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The Lights of Christmas

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December 29, 2019
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Kerry Shook Ministries with Kerry Shook

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  • and Jesus says, "Ask me. I'll illuminate your path.
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  • I'll show you which way to go. Just ask."
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  • Kerry Shook: Merry Christmas Woodlands Church.
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  • Yeah, how are you?
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  • You sound pretty good on this Christmas Eve.
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  • Chris: We're so glad you're here and we're calling our
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  • Christmas service this year The Lights of Christmas because
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  • Christmas is all about light.
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  • I love Christmas lights.
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  • And every year as our kids are growing up right after
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  • Thanksgiving, we pile all four of our kids in the backseat of
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  • the car and go drive around and find those neighborhoods that
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  • had all the lights on the houses, you know, the ones that
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  • make you feel really bad about yourself.
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  • And we'd drive around and listen to "Silent Night" playing on the
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  • radio as our kids fought like cats and dogs.
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  • It was just Christmas for us.
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  • Light was always a part of it.
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  • Kerry: Hey, Christmas is all about light because on the first
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  • Christmas, the light of the world came into our dark world
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  • to shine his light into our lives.
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  • I want you to open your Bibles, if you have them, or look on the
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  • screens and you'll see the gospel of John chapter 1,
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  • beginning of verse 3.
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  • "Through him all things were made; without him nothing was
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  • made that has been made.
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  • In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.
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  • The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has
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  • not overcome it."
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  • In the beginning, God said, "Let there be light, and God spoke
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  • the universe into existence.
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  • In a split second, explosion of light.
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  • So, God's first act of creation was to shatter the physical
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  • darkness, but God's great act of love at Christmas was to shatter
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  • your personal darkness.
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  • Chris: We all go through tough times and dark days, but
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  • when you're going through a dark day yourself, it feels like
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  • you're the only one and it can feel really lonely.
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  • If you're feeling like that right now, we want you to know
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  • that you are among family and we all know what it's like.
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  • We all experience hurts and heartaches.
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  • We all go through the darkness of difficulty and pain.
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  • Maybe it's the darkness of doubt, or the darkness of
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  • disappointment, or the darkness of broken dreams that you're
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  • experiencing right now.
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  • You may feel like you're losing all hope and you just can't see
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  • a light at the end of the tunnel.
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  • But the good news is that the light of Christmas has come to
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  • shatter our personal darkness.
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  • When I'm confused and I don't know which way to turn, the
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  • light of Christmas, Jesus Christ, illuminates my path.
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  • Jesus Christ illuminates our path.
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  • He shows us which way to go.
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  • "And Jesus said to the people, 'I am the Light of the world.
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  • So if you follow me, you won't be stumbling through the
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  • darkness, for living light will flood your path.'"
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  • Some of you have major decisions to make and Jesus says,
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  • "Ask me, I'll illuminate your path.
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  • I'll show you which way to go, just ask."
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  • We live in really confusing times and sometimes when I look
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  • at what's going on in our world, I just think, what in the world
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  • is going on?
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  • You know what I mean.
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  • You look at the news, you turn on the television, check your
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  • news feed and it's incredible.
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  • It just feel sometimes like evil's going unchecked.
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  • There's so many problems, so much pain, so much chaos and
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  • things feel out of control.
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  • And here's the truth, we have a grounding light that holds us.
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  • The light of Christmas promises us his divine guidance in our
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  • troubled times.
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  • Kerry: No doubt about it.
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  • And folks, we have to admit that we're all sort of sailing in
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  • uncharted waters because none of us knows what the future holds.
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  • But we know who holds the future because sometimes when the storm
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  • clouds are swirling around you, it's really hard to see
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  • what God is up to.
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  • But God wants to give you the ability to make wise decisions
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  • that take you through the storms, that take you to a place
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  • of safety, that take you into his destiny for your life.
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  • Decisions do determine our destiny.
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  • And maybe you're going through the darkness of confusion and
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  • doubt right now, it's really hard for you to see what God
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  • is up to in your life.
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  • Maybe you're beginning to doubt that God really has a good plan
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  • for your life, or maybe you're beginning to doubt that God
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  • really cares about what you're going through, or maybe you're
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  • starting to wonder if God even knows what you're going through,
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  • or maybe you're beginning to doubt that there's a God.
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  • When we go through these dark times of confusion, and we don't
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  • know which way to go, and many times we feel like God is a
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  • million miles away, that he's nowhere around, but it doesn't
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  • matter what you feel like because the light of Christmas
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  • is right there.
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  • In fact, when you're going through those dark clouds of
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  • confusion, that's when he's closest, and we just don't
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  • realize it at the time many times.
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  • But I want you to hear from our daughter Megan and her husband
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  • Jordan, as they share with you how even in the darkness
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  • of depression, Christ's light shines through.
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  • Jordan: In the Christmas season, the time that's supposed
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  • to be the most joyous of the year, a lot of times it can be
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  • the most hectic time of the year.
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  • And whether it's problems with your family, money, whatever it
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  • is, they seem to creep up and steal our joy during
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  • the Christmastime.
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  • Megan: One of the most difficult things that I've gone
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  • through in my life was when I dealt with depression.
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  • I have never felt more secluded and far from God.
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  • During this time, I felt so far away from God and anyone else.
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  • I felt alone.
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  • I felt like no one was there for me, no one could help me, and no
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  • one understood what I was going through.
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  • Jordan: It was very difficult for me because I hadn't ever
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  • dealt with that, or it was really hard for me
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  • to understand how she was feeling.
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  • I wanted to fix her, and I want to do everything
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  • I could to help.
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  • What I found in what the Lord has shown me is that I don't
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  • need to be the one to save her, but he already had saved her.
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  • Megan: It's in those dark, dark places when we feel like we
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  • are on our own, when we feel like nobody else understands,
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  • no one else knows we're going through and nobody else is there
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  • for us, is definitely when we know closest to God.
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  • Jordan: When the dark times come, and we know that they will
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  • come, our hope for you, our prayer for you this Christmas is
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  • that even in those darkest times, you may find the light.
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  • Chris: Maybe you need a light this Christmas
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  • to guide you home.
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  • Maybe too are going through the darkness of depression and you
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  • feel like God's nowhere around.
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  • God doesn't cause bad things to happen to us
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  • because he's a good God.
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  • He's a good, good Father.
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  • Sometimes, he allows them into our lives to turn us to himself
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  • so we can find the only true source of fulfillment.
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  • female announcer: Still to come with Pastor Kerry Shook.
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  • Kerry: And you have a choice.
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  • You can choose to step into the light, or you can choose
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  • to run from the light.
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  • You can choose to step into the light and experience redemption,
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  • or you can run from the light and run into religion.
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  • announcer: Kerry Shook Ministries is committed to
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  • sharing the gospel and providing the tools necessary for
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  • believers to grow in their relationship with Jesus through
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  • television, media, and creative resources.
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  • Now with social media, we have a great opportunity to join and
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  • encourage one another so that we can all grow in Christ together.
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  • We invite you to join us on Facebook,
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  • Instagram, and YouTube.
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  • We want to stay connected to you throughout your week, standing
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  • with you in times of need, and celebrating with you
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  • in times of joy.
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  • On these channels, you will find words of encouragement,
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  • learn of special events, enjoy inspiring messages,
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  • and you can send us your prayer requests, share praises,
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  • and help inspire others.
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  • Help us lift each other up and get connected today.
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  • Go to kerryshook.org or find us on Facebook,
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  • Instagram, and YouTube.
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  • Your participation will carry the light of Christ
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  • into the world.
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  • Kerry: I'm so grateful that the light of Christmas guides me
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  • when I'm confused, but I want you to also see the light of
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  • Christmas leads me to redemption.
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  • Let's look at the gospel of John chapter 1 again,
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  • beginning with verse 9.
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  • "The one who is the true light, who gives light to everyone,
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  • was coming into the world.
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  • He came into the very world he created, but the world
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  • didn't recognize him.
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  • He came to his own people, and even they rejected him."
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  • It says they rejected him.
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  • The God of the universe, the light of the world, the God who
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  • created it all came to his own creation, his creation rejected
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  • him, we rejected Christ.
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  • Why?
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  • Because light exposes and makes us feel uncomfortable.
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  • Light warms, makes us feel good.
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  • It's a great thing, but it also exposes
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  • and makes us feel uncomfortable.
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  • If you've ever painted a room in your house, then you know you
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  • need good lighting in that room because without good lighting,
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  • you're not able to see your flaws, and your mistakes,
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  • and streaks in the places that you missed.
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  • But with good lighting, it exposes your faults,
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  • and your flaws, and mistakes.
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  • And Christ's light exposes my faults, and sins, and mistakes,
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  • and that's why we rejected Christ.
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  • We rejected him because the light of his truth
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  • makes us feel uncomfortable.
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  • The religious people really felt uncomfortable around Christ
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  • because they were comparing themselves to everyone else.
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  • And they looked pretty good compared to everyone else around
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  • them on the outside.
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  • And they were saying, "Well, I'm better than that person.
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  • I'm better than that person. I'm better than that person.
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  • I may not be perfect, but I've never done what that guy's done.
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  • You know, I may not be perfect, but I'm a really good person.
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  • I'm one of the better people I know."
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  • They were comparing themselves to everyone else.
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  • But when Christ shined his pure and perfect light into their
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  • hearts, it exposed their darkness.
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  • And when Christ's light shines into our hearts, it exposes us,
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  • it exposes my sins, and faults, and brokenness, all my flaws
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  • and imperfections in my heart.
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  • Because his light exposes our faults and sins, Christ's light
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  • makes us uncomfortable at first.
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  • Let's just say I had a spotlight up here and we turned off all
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  • the lights except for my spotlight, and I start moving it
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  • around and then I move it right on to you.
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  • And the light is shining right on you and everyone in this
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  • auditorium is looking right at you.
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  • Wouldn't that make you feel a little bit uncomfortable?
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  • I hope it would.
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  • If it wouldn't, you worry me.
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  • Maybe a couple of you would say, "it's my chance to sing,
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  • praise God."
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  • But normal people, it would make them feel really uncomfortable.
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  • And when Christ's light shines into our hearts right past the
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  • facade and reveals that we're broken, and sinful, and hurting,
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  • it exposes us.
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  • It makes us feel very uncomfortable.
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  • Now, when you feel the light of Christ shine into your soul and
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  • you see that you're sinful and broken like everyone,
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  • then you have a choice.
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  • You can choose to step into the light, or you can choose
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  • to run from the light.
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  • You can choose to step into the light and experience redemption,
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  • or you can run from the light and run into religion.
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  • See, religion is when the light of truth
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  • exposes the truth about me.
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  • I choose to walk out of the light and I say,
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  • I'm not that bad.
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  • I'm really a pretty good person.
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  • Yeah, I need to change a couple of bad habits in my life.
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  • Sure, maybe I need to read a couple of new self-help books.
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  • Yeah, I've got some hangups.
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  • I need to make some changes, but I'm really not that bad.
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  • That's religion, comparing yourself to everyone else.
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  • Redemption, however, is when the light of Christ exposes my
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  • brokenness and sin and I choose to step into the light and say,
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  • "Yes, I admit it.
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  • I'm exposed and I'm done, and I need forgiveness.
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  • I can't just change a couple of bad habits and be okay.
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  • I need redemption. I need forgiveness.
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  • I need a Savior. I need the light of Christmas."
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  • And when you refuse to run from the truth and you walk into the
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  • light, you feel the warmth of Christ's healing light.
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  • Instead of running from the light, if you step into that
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  • light, then you feel the warmth of his light.
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  • You feel the light of his healing and forgiveness.
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  • You feel the light that is healing of all your shame.
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  • You feel the light of his purpose filling your life.
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  • You walk into the light and receive grace and you feel the
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  • warmth of his light restoring you from your brokenness.
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  • You see, you can step into the light and choose redemption, or
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  • step out of light and choose religion,
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  • but you can choose both.
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  • Look what Romans 3:23 says, "For all have sinned and fall short
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  • of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace
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  • through the redemption that came through Christ Jesus."
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  • Christ came at Christmas to give us redemption,
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  • and it's a free gift of His grace.
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  • So, we know longer have to carry around that heavy, aching burden
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  • of guilt, and shame, and regret.
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  • Because when we walk into the light of redemption, we feel
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  • God's unconditional love.
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  • God knows everything about you and me, everything.
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  • He knows the good, the bad, and the ugly.
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  • He knows every ugly word we've ever spoken, every ugly thought
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  • we've ever had, every ugly action we've ever taken.
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  • And yet, he loves us.
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  • He loves us completely.
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  • He couldn't love us any more than he does right now and
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  • that's what Christmas is all about.
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  • Our son Ryan and his wife Sarah had a sweet baby boy this year,
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  • their first, baby Benjamin.
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  • And they're going to share with you how the unconditional love
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  • of Christ and the realization of that changes everything.
  • 00:15:53.260 --> 00:15:59.060
  • 00:15:59.070 --> 00:16:03.160
  • Ryan Shook: This Christmas, Sarah and I are first-time
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  • parents to a son named Benjamin.
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  • He's 11 months old, and he's amazing but having him has made
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  • us see Christmas in totally new ways.
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  • The other day we took Ben to go see the Christmas lights and
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  • with each house we passed, all the lights and decorations
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  • brought new joy and amazement to his face.
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  • It was such a joy to watch his face light up as he saw each
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  • Christmas light.
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  • But we also realize that not everything about Christmas
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  • is joy and fun.
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  • We took him to go see Santa Claus last week, and it was not
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  • a great experience for him.
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  • He saw Santa Claus through a totally different light,
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  • one that terrified him.
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  • And when you have a child, it brings a totally new joy and
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  • excitement, one that lasts for the entire year.
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  • Sarah Shook: Being a mother this Christmas, I have a whole
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  • new perspective on God's love for and the sacrifice he gave at
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  • Christmastime.
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  • When I held my baby boy for the first time, I finally understood
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  • what that great love is, a parent's love for child.
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  • Now my perspective of Christmas has totally changed.
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  • I'm reminded God gave his Son for me, that is the greatest
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  • love that you could ever know.
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  • Ryan: That is a great point, Sarah.
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  • The sacrifice that God made for us through his Son is
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  • unimaginable and it all began on one holy night, that holiest
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  • of nights 2.000 years ago.
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  • Chris: On that first Christmas 2.000 years ago, Jesus
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  • Christ, the God of the galaxies, entered our world with a holy
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  • shout, with the cry of a newborn baby.
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  • I want you to listen to the words of the Christmas story
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  • from Luke chapter 2 and as you do, think about the fact
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  • that God did this for you.
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  • "Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in
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  • the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night.
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  • And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory
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  • of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid.
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  • Then the angel said to them, 'Do not be afraid, for behold, I
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  • bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people.
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  • For there is born to you this day in the city of David a
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  • Savior, who is Christ the Lord.'"
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  • Did you catch that?
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  • Good news, great news, the very best news,
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  • and it's for all people.
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  • That means it's for you and me.
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  • And the great news is this, we have a Savior.
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  • We have a Savior.
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  • I desperately need a Savior and I'm so grateful that on
  • 00:18:52.170 --> 00:18:56.270
  • Christmas, Christ came for us.
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  • That's what we need to know on this Christmas, that the light
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  • of Christmas shatters the darkness, it shatters it.
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  • In John 1, verse 5 it says, "The light shines through the
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  • darkness and the darkness can never extinguish it."
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  • You may feel burdened down right now with worries, and fears and
  • 00:19:17.040 --> 00:19:22.150
  • heartache, but somehow, someway, God can take the darkest night
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  • and turn it into the brightest day.
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  • That's what Christ did for us on the cross.
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  • The real Christmas tree is the cross
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  • because Jesus Christ was born to die.
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  • He came to give his life for us.
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  • And the darkest night in the history of the world was when
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  • the Son of God hung on a cross and died
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  • for your sins and for mine.
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  • He died for our brokenness.
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  • He was broken so we wouldn't have to be.
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  • God took the darkest night and the worst act of evil in
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  • history, and he turned it into the greatest gift of grace and
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  • the brightest hope for the future for you and I.
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  • Kerry: And because of Christmas somehow,
  • 00:20:11.180 --> 00:20:13.120
  • someway, God can take your darkest night and turn it
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  • into your brightest light.
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  • God can take your greatest pain and someway, turn it into your
  • 00:20:19.170 --> 00:20:23.270
  • greatest purpose.
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  • God can even take our greatest mess and turn it into our
  • 00:20:25.170 --> 00:20:27.220
  • greatest message because Christ didn't stay on the cross.
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  • Hey, the darkness tried to hide the light, the darkness tried to
  • 00:20:32.040 --> 00:20:34.290
  • kill the light, the darkness tried to bury the light, but
  • 00:20:35.000 --> 00:20:39.080
  • darkness can never extinguish the light.
  • 00:20:39.090 --> 00:20:41.210
  • And the light of Christmas, the light of the world, rose from
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  • the grave to shine the light of his love into your life.
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  • Folks, I don't have to tell you that we live
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  • in a world filled darkness.
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  • It just seems like there's so many problems and so much pain
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  • and brokenness, and there's a lot of fearful of today,
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  • it seems like.
  • 00:21:01.050 --> 00:21:03.170
  • In fact, sometimes there's just so much evil and confusion that,
  • 00:21:03.180 --> 00:21:07.110
  • I have to admit, it feels overwhelming.
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  • But did you know the words, "Do not be afraid," or, "Fear not,"
  • 00:21:10.150 --> 00:21:17.180
  • are mentioned 365 times in the Bible?
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  • That's one for every day of the year.
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  • It's as if God is saying, "No matter how chaotic and dark it
  • 00:21:23.250 --> 00:21:26.170
  • looks in this world, no matter how dark it looks in your life
  • 00:21:26.180 --> 00:21:29.120
  • right now, you don't have to be afraid.
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  • You don't have to be afraid because I'm with you."
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  • That's what Emmanuel means, God with us.
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  • You don't have to be afraid because you have a Savior.
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  • Did you catch what Chris said when she read
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  • the Christmas story?
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  • The angel said, "Today, in the time of David, a Savior has been
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  • born to you."
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  • You don't have to be afraid because you have a Savior,
  • 00:21:52.240 --> 00:21:54.150
  • the light of the world.
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  • See, the light of Christmas has come into the world to shatter
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  • our personal darkness here on earth, and then to take us
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  • to heaven one day.
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  • Heaven is a real place.
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  • Heaven is just as real as this auditorium we're in right now.
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  • Heaven is the most beautiful, powerful, and fulfilling place
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  • you could ever imagine.
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  • And the Bible says there's never any darkness in heaven because
  • 00:22:14.280 --> 00:22:18.150
  • the eternal light of Christ's presence shines nonstop.
  • 00:22:18.160 --> 00:22:23.270
  • And the Bible tells us that Jesus has a book in heaven.
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  • It's called the Book of Life.
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  • And it's not a book like I imagined Santa having when I was
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  • a kid, the naughty and nice list.
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  • I was always worried I'd be on the naughty list, not get any
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  • presents for Christmas.
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  • No, this book that Jesus has in heaven has all the names of
  • 00:22:38.270 --> 00:22:43.120
  • those who received the light of his forgiveness and redemption,
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  • and his free gift of heaven one day because heaven is a perfect
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  • place for perfect people.
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  • So, our problem is a lot bigger than being on Santa's naughty
  • 00:22:53.240 --> 00:22:56.290
  • list because none of us are perfect.
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  • We've all sinned.
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  • We all have flaws, but that's why the light of Christmas came,
  • 00:23:01.160 --> 00:23:04.260
  • to make a way to a perfect heaven for all of us who are
  • 00:23:04.270 --> 00:23:08.040
  • terribly imperfect and broken.
  • 00:23:08.050 --> 00:23:11.010
  • And the Bible says all we have to do is stop trying to save
  • 00:23:11.020 --> 00:23:13.050
  • ourselves and allow him to save us, to take a little step of
  • 00:23:13.060 --> 00:23:18.070
  • faith, to take the little bit of imperfect faith we have, and
  • 00:23:18.080 --> 00:23:21.030
  • place it all in a great and perfect God, to take that little
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  • step into his light and feel the warmth of his forgiveness that's
  • 00:23:26.040 --> 00:23:28.260
  • free, and the warmth of his purpose, the warmth of his hope.
  • 00:23:28.270 --> 00:23:35.200
  • So many are hopeless today, filled with hopelessness.
  • 00:23:35.210 --> 00:23:38.230
  • God wants to fill you with this hope and then heaven one day,
  • 00:23:38.240 --> 00:23:44.140
  • when you walk in the light and you choose to receive the gift
  • 00:23:44.150 --> 00:23:46.120
  • of Christmas, then Christ writes your name in heaven
  • 00:23:46.130 --> 00:23:49.250
  • in his Book of Life.
  • 00:23:49.260 --> 00:23:52.000
  • So many people here on this earth are always trying to write
  • 00:23:52.010 --> 00:23:54.150
  • their name on something that's going to last and maybe they
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  • write their name in the lights of fame, or they write their
  • 00:23:58.120 --> 00:24:02.030
  • name on a big bank account, or they etch their name into a
  • 00:24:02.040 --> 00:24:05.230
  • plaque or a monument because of what they've given
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  • or what they've done.
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  • There's nothing wrong with those things, it's just that those
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  • names will fade.
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  • That's exactly what's going to happen to all the famous names
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  • of every rock star, and movie star, and professional athlete,
  • 00:24:18.150 --> 00:24:22.040
  • and politician, president, and king, who only focuses on making
  • 00:24:22.050 --> 00:24:26.040
  • a name for themselves here on this earth.
  • 00:24:26.050 --> 00:24:29.060
  • Those names will fade into eternity and be forgotten
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  • forever, and that's why Jesus says in Luke 10:20,
  • 00:24:32.200 --> 00:24:37.090
  • "Rejoice that your names are written in heaven."
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  • It's okay to have your name on stuff here on this earth,
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  • but Jesus said don't rejoice in that.
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  • The question is, is your name written in heaven?
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  • Have you, at a point in time in your life, received the light of
  • 00:24:52.040 --> 00:24:54.060
  • Christmas and let him write your name in his Book of Life, in the
  • 00:24:54.070 --> 00:24:57.130
  • light of his forgiveness and grace that can never fade away
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  • or be erased?
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  • 00:25:04.050 --> 00:25:12.240
  • Chris: We're so glad you joined us for the message today,
  • 00:25:12.250 --> 00:25:15.080
  • and we hope it impacts your life all week long.
  • 00:25:15.090 --> 00:25:17.270
  • Kerry: And if God really spoke to you and you've never
  • 00:25:17.280 --> 00:25:20.070
  • received Christ into your life, all you have to do is just
  • 00:25:20.080 --> 00:25:24.030
  • receive this free gift of salvation, forgiveness,
  • 00:25:24.040 --> 00:25:27.040
  • and heaven one day.
  • 00:25:27.050 --> 00:25:28.210
  • Just pray a prayer right now, a prayer like this, "Dear Jesus
  • 00:25:28.220 --> 00:25:33.120
  • Christ, thank you for dying on the cross for me.
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  • I invite you to come into my life, forgive me of all my sins,
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  • and I want you to be the Lord of my life.
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  • I want you to be the director from now on and guide me.
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  • I receive your free gift of salvation.
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  • In Jesus's name, amen."
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  • If you prayed that prayer, Christ came into your life,
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  • and he'll never leave you here at the holidays.
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  • announcer: Here at the holidays, we are especially
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  • reminded of God's love for us and right now, during the season
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  • of giving, you can be part of all that Kerry Shook Ministries
  • 00:25:59.270 --> 00:26:03.190
  • is doing to share this amazing truth with others.
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  • Kerry and Chris invite you to join them in their tradition of
  • 00:26:07.290 --> 00:26:10.060
  • giving the best gift to Christ.
  • 00:26:10.070 --> 00:26:13.050
  • Your gifts will help launch projects into the New Year that
  • 00:26:13.060 --> 00:26:16.180
  • share the gospel of truth to a hurting world.
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  • In your city, your neighborhood, perhaps even in your own home,
  • 00:26:20.130 --> 00:26:24.160
  • people with questions will receive
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  • balanced biblical answers.
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  • The liberating truths of the gospel will come to life in
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  • vivid visual ways through illustrated sermons.
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  • And best of all, hurting people will experience forgiveness,
  • 00:26:36.130 --> 00:26:40.030
  • peace, and abundant eternal life by being
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  • introduced to Jesus Christ.
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  • Share the joy of the season and as you give, please know how
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  • much Kerry and Chris appreciate you standing
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  • with them in ministry.
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