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December 27, 2020
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Ed Young creatively presents inspirational and biblical truth for every area of life.

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  • Ed Young: The church should bethe most creative institute in
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  • the world.
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  • The Church is where it happens,the church is where we find
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  • purpose and meaning and power.
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  • The church is the living,breathing body of Christ.
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  • Wisdom, though, is seeing lifethrough the perspective of God.
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  • You've never locked eyes withsomeone that Jesus did not
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  • die for.
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  • Ed Young: Thanks so much forwatching "Ed Young Television."
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  • You know, the next 30 minutes, Ibelieve, can change the course
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  • of your life.
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  • So sit back and lean in, becauseI believe God is going to do
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  • some amazing things in your lifeand in mine.
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  • Ed Young: The holiday season,there's nothing like it, and if
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  • you're like me, the holidayseason means movies, you know,
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  • with our family, the in-laws,the outlaws, friends.
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  • We like to watch movies.
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  • Is it just me, or are yousometimes overwhelmed by the
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  • choices we have with all of themovies?
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  • Now and then Lisa and I willlook at Netflix, go through the
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  • categories, maybe Hulu, maybeAmazon Prime, and after about 20
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  • minutes of watching previews, wego, "Let's just go to bed."
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  • So many choices.
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  • I have a confession to make-- weare in church.
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  • I was in a movie in 2006.
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  • I signed the documents, I evenhad the SAG card, I think they
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  • call it.
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  • I was invited by a director toplay a supporting role in
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  • a movie.
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  • I want to show you this film, mypart, my supporting role in
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  • this movie.
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  • Again, low-budget family film,entitled "Miracle Dogs Too."
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • Zack Wells: Guys, think that'shim?
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  • Hi, I'm Zack.
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  • I'm the one that called you.
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  • John Moore: Zack, how are youdoing?
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  • I'm John Moore, and man, was Ihappy to hear from you.
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  • Well, I got some friends thatwant to say thanks.
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  • These puppies are miracle dogstoo.
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  • Zack Wells: Wow!
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  • John Moore: Yeah, and you canhave any one you want.
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  • Zack Wells: Mom?Paula Wells: Sarah?
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  • Sarah Wells: It's okay.
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  • Paula Wells: Really?Okay, which one do you want?
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  • Zack Wells: I'll let Sarahchoose.
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  • Sarah Wells: Oh, I like thislittle guy.
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  • Zack Wells: Maybe the rest ofthe puppies
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  • can go with Dr. Jeff!
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  • Then he can take them to RockingOldies whenever one of the
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  • patients needs to feel better.
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  • Dr. Jeff: You know what, Iactually have a lot of room at
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  • my place, and I think that's avery good idea.
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  • That's okay with you, John?
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  • John Moore: Sounds great to me.
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  • Dr. Jeff: Well, looks like wegot some new dogs.
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  • Paula Wells: Oh, the little oneis left.
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  • Dr. Jeff: Look at you, look atyou!
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  • Paula Wells: How cute!
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • Ed Young: Life is definitely afull-length feature film,
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  • is it not?
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  • And I would argue, life is afull-length
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  • forever feature film.
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  • And I would also say that thedivine director God has invited
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  • us to his set to observe thisChristmas story, this storyline,
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  • this script.
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  • If you have your Bibles, youmight want to turn to the book
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  • of Luke, Luke chapter 2. If youdon't, that's fine, you have the
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  • FC app, and also, we haveView-a-Verse.
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  • You can follow along.
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  • I'm gonna read a story from Lukechapter 2. Dr. Luke-- Luke was a
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  • physician and one of thedisciples, and he's gonna tell
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  • us about this movie, and abouthow it kind of unfolded.
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  • It's very, very riveting.
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  • Luke chapter 2, starting withverse 8: "And there were in the
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  • same country shepherds"-- again,a squad of shepherds.
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  • Shepherds were outcast, andthese shepherds were probably
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  • tending the sheep used in thesacrificial system because back
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  • in the day, they would take aninnocent lamb, spill its blood
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  • on the altar to atone for thesins of man.
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  • So these shepherds were in "theShepherds' Fields," they were
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  • called, outside of B-Town,Bethlehem.
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  • "The shepherds abiding in thefield, they were keeping watch
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  • over their flock at night."
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  • They were pulling anall-nighter, I'm sure, sipping
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  • strong espresso.
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  • "And, lo"-- I like how it saysthis just matter-of-factly.
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  • "The angel of the Lord,"probably Gabriel, "came upon
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  • them, and the glory," say theword "glory" with me, glory,
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  • "the glory of the Lord shoneround about them: and they were
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  • sore afraid."
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  • What is glory?
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  • The glory of God would be thesum total of his attributes.
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  • God is omnipotent, omniscient,omnipresent.
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  • His number one attribute is thatof being holy.
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  • From holiness, you have a holylove, a holy grace, a
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  • holy sovereignty.
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  • Well, these angels, we're gonnafind out, had been outside of
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  • the universe.
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  • There were just giving glory toGod, which-- that's what
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  • angels do.
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  • In a nanosecond, this angel flewthrough hundreds of billions of
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  • stars, looked at this galaxy,that galaxy, and was like, "You
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  • know, just check-- okay, yeah,it's that one, the small one,
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  • the Milky Way.
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  • There's that little star, thesun, and there's the blue
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  • planet, the Earth.
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  • And we're supposed to beoutside, yeah, outside of
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  • Bethlehem, it tells me, in theShepherds' Fields.
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  • And we see the star and allthat, and"-- that's
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  • what happened.
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  • So this angel, Gabriel, who isthe messenger angel, he had so
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  • much glory on him, he literallyhad to wipe the glory off of his
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  • windshield, that's how muchglory.
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  • So-- that quick.
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  • So many times, we think that Godis just a little bit higher than
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  • the airliners fly, just at about55.000, 60.000 feet, you know,
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  • just right there in the clouds.
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  • God is sovereign, he'smagnificent, he's awesome.
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  • God is glorious.
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  • So when you hear the word"glory," God is glory.
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  • It's the "is-ness" of God.
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  • Don't worry, you'll neverunderstand it.
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  • No one on planet Earth is smartenough to understand the
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  • totality of the glory of God,yet the Bible says-- real
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  • quick-- when we die, we go fromthis life, because this is a
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  • forever feature-length film, wego from this life to heaven.
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  • It's called glory.
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  • And you'll love this: we'll havenew-- ha-ha!
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  • Glorified bodies, because ourbodies now would fry.
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  • We couldn't handle the glory ofGod.
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  • It will take us an eternity justto comprehend the magnificence
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  • and the glory of God, glory.
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  • And I want you to noticesomething too: the glory of God
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  • is intrinsic.
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  • It's self-generating,self-perpetuating.
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  • The glory of God is independent.
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  • In other words, God doesn't needyour glory or my glory, he
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  • doesn't need more glory.
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  • He's not like, "Man, I reallyneed clicks and likes
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  • and views."
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  • He is glory.
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  • It's God's nickname.
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  • So what cold is to ice, what wetis to water, glory is to God.
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  • Ice doesn't search for cold--"Where's some cold?"
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  • No, it just is.
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  • Water doesn't search for wet,it's just wet.
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  • God is glory.
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  • His attributes and activitiesare reflected in who he is.
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  • It's the brilliant blaze of whohe is.
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  • Ed Young: I just want to say,again, a huge thanks for your
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  • generosity and for youpartnering with us.
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  • No matter where you are, nomatter what age or stage you
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  • find yourself in life, we havetools, we have books, we have
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  • resources to help you in thisendeavor.
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  • So if you're not a part of ourfamily here, we'll love for you
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  • to become a part.
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  • You can see what to do on thescreen.
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  • So again, thanks for yourgenerosity, and let's go back to
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  • the message.
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  • Ed Young: What does it mean toglorify God?
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  • Because we're gonna talk aboutglory.
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  • It means to reflect him in yourlife and mine, in everything we
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  • do, say, touch, and feel.
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  • If we miss that, we'll miss themeaning of why we're here.
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  • Let me say that again: if wemiss that, we'll miss our role,
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  • because I have great news foryou.
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  • Our great God, the divinedirector, is offering all of us
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  • an amazing role in this movie.
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  • Are you in his movie, are you inhis movie?
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  • His movie's about glory.
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  • So the angel came upon theseshepherds, "and the glory of the
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  • Lord shone round about them: andthey were sore afraid."
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  • I would be afraid as well.
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  • "And the angel said unto them,"verse 10, "Fear not: for,
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  • behold, I bring you"-- you gottalove this: "good tidings of
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  • great joy, which shall beassigned to all people."
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  • God is good.
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  • That doesn't mean we alwaysunderstand God.
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  • There are many things that Goddoes I don't understand.
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  • I still have faith, but I don'tunderstand God all the time.
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  • I have faith in my iPhone 11,but I don't understand all of
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  • the intricacies of it, but Ihave faith in it.
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  • People are like, "Oh, I justdon't have enough faith to
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  • become a Christian."
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  • That's a bunch of bunk.
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  • No, no, no, we have faith ineverything we do, say, touch,
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  • and feel.
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  • So the deal is, we're made toglorify God, we're hardwired to
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  • glorify God, and we alwaysglorify human being someone
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  • or something.
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  • And God says if it's not him,then we're wasting our lives--
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  • just straight up, to put thecards on the table.
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  • If we're not going, "Wow, God,it's your movie, not mine," then
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  • we're missing understanding whowe are and where we're going and
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  • what's up with life.
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  • This angel announced somethingjust earth-shattering.
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  • It snapped the heads of theshepherds.
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  • People were were freaking out.
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  • "Good tidings of great joy."
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  • Again, God is good, even when wedon't understand him.
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  • My mother died an excruciatingdeath just several years ago.
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  • I've been around a lot ofpeople, I've been in a lot of
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  • hospital situations.
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  • Being a pastor, I've seen a lotof people die.
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  • She had a hellacious death.
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  • My mother loved the Lord, one ofthe best Christian women
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  • ever, ever.
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  • So for someone to come up to meand go, "Oh, Ed, you know what.
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  • God is good all the time and,you know, he loves you."
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  • That's not enough.
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  • "Well, you're forgiven, man."
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  • That's-- again, not enough.
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  • And that's why so many peopleturn their backs on God
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  • and leave.
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  • That's why so many people leavethe church.
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  • They don't understand the gloryof God.
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  • Stay with me now, God's glory isso massive, is so huge, it is a
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  • net big enough to take ourdoubts, our questions, our pain,
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  • our suffering, and our remorse.
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  • The glory of God-- how aboutthis?
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  • Jesus living a perfect life,being tortured, dying on the
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  • cross for the sins of the world,something that I don't deserve,
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  • you don't either.
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  • God allowed that.
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  • What seemed like defeat wascomplete victory.
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  • So in many situations in lifethat we don't understand, we
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  • have to say, "God, I don'tunderstand it!"
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  • I prayed that my mom would behealed, she wasn't.
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  • I don't understand it.
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  • "One day," God promises me, "Ed,you'll understand the deal."
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  • It's the glory of God, God'smagnificence, his holiness.
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  • His ways are higher than ourways.
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  • You can't figure God out, and hewill get out of every box you
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  • try to put him in.
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  • God is sovereign, he knowswhat's going to happen, yet we
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  • have a freedom of choice.
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  • That'll blow a circuit in yourbrain if you try to figure
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  • that out.
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  • You can't, that's where we haveto trust.
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  • So glory is happening in thisChristmas story, glory is about
  • 00:13:52.444 --> 00:13:58.617
  • the movie that God has for youand me.
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  • So then the angels-- and then--this first angel shows up, and
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  • then some more angels show up.
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  • Verse 11: "For unto you is bornthis day in the city of David
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  • a Saviour."
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  • And I love this, "a Savior,"because we didn't need a
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  • political figure, you know, wedidn't need, like, a coach, we
  • 00:14:16.502 --> 00:14:20.706
  • didn't need some CEO, we neededa Savior because of our sin.
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  • He's a Savior, "a Saviour, whichis Christ the Lord.
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  • And this shall be a sign untoyou; you'll find the baby
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  • wrapped in swaddling cloths"--white cloths.
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  • And I like to say, it's as if itwas a peace flag, a surrender
  • 00:14:35.621 --> 00:14:40.859
  • flag-- "lying in a manger," andthe manger was the desk where
  • 00:14:40.893 --> 00:14:44.630
  • the treaty of peace was signed,sealed, and delivered.
  • 00:14:44.663 --> 00:14:50.336
  • "And suddenly there was with theangel a multitude of heavenly
  • 00:14:50.369 --> 00:14:54.974
  • host praising God," and thismultitude of heavenly host, they
  • 00:14:55.007 --> 00:14:58.777
  • would embarrass Kanye's choir.
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  • "Chick-fil-A!"
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  • I mean, these singers were justabsolutely ginormous
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  • and ridiculous.
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  • They said two things, twothings, two things.
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  • Number one, they said, "Glory toGod in the highest."
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  • Say that with me: "glory to Godin the highest."
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  • That's the first thing theangels said.
  • 00:15:20.799 --> 00:15:23.202
  • Now, that was at the top oftheir playlist, they've been
  • 00:15:23.235 --> 00:15:25.170
  • saying that for squillions ofyears.
  • 00:15:25.204 --> 00:15:27.106
  • They're in heaven and-- "Gloryto God in the highest, glory to
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  • God in the highest, glory to Godin the highest."
  • 00:15:29.274 --> 00:15:30.909
  • But they added something, thesecond phrase: "And on earth
  • 00:15:30.943 --> 00:15:35.514
  • peace, good will toward men."
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  • Say that with me: "and on earthpeace, goodwill toward men."
  • 00:15:37.249 --> 00:15:41.320
  • So the big idea is the glory ofGod, that's the
  • 00:15:41.353 --> 00:15:45.057
  • number-one billing.
  • 00:15:45.090 --> 00:15:46.425
  • The second billing is peace onearth, goodwill toward men.
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  • Don't flip the script.
  • 00:15:56.468 --> 00:15:59.204
  • In other words, keep the gloryof God on the top shelf, and on
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  • the bottom shelf, it's aboutyour life and mine.
  • 00:16:05.811 --> 00:16:10.182
  • But what I try to do-- I willsometimes invert that and go,
  • 00:16:10.215 --> 00:16:14.586
  • "No, no, no, isn't it about mymovie?
  • 00:16:14.620 --> 00:16:16.989
  • Oh, it's about me, I'm the starof the show.
  • 00:16:17.022 --> 00:16:20.025
  • And Jesus-- come on in, you cankinda hang out with me, but
  • 00:16:20.059 --> 00:16:22.861
  • you've got to do what I'm gonnatell you to do, and once you
  • 00:16:22.895 --> 00:16:26.899
  • don't do what I think you shoulddo, like heal my mother, I'm
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  • outta here, man."
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  • Glory to God in the highest, andon earth peace, goodwill
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  • toward men.
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  • We take the primary and make itsecondary, and take the
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  • secondary and make it primary.
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  • We flip the script.
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  • All the different categoriesthat are out there when we
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  • choose movies, it's amazing.
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  • And some of the categories arerepresented right here in this
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  • Christmas story and in thisfull-length feature film.
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  • The first is drama.
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  • Who in here likes drama?
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  • Ladies raised their hands, Iunderstand that.
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  • Guys, we like drama too, youknow, you know, drama, drama.
  • 00:17:16.982 --> 00:17:20.085
  • Guys always say, "I don't wantany drama, man"-- yeah, we do.
  • 00:17:20.119 --> 00:17:23.222
  • We like some drama.
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  • Well, think about this drama:the devil-- he was called
  • 00:17:24.590 --> 00:17:27.993
  • Lucifer-- was in the heavenlies,and his number one thing was to
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  • glorify God.
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  • He got tired of it, so heflipped the script, he tried to
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  • usurp God.
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  • He tried a kingdom coup.
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  • It didn't work out because heinverted it.
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  • He was kicked out of heaven, athird of the angels fell with
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  • him, and they're now the realmof the demons, the demonic in
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  • our world today.
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  • And if you don't think there'sevil in the world, if you don't
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  • think there're demons all overthe place, wake up and smell
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  • the coffee.
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  • Get your head out of the sand.
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  • Just read the paper, go online,we all have this southward,
  • 00:18:06.231 --> 00:18:13.005
  • downward, natural pull towarddepravity.
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  • No one taught me how to sin, Ijust know how to do it.
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  • Man, I'm a natural-born sinnerand so are you.
  • 00:18:20.979 --> 00:18:24.416
  • Yet I have the ability tocompare myself to people who sin
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  • more spectacularly than I do.
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  • That's just me-- "Oh, I'm betterthan him.
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  • Oh, I'm better than her.
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  • I would--[laughing]
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  • I would never do that."
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  • Think about Adam and Eve, Adamand Eve did the same thing.
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  • Adam and Eve were born in thegarden of Eden, God made them,
  • 00:18:39.198 --> 00:18:42.367
  • you know, and they wereglorifying God and they chose--
  • 00:18:42.401 --> 00:18:46.004
  • because temptation-- to flip thescript.
  • 00:18:46.038 --> 00:18:48.707
  • "It's about me and it's about mymovie, God, and it's not you,"
  • 00:18:48.740 --> 00:18:52.578
  • and that's when sin entered theequation.
  • 00:18:52.611 --> 00:18:54.913
  • And the Bible says in Romanschapter 3, verse 23, "For all
  • 00:18:54.947 --> 00:18:58.383
  • have," what?
  • 00:18:58.417 --> 00:18:59.785
  • "Sinned and fallen short ofthe"-- there it is,
  • 00:18:59.818 --> 00:19:02.988
  • "glory of God."
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  • There's the word again, theglory of God.
  • 00:19:04.389 --> 00:19:08.660
  • Well, sin must have a payment,and when Adam and Eve sinned,
  • 00:19:08.694 --> 00:19:14.199
  • you know what God did?
  • 00:19:14.233 --> 00:19:15.567
  • God did something they'd neverseen before.
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  • God took an innocent animal,killed it, spilled its blood on
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  • the soils of the garden, usedthe coverings of the animal to
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  • cover their nakedness, aforeshadowing of a
  • 00:19:27.312 --> 00:19:31.850
  • coming attraction.
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  • When Jesus died on the cross forour sins and rose again, when I
  • 00:19:34.686 --> 00:19:38.023
  • became a believer, Galatians3:27 tells me-- check this out:
  • 00:19:38.056 --> 00:19:43.562
  • "For all of you were baptizedinto Christ have," what,
  • 00:19:43.595 --> 00:19:48.100
  • what, what?
  • 00:19:48.133 --> 00:19:49.468
  • "Clothed yourselves withChrist."
  • 00:19:49.501 --> 00:19:52.404
  • I'm clothed with Jesus.
  • 00:19:52.437 --> 00:19:55.641
  • It's not my righteousness, it'shis.
  • 00:19:55.674 --> 00:19:58.710
  • It's not my holiness, it's--it's his.
  • 00:19:58.744 --> 00:20:01.613
  • And that's what it means to stepinto this supporting role to be
  • 00:20:01.647 --> 00:20:05.517
  • in the movie.
  • 00:20:05.550 --> 00:20:06.885
  • We're born again, we're saved,we're rescued.
  • 00:20:06.918 --> 00:20:14.893
  • So we got drama, we got horror,the horror of sin.
  • 00:20:14.926 --> 00:20:17.229
  • Sin must have a payment, sin isnot like, "My bad," or, "I
  • 00:20:17.262 --> 00:20:20.866
  • screwed up," or, "Let me take amulligan," or, "I made a
  • 00:20:20.899 --> 00:20:23.502
  • mistake," or-- it's not someline some lawyer will write,
  • 00:20:23.535 --> 00:20:26.605
  • "It's my responsibility, blahblah blah"-- no, no, no.
  • 00:20:26.638 --> 00:20:29.074
  • It's committing-- sin is fallingshort of God's glory, so there's
  • 00:20:29.107 --> 00:20:33.845
  • a gap between ourselves and Godthat we cannot make up.
  • 00:20:33.879 --> 00:20:37.816
  • I don't care how philosophicalyou are, how religious you are,
  • 00:20:37.849 --> 00:20:40.686
  • how smart you are, how rich youare, how big you are, how bad
  • 00:20:40.719 --> 00:20:43.955
  • you are.
  • 00:20:43.989 --> 00:20:45.290
  • One day, you're gonna die.
  • 00:20:45.324 --> 00:20:46.625
  • One out of one die, I checkedthe stats right before I
  • 00:20:46.658 --> 00:20:48.160
  • walked out.
  • 00:20:48.193 --> 00:20:49.494
  • You're going to die.
  • 00:20:49.528 --> 00:20:50.829
  • But you're not ready to liveuntil you're ready to die, and
  • 00:20:50.862 --> 00:20:53.298
  • this is a full-length featurefilm that God wants you
  • 00:20:53.332 --> 00:20:59.104
  • to accept.
  • 00:20:59.137 --> 00:21:00.472
  • And once you accept it, you'regonna live forever with him.
  • 00:21:00.505 --> 00:21:03.241
  • And it starts right here, yourrole starts right here.
  • 00:21:03.275 --> 00:21:06.645
  • So God orchestrated this amazingaction and adventure to have
  • 00:21:06.678 --> 00:21:12.017
  • Jesus be born in a manger, acrib, and then to live this
  • 00:21:12.050 --> 00:21:17.089
  • perfect life, to die on thecross for our sins-- so the
  • 00:21:17.122 --> 00:21:20.392
  • crib, the cross-- and then torise again, the empty tomb,
  • 00:21:20.425 --> 00:21:24.996
  • the crypt.
  • 00:21:25.030 --> 00:21:26.331
  • So you could say Christmas is,if you wanna illiterate, is
  • 00:21:26.365 --> 00:21:28.800
  • about the crib, the cross, andthe crypt.
  • 00:21:28.834 --> 00:21:34.873
  • Action and adventure.
  • 00:21:34.906 --> 00:21:37.609
  • And on top of that, you gotromance.
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  • I'll end with romance.
  • 00:21:40.178 --> 00:21:42.013
  • Romance, that's a category outthere.
  • 00:21:42.047 --> 00:21:45.050
  • God has romanced you.
  • 00:21:45.083 --> 00:21:47.152
  • You are here, my friend, sent bythe divine director himself.
  • 00:21:47.185 --> 00:21:52.691
  • You have a chance to step intothis role, but you know what?
  • 00:21:52.724 --> 00:21:57.295
  • I can't make this decision foryou.
  • 00:21:57.329 --> 00:21:59.698
  • I wish I could, but I can't.
  • 00:21:59.731 --> 00:22:03.235
  • God is the audience.
  • 00:22:03.268 --> 00:22:05.670
  • See, we think, because we're allinto social media, the people
  • 00:22:05.704 --> 00:22:08.507
  • are the audience.
  • 00:22:08.540 --> 00:22:09.841
  • And yeah, they are on one level,but the level I'm talking about
  • 00:22:09.875 --> 00:22:12.577
  • is God is the audience, becausethere's one movie, glory; one
  • 00:22:12.611 --> 00:22:17.716
  • villain, the devil; one star,Jesus; one script, the Bible;
  • 00:22:17.749 --> 00:22:22.020
  • one audience, God; one theme,the rescue; and one supporting
  • 00:22:22.053 --> 00:22:26.458
  • role-- it's for you, my friend.
  • 00:22:26.491 --> 00:22:29.795
  • So are you going to accept therole?
  • 00:22:29.828 --> 00:22:36.802
  • That's the question.
  • 00:22:36.835 --> 00:22:39.905
  • Because there's gonna be levelsin heaven.
  • 00:22:39.938 --> 00:22:42.974
  • What are you doing with whatGod's given you?
  • 00:22:43.008 --> 00:22:46.411
  • Your giftedness, your abilities,your resources, your
  • 00:22:46.445 --> 00:22:49.414
  • personality, what are you doing?
  • 00:22:49.448 --> 00:22:52.617
  • Because many people think,"Well, you know, I prayed a
  • 00:22:52.651 --> 00:22:55.787
  • little prayer and I guess I'min."
  • 00:22:55.821 --> 00:22:58.023
  • Well, maybe you are, but Jesussaid, "I will know my followers
  • 00:22:58.056 --> 00:23:02.861
  • by what they produce."
  • 00:23:02.894 --> 00:23:07.432
  • Now, obviously, we're saved bygrace through faith, period.
  • 00:23:07.466 --> 00:23:10.902
  • But also, Jesus will see andknow us* for followers by what
  • 00:23:10.936 --> 00:23:14.873
  • we produce, where we go, what wesay, what we look at.
  • 00:23:14.906 --> 00:23:20.912
  • Now, there's another judgment,that is, for those people who
  • 00:23:20.946 --> 00:23:27.486
  • have rejected the role in themovie.
  • 00:23:27.519 --> 00:23:34.326
  • And people sometimes will tellme, "I just can't, I just can't
  • 00:23:34.359 --> 00:23:37.596
  • follow a God that hurls peopleto hell."
  • 00:23:37.629 --> 00:23:39.531
  • God does not, let me say itagain.
  • 00:23:39.564 --> 00:23:41.032
  • I repeat: God does not hurlanyone to hell ever.
  • 00:23:41.066 --> 00:23:44.035
  • It's never in the Bible, it'snot in the Bible.
  • 00:23:44.069 --> 00:23:46.204
  • You choose to go to hell, it'syour choice.
  • 00:23:46.238 --> 00:23:48.740
  • It's God's will for everyone togo to heaven.
  • 00:23:48.773 --> 00:23:53.011
  • So if you say no, and manypeople will, but if you say no
  • 00:23:53.044 --> 00:23:58.250
  • to this role, when you die andclock out of here, God will say,
  • 00:23:58.283 --> 00:24:03.355
  • "You know what?
  • 00:24:03.388 --> 00:24:04.689
  • I want to give you a greatermeasure of what you desired
  • 00:24:04.723 --> 00:24:06.057
  • in earth.
  • 00:24:06.091 --> 00:24:07.392
  • You didn't want to be in mymovie and use your gifts and
  • 00:24:07.425 --> 00:24:11.496
  • abilities in your role.
  • 00:24:11.530 --> 00:24:13.431
  • You said no to me over and overagain," and I don't know how
  • 00:24:13.465 --> 00:24:17.269
  • many opportunities you'll have.
  • 00:24:17.302 --> 00:24:19.104
  • So God will say, "I'll give youa greater measure of what you
  • 00:24:19.137 --> 00:24:21.706
  • desired on planet Earth, and youwill spend eternity away
  • 00:24:21.740 --> 00:24:25.977
  • from God."
  • 00:24:26.011 --> 00:24:27.979
  • "Yeah, I want to go to hell'cause I can party with
  • 00:24:28.013 --> 00:24:30.015
  • my friends!"
  • 00:24:30.048 --> 00:24:31.383
  • My friend, if your friends arein hell, you won't know it, it's
  • 00:24:31.416 --> 00:24:33.685
  • utter isolation.
  • 00:24:33.718 --> 00:24:36.788
  • Hell is a place of weeping andgnashing of teeth, it's utter
  • 00:24:36.821 --> 00:24:39.591
  • regret, you realizing foreverand ever you had an opportunity
  • 00:24:39.624 --> 00:24:43.962
  • to step into the role and yousaid no.
  • 00:24:43.995 --> 00:24:51.636
  • Glory to God in the highest,that's the movie.
  • 00:24:51.670 --> 00:24:56.341
  • Peace on earth, goodwill towardmen.
  • 00:24:56.374 --> 00:25:01.546
  • The role for your soul isabsolutely awesome, ladies and
  • 00:25:01.580 --> 00:25:05.483
  • gentlemen, and it's God's willand his plan to robe you and
  • 00:25:05.517 --> 00:25:11.690
  • clothe you in righteousness, torescue you, to save you, and to
  • 00:25:11.723 --> 00:25:19.598
  • turn your life around so you'llsee the reason for living in
  • 00:25:19.631 --> 00:25:27.105
  • this full-length forever film,
  • 00:25:27.138 --> 00:25:34.112
  • but the director is saying,"This role is for you."
  • 00:25:34.145 --> 00:25:41.620
  • What do you say?
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  • Young Television."
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪ This is paradise,this is paradise, ♪
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  • ♪ woah, woah, woah. ♪
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  • ♪ Over and over again, I'm metwith a love that goes on ♪
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  • ♪ without end. ♪♪
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