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December 21, 2016
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Christmas: Illuminate

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  • and God illuminated the shepherd's hearts and minds
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  • with this truth,
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  • you are not forgotten.
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  • God has not forgotten you.
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  • God wants to illuminate in our hearts and minds
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  • this Christmas Eve with that same truth that God has not
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  • forgotten you, He knows where you are, He knows what you're
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  • going through, and He cares about you.
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  • And His light can shatter your darkness.
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  • (praise music)
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  • Merry Christmas!
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  • (cheering)
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  • It's really good.
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  • Hey, I know it's not an accident that you're here
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  • right now in this service because God planned it
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  • before you were even born.
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  • That you would be here on this day at this time.
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  • We truly believe that God wanted us all to be here
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  • so He could share some light on the true meaning
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  • of Christmas and so that He could illuminate His gifts
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  • of love and peace and healing in our lives.
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  • Christmas is all about light.
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  • But, unfortunately, life is filled with shadows.
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  • On the first Christmas the shepherds were living in the
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  • shadow of hopelessness and despair.
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  • Shepherds were outcasts in society
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  • in first century Bethlehem.
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  • They were on the lowest rung on the socioeconomic ladder.
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  • They were the forgotten ones in the culture of that day
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  • until Christmas shattered their darkness.
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  • Look at Luke chapter two verse eight.
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  • On the first Christmas the angles lit up the night sky.
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  • And God illuminated the shepherd's hearts and minds
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  • with this truth,
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  • you are not forgotten, God has not forgotten you.
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  • And God wants to illuminate our hearts and minds
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  • this Christmas Eve with that same truth,
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  • that God has not forgotten you.
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  • He knows where you are, He knows what you're going through,
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  • and He cares about you
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  • and His light can shatter your darkness.
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  • The light of His love can shatter the darkness in our lives.
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  • But as we go through life every one of us experience
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  • the shadow of guilt and regret that's why in Luke 2:11
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  • We needed a Savoir at Christmas because we all needed
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  • to be saved from the shadow of guilt and sin that covers us.
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  • But it's the light of Christ's grace that dispels
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  • the shadow of sin.
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  • But let's be honest light makes us uncomfortable at first.
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  • I mean if I were to shine a spotlight on you right now
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  • right where you're sitting it would probably make you
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  • feel a little uncomfortable wouldn't it?
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  • Now I know for some of you
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  • you would see it as your big chance.
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  • (laughter)
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  • As your big break to get up and start singing.
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  • But for most normal people,
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  • (laughter)
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  • if we shined a spotlight on you right now right where
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  • you're sitting it would make you feel very uncomfortable
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  • because light makes us feel uncomfortable at first.
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  • It's revealing before it's healing.
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  • Light exposes our faults and flaws.
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  • And Christ's light of truth exposes our sins and faults.
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  • And we've all sinned but the greatness of Christmas is this
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  • when I step out of the shadows and into the light
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  • of His truth and admit that I sin like everyone else.
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  • Admit my faults and mistakes and sins Christ's light
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  • heals my guilt and forgives my sins.
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  • There always comes what I call a moment of truth
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  • in our lives, when Christ shines the spotlight of truth
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  • into our hearts and exposes our sin, and guilt, and mistakes
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  • then we have a choice in our moment of truth.
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  • I can step back into the shadows of guilt
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  • or I can step into the light that is warmth and grace.
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  • In our satellite church in Nairobi
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  • Woodlands Church Nairobi in the quarry slum outside Nairobi
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  • we have an amazing church
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  • and our full-time pastor's there we love those guys so much.
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  • If you're watching we love you.
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  • And every time we got there we are taught so much
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  • and they inspire so much.
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  • And one of the first things they taught us years ago
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  • was the word karibu which just means welcome.
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  • But they said do you really know what karibu means?
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  • It came from people sitting around the campfire
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  • and someone would walk up to the campfire and they couldn't
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  • see their face, it may be a stranger,
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  • and karibu literally means come into the light.
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  • Come into the light, and so they use the word now
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  • for welcome but it means come into the light in Swahili.
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  • And so it would be like come into the light stranger
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  • and be warmed, you are welcome here, come into the light.
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  • Come into the light and be warmed.
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  • Come into the light and feel the warmth
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  • and the fellowship, karibu, in your moment of truth.
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  • When Christ shines His spotlight into your heart
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  • and exposes your faults and sins.
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  • He says karibu, come into the light.
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  • Come into the light and feel My warmth,
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  • and love, and grace, and forgiveness.
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  • Run into my loving arms.
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  • See I have a choice I can, in my moment of truth,
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  • I can step out of the shadows and into the light of
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  • His warmth and forgiveness and grace.
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  • Or I can step back into the shadows
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  • and say you know what I don't need forgiveness.
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  • I'm a pretty good person, I don't need to be saved.
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  • I don't need a savior at Christmas.
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  • You know I can make it on my own I mean I don't really feel
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  • like I have that need in my life, I'm doing okay.
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  • I'm a pretty nice person, you know?
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  • Compared to everyone else I mean I'm really good.
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  • But the problem is we're not compared to everyone else.
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  • We're compared to perfect holy God.
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  • And when Christ exposes the sin and guilt in your life
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  • run into the loving arms of the Light of Christmas
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  • because here's the thing.
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  • Christ knows everything about us.
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  • He sees everything that we try to hide.
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  • He sees the good, bad, and the ugly but He loves us
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  • more than anyone else.
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  • He knows more about you than anyone else
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  • and He loves you more than anyone else.
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  • And that's why Jesus said this in Mark chapter two verse 17.
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  • He's saying I didn't come for those who think they've
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  • got it all together, I didn't come at Christmas for those
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  • who think they don't need saving.
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  • I didn't come at Christmas for those who think they're
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  • good enough, I didn't come at Christmas for those who think
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  • they don't have the sickness of sin in their lives.
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  • I came for those who know they do.
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  • And the only people who ever get forgiveness are those
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  • who admit they need forgiveness.
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  • The only people who ever get healing are those
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  • who admit the need healing.
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  • Christ came to give us light.
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  • Don't run from the Light.
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  • Don't think you've got it all together.
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  • You're just not comparing yourself
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  • to the holy and perfect God.
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  • In the light of holy and perfect God's spotlight of truth
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  • the truth comes out, the truth is revealed.
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  • You know I love our church and if you're looking for a
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  • church home we'd love to have you here in our church home
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  • here at Woodlands Church, but if you're looking for
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  • a perfect church don't join this church.
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  • This church is filled with imperfect people.
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  • This church is filled with messed up people,
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  • including the pastor, we don't have all the answers
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  • but we know the Answer, Jesus Christ, and we're following
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  • Him with our whole heart.
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  • We don't have it all together but we're following the
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  • perfect One, we're all imperfect people but we know
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  • the perfect One and He's covered us in His grace
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  • and He's changing us and He's growing us.
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  • And if you're looking for the perfect church don't join here
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  • and let me give you a bit of advice if you do ever find
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  • a perfect church don't join it because then it wouldn't
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  • be perfect any more.
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  • And you'll probably get that in a minute, so.
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  • (laughter)
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  • You know it's so many times in our lives where God
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  • really allows the shadows and the problems
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  • and the pain to get our attention
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  • to help us realize how much we need Him.
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  • See we rarely see the light but we change when we feel
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  • the heat and for of you the heat is on this Christmas.
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  • You're feeling the pain and the pressures of life.
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  • You're going through a shadow of difficulty.
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  • Could it be God getting your attention?
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  • Could it be our loving, merciful God who is doing whatever
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  • it takes to point you to Himself?
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  • Because He'll do whatever it takes to point you to Himself.
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  • So you'll run into His loving arms so you know that you
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  • need Him, so when you run into His loving arms and find
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  • true fulfillment you'll find the reason why you were created
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  • instead of always trying to fill the God-shaped-hole
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  • in your heart with things that never satisfy.
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  • Many times God allows the heat in our lives to push us out
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  • of our comfort zone into His loving arms
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  • where we discover what we were made for.
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  • - [Narrator] Still to come with Pastor Kerry Shook.
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  • - Now we know that God is a good god, He doesn't cause
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  • the bad things in our lives but there are times when God
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  • allows the shadows into our lives.
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  • And this side of heaven it's just impossible to see
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  • what God is up to, and I really believe the Christian life
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  • is not a bunch of trite slogans or even sermons,
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  • the Christian life is the Savior.
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  • It's not a bunch of words it the Word, Jesus Christ.
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  • - [Narrator] Experience the blessing of the greatest gift
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  • Christmas has to offer, today as a thank you for your gift
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  • of 20 dollars or more to the ministry we would like to
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  • send you pastor Kerry's latest seven message DVD series
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  • "Find Your Miracle" How the Miracles of Jesus
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  • Can Change Your Life Today.
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  • - [Kerry] Because Christ never performed a miracle
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  • without a purpose, He shows us that he still wants to work
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  • miracles in our lives today.
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  • He wants us to experience miracles in the most important
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  • areas of our lives.
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  • - [Narrator] This new breakthrough message series explores
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  • the miracles of Jesus revealing how each encounter is
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  • and restoration in your own life.
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  • Your faith will be stretched further so that God will be
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  • exalted higher and in appreciation of your giving we'll also
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  • and anxiety that creeps into all of our lives is to make
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  • Christ the Shepherd of your life, you were made to have
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  • a good Shepherd and that's why on the first Christmas
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  • the angel told the shepherds you don't have to be afraid
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  • anymore because you have a good Shepherd who will be
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  • your Shepherd, you have a good Shepherd who will take care
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  • of you He will be there for you.
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  • And the same good Shepherd who was there on that holy night
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  • 2000 years ago is the same good Shepherd that's here
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  • right now in this holy moment.
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  • (O Holy Night)
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  • O holy night
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  • The stars are brightly shining
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  • It is the night of our dear Savior's birth
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  • Long lay the world
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  • In sin and error pining
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  • Till He appeared
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  • And the soul felt its worth
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  • A thrill of hope
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  • The weary world rejoices
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  • For yonder breaks
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  • A new and glorious morn
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  • Fall
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  • On your knees
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  • O hear the angel voices
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  • O night
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  • Divine
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  • O night
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  • When Christ was born
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  • O night
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  • Divine
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  • O night
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  • O night divine
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  • Truly He taught us
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  • To love one another
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  • His law is love and His gospel is peace
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  • O chains shall He break
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  • For the slave is our brother
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  • And in His name
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  • All oppression shall cease
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  • O sweet hymns of joy
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  • In grateful chorus raise we
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  • Let all within us
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  • Praise His holy name
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  • Christ is the Lord
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  • O praise His love forever
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  • His power
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  • And love
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  • He evermore proclaim
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  • His power
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  • And love
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  • He evermore
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  • Proclaim
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  • Fall, fall on your knees
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  • O hear
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  • The angel voices
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  • O night
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  • Divine
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  • O night when Christ was born
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  • O night
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  • Divine
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  • O night
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  • O night divine
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  • (audience clapping)
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  • - [Kerry] Thank you Janna, you know when shadows come into
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  • our lives it's really hard to see what God is up to.
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  • And sometimes the shadows make everything blurry
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  • and life just doesn't make sense.
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  • Now we know that God is a good God.
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  • He doesn't cause evil to happen, He doesn't cause the
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  • bad things in our lives but there are times when God
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  • allows the shadows into our lives.
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  • And this side of heaven it's just impossible
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  • at times to see what God is up to.
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  • That's when the shadow of doubt
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  • begins to creep in and we start asking, why?
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  • God why are you allowing this in my life?
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  • God this makes no sense.
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  • God don't you even care?
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  • God are you even there?
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  • If we were honest we would all admit that shadow of doubt
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  • creeps into our lives at times.
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  • But remember this there is no shadow
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  • without a light somewhere and when you can't see the hand
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  • of God you can trust the heart of God because He loves us.
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  • And sometimes life just doesn't make sense and we don't have
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  • all the answers but what we need
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  • is the answer Jesus Christ to comfort us.
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  • Sometimes I wonder if we really would be satisfied
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  • with all the answers
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  • because answers don't really comfort you.
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  • God is the one who comforts us.
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  • And I really believe the Christian life is not a bunch
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  • of trite slogans or even sermons.
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  • The Christian life is the Savior.
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  • It's not a bunch of words it's the Word, Jesus Christ.
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  • But the biggest shadow that comes into our lives
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  • is the shadow of death.
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  • But thanks to the good Shepherd of Christmas we have no,
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  • we don't have to fear death any longer.
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  • We don't have to fear the shadow of death because we have
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  • the light of eternal life and the promise of heaven one day.
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  • And that's why Psalm 23:4 says
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  • Because of Christmas as a believer I never have
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  • to walk through the valley alone.
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  • He'll go through it with me.
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  • If you're a Christ follower there's no shadow that can
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  • come into your life that you'll be alone in.
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  • He'll walk through it with you.
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  • I believe with all my heart that Jesus Christ
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  • is who he claimed to be.
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  • And the angel on the first Christmas said Christ's name
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  • will also be Emmanuel which means God is with us.
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  • And that's what Christmas is all about.
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  • My father-in-law used to have a saltwater aquarium
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  • that was really large and intricate and I remember
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  • whenever it was time to clean the tank so the fish could
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  • survive and they needed to make sure the water was right
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  • then they would take the fish out and put in another
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  • container while they cleaned the tank.
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  • And Chris would try to help clean the tank
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  • and she would have to get the fish out.
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  • And she would use one of those little green nets
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  • and try to get the fish but they thought she was trying
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  • to kill them and harm them so they would hide in little
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  • crevices in the coral and just make it really tough.
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  • And so she'd get really frustrated and say
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  • "Those dumb fish."
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  • You know they think I'm trying to kill them
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  • but I'm trying to save their life, can't they understand
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  • that I'm trying to help them?
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  • You know, come on fish, work with me here!
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  • Help me, help you.
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  • And the only way that Chris could have been able to
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  • communicate that she was trying to help them
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  • is if somehow she could have become a fish
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  • and say hey these guys are trying to help you.
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  • Just calm down here, they're trying to save your life.
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  • Now that's crazy and silly but God became one of us
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  • because it was the only way He could communicate with us.
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  • He lowered Himself and put on human flesh.
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  • He got down in our mess so that we could understand
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  • His message of hope and heaven one day.
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  • It was the only way He could communicate with us,
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  • to become one of us.
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  • And He grew up and lived a perfect life
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  • and He shed his sinless blood on that cross.
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  • And what He did on that cross 2000 years ago gives me
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  • forgiveness today it's His blood that cleanses me
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  • from all my sins and guilt.
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  • See heaven is a perfect place for perfect people.
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  • And there are two ways to get there first be perfect.
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  • Never have a wrong thought or a bad attitude
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  • and always do the things you should do.
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  • And then when you die and you go meet God and He says
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  • why should I let you into my perfect heaven?
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  • Just say we'll I'm perfect.
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  • You know that's crazy and I know you're going Kerry,
  • 00:21:35.110 --> 00:21:38.040
  • that's crazy, nobody's perfect we've all sinned.
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  • And that's why God came to this earth and He took our place
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  • and shed His blood on the cross because God is perfect
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  • and holy and just and cannot tolerate sin.
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  • And yet He loves us perfectly, He knows everything about us
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  • but He loves us completely and He died on that cross
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  • to bridge the gap between sinful humankind and perfect God.
  • 00:21:55.230 --> 00:21:59.020
  • So now when I die and I go meet God and He says Kerry
  • 00:21:59.020 --> 00:22:01.070
  • why should I let you into my perfect heaven?
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  • I'll say I'm a sinner like everyone else I don't deserve it.
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  • But I received the gift of Christmas.
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  • Your Son Jesus Christ took my place and I humbled myself
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  • and said I need a Savior.
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  • I need to be saved like everyone else, I'm a sinner.
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  • And I received the gift of Christmas and I get to go to
  • 00:22:17.130 --> 00:22:19.020
  • heaven because of the gift of Christ at Christmas.
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  • You see Jesus Christ has done everything.
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  • He's done everything, He has won heaven for you,
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  • and peace and purpose and really Christmas is a beautiful
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  • gift totally wrapped and He's done it and all you have to
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  • do is receive it but He's not gonna push it on you.
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  • You've got to receive it there's gotta be a point and time
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  • in your life where you say I need to be saved.
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  • Where you humbled yourself and receive it.
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  • You see He's done everything for you, everything.
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  • Everything and all you have to do is give up.
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  • And then when you do that hope begins to rise in your heart.
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  • Hope rises and the darkness trembles and He doesn't.
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  • He's done everything for you receive everything.
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  • - [Narrator] This is the face of modern Nairobi.
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  • A city that has experienced a massive population boom
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  • as people move here in search of jobs and hopefully a better
  • 00:23:21.020 --> 00:23:24.250
  • future for them and their families.
  • 00:23:24.250 --> 00:23:27.230
  • But there is another face of Nairobi, slums that house
  • 00:23:29.060 --> 00:23:32.150
  • approximately three million people
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  • on only one eighth of the cities land.
  • 00:23:34.210 --> 00:23:37.150
  • It is over-congested and filled with despair.
  • 00:23:37.150 --> 00:23:41.080
  • It's estimated that up to 25 percent of Kenyan children
  • 00:23:43.030 --> 00:23:47.000
  • do not attend public schools a condition only worsened
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  • in the slums of Nairobi.
  • 00:23:51.050 --> 00:23:53.060
  • Against these harsh realities children living in slums
  • 00:23:53.060 --> 00:23:56.000
  • often attend informal schools that offer little
  • 00:23:56.000 --> 00:23:59.130
  • real education that can help the children break the cycle
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  • of poverty and move beyond their circumstances.
  • 00:24:03.030 --> 00:24:07.220
  • Sadly the most vulnerable children including orphans
  • 00:24:07.220 --> 00:24:11.170
  • and children abandoned by their families due to the
  • 00:24:11.170 --> 00:24:14.060
  • hardships of poverty often stop attending any form
  • 00:24:14.060 --> 00:24:17.230
  • of school or training.
  • 00:24:17.230 --> 00:24:19.180
  • This vicious cycle of poverty often leads them to a life
  • 00:24:19.180 --> 00:24:23.070
  • of crime, prostitution, or substance abuse
  • 00:24:23.070 --> 00:24:26.240
  • and their future darkens even more.
  • 00:24:26.240 --> 00:24:29.210
  • Karry Shook ministries in partnership with
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  • our Kenyan partner International Christian Center
  • 00:24:38.010 --> 00:24:40.290
  • is working provide hope and help to the orphans
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  • and at risk children in two of Nairobi slum settlements.
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  • Including the Mukuru slum that bolsters a population
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  • of 700.000 living on less than two dollars a day.
  • 00:24:52.010 --> 00:24:56.040
  • This outreach will be targeting the highest at risk children
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  • namely the orphans and marginalized children of these
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  • two slum settlements who have given up or are faltering
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  • in their pursuit of an education.
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  • Our goal with this outreach is to equip the children
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  • with reading, math, and life skills to give these children
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  • a real opportunity for even higher education so the grip
  • 00:25:17.220 --> 00:25:22.070
  • of poverty can be forever broken.
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  • - [Narrator] Experience the blessing of greatest gift
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  • Christmas has to offer today as a thank you for your gift
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  • of 20 dollars or more to the ministry we would like to
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  • send you pastor Kerry's latest seven message DVD series
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  • Find Your Miracle,
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  • How the Miracles of Jesus Can Change Your Life Today.
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  • - [Kerry] Because Christ never performed a miracle
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  • without a purpose He shows us that He still wants to
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  • work miracles in our lives today.
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  • He wants us to experience in the most
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  • important areas of our lives.
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  • - [Narrator] This new breakthrough message series
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  • explores the miracles of Jesus revealing how each
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  • encounter is a miracle map that can lead you to greater
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  • revelation and restoration in your own life.
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  • Your faith will be stretched further so that God
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  • will be exalted higher and in appreciation of your giving
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  • we will also include a 2017 weekly planner designed to
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  • help you set God-sized goals and approach each day
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  • expecting Him to do great things in the new year.
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  • To request your copy of Find Your Miracle DVD series
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  • or to give the series and planner as a gift to someone
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  • you love call us toll free at 844-34-KERRY
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  • or visit kerryshook.org today.
  • 00:26:41.090 --> 00:26:43.240
  • - I'm so glad you joined us today I really know that was
  • 00:26:45.080 --> 00:26:47.240
  • God's plan, God wanted you to be with us today so He could
  • 00:26:47.240 --> 00:26:51.270
  • tell you through us how much he loves you.
  • 00:26:51.270 --> 00:26:54.210
  • And I don't know what your situation in life is.
  • 00:26:54.210 --> 00:26:58.070
  • I don't know where you are in your spiritual journey
  • 00:26:58.070 --> 00:27:00.270
  • but if you've never opened your heart to receive Christ
  • 00:27:00.270 --> 00:27:03.030
  • into your life today is your day.
  • 00:27:03.030 --> 00:27:06.040
  • All you have to do is say Jesus come into my life.
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  • Forgive me of my sins.
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  • I want you to be the Lord of my life from now on.
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  • As best I know how I give me life to You.
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  • Give me a fresh start.
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  • If you prayed that prayer Christ came into your life.
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  • He'll never leave you or forsake you.
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  • (praise music)
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