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The Significance of the Birth of Jesus

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December 13, 2020
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In Touch is the teaching ministry of Dr. Charles Stanley.

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The Significance of the Birth of Jesus

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  • - female: So, I want one of
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  • - female: So, I want one ofthose chocolates, oh you
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  • those chocolates, oh youhaven't even tried your
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  • haven't even tried yourchocolate yet.
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  • chocolate yet.How's the popcorn?
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  • How's the popcorn?Did you like that?
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  • Did you like that?And the cheesecake, good?
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  • And the cheesecake, good?Oh!
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  • Oh!- all: 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5,
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  • - all: 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5,4, 3, 2, 1.
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  • 4, 3, 2, 1.Happy New Year!
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  • Happy New Year!- boy: No more school!
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  • - boy: No more school!- male: Uh, not really.
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  • - male: Uh, not really.We're going to do school at
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  • We're going to do school athome, for like, two weeks.
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  • home, for like, two weeks.We're gonna do like virtual
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  • We're gonna do like virtuallearning, from here.
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  • learning, from here.We'll setup your computer.
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  • We'll setup your computer.- female: Hey Briana,
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  • - female: Hey Briana,how are you?
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  • how are you?- girl: I'm good Grandma,
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  • - girl: I'm good Grandma,how are you?
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  • how are you?- female: I'm doing great,
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  • - female: I'm doing great,it's so good to see you.
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  • it's so good to see you.- girl: I miss you.
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  • - girl: I miss you.- female: I miss you too.
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  • - female: I miss you too.- male: Right there.
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  • - male: Right there.- female: Yep, that's gonna
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  • - female: Yep, that's gonnado it.
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  • do it.- male: I think so.
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  • - male: I think so.- Dr. Charles Stanley: And
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  • - Dr. Charles Stanley: Andlifts us up and there's
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  • lifts us up and there'sa rejoicing--
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  • a rejoicing--- female: Yeah, that's looks
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  • - female: Yeah, that's looksgood there.
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  • good there.Yeah, I like it.
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  • Yeah, I like it.- male: Dust it off a little
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  • - male: Dust it off a littlebit, yeah.
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  • bit, yeah.- female: Yeah.
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  • - female: Yeah.- male: Yeah there you go.
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  • - male: Yeah there you go.Let's get to work.
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  • Let's get to work.- female: Perfect, yes.
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  • - female: Perfect, yes.Good job.
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  • Good job.- male: You too.
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  • - male: You too.- Dr. Stanley: In the midst of
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  • - Dr. Stanley: In the midst ofyour storm he's coming to your
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  • your storm he's coming to yourrescue.
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  • rescue.In fact, he's there today, he's
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  • In fact, he's there today, he'sright here in this program,
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  • right here in this program,saying to you, "Don't give up,
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  • saying to you, "Don't give up,don't quit.
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  • don't quit.Trust the Lord Jesus Christ--"
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  • Trust the Lord Jesus Christ--"- female: We're going to get
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  • - female: We're going to getthrough this.
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  • through this.We will.
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  • We will.- male: Alright, so it's just
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  • - male: Alright, so it's justthis simple, three orange cards,
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  • this simple, three orange cards,right?
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  • right?That means I can take three
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  • That means I can take threeorange spaces, that's it.
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  • orange spaces, that's it.Right?
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  • Right?So you just--
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  • So you just--- girl: I don't, I don't like
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  • - girl: I don't, I don't likethis.
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  • this.- boy: This games makes
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  • - boy: This games makesno sense, Dad.
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  • no sense, Dad.- female: Oh, my goodness.
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  • - female: Oh, my goodness.- male: You don't like it,
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  • - male: You don't like it,you never played it.
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  • you never played it.- Dr. Stanley: Speaking
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  • - Dr. Stanley: Speakingof Jesus, in whom we have
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  • of Jesus, in whom we haveredemption, the forgiveness
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  • redemption, the forgivenessof our sins.
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  • of our sins.This is what was happening.
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  • This is what was happening.He is, watch this now, he is the
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  • He is, watch this now, he is theimage of the invisible God,
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  • image of the invisible God,the first born of all creation.
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  • the first born of all creation.For by him, all things were
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  • For by him, all things werecreated.
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  • created.Both in the heavens and on
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  • Both in the heavens and onearth, visible and invisible.
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  • earth, visible and invisible.Whether thrones or dominions
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  • Whether thrones or dominionsor rulers or authorities,
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  • or rulers or authorities,all things have been created
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  • - Dr. Charles Stanley:
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  • - Dr. Charles Stanley:Christmas is not about packages.
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  • Christmas is not about packages.It's not about eating.
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  • It's not about eating.It's not about fun.
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  • It's not about fun.It's about God.
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  • It's about God.It's about Jesus.
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  • It's about Jesus.It's about the cross.
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  • It's about the cross.It's about the Resurrection.
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  • It's about the Resurrection.It's about hope.
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  • It's about the Resurrection.It's about hope.
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  • - Dr. Stanley: Four decades
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  • - Dr. Stanley: Four decadesago, we started In Touch
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  • ago, we started In TouchMinistries to lead people
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  • Ministries to lead peopleworldwide into a growing
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  • worldwide into a growingrelationship with Jesus Christ.
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  • relationship with Jesus Christ.Throughout the years, we've seen
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  • Throughout the years, we've seenGod's greatness, his love and
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  • God's greatness, his love andhis blessings in such awesome
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  • his blessings in such awesomeways that we just want everyone
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  • ways that we just want everyoneto know him.
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  • to know him.So, let's open God's Word and
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  • - male announcer: Next on
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  • - male announcer: Next on"In Touch," "The Significance
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  • - Dr. Charles Stanley: Well,
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  • - Dr. Charles Stanley: Well,the manger scene with Jesus,
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  • the manger scene with Jesus,Mary, and Joseph, with a few
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  • Mary, and Joseph, with a fewanimals in the barn is a scene
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  • animals in the barn is a scenethat most of us have thought
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  • that most of us have thoughtabout and have seen and have
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  • about and have seen and havetalked about all the, these
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  • talked about all the, thesemany, many years.
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  • many, many years.But today, this very sacred
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  • But today, this very sacredscene has become a target.
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  • scene has become a target.And when I think about the
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  • And when I think about themanger scenes that have been
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  • manger scenes that have beenplaced in different places,
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  • placed in different places,earlier in this century, it was
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  • earlier in this century, it wasmore often seen than today.
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  • more often seen than today.And little by little, the manger
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  • And little by little, the mangerscene has been discarded because
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  • scene has been discarded becausesome people objected.
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  • some people objected.And they saw that as a target.
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  • And they saw that as a target.The most important event in the
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  • The most important event in thehistory of all humanity,
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  • history of all humanity,a target of people who hate God,
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  • a target of people who hate God,hate religion, who are agnostic
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  • hate religion, who are agnosticor totally unbelievers,
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  • or totally unbelievers,it's become a target.
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  • it's become a target.Then, it became a political
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  • Then, it became a politicalissue.
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  • issue.And so, that today, you see less
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  • And so, that today, you see lessand less scenes of the Mary and
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  • and less scenes of the Mary andJoseph, Jesus, and all the rest
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  • Joseph, Jesus, and all the restthat you and I know about.
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  • that you and I know about.So, they go to court.
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  • So, they go to court.They do all kind of things to
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  • They do all kind of things toremove the manger scene.
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  • remove the manger scene.But think about this, God placed
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  • But think about this, God placedthe first manger scene here and
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  • the first manger scene here andno matter what somebody says or
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  • no matter what somebody says ordoes or what kind of laws they
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  • does or what kind of laws theypass, the effects of the manger
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  • pass, the effects of the mangerscene will still be here when
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  • scene will still be here whenJesus comes no matter what
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  • Jesus comes no matter whatthey try to do.
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  • they try to do.And, when I understand what
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  • And, when I understand whatreally happened in that spot,
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  • really happened in that spot,that place, wherever it may be,
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  • that place, wherever it may be,and there are manger scenes all
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  • and there are manger scenes allover the country today,
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  • over the country today,regardless of what people
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  • regardless of what peopletry to do.
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  • try to do.So, I want us think about it
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  • So, I want us think about itin light of let's look into
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  • in light of let's look intoa little deeper look at that
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  • a little deeper look at thatbecause there's more there than
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  • because there's more there thansimply Mary and Joseph and the
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  • simply Mary and Joseph and theshepherds who came.
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  • shepherds who came.And so when you look at
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  • And so when you look atthat scene, it's easy to say,
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  • that scene, it's easy to say,"Well, we've seen this
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  • "Well, we've seen thisfor years."
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  • for years."But what does it represent?
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  • But what does it represent?It's a reminder of your
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  • It's a reminder of yoursalvation.
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  • salvation.It's a reminder that you don't
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  • It's a reminder that you don'thave to worry about dying.
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  • have to worry about dying.It's a reminder that your name
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  • It's a reminder that your nameis written in the Lamb's Book
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  • is written in the Lamb's Bookof Life.
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  • of Life.And it's a reminder that all of
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  • And it's a reminder that all ofyour blessed assurance is not
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  • your blessed assurance is notbecause of anything you and I
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  • because of anything you and Ihave done, but simply respond to
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  • have done, but simply respond tothe truth of the message of the
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  • the truth of the message of thegospel which began pictorially
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  • gospel which began pictoriallyright there in that situation.
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  • right there in that situation.And then, when you begin to look
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  • And then, when you begin to lookat what the Scripture says about
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  • at what the Scripture says aboutHim, I want us to look at the
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  • Him, I want us to look at theColossians chapter one for a
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  • Colossians chapter one for amoment because here is an
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  • moment because here is anawesome description of what this
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  • awesome description of what thismanger scene is all about in
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  • manger scene is all about inthis first chapter.
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  • this first chapter.Speaking of Jesus, "In whom we
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  • Speaking of Jesus, "In whom wehave redemption, the forgiveness
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  • have redemption, the forgivenessof our sins.
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  • of our sins.This is what was happening.
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  • This is what was happening.He is--watch this now--"He is
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  • He is--watch this now--"He isthe image of the invisible God,
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  • the image of the invisible God,the firstborn of all creation.
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  • the firstborn of all creation.For by Him all things were
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  • For by Him all things werecreated, both in the heavens and
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  • created, both in the heavens andon earth, visible and invisible,
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  • on earth, visible and invisible,whether thrones or dominions or
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  • whether thrones or dominions orrulers or authorities.
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  • rulers or authorities.All things have been created
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  • All things have been createdthrough Him and for Him."
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  • through Him and for Him."That is, in that scene is the
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  • That is, in that scene is thebaby we just described.
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  • baby we just described."The image of the invisible God;
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  • "The image of the invisible God;the firstborn of all creation."
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  • the firstborn of all creation."And then the Scripture says He,
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  • And then the Scripture says He,"He is," not was, but "He is
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  • "He is," not was, but "He isbefore all things; and in Him
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  • before all things; and in Himall things hold together."
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  • all things hold together."That is, in that cradle lay
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  • That is, in that cradle laya baby that everything we have
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  • a baby that everything we havejust read about was true of Him.
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  • just read about was true of Him.People criticize that scene.
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  • People criticize that scene.That scene is a picture of the
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  • That scene is a picture of themost significant thing that has
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  • most significant thing that hasever happened until the cross,
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  • ever happened until the cross,the Crucifixion and
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  • the Crucifixion andthe Resurrection.
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  • the Resurrection.So the Scripture says, "He is
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  • So the Scripture says, "He isbefore," listen to that--not
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  • before," listen to that--notwas, "He is before all things.
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  • was, "He is before all things.In Him all things hold together.
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  • In Him all things hold together.He is also head of the body, the
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  • He is also head of the body, thechurch, He is the beginning, the
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  • church, He is the beginning, thefirstborn from the dead," that
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  • firstborn from the dead," thatis resurrection, "so that He
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  • is resurrection, "so that HeHimself will come to have first
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  • Himself will come to have firstplace in everything.
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  • place in everything.For it was the Father's good
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  • For it was the Father's goodpleasure for all the fullness
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  • pleasure for all the fullnessto dwell in Him,
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  • to dwell in Him,and through Him to reconcile all
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  • and through Him to reconcile allthings to Himself, having made
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  • things to Himself, having madepeace through the blood of the
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  • peace through the blood of thecross; through Him, I say,
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  • cross; through Him, I say,whether things in earth or
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  • whether things in earth orthings in heaven."
  • 00:07:46.249 --> 00:07:46.983
  • things in heaven."That's what happened and that's
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  • That's what happened and that'swhat that scene represents.
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  • what that scene represents.Now that's an awesome
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  • Now that's an awesomedescription of the Lord
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  • description of the LordJesus Christ.
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  • Jesus Christ.So, when somebody sort of
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  • So, when somebody sort ofrecklessly says, "You ought to
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  • recklessly says, "You ought totake that thing out of your
  • 00:07:58.294 --> 00:07:58.528
  • take that thing out of youryard, or that's just religious
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  • yard, or that's just religiousstuff."
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  • stuff."No, it's not just
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  • No, it's not justreligious--it's reality.
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  • religious--it's reality.Everything about all of it is
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  • Everything about all of it issacred to all of us whose names
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  • sacred to all of us whose namesare written in the Lamb's Book
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  • are written in the Lamb's Bookof Life.
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  • of Life.Who all have to go back to the
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  • Who all have to go back to theScripture to say here's what
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  • Scripture to say here's whathappened.
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  • happened.And the reason I'm saved and my
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  • And the reason I'm saved and myname is in the Lamb's Book of
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  • name is in the Lamb's Book ofLife because God chose to come
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  • Life because God chose to cometo earth in the form of a babe,
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  • to earth in the form of a babe,lay down His life on the cross,
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  • lay down His life on the cross,pay my sin-debt in full,
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  • pay my sin-debt in full,even before I was born.
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  • even before I was born.Think about this.
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  • Think about this.Our names are written in the
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  • Our names are written in theLamb's Book of Life.
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  • Lamb's Book of Life.And think about this.
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  • And think about this.Not to any of our credit.
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  • Not to any of our credit.Think about it.
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  • Think about it.That all of your life you will
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  • That all of your life you willlive and the blessings of God
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  • live and the blessings of Godyou'll receive, and the
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  • you'll receive, and theforgiveness of sin is yours.
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  • forgiveness of sin is yours.And your name is written in the
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  • And your name is written in theLamb's Book of Life.
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  • Lamb's Book of Life.Not one single one of us can
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  • Not one single one of us cantake any credit for any of that.
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  • take any credit for any of that.So, at Christmas, if there was
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  • So, at Christmas, if there wasmore to give than ourselves,
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  • more to give than ourselves,we should give it.
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  • we should give it.And giving presents to other
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  • And giving presents to otherpeople will remind us we've
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  • people will remind us we'vealready received the greatest
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  • already received the greatestpresent we'll ever be able
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  • present we'll ever be ableto receive.
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  • to receive.The gift of the Son of God as
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  • The gift of the Son of God asour Savior, Lord, Master and the
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  • our Savior, Lord, Master and thehope and the promise of Heaven
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  • hope and the promise of Heavenforever and ever and ever.
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  • forever and ever and ever.That's ours.
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  • That's ours.[congregation applauding]
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  • [congregation applauding]And think about this.
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  • And think about this.You can't determine a person's
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  • You can't determine a person'svalue by their surroundings.
  • 00:09:24.547 --> 00:09:24.747
  • value by their surroundings.And if you'll think about
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  • And if you'll think aboutJesus--wasn't born in a palace.
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  • Jesus--wasn't born in a palace.You'd think the Son of God
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  • You'd think the Son of Godshould be born in a palace--no.
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  • should be born in a palace--no.He was born in a little crib.
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  • He was born in a little crib.So, you can't look at their
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  • So, you can't look at theirsurroundings.
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  • surroundings.Bethlehem--where was that?
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  • Bethlehem--where was that?A small town.
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  • A small town.And no one who walked into
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  • And no one who walked intoa stable like that would
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  • a stable like that wouldpossibly believe that God
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  • possibly believe that Godwas lying there.
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  • was lying there.They couldn't possibly
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  • They couldn't possiblybelieve that.
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  • believe that.That Holy God chose to come to
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  • That Holy God chose to come toearth in the form of
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  • earth in the form ofa babe--virgin born.
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  • a babe--virgin born.And so, the interesting thing to
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  • And so, the interesting thing tome is that people who want to
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  • me is that people who want tocriticize the virgin birth and
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  • criticize the virgin birth andsort of make fun of it and say,
  • 00:10:04.654 --> 00:10:04.654
  • sort of make fun of it and say,"Well, that's impossible."
  • 00:10:05.888 --> 00:10:06.555
  • "Well, that's impossible."What do we say?
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  • What do we say?Yes!
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  • Yes!Yes, yes, yes, it's impossible.
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  • Yes, yes, yes, it's impossible.No, that would take a miracle.
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  • No, that would take a miracle.Yes, it's a miracle because it's
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  • Yes, it's a miracle because it'sGod at work on a human level
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  • God at work on a human levelthat man could not understand.
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  • that man could not understand.It was God coming to earth in
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  • It was God coming to earth inthe form of a babe to grow up
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  • the form of a babe to grow uplike any other little boy except
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  • like any other little boy exceptsinless, and one day lay down
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  • sinless, and one day lay downHis life in order that you and I
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  • His life in order that you and Iwould have eternal life.
  • 00:10:31.247 --> 00:10:31.881
  • would have eternal life.Can they explain it?
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  • Can they explain it?No.
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  • No.And I think one of the reasons
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  • And I think one of the reasonsthey want to get rid of it is
  • 00:10:35.317 --> 00:10:37.420
  • they want to get rid of it isbecause it's so overwhelming.
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  • because it's so overwhelming.They can't explain it.
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  • They can't explain it.Watch this.
  • 00:10:41.624 --> 00:10:41.691
  • Watch this.It's their pride--they can't
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  • It's their pride--they can'texplain how a baby could give
  • 00:10:45.895 --> 00:10:47.363
  • explain how a baby could givethem eternal life.
  • 00:10:47.963 --> 00:10:48.731
  • them eternal life.They don't, they can't explain
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  • They don't, they can't explainhow God operates.
  • 00:10:50.266 --> 00:10:50.766
  • how God operates.And so you and I have so much
  • 00:10:52.134 --> 00:10:53.202
  • And so you and I have so muchto be grateful for.
  • 00:10:53.502 --> 00:10:54.503
  • to be grateful for.And when I meet people like that
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  • And when I meet people like thatit doesn't get me upset.
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  • it doesn't get me upset.I feel sorry for them, for the
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  • I feel sorry for them, for thesimple reason--listen--they can
  • 00:11:02.344 --> 00:11:02.378
  • simple reason--listen--they canhave this awesome mind that can
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  • have this awesome mind that canexplain, invent, you name it,
  • 00:11:06.716 --> 00:11:07.349
  • explain, invent, you name it,and they can't conceive of God
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  • and they can't conceive of Godbecoming a child, a baby.
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  • becoming a child, a baby.God growing up, dying on a
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  • God growing up, dying on across, being resurrected, and
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  • cross, being resurrected, andreturning to the Father, writing
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  • returning to the Father, writingour name in the Lamb's Book
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  • our name in the Lamb's Bookof Life.
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  • of Life.They don't understand that.
  • 00:11:21.597 --> 00:11:21.997
  • They don't understand that.I do, I understand why
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  • I do, I understand whythey don't understand.
  • 00:11:25.768 --> 00:11:26.435
  • they don't understand.One of the reasons they don't
  • 00:11:26.602 --> 00:11:27.603
  • One of the reasons they don'tunderstand is they don't
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  • understand is they don'twant to.
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  • want to.Naturally, if I want to live
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  • Naturally, if I want to livea sinful life, I don't want to
  • 00:11:31.040 --> 00:11:32.374
  • a sinful life, I don't want tobelieve all that stuff.
  • 00:11:32.708 --> 00:11:34.477
  • believe all that stuff.So, I understand why they're
  • 00:11:34.510 --> 00:11:36.078
  • So, I understand why they'refoolish; why they are very
  • 00:11:36.812 --> 00:11:40.082
  • foolish; why they are veryfoolish not to consider the fact
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  • foolish not to consider the factthat the birth of Jesus Christ
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  • that the birth of Jesus Christwas a reality.
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  • was a reality.And the fact that He walked
  • 00:11:44.754 --> 00:11:45.254
  • And the fact that He walkedamong men was a reality.
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  • among men was a reality.That He died upon a cross was
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  • That He died upon a cross wasa reality.
  • 00:11:49.592 --> 00:11:49.592
  • a reality.And that He died in order to
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  • And that He died in order tosave us from our sins was
  • 00:11:52.828 --> 00:11:53.796
  • save us from our sins wasa reality.
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  • a reality.That He rose from the dead is
  • 00:11:55.598 --> 00:11:56.599
  • That He rose from the dead isa reality.
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  • a reality.Sits at the Father's right hand
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  • Sits at the Father's right handas the judge of all mankind.
  • 00:12:00.002 --> 00:12:00.202
  • as the judge of all mankind.Listen.
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  • Listen.If I didn't want to live a godly
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  • If I didn't want to live a godlylife, I wouldn't want to
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  • life, I wouldn't want tobelieve that.
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  • believe that.But I'm sorry friend,
  • 00:12:06.242 --> 00:12:07.843
  • But I'm sorry friend,it's the truth.
  • 00:12:07.843 --> 00:12:09.044
  • it's the truth.And what you look with disdain,
  • 00:12:11.547 --> 00:12:13.783
  • And what you look with disdain,is your only hope of eternal
  • 00:12:13.783 --> 00:12:15.151
  • is your only hope of eternallife.
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  • life.So be wise.
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  • So be wise.Think about this.
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  • Think about this.Just think about, just possibly
  • 00:12:19.088 --> 00:12:19.722
  • Just think about, just possiblyif it's truth--what does it mean
  • 00:12:21.524 --> 00:12:22.458
  • if it's truth--what does it meanto you?
  • 00:12:23.659 --> 00:12:24.894
  • to you?Christmas is not about packages.
  • 00:12:27.096 --> 00:12:29.098
  • Christmas is not about packages.It's not about eating.
  • 00:12:29.098 --> 00:12:30.099
  • It's not about eating.It's not about fun.
  • 00:12:30.933 --> 00:12:31.700
  • It's not about fun.It's about God.
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  • It's about God.It's about Jesus.
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  • It's about Jesus.It's about the cross.
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  • It's about the cross.It's about the Resurrection.
  • 00:12:37.306 --> 00:12:37.706
  • It's about the Resurrection.It's about hope.
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  • It's about hope.It's about assurance.
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  • It's about assurance.Unless this was Jesus the Son
  • 00:12:42.845 --> 00:12:42.945
  • Unless this was Jesus the Sonof God, unless He did die on
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  • of God, unless He did die onthe cross paying our sin-debt
  • 00:12:47.016 --> 00:12:47.149
  • the cross paying our sin-debtin full as an atonement,
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  • in full as an atonement,it's meaningless.
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  • it's meaningless.But thank God it is all the
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  • But thank God it is all thetruth--the eternal truth of God
  • 00:12:54.356 --> 00:12:54.690
  • truth--the eternal truth of Godprepared before the foundation
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  • prepared before the foundationof the world.
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  • of the world.So, it's a significant time,
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  • So, it's a significant time,far more serious than people
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  • far more serious than peopletake it.
  • 00:13:03.032 --> 00:13:03.566
  • take it.And so, when I think about that
  • 00:13:04.600 --> 00:13:06.535
  • And so, when I think about thatand I think about the fact that
  • 00:13:06.802 --> 00:13:09.271
  • and I think about the fact thatGod made His greatest
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  • God made His greatestrevelations to us in such
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  • revelations to us in sucha lowly in such a lowly fashion.
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  • a lowly in such a lowly fashion.Think about this.
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  • Think about this.He could have made Jesus some
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  • He could have made Jesus somegreat emperor.
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  • great emperor.He could have made Jesus some
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  • He could have made Jesus somegreat king.
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  • great king.There were kings; there were
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  • There were kings; there wereemperors; there were all kinds
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  • emperors; there were all kindsof important people.
  • 00:13:28.624 --> 00:13:29.425
  • of important people.But think about what God did.
  • 00:13:30.359 --> 00:13:32.361
  • But think about what God did.Shocked the world.
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  • Shocked the world.He rose from the grave and all
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  • He rose from the grave and allof us who have accepted Him as
  • 00:13:36.699 --> 00:13:37.666
  • of us who have accepted Him asour Savior, God changed
  • 00:13:37.867 --> 00:13:39.034
  • our Savior, God changedour life.
  • 00:13:39.034 --> 00:13:39.168
  • our life.And if somebody says, "Well how,
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  • And if somebody says, "Well how,how do you know you're saved?"
  • 00:13:42.071 --> 00:13:42.238
  • how do you know you're saved?"You can explain it.
  • 00:13:44.306 --> 00:13:45.407
  • You can explain it.You have assurance in
  • 00:13:45.507 --> 00:13:46.408
  • You have assurance inyour heart.
  • 00:13:46.408 --> 00:13:47.076
  • your heart.Why?
  • 00:13:47.243 --> 00:13:48.010
  • Why?Because it's a promise of
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  • Because it's a promise ofAlmighty God.
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  • Almighty God.We have a relationship with
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  • We have a relationship withthis Jesus.
  • 00:13:52.848 --> 00:13:55.017
  • this Jesus.And we have a relationship
  • 00:13:55.017 --> 00:13:55.517
  • And we have a relationshipwith Almighty God.
  • 00:13:57.620 --> 00:13:58.821
  • with Almighty God.Everything was changed the
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  • Everything was changed themoment Jesus Christ was
  • 00:14:01.190 --> 00:14:03.559
  • moment Jesus Christ wasconceived in the body of
  • 00:14:03.559 --> 00:14:03.726
  • conceived in the body ofthe Virgin Mary.
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  • the Virgin Mary.And His life from thereafter has
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  • And His life from thereafter haschanged everything.
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  • changed everything.This was an event in time that
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  • This was an event in time thatchanged everything.
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  • changed everything.And to all of us who are wise
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  • And to all of us who are wiseenough to accept Christ as our
  • 00:14:18.774 --> 00:14:19.108
  • enough to accept Christ as ourSavior, He gave us the promise
  • 00:14:20.542 --> 00:14:20.943
  • Savior, He gave us the promiseof eternal life.
  • 00:14:22.444 --> 00:14:24.246
  • of eternal life.So, when I think about the fact
  • 00:14:24.713 --> 00:14:26.582
  • So, when I think about the factthat God revealed all of this
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  • that God revealed all of thisto a bunch of shepherds.
  • 00:14:29.818 --> 00:14:31.220
  • to a bunch of shepherds.He also does some other things
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  • He also does some other thingsthat we don't expect.
  • 00:14:34.857 --> 00:14:36.392
  • that we don't expect.Think about this.
  • 00:14:38.093 --> 00:14:38.193
  • Think about this.He made it possible for you to
  • 00:14:39.895 --> 00:14:40.829
  • He made it possible for you togo to heaven and He called it
  • 00:14:41.597 --> 00:14:43.265
  • go to heaven and He called itbeing born again.
  • 00:14:43.265 --> 00:14:46.168
  • being born again.And so, He made it simple enough
  • 00:14:48.137 --> 00:14:49.872
  • And so, He made it simple enoughthat if you and I confess,
  • 00:14:50.005 --> 00:14:52.007
  • that if you and I confess,repent of our sins, and place
  • 00:14:52.007 --> 00:14:52.841
  • repent of our sins, and placeour trust in that baby born in
  • 00:14:53.642 --> 00:14:54.877
  • our trust in that baby born inBethlehem and grew up to be a
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  • Bethlehem and grew up to be acarpenter, the Son of God,
  • 00:14:58.447 --> 00:14:59.315
  • carpenter, the Son of God,the Messiah, who sits at the
  • 00:15:00.716 --> 00:15:01.383
  • the Messiah, who sits at theFather's right hand.
  • 00:15:02.451 --> 00:15:02.651
  • Father's right hand.He made it so simple so that you
  • 00:15:04.420 --> 00:15:05.254
  • He made it so simple so that youand I could understand
  • 00:15:06.755 --> 00:15:07.656
  • and I could understandsalvation.
  • 00:15:07.723 --> 00:15:08.557
  • salvation.Think of that.
  • 00:15:08.691 --> 00:15:10.192
  • Think of that.Jesus did not speak in terms
  • 00:15:10.459 --> 00:15:11.961
  • Jesus did not speak in termsabove people's heads.
  • 00:15:12.061 --> 00:15:13.662
  • above people's heads.He talked about things that they
  • 00:15:13.662 --> 00:15:13.996
  • He talked about things that theyunderstood.
  • 00:15:15.197 --> 00:15:16.966
  • understood.And He talked about sheep, and
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  • And He talked about sheep, andHe talked about life.
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  • He talked about life.He talked about death and talked
  • 00:15:21.003 --> 00:15:22.304
  • He talked about death and talkedabout relationships.
  • 00:15:22.738 --> 00:15:23.872
  • about relationships.He made it possible for us to
  • 00:15:24.006 --> 00:15:26.709
  • He made it possible for us tounderstand how God thought,
  • 00:15:26.709 --> 00:15:26.942
  • understand how God thought,because He was God in the flesh.
  • 00:15:29.878 --> 00:15:31.180
  • because He was God in the flesh.He didn't make anything
  • 00:15:31.814 --> 00:15:33.482
  • He didn't make anythingdifficult.
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  • difficult.You say, "Well, I don't always
  • 00:15:34.650 --> 00:15:35.651
  • You say, "Well, I don't alwaysunderstand everything the Bible
  • 00:15:35.651 --> 00:15:35.718
  • understand everything the Biblesays."
  • 00:15:36.452 --> 00:15:37.252
  • says."Probably all of us would have to
  • 00:15:37.653 --> 00:15:38.253
  • Probably all of us would have tosay there are some things we
  • 00:15:39.655 --> 00:15:39.989
  • say there are some things wedon't fully understand.
  • 00:15:41.590 --> 00:15:42.524
  • don't fully understand.We don't fully understand
  • 00:15:43.292 --> 00:15:43.993
  • We don't fully understandmiracles unless we're willing to
  • 00:15:44.593 --> 00:15:45.861
  • miracles unless we're willing togive God the credit that He has
  • 00:15:46.195 --> 00:15:47.463
  • give God the credit that He hasthe power to perform them.
  • 00:15:48.197 --> 00:15:49.298
  • the power to perform them.So, God has made all of these
  • 00:15:50.032 --> 00:15:51.066
  • So, God has made all of thesethings possible so that even
  • 00:15:52.301 --> 00:15:53.769
  • things possible so that evena child.
  • 00:15:53.769 --> 00:15:54.570
  • a child.And I think about one morning
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  • And I think about one morningBecky was five years of age and
  • 00:15:59.008 --> 00:16:01.243
  • Becky was five years of age andshe said to me after breakfast,
  • 00:16:01.643 --> 00:16:03.045
  • she said to me after breakfast,she says, "Dad, would you pray
  • 00:16:03.045 --> 00:16:03.645
  • she says, "Dad, would you praywith me?
  • 00:16:04.313 --> 00:16:04.947
  • with me?I want to receive Jesus as
  • 00:16:05.214 --> 00:16:06.582
  • I want to receive Jesus asmy personal Savior."
  • 00:16:07.649 --> 00:16:08.083
  • my personal Savior."Five years old.
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  • Five years old.My first thought was, "Now,
  • 00:16:10.586 --> 00:16:11.420
  • My first thought was, "Now,Becky, do you understand this?"
  • 00:16:12.855 --> 00:16:13.789
  • Becky, do you understand this?"And so, I began to talk to her
  • 00:16:14.790 --> 00:16:15.524
  • And so, I began to talk to hera little bit and she assured me
  • 00:16:16.792 --> 00:16:17.026
  • a little bit and she assured methat she understood that Jesus
  • 00:16:19.161 --> 00:16:19.595
  • that she understood that Jesusdied on a cross for her sins.
  • 00:16:22.031 --> 00:16:23.232
  • died on a cross for her sins.And think about a five-year-old
  • 00:16:23.632 --> 00:16:25.100
  • And think about a five-year-oldgirl concerning about sin.
  • 00:16:25.768 --> 00:16:26.335
  • girl concerning about sin.Died for her sins and that if
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  • Died for her sins and that ifshe would confess her sins,
  • 00:16:29.138 --> 00:16:30.639
  • she would confess her sins,she would be saved.
  • 00:16:30.639 --> 00:16:31.907
  • she would be saved.Well, I was with her this week
  • 00:16:32.141 --> 00:16:33.275
  • Well, I was with her this weekand she said, "I remember you
  • 00:16:33.709 --> 00:16:35.177
  • and she said, "I remember youkneeling by my bed with me and
  • 00:16:36.045 --> 00:16:37.246
  • kneeling by my bed with me andI prayed and asked Jesus to
  • 00:16:37.880 --> 00:16:38.447
  • I prayed and asked Jesus tocome into my heart.
  • 00:16:39.148 --> 00:16:40.182
  • come into my heart.I've never doubted that."
  • 00:16:41.784 --> 00:16:43.152
  • I've never doubted that."Think about the world, and all
  • 00:16:43.852 --> 00:16:45.287
  • Think about the world, and allthe wisdom of the world.
  • 00:16:45.554 --> 00:16:46.722
  • the wisdom of the world.Think about what God did.
  • 00:16:46.722 --> 00:16:47.489
  • Think about what God did.He made it possible for children
  • 00:16:48.924 --> 00:16:49.391
  • He made it possible for childrenas well as adults to understand
  • 00:16:51.727 --> 00:16:52.628
  • as well as adults to understandenough about forgiveness; to
  • 00:16:54.329 --> 00:16:56.131
  • enough about forgiveness; topray and to have eternal life at
  • 00:16:57.866 --> 00:16:58.834
  • pray and to have eternal life ata very, very young age.
  • 00:17:00.069 --> 00:17:01.236
  • a very, very young age.Think about how complicated we
  • 00:17:01.670 --> 00:17:02.971
  • Think about how complicated wemake things today.
  • 00:17:02.971 --> 00:17:03.939
  • make things today.I think of the computer,
  • 00:17:04.273 --> 00:17:05.541
  • I think of the computer,for example.
  • 00:17:05.541 --> 00:17:06.341
  • for example.So many things about it are
  • 00:17:06.341 --> 00:17:06.642
  • So many things about it areso difficult.
  • 00:17:07.843 --> 00:17:09.645
  • so difficult.God made the most important
  • 00:17:10.479 --> 00:17:11.747
  • God made the most importantthing in all of our lives
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  • thing in all of our livesvery simple.
  • 00:17:14.016 --> 00:17:14.450
  • very simple."If you're willing to confess to
  • 00:17:15.150 --> 00:17:16.351
  • "If you're willing to confess toMe, that is to agree with Me
  • 00:17:16.718 --> 00:17:17.686
  • Me, that is to agree with Methat you're a sinner.
  • 00:17:18.353 --> 00:17:19.188
  • that you're a sinner.If you're willing to ask Me to
  • 00:17:20.055 --> 00:17:20.589
  • If you're willing to ask Me toforgive you of your sins.
  • 00:17:22.024 --> 00:17:22.357
  • forgive you of your sins.If you're willing to ask Me to
  • 00:17:23.625 --> 00:17:23.926
  • If you're willing to ask Me toforgive you on the basis that
  • 00:17:24.993 --> 00:17:25.794
  • forgive you on the basis thatI died and paid your sin-debt in
  • 00:17:27.262 --> 00:17:27.696
  • I died and paid your sin-debt infull, that I would save you
  • 00:17:28.063 --> 00:17:28.831
  • full, that I would save youforever."
  • 00:17:28.831 --> 00:17:29.965
  • forever."Think about how wise that was,
  • 00:17:30.766 --> 00:17:32.734
  • Think about how wise that was,how wise God is.
  • 00:17:32.868 --> 00:17:33.969
  • how wise God is.He didn't intend for it to be
  • 00:17:34.203 --> 00:17:34.970
  • He didn't intend for it to becomplicated.
  • 00:17:36.305 --> 00:17:37.973
  • complicated.He intended for it to be simple
  • 00:17:37.973 --> 00:17:38.373
  • He intended for it to be simpleso that even a child could
  • 00:17:39.541 --> 00:17:41.343
  • so that even a child couldunderstand forgiveness; and that
  • 00:17:43.445 --> 00:17:44.847
  • understand forgiveness; and thatthe cross was payment--
  • 00:17:46.782 --> 00:17:48.083
  • the cross was payment--the shed blood.
  • 00:17:48.083 --> 00:17:48.584
  • the shed blood.And that this Jesus rose from
  • 00:17:49.418 --> 00:17:50.686
  • And that this Jesus rose fromthe grave and He's seated at the
  • 00:17:50.686 --> 00:17:50.686
  • the grave and He's seated at theFather's right hand.
  • 00:17:52.421 --> 00:17:52.454
  • Father's right hand.Then here's what He did.
  • 00:17:53.822 --> 00:17:53.889
  • Then here's what He did.He sent the Holy Spirit to
  • 00:17:55.290 --> 00:17:57.426
  • He sent the Holy Spirit toconvict us, to help us to see
  • 00:17:59.495 --> 00:17:59.995
  • convict us, to help us to seewhat sin was in our life, to
  • 00:18:01.563 --> 00:18:01.930
  • what sin was in our life, toidentify sin in our life, in
  • 00:18:03.632 --> 00:18:04.733
  • identify sin in our life, inorder to be able to be saved
  • 00:18:05.033 --> 00:18:07.302
  • order to be able to be savedvery early in life.
  • 00:18:07.302 --> 00:18:07.870
  • very early in life.I was twelve.
  • 00:18:08.537 --> 00:18:10.639
  • I was twelve.My daughter was five.
  • 00:18:10.639 --> 00:18:11.206
  • My daughter was five.And I think Andy was about eight
  • 00:18:12.107 --> 00:18:13.642
  • And I think Andy was about eightor something like that.
  • 00:18:15.244 --> 00:18:15.944
  • or something like that.Think about that.
  • 00:18:16.345 --> 00:18:17.446
  • Think about that.Watch it.
  • 00:18:17.446 --> 00:18:19.314
  • Watch it.Your eternal future; your
  • 00:18:20.349 --> 00:18:24.319
  • Your eternal future; youreternal future hinged on one
  • 00:18:24.319 --> 00:18:24.419
  • eternal future hinged on onedecision you made--trusting
  • 00:18:26.355 --> 00:18:27.356
  • decision you made--trustingJesus Christ as your Savior.
  • 00:18:28.857 --> 00:18:29.591
  • Jesus Christ as your Savior.You talk about an awesome God.
  • 00:18:30.225 --> 00:18:33.028
  • You talk about an awesome God.God--born as a babe, placed in
  • 00:18:35.063 --> 00:18:36.198
  • God--born as a babe, placed ina manger, not in a palace.
  • 00:18:36.732 --> 00:18:39.301
  • a manger, not in a palace.Growing up in a normal home
  • 00:18:39.501 --> 00:18:41.904
  • Growing up in a normal homewhose mother was criticized
  • 00:18:41.904 --> 00:18:42.237
  • whose mother was criticizedbecause it didn't look like she
  • 00:18:44.540 --> 00:18:44.940
  • because it didn't look like shewas very pure.
  • 00:18:46.275 --> 00:18:47.009
  • was very pure.Look at all the things God did
  • 00:18:47.776 --> 00:18:49.711
  • Look at all the things God didthat were so unnatural when
  • 00:18:49.878 --> 00:18:51.180
  • that were so unnatural whenwe think about holiness.
  • 00:18:51.647 --> 00:18:52.347
  • we think about holiness.Every event was holy.
  • 00:18:53.048 --> 00:18:54.349
  • Every event was holy.Every event was righteous.
  • 00:18:55.317 --> 00:18:56.919
  • Every event was righteous.Because that's who God is.
  • 00:18:57.686 --> 00:18:58.620
  • Because that's who God is.He doesn't operate on the basis
  • 00:18:59.521 --> 00:19:00.322
  • He doesn't operate on the basisof what we think.
  • 00:19:01.223 --> 00:19:01.990
  • of what we think.He operates on the basis of
  • 00:19:02.591 --> 00:19:04.059
  • He operates on the basis ofperfection, holiness,
  • 00:19:05.427 --> 00:19:06.795
  • perfection, holiness,righteousness, purity, truth.
  • 00:19:08.096 --> 00:19:09.364
  • righteousness, purity, truth.He operates on the basis
  • 00:19:09.698 --> 00:19:10.766
  • He operates on the basisof truth.
  • 00:19:10.766 --> 00:19:11.567
  • of truth.So, when the Bible says, "Except
  • 00:19:12.534 --> 00:19:13.468
  • So, when the Bible says, "Excepta man be born again, he cannot
  • 00:19:14.069 --> 00:19:14.670
  • a man be born again, he cannotsee the kingdom of God."
  • 00:19:15.404 --> 00:19:15.804
  • see the kingdom of God."That's so true.
  • 00:19:16.738 --> 00:19:17.773
  • That's so true.People, people can't understand
  • 00:19:18.774 --> 00:19:21.443
  • People, people can't understandthis whole Christian life unless
  • 00:19:22.110 --> 00:19:22.911
  • this whole Christian life unlessthey're born again; unless
  • 00:19:24.146 --> 00:19:25.480
  • they're born again; unlessthere's a transformation
  • 00:19:25.480 --> 00:19:25.547
  • there's a transformationin their life.
  • 00:19:26.481 --> 00:19:28.483
  • in their life.And when they do,
  • 00:19:28.483 --> 00:19:29.618
  • And when they do,everything changes.
  • 00:19:30.752 --> 00:19:31.119
  • everything changes.Because the ways of God and the
  • 00:19:32.521 --> 00:19:32.621
  • Because the ways of God and theways of man differ.
  • 00:19:34.223 --> 00:19:35.490
  • ways of man differ.And when we look at the story
  • 00:19:35.958 --> 00:19:37.392
  • And when we look at the storyof Jesus and His birth, it's
  • 00:19:39.161 --> 00:19:40.762
  • of Jesus and His birth, it'sunlike anything that we would
  • 00:19:42.030 --> 00:19:42.864
  • unlike anything that we wouldthink of today.
  • 00:19:43.765 --> 00:19:44.199
  • think of today.Who was Mary?
  • 00:19:46.935 --> 00:19:47.669
  • Who was Mary?Some little girl from Nazareth.
  • 00:19:50.639 --> 00:19:51.340
  • Some little girl from Nazareth.Who was Joseph?
  • 00:19:53.075 --> 00:19:53.675
  • Who was Joseph?Some fellow out there.
  • 00:19:55.577 --> 00:19:56.211
  • Some fellow out there.And look what God did through
  • 00:19:56.712 --> 00:19:57.713
  • And look what God did throughthem.
  • 00:19:58.247 --> 00:19:59.214
  • them.Watch this carefully.
  • 00:19:59.748 --> 00:20:01.850
  • Watch this carefully.Don't ever underestimate what
  • 00:20:01.850 --> 00:20:02.517
  • Don't ever underestimate whatGod wants to do in your life.
  • 00:20:05.454 --> 00:20:06.655
  • God wants to do in your life.He may want to do something
  • 00:20:06.989 --> 00:20:08.290
  • He may want to do somethingin your life then you think,
  • 00:20:08.290 --> 00:20:08.757
  • in your life then you think,"Who am I?"
  • 00:20:11.059 --> 00:20:11.960
  • "Who am I?"Can you imagine how shocked Mary
  • 00:20:12.694 --> 00:20:13.629
  • Can you imagine how shocked Marywas when she found out that she
  • 00:20:15.163 --> 00:20:15.764
  • was when she found out that shewas pregnant?
  • 00:20:16.898 --> 00:20:17.499
  • was pregnant?And probably how scared to death
  • 00:20:18.033 --> 00:20:19.501
  • And probably how scared to deathshe was, except that God had
  • 00:20:20.869 --> 00:20:24.573
  • she was, except that God hadspoken to her.
  • 00:20:24.573 --> 00:20:25.440
  • spoken to her.If you try to fit your life into
  • 00:20:26.808 --> 00:20:27.376
  • If you try to fit your life intothe world's mold, you miss life
  • 00:20:29.544 --> 00:20:31.613
  • the world's mold, you miss lifeat its best.
  • 00:20:31.613 --> 00:20:32.180
  • at its best.When you surrender your life to
  • 00:20:32.948 --> 00:20:34.883
  • When you surrender your life toJesus and tell Him that whatever
  • 00:20:34.883 --> 00:20:34.950
  • Jesus and tell Him that whateverHe wants to do with your life is
  • 00:20:36.752 --> 00:20:38.086
  • He wants to do with your life isfine with you.
  • 00:20:39.054 --> 00:20:40.889
  • fine with you.You surrender your life to Him.
  • 00:20:40.889 --> 00:20:41.823
  • You surrender your life to Him.You may not ever have a big job.
  • 00:20:42.858 --> 00:20:43.225
  • You may not ever have a big job.The world may not know about
  • 00:20:43.925 --> 00:20:44.893
  • The world may not know aboutyou.
  • 00:20:45.193 --> 00:20:46.228
  • you.But when you surrender your life
  • 00:20:46.228 --> 00:20:46.495
  • But when you surrender your lifeto Him, here's what you have.
  • 00:20:48.330 --> 00:20:50.132
  • to Him, here's what you have.You have the best.
  • 00:20:50.132 --> 00:20:51.500
  • You have the best.So, it may be that today it'd be
  • 00:20:51.700 --> 00:20:52.934
  • So, it may be that today it'd begood for you to look back in
  • 00:20:52.934 --> 00:20:53.769
  • good for you to look back inyour life and think about maybe
  • 00:20:54.202 --> 00:20:55.337
  • your life and think about maybethe hard times you had and, or
  • 00:20:56.638 --> 00:20:57.072
  • the hard times you had and, oryour parents had and maybe you
  • 00:20:58.140 --> 00:20:58.640
  • your parents had and maybe youhaven't had a lot of things that
  • 00:20:59.941 --> 00:21:00.542
  • haven't had a lot of things thatyour friends have had
  • 00:21:01.243 --> 00:21:02.678
  • your friends have hadand so forth.
  • 00:21:02.678 --> 00:21:02.778
  • and so forth.Remember this.
  • 00:21:03.445 --> 00:21:04.046
  • Remember this.God doesn't make any mistakes.
  • 00:21:06.982 --> 00:21:08.083
  • God doesn't make any mistakes.No mistakes.
  • 00:21:08.850 --> 00:21:10.185
  • No mistakes.He does what the wisdom of only
  • 00:21:11.787 --> 00:21:13.588
  • He does what the wisdom of onlyGod could possibly do.
  • 00:21:15.524 --> 00:21:16.024
  • God could possibly do.He doesn't make any mistakes.
  • 00:21:16.892 --> 00:21:17.292
  • He doesn't make any mistakes.And you know what?
  • 00:21:17.959 --> 00:21:18.393
  • And you know what?God hasn't made any mistakes in
  • 00:21:19.027 --> 00:21:20.095
  • God hasn't made any mistakes inyour life.
  • 00:21:21.296 --> 00:21:21.663
  • your life.We're all dependent upon this
  • 00:21:22.831 --> 00:21:23.865
  • We're all dependent upon thisresurrected Christ.
  • 00:21:25.567 --> 00:21:26.468
  • resurrected Christ.Born in a manger to His own
  • 00:21:31.006 --> 00:21:33.275
  • Born in a manger to His owna stranger as the song goes.
  • 00:21:33.275 --> 00:21:34.876
  • a stranger as the song goes.They never understood.
  • 00:21:34.876 --> 00:21:35.310
  • They never understood.So, Christmas is an awesome time
  • 00:21:37.546 --> 00:21:39.314
  • So, Christmas is an awesome timeof a mighty God of awesome love,
  • 00:21:41.450 --> 00:21:41.616
  • of a mighty God of awesome love,who does things we'll never
  • 00:21:43.051 --> 00:21:44.553
  • who does things we'll neverunderstand.
  • 00:21:44.553 --> 00:21:44.920
  • understand.And who did something we will
  • 00:21:45.787 --> 00:21:46.588
  • And who did something we willnever be able to explain fully.
  • 00:21:48.256 --> 00:21:48.357
  • never be able to explain fully.He took this little girl from
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  • He took this little girl fromNazareth and this little
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  • Nazareth and this littleguy Joseph.
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  • guy Joseph.He did something miraculous in
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  • He did something miraculous intheir lives, and He's been
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  • their lives, and He's beenchanging lives ever since.
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  • changing lives ever since.Now, if you're not a Christian,
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  • Now, if you're not a Christian,you may not have understood
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  • you may not have understoodall this.
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  • all this.But let me just say this to you.
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  • But let me just say this to you.You'll never understand unless
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  • You'll never understand unlessyou're willing to understand.
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  • you're willing to understand.Unless you're willing to at
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  • Unless you're willing to atleast acknowledge the fact this
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  • least acknowledge the fact thisJesus has transformed the world.
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  • Jesus has transformed the world.This Jesus is unlike any other
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  • This Jesus is unlike any otherperson born.
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  • person born.This Jesus is the way to God.
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  • This Jesus is the way to God.And you can never find anything
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  • And you can never find anythingto criticize Him for
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  • to criticize Him forlegitimately, because He was
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  • legitimately, because He wasperfect.
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  • perfect.Who else would go to a cross
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  • Who else would go to a crossfor your sins?
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  • for your sins?Only the Son of God.
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  • Only the Son of God.Who else would forgive you for
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  • Who else would forgive you forall the dirty, nasty stuff
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  • all the dirty, nasty stuffyou've done and thought about?
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  • you've done and thought about?Only the Son of God.
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  • Only the Son of God.You either have Jesus and His
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  • You either have Jesus and Hisforgiveness or one day you stand
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  • forgiveness or one day you standbefore God and be judged for
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  • before God and be judged foryour unbelief and
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  • your unbelief andyour sinfulness.
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  • your sinfulness.If you're willing to join the
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  • If you're willing to join theranks of God's children by
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  • ranks of God's children byconfessing your sins and
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  • confessing your sins andsurrendering your life to the
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  • surrendering your life to theLord Jesus Christ, your name
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  • Lord Jesus Christ, your namewill be written in the Lamb's
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  • will be written in the Lamb'sBook of Life.
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  • Book of Life.No matter what happens to you
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  • No matter what happens to youfrom this moment on, when you
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  • from this moment on, when youdie, the Bible says, "Absent
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  • die, the Bible says, "Absentfrom the body, present with
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  • from the body, present withthe Lord.
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  • the Lord.For those who die without
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  • For those who die withoutChrist, absent from the body--
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  • Christ, absent from the body--judgment."
  • 00:23:33.328 --> 00:23:33.361
  • judgment."It's an awesome,
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  • It's an awesome,awesome opportunity.
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  • awesome opportunity.And remember this.
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  • And remember this.There is no other way
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  • There is no other wayto be saved, to be forgiven--
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  • to be saved, to be forgiven--no other way.
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  • no other way.Except a man be born
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  • Except a man be bornagain--unless God transforms
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  • again--unless God transformsyour life, no other way.
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  • your life, no other way.I don't know what you've heard,
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  • I don't know what you've heard,what you've believed.
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  • what you've believed.It's either Jesus or eternal
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  • It's either Jesus or eternalseparation from God.
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  • separation from God.And think about how patient He's
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  • And think about how patient He'sbeen with you so far.
  • 00:24:02.090 --> 00:24:02.257
  • been with you so far.The wisest thing you can do, if
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  • The wisest thing you can do, ifyou've never trusted Christ as
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  • you've never trusted Christ asyour Savior, whoever you are,
  • 00:24:08.029 --> 00:24:08.563
  • your Savior, whoever you are,wherever you are is to ask the
  • 00:24:11.399 --> 00:24:11.433
  • wherever you are is to ask theLord Jesus Christ to forgive you
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  • Lord Jesus Christ to forgive youof your sins.
  • 00:24:14.603 --> 00:24:15.770
  • of your sins.Surrender your life to Him and
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  • Surrender your life to Him andlet Him change your eternal
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  • let Him change your eternaldestiny.
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  • destiny.We're saved by faith, by the
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  • We're saved by faith, by thegrace of God, through faith.
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  • grace of God, through faith.Amen?
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  • Amen?- congregation: Amen.
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  • - congregation: Amen.- Dr. Stanley: Father, we thank
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  • - Dr. Stanley: Father, we thankYou that You don't do it
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  • You that You don't do itour way.
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  • our way.Thank You that You did it
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  • Thank You that You did itYour way.
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  • Your way.Thank You for grace, love,
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  • Thank You for grace, love,mercy, kindness--all that You
  • 00:24:37.859 --> 00:24:38.093
  • mercy, kindness--all that Youcan just pour into our lives
  • 00:24:39.628 --> 00:24:40.362
  • can just pour into our livesday after day.
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  • day after day.Thank You for the Crucifixion,
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  • Thank You for the Crucifixion,the Resurrection.
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  • the Resurrection.And thank You that You've
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  • And thank You that You'vepromised to come back.
  • 00:24:49.237 --> 00:24:49.938
  • promised to come back.Thank You that You've promised
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  • Thank You that You've promisedto come back one of these days
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  • to come back one of these daysand call us home to be with You.
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  • and call us home to be with You.Whether it's individually or
  • 00:24:57.112 --> 00:24:58.613
  • Whether it's individually orthat day that the Lord Jesus
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  • that day that the Lord JesusChrist descends from Heaven with
  • 00:25:03.485 --> 00:25:05.921
  • Christ descends from Heaven withHis holy angels to rapture His
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  • His holy angels to rapture HisChurch, the Body of Christ.
  • 00:25:09.291 --> 00:25:09.291
  • Church, the Body of Christ.We just want to say today,
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  • We just want to say today,Lord Jesus, we love You.
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  • Lord Jesus, we love You.Don't always understand,
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  • Don't always understand,but we love You.
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  • but we love You.We praise You.
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  • We praise You.We adore You.
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  • We adore You.And we pray that You'll so work
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  • And we pray that You'll so workin all of our lives that those
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  • in all of our lives that thosewho meet us will meet the
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  • who meet us will meet theLord Jesus Christ.
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  • - announcer: If you've been
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  • - announcer: If you've beenblessed by today's program,
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  • - all: Wow.
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  • - all: Wow.- male: Wow, wow.
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  • - male: Wow, wow.- male: Surprise.
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  • - male: Surprise.- female: Thank you, guys.
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  • - female: Thank you, guys.- female: The flowers are
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  • - female: The flowers arebeautiful.
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  • beautiful.- female: Yes, looking forward
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  • - female: Yes, looking forwardto it.
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  • to it.- female announcer: Even though
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  • - female announcer: Even thoughlife might take turns you
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  • - male: Hey, Briscoe, let's go.
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  • - male: Hey, Briscoe, let's go.- announcer: God created you
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  • - announcer: God created youwith a plan to fulfill an
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  • You may not realize how
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  • You may not realize howprofoundly God desires to
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  • profoundly God desires towork in you and impact others
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  • Just imagine what your life
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  • Just imagine what your lifemight look like a year from now
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  • might look like a year from nowafter connecting daily with your
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  • after connecting daily with yourheavenly Father.
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  • heavenly Father."God's Purpose for Your Life,"
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  • "God's Purpose for Your Life,"a new year-long devotional
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  • - female announcer: Looking for
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  • - female announcer: Looking forsomething meaningful to give
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  • something meaningful to giveyour loved ones this Christmas?
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  • your loved ones this Christmas?Like your nephew, who is
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  • Like your nephew, who isgraduating and trying to figure
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  • graduating and trying to figureout his next steps?
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  • out his next steps?How about your daughter, who
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  • How about your daughter, wholoves to journal during her
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  • loves to journal during hermorning devotions?
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  • morning devotions?Or your neighbor whose family is
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  • Or your neighbor whose family isin need of biblical wisdom?
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  • in need of biblical wisdom?And you can't forget about
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  • And you can't forget aboutthe little ones.
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  • the little ones.The In Touch Christmas catalog
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  • The In Touch Christmas catalogis a collection of biblical
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  • is a collection of biblicalresources that will make an
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  • resources that will make aneternal difference in the lives
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  • eternal difference in the livesof your friends and loved ones.
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  • of your friends and loved ones.Give the gifts that bless this
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  • - male announcer: "In Touch,"
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  • leading people worldwide into
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  • a growing relationship with
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  • Jesus Christ and strengthening
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  • the local church.
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  • In Touch Ministries and is made
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  • possible by the grace of God and
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