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Restoring Christmas

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December 22, 2019
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Kerry Shook Ministries with Kerry Shook

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Restoring Christmas

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  • Chris Shook: Your season of harvest is coming even if you
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  • can't see it yet.
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  • Chris: Merry Christmas, everybody.
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  • Kerry Shook: Merry Christmas.
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  • Chris: We have a huge snow globe onstage because there is
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  • just something about a snow globe that brings us back to the
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  • childlike wonder of Christmas.
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  • Kerry: Snow globes serve no practical purpose.
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  • They're really simple, and they all pretty much do the same
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  • thing, and yet whenever I see a snow globe I just have to take
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  • hold of it and shake it and watch that magical snow or
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  • glitter as it falls through the mixture of antifreeze and water
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  • that's inside the glass ball onto the little scene below.
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  • I mean, there really is just something about a snow globe
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  • that's like hearing a Christmas song or seeing the lights
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  • on a Christmas tree that reminds us of the childlike
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  • wonder of Christmas.
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  • Chris: Our three-month-old granddaughter,
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  • Mary Love, is absolutely captivated by Christmas trees.
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  • When she sees a Christmas tree with all those twinkly lights on
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  • it, it blows her tiny mind, and she has wanted to communicate
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  • to the Christmas tree that just makes everything
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  • in her want to talk.
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  • And if she looks away and doesn't see a Christmas tree
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  • then looks back again, it's just as wonderful as the first time
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  • she ever saw one.
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  • Just watch.
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  • [Mary cooing]
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  • [Mary cooing]
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  • [congregation laughing]
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  • Chris: She's leaning back trying to take it all in.
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  • It's the most wonderful thing she's ever seen,
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  • and it just never gets old, those sparkly lights,
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  • and that's what it's like to be a kid at Christmas.
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  • A few lights on a Christmas tree and everything's magical.
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  • Kerry: If only it would stay that way,
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  • but it doesn't take long before the lights on a Christmas tree
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  • don't really do it for us anymore.
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  • Presents get more expensive, the season gets more stressful,
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  • everything gets a lot more complicated,
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  • and the childlike wonder gets replaced by real-life worries,
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  • so let's just uncomplicate Christmas to get back to the
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  • simple wonder and power of its true meaning.
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  • Look at the gospel account of Matthew in Matthew 1:21.
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  • It says, "'She will give birth to a son,
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  • and you're to give him the name Jesus,
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  • because he will save his people from their sins.'
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  • All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had
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  • said through the prophet:
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  • 'The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son,
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  • and they will call him Immanuel' (which means 'God with us')."
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  • One of the names given to Jesus is the Hebrew name Emmanuel,
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  • which literally means "God with us."
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  • Those three words sum up the simple yet profoundly powerful
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  • meaning of Christmas.
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  • Chris: When some people think of God they imagine this cosmic
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  • being out there somewhere who created everything,
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  • but he never really gets involved in our lives.
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  • They think of him as, kind of, a snow globe kind of God.
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  • That he's outside the snow globe looking in at all of us,
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  • but he never intervenes.
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  • They think of him as staying on the outside of the snow globe
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  • all the time, but those three words that Emmanuel means,
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  • God with us, tells us that the God who created it all shattered
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  • into the orb of time and space 2.000 years ago,
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  • and he entered our snow globe of human existence to show us not
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  • only that he's more powerful than we could ever fathom,
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  • but he's also closer than we could ever imagine.
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  • God with us.
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  • Those three words change absolutely everything in life.
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  • Kerry: I want us to focus in on each of the three words,
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  • God with us, and let's start with "God," because everything
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  • starts with God.
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  • And, in fact, in Genesis 1:1 the first four words of the Bible
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  • are, "In the beginning God--"
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  • Everything begins and ends with God.
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  • Without God there is no purpose.
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  • Life is just a meaningless existence.
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  • I mean, what's the point of it all if there is no God?
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  • But because there is God there is purpose and
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  • everything has meaning.
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  • Genesis 1:1 goes on to say, "In the beginning God created the
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  • heavens and the earth."
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  • When we look at creation we see that there is a Creator.
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  • When we look at Christmas we see the Creator's purpose.
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  • In Colossians 1:15 it says, "We look at the Son and see the
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  • God who can't be seen.
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  • We look at the Son and see God's original purpose
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  • in everything created.
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  • For everything, absolutely everything,
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  • above and below, visible and invisible,
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  • rank after rank after rank of angels--everything got started
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  • in him and finds its purpose in him."
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  • Did you hear that?
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  • I mean really hear that.
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  • Everything finds its purpose in him.
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  • God has never made anything without a purpose,
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  • including you, and you'll never find your
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  • purpose apart from God.
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  • God made you for a purpose, but it's so easy just to go through
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  • the motions of life trying to survive another day that we lose
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  • all sense of purpose, and the Bible tells us that we've all
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  • wandered away from God's purpose for our lives,
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  • and we've tried to find our purpose without him.
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  • And, by the way, your number one purpose is to experience
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  • a relationship with God.
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  • You were made with an emptiness in your heart that no amount of
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  • success or power or pleasure could ever fill.
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  • It's an emptiness that only a relationship with your
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  • Maker could make whole.
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  • The Creator came at Christmas to restore our relationship to him
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  • and to fill our life with purpose.
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  • Chris: I grew up in Chicago, and it felt like I lived in a
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  • snow globe for a good part of the year.
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  • The snowy scenes are beautiful to look at.
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  • I love watching a movie or looking at a picture
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  • of a snowy scene.
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  • It looks so beautiful and idyllic,
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  • but actually living in snow, it can get really uncomfortable.
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  • It's a lot harder, like most real-life things.
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  • There's a lot of discomfort and frustration and just hard stuff
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  • that goes along with it.
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  • The toughest winter memory I have is the winter of seventh
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  • grade, because that is a year I had pain entirely brought on by
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  • myself, because that year I decided not to wear a coat.
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  • I had a coat.
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  • I just didn't wear it, because it wasn't the one that was in
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  • style at the time.
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  • You see, my grandma gave me a brown-and-blue,
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  • checked, fake-rabbit-fur coat that was not hip in any
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  • generation at any time, but that's what I had to work with,
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  • or I was thought of as ungrateful.
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  • And so, what I did was every morning I would kiss my mom
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  • goodbye, and I'd put on my coat and my hat that my other grandma
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  • had crocheted for me, and I went out the door to
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  • walk to the bus stop.
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  • And as soon as I got around the corner I took off my coat and my
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  • hat and stuffed them in a bag and went the rest of the day,
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  • even if it was 15 degrees out, with no coat on,
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  • which I know was really, really stupid of me.
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  • But at the time I thought that was a great decision because it
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  • seemed to mitigate all the circumstances,
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  • and I thought, "You know, I would rather experience this
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  • than have the utter discomfort of feeling like I was ostracized
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  • or didn't fit in."
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  • I mean, have you ever made a decision that later caused you a
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  • lot of pain and discomfort because you just didn't think it
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  • through in the moment?
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  • That was my whole seventh-grade year,
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  • but sometimes we have things come into our lives that we
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  • don't cause our self, that aren't caused by bad decisions,
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  • but yet they're really, really painful.
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  • Sometimes just breathtaking pain comes into our lives,
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  • and we didn't cause it, we didn't ask for it,
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  • we didn't see it coming, and maybe you are in
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  • that place right now.
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  • Maybe you're going through a season of winter that's not of
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  • your own making, but yet it is so painful,
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  • maybe hurt or loss or grief, and in the blizzard of that pain
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  • it's really hard to see the purpose.
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  • It feels like winter will never end.
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  • It feels like you'll always be in this dormant dark place,
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  • but because of Christmas we know that the winter won't last.
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  • It will not last forever.
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  • All the sad things will be made untrue someday,
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  • and your season of harvest is coming,
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  • even if you can't see it yet.
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  • Our God is faithful.
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  • Even in the wintertime and we can't see what's going on,
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  • our God is so faithful.
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  • Kerry: If you're a Christ follower,
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  • and you're going the right direction,
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  • and you're following God with all your heart,
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  • God still allows us to go through seasons
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  • of winter and waiting.
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  • And maybe you're in the waiting room of life right now,
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  • and you're waiting on God to come through,
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  • and it feels like the winter will never end.
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  • The spring will never come.
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  • Your harvest will never get here.
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  • You're in the waiting room of life,
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  • and you're starting to doubt that God
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  • is going to come through.
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  • You're starting to doubt that God knows where you're at and
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  • what you're going through.
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  • Just know this: it's in the waiting room of life,
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  • in the winter, where God does his greatest miracles.
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  • He prepares us for harvest.
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  • Your season will come.
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  • Sometimes God is just working under the soil,
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  • and he's doing a great miraculous work.
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  • We just can't see it because he's preparing us
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  • for the harvest.
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  • Your season will come and as long as God is still working
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  • don't stop waiting.
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  • Don't give up.
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  • Delays never destroy God's purpose for your life.
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  • female announcer: Still to come with Pastor Kerry Shook.
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  • Kerry: The Maker made us and for a brief moment in the
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  • perfect garden we walked hand in hand with our Maker.
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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 wanna stay connected to you throughout your week,
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  • standing with you in times of need and celebrating with you
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  • in times of joy.
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  • learn of special events, enjoy inspiring messages,
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  • Go to kerryshook.org or find us on Facebook,
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  • Your participation will carry the light of Christ
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  • into the world.
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  • Chris: Now let's focus on the word "with."
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  • God came at Christmas to be with us,
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  • and Emmanuel, God with us, is a life-changing reality.
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  • God wants to be with you.
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  • You can choose to be without God,
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  • but God wants to be with you.
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  • He made that clear at Christmas.
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  • Look at Luke chapter 2 and just listen to the words
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  • of this passage.
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  • Even though you've heard them before listen with new ears to
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  • this incredible miracle of "with."
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  • "But the angel said to them, 'Do not be afraid.
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  • I bring you good news that will cause great
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  • joy for all the people.
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  • Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you;
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  • he is the Messiah, the Lord.
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  • This will be a sign to you: you will find a baby wrapped
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  • in cloths and lying in a manger.'"
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  • Wow!
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  • If you can hear that with new ears for--as if you heard it for
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  • the first time, that's radical, crazy good news.
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  • Not only did God come to be with us,
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  • but he, God, became one of us.
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  • God the Creator of the universe actually put on the frail human
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  • flesh that we have and was born as a human tiny baby.
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  • He grew up, and he experienced physically all the things
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  • that we experience.
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  • He got bumps and bruises.
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  • He got tired and hungry.
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  • He hurt. He grieved.
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  • He wept. He had losses.
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  • Friends betrayed him.
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  • We have a God with scarred hands and scarred feet and a scarred
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  • side and a scarred back.
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  • We have a God who understands.
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  • He understands your pain, and he knows how you feel when
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  • your heart is bleeding.
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  • Kerry: And Almighty God became Emmanuel,
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  • God with us, because he knew it was the only way that we could
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  • be with him forever.
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  • See, that word "with" is so important.
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  • Because of our sins we were without God.
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  • He wanted to be with us, but we were without God.
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  • There was a barrier that kept God and us apart,
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  • and it's sin, and the Bible says we've all sinned.
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  • There's nobody that's perfect.
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  • We've all made mistakes. We all have regrets.
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  • Sin keeps us from perfect God.
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  • On the one side was perfect God and his perfect heaven.
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  • On the other side was us and our sins and brokenness,
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  • sort of, like being stuck in a snow globe of unbreakable glass.
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  • And no matter how hard you hit against the glass,
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  • it's humanly impossible to even make a scratch,
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  • and that's really a picture of religion.
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  • Religion is trying to break unbreakable glass to get to
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  • perfect God, trying to follow all the rules,
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  • rituals, and regulations so that we can break through and arrive
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  • at perfect heaven.
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  • The problem is none of us are perfect.
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  • None of us measure up to perfect God and all the good works in
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  • the world can't break through the barrier that
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  • our sins create.
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  • Look at 1 Timothy 2:5.
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  • It tells us the answer.
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  • "That God is on one side and all the people on the other side,
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  • and Christ Jesus, himself man, is between them to bring them
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  • together, by giving his life for all mankind."
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  • It says God's on one side perfect,
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  • holy God who's never sinned, in his perfect place,
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  • heaven, and he loves us so much.
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  • But we're on the other side, and he cannot tolerate sin,
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  • and we're broken and sinful, and there is that
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  • huge barrier between us.
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  • But God out of love wanted us to be with him so much that he
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  • became one of us, and he went to the cross for us,
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  • and his perfect, sinless blood shattered the barrier that to us
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  • was an unbreakable glass barrier because of our sins.
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  • That word "with," God with us, bridges the divide
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  • between God and us.
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  • It's the cross of Christ that bridged the gap
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  • between God's perfection and our sins.
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  • Chris: When he sacrificed his son for you,
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  • God made it clear that he wants to be with you.
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  • He paid the highest imaginable price so that he could be with
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  • you, but you can still choose to be without God.
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  • Almighty God who holds the whole world in his hands reaches out
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  • his hand to you and all you have to do is let go of whatever it
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  • is you're holding onto and reach out and let him hold you.
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  • When our kids, any of our four kids,
  • 00:17:06.190 --> 00:17:09.010
  • would reach out to us as a child,
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  • we wanted to reach back to them.
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  • It's the heart of a parent, and your heavenly
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  • Father is no different.
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  • He reaches out to you, and he promises you he
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  • will never let you go.
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  • Now let's focus on the third word: "us."
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  • We all have firsthand experience of what it feels like to be
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  • stuck, and we want you to know you are not
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  • alone this Christmas.
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  • You're not alone.
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  • Church isn't a place you go.
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  • It's a family you belong to.
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  • If you don't have a church family to belong to,
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  • you are welcome here at Woodlands Church.
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  • We love you.
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  • Kerry: And it's a forever family.
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  • That's what God is up to.
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  • He's building a forever family, and he wants you to be
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  • with him and his family.
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  • God came to be with us so that we could be with him forever
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  • in perfect heaven.
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  • I like the way Richard Foth put it when he said,
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  • "He came to our place, he took our place,
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  • and he invites us back to his place."
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  • The Maker of heaven and earth made a way to heaven for us.
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  • It was the Maker's hands that fashioned the infinite universe
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  • and crafted the cosmos with billions of galaxies.
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  • It was the Maker's hands that carefully formed the earth and
  • 00:18:19.060 --> 00:18:23.060
  • placed it perfectly for his purpose.
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  • Then in his most amazing and magnificent act of creation he
  • 00:18:26.170 --> 00:18:30.290
  • reached out, took the dust of the ground,
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  • and breathed life and purpose and meaning into human beings.
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  • The Maker made us and for a brief moment in the perfect
  • 00:18:38.050 --> 00:18:42.100
  • garden we walked hand in hand with our Maker,
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  • but in pride we broke away from the Maker of heaven and earth
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  • and tried to make it on our own.
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  • In foolishness we thought we could make it without the Maker,
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  • but all we made was a mess.
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  • And instead of making everything,
  • 00:18:57.050 --> 00:18:59.090
  • we started breaking everything.
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  • He was the Maker of heaven and earth,
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  • and we became the breakers of heaven and earth.
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  • In our attempt to be our own maker we became broken and the
  • 00:19:06.030 --> 00:19:10.000
  • fallen earth was filled with brokenness:
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  • broken hearts, broken relationships, broken lives.
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  • And no matter how hard we tried we couldn't make things right.
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  • We couldn't make ourselves whole again.
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  • That's why the Maker of heaven and earth left his throne in
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  • perfect heaven and made his way to the manger,
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  • and the hands that fashioned the universe became the hands
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  • of a tiny baby.
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  • The hands that crafted the whole Earth grew into the calloused
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  • hands of a young carpenter who crafted chairs
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  • and tables and mangers.
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  • Then the hands that had made the heavens became the hands held
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  • out that stopped the raging storm.
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  • The same hands that made the mountains made the blind see
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  • and the deaf hear and the lame walk.
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  • The same hands that made every tree in the forest stretched out
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  • willingly on a tree and took the nails so that he could
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  • make a way for us.
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  • The Maker of heaven and earth reached out his nail-scarred
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  • hands and offered to us all of his righteousness in exchange
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  • for all of our sins.
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  • The Maker of heaven and earth died to make a way to heaven for
  • 00:20:19.180 --> 00:20:22.210
  • us, but he didn't stay in the grave.
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  • On the third day, the Maker of heaven and earth made the earth
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  • shake and darkness tremble in fear and death run away in
  • 00:20:29.100 --> 00:20:32.230
  • disgrace as he made his way out of the grave so he could make
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  • his way into our hearts.
  • 00:20:36.060 --> 00:20:38.030
  • And the Maker of heaven and earth can make a way for you.
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  • And maybe you're in a situation where there seems to be no way.
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  • You feel like the walls are closing in,
  • 00:20:46.270 --> 00:20:48.240
  • you're at a dead end, and you just don't know how you're gonna
  • 00:20:48.250 --> 00:20:52.010
  • make it, and you're starting to lose hope.
  • 00:20:52.020 --> 00:20:53.260
  • Just know the Maker of heaven and earth can make a way
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  • where there is no way.
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  • The Maker of the mountains can move the mountain you're facing.
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  • The Creator of the cosmos can make a way for you.
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  • The Maker of heaven and earth made a way to heaven for you,
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  • but you have to stop trying to make it on your own.
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  • You have to stop trying to make it to heaven on your own and
  • 00:21:18.220 --> 00:21:21.170
  • humble yourself and receive the gift of Christmas that the Maker
  • 00:21:21.180 --> 00:21:27.050
  • has made for you.
  • 00:21:27.060 --> 00:21:28.260
  • John 1:12 says, "But to all who have received him--those
  • 00:21:28.270 --> 00:21:32.130
  • who believe in his name--he has given the right to
  • 00:21:32.140 --> 00:21:35.050
  • become God's children."
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  • You say, "Kerry, aren't we all God's children?"
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  • No.
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  • God created every one of us, and he loves every
  • 00:21:41.140 --> 00:21:44.020
  • one of us just the same.
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  • You know, there is such value and dignity in every human life
  • 00:21:45.160 --> 00:21:50.190
  • because every person is created by God,
  • 00:21:50.200 --> 00:21:56.110
  • and God wants everyone to be a part of his family.
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  • God offers that to everyone.
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  • God loves everyone just the same,
  • 00:22:03.140 --> 00:22:05.210
  • but yet because he loves us so much and wants to be in a love
  • 00:22:05.220 --> 00:22:09.070
  • relationship with us he gave us the power to choose whether or
  • 00:22:09.080 --> 00:22:13.050
  • not we wanna be with him or without him,
  • 00:22:13.060 --> 00:22:15.180
  • for love is not love if it's forced upon you.
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  • And so, God in his love for you gives you the power to choose
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  • whether or not you want to be with him,
  • 00:22:25.110 --> 00:22:27.150
  • whether or not you reject him, whether or not you curse his
  • 00:22:27.160 --> 00:22:32.200
  • name, whether or not you choose to even believe he exists.
  • 00:22:32.210 --> 00:22:36.110
  • He gives us that right.
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  • He wants to be with you, and he wants you to be with him in his
  • 00:22:38.260 --> 00:22:42.210
  • forever family, to adopt you as his very own,
  • 00:22:42.220 --> 00:22:48.020
  • but you have that choice, and it says in this passage you believe
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  • and you receive.
  • 00:22:51.140 --> 00:22:53.070
  • And maybe you believe in Jesus, maybe you celebrate Christmas
  • 00:22:53.080 --> 00:22:55.270
  • every year, but the question is have you received
  • 00:22:55.280 --> 00:22:58.200
  • him into your life?
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  • Have you stopped trying to save yourself and accepted his free
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  • gift of salvation and forgiveness and heaven one day
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  • because of what he's done on the cross?
  • 00:23:07.280 --> 00:23:11.090
  • Just imagine you wake up in the middle of the night,
  • 00:23:11.100 --> 00:23:14.180
  • and your smoke alarm is going off,
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  • and you smell smoke.
  • 00:23:17.020 --> 00:23:18.170
  • And then, you look around and see flames engulfing your room,
  • 00:23:18.180 --> 00:23:22.020
  • and then you run out of the bedroom,
  • 00:23:22.030 --> 00:23:24.180
  • and you're trying to run downstairs,
  • 00:23:24.190 --> 00:23:26.080
  • but just as you start the whole stairs collapse because the
  • 00:23:26.090 --> 00:23:29.220
  • flames have just consumed them.
  • 00:23:29.230 --> 00:23:32.170
  • And then, you run back up and you try to get to a window,
  • 00:23:32.180 --> 00:23:35.080
  • but flames are all around.
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  • It's too hot, and you can't make your way to any window,
  • 00:23:36.250 --> 00:23:38.140
  • and then they're closing in on you,
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  • and the only place where you can go is the attic.
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  • You know it's a terrible place to be in a fire,
  • 00:23:42.260 --> 00:23:44.180
  • but it's the only option you have left,
  • 00:23:44.190 --> 00:23:46.120
  • so you go into the attic, and the flames are coming all around
  • 00:23:46.130 --> 00:23:49.110
  • you in the attic, and you know there's no hope.
  • 00:23:49.120 --> 00:23:54.230
  • The flames are about to engulf you,
  • 00:23:54.240 --> 00:23:57.030
  • when you hear a thump on the rooftop,
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  • and it's not Santa and his reindeer,
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  • and you're grateful for that.
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  • It's an ax tearing through your roof,
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  • and it makes this huge hole.
  • 00:24:08.200 --> 00:24:11.110
  • And as you feel the night air and you feel the flames getting
  • 00:24:11.120 --> 00:24:15.020
  • close, then you look up, and you see the face of a huge
  • 00:24:15.030 --> 00:24:19.120
  • firefighter as he reaches his hand through that hole,
  • 00:24:19.130 --> 00:24:22.040
  • and he says, "I'm here to save you.
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  • Just take hold of my hand. I'll rescue you."
  • 00:24:24.270 --> 00:24:28.010
  • Now, at that moment you have a choice.
  • 00:24:28.020 --> 00:24:30.130
  • You can choose to take his hand or choose not to and
  • 00:24:30.140 --> 00:24:34.270
  • that's really what salvation is.
  • 00:24:34.280 --> 00:24:36.270
  • I mean, the firefighter did all the saving work.
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  • He's the one that tore through the roof.
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  • He's the one that will save you and rescue you with his strength
  • 00:24:42.060 --> 00:24:45.260
  • and his might.
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  • All you gotta do is just take his hand,
  • 00:24:47.070 --> 00:24:48.200
  • but you still have that choice.
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  • If you take his hand he'll save you from the inevitable flames.
  • 00:24:51.140 --> 00:24:57.130
  • And, see, the Maker reaches out his nail-scarred hands,
  • 00:24:57.140 --> 00:25:02.000
  • and he says, "I've done all the work.
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  • I died to forgive you of all your sins.
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  • I died to buy a place in heaven for you and all you have to do
  • 00:25:06.130 --> 00:25:09.180
  • is take hold of my hand and I'll save you."
  • 00:25:09.190 --> 00:25:13.090
  • 00:25:13.120 --> 00:25:22.030
  • Chris: We're so glad you joined us for the message today,
  • 00:25:22.250 --> 00:25:24.150
  • and we hope it impacts your life all week long.
  • 00:25:24.160 --> 00:25:27.020
  • Kerry: And if God really spoke to you and you've never
  • 00:25:27.030 --> 00:25:29.150
  • received Christ into your life, all you have to do is just
  • 00:25:29.160 --> 00:25:33.120
  • receive his free gift of salvation,
  • 00:25:33.130 --> 00:25:35.220
  • forgiveness, and heaven one day.
  • 00:25:35.230 --> 00:25:37.250
  • Just pray a prayer right now, a prayer like this.
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  • "Dear Jesus Christ, thank you for dying on the cross for me.
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  • I invite you to come into my life,
  • 00:25:45.280 --> 00:25:48.190
  • forgive me of all my sins, and I want you to
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  • 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."
  • 00:25:58.010 --> 00:26:00.110
  • 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: 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 is
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  • doing to share this amazing truth with others.
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  • Kerry and Chris invite you to join them in their tradition of
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  • giving the best gift to Christ.
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  • Your gifts will help launch projects into the new year that
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  • share the gospel of truth to a hurting world in your city,
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  • your neighborhood, perhaps even in your own home.
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  • People with questions will receive balanced
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  • 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 and,
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  • best of all, hurting people will experience forgiveness,
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  • peace, and abundant eternal life by being introduced
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  • to Jesus Christ.
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  • Share the joy this season and as you give please know how much
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  • Kerry and Chris appreciate you standing with them in ministry.
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  • Call 844-34-KERRY or go to kerryshook.org to give your best
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  • gift to Christ by helping to share him with the world.
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