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The Real Christmas Tree

Watch The Real Christmas Tree
December 27, 2020
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The real story of Christmas is this: Jesus Christ is God!

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The Real Christmas Tree

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  • Christmas says God cares.
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  • He cares so much that he lefthis perfect home in heaven, and
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  • he entered into our sin-sick andbroken world so that he could
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  • restore us.
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  • Kerry: Merry Christmas,Woodlands Church.
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  • How are you?
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  • That's not bad, but it's notvery good either so--but
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  • that's understandable.
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  • I know it's the season tobe stressful between all the
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  • Christmas parties and thepresents and tryin' to find a
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  • parking place at the mall.
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  • And now for those of you whoshop online like Chris and I do,
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  • it's added stress when you startgettin' those e-mails the last
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  • couple of days, like, "We'reso sorry to inform you that the
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  • item that you ordered forChristmas won't be here until
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  • next year around the same time."
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  • It's so frustrating.
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  • "I hope this doesn'tinconvenience you a bit."
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  • No, not at all, it's great.
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  • The stresses can really get tous, so I am so glad you're here
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  • to experience what we're calling"The Real Christmas Tree."
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  • Now, the history of theChristmas tree is a little bit
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  • clouded, but Martin Luther iscredited with bringing the first
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  • Christmas tree indoors.
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  • It said that 500 years ago inGermany, Luther was taking a
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  • walk through the forest on astarlit Christmas night, and he
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  • looked up at the stars shiningthrough the tall trees, and he
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  • said it reminded him of how Godcame from the heavens the first
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  • Christmas to bring lightinto our dark world.
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  • And so he cut down one of theevergreens, and he brought it
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  • inside his house, and hedecorated it with lit candles
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  • which couldn't have beenvery safe, but I'm sure
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  • it's beautiful.
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  • And 500 years later, decoratingthe Christmas tree has become
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  • this huge part of our Christmascelebrations, but the tradition
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  • that started with the simpleevergreen and a few lit candles
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  • has now morphed into somethingmuch more complicated yet safer,
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  • and sadly, that's exactlywhat we've done with the
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  • first Christmas.
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  • We've taken the simple yetdangerously life-changing
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  • message of the first Christmas,and we've made it much more
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  • complicated and stressful, andit produces an overwhelmingly
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  • stressful season.
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  • In doing so, we've covered upthe real meaning of Christmas,
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  • and we've removedall of its power.
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  • But the good news is we can getback to the first Christmas, and
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  • when we get back to the firstChristmas, we get back to the
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  • good news, the good news thatthe angel shared with the
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  • shepherds on that very firstChristmas in Luke 2:10, the
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  • Christmas story:"Do not be afraid.
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  • I bring you good news that willcause great joy for all
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  • the people.
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  • Today in the town of David aSavior has been born to you."
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  • Hey, Christmas is good news.
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  • It's news that I need, and thenews is this: We have a Savior.
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  • We have a Savior who can save uswhen we're going under in life.
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  • And maybe you're like Chris andI this Christmas season, where
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  • you feel like your tree isloaded down and overloaded with
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  • decorations that haveaccumulated over the years, but
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  • your life is more overloadedthan your Christmas tree.
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  • And maybe you feel like CharlieBrown's Christmas tree this
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  • Christmas that, if you addone more stressful thing, that
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  • everything's gonnacome crashing down.
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  • You won't be able to hold up.
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  • And the good news of Christmasis we have a Savior, who can
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  • lift us up when we feel weigheddown by the burdens of life.
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  • So for the next few moments,we wanna remove all the
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  • distractions and get backto the real Christmas tree.
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  • You know, there's somethin'about a tree that brings us back
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  • to our roots and remindsus of our Creator.
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  • When you take a walk in thewoods, every tree points to
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  • evidence of God.
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  • The forests have God'sfingerprints all over them, and
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  • the Bible tells us thisin the book of Romans.
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  • Would you look at it with me?
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  • "From the time the world wascreated, people have seen the
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  • earth and sky andall that God made.
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  • They can clearly see hisinvisible qualities--his eternal
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  • power and divine nature."
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  • We've always been able tosee that there's a Creator by
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  • looking at his creation.
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  • We've always been able to seethat there must be an artist
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  • behind it becausethere's such art.
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  • In fact, when I look at thetrees, I learned a lot about the
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  • God who made them.
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  • I see first that God iscreative and he loves variety.
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  • He's made all different shapesand sizes and colors of trees.
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  • I also see, when I look at theSequoia National Forest and the
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  • giant redwoods, I get aglimpse of God's power.
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  • And some of those trees areover a thousand years old.
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  • I get a glimpse of God'seternal timelessness.
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  • We can learn a lot about Godjust by looking at a tree and
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  • all that God created, butthere's a whole lot we don't
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  • know about God just bylooking at Creation.
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  • Creation alone leaves uswith a lot of questions.
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  • Questions like "Does God reallyknow what I'm going' through?
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  • Does God reallycare about my pain?
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  • Does God have the power to healme of my hurts and really do
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  • something about what I'mgoin' through right now?
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  • Does God care?"
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  • You can't answer those questionsby looking at the trees God
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  • made, but you can answer thosequestions by looking at the
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  • first Christmas tree.
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  • The tree at the first Christmaswas the manger, and, folks, the
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  • manger just means God cares.
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  • Through Creation, we see thatGod is real, but it's through
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  • the manger we seethat God cares.
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  • Christmas says God cares.
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  • He cares so much that he lefthis perfect home in heaven, and
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  • he entered into our sin-sick andbroken world so that he could
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  • restore us.
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  • He became one of us.
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  • He wrapped himselfin human flesh.
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  • He became a tiny baby, and noone is more vulnerable than a
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  • little baby, frail human flesh.
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  • He became one of us.
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  • Why?
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  • So that we could relate to him,so that we could see that he
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  • cares about us because I can'trelate to some cosmic force out
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  • in the universe that created itall, but I can relate to
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  • Jesus Christ.
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  • The good news of Christmasis you're not alone.
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  • "Immanuel" means "God with us."
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  • God came down at Christmas to bewith us, but he didn't stay in
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  • that manger.
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  • He grew up and showed us whatGod is like, and there was one
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  • day when Christ was praying tohis heavenly Father, and his
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  • disciples watched him pray, andthey asked, "Would you teach us
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  • how to pray like that?"
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  • And what Jesus said nextrevealed to them and to every
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  • one of us the true face of God.
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  • It's in Matthew 6, and it's thebeginning of what we call the
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  • Lord's Prayer.
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  • Jesus said, "This, then, is howyou should pray: 'Our Father in
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  • heaven, hallowed be yourname--'"
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  • Did you catch that?
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  • "Our Father."
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  • Jesus said you can talk to Godas a Father, who cares about you
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  • and loves you.
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  • You can have a relationship withyour loving, perfect, faithful
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  • heavenly Father.
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  • Romans 8:15 reflects thiswhen it says, "So you have not
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  • received a spirit thatmakes you fearful slaves.
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  • Instead, you receive God'sSpirit when he adopted you as
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  • his own children.
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  • Now we call him,'Abba, Father.'"
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  • You don't have tobe afraid of God.
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  • God came at Christmas to bringyou back and to adopt you back
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  • into his forever familytree as a son or a daughter.
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  • Chris and I aregrandparents, and we love it.
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  • You know, beinggrandparents is so great.
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  • You know, you have such a goodtime with the grandkids, the
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  • grandbabies, and then you cangive 'em some sugar and send 'em
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  • back home, it's awesome.
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  • But two years ago, when Benjaminwas born, we wanted to decide
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  • what our grandparentnames are goin' to be.
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  • Now, Chris's was already agiven because she's "Noni."
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  • For some reason, our daughter,Megan, has called her Noni since
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  • she was about 11 or 12, and wehave no idea why but--so that
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  • kind of stuck.
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  • And so she's Noni, and that's apretty cool name, you know, for
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  • a grandparent, Noni.
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  • So I had to come up with a coolname because I thought, you
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  • know, I don't wanna becalled-- [with British accent]
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  • --grandfather.
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  • I don't want a--you know, it'slike I want a name that, you
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  • know, that I like.
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  • And so, am I gonna be called"granddad" or "Paw-paw" or
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  • Pee-paw or pee-pee or--youknow, I started getting
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  • concerned when I startedthinkin' about 'em.
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  • And then somebody told me,"Kerry, it doesn't matter what
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  • you wanna be called.
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  • You're gonna be calledwhatever Benjamin calls you.
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  • That's gonna be yourgrandparent name.
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  • And when he was a little baby,I'd hold him like, "You're
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  • my buddy-pal."
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  • And when he would comeover, "You're my buddy-pal."
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  • Well, he turned it around me,and he calls me "buddy-pal," so
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  • that is my name foreverand ever and ever.
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  • I am buddy-pal.
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  • If you yell, "buddy-pal," I'llturn around because that's my
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  • name, "buddy-pal."
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  • In fact, the way he says itnow is "buppa, buppa, buppa."
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  • He gets excited:"Buppa, Noni, buppa."
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  • But the first word that he saidwas not "buddy-pal," "buppa."
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  • It was "dada."
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  • And the first word that almostevery little baby boy and little
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  • baby girl says that speaksEnglish is "dada," but a child
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  • growing up, speaking Aramaicin first century Palestine, a
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  • little Jewish child speakingAramaic would've said, "Abba,
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  • abba," because the word "abba"literally means "daddy."
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  • Did you get that?
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  • Because of Christmas, wecan address the infinite,
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  • transcendent, all-powerfulCreator of the universe
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  • as "daddy."
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  • "Daddy God, hold me.
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  • I need you."
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  • "Daddy God, hold me.
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  • I don't know what todo in this situation."
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  • "Daddy God, hold me.
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  • I feel like I'm goin' under."
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  • "Daddy God, hold me."
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  • When Jesus said, "The way youaddress him is 'Our Father--'"
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  • and the Scripture tells us,"Daddy," that separated
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  • Christianity from all of theother world religions because
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  • all other world religionspicture a God who's powerful,
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  • who's holy, who's perfect, butyou could never approach him
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  • as "daddy."
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  • "Daddy, I need you."
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  • You could never sit in his lapand him hold you and, "I'm
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  • gonna meet your needs.
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  • I'm gonna take care of you."
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  • You see, if you took the loveof all the very best mothers and
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  • fathers who have ever lived inall of human history and you
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  • added up all the goodness,the love, the compassion and
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  • kindness that's in their heartsfor their children, it would be
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  • just a drop in the bucketcompared to the ocean of God's
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  • love and mercy that'sin his heart for you.
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  • You see, the whole reason forChristmas is God loves you.
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  • female announcer: Still tocome with Pastor Kerry Shook.
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  • Kerry: By looking past thedecorations of a Christmas tree
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  • and looking to the realChristmas tree, the cross, you
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  • experience whatChristmas is all about.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • announcer: This holidayseason, as we give thanks and
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  • celebrate the gift of Christ, weshould also recognize the gift
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  • we have in each day.
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  • At Kerry Shook Ministries, weare dedicated to sharing that
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  • Gospel truth all over the worldthrough inspiring, creative
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  • biblical teaching andlife-transforming ministry, but
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  • we don't do it alone.
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  • It's only with the helpof friends like you.
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  • That's why today, as a specialthank you for your support,
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  • pastors Kerry and Chris want tosend you their latest book, "The
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  • Gift of One Day," along withthe companion "Miracle
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  • Book Journal."
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  • The "Miracle" journal isdesigned to help you appreciate
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  • Kerry: The whole purpose ofChristmas is the love of God.
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  • He loves you.
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  • No matter what you've done, nomatter where you've been, you
  • 00:13:13.675 --> 00:13:15.977
  • can't wander away so far thatyou're out of the reach of the
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  • love of God.
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  • I'm so thankful that not onlydoes he care about you, but he
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  • has the power to do somethingabout the problems you're
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  • goin' through.
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  • And maybe you're goin'through something that's just
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  • overwhelmed you.
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  • Every one of us haveproblems and pain.
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  • Just know this: God's notgonna let you go under.
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  • God will hold you up.
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  • In the middle of the pain,he still has a purpose.
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  • You see, God created youas an ornament of his love.
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  • God made you to love you.
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  • In fact, it's kind oflike this ornament here.
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  • God made you to hang upon his family tree, his
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  • forever-family tree.
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  • He created you to love you, andhe wants you to shine and use
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  • your gifts and abilities to giveback, to make a difference in
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  • this world, to make a hugedifference that brings
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  • fulfillment in your life.
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  • You were made to have arelationship with the God who
  • 00:14:13.601 --> 00:14:15.536
  • made you, and there's aGod-shaped hole in your heart
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  • that can't be filled byanything else, even good things.
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  • When you try to fill theGod-shaped hole with--even in a
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  • marriage relationship with,you know, a wonderful wife or a
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  • wonderful husband, they'll neverbe able to fill the God-shaped
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  • hole in your heart because thoseare God needs that only God can
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  • meet, needs like purpose andmeaning, fulfillment, joy.
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  • No human being canmeet those needs.
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  • And Chris and I, many times,would look to each other, but
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  • we're learning not to look toeach other to meet those
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  • deepest needs.
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  • That puts too much pressure inthe relationship, but we look to
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  • God to meet those needs, and hefills us up with his love, and
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  • we love each other the way weneed to be loved when he grows
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  • us close.
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  • If you're tryin' to putanything, even good things,
  • 00:14:59.414 --> 00:15:02.483
  • maybe material things, maybesuccess--nothin' wrong
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  • with that.
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  • It'll never fill theGod-shaped hole in your heart.
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  • God created you as anornament of his love.
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  • He made you to love you, andhe wants you to shine and find
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  • fulfillment livin' your purpose.
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  • The problem though is we've allbroken away from God's tree and
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  • become broken in oursins and mistakes.
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  • You see, every oneof us are broken.
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  • It's kind of likethis broken ornament.
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  • I don't know if you'veever broken an ornament.
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  • I have.
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  • But we're like this ornament.
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  • Every one of us are broken.
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  • You see, God created you to loveyou, but then he gives you the
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  • choice as to whether ornot you love him back.
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  • And every one of us have sinned.
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  • We've all chosen to call theshots in our lives, and we all
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  • think at times, "Well, God,I know what's best for me.
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  • I'm gonna do what I think isbest, what I feel like doing,
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  • not what you say to do, so I'mgonna follow what I wanna do."
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  • Human-kind's oldestproblem is playing God.
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  • Said, "God, I'msmarter than you.
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  • I'm gonna do what I want."
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  • And it always leads tobrokenness, and every one of us
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  • are broken.
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  • That's why there's so manybroken hearts and broken
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  • emotions and broken lives.
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  • We're all broken.
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  • But I love this next verse: 2Corinthians 5:21, says, "God
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  • made the one who did not knowsin to be sin for us, so that in
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  • him we would become therighteousness of God."
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  • That's why God camedown at Christmas.
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  • You see, Christ grew up--didn'tstay in the manger--and he lived
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  • a perfect life.
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  • He went through all the thingsyou and I go through--the pain
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  • and the hurt, the rejection,temptation--but he never once
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  • sinned, and he went to the crossto take away all my sins and
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  • guilt and make me whole againand restore me back to his
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  • forever-family tree.
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  • See, the first Christmas treeis the manger, but the real
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  • Christmas tree is the cross.
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  • Acts 5:30, says this realclearly: "The God of our fathers
  • 00:16:51.559 --> 00:16:55.930
  • raised Jesus, whom you killedby hanging him on a tree."
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  • The cross is the real Christmastree, and when we receive what
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  • Christ has done for us on thecross, we receive forgiveness
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  • from all of our sins,failures, and mistakes.
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  • Colossians 2:14, says, "Hecanceled the record of the
  • 00:17:09.444 --> 00:17:12.780
  • charges against us and tookit away by nailing it to
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  • the cross."
  • 00:17:15.917 --> 00:17:18.219
  • You see, I had all these sinsstacked against me because we've
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  • all sinned, we've all mademistakes, we all have regrets
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  • and guilt, and wecan't get rid of it.
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  • It's a real thing.
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  • Guilt is a real thing.
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  • It affects every area of yourlife, and you can't get rid of
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  • it without Christ, andso he came to this earth.
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  • He created you firstwith his own hands.
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  • He came to this earth and wentto the cross, stretched out the
  • 00:17:38.573 --> 00:17:41.209
  • same hands and took the nails,and somehow, someway, he took
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  • all my sins.
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  • They were nailed to the cross,and he said, "I love you this
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  • much," and he died for my sins,and then he rose to give me life
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  • and purpose and fulfillment.
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  • There's an old saying that says,"Don't miss the forest for the
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  • trees," and it simply just meansthat "Don't get so caught up in
  • 00:17:59.494 --> 00:18:02.430
  • the little things that aren'timportant that you don't see the
  • 00:18:02.463 --> 00:18:04.999
  • huge thing that'smost important."
  • 00:18:05.032 --> 00:18:08.536
  • In December 1903, the Wrightbrothers telegrammed their
  • 00:18:08.569 --> 00:18:11.506
  • sister, and the telegramread, "We flew 120 feet today.
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  • We'll be home for Christmas."
  • 00:18:17.211 --> 00:18:19.647
  • And their sister was so excitedthat she took the telegram and
  • 00:18:19.680 --> 00:18:21.716
  • ran immediately to the editor ofthe local newspaper in hopes he
  • 00:18:21.749 --> 00:18:25.453
  • would print a big article aboutit, and the editor read the
  • 00:18:25.486 --> 00:18:28.756
  • telegram, and he looked up, andhe said, "Oh, that's
  • 00:18:28.789 --> 00:18:31.559
  • wonderful news.
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  • The boys will behome for Christmas."
  • 00:18:33.294 --> 00:18:35.696
  • He totally missed the big newsthat human beings had flown for
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  • the very first time.
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  • So don't miss the forest forthe trees when it comes
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  • to Christmas.
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  • Don't get so caught up in themanger, just celebrating the
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  • baby, that you don't realize thewhole purpose of Christmas is
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  • that he grew up andhe went to the cross.
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  • It's not about what'sunder the tree.
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  • It's about the onewho hung on the tree.
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  • And by looking past thedecorations of a Christmas tree
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  • and looking to the realChristmas tree, the cross, you
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  • experience whatChristmas is all about.
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  • I love all theChristmas specials.
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  • [Kerry imitating Jimmy Durante]♪ Frosty the Snowman ♪
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  • Kerry: And all of 'em, you know?
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  • I mean, I even watch"Baby New Year."
  • 00:19:20.975 --> 00:19:24.045
  • You know, I can be watchingthese Christmas specials and
  • 00:19:24.078 --> 00:19:27.415
  • Benjamin watchin' 'em with me,and then he'd leave, but I'm
  • 00:19:27.448 --> 00:19:29.717
  • still watchin' 'em.
  • 00:19:29.750 --> 00:19:31.352
  • "Oh, no, the Burgermeisteroutlawed toys."
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  • You know, I'm justso into it, you know?
  • 00:19:33.354 --> 00:19:35.690
  • But I love all the Christmasspecials, but my favorite, by
  • 00:19:35.723 --> 00:19:38.292
  • far, is the "CharlieBrown Christmas."
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  • Did you know, last December, "ACharlie Brown Christmas" aired
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  • for the 50th time?
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  • And I love it, you know, thestory where Charlie Brown gets
  • 00:19:46.300 --> 00:19:49.203
  • so exasperated by thecommercialism of Christmas that
  • 00:19:49.237 --> 00:19:51.739
  • finally he just yells out,"Isn't there anyone who knows
  • 00:19:51.772 --> 00:19:55.843
  • what Christmas is all about?"
  • 00:19:55.876 --> 00:19:58.713
  • And then his friend Linuscarries his blanket on stage
  • 00:19:58.746 --> 00:20:00.848
  • and, under the spotlight,recites the Christmas story from
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  • the Bible.
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  • It's not politicallycorrect at all.
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  • That's why I love it.
  • 00:20:07.989 --> 00:20:09.991
  • And he says, "Fear not: For,behold, I bring you good tidings
  • 00:20:10.024 --> 00:20:12.193
  • of great joy, which willbe for all the people.
  • 00:20:12.226 --> 00:20:15.396
  • For unto you is born this dayin the city of David a Savior,
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  • which is Christ the Lord."
  • 00:20:19.033 --> 00:20:21.135
  • Then after Linus finishes, hewalks over to his friend, and he
  • 00:20:21.168 --> 00:20:23.537
  • says, "That's what Christmasis all about, Charlie Brown."
  • 00:20:23.571 --> 00:20:27.241
  • I have to say, I've probablywatched the "Charlie Brown
  • 00:20:27.275 --> 00:20:30.044
  • Christmas Special" all 50times, but I never noticed
  • 00:20:30.077 --> 00:20:34.715
  • something someone recentlypointed out to me.
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  • You know, Linus alwayscarries his security blanket.
  • 00:20:37.852 --> 00:20:40.788
  • In all the Charlie Browncartoons, Linus always has his
  • 00:20:40.821 --> 00:20:43.257
  • blanket except one time.
  • 00:20:43.291 --> 00:20:46.060
  • In the "Charlie Brown ChristmasSpecial," when he's on stage and
  • 00:20:46.093 --> 00:20:49.430
  • he starts to recite theChristmas story, and he says,
  • 00:20:49.463 --> 00:20:51.966
  • "Fear not," and he goes throughthe Christmas story from the
  • 00:20:51.999 --> 00:20:55.703
  • Bible, "For today a Saviorhas been born to you," and he
  • 00:20:55.736 --> 00:20:59.440
  • releases the blanket.
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  • There's no other time in allthe Charlie Brown cartoons where
  • 00:21:02.443 --> 00:21:05.346
  • Linus is without his blanket.
  • 00:21:05.379 --> 00:21:07.848
  • So the Creator, Charles Schulz,and the animators must have
  • 00:21:07.882 --> 00:21:10.885
  • planned that, that one momenthe releases the blanket.
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  • And that's, because ofChristmas, we can release
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  • our fears.
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  • Christmas separates us from ourfears--the fear of rejection,
  • 00:21:22.296 --> 00:21:24.965
  • the fear of failure, the fearof the unknown, the fear of the
  • 00:21:24.999 --> 00:21:27.401
  • future, the fear of death, thebig one--because Christ came at
  • 00:21:27.435 --> 00:21:31.272
  • Christmas, and then he died on across for all my sins, and then
  • 00:21:31.305 --> 00:21:35.509
  • he rose again, and he's aliveto make all the difference in
  • 00:21:35.543 --> 00:21:37.845
  • my life.
  • 00:21:37.878 --> 00:21:39.647
  • I don't have to be afraid ofdeath because I get to go to
  • 00:21:39.680 --> 00:21:41.982
  • heaven when I die.
  • 00:21:42.016 --> 00:21:43.918
  • See, one day, your heart willstop beating, but you'll keep
  • 00:21:43.951 --> 00:21:45.553
  • living on in eternity.
  • 00:21:45.586 --> 00:21:47.154
  • You were made for eternity, andheaven is this amazing place.
  • 00:21:47.188 --> 00:21:51.359
  • It's more real than thisauditorium we're in right now.
  • 00:21:51.392 --> 00:21:54.662
  • A lot of people, when they thinkof heaven, they think you're
  • 00:21:54.695 --> 00:21:56.464
  • gonna be sitting on a cloud.
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  • It's all misty, and you've gota white robe on, and you're
  • 00:21:58.299 --> 00:22:01.435
  • playin' a harp for all eternity.
  • 00:22:01.469 --> 00:22:03.938
  • Folks, that sounds like hell,to me, and I gotta be honest.
  • 00:22:03.971 --> 00:22:06.340
  • I mean, it does, doesn't it?
  • 00:22:06.374 --> 00:22:09.443
  • Now, that sounds horrible.
  • 00:22:09.477 --> 00:22:11.512
  • I don't wanna go to that place.
  • 00:22:11.545 --> 00:22:14.415
  • I don't even likethe harp, you know?
  • 00:22:14.448 --> 00:22:16.283
  • So that is not heaven.
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  • Heaven is a real place, andHeaven is the most beautiful,
  • 00:22:20.821 --> 00:22:24.358
  • fulfilling place, and we cannever imagine it here on
  • 00:22:24.392 --> 00:22:28.295
  • this earth.
  • 00:22:28.329 --> 00:22:30.030
  • The Bible uses human words todescribe what humanly can't be
  • 00:22:30.064 --> 00:22:32.233
  • described--the most fulfillingplace, the most perfect place,
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  • but there's nobrokenness in heaven.
  • 00:22:37.638 --> 00:22:39.640
  • There's no broken hearts.
  • 00:22:39.673 --> 00:22:41.342
  • There's no brokenlives, no broken bodies.
  • 00:22:41.375 --> 00:22:43.310
  • There's no more tears, no moresorrow, no more death, no more
  • 00:22:43.344 --> 00:22:45.546
  • pain, but, yet it is a place ofwholeness, no brokenness, and
  • 00:22:45.579 --> 00:22:50.518
  • that's a problem for us.
  • 00:22:50.551 --> 00:22:52.686
  • We're all broken.
  • 00:22:52.720 --> 00:22:54.255
  • We're all broken in our sins.
  • 00:22:54.288 --> 00:22:56.157
  • Every one of us have sinned, andso, when I die and go meet God,
  • 00:22:56.190 --> 00:22:58.793
  • and he says, "Why should I letyou into my perfect heaven?"
  • 00:22:58.826 --> 00:23:01.529
  • I say, "Well, I've never sinned.
  • 00:23:01.562 --> 00:23:03.831
  • Totally whole."
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  • And that's crazy.
  • 00:23:05.866 --> 00:23:07.835
  • I've sinned.
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  • I'm broken.
  • 00:23:09.370 --> 00:23:10.971
  • We've all sinned.
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  • We've all made mistakes.
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  • But here's the great newsof Christmas: God came down.
  • 00:23:14.642 --> 00:23:16.710
  • He died on that cross and tookmy sins, and he rose again, and
  • 00:23:16.744 --> 00:23:19.480
  • now all I have to do isreceive the gift of Christmas.
  • 00:23:19.513 --> 00:23:22.850
  • And I've received the gift ofChristmas, so I know that, when
  • 00:23:22.883 --> 00:23:25.119
  • I die and I go meet God and hesays, "Why should I let you into
  • 00:23:25.152 --> 00:23:27.455
  • my perfect heaven?"
  • 00:23:27.488 --> 00:23:29.223
  • I'll say, "Well, Idon't deserve it.
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  • I've sinned like everyone else,but I received the gift
  • 00:23:30.724 --> 00:23:32.626
  • of Christmas.
  • 00:23:32.660 --> 00:23:34.161
  • I received your Son, JesusChrist, and what he did for me.
  • 00:23:34.195 --> 00:23:35.830
  • He took my place, so I get togo to heaven because of him."
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  • See, heaven is gonnabe a very humble place.
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  • Not gonna be anyarrogance in heaven.
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  • It's not "How didyou get to heaven?"
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  • "Well, I gave more tocharity than anyone else."
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  • "Well, how did youget to heaven?"
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  • "Well, I did more good works."
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  • No.
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  • "How did you get to heaven?"
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  • "Well, I don't deserve it.
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  • You know, I mean, I sinned.
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  • I was a sinner, but Ireceive what Christ has done.
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  • That's why I'm here."
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  • "Well, how did youget to heaven?"
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  • "Well, I didn't deserve it.
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  • I'm a sinner like everyoneelse, but I got to go to heaven
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  • because of what Christ did.
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  • I received it."
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  • You see, God made you as anornament of his love, but every
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  • one of us had broken away, andwe become broken in our sins,
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  • but that's why Christ came tobring us back and adopt us as a
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  • son or a daughter in his familyto put us back on the
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  • family tree.
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  • So what about you?
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  • Do you know for sure there'sbeen a point in time in your
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  • life where you have just said,"I accept your free gift of
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  • forgiveness of heaven one day"?
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  • "I wanna stop callin'the shots in my life.
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  • I give up to you."
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • announcer: This holidayseason as we give thanks and
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  • celebrate the gift of Christ, weshould also recognize the gift
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  • we have in each day.
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  • At Kerry Shook Ministries, weare dedicated to sharing that
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  • Gospel truth all over the worldthrough inspiring, creative
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  • biblical teaching, andlife-transforming ministry, but
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  • we don't do it alone.
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  • It's only with the helpof friends like you.
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  • That's why today, as a specialthank you for your support,
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  • pastors Kerry and Chris want tosend you their latest book, "The
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  • Gift of One Day," along withthe companion "Miracle
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  • Book Journal."
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  • The "Miracle" journal isdesigned to help you appreciate
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  • the miracle of small moments.
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  • When paired with "The Gift ofOne Day" book, you will find
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  • renewed hope inthis coming year.
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  • This popular bundle also makesthe perfect gift for a
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  • loved one.
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  • To request yours, call usnow at 844-34-KERRY, or go to
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  • KerryShook.org.
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  • Chris Shook: We're so gladyou joined us for the
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  • message today, and we hope itimpacts your life all week long.
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  • Kerry: And if God really spoketo you and you've never received
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  • Christ into your life, all youhave to do is just receive his
  • 00:25:50.097 --> 00:25:53.867
  • free gift of salvation,forgiveness, and heaven one day.
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  • Just pray a prayer rightnow, a prayer like this,
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  • "Dear Jesus Christ, thank youfor dying on the cross for me.
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  • I invite you to come into mylife, forgive me of all my sins,
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  • and I want you to bethe Lord of my life.
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  • I want you to be the directorfrom now on and guide me.
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  • I receive your freegift 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.
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  • announcer: Kerry ShookMinistries is committed to
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  • sharing the Gospel andproviding the tools
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  • necessary for believers togrow in their relationship
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  • with Jesus throughtelevision, media, and
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  • creative resources.
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  • Now with social media, wehave a great opportunity
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  • to join and encourage oneanother so that we can all
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  • grow in Christ together.
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  • We invite you to join uson Facebook, Instagram,
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  • and YouTube.
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  • We wanna stay connected toyou throughout your week,
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  • standing with you in timesof need and celebrating
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  • with you in times of joy.
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  • On these channels youwill find words of
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  • encouragement, learn ofspecial events, enjoy
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  • inspiring messages, andyou can send us your
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  • prayer requests, sharepraises, and help
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  • inspire others.
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  • Help us lift each other upand 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 willcarry the light of Christ
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  • into the world.
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  • ♪♪♪
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