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Because of Bethlehem

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December 8, 2020
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Hosts Matt and Laurie Crouch are joined by some of the leading voices of hope and inspiration today.

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  • (male announcer)TBN welcomes the arrivalof the Christmas season
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  • with a special broadcast
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  • straight from the heartof the Holy Land.
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  • Hosts Matt and Laurie Crouchare joined
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  • by some of the leading voicesof hope and inspiration today.
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  • You'll hear frombestselling author Max Lucado,
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  • along with special guestsJoel and Victoria Osteen.
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  • and musical artists
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  • Steven Curtis Chapman,and Mandisa.
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  • Journe
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  • and explore the meaningof Christmas
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  • right where it began.
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  • Love was born, hope is here,
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  • and it's all becauseof Bethlehem.
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  • (Matt Crouch)We welcome you right hereto Jerusalem, Israel,
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  • and the television special"Because of Bethlehem."
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  • Our guest tonight, Max Lucado,Joel and Victoria Osteen.
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  • We go to Bethlehem.
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  • We get to go on an excursion,
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  • that I've been to Israelmore than 50 times,
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  • maybe even a lot more than that,
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  • and I never have donesome of the things we got to do.
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  • And we're going to show youall the ins and the outs,
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  • and the ups and the downs,and the staircases,
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  • and the bell towers,and the grottos
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  • that exist in Bethlehem.
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  • You are going to havea world class tour,
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  • right hereon "Because of Bethlehem."
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  • Now, Max Lucado,first word, please.
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  • Well, thank you so much.
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  • What an honor to be herewith all of you,
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  • and with all of you.
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  • It's just a privilege.
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  • I can't put into wordshow grateful I am
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  • to think about beingin the very place
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  • where the ministry of Jesustook place this time of year,
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  • inviting his ministryto continue.
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  • You know, we believe by faiththat the Jesus who came then
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  • is the Jesuswho comes still, don't we?
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  • And that what he did then,he can do today.
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  • He can be born in us.
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  • He can bring lifeand hope, and he does.
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  • And that's why we're here,to celebrate that.
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  • (Matt)Because of Bethlehem,love is born, hope is here.
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  • Joel?
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  • (Joel Osteen)You know, Matt, getting to tourwhere Jesus was born
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  • there in Bethlehem,just, you know,
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  • it lets you know what his lifemeant to the world,
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  • that we still go back2.000 years later,
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  • we still reverence him,and are able to feel his hope
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  • and feel his love.
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  • And that's what we wanteach one of you to feel tonight,
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  • to know that, you know,Jesus, he's not
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  • in the manger anymore.
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  • He can live in our hearts,and he's right there
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  • as close as the very breaththat you breathe.
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  • So, we're here to encourageyou to have fun,
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  • to wish youa very Merry Christmas,
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  • and to tell youhow much we love you.
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  • (Victoria Osteen)You know, I think as we sithere tonight, before Christmas,
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  • families were just sittingaround their home,
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  • playing with their childrenin the floor, not understanding
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  • that this nightwas going to change everything.
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  • And because Jesus was born,
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  • this town became famous.
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  • And I just thinkthat the same way
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  • that Jesus came on the sceneand he saved the world,
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  • he wants to save people today.
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  • He wants to live in their heart.
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  • He wants to be born againin their spirit.
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  • And so, tonight, I just thinkthat anybody can open
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  • their heart to Jesus,how about that?
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  • That anybody can opentheir heart to Jesus.
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  • Anybody can have a new beginningbecause of this special night.
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  • (Matt)Thwho we welcome you to,altoanywhere you're watching
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  • around the world,we're in Jerusalem.
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  • This is not a fake background.
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  • We are on a beautiful eveninghere, and we are celebrating
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  • "Because of Bethlehem."
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  • You know, there's one wordthat describes
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  • the night Jesus came: ordinary.
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  • The sky was ordinary.
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  • An occasional gust stirredthe leaves and chilled the air.
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  • The stars were diamondssparkling on black velvet.
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  • Fleets of clouds floatedin front of the moon.
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  • It was a beautiful night,
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  • a night worth peeking outyour bedroom window to admire,
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  • but not reallyan unusual night,
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  • no reason to expect a surprise,nothing to keep a person awake.
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  • An ordinary nightwith an ordinary sky.
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  • The sheep were ordinary,some fat, some scrawny,
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  • some with barrel bellies,
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  • some with twig legs,common animals.
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  • No fleece made of gold,no history makers,
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  • no blue ribbon winners.
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  • They were simply sheep,
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  • lumpy, sleeping silhouetteson a hillside.
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  • And the shepherds,peasants they were,
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  • probably wearingall the clothes they owned,
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  • smelling like sheepand looking just as wooly.
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  • They were conscientious,
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  • willing to spend the nightwith their flocks,
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  • but you won't findtheir staffs in a museum,
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  • nor their writings in a library.
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  • No one asked their opinionon social justice
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  • or the application of the Torah.
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  • They were nameless and simple.
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  • An ordinary nightwith ordinary sheep
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  • and ordinary shepherds.
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  • And were it not for a Godwho loves to hook an extra
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  • on the front of the ordinary,
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  • the night would have goneunnoticed.
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  • The sheep would have beenforgotten.
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  • The shepherds would have sleptthe night away.
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  • But you know, God dancesamidst the common.
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  • And that night, he did a waltz.
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  • The black sky explodedwith brightness,
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  • and trees that had beenshadows jumped into clarity.
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  • Sheep that had been silentbecame a chorus of curiosity.
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  • One minute, the shepherdwas dead asleep.
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  • The next, he was rubbinghis eyes and staring
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  • into the face of an alien.
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  • The night was ordinary no more.
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  • The angel came in the nightbecause that is when lights
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  • are best seen, and that iswhen they are most needed.
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  • God comes into the commonfor the same reason.
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  • His most powerful toolsare the simplest.
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  • The shepherds didn't ask God
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  • if he was sure he knewwhat he was doing.
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  • Had the angel goneto the theologians,
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  • they would have first consultedtheir commentaries.
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  • Had he gone to the elite,they would have looked around
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  • to see if anyone was watching.
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  • Had he gone to the successful,
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  • they would have first lookedat their calendars.
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  • So he went to the shepherds,meek men who didn't have
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  • a reputation to protect,or an ax to grind,
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  • or a ladder to climb,men who didn't know enough
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  • to tell God that angelsdon't sing to sheep,
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  • and that Messiahs aren't foundwrapped in rags
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  • and sleeping in a feed trough.
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  • This small cathedralwhere I'm standing
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  • outside of Bethlehem marks
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  • the supposed birthplaceof Jesus.
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  • Were you to enter it,you would see a high altar.
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  • And down beneath the altaris a cave, a little cavern
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  • lit by silver lamps.
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  • You can enter this cathedraland admire the ancient church.
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  • You can also enterthe quiet cave,
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  • where a star embeddedin the floor recognizes
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  • the birth of the king.
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  • But for all who enter, however,there is one stipulation.
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  • You have to stoop.
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  • The door is so low that youcannot go in standing up.
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  • The same is trueof Jesus Christ.
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  • You know, you can seethe world standing tall,
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  • but to witness the Savior,you have to get on your knees.
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  • So, while the theologianswere sleeping,
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  • and the elite were dreaming,and the successful were snoring,
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  • the meek shepherdswere kneeling.
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  • And they were kneeling
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  • before the oneonly the meek will see.
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  • They were kneelingin front of Jesus.
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  • (Matt)If you just tuned in,we're in Jerusalem.
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  • We're celebratingMax Lucado's brand new book.
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  • Joel and Victoria Osteenare with us.
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  • Your thoughts tonight, baby?
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  • (Laurie Crouch)Well, you know, Victoria and Iwere talking earlier
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  • just about divine interruptionsin our lives, you know,
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  • and we were thinkingabout Mary.
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  • You know, here's little Mary,what, 16 years old,
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  • and she has an angel,an angel came
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  • and visited her, and said,"You're going to have a baby."
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  • You know, that was a divineinterruption in her life.
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  • But, I was wonderinghow many times do we get those?
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  • How many timesare those little interruptions
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  • in our life that we ignore,
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  • or that we don't payany attention to,
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  • or those divine moments
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  • that have changedour life forever?
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  • (Victoria)Absolutely, you know,you think about it,
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  • she had a choice right then.
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  • She had to either believeor not believe.
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  • And so, she chose to believe,
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  • even though shedidn't understand.
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  • And we know shedidn't understand.
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  • The Bible says that as she,you know, went on and on,
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  • she began ponderingthings in her heart.
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  • She began meditating on things.
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  • She began keepingherself, you know,
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  • in a place of just trust.
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  • And I think sometimes that wehave to do that same thing.
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  • We have a choice to make.
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  • Are we going to believe God,
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  • or are we just goingto just forget it
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  • and get busy doingsomething else?
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  • And I think sometimes,we talk so much to other people,
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  • and they try to talk us outof the promises of God.
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  • And, you know,she didn't do that.
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  • She didn't just run,she actually went
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  • to see Elizabeth, her cousin.
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  • And she was encouragedby Elizabeth.
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  • Luckily, she wentto the right place.
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  • But, you know, and I think,though, sometimes those--
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  • like you called themthe divine interruptions,
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  • or things that God tells us,or things that God wants us
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  • to do, whether it'sbe kind to someone,
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  • forgive, you know,do these things.
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  • We have to--we have a choice.
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  • I mean, we can say,"Okay, I'm going to do it,"
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  • or we just blow it off.
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  • And, you know, Mary said,"I'm going to--you know,
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  • "be it unto me.
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  • "Whatever you say, God,that's what I'm going with,
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  • even though I don't understand."
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  • And sometimes, I thinkthat happens to all of us.
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  • We don't always understand,but we have to believe
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  • if we're going to seethe miracle come to pass.
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  • (Joel)You know, it's interesting,Laurie, because the angel
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  • appeared to Maryand said, you know,
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  • "Hail, Mary, you'rehighly favored of God.
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  • You're going to have the baby,and Christ will be born."
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  • But when you thinkabout her situation
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  • didn't necessarily changefor the good.
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  • All of a sudden,she's on a donkey.
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  • She's planningthis big wedding, you know--
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  • (Laurie)She's pregnant.
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  • (Victoria)She seemed anythingbut favored, huh?
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  • (Joel)Yeah, she's planningthis big wedding.
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  • Now, all the things changed,things she didn't understand.
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  • It's like, "God, if I'm favored,why am I riding a donkey,
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  • "leaving my wedding,you know, not having
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  • any place to have my baby?"
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  • And just sometimes,I think we know
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  • what God has spokenover us, but the promise
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  • looks like we're goingin the wrong direction.
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  • But, you know,like you all are saying,
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  • this is what faith is all about.
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  • You've got to say,"God, I believe
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  • "you've said I'm favored.
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  • I believe--" like Marywould have had to say,
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  • "Lord, I believethat I'm going to give birth
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  • "to this baby even thoughI don't understand it,
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  • even though it doesn't makeany sense to me."
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  • And so, maybethere's some things
  • 00:11:00.516 --> 00:11:01.817
  • in your life tonightthat you could say,
  • 00:11:01.851 --> 00:11:03.352
  • "Joel, yeah, but I'm not sittingin Jerusalem.
  • 00:11:03.385 --> 00:11:05.054
  • I'm not havinga great Christmas."
  • 00:11:05.087 --> 00:11:06.889
  • But you know God has spokenthings over your life.
  • 00:11:06.922 --> 00:11:09.325
  • He's put promises in your heart.
  • 00:11:09.358 --> 00:11:10.860
  • And it may feellike you're going
  • 00:11:10.893 --> 00:11:12.228
  • the wrong direction,but why don't you
  • 00:11:12.261 --> 00:11:13.896
  • just do like Mary and say,"God, I trust you.
  • 00:11:13.929 --> 00:11:16.866
  • "I believe you're in control.
  • 00:11:16.899 --> 00:11:18.200
  • "Even when Idon't understand it,
  • 00:11:18.234 --> 00:11:19.668
  • I'm going to keepfollowing you."
  • 00:11:19.702 --> 00:11:21.003
  • And just like she said,"Be it unto me, Lord.
  • 00:11:21.036 --> 00:11:23.339
  • Let it happen."
  • 00:11:23.372 --> 00:11:25.374
  • I want you all to lean in,sit up, lean in, get excited,
  • 00:11:25.941 --> 00:11:31.914
  • [bells ringing]
  • 00:11:31.947 --> 00:11:34.984
  • (Matt)The bells of Bethlehemare all around us.
  • 00:11:35.017 --> 00:11:37.586
  • We are right hereat the Church of the Nativity.
  • 00:11:37.620 --> 00:11:39.555
  • Not only are wecelebrating Christmas,
  • 00:11:39.588 --> 00:11:41.891
  • but we're celebrating itwith great friends.
  • 00:11:41.924 --> 00:11:45.161
  • Behind me right here,Max Lucado,
  • 00:11:45.194 --> 00:11:46.729
  • Joel and Victoria Osteen.
  • 00:11:46.762 --> 00:11:48.831
  • Why because of Bethlehem?
  • 00:11:48.864 --> 00:11:51.834
  • (Max)You know, you lookaround at this city,
  • 00:11:51.867 --> 00:11:53.536
  • it's extraordinary,and it's common.
  • 00:11:53.569 --> 00:11:56.839
  • That's what strikes me.
  • 00:11:56.872 --> 00:11:58.174
  • It's an extraordinary placebecause everybody
  • 00:11:58.207 --> 00:12:00.009
  • has heard of Bethlehem,but it's common.
  • 00:12:00.042 --> 00:12:02.211
  • It's like us.
  • 00:12:02.244 --> 00:12:04.246
  • And so, for Godto enter the world
  • 00:12:04.280 --> 00:12:06.549
  • not in a castle,not in a chalet,
  • 00:12:06.582 --> 00:12:10.653
  • but in just a common,dusty village like this
  • 00:12:10.686 --> 00:12:15.057
  • tells us there's no placehe won't go
  • 00:12:15.090 --> 00:12:17.126
  • to enter into our world too.
  • 00:12:17.159 --> 00:12:19.161
  • (Joel)Yeah, I'm great, how are y'all?
  • 00:12:21.230 --> 00:12:25.835
  • Good.
  • 00:12:25.868 --> 00:12:27.169
  • (Matt)It's so peaceful here,
  • 00:12:27.203 --> 00:12:28.504
  • and everyone isso welcoming here.
  • 00:12:28.537 --> 00:12:30.239
  • And, you know, the idea
  • 00:12:30.272 --> 00:12:32.341
  • that this is a placeof conflict
  • 00:12:32.374 --> 00:12:37.580
  • is really hard to justify
  • 00:12:37.613 --> 00:12:38.914
  • with what we'veexperienced today.
  • 00:12:38.948 --> 00:12:40.716
  • I mean, everyone wasso warm and inviting.
  • 00:12:40.749 --> 00:12:44.253
  • (Matt)This is the epicenterof Christianity,
  • 00:12:55.464 --> 00:12:57.700
  • the idea that this is the placethat, about the same time
  • 00:12:57.733 --> 00:13:01.537
  • our Bible got put togetherat the Council of Nicaea
  • 00:13:01.570 --> 00:13:07.009
  • in I think 325, we're talkingabout the same period of time
  • 00:13:07.042 --> 00:13:11.480
  • that continuous worshipbegan in this location.
  • 00:13:11.513 --> 00:13:15.784
  • And the churchis under construction here,
  • 00:13:15.818 --> 00:13:19.555
  • and I know the TBN partnersare contributing
  • 00:13:19.588 --> 00:13:21.257
  • to some of this,you know, construction
  • 00:13:21.290 --> 00:13:23.225
  • and doing some things.
  • 00:13:23.259 --> 00:13:24.560
  • We've done that historicallyover the years.
  • 00:13:24.593 --> 00:13:27.563
  • I've experienced thingstoday that I didn't--
  • 00:13:27.596 --> 00:13:30.766
  • I never stood right here before.
  • 00:13:30.799 --> 00:13:33.235
  • To celebrate continuouslyfor 1.700 years--
  • 00:13:33.269 --> 00:13:38.841
  • (Max Lucado)It's hard to fathom.
  • 00:13:38.874 --> 00:13:40.342
  • It's hard to fathom, isn't it?
  • 00:13:40.376 --> 00:13:42.011
  • It's just hard to imagine.
  • 00:13:42.044 --> 00:13:43.412
  • (Joel)I still can't get over wecould be down there
  • 00:13:43.445 --> 00:13:45.080
  • where he was born.
  • 00:13:45.114 --> 00:13:46.415
  • You would think that would beso--you can't get that close
  • 00:13:46.448 --> 00:13:49.051
  • to the Mona Lisa, you know?
  • 00:13:49.084 --> 00:13:51.253
  • But hey, I'm glad theylet people come through.
  • 00:13:51.287 --> 00:13:53.789
  • (Joel)You know, it's a blessing to behere and just to see where Jesus
  • 00:13:56.392 --> 00:14:00.529
  • was born, and just to feelthat hope and to think
  • 00:14:00.562 --> 00:14:03.599
  • of how we talkedabout there's not really words
  • 00:14:03.632 --> 00:14:05.935
  • to describe it,but it just lets us know
  • 00:14:05.968 --> 00:14:08.270
  • that, you know, he's with usin each one of our hearts.
  • 00:14:08.304 --> 00:14:11.240
  • All we have to dois invite him in.
  • 00:14:11.273 --> 00:14:13.375
  • He's as closeas the breath we breathe.
  • 00:14:13.409 --> 00:14:15.277
  • And so, we're blessed to be herewhere it all began,
  • 00:14:15.311 --> 00:14:18.047
  • but it's notwhere it all finished.
  • 00:14:18.080 --> 00:14:19.481
  • There's a lot more.
  • 00:14:19.515 --> 00:14:20.816
  • There's morefor your life as well.
  • 00:14:20.849 --> 00:14:22.885
  • So, we're blessedto be with you.
  • 00:14:22.918 --> 00:14:25.187
  • (Max)Because of what happenedhere 2.000 years ago,
  • 00:14:25.220 --> 00:14:28.490
  • everything is different.
  • 00:14:28.524 --> 00:14:30.292
  • Hope is different,our lives are different,
  • 00:14:30.326 --> 00:14:33.162
  • love is different,
  • 00:14:33.195 --> 00:14:34.964
  • our eternal destinyis different,
  • 00:14:34.997 --> 00:14:37.066
  • all because of Bethlehem.
  • 00:14:37.099 --> 00:14:39.268
  • (announcer)Christmas brings sleigh bellsringing and carolers singing.
  • 00:14:40.903 --> 00:14:44.340
  • But sometimes, Christmascan also bring heartache.
  • 00:14:44.373 --> 00:14:47.376
  • If you or someone you love
  • 00:14:47.409 --> 00:14:48.744
  • could use some true Christmasthis Christmas,
  • 00:14:48.777 --> 00:14:51.513
  • let New York Timesbestselling author Max Lucado
  • 00:14:51.547 --> 00:14:54.483
  • reveal the powerful and enduringpromises of Christmas
  • 00:14:54.516 --> 00:14:57.619
  • in his new book,"Because of Bethlehem."
  • 00:14:57.653 --> 00:15:00.189
  • (Max)The promise of Christmasis the baby in the manger.
  • 00:15:00.222 --> 00:15:05.594
  • That's a big dealbecause that means
  • 00:15:05.627 --> 00:15:06.962
  • that God knowswhat it's like to be human.
  • 00:15:06.996 --> 00:15:10.432
  • Now, when we talk to himabout deadlines,
  • 00:15:10.466 --> 00:15:12.968
  • or long lines, or tough times,he understands.
  • 00:15:13.002 --> 00:15:17.339
  • He's been there.He's been here.
  • 00:15:17.373 --> 00:15:20.843
  • Because of Bethlehem,we have a friend in heaven.
  • 00:15:20.876 --> 00:15:24.780
  • And what's more,because of Bethlehem,
  • 00:15:24.813 --> 00:15:26.849
  • we have a Savior in heaven.
  • 00:15:26.882 --> 00:15:29.618
  • (announcer)Max Lucado isone of the most gifted
  • 00:15:29.651 --> 00:15:31.620
  • Bible teachers of our time.
  • 00:15:31.653 --> 00:15:33.622
  • Now, in "Because of Bethlehem,"he has poured decades of study,
  • 00:15:33.655 --> 00:15:37.326
  • insights, and inspirationconcerning the birth of Christ
  • 00:15:37.359 --> 00:15:40.796
  • into one treasured book.
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  • And, to thank youfor your special gift of support
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  • to TBN, we want to send youyour very own copy.
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  • Call...or go securely online
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  • to tbn.org/Bethlehem to shareand request your copy
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  • of Max Lucado's book,"Because of Bethlehem,"
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  • as our thank you
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  • for your special giftof support to TBN.
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  • Call, click, or writeTBN right now.
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  • We welcome you backto Jerusalem, Israel.
  • 00:16:11.193 --> 00:16:14.630
  • Very special evening tonightin celebration
  • 00:16:14.663 --> 00:16:18.300
  • of "Because of Bethlehem."
  • 00:16:18.333 --> 00:16:21.770
  • Now, Max Lucado,you wrote the book.
  • 00:16:21.804 --> 00:16:26.075
  • Your subtitle is"Love Is Born, Hope Is Here."
  • 00:16:26.108 --> 00:16:29.311
  • It's specialfor a whole bunch of reasons,
  • 00:16:29.344 --> 00:16:31.080
  • not only because Bethlehem
  • 00:16:31.113 --> 00:16:32.414
  • is just kind ofright over this way.
  • 00:16:32.448 --> 00:16:34.817
  • You know, Mount Moriah,Mount of Olives,
  • 00:16:34.850 --> 00:16:37.019
  • Mount Zion,everything of the Bible here,
  • 00:16:37.052 --> 00:16:39.922
  • it's not specialjust because of that.
  • 00:16:39.955 --> 00:16:41.857
  • There's something aboutJerusalem and this place.
  • 00:16:41.890 --> 00:16:44.960
  • What is it?
  • 00:16:44.993 --> 00:16:46.295
  • You havea little experience here.
  • 00:16:46.328 --> 00:16:47.930
  • Yeah, I've been coming herequite a bit over the years,
  • 00:16:47.963 --> 00:16:51.600
  • not nearly as often as you guys.
  • 00:16:51.633 --> 00:16:54.336
  • But I think this is probablymy 10th or 12th time in Israel.
  • 00:16:54.369 --> 00:16:58.941
  • And I've been over herefor several celebrations,
  • 00:16:58.974 --> 00:17:01.610
  • special events for the city.
  • 00:17:01.643 --> 00:17:03.378
  • And I've been baptizedin the Jordan River
  • 00:17:03.412 --> 00:17:06.682
  • at least twice.
  • 00:17:06.715 --> 00:17:08.884
  • One time I came,
  • 00:17:08.917 --> 00:17:10.219
  • I was with my wifeand three daughters.
  • 00:17:10.252 --> 00:17:12.921
  • And my daughterswere teenagers at the time,
  • 00:17:12.955 --> 00:17:15.824
  • and it was just a family trip.
  • 00:17:15.858 --> 00:17:17.292
  • And I wanted to take them allto the Jordan River,
  • 00:17:17.326 --> 00:17:20.195
  • and we went up there,and it was a beautiful day.
  • 00:17:20.229 --> 00:17:22.464
  • But they didn't wantto get in the water.
  • 00:17:22.498 --> 00:17:24.333
  • You know, it's just a river.
  • 00:17:24.366 --> 00:17:26.068
  • I mean, it's special to us,
  • 00:17:26.101 --> 00:17:27.536
  • and we've got beautiful picturesof it, but it's muddy.
  • 00:17:27.569 --> 00:17:30.139
  • But I wanted to be baptized,so I went in the river
  • 00:17:30.172 --> 00:17:33.475
  • and I baptized myself.
  • 00:17:33.509 --> 00:17:35.477
  • They still laugh about that.
  • 00:17:35.511 --> 00:17:36.879
  • I put my hand on my head,went down.
  • 00:17:36.912 --> 00:17:38.914
  • And I remember when Iwent down in the water,
  • 00:17:38.947 --> 00:17:41.517
  • I reached all the way downin the mud,
  • 00:17:41.550 --> 00:17:43.519
  • and I found a stick.
  • 00:17:43.552 --> 00:17:45.954
  • And I pulled it out,
  • 00:17:45.988 --> 00:17:47.289
  • and I've keptthat stick in my office.
  • 00:17:47.322 --> 00:17:49.358
  • It's still to this day,and it reminds me
  • 00:17:49.391 --> 00:17:52.060
  • that our Lord Jesuswas not only baptized
  • 00:17:52.094 --> 00:17:55.397
  • in a common riverwith a muddy river bottom,
  • 00:17:55.430 --> 00:17:58.333
  • but he was born in a villagethat's just this common--
  • 00:17:58.367 --> 00:18:01.703
  • I mean, my aunt livedin Muleshoe, Texas all her life.
  • 00:18:01.737 --> 00:18:06.208
  • And I've always comparedBethlehem to Muleshoe, Texas.
  • 00:18:06.241 --> 00:18:08.977
  • I mean, it's just common,common, dusty little dot
  • 00:18:09.011 --> 00:18:12.481
  • in the road.
  • 00:18:12.514 --> 00:18:13.815
  • And of all the placeswhere God could have sent
  • 00:18:13.849 --> 00:18:17.352
  • his Son to be born.
  • 00:18:17.386 --> 00:18:19.021
  • You know, there was Athens,there was Rome.
  • 00:18:19.054 --> 00:18:21.857
  • There were all typesof beautiful places.
  • 00:18:21.890 --> 00:18:24.226
  • But he picked a remote,out of the, you know,
  • 00:18:24.259 --> 00:18:29.264
  • middle of everything,on the edge of civilization.
  • 00:18:29.298 --> 00:18:32.067
  • And I think he did thatto remind us that he
  • 00:18:32.100 --> 00:18:35.637
  • can relate to us,and he understands us.
  • 00:18:35.671 --> 00:18:39.208
  • So that when we go to him,or we feel small or forgotten
  • 00:18:39.241 --> 00:18:42.611
  • or neglected, he doesn't crosshis arms and say,
  • 00:18:42.644 --> 00:18:45.514
  • "Come on, buck up, get tough."
  • 00:18:45.547 --> 00:18:47.316
  • He says, "I understand.
  • 00:18:47.349 --> 00:18:48.951
  • "I've been there.
  • 00:18:48.984 --> 00:18:50.285
  • After all, I was bornin Bethlehem."
  • 00:18:50.319 --> 00:18:53.021
  • Joel, you've been herea couple of times.
  • 00:18:53.055 --> 00:18:56.225
  • and we're gettingto say to you
  • 00:18:56.258 --> 00:18:58.293
  • on three: one, two, three,
  • 00:18:58.327 --> 00:18:59.861
  • (all)Merry Christmas.
  • 00:18:59.895 --> 00:19:01.964
  • (Matt)And if this is your only family,if the TV in front of you
  • 00:19:01.997 --> 00:19:06.368
  • and there isn't anyone elsewith you tonight,
  • 00:19:06.401 --> 00:19:08.904
  • and you're, you know,kind of lonely,
  • 00:19:08.937 --> 00:19:11.773
  • well guess what?
  • 00:19:11.807 --> 00:19:13.108
  • We're right herein the room with you.
  • 00:19:13.141 --> 00:19:14.610
  • And if no one's ever toldyou today--
  • 00:19:14.643 --> 00:19:17.212
  • (Laurie)That you're loved,let us be the first to tell you
  • 00:19:17.246 --> 00:19:21.250
  • that Jesus loves you,and that we love you.
  • 00:19:21.283 --> 00:19:23.185
  • You know what?Jesus is there with you.
  • 00:19:23.218 --> 00:19:26.188
  • (Matt)And what a perfect night,by the way.
  • 00:19:26.221 --> 00:19:27.789
  • I just want to say this.
  • 00:19:27.823 --> 00:19:29.124
  • This is what TBNwas raised up to do.
  • 00:19:29.157 --> 00:19:31.326
  • Thank you, partners.
  • 00:19:31.360 --> 00:19:32.661
  • Because of your loveand support all these years,
  • 00:19:32.694 --> 00:19:35.297
  • we're sitting here getting to do
  • 00:19:35.330 --> 00:19:37.032
  • one of the greatest thingsin the world.
  • 00:19:37.065 --> 00:19:39.234
  • Think of it, 2.000 years later,here we are sitting
  • 00:19:39.268 --> 00:19:42.904
  • in Jerusalem, still celebratingbecause of Bethlehem.
  • 00:19:42.938 --> 00:19:48.176
  • And tonight, I couldn't thinkof a better night than to have
  • 00:19:48.210 --> 00:19:51.747
  • Max Lucado,Joel and Victoria Osteen,
  • 00:19:51.780 --> 00:19:54.216
  • and you therewherever you are.
  • 00:19:54.249 --> 00:19:56.451
  • Whatever country,whatever part of the world
  • 00:19:56.485 --> 00:19:58.920
  • you're watching in, we want to--we want to welcome you.
  • 00:19:58.954 --> 00:20:02.157
  • Okay, I have a question, Max.
  • 00:20:02.190 --> 00:20:03.759
  • Around us, you know,I mean, here's one right here.
  • 00:20:03.792 --> 00:20:08.163
  • I'll grab itand kind of use it as a--
  • 00:20:08.196 --> 00:20:10.399
  • oh, it's all taped together.
  • 00:20:10.432 --> 00:20:11.733
  • I'll leave it alone.
  • 00:20:11.767 --> 00:20:13.335
  • (Victoria)There's one.
  • 00:20:13.368 --> 00:20:14.870
  • (Matt)Okay, there's one, all right.
  • 00:20:14.903 --> 00:20:17.739
  • So, you know,the idea of gifts,
  • 00:20:17.773 --> 00:20:21.677
  • the idea of ribbons,
  • 00:20:21.710 --> 00:20:24.246
  • the idea of all that,some people get
  • 00:20:24.279 --> 00:20:27.249
  • a little weird about that, okay?
  • 00:20:27.282 --> 00:20:29.918
  • I'm going to--I'm going to letyou speak to that because,
  • 00:20:29.951 --> 00:20:32.788
  • you know, we thinkthat because of the gift giving
  • 00:20:32.821 --> 00:20:36.158
  • that everything's beensecularized and all that.
  • 00:20:36.191 --> 00:20:38.327
  • Weigh in on that, Max.
  • 00:20:38.360 --> 00:20:39.661
  • I want to hearwhat Max Lucado says
  • 00:20:39.695 --> 00:20:40.996
  • about all that kind of stuff.
  • 00:20:41.029 --> 00:20:42.331
  • Well, I only get upsetif you don't give me a gift.
  • 00:20:42.364 --> 00:20:46.068
  • Thank you so much,
  • 00:20:46.101 --> 00:20:48.003
  • although it's awful light.
  • 00:20:48.036 --> 00:20:52.341
  • You know, let's don't getwound up about that.
  • 00:20:52.374 --> 00:20:54.643
  • You know, let's have fun.
  • 00:20:54.676 --> 00:20:56.044
  • Let's enjoy Christmas.
  • 00:20:56.078 --> 00:20:58.246
  • Let's give everybody gifts.
  • 00:20:58.280 --> 00:20:59.915
  • Let's have parties,let's go to parties,
  • 00:20:59.948 --> 00:21:03.285
  • let's love one anotherand celebrate the great movies
  • 00:21:03.318 --> 00:21:07.255
  • of Christmas and the eventsof Christmas.
  • 00:21:07.289 --> 00:21:09.591
  • And at some point, let's doremember it is Christ-mas.
  • 00:21:09.624 --> 00:21:15.030
  • It's not Santa-mas,or reindeer-mas,
  • 00:21:15.063 --> 00:21:18.700
  • or shopping-mas.
  • 00:21:18.734 --> 00:21:20.769
  • I mean, that's all part of it.
  • 00:21:20.802 --> 00:21:22.971
  • But it is Christ-mas.
  • 00:21:23.004 --> 00:21:24.439
  • And so, maybethis program right now
  • 00:21:24.473 --> 00:21:28.076
  • is your first time to come out
  • 00:21:28.110 --> 00:21:29.611
  • of the commercializationof this season,
  • 00:21:29.644 --> 00:21:31.980
  • or the busy-nessof the season,
  • 00:21:32.013 --> 00:21:33.849
  • or the travel of it.
  • 00:21:33.882 --> 00:21:35.283
  • You know, you got every--now is the time for you
  • 00:21:35.317 --> 00:21:37.252
  • to just kind of settle downin your spirit and say,
  • 00:21:37.285 --> 00:21:39.855
  • "Now, what is this all about?"
  • 00:21:39.888 --> 00:21:41.723
  • And so, have fun,enjoy yourself,
  • 00:21:41.757 --> 00:21:44.559
  • see all the people you can,eat all you can.
  • 00:21:44.593 --> 00:21:47.529
  • Well, better not say that.
  • 00:21:47.562 --> 00:21:49.564
  • (Matt)So, the twinkle lightsand the presents,
  • 00:21:49.598 --> 00:21:53.769
  • you know, you're okaywith all that?
  • 00:21:53.802 --> 00:21:55.370
  • (Max)Oh, absolutely, absolutely.
  • 00:21:55.404 --> 00:21:57.072
  • (Laurie)You know what I was thinking?
  • 00:21:57.105 --> 00:21:58.707
  • I was thinkingeven the non-believers,
  • 00:21:58.740 --> 00:22:01.643
  • the people, the naysayers,
  • 00:22:01.676 --> 00:22:03.245
  • the ones that don't wantto say Merry Christmas,
  • 00:22:03.278 --> 00:22:05.881
  • you know, theydon't believe in Jesus,
  • 00:22:05.914 --> 00:22:08.283
  • I just want--it's just so funny
  • 00:22:08.316 --> 00:22:10.452
  • because that's whyanybody's celebrating.
  • 00:22:10.485 --> 00:22:13.522
  • That's why you're celebrating.
  • 00:22:13.555 --> 00:22:14.856
  • Whatever you do,it's Christ's time, you know,
  • 00:22:14.890 --> 00:22:18.727
  • that we celebratethat even gave us
  • 00:22:18.760 --> 00:22:20.662
  • this beautiful season.
  • 00:22:20.695 --> 00:22:22.264
  • So it doesn't really matterwhat anybody really believes.
  • 00:22:22.297 --> 00:22:25.467
  • It's all because of Jesus.
  • 00:22:25.500 --> 00:22:28.270
  • It's all because--
  • 00:22:28.303 --> 00:22:29.604
  • (Matt)When you were saying it's not--
  • 00:22:29.638 --> 00:22:31.840
  • you were usingsome of the terms.
  • 00:22:31.873 --> 00:22:33.308
  • It's not shopping-mas,it's not reindeer.
  • 00:22:33.341 --> 00:22:37.546
  • But you're not uncomfortablewith gifts and the whole thing?
  • 00:22:37.579 --> 00:22:43.452
  • You're cool with that, right?
  • 00:22:43.485 --> 00:22:44.786
  • You're a senior pastor
  • 00:22:44.820 --> 00:22:46.321
  • of a pretty big churchin America, right?
  • 00:22:46.354 --> 00:22:47.956
  • (Joel)I am, and I grew up,and my dad was,
  • 00:22:47.989 --> 00:22:49.691
  • you know, a great pastor.
  • 00:22:49.724 --> 00:22:51.393
  • We grew up having, you know,Christmas morning with gifts
  • 00:22:51.426 --> 00:22:54.362
  • and being a blessing to others.
  • 00:22:54.396 --> 00:22:55.997
  • But it's like Max said,you remember
  • 00:22:56.031 --> 00:22:57.799
  • the reason we can do thisis because we're blessed
  • 00:22:57.833 --> 00:23:00.602
  • that a Savior was born today.
  • 00:23:00.635 --> 00:23:02.170
  • But I think making memorieswith your family,
  • 00:23:02.204 --> 00:23:04.539
  • and having fun,and recognize Christmas Day,
  • 00:23:04.573 --> 00:23:07.275
  • Christmas Eve, that's a gift.
  • 00:23:07.309 --> 00:23:08.677
  • And then tomorrow is a gift too.
  • 00:23:08.710 --> 00:23:10.445
  • And I think life istoo short to live it,
  • 00:23:10.479 --> 00:23:12.547
  • you know, sour and negative.
  • 00:23:12.581 --> 00:23:14.449
  • Let's enjoy the peopleGod put in our life.
  • 00:23:14.483 --> 00:23:16.518
  • They may not all be perfect.
  • 00:23:16.551 --> 00:23:18.320
  • And like Laurie said,there are going to be those
  • 00:23:18.353 --> 00:23:20.489
  • who are going to try to stealour joy and get us upset.
  • 00:23:20.522 --> 00:23:22.724
  • But, to me, you know what?
  • 00:23:22.757 --> 00:23:24.693
  • This is the holidays.
  • 00:23:24.726 --> 00:23:26.094
  • It's time to celebratethe gift of Jesus,
  • 00:23:26.127 --> 00:23:28.663
  • and it's time to be joyful.
  • 00:23:28.697 --> 00:23:29.998
  • And not just these days,but let's do it all year long.
  • 00:23:30.031 --> 00:23:32.801
  • Let's keep Christmasin our heart all year long,
  • 00:23:32.834 --> 00:23:34.603
  • and be a blessingto somebody else.
  • 00:23:34.636 --> 00:23:35.937
  • (Matt)Victoria?
  • 00:23:35.971 --> 00:23:37.272
  • (Victoria)That's good, you know,I really can't remember
  • 00:23:37.305 --> 00:23:38.840
  • what Joel got melast Christmas.
  • 00:23:38.874 --> 00:23:40.408
  • [laughing]
  • 00:23:40.442 --> 00:23:46.448
  • The truth is youdon't always remember
  • 00:23:47.015 --> 00:23:48.717
  • what someone gives youevery single Christmas.
  • 00:23:48.750 --> 00:23:51.453
  • And everyone loves gifts,and I think it's fun to shop.
  • 00:23:51.486 --> 00:23:54.489
  • But, you know,the truth of the matter is
  • 00:23:54.523 --> 00:23:56.424
  • it's not really, you know,what you get that you remember,
  • 00:23:56.458 --> 00:23:59.694
  • but it's how you felt.
  • 00:23:59.728 --> 00:24:01.363
  • It's the familythat you were with.
  • 00:24:01.396 --> 00:24:03.231
  • You know, it's--I think aboutwhen I was growing up.
  • 00:24:03.265 --> 00:24:06.468
  • I mean, my greatest memories wasgoing to my grandmother's house.
  • 00:24:06.501 --> 00:24:10.272
  • That's what we didevery Christmas as kids.
  • 00:24:10.305 --> 00:24:12.707
  • I can't even tell youwhat I got,
  • 00:24:12.741 --> 00:24:14.342
  • but I can tell you I lovedthose memories.
  • 00:24:14.376 --> 00:24:17.045
  • And I think if we'll just createthose memories for our children,
  • 00:24:17.078 --> 00:24:21.149
  • I think that'sone of the best ways
  • 00:24:21.182 --> 00:24:22.517
  • to pass Jesus onto them.
  • 00:24:22.551 --> 00:24:25.554
  • You know, because moreis caught than taught, really.
  • 00:24:25.587 --> 00:24:28.523
  • And so, if we're all busyand stressed out
  • 00:24:28.557 --> 00:24:30.325
  • trying to get the perfect gift
  • 00:24:30.358 --> 00:24:32.294
  • and, you know, getthe best dinner, you know,
  • 00:24:32.327 --> 00:24:35.196
  • that kind of takesthe fun out of it.
  • 00:24:35.230 --> 00:24:37.132
  • Now, I have--I love to havea big Christmas dinner,
  • 00:24:37.165 --> 00:24:40.335
  • but I would just encouragepeople that you know what?
  • 00:24:40.368 --> 00:24:42.604
  • Just make memories.
  • 00:24:42.637 --> 00:24:44.272
  • Make special times.
  • 00:24:44.306 --> 00:24:45.907
  • Don't wait till allyour silverware matches,
  • 00:24:45.941 --> 00:24:49.678
  • and you got all the right plates
  • 00:24:49.711 --> 00:24:51.212
  • before you can haveyour family over
  • 00:24:51.246 --> 00:24:53.281
  • because they're not even goingto remember that.
  • 00:24:53.315 --> 00:24:55.116
  • Invite people over.
  • 00:24:55.150 --> 00:24:56.851
  • Take this time to celebrate.
  • 00:24:56.885 --> 00:24:58.553
  • I love that I can goin the stores and hear
  • 00:24:58.587 --> 00:25:01.089
  • Christmas music playing.
  • 00:25:01.122 --> 00:25:02.424
  • I think that's so good.
  • 00:25:02.457 --> 00:25:03.758
  • You were talking about peoplewho don't want to say Christmas
  • 00:25:03.792 --> 00:25:05.760
  • and, you know, Merry Christmas.
  • 00:25:05.794 --> 00:25:07.629
  • But the Christmas musicis still playing in the stores,
  • 00:25:07.662 --> 00:25:10.432
  • and so I'm thrilled about that.
  • 00:25:10.465 --> 00:25:12.133
  • Popular Christmas songs come
  • 00:25:13.368 --> 00:25:14.669
  • from many sourcesof inspiration:
  • 00:25:14.703 --> 00:25:17.105
  • the Christmas tree,the birth of Christ,
  • 00:25:17.138 --> 00:25:19.341
  • talking snowmen,and red-nosed reindeer.
  • 00:25:19.374 --> 00:25:22.577
  • But Philip Brooks, the author
  • 00:25:22.611 --> 00:25:24.112
  • of one of my favoriteChristmas hymns,
  • 00:25:24.145 --> 00:25:26.181
  • found inspirationin the very place
  • 00:25:26.214 --> 00:25:27.816
  • Christmas was born,
  • 00:25:27.849 --> 00:25:30.318
  • where the hopes and fearsof all the years would collide
  • 00:25:30.352 --> 00:25:33.755
  • in one spectacular night2.000 years ago, right here
  • 00:25:33.788 --> 00:25:38.860
  • in the little town of Bethlehem.
  • 00:25:38.893 --> 00:25:42.530
  • The year was 1865.
  • 00:25:42.564 --> 00:25:44.232
  • Philip Brooks was the pastor
  • 00:25:44.265 --> 00:25:45.567
  • of the Holy Trinity Churchin Philadelphia.
  • 00:25:45.600 --> 00:25:48.737
  • But during this particularholiday season,
  • 00:25:48.770 --> 00:25:51.072
  • he was taking a pilgrimagethrough the Middle East.
  • 00:25:51.106 --> 00:25:53.875
  • On Christmas Eve, Brookswas traveling on horseback
  • 00:25:53.908 --> 00:25:56.978
  • on the dry, dustystretch of land
  • 00:25:57.012 --> 00:25:59.014
  • between Jerusalem and Bethlehem.
  • 00:25:59.047 --> 00:26:01.616
  • He rode into the fieldwhere the shepherds saw
  • 00:26:01.650 --> 00:26:03.918
  • the heavenly host.
  • 00:26:03.952 --> 00:26:05.253
  • And as he passed, shepherds
  • 00:26:05.286 --> 00:26:06.721
  • were still watchingover their flocks.
  • 00:26:06.755 --> 00:26:09.824
  • In Bethlehem, Brooks attendedChristmas Eve service
  • 00:26:09.858 --> 00:26:12.460
  • at the Church of the Nativity,this very cathedral.
  • 00:26:12.494 --> 00:26:16.164
  • It's the oldest Christian churchin existence today,
  • 00:26:16.197 --> 00:26:19.567
  • and it houses the supposedbirthplace of Jesus Christ,
  • 00:26:19.601 --> 00:26:24.172
  • a grotto, a hollow cavern,a place for animals,
  • 00:26:24.205 --> 00:26:27.375
  • a place where heavenintersected with earth.
  • 00:26:27.409 --> 00:26:30.245
  • I can imagine Philip Brooksseated in the pews,
  • 00:26:30.278 --> 00:26:32.847
  • pondering that holy collision.
  • 00:26:32.881 --> 00:26:34.749
  • He sure had plenty of time.
  • 00:26:34.783 --> 00:26:36.418
  • That service lastedfrom 10 p.m. to 3 a.m.
  • 00:26:36.451 --> 00:26:39.454
  • As Christmas Evedrifted into Christmas Day,
  • 00:26:39.487 --> 00:26:42.557
  • a simple lyric was birthedin Brooks' heart.
  • 00:26:42.590 --> 00:26:45.694
  • And 3 yearsafter his pilgrimage,
  • 00:26:45.727 --> 00:26:47.929
  • he said the memory of Bethlehemwas still singing in his soul.
  • 00:26:47.962 --> 00:26:52.167
  • Is there a memorysinging in your soul,
  • 00:26:52.200 --> 00:26:55.036
  • a marked momentwith you and God,
  • 00:26:55.070 --> 00:26:57.238
  • a holy impartationfrom heaven
  • 00:26:57.272 --> 00:26:59.274
  • to the human heart?
  • 00:26:59.307 --> 00:27:00.775
  • I've had a few in my days.
  • 00:27:00.809 --> 00:27:02.777
  • Those memories area gift from God.
  • 00:27:02.811 --> 00:27:05.046
  • And like most gifts,they're best when shared.
  • 00:27:05.080 --> 00:27:07.916
  • They can become booksand poems and conversations
  • 00:27:07.949 --> 00:27:10.251
  • with the people we love.
  • 00:27:10.285 --> 00:27:11.653
  • For Philip Brooks, that memorygave birth to a song.
  • 00:27:11.686 --> 00:27:15.857
  • Now, Brooks wasn'tafter fame or fortune,
  • 00:27:15.890 --> 00:27:18.560
  • a top ten hitfor the Christmas hymn books.
  • 00:27:18.593 --> 00:27:21.763
  • He simply wantedto write a song
  • 00:27:21.796 --> 00:27:23.998
  • for the children's choirat church.
  • 00:27:24.032 --> 00:27:27.602
  • "O little town of Bethlehem,how still we see thee lie."
  • 00:27:27.635 --> 00:27:31.906
  • You know the words.
  • 00:27:31.940 --> 00:27:33.408
  • Chances are you've sungthem many a time.
  • 00:27:33.441 --> 00:27:35.343
  • But that might not have beenthe case had it not been
  • 00:27:35.376 --> 00:27:38.179
  • for Lewis Henry Redner.
  • 00:27:38.213 --> 00:27:41.049
  • The Philadelphia native wasby no means a music magnate.
  • 00:27:41.082 --> 00:27:44.853
  • He worked in real estate,and served at a soup kitchen.
  • 00:27:44.886 --> 00:27:48.356
  • But Redner played the organin Holy Trinity Church
  • 00:27:48.389 --> 00:27:50.959
  • every Sunday for 19 years.
  • 00:27:50.992 --> 00:27:52.994
  • A few daysbefore Christmas in 1868,
  • 00:27:53.027 --> 00:27:55.697
  • his pastor, Philip Brooks,came to him
  • 00:27:55.730 --> 00:27:57.699
  • with a simple little carolin need of a tune.
  • 00:27:57.732 --> 00:28:01.569
  • Brooks wantedhis Sunday school choir
  • 00:28:01.603 --> 00:28:03.238
  • to perform the new songon Christmas Eve.
  • 00:28:03.271 --> 00:28:06.174
  • You might think a lot of timewas spent writing the melody.
  • 00:28:06.207 --> 00:28:09.110
  • I mean, it'sone of the most famous carols
  • 00:28:09.144 --> 00:28:11.212
  • sung around the worldevery Christmas.
  • 00:28:11.246 --> 00:28:13.248
  • But no.
  • 00:28:13.281 --> 00:28:14.582
  • You see, like many of usat the holidays,
  • 00:28:14.616 --> 00:28:17.418
  • Louis Redner wasa champion procrastinator.
  • 00:28:17.452 --> 00:28:20.355
  • And on the nightbefore the song's debut,
  • 00:28:20.388 --> 00:28:22.824
  • he still hadn't writtenthe tune.
  • 00:28:22.857 --> 00:28:26.027
  • He'd been so focusedon his Sunday school lesson,
  • 00:28:26.060 --> 00:28:28.263
  • he hadn't giventhe song any thought.
  • 00:28:28.296 --> 00:28:30.331
  • But just as a chorusof angels interrupted
  • 00:28:30.365 --> 00:28:33.168
  • a flock of shepherds,
  • 00:28:33.201 --> 00:28:34.502
  • so the heavens broke throughto this ordinary organist.
  • 00:28:34.536 --> 00:28:38.306
  • This is how Redner described it.
  • 00:28:38.339 --> 00:28:40.642
  • "On the Saturday night,
  • 00:28:40.675 --> 00:28:42.377
  • "my brain was all confusedabout the tune.
  • 00:28:42.410 --> 00:28:44.512
  • "I thought moreabout my Sunday school lesson
  • 00:28:44.546 --> 00:28:46.881
  • "than I did about the music.
  • 00:28:46.915 --> 00:28:48.349
  • "But I was rousedfrom sleep late in the night,
  • 00:28:48.383 --> 00:28:51.319
  • hearing an angel strainwhispering in my ear."
  • 00:28:51.352 --> 00:28:55.356
  • Redner grabbeda piece of paper
  • 00:28:55.390 --> 00:28:57.025
  • and wrote down the melody.
  • 00:28:57.058 --> 00:28:58.359
  • The next morning
  • 00:28:58.393 --> 00:28:59.694
  • in Philadelphia'sHoly Trinity Church,
  • 00:28:59.727 --> 00:29:02.297
  • "O Little Town of Bethlehem"was performed
  • 00:29:02.330 --> 00:29:04.999
  • for the very first time.
  • 00:29:05.033 --> 00:29:07.535
  • Twenty-four years later,this beloved Christmas carol
  • 00:29:07.569 --> 00:29:10.305
  • found its placein the official church hymnal.
  • 00:29:10.338 --> 00:29:13.508
  • And today, the songis sung around the world.
  • 00:29:13.541 --> 00:29:17.312
  • But the lyricsabout this little town
  • 00:29:17.345 --> 00:29:19.214
  • have taken ona new meaning.
  • 00:29:19.247 --> 00:29:21.349
  • Bethlehem isa contested land,
  • 00:29:21.382 --> 00:29:23.751
  • a place mired in conflict,a little town darkened
  • 00:29:23.785 --> 00:29:27.288
  • by the fog of politicaland religious unrest.
  • 00:29:27.322 --> 00:29:31.693
  • And yet, in the dark streetsshineth the everlasting light.
  • 00:29:31.726 --> 00:29:37.398
  • This small, insignificanttown was chosen
  • 00:29:37.432 --> 00:29:40.501
  • as the birthplace of a king.
  • 00:29:40.535 --> 00:29:43.137
  • Perhaps you feel like you'reliving in a fog this Christmas.
  • 00:29:43.171 --> 00:29:47.175
  • Maybe your homeis mired in conflict,
  • 00:29:47.208 --> 00:29:49.377
  • or your heart isa place of unrest.
  • 00:29:49.410 --> 00:29:52.614
  • Then let your mindwander to Bethlehem,
  • 00:29:52.647 --> 00:29:55.416
  • and allow these wordsto stir a new song in your soul,
  • 00:29:55.450 --> 00:29:59.587
  • "O holy child of Bethlehem,descend to us we pray.
  • 00:29:59.621 --> 00:30:04.325
  • "Cast out our sin and enter in.
  • 00:30:04.359 --> 00:30:07.896
  • Be born in us today."
  • 00:30:07.929 --> 00:30:10.398
  • ♪ O little townof Bethlehem ♪
  • 00:30:13.568 --> 00:30:15.970
  • I love Christmas,the festive decoration,
  • 00:30:17.739 --> 00:30:24.178
  • ♪ Above thy deepand dreamless sleep ♪
  • 00:30:24.212 --> 00:30:29.817
  • ♪ The silent stars
  • 00:30:29.851 --> 00:30:32.353
  • ♪ Go by
  • 00:30:32.387 --> 00:30:36.324
  • ♪ Yet in that dark streets
  • 00:30:36.357 --> 00:30:39.961
  • ♪ Shineth
  • 00:30:39.994 --> 00:30:42.630
  • ♪ The everlasting light
  • 00:30:42.664 --> 00:30:49.103
  • ♪ The hopes and fearsof all the years ♪
  • 00:30:49.137 --> 00:30:55.043
  • ♪ Are met
  • 00:30:55.076 --> 00:30:56.577
  • ♪ In thee tonight
  • 00:30:56.611 --> 00:31:01.316
  • ♪♪
  • 00:31:01.349 --> 00:31:07.322
  • ♪♪
  • 00:31:07.355 --> 00:31:10.525
  • ♪ For Christ
  • 00:31:10.558 --> 00:31:11.859
  • ♪ Is born of Mary
  • 00:31:11.893 --> 00:31:16.798
  • ♪ And gathered all above
  • 00:31:16.831 --> 00:31:23.037
  • ♪ While mortals sleep
  • 00:31:23.071 --> 00:31:25.807
  • ♪ The angels keep
  • 00:31:25.840 --> 00:31:29.177
  • ♪ Their watch
  • 00:31:29.210 --> 00:31:30.678
  • ♪ Of wondering love
  • 00:31:30.712 --> 00:31:35.750
  • ♪ O morning starstogether ♪
  • 00:31:35.783 --> 00:31:41.723
  • ♪ Proclaim
  • 00:31:41.756 --> 00:31:43.157
  • ♪ The holy birth
  • 00:31:43.191 --> 00:31:48.529
  • ♪ And praises sing
  • 00:31:48.563 --> 00:31:51.032
  • ♪ To God our King
  • 00:31:51.065 --> 00:31:54.602
  • ♪ And peace to men
  • 00:31:54.635 --> 00:31:57.138
  • ♪ On earth
  • 00:31:57.171 --> 00:32:00.708
  • ♪♪
  • 00:32:00.742 --> 00:32:05.413
  • ♪ Peace to men
  • 00:32:05.446 --> 00:32:06.748
  • ♪ On earth
  • 00:32:06.781 --> 00:32:10.985
  • ♪♪
  • 00:32:11.019 --> 00:32:16.991
  • ♪♪
  • 00:32:17.025 --> 00:32:18.326
  • ♪ O holy child
  • 00:32:18.359 --> 00:32:21.195
  • ♪ Of Bethlehem
  • 00:32:21.229 --> 00:32:25.033
  • ♪ Descend to us
  • 00:32:25.066 --> 00:32:27.969
  • ♪ We pray
  • 00:32:28.002 --> 00:32:31.305
  • ♪ Cast out our sin
  • 00:32:31.339 --> 00:32:33.941
  • ♪ And enter in
  • 00:32:33.975 --> 00:32:37.378
  • ♪ Be born in us today
  • 00:32:37.412 --> 00:32:44.619
  • ♪ We hearthe Christmas angels ♪
  • 00:32:44.652 --> 00:32:49.924
  • ♪ The great glad tidings tell
  • 00:32:49.957 --> 00:32:56.397
  • ♪ O come to us,abide with us ♪
  • 00:32:56.431 --> 00:33:02.236
  • ♪ Our Lord
  • 00:33:02.270 --> 00:33:04.038
  • ♪ Emmanuel
  • 00:33:04.072 --> 00:33:08.409
  • ♪ Our Lord
  • 00:33:08.443 --> 00:33:11.779
  • ♪ Emmanuel
  • 00:33:11.813 --> 00:33:17.785
  • ♪♪
  • 00:33:17.819 --> 00:33:23.825
  • ♪ Ooh
  • 00:33:24.792 --> 00:33:27.428
  • ♪ O little child
  • 00:33:27.462 --> 00:33:33.835
  • ♪ O little town
  • 00:33:33.868 --> 00:33:39.040
  • ♪ How still
  • 00:33:39.073 --> 00:33:45.513
  • ♪ O holy child
  • 00:33:45.546 --> 00:33:50.084
  • ♪ Of Bethlehem
  • 00:33:50.118 --> 00:33:55.123
  • ♪ Descend to us
  • 00:33:55.156 --> 00:33:58.192
  • ♪ We pray
  • 00:33:58.226 --> 00:34:05.967
  • ♪ O come to us
  • 00:34:06.000 --> 00:34:10.304
  • ♪ Abide with us
  • 00:34:10.338 --> 00:34:15.710
  • ♪ Our Lord
  • 00:34:15.743 --> 00:34:17.078
  • ♪ Emmanuel ♪
  • 00:34:17.111 --> 00:34:25.253
  • (Matt)We welcome you back
  • 00:34:25.253 --> 00:34:27.622
  • Joseph's collar is way too blue.
  • 00:34:27.655 --> 00:34:29.790
  • Mary is green from inexperience,and the couple's star power
  • 00:34:29.824 --> 00:34:33.027
  • doesn't match the bill.
  • 00:34:33.060 --> 00:34:35.096
  • They are too obscure,too simple.
  • 00:34:35.129 --> 00:34:37.532
  • This story warrantssome headliners,
  • 00:34:37.565 --> 00:34:39.433
  • a square jawed Joseph,someone of the Clooney vintage.
  • 00:34:39.467 --> 00:34:43.204
  • And Mary needs a beauty markand glistening teeth,
  • 00:34:43.237 --> 00:34:46.607
  • Angelina Jolie-ish.
  • 00:34:46.641 --> 00:34:48.476
  • And what about the shepherds?
  • 00:34:48.509 --> 00:34:49.810
  • Do they sing?
  • 00:34:49.844 --> 00:34:51.145
  • If so, theyshould be able to wow
  • 00:34:51.179 --> 00:34:52.947
  • those judges on "The Voice."
  • 00:34:52.980 --> 00:34:54.949
  • Yes, Hollywood would definitelyrecast the story.
  • 00:34:54.982 --> 00:34:59.720
  • And a civilized personwould sanitize it.
  • 00:34:59.754 --> 00:35:03.391
  • No one, however poor,should be born in a cow stall,
  • 00:35:03.424 --> 00:35:07.228
  • hay on the floor,animals on the hay.
  • 00:35:07.261 --> 00:35:09.130
  • Don't place the babyin a feed trough.
  • 00:35:09.163 --> 00:35:12.533
  • The donkey's nosehas been there.
  • 00:35:12.567 --> 00:35:14.802
  • And don't get me startedon the smell of those sheep.
  • 00:35:14.835 --> 00:35:18.739
  • The true story of Christmaswas messy.
  • 00:35:18.773 --> 00:35:22.843
  • I'm standing here in the grotto,which is believed to be
  • 00:35:22.877 --> 00:35:26.080
  • the birthplace of Jesus.
  • 00:35:26.113 --> 00:35:29.483
  • Today, it's reveredas a holy site.
  • 00:35:29.517 --> 00:35:32.019
  • But back then, well, back thenyou'd have to watch your step.
  • 00:35:32.053 --> 00:35:36.190
  • A good public relations firm
  • 00:35:36.224 --> 00:35:37.692
  • would move the birthto a big city,
  • 00:35:37.725 --> 00:35:39.827
  • see what Roman palacesthey might rent,
  • 00:35:39.860 --> 00:35:42.396
  • what Greek villasthey could lease.
  • 00:35:42.430 --> 00:35:44.432
  • The Son of Goddeserves a royal entry.
  • 00:35:44.465 --> 00:35:47.935
  • Less peasant, more pizzazz.
  • 00:35:47.969 --> 00:35:50.338
  • Out with the heads of sheep,in with the heads of state.
  • 00:35:50.371 --> 00:35:53.674
  • Shouldn't weticker tape this event?
  • 00:35:53.708 --> 00:35:55.743
  • You'd think so.
  • 00:35:55.776 --> 00:35:57.078
  • Let stallions pranceand trumpets blast,
  • 00:35:57.111 --> 00:36:00.548
  • summon emperorsfrom ancient thrones
  • 00:36:00.581 --> 00:36:02.917
  • and palaces not yet built.
  • 00:36:02.950 --> 00:36:04.752
  • Abraham and Mosesshould kneel at the manger.
  • 00:36:04.785 --> 00:36:08.022
  • Even Adam and Eveshould come to Bethlehem,
  • 00:36:08.055 --> 00:36:11.192
  • and bowbefore the Alpha and Omega
  • 00:36:11.225 --> 00:36:13.294
  • whom Mary holds.
  • 00:36:13.327 --> 00:36:15.129
  • But we didn't designthe hour, God did.
  • 00:36:15.162 --> 00:36:19.634
  • And God was contentto enter the world
  • 00:36:19.667 --> 00:36:22.603
  • in the presence of sleepy sheepand a wide-eyed carpenter,
  • 00:36:22.637 --> 00:36:26.474
  • no spotlights, just candlelight.
  • 00:36:26.507 --> 00:36:29.210
  • No crowns,just cows chewing cud.
  • 00:36:29.243 --> 00:36:31.712
  • God made so littleof his Son's coming.
  • 00:36:31.746 --> 00:36:34.615
  • He didn't even circlethe date on the calendar.
  • 00:36:34.649 --> 00:36:37.618
  • Ancient Christmas has bouncedfrom date to date
  • 00:36:37.652 --> 00:36:40.421
  • before landing on December 25.
  • 00:36:40.454 --> 00:36:42.556
  • Some early leaders favoreddates in march.
  • 00:36:42.590 --> 00:36:45.426
  • For centuries,the Eastern Orthodox church
  • 00:36:45.459 --> 00:36:47.561
  • celebrated Christmason January 6,
  • 00:36:47.595 --> 00:36:49.864
  • and some still do.
  • 00:36:49.897 --> 00:36:51.666
  • Only in the fourth century didthe church choose December 25
  • 00:36:51.699 --> 00:36:55.469
  • as the date to celebrateJesus' coming.
  • 00:36:55.503 --> 00:36:58.306
  • We've made bigger dealsout of lesser comings.
  • 00:36:58.339 --> 00:37:01.442
  • How could this be?
  • 00:37:01.475 --> 00:37:02.777
  • No exact date of birth,no hoopla when he was born.
  • 00:37:02.810 --> 00:37:05.980
  • Is this a mistake?
  • 00:37:06.013 --> 00:37:08.449
  • Or is this the message?
  • 00:37:08.482 --> 00:37:11.118
  • Maybe your life resemblesa Bethlehem stable,
  • 00:37:11.152 --> 00:37:14.555
  • crude in some spotsand smelly in others.
  • 00:37:14.588 --> 00:37:17.325
  • Not much glamor,not always neat.
  • 00:37:17.358 --> 00:37:20.227
  • And people in your circleremind you of stable animals,
  • 00:37:20.261 --> 00:37:23.164
  • grazing like sheepand stubborn like donkeys.
  • 00:37:23.197 --> 00:37:25.700
  • And that cow in the corner looksa lot like the fella next door.
  • 00:37:25.733 --> 00:37:29.737
  • You, like Joseph, knockedon the innkeeper's door,
  • 00:37:29.770 --> 00:37:32.373
  • but you were too late,too old, too sick, dull,
  • 00:37:32.406 --> 00:37:36.310
  • damaged, poor, peculiar.
  • 00:37:36.344 --> 00:37:38.079
  • You know the soundof a slamming door,
  • 00:37:38.112 --> 00:37:40.514
  • and so here you arein the grotto.
  • 00:37:40.548 --> 00:37:42.650
  • Always on the outskirtsof the activity, it seems.
  • 00:37:42.683 --> 00:37:46.754
  • You do your bestto make the best of it,
  • 00:37:46.787 --> 00:37:48.622
  • but try as you might,the roof still leaks,
  • 00:37:48.656 --> 00:37:51.092
  • the winter wind still sneaksthrough the holes.
  • 00:37:51.125 --> 00:37:53.427
  • You just can't seem to fix it.
  • 00:37:53.461 --> 00:37:55.129
  • You shivered throughyour share of cold nights.
  • 00:37:55.162 --> 00:38:00.067
  • And you wonder if God hasa place for a person like you.
  • 00:38:00.101 --> 00:38:04.305
  • Find your answerin the Bethlehem stable.
  • 00:38:04.338 --> 00:38:08.309
  • You see, God knowswhat it's like to be a human.
  • 00:38:08.342 --> 00:38:11.312
  • When I talk to himabout deadlines or long lines
  • 00:38:11.345 --> 00:38:13.581
  • or tough times,he understands.
  • 00:38:13.614 --> 00:38:15.516
  • He's been there, he's been here.
  • 00:38:15.549 --> 00:38:18.085
  • Because of Bethlehem,I have a friend in heaven,
  • 00:38:18.119 --> 00:38:21.389
  • and so do you.
  • 00:38:21.422 --> 00:38:23.224
  • Because of Bethlehem,you have a Savior in heaven.
  • 00:38:23.257 --> 00:38:25.693
  • You see, Christmas beginswhat Easter celebrates.
  • 00:38:25.726 --> 00:38:28.963
  • The child in the cradlebecame the king on the cross.
  • 00:38:28.996 --> 00:38:31.999
  • And because he did,there are no marks
  • 00:38:32.032 --> 00:38:34.268
  • on your record, just grace.
  • 00:38:34.301 --> 00:38:36.570
  • Christ's offerhas no fine print.
  • 00:38:36.604 --> 00:38:38.773
  • He didn't say, "Clean upbefore you come in."
  • 00:38:38.806 --> 00:38:41.075
  • He offers, "Come on in,I'll clean you up."
  • 00:38:41.108 --> 00:38:44.011
  • And it's not our gripon him that matters,
  • 00:38:44.044 --> 00:38:45.913
  • but it's his grip on us,and his grip is sure.
  • 00:38:45.946 --> 00:38:50.050
  • It really comes down to that.
  • 00:38:50.084 --> 00:38:53.020
  • God loves us.
  • 00:38:53.053 --> 00:38:54.922
  • The story of Christmas is
  • 00:38:54.955 --> 00:38:57.158
  • the story of God'srelentless love.
  • 00:38:57.191 --> 00:39:00.261
  • Let him love you.
  • 00:39:00.294 --> 00:39:01.829
  • If God was willingto wrap himself in rags
  • 00:39:01.862 --> 00:39:04.031
  • and lay in a manger,
  • 00:39:04.064 --> 00:39:05.366
  • then all questionsabout his love for you
  • 00:39:05.399 --> 00:39:07.468
  • are off the table.
  • 00:39:07.501 --> 00:39:09.270
  • You might question his actions,decisions, or declarations,
  • 00:39:09.303 --> 00:39:12.606
  • but you can never, ever question
  • 00:39:12.640 --> 00:39:15.142
  • his zany, stunning,unquenchable affection.
  • 00:39:15.176 --> 00:39:19.613
  • The moment Marytouched God's face
  • 00:39:19.647 --> 00:39:21.382
  • is the moment God made his case
  • 00:39:21.415 --> 00:39:22.983
  • there is no placehe will not go.
  • 00:39:23.017 --> 00:39:26.020
  • And if he is willingto be born in a barnyard,
  • 00:39:26.053 --> 00:39:28.222
  • then you can expect himto be at work anywhere:
  • 00:39:28.255 --> 00:39:30.758
  • bars, bedrooms,boardrooms, brothels.
  • 00:39:30.791 --> 00:39:34.462
  • No place is too common,no person is too hardened,
  • 00:39:34.495 --> 00:39:37.731
  • no distance is too far.
  • 00:39:37.765 --> 00:39:39.834
  • There's no man or womanhe cannot reach.
  • 00:39:39.867 --> 00:39:42.436
  • And there is no limitto his love.
  • 00:39:42.470 --> 00:39:45.973
  • You see, when Christwas born, so was our hope.
  • 00:39:46.006 --> 00:39:48.943
  • This is why Ilove Christmas.
  • 00:39:48.976 --> 00:39:51.145
  • The event invites us to believethe wildest of promises,
  • 00:39:51.178 --> 00:39:55.649
  • that God became one of usso we could become one with him.
  • 00:39:55.683 --> 00:40:01.422
  • And he did awaywith every barrier,
  • 00:40:01.455 --> 00:40:03.190
  • fence, sin, debt, and grave.
  • 00:40:03.224 --> 00:40:05.826
  • Anything that might keep usfrom him was demolished.
  • 00:40:05.860 --> 00:40:10.464
  • He only awaits our wordto walk through the door.
  • 00:40:10.498 --> 00:40:14.869
  • So invite him in.
  • 00:40:14.902 --> 00:40:16.804
  • Escort him to the seat of honor.
  • 00:40:16.837 --> 00:40:18.672
  • Pull out the chair,clear the table,
  • 00:40:18.706 --> 00:40:20.474
  • clear the calendar,call the kids and neighbors.
  • 00:40:20.508 --> 00:40:23.377
  • Christmas is here.
  • 00:40:23.410 --> 00:40:24.845
  • Christ is here.
  • 00:40:24.879 --> 00:40:27.815
  • One request from you and Godwill do again what he did then:
  • 00:40:27.848 --> 00:40:31.252
  • scatter the nightwith everlasting light,
  • 00:40:31.285 --> 00:40:34.154
  • and he will be born in you.
  • 00:40:34.188 --> 00:40:37.458
  • Just listen as God whispers.
  • 00:40:37.491 --> 00:40:40.127
  • "No mess turns me back.
  • 00:40:40.160 --> 00:40:42.162
  • "No smell turns me off.
  • 00:40:42.196 --> 00:40:44.331
  • "I live to livein a life like yours.
  • 00:40:44.365 --> 00:40:47.701
  • "Every heart can be a manger.
  • 00:40:47.735 --> 00:40:50.070
  • Every day can still beChristmas."
  • 00:40:50.104 --> 00:40:52.773
  • So, let "Silent Night"be sung on summer nights.
  • 00:40:52.806 --> 00:40:55.242
  • Let Advent brightenthe autumn chill.
  • 00:40:55.276 --> 00:40:57.378
  • The Christmas miracleis a year-long celebration.
  • 00:40:57.411 --> 00:41:02.149
  • May this prayer be yours.
  • 00:41:02.182 --> 00:41:05.352
  • Like the stablein which you lay,
  • 00:41:05.386 --> 00:41:07.655
  • my heart is simpleand frail as hay.
  • 00:41:07.688 --> 00:41:10.691
  • But if you would within me stay,
  • 00:41:10.724 --> 00:41:12.893
  • make my heartyour manger, I pray.
  • 00:41:12.927 --> 00:41:16.130
  • And make my worldyour Bethlehem,
  • 00:41:16.163 --> 00:41:18.432
  • centerpieced with heaven's Son.
  • 00:41:18.465 --> 00:41:20.234
  • Make this nighta shepherd's sky,
  • 00:41:20.267 --> 00:41:22.236
  • quickened bright with holy dawn.
  • 00:41:22.269 --> 00:41:24.438
  • Rush the air with cherub wings.
  • 00:41:24.471 --> 00:41:26.941
  • Rush this earth,let angels sing.
  • 00:41:26.974 --> 00:41:29.343
  • A glimpse of your face,a taste of your grace
  • 00:41:29.376 --> 00:41:32.346
  • be born in this place,I pray, amen.
  • 00:41:32.379 --> 00:41:37.518
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  • (Max)Christmas beginswhat Easter celebrates.
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  • The child in the cradlebecame the king on the cross.
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  • These are the heart-shapingpromises of Christmas.
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  • And long afterthe holiday guests have left,
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  • and the carolers have gone home,and the lights have come down,
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  • these promises endure.
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  • So, in the middleof your busy season,
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  • would you take a momentto quiet your heart?
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  • Because of Bethlehem,God knows you,
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  • (Matt)Because of Bethlehem,we've adopted that theme
  • 00:43:08.742 --> 00:43:11.412
  • for tonight's special.
  • 00:43:11.445 --> 00:43:13.080
  • But there is somethingvery special about this book.
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  • What are they going to getout of this book?
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  • (Max)It's so easy to losethe Christmas message, isn't it?
  • 00:43:18.752 --> 00:43:22.122
  • And all of us can beguilty of the travel,
  • 00:43:22.156 --> 00:43:25.659
  • and the busy-ness,and the extra work or shopping.
  • 00:43:25.693 --> 00:43:30.798
  • And it's very easy to look upon December 26 and say,
  • 00:43:30.831 --> 00:43:35.969
  • "I didn't even think aboutwhat Christmas is all about."
  • 00:43:36.003 --> 00:43:39.406
  • And sometimes, that's because
  • 00:43:39.440 --> 00:43:40.741
  • nobody's everexplained it to us.
  • 00:43:40.774 --> 00:43:43.711
  • And I thoughtit would be great if there was,
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  • in the conversationof Christmas,
  • 00:43:45.979 --> 00:43:48.549
  • a very readable, not too long,
  • 00:43:48.582 --> 00:43:53.320
  • but inspirational book
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  • that would help a personwho's saying,
  • 00:43:56.190 --> 00:43:58.392
  • "I just want somebody to tell methe real meaning of Christmas,
  • 00:43:58.425 --> 00:44:01.462
  • "whether I've heard it1.000 times
  • 00:44:01.495 --> 00:44:03.964
  • or whetherI've never heard it at all."
  • 00:44:03.997 --> 00:44:07.067
  • And that's the kind of personI was thinking about
  • 00:44:07.101 --> 00:44:10.170
  • when I wrote this book.
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  • (Matt)I like what it saysright on the back cover.
  • 00:44:12.005 --> 00:44:15.709
  • What's the big dealabout the baby in the manger?
  • 00:44:15.743 --> 00:44:18.312
  • Who was he?
  • 00:44:18.345 --> 00:44:19.646
  • What does his birthhave to do with me?
  • 00:44:19.680 --> 00:44:22.316
  • And I love the answersI found like this one.
  • 00:44:22.349 --> 00:44:25.219
  • "God knowswhat it's like to be human.
  • 00:44:25.252 --> 00:44:27.654
  • "When we talk to himabout deadlines,
  • 00:44:27.688 --> 00:44:29.556
  • long lines, or tough times,he understands."
  • 00:44:29.590 --> 00:44:32.159
  • So, you're unpackingalmost a theological book
  • 00:44:32.192 --> 00:44:38.165
  • in a way that can bereadable for us now.
  • 00:44:38.198 --> 00:44:40.467
  • I like to write books for peoplewho don't like to read books.
  • 00:44:40.501 --> 00:44:43.871
  • That's the kind of peopleI like to help.
  • 00:44:43.904 --> 00:44:46.573
  • And people are busy,people have a lot going on.
  • 00:44:46.607 --> 00:44:49.376
  • And most people don't havetime to pull down
  • 00:44:49.409 --> 00:44:51.445
  • a big, thick bookabout the incarnation,
  • 00:44:51.478 --> 00:44:54.314
  • or understandingthe history of Christmas.
  • 00:44:54.348 --> 00:44:56.650
  • So, I kind of hadthat person in mind,
  • 00:44:56.683 --> 00:44:59.686
  • and thought it'd be
  • 00:44:59.720 --> 00:45:01.021
  • a great encouragementto that person.
  • 00:45:01.054 --> 00:45:03.423
  • And Christmas isan encouraging time.
  • 00:45:03.457 --> 00:45:06.026
  • And I believe we live in a daythat people need encouragement.
  • 00:45:06.059 --> 00:45:10.097
  • Globally, it'sa frightening time.
  • 00:45:10.130 --> 00:45:12.566
  • There's conflictson every continent.
  • 00:45:12.599 --> 00:45:15.302
  • We've, you know, gone throughanother major election cycle,
  • 00:45:15.335 --> 00:45:16.737
  • The economy looks healthy,sometimes looks
  • 00:45:16.770 --> 00:45:18.438
  • like another recessionis coming.
  • 00:45:18.472 --> 00:45:20.140
  • So we live on the edge.
  • 00:45:20.174 --> 00:45:22.075
  • And we need to be remindedthat the message of Christmas
  • 00:45:22.109 --> 00:45:25.279
  • says God is still on the throne,God is still in control.
  • 00:45:25.312 --> 00:45:29.449
  • You look at the storyof Mary and Joseph,
  • 00:45:29.483 --> 00:45:32.252
  • even the birth of Jesuscame out of chaos.
  • 00:45:32.286 --> 00:45:35.355
  • You know, it was a census.
  • 00:45:35.389 --> 00:45:38.125
  • Mary did not wantto give birth in a manger.
  • 00:45:38.158 --> 00:45:41.862
  • She would much have ratherstayed home in Nazareth.
  • 00:45:41.895 --> 00:45:44.832
  • Joseph didn't wantto have to take
  • 00:45:44.865 --> 00:45:46.400
  • his pregnant wifeon a long trip to another town.
  • 00:45:46.433 --> 00:45:50.370
  • It was just chaos.
  • 00:45:50.404 --> 00:45:51.872
  • And the town was crowded,
  • 00:45:51.905 --> 00:45:53.207
  • the ancient versionof a traffic jam.
  • 00:45:53.240 --> 00:45:56.210
  • It was just everything,and smelly,
  • 00:45:56.243 --> 00:45:57.978
  • messy barn, a manger.
  • 00:45:58.011 --> 00:46:00.581
  • It was--nobody--I would imaginethat no one hearing my words had
  • 00:46:00.614 --> 00:46:05.419
  • a more humble birththan Jesus Christ did.
  • 00:46:05.452 --> 00:46:09.323
  • And what does that tell us?
  • 00:46:09.356 --> 00:46:11.058
  • That tells us that Godcan use even the chaos,
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  • the craziness of our lives,and he can bring miracles,
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  • he can bring good thingsinto our world.
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  • And he still does.That's important.
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  • We need to remember
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  • that Christmas is notjust about what God did,
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  • but it's also aboutwhat God does,
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  • and let Christmashappen in our lives today.
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  • ♪♪
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  • ♪♪
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  • ♪ O holy night
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  • ♪ The starsare brightly shining ♪
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  • ♪ It is the night
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  • ♪ Of our dear Savior's birth
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  • ♪ Long lay the world
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  • ♪ In sin and error pining
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  • ♪ Till he appeared
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  • ♪ And the soul
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  • ♪ Felt its worth
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  • ♪ A thrill of hope
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  • ♪ The weary world rejoices
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  • ♪ For yonder breaks
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  • ♪ A new and glorious morn
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  • ♪ Fall
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  • ♪ On your knees
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  • ♪ O hear
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  • ♪ The angel voices
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  • ♪ O night divine
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  • ♪ O night
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  • ♪ When Christ was born
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  • ♪ O night divine
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  • ♪ O night
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  • ♪ O night divine
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  • ♪ Truly he taught us
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  • ♪ To love one another
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  • ♪ His law is love
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  • ♪ And his gospel
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  • ♪ Is peace
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  • ♪ Chains shall he break
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  • ♪ For the slave
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  • ♪ Is our brother
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  • ♪ And in his name
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  • ♪ All oppression
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  • ♪ Shall cease
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  • ♪ Sweet hymns of joy
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  • ♪ In grateful chorus raise we
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  • ♪ Let all within us
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  • ♪ Praise his holy name
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  • ♪ Christ
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  • ♪ Is the Lord
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  • ♪ O praise
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  • ♪ His name
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  • ♪ Forever
  • 00:49:42.636 --> 00:49:47.074
  • ♪ His power
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  • ♪ And glory
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  • ♪ Evermore
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  • ♪ Evermore proclaim
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  • ♪ His power
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  • ♪ And glory
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  • ♪ Evermore proclaim
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  • ♪ Oh, fall
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  • ♪ On your knees
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  • ♪ Don't you hear
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  • ♪ The angel, angel voices
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  • ♪ O night divine
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  • ♪ O night
  • 00:50:48.235 --> 00:50:52.372
  • ♪ When Christ was born
  • 00:50:52.405 --> 00:50:57.878
  • ♪ O night
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  • ♪ O holy night divine
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  • ♪ O night
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  • ♪ When my Jesus
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  • ♪ Was born
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  • ♪ O night divine ♪
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  • ♪♪
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  • [audience cheering]
  • 00:51:39.553 --> 00:51:43.890
  • (Matt)Max, there could besome people that have tuned in
  • 00:51:45.625 --> 00:51:48.361
  • to this broadcast,and, you know,
  • 00:51:48.395 --> 00:51:51.464
  • there's somethingdifferent about it.
  • 00:51:51.498 --> 00:51:53.233
  • They're not sure exactly what.
  • 00:51:53.266 --> 00:51:54.568
  • Because of Bethlehem,there's an opportunity
  • 00:51:54.601 --> 00:51:57.337
  • for us to live forever.
  • 00:51:57.370 --> 00:51:58.872
  • Maybe somebody doesn't knowexactly how to pray that prayer.
  • 00:51:58.905 --> 00:52:02.008
  • Would you just lookinto the camera?
  • 00:52:02.042 --> 00:52:03.376
  • All over the world,wherever you're watching,
  • 00:52:03.410 --> 00:52:06.112
  • this may be your night.
  • 00:52:06.146 --> 00:52:07.480
  • Because of Bethlehem,
  • 00:52:07.514 --> 00:52:09.115
  • Jesus cameinto your life tonight.
  • 00:52:09.149 --> 00:52:12.852
  • What if it's tonight?Max?
  • 00:52:12.886 --> 00:52:14.621
  • (Max)You know, when we wereat the Church of the Nativity,
  • 00:52:14.654 --> 00:52:17.324
  • they reminded us that to get in,you have to lower yourself
  • 00:52:17.357 --> 00:52:20.126
  • and enter that small door.
  • 00:52:20.160 --> 00:52:22.028
  • That's a pictureof humility, isn't it?
  • 00:52:22.062 --> 00:52:24.331
  • And that's what a persondoes when they come to faith.
  • 00:52:24.364 --> 00:52:27.067
  • They humble themselves,they humble themselves and say,
  • 00:52:27.100 --> 00:52:29.970
  • "Lord, I need your help.
  • 00:52:30.003 --> 00:52:31.571
  • "I need your helpto forgive my sin,
  • 00:52:31.605 --> 00:52:33.907
  • and to live my life."
  • 00:52:33.940 --> 00:52:35.609
  • It really is that simple.
  • 00:52:35.642 --> 00:52:37.444
  • If you'd like to that,
  • 00:52:37.477 --> 00:52:38.778
  • just offer a prayerjust like this.
  • 00:52:38.812 --> 00:52:40.614
  • You can use the wordsthat I'm about to say,
  • 00:52:40.647 --> 00:52:42.682
  • or you can take the sentimentand form the prayer
  • 00:52:42.716 --> 00:52:45.418
  • in your own words.
  • 00:52:45.452 --> 00:52:46.753
  • But just saysomething like this.
  • 00:52:46.786 --> 00:52:48.188
  • "Lord, I trust you.
  • 00:52:48.221 --> 00:52:51.258
  • "I believethat you're a good God,
  • 00:52:51.291 --> 00:52:53.727
  • "and I believe that you know me.
  • 00:52:53.760 --> 00:52:56.129
  • "Please forgive me,forgive my sins.
  • 00:52:56.162 --> 00:52:59.733
  • "I entrust my life to youand my soul to you.
  • 00:52:59.766 --> 00:53:02.969
  • "Would you please receive me?
  • 00:53:03.003 --> 00:53:04.971
  • "Take me to heaven.
  • 00:53:05.005 --> 00:53:06.773
  • "I believe that you'rethe Savior of the world
  • 00:53:06.806 --> 00:53:09.509
  • "and the God of the universe.
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  • Through Jesus I pray, amen."
  • 00:53:11.211 --> 00:53:13.647
  • (Matt)Wow.
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  • We go from death to lifebecause of Bethlehem.
  • 00:53:15.015 --> 00:53:19.586
  • What an amazing evening.
  • 00:53:19.619 --> 00:53:22.555
  • This setting, the beautifulweather, this location.
  • 00:53:22.589 --> 00:53:27.193
  • You know, God saysthat his eyes
  • 00:53:27.227 --> 00:53:29.596
  • will never departfrom this city.
  • 00:53:29.629 --> 00:53:32.232
  • And we are coming to youfrom Jerusalem, Israel.
  • 00:53:32.265 --> 00:53:36.169
  • And because of Bethlehem,we get to with you,
  • 00:53:36.202 --> 00:53:38.638
  • on three: one, two, three,
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  • (all)Merry Christmas.
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  • (announcer)In "Because of Bethlehem,"Max Lucado,
  • 00:53:44.377 --> 00:53:47.180
  • one of the most giftedBible teachers of our time,
  • 00:53:47.213 --> 00:53:49.416
  • has poured decadesof study, insights,
  • 00:53:49.449 --> 00:53:51.584
  • and inspiration concerningthe birth of Christ
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  • into one treasured volume.
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  • And right now, it'sour special Christmas thank you
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