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December 27, 2020
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Father Cedric Pisegna is a Catholic priest. His program will inspire and encourage you to Live with Passion.

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  • - Jesus gives us thepower to be transformed.
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  • (bright music)
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  • Welcome to Live with Passion
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  • I'm Father Cedric Pisegnaa Catholic priest.
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  • I'm so glad that you invitedme to come into your home.
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  • I wanna share with you theGospel of John chapter one.
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  • The true light thatenlightens the world,
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  • was coming into the world.
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  • He was in the world,
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  • world was made through him
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  • yet the world knew him not.
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  • He came to his own home.
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  • And his own peoplereceived him not,
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  • but to all who received him,
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  • who believed in his name,
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  • he gave power to becomethe children of God.
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  • My series is called ThroughHim, With Him and In Him.
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  • It's a series aboutJesus living in us,
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  • developing a personalrelationship with him.
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  • This time in this episode,
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  • I wanna proclaim to you
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  • that Jesus cameto give us meaning
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  • and metamorphosis.
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  • He gave us power,
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  • as we heard in that readingfrom the Gospel of John.
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  • Power to become thechildren of God.
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  • To any who accept him,
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  • to all who received him.
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  • It's so tragic and ironic,
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  • Jesus came to his own,
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  • yet his own didn't receive him,
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  • but to any, and thatmeans you and me
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  • to any who received him,
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  • he gave dunamis in the Greek,
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  • dynamite, power
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  • to become the children of God.
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  • So, I wanna talk about how,
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  • through him, withhim, and in him,
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  • he gives us meaning.
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  • And he also gives us purpose,
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  • and he gives us metamorphosis.
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  • Power to change.
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  • Let me share this with you.
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  • I went to a Christmasmass one time
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  • and it was in Vina California.
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  • In Vina California there isa group of religious monks
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  • they're called Trappist.
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  • And the Trappist monks
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  • are let's just sayvery liturgical,
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  • very ritualistic
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  • into incense,
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  • into bells andsmells, if you will.
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  • And, during the liturgy,
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  • let's just say it wasn'tthe most exciting liturgy.
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  • Now it's a Christmas liturgy.
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  • During the homily the monk,
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  • let's just say wasnot that exciting.
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  • He was hard to listen to.
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  • And, although hespoke about Christmas,
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  • it really wasn'tconnecting with the people.
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  • I was sitting behind amother and her daughter.
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  • And after the homily,
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  • I heard the daughter turnto the mother and she said,
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  • mom, I didn't getanything out of that.
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  • And, when I heard her say that,
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  • I was so, yeah despondent.
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  • I felt so bad forthis young girl.
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  • Here was Christmas.
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  • And all thesepeople were gathered
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  • what an opportunity toproclaim the gospel.
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  • And here's this younggirl this teenager
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  • who knows how often shewas going to church,
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  • and she didn't getanything out of it.
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  • When people come tomass on Christmas
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  • or Easter.
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  • They come in large numbers.
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  • It is a tremendoustime to proclaim,
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  • a great opportunity to announce,
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  • the truths of our faith,
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  • and number one.
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  • Jesus came to bringus eternal life.
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  • He came so that wecould be born again.
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  • He came so that we could befilled with the Holy Spirit.
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  • He came to bringus transformation.
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  • And that's whatpeople are longing for
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  • that's what people need to hear.
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  • Not a bunch of thingsthat don't make any sense
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  • and don't relate to our life.
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  • We have to preach ina way that's relevant.
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  • In a way thatrelates to our life.
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  • In a way that proclaimsthe truth of the gospel.
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  • So I felt so bad for her.
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  • I realize thatteenagers in particular
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  • are being tempted inmany different ways,
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  • not just sexually but,
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  • being tempted by our culture
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  • to believe all kinds of,
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  • false notions and non-truths.
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  • They're being bombarded by,
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  • and we are too by,
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  • things like Facebookand the internet
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  • and iPhones and distractions
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  • that are pulling them away
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  • from what their hearttruly desires because,
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  • what you find out whenyou invest yourself
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  • with all these differentthings, these idols in life
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  • and the distractionsthat we all have,
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  • we find out that,
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  • it may entertain a littlebit but it doesn't fulfill.
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  • (laughs)
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  • And that's what,
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  • really our heart's desire.
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  • Our hearts are restlessSt. Augustine said
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  • until they rest in God.
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  • Was Billy Graham,who said years ago.
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  • That, we have acosmic loneliness.
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  • What that means isthat deep within,
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  • nothing can fill it.
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  • Not things, not people,
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  • not idols,
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  • not sin, not money.
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  • We're lonely inside.
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  • We're lonely for God.
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  • We have a God shaped hole
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  • that only God can fill.
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  • And so, I believe that manyyoung people are searching
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  • and they're looking
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  • for something thatwill fill that hole.
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  • Because God put it in there.
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  • It's like a homing device sothat we would search for God.
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  • And, to hear that younggirl say on Christmas Day.
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  • That she didn't getanything out of it
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  • was very upsetting to me
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  • because I want youngpeople especially,
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  • to come to know Jesus,
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  • to come to eternal life.
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  • And so I'm praying that,
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  • especially if you're a youngperson watching this program.
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  • This program willconnect with you.
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  • Because, Jesus cameto give us meaning
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  • and purpose
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  • and a relationship.
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  • To give us, a newquality of life.
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  • To give us, to help us
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  • to fulfill our potential
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  • to realize our destinyGod has a plan.
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  • Plan full of hope,
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  • Jeremiah tells usJeremiah the prophet.
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  • So, why did Jesus come?
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  • What was the Christmas message
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  • that needed to proclaimed?
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  • The name Jesus means Savior.
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  • The series is called ThroughHim, With Him and In Him.
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  • And the him that we'retalking about is Jesus.
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  • See it's through him thatwe're saved from our sins,
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  • and we all commit sin.
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  • We've all hadaddictions in some way,
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  • bad habits and brokenness.
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  • And he comes topull us out of that
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  • into something different.
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  • To be a person ofintegrity and character.
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  • So I tell people all the time,
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  • you don't have to staystuck, you can move.
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  • And then he came to save us.
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  • That means to rescueus if you will,
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  • from death.
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  • Just had a friend ofmine lose his wife.
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  • Just yesterday.
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  • And, she just died suddenly.
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  • It was very tragic.
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  • He's very broken upabout it of course
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  • and this is what Jesuscame to save us from
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  • that we won't die eternally.
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  • We're all gonna die but,
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  • dying in Christ,through him and with him
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  • is simply a transitionto something more.
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  • Jesus is the only onewho ever announced,
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  • I am the resurrection
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  • and I am the life.
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  • Whoever comes tome will never die.
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  • This is what Jesus offers us.
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  • Nobody in the history ofhumanity has ever offered this.
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  • This is unparalleled.
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  • And it's absolutelycompletely true.
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  • I have discoveredin my own life.
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  • Jesus said, I am the way,
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  • the truth,
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  • and the life.
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  • So on Christmasday we need to be,
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  • talking about whatthe name Jesus means
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  • and why he came and certainly.
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  • He came to bringus eternal life.
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  • My ministry is devoted to,
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  • touching lives and saving souls.
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  • As a Catholic priest,
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  • I realize that I can teachin many different areas.
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  • And they're all worthy,
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  • psychology and liturgy
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  • and many different other areas.
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  • But what needs to betaught primarily is,
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  • what will happen to our soul,
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  • our entity, our being,
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  • our consciousness.
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  • And, that's the mostI can give you is,
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  • assuring you in Christ,of eternal life.
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  • And, my heart's desireand I try to bring,
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  • my heart's desire as aCatholic priest is to,
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  • bring you this wonderfulgood news of salvation.
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  • Now, in these programs,
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  • I also talk about a personalrelationship with God
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  • that's very extremely important.
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  • And the two are connected.
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  • Eternal life and a personalrelationship with God.
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  • But I also try to bring you
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  • through Live withPassion, your destiny.
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  • I try to help you torealize your potential
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  • and become all that you can be.
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  • God has a wonderfulplan for all of us.
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  • And, we wanna walk in his will
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  • and become all that we can be.
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  • But most of all,
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  • I want you to knowthis wonderful qualityof eternal life.
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  • So, Fulton Sheen wrote a book,
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  • years ago calledthe Life of Christ.
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  • Beautiful book to read,the Life of Christ.
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  • Fulton Sheen the greatCatholic bishop and preacher
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  • used to be on television.
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  • And in the book, he said,
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  • Jesus was the only person,
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  • ever born to die. (laughs)
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  • We're all born tolive of course.
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  • But Jesus was born for a purpose
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  • and his purpose was to die.
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  • That's kind of ironic that's.
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  • He came to rescue us.
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  • To deliver us.
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  • To save us from sin.
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  • And then, he gotvery alliterative,
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  • and he talked about the cross,Bishop Sheen did in his book.
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  • And he said this.
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  • He said the shadow of thecross fell upon the crib.
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  • The cross upon the crib,
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  • that's alliteration.
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  • And what he was saying was that,
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  • even from his birth,
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  • he had a mission.
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  • And his mission was the cross.
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  • His whole life purposewas to bring eternal life.
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  • And that's the meaningof Jesus of Nazareth
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  • and he brings suchmeaning to our life.
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  • So, if you are a young person
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  • who is searching.
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  • I wanna proclaim to youthat this is for you.
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  • I remember when Iwas a young person
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  • and I had fallenaway from the church
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  • and I really didn'tknow who Jesus was.
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  • I guess I thought religionwas for everybody else
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  • but not for me because,
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  • didn't seem to work for me.
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  • But then, as Iopened up my heart
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  • and as I said in thereading from John,
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  • whoever accepted himhe gave the power
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  • to become the children of God.
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  • I accepted JesusChrist into my life,
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  • and I never knew that youcan receive this power.
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  • This dynamite.
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  • This spirit from God.
  • 00:10:59.040 --> 00:11:02.010
  • That brings life,
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  • and then brings transformation.
  • 00:11:03.078 --> 00:11:05.480
  • And I wanna get into
  • 00:11:05.480 --> 00:11:06.848
  • that part about transformationhere in a second.
  • 00:11:06.848 --> 00:11:09.384
  • So, why did Jesuscome, to transform us.
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  • It was Saint Athanasius,
  • 00:11:13.555 --> 00:11:15.056
  • he was a saint and a theologian.
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  • Lived in the 300s way back when.
  • 00:11:17.325 --> 00:11:20.095
  • He said that, God became man,
  • 00:11:20.095 --> 00:11:23.398
  • so that man could become God.
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  • That's an interesting saying.
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  • What he was saying is that,this is our life purpose
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  • to be what's called divinized.
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  • To become divine.
  • 00:11:34.142 --> 00:11:35.643
  • Another way to say itis to be born again,
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  • to have a rebirth.
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  • It's a whole new way to live.
  • 00:11:41.850 --> 00:11:44.152
  • See we're born into humanity.
  • 00:11:44.152 --> 00:11:45.954
  • But, God can breatheinto us new life.
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  • Divinized, becoming divine.
  • 00:11:51.693 --> 00:11:54.829
  • Now, when I talk aboutbeing divinized and divine.
  • 00:11:54.829 --> 00:11:59.067
  • Don't think aboutthe New Age movement.
  • 00:11:59.067 --> 00:12:01.536
  • Don't think aboutsecularism that says,
  • 00:12:01.536 --> 00:12:04.172
  • we can be our own gods
  • 00:12:04.172 --> 00:12:05.573
  • and control our own destiny
  • 00:12:05.573 --> 00:12:07.742
  • or the New Age movement,
  • 00:12:07.742 --> 00:12:09.477
  • we'll go up to these mountains
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  • and pray with crystals and,
  • 00:12:11.079 --> 00:12:13.348
  • have light incenseand think that,
  • 00:12:14.516 --> 00:12:17.752
  • I am God.
  • 00:12:17.752 --> 00:12:19.087
  • That's a wholenother philosophy.
  • 00:12:19.087 --> 00:12:20.655
  • I'm not talking about that.
  • 00:12:20.655 --> 00:12:22.490
  • Rather, I'm talkingabout the Spirit of God
  • 00:12:22.490 --> 00:12:25.527
  • coming into a person
  • 00:12:25.527 --> 00:12:27.462
  • who has a rebirth,
  • 00:12:27.462 --> 00:12:29.497
  • because of theircommitment to Jesus Christ.
  • 00:12:29.497 --> 00:12:31.866
  • Totally different thing than
  • 00:12:31.866 --> 00:12:33.868
  • what the New Agemovement proclaims
  • 00:12:33.868 --> 00:12:35.503
  • what secularism proclaims.
  • 00:12:35.503 --> 00:12:38.106
  • That the meaningof our life really
  • 00:12:38.106 --> 00:12:40.241
  • and the purpose of our life,
  • 00:12:40.241 --> 00:12:42.143
  • is to be transformed,
  • 00:12:42.143 --> 00:12:43.978
  • and to change
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  • from what we werewhen we were born
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  • to what we can become.
  • 00:12:49.350 --> 00:12:50.985
  • I call it becoming fully human.
  • 00:12:50.985 --> 00:12:52.720
  • We're human when we'reborn but to be fully human,
  • 00:12:54.155 --> 00:12:57.559
  • is to become all that we can be
  • 00:12:57.559 --> 00:13:00.595
  • to realize our destiny,
  • 00:13:00.595 --> 00:13:02.497
  • and also to,
  • 00:13:02.497 --> 00:13:04.365
  • get in touch with our,
  • 00:13:04.365 --> 00:13:06.668
  • God's side of ourselves.
  • 00:13:06.668 --> 00:13:09.137
  • To be divinized.
  • 00:13:09.137 --> 00:13:11.272
  • I'll explain it to you this way.
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  • I studied in Israel.
  • 00:13:13.575 --> 00:13:15.476
  • And I went to a church,up on Mount Tabor.
  • 00:13:15.476 --> 00:13:18.213
  • Mount Tabor is thislittle mount that,
  • 00:13:18.213 --> 00:13:21.149
  • rises out of theplains of Galilee.
  • 00:13:21.149 --> 00:13:23.651
  • Think it's about1.500 feet high.
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  • And, is the traditional place
  • 00:13:25.720 --> 00:13:28.022
  • where if you remember thestory of the transfiguration.
  • 00:13:28.022 --> 00:13:30.992
  • Jesus went up there withPeter, James and John
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  • and his face shone like the sun.
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  • He was transfiguredright before them.
  • 00:13:35.964 --> 00:13:39.133
  • Metamorphosized, divinized.
  • 00:13:39.133 --> 00:13:42.136
  • His divinity shone forth.
  • 00:13:42.136 --> 00:13:45.607
  • And, at the Mountof Transfigurationabout 100 years ago
  • 00:13:45.607 --> 00:13:49.911
  • at that site.
  • 00:13:49.911 --> 00:13:51.346
  • They built a church
  • 00:13:51.346 --> 00:13:52.847
  • over some archaeologicalremains of another church.
  • 00:13:52.847 --> 00:13:56.551
  • And it's called the Churchof the Transfiguration.
  • 00:13:56.551 --> 00:14:00.221
  • So as you know, Jesushad two natures.
  • 00:14:00.221 --> 00:14:02.523
  • He was human he was divine.
  • 00:14:02.523 --> 00:14:04.692
  • And they have two chapels there.
  • 00:14:04.692 --> 00:14:06.094
  • They have a chapel,
  • 00:14:06.094 --> 00:14:08.129
  • dedicated to thehumanity of Christ.
  • 00:14:08.129 --> 00:14:10.798
  • As well as a chapel dedicatedto the divinity of Christ.
  • 00:14:10.798 --> 00:14:14.535
  • But once a year, on August 6,
  • 00:14:14.535 --> 00:14:17.972
  • that's the Feast ofthe Transfiguration
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  • in the Catholic Church.
  • 00:14:19.741 --> 00:14:21.576
  • The sun shines in such a way
  • 00:14:21.576 --> 00:14:23.478
  • that it comes rightthrough that door,
  • 00:14:23.478 --> 00:14:25.280
  • hits a mirror,
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  • and is reflected onto the golden mosaics,
  • 00:14:26.581 --> 00:14:29.918
  • and the golden mosaics glitter
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  • with a light and dazzles,
  • 00:14:32.687 --> 00:14:36.958
  • kind of like thetransfiguration.
  • 00:14:36.958 --> 00:14:39.127
  • Is a very beautifulsight to see.
  • 00:14:39.127 --> 00:14:41.796
  • So, in a way, in picture form.
  • 00:14:41.796 --> 00:14:44.632
  • That's kind of what,
  • 00:14:44.632 --> 00:14:45.934
  • God wants to do in our souls.
  • 00:14:46.868 --> 00:14:49.637
  • He wants to shine his light.
  • 00:14:49.637 --> 00:14:51.172
  • The true light that was cominginto the world John tells us.
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  • The true light thatenlightens each of us.
  • 00:14:55.710 --> 00:14:59.080
  • He came to bring power,
  • 00:14:59.080 --> 00:15:00.882
  • so that we couldbecome like he was.
  • 00:15:00.882 --> 00:15:04.218
  • I was given an article.
  • 00:15:04.218 --> 00:15:05.720
  • Some time ago byone of the priests
  • 00:15:05.720 --> 00:15:08.690
  • the Catholic priest, his nameis Father Ronald Rolheiser.
  • 00:15:08.690 --> 00:15:12.226
  • Does a lot of writing
  • 00:15:12.226 --> 00:15:13.361
  • for Catholic periodicalsand newspapers.
  • 00:15:13.361 --> 00:15:16.831
  • And, he wrote an article called,
  • 00:15:16.831 --> 00:15:18.132
  • "From Paranoia to Metanoia."
  • 00:15:18.132 --> 00:15:19.667
  • And he described paranoianot as we think about it.
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  • Fear of that everybody'stalking about me
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  • that kind of a thing.
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  • Paranoia had to dowith the negative mind,
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  • the unforgiving mind.
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  • The mind of the flesh,
  • 00:15:36.818 --> 00:15:38.453
  • that is attracted to,
  • 00:15:38.453 --> 00:15:41.022
  • things like addictions.
  • 00:15:41.022 --> 00:15:43.091
  • So, it's that partof us that is fallen,
  • 00:15:43.091 --> 00:15:45.426
  • that's the paranoia.
  • 00:15:45.426 --> 00:15:47.228
  • And then he talkedabout metanoia.
  • 00:15:47.228 --> 00:15:49.497
  • And of course,
  • 00:15:49.497 --> 00:15:50.698
  • metanoia has to do withwhat Jesus preached.
  • 00:15:50.698 --> 00:15:55.003
  • When Jesus used the word repent,
  • 00:15:55.003 --> 00:15:57.171
  • that's the word in the English,
  • 00:15:57.171 --> 00:15:58.606
  • he was saying metanoia,
  • 00:15:58.606 --> 00:16:00.074
  • have a change,have another mind.
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  • Instead of being fearful
  • 00:16:02.643 --> 00:16:04.779
  • and doubting,
  • 00:16:04.779 --> 00:16:05.747
  • and negative.
  • 00:16:05.747 --> 00:16:06.981
  • Jesus was teachingyou can be positive,
  • 00:16:06.981 --> 00:16:09.450
  • you can know Godin a personal way,
  • 00:16:09.450 --> 00:16:11.986
  • you can be courageous,
  • 00:16:11.986 --> 00:16:13.187
  • you can be an overcomer,
  • 00:16:13.187 --> 00:16:14.756
  • you can realize your potential.
  • 00:16:14.756 --> 00:16:16.691
  • And so, when we talkabout transformation.
  • 00:16:16.691 --> 00:16:19.861
  • One of the first places
  • 00:16:19.861 --> 00:16:21.129
  • that transformationoccurs is in our mind.
  • 00:16:21.129 --> 00:16:23.731
  • You have to understand that
  • 00:16:23.731 --> 00:16:25.366
  • when Jesus breathes in us
  • 00:16:25.366 --> 00:16:27.635
  • to bring us divinizationand transformation,
  • 00:16:27.635 --> 00:16:30.805
  • our mind changes.
  • 00:16:30.805 --> 00:16:33.474
  • Suddenly, allthings are possible
  • 00:16:33.474 --> 00:16:36.477
  • to the one who believes.
  • 00:16:36.477 --> 00:16:38.312
  • Suddenly, you become positive.
  • 00:16:38.312 --> 00:16:41.482
  • And then, as I said itis a process of growth.
  • 00:16:41.482 --> 00:16:44.919
  • You are changed andtransformed in your mind.
  • 00:16:44.919 --> 00:16:48.790
  • And you literallybecome as it says,
  • 00:16:48.790 --> 00:16:51.125
  • in 2 Corinthians,a new creation.
  • 00:16:51.125 --> 00:16:54.495
  • We start off one way
  • 00:16:54.495 --> 00:16:56.397
  • and then by God's grace.
  • 00:16:56.397 --> 00:16:59.333
  • And this is what it saysin John chapter one, Jesus,
  • 00:16:59.333 --> 00:17:03.071
  • Moses came to bring us the law
  • 00:17:03.071 --> 00:17:04.639
  • but Jesus came tobring us grace,
  • 00:17:04.639 --> 00:17:07.208
  • upon grace, upon grace.
  • 00:17:07.208 --> 00:17:10.011
  • That's exactly what we need.
  • 00:17:10.011 --> 00:17:11.012
  • We need that free gift of God
  • 00:17:11.012 --> 00:17:13.714
  • that wonderful working of God
  • 00:17:13.714 --> 00:17:15.383
  • to bring about thistransformation deep within us.
  • 00:17:15.383 --> 00:17:18.019
  • So the first place thatthis happens is in our mind.
  • 00:17:18.019 --> 00:17:21.255
  • The way we think.
  • 00:17:21.255 --> 00:17:23.091
  • And by the powerof the Holy Spirit.
  • 00:17:23.091 --> 00:17:25.827
  • Love what it saysin 1 Corinthians 2.
  • 00:17:25.827 --> 00:17:27.795
  • It says that, we havethe mind of Christ.
  • 00:17:27.795 --> 00:17:30.865
  • Remember what thisseries is all about.
  • 00:17:30.865 --> 00:17:33.167
  • Through him, withhim and in him.
  • 00:17:33.167 --> 00:17:36.037
  • See, Christ lives in us.
  • 00:17:36.037 --> 00:17:38.106
  • It's no longer I who live,
  • 00:17:38.106 --> 00:17:40.741
  • but Christ who lives in me
  • 00:17:40.741 --> 00:17:42.543
  • because Christ is in us,
  • 00:17:42.543 --> 00:17:43.945
  • we now have the mind of Christ.
  • 00:17:43.945 --> 00:17:46.547
  • We don't have to be anxious
  • 00:17:46.547 --> 00:17:48.449
  • and worried and fearful
  • 00:17:48.449 --> 00:17:50.785
  • and doubting all the time.
  • 00:17:50.785 --> 00:17:52.620
  • We can have a new mind
  • 00:17:52.620 --> 00:17:54.388
  • that can literallyachieve great things
  • 00:17:54.388 --> 00:17:58.025
  • that can be very courageous,
  • 00:17:58.025 --> 00:18:00.194
  • that can achieve the impossible
  • 00:18:00.194 --> 00:18:02.396
  • that we thought at one time.
  • 00:18:02.396 --> 00:18:04.732
  • That can break boundaries,
  • 00:18:04.732 --> 00:18:06.601
  • affect people's lives
  • 00:18:06.601 --> 00:18:08.436
  • and transform the world.
  • 00:18:08.436 --> 00:18:10.238
  • So, transformation also happens,
  • 00:18:10.238 --> 00:18:14.208
  • not only in your mind but inyour relationship with God.
  • 00:18:14.208 --> 00:18:17.345
  • When we talk about divinization.
  • 00:18:17.345 --> 00:18:19.647
  • You have to understandthat it's Christ in us,
  • 00:18:19.647 --> 00:18:23.251
  • the hope of glory.
  • 00:18:23.251 --> 00:18:24.852
  • Again, the series is all about
  • 00:18:24.852 --> 00:18:26.621
  • through him, withhim and in him.
  • 00:18:26.621 --> 00:18:29.157
  • So, our relationship withGod happens on many levels,
  • 00:18:29.157 --> 00:18:34.061
  • but especially whenit comes to intimacy,
  • 00:18:34.061 --> 00:18:38.466
  • to knowing God in thedepths of our heart,
  • 00:18:38.466 --> 00:18:41.235
  • in a personal way.
  • 00:18:41.235 --> 00:18:42.870
  • And so that's one thing
  • 00:18:42.870 --> 00:18:44.071
  • I wanna assure youabout transformation.
  • 00:18:44.071 --> 00:18:46.474
  • That you come to rely uponGod instead of yourself.
  • 00:18:46.474 --> 00:18:50.878
  • You come to believeand to trust in God
  • 00:18:50.878 --> 00:18:53.281
  • rather than trusting in people.
  • 00:18:53.281 --> 00:18:55.783
  • It says in one of the Psalms,put no trust in princes,
  • 00:18:55.783 --> 00:18:59.687
  • trust rather in God.
  • 00:18:59.687 --> 00:19:01.822
  • And so, this whole process about
  • 00:19:01.822 --> 00:19:03.858
  • divinization andmetamorphosis occurs,
  • 00:19:03.858 --> 00:19:08.029
  • when we begin to developour relationship with God.
  • 00:19:08.029 --> 00:19:12.400
  • And so, it's not just a glitter
  • 00:19:12.400 --> 00:19:14.802
  • on some kind of a mosaic.
  • 00:19:14.802 --> 00:19:17.672
  • It's the transformationof our heart.
  • 00:19:17.672 --> 00:19:20.508
  • The transformation ofour spirit toward God.
  • 00:19:20.508 --> 00:19:23.244
  • Then really quickly.
  • 00:19:23.244 --> 00:19:24.812
  • We've all heard that statement.
  • 00:19:24.812 --> 00:19:26.714
  • To err is human
  • 00:19:26.714 --> 00:19:28.849
  • and to forgive divine.
  • 00:19:28.849 --> 00:19:30.218
  • We're talking aboutdivinization here.
  • 00:19:30.218 --> 00:19:33.020
  • To forgive, is divine.
  • 00:19:33.020 --> 00:19:34.922
  • We all have peoplethat have hurt us.
  • 00:19:36.123 --> 00:19:38.593
  • We all have peoplethat have slandered us
  • 00:19:38.593 --> 00:19:41.329
  • and spoken against us.
  • 00:19:41.329 --> 00:19:43.264
  • Who really don't like us,
  • 00:19:43.264 --> 00:19:45.600
  • for whatever reason,
  • 00:19:45.600 --> 00:19:47.335
  • whether be envy orjealousy or whatever it is.
  • 00:19:47.335 --> 00:19:50.705
  • And it can be hardto forgive them.
  • 00:19:50.705 --> 00:19:53.474
  • Well, I've discovered now that,
  • 00:19:53.474 --> 00:19:56.577
  • when it comes to me,
  • 00:19:56.577 --> 00:19:57.812
  • I cannot forgiveon my own. (laughs)
  • 00:19:57.812 --> 00:20:00.348
  • I've tried and it.
  • 00:20:00.348 --> 00:20:02.650
  • Oftentimes, endsup with resentment.
  • 00:20:02.650 --> 00:20:05.820
  • But, through the power of God,
  • 00:20:05.820 --> 00:20:09.490
  • through the grace of God,
  • 00:20:09.490 --> 00:20:10.825
  • with God breathing on our life.
  • 00:20:10.825 --> 00:20:14.195
  • There's a new abilityto make the decision,
  • 00:20:14.195 --> 00:20:16.330
  • no matter how you've been hurt.
  • 00:20:16.330 --> 00:20:18.132
  • To forgive.
  • 00:20:18.132 --> 00:20:19.066
  • This is one of the hallmarks
  • 00:20:19.066 --> 00:20:20.234
  • that you know thatyou're being divinized.
  • 00:20:20.234 --> 00:20:22.403
  • That you want to forgive.
  • 00:20:22.403 --> 00:20:24.639
  • And you are able to forgive,
  • 00:20:24.639 --> 00:20:26.807
  • through God's grace.
  • 00:20:26.807 --> 00:20:28.476
  • So what I'm talking about whenI talk about transformation
  • 00:20:28.476 --> 00:20:31.012
  • I've tried to makeit very practical.
  • 00:20:31.012 --> 00:20:33.080
  • I talk about our thought life.
  • 00:20:33.080 --> 00:20:35.583
  • I talk about ourrelationship with God.
  • 00:20:35.583 --> 00:20:38.219
  • I talk about your relationshipswith other people.
  • 00:20:38.219 --> 00:20:41.355
  • And then what about yourrelationship with yourself?
  • 00:20:41.355 --> 00:20:43.491
  • I used to think I knew myself.
  • 00:20:43.491 --> 00:20:45.559
  • I really didn't know who I was.
  • 00:20:45.559 --> 00:20:47.528
  • You develop a wholenew identity in Christ.
  • 00:20:47.528 --> 00:20:51.999
  • I'd say this all the time and I,
  • 00:20:52.933 --> 00:20:54.568
  • put this on the cover of mybook about the Holy Spirit.
  • 00:20:54.568 --> 00:20:57.738
  • You cannot know who you are,until you know who's you are.
  • 00:20:57.738 --> 00:21:01.175
  • And that's transformation.
  • 00:21:01.175 --> 00:21:02.877
  • You come to a newidentity a self identity
  • 00:21:02.877 --> 00:21:05.112
  • and a realization about yourself
  • 00:21:05.112 --> 00:21:07.548
  • that you are a childof the Most High.
  • 00:21:07.548 --> 00:21:10.051
  • That you are gonna live forever
  • 00:21:10.051 --> 00:21:11.686
  • because of the HolySpirit living within you.
  • 00:21:11.686 --> 00:21:14.488
  • That's why,
  • 00:21:14.488 --> 00:21:15.990
  • through him, with him andin him means everything.
  • 00:21:15.990 --> 00:21:18.926
  • That's why I was sodisappointed when,
  • 00:21:20.094 --> 00:21:22.596
  • that young girl didn't getanything out of that homily,
  • 00:21:22.596 --> 00:21:26.100
  • out of that message
  • 00:21:26.100 --> 00:21:27.902
  • because she and you
  • 00:21:27.902 --> 00:21:30.271
  • and everybody that goes tochurch deserve so much more.
  • 00:21:30.271 --> 00:21:34.375
  • You deserve to know the truth
  • 00:21:34.375 --> 00:21:36.477
  • that Jesus came to save us
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  • from eternal death
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  • to save us from for heaven,
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  • and to transform us that,
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  • now our life, day by day,
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  • can be radically different.
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  • We are new creations in Christ.
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  • Our mind, our relationships,
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  • our relationship with God,
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  • our relationship with ourself,
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  • so very important.
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  • Well, some time ago,
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  • I had to fill out my will,
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  • getting up there in ageand have to do that.
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  • And so, as a priestwith a vow of poverty,
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  • it wasn't too hard.
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  • I basically saidwhat we already know,
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  • and that's that,anything that I have
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  • I bequeath to the communityand I don't have a whole lot.
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  • I don't have any money
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  • or have very little interms of possessions.
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  • But the other thing I had to do
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  • was fill out thepower of attorney.
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  • And that has to do with,
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  • if I'm incapacitated I hadto make a decision about
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  • what I wanted done to me.
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  • And then, the lastthing I had to do
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  • was to pick out the songs andthe readings for my funeral.
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  • Well, the verse,
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  • I don't know what youwould pick for your verse,
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  • but I chose from theGospel of John chapter 15,
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  • where Jesus said,
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  • I command you this one commandthat you love one another.
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  • And he stated it again
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  • that you love one another.
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  • I pray that whenpeople look at my life
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  • in television, inwriting, in preaching
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  • that they won't seethat I was trying to
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  • have self-aggrandizement
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  • trying to become famousor anything like that.
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  • That this is the waythat I was loving.
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  • Arbitrarily, generously reachingout to people everywhere,
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  • trying to loveyou through media,
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  • through writing,through preaching
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  • through counseling, throughhearing confessions.
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  • And then, the song.
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  • I chose the musicfor my funeral.
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  • I do a lot of ministry
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  • in the New Orleans area.
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  • And of course, youremember Louie Armstrong,
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  • composed that beautiful song
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  • and it was called, Whenthe Saints Go Marching In.
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  • So what I've been talking about
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  • this whole episode,transformation,
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  • purification,
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  • sanctification,
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  • that sainthood.
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  • See, Jesus came to bring us,
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  • a radical new life
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  • to make us saints.
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  • That word means a holy one.
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  • And so at my funeral,
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  • as we're all going out Iwant everybody clapping.
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  • And I want that song sang.
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  • When the saints go marching in,
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  • I wanna be among that number,
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  • when the saints go marching in
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  • and what a gloriousday that's gonna be.
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  • So, Jesus came,
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  • to bring us life.
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  • Salvation from sin.
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  • Radical transformation
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  • to divinize us, to change us.
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  • And I pray that youwill accept him,
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  • as Lord of your life.
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  • Realize that helives within you.
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  • And because of that,
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  • you can be transformed.
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  • You are a new creation.
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  • And I pray that in Jesus name.
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  • You will know transformation
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  • and become all that you can be.
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  • Don't just live,live with passion.
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