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Last Things | Episode 20

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July 18, 2018
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Restoring the Shack

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Last Things | Episode 20

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  • [MUSIC]
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  • - PAUL YOUNG: MY NAME IS PAUL YOUNG, AND I'M THE AUTHOR
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  • OF "THE SHACK".
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  • I WANT TO INVITE YOU ON AN ADVENTURE WITH ME
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  • AND WITH THE BOOK.
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  • A LOT OF YOU HAVE READ IT.
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  • YOU HAVE QUESTIONS.
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  • SOME OF YOU HAVE JUST HEARD ABOUT IT, AND YOU
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  • HAVE QUESTIONS.
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  • THIS IS A BOOK THAT ALLOWS US TO EXPLORE A RELATIONSHIP
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  • WITH THE FATHER, SON, AND HOLY SPIRIT; QUESTIONS THAT WE
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  • HAVE ABOUT HURT AND LOSS AND GRIEF; QUESTIONS ABOUT
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  • WONDER AND BEAUTY AND JOY.
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  • WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO LIVE A LIFE OF FAITH?
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  • WHAT DO WE DO ABOUT DEATH?
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  • WHY DO TRAGIC THINGS HAPPEN TO US?
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  • THESE ARE THE QUESTIONS THAT WE WANT TO EXPLORE.
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  • I WOULD LOVE YOU TO COME WITH ME.
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  • THIS IS AN INVITATION.
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  • [MUSIC]
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  • [MUSIC]
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  • - THROUGHOUT "THE SHACK", THERE HAVE BEEN
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  • THESE GOLDEN THREADS.
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  • ONE OF THEM HAS BEEN THE HOLY SPIRIT COLLECTING TEARS.
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  • THAT'S RIGHT OUT OF THE PSALMS, BY THE WAY,
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  • THAT GOD COLLECTS OUR TEARS BECAUSE THEY MATTER.
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  • AND ANOTHER ONE HAS BEEN THIS TUNE.
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  • BACK IN THE CAMPGROUND, JESSE AND SARAH, THIS TUNE
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  • EMERGES, AND THEN PAPA HUMS THAT TUNES AT DIFFERENT
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  • TIMES, AND IT EMERGES WHEN THEY'VE COLLECTED MISSY'S
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  • BODY, AND THEY'RE ABOUT TO PUT HER INTO THE GROUND.
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  • AND IN THAT SCENE, IT STARTS THIS WAY, "IT WAS A HAUNTING
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  • TUNE THAT HE HAD HEARD HER AND PAPA HUMMING BEFORE,
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  • AND MACK NOW LISTENED TO HIS DAUGHTER'S WORDS.
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  • 'BREATHE IN ME DEEP THAT I MIGHT BREATHE AND LIVE,
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  • AND HOLD ME CLOSE THAT I MIGHT SLEEP.
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  • SOFT HELD BY ALL YOU GIVE.
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  • COME KISS ME, WIND, AND TAKE MY BREATH UNTIL YOU AND I
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  • ARE ONE, AND WE WILL DANCE AMONG THE TOMBS UNTIL
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  • ALL DEATH IS GONE.
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  • AND NO ONE KNOWS THAT WE EXIST WRAPPED IN EACH
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  • OTHER'S ARMS EXCEPT THE ONE WHO BLEW THE BREATH THAT
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  • HIDES ME SAFE FROM HARM.
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  • COME KISS ME, WIND, AND TAKE MY BREATH UNTIL YOU AND I
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  • ARE ONE, AND WE WILL DANCE AMONG THE TOMBS UNTIL ALL
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  • DEATH IS GONE.' WHEN SHE FINISHED, THERE WAS SILENCE,
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  • AND THEN GOD, ALL THREE, SIMULTANEOUSLY SAID, "AMEN."
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  • MACK ECHOED THE AMEN, PICKED UP ONE OF THE SHOVELS, AND
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  • WITH THE HELP FROM JESUS BEGAN FILLING IN THE HOLE,
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  • COVERING THE BOX IN WHICH MISSY'S BODY RESTED.
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  • WHEN THE TASK WAS COMPLETE, SARAYU REACHED WITHIN HER
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  • CLOTHING AND WITHDREW HER SMALL, FRAGILE BOTTLE.
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  • FROM IT, SHE POURED OUT A FEW DROPS OF THE PRECIOUS
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  • COLLECTION INTO HER HAND AND BEGAN TO CAREFULLY SCATTER
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  • MACK'S TEARS ONTO THE RICH, BLACK SOIL UNDER WHICH
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  • MISSY'S BODY SLEPT.
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  • THE DROPLETS FELL LIKE DIAMONDS AND RUBIES, AND
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  • WHEREVER THEY LANDED, FLOWERS INSTANTLY BURST
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  • UPWARD AND BLOOMED IN THE BRILLIANT SUN.
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  • SARAYU THEN PAUSED FOR A MOMENT LOOKING INTENTLY AT
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  • ONE PEARL RESTING IN HER HAND, A SPECIAL TEAR, AND
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  • THEN DROPPED IT INTO THE CENTER OF THE PLOT.
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  • IMMEDIATELY, A SMALL TREE BROKE THROUGH THE EARTH AND
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  • BEGAN UNBENDING ITSELF FROM THE SPOT.
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  • YOUNG AND LUXURIOUS AND STUNNING, GROWING AND
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  • MATURING UNTIL IT BURST INTO BLOSSOM AND BLOOM.
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  • SARAYU THEN, IN HER WHISPERY BREEZE-BLOWN AWAY,
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  • TURN AND THE SMILED AT MACK WHO HAD BEEN
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  • WATCHING LIKE TRANSFIXED.
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  • 'IT IS A TREE OF LIFE, MACK...
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  • GROWING IN THE GARDEN OF YOUR HEART.'
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  • PAPA CAME UP NEXT TO HIM AND PUT HIS ARM AROUND HIS SHOULDERS.
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  • 'MISSY'S INCREDIBLE. YOU KNOW THAT. TRULY SHE LOVES YOU.'
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  • 'I MISS HER TERRIBLY. IT STILL HURTS SO MUCH.'
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  • 'I KNOW, MACKENZIE. I KNOW.'"
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  • TREES OF LIFE THAT GOD GROWS IN THE MIDST OF THE GARDEN OF
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  • OUR SOULS, AND IN OUR HUMANITY, WE HURT, AND WE REMEMBER, AND
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  • WE GRIEVE, BUT NOT WITHOUT HOPE, HOPE THAT IS SURE AND
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  • CERTAIN BECAUSE IT IS WRAPPED INSIDE THE KIND
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  • EMBRACE OF A GOD WHO IS GOOD ALL THE TIME.
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  • [MUSIC]
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  • [MUSIC]
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  • - IT IS WE WHO TURNED OUR FACE AWAY FROM GOD, AND IN
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  • OUR PERCEIVED INDEPENDENCE, ESTABLISHED A DARKNESS, AND
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  • WE DEFINED EVERYTHING FROM INSIDE THAT DARKNESS.
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  • WE ARE THE ORIGINAL PERPETRATORS, WHICH MEANS
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  • THAT WE CAN ALSO PARTICIPATE IN CHANGING THINGS.
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  • THIS IS A GOD WHO HAS PURSUED US.
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  • TRUTH CAME AND FOUND US IN OUR DARKNESS AND SUBMITTED
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  • TO OUR DARKNESS, AND IN THAT SUBMISSION, DEFEATED IT.
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  • WE HAVE ALWAYS BEEN INCLUDED IN THE LOVE AND THE
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  • AFFECTION OF THE FATHER, SON, AND HOLY SPIRIT.
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  • WE JUST LOST SIGHT OF IT. WE HAVE ALL BEEN IN JESUS.
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  • WE WERE CREATED IN CHRIST. CHRIST IS IN THE FATHER.
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  • WE ARE IN HIM, AND HE IS IN US.
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  • AND THIS GOD WHO IS INVOLVED IN THE DETAILS OF OUR LIVES,
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  • THIS GOD IS NOT SOME DIVINE ENGINEER, BUT AN ARTIST
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  • AND A CRAFTS PERSON.
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  • I HAVE A FRIEND IN GERMANY WHO I HAVE NOT MET
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  • FACE-TO-FACE YET. HE'S A VIOLIN MAKER.
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  • HIS NAME IS MARTIN SCHLESKY, AND I GOT INVOLVED IN A
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  • CONVERSATION WITH HIM AROUND THE QUESTION OF
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  • GOD AS A PLANNER.
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  • WE TALK ABOUT THE WILL OF GOD AS IF THERE IS SOME BIG
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  • PLAN, AND GOD IS A DRAFTSMAN AT A TABLE, AND AS MARTIN
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  • HAS SAID, IF THIS GOD IS DEPENDENT ON A DIVINE PLAN,
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  • THIS GOD LIVES IN A PERPETUAL STATE OF
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  • DISAPPOINTMENT AND AGGRAVATION.
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  • IF THERE IS A PERFECT PLAN, I'M THINKING LIKE ONE SIN IS
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  • GOING TO DESTROY IT.
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  • SO WHAT IS THIS ABOUT THIS PERFECT PLAN, AND HOW DOES
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  • GOD RELATE TO US INSIDE OUR DARKNESS?
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  • AND HOW DOES GOD BUILD LIVING OUT OF THE DEATH THAT
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  • WE BROUGHT TO THE TABLE?
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  • MARTIN TALKS ABOUT HOW A VIOLIN MAKER CRAFTS A VIOLIN
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  • IT USED TO BE IN THE OLD DAYS THAT A VIOLIN MAKER
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  • WOULD GO DOWN TO WHERE RIVERS WOULD MEET, AND THE
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  • LOGGERS UP ON MOUNTAINS WOULD LOG THE TREES AND THEN
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  • SEND THEM DOWN THE RIVERS.
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  • AND THE REASON THAT THEY WOULD GATHER WHERE THE
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  • RIVERS MET IS BECAUSE THE LOGS WOULD BANG INTO EACH
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  • OTHER, AND CERTAIN LOGS WERE CALLED SINGER TRUNKS, AND
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  • THEY MADE A DISTINCTIVE SOUND FROM WHICH WOULD BE
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  • CRAFTED THE BEST VIOLINS.
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  • MARTIN SAYS THAT NOWADAYS, HE GOES THROUGH THE WOODS
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  • FOR WEEKS, OR EVEN MONTHS, TAPPING ON TREES WITH A
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  • TUNING FORK, AND THEN HE CAN HEAR THE SINGER TRUNKS.
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  • NOW, THESE SINGER TRUNKS USUALLY ARE IN GROVES OF
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  • TREES SOMEWHERE ON THE MOUNTAINS, AND WHAT THEY'VE
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  • DISCOVERED IS THAT THE SINGERS SOUND WILL CHANGE
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  • DEPENDING ON THE SITUATION AND CIRCUMSTANCE
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  • THAT THEY ARE IN.
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  • FOR EXAMPLE, IF A TREE GOES DOWN NEXT TO A SINGER,
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  • IT WILL CHANGE HOW THE SUNLIGHT HITS THE TREE.
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  • IT WILL CHANGE THE VELOCITY OF THE WIND, AND THAT WILL
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  • CHANGE THE CELLULAR STRUCTURE OF THAT TREE AND
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  • THE SOUND THAT IT MAKES.
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  • AND WHEN THEY FIND A SINGER, THEY TAKE IT, THEY CURE THE
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  • WOOD, AND THEN THE VIOLIN MAKER BEGINS USING A PLANE
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  • TO HEAR WHAT THE SOUND IS, SO CRAFT THE
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  • BODY OF THE VIOLIN.
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  • AND MARTIN SAYS THIS IS LIKE THE ACTIVITY OF
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  • GOD IN OUR LIVES.
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  • THIS IS NOT ABOUT THE WOOD SUBMITTING TO THE ARTIST.
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  • THIS IS ABOUT THE ARTIST SUBMITTING TO THE WOOD.
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  • AND HE SAYS, "IF I HAVE A MECHANICAL, MATHEMATICAL
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  • UNDERSTANDING OF WHAT IT TAKES TO CREATE THIS
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  • BEAUTIFUL SOUND, I WILL DESTROY THE INTEGRITY OF
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  • THAT WOOD." EVERY SINGER HAS A DIFFERENT SOUND, AND SO
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  • THE CREATOR ENTERS INTO THE MESS WE BRING TO THE TABLE,
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  • AND A LOT OF US HAVE EXPERIENCED CRISIS AND LOSS,
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  • AND SO THE SOUND THAT WE MAKE IS DIFFERENT TODAY
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  • THAN IT WOULD HAVE BEEN YESTERDAY.
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  • AND THIS IS NOT ABOUT JUST US SUBMITTING TO THE ARTIST.
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  • THIS IS ABOUT GOD WHO SUBMITS TO US AND WHAT WE
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  • BRING TO THE TABLE.
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  • THIS IS ABOUT THE BEAUTY OF A GOD WHO'S INVOLVED IN THE
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  • DETAILS OF OUR LIVES, AND IT ALSO MEANS THERE'S NOTHING
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  • WE CAN BRING TO THE TABLE THAT GOD CANNOT WORK
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  • WITHIN TO CRAFT SOMETHING ALIVE FROM.
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  • [MUSIC]
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  • [MUSIC]
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  • - I'VE BEEN OFTEN ASKED, KNOWING EVERYTHING THAT I
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  • KNOW TODAY, WOULD I CHANGE ANYTHING?
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  • THAT IS WOULD I GO BACK IN MY LIFE AND
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  • CHANGE ANYTHING? ABSOLUTELY.
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  • IF IT REQUIRED A TOTALLY DIFFERENT FUTURE THAT DIDN'T
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  • INVOLVE "THE SHACK", DIDN'T INVOLVE ANY PARTICIPATION,
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  • DIDN'T INVOLVE THIS BEING ABLE TO WALK ON THE HOLY
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  • GROUND OF OTHER PEOPLE'S STORIES, AND I COULD CHANGE
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  • ONE TIME THAT I HURT SOMEONE, I'D GO BACK
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  • AND CHANGE IT. WE ALL HAVE REGRETS.
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  • WE HAVE THE CAPACITY TO DO INCREDIBLY WONDERFUL THINGS
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  • AND DEEPLY HARMFUL, HURTFUL THINGS.
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  • REGRETS ARE THE SCARS THAT I CARRY, AND EVERY DAY,
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  • I GIVE THEM BACK TO GOD.
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  • THEY BECOME PART OF THE SOUND OF MY VOICE, PART OF
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  • BEING A SINGER TREE.
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  • GOD HAS WOVEN THOSE THINGS INTO MY PERSON BUT I WOULD
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  • GO BACK AND CHANGE THEM IF I COULD.
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  • I WANT TO READ TO YOU FROM THE VERY END OF THE BACK IN
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  • THE "AFTERWARD." "IF YOU EVER GET A CHANCE TO HANG
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  • OUT WITH MACK, YOU WILL SOON LEARN THAT HE'S HOPING FOR A
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  • NEW REVOLUTION, ONE OF LOVE AND KINDNESS, A REVOLUTION
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  • THAT REVOLVES AROUND JESUS AND WHAT HE DID FOR US ALL,
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  • AND WHAT HE CONTINUES TO DO IN ANYONE WHO HAS A HUNGER
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  • FOR RECONCILIATION AND A PLACE TO CALL HOME.
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  • THIS IS NOT A REVOLUTION THAT WILL OVERTHROW
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  • ANYTHING, OR IF IT DOES, IT WILL DO SO IN A WAY THAT
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  • COULD NEVER BE CONTRIVED IN ADVANCE.
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  • INSTEAD, IT WILL BE THE QUIET, DAILY POWERS OF DYING
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  • AND SERVING AND LOVING AND LAUGHING, OF SIMPLE
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  • TENDERNESS AND UNSEEN KINDNESS BECAUSE IF ANYTHING
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  • MATTERS, THEN EVERYTHING MATTERS.
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  • AND ONE DAY, WHEN ALL IS REVEALED, HIS HOPE IS THAT
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  • ALL OF US WILL BOW OUR KNEES AND CONFESS IN THE POWER OF
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  • SARAYU THAT JESUS IS THE LORD OF ALL CREATION, THE
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  • LORD OF LOVE TO THE GLORY OF PAPA, THE FATHER."
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  • [MUSIC]
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  • [MUSIC]
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  • - SO I'VE GOTTEN THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF E-MAILS,
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  • AND I WANTED TO READ YOU THIS ONE, NOT ALL OF IT.
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  • I'LL JUST READ YOU A PIECE OF IT, AND I THINK YOU'LL
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  • LIKE IT BECAUSE IT PUTS INTO WORDS SOME
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  • SURPRISING THINGS.
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  • IT SAYS, "MY NAME IS ARAM," AND IT'S SOME KIND OF AN
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  • INTERNET NAME, OF COURSE, "AND I JUST FINISHED READING
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  • "THE SHACK".
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  • I THEN WENT ONLINE AND HAPPENED ACROSS A BUNCH OF
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  • PEOPLE ARGUING ABOUT IT.
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  • IT LOOKS LIKE A FEW YEARS NOW.
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  • PEOPLE ARE CALLING IT HERESY AND A DANGEROUS BOOK AND
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  • WARNING PEOPLE NOT TO READ IT. WHY?
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  • NOW, NORMALLY I NEVER COMMENT ON THESE THINGS,
  • 00:14:46.250 --> 00:14:49.060
  • BEING AN UNBELIEVER. YES, THAT'S RIGHT. I'M NOT A CHRISTIAN.
  • 00:14:49.080 --> 00:14:53.050
  • BUT I THOUGHT IT MIGHT BE USEFUL FOR SOME THEOLOGY
  • 00:14:53.070 --> 00:14:56.290
  • PEOPLE TO TAKE A MOMENT AND LOOK AT WHAT I -- NOT A
  • 00:14:57.010 --> 00:15:00.200
  • CHURCH GOER IN ANY SENSE -- HAVE GLEANED FROM THIS
  • 00:15:00.220 --> 00:15:03.200
  • LITTLE BOOK, AND THEN ASK YOURSELF -- BECAUSE I REALLY
  • 00:15:03.220 --> 00:15:06.140
  • DON'T KNOW MUCH ABOUT THE BIBLE, IS ANYTHING I LEARNED
  • 00:15:06.160 --> 00:15:09.100
  • LEADING ME IN THE WRONG DIRECTION?
  • 00:15:09.120 --> 00:15:12.200
  • PERHAPS ALL THE WAY TO THE BURNING LAKE OF FIRE SO MANY
  • 00:15:12.220 --> 00:15:15.060
  • CHRISTIANS LOVE TRYING TO SCARE NON-CHRISTIANS
  • 00:15:15.080 --> 00:15:17.100
  • INTO BELIEVING BY.
  • 00:15:17.120 --> 00:15:19.110
  • IF THIS IS THE CASE, THEN I GUESS YOU'RE RIGHT.
  • 00:15:19.130 --> 00:15:21.290
  • AND BASED ON WHAT YOU BELIEVE, MAYBE PEOPLE
  • 00:15:22.010 --> 00:15:24.080
  • SHOULDN'T READ THIS BOOK.
  • 00:15:24.100 --> 00:15:26.070
  • FOR ME, I DON'T BELIEVE THAT FEAR AND THE RULES ARE THE
  • 00:15:26.090 --> 00:15:29.210
  • ANSWER, AND I NEVER HAVE.
  • 00:15:29.230 --> 00:15:32.020
  • THIS HAS BEEN THE MAIN REASON THAT I'VE
  • 00:15:32.040 --> 00:15:33.220
  • AVOIDED THE CHURCH.
  • 00:15:33.240 --> 00:15:35.270
  • HOWEVER, IF YOU PREACH LOVE AND FORGIVENESS AND KINDNESS
  • 00:15:35.290 --> 00:15:40.020
  • THROUGH WHATEVER CONVEYS IT THE KINDNESS THROUGH
  • 00:15:40.040 --> 00:15:42.110
  • WHATEVER CONVEYS IT THE BEST, FICTION OR OTHERWISE,
  • 00:15:42.130 --> 00:15:45.140
  • MY HEART BEGINS TO OPEN UP A BIT.
  • 00:15:45.160 --> 00:15:47.210
  • TEACH LOVE, MY DEAR CHRISTIAN FRIENDS, BECAUSE
  • 00:15:47.230 --> 00:15:49.220
  • PEOPLE LIKE ME, WE DON'T RESPOND WELL TO FEAR
  • 00:15:49.240 --> 00:15:52.130
  • TACTICS, AND WE DEFINITELY DON'T GET TURNED ON BY
  • 00:15:52.150 --> 00:15:56.140
  • ARROGANCE, PEOPLE WHO THINK THAT THEY'RE RIGHT AND HAVE
  • 00:15:56.160 --> 00:15:59.280
  • IT ALL FIGURED OUT.
  • 00:16:00.020 --> 00:16:02.120
  • BELOW ARE 57 NEW IDEAS I TOOK AWAY FROM THIS LITTLE
  • 00:16:02.140 --> 00:16:06.000
  • BOOK." NOW, I'M NOT GOING TO READ THEM ALL TO YOU, BUT I
  • 00:16:06.020 --> 00:16:09.000
  • AM GOING TO READ YOU SOME OF THEM SO THAT YOU GET A SENSE
  • 00:16:09.020 --> 00:16:11.150
  • AND A TASTE FOR WHAT ARAM HEARD INSIDE HIS
  • 00:16:11.170 --> 00:16:15.180
  • READING OF THE SHACK.
  • 00:16:15.200 --> 00:16:17.200
  • "NUMBER ONE, THE DIFFERENT APPEARANCES OF GOD, JESUS,
  • 00:16:17.220 --> 00:16:21.090
  • AND THE HOLY SPIRIT WERE USED TO HELP MACK BREAK HIS
  • 00:16:21.110 --> 00:16:25.050
  • RELIGIOUS CONDITIONING.
  • 00:16:25.070 --> 00:16:27.100
  • TWO, YOU DON'T GET BROWNIE POINTS FOR DOING THINGS
  • 00:16:27.120 --> 00:16:31.140
  • THROUGH OBLIGATION AND PERFORMANCE.
  • 00:16:31.160 --> 00:16:35.140
  • DO THINGS BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT YOU WANT TO.
  • 00:16:35.160 --> 00:16:37.160
  • THREE, LIFE TAKES A LOT OF TIME AND A LOT OF
  • 00:16:37.180 --> 00:16:41.140
  • RELATIONSHIP.
  • 00:16:41.160 --> 00:16:43.130
  • FOUR, HOW FREE ARE WE REALLY?
  • 00:16:43.150 --> 00:16:47.070
  • FAMILY GENETICS, SOCIAL INSTITUTIONS, PERSONAL
  • 00:16:47.090 --> 00:16:49.120
  • HABITS, ADVERTISING, PROPAGANDA, PARADIGMS.
  • 00:16:49.140 --> 00:16:53.160
  • FREEDOM..." LISTEN, "FREEDOM IS AN INCREMENTAL
  • 00:16:53.180 --> 00:16:57.100
  • PROCESS THAT HAPPENS INSIDE A RELATIONSHIP
  • 00:16:57.120 --> 00:17:00.150
  • WITH JESUS CHRIST.
  • 00:17:00.170 --> 00:17:02.250
  • FIVE, WHEN ALL YOU CAN SEE IS YOUR PAIN, PERHAPS, THEN,
  • 00:17:02.270 --> 00:17:07.280
  • YOU ARE LOSING SIGHT OF GOD.
  • 00:17:08.000 --> 00:17:10.170
  • SIX, PAIN HAS A WAY OF CLIPPING OUR WINGS THAT
  • 00:17:10.190 --> 00:17:13.260
  • WE CAN'T FLY.
  • 00:17:13.280 --> 00:17:16.010
  • AFTER A WHILE, WE FORGET THAT WE WERE EVER
  • 00:17:16.030 --> 00:17:17.270
  • CREATED TO FLY.
  • 00:17:17.290 --> 00:17:20.060
  • SEVEN, WHEN JESUS CAME AS A MAN, HE GAVE UP HIS OWN
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  • ABILITY TO HEAL AND DO MIRACLES.
  • 00:17:24.130 --> 00:17:27.030
  • HIS MIRACLES WERE ACCOMPLISHED BY JESUS, AS A
  • 00:17:27.050 --> 00:17:30.260
  • MAN, DEPENDENT, LIMITED, HUMAN BEINGS'
  • 00:17:30.280 --> 00:17:34.120
  • TRUST IN THE FATHER GOD.
  • 00:17:34.140 --> 00:17:36.180
  • WE'RE ALL DESIGNED TO LIVE LIKE THAT, OUT OF
  • 00:17:36.200 --> 00:17:39.180
  • GOD'S LIFE AND POWER.
  • 00:17:39.200 --> 00:17:41.150
  • EIGHT, GOD EXIST IN THREE PERSONS SO WE, HIS CREATION,
  • 00:17:41.170 --> 00:17:45.270
  • CAN ALSO LIVE IN LOVE AND RELATIONSHIP,
  • 00:17:45.290 --> 00:17:49.050
  • JUST LIKE GOD DOES. IF GOD DIDN'T, WE COULDN'T.
  • 00:17:49.070 --> 00:17:54.000
  • GOD CANNOT ACT APART FROM LOVE.
  • 00:17:54.020 --> 00:17:58.000
  • NINE, RELATIONSHIPS ARE NEVER ABOUT POWER, AND ONE
  • 00:17:58.020 --> 00:18:02.110
  • WAY TO AVOID WANTING POWER IS TO LIMIT
  • 00:18:02.130 --> 00:18:04.230
  • ONESELF AND SERVE.
  • 00:18:04.250 --> 00:18:07.190
  • TEN, SIN IS ITS OWN PUNISHMENT, DEVOURING
  • 00:18:07.210 --> 00:18:11.050
  • FROM THE INSIDE.
  • 00:18:11.070 --> 00:18:12.290
  • IT'S NOT GOD'S PURPOSE TO PUNISH IT.
  • 00:18:13.010 --> 00:18:15.060
  • IT'S GOD'S JOY TO CURE IT." AND LET ME ADD, I THINK GOD
  • 00:18:15.080 --> 00:18:18.220
  • WANTS TO DESTROY IT.
  • 00:18:18.240 --> 00:18:21.080
  • "ELEVEN, WHEN PEOPLE CHOOSE INDEPENDENCE OVER
  • 00:18:21.100 --> 00:18:25.100
  • RELATIONSHIP, WE BECOME A DANGER TO EACH OTHER."
  • 00:18:25.120 --> 00:18:29.220
  • AND I'LL END ON THIS ONE.
  • 00:18:29.240 --> 00:18:31.270
  • "WHEN CHRISTIANS DON'T TRUST GOD, IT'S BECAUSE THEY DON'T
  • 00:18:31.290 --> 00:18:34.180
  • KNOW THEY'RE LOVED BY HIM.
  • 00:18:34.200 --> 00:18:36.290
  • THEY THINK GOD IS NOT GOOD." AND HE GOES ON.
  • 00:18:37.010 --> 00:18:40.180
  • THERE ARE 57 OF THESE THINGS.
  • 00:18:40.200 --> 00:18:42.110
  • NOW, I GOT A COMMENT BACK ABOUT THIS LITTLE E-MAIL,
  • 00:18:42.130 --> 00:18:46.170
  • AND I WANT YOU TO HEAR THIS.
  • 00:18:46.190 --> 00:18:48.240
  • THIS IS FROM SOMEONE WITHIN MY FAMILY, RELIGIOUS
  • 00:18:48.260 --> 00:18:53.030
  • TRADITION, AND I THINK THIS IS A WONDERFUL RESPONSE.
  • 00:18:53.050 --> 00:18:57.170
  • "HEY, ARAM, ONLY AN UNBELIEVER COULD HAVE YOUR
  • 00:18:57.190 --> 00:19:02.020
  • CLARITY AND INSIGHT.
  • 00:19:02.040 --> 00:19:04.270
  • BELIEVERS' MIND TEND TO BE CONTROLLED AND CLOUDED
  • 00:19:04.290 --> 00:19:07.210
  • BY THEIR BELIEFS.
  • 00:19:07.230 --> 00:19:09.200
  • OFTENTIMES, BELIEVERS CAN'T THINK CLEARLY.
  • 00:19:09.220 --> 00:19:12.010
  • EVERY BIT OF INFORMATION IS EVALUATED NOT FOR ITS TRUTH,
  • 00:19:12.030 --> 00:19:15.090
  • WISDOM OR USEFULNESS, BUT WHETHER OR NOT IT'S
  • 00:19:15.110 --> 00:19:18.200
  • CONSISTENT WITH WHAT IS ALREADY BELIEVED.
  • 00:19:18.220 --> 00:19:22.160
  • YOU APPEAR TO HAVE DERIVED SO MUCH MORE FROM THE SHACK
  • 00:19:22.180 --> 00:19:26.090
  • THAN A LOT OF BELIEVERS WILL BE ABLE TO.
  • 00:19:26.110 --> 00:19:28.270
  • THEY'LL REJECT THE INSIGHTS SIMPLY BECAUSE IT DIFFERS
  • 00:19:28.290 --> 00:19:31.120
  • FROM THEIR PARADIGM, AND THEY'LL MISS THE BENEFITS
  • 00:19:31.140 --> 00:19:34.140
  • THAT YOU'VE GAINED FROM THE BOOK. WELL DONE.
  • 00:19:34.160 --> 00:19:37.270
  • DON'T EVER LET BELIEVERS INTERFERE WITH WHATEVER YOUR
  • 00:19:37.290 --> 00:19:41.260
  • WALK WITH GOD TURNS OUT TO BE." I LOVE THAT.
  • 00:19:41.280 --> 00:19:47.250
  • I THINK THAT BOTH OF THOSE ARE BRILLIANT
  • 00:19:47.270 --> 00:19:51.060
  • AND INSIGHTFUL.
  • 00:19:51.080 --> 00:19:52.250
  • [MUSIC]
  • 00:19:52.270 --> 00:20:03.230
  • [MUSIC]
  • 00:20:03.230 --> 00:20:11.110
  • - WHY DID "THE SHACK" HAVE SUCH A MASSIVE IMPACT?
  • 00:20:11.130 --> 00:20:16.030
  • WELL, ONE, I THINK IT GAVE PEOPLE A LONG TO HAVE
  • 00:20:16.050 --> 00:20:20.260
  • CONVERSATION WITH GOD THAT WAS NOT RELIGIOUS,
  • 00:20:20.280 --> 00:20:27.060
  • BUT RELATIONAL.
  • 00:20:27.080 --> 00:20:30.010
  • I WAS TALKING TO A FRIEND OF MINE, PETE WILSON, WHO
  • 00:20:30.030 --> 00:20:32.130
  • IS A PASTOR IN NASHVILLE, AND PETER IN HIS COMMUNITY
  • 00:20:32.150 --> 00:20:36.000
  • OF FAITH WOULD GO DOWN TO THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC EVERY
  • 00:20:36.020 --> 00:20:38.090
  • YEAR, AND THEY WOULD WORK BUILDING HOMES FOR THE POOR
  • 00:20:38.110 --> 00:20:43.130
  • AND HELPING WITH MISSIONS.
  • 00:20:43.150 --> 00:20:46.120
  • AND HE HAD DONE THE MISSIONS SIDE OF THE WORK, AND THEN
  • 00:20:46.140 --> 00:20:48.030
  • HE HAD A FEW DAYS OFF.
  • 00:20:48.050 --> 00:20:50.270
  • ON HIS WAY DOWN THERE, HE HAD READ "THE SHACK", AND IT
  • 00:20:50.290 --> 00:20:54.260
  • HAD MONUMENTALLY IMPACTED HIM, AND HE WAS WALKING
  • 00:20:54.280 --> 00:20:59.130
  • ALONG THE BEACH, AND HE NOTICED THAT THERE WAS A
  • 00:20:59.150 --> 00:21:02.190
  • WOMAN WHO WAS SITTING IN THE BEACH, AND SHE
  • 00:21:02.210 --> 00:21:05.010
  • WAS READING "THE SHACK".
  • 00:21:05.030 --> 00:21:07.290
  • AND SO HE SAYS TO HER, WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THAT BOOK?
  • 00:21:08.010 --> 00:21:11.230
  • AND SHE LOOKS UP AND SAYS, I ACTUALLY DON'T KNOW
  • 00:21:11.250 --> 00:21:16.030
  • WHAT TO MAKE OF THIS.
  • 00:21:16.050 --> 00:21:18.020
  • I GRABBED IT OUT OF A BOOKSTORE AT THE AIRPORT
  • 00:21:18.040 --> 00:21:20.240
  • BECAUSE I LIKED THE COVER, AND IT IS RAISING SO MANY
  • 00:21:20.260 --> 00:21:25.010
  • QUESTIONS AND EMOTIONS, AND I GOT NOBODY TO TALK TO.
  • 00:21:25.030 --> 00:21:29.140
  • AND PETE SAID, WELL, I'M HERE.
  • 00:21:29.160 --> 00:21:31.170
  • SO FOR THE NEXT TWO DAYS, SHE WOULD READ, AND THEN
  • 00:21:31.190 --> 00:21:34.250
  • THEY WOULD SIT AND TALK ABOUT "THE SHACK".
  • 00:21:34.270 --> 00:21:38.040
  • SHE TOLD HIM HER STORY.
  • 00:21:38.060 --> 00:21:41.030
  • HER NAME WAS SHERRY, AND WHEN SHERRY WAS A CHILD, AND
  • 00:21:41.050 --> 00:21:46.070
  • FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS, HER ONLY EXPOSURE TO GOD WAS TO
  • 00:21:46.090 --> 00:21:50.220
  • BE SEXUALLY ABUSED BY A RELIGIOUS LEADER.
  • 00:21:50.240 --> 00:21:55.070
  • YOU CAN IMAGINE HOW THAT TORE APART HER WORLD OR ANY
  • 00:21:55.090 --> 00:21:58.060
  • CONCEPT OF THE CHARACTER AND NATURE OF GOD, BUT THE BOOK
  • 00:21:58.080 --> 00:22:03.080
  • HAD REACHED THROUGH THAT BARRIER AND WAS RAISING
  • 00:22:03.100 --> 00:22:05.240
  • THESE QUESTIONS.
  • 00:22:05.260 --> 00:22:08.000
  • THEY HAD TWO DAYS OF THESE IMMENSE, BEAUTIFUL, WONDROUS
  • 00:22:08.020 --> 00:22:14.020
  • DIALOGUES, AND PETER SAYS TO ME, THE STRANGE THING IS I
  • 00:22:14.040 --> 00:22:18.060
  • DIDN'T GET HER FULL NAME.
  • 00:22:18.080 --> 00:22:21.000
  • I DIDN'T ASK HER WHERE SHE LIVED.
  • 00:22:21.020 --> 00:22:22.260
  • I KNEW SHE WAS A BUSINESS WOMAN, BUT I DIDN'T
  • 00:22:22.280 --> 00:22:25.150
  • GET HER E-MAIL.
  • 00:22:25.170 --> 00:22:27.030
  • I DIDN'T GET ANY CONTACT INFORMATION, AND I'M
  • 00:22:27.050 --> 00:22:29.030
  • THINKING ABOUT IT LATER GOING, LIKE, OH, MY GOSH.
  • 00:22:29.050 --> 00:22:31.250
  • WHAT DID I DO?
  • 00:22:31.270 --> 00:22:33.250
  • BUT HE TALKED TO HIS PEOPLE ABOUT HER, TOLD THEM ABOUT
  • 00:22:33.270 --> 00:22:36.220
  • IT, WROTE A LITTLE ARTICLE IN GUIDEPOST MAGAZINE ABOUT
  • 00:22:36.240 --> 00:22:39.250
  • IT, AND THIS WAS FIVE YEARS BEFORE I TALKED TO HIM.
  • 00:22:39.270 --> 00:22:47.050
  • HE SAYS, SO THIS YEAR, I WENT DOWN WITH MY
  • 00:22:47.070 --> 00:22:50.090
  • FAMILY TO VISIT.
  • 00:22:50.110 --> 00:22:52.180
  • WE HADN'T BEEN DOING MISSIONS DOWN THERE.
  • 00:22:52.200 --> 00:22:54.070
  • WE'D MOVED OUR MISSION WORK TO SOMEWHERE ELSE,
  • 00:22:54.090 --> 00:22:57.080
  • BUT I DECIDED TO TAKE MY KIDS AND MY WIFE, AND WE'D
  • 00:22:57.100 --> 00:22:59.130
  • GO DOWN AND VISIT THE D.R.,
  • 00:22:59.150 --> 00:23:01.290
  • AND WE SPENT TIME AT THE SAME RESORT.
  • 00:23:02.010 --> 00:23:04.030
  • AND WE'RE WALKING DOWN THE BEACH, AND A STORM IS
  • 00:23:04.050 --> 00:23:07.130
  • BLOWING IN FROM THE OCEAN.
  • 00:23:07.150 --> 00:23:10.050
  • AND I HAD IN MY HAND ONE OF THESE LITTLE FLYERS ABOUT
  • 00:23:10.070 --> 00:23:12.190
  • "COME SNORKEL WITH US" OR YOU KNOW, YOU GET
  • 00:23:12.210 --> 00:23:14.230
  • HANDED AS A TOURIST.
  • 00:23:14.250 --> 00:23:16.140
  • AND HE SAID, THE WIND WHIPS UP AND GRABS THIS FLYER OUT
  • 00:23:16.160 --> 00:23:19.080
  • OF MY HAND AND SENDS IT DOWN THE BEACH, AND ME AND
  • 00:23:19.100 --> 00:23:22.200
  • MY OLDEST SON GO RUNNING AFTER IT, AND IT SORT
  • 00:23:22.220 --> 00:23:24.270
  • OF BECOMES A GAME.
  • 00:23:24.290 --> 00:23:27.050
  • AND FINALLY, HE SAID, THE WIND DIES DOWN JUST AS I
  • 00:23:27.070 --> 00:23:29.080
  • JUMP, AND I LAND WITH BOTH FEET, AND I GO "AHA!"
  • 00:23:29.100 --> 00:23:30.270
  • AND I LOOK UP, AND SHERRY IS SITTING RIGHT THERE, AND
  • 00:23:30.290 --> 00:23:35.230
  • SHE'S READING CROSSROADS, WHICH IS MY SECOND NOVEL.
  • 00:23:35.250 --> 00:23:40.160
  • AND HERE HE SEES HER, AND SHE BURSTS INTO TEARS, AND
  • 00:23:40.180 --> 00:23:47.040
  • SHE SAYS, I THOUGHT YOU WERE AN ANGEL.
  • 00:23:47.060 --> 00:23:51.170
  • AND HE LOOKS AT HER, AND HE SAYS, I THOUGHT
  • 00:23:51.190 --> 00:23:53.270
  • YOU WERE AN ANGEL.
  • 00:23:53.290 --> 00:23:57.290
  • THERE IS A GOD INVOLVED IN THE DETAILS OF OUR LIVES, A
  • 00:23:58.010 --> 00:24:01.290
  • GOD WHO IS GOOD ALL THE TIME AND ONE MATTERS. YOU MATTER.
  • 00:24:02.010 --> 00:24:08.030
  • [MUSIC]
  • 00:24:08.050 --> 00:24:18.190
  • [MUSIC]
  • 00:24:18.190 --> 00:24:26.080
  • - THIS IS A GOD WHO'S RELENTLESS IN AFFECTION AND
  • 00:24:26.100 --> 00:24:32.000
  • NEVER ENDING IN MERCY WHO WILL PURSUE US
  • 00:24:32.020 --> 00:24:35.220
  • THROUGHOUT ETERNITY.
  • 00:24:35.240 --> 00:24:39.270
  • THIS IS A GOD WHO IS LOVE, THE GOD WHO CLIMBS INTO OUR
  • 00:24:39.290 --> 00:24:44.160
  • SHACKS AND MEETS US WHERE WE ARE, BUT REFUSES TO
  • 00:24:44.180 --> 00:24:49.080
  • LEAVE US THERE.
  • 00:24:49.100 --> 00:24:51.160
  • THIS IS A GOD WHO INVITES US HOME.
  • 00:24:51.180 --> 00:24:54.200
  • TONIGHT, I DON'T HAVE ANY QUESTIONS FOR YOU.
  • 00:24:54.220 --> 00:25:01.130
  • INSTEAD, I WANT TO THANK YOU; THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING
  • 00:25:01.150 --> 00:25:06.150
  • ME AND MY FAMILY, KIM, MY CHILDREN, MY GRANDCHILDREN,
  • 00:25:06.170 --> 00:25:11.280
  • TO BE A PART OF YOUR STORY, TO LET US WALK IN THE HOLY
  • 00:25:12.000 --> 00:25:17.070
  • GROUND OF YOUR JOURNEY.
  • 00:25:17.090 --> 00:25:21.080
  • IT HAS BEEN AN ABSOLUTE HONOR TO SPEND THIS TIME
  • 00:25:21.100 --> 00:25:24.240
  • WITH YOU, AND I AM DEEPLY, DEEPLY GRATEFUL.
  • 00:25:24.260 --> 00:25:29.160
  • ONE DAY, WE WILL MEET FACE-TO-FACE, AND I LOOK
  • 00:25:29.180 --> 00:25:33.100
  • FORWARD TO THAT, AND I WANT A BIG HUG.
  • 00:25:33.120 --> 00:25:40.070
  • [MUSIC]
  • 00:25:40.090 --> 00:25:53.210
  • [MUSIC]
  • 00:25:53.210 --> 00:26:06.230
  • [MUSIC]
  • 00:26:06.230 --> 00:26:16.030
  • [MUSIC]
  • 00:26:16.030 --> 00:26:23.200