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God's Great Christmas Gift To You

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December 23, 2020
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Pastor Rick shares biblical truth and practical tools to help you live the full life God desires for you.

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God's Great Christmas Gift To You

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  • CC BY ABERDEEN CAPTIONING1-800-688-6621WWW.ABERCAP.COM
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  • Rick Warren: Now, throughouthistory, literally billions
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  • of people have memorized thisverse, John chapter 3, verse 16.
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  • Why is John 3:16 so important?
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  • Well, it explains the reasonfor Christmas,
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  • it summarizes the Biblein a single sentence.
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  • You get this verse,you've got it.
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  • It shows you how to settle youreternal destiny, how to build
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  • a friendship with God,how to get in his family.
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  • John chapter 3, verse 16 saysthis: "For God so loved the
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  • world, that he gavehis only begotten Son,
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  • that whosoever believes in himshould not perish,
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  • but have everlasting life."
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  • Now, I want you to notice.
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  • Circle these wordsin that verse.
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  • Circle the word God,circle the word only,
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  • circle the word Son,circle the word perish,
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  • and then circle everlastingor eternal, and life.
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  • Circle the word life.
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  • G-O-S-P-E-L, that spells gospel.
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  • This is the gospelin a single sentence.
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  • It is the good newsin a single sentence.
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  • It's why every churchin the world exists,
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  • because of John chapter 3:16.
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  • Now, what does God's greatgift at Christmas to you entail?
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  • Well, it entails four things.
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  • First, you mightwrite this down.
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  • It involves thegreatest passion.
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  • The greatest passion.
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  • Notice the first phrasesays: "God so loved the world."
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  • So, there in the Greek, inthe original Greek where
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  • the Bible's written in,in the New Testament,
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  • is an adverb of intensity.
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  • When a guy tells a girl,"I love you," that's one thing,
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  • but when a guy says,"I so love you."
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  • [laughing]Now he really means it.
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  • He's saying it with passion.
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  • "I so love you."
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  • You don't walk up to peopleand say, "Oh, I so love you."
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  • But God so loved the world.
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  • He loves you intensely,he loves you passionately.
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  • That is God's passion.
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  • God's love for you isextravagant, it is lavish,
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  • it is beyond comprehension.
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  • No one will ever love you withthe intensity that God does.
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  • No man will ever love you, nowoman will ever love you the way
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  • God who created you loves you.
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  • Now, this is the first part ofthe greatest Christmas gift.
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  • God so loved you.
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  • Let's look at a fewverses about God's love.
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  • There's a book in theBible called Ephesians and in
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  • Ephesians chapter 1 and verse 4,it says this: "Long before he,"
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  • that's God.
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  • "Long before he laid down theearth's foundation, God had us
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  • in mind, and he settled on usas the focus of his love."
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  • Before God created anythingelse, God thought of you.
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  • Did you know that?
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  • God created the universe becausehe wanted a family to love.
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  • Now, what does this mean?
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  • It means that Godhas always loved you.
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  • Before God created the world,to sustain you in life,
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  • he planned your life.
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  • Now, architects know that longbefore you lay any foundation
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  • you have to decide thepurpose of a building.
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  • All the plans haveto be drawn up first.
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  • God built the universebecause he wanted to love you.
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  • The Bible tells us that Godshows his love for you every
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  • single minute of the day.
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  • Psalm 145, verses 9 and 10says this:
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  • "The Lord is good to everyone."
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  • That includes you.
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  • "He showers compassionon all his creation."
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  • God has never made aperson he doesn't love.
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  • Everything in life isa gift of God's love.
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  • Air is a gift of God's love.
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  • Water is a gift of God's love.
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  • Sun, food, these areall gifts of God's love.
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  • God gave his love to you,whether you loved him or not.
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  • The third thing we learn in theBible is that God's love for you
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  • is unconditional.
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  • There is no situation in whichGod will ever stop loving you.
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  • Think about that.
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  • There's no situation in whichGod will ever stop loving you.
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  • You know, human love wears out.
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  • That's why we have divorce.
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  • But God's love never wears out.
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  • Human love doesn't always workout, but God's love never ends.
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  • You can't make Godstop loving you.
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  • You can try, but you'll fail.
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  • The Bible says in Romans 8:39:"Nothing in all creation is able
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  • to separate us from the love ofGod that is in Christ Jesus."
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  • Now, God's love, this kindof love that is constant,
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  • continual, everlasting,unconditional, that love
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  • is the first part of God'sgreat gifts to you.
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  • It's his passion for you.
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  • And God's love canhandle every need you have.
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  • Ephesians in the Bible, chapter3, verse 18 and 19, says this:
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  • "May you be able to feel and tounderstand how long, how wide,
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  • how deep, and how high God'slove really is and experience
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  • this love for yourself.
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  • Now, I want you tolook at that verse.
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  • If you're taking notes,I want you to circle--
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  • first, circle the word long.
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  • How long God's love is.
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  • How long is God's love?
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  • Well, it's longenough to last forever.
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  • Then circle the word wide.
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  • How wide is God's love for you?
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  • Well, it's wide enoughto be everywhere you are.
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  • There's no place youcan be where God isn't.
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  • There's times you may feelalone, but listen, friend, you
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  • will never reallybe totally alone,
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  • because God's loveis high and wide.
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  • It's everywhere.
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  • And then it's--God's love is deep.
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  • Circle that.
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  • How deep is God's love?
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  • Deep enough to handleanything you go through.
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  • It's wide, it's high, it's deep.
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  • And then circle high.
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  • I want you to know theheighth of God's love.
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  • How high is God's love?
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  • It's high enough to overcomeany barrier in your life.
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  • There is no problem too high,no problem too big for God.
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  • You just have to give it your--give God your problem.
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  • You may have had a job loss,you may have had a foreclosure.
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  • You may have an illness, cancer.
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  • You may have had a deathof a loved one.
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  • You may have had depression.
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  • But God's love is wide and highand deep and long, and that's
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  • the first part of God's greatestgift, Christmas gift,
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  • to you is his passion.
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  • Now, the second part of thisverse, second phrase,
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  • talks about not justthe greatest passion,
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  • but the greatest present.
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  • Notice, God so loved the world.
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  • What's the next phrase?
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  • That he gave,circle the word gave.
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  • It's a gift, it's a gift to you.
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  • He gave his only begotten Son.
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  • You've heard the phrase that ifyou want something done right,
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  • do it yourself?
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  • Well, God said, "You know,I want it done right,
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  • I'll go myself."
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  • God came to earth inhuman form as Jesus Christ.
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  • God became a man.
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  • He didn't come as an avatar,he didn't come as a angel,
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  • he didn't come as a prophet, hedidn't come as a good teacher.
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  • God came his self.
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  • Like the old Hallmark phrase,"When you care enough to send
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  • the very best," you go yourself.
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  • That little baby that was therein the manger that we celebrate
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  • on Christmas Day,who was that baby?
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  • Really, who was that baby?
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  • Who was Jesus Christ?
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  • Colossians chapter 1,verse 15, says this:
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  • "Christ is the visible imageof the invisible God."
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  • In other words, if you wantto know what God is like,
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  • take a long look at Jesus.
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  • Why did God become a man?
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  • 'Cause he wanted tocommunicate to men.
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  • He became a human because hewanted to communicate to humans.
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  • Now, by the way, whydid Jesus come as a baby?
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  • Well, I'll tell you why.
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  • Because nobody'safraid of a baby.
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  • You know, there are a lot ofways God could have come
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  • to earth that would have beenscary, would have scared us
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  • to death, but Goddidn't come to scare us.
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  • He came to save us.
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  • And the Bible says in Romanschapter 5, verse 8:
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  • "God put his love on the linefor us by offering his Son
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  • in sacrificial death while wewere of no use whatever to him."
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  • Jesus didn't comesimply to live.
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  • He came to die.He came to die for our sins.
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  • Why did Jesus have to die?Well, I'll tell you.
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  • God is a God of love, buthe is also a God of justice.
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  • And justice demands that wrongsbe righted, that offenses be
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  • punished, that people don't doevil and get away scot-free.
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  • You know and you want justice,you want crimes to be paid for,
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  • you want people who've hurt youto be corrected for that,
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  • those hurts.
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  • God is a God of justice.
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  • Now, God came to correct all thewrongs in the world, and he's
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  • going to do that at the SecondComing, but at the First Coming
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  • he came to die for our sinsso you don't have to die
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  • for your sins.
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  • He came to pay for your sinsso you don't have to pay
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  • for your sins.
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  • He came to give grace.
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  • Let me explain it this way.
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  • Heaven is a perfect place.
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  • There's no sin, no sorrow,no suffering, no sadness,
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  • no sickness, in heaven.
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  • Heaven is perfect,and we're not.
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  • I stopped being perfect, like,five breaths after I was born.
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  • How does God getimperfect people into heaven?
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  • God has to have a planand it's called grace.
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  • But because heaven isperfect, and we're not,
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  • then we need a Savior.
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  • Every sin you've ever committedhas already been paid for.
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  • That's why Jesus came to earth.
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  • That's part of God's greatpresent to you at Christmas.
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  • 1 John 2:2 says this: "WhenJesus served as a sacrifice
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  • for our sins, he solved the sinproblem for good--
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  • not only our sins, but forthe whole world."
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  • There is no other way.
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  • There's no way you're gettinginto heaven without a Savior.
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  • It's perfect and you're not.
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  • I'm not perfect.
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  • And so what actually happenswhen I trust Jesus Christ,
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  • when I receiveGod's Christmas gift?
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  • Well, here's whatthe Bible says.
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  • 2 Corinthians chapter 5,verse 21: "God took the sinless
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  • Christ," Jesus never sinned'cause he was God,
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  • "and poured into him our sin."
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  • In other words, hetook it on himself.
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  • "Then in exchange, he pouredGod's goodness into us."
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  • What a deal.What a deal.
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  • I call this the great giftexchange, only I have no gift.
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  • My gift to God is my sin,God's gift to me is forgiveness.
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  • What a deal.
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  • Jesus who is perfect takesall my imperfections,
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  • all my weaknesses,all my faults, all my sins.
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  • That is the greatest giftyou're ever going to receive.
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  • You just have to accept it.
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  • The greatest passion,"God so loved you."
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  • The greatest present,"that he gave his only Son."
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • female announcer:The room is quiet.
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  • You take a deep breath and beginto think about God's plan
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  • for your life, and thedecisions you're facing.
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  • Life is full of decisions, andthose decisions are like doors
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  • we choose to walkthrough or walk past.
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  • And walking through thedoors God has for you starts
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  • by growing yourrelationship with him.
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  • If you make time for God, hewill show you the doors to walk
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  • through, and itwill change your life.
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  • That's why Pastor Rickwants to help you with
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  • a daily devotional bookcalled "Open Doors."
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  • Open the door to greaterintimacy with God and experience
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  • Open the door to greaterintimacy with God and experience
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  • Rick: The third phrasein this sentence,
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  • and it's the greatest proposal.
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  • God has an incredibleoffer for you.
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  • You know, at Christmastime youget deluged with tons of offers
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  • for weeks and weeks and weeks.
  • 00:13:12.907 --> 00:13:14.843
  • You know, a few years back Idecided to save every Christmas
  • 00:13:14.876 --> 00:13:19.414
  • catalog that I got,starting way back,
  • 00:13:19.447 --> 00:13:22.317
  • I started getting them, like,at Halloween.
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  • And when Christmas isover, I had 114 catalogs.
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  • I weighed it.
  • 00:13:29.090 --> 00:13:30.725
  • It was 40 pounds worth ofcatalogs, and I was amazed
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  • at the target marketing.
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  • It didn't take Big Brotherto figure out the first one
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  • to send to me.
  • 00:13:38.833 --> 00:13:40.568
  • I figured out that I could savethousands of dollars,
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  • but I'd have to spend hundredsof thousands of dollars.
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  • So I couldn't afford the savingsthat they were offering me.
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  • But God has an offer.
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  • God has a proposal thatyou can't afford to miss.
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  • And here it is.
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  • That whoever believes in him,Jesus Christ, shall not perish.
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  • Now, that's a promise, but withevery promise there's a premise.
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  • There's a conditionand there's a--
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  • God makes his proposal to you,and there is a promise
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  • with it, but notice who thisoffer is for.
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  • Whoever, whoeverbelieves in him.
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  • Whosoever.
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  • Well, that meanseverybody and you.
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  • Titus is a book in the Bible andin chapter 2, verse 11, it says
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  • this: "The free gift of eternallife is offered to everyone."
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  • Now, listen, regardless of yourreligious background,
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  • you may be Jewish, you may beBuddhist, you may be Baptist,
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  • you may be Hindu, you maybe Catholic or Protestant
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  • or pagan or no religion at all,Jesus still died for you.
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  • It says to everyone.
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  • Doesn't say, "If you're suchand such religion."
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  • It says, "Jesus died for you."
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  • Now, notice how youaccept God's proposal,
  • 00:15:06.854 --> 00:15:10.658
  • how you accept God's offer.
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  • Romans chapter 10,verse 9, says this:
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  • "If you confess with your mouth,'Jesus is Lord,'
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  • and you believe in your heartthat God raised him
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  • from the dead,you will be saved."
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  • Okay, I want you to be sure ofyour salvation this Christmas.
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  • I want you to receivethe gift of God's salvation
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  • this Christmas.
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  • I don't care how many timesyou've been to church or never
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  • been to church, you can receiveGod's gift of salvation
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  • for you this Christmas.
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  • It's the greatest gift.
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  • Now, how do you do it?
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  • First, it says,"Confess Jesus is Lord."
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  • Now, that's a word we don't usemuch today because we're not in
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  • a feudal system where we say,"Lords and ladies, and knights
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  • and counts and vassalsand kings and queens."
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  • We live in a democracy today.
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  • So we don't have lords today.
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  • The better word forthat means manager, boss.
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  • God wants to be themanager of your life.
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  • Jesus wants to bethe CEO of your life.
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  • So, first, I confess that Jesusis going to be the manager
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  • of my life, and second, believe.
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  • Now, believing ismore than knowing.
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  • I mean, I believe in Tom Cruise,but I don't know Tom Cruise.
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  • I believe in Shakira and LadyGaga, but I don't know them.
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  • But I believe in Jesus,I know him personally.
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  • The word there in the Bible isa Greek word called pisteuo.
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  • Pisteuo means believe,means--
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  • it's the word translatedbelieve.
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  • It means to trust in,to commit to, to rely on,
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  • to have a relationship with.
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  • A lot of people say,"Well, I believe in Jesus,"
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  • well, so does the devil,but you're not going to find
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  • the devil in heaven, why?
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  • Because it meansI've committed to.
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  • I know some famous people,but I don't really know them.
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  • I just know them in my head, Idon't know them in my heart.
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  • Some people will miss heavenby 18 inches, because they know
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  • about God's, "Oh yeah,I believe Jesus existed.
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  • I believe he's the Son of God."
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  • But they don't knowhim in their heart.
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  • They don't have a friendship,they don't have a relationship.
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  • They've never committedtheir life to him.
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  • What did Jesus come to do?
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  • Well, he came to die for youbut John 12:47 says this:
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  • "I did not come to judgethe world," Jesus said,
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  • "but I came to save it."
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  • If you didn't need a Savior,believe me, Jesus wouldn't come.
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  • The only way you're gettinginto heaven is by accepting the
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  • Savior that God sent.
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  • And it's a free gift.
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  • That's the greatestChristmas gift,
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  • regardless of what you've done.
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  • See, it's not what you'vebeen that matters.
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  • It's not the--where you've been.
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  • It's the direction yourfeet are headed right now.
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  • So we've looked at the threeparts of this great gift
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  • for you: the greatest passion,God so loved you.
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  • The greatest present,that he gave his Son.
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  • The greatest proposal,that whoever believes in him
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  • will not perish.
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  • And then the fourth partof the greatest present
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  • is the greatest promise.
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  • Will not perish but notice,"have everlasting life."
  • 00:18:15.309 --> 00:18:21.916
  • Now, what is everlasting life?
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  • Well, it's far morethan just heaven.
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  • It's far more thanjust living forever.
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  • Yes, heaven is included.
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  • But the life that God wants togive you is a three-dimensional
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  • life that includespast, present, and future.
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  • Past forgiven, purposefor living, home in heaven.
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  • 1 Peter in the Bible, chapter1, verses 3 and 4, says this:
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  • "Because Jesus was raised fromthe dead, we've been given
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  • a brand-new life, and we haveeverything to live for,"
  • 00:18:53.314 --> 00:18:57.852
  • that's purpose, "includinga future in heaven,
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  • and the future starts now!"
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  • Why would you put it off?
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  • Why would you wait one more dayto have your past forgiven,
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  • to get a purpose for living,and to get a home in heaven?
  • 00:19:08.129 --> 00:19:12.133
  • Plus, not only that, youbecome a part of God's family.
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  • God's family is the church thathe's going to take to heaven
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  • when he comes backthe second time.
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  • When he comes backthe second time,
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  • he's not coming back as a baby.
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  • He's coming back in all of hisglory to take his family
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  • with him to heaven.
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  • I want you to bea part of that family.
  • 00:19:31.819 --> 00:19:35.089
  • Ephesians chapter 1,verse 5, says this:
  • 00:19:35.122 --> 00:19:37.325
  • "God's unchangingplan has always been,"
  • 00:19:37.358 --> 00:19:41.295
  • it's always been,"to adopt us into
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  • his own family by bringing us tohimself through Jesus Christ."
  • 00:19:43.664 --> 00:19:49.170
  • See, everybody's created byGod, everybody's loved by God.
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  • God has a purpose for everyperson's life, but not everybody
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  • is a part of God's family.
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  • You've got to beadopted into it.
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  • You've got to ask God toaccept you in his family.
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  • You've got to trust his Son.
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  • You've got to accept his Savior.
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  • You've got to putyour faith in him.
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  • You're not in his family, you'reloved by him, you're created
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  • by him, but you're not hisfamily until you accept
  • 00:20:14.562 --> 00:20:17.632
  • his Christmas gift to you.
  • 00:20:17.665 --> 00:20:20.401
  • Now, what keeps people fromaccepting the gift of God,
  • 00:20:20.434 --> 00:20:24.272
  • the Christmas gift of God?
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  • Well, one of 'em is--one reason is doubt.
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  • And they go, "Oh,I have my doubts."
  • 00:20:29.543 --> 00:20:31.612
  • Let me tell you a little secret.
  • 00:20:31.646 --> 00:20:34.815
  • You don't have to have all yourdoubts resolved to accept
  • 00:20:34.849 --> 00:20:37.385
  • the Lord into your life.
  • 00:20:37.418 --> 00:20:39.987
  • I used to think, "I have to haveall my doubts figured out."
  • 00:20:40.021 --> 00:20:42.523
  • There are many things I don'tunderstand, and I doubt why did
  • 00:20:42.556 --> 00:20:47.061
  • God do that, andwhy did God do that?
  • 00:20:47.094 --> 00:20:49.530
  • You know, you enjoy a lot ofthings you don't understand.
  • 00:20:49.563 --> 00:20:54.402
  • I don't understand the chemistryof digestion, it doesn't keep me
  • 00:20:54.435 --> 00:20:57.872
  • from eating a good steak.
  • 00:20:57.905 --> 00:20:59.840
  • I don't understandinternal combustion,
  • 00:20:59.874 --> 00:21:02.476
  • it doesn't keep mefrom driving a car.
  • 00:21:02.510 --> 00:21:04.679
  • I don't understand how radio andTV waves can go through the air,
  • 00:21:04.712 --> 00:21:09.750
  • and I can turn on a buttonand see a picture.
  • 00:21:09.784 --> 00:21:12.253
  • I don't understand that, but itdoesn't stop me from watching TV
  • 00:21:12.286 --> 00:21:15.356
  • or listening to theradio or using the Internet.
  • 00:21:15.389 --> 00:21:19.026
  • There's a lot of thingsI don't understand.
  • 00:21:19.060 --> 00:21:21.195
  • You don't have to haveit all figured out.
  • 00:21:21.228 --> 00:21:23.264
  • You just in simple faith say,"God, I give as much of myself
  • 00:21:23.297 --> 00:21:26.801
  • as I understand to as muchof you as I understand."
  • 00:21:26.834 --> 00:21:29.904
  • One time, there was a guy whocame to Jesus, and he wanted
  • 00:21:29.937 --> 00:21:34.141
  • Jesus to heal his daughter.
  • 00:21:34.175 --> 00:21:37.178
  • And the Lord said,"Well, do you believe?"
  • 00:21:37.211 --> 00:21:41.215
  • And I love the guy's honesty.
  • 00:21:41.248 --> 00:21:42.817
  • He said, "Lord,I want to believe.
  • 00:21:42.850 --> 00:21:45.353
  • Help me with my unbelief."
  • 00:21:45.386 --> 00:21:48.155
  • Jesus said, "That's goodenough," and bam,
  • 00:21:48.189 --> 00:21:50.191
  • he healed his daughter.
  • 00:21:50.224 --> 00:21:52.093
  • You can come to God andsay, "God, I want to believe.
  • 00:21:52.126 --> 00:21:54.895
  • Help me with my doubts,help me with my unbelief."
  • 00:21:54.929 --> 00:21:58.532
  • Doubt can cause you to delay.
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  • Don't make that mistake.
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  • The other thing is hurt.
  • 00:22:04.105 --> 00:22:05.806
  • You know, everybody experienceshurts in life and when we get
  • 00:22:05.840 --> 00:22:09.043
  • hurt we often build barriers.
  • 00:22:09.076 --> 00:22:11.345
  • We can build 'em even againstGod because I'm mad at God
  • 00:22:11.379 --> 00:22:15.750
  • for something thathappened in my life.
  • 00:22:15.783 --> 00:22:19.053
  • I don't know howyou've been hurt.
  • 00:22:19.086 --> 00:22:21.622
  • Maybe you've been hurt by a job,maybe you've been hurt by your
  • 00:22:21.655 --> 00:22:25.760
  • parents or your family orby a marriage or by an ex.
  • 00:22:25.793 --> 00:22:31.365
  • Maybe you've been hurt byreligion, maybe even been hurt
  • 00:22:31.399 --> 00:22:34.168
  • by a church.
  • 00:22:34.201 --> 00:22:35.669
  • Maybe even this church.
  • 00:22:35.703 --> 00:22:37.538
  • Don't let that keep you fromreceiving God's Christmas gift.
  • 00:22:37.571 --> 00:22:43.144
  • Really, you only needone reason to believe.
  • 00:22:43.177 --> 00:22:47.748
  • You only need one reason toaccept God's Christmas gift
  • 00:22:47.782 --> 00:22:51.018
  • to you, and it's this:God loves you.
  • 00:22:51.051 --> 00:22:55.689
  • He so loves you.
  • 00:22:55.723 --> 00:22:57.625
  • I want to say John 3:16and in your mind I want you
  • 00:22:57.658 --> 00:23:02.062
  • to put your name in there.
  • 00:23:02.096 --> 00:23:04.198
  • So let me say it like this:"For God so loved,"
  • 00:23:04.231 --> 00:23:08.002
  • put your name in there.
  • 00:23:08.035 --> 00:23:09.970
  • "For God so loved," Billor Mary or Sherry or Tom.
  • 00:23:10.004 --> 00:23:14.108
  • "For God so loved, that he gavehis only begotten Son, that if,"
  • 00:23:14.141 --> 00:23:20.114
  • and put your name in there,"your name believes in him,
  • 00:23:20.147 --> 00:23:25.486
  • you will not perish but,"put your name in there,
  • 00:23:25.519 --> 00:23:28.956
  • "you will receive eternal life."
  • 00:23:28.989 --> 00:23:33.027
  • Are you ready to acceptGod's Christmas gift to you?
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  • There's not a bettertime than right now.
  • 00:23:36.096 --> 00:23:38.032
  • 2 Corinthians is a book inthe Bible, chapter 6, verse 2,
  • 00:23:38.065 --> 00:23:41.101
  • says this: "Right now God isready to welcome you."
  • 00:23:41.135 --> 00:23:46.907
  • Right now God is ready to--
  • 00:23:46.941 --> 00:23:48.709
  • Today, he's ready to save you.Not tomorrow, today.
  • 00:23:48.742 --> 00:23:53.380
  • So I'm going to pray a prayer,and here's what I'm going to do.
  • 00:23:53.414 --> 00:23:55.950
  • First I'm going to pray for you,and then I want to lead you
  • 00:23:55.983 --> 00:24:00.888
  • in a Christmas prayer, and Iwant to ask you to say this
  • 00:24:00.921 --> 00:24:03.524
  • in your heart.
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  • You don't have to say it aloud.
  • 00:24:04.959 --> 00:24:06.260
  • God knows what you're thinking.
  • 00:24:06.293 --> 00:24:07.595
  • He knows every thoughtyou've ever had.
  • 00:24:07.628 --> 00:24:08.929
  • He knows what you'rethinking right now.
  • 00:24:08.963 --> 00:24:10.264
  • So let me pray for you, and thenI'll ask you to pray with me.
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  • Let's bow our heads.
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  • "Father, I want to thank youfor your amazing love
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  • and for your amazing grace.
  • 00:24:20.508 --> 00:24:22.943
  • And there are people listeningto this and watching this right
  • 00:24:22.977 --> 00:24:26.013
  • now who know about you.
  • 00:24:26.046 --> 00:24:28.916
  • They know, Jesus, that youexist, but they've never really
  • 00:24:28.949 --> 00:24:32.186
  • begun a relationship with you.
  • 00:24:32.219 --> 00:24:34.755
  • They've never experiencedyour power, your forgiveness,
  • 00:24:34.788 --> 00:24:37.791
  • your pardon.
  • 00:24:37.825 --> 00:24:39.393
  • They've never experiencedyour purpose in life,
  • 00:24:39.426 --> 00:24:41.428
  • and I pray that you'll give themthe greatest Christmas gift
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  • today as you've promised."
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  • Now you pray.
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  • In your heart, saysomething like this.
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  • Just say: Dear Jesus.Just say that in your mind.
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  • Dear Jesus, I don't understandeverything, but I want to thank
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  • you, God, for loving me, andI want to thank you, Jesus,
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  • for coming to earth for me.
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  • And I want to thank youfor giving your life for me,
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  • for dying for me, so that allmy sins could be forgiven.
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  • And so that I can go to heaven.
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  • I want to be a partof your family.
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  • I want to accept your free giftof forgiveness and salvation.
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  • I want you to be the Lord of mylife, the manager of my life,
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  • and I want to learn howto trust you and love you,
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  • and I want to knowyour purpose for my life.
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  • I humbly ask you to give meyour salvation,
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  • the free gift of your love.
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  • In your name I pray, amen.
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  • announcer: The room is quiet.
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  • You take a deep breath and beginto think about God's plan
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  • for your life and thedecisions you're facing.
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  • Life is full of decisions, andthose decisions are like doors
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  • we choose to walkthrough or walk past.
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  • And walking through thedoors God has for you starts
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  • by growing yourrelationship with him.
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  • If you make time for God,he will show you the doors
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  • to walk through, and itwill change your life.
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  • That's why Pastor Rick wants tohelp you with a daily devotional
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  • Open the door to greaterintimacy with God and experience
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