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This Isn't What I Pictured Part 1

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January 10, 2021
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Pastor Steven Furtick teaches us how to start making sense of setbacks.

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  • - ANNOUNCER: If you're looking
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  • than just a TV episode,
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  • it's an opportunity to connect
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  • with a growing community
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  • of believers,
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  • all over the world.
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  • It's as simple as joining us
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  • online each week
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  • of our worship experiences,
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  • hear incredible preaching,
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  • in the community
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  • of people tuning in,
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  • just like yourself.
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  • Join us online this weekend
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  • - I just have a Christmas
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  • - I just have a Christmasdevotional thought today
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  • devotional thought todayfrom Hebrews 11:3.
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  • from Hebrews 11:3.It is not customarily seen
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  • It is not customarily seenas a Christmas Scripture,
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  • as a Christmas Scripture,but let's look
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  • through this frame today.
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  • through this frame today.Hebrews 11:3,
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  • Hebrews 11:3,King James Version.
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  • King James Version.- CONGREGATION: Wow.
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  • - CONGREGATION: Wow.- Y'all thought I was playing
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  • - Y'all thought I was playingthis holiday season,
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  • this holiday season,but I am not.
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  • but I am not.King James Version,
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  • King James Version,Hebrews 11:3.
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  • Hebrews 11:3.Ready?
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  • Ready?"Through faith, we understand
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  • "Through faith, we understandthat the worlds were framed
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  • that the worlds were framedby the Word of God
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  • by the Word of Godso that things which are seen
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  • so that things which are seenwere not made of things
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  • were not made of thingswhich do appear."
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  • which do appear."Through faith, we understand.
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  • Through faith, we understand.How many know there are
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  • How many know there aresome things you can only
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  • some things you can onlyunderstand through faith?
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  • understand through faith?"Through faith, we understand
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  • "Through faith, we understandthat the worlds were framed
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  • that the worlds were framedby the Word of God
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  • by the Word of Godso that the things
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  • so that the thingswhich are seen
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  • which are seenwere not made of things
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  • were not made of thingswhich do appear."
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  • which do appear."Lord, I thank You
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  • Lord, I thank Youthat Your Word
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  • Open our hearts
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  • Open our heartsto receive it now
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  • to receive it nowin Jesus' name.
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  • in Jesus' name.Amen.
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  • Amen.- CONGREGATION: Amen.
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  • Couple years ago,
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  • Couple years ago,I took all three of the kids
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  • I took all three of the kidson a carriage ride.
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  • on a carriage ride.Downtown Charleston.
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  • Downtown Charleston.And I took them
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  • And I took themon the carriage ride
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  • on the carriage ridebecause I'm a good,
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  • because I'm a good,good father.
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  • good father.[Laughter]
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  • [Laughter]And Holly wanted to shop.
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  • And Holly wanted to shop.And also another reason
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  • And also another reasonI took them on a carriage ride
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  • I took them on a carriage rideis because I'm an idiot.
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  • is because I'm an idiot.[Laughter]
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  • [Laughter]And because Abbey begged me to.
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  • And because Abbey begged me to.She was about five.
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  • She was about five.Her big brothers told her,
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  • Her big brothers told her,"This is a bad idea.
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  • "This is a bad idea.You're not gonna like it.
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  • You're not gonna like it.It's gonna be boring."
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  • It's gonna be boring."But she insisted.
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  • But she insisted.We walked by this picture
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  • We walked by this pictureof a carriage ride,
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  • of a carriage ride,she said, "Can we go?"
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  • she said, "Can we go?"I bought the tickets,
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  • I bought the tickets,I told the woman of God,
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  • I told the woman of God,"I'm gonna give you
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  • "I'm gonna give youabout an hour of shopping --
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  • about an hour of shopping --childless shopping."
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  • childless shopping."And she said,
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  • And she said,"Oh, thank you.
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  • "Oh, thank you.Thank you, man of God."
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  • Thank you, man of God."[Laughter]
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  • [Laughter]She said, "I receive it
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  • She said, "I receive itin Jesus' name."
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  • in Jesus' name."We got on the carriage ride.
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  • We got on the carriage ride.Within three minutes,
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  • Within three minutes,Abbey had a full-scale meltdown
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  • Abbey had a full-scale meltdownon the carriage ride.
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  • on the carriage ride.She was bored,
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  • She was bored,she was restless,
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  • she was restless,she was disappointed.
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  • she was disappointed.And her brothers, whoa.
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  • And her brothers, whoa.Her brothers took
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  • Her brothers tookthe opportunity to remind her,
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  • the opportunity to remind her,"We told you
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  • "We told youthat this would suck."
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  • that this would suck."Of course, we don't say suck
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  • Of course, we don't say suckin my family.
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  • in my family.It's a preacher's family.
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  • It's a preacher's family.[Laughter]
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  • [Laughter]But we were all
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  • But we were allkind of embarrassed,
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  • kind of embarrassed,because, of course,
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  • because, of course,we weren't the only ones
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  • we weren't the only oneson the carriage ride.
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  • on the carriage ride.And within ten minutes,
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  • And within ten minutes,she was crying so loudly
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  • she was crying so loudlythat I had to go into my --
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  • that I had to go into my --you know, if you're a parent,
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  • you know, if you're a parent,you have a yelling voice
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  • you have a yelling voicethat's quiet.
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  • that's quiet.[Laughter]
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  • [Laughter]It's louder than a scream,
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  • It's louder than a scream,and you have to use it in public
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  • and you have to use it in publicwhen you want to convey urgency
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  • when you want to convey urgencywithout raising decibels.
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  • without raising decibels.And I said, "Baby girl",
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  • And I said, "Baby girl",with a smile I said it, too.
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  • with a smile I said it, too."Baby girl, you're the one
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  • "Baby girl, you're the onewho wanted to come
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  • who wanted to comeon this carriage ride."
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  • on this carriage ride."[Laughter]
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  • [Laughter]"Now, I'mma need you
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  • "Now, I'mma need youto dry it up
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  • to dry it upand enjoy this carriage ride."
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  • and enjoy this carriage ride."[Laughter]
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  • [Laughter]"'Cause we got 30 more minutes."
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  • "'Cause we got 30 more minutes."[Laughter]
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  • [Laughter]"And we're --
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  • "And we're --you're the only one
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  • you're the only onewho wanted to come
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  • who wanted to comeon the carriage ride."
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  • on the carriage ride."[Laughter]
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  • [Laughter]"So whatever's going
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  • "So whatever's goingon right now,
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  • on right now,I need you to deal with it
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  • I need you to deal with itand listen to this man
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  • and listen to this mantell us the history
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  • tell us the historyof all these houses
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  • of all these houseson this carriage ride."
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  • on this carriage ride."And she goes --
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  • And she goes --and she's trying to stop crying
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  • and she's trying to stop cryingand she goes, "But this isn't
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  • and she goes, "But this isn'twhat I pictured.'
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  • what I pictured.'[Laughter]
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  • [Laughter]The title of my sermon is,
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  • The title of my sermon is,"This Isn't What I Pictured."
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  • "This Isn't What I Pictured."Sometimes, life takes you
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  • Sometimes, life takes youon a ride -- come on.
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  • on a ride -- come on.Who's gonna be
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  • Who's gonna bereal with me today?
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  • real with me today?[Applauding]
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  • [Applauding]Looks like we got
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  • Looks like we gotall angels in this section.
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  • all angels in this section.Let me turn over here.
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  • Let me turn over here.[Laughter]
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  • [Laughter]Have you ever had life
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  • Have you ever had lifehand you a whopper
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  • hand you a whopperbut it didn't look like
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  • but it didn't look likethe commercial?
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  • the commercial?[Applauding]
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  • [Applauding]This isn't what I pictured.
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  • This isn't what I pictured.And it is a very difficult thing
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  • And it is a very difficult thingto adjust your perspective
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  • to adjust your perspectivewhen you pictured it one way,
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  • when you pictured it one way,and the product turns out
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  • and the product turns outto be another.
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  • to be another.Some of you came to church
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  • Some of you came to churchcrying today,
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  • crying today,"This isn't what I pictured",
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  • "This isn't what I pictured",because when we started 2019,
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  • because when we started 2019,or whatever year you happen
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  • or whatever year you happento be watching this
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  • to be watching thisin the time capsule,
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  • in the time capsule,in the future,
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  • in the future,on the Internet --
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  • on the Internet --[Laughter]
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  • [Laughter]Just want this sermon
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  • Just want this sermonto have a long shelf life.
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  • to have a long shelf life.And you started the year
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  • And you started the yearwith a picture
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  • with a pictureof transformation,
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  • of transformation,new beginnings, restoration,
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  • new beginnings, restoration,and "This isn't
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  • and "This isn'twhat I pictured."
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  • what I pictured."You know.
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  • You know.So, it's a real thing.
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  • So, it's a real thing.Even to this day,
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  • Even to this day,we'll tell Abbey,
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  • we'll tell Abbey,"It's gonna be
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  • "It's gonna belike the carriage ride."
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  • like the carriage ride."It's a way, when she
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  • It's a way, when shewants to do something
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  • wants to do somethingwe don't wanna do,
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  • "Carriage ride.
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  • "Carriage ride.Carriage ride."
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  • Carriage ride."Which is fine
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  • Which is finewhen you're only out of $85.
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  • when you're only out of $85.But what about
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  • But what aboutwhen it's your relationship
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  • when it's your relationshipand it isn't what I pictured?
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  • and it isn't what I pictured?Or even your relationship
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  • Or even your relationshipwith God.
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  • with God.Maybe you're saying,
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  • Maybe you're saying,"You know, I started one way,
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  • "You know, I started one way,believing that God would do
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  • believing that God would docertain things for me,
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  • and yet I came into deeper
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  • and yet I came into deeperrelationship with God
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  • relationship with Godand this isn't..."
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  • and this isn't..."Is there anybody
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  • Is there anybodyin the whole church --
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  • in the whole church --and if not, I can come
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  • and if not, I can cometo Gaston next week.
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  • to Gaston next week.Is there anybody
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  • Is there anybodyin the whole church
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  • in the whole churchthat is living in a scene
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  • that is living in a scenethat you did not picture
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  • that you did not picturein this season?
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  • in this season?[Applauding]
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  • [Applauding]And that's why Hebrews 11:3
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  • And that's why Hebrews 11:3gives a contrast
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  • gives a contrastbetween what God sees
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  • between what God seesand what you see,
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  • and what you see,to let you know that the things
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  • to let you know that the thingswhich are seen
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  • which are seenwere not made of things
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  • were not made of thingswhich do appear.
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  • which do appear.But I'm getting ahead of myself,
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  • But I'm getting ahead of myself,because the fact
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  • because the factof the matter is
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  • of the matter iseveryone has a picture
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  • everyone has a pictureof how life is supposed to go:
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  • of how life is supposed to go:when you are
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  • when you aresupposed to get married,
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  • supposed to get married,when you are supposed
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  • when you are supposedto get a promotion,
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  • to get a promotion,what kind of career
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  • what kind of careeryour children were
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  • your children weresupposed to be interested in.
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  • supposed to be interested in.Some of you, you had
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  • Some of you, you hadyour child's whole career --
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  • your child's whole career --they were gonna go
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  • they were gonna goto an Ivy League School,
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  • to an Ivy League School,be a starting quarterback,
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  • be a starting quarterback,and a Magna Suma Cuma Laude
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  • and a Magna Suma Cuma Laudeand all of that,
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  • and all of that,and they don't even like sports,
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  • and they don't even like sports,and they don't even wanna go
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  • and they don't even wanna goto community college and study,
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  • to community college and study,and "This isn't what I pictured.
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  • and "This isn't what I pictured.Didn't you get the memo?"
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  • Didn't you get the memo?"So, let me just ask you
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  • So, let me just ask youa question.
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  • a question.Where did you get your picture?
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  • Where did you get your picture?- CONGREGATION: Wow.
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  • - CONGREGATION: Wow.[Cheering]
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  • [Cheering]- Where did you get
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  • - Where did you getyour picture?
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  • your picture?Did you get it
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  • Did you get itfrom the Instagram?
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  • from the Instagram?'Cause if you did,
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  • 'Cause if you did,I'm praying for you real hard.
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  • I'm praying for you real hard.Catholic, Pentecostal,
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  • Catholic, Pentecostal,I'll do it all,
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  • I'll do it all,because if you got your picture
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  • because if you got your picturefor what life is supposed to be
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  • for what life is supposed to belike from the little glimpses
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  • like from the little glimpsesthat other people give you
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  • that other people give youwhen they are posing perfectly,
  • 00:08:01.066 --> 00:08:03.735
  • when they are posing perfectly,you will always be frustrated,
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  • you will always be frustrated,because it is
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  • because it isperfectly airbrushed.
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  • perfectly airbrushed.And then when you compare
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  • And then when you comparethe real thing to a picture
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  • the real thing to a picturethat was surgically altered,
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  • that was surgically altered,and cropped, and filtered --
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  • and cropped, and filtered --how in the world are we
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  • how in the world are wesupposed to feel fulfilled
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  • supposed to feel fulfilledabout our real lives
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  • about our real liveswhen we spend so much time
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  • when we spend so much timegetting our picture
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  • getting our picturefrom other people's pretension?
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  • from other people's pretension?Come on and help me preach.
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  • Come on and help me preach.Five seconds if you know
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  • Five seconds if you knowHe's a real God,
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  • He's a real God,He's the real thing.
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  • He's the real thing.[Applauding]
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  • [Applauding]So it means
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  • So it meansthat there are all these things
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  • that there are all these thingsthat I see
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  • that I seeand all these things
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  • and all these thingsthat I don't see,
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  • that I don't see,and God operates
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  • and God operatesfrom an invisible picture.
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  • from an invisible picture.While I am trying to make
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  • While I am trying to makesense out of my life
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  • sense out of my lifefrom what is visible,
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  • from what is visible,God sees something different.
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  • Matthew 1:18.
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  • Matthew 1:18."This is how the birth
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  • Matthew is done
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  • Matthew is donewith the genealogy now,
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  • with the genealogy now,the part of the Christmas story
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  • the part of the Christmas storythat would put you
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  • that would put youright to sleep.
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  • right to sleep.If I read all of those names,
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  • If I read all of those names,not only would you be praying
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  • not only would you be prayingfor my pronunciation,
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  • for my pronunciation,but you would lose your focus.
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  • but you would lose your focus.Yet all of it is important,
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  • Yet all of it is important,because it is all the back story
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  • because it is all the back storyto help us understand
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  • to help us understandhow Jesus came into the world.
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  • how Jesus came into the world.Now, if you don't understand
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  • Now, if you don't understandhow Jesus came,
  • 00:09:30.255 --> 00:09:31.189
  • how Jesus came,you will misunderstand
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  • you will misunderstandwhy Jesus came.
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  • why Jesus came.- CONGREGATION: Amen.
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  • - CONGREGATION: Amen.- If we think He came
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  • - If we think He camelike our super heroes
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  • like our super heroesthat we pay ticket prices
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  • that we pay ticket pricesto go and see,
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  • to go and see,we will expect Him to come
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  • we will expect Him to comein a certain way,
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  • in a certain way,and we will picture Him
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  • and we will picture Himin a way that will cause us
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  • in a way that will cause usto miss Him
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  • to miss Himwhen He really shows up.
  • 00:09:46.171 --> 00:09:48.440
  • when He really shows up.Where did you get your picture?
  • 00:09:48.440 --> 00:09:49.007
  • Where did you get your picture?Where did you get
  • 00:09:49.007 --> 00:09:51.042
  • Where did you getyour picture of God?
  • 00:09:51.042 --> 00:09:51.676
  • your picture of God?What do you picture
  • 00:09:51.676 --> 00:09:54.145
  • What do you picturewhen you worship God?
  • 00:09:54.145 --> 00:09:57.115
  • when you worship God?Where did you get that picture?
  • 00:09:57.115 --> 00:09:59.117
  • Where did you get that picture?Is He White?
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  • Is He White?Is He Black?
  • 00:10:01.486 --> 00:10:04.189
  • Is He Black?Is He perfectly dialed
  • 00:10:04.189 --> 00:10:06.191
  • Is He perfectly dialedto be an exact representation
  • 00:10:06.191 --> 00:10:08.126
  • to be an exact representationof every ethnicity?
  • 00:10:08.126 --> 00:10:11.062
  • of every ethnicity?Is He a man?
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  • Is He a man?Is He not a man?
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  • Is He not a man?Is your God King Triton
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  • Is your God King Tritonoff the Little Mermaid,
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  • off the Little Mermaid,just zapping stuff?
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  • just zapping stuff?Where did you get your picture?
  • 00:10:27.278 --> 00:10:28.780
  • Where did you get your picture?And what if He isn't
  • 00:10:28.780 --> 00:10:31.616
  • And what if He isn'twhat you pictured?
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  • what you pictured?Now, I'm really gonna
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  • Now, I'm really gonnacreate some empty seats
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  • create some empty seatsfor next week,
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  • for next week,'cause it's gonna be
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  • 'cause it's gonna becrowded for Christmas.
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  • crowded for Christmas.Heaven is not gonna be
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  • Heaven is not gonna belike you picture it right now.
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  • like you picture it right now.[Applauding]
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  • [Applauding]Let me tell you why.
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  • Let me tell you why.Some of the people
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  • are going to be there.
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  • are going to be there.[Applauding]
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  • [Applauding]Some of the people who don't
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  • Some of the people who don'tbelieve the right stuff,
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  • believe the right stuff,some of the people
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  • some of the peoplewho didn't share the same
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  • who didn't share the samedenominational dogma as you,
  • 00:10:58.777 --> 00:11:00.178
  • denominational dogma as you,when we get to heaven,
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  • when we get to heaven,a lot of us
  • 00:11:00.812 --> 00:11:02.047
  • a lot of usare gonna be surprised,
  • 00:11:02.047 --> 00:11:04.716
  • are gonna be surprised,because it won't look like
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  • because it won't look likethe picture.
  • 00:11:06.785 --> 00:11:07.819
  • the picture.And so, this is how
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  • And so, this is howthe birth of Jesus Christ
  • 00:11:09.220 --> 00:11:12.824
  • the birth of Jesus Christcame about, Matthew says.
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  • came about, Matthew says.John starts it differently.
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  • was the Word,
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  • was the Word,and the Word was with God,
  • 00:11:16.961 --> 00:11:18.530
  • and the Word was with God,and the Word was God.
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  • and the Word was God.And He was there with God
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  • And He was there with Godin the beginning,
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  • in the beginning,and all things were made
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  • and all things were madethrough Him,"
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  • through Him,"Colossians says by Him
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  • Colossians says by Himand for Him.
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  • and for Him.But Matthew is starting
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  • But Matthew is startingwith the human perspective
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  • with the human perspectiveof how Jesus Christ came about.
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  • he says "Thus,
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  • he says "Thus,there were 14 generations
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  • there were 14 generationsin all from Abraham to David,
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  • in all from Abraham to David,from David
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  • from Davidto the Babylonian exile,
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  • to the Babylonian exile,and then 14 from the exile
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  • and then 14 from the exileto Christ."
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  • Public school math.
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  • Public school math.That's 42 generations of faith
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  • That's 42 generations of faiththat brought Jesus
  • 00:11:42.921 --> 00:11:45.123
  • that brought Jesusinto the earth.
  • 00:11:45.123 --> 00:11:46.591
  • into the earth.And yet the logos
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  • And yet the logosor the Word was with God
  • 00:11:47.926 --> 00:11:49.694
  • or the Word was with Godpreexistent, preincarnate God
  • 00:11:49.694 --> 00:11:51.029
  • preexistent, preincarnate Godwas the Word of God.
  • 00:11:51.029 --> 00:11:51.696
  • was the Word of God.Now, I promise you
  • 00:11:51.696 --> 00:11:52.597
  • Now, I promise youthis is important,
  • 00:11:52.597 --> 00:11:53.765
  • this is important,so please stay with me,
  • 00:11:53.765 --> 00:11:55.834
  • so please stay with me,because before Jesus was seen,
  • 00:11:55.834 --> 00:11:58.570
  • because before Jesus was seen,He existed.
  • 00:11:58.570 --> 00:11:59.637
  • He existed.Before He appeared,
  • 00:11:59.637 --> 00:12:00.572
  • Before He appeared,He existed,
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  • He existed,just like everything
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  • just like everythingin your life.
  • 00:12:03.575 --> 00:12:05.610
  • in your life.Before it is seen,
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  • Before it is seen,it exists.
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  • it exists.By the time it
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  • By the time itbecomes a behavior,
  • 00:12:09.714 --> 00:12:13.218
  • becomes a behavior,it was a belief for a long time.
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  • it was a belief for a long time.By the time it
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  • By the time itbecomes a feeling,
  • 00:12:15.286 --> 00:12:16.721
  • becomes a feeling,it was a thought.
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  • it was a thought.So, just like there is
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  • So, just like there isa genealogy of Jesus,
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  • a genealogy of Jesus,there is a genealogy
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  • there is a genealogyof our emotions,
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  • of our emotions,there's a genealogy
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  • there's a genealogyof our habits,
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  • of our habits,there is a pattern,
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  • there is a pattern,where knowing how
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  • where knowing howsomething started
  • 00:12:28.299 --> 00:12:29.768
  • something startedcan help you to trust
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  • can help you to trustwhen you don't see it
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  • when you don't see itin the process.
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  • "This is how the birth
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  • "This is how the birthof Jesus Christ came about.
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  • of Jesus Christ came about.His mother Mary was pledged
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  • His mother Mary was pledgedto be married to Joseph,
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  • to be married to Joseph,but before they came together,
  • 00:12:47.152 --> 00:12:49.988
  • but before they came together,she was found to be with child
  • 00:12:49.988 --> 00:12:52.357
  • she was found to be with childthrough the Holy Spirit.
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  • through the Holy Spirit.Because Joseph, her husband,
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  • Because Joseph, her husband,was a righteous man
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  • was a righteous manand did not want to expose her
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  • and did not want to expose herto public disgrace,
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  • to public disgrace,he had in mind..."
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  • he had in mind..."Now, I love this phrase.
  • 00:13:04.068 --> 00:13:06.237
  • Now, I love this phrase."He had in mind
  • 00:13:06.237 --> 00:13:08.406
  • "He had in mindto divorce her quietly",
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  • to divorce her quietly",or to put her away quietly.
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  • or to put her away quietly."He had in mind."
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  • that we make in our lives
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  • that we make in our livesthat cause us confusion
  • 00:13:19.884 --> 00:13:21.319
  • that cause us confusionare because we do
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  • are because we dowhat we had in mind
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  • what we had in mindbefore we consult God
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  • before we consult Godto see what He has in store.
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  • to see what He has in store.[Applauding]
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  • [Applauding]Now, can I keep going?
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  • - "But after he
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  • - "But after heconsidered this..."
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  • considered this..."Now, why -- 'cause the angel
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  • Now, why -- 'cause the angelappears to him,
  • 00:13:40.104 --> 00:13:41.372
  • appears to him,but why did the angel
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  • after Mary was already found
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  • after Mary was already foundto be pregnant?
  • 00:13:47.512 --> 00:13:48.947
  • to be pregnant?In other words,
  • 00:13:48.947 --> 00:13:51.950
  • In other words,why did God let Joseph
  • 00:13:51.950 --> 00:13:52.817
  • why did God let Josephgo several months
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  • go several monthswithout knowing
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  • without knowingwhat He wanted to do
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  • what He wanted to doand what it was all about,
  • 00:13:57.388 --> 00:13:59.157
  • and what it was all about,and then appear after He had
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  • and then appear after He hadalready made His plan
  • 00:14:01.159 --> 00:14:02.493
  • already made His planand had in mind
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  • "After he had considered this,
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  • "After he had considered this,an angel of the Lord
  • 00:14:07.098 --> 00:14:08.032
  • an angel of the Lordappeared to him in a dream
  • 00:14:08.032 --> 00:14:09.500
  • appeared to him in a dreamand said, 'Joseph, son of David,
  • 00:14:09.500 --> 00:14:11.035
  • and said, 'Joseph, son of David,do not be afraid to take
  • 00:14:11.035 --> 00:14:12.704
  • do not be afraid to takeMary home as your wife,
  • 00:14:12.704 --> 00:14:15.273
  • Mary home as your wife,because what is conceived in her
  • 00:14:15.273 --> 00:14:18.843
  • "Why couldn't you
  • 00:14:19.711 --> 00:14:20.612
  • six months ago?
  • 00:14:27.819 --> 00:14:28.419
  • six months ago?Why couldn't you
  • 00:14:28.419 --> 00:14:30.221
  • Why couldn't youhave told me that
  • 00:14:30.221 --> 00:14:31.556
  • have told me thatbefore I got the papers
  • 00:14:31.556 --> 00:14:33.491
  • before I got the papersdrawn up?"
  • 00:14:33.491 --> 00:14:35.793
  • drawn up?"Why does God wait
  • 00:14:35.793 --> 00:14:38.630
  • Why does God waituntil after you have made a plan
  • 00:14:38.630 --> 00:14:41.099
  • until after you have made a planto interrupt it?
  • 00:14:41.099 --> 00:14:41.966
  • to interrupt it?And this is how the birth
  • 00:14:41.966 --> 00:14:44.669
  • And this is how the birthof Jesus Christ came about.
  • 00:14:44.669 --> 00:14:45.870
  • of Jesus Christ came about.The greatest hope
  • 00:14:45.870 --> 00:14:48.940
  • The greatest hopethat the world was ever given
  • 00:14:48.940 --> 00:14:50.308
  • that the world was ever givencame through the greatest
  • 00:14:50.308 --> 00:14:52.243
  • came through the greatestdisappointment that Joseph
  • 00:14:52.243 --> 00:14:56.581
  • disappointment that Josephwould ever know.
  • 00:14:56.581 --> 00:14:57.515
  • would ever know.And I wonder,
  • 00:14:57.515 --> 00:14:58.583
  • And I wonder,is that happening
  • 00:14:58.583 --> 00:15:02.253
  • is that happeningin somebody's life today?
  • 00:15:02.253 --> 00:15:04.289
  • in somebody's life today?This is how the birth
  • 00:15:04.289 --> 00:15:06.824
  • This is how the birthof Jesus Christ came about.
  • 00:15:06.824 --> 00:15:09.360
  • of Jesus Christ came about.When Joseph had made up his mind
  • 00:15:09.360 --> 00:15:10.395
  • When Joseph had made up his mindhow he needed to handle
  • 00:15:10.395 --> 00:15:11.863
  • how he needed to handlethe situation.
  • 00:15:11.863 --> 00:15:14.132
  • the situation.And yet, God interrupts
  • 00:15:14.132 --> 00:15:17.368
  • And yet, God interruptsJoseph's plan to fulfill
  • 00:15:17.368 --> 00:15:19.170
  • Joseph's plan to fulfilla greater purpose.
  • 00:15:19.170 --> 00:15:21.773
  • a greater purpose.Now, if you go by your picture,
  • 00:15:21.773 --> 00:15:23.708
  • Now, if you go by your picture,you will make your plan.
  • 00:15:23.708 --> 00:15:25.510
  • you will make your plan.The only problem is
  • 00:15:25.510 --> 00:15:27.111
  • The only problem isGod might have a different
  • 00:15:27.111 --> 00:15:28.479
  • God might have a differentpicture than you.
  • 00:15:28.479 --> 00:15:34.118
  • I know y'all don't like it,
  • 00:15:37.755 --> 00:15:40.625
  • I know y'all don't like it,but it's the facts.
  • 00:15:40.625 --> 00:15:41.426
  • but it's the facts.This is how the birth
  • 00:15:41.426 --> 00:15:43.861
  • This is how the birthof Jesus Christ came about.
  • 00:15:43.861 --> 00:15:44.495
  • of Jesus Christ came about.You know how we have
  • 00:15:44.495 --> 00:15:45.763
  • It's got baby Jesus
  • 00:15:48.166 --> 00:15:49.534
  • It's got baby Jesusand the wise men?
  • 00:15:49.534 --> 00:15:50.268
  • and the wise men?Well, first of all,
  • 00:15:50.268 --> 00:15:51.069
  • Well, first of all,no record that there was
  • 00:15:51.069 --> 00:15:52.904
  • no record that there wasthree of them.
  • 00:15:52.904 --> 00:15:53.538
  • three of them.Three gifts,
  • 00:15:53.538 --> 00:15:56.240
  • Three gifts,but I don't know how many --
  • 00:15:56.240 --> 00:15:57.942
  • but I don't know how many --how many magi were there.
  • 00:15:57.942 --> 00:15:58.676
  • how many magi were there.But I'll tell you this:
  • 00:15:58.676 --> 00:15:59.310
  • But I'll tell you this:they didn't get there
  • 00:15:59.310 --> 00:16:00.478
  • they didn't get therewhen Jesus was born.
  • 00:16:00.478 --> 00:16:01.946
  • when Jesus was born.Jesus could've been 2 years old
  • 00:16:01.946 --> 00:16:04.582
  • Jesus could've been 2 years oldby the time they got there.
  • 00:16:04.582 --> 00:16:05.249
  • by the time they got there.But 2 year old Jesus
  • 00:16:05.249 --> 00:16:06.150
  • But 2 year old Jesusisn't as cute
  • 00:16:06.150 --> 00:16:07.185
  • isn't as cuteon a nativity scene,
  • 00:16:07.185 --> 00:16:08.086
  • on a nativity scene,and Precious Moments
  • 00:16:08.086 --> 00:16:10.254
  • and Precious Momentscan't sell it.
  • 00:16:10.254 --> 00:16:11.723
  • can't sell it.Toddlers aren't so adorable,
  • 00:16:11.723 --> 00:16:13.024
  • Toddlers aren't so adorable,so they had to put little, baby,
  • 00:16:13.024 --> 00:16:14.125
  • so they had to put little, baby,umbilical cord Jesus
  • 00:16:14.125 --> 00:16:15.126
  • umbilical cord Jesuson the manger scene.
  • 00:16:15.126 --> 00:16:16.694
  • Now, the shepherds are there
  • 00:16:18.296 --> 00:16:19.464
  • Now, the shepherds are therein your nativity scene too,
  • 00:16:19.464 --> 00:16:20.865
  • in your nativity scene too,aren't they?
  • 00:16:20.865 --> 00:16:21.399
  • aren't they?Un-uh.
  • 00:16:21.399 --> 00:16:22.166
  • Un-uh.The wise men and the shepherds
  • 00:16:22.166 --> 00:16:24.535
  • The wise men and the shepherdsweren't there at the same time.
  • 00:16:24.535 --> 00:16:25.336
  • weren't there at the same time.But see, now they wanna
  • 00:16:25.336 --> 00:16:26.337
  • But see, now they wannasell you extra figures,
  • 00:16:26.337 --> 00:16:27.438
  • sell you extra figures,so they have to put them
  • 00:16:27.438 --> 00:16:28.773
  • so they have to put themall together at the same time.
  • 00:16:28.773 --> 00:16:30.174
  • all together at the same time.[Laughter]
  • 00:16:30.174 --> 00:16:30.908
  • [Laughter]It's a profit margin
  • 00:16:30.908 --> 00:16:31.709
  • It's a profit marginissue, right?
  • 00:16:31.709 --> 00:16:34.445
  • issue, right?It's not an accuracy thing.
  • 00:16:34.445 --> 00:16:36.447
  • It's not an accuracy thing.And how you pictured Christmas
  • 00:16:36.447 --> 00:16:39.150
  • And how you pictured Christmasis probably wrong.
  • 00:16:39.150 --> 00:16:41.519
  • is probably wrong.He wasn't even born in a manger.
  • 00:16:41.519 --> 00:16:42.653
  • He wasn't even born in a manger.That's how we translate it
  • 00:16:42.653 --> 00:16:43.654
  • That's how we translate itin English.
  • 00:16:43.654 --> 00:16:45.556
  • in English.It was more of a guest room
  • 00:16:45.556 --> 00:16:46.124
  • It was more of a guest roomthat would've looked
  • 00:16:46.124 --> 00:16:48.793
  • that would've lookedmore like a cave.
  • 00:16:48.793 --> 00:16:49.560
  • more like a cave.But how are you gonna sell
  • 00:16:49.560 --> 00:16:52.497
  • But how are you gonna sella manger scene with a cave,
  • 00:16:52.497 --> 00:16:54.465
  • a manger scene with a cave,you know?
  • 00:16:54.465 --> 00:16:55.033
  • you know?What if it isn't
  • 00:16:55.033 --> 00:16:58.836
  • What if it isn'thow you pictured it?
  • 00:16:58.836 --> 00:17:00.171
  • how you pictured it?What if how God wants to use you
  • 00:17:00.171 --> 00:17:03.941
  • What if how God wants to use youisn't how you pictured it?
  • 00:17:03.941 --> 00:17:05.009
  • isn't how you pictured it?What if the way He's going
  • 00:17:05.009 --> 00:17:05.943
  • What if the way He's goingto work in your marriage
  • 00:17:05.943 --> 00:17:08.780
  • to work in your marriageisn't how you pictured it?
  • 00:17:08.780 --> 00:17:09.847
  • isn't how you pictured it?And Joseph has
  • 00:17:09.847 --> 00:17:13.184
  • And Joseph hasthis word from God
  • 00:17:13.184 --> 00:17:14.185
  • this word from Godto go from,
  • 00:17:14.185 --> 00:17:15.787
  • to go from,to understand by.
  • 00:17:15.787 --> 00:17:17.221
  • to understand by.If he understands by his eyes,
  • 00:17:17.221 --> 00:17:19.891
  • If he understands by his eyes,his sight, he's gonna miss it.
  • 00:17:19.891 --> 00:17:21.359
  • his sight, he's gonna miss it.We always will.
  • 00:17:21.359 --> 00:17:22.160
  • We always will.If he understands by his senses,
  • 00:17:22.160 --> 00:17:23.694
  • If he understands by his senses,his feelings, his emotions,
  • 00:17:23.694 --> 00:17:24.695
  • his feelings, his emotions,he'll miss it.
  • 00:17:24.695 --> 00:17:26.064
  • he'll miss it.Emotionally and mentally,
  • 00:17:26.064 --> 00:17:27.165
  • Emotionally and mentally,he has already decided
  • 00:17:27.165 --> 00:17:28.299
  • he has already decided"I'm done with this."
  • 00:17:28.299 --> 00:17:28.833
  • "I'm done with this."And some of you
  • 00:17:28.833 --> 00:17:30.001
  • And some of youcame to church today
  • 00:17:30.001 --> 00:17:31.269
  • came to church todayand you've already decided
  • 00:17:31.269 --> 00:17:32.537
  • and you've already decidedto quit.
  • 00:17:32.537 --> 00:17:33.871
  • to quit."I'm giving up on this.
  • 00:17:33.871 --> 00:17:35.206
  • "I'm giving up on this.I'm giving up on joy.
  • 00:17:35.206 --> 00:17:36.474
  • I'm giving up on joy.I'm giving up on peace.
  • 00:17:36.474 --> 00:17:37.708
  • I'm giving up on peace.I'm giving up on hope."
  • 00:17:37.708 --> 00:17:38.342
  • I'm giving up on hope."That's why some of you
  • 00:17:38.342 --> 00:17:39.077
  • That's why some of youaren't in the building,
  • 00:17:39.077 --> 00:17:40.111
  • aren't in the building,you're watching on a screen.
  • 00:17:40.111 --> 00:17:41.012
  • you're watching on a screen.Because you gave up
  • 00:17:41.012 --> 00:17:42.013
  • Because you gave upon even being a part
  • 00:17:42.013 --> 00:17:42.880
  • on even being a partof a church.
  • 00:17:42.880 --> 00:17:43.581
  • of a church.Because when you
  • 00:17:43.581 --> 00:17:44.415
  • Because when youpicked your church,
  • 00:17:44.415 --> 00:17:45.550
  • picked your church,you picked your perfect people
  • 00:17:45.550 --> 00:17:46.851
  • you picked your perfect peoplewho would never hurt you.
  • 00:17:46.851 --> 00:17:47.752
  • who would never hurt you.But guess what?
  • 00:17:47.752 --> 00:17:49.687
  • But guess what?We are imperfect just like you.
  • 00:17:49.687 --> 00:17:51.155
  • We are imperfect just like you.So if you wanna hook up,
  • 00:17:51.155 --> 00:17:51.989
  • So if you wanna hook up,you gotta understand
  • 00:17:51.989 --> 00:17:53.491
  • you gotta understandwe're screwed up too.
  • 00:17:53.491 --> 00:17:54.358
  • we're screwed up too.But if you picture it
  • 00:17:54.358 --> 00:17:55.760
  • But if you picture itas perfect, then when...
  • 00:17:55.760 --> 00:17:56.994
  • as perfect, then when...[Applauding]
  • 00:17:56.994 --> 00:17:59.030
  • [Applauding]This is the Lord.
  • 00:17:59.030 --> 00:18:00.298
  • This is the Lord.I hear You, Lord.
  • 00:18:00.298 --> 00:18:01.032
  • I hear You, Lord.I love it when this happens.
  • 00:18:01.032 --> 00:18:01.566
  • I love it when this happens.God showed me
  • 00:18:01.566 --> 00:18:02.333
  • God showed meexactly what He said.
  • 00:18:02.333 --> 00:18:04.068
  • exactly what He said.He said, "The problem
  • 00:18:04.068 --> 00:18:05.103
  • He said, "The problemisn't your situation,
  • 00:18:05.103 --> 00:18:06.204
  • isn't your situation,it's your picture."
  • 00:18:06.204 --> 00:18:07.038
  • it's your picture."- CONGREGATION: Amen.
  • 00:18:07.038 --> 00:18:09.841
  • - CONGREGATION: Amen.[Applauding]
  • 00:18:09.841 --> 00:18:11.809
  • [Applauding]- The problem is not
  • 00:18:11.809 --> 00:18:13.444
  • - The problem is notthe situation.
  • 00:18:13.444 --> 00:18:15.546
  • the situation.The problem is the picture.
  • 00:18:15.546 --> 00:18:17.715
  • The problem is the picture.Mary had her dress picked out,
  • 00:18:17.715 --> 00:18:18.583
  • Mary had her dress picked out,but now she's not gonna
  • 00:18:18.583 --> 00:18:19.917
  • but now she's not gonnaget to wear it.
  • 00:18:19.917 --> 00:18:21.552
  • get to wear it.She's gonna be way too big
  • 00:18:21.552 --> 00:18:22.820
  • She's gonna be way too bigfor this dress by the time
  • 00:18:22.820 --> 00:18:24.288
  • for this dress by the timeshe walks the aisle.
  • 00:18:24.288 --> 00:18:26.324
  • she walks the aisle.Joseph had his plan picked out,
  • 00:18:26.324 --> 00:18:27.391
  • Joseph had his plan picked out,but now he's not gonna
  • 00:18:27.391 --> 00:18:28.359
  • but now he's not gonnaget to do it,
  • 00:18:28.359 --> 00:18:29.861
  • get to do it,which is hard for a carpenter,
  • 00:18:29.861 --> 00:18:31.596
  • which is hard for a carpenter,because carpenters plan.
  • 00:18:31.596 --> 00:18:32.263
  • because carpenters plan.They make a living
  • 00:18:32.263 --> 00:18:34.031
  • They make a livingoff of measuring and planning.
  • 00:18:34.031 --> 00:18:35.533
  • off of measuring and planning.But after he had measured it
  • 00:18:35.533 --> 00:18:37.101
  • But after he had measured itin his mind,
  • 00:18:37.101 --> 00:18:39.270
  • in his mind,God spoke to his spirit
  • 00:18:39.270 --> 00:18:41.606
  • God spoke to his spiritand said, "What is in her
  • 00:18:41.606 --> 00:18:43.407
  • and said, "What is in heris from Me.
  • 00:18:43.407 --> 00:18:44.142
  • is from Me.I know it's not
  • 00:18:44.142 --> 00:18:45.676
  • I know it's notwhat you pictured,
  • 00:18:45.676 --> 00:18:46.878
  • what you pictured,but it's Me.
  • 00:18:46.878 --> 00:18:47.778
  • but it's Me.I know it's not
  • 00:18:47.778 --> 00:18:49.213
  • I know it's notwhat you expected,
  • 00:18:49.213 --> 00:18:50.414
  • what you expected,but it's Me.
  • 00:18:50.414 --> 00:18:51.249
  • but it's Me.I know it's not
  • 00:18:51.249 --> 00:18:52.316
  • I know it's notyour preference,
  • 00:18:52.316 --> 00:18:53.284
  • your preference,but it's Me.
  • 00:18:53.284 --> 00:18:54.085
  • but it's Me.I know it doesn't
  • 00:18:54.085 --> 00:18:55.553
  • I know it doesn'tfit your tradition,
  • 00:18:55.553 --> 00:18:56.921
  • fit your tradition,but it's Me.
  • 00:18:56.921 --> 00:18:58.923
  • but it's Me.I know that you feel lonely,
  • 00:18:58.923 --> 00:18:59.524
  • I know that you feel lonely,and there are
  • 00:18:59.524 --> 00:19:00.892
  • and there aresome missing pieces,
  • 00:19:00.892 --> 00:19:02.326
  • some missing pieces,but it's Me."
  • 00:19:02.326 --> 00:19:04.095
  • but it's Me."And are you trying to build
  • 00:19:04.095 --> 00:19:06.564
  • And are you trying to buildyour life by the wrong picture
  • 00:19:06.564 --> 00:19:08.966
  • your life by the wrong pictureof what you thought it would be?
  • 00:19:08.966 --> 00:19:11.369
  • of what you thought it would be?[Applauding]
  • 00:19:11.369 --> 00:19:12.537
  • [Applauding]Or what you think
  • 00:19:12.537 --> 00:19:15.339
  • Or what you thinkyou're supposed to be?
  • 00:19:15.339 --> 00:19:16.874
  • you're supposed to be?Wouldn't it be dumb
  • 00:19:16.874 --> 00:19:18.609
  • Wouldn't it be dumbto try to buy a puzzle,
  • 00:19:18.609 --> 00:19:19.544
  • to try to buy a puzzle,to build it according
  • 00:19:19.544 --> 00:19:20.244
  • to build it accordingto a picture
  • 00:19:20.244 --> 00:19:21.479
  • to a picturethat was on the cover
  • 00:19:21.479 --> 00:19:23.247
  • that was on the coverof somebody else's puzzle?
  • 00:19:23.247 --> 00:19:25.349
  • of somebody else's puzzle?- CONGREGATION: Wow.
  • 00:19:25.349 --> 00:19:25.950
  • - CONGREGATION: Wow.- Try it.
  • 00:19:25.950 --> 00:19:26.617
  • - Try it.If you go over
  • 00:19:26.617 --> 00:19:27.752
  • If you go overto a friend's house
  • 00:19:27.752 --> 00:19:29.487
  • to a friend's houseand they have a puzzle --
  • 00:19:29.487 --> 00:19:30.821
  • and they have a puzzle --this analogy is a little weak,
  • 00:19:30.821 --> 00:19:31.889
  • this analogy is a little weak,but bear with me.
  • 00:19:31.889 --> 00:19:33.391
  • but bear with me.If you see a picture,
  • 00:19:33.391 --> 00:19:34.992
  • If you see a picture,go buy a puzzle that doesn't
  • 00:19:34.992 --> 00:19:35.927
  • go buy a puzzle that doesn'tmatch the picture,
  • 00:19:35.927 --> 00:19:37.428
  • match the picture,and try to open that box
  • 00:19:37.428 --> 00:19:38.229
  • and try to open that boxwith those pieces
  • 00:19:38.229 --> 00:19:39.163
  • with those piecesand build a picture
  • 00:19:39.163 --> 00:19:40.198
  • and build a pictureand see how much fun
  • 00:19:40.198 --> 00:19:42.500
  • and see how much funyou have with it.
  • 00:19:42.500 --> 00:19:44.702
  • you have with it.So, God says "I gave you
  • 00:19:44.702 --> 00:19:47.872
  • So, God says "I gave youthe pieces for the picture
  • 00:19:47.872 --> 00:19:49.473
  • the pieces for the picturethat I have in mind
  • 00:19:49.473 --> 00:19:51.175
  • that I have in mindfor your life
  • 00:19:51.175 --> 00:19:52.944
  • for your lifeaccording to My purpose
  • 00:19:52.944 --> 00:19:56.147
  • according to My purposebefore you were ever born."
  • 00:19:56.147 --> 00:20:00.318
  • before you were ever born."[Applauding]
  • 00:20:00.318 --> 00:20:02.553
  • [Applauding]So, I got the right pieces,
  • 00:20:02.553 --> 00:20:04.455
  • So, I got the right pieces,I've got the right gifts,
  • 00:20:04.455 --> 00:20:05.890
  • I've got the right gifts,I've got the right temperament
  • 00:20:05.890 --> 00:20:06.557
  • I've got the right temperamentif I submit it
  • 00:20:06.557 --> 00:20:07.225
  • if I submit itto the Holy Spirit
  • 00:20:07.225 --> 00:20:07.892
  • to the Holy Spiritand don't let it get
  • 00:20:07.892 --> 00:20:08.859
  • and don't let it getout of control.
  • 00:20:08.859 --> 00:20:09.794
  • out of control."But this isn't
  • 00:20:09.794 --> 00:20:11.429
  • "But this isn'twhat I pictured."
  • 00:20:11.429 --> 00:20:14.432
  • what I pictured."Switch the picture.
  • 00:20:14.432 --> 00:20:16.100
  • Switch the picture.Switch the picture.
  • 00:20:16.100 --> 00:20:17.468
  • Switch the picture.[Applauding]
  • 00:20:17.468 --> 00:20:18.436
  • [Applauding]When you have a picture
  • 00:20:18.436 --> 00:20:20.238
  • When you have a pictureof yourself as worthless,
  • 00:20:20.238 --> 00:20:21.706
  • of yourself as worthless,you will build your life
  • 00:20:21.706 --> 00:20:24.075
  • you will build your lifeaccording to that picture.
  • 00:20:24.075 --> 00:20:26.143
  • according to that picture.You will sabotage yourself,
  • 00:20:26.143 --> 00:20:27.245
  • You will sabotage yourself,because you build
  • 00:20:27.245 --> 00:20:28.646
  • because you buildby what you feel.
  • 00:20:28.646 --> 00:20:32.683
  • by what you feel.[Applauding]
  • 00:20:32.683 --> 00:20:34.819
  • [Applauding]But now, God says I'm righteous
  • 00:20:34.819 --> 00:20:35.786
  • But now, God says I'm righteousif I switch the picture
  • 00:20:35.786 --> 00:20:37.521
  • if I switch the pictureto what He sees
  • 00:20:37.521 --> 00:20:38.256
  • to what He seesand if I assume
  • 00:20:38.256 --> 00:20:40.992
  • and if I assumethat He's always working.
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  • that He's always working.If I switch the picture...
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  • If I switch the picture..."Joseph, it's Me.
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  • "Joseph, it's Me.I started this.
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  • I started this.It's you that's going
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  • It's you that's goingto take Mary home,
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  • to take Mary home,but it's Me."
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  • but it's Me."And it's hard
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  • And it's hardto believe it's God
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  • And Joseph is like,
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  • And Joseph is like,"Um, are You sure?"
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  • "Um, are You sure?"'Cause he had to think about it.
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  • 'Cause he had to think about it.He had to ponder it.
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  • He had to ponder it.Beautiful verse
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  • It says, "Joseph, son of David,
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  • It says, "Joseph, son of David,do not be afraid
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  • do not be afraidto take Mary home as your wife,
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  • to take Mary home as your wife,because what is conceived in her
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  • because what is conceived in heris from the Holy Spirit."
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  • is from the Holy Spirit.""What's in her is from Me.
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  • "What's in her is from Me.What's in her is from Me.
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  • God says, "What's in you
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  • God says, "What's in youis from Me.
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  • is from Me.What's in you is from Me."
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  • What's in you is from Me."And I'm just comforted by that,
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  • And I'm just comforted by that,because sometimes,
  • 00:21:46.257 --> 00:21:48.426
  • because sometimes,I feel pressure
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  • I feel pressureabout what I perceive to be
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  • about what I perceive to bemissing pieces.
  • 00:21:52.196 --> 00:21:53.831
  • missing pieces.Even as a preacher,
  • 00:21:53.831 --> 00:21:56.334
  • Even as a preacher,I always wish that I could
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  • I always wish that I couldpreach like other preachers
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  • preach like other preachersthat I see.
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  • that I see.And I'll tell you exactly
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  • And I'll tell you exactlywho I wanna preach like.
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  • who I wanna preach like.You know the guys
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  • You know the guysthat stand still,
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  • that stand still,[Laughter]
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  • [Laughter]and they are just so profound,
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  • and they are just so profound,and they have one of the mics
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  • and they have one of the micsthat never moves,
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  • that never moves,and they just -- it's just so --
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  • and they just -- it's just so --they're so calm?
  • 00:22:15.486 --> 00:22:17.154
  • they're so calm?And I like that.
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  • And I like that.And I go on Amazon
  • 00:22:18.322 --> 00:22:19.290
  • And I go on Amazonlooking for robes
  • 00:22:19.290 --> 00:22:20.091
  • looking for robesand I think, "Man,
  • 00:22:20.091 --> 00:22:21.559
  • and I think, "Man,that would be cool."
  • 00:22:21.559 --> 00:22:22.493
  • that would be cool."Because it expends
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  • Because it expendsa lot of energy,
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  • a lot of energy,all this moving around.
  • 00:22:24.962 --> 00:22:26.230
  • all this moving around.And even sometimes I come up
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  • And even sometimes I come upand I try to preach
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  • and I try to preachlike one of them, you know,
  • 00:22:29.967 --> 00:22:31.635
  • like one of them, you know,but then something just --
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  • [Cheering]
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  • [Cheering]I mean, I really don't
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  • I mean, I really don'tplan to freak out
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  • plan to freak outand spazz out,
  • 00:22:40.845 --> 00:22:41.779
  • and spazz out,and I watch myself back
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  • and I watch myself backand I'm like, "Why do you
  • 00:22:42.880 --> 00:22:44.014
  • and I'm like, "Why do youhave to be like that?
  • 00:22:44.014 --> 00:22:45.716
  • have to be like that?Why can't you be dignified?"
  • 00:22:45.716 --> 00:22:48.252
  • Why can't you be dignified?"But something inside of me
  • 00:22:48.252 --> 00:22:50.154
  • But something inside of mewhen I start doing it,
  • 00:22:50.154 --> 00:22:53.157
  • when I start doing it,I just gotta do it how I do it.
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  • I just gotta do it how I do it.I gotta do it like the pieces
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  • I gotta do it like the piecesin my box are meant
  • 00:22:57.361 --> 00:22:59.397
  • in my box are meantfor the picture.
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  • for the picture.Y'all won't help me preach.
  • 00:23:00.765 --> 00:23:06.604
  • Y'all won't help me preach.[Cheering]
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  • [Cheering]What's in you is from God.
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  • What's in you is from God.What's in me is from Him.
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  • What's in me is from Him.I've got every piece:
  • 00:23:16.080 --> 00:23:17.681
  • I've got every piece:I've got wisdom,
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  • I've got wisdom,I've got strength,
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  • I've got strength,I've got anointing,
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  • I've got anointing,I've got authority
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  • I've got authorityin the name of Jesus
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  • in the name of Jesusto overcome every wicked thing
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  • - Right now, in this moment,
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  • - Right now, in this moment,your life is being
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  • your life is beingsteered in a direction.
  • 00:23:35.366 --> 00:23:37.368
  • steered in a direction.It may be toward your calling,
  • 00:23:37.368 --> 00:23:38.035
  • It may be toward your calling,it may be away
  • 00:23:38.035 --> 00:23:39.370
  • it may be awayfrom your calling.
  • 00:23:39.370 --> 00:23:40.371
  • from your calling.But your life is being
  • 00:23:40.371 --> 00:23:41.672
  • like a ship in the water.
  • 00:23:43.574 --> 00:23:45.743
  • like a ship in the water.The destination is determined
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  • The destination is determinedby who or what is at the wheel.
  • 00:23:49.313 --> 00:23:49.980
  • by who or what is at the wheel.If you're steering
  • 00:23:49.980 --> 00:23:51.215
  • If you're steeringby your feelings,
  • 00:23:51.215 --> 00:23:53.317
  • by your feelings,instead of by the spirit of God,
  • 00:23:53.317 --> 00:23:54.218
  • instead of by the spirit of God,it's just a matter of time
  • 00:23:54.218 --> 00:23:55.586
  • it's just a matter of timebefore you get off course.
  • 00:23:55.586 --> 00:23:57.455
  • before you get off course.Sometimes, it happens slowly.
  • 00:23:57.455 --> 00:23:58.255
  • Sometimes, it happens slowly.We don't even realize
  • 00:23:58.255 --> 00:23:59.990
  • We don't even realizethe gradual drift.
  • 00:23:59.990 --> 00:24:00.858
  • the gradual drift.Because, the world's gets us
  • 00:24:00.858 --> 00:24:02.593
  • Because, the world's gets uswalking in its ways;
  • 00:24:02.593 --> 00:24:06.197
  • walking in its ways;what we see, what we feel,
  • 00:24:06.197 --> 00:24:08.032
  • what we see, what we feel,what we think.
  • 00:24:08.032 --> 00:24:09.600
  • what we think.But as children of God,
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  • But as children of God,we have to learn how to
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  • because feelings come and go.
  • 00:24:14.238 --> 00:24:15.306
  • because feelings come and go.I mean, one minute,
  • 00:24:15.306 --> 00:24:16.407
  • I mean, one minute,you're telling yourself that
  • 00:24:16.407 --> 00:24:17.741
  • you're telling yourself thatyou can take on the world.
  • 00:24:17.741 --> 00:24:18.342
  • you can take on the world.And the next minute,
  • 00:24:18.342 --> 00:24:18.976
  • And the next minute,all you wanna do
  • 00:24:18.976 --> 00:24:20.444
  • all you wanna dois get under the covers
  • 00:24:20.444 --> 00:24:21.712
  • is get under the coverswith some cookies.
  • 00:24:21.712 --> 00:24:22.313
  • with some cookies.I know you know
  • 00:24:22.313 --> 00:24:23.481
  • I know you knowwhat I'm saying.
  • 00:24:23.481 --> 00:24:24.482
  • what I'm saying.God's truth
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  • God's truthis the only constant.
  • 00:24:26.383 --> 00:24:27.918
  • is the only constant.It's time to fix your focus
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  • It's time to fix your focuson the provision of God
  • 00:24:29.720 --> 00:24:30.955
  • on the provision of Godnot the lack in your life,
  • 00:24:30.955 --> 00:24:31.956
  • not the lack in your life,the protection of God,
  • 00:24:31.956 --> 00:24:33.090
  • the protection of God,not the danger around you.
  • 00:24:33.090 --> 00:24:34.892
  • not the danger around you.And the purposes of God
  • 00:24:34.892 --> 00:24:36.126
  • And the purposes of Godinstead of whatever
  • 00:24:36.126 --> 00:24:37.461
  • instead of whateverlittle urgent crisis
  • 00:24:37.461 --> 00:24:39.129
  • little urgent crisispops up in your day.
  • 00:24:39.129 --> 00:24:40.264
  • pops up in your day.You can survive the storms
  • 00:24:40.264 --> 00:24:41.999
  • - In a year that hasn't gone
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  • the way anyone expected,
  • 00:24:46.170 --> 00:24:46.971
  • it's easy to feel like
  • 00:24:46.971 --> 00:24:48.606
  • things won't get better.
  • 00:24:48.606 --> 00:24:49.573
  • For some, it feels like
  • 00:24:49.573 --> 00:24:51.542
  • storm after storm.
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  • Situation after situation.
  • 00:24:53.744 --> 00:24:54.879
  • Just surviving
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  • has been considered success,
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  • but what if there was a purpose
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  • in the storm?
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  • What if it's less about
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  • the reason all this happened,
  • 00:25:02.186 --> 00:25:02.887
  • and more about
  • 00:25:02.887 --> 00:25:04.855
  • discovering who God is
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  • - None of us pictured this.
  • 00:25:09.593 --> 00:25:12.630
  • - None of us pictured this.I know you didn't picture this.
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  • I know you didn't picture this.God isn't building your picture,
  • 00:25:13.964 --> 00:25:15.633
  • God isn't building your picture,He's building His purpose.
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  • He's building His purpose.God has given you the power
  • 00:25:19.904 --> 00:25:23.674
  • God has given you the powernot only to survive the storm,
  • 00:25:23.674 --> 00:25:24.608
  • not only to survive the storm,but He gave you the power
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  • but He gave you the powerfor miracles
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  • - In our new series,
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  • "Making Sense of Setbacks",
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  • Pastor Steven Furtick
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  • will help you discover
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  • that even when
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  • you can't make sense
  • 00:25:32.883 --> 00:25:34.451
  • of the situations you face,
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  • God is still with you in them.
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  • Call today to request your copy
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  • Grow your faith,
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  • - ♪ There is a name ♪
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  • ♪ That reigns above all others ♪
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  • ♪ Jesus Christ ♪
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  • ♪ The King above all kings ♪
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  • ♪ And all our worship ♪
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  • ♪ Will belong to You forever ♪
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  • ♪ Holy holy ♪
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  • ♪ For all eternity ♪
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  • ♪ Yours is the name ♪
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  • ♪ That reigns above all others ♪
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  • ♪ Jesus Christ ♪
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  • ♪ The King above all kings ♪
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  • ♪ Jesus Christ ♪
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