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Who Tells Your Story

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February 7, 2021
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God is the Master Story Teller and developing an amazing story.

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  • Kerry: While onvacation in 2008,
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  • Lin-Manuel Miranda, a formerhigh school teacher and a
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  • Broadway musician read RonChernow's 800-page biography of
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  • Alexander Hamilton, theforgotten founding father.
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  • And Miranda then becamedetermined to write a Broadway
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  • musical to tellHamilton's story.
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  • Before "Hamilton"the musical premiered,
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  • Hamilton the founding fatherwas almost forgotten from the
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  • history books, even though heplayed such an integral role in
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  • writing things like "TheFederalist Papers," and helped
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  • write The Declarationof Independence
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  • and the Constitution.
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  • You see, most of the nation'sother framers went on to become
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  • president, and theyhad institutions
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  • and buildings andstreets named after them.
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  • Their stories are woven intothe fabric of American history.
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  • Hamilton's story, however,was rarely told,
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  • because his story andhis life were cut short.
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  • But now, of course, it's acompletely different story,
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  • because of Miranda'saward-winning lyrics
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  • and music that includehistory put to hip-hop,
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  • and rap, and power ballads.
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  • Alexander Hamilton'sstory is finally being told.
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  • "Hamilton" the musical isone of the most popular and
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  • highest-grossingshows of all time.
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  • So now, the generation coming upknows more about Hamilton than
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  • they do about all the otherfounding fathers combined,
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  • though I think some of 'em wouldprobably say that Alexander
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  • Hamilton is a currenthip-hop artist,
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  • because they're probablya little confused.
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  • But the moving last song in"Hamilton" the musical is
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  • called "Who Lives, Who Dies,Who Tells Your Story."
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  • And it says, "Let me tell youwhat I wish I'd known when I was
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  • young and dreamed of glory.
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  • You have no control,who lives, who dies,
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  • who tells your story.
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  • Every other foundingfather's story gets told.
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  • Ever other foundingfather gets to grow old.
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  • And when you're gone,who remembers your name?
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  • Who keeps your flame?
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  • Who tells your story?
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  • Who tells your story?
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  • Who tells your story?"
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  • I want you to know there's aMaster storyteller who wants to
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  • tell your story.
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  • He lived, he diedto write your story,
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  • and to tell your story.
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  • He's the God of the universe.
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  • He's the God who createdyou because he loves
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  • the story of you.
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  • We're in this series that wejust started that we're calling
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  • "The Story of You."
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  • It's all about how God canredeem your past and rewrite
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  • your story.
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  • And we said last week thatGod doesn't erase the pain
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  • from our past.
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  • As much as I'd like to go backand change some of the mistakes
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  • and failures andsins of my past,
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  • I can't do that, but God canwrite something new and powerful
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  • that changes everything, thathe puts on to your story and
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  • changes the story completely.
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  • But I think one of our greatestfears as human beings is as soon
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  • as we die, our storywill be forgotten.
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  • Or maybe our story was neverworth remembering anyway.
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  • That's one of our fears,
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  • that our storyjust doesn't matter.
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  • And I think that sometimes wefeel like all the struggles and
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  • the pain in our story mean thatthere's no one really writing
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  • our story.
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  • There's no one really guidingour story to a happy ending,
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  • that our story'sjust meaningless.
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  • And maybe you feel today likeall the pain and the struggles
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  • in your story mean thatyour story has no meaning
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  • or mean that Godhas forgotten you,
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  • and God has forgottenyour story
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  • and that your storywill be forgotten forever,
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  • that your story wasnever worth remembering,
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  • that your storyreally doesn't matter.
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  • But I want you to knowGod has not forgotten you.
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  • God has not forgotten you.
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  • He's just not finishedwith the story yet.
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  • The Master storytellerhas not forgotten you.
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  • You may feel like you're in aforgotten chapter of the story,
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  • or it feels like God is nowherearound and you're going through
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  • so much pain and difficultiesand problems that you can't
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  • really see what God is up to,and it feels like that God
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  • doesn't care, God doesn'tcare about your story.
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  • But I want you to know, Godhas not forgotten your story.
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  • He's just notfinished with it yet.
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  • You're just in thatforgotten chapter,
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  • but he will never forget you.
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  • I want you to open yourBibles to Isaiah chapter 49,
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  • and here we see the people ofIsrael thinking that God has
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  • forgotten them.
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  • They're just in aforgotten chapter,
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  • but God reminds them powerfullythat he'll never forget them.
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  • So, follow along with me.
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  • "The Lord has deserted us.
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  • The Lord has forgotten us."
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  • And then God replies,"Never, can a mother forget
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  • her nursing child?
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  • Can she feel no love forthe child she has borne?
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  • But even if that were possible,I would not forget you.
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  • See, I have written yourname on the palms of my hands."
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  • You can be seated, and here Godsays, "I will never forget you.
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  • You may feel forgotten,but I will never forget you.
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  • How can I forget you?"
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  • He says, "How can a youngmother forget the baby
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  • that she's nursing?"
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  • And even if that were possible,I will not forget you.
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  • And then God begins to talk likea grade school boy who has a
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  • crush on a littlegirl in the class,
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  • and so he writes her nameon the palm of his hands,
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  • and then he writesher a little note,
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  • and as he's writing the note,he keeps looking at his hand,
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  • and he's smiling, and he'sjust thinking about her,
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  • because he's crazy about her.
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  • Isn't that amazing how God putshimself in that place to say,
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  • "I'm crazy about you"?
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  • "I've written your nameon the palm of my hands,
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  • and so when I write out yourstory, I'm thinking about you,
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  • smiling about you.
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  • I love you, and Ilove the story of you,
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  • I'm just not finished yet,but I've got some plans.
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  • This is gonna bean amazing story.
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  • If you'll let mewrite the story,
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  • your story will never beforgotten because it'll
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  • be an eternal storythat will last forever.
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  • But there will besome painful chapters.
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  • There will be some silentchapters where you feel
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  • like I'm not there, butjust know that I am.
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  • I'm closer than ever, and yourstory will never be forgotten.
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  • Just let me write the story."
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  • Today, we're gonna look at apowerful story in the Scripture
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  • that, at one time, looked likethat it would never be told.
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  • It looked like thatthe story was over.
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  • It was the end of the story, butyet God brought it back to life
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  • in such a powerful way.
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  • It's the story of Joseph.
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  • Now, it's filled witha lot of ups and downs.
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  • In the middle of thestory, there's down,
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  • after down, afterdown, after down,
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  • until the ultimate up, whereGod lifts Joseph up to rule
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  • and to reign.
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  • It starts out inGenesis 37:5, it says,
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  • "Joseph had a dream, and whenhe told it to his brothers,
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  • they hated him all the more."
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  • So, the story starts outwith Joseph being a brash,
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  • immature teenager, who'shis father's favorite,
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  • and it really ticksoff his brothers,
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  • but God gives him a dream,and it's a dream from God.
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  • And it's a dream that his lifestory would be an eternal story.
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  • It's a dream that his life storywould make an impact and never
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  • be forgotten.
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  • And so, he comesto his brothers,
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  • and he tries to tell hisown story in his own way,
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  • and he misses the wholemeaning of the story.
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  • He tries to tell hisown story in his way,
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  • and he doesn't letGod tell his story.
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  • He tries to tell his story theway he wants to tell his story,
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  • and it just backfires, becausehe misses the whole meaning of
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  • the story.
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  • He comes and tells his brothers,"Hey, guys, I had this dream.
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  • God gave me a dream that my lifestory is gonna be told forever
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  • and ever, and in thedream, I was royal,
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  • and I was in charge, and nationscame to me and bowed down to me,
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  • and you guys, you hada part in the story.
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  • I mean, you guysare gonna love this.
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  • You have a small part inthe story, isn't that cool?
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  • I mean, you guys come, yourpart is you bow down to me.
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  • Isn't that a great part?
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  • Isn't that awesome?"
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  • They didn't thinkit was awesome.
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  • It made them evenangrier at him.
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  • You see, he kind ofmisinterpreted the whole
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  • meaning of the story
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  • because he left out themain character: God.
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  • And when you leaveout the main character,
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  • you miss the meaningof the story.
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  • He said, "Hey, guys, the storyof my life is gonna be I'm gonna
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  • be this amazing leader, andeverybody's gonna bow down to
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  • me, and I'm justgonna lead everybody
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  • and tell everybodywhat to do, how amazing."
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  • But that wasn't themeaning of the story.
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  • He got the facts right, buthe got the meaning wrong.
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  • The meaning was not that God wasgonna raise him up to be a great
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  • leader but that God was gonnause him to serve the nations and
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  • to serve and save his familyfrom famine and save Israel from
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  • famine, the whole nation, sothat the Messiah could come
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  • through in the future.
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  • And you see, his whole story wasabout serving the main character
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  • and others.
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  • It wasn't aboutbeing a great leader,
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  • it was about beinga great servant,
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  • fulfilling God's purposeand serving God's purpose,
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  • because God is themain character,
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  • but if you take out the maincharacter from your story,
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  • and that's God, then you'regonna miss the meaning of your
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  • whole story, and your storyis not going to be eternal.
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  • For you see, God wants toget down to the real you,
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  • because he loves the realyou, with all your mistakes
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  • and failures, with all yourhurt, with all your pain.
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  • He wants to getdown to the real you
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  • so that he can write somethingreal that changes the real you
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  • into who he wants you to become.
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  • And so, God will begin to writesomething new to the pain that
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  • will change every word, thatwill change the meaning of every
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  • word in your story, and it'llchange your story from a story
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  • of tragedy to astory of triumph.
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  • It will change your storyfrom a story of hurt to a
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  • story of healing.
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  • It will change your storyfrom a story of death
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  • to a story of life.
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  • He will change the meaning ofyour whole life and your whole
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  • life story, if you'lllet him have the pen.
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  • female announcer: Still tocome with Pastor Kerry Shook.
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  • Kerry: And God cantake that hurt,
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  • God can take even that trauma,and somehow bring something
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  • purposeful andbeautiful out of it.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • announcer: As we begin 2021,it's more important than ever
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  • Kerry: Well, Joseph wasin that character-development
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  • stage, and so he was sold intoslavery to a wealthy Egyptian
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  • named Potiphar, and Potipharnotices something different
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  • about Joseph, becauseremember, Joseph loved God,
  • 00:12:32.802 --> 00:12:35.070
  • he just had some characterdevelopment to take place,
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  • that needed to takeplace in his life.
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  • But I believe when hegot sold into slavery,
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  • he must've decided, "God, I'mgonna let you write the story.
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  • I mean, you've already told methat you're going to write me a
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  • life story that's gonnamake my story last forever.
  • 00:12:51.253 --> 00:12:55.157
  • And so, I give it to you totell the story the way you want.
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  • I give it to you to write thestory the way you wanna write
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  • the story, because you're themain character of the story.
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  • But would you give me today justthe strength to make it through
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  • this page of the story?
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  • And all I'm gonna do, I'mgonna let you finish the story.
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  • I'm not gonna tryto write anything,
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  • I just wanna obey you today,"and that's what he did,
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  • and God blessed himand raise him up,
  • 00:13:15.778 --> 00:13:17.379
  • and Potiphar noticed, "Hey,this guy I can trust.
  • 00:13:17.413 --> 00:13:19.548
  • I've never seen someoneI could trust before."
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  • So, he puts him in chargeof his whole household,
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  • and God is blessinghim and raising him up,
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  • because he's just saying,"One page at a time, God.
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  • I just wanna do what you want,and I'm gonna leave the rest of
  • 00:13:27.723 --> 00:13:30.292
  • the story to you.
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  • I'm gonna leavethe ending to you.
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  • You're the great writer,I give it to you,
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  • and I know you'regonna take care of me."
  • 00:13:34.330 --> 00:13:35.865
  • But then, Potiphar's wifetries to seduce Joseph,
  • 00:13:35.898 --> 00:13:38.701
  • and the Scripture says thatJoseph ran from temptation,
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  • like we're supposed todo, run from temptation,
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  • but as he ran away, it saysthat she grabbed his coat,
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  • and he ran off, andit took his coat off,
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  • and she was leftholding his coat,
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  • so he loses his coat again.
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  • He's in the habitof losing coats,
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  • and so he loses another coat,and that coat sort of represents
  • 00:13:58.420 --> 00:14:02.558
  • his integrity,because here's Joseph,
  • 00:14:02.591 --> 00:14:05.461
  • and he chooses to runfrom temptation to keep
  • 00:14:05.494 --> 00:14:08.597
  • his integrity.
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  • He loses his coat, but hedoesn't lose his integrity.
  • 00:14:09.999 --> 00:14:13.469
  • He loses his coat, but hedoesn't lose his integrity.
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  • And there'll be many times inyour life you'll have the chance
  • 00:14:15.604 --> 00:14:17.273
  • to lose your coat orlose your integrity.
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  • Maybe it's a business deal whereit's a little shady, you know.
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  • "Well, other people have donethis, but it's a little shady."
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  • And so, you'll have a chance:
  • 00:14:25.281 --> 00:14:26.582
  • You could lose the moneyor lose your integrity.
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  • Lose the money.
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  • The value is not evenclose to your integrity.
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  • We'll have many chances inour lives for God to build
  • 00:14:34.423 --> 00:14:36.725
  • our character when we canchoose to lose our coat
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  • or lose our integrity.
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  • Think about that for a moment.
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  • Think about that.
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  • When we let God write our story,
  • 00:14:46.635 --> 00:14:49.972
  • we can count on himto take care of us.
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  • Because when youchoose integrity,
  • 00:14:53.542 --> 00:14:55.778
  • everything always worksout perfect, right?
  • 00:14:55.811 --> 00:14:57.780
  • When you do the right thing,
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  • then right things justhappen to you, right?
  • 00:14:59.114 --> 00:15:01.216
  • No, what happened to Josephwhen he did the right thing?
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  • I mean, God just blessedhim and raise him up.
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  • Nope, he got thrown in jail,falsely accused of rape,
  • 00:15:05.955 --> 00:15:08.324
  • thrown in jail, and that's wherethe story looked like it was
  • 00:15:08.357 --> 00:15:12.027
  • gonna end.
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  • The story looked likeit had been written.
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  • Think about that for a moment,because Joseph had to come to
  • 00:15:16.932 --> 00:15:20.569
  • the place where he said,
  • 00:15:20.602 --> 00:15:21.904
  • "God, I know you'regonna write my story.
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  • I know it's going to be eternal.
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  • I know that you're gonnabring good out of bad.
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  • I don't get it, but I'm gonnakeep just obeying you one page
  • 00:15:27.042 --> 00:15:29.912
  • at a time, one word at a time.
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  • I'm gonna obey you andlet you write the story,
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  • even though right now it lookslike you've forgotten me."
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  • He came to theforgotten chapter,
  • 00:15:39.688 --> 00:15:41.924
  • and we all have forgottenchapters in our lives where
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  • it feels like we'vebeen totally forgotten.
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  • And it was there that it lookedlike it was the final chapter.
  • 00:15:47.262 --> 00:15:51.100
  • It was there that it looked likethe book of his life was gonna
  • 00:15:51.133 --> 00:15:53.268
  • be closed, he was gonna diein a prison cell in Egypt,
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  • and his story wouldnever be known or told.
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  • But there he meets a cupbearer,a former cupbearer of the king,
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  • and this cupbearer of the kingwas the king's right-hand man,
  • 00:16:05.180 --> 00:16:07.616
  • but he fell out of his favor,the king had him thrown in jail,
  • 00:16:07.649 --> 00:16:10.486
  • as kings can do, and there hebecomes friends with Joseph.
  • 00:16:10.519 --> 00:16:14.123
  • And they hit it off,but then one night,
  • 00:16:14.156 --> 00:16:15.657
  • the cupbearer hasa dream in prison,
  • 00:16:15.691 --> 00:16:17.326
  • he tells it to Joseph,and Joseph says,
  • 00:16:17.359 --> 00:16:18.994
  • "I know what that dream means.
  • 00:16:19.028 --> 00:16:20.729
  • God revealed to me that it meansyou're gonna be raised back into
  • 00:16:20.763 --> 00:16:23.699
  • Pharaoh's favor, and he's gonnabring you back as his cupbearer,
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  • and you're gonna be hisright-hand man again.
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  • It's an amazing thing.
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  • You're gonna be really blessed.
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  • And when you getback to Pharaoh,
  • 00:16:32.708 --> 00:16:35.811
  • and everything's restored,tell him about me.
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  • Don't forget me."
  • 00:16:38.480 --> 00:16:40.482
  • And I'm sure the cupbearersaid something like,
  • 00:16:40.516 --> 00:16:41.984
  • "You can count on it.
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  • I mean, you're my best friend.
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  • I mean, you've told me mydream and it's so cool.
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  • I'm gonna be restored again,so I can tell you this.
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  • When I get back toPharaoh, the first thing,
  • 00:16:51.060 --> 00:16:54.129
  • I'm not even gonnabow down to him,
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  • I'm just gonnatell him about you.
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  • That's what I'm gonna do.
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  • The first thing I'mgonna do, I mean,
  • 00:16:59.068 --> 00:17:00.369
  • you bet, you can count on it.
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  • I'm gonna tell him about you."
  • 00:17:01.603 --> 00:17:03.605
  • And he's so excited, buthe's not telling the truth.
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  • Because what reallyhappens in Genesis 40,
  • 00:17:10.679 --> 00:17:14.817
  • Joseph says, "'And pleaseremember me and do me a favor
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  • when things go well for you.
  • 00:17:17.319 --> 00:17:18.487
  • Mention me to Pharaoh, so hemight let me out of this place.
  • 00:17:18.520 --> 00:17:22.057
  • For I was kidnappedfrom my homeland,
  • 00:17:22.091 --> 00:17:23.592
  • the land of the Hebrews,and now I'm here in prison,
  • 00:17:23.625 --> 00:17:26.228
  • but did nothing to deserve it.'And Pharaoh's chief cupbearer,
  • 00:17:26.261 --> 00:17:29.932
  • however, forgotall about Joseph,
  • 00:17:29.965 --> 00:17:32.501
  • never giving himanother thought."
  • 00:17:32.534 --> 00:17:37.873
  • Have you ever been forgotten?
  • 00:17:37.906 --> 00:17:40.742
  • Have you ever beenforgotten by somebody else?
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  • "Oh, yeah, I'm gonnareally come through for you.
  • 00:17:42.678 --> 00:17:44.113
  • You can count on me,"and not another word.
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  • You feel forgotten.
  • 00:17:47.716 --> 00:17:49.084
  • Or you're in a room, andyou're talking to someone,
  • 00:17:49.118 --> 00:17:52.321
  • but they're looking rightthrough you like you're
  • 00:17:52.354 --> 00:17:53.655
  • invisible because they'relooking for someone more
  • 00:17:53.689 --> 00:17:55.057
  • important in theroom to talk to.
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  • Have you ever felt forgotten?
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  • I want you to see Joseph hadto go through the forgiveness
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  • chapter over and over again.
  • 00:18:02.664 --> 00:18:05.300
  • You see, every step of the way,he could have become bitter.
  • 00:18:05.334 --> 00:18:07.970
  • I mean, it seemed like he hadevery right to get bitter,
  • 00:18:08.003 --> 00:18:10.005
  • because he was alwaysbeing wronged and hurt,
  • 00:18:10.038 --> 00:18:12.841
  • doing the right thing, andthen terrible things would
  • 00:18:12.875 --> 00:18:15.410
  • happen to him.
  • 00:18:15.444 --> 00:18:16.545
  • People would wrong him.
  • 00:18:16.578 --> 00:18:17.880
  • It looks like he could'vebecome very bitter,
  • 00:18:17.913 --> 00:18:19.882
  • and he would have everyright to become bitter,
  • 00:18:19.915 --> 00:18:21.517
  • but he knew that bitterness justcreates writer's block for the
  • 00:18:21.550 --> 00:18:28.190
  • Master storyteller.
  • 00:18:28.223 --> 00:18:30.192
  • Because when I become bitter,
  • 00:18:30.225 --> 00:18:32.394
  • he can't write outthe blessing chapter.
  • 00:18:32.427 --> 00:18:35.564
  • It creates this writer'sblock because bitterness
  • 00:18:35.597 --> 00:18:37.799
  • blocks blessing.
  • 00:18:37.833 --> 00:18:38.767
  • And so, even though itseemed like he had every
  • 00:18:38.800 --> 00:18:40.769
  • right to become bitter, hedidn't want the bitterness
  • 00:18:40.802 --> 00:18:43.105
  • to block his blessing, sohe kept choosing to forgive.
  • 00:18:43.138 --> 00:18:46.208
  • It's like, "God, theywronged me, they hurt me.
  • 00:18:46.241 --> 00:18:48.777
  • It's not right.
  • 00:18:48.810 --> 00:18:50.112
  • I don't get why you allowedit, but I'm gonna forgive them,
  • 00:18:50.145 --> 00:18:51.780
  • because you command me to,
  • 00:18:51.813 --> 00:18:53.115
  • and I don't want themto keep hurting me.
  • 00:18:53.148 --> 00:18:54.449
  • I'm gonna forgive them,so I choose to forgive."
  • 00:18:54.483 --> 00:18:56.218
  • He kept choosing to forgive.
  • 00:18:56.251 --> 00:18:57.786
  • That guy forgot me when hepromised that he wouldn't,
  • 00:18:57.819 --> 00:18:59.955
  • but God, I don't like it,but I choose to forgive him."
  • 00:18:59.988 --> 00:19:05.761
  • And he would choose toforgive over and over.
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  • He would release the bitterness,so that God's blessing chapter
  • 00:19:07.696 --> 00:19:11.700
  • could come through in his life.
  • 00:19:11.733 --> 00:19:13.368
  • And then, finally, thecupbearer remembers him,
  • 00:19:13.402 --> 00:19:17.406
  • because the Pharaoh has a dream,and everyone's upset because the
  • 00:19:17.439 --> 00:19:20.876
  • Pharaoh's upset, and he says, "Idon't know what my dream means,"
  • 00:19:20.909 --> 00:19:23.478
  • and the cupbearerremembers, "Hey,
  • 00:19:23.512 --> 00:19:24.947
  • there was a guy namedJoseph in prison.
  • 00:19:24.980 --> 00:19:26.782
  • Oh, yeah, he was my good friend,and he could interpret dreams,"
  • 00:19:26.815 --> 00:19:30.185
  • and he told Pharaoh, and Pharaohbrings Joseph and tells him his
  • 00:19:30.219 --> 00:19:33.455
  • dream, and Joseph says, "Iknow exactly what that means,
  • 00:19:33.488 --> 00:19:36.592
  • God has revealed it to me.
  • 00:19:36.625 --> 00:19:37.659
  • There's going to be agreat famine in the land
  • 00:19:37.693 --> 00:19:39.328
  • so you better store up foodnow so that you can feed your
  • 00:19:39.361 --> 00:19:41.697
  • nation and othernations as well
  • 00:19:41.730 --> 00:19:44.499
  • and save them from the famine."
  • 00:19:44.533 --> 00:19:45.901
  • And Pharaoh is so impressed heelevates Joseph to be the prime
  • 00:19:45.934 --> 00:19:48.804
  • minister, second incommand in all of Egypt.
  • 00:19:48.837 --> 00:19:52.641
  • He goes from the forgottenchapter to the fulfillment
  • 00:19:52.674 --> 00:19:56.445
  • chapter, but there'sstill a forgiveness chapter.
  • 00:19:56.478 --> 00:19:59.715
  • And in your life, there willbe many forgiveness chapters,
  • 00:19:59.748 --> 00:20:03.585
  • because we livein a broken world,
  • 00:20:03.619 --> 00:20:04.920
  • and you're gonna be hurt.
  • 00:20:04.953 --> 00:20:06.555
  • People are gonna wrong you.
  • 00:20:06.588 --> 00:20:08.457
  • You're gonna hurt others.
  • 00:20:08.490 --> 00:20:09.858
  • And we have to choose thatforgiveness chapter over and
  • 00:20:09.891 --> 00:20:12.027
  • over again, becausewhen the famine hit,
  • 00:20:12.060 --> 00:20:15.397
  • Joseph was in charge ofdistributing all the food
  • 00:20:15.430 --> 00:20:17.566
  • as prime minister, and all thesenations were coming to him,
  • 00:20:17.599 --> 00:20:20.302
  • and his family came to him.
  • 00:20:20.335 --> 00:20:22.471
  • And they didn't recognizehim, you know the story.
  • 00:20:22.504 --> 00:20:24.339
  • And then Josephreveals who he is.
  • 00:20:24.373 --> 00:20:26.041
  • "I'm Joseph," andthey're terrified,
  • 00:20:26.074 --> 00:20:28.610
  • because they know that he couldjust say one word and their
  • 00:20:28.644 --> 00:20:32.214
  • heads would be cut off.
  • 00:20:32.247 --> 00:20:33.582
  • They know that he has everyright to take his vengeance,
  • 00:20:33.615 --> 00:20:36.551
  • and they are terrified.
  • 00:20:36.585 --> 00:20:38.754
  • They thought, "NowJoseph is gonna kill us.
  • 00:20:38.787 --> 00:20:40.389
  • He's gonna take his vengeancebecause of what we've
  • 00:20:40.422 --> 00:20:43.058
  • done to him."
  • 00:20:43.091 --> 00:20:45.093
  • But Joseph says,"Hey, don't worry,
  • 00:20:45.127 --> 00:20:46.528
  • guys," and in Genesis 50:21, oneof the most powerful sentences
  • 00:20:46.561 --> 00:20:51.900
  • in all of Scripture.
  • 00:20:51.933 --> 00:20:53.902
  • He says, "Youintended to harm me,
  • 00:20:53.935 --> 00:20:56.471
  • but God intended it for goodto accomplish what is now being
  • 00:20:56.505 --> 00:20:59.508
  • done, the saving of many lives."
  • 00:20:59.541 --> 00:21:02.277
  • He says, "Yeah, you guysdid intend to hurt me.
  • 00:21:02.311 --> 00:21:05.147
  • You wanted to harm me,that was your purpose,
  • 00:21:05.180 --> 00:21:07.115
  • but God had another purpose.
  • 00:21:07.149 --> 00:21:08.684
  • He took the pain you inflictedon me and he turned it into my
  • 00:21:08.717 --> 00:21:12.120
  • purpose, because he isthe Master storyteller,
  • 00:21:12.154 --> 00:21:15.791
  • and I let him writethe rest of the story.
  • 00:21:15.824 --> 00:21:18.960
  • And in a way Iwanna thank you guys,
  • 00:21:18.994 --> 00:21:20.562
  • because I've alreadyforgiven you.
  • 00:21:20.595 --> 00:21:21.897
  • In a way I wanna thank you,because if it wasn't for you
  • 00:21:21.930 --> 00:21:24.333
  • throwing me into that pit andselling me to the slave trader,
  • 00:21:24.366 --> 00:21:26.301
  • I wouldn't be heretoday saving your life
  • 00:21:26.335 --> 00:21:28.470
  • and saving our nationand serving you today.
  • 00:21:28.503 --> 00:21:34.576
  • So, in a way I wanna thank you.
  • 00:21:34.609 --> 00:21:35.777
  • Yeah, you intended to harmme, but God meant it for good,
  • 00:21:35.811 --> 00:21:37.846
  • and I've already forgiven you.
  • 00:21:37.879 --> 00:21:39.514
  • All along the way, Ikept forgiving you."
  • 00:21:39.548 --> 00:21:42.451
  • How powerful is that?
  • 00:21:42.484 --> 00:21:45.354
  • And there are people outthere who wanna see you fail.
  • 00:21:45.387 --> 00:21:48.724
  • There are people out there thatwanna see your life fall apart.
  • 00:21:48.757 --> 00:21:52.160
  • There are people out therethat wanna see you fall.
  • 00:21:52.194 --> 00:21:56.498
  • There are people out therewho intend to harm you.
  • 00:21:56.531 --> 00:22:00.602
  • And there are people outthere who have harmed you.
  • 00:22:00.635 --> 00:22:03.004
  • And some of you havebeen wounded so deeply
  • 00:22:03.038 --> 00:22:05.140
  • and so wronged,and it's not fair.
  • 00:22:05.173 --> 00:22:07.909
  • Some of you have gone throughsuch trauma and been hurt so
  • 00:22:07.943 --> 00:22:11.680
  • deeply by someone else,and it's not fair.
  • 00:22:11.713 --> 00:22:15.517
  • It doesn't make sense,but I know this.
  • 00:22:15.550 --> 00:22:18.720
  • God can take that harm,and God can take that hurt.
  • 00:22:18.754 --> 00:22:25.560
  • God can take even that traumaand somehow bring something
  • 00:22:25.594 --> 00:22:30.599
  • purposeful andbeautiful out of it.
  • 00:22:30.632 --> 00:22:33.301
  • They intended to harm you,but God has a greater purpose.
  • 00:22:33.335 --> 00:22:36.805
  • When he starts writing, it turnsinto purpose instead of pain.
  • 00:22:36.838 --> 00:22:41.710
  • And God has a purpose, andyour story's not written yet.
  • 00:22:41.743 --> 00:22:45.046
  • That doesn't define you.
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  • Yes, that happened, butit doesn't define you.
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  • Because God'swriting your story,
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  • and he knows your destiny, andhe's gonna finish the story,
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  • and he will have the last word.
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  • No one else is gonnahave the last word.
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  • He'll have the last word,
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  • and he'll take careof it all one day.
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  • They intended to harm him,but God intended it for good.
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  • The amazing thing is, God buildhis character through it all,
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  • because he sees the story,and the meaning of the story,
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  • completely different,
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  • the same facts buttotally different meaning.
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  • It says in Genesis 45:7, "Godhas sent me here to keep you
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  • and your families alive, so thatyou will become a great nation."
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  • You see, at first itwas about, "Hey, guys,
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  • the story, I'm the maincharacter of the story.
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  • I mean, you allare worshiping me,
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  • bowing down to me, and it'sme, me, me, me, me, me,"
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  • but now he says,
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  • "Hey, the story was I waspart of God's big story,
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  • that God had mecome to this place
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  • so I could serveyou and save you
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  • and save the nation of Israel,that one day the Messiah would
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  • come through."
  • 00:23:47.576 --> 00:23:48.810
  • You see, God hadit in his purpose.
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  • Joseph just got to bepart of God's great story,
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  • and that's the way we are.
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  • You see, if your storyis one that's about you,
  • 00:23:57.252 --> 00:23:59.387
  • and you're the maincharacter of your story,
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  • then your story is a selfishstory that will die with you.
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  • But it has to be God is the maincharacter and all about others.
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  • And as God as themain character,
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  • and you focus on serving others,because God's story is always
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  • about others, because God hasthis plot that runs all the way
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  • through history, which ishis story, and it's this:
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  • He's building a forever family.
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  • He's bringing inas many as he can,
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  • as many as choose him,
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  • bringing them intohis forever family.
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  • A forever, eternal story,and that forever family
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  • is the church.
  • 00:24:37.993 --> 00:24:39.294
  • The church is thebody of Christ.
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  • It's not a building.
  • 00:24:40.996 --> 00:24:42.297
  • The church is people who loveJesus and connect together.
  • 00:24:42.330 --> 00:24:46.568
  • It's not a placeyou go, it's people.
  • 00:24:46.601 --> 00:24:49.170
  • And so, God's plan, God's storyis that he lives through us,
  • 00:24:49.204 --> 00:24:55.176
  • we're his hands, we're his feet,we're his voice to go to this
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  • hurting world, and so weare the body of Christ.
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  • And so, when we allow the Masterstoryteller to live in our
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  • lives, then he tells hisstory through our uniqueness
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  • and through our experiencesand through our story,
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  • and it becomes a storythat will never die.
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  • announcer: As we begin 2021,it's more important than ever
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  • to stay focused on Christ andhis desires for our life.
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  • At Kerry Shook Ministries, wewanna help you make goals,
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  • break bad habits, andstrive to accomplish more
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  • than ever before.
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  • This year, as you assessyour life and make goals,
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  • Pastors Kerry and ChrisShook want to help lead
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  • you on a journey of spiritualclarity and discovery.
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  • Today, with yourbest gift of support,
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  • they wanna send you a copy ofthe tenth anniversary edition of
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  • their best-selling book, "OneMonth to Live," along with their
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  • best-selling devotional,"Strength in the Storm."
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  • Together, these resources willprepare you to face both the
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  • challenging andrewarding days ahead.
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  • This special bundle may be justwhat you need to step into what
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  • God has in storefor you this year.
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  • Call us now at 844-34-KERRY orgo online to KerryShook.org to
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  • request your special resources.
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  • Chris Shook: We're so gladyou joined us for the message
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  • today, and we hope it impactsyour life all week long.
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  • Kerry: And if Godreally spoke to you,
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  • and you've never receivedChrist into your life,
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  • all you have to do is justreceive his free gift of
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  • 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 tocome into my life,
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  • forgive me of all my sins,and I want you to be the Lord
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  • 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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