00:42:52.086
  • It is that which gives us peacethat passes all understanding
  • 00:42:52.119 --> 00:42:57.491
  • and propels us to a mission forJesus and in his kingdom work.
  • 00:42:57.524 --> 00:43:03.464
  • You know, if we last year hadread a passage like this one in
  • 00:43:03.497 --> 00:43:06.900
  • Romans chapter 14, it says this.
  • 00:43:06.934 --> 00:43:09.670
  • It says, "If we live, we livefor the Lord.
  • 00:43:09.703 --> 00:43:13.073
  • If we die, we die for the Lord.
  • 00:43:13.107 --> 00:43:14.742
  • So whether we live or die, webelong to the Lord."
  • 00:43:14.775 --> 00:43:18.078
  • Six months ago, that would havebeen a passage that we read it a
  • 00:43:18.112 --> 00:43:20.214
  • church and people would nodalong, maybe after a hymn and
  • 00:43:20.247 --> 00:43:22.716
  • before the end of the message.
  • 00:43:22.750 --> 00:43:24.084
  • Let me say to you that thatpassage may take on a greater
  • 00:43:24.118 --> 00:43:27.054
  • weightiness depending upon whereyou are and the circumstances in
  • 00:43:27.087 --> 00:43:32.192
  • your community today, but it'snevertheless still true.
  • 00:43:32.226 --> 00:43:36.830
  • I can live with peace, I canlive with gospel confidence and
  • 00:43:36.864 --> 00:43:41.602
  • boldness because if we live, welive for the Lord.
  • 00:43:41.635 --> 00:43:45.606
  • If we die, we die for the Lord.
  • 00:43:45.639 --> 00:43:47.908
  • So whether we live or whether wedie, we belong to the Lord.
  • 00:43:47.941 --> 00:43:52.012
  • The moment we're in does notpause the mission we're on,
  • 00:43:52.046 --> 00:43:55.716
  • as tumultuous and cataclysmicas the moment may be.
  • 00:43:55.749 --> 00:43:58.786
  • And by the way, this may be our,and it is our greatest global
  • 00:43:58.819 --> 00:44:02.189
  • crisis for most of ourlifetimes, but some of us have
  • 00:44:02.222 --> 00:44:05.693
  • walked through crises personallythat are far more than what
  • 00:44:05.726 --> 00:44:08.228
  • we're experiencing along withthe rest of our globe, so you
  • 00:44:08.262 --> 00:44:11.965
  • know and you've seen.
  • 00:44:11.999 --> 00:44:13.333
  • Actually, if it's not been you,you've seen followers of Jesus
  • 00:44:13.367 --> 00:44:16.136
  • face crises knowing withconfidence that because of what
  • 00:44:16.170 --> 00:44:19.873
  • Christ has done on the cross forthem, they can make it through
  • 00:44:19.907 --> 00:44:22.943
  • the most difficult circumstanceand so can you.
  • 00:44:22.976 --> 00:44:26.313
  • Not in your own strength, butbecause the cross is always our
  • 00:44:26.346 --> 00:44:30.384
  • hope and our motivation.
  • 00:44:30.417 --> 00:44:33.087
  • The moment we're in does notpause the mission we're on.
  • 00:44:33.120 --> 00:44:34.922
  • I want us to focus on thatmission, but let's not forget
  • 00:44:34.955 --> 00:44:37.324
  • where we've been.
  • 00:44:37.357 --> 00:44:38.692
  • Number one, fear is always theopposite of faith.
  • 00:44:38.726 --> 00:44:40.027
  • Number two, peace is always theChristian response.
  • 00:44:40.060 --> 00:44:43.163
  • Number three, the cross isalways our hope and motivation.
  • 00:44:43.197 --> 00:44:47.034
  • Number four and finally, I'llclose with this, we always go
  • 00:44:47.067 --> 00:44:51.305
  • because Jesus came to us.
  • 00:44:51.338 --> 00:44:54.241
  • We always go becauseJesus came to us.
  • 00:44:54.274 --> 00:44:56.276
  • And here comes the passage thatsome consider the high point of
  • 00:44:56.310 --> 00:44:59.713
  • the book of John, because by thetime we get to this passage in
  • 00:44:59.747 --> 00:45:03.751
  • verse 21, Jesus has already said40 times that he was sent.
  • 00:45:03.784 --> 00:45:07.688
  • Here's what it says.
  • 00:45:07.721 --> 00:45:09.022
  • It says, "Again Jesus said,'Peace be with you.'".
  • 00:45:09.056 --> 00:45:11.725
  • Did I mention when Jesus sayssomething twice, you need to be
  • 00:45:11.759 --> 00:45:14.027
  • paying super attention?
  • 00:45:14.061 --> 00:45:16.296
  • So it says, Jesus speaks andsays, "Peace be with you."
  • 00:45:16.330 --> 00:45:19.633
  • And then he says, "As the Fatherhas sent me, I am sending you."
  • 00:45:19.666 --> 00:45:24.705
  • In the Greek, it means the samemanner.
  • 00:45:24.738 --> 00:45:26.974
  • Not the same purpose, but justas 40 times in the Gospel of
  • 00:45:27.007 --> 00:45:30.644
  • John, Jesus has describedhimself as the Sent One,
  • 00:45:30.677 --> 00:45:33.113
  • "I've been sent by God.
  • 00:45:33.147 --> 00:45:35.048
  • I've been sent," he says overand over again, "Sent for his
  • 00:45:35.082 --> 00:45:36.984
  • purpose, sent by the Father."
  • 00:45:37.017 --> 00:45:38.352
  • And then at the end, not as anafterthought but as a highlight,
  • 00:45:38.385 --> 00:45:41.455
  • he says, "As the Father has sentme, even so I am sending you."
  • 00:45:41.488 --> 00:45:45.125
  • So if you're a follower of Jesusin the midst of this calamitous
  • 00:45:45.159 --> 00:45:49.263
  • time, this struggle the peoplearound us, it's not just that
  • 00:45:49.296 --> 00:45:52.733
  • you should have peace, thoughyou should.
  • 00:45:52.766 --> 00:45:54.601
  • It's not just that you can haveconfidence because of Jesus's
  • 00:45:54.635 --> 00:45:57.504
  • work on the cross,though you should.
  • 00:45:57.538 --> 00:45:59.473
  • It's also that you're sent onmission and we need Christians
  • 00:45:59.506 --> 00:46:03.811
  • showing and sharing the love ofJesus right now in the midst of
  • 00:46:03.844 --> 00:46:08.015
  • this challenge.
  • 00:46:08.048 --> 00:46:09.383
  • That means for some we're gonnamove towards the crisis, right?
  • 00:46:09.416 --> 00:46:13.754
  • We're gonna movetowards the crisis.
  • 00:46:13.787 --> 00:46:15.823
  • We're talkin' about firstresponders, right?
  • 00:46:15.856 --> 00:46:17.291
  • What do they do?
  • 00:46:17.324 --> 00:46:18.659
  • They go towards the crisis.
  • 00:46:18.692 --> 00:46:20.961
  • They go to the eye of the stormto provide help, and comfort,
  • 00:46:20.994 --> 00:46:26.099
  • and aid.
  • 00:46:26.133 --> 00:46:27.434
  • And I believe Christians arecalled to be those kinds of
  • 00:46:27.467 --> 00:46:29.736
  • responders today now, let me saywith caution and with clarity,
  • 00:46:29.770 --> 00:46:32.906
  • following all the physicaldirectives and the things we
  • 00:46:32.940 --> 00:46:36.944
  • need to do to be careful in themidst of a very, very tumultuous
  • 00:46:36.977 --> 00:46:41.882
  • time with the virus and more,but we can show and share the
  • 00:46:41.915 --> 00:46:45.485
  • love of Jesus.
  • 00:46:45.519 --> 00:46:46.820
  • We can find ways to do so.
  • 00:46:46.854 --> 00:46:48.188
  • I had the privilege of justmeeting new neighbors.
  • 00:46:48.222 --> 00:46:49.857
  • Goin' out, I took my little handsanitizer wipe and I'd ring the
  • 00:46:49.890 --> 00:46:53.193
  • doorbell, and I'd step back,and I'd meet maybe neighbors
  • 00:46:53.227 --> 00:46:55.996
  • I didn't know.
  • 00:46:56.029 --> 00:46:57.364
  • Most I knew, but I said,"How can I help?
  • 00:46:57.397 --> 00:46:58.699
  • Can we pray for you?
  • 00:46:58.732 --> 00:47:00.067
  • Can I write down your name andcan I call you and see how
  • 00:47:00.100 --> 00:47:01.969
  • you're doing?"
  • 00:47:02.002 --> 00:47:03.303
  • One of our neighbors didn't haveany internet access.
  • 00:47:03.337 --> 00:47:04.638
  • I said, "How can we keep intouch with you?
  • 00:47:04.671 --> 00:47:06.039
  • We want to make sure you'reokay.
  • 00:47:06.073 --> 00:47:07.908
  • If you need toilet paper, we'vegot some."
  • 00:47:07.941 --> 00:47:10.410
  • And to show and share the loveof Jesus, and again, that could
  • 00:47:10.444 --> 00:47:13.313
  • be something caring for peoplein our church, right?
  • 00:47:13.347 --> 00:47:16.049
  • And then caring for people inour neighborhood, and then there
  • 00:47:16.083 --> 00:47:18.785
  • are people in our communitiesthat perhaps are distant and
  • 00:47:18.819 --> 00:47:22.256
  • have no one to care for them andwe can show and share the love
  • 00:47:22.289 --> 00:47:25.959
  • of Jesus there.
  • 00:47:25.993 --> 00:47:27.327
  • We can go into the eyeof the storm.
  • 00:47:27.361 --> 00:47:30.230
  • First responders are somethingthat I matter to me and probably
  • 00:47:30.264 --> 00:47:33.300
  • to you as well.
  • 00:47:33.333 --> 00:47:34.635
  • Partly it matters to me'cause my family.
  • 00:47:34.668 --> 00:47:36.236
  • I come from a family of firstresponders.
  • 00:47:36.270 --> 00:47:39.840
  • My grandfather was actually oneof the fire battalion chiefs in
  • 00:47:39.873 --> 00:47:43.710
  • Lower Manhattan in New YorkCity, my uncle was a New York
  • 00:47:43.744 --> 00:47:47.147
  • City Police Officer, and mybrother today is in
  • 00:47:47.180 --> 00:47:50.284
  • law enforcement.
  • 00:47:50.317 --> 00:47:51.652
  • And so these heroes that we'veactually seen are so many.
  • 00:47:51.685 --> 00:47:56.690
  • And my grandfather was my hero,and I remember him sitting down
  • 00:47:56.723 --> 00:48:00.694
  • with me more than one occasion.
  • 00:48:00.727 --> 00:48:02.129
  • You know, he had thisrelationship with his young
  • 00:48:02.162 --> 00:48:05.165
  • grandson and he would kinda pourwisdom into me in his sort
  • 00:48:05.198 --> 00:48:08.001
  • of Long Island, New Yorkersort of way.
  • 00:48:08.035 --> 00:48:11.004
  • And one day, I rememberdistinctly something
  • 00:48:11.038 --> 00:48:14.374
  • he said to me.
  • 00:48:14.408 --> 00:48:16.043
  • You've heard it since then,but I remember the first time
  • 00:48:16.076 --> 00:48:17.511
  • I heard it from my grandfather.
  • 00:48:17.544 --> 00:48:18.845
  • In fact, let me show you.This is actually his badge.
  • 00:48:18.879 --> 00:48:21.515
  • This is actually his badgefrom his service there in the
  • 00:48:21.548 --> 00:48:23.984
  • New York Fire Department.
  • 00:48:24.017 --> 00:48:25.352
  • And I remember-- John Bannon,you can see his name there.
  • 00:48:25.385 --> 00:48:28.155
  • I remember John Bannon, mygrandfather, saying to me that,
  • 00:48:28.188 --> 00:48:31.725
  • "We're the ones who run towardswhen everyone else runs away,"
  • 00:48:31.758 --> 00:48:37.397
  • and that struck me.
  • 00:48:37.431 --> 00:48:38.765
  • And later as I became a followerof Jesus, I realized that in the
  • 00:48:38.799 --> 00:48:41.935
  • midst of the brokenness, theconfusion, the tumult, the
  • 00:48:41.969 --> 00:48:46.740
  • world's failures, faults, andstruggles, we are the ones who
  • 00:48:46.773 --> 00:48:52.212
  • run towards, showing and sharingthe love of Jesus when other
  • 00:48:52.245 --> 00:48:57.851
  • people might run away.
  • 00:48:57.884 --> 00:49:01.288
  • It's interesting because that'swhat we do, just as my
  • 00:49:01.321 --> 00:49:05.926
  • grandfather first respondertold me he did.
  • 00:49:05.959 --> 00:49:08.328
  • That's what we do as followersof Jesus.
  • 00:49:08.362 --> 00:49:12.532
  • Can I pick up again,if you don't mind?
  • 00:49:12.566 --> 00:49:13.900
  • Let me share a little bit morefrom that article that I shared
  • 00:49:13.934 --> 00:49:17.104
  • because I poured out my heartthere.
  • 00:49:17.137 --> 00:49:19.406
  • As an author, sometimes we dothat 'cause it wasn't just about
  • 00:49:19.439 --> 00:49:22.676
  • the title.
  • 00:49:22.709 --> 00:49:24.044
  • You know, editors actually picktitles in most things that you
  • 00:49:24.077 --> 00:49:26.213
  • see, but I wanted to talk abouthow Christians can respond,
  • 00:49:26.246 --> 00:49:31.752
  • and so here's what I shared.
  • 00:49:31.785 --> 00:49:33.086
  • I said, "Stepping back for amoment, it's worth asking why
  • 00:49:33.120 --> 00:49:36.356
  • the Christian church has and isnow again called to live in such
  • 00:49:36.390 --> 00:49:40.894
  • a sacrificial way."
  • 00:49:40.927 --> 00:49:42.262
  • Kind of the way I'm talkingabout here, leaving the article,
  • 00:49:42.295 --> 00:49:44.297
  • the way I'm talking about here,showing and sharing the love of
  • 00:49:44.331 --> 00:49:46.967
  • Jesus, hearing the Words ofJesus, "As the Father has sent
  • 00:49:47.000 --> 00:49:50.404
  • me, even so send I you."
  • 00:49:50.437 --> 00:49:53.006
  • And the answer is part of thedescription of what Christians
  • 00:49:53.040 --> 00:49:56.176
  • called-- are calledcitizens of heaven.
  • 00:49:56.209 --> 00:49:58.378
  • That is, our hope is not in thislife, but in the one to come.
  • 00:49:58.412 --> 00:50:02.983
  • So while not everyone is goodtalking in times of peace,
  • 00:50:03.016 --> 00:50:07.020
  • moments of crisis define who wereally are and what we believe.
  • 00:50:07.054 --> 00:50:10.123
  • They reveal, and I believe thatthis crisis is revealing a lot
  • 00:50:10.157 --> 00:50:15.162
  • about our world, about ourvalues, about the struggles, and
  • 00:50:15.195 --> 00:50:19.833
  • about the goodness of somepeople and some hearts.
  • 00:50:19.866 --> 00:50:24.037
  • And part of my hope and desireis that my exhortation to you,
  • 00:50:24.071 --> 00:50:27.340
  • my encouragement to you, as thewriter who writes the book of
  • 00:50:27.374 --> 00:50:29.609
  • Hebrews writes that we shouldprovoke one another to love and
  • 00:50:29.643 --> 00:50:33.246
  • good deeds, I'm hoping in asense I'm provoking you to love
  • 00:50:33.280 --> 00:50:36.583
  • and good deeds in the midstof a tumultuous time.
  • 00:50:36.616 --> 00:50:39.986
  • So I'll give you an exampleof a famous church historian.
  • 00:50:40.020 --> 00:50:42.756
  • His name is Eusebius.
  • 00:50:42.789 --> 00:50:44.091
  • In one famous example, thechurch historian Eusebius
  • 00:50:44.124 --> 00:50:47.127
  • describes a 4th century epidemicthat swept through the
  • 00:50:47.160 --> 00:50:50.630
  • Roman Empire.
  • 00:50:50.664 --> 00:50:51.965
  • Now, let me just say that whatwe are dealing with is not like
  • 00:50:51.998 --> 00:50:54.801
  • that epidemic and it's not likeothers maybe that have been
  • 00:50:54.835 --> 00:50:58.205
  • throughout history that havewiped out half of a community
  • 00:50:58.238 --> 00:51:01.541
  • and more, but you know,Christians have lived
  • 00:51:01.575 --> 00:51:02.976
  • through this.
  • 00:51:03.009 --> 00:51:04.311
  • This is not the first globalpandemic that Christians have
  • 00:51:04.344 --> 00:51:07.514
  • walked through, nor should it bethe first global pandemic that
  • 00:51:07.547 --> 00:51:11.518
  • Christians have walked throughwhere they did not show and
  • 00:51:11.551 --> 00:51:13.787
  • share the love of Jesus.
  • 00:51:13.820 --> 00:51:15.155
  • Our call is obvious, right?
  • 00:51:15.188 --> 00:51:16.490
  • It's evident.
  • 00:51:16.523 --> 00:51:17.858
  • The moment we're in does notpause the mission we're on.
  • 00:51:17.891 --> 00:51:21.027
  • Eusebius records, and I quotedEusebius, "All day long," he
  • 00:51:21.061 --> 00:51:23.830
  • says that, "Christians," quote,"tended to the dying
  • 00:51:23.864 --> 00:51:26.166
  • and to the burial.
  • 00:51:26.199 --> 00:51:27.834
  • Countless numbers withno one to care for them."
  • 00:51:27.868 --> 00:51:29.302
  • I mean, just traumatic time.
  • 00:51:29.336 --> 00:51:32.072
  • Rodney Stark in his book,"Cities of God: How Christianity
  • 00:51:32.105 --> 00:51:34.574
  • Became an Urban Religion andUltimately Conquered Rome," he
  • 00:51:34.608 --> 00:51:37.978
  • talked about these times in thelate 2nd and early 3rd century,
  • 00:51:38.011 --> 00:51:41.548
  • in times of sickness, when it'sactually when people began to
  • 00:51:41.581 --> 00:51:44.851
  • see Christians for who theyreally were.
  • 00:51:44.885 --> 00:51:47.621
  • The masks came down and thegospel went forth.
  • 00:51:47.654 --> 00:51:52.492
  • It says, and this is the partthat I love the most, just a
  • 00:51:52.526 --> 00:51:55.228
  • short phrase, right?
  • 00:51:55.262 --> 00:51:56.563
  • It says as a result,Eusebius concludes,
  • 00:51:56.596 --> 00:51:58.532
  • that "The Christians',"quote,
  • 00:51:58.565 --> 00:52:01.301
  • "deeds were on everyone's lips,
  • 00:52:01.334 --> 00:52:04.037
  • and they glorified the Godof the Christians," unquote.
  • 00:52:04.070 --> 00:52:06.773
  • I want today, centuries afterEusebius, 2.000 years after they
  • 00:52:06.806 --> 00:52:10.744
  • were behind closed doors becauseof fear of the Jewish leaders,
  • 00:52:10.777 --> 00:52:14.014
  • when Jesus came and said, "Peacebe unto you," twice, not once
  • 00:52:14.047 --> 00:52:16.983
  • but twice, when he shows themhis hands and his side because
  • 00:52:17.017 --> 00:52:19.419
  • the cross is our hope and ourmotivation, and then he says,
  • 00:52:19.452 --> 00:52:23.023
  • "As the Father has sent me, evenso send I you," my prayer is
  • 00:52:23.056 --> 00:52:26.293
  • that when this passes, 'causetough times don't last, when
  • 00:52:26.326 --> 00:52:30.730
  • this passes, that people willsay that the Christians' deeds
  • 00:52:30.764 --> 00:52:34.968
  • were on everyone's lips and theyglorified the God of
  • 00:52:35.001 --> 00:52:38.405
  • the Christians.
  • 00:52:38.438 --> 00:52:39.773
  • Now, I don't want you to missthis because one of the
  • 00:52:39.806 --> 00:52:41.675
  • recurring themes throughout theBible is how God's people
  • 00:52:41.708 --> 00:52:44.578
  • respond in time of tumult andhow God sends his people in time
  • 00:52:44.611 --> 00:52:49.849
  • of tumult.
  • 00:52:49.883 --> 00:52:51.184
  • I'm what's calleda missiologist.
  • 00:52:51.218 --> 00:52:52.552
  • My PhD is in this field calledmission, missions, and so of
  • 00:52:52.586 --> 00:52:56.223
  • course I would talk about apassage like John 20:21 which is
  • 00:52:56.256 --> 00:52:59.526
  • all about Jesus's mission, butthat's a beautiful passage.
  • 00:52:59.559 --> 00:53:04.397
  • It actually, to be honest, is myfavorite passage in the
  • 00:53:04.431 --> 00:53:06.800
  • whole Bible.
  • 00:53:06.833 --> 00:53:08.134
  • And so when Bobby asked me tocome and share here in the "Hour
  • 00:53:08.168 --> 00:53:11.371
  • of Power" and to encourage,I could pick this passage,
  • 00:53:11.404 --> 00:53:13.740
  • I was filled with excitementto pick this passage.
  • 00:53:13.773 --> 00:53:16.409
  • But I also have a favoriteOld Testament passage.
  • 00:53:16.443 --> 00:53:18.278
  • Now, don't worry.
  • 00:53:18.311 --> 00:53:19.646
  • I'm not gonna preach a whole'nother message on an
  • 00:53:19.679 --> 00:53:21.047
  • Old Testament passage, butlet's not miss the similarity
  • 00:53:21.081 --> 00:53:24.217
  • between the two.
  • 00:53:24.251 --> 00:53:25.619
  • It's actually in Isaiahchapter 6.
  • 00:53:25.652 --> 00:53:27.487
  • We won't turn therefor the sake of time,
  • 00:53:27.520 --> 00:53:28.989
  • but let me just read it.
  • 00:53:29.022 --> 00:53:30.757
  • In Isaiah chapter 6, atumultuous time has come.
  • 00:53:30.790 --> 00:53:33.126
  • It says, "In the year KingUzziah died, I saw the Lord
  • 00:53:33.159 --> 00:53:36.563
  • sitting on his throne, high andlifted up," right?
  • 00:53:36.596 --> 00:53:38.431
  • So here's this tumultuous time.
  • 00:53:38.465 --> 00:53:39.799
  • Today, even today, we wouldthink of a leader dying,
  • 00:53:39.833 --> 00:53:43.336
  • a national leader dying, as asignificant moment of tumult
  • 00:53:43.370 --> 00:53:46.940
  • and maybe fear.
  • 00:53:46.973 --> 00:53:48.275
  • Well, then it's a king, so KingUzziah dies.
  • 00:53:48.308 --> 00:53:50.477
  • The kingdom, there's nocertainty what happens next.
  • 00:53:50.510 --> 00:53:53.413
  • And it goes on and there'sthis beautiful singing
  • 00:53:53.446 --> 00:53:55.515
  • of, "Holy, Holy, Holy."
  • 00:53:55.548 --> 00:53:58.218
  • What a wonderfulsong of worship.
  • 00:53:58.251 --> 00:54:00.320
  • "The foundations of thethreshold shook," it says in
  • 00:54:00.353 --> 00:54:02.822
  • verse 4 of Isaiah 6. And thenthere's these seraphim and these
  • 00:54:02.856 --> 00:54:06.493
  • angels flying around.
  • 00:54:06.526 --> 00:54:07.961
  • One takes a coal toIsaiah's lips in this
  • 00:54:07.994 --> 00:54:11.064
  • purification moment.
  • 00:54:11.097 --> 00:54:12.666
  • And but then we come to Isaiahchapter 6, and verse 8.
  • 00:54:12.699 --> 00:54:17.137
  • Here's what it says.
  • 00:54:17.170 --> 00:54:18.471
  • It says that, "Then I heard thevoice of the Lord, saying,"
  • 00:54:18.505 --> 00:54:22.942
  • listen to how God speaks inplural, "Whom shall I send?
  • 00:54:22.976 --> 00:54:27.580
  • And who will go for us?"
  • 00:54:27.614 --> 00:54:30.450
  • And then Isaiah said,"'I said,' Isaiah writing,
  • 00:54:30.483 --> 00:54:33.620
  • 'here I am, Lord.
  • 00:54:33.653 --> 00:54:34.988
  • Send me.'".
  • 00:54:35.021 --> 00:54:36.323
  • Sisters and brothers, we live ina really tumultuous time.
  • 00:54:36.356 --> 00:54:38.725
  • The moment we're in, though,does not pause the mission
  • 00:54:38.758 --> 00:54:41.728
  • we're on.
  • 00:54:41.761 --> 00:54:43.063
  • Isaiah got it right when hesaid, "Here I am, Lord.
  • 00:54:43.096 --> 00:54:45.265
  • Send me."
  • 00:54:45.298 --> 00:54:46.633
  • When you hear the words ofJesus, "As the Father has sent
  • 00:54:46.666 --> 00:54:49.602
  • me, even so send I you," can youthink of your neighbor, your
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  • coworker, your friend, yourfamily member who needs comfort,
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  • who needs encouragement, who mayhave a physical need you can
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  • meet, who needs to hear the goodnews of the gospel, and might
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  • you show and sharethe love of Jesus.
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  • Might you pray as Isaiahresponded to the Lord
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  • in Isaiah 6:8 and said,"Here I am, Lord.
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  • Send me."
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  • "As the Father has sent me,"Jesus says, we respond,
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  • "Here I am, Lord.
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  • Send me."
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  • Pray with me.
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  • Father, we acknowledge todaythat by your grace and your
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  • goodness you have redeemed us,called us by name, sent us on a
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  • mission for your name's sake.
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  • And Lord, we didn't expect tobe where we are in 2020,
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  • but here we are.
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  • Around the world,people are struggling.
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  • Maybe we're struggling, Lord.
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  • Remind us, Lord, that fear isalways the opposite of faith,
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  • that we need to trust you evenin the midst of
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  • these challenges.
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  • Remind us, Lord, that even inthe midst of this moment we're
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  • in, you've not paused themission we're on.
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  • We can trust you because you'rethere with us, abiding in us.
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  • So Lord, we pray and I voice ourprayer as followers of Jesus,
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  • those who know you, may we walkin peace that passes
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  • all understanding.
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  • May we hear the words of Jesus,"As the Father has sent me, even
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  • so send I you."
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  • And we respond today, just praywith me just silently to the
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  • Lord, "Here I am, Lord.
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  • Send me."
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  • Say it one more time,"Here I am, Lord.
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  • Send me."
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  • In Jesus's name and for his sakewe pray, amen and amen.
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  • Bobby Schuller: We really,really appreciate you coming all
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  • the way out here from Chicago toshare with us today, Ed.
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  • God bless you.
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  • And for now, the benediction.
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  • The Lord bless you and keep you.
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  • The Lord make his face to shineupon you and be gracious
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  • unto you.
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  • The Lord lift his countenanceupon you and give you peace.
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  • In the name of the Father,and of the Son,
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  • and of the Holy Spirit, amen.
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