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Amazing Sequoias: God's Living Giants Part 2

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November 19, 2019
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Amazing Sequoias: God's Living Giants Part 2

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  • Jim Scudder, Jr.: Jim Scudder here in California,
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  • the Sequoia National Forest.
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  • You're gonna love today's "InGrace."
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  • Jim: Ever since I was a boy, I've been fascinated
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  • with God's creation.
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  • I'm traveling the planet to tell his story about his world.
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  • I'm Jim Scudder, Jr.
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  • Come with me on another exciting adventure in grace.
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  • Jim: All right, who's ready for an adventure?
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  • Karen Scudder: I am. Stephanie Zellmer: Always.
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  • Jim: Here is what I'm thinking today.
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  • You know, obviously there's other things to see, so I heard
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  • there was a--yeah, I heard there was a really cool waterfall.
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  • And the bad part of early spring is that you have the road
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  • closures and stuff, but you also have a lot of water.
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  • You know, snow melts, so that means if there is a waterfall
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  • it's going to really be going, right, so it should
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  • be kinda cool.
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  • So, let's give it a shot and see what we can do.
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  • Brett: Sounds like a plan.
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  • Jim: We're in a very special place today in
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  • the Sequoia National Forest.
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  • We're, kind of, on this winding road exploring and looking for
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  • something that would be interesting to bring to you to
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  • showcase God's creation and glory.
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  • I'm obviously with people today.
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  • My wonderful wife, Karen.
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  • Karen: And we've got a gorgeous day.
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  • The sun is shining and the sky is clear, so we're excited about
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  • hiking today.
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  • Jim: And we have Brett and Stephanie in the back.
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  • Brett: Hello.
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  • Stephanie: Great to be here.
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  • Jim: They're here to bless us with song and what a better
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  • place to sing than in the national forest where you have
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  • these sequoias and waterfalls.
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  • Stephanie: This is beautiful.
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  • Brett: Yeah, looking forward to it.
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  • Stephanie: Very much so.
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  • Jim: And these roads are a little windy.
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  • Are you guys nervous at all about my driving skills?
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  • Stephanie: No, we have complete faith in you,
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  • Pastor Jim.
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  • Jim: Ha-ha-ha. Well, there is your problem.
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  • Your complete faith needs to be in Christ.
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  • Well, I'm not texting and driving, honey, but I am
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  • televising and, yeah.
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  • These winding mountain roads are beautiful, but a little risky
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  • and a little dangerous, but, hey, I think we're
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  • gonna be good.
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  • We prayed up this morning.
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  • We asked for God's protection and guidance, so enjoy today's
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  • "InGrace" and you're gonna absolutely love it
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  • from the sequoias.
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  • Jim: We've got another road closed, guys.
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  • Ah, boy.
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  • Well, I guess plan B is we're still gonna--yeah, we're still
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  • gonna go through.
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  • We're just gonna--we're gonna hike it.
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  • Karen: Stephanie, do you have your [inaudible] on?
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  • Stephanie: [laughing] I do.
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  • Jim: Lemme ask y'all a question.
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  • When you come to, like, a closed door in life or a "road closed"
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  • sign, what do you do?
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  • Brett: Look for another opening somewhere else.
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  • Karen: I always try to go through it.
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  • Jim: Well, God usually, you know, has reasons, and we
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  • believe that and, you know, if there is a reason this road's
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  • closed obviously you can still hike it, and we're going to.
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  • But in life I think he has other plans for us and sometimes he
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  • puts that barrier up in our way so that we will go do something
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  • a little different that is in his will, so let's do it.
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  • both: Okay.
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  • Jim: Obviously, we made it to the waterfall, and you
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  • all--yeah, you all appreciate it.
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  • This is kinda neat because it's not really marked.
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  • There's no, like, sign that says, you know, "come to the
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  • waterfall," so obviously we're not the first to discover it,
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  • but maybe the second or third.
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  • I just love to come to places like this.
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  • Very natural and beautiful.
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  • Brett: Secluded.
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  • Jim: Yeah, and you hear the noise of the water.
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  • You can smell the scents of the pine trees, and you--we
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  • think of God.
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  • We think of creation, and I'm sad for people that either don't
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  • believe in God, or if they do believe in God they don't think
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  • they could know him.
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  • Brett: Yeah, but he is a personal God.
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  • You know, he is the King of all the ages.
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  • Jim: That's an interesting juxtaposition, King of all the
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  • ages, but a personal God.
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  • Brett: Yes, a God that wants to get to know us personally and
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  • wants us to talk with him personally.
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  • If we have a struggle, if we have anything going on, he wants
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  • us to get on our knees and talk to him about it.
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  • Jim: Interesting that you brought that up, because you
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  • guys are gonna sing today in this next song a song about
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  • bowing the knee.
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  • Now, obviously, there's controversy these days with
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  • people bowing the knee at the wrong time, when they should be
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  • standing in respect for all the people that have sacrificed
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  • for our nation.
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  • But there is an appropriate time to bow the knee, and that is to
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  • reverence our Almighty God.
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  • Yes, personal and a friend that's closer than a brother,
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  • but still Almighty God, holy, and every time you see God in
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  • Scripture people fall to their face because of his holiness.
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  • Stephanie: It reminds me of Philippians 2, where it says
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  • every knee shall bow.
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  • Every tongue shall confess.
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  • You know, no matter what we think here and now, one day in
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  • humility we are going to need to bow before him because he
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  • is the King.
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  • Jim: Today is the opportunity for people to do that, to humble
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  • ourselves and say, "Yeah, I'm a sinner.
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  • I blew it. I messed up.
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  • I've sinned.
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  • Therefore I need a Savior."
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  • You know, a lot of people think, "I'm fine.
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  • I'm not as bad as that murderer that's in jail or that thief,"
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  • but we all really--if we've had hatred in our heart Jesus said
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  • we've committed murder.
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  • We all are sinners.
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  • We all need to humble ourselves and receive, really, the gift
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  • that he offers because he loves us.
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  • But we have to be reminded--and I think the song will--of that
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  • reverence of the God that created this waterfall.
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  • I mean, he's powerful, and he's mighty.
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  • Let's remember that and let's bow our knees to our Creator.
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  • Oooh.
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  • Oooh.
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  • What a privilege to come into God's presence,
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  • just to linger with the one who set me free.
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  • As I lift my eyes and see his awesome glory,
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  • I remember who he is and bow the knee.
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  • Bow the knee.
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  • Bow the knee.
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  • He is King of all the ages.
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  • Bow the knee.
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  • God alone on his throne.
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  • See him high and lifted up
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  • and bow the knee.
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  • Kneel before him.
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  • All adore him.
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  • As you live to love him more bow the knee.
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  • Oooh.
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  • Oooh.
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  • In his hand he holds the power of creation.
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  • With his voice he spoke and all things came to be.
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  • Yet he hears each simple prayer I bring before him
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  • when I humbly seek his face and bow the knee.
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  • Bow the knee.
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  • Bow the knee.
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  • He is King of all the ages.
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  • Bow the knee.
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  • God alone on his throne.
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  • See him high and lifted up
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  • and bow the knee.
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  • Kneel before him.
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  • All adore him.
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  • As you live to love him more bow the knee.
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  • Bow the knee.
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  • Bow the knee.
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  • He is King of all the ages.
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  • Bow the knee.
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  • God alone on his throne.
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  • See him high and lifted up and bow the knee.
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  • Kneel before him.
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  • All adore him.
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  • As you live to love him more bow the knee.
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  • Bow the knee.
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  • Bow the knee.
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  • Jim: Trees are awesome, but you know what?
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  • The Bible actually has a lot to say about trees.
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  • One of the first stories we read about in Genesis 3 are about
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  • people hiding behind a tree because sin had entered the
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  • world, and they were embarrassed, and they were
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  • ashamed.
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  • And that's what sin does.
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  • Sin is never good, and Adam and Eve were hiding behind a tree
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  • and, of course, you can't hide from God.
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  • And then, further on we find that there are people in a tree.
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  • In other words, they were in a boat made of wood.
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  • The Bible talks about gopher wood.
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  • We believe gopher is a technique of interlacing the wood
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  • together, and they were in this vessel of wood, and they were
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  • protected from the judgment of God.
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  • And the story there is that when we have sinned and we have put
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  • our trust in Christ, we are in him, and we are safe in him.
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  • And then, we come to that next tree.
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  • That's Elijah under the juniper tree.
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  • He'd just won the great victory of the prophets of Baal, and the
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  • fire from heaven came down and destroyed the enemies of God.
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  • He was on that mountaintop, but then Jezebel said,
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  • "We're gonna kill him."
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  • And suddenly he was in the valley under that juniper tree,
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  • and he was complaining, and he was saying, "God, why would you
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  • let this happen to me?"
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  • Be careful after a big victory, because sometimes we're going to
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  • have the enemy really attacking us, and we're gonna find
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  • ourselves under a tree.
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  • We continue to read in the Bible we come to a man in Luke
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  • that was up a tree.
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  • Yes, that's Zacchaeus.
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  • He was up that sycamore tree.
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  • He was a small man, and he was up a tree because he was
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  • a sinner like the rest of us.
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  • And you know what?
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  • Jesus said, "Come down," and Jesus went and had
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  • a meal with him.
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  • Jesus is a friend of sinners.
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  • You must realize your sin, but then the Lord Jesus wants you to
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  • receive him as Savior.
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  • And then, of course, the most powerful man in a tree was Jesus
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  • on a tree, hanging on a tree, the cross.
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  • He created that wood and there he was bleeding out for your
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  • sins and for mine and when we simply believe in him, the one
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  • who died that day on that tree and rose again three days later,
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  • the Bible says we are saved for all eternity.
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  • Yeah, these wonderful, big sequoia trees remind us of God's
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  • power and might, but I'm also reminded when I see any tree
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  • that God created it for our good.
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  • That God loves us, God cares about us, and God wants
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  • to save us.
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  • Jim: I really enjoyed making this DVD series, "The Ark of
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  • Noah," because it is more than a story.
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  • We interviewed people like Ken Ham and Andrew Snelling with
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  • Answers in Genesis.
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  • We toured this incredible ark and, yes, all the animals could
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  • fit on, and this DVD will tell you how that is true.
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  • Also, we went to the Grand Canyon.
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  • I fly you over the Grand Canyon.
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  • We explain how the Grand Canyon was formed, and it was not the
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  • Colorado River.
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  • A lot of the answers are in this DVD series.
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  • It's beautiful, it's entertaining, and it will help
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  • you understand the Bible even better.
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  • Karen: Here are some neat facts about
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  • the amazing sequoias.
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  • These massive sequoias can be found on the western slopes of
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  • the Sierra Nevada in California.
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  • Giant sequoias require dry summers and cold, snowy winters
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  • for successful growth.
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  • Cones may stay on the tree for over 21 years before they fall
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  • to the ground.
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  • The seeds are small.
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  • Ninety thousand sequoia seeds only weigh one pound.
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  • Fire plays an important role in the life of the sequoia.
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  • It clears the ground from competing plants, it facilitates
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  • an opening of the cones and release of the seeds, and it
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  • enriches the ground with minerals required for the growth
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  • of new seedlings.
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  • The bark of a sequoia is resistant to fire.
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  • Traces of forest fire can be seen on the trunk of some of
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  • the old trees, but those trees are really healthy
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  • beneath the surface.
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  • The sequoia tree produces over 60 million seeds,
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  • but you know what?
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  • Only three or four of those seeds actually grow
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  • into mature trees.
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  • Jim: Ever since I was young I've loved the outdoors,
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  • and I loved trees.
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  • This one is kinda cool 'cause it has all these woodpecker holes.
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  • And these are beautiful, and these are big and majestic pine
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  • trees, but behind me is the mighty sequoia.
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  • A tree provides a home for the animals, the bird, a tree
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  • provides shade, and it actually provides materials.
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  • The Bible has a lot to say about trees.
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  • As a matter of fact, it says in Exodus that the Ark of the
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  • Covenant would be made out of wood and then overlaid with
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  • gold, so the very place for the presence of God, the holiest
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  • thing in the holiest place, was made of wood.
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  • And then, we go through the Bible, and we find other places
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  • where the tree is mentioned.
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  • "I will plant in the wilderness the cedar, the shittah tree, the
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  • myrtle, and the oil tree; I will set in the desert the fir tree,
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  • and the pine, and the box tree together: that they may see, and
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  • know, and consider, and understand together, that the
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  • hand of the Lord hath done this, and the Holy One of Israel
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  • hath created it."
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  • These are symbols of God's creation, symbols of God's might
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  • and of God's strength.
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  • A tree reminds me of God's goodness, God's might, God's
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  • power, and God's kindness.
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  • The next time you go out and see a tree, whether it be small or
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  • large, think of how good and how mighty God is.
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  • Jim: Hey, we have a really cool next song, Stephanie.
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  • This is a song you wrote, and there is a, kind of, backstory.
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  • Stephanie: There is a backstory.
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  • I started the song in college just 'cause it was heavy on my
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  • heart that so many people really just take the Crucifixion and
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  • deem that it was not enough, and they live in a constant state of
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  • insecurity because, "You know, did I pray hard enough?
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  • Did I ask him to forgive enough sins?
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  • You know, did I do penance?
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  • Did I--" You know, just all these things that we're putting
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  • the weight on ourselves where it was never meant to be placed.
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  • Jim: And he took the weight.
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  • I mean, he took all of our sins on the cross, the penalty, and,
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  • of course, we always think about the Passion of Christ where they
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  • put the crown of thorns on his head, you know, and mocking him.
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  • And just that--that's just one small part of what he did, but
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  • he did that for a reason, because he was taking upon
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  • himself the sins of the world, all of our sins.
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  • Stephanie: Right.
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  • That passage in Matthew 27 really did hit me, that we as
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  • sinners mocked the King.
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  • How could that not be enough?
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  • He carried the cross, he suffered in anguish, and yet
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  • we still say, "No, I've gotta do my part.
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  • I have to make sure I get there," when he gave everything.
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  • In 2 Corinthians 8:9 it says that he forsook the riches of
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  • heaven, that through his poverty we may become rich.
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  • And that verse just really stuck out to me, and it was so clear
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  • we were poor.
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  • Without him we have nothing.
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  • Jim: So, that inspired you to write the song, and so, Brett,
  • 00:18:14.030 --> 00:18:16.130
  • what was it like to live with a wife who was writing a song?
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  • Brett: Hey, it was very musical.
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  • Every night, you know, I was hearing the piano going and,
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  • "Hey, Brett, what do you think of this?
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  • Hey, Brett, what do you think of this?"
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  • And, yeah, it was really fun and--
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  • Jim: It's gotta be a challenge, your first song.
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  • You know, it's kinda like, you know, this is a big deal and
  • 00:18:30.260 --> 00:18:33.260
  • what's really a big deal is it's gonna debut right now.
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  • This is a beautiful song.
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  • I've been listening to it.
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  • It's just--it's amazing.
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  • It's a simple thought, "Please Believe," but really that's what
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  • Christ is saying.
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  • Just believe, only believe, but please believe.
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  • Stephanie: Yes, I would love to dedicate this song to my
  • 00:18:53.190 --> 00:18:56.130
  • grandma.
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  • Ever since I was little, she's always been there cheering me
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  • on, and she's just been a constant source of
  • 00:19:01.290 --> 00:19:05.020
  • encouragement, and I would love to dedicate this song to her.
  • 00:19:05.030 --> 00:19:09.050
  • 00:19:10.070 --> 00:19:15.020
  • Some say Christ is just a story,
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  • a good man from history.
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  • Salvation can be certain.
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  • Redemption's never free.
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  • Some believe in a heaven
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  • where you get there on your own,
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  • but the truth is in his story.
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  • You and mine, to bear sin's weight alone.
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  • Please believe.
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  • Please believe.
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  • I beg of you.
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  • I plead with you.
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  • His mercy to receive.
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  • It's a gift that's freely given.
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  • So simple to believe.
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  • He paid it all on Calvary.
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  • Will you just believe?
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  • 00:20:30.030 --> 00:20:39.030
  • No works can earn us passage into
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  • heaven's pearly gates.
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  • No sacrifice with penance are required
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  • to see his face.
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  • The best that we could offer simply worthless
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  • in his sight.
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  • The work, it has been finished.
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  • Every sin was borne by him, the Lord.
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  • Please believe.
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  • Please believe.
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  • I beg of you.
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  • I plead with you.
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  • His mercy to receive.
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  • It's a gift that's freely given.
  • 00:21:30.150 --> 00:21:33.260
  • So simple to believe.
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  • Every sin erased by grace if you just believe.
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  • Through Christ we were with everything.
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  • He stepped from heaven's throne.
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  • He wore a crown of thorns
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  • so we could call heaven home.
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  • He exchanged his royal robes
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  • for a garment stained and torn.
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  • The King of heaven mocked by his own, by his own.
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  • Just believe.
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  • Just believe.
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  • I beg of you.
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  • I plead with you.
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  • His mercy to receive.
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  • He paid the price for every sin so you could be free.
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  • Salvation and peace he's promised are yours
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  • if you just believe.
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  • You're sheltered in his hands, secure.
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  • In him your hope is sure.
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  • Oh, please believe.
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  • Oh, please believe.
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  • Jim: We've had a really neat experience here in the sequoias,
  • 00:23:33.290 --> 00:23:36.150
  • Sequoia National Forest.
  • 00:23:36.160 --> 00:23:38.240
  • I just love looking at these vistas and the beauty that
  • 00:23:38.250 --> 00:23:42.070
  • surrounds us, understanding that God created all this, and you
  • 00:23:42.080 --> 00:23:47.030
  • see the might and power of God.
  • 00:23:47.040 --> 00:23:49.260
  • But I also see God's mercy and grace any time we see the
  • 00:23:49.270 --> 00:23:55.040
  • purpose of creation, the reason of creation.
  • 00:23:55.050 --> 00:23:58.260
  • That he created all this for, of course, his glory but also for
  • 00:23:58.270 --> 00:24:04.040
  • our enjoyment, and we messed it up.
  • 00:24:04.050 --> 00:24:06.290
  • We sinned.
  • 00:24:07.000 --> 00:24:09.060
  • We've fallen short of the glory of God.
  • 00:24:09.070 --> 00:24:10.290
  • You just heard Stephanie singing "Please Believe," a song that
  • 00:24:11.000 --> 00:24:16.080
  • she's dedicated to her grandmother that has meant
  • 00:24:16.090 --> 00:24:19.090
  • so much to her.
  • 00:24:19.100 --> 00:24:20.210
  • And so many people in this world think that we can earn
  • 00:24:20.220 --> 00:24:24.110
  • eternal life, when the Bible says believe.
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  • Trust.
  • 00:24:28.130 --> 00:24:29.290
  • Depend not on ourselves, not in our religion, not in our
  • 00:24:30.000 --> 00:24:32.160
  • religious person, not in a priest or a pastor, but trust in
  • 00:24:32.170 --> 00:24:37.170
  • the person and work of Jesus, the Creator, the sustainer of
  • 00:24:37.180 --> 00:24:41.160
  • life, and also the Savior.
  • 00:24:41.170 --> 00:24:43.220
  • For those who trust in him he says, "I will save you forever
  • 00:24:43.230 --> 00:24:49.000
  • and ever," so today as we close our program about the amazing
  • 00:24:49.010 --> 00:24:53.240
  • sequoias in this amazing place the last thing I wanna say to
  • 00:24:53.250 --> 00:24:57.180
  • you is please believe.
  • 00:24:57.190 --> 00:25:01.030
  • "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten
  • 00:25:01.040 --> 00:25:04.010
  • Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have
  • 00:25:04.020 --> 00:25:09.240
  • everlasting life."
  • 00:25:09.250 --> 00:25:11.110
  • Don't trust in yourself.
  • 00:25:11.120 --> 00:25:13.080
  • Trust in the Lord Jesus Christ, and he says you will not perish
  • 00:25:13.090 --> 00:25:19.210
  • but have everlasting life.
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  • God bless you, and I hope to see you next time on "InGrace."
  • 00:25:23.010 --> 00:25:29.030
  • Jim: I really enjoyed making this DVD series, "The Ark of
  • 00:25:30.250 --> 00:25:34.080
  • Noah," because it is more than a story.
  • 00:25:34.090 --> 00:25:36.150
  • We interviewed people like Ken Ham and Andrew Snelling with
  • 00:25:36.160 --> 00:25:38.220
  • Answers in Genesis.
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  • We toured this incredible ark and, yes, all the animals could
  • 00:25:40.090 --> 00:25:44.060
  • fit on, and this DVD will tell you how that is true.
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  • Also, we went to the Grand Canyon.
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  • I fly you over the Grand Canyon.
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  • We explain how the Grand Canyon was formed, and it was not the
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  • Colorado River.
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  • A lot of the answers are in this DVD series.
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  • It's beautiful, it's entertaining, and it will help
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