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A Good Story

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January 31, 2021
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Pastor Kerry reviews the story of the prodigal son to help us understand how painful stories can develop into good stories with God's guidance.

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  • but it doesn't haveto be a bad story.
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  • God writes good stories.
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  • CC by Aberdeen Captioning1-800-688-6621 abercap.com
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  • Kerry: Today I'm talkingabout an amazing and epic
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  • story filled with the highesthighs and the lowest lows.
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  • It's a feel-good story, and it'salso a really painful story.
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  • It's comedy, and it's a tragedy.
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  • It's a suspense thrillerwhere you can't wait to
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  • see what happens next,and sometimes, though,
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  • it's a slow-moving drama thatyou just have to trudge through.
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  • It's a story of love,and it's a story of loss.
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  • It's a heartwarming story, andit's a heart-wrenching story.
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  • It's a success story,and it's a failure story.
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  • But most of all,it's a real story,
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  • because it's the story of you.
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  • Elie Wiesel said that the reasonGod created human beings is
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  • because he loves stories,and that's so true.
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  • God is captivatedby the story of you,
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  • not the fiction story that you'dlike God and everyone else to
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  • believe, not the imageof you but the real you.
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  • Yours is a non-fiction story.
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  • It's real.
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  • It's raw.
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  • I mean, it is a real story.
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  • It's not some fairy talewhere everything always
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  • works out perfect.
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  • It is a non-fiction story,but it doesn't have to be
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  • a non-fulfilling story, becauseGod always writes good stories.
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  • And so we're starting this newseries today that we're calling
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  • "The Story of You" because youhave some wonderful chapters in
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  • your life, you have somepainful chapters in your life.
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  • You have some good chapters,you have some bad chapters,
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  • but it doesn't haveto be a bad story.
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  • God writes good stories.
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  • And if you give him the pen,he'll write something amazing
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  • with your life.
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  • He'll write a really good story.
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  • So I want you to openyour Bibles to one verse:
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  • 2 Samuel chapter 22, verse 25.
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  • Well, just follow alongwith me, one verse.
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  • "God rewrote the text of my lifewhen I opened the book of my
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  • heart to his eyes."
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  • You can be seated.
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  • Jesus Christ was the greateststoryteller of all time.
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  • I love this versein Matthew 13:34.
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  • It says, "All Jesus didthat day was tell stories,
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  • a long storytelling afternoon."
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  • Can you imagine?
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  • Wouldn't it have been amazingjust to sit before Jesus and
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  • have him tell thosespellbinding stories?
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  • "His storytelling fulfilled theprophecy: 'I will open my mouth
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  • and tell stories.
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  • I will bring out into the openthings hidden since the world's
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  • first day.'"
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  • The people listening to Jesus'sstories were spellbound,
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  • on the edge of their seat.
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  • He was the master storyteller.
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  • Jesus alwayspreached in stories.
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  • Why did he do that?
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  • Because he created usand he knew that we were
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  • created for story.
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  • That's the only thingyou remember that I say.
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  • You don't rememberanything of my message,
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  • but you'll remember,"Oh, he told a good story."
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  • We remember stories, why?
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  • We were made to remember storiesbecause we were made for story,
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  • and your life is a story.
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  • Whether you like it or not,whether it's good or bad,
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  • your life is alwaysspeaking a message.
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  • Your life is always telling astory to the people around you.
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  • And so what kind ofstory are you telling?
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  • Well, I want us to kick off theseries by looking at the most
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  • famous story Jesus ever told.
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  • And in a way, this storyis the story of us all.
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  • In Luke 15, verse 11 itsays, "Jesus continued,
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  • 'There was a manwho had two sons.
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  • The younger onesaid to his father,
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  • 'Father, give me myshare of the estate.'
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  • So he divided hisproperty between them.'"
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  • So the characters in thestory are a father and two sons.
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  • Now, the father represents God.
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  • The younger son is whatwe call the prodigal son.
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  • He demands hisinheritance early,
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  • and he runs as far awayfrom the father as he can go.
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  • Now, we always call this storythe story of the prodigal son,
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  • but Jesus didn't call it that.
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  • It's just what we've labeledit as in our Bibles years later
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  • because, really, this is thestory of a loving father.
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  • This is the storyof the loving father.
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  • The father's the maincharacter in the story,
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  • not the prodigal son.
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  • And you're not the maincharacter in your story,
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  • God is.
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  • God is the main character.
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  • History is his storyfrom beginning to end.
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  • It's all God's story, andwe just get to be in it.
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  • God is the main character.
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  • But this young man,the prodigal son,
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  • he wanted to be the maincharacter in his story.
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  • So what does he do?
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  • He demands his inheritanceearly while his father
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  • is still living.
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  • Now, everyone in Middle Easternculture knew what that meant
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  • because if a son demanded hisinheritance while his father
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  • was still living, the sonwas practically saying,
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  • "I wish you were dead.
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  • And I'm gonna writeyou out of my story.
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  • I don't want you to bepart of my story at all.
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  • I'm gonna live as if you'renot a part of my story."
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  • And so he ran as far awayfrom the father as he could go.
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  • And some of you are living as ifGod is not part of your story.
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  • Some of you aretrying to erase God.
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  • You're trying to say, you know,"I don't want God to be part of
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  • my story.
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  • I wanna write my own story anddo what I wanna do in life."
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  • But then some of youare Christ followers,
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  • who, this week, you've lived asif God is not really part of
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  • your story because you've beenfilled with worry and anxiety
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  • and you haven't beenpraying about it.
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  • You've got this problemthat's just looming over you,
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  • but you're not taking it to God.
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  • You're living like apractical atheist.
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  • Sometimes we as Christ followerslive as if God doesn't exist.
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  • We live as if God isnot part of our story.
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  • God is the maincharacter in the story,
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  • whether you make him themain character or not.
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  • But this young man decidedthat he wanted to be the main
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  • character of his story.
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  • He felt like heknew what was best.
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  • He felt like the setting hewas in was holding him back.
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  • See, the setting for thestory is the father's house,
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  • that connection with the father.
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  • But the son said, "I wanna bethe main character in the story.
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  • So I'm gonna leave and I'mgonna go as far away from you
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  • as I can because you'renot part of my story."
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  • But it didn't matterhow far he ran,
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  • the father was stillthe main character.
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  • And doesn't matter howfar you run away from God,
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  • God is still the maincharacter of your life.
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  • He's the main character of life,whether you make him that in
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  • your life or not.
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  • Well, the son was living asif his father wasn't part
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  • of the story.
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  • He wants to be the maincharacter in his world and it
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  • ends in failure and pain.
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  • He squanders all ofhis money, you know,
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  • on trying to buy friends andplease people and on pleasure
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  • and partying, and soon all ofhis bad decisions come back to
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  • get him because heends up in a pigpen.
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  • A famine hits the landand he has to get a job,
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  • and the only job he canfind is feeding pigs
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  • pig slop in a pigpen.
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  • And he has to waituntil the pigs eat,
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  • and his pay is he gets to eatsome of the leftovers after
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  • the pigs eat.
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  • So he's lower than the pigs.
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  • Now, everyone hearingJesus speak this story,
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  • I mean, they knew exactly whathe meant because for a Middle
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  • Eastern Jew a pig was themost unclean animal there was,
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  • and the lowest job you couldever have was feeding pigs in a
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  • pigpen, especially whenthe pigs came before you.
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  • They got to eat beforeyou got to the trough.
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  • I mean, so they knew Jesuswas saying this guy had
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  • hit rock bottom.
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  • He started out so proud,thinking that he could be
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  • the main character of his story,that he was gonna write a
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  • story where everything wasamazing in his life and soon
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  • his life just falls apart.
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  • He ends up in the pigpen, butit's in the pigpen of pain that
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  • this story takes a twist.
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  • female announcer: Still tocome with Pastor Kerry Shook.
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  • Kerry: We've all run awayfrom our heavenly Father,
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  • tried to be the maincharacter in our own life,
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  • tried to write our own story.
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  • It always ends in the pigpen.
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  • But when we come home, hestarts rewriting the pain
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  • into a purpose.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • announcer: As we begin 2021,it's more important than ever
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  • Kerry: In Luke 15:17 it says,"When he came to his senses,
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  • he said, 'How many of myfather's hired servants have
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  • food to spare?
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  • And here I am starving to death.
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  • I will set out and go backto my father and say to him,
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  • 'Father, I've sinned againstheaven and against you.
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  • I'm no longer worthyto be called your son.
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  • Make me like one ofyour hired servants.''"
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  • Up until that time, the prodigalhad been trying to write his
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  • own story.
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  • He had been taking the pen,trying to write his own story,
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  • but that pen became too heavyand he decides that he's gonna
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  • return the pen to the author.
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  • He's gonna return to pen--
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  • the pen to the maincharacter who's
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  • also the author, and it's in thepigpen that he realizes the pen
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  • is too heavy and he's gottagive it back to his father.
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  • You're not the maincharacter of your story.
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  • You're not theauthor of your story.
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  • He's the author andfinisher of our faith.
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  • And when we try towrite our own story,
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  • calling the shots, trying todirect and write our own story,
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  • we always end up inthe pigpen of pain,
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  • but it's in the pigpenof pain that God does
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  • his greatest miracles.
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  • Because we rarely changewhen we see the light,
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  • but we change whenwe feel the heat.
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  • And he's in pain, and it's themost beautiful place he could
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  • ever be, right there,because it humbles him.
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  • He says, "What am I doing here?
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  • I mean, even the servantsin my father's house have
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  • plenty to eat.
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  • He takes such good care of them.
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  • And I know that if I go homethat there's no way that I can
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  • ask my dad to writeme back in as a son,
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  • but maybe he can give me just areally minor part in the story.
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  • I could be just a servant whereI just barely show up in the
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  • story, but at least I'm in thestory where my father will be
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  • taking care of me.
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  • I tried to write my father outof the story and there's no way
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  • he can take me back and write meback in as his son, but maybe--
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  • just maybe he'll write me inas a very minor character."
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  • It's in the pigpen of pain heexperiences the best thing that
  • 00:12:11.580 --> 00:12:14.216
  • ever happened to him, and it'sin the pigpen of pain that we
  • 00:12:14.250 --> 00:12:19.021
  • experience the best thingthat ever happened to us:
  • 00:12:19.054 --> 00:12:22.158
  • that wake-up call, where we cometo our senses and we realize
  • 00:12:22.191 --> 00:12:24.960
  • we're not the maincharacter, but God is.
  • 00:12:24.994 --> 00:12:27.263
  • We're not the author, God is.
  • 00:12:27.296 --> 00:12:30.933
  • And we give him the pen sothat he can write the story.
  • 00:12:30.966 --> 00:12:35.171
  • Now, a lot of times wetry to erase the pain.
  • 00:12:35.204 --> 00:12:38.674
  • You see, this young man realizedhe couldn't erase the pain of
  • 00:12:38.707 --> 00:12:41.410
  • all of his failures, but hecould give the pen to his father
  • 00:12:41.443 --> 00:12:45.281
  • and let him rewrite the story.
  • 00:12:45.314 --> 00:12:47.349
  • A lot of times we try toerase the pain out of our
  • 00:12:47.383 --> 00:12:49.752
  • lives because we thinkfailures, pain, heartache,
  • 00:12:49.785 --> 00:12:52.721
  • and loss are bad things.
  • 00:12:52.755 --> 00:12:54.690
  • And so, many times I wantedjust to erase my failures out
  • 00:12:54.723 --> 00:12:58.294
  • of the picture.
  • 00:12:58.327 --> 00:12:59.628
  • I wanna forgetabout my past pain.
  • 00:12:59.662 --> 00:13:00.963
  • I wanna just erase allthe pain from my life,
  • 00:13:00.996 --> 00:13:06.202
  • not think about it,just move past it.
  • 00:13:06.235 --> 00:13:09.972
  • But think about this.
  • 00:13:10.005 --> 00:13:12.675
  • Every great storyalways involves pain,
  • 00:13:12.708 --> 00:13:16.512
  • conflict, heartache, loss.
  • 00:13:16.545 --> 00:13:20.416
  • Every great story alwayshas that in the middle of it.
  • 00:13:20.449 --> 00:13:24.687
  • And if it didn't have it, itwouldn't be a great story.
  • 00:13:24.720 --> 00:13:27.423
  • And God is a great storyteller.
  • 00:13:27.456 --> 00:13:29.258
  • God is the master storyteller,and your story is a good one.
  • 00:13:29.291 --> 00:13:33.495
  • Your story's a great one.
  • 00:13:33.529 --> 00:13:35.464
  • And so God doesn'terase the pain.
  • 00:13:35.497 --> 00:13:38.601
  • He doesn't erase the failures,but he rewrites them.
  • 00:13:38.634 --> 00:13:43.606
  • And he turns them intosomething powerful.
  • 00:13:43.639 --> 00:13:47.443
  • And so this youngman starts going home,
  • 00:13:47.476 --> 00:13:49.478
  • and he's kind of practicingthe speech that he's going
  • 00:13:49.511 --> 00:13:52.815
  • to do when he gets home.
  • 00:13:52.848 --> 00:13:54.817
  • In 2 Corinthians 7:10--I love this passage.
  • 00:13:54.850 --> 00:13:58.921
  • "Distress that drivesus to God does that.
  • 00:13:58.954 --> 00:14:01.190
  • It turns us around.
  • 00:14:01.223 --> 00:14:02.258
  • It gets us back inthe way of salvation.
  • 00:14:02.291 --> 00:14:04.593
  • We never regretthat kind of pain.
  • 00:14:04.627 --> 00:14:06.495
  • But those who let distress drivethem away from God are full of
  • 00:14:06.528 --> 00:14:09.298
  • regrets, end up on adeathbed of regrets."
  • 00:14:09.331 --> 00:14:12.468
  • You see, pain that drivesus to God is really good.
  • 00:14:12.501 --> 00:14:15.871
  • It's not bad.
  • 00:14:15.905 --> 00:14:17.206
  • It's not a badpart of your story.
  • 00:14:17.239 --> 00:14:18.741
  • Even if the pain was brought onby your own failures and dumb
  • 00:14:18.774 --> 00:14:22.278
  • mistakes and decisions, it's nota bad thing, because God turns
  • 00:14:22.311 --> 00:14:26.048
  • it into something good.
  • 00:14:26.081 --> 00:14:27.917
  • It's in the pigpenthat we wake up.
  • 00:14:27.950 --> 00:14:30.986
  • Because when you're broken andyou get a glimpse of how much
  • 00:14:31.020 --> 00:14:34.723
  • God loves you, you go righthome to his loving arms.
  • 00:14:34.757 --> 00:14:38.227
  • In Luke 15:20 it says, "So hegot up and went to his father.
  • 00:14:38.260 --> 00:14:42.031
  • But while he was a long wayoff, his father saw him and
  • 00:14:42.064 --> 00:14:44.433
  • was filled withcompassion for him.
  • 00:14:44.466 --> 00:14:46.402
  • He ran to his son, threwhis arms around him and
  • 00:14:46.435 --> 00:14:48.604
  • kissed him."
  • 00:14:48.637 --> 00:14:49.972
  • So this father saw himwhen he was a long way off,
  • 00:14:50.005 --> 00:14:52.107
  • which shows me the father waslooking every day for his son;
  • 00:14:52.141 --> 00:14:55.044
  • that his father's thoughtsalways came back toward his son,
  • 00:14:55.077 --> 00:14:58.314
  • thinking about howmuch he loves him,
  • 00:14:58.347 --> 00:15:00.349
  • thinking about, "Whatis he doing right now?"
  • 00:15:00.382 --> 00:15:02.318
  • and praying for him that Godwould protect him and bring
  • 00:15:02.351 --> 00:15:04.286
  • him home.
  • 00:15:04.320 --> 00:15:06.555
  • This shows me that he waslooking out the window every
  • 00:15:06.588 --> 00:15:09.391
  • day hoping this will be theday that his son comes home,
  • 00:15:09.425 --> 00:15:13.195
  • but the son still is trying towrite a little bit because he
  • 00:15:13.228 --> 00:15:19.001
  • says, right away, the littlespeech that he's prepared:
  • 00:15:19.034 --> 00:15:23.005
  • "Father, please forgive me.
  • 00:15:23.038 --> 00:15:25.274
  • I know you can neverwrite me in as a son again,
  • 00:15:25.307 --> 00:15:27.676
  • but could you just write me inas a servant because you take
  • 00:15:27.710 --> 00:15:29.745
  • such good care of the servantsand you feed them so well and
  • 00:15:29.778 --> 00:15:32.648
  • you even love themand care for them?
  • 00:15:32.681 --> 00:15:34.283
  • And could you just writeme in as a servant?"
  • 00:15:34.316 --> 00:15:36.785
  • And he's giving this speech, andI love that the father doesn't
  • 00:15:36.819 --> 00:15:40.489
  • even acknowledge this speech.
  • 00:15:40.522 --> 00:15:42.825
  • He just ignores it, why?
  • 00:15:42.858 --> 00:15:44.026
  • Because he's got the penand he's already writing.
  • 00:15:44.059 --> 00:15:47.329
  • He's already rewritingthe pain into purpose.
  • 00:15:47.363 --> 00:15:50.432
  • He's already rewriting thesorrow into a celebration.
  • 00:15:50.466 --> 00:15:55.137
  • He's already rewriting thatrebellion into restoration.
  • 00:15:55.170 --> 00:15:59.875
  • Praise God that that'swhat he does for us.
  • 00:15:59.908 --> 00:16:02.911
  • He rewrites our story.
  • 00:16:02.945 --> 00:16:05.981
  • In Luke 15:22 it says, "Butthe father said to his servants,
  • 00:16:06.015 --> 00:16:09.418
  • 'Quick, bring the bestrobe and put it on him.
  • 00:16:09.451 --> 00:16:12.054
  • Put a ring on his fingerand sandals on his feet.
  • 00:16:12.087 --> 00:16:15.090
  • Bring the fattenedcalf and kill it.
  • 00:16:15.124 --> 00:16:16.425
  • Let's have afeast and celebrate,
  • 00:16:16.458 --> 00:16:18.560
  • for this son of mine wasdead and is alive again.
  • 00:16:18.594 --> 00:16:21.463
  • He was lost and is found.'
  • 00:16:21.497 --> 00:16:23.866
  • So they began to celebrate."
  • 00:16:23.899 --> 00:16:26.535
  • Isn't that amazing?
  • 00:16:26.568 --> 00:16:27.870
  • He turns the story right here,and he turns all the sorrow into
  • 00:16:27.903 --> 00:16:31.140
  • celebration and he justsays, "Hey, stop writing.
  • 00:16:31.173 --> 00:16:34.843
  • Remember, I'm writing now."
  • 00:16:34.877 --> 00:16:37.413
  • And a lot of times we come toGod and we wanna keep writing
  • 00:16:37.446 --> 00:16:40.149
  • a sob story.
  • 00:16:40.182 --> 00:16:42.651
  • We wanna keepwriting a story of,
  • 00:16:42.684 --> 00:16:44.219
  • "God, I know you can't use me.
  • 00:16:44.253 --> 00:16:45.487
  • I'm just unworthy."
  • 00:16:45.521 --> 00:16:46.488
  • And God says, "I'malready writing.
  • 00:16:46.522 --> 00:16:50.125
  • I'm already writing ofhow I'm going to use you.
  • 00:16:50.159 --> 00:16:52.928
  • I'm already writing thecelebration that you're home.
  • 00:16:52.961 --> 00:16:56.398
  • I'm alreadyrewriting your story.
  • 00:16:56.432 --> 00:16:57.833
  • I'm turning thepain into a purpose,
  • 00:16:57.866 --> 00:17:00.235
  • and it's gonnabe a good story.
  • 00:17:00.269 --> 00:17:02.471
  • So just let me write."
  • 00:17:02.504 --> 00:17:06.575
  • Really, this story isthe story of us all.
  • 00:17:06.608 --> 00:17:09.011
  • In some ways it'sthe story of us all.
  • 00:17:09.044 --> 00:17:11.146
  • We've all run away fromour heavenly Father,
  • 00:17:11.180 --> 00:17:13.082
  • tried to be the maincharacter in our own life,
  • 00:17:13.115 --> 00:17:15.184
  • tried to write our own story.
  • 00:17:15.217 --> 00:17:16.752
  • It always ends in the pigpen.
  • 00:17:16.785 --> 00:17:18.554
  • But when we come home, hestarts rewriting the pain
  • 00:17:18.587 --> 00:17:21.723
  • into a purpose.
  • 00:17:21.757 --> 00:17:23.292
  • And I know there are some of youtoday that feel like the story's
  • 00:17:23.325 --> 00:17:26.195
  • already been writtenon your life.
  • 00:17:26.228 --> 00:17:27.963
  • You say, "Kerry, I have toomany failures and mess-ups.
  • 00:17:27.996 --> 00:17:31.767
  • My story is written."
  • 00:17:31.800 --> 00:17:32.835
  • And I want you to knowGod writes the last word.
  • 00:17:32.868 --> 00:17:37.139
  • And if you'llgive God the pen,
  • 00:17:37.172 --> 00:17:38.574
  • he will write your storyinto something beautiful.
  • 00:17:38.607 --> 00:17:41.844
  • He will take all the painand turn it into purpose.
  • 00:17:41.877 --> 00:17:44.313
  • He will take your messand turn it into miracle.
  • 00:17:44.346 --> 00:17:46.882
  • That's the God we serve.
  • 00:17:46.915 --> 00:17:48.984
  • You see, God will write the lastword and the last sentence of
  • 00:17:49.017 --> 00:17:53.288
  • the last chapter of the story ofyour life if you will let him.
  • 00:17:53.322 --> 00:17:57.559
  • And he says, "I'mjust getting started.
  • 00:17:57.593 --> 00:17:59.895
  • If you'll give me the pen,I'm gonna write something
  • 00:17:59.928 --> 00:18:02.231
  • powerful and beautiful.
  • 00:18:02.264 --> 00:18:04.800
  • I can't wait to writethe story of your life.
  • 00:18:04.833 --> 00:18:07.703
  • And I'll be the main characterand I will carry you and I'll
  • 00:18:07.736 --> 00:18:09.738
  • hold you and I'll bringyou through everything,
  • 00:18:09.771 --> 00:18:12.908
  • and I'll bring youto heaven one day
  • 00:18:12.941 --> 00:18:14.143
  • because it's an eternal story."
  • 00:18:14.176 --> 00:18:16.745
  • That's what God wantsto do in your life,
  • 00:18:16.778 --> 00:18:19.414
  • but you gotta give him the pen.
  • 00:18:19.448 --> 00:18:21.617
  • He can take the pain andrewrite it into a purpose.
  • 00:18:21.650 --> 00:18:25.754
  • I wanna tell you the storyof another father, my father.
  • 00:18:25.787 --> 00:18:30.893
  • And my father went to bewith the Lord last spring at
  • 00:18:30.926 --> 00:18:33.228
  • 84 years of age.
  • 00:18:33.262 --> 00:18:34.763
  • And a few weeksbefore he died, he said,
  • 00:18:34.796 --> 00:18:37.533
  • "Kerry, I really feel led towrite the story of my life."
  • 00:18:37.566 --> 00:18:43.672
  • And he said, "I wouldtitle it 'How God Can Use
  • 00:18:43.705 --> 00:18:47.075
  • an Ordinary Man.'"
  • 00:18:47.109 --> 00:18:49.378
  • And he said, "Because mystory should've been a really
  • 00:18:49.411 --> 00:18:51.380
  • ordinary story becauseI'm a very ordinary person,
  • 00:18:51.413 --> 00:18:53.849
  • but God did somethingextraordinary."
  • 00:18:53.882 --> 00:18:55.918
  • And he said, "I would subtitleit 'The Decisions that Determine
  • 00:18:55.951 --> 00:18:59.388
  • Our Destiny.'"
  • 00:18:59.421 --> 00:19:00.455
  • Because he said, "As Ilook back at my 84 years,
  • 00:19:00.489 --> 00:19:02.791
  • there have been three decisionsthat have forever changed the
  • 00:19:02.824 --> 00:19:06.895
  • course of my life."
  • 00:19:06.929 --> 00:19:08.564
  • And your choices make suchan impact on your story.
  • 00:19:08.597 --> 00:19:13.402
  • And he went on to tell me aboutthose choices and about parts of
  • 00:19:13.435 --> 00:19:16.905
  • his story that I'dnever heard before.
  • 00:19:16.939 --> 00:19:18.574
  • I just listened.
  • 00:19:18.607 --> 00:19:19.908
  • I wrote some of it down and justlistened and asked him questions
  • 00:19:19.942 --> 00:19:22.511
  • about it.
  • 00:19:22.544 --> 00:19:25.380
  • But he said he was born on anautumn day in 1935 in a small
  • 00:19:25.414 --> 00:19:28.417
  • town in Arkansas duringthe Great Depression,
  • 00:19:28.450 --> 00:19:31.820
  • but the great depressionthat affected his world
  • 00:19:31.853 --> 00:19:35.090
  • was the clinical depression thathis father suffered through.
  • 00:19:35.123 --> 00:19:39.194
  • Now, his dad and mom both lovedthe Lord and they set a godly
  • 00:19:39.228 --> 00:19:41.663
  • example for him even thoughtimes were really tough,
  • 00:19:41.697 --> 00:19:45.367
  • and his dad was his hero.
  • 00:19:45.400 --> 00:19:46.768
  • He was the local town barber.
  • 00:19:46.802 --> 00:19:48.937
  • And he would sometimes work 14hours a day, tirelessly, just to
  • 00:19:48.971 --> 00:19:53.041
  • put food on the table in spiteof struggling with bouts of deep
  • 00:19:53.075 --> 00:19:57.279
  • depression that the medicalcommunity professionals didn't
  • 00:19:57.312 --> 00:20:00.916
  • really have a handleon at the time.
  • 00:20:00.949 --> 00:20:03.118
  • They didn't understand howto treat it and what it
  • 00:20:03.151 --> 00:20:05.520
  • was all about.
  • 00:20:05.554 --> 00:20:07.623
  • My dad was an only child.
  • 00:20:07.656 --> 00:20:09.258
  • And his mother thought thatshe was unable to have children,
  • 00:20:09.291 --> 00:20:12.261
  • but she prayed to God andasked God to give her a child.
  • 00:20:12.294 --> 00:20:15.397
  • And she promised God,"If you give me a child,
  • 00:20:15.430 --> 00:20:18.267
  • then I will dedicate him to you,and I'll dedicate her to you,
  • 00:20:18.300 --> 00:20:21.603
  • whatever you want.
  • 00:20:21.637 --> 00:20:22.904
  • And I'll pray that theygo into ministry one day."
  • 00:20:22.938 --> 00:20:27.876
  • And when my dad was nine yearsold, he gave his life to Christ.
  • 00:20:27.909 --> 00:20:33.548
  • He didn't have a lot growing up,
  • 00:20:33.582 --> 00:20:34.950
  • but he had the things thatevery child really needs:
  • 00:20:34.983 --> 00:20:36.985
  • a loving home and a dog.
  • 00:20:37.019 --> 00:20:39.621
  • And here's his dog,and I love that car.
  • 00:20:39.655 --> 00:20:44.693
  • But when my dadwas 13 years old,
  • 00:20:44.726 --> 00:20:46.395
  • his childhood was interrupted
  • 00:20:46.428 --> 00:20:48.530
  • and his life was justdevastated, when he heard a
  • 00:20:48.563 --> 00:20:50.932
  • gunshot in the house and herushed in to find his dad's body
  • 00:20:50.966 --> 00:20:54.469
  • on the floor.
  • 00:20:54.503 --> 00:20:56.138
  • His dad's depressionhad worsened,
  • 00:20:56.171 --> 00:20:58.540
  • and in a moment of despairhe had taken his own life.
  • 00:20:58.573 --> 00:21:02.511
  • Now, for a 13-year-old thetrauma was just too much to
  • 00:21:02.544 --> 00:21:05.247
  • fully comprehend, and it wasa loss that he would never
  • 00:21:05.280 --> 00:21:09.685
  • get over.
  • 00:21:09.718 --> 00:21:11.620
  • He never got over it, but hegot through it with God's power.
  • 00:21:11.653 --> 00:21:15.457
  • And I remember so many timeswhen he would comfort someone
  • 00:21:15.490 --> 00:21:18.493
  • who's grieving and hewould share his story,
  • 00:21:18.527 --> 00:21:20.829
  • and they would feel so connectedto him because they knew.
  • 00:21:20.862 --> 00:21:23.799
  • I mean, they knew thathe understood their pain,
  • 00:21:23.832 --> 00:21:28.070
  • that he really knew whatthey were going through.
  • 00:21:28.103 --> 00:21:30.739
  • But at 13, afterhis dad's death,
  • 00:21:30.772 --> 00:21:32.441
  • he was uprooted fromeverything that he knew.
  • 00:21:32.474 --> 00:21:34.710
  • He and his mom had to move fromthe small town to the big city
  • 00:21:34.743 --> 00:21:37.446
  • so she could find work, and healso had to take a job after
  • 00:21:37.479 --> 00:21:40.549
  • school and on Saturdayjust to work that--
  • 00:21:40.582 --> 00:21:44.219
  • so that they could supportthe little family.
  • 00:21:44.252 --> 00:21:48.523
  • He also went from a really smallrural school to the largest high
  • 00:21:48.557 --> 00:21:52.194
  • school in the state.
  • 00:21:52.227 --> 00:21:53.428
  • And he told me that it wasduring those years when he
  • 00:21:53.462 --> 00:21:56.531
  • felt so alone that hegrew so close to God,
  • 00:21:56.565 --> 00:22:00.602
  • and he really found out that Godis close to the brokenhearted
  • 00:22:00.635 --> 00:22:03.305
  • and saves those whoare crushed in spirit.
  • 00:22:03.338 --> 00:22:06.108
  • And he said as hegrew closer to God,
  • 00:22:06.141 --> 00:22:08.677
  • at 15, he felt God's callon his life to be a pastor.
  • 00:22:08.710 --> 00:22:14.049
  • And he said that that was when--
  • 00:22:14.082 --> 00:22:16.017
  • when he told his mom that,
  • 00:22:16.051 --> 00:22:17.352
  • that's when she told him how shehad been praying for him for 15
  • 00:22:17.386 --> 00:22:20.021
  • years that hewould become a pastor.
  • 00:22:20.055 --> 00:22:23.392
  • She didn't wannatell him before that.
  • 00:22:23.425 --> 00:22:24.493
  • She thought it'd stress him out.
  • 00:22:24.526 --> 00:22:27.562
  • And at 15 years of age, he tookout his Bible and he wrote the
  • 00:22:27.596 --> 00:22:32.901
  • three choices.
  • 00:22:32.934 --> 00:22:34.770
  • He wrote master,marriage, and ministry.
  • 00:22:34.803 --> 00:22:39.541
  • The first decisionhe'd already made.
  • 00:22:39.574 --> 00:22:42.878
  • He gave his life tothe master storyteller.
  • 00:22:42.911 --> 00:22:45.247
  • He made Christ themaster of his life.
  • 00:22:45.280 --> 00:22:47.115
  • And then the second decisionhe was praying about,
  • 00:22:47.149 --> 00:22:49.117
  • that God would give him wisdom,that God would lead he and his
  • 00:22:49.151 --> 00:22:54.055
  • marriage partner together.
  • 00:22:54.089 --> 00:22:55.991
  • He prayed for God to then helphim fulfill his ministry and
  • 00:22:56.024 --> 00:22:59.261
  • life mission, that he woulddecide to follow God in anything
  • 00:22:59.294 --> 00:23:03.331
  • God called him into.
  • 00:23:03.365 --> 00:23:05.667
  • And at 18, he became the pastorof a little country church
  • 00:23:05.700 --> 00:23:08.170
  • outside of LittleRock, Arkansas,
  • 00:23:08.203 --> 00:23:09.638
  • which I can't even imagine beingthe pastor of any church at 18
  • 00:23:09.671 --> 00:23:12.707
  • years of age.
  • 00:23:12.741 --> 00:23:14.910
  • And that's where he met thelove of his life: my mom.
  • 00:23:14.943 --> 00:23:17.612
  • They were bothteenagers at the time,
  • 00:23:17.646 --> 00:23:20.048
  • and a few years laterthey were married.
  • 00:23:20.081 --> 00:23:23.218
  • He told me that was the secondmost important decision that he
  • 00:23:23.251 --> 00:23:26.588
  • ever made, next to his decisionto follow Christ and make Christ
  • 00:23:26.621 --> 00:23:30.425
  • the master storytellerof his life.
  • 00:23:30.459 --> 00:23:33.195
  • And he made a good decisionthere, because they were married
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  • for 63 years.
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  • And children soon followed.
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  • My dad was always there for us.
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  • There I am on the right.
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  • He worked really hard,but he never missed any
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  • of our ballgames.
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  • He was just so playfuland fun to be around.
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  • And then on Christmas Day 1972,another tragedy struck as my
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  • dad's mom was killedin a car crash.
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  • His mother hadalways been there.
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  • She was always the bigcheerleader cheering him on,
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  • and she would movewherever we moved.
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  • And it just left anotherhole in his heart,
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  • but he was comforted bythe fact that his mom and
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  • dad were reunited.
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  • He and my mom had four children.
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  • Here we are inthe teenage years,
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  • and I don't know howhe got through that.
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  • You know, there I am in myleisure suit, looking real cool.
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  • But he always practicedwhat he preached.
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  • And what he preached on Sunday,he would live out on Monday.
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  • He didn't have it all together,but he admitted that.
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  • You know, when hewould make mistakes,
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  • he would ask forour forgiveness.
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  • And he was justreal, just genuine.
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  • And we, four grown kids,still loved to be around him.
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  • He left 20 grandchildren,16 great-grandchildren.
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  • And when he went to be withthe Lord at the age of 84,
  • 00:24:51.339 --> 00:24:55.510
  • his last words were, "Forme, to live is Christ,
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  • and to die is gain."
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  • He got those wordsout right at the end:
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  • "For me, to live is Christ,and to die is gain."
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  • Just yesterday, my nephew textedme a picture of my dad's Bible
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  • and he said, "I just cameacross Grand-daddy's Bible.
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  • And I was reading and the verse'For me, to live is Christ,
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  • and die is gain,' heunderlined it real boldly."
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  • And that's what'son his gravestone.
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  • But a couple of days before mydad went to be with the Lord,
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  • he said, "Kerry, well, I guessGod doesn't want me to write my
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  • story after all.
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  • I really thought he did, butI just can't do it, too weak.
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  • I guess God doesn't want meto write my story after all."
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  • And I wanna say toyou, Dad, you're right.
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  • God didn't want you to writeyour story, because the master
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  • storyteller wrote your story sobig and so bold in my life and
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  • in the lives ofthousands of people,
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  • that the master storyteller isjust getting started telling
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  • your story.
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  • I think about all the liveschanged and the legacy.
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  • The master storyteller whenyou give him the pen--
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  • when you make the decisionwho will be the master
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  • storyteller of your life?
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  • Who will be the maincharacter of your life?
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  • Will it be you orwill it be God?
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  • ♪♪♪
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