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God's Christmas Card to You

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December 20, 2020
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On that first Christmas, God sent a very personal message.,#=#,Kerry Shook,Chris Shook,Peace;Trust God;Believe;Focus;Fear of the Lord;Love;Love of God;Savior;Relationship with God;Light of the World,Luke 2:10;Proverbs 9:10;1 John 4:18,1:14;Luke 2:11,19:10;Ephesians 1:7,Religion;Series,HD-KS2052,1237422

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  • says "do not be afraid," and itcomes with the gift
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  • of peace of mind.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • Chris Shook: MerryChristmas, guys.
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  • congregation: Merry Christmas.
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  • Kerry: Yeah, that was amazing.
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  • Chris: Wow, it's like an instantwinner of all the services.
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  • That was fantastic.
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  • Well, this year we're callingour Christmas Eve service "God's
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  • Christmas Card to You," becausewe believe God really does have
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  • a very personal and powerfulmessage just for you
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  • this Christmas.
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  • Kerry: I got an email from ayoung man in our church asking
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  • if I would read this at theChristmas services to surprise
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  • his parents, and it says this:"To my family and Woodlands
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  • Church family, I've been servingin the Middle East and will not
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  • be able to attend this year'sChristmas Eve services.
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  • This will be one of the rarestoccasions to not be present with
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  • my family, as we have atradition of attending the
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  • Christmas Eve serviceat Woodlands Church.
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  • So, to my parents, thank you somuch for your continued support
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  • of my choice to join the armedforces to serve this country.
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  • You have watched over me andprotected me all these years.
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  • Now it's my turn to protect you.
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  • Thank you for the many otherfamilies who have loved
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  • ones serving.
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  • Merry Christmas to all, andGod bless the United States
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  • of America, Jordan."
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  • Chris: Wow, we are so proud ofJordan and all the others from
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  • our church family who areserving, and for their families,
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  • as well.
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  • And getting cards and letterslike that from loved ones is one
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  • of the very best things aboutChristmas, and that's because
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  • they're so personal.
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  • When you get a Christmas card,you know that whoever wrote it
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  • sat down and took the time tothink of you, and you matter to
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  • them, and they wantedyou to know it.
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  • And we matter to God somuch that on that very first
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  • Christmas he sent us three verypersonal messages, and the first
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  • message that God has in hisChristmas card to you this year
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  • is "do not be afraid."
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  • Kerry: That's what the angelsaid to the shepherds in the
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  • very first Christmasin Luke 2:10.
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  • "But the angel said tothem, 'Do not be afraid.
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  • I bring you good news thatwill cause great joy for
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  • all people.'"
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  • Because of Christmas, youdon't have to be afraid.
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  • God has given us a personalChristmas card that says "do not
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  • be afraid," and it comes withthe gift of peace of mind.
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  • Unfortunately, it's a card thatwe hardly ever read, and it's a
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  • gift that we rarely open.
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  • When the angel said, "Fear not,"but it doesn't take much for our
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  • stomachs to get knotted withfear, and you can't help it when
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  • fear and anxiety floodyour mind and heart.
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  • But then, you have a choice.
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  • You get to choose whether youfocus on that fear and give it
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  • power over your life, or youfocus on God and let his peace
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  • rule in your heart.
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  • Chris: That's because we getto choose what we focus on, and
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  • whatever you feed grows, butlet's be honest we all have
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  • fears, fears that we're notstrong enough, not smart enough,
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  • not pretty enough, not valuableenough to that person that we
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  • really want to be valuable to.
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  • And basically, all of our fearscan be summed up in three little
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  • words: I'm not enough.
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  • Somewhere in the back of ourheads, when we lay our heads on
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  • the pillow at night, we feellike, "I just don't have what it
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  • takes, and I hopenobody finds out."
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  • So, how do we move from livingin that place of fear to living
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  • without it?
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  • If God sent us a Christmas cardthat says "Do not be afraid,"
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  • then that must be possible,so how do we do it?
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  • Let's just stop looking atourselves and keep our eyes
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  • on Jesus.
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  • Proverbs 9, verse 10 says,"The fear of the Lord is the
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  • beginning of wisdom."
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  • A lotta people think that thatphrase "fear of the Lord" means
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  • that God just wants us to beafraid of him, that he's really
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  • scary and he hopesthat we are scared.
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  • But understanding the originalHebrew word for fear, which is
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  • "yirah," changes all that,because, like a lot of Hebrew
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  • words, there's a much broadermeaning than the very narrow
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  • meaning that we assign tothe word "fear" in English.
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  • In Hebrew, the word "yirah" hasa much broader meaning, and it
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  • encompasses the really positivefeelings like honor and
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  • reverence and awe, so the fearof the Lord is a reverence
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  • for God.
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  • It's a holy wonder that allowsus to know him better and better
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  • as we realize moreand more of who he is.
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  • It reassures us of his power andcontrol over the world when we
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  • understand how filled with awewe can be in his presence, and
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  • it gives us a respect for himthat keeps us from sins that
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  • destroy our lives anddestroy our relationships.
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  • Now, let me showyou what I mean.
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  • Our one-year-old granddaughter,Mary Love, has this yirah sense
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  • of worshipful wonder everymorning when she crawls into the
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  • living room, let me show you.
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  • male: Oh.
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  • Mary Love Shook: Oh, wow.
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  • Chris: Mary Love canonly say three things.
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  • She knows how to say mama, dada,and oh, wow, and every single
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  • morning when she crawls intothe living room, she is just as
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  • amazed by the Christmas treeas she was the day before.
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  • It just never gets old.
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  • The second she sees a tree withlights on it, she says,
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  • "Oh, wow."
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  • Just yesterday morning, our sontold us that as they were trying
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  • to get her into her highchairfor breakfast and she was really
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  • fussy and crying, they thought,"Okay, let's turn the Christmas
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  • lights on, on the tree andthat'll distract her."
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  • And they turned the tree lightson, and she was still crying,
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  • and she said, "Oh, wow."
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  • It hit me when I saw it, becauseMary Love was more in awe of a
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  • Christmas tree than, it seems,that I am of the Savior that
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  • it's meant to celebrate.
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  • Our RSVP to God's Christmasmessage, "Do not be afraid,"
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  • should be, "Oh, wow.
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  • Oh, wow, God.
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  • You really are all-powerful.
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  • You really are strongerthan I can ever imagine."
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  • And when I realize, "God, howstrong you are," it helps me
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  • remember, "I don't have tobe afraid of anything in
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  • this life," it takesmy fears away.
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  • My fears evaporate when Iremember to focus on how much
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  • wonder there is in our God,how amazing, how powerful, how
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  • strong he is.
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  • When we stop and look up atthe night sky instead of just
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  • rushing from our--from theparking lot over to the next
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  • shopping place, to the next, ifwe'll just stop and look up and
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  • say, "Oh, wow.
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  • Why am I so stressed out?
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  • God, you're in control," or welisten to a child's laugh, our
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  • focus shifts away from ourworries, and we sense the awe
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  • and wonder of beingin a holy moment.
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  • And it's sacred and beautiful.
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  • It's only when we see howbig God is that we finally
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  • understand that wedon't have to be afraid.
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  • If you have this yirah fear ofGod, you won't fear anything
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  • else in this life.
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  • Kerry: Did you know theopposite of fear is not faith?
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  • The Bible says the oppositeof fear is not faith, it's love.
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  • In 1 John 4:18 it says,"There is no fear in love.
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  • But perfect lovedrives out fear."
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  • The more you grasp how much Godloves you, the more you trust
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  • him with the worriesthat are in your life.
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  • The biggest oh-wow I've everdiscovered, the biggest oh-wow
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  • moment of my life was when Idiscovered that God who created
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  • the universe loves me.
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  • See, Christmas showsus that God is caring.
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  • Creation shows us that Godis powerful and creative, but
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  • Christmas showsus that God cares.
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  • He cared so much that 2.000years ago he sent his personal
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  • Christmas card to be born ina filthy animal stable, in a
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  • manger so that we could see thatGod loves us, that God cares, so
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  • that he could say, "Don't beafraid, because you are loved."
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  • female announcer: Still tocome with Pastor Kerry Shook.
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  • Chris: That's why Jesus came atChristmas, to seek and save all
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  • who are lost.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • announcer: This holidayseason, as we give thanks and
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  • celebrate the gift of Christ, weshould also recognize the gift
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  • we have in each day.
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  • At Kerry Shook Ministries, weare dedicated to sharing that
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  • gospel truth all over the worldthrough inspiring, creative
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  • biblical teaching andlife-transforming ministry, but
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  • we don't do it alone.
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  • It's only with the helpof friends like you.
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  • That's why today, as a specialthank you for your support,
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  • Pastors Kerry and Chris wannasend you their latest book,
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  • "The Gift of One Day," alongwith the companion
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  • "Miracle Book" journal.
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  • The miracle journal is designedto help you appreciate the
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  • miracle of small moments.
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  • When paired with "The Gift ofOne Day" book, you will find
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  • renewed hope inthis coming year.
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  • This popular bundle also makesthe perfect gift for a
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  • loved one.
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  • To request yours call usnow at 844-34-KERRY or go to
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  • kerryshook.org.
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  • Kerry: And the Bible containsnot just words on pages, but
  • 00:10:34.316 --> 00:10:38.120
  • it's the Word, Jesus Christ,that comes alive when we read
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  • the Bible, and the Bible comesalive in our life, and we give
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  • Christ a chance toreally bring us to life.
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  • And when you open up the Bibleand you read the words on the
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  • page, those words come alive.
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  • It says in John 1:14, "TheWord became flesh and made his
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  • dwelling among us.
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  • We have seen his glory, theglory of the one and only Son,
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  • who came from the Father,full of grace and truth."
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  • The Word, Jesus Christ, theSon of God, left the comfort of
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  • heaven's palace, and he cameinto our broken world, and he
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  • wrapped himself in frail humanflesh to become one of us.
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  • He came right into our mess sowe could clearly understand
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  • his message.
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  • There was no other way for himto communicate with us, for us
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  • to see what God is like.
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  • He came right into our mess sowe could understand his message,
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  • and the second message that hewrites on his personal Christmas
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  • card to you is that"you are not alone."
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  • Chris: And one of the biggestlies that Satan uses to keep us
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  • from experiencing the joy andpeace of Christmas is by telling
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  • us, "You are all alone."
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  • He'll tell you that you're theonly one going through what
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  • you're going through.
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  • I mean, nobody elsewould understand.
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  • That nobody else ishurting in the way you are.
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  • "Look, everybodyelse seems happy.
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  • You must be the only one witha problem, and no one else is
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  • struggling with that secretproblem that you have, so you
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  • better just keep it to yourselfbecause nobody else is dealing
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  • with the same thing."
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  • And that is justnot true, it's not true.
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  • We are not alone.
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  • Christmas tells uswe're not alone.
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  • Sure, we all have hurts andstruggles and problems and pain
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  • because we're not in heaven yet,but God knows, and he cares, and
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  • he came at Christmas to letus know you are not alone.
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  • Kerry: God came at Christmasbecause he wants to be with us.
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  • The problem is our sins separateus from perfect Holy God, so
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  • that's why I'm so gratefulthat Christ came at Christmas.
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  • Not just to be with us,but also to save us.
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  • Let's look again at what theangel said to the shepherds on
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  • that first Christmas.
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  • "Today in the town of David aSavior has been born to you; he
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  • is the Messiah, the Lord."
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  • "A Savior has been born to you."
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  • Jesus came to save us from oursins that separated us from
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  • perfect God, and then to bringus back into the deep connection
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  • with our Creator thatwe were created for.
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  • He came to be with us sothat he could save us.
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  • I'm so glad that we have a Godwho doesn't just come to be with
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  • us but has no power to save us,to meet our needs, to give us
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  • his strength inour time of need.
  • 00:13:32.995 --> 00:13:35.497
  • I'm so thankful we have a Godwho came to be with us so that
  • 00:13:35.531 --> 00:13:38.667
  • he could save us.
  • 00:13:38.701 --> 00:13:40.269
  • I mean, can you imagine fallingoff a boat in the middle of the
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  • ocean, and you're feeling reallystupid that you did that, and
  • 00:13:42.805 --> 00:13:47.910
  • then you're filled with fearas you see the boat leaving?
  • 00:13:47.943 --> 00:13:50.613
  • And, apparently, no one knewthat you fell off, and there you
  • 00:13:50.646 --> 00:13:53.015
  • are in the middle of the oceantrying to stay afloat, and
  • 00:13:53.048 --> 00:13:55.217
  • you're tiring out, and you'rejust about to go under.
  • 00:13:55.251 --> 00:13:57.353
  • And then, you see a coastguardhelicopter come overhead, and
  • 00:13:57.386 --> 00:14:00.222
  • you're overjoyed.
  • 00:14:00.256 --> 00:14:02.024
  • And you thought you were goingto drown, and now you're gonna
  • 00:14:02.057 --> 00:14:05.861
  • be rescued from the desperatesituation that you got
  • 00:14:05.895 --> 00:14:08.530
  • yourself into.
  • 00:14:08.564 --> 00:14:10.099
  • And then, someone jumps from thehelicopter, splashes down right
  • 00:14:10.132 --> 00:14:12.668
  • next to you, swims up toyou, and you can't contain
  • 00:14:12.701 --> 00:14:15.304
  • it anymore.
  • 00:14:15.337 --> 00:14:16.639
  • You yell out, "Thank youso much for saving me.
  • 00:14:16.672 --> 00:14:19.575
  • I thought I was going under.
  • 00:14:19.608 --> 00:14:21.310
  • Thank you."
  • 00:14:21.343 --> 00:14:24.346
  • And the guy says, "Save you?
  • 00:14:24.380 --> 00:14:26.849
  • No, I'm just hereto be with you.
  • 00:14:26.882 --> 00:14:28.484
  • I've got these kid floaties on.
  • 00:14:28.517 --> 00:14:30.119
  • I can't even swim.
  • 00:14:30.152 --> 00:14:31.754
  • In fact, they barely hold me up,and they can't hold both of
  • 00:14:31.787 --> 00:14:34.323
  • us up.
  • 00:14:34.356 --> 00:14:35.791
  • I'm not here to save you.
  • 00:14:35.824 --> 00:14:37.126
  • I'm just here to be with you,just to make you feel better
  • 00:14:37.159 --> 00:14:39.895
  • about yourself while you drown."
  • 00:14:39.929 --> 00:14:43.699
  • I mean, that's ridiculous.
  • 00:14:43.732 --> 00:14:46.368
  • I'm so thankful that we have aGod who didn't just come to be
  • 00:14:46.402 --> 00:14:48.804
  • with us, but he hasthe power to save us.
  • 00:14:48.837 --> 00:14:50.873
  • We have a God who, like acoast-guard rescuer, jumps right
  • 00:14:50.906 --> 00:14:53.409
  • into our mess to be with us, buthe reaches out a strong hand.
  • 00:14:53.442 --> 00:14:58.781
  • And if we'll reach up and takehis hand, then he will save us
  • 00:14:58.814 --> 00:15:02.284
  • out of the sins that we'redrowning in and bring us to
  • 00:15:02.318 --> 00:15:04.787
  • safety in his arms.
  • 00:15:04.820 --> 00:15:06.255
  • I am so glad that God's sent aSavior at Christmas because I
  • 00:15:06.288 --> 00:15:09.725
  • needed to be saved from my sins.
  • 00:15:09.758 --> 00:15:12.594
  • Chris: The Bible tells us thatthe opposite of being saved
  • 00:15:12.628 --> 00:15:15.097
  • is being lost.
  • 00:15:15.130 --> 00:15:16.465
  • Luke 19, verse 10.
  • 00:15:16.498 --> 00:15:18.567
  • That Jesus said, "For the Son ofMan came to seek and to save
  • 00:15:18.600 --> 00:15:22.404
  • the lost."
  • 00:15:22.438 --> 00:15:23.739
  • That's why Jesus came atChristmas, to seek and save all
  • 00:15:23.772 --> 00:15:27.443
  • who are lost.
  • 00:15:27.476 --> 00:15:28.777
  • Some people who think thatthat's a negative term don't
  • 00:15:28.811 --> 00:15:33.215
  • really understand what it'smeant to say, because when you
  • 00:15:33.248 --> 00:15:36.819
  • use the term "lost" to describesomeone who isn't a Christ
  • 00:15:36.852 --> 00:15:39.588
  • follower, it's nota negative term.
  • 00:15:39.621 --> 00:15:43.659
  • If I can't find something thatreally isn't of value to me,
  • 00:15:43.692 --> 00:15:48.397
  • maybe a safety pin or a pencil,then I just misplaced it.
  • 00:15:48.430 --> 00:15:53.569
  • I mean, sure I don't know whereit is, but I'm not gonna waste
  • 00:15:53.602 --> 00:15:56.171
  • my time looking for it.
  • 00:15:56.205 --> 00:15:58.240
  • On the other hand, if I can'tfind something that I really
  • 00:15:58.273 --> 00:16:02.044
  • care about, that I need, well,then, I lost it, and I will hunt
  • 00:16:02.077 --> 00:16:06.115
  • it down until I find it.
  • 00:16:06.148 --> 00:16:08.650
  • I lose my keys more oftenthan I would like to admit.
  • 00:16:08.684 --> 00:16:11.653
  • Usually, I'm on my way out thedoor, and it's like, "Oh,
  • 00:16:11.687 --> 00:16:13.555
  • where are my keys?"
  • 00:16:13.589 --> 00:16:15.457
  • And I have to turn the houseupside down looking for them.
  • 00:16:15.491 --> 00:16:18.260
  • I know some of you are thinking,"Here's what you can do.
  • 00:16:18.293 --> 00:16:20.562
  • You can put a hookby your door."
  • 00:16:20.596 --> 00:16:22.164
  • I know.
  • 00:16:22.197 --> 00:16:23.499
  • I just can't connect the partwhere you put the keys on the
  • 00:16:23.532 --> 00:16:25.701
  • hook when you come in, but if Ican't find them, it's lost, and
  • 00:16:25.734 --> 00:16:30.839
  • I will hunt them down.
  • 00:16:30.873 --> 00:16:32.508
  • If you lose yourwallet, what do you do?
  • 00:16:32.541 --> 00:16:34.676
  • Just say, "Oh, whatever"?
  • 00:16:34.710 --> 00:16:36.678
  • No, you hunt it down.
  • 00:16:36.712 --> 00:16:38.213
  • You don't wanna have to go get anew driver's license and figure
  • 00:16:38.247 --> 00:16:42.117
  • out everything elsethat was in your wallet.
  • 00:16:42.151 --> 00:16:44.453
  • You hunt it down because itmatters, and when you're not
  • 00:16:44.486 --> 00:16:48.190
  • connected with God you're lost.
  • 00:16:48.223 --> 00:16:50.392
  • Not because he has lost you, butbecause you've lost so much.
  • 00:16:50.426 --> 00:16:55.964
  • When you're not connected withhim, you lose your purpose.
  • 00:16:55.998 --> 00:16:58.500
  • You lose direction.
  • 00:16:58.534 --> 00:16:59.835
  • You lose peace ofmind, fulfillment.
  • 00:16:59.868 --> 00:17:02.337
  • You lose a home in heaven, butthere is one thing that you will
  • 00:17:02.371 --> 00:17:06.408
  • never ever lose, and thatis your value to God.
  • 00:17:06.442 --> 00:17:11.480
  • You'll never lose it.
  • 00:17:11.513 --> 00:17:12.881
  • You don't have to worry aboutmisplacing that because he will
  • 00:17:12.915 --> 00:17:16.952
  • never lose you.
  • 00:17:16.985 --> 00:17:18.787
  • He always has his eye on you.
  • 00:17:18.821 --> 00:17:20.756
  • You're so valuable to God thathe gave his life to seek you and
  • 00:17:20.789 --> 00:17:24.193
  • to save you.
  • 00:17:24.226 --> 00:17:25.527
  • And even if you keep runningaway from him, he'll keep
  • 00:17:25.561 --> 00:17:28.030
  • seeking after you becauseof your great worth to him.
  • 00:17:28.063 --> 00:17:31.667
  • Ephesians 1, verse 7 tells usthat "in Christ we are set free
  • 00:17:31.700 --> 00:17:36.572
  • by the blood of his death, andso we have forgiveness of sins.
  • 00:17:36.605 --> 00:17:40.809
  • How rich is God's grace."
  • 00:17:40.843 --> 00:17:43.912
  • Jesus was born inBethlehem to die.
  • 00:17:43.946 --> 00:17:47.316
  • He was born to die.
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  • He was born to go to the cross,to shed his perfect, sinless
  • 00:17:48.684 --> 00:17:52.387
  • blood to forgive all of our sinsand bring us back into a love
  • 00:17:52.421 --> 00:17:56.892
  • relationship with theGod who created us.
  • 00:17:56.925 --> 00:17:59.828
  • Jesus says to you thisChristmas, "You're not alone,
  • 00:17:59.862 --> 00:18:03.332
  • and I want to forgiveyou and restore you."
  • 00:18:03.365 --> 00:18:06.902
  • So, how can we respond tothat kind of astounding grace?
  • 00:18:06.935 --> 00:18:10.973
  • Well, after we get past, "Oh,wow," it's to agree with him
  • 00:18:11.006 --> 00:18:17.412
  • that we need a Savior, and theway to do that is simply by
  • 00:18:17.446 --> 00:18:20.849
  • saying, "I'm sorry.
  • 00:18:20.883 --> 00:18:23.619
  • I'm sorry, Jesus, for the wayI've really messed things up.
  • 00:18:23.652 --> 00:18:28.323
  • I'm sorry that Ikeep choosing myself.
  • 00:18:28.357 --> 00:18:30.926
  • I'm sorry that even though Ikeep trying to save myself and
  • 00:18:30.959 --> 00:18:33.929
  • rescue myself and it doesn'twork, I keep doing the same
  • 00:18:33.962 --> 00:18:37.633
  • things, thinking somehow I'mgoing to find my way out.
  • 00:18:37.666 --> 00:18:42.337
  • But the truth is, Jesus, I needyou to save and restore me."
  • 00:18:42.371 --> 00:18:46.108
  • In John 8:12 Jesus said, "Iam the light for the world!
  • 00:18:46.141 --> 00:18:50.512
  • Follow me, and you won'tbe walking in the dark.
  • 00:18:50.546 --> 00:18:53.615
  • You'll have lightthat gives life."
  • 00:18:53.649 --> 00:18:56.785
  • Do you feel like you're walkingin the dark, like you need to
  • 00:18:56.818 --> 00:19:00.155
  • make decisions and you're noteven sure which way to go?
  • 00:19:00.189 --> 00:19:02.858
  • It just seems likethere is darkness.
  • 00:19:02.891 --> 00:19:05.227
  • You really don't see a path toget to the place you wanna
  • 00:19:05.260 --> 00:19:08.063
  • be at.
  • 00:19:08.096 --> 00:19:09.398
  • Well, Jesus says that all youhave to do is stop following
  • 00:19:09.431 --> 00:19:11.633
  • after things that don't satisfy,and then just take one step of
  • 00:19:11.667 --> 00:19:15.737
  • faith out of the dark and intohis light, the light of his love
  • 00:19:15.771 --> 00:19:19.575
  • and grace and forgivenessand heaven one day.
  • 00:19:19.608 --> 00:19:22.678
  • It's one step of faith into hisforever family, 'cause that's
  • 00:19:22.711 --> 00:19:26.515
  • what we are.
  • 00:19:26.548 --> 00:19:27.849
  • We're a family.
  • 00:19:27.883 --> 00:19:29.184
  • We're the adopted sons anddaughters of the most powerful,
  • 00:19:29.218 --> 00:19:33.989
  • high, true God.
  • 00:19:34.022 --> 00:19:36.558
  • Timothy Paul Jones tell us abouthow he came to understand this
  • 00:19:36.592 --> 00:19:39.261
  • through an experience with hiseight-year-old adopted daughter.
  • 00:19:39.294 --> 00:19:42.764
  • This little girl--we'll callher Anna--had been adopted
  • 00:19:42.798 --> 00:19:45.934
  • previously by another familywhen she was six, but that
  • 00:19:45.968 --> 00:19:49.972
  • family had never reallyfully accepted her.
  • 00:19:50.005 --> 00:19:52.641
  • She was never reallyintegrated into the family.
  • 00:19:52.674 --> 00:19:55.277
  • And, among other things, thatfamily liked to go to Disney
  • 00:19:55.310 --> 00:19:58.547
  • World with their biologicalchildren, but they always left
  • 00:19:58.580 --> 00:20:02.084
  • Anna at home with a friend.
  • 00:20:02.117 --> 00:20:04.119
  • Usually, at least in Anna'smind, this happened because
  • 00:20:04.152 --> 00:20:07.556
  • she'd done something wrong.
  • 00:20:07.589 --> 00:20:09.658
  • And so, after that adoption wasreversed and Anna was adopted
  • 00:20:09.691 --> 00:20:16.565
  • into Timothy Jones's family,they had really wanted to make a
  • 00:20:16.598 --> 00:20:21.270
  • change for her, because theyknew that Anna had heard all
  • 00:20:21.303 --> 00:20:24.406
  • about the rides and thecharacters and the parades, but
  • 00:20:24.439 --> 00:20:27.576
  • she'd never stepped intothe Magic Kingdom herself.
  • 00:20:27.609 --> 00:20:31.647
  • And so, Timothy and his wife,wanting to make Anna's dreams
  • 00:20:31.680 --> 00:20:35.584
  • come true, gathered all theirkids together, and they said,
  • 00:20:35.617 --> 00:20:38.787
  • "Guess what?
  • 00:20:38.820 --> 00:20:40.522
  • We have a great surprise.
  • 00:20:40.555 --> 00:20:42.157
  • Next month, we're going on afamily trip to Disney World."
  • 00:20:42.190 --> 00:20:46.461
  • And all the kids were jumpingup and down and so excited, but
  • 00:20:46.495 --> 00:20:50.532
  • Anna's response was nothinglike they expected, because she
  • 00:20:50.565 --> 00:20:54.836
  • suddenly began to startlying for no reason.
  • 00:20:54.870 --> 00:20:59.007
  • She started stealing thingsaround the house and insulting
  • 00:20:59.041 --> 00:21:02.277
  • her new siblings at everyopportunity, trying to think of
  • 00:21:02.311 --> 00:21:05.647
  • the most cutting remarks shecould to hurt their feelings.
  • 00:21:05.681 --> 00:21:09.451
  • It was just nonstop.
  • 00:21:09.484 --> 00:21:11.053
  • And so, a couple days beforethe trip Timothy pulled his new,
  • 00:21:11.086 --> 00:21:16.191
  • sweet eight-year-old daughterinto his lap to talk about her
  • 00:21:16.224 --> 00:21:19.194
  • behavior, but before he couldsay anything Anna said, "I know
  • 00:21:19.227 --> 00:21:24.199
  • what you're gonna do.
  • 00:21:24.232 --> 00:21:25.701
  • You're not going to take meto Disney World, are you?"
  • 00:21:25.734 --> 00:21:29.204
  • And he answered, "Well, is thistrip something we're doing as
  • 00:21:29.237 --> 00:21:33.075
  • a family?"
  • 00:21:33.108 --> 00:21:34.409
  • And she nodded yesthrough her tears.
  • 00:21:34.443 --> 00:21:37.512
  • And he said, "Well, areyou part of this family?"
  • 00:21:37.546 --> 00:21:40.048
  • And she nodded yes.
  • 00:21:40.082 --> 00:21:41.850
  • And he said, "Well, then,you're going with us."
  • 00:21:41.883 --> 00:21:46.722
  • And even though her behaviordidn't really change, Anna
  • 00:21:46.755 --> 00:21:51.093
  • joined the family, of course,because it was her family, and
  • 00:21:51.126 --> 00:21:54.996
  • they went to Disney Worldtogether, and they got to
  • 00:21:55.030 --> 00:21:58.633
  • experience all of it.
  • 00:21:58.667 --> 00:22:00.202
  • Anna finally experienced all thecharacters and the lines and the
  • 00:22:00.235 --> 00:22:06.742
  • rides and the lines and theparades and the lines, the
  • 00:22:06.775 --> 00:22:11.413
  • churros, and the food and thelines and everything
  • 00:22:11.446 --> 00:22:14.249
  • that's Disney.
  • 00:22:14.282 --> 00:22:16.184
  • And they got to the end of areally exhausting day, and her
  • 00:22:16.218 --> 00:22:22.591
  • dad picked her up, and shesettled into his arms and said,
  • 00:22:22.624 --> 00:22:27.763
  • "Daddy, I finally got to goto Disney World, but it wasn't
  • 00:22:27.796 --> 00:22:32.200
  • because I was good.
  • 00:22:32.234 --> 00:22:33.869
  • It's because I'm yours."
  • 00:22:33.902 --> 00:22:36.872
  • And that right there is themessage of God's outrageous
  • 00:22:36.905 --> 00:22:41.009
  • grace for us.
  • 00:22:41.042 --> 00:22:42.544
  • See, it wasn'tbecause we're good.
  • 00:22:42.577 --> 00:22:45.247
  • It's because we're his.
  • 00:22:45.280 --> 00:22:47.215
  • Outrageous grace isn't a favoryou can earn by being good.
  • 00:22:47.249 --> 00:22:50.318
  • It's a gift you receive bybeing God's, his love that came
  • 00:22:50.352 --> 00:22:55.524
  • looking for you while you werecursing him, his love that calls
  • 00:22:55.557 --> 00:22:59.761
  • you into his kingdom.
  • 00:22:59.795 --> 00:23:01.096
  • Not because you've been good,but because you've been chosen.
  • 00:23:01.129 --> 00:23:05.167
  • He's chasing you to the endsof the earth to keep you as his
  • 00:23:05.200 --> 00:23:08.336
  • child and nothing in heavenor in hell will ever stop him.
  • 00:23:08.370 --> 00:23:12.407
  • He is coming after you.
  • 00:23:12.441 --> 00:23:14.776
  • God wants to adopt you into hisforever family, but it's all
  • 00:23:14.810 --> 00:23:18.213
  • his grace.
  • 00:23:18.246 --> 00:23:19.581
  • So, our response to hisquestion, "Will you follow me?"
  • 00:23:19.614 --> 00:23:24.519
  • should be yes, yes.
  • 00:23:24.553 --> 00:23:27.088
  • God invites you to be in hisforever family, but you have to
  • 00:23:27.122 --> 00:23:30.525
  • choose to be adopted.
  • 00:23:30.559 --> 00:23:33.061
  • Kerry: When you say yes tofollowing Christ, you receive
  • 00:23:33.094 --> 00:23:35.864
  • his free forgiveness, and hecomes to live inside you through
  • 00:23:35.897 --> 00:23:39.468
  • his Holy Spirit.
  • 00:23:39.501 --> 00:23:40.802
  • I mean, the God of the universeliterally comes to live inside
  • 00:23:40.836 --> 00:23:42.804
  • you, to give you thepower to follow him.
  • 00:23:42.838 --> 00:23:46.608
  • And not only that, inside God'sChristmas card to you is a gift.
  • 00:23:46.641 --> 00:23:51.746
  • It's the free gift of eternallife in heaven one day.
  • 00:23:51.780 --> 00:23:55.450
  • See, one day your heart willstop beating, but you will live
  • 00:23:55.484 --> 00:23:58.153
  • on in eternity.
  • 00:23:58.186 --> 00:24:00.121
  • You were made for eternity, andwhen you RSVP a yes to Christ's
  • 00:24:00.155 --> 00:24:05.227
  • invitation to follow him, youreceive a free ticket to heaven
  • 00:24:05.260 --> 00:24:08.263
  • that you can neverearn and never deserve.
  • 00:24:08.296 --> 00:24:10.699
  • And all you haveto do is say yes.
  • 00:24:10.732 --> 00:24:13.235
  • You don't have to fear deathbecause you get to be with
  • 00:24:13.268 --> 00:24:16.371
  • Christ forever, and the ultimateplace of fulfillment, heaven.
  • 00:24:16.404 --> 00:24:20.675
  • Chris: Look at thisverse in Revelation.
  • 00:24:20.709 --> 00:24:23.011
  • "After this I heard whatsounded like the roar of a great
  • 00:24:23.044 --> 00:24:26.815
  • multitude in heavenshouting: 'Hallelujah!
  • 00:24:26.848 --> 00:24:30.585
  • Salvation and glory and powerbelong to our God.'"
  • 00:24:30.619 --> 00:24:35.924
  • That word "hallelujah" means"praise the Lord" in every
  • 00:24:35.957 --> 00:24:41.062
  • single language on the planet.
  • 00:24:41.096 --> 00:24:43.498
  • Did you know that you can go toany country where they speak any
  • 00:24:43.532 --> 00:24:46.434
  • language, any culture, and theword "hallelujah" means the
  • 00:24:46.468 --> 00:24:50.539
  • same thing?
  • 00:24:50.572 --> 00:24:52.207
  • Praise the Lord.
  • 00:24:52.240 --> 00:24:54.309
  • In heaven, we will join withmultitudes of people rejoicing
  • 00:24:54.342 --> 00:24:58.446
  • in every language, singing in aplace that's more real than the
  • 00:24:58.480 --> 00:25:04.786
  • room you're in right now.
  • 00:25:04.819 --> 00:25:06.688
  • This is a real thing, a realplace, and a real song,
  • 00:25:06.721 --> 00:25:11.426
  • a real praise.
  • 00:25:11.459 --> 00:25:13.562
  • We'll be singing, "Hallelujah.
  • 00:25:13.595 --> 00:25:15.830
  • Praise the Lord for hissalvation I never could have
  • 00:25:15.864 --> 00:25:20.669
  • deserved, hallelujah.hallelujah, hallelujah.
  • 00:25:20.702 --> 00:25:25.240
  • Praise the Lord."
  • 00:25:25.273 --> 00:25:26.975
  • ♪♪♪
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  • Chris: We're so gladthat you joined us for the
  • 00:25:35.250 --> 00:25:36.785
  • message today and hope that itimpacts your life all week long.
  • 00:25:36.818 --> 00:25:40.689
  • Kerry: And, Chris, I know thatthere's many out there who've
  • 00:25:40.722 --> 00:25:43.725
  • never received Christ, and allyou have to do is just pray and
  • 00:25:43.758 --> 00:25:47.862
  • ask for his salvation and say,"Jesus Christ, forgive me of all
  • 00:25:47.896 --> 00:25:51.199
  • my sins.
  • 00:25:51.232 --> 00:25:52.534
  • Come into my life,be the Lord of my life.
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  • I accept your free gift ofsalvation and heaven one day."
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  • And if you pray that prayer,Christ will come into your life,
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  • and he'll never leave you.
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  • announcer: This holidayseason, as we give thanks
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  • and celebrate the gift ofChrist, we should also
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  • recognize the giftwe have in each day.
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  • At Kerry Shook Ministries,we are dedicated to
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  • sharing that Gospel truthall over the world through
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  • inspiring, creativebiblical teaching, and
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  • life-transformingministry, but we don't do
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  • it alone.
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  • It's only with the helpof friends like you.
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  • That's why today, as aspecial thank you for your
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  • support, pastors Kerry andChris want to send you
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  • their latest book, "TheGift of One Day," along
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  • with a companion,"Miracle" book journal.
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  • The "Miracle" journalis designed to help you
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  • appreciate the miracleof small moments.
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  • When paired with "The Giftof One Day" book, you will
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  • find renewed hopein this coming year.
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  • This popular bundle alsomakes the perfect gift for
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  • a loved one.
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  • To request yours, call usnow at 844-34-KERRY, or go
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  • to KerryShook.org.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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