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The Joy of Family

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December 18, 2020
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Leon Fontaine is showing people across the earth how to unleash the miraculous in their everyday lives and take Jesus to their families, friends, and communities.

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  • -ANNOUNCER: What would youchange in your life?
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  • - What if you could unleash themiraculous in your
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  • everyday life?
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  • - Experience freedom, live inpeace, change the world. Become
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  • Spirit Contemporary. Join LeonFontaine, world renowned
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  • conference speaker, seniorpastor of Canada's fastest
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  • growing church, and CEO ofCanada's only Christian TV
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  • station. Today, on THE SPIRITCONTEMPORARY LIFE.
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  • -LEON FONTAINE: I want to bringyou the hope of the Christmas
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  • story. It's the story of Godrestoring His family. It's the
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  • story of Jesus coming to theplanet, God with us, Emmanuel.
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  • -ANNOUNCER: In John 10:10, itsays that Jesus came to give us
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  • life, and life more abundantly.So, why is there such a
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  • disconnect between this biblicalpromise, and how most Christians
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  • live today? Why have so manybelievers become spiritually
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  • weak, and ineffective at sharingJesus' message of love? THE
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  • SPIRIT CONTEMPORARY LIFE is theanswer. It's being led by Holy
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  • Spirit, but in a contemporaryway. It's being Jesus and
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  • demonstrating His love in wayspeople can understand and
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  • appreciate. Spirit Contemporaryis unique for everyone. It never
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  • compromises the truth, and itnever makes others feel
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  • uncomfortable. It's freeingyourself from religious
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  • constraints, and walking freelyin God's amazing grace, for His
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  • purpose. THE SPIRIT CONTEMPORARYLIFE is absolutely crucial if
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  • the global church and her peopleare going to change the world.
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  • - Later in the show, we'll tellyou how you can reserve your
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  • copy of today's resource. Enrichyour soul and renew your mind
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  • with this timely series.
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  • - And now, from Calgary,Canada, pastor Leon Fontaine.
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  • -LEON: Hey everybody, welcome.It's good to have you with me
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  • today. And, I love the Christmasstory. I love the Christmas
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  • season. And I believe that as wego into our message today, it's
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  • going to help all of us. Yousee, nobody has a perfect
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  • family. I did an entire seriesto our church called, "No
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  • perfect families." It was one ofthe most sought after series we
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  • did because everybody thinkssomebody must have the perfect
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  • family. Or you'll hear peoplesay well, we have one boy and
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  • one girl. That's the perfectfamily. There are no perfect
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  • families. And even if you seeeverything together on the
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  • exterior, you know, because weall work so hard when we get out
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  • to church or shopping or withfriends. Your kids are on y our
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  • best behaviour, they're dressedthe best, you know, you're
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  • setting the table for guests,you want the kids to know hey,
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  • we have guests coming over,let's be on our best behaviour,
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  • and then we've got all thesocial media that's going on
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  • today. And, you see thesefamilies on social media and, I
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  • mean, she's got her makeup on,all her clothes are perfect, her
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  • kids are so amazingly obedient.Listen to me. Those are edited
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  • segments. Nobody has the perfectfamily. And so, it's almost like
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  • all the social media has gottenus all depressed like, who can
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  • compete with that family, thatministry, that person? Social
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  • media makes us look our best andin fact and in many cases just
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  • outright lies. It just saysthings about people that they're
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  • not even like that, they don'teven have a life like that. It's
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  • their portrayal of their life infront of a camera, or their
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  • phone, as they try to get it topeople. But I find everywhere I
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  • go as a pastor, as a leader,that people just feel like my
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  • family is so messed up, soflawed, no where near how I'd
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  • want it or how I like it, andthey're just discouraged. I had
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  • one person talk to me and sayyou know, our daughter grew up
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  • and just made a horrible turndoing things we never trained
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  • her to do. We are such badparents, because if we would
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  • have trained her right, she'd beserving God today and so, I've
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  • often told people this. Thereare no perfect families. And,
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  • God who had a family, because Hehad Adam and Eve, He made them
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  • in His likeness and in Hisimage. And that literally means
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  • an exact duplicate in kind. Ofall the things God created, only
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  • Adam and Eve did He breathe Hispresence into. Which means, it's
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  • God's DNA, spiritual DNA,breathed into Adam and Eve.
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  • Growing up in the garden withHim, laughing, talking. Can you
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  • imagine God coming down to walkin the garden with Adam and Eve?
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  • We all think that He's a greatbig forty-story tall guy and
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  • that if He'd show up on theplanet, there'd be a great big
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  • explosion of fire and Adam couldmaybe reach His ankle, and, "Hey
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  • God way up there! How are you?"No. He walked and talked with
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  • them in the cool of the day. Ibelieve, just like Jesus when He
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  • came to the planet, Emmanuel,God with us. He looked like a
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  • human, talked like a human, wasthe same size as a human. I know
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  • that when God came to talk withAdam and Eve in the garden, He
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  • was their size, communicatedwith them. He created their
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  • faces to smile and to needlaughter, which means it comes
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  • from Him. He loves laughter, Heloves joy. He loves adventure.
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  • He loved doing things. It wouldbe an amazing thing if someone
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  • could portray what God was likein the garden of Eden, with Adam
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  • and Eve before the fall. It musthave been the most astounding,
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  • stunning, incredible thing youcould ever see. But, Adam and
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  • Eve. They disobeyed God, andthey left Him. They broke the
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  • principles that kept theirrelationship strong, went out on
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  • their own, and God Himself had abroken family. And when you
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  • recognize that the entire OldTestament is the human race
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  • pursuing its own goals, pursuingthe things that it wants. You
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  • know, the tree in the garden ofEden was the tree of the
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  • knowledge of good and evil.Basically, they wanted to make
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  • their own decisions as to whatwas bad and what was good. And
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  • that's the way everybody istoday. That's why people like
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  • atheists and agnostics. Youknow, they probably could
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  • believe, but they don't want tobecause they inside kind of know
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  • if I believe there is a God,there's a lot of things I better
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  • probably change in my life. Sothe Christmas story, the
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  • Christmas story, is beautiful.Because it's about God restoring
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  • His family. Just like you wantto restore your family. Maybe
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  • it's in the marriage area thatyou think you know, we've been
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  • married for this many years andit's not growing. Our marriage
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  • is not becoming better. We'rekind of battening down the
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  • hatches. We're seeing how longthat we can manage our home, our
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  • family. Or maybe as the kids aregrowing up, they're leaving and
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  • they'd rather be with theirteenage friends than with you.
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  • Or now they're married andthey're with the other family
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  • more than they're with ourfamily. I don't know where
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  • you're at, or maybe there's oneof the spouses is struggling
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  • with an addiction or the kids.Like, there are so many
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  • different scenarios, that peopleare listening to this message
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  • with me right now. And so I wantto bring you the hope of the
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  • Christmas story. It's the storyof God, restoring His family.
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  • It's the story of Jesus comingto the planet, God with us,
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  • Emmanuel. And the reason He hadto come as a baby, was because
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  • He had to come and He couldn'tjust kind of, horn in to the
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  • human race as God, because Hehad given the planet to human
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  • beings. And so, the human raceis in control and in authority
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  • on the planet. And you'll finddifferent verses in the Bible
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  • that say that. That the heavensare the Lord's, but the earth He
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  • has given to the sons of man.So, I mean, I could go through a
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  • ton of scripture but let me justrepeat some of them. For
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  • example, when it talks abouthuman beings and authority, that
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  • is why the world's so messed up.Not that God has messed it up,
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  • but that the human race has madedecisions and the decisions that
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  • we make affect generations aheadof us. You know, this is another
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  • topic. I don't believe ingenerational curses. Okay,
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  • actually when you get into theWord, it's not really, it's not
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  • there at all. And God's not likethat, to say whatever I do, my
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  • poor kids are going to be cursedwith. No. But, the things that I
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  • believe and the actions that Ido, the behaviour that I have in
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  • raising my kids, is definitelygoing to affect them. It's
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  • definitely going to affect theirlives. It's going to affect how
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  • they handle marriages and money,etc. So there is an effect that
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  • goes down generationally. It'snot a curse that you have to
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  • kind of break, it's a way ofthinking. It's a way of
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  • believing about money, marriage,sex, God. All of these things,
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  • that gets passed on fromgeneration to generation. And
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  • so, God wanted to change that.And it was, Jesus, was the
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  • miracle that restored God'sfamily. I believe today, that
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  • there can be a miracle thatrestores your family. And His
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  • name is Jesus. And not only isknowing Jesus restores marriages
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  • and families and homes, but italso gives us the power to begin
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  • to change our world in ourlives. You see, giving your life
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  • to this Jesus, who was born as ababy, who died on the cross for
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  • you and I. It's not enough tojust say okay now Jesus do all
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  • the miracles and fix everything.No, what He's going to do, is
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  • He's going to live His lifethrough you. And when Jesus
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  • lives His life through you, youbecome this attractive force
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  • that restores and brings helpand health. You have a patience
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  • beyond anything imaginable. Awisdom on what to say in
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  • situations, and how to evenbegin to plan and see your home
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  • begin to move in rightdirections. And, so there's some
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  • pretty incredible things. InGalatians 4, the Bible says in
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  • verse 4, but when the propertime had fully come, God sent
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  • His son, born of a woman, bornsubject to the regulations of
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  • the law. To purchase the freedomof. To ransom, to redeem, to
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  • atone for, those who weresubject to the law. That we
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  • might be adopted and havesonship conferred upon us. And
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  • be recognized as God's sons.Now, this is talking about
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  • Jesus. And how that when acertain time came, Jesus came
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  • and He died. Now, mankindincluding Adam and Eve, couldn't
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  • live good enough to really stayin God's family. To be in God's
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  • family. So it says that sonship,or to be in the family, was
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  • going to be conferred uponpeople. It was going to be
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  • gifted to people. It was goingto be given to people. And when
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  • you study this Jesus that cameand lived on the planet for 33
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  • years. He was a baby, a toddler,a teenager. He began to do what
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  • His father wanted Him to do. Henever sinned. He lived a
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  • righteous life. Never gave in tothe temptations that all the
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  • rest of us might have given into in so many areas. And then
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  • when He died on the cross at 33years of age. He died for you.
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  • And He died for me. And He tookour place on the cross. The
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  • Christmas story, is one of Godsending His son, born of a
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  • woman. So that as a human being,He could represent the human
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  • race. You know, if Canada wantsto send someone to represent us
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  • to the United Nations, we don'tsend a dog or a cow, we send a
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  • human being. And when the humanrace needed to have a
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  • representative in God's kingdomand go before. It was Jesus that
  • 00:12:21.566 --> 00:12:27.005
  • came, because no one else couldrepresent the human race. So
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  • when Jesus died on the cross, Hedied for everybody's sins. He
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  • became sin. He took the cursethat was out there, and it said
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  • you are free from the curse,you're free from your sins. All
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  • that requires, is that youaccept now this free gift. I
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  • think, people often ask me,don't you think Christmas is too
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  • commercialized? Yeah, I do.Don't you think, yeah, it's not
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  • even the right date, that's notthe date he died. I don't care
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  • about any of those things. I'mjust glad that we have a time
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  • that celebrates Jesus. And Iknow that we buy presents and
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  • people go into debt and we'vegot Santa Claus and elves and
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  • the Grinch. I love it all, Ijust see it all as beautiful fun
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  • stories. To bring familiestogether, kids and their
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  • parents, and get out and dothings. And it's not my
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  • religious experience, it's justculturally families coming
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  • together. But when the Bibletalks about Jesus, I always
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  • bring our family and our churchservices. You know, we do a ton
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  • of fun things in our churchservices in the entire Christmas
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  • season. But we always come to aplace of showing people it's
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  • about Jesus. And Jesus is hereto restore you to His family and
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  • to help you restore your family.And so I want you to get faith
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  • about that. Now, when you lookat this verse in Galatians 4, it
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  • says and because you really areHis sons, God has sent the Holy
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  • Spirit of His Son into ourhearts, crying Abba Father.
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  • Therefore, you are no longer aslave, but a son. And if a son,
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  • then it follows that you are anheir. You are, you can inherit
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  • by the aid of God throughChrist. One of the things that
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  • I've noticed about myself, andthe humans that walk on this
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  • planet, are these times that Ican have, and maybe you do the
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  • same thing. You know, whetherit's certain music or certain
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  • things going on, or maybe I'mtired, or maybe I'm alone
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  • somewhere. And I begin to feelalmost like haunted. Almost
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  • like, what's life doing? Do Ifit in here? I think everybody
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  • goes through that. There's apart of human existence that,
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  • the Bible says that it feelslike, you feel like an orphan.
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  • Jesus said, I'm going to sendthe Holy Spirit when I die, and
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  • that He will come in. Says I'mnot going to leave you as
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  • orphans. I have found that ifI'm not spending time with God,
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  • you know, and even when I'm justtired, maybe got a crazy weekend
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  • as a pastor, as a leader. And,you know, Mondays or Tuesdays
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  • I'm just kind of relaxing andresting up from the crazy
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  • weekends. If you're tired, or ifyou're just kind of mentally
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  • exhausted. If you're notcareful, you can go back as a
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  • Christian to these feelings offeeling alone. Feeling lonely.
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  • Feeling orphaned. Where do I fitin? I'm married, I have kids, I
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  • have parents, but I just feelleft out. Does anybody love me?
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  • And you can say well Leon,you're just feeling sorry for
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  • yourself. I understand that, butjust stop. The entire human race
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  • has a sense of, orphans. Of notfitting in. And that's why Jesus
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  • came. And when you go throughthe beautiful story of like, you
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  • know, the angel singing peace onearth, good will towards men.
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  • It's talking about this Jesuscoming. And instead of having
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  • this orphaned feeling, thisdepressed feeling. This thing's
  • 00:15:45.536 --> 00:15:48.539
  • never going right. Jesus came torestore God's family, and when
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  • you get into God's family, as aperson that is born again.
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  • Forgiven for your sin. The curseno longer can touch you. This
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  • new life that Jesus has becauseof His resurrection. This
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  • resurrection Zoe life, is now inyou. It restores your family. To
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  • you singles that are listeningto me, come on. Do not build
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  • your family like everybody elsearound you. Make Jesus the
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  • centre of your life, of yourdating, of who you're hanging
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  • out with. Because you need tobuild your dating, build your
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  • marriage, on Jesus. The only onewho brings peace and joy, and a
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  • hope that as you get married andyou have children, that there's
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  • going to be generations. One daywhen you're old and at a hundred
  • 00:16:39.824 --> 00:16:43.027
  • years old, and you look back atyour great grandkids, and your
  • 00:16:43.061 --> 00:16:46.397
  • great great grandkids, you cansee the blessing of the Lord in
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  • the land of the living. And thisis what God needs from
  • 00:16:50.068 --> 00:16:53.037
  • Christians. He needs generationsfrom you, strong, rising up,
  • 00:16:53.071 --> 00:16:58.476
  • succeeding in life and marriageand career, impacting the
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  • planet, influencing the planet.He needs every believer to
  • 00:17:02.046 --> 00:17:05.383
  • restore their relationship as amember of God's family, and then
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  • take these principles, His Word,His spirit, His peace, His joy,
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  • and let your family be filledwith this peace, this joy. You
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  • know, this Christmas as you getaround the tree or whatever you
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  • do for Christmas time, let thepeace of God within you
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  • dominate. There's sometimes,that families will get together
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  • and my brothers know how just topush my buttons and I know how
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  • to push their buttons. And maybethere's one person in the family
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  • that's always going to be,trying to control the mood of
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  • family get-togethers. You haveto make a decision. The Bible
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  • says, you can say peace be onthis house. And it says, your
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  • peace, controls that house.Wherever I go, I believe the
  • 00:17:49.627 --> 00:17:54.966
  • presence of God upon me, cancontrol the atmosphere that I
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  • must work in. That I must havefun times in, that I must have
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  • lunches and family times. I'mnot letting another spirit rise
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  • up. I'm not letting some othertransference of spirits come in,
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  • that I'm, someone else is goingto transfer in anger,
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  • unforgiveness. Transfer in, justthe stuff the enemy uses to
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  • break down homes and families.Even in the midst of people
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  • squawking and saying things. Imust control myself and just say
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  • hey, you guys, we're family. Andthen I, I want to be the
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  • peace-maker. Not thepeace-keeper. Oh please guys,
  • 00:18:26.697 --> 00:18:30.134
  • let's get along, let's just getalong. No, peace-makers, they
  • 00:18:30.168 --> 00:18:33.271
  • bring resolution to situationsand they believe that their
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  • marriage, their family, maybeyou're a grandparent now and
  • 00:18:37.141 --> 00:18:40.178
  • you've got grandkids and greatgrandkids, and you get them all
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  • together and it's a zoo. Yourise up and declare this is my
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  • home, today, we are going torepresent Jesus Christ. All of
  • 00:18:46.150 --> 00:18:50.388
  • us aren't the same, we don'thave a perfect family, but while
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  • we're in my home, we're going toallow joy. And you just speak to
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  • them. And then you just believe,and don't let anybody kind of
  • 00:18:56.460 --> 00:18:59.030
  • get your goat. We had thatsaying here in Canada, where all
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  • of a sudden you're getting angrybecause someone said something
  • 00:19:02.033 --> 00:19:04.035
  • pointed at you. And there itgoes, the whole Christmas party,
  • 00:19:04.068 --> 00:19:07.405
  • the whole family get togetherjust goes down the tubes. Why?
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  • Because you've relinquished,that the spirit of peace and the
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  • spirit of joy, that you can haveon that family. And so I want to
  • 00:19:14.912 --> 00:19:19.217
  • challenge you. Jesus wants tobless, restore your marriage,
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  • your family, your kids, and itstarts with you being restored
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  • to Christ. Meaning, that inGalatians 5, the fruit of the
  • 00:19:30.261 --> 00:19:34.432
  • spirit, or the attributes ofJesus. His spirit, can be in,
  • 00:19:34.465 --> 00:19:40.104
  • you can have Jesus' joy. Jesus'love. You can have literally the
  • 00:19:40.137 --> 00:19:44.375
  • patience of Jesus. Someone sayswell, you need to have the
  • 00:19:44.408 --> 00:19:47.278
  • patience of Job. If you know thestory, he wasn't that patient.
  • 00:19:47.311 --> 00:19:50.414
  • He was a whiner and a complainerbut people don't take the time
  • 00:19:50.448 --> 00:19:52.783
  • to read the books. I want thepatience of Jesus, and He's
  • 00:19:52.817 --> 00:19:55.386
  • given it to me because Hisspirit within me causes patience
  • 00:19:55.419 --> 00:19:59.223
  • to rise up in me. It causesgoodness to rise up in me. All
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  • the beautiful nine strengths, orthe King James calls them the
  • 00:20:03.928 --> 00:20:08.099
  • fruits of the spirit. They arethe strengths of the spirit, the
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  • attributes of the spirit. Thecharacteristics of having Christ
  • 00:20:11.168 --> 00:20:15.039
  • alive on the inside of you. Andyou can raise up great
  • 00:20:15.072 --> 00:20:17.975
  • marriages, great families. Youcan go into business parties. If
  • 00:20:18.009 --> 00:20:21.912
  • you're working at a company, andjust you being there, you're not
  • 00:20:21.946 --> 00:20:25.116
  • a wet blanket. Well he's walkingaround and he's not drinking or
  • 00:20:25.149 --> 00:20:27.785
  • partying. No, if I have to go toplaces where I'm invited, and I
  • 00:20:27.818 --> 00:20:31.522
  • feel I should go, and there'sall sorts of things happening at
  • 00:20:31.555 --> 00:20:34.292
  • that party. And there's certainthings I won't go to, but I am
  • 00:20:34.325 --> 00:20:37.528
  • just the life of the partywithout alcohol, without smoking
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  • drugs. Without, I'm justlaughing, loving, enjoying
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  • people, I'm not condemningpeople because they're doing
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  • things I won't do. Wherever wego and live, we're not the wet
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  • blanket. We ought to be the joy,the peace. In fact, when we get
  • 00:20:49.440 --> 00:20:53.210
  • together as a family, and we'llgo to a restaurant, and they'll
  • 00:20:53.244 --> 00:20:56.847
  • see us together. Waitresses willjust pop by and say this is so
  • 00:20:56.881 --> 00:21:00.251
  • beautiful, this is awesome. Youguys aren't even drinking,
  • 00:21:00.284 --> 00:21:02.253
  • you're having so much fun. Etcetera. And I want you to know
  • 00:21:02.286 --> 00:21:06.490
  • the peace that Jesus brings.That someone will have to stand
  • 00:21:06.524 --> 00:21:10.461
  • up for peace. That's you.Someone will have to stand up
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  • for joy. That's you. And, it'sso easy to go negative. It's so
  • 00:21:14.365 --> 00:21:18.869
  • easy to be unhappy, it's so easyto find something wrong and get
  • 00:21:18.903 --> 00:21:22.506
  • your nose out of joint, we usethe term. But instead, you can
  • 00:21:22.540 --> 00:21:26.444
  • walk in this concept that Godgives us, of being unoffendable.
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  • That people are going to saystuff to me, do stuff to me, and
  • 00:21:32.583 --> 00:21:35.486
  • they just want me to join themin their anger, irritation. I
  • 00:21:35.519 --> 00:21:39.156
  • mean, there are people who getaround me and I can tell just me
  • 00:21:39.190 --> 00:21:41.559
  • being happy irritates them.Years ago when I was newly
  • 00:21:41.592 --> 00:21:44.362
  • married and Sally and I had acouple of children. I would work
  • 00:21:44.395 --> 00:21:48.733
  • as a paramedic out of ahospital. And Mondays and other
  • 00:21:48.766 --> 00:21:52.103
  • days, I would be walking thehallways smiling and laughing. I
  • 00:21:52.136 --> 00:21:56.407
  • literally would have people saywhat are you so happy about? And
  • 00:21:56.440 --> 00:21:59.543
  • I said oh you don't want toknow. Or I'd share with them a
  • 00:21:59.577 --> 00:22:01.579
  • little bit. Other times, oncepeople got to know me, they
  • 00:22:01.612 --> 00:22:04.715
  • would literally say in such agrumpy mood Leon would you just
  • 00:22:04.749 --> 00:22:07.952
  • shut up? I don't want someonewhistling or singing around me.
  • 00:22:07.985 --> 00:22:10.654
  • And, but they knew there was ajoy that I had. And it irritated
  • 00:22:10.688 --> 00:22:15.393
  • them. I want you to know, thatdon't give in to irritable
  • 00:22:15.426 --> 00:22:18.262
  • people. Don't give in to peoplewho want to change you because
  • 00:22:18.295 --> 00:22:20.631
  • it irritates them. You're sohappy, they're jealous of your
  • 00:22:20.664 --> 00:22:23.134
  • joy, your family, your home. Getup and love people. Get up and
  • 00:22:23.167 --> 00:22:26.637
  • make a decision that the fruitof the spirit are going to be my
  • 00:22:26.670 --> 00:22:29.407
  • strengths. I will be joyful, Iwill be peaceful. I'm going to
  • 00:22:29.440 --> 00:22:32.777
  • be good to people. I'm going tobe patient with them. I'm going
  • 00:22:32.810 --> 00:22:35.646
  • to be long-suffering. I'm goingto be kind, and gentle, etc. And
  • 00:22:35.679 --> 00:22:39.116
  • when you do, the presence of Godrises up within you. The
  • 00:22:39.150 --> 00:22:44.054
  • Christmas story is about Godrestoring His family. And anyone
  • 00:22:44.088 --> 00:22:49.827
  • who wants to be restored to God,can be. And at that point, He'll
  • 00:22:49.860 --> 00:22:53.631
  • help you restore all of yourrelationships. I pray this
  • 00:22:53.664 --> 00:22:57.802
  • Christmas season that you'll useevery get-together, business,
  • 00:22:57.835 --> 00:23:00.905
  • family, friends, home, use it asan opportunity to just love
  • 00:23:00.938 --> 00:23:05.709
  • people. Value people. Even ifthey've hurt you before. Let
  • 00:23:05.743 --> 00:23:10.247
  • Jesus heal you. Don't become youknow, PTSD. Post-Traumatic
  • 00:23:10.281 --> 00:23:14.251
  • Stress Disorder. Let Him healthat broken heart, and go on let
  • 00:23:14.285 --> 00:23:17.721
  • Him bring His presence intoevery one of your relationships.
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  • We love you, have a greatChristmas season, and make sure
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  • that Jesus is the personthat you're having the
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  • greatest relationship with.
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  • -ANNOUNCER: Are yourrelationships all you hoped and
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  • dreamed? For many, that might bea difficult question to answer.
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  • But the good news is, that Jesusis an expert on relationships.
  • 00:23:47.251 --> 00:23:51.689
  • -LEON: I have good news. Thegood news is, there is no one
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  • standing between you and anamazing future. No one.
  • 00:23:54.658 --> 00:23:58.262
  • -ANNOUNCER: In this series,"Freedom From Judgement", Leon
  • 00:23:58.295 --> 00:24:01.065
  • leads you through biblicalteachings that will take you to
  • 00:24:01.098 --> 00:24:03.467
  • greater levels of peace,understanding, and fulfillment
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  • in every relationship.
  • 00:24:06.871 --> 00:24:08.072
  • -LEON: When you dream aboutwhat you can do with the rest of
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  • your life, God's going to takeyou further than that. Dream
  • 00:24:14.144 --> 00:24:17.515
  • big, He's going to take youbigger than that. Think amazing?
  • 00:24:17.548 --> 00:24:21.185
  • He's going to go beyond amazing,beyond what you can think,
  • 00:24:21.218 --> 00:24:24.188
  • ask, or imagine.
  • 00:24:24.221 --> 00:24:25.256
  • -ANNOUNCER: Get started on thisjourney today, and set yourself
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  • free. Call now to request thisseries, and experience a greater
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  • level of love, trust, and joy inall your relationships.
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  • -LEON: An interesting part ofthe gospel is how valuable you
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  • are to God. The enemycontinually will harass your
  • 00:25:02.092 --> 00:25:06.297
  • thinking and it will always belike you're not enough, or
  • 00:25:06.330 --> 00:25:11.168
  • you're too bad, or you're toonegative, or you're too flawed,
  • 00:25:11.201 --> 00:25:15.673
  • or there's something missing inyou, or no one really
  • 00:25:15.706 --> 00:25:19.743
  • understands at the very corethat you're missing something.
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  • Whichever way the enemy does it,he will try to tempt you to
  • 00:25:24.715 --> 00:25:28.652
  • believe that you're not enough.But you've got to understand
  • 00:25:28.686 --> 00:25:32.323
  • that when you give your life toJesus Christ, and He comes in,
  • 00:25:32.356 --> 00:25:36.994
  • that He is flowing through you,living through you, and there is
  • 00:25:37.027 --> 00:25:41.732
  • nothing that you can't do.Recognize how valuable you are
  • 00:25:41.765 --> 00:25:47.538
  • to God. That you are enoughbecause Jesus is within you and
  • 00:25:47.571 --> 00:25:53.577
  • you and He can do all things.That's why it says, "You can do
  • 00:25:53.611 --> 00:25:57.915
  • all things through Christ whostrengthens you." You can't do
  • 00:25:57.948 --> 00:26:01.986
  • all things on your own but withJesus on the inside of you,
  • 00:26:02.019 --> 00:26:05.823
  • there is a completeness aboutyou. Rise up, believe, and keep
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  • going especially in thedirections that have shut you
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  • down for far too long. Father, Ipray blessing upon them right
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  • now. Let there be an aha moment,an epiphany. That they will
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  • understand that with Jesus onthe inside of them. That Father,
  • 00:26:23.140 --> 00:26:27.144
  • they are valuable, they areenough, and there's nothing that
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  • will stop them. They are allthey need to be with You.
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  • I pray this in Your wonderfulname, amen.
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