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The Joy of Family

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December 19, 2019
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Leon Fontaine

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The Joy of Family

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  • -ANNOUNCER: What would you change in your life?
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  • - What if you could unleash the miraculous in your
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  • everyday life?
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  • - Experience freedom, live in peace, change the world. Become
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  • Spirit Contemporary. Join Leon Fontaine, world renowned
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  • conference speaker, senior pastor of Canada's fastest
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  • growing church, and CEO of Canada's only Christian TV
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  • station. Today, on THE SPIRIT CONTEMPORARY LIFE.
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  • -LEON FONTAINE: I want to bring you the hope of the Christmas
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  • story. It's the story of God restoring His family. It's the
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  • story of Jesus coming to the planet, God with us, Emmanuel.
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  • -ANNOUNCER: In John 10:10, it says that Jesus came to give us
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  • life, and life more abundantly. So, why is there such a
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  • disconnect between this biblical promise, and how most Christians
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  • live today? Why have so many believers become spiritually
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  • weak, and ineffective at sharing Jesus' message of love? THE
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  • SPIRIT CONTEMPORARY LIFE is the answer. It's being led by Holy
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  • Spirit, but in a contemporary way. It's being Jesus and
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  • demonstrating His love in ways people can understand and
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  • appreciate. Spirit Contemporary is unique for everyone. It never
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  • compromises the truth, and it never makes others feel
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  • uncomfortable. It's freeing yourself from religious
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  • constraints, and walking freely in God's amazing grace, for His
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  • purpose. THE SPIRIT CONTEMPORARY LIFE is absolutely crucial if
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  • the global church and her people are going to change the world.
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  • - Later in the show, we'll tell you how you can reserve your
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  • copy of today's resource. Enrich your soul and renew your mind
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  • with this timely series.
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  • - And now, from Calgary, Canada, pastor Leon Fontaine.
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  • -LEON: Hey everybody, welcome. It's good to have you with me
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  • today. And, I love the Christmas story. I love the Christmas
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  • season. And I believe that as we go into our message today, it's
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  • going to help all of us. You see, nobody has a perfect
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  • family. I did an entire series to our church called, "No
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  • perfect families." It was one of the most sought after series we
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  • did because everybody thinks somebody must have the perfect
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  • family. Or you'll hear people say well, we have one boy and
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  • one girl. That's the perfect family. There are no perfect
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  • families. And even if you see everything together on the
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  • exterior, you know, because we all work so hard when we get out
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  • to church or shopping or with friends. Your kids are on y our
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  • best behaviour, they're dressed the best, you know, you're
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  • setting the table for guests, you want the kids to know hey,
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  • we have guests coming over, let's be on our best behaviour,
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  • and then we've got all the social media that's going on
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  • today. And, you see these families on social media and, I
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  • mean, she's got her makeup on, all her clothes are perfect, her
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  • kids are so amazingly obedient. Listen to me. Those are edited
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  • segments. Nobody has the perfect family. And so, it's almost like
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  • all the social media has gotten us all depressed like, who can
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  • compete with that family, that ministry, that person? Social
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  • media makes us look our best and in fact and in many cases just
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  • outright lies. It just says things about people that they're
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  • not even like that, they don't even have a life like that. It's
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  • their portrayal of their life in front of a camera, or their
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  • phone, as they try to get it to people. But I find everywhere I
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  • go as a pastor, as a leader, that people just feel like my
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  • family is so messed up, so flawed, no where near how I'd
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  • want it or how I like it, and they're just discouraged. I had
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  • one person talk to me and say you know, our daughter grew up
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  • and just made a horrible turn doing things we never trained
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  • her to do. We are such bad parents, because if we would
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  • have trained her right, she'd be serving God today and so, I've
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  • often told people this. There are no perfect families. And,
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  • God who had a family, because He had Adam and Eve, He made them
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  • in His likeness and in His image. And that literally means
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  • an exact duplicate in kind. Of all the things God created, only
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  • Adam and Eve did He breathe His presence into. Which means, it's
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  • God's DNA, spiritual DNA, breathed into Adam and Eve.
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  • Growing up in the garden with Him, laughing, talking. Can you
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  • imagine God coming down to walk in the garden with Adam and Eve?
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  • We all think that He's a great big forty-story tall guy and
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  • that if He'd show up on the planet, there'd be a great big
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  • explosion of fire and Adam could maybe reach His ankle, and, "Hey
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  • God way up there! How are you?" No. He walked and talked with
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  • them in the cool of the day. I believe, just like Jesus when He
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  • came to the planet, Emmanuel, God with us. He looked like a
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  • human, talked like a human, was the same size as a human. I know
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  • that when God came to talk with Adam and Eve in the garden, He
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  • was their size, communicated with them. He created their
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  • faces to smile and to need laughter, which means it comes
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  • from Him. He loves laughter, He loves joy. He loves adventure.
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  • He loved doing things. It would be an amazing thing if someone
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  • could portray what God was like in the garden of Eden, with Adam
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  • and Eve before the fall. It must have been the most astounding,
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  • stunning, incredible thing you could ever see. But, Adam and
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  • Eve. They disobeyed God, and they left Him. They broke the
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  • principles that kept their relationship strong, went out on
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  • their own, and God Himself had a broken family. And when you
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  • recognize that the entire Old Testament is the human race
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  • pursuing its own goals, pursuing the things that it wants. You
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  • know, the tree in the garden of Eden was the tree of the
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  • knowledge of good and evil. Basically, they wanted to make
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  • their own decisions as to what was bad and what was good. And
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  • that's the way everybody is today. That's why people like
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  • atheists and agnostics. You know, they probably could
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  • believe, but they don't want to because they inside kind of know
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  • if I believe there is a God, there's a lot of things I better
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  • probably change in my life. So the Christmas story, the
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  • Christmas story, is beautiful. Because it's about God restoring
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  • His family. Just like you want to restore your family. Maybe
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  • it's in the marriage area that you think you know, we've been
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  • married for this many years and it's not growing. Our marriage
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  • is not becoming better. We're kind of battening down the
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  • hatches. We're seeing how long that we can manage our home, our
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  • family. Or maybe as the kids are growing up, they're leaving and
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  • they'd rather be with their teenage friends than with you.
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  • Or now they're married and they're with the other family
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  • more than they're with our family. I don't know where
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  • you're at, or maybe there's one of the spouses is struggling
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  • with an addiction or the kids. Like, there are so many
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  • different scenarios, that people are listening to this message
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  • with me right now. And so I want to bring you the hope of the
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  • Christmas story. It's the story of God, restoring His family.
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  • It's the story of Jesus coming to the planet, God with us,
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  • Emmanuel. And the reason He had to come as a baby, was because
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  • He had to come and He couldn't just kind of, horn in to the
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  • human race as God, because He had given the planet to human
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  • beings. And so, the human race is in control and in authority
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  • on the planet. And you'll find different verses in the Bible
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  • that say that. That the heavens are the Lord's, but the earth He
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  • has given to the sons of man. So, I mean, I could go through a
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  • ton of scripture but let me just repeat some of them. For
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  • example, when it talks about human beings and authority, that
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  • is why the world's so messed up. Not that God has messed it up,
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  • but that the human race has made decisions and the decisions that
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  • we make affect generations ahead of us. You know, this is another
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  • topic. I don't believe in generational curses. Okay,
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  • actually when you get into the Word, it's not really, it's not
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  • there at all. And God's not like that, to say whatever I do, my
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  • poor kids are going to be cursed with. No. But, the things that I
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  • believe and the actions that I do, the behaviour that I have in
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  • raising my kids, is definitely going to affect them. It's
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  • definitely going to affect their lives. It's going to affect how
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  • they handle marriages and money, etc. So there is an effect that
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  • goes down generationally. It's not a curse that you have to
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  • kind of break, it's a way of thinking. It's a way of
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  • believing about money, marriage, sex, God. All of these things,
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  • that gets passed on from generation to generation. And
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  • so, God wanted to change that. And it was, Jesus, was the
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  • miracle that restored God's family. I believe today, that
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  • there can be a miracle that restores your family. And His
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  • name is Jesus. And not only is knowing Jesus restores marriages
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  • and families and homes, but it also gives us the power to begin
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  • to change our world in our lives. You see, giving your life
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  • to this Jesus, who was born as a baby, who died on the cross for
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  • you and I. It's not enough to just say okay now Jesus do all
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  • the miracles and fix everything. No, what He's going to do, is
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  • He's going to live His life through you. And when Jesus
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  • lives His life through you, you become this attractive force
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  • that restores and brings help and health. You have a patience
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  • beyond anything imaginable. A wisdom on what to say in
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  • situations, and how to even begin to plan and see your home
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  • begin to move in right directions. And, so there's some
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  • pretty incredible things. In Galatians 4, the Bible says in
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  • verse 4, but when the proper time had fully come, God sent
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  • His son, born of a woman, born subject to the regulations of
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  • the law. To purchase the freedom of. To ransom, to redeem, to
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  • atone for, those who were subject to the law. That we
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  • might be adopted and have sonship conferred upon us. And
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  • be recognized as God's sons. Now, this is talking about
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  • Jesus. And how that when a certain time came, Jesus came
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  • and He died. Now, mankind including Adam and Eve, couldn't
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  • live good enough to really stay in God's family. To be in God's
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  • family. So it says that sonship, or to be in the family, was
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  • going to be conferred upon people. It was going to be
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  • gifted to people. It was going to be given to people. And when
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  • you study this Jesus that came and lived on the planet for 33
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  • years. He was a baby, a toddler, a teenager. He began to do what
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  • His father wanted Him to do. He never sinned. He lived a
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  • righteous life. Never gave in to the temptations that all the
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  • rest of us might have given in to in so many areas. And then
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  • when He died on the cross at 33 years of age. He died for you.
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  • And He died for me. And He took our place on the cross. The
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  • Christmas story, is one of God sending His son, born of a
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  • woman. So that as a human being, He could represent the human
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  • race. You know, if Canada wants to send someone to represent us
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  • to the United Nations, we don't send a dog or a cow, we send a
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  • human being. And when the human race needed to have a
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  • representative in God's kingdom and go before. It was Jesus that
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  • came, because no one else could represent the human race. So
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  • when Jesus died on the cross, He died for everybody's sins. He
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  • became sin. He took the curse that was out there, and it said
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  • you are free from the curse, you're free from your sins. All
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  • that requires, is that you accept now this free gift. I
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  • think, people often ask me, don't you think Christmas is too
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  • commercialized? Yeah, I do. Don't you think, yeah, it's not
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  • even the right date, that's not the date he died. I don't care
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  • about any of those things. I'm just glad that we have a time
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  • that celebrates Jesus. And I know that we buy presents and
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  • people go into debt and we've got Santa Claus and elves and
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  • the Grinch. I love it all, I just see it all as beautiful fun
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  • stories. To bring families together, kids and their
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  • parents, and get out and do things. And it's not my
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  • religious experience, it's just culturally families coming
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  • together. But when the Bible talks about Jesus, I always
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  • bring our family and our church services. You know, we do a ton
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  • of fun things in our church services in the entire Christmas
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  • season. But we always come to a place of showing people it's
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  • about Jesus. And Jesus is here to restore you to His family and
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  • to help you restore your family. And so I want you to get faith
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  • about that. Now, when you look at this verse in Galatians 4, it
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  • says and because you really are His sons, God has sent the Holy
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  • Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying Abba Father.
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  • Therefore, you are no longer a slave, but a son. And if a son,
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  • then it follows that you are an heir. You are, you can inherit
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  • by the aid of God through Christ. One of the things that
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  • I've noticed about myself, and the humans that walk on this
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  • planet, are these times that I can have, and maybe you do the
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  • same thing. You know, whether it's certain music or certain
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  • things going on, or maybe I'm tired, or maybe I'm alone
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  • somewhere. And I begin to feel almost like haunted. Almost
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  • like, what's life doing? Do I fit in here? I think everybody
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  • goes through that. There's a part of human existence that,
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  • the Bible says that it feels like, you feel like an orphan.
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  • Jesus said, I'm going to send the Holy Spirit when I die, and
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  • that He will come in. Says I'm not going to leave you as
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  • orphans. I have found that if I'm not spending time with God,
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  • you know, and even when I'm just tired, maybe got a crazy weekend
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  • as a pastor, as a leader. And, you know, Mondays or Tuesdays
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  • I'm just kind of relaxing and resting up from the crazy
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  • weekends. If you're tired, or if you're just kind of mentally
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  • exhausted. If you're not careful, you can go back as a
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  • Christian to these feelings of feeling alone. Feeling lonely.
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  • Feeling orphaned. Where do I fit in? I'm married, I have kids, I
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  • have parents, but I just feel left out. Does anybody love me?
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  • And you can say well Leon, you're just feeling sorry for
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  • yourself. I understand that, but just stop. The entire human race
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  • has a sense of, orphans. Of not fitting in. And that's why Jesus
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  • came. And when you go through the beautiful story of like, you
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  • know, the angel singing peace on earth, good will towards men.
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  • It's talking about this Jesus coming. And instead of having
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  • this orphaned feeling, this depressed feeling. This thing's
  • 00:15:45.190 --> 00:15:48.190
  • never going right. Jesus came to restore God's family, and when
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  • you get into God's family, as a person that is born again.
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  • Forgiven for your sin. The curse no longer can touch you. This
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  • new life that Jesus has because of His resurrection. This
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  • resurrection Zoe life, is now in you. It restores your family. To
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  • you singles that are listening to me, come on. Do not build
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  • your family like everybody else around you. Make Jesus the
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  • centre of your life, of your dating, of who you're hanging
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  • out with. Because you need to build your dating, build your
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  • marriage, on Jesus. The only one who brings peace and joy, and a
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  • hope that as you get married and you have children, that there's
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  • going to be generations. One day when you're old and at a hundred
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  • years old, and you look back at your great grandkids, and your
  • 00:16:43.050 --> 00:16:46.150
  • great great grandkids, you can see the blessing of the Lord in
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  • the land of the living. And this is what God needs from
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  • Christians. He needs generations from you, strong, rising up,
  • 00:16:53.050 --> 00:16:58.170
  • succeeding in life and marriage and career, impacting the
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  • planet, influencing the planet. He needs every believer to
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  • restore their relationship as a member of God's family, and then
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  • take these principles, His Word, His spirit, His peace, His joy,
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  • and let your family be filled with this peace, this joy. You
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  • know, this Christmas as you get around the tree or whatever you
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  • do for Christmas time, let the peace of God within you
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  • dominate. There's sometimes, that families will get together
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  • and my brothers know how just to push my buttons and I know how
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  • to push their buttons. And maybe there's one person in the family
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  • that's always going to be, trying to control the mood of
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  • family get-togethers. You have to make a decision. The Bible
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  • says, you can say peace be on this house. And it says, your
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  • peace, controls that house. Wherever I go, I believe the
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  • presence of God upon me, can control the atmosphere that I
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  • must work in. That I must have fun times in, that I must have
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  • lunches and family times. I'm not letting another spirit rise
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  • up. I'm not letting some other transference of spirits come in,
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  • that I'm, someone else is going to transfer in anger,
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  • unforgiveness. Transfer in, just the stuff the enemy uses to
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  • break down homes and families. Even in the midst of people
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  • squawking and saying things. I must control myself and just say
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  • hey, you guys, we're family. And then I, I want to be the
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  • peace-maker. Not the peace-keeper. Oh please guys,
  • 00:18:26.250 --> 00:18:30.080
  • let's get along, let's just get along. No, peace-makers, they
  • 00:18:30.090 --> 00:18:33.120
  • bring resolution to situations and they believe that their
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  • marriage, their family, maybe you're a grandparent now and
  • 00:18:37.080 --> 00:18:40.090
  • you've got grandkids and great grandkids, and you get them all
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  • together and it's a zoo. You rise up and declare this is my
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  • home, today, we are going to represent Jesus Christ. All of
  • 00:18:46.080 --> 00:18:50.150
  • us aren't the same, we don't have a perfect family, but while
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  • we're in my home, we're going to allow joy. And you just speak to
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  • them. And then you just believe, and don't let anybody kind of
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  • get your goat. We had that saying here in Canada, where all
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  • of a sudden you're getting angry because someone said something
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  • pointed at you. And there it goes, the whole Christmas party,
  • 00:19:04.070 --> 00:19:07.170
  • the whole family get together just goes down the tubes. Why?
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  • Because you've relinquished, that the spirit of peace and the
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  • spirit of joy, that you can have on that family. And so I want to
  • 00:19:15.020 --> 00:19:19.110
  • challenge you. Jesus wants to bless, restore your marriage,
  • 00:19:19.120 --> 00:19:25.060
  • your family, your kids, and it starts with you being restored
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  • to Christ. Meaning, that in Galatians 5, the fruit of the
  • 00:19:30.120 --> 00:19:34.170
  • spirit, or the attributes of Jesus. His spirit, can be in,
  • 00:19:34.180 --> 00:19:40.070
  • you can have Jesus' joy. Jesus' love. You can have literally the
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  • patience of Jesus. Someone says well, you need to have the
  • 00:19:44.160 --> 00:19:47.120
  • patience of Job. If you know the story, he wasn't that patient.
  • 00:19:47.130 --> 00:19:50.160
  • He was a whiner and a complainer but people don't take the time
  • 00:19:50.170 --> 00:19:52.270
  • to read the books. I want the patience of Jesus, and He's
  • 00:19:52.280 --> 00:19:55.150
  • given it to me because His spirit within me causes patience
  • 00:19:55.160 --> 00:19:59.100
  • to rise up in me. It causes goodness to rise up in me. All
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  • the beautiful nine strengths, or the King James calls them the
  • 00:20:04.010 --> 00:20:08.060
  • fruits of the spirit. They are the strengths of the spirit, the
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  • attributes of the spirit. The characteristics of having Christ
  • 00:20:11.080 --> 00:20:15.040
  • alive on the inside of you. And you can raise up great
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  • marriages, great families. You can go into business parties. If
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  • you're working at a company, and just you being there, you're not
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  • a wet blanket. Well he's walking around and he's not drinking or
  • 00:20:25.070 --> 00:20:27.260
  • partying. No, if I have to go to places where I'm invited, and I
  • 00:20:27.270 --> 00:20:31.180
  • feel I should go, and there's all sorts of things happening at
  • 00:20:31.190 --> 00:20:34.110
  • that party. And there's certain things I won't go to, but I am
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  • just the life of the party without alcohol, without smoking
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  • drugs. Without, I'm just laughing, loving, enjoying
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  • people, I'm not condemning people because they're doing
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  • things I won't do. Wherever we go and live, we're not the wet
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  • blanket. We ought to be the joy, the peace. In fact, when we get
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  • together as a family, and we'll go to a restaurant, and they'll
  • 00:20:53.090 --> 00:20:56.270
  • see us together. Waitresses will just pop by and say this is so
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  • beautiful, this is awesome. You guys aren't even drinking,
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  • you're having so much fun. Et cetera. And I want you to know
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  • the peace that Jesus brings. That someone will have to stand
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  • up for peace. That's you. Someone will have to stand up
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  • for joy. That's you. And, it's so easy to go negative. It's so
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  • easy to be unhappy, it's so easy to find something wrong and get
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  • your nose out of joint, we use the term. But instead, you can
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  • walk in this concept that God gives us, of being unoffendable.
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  • That people are going to say stuff to me, do stuff to me, and
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  • they just want me to join them in their anger, irritation. I
  • 00:21:35.180 --> 00:21:39.070
  • mean, there are people who get around me and I can tell just me
  • 00:21:39.080 --> 00:21:41.190
  • being happy irritates them. Years ago when I was newly
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  • married and Sally and I had a couple of children. I would work
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  • as a paramedic out of a hospital. And Mondays and other
  • 00:21:48.250 --> 00:21:52.050
  • days, I would be walking the hallways smiling and laughing. I
  • 00:21:52.060 --> 00:21:56.140
  • literally would have people say what are you so happy about? And
  • 00:21:56.150 --> 00:21:59.180
  • I said oh you don't want to know. Or I'd share with them a
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  • little bit. Other times, once people got to know me, they
  • 00:22:01.220 --> 00:22:04.250
  • would literally say in such a grumpy mood Leon would you just
  • 00:22:04.260 --> 00:22:08.020
  • shut up? I don't want someone whistling or singing around me.
  • 00:22:08.030 --> 00:22:10.230
  • And, but they knew there was a joy that I had. And it irritated
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  • them. I want you to know, that don't give in to irritable
  • 00:22:15.160 --> 00:22:18.110
  • people. Don't give in to people who want to change you because
  • 00:22:18.120 --> 00:22:20.220
  • it irritates them. You're so happy, they're jealous of your
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  • joy, your family, your home. Get up and love people. Get up and
  • 00:22:23.080 --> 00:22:26.220
  • make a decision that the fruit of the spirit are going to be my
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  • strengths. I will be joyful, I will be peaceful. I'm going to
  • 00:22:29.160 --> 00:22:32.260
  • be good to people. I'm going to be patient with them. I'm going
  • 00:22:32.270 --> 00:22:35.220
  • to be long-suffering. I'm going to be kind, and gentle, etc. And
  • 00:22:35.230 --> 00:22:39.060
  • when you do, the presence of God rises up within you. The
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  • Christmas story is about God restoring His family. And anyone
  • 00:22:44.050 --> 00:22:49.270
  • who wants to be restored to God, can be. And at that point, He'll
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  • help you restore all of your relationships. I pray this
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  • Christmas season that you'll use every get-together, business,
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  • family, friends, home, use it as an opportunity to just love
  • 00:23:01.020 --> 00:23:05.250
  • people. Value people. Even if they've hurt you before. Let
  • 00:23:05.260 --> 00:23:10.110
  • Jesus heal you. Don't become you know, PTSD. Post-Traumatic
  • 00:23:10.120 --> 00:23:14.110
  • Stress Disorder. Let Him heal that broken heart, and go on let
  • 00:23:14.120 --> 00:23:17.250
  • Him bring His presence into every one of your relationships.
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  • We love you, have a great Christmas season, and make sure
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  • that Jesus is the person that you're having the
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  • greatest relationship with.
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