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December 14, 2020
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This season reminds us that we need a Savior! Are we preparing our hearts and homes for the true meaning of Christmas? | TBN Prayer Line: 714-731-1000

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Better Together LIVE | Episode 161

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  • (cheerful music)
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  • - "Unto us a child is born,unto us a son is given."
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  • This season reminds usthat we need a savior.
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  • Today we're talking about
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  • how to prepare ourhearts and homes
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  • for the true meaningof Christmas.
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  • Come on, join us.
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  • (cheerful music)
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  • So this week we arecelebrating Christmas
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  • and probably one of mymost important things
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  • is that when people tune in,
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  • that they feel that they'rea part of this program.
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  • - Yeah.- That they feel like
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  • they're sitting here,
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  • people that don't have family.- Right.
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  • - Maybe this year there'snot a lot of friends
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  • hanging around this Christmas
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  • that we can be there for them.
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  • That they can feel thatthey can be right here.
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  • And I love Christmas time
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  • because I think theworld gets so busy.
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  • - [Lisa] Yeah.
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  • - I think this year hasdrained a lot of joy,
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  • I think it's draineda lot of peace,
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  • I think it's drained alot of hope for people.
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  • And we're here to remindeverybody that when Jesus came,
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  • he came as Emmanuel.
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  • He came as God With Us.- Yes yeah.
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  • - He has never leftus, he's been here.
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  • - [Lisa] Yeah.
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  • - And this hope of Christmasshould be something that
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  • we share witheverybody around us.
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  • I mean, Christian people,
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  • people that have faith in theLord Jesus Christ have a hope,
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  • and have a peace and have a joythat's unexplainable, right?
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  • And we have to sharethat with people.
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  • We have to give thataway it was given to us
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  • freely given out.
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  • - All right.- Yeah.
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  • - And that's what thisseason is all about
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  • is just to rememberand to give, I believe.
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  • - Yeah, and it's crazy to mehow through this entire year,
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  • I feel that upswing in people.
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  • Like when thanksgiving was over,
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  • everybody was like shiftinginto Christmas time.
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  • - [Laurie] Yeah.
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  • - Because they feellike and I know I do too
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  • that it's like hittingthe reset button.
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  • It's the end of the year
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  • and it is that celebrationlike no other time of the year.
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  • And so that's what I'mhoping that people will get
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  • from our conversation todayis that it is time for a reset
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  • because that's what Jesus was.
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  • He was that reset.
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  • - And you know I noticedeven when we were in Dallas
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  • over thanksgiving,
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  • people put their Christmasdecorations up way
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  • early this year.
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  • And I think this isjust the time where
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  • you know that song that says
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  • "A Weary World Rejoices".
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  • - [Lisa] Right, yeah right.
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  • - It's time to rejoice.
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  • - We put ours up November 1st.
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  • And I've never putthem up that fast
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  • but I thought, theworld needs light.
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  • And we live out inboonies on a hill.
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  • And so you can, as you'redriving up this road
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  • you can see art.
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  • We have a little loghome on top of hill,
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  • but you can see itfrom a long way off.
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  • And I mean, I'm surprisedsmall planes already.
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  • (all laugh)
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  • We got so many lights.
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  • Because sure there'sjust something
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  • about Jesus being thelight of the world.
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  • There's a tangibleelement to that too.
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  • My little girl, Missy, Ibrought her home from Haiti
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  • through the Miracle ofAdoption when she was four
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  • and she had zerocontext for Christmas.
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  • They didn't celebrate Christmaswhere she lived in Haiti
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  • and then they didn't haveenough money to do anything
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  • at Christmas at the orphanage.
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  • So she had very littleconnection to the Christmas
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  • and definitely not to Santa.
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  • And so, I'm an old mom.
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  • I brought her homewhen I was 50,
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  • and I thought, well,
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  • relatively speaking.- Mature.
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  • (all laugh)
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  • Thank you, that'svery gracious to call.
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  • I like it, I like it.- Thank you, thank you.
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  • - It fits, but I'mnot trying to wear it.
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  • But I thought I wasn't sure
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  • how to do theSanta, Jesus thing.
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  • And I thought, I don'twanna take away joy from her
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  • she's only four.
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  • So, I kinda wantedher to have at least
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  • a teensy bit of Santa.
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  • But since she had no context,I thought I can keep Santa
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  • in proper, kind ofproper perspective.
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  • And she was scared.
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  • The first coupleof Santas she saw,
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  • 'cause to her, it's just likeit's a large invasive man
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  • in a velvet suit.
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  • And so I said, "Baby Santa."
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  • And I thought, I don'tever wanna lie to my kid.
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  • But I said Santa helpsdeliver presents.
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  • And I said, he's got a sleigh
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  • which is kind of like a big SUV.
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  • And so he'll carrya lot of presents.
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  • But I said the presentsare all about Jesus.
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  • It's about Jesus' birthday,and she kinda got that.
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  • And so I thought I have tohave just one picture of her.
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  • I know someChristians don't think
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  • you should ever havea picture with Santa
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  • but I thought I've got tohave at least one picture
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  • of my baby.
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  • I didn't think I'dget to be a mom.
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  • It's my first Christmasof her with Santa.
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  • So she didn't speakhardly any English.
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  • It's just a couple of monthsafter I brought her home.
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  • And I went to like the realSanta, like the not fake beard,
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  • the guys that really
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  • look like Santa.- Yes, yes.
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  • - 'Cause I thought Iwanna do this right.
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  • And so she kinda walks in,she gets on Santa's lap,
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  • which she was notvery excited about.
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  • And then she just looked at him.
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  • She went, "Do you know Jebus?"
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  • (all laugh)
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  • 'Cause she, in her mind,he had no credibility.
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  • He didn't really know Jesus
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  • 'cause all he was, wasway lower than Jesus.
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  • And I thought that'swho we're supposed to be
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  • this all the time.
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  • But certainly this time ofyear when people are hearing
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  • Mariah Carey talkabout 'em in the mall
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  • if they're socially distance.
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  • We should be, do youknow my Jesus people?
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  • It's like, I want to shinebrighter at Christmas
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  • than I have any other time.
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  • I think hope should be palpablein us this time of year.
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  • Everyday we should beprepared to have an answer
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  • with the hope thatlies within us.
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  • But, especially atChristmas when everybody
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  • seems to be noticing.
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  • Especially this Christmas,
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  • when our world is justlonging for legitimate hope.
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  • - Yeah you know I was thinkingas you were saying that
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  • that, like the darker thenight, the brighter the star.
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  • 2020 has been kind ofa dark night, you know.
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  • But I think it'sa perfect stage.
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  • The setting is perfect
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  • for Christ to shinebright through us.
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  • Whether it's us givinghope to somebody else,
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  • calling somebody, givingsomething, whatever it might be.
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  • I think it's ouropportunity really
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  • to put the light ofChrist center stage,
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  • wn the backdrop darkness.
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  • - And I was listening toone of my favorite people.
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  • Today, he was talkingabout being salt and light
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  • and it's not havinga whole bunch
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  • of numbers of followersor numbers of anything.
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  • It's to be potent, to bepotent, to be potent salt.
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  • And it's in the littletiny things that we do
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  • that our potency is so valuable.
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  • And I started thinking I'vegot this beautiful light
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  • in this room, and inthe daytime it's okay.
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  • But at night time whenyou turn that light on
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  • it shines so brightand it's so beautiful.
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  • And that's exactly what Iwas pondering this morning
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  • about just our lightand being potent.
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  • With every act, with everyintentional thing we do,
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  • every word, and justthat salt in that.
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  • Because if we're notthat then we're lukewarm.
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  • - [Nicole] In fact and thenwe fade into the darkness.
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  • - [Laurie] Yes.- That's right.
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  • - [Joyce] Oh, absolutely.- Yeah.
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  • - [Joyce] And I lovethe word intentional.
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  • - [Laurie] Yeah.
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  • - Because we have to beintentionally Jesus forward.
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  • - Yes.
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  • - Because, and I think oneof the reasons we've gone
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  • through this whole thingis to slow us down,
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  • and to give us opportunities
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  • especially people inthe music business
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  • because we've had tofind a different outlet
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  • to minister to people.- Right.
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  • - Because we got so comfortable
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  • in doing our thinga certain way.
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  • - [Laurie] You mean you sing.
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  • - I'll sing just a little bit.
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  • (all laugh)
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  • And so it's kind of thatscary thing of okay,
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  • if I'm gonna betrue to my calling
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  • I've gotta find a differentway to be intentionally
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  • being the light ofJesus to people.
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  • - [Lisa] Right.
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  • - Because I can't doit singing on a stage.
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  • It's got to be thatlifestyle evangelism
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  • that I was taught as a child.
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  • - Right.
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  • - That has been pushedto the to the side
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  • because I have mymoment of ministry.
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  • - [Lisa] Right.
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  • - [Laurie] On a stage.
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  • - On a stage.- [Lisa] Right.
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  • - But now theworld is our stage.
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  • - I love that, Joyce.
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  • I was reading MadeleineL'Engle's book, rereading it on
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  • can't even remember thename of the book now,
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  • but it's based on thefact that we're a MAGA day
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  • that we're made in God'simage and God is the creator.
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  • - Right.
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  • - And so she talks abouthow all of us are artists,
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  • whether I've told y'all,all y'all can sing.
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  • I can't carry a tin or bucket,
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  • but because we'remade in his image,
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  • we're made to reflect his image.
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  • And her point was some ofus get stuck on one canvas.
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  • You think, well I can only sing.
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  • or I can only, I canonly sing and dance.
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  • (all laugh)
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  • Because we think,well, that's my group.
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  • And it becomesour deepest group,
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  • but we almost get stuck in it.
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  • And so I totally agreewith you that this year
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  • we've had to bemore creative to go,
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  • okay, I'm not sharing that way
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  • but everyday is ministryand all of us are ministers
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  • in the New Covenant.
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  • And so we carry thereality, not just the hope,
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  • but the reality of Christmas,the incarnation in us.
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  • - [Joyce] Yes.
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  • - How's it coming out?
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  • What are we saying to thegirl at the grocery store,
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  • the guy at the grocery store?
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  • What are we sayingto our neighbors?
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  • Remember at the beginningof COVID I was like
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  • I'm gonna be a lightin my neighborhood
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  • even though I livein the boonies.
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  • I was like, we're gonna launchpackages of toilet paper.
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  • Like all over the fences.(all laugh)
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  • I was all in.
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  • By the end of theday probably was like
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  • this is too hard, this is hard.
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  • And it's like really, Lisait's too hard after six weeks.
  • 00:10:09.554 --> 00:10:13.224
  • - [Joyce] Yeah.
  • 00:10:13.224 --> 00:10:14.192
  • - And so I do feel like you said
  • 00:10:14.192 --> 00:10:15.427
  • you can kind of feelthe spirits coming back.
  • 00:10:15.427 --> 00:10:17.328
  • I did kind of feel likeeven the church is going
  • 00:10:17.328 --> 00:10:20.165
  • all right, this is our prom.
  • 00:10:20.165 --> 00:10:21.433
  • - [Joyce] Yeah.
  • 00:10:21.433 --> 00:10:22.701
  • - I mean, Christmasis prom for us, baby.
  • 00:10:22.701 --> 00:10:23.968
  • We have got to beready to just to...
  • 00:10:23.968 --> 00:10:27.372
  • Again I wanna quitsaying be ready.
  • 00:10:27.372 --> 00:10:29.207
  • It's an everyday thing for us
  • 00:10:29.207 --> 00:10:31.943
  • but it should beeven more amplified
  • 00:10:31.943 --> 00:10:34.279
  • during this season whenthe world is watching.
  • 00:10:34.279 --> 00:10:36.648
  • - I was thinking this morning,
  • 00:10:37.649 --> 00:10:39.384
  • you know how because we're gone
  • 00:10:40.385 --> 00:10:42.821
  • have always been gone so much,
  • 00:10:42.821 --> 00:10:45.090
  • being home and doingclothes and dishes
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  • and that sort of thing neverdid was that much of a burden.
  • 00:10:47.926 --> 00:10:52.931
  • Because we're on theroad bus driving.
  • 00:10:54.099 --> 00:10:55.533
  • And so-- [Laurie] All the time.
  • 00:10:55.533 --> 00:10:56.735
  • - Right, but nowthat we've been home
  • 00:10:56.735 --> 00:10:59.671
  • for months andmonths and months,
  • 00:10:59.671 --> 00:11:01.639
  • you look at the dirtydishes begrudgingly,
  • 00:11:01.639 --> 00:11:06.010
  • and you're like, do Ihave to do this again?
  • 00:11:06.010 --> 00:11:08.179
  • (laughs)
  • 00:11:08.179 --> 00:11:09.114
  • The clothes are piled up again
  • 00:11:09.114 --> 00:11:10.682
  • and, God promptedin me not too long,
  • 00:11:10.682 --> 00:11:13.952
  • just only about twoor three weeks ago
  • 00:11:13.952 --> 00:11:15.954
  • that what I am, I'mmade to worship,
  • 00:11:15.954 --> 00:11:18.790
  • we're created to worship.- [Lisa] Right.
  • 00:11:18.790 --> 00:11:20.625
  • - And that we finddeliverance in that.
  • 00:11:20.625 --> 00:11:24.295
  • And, it's not the minuteof worry world rejoicing.
  • 00:11:25.764 --> 00:11:27.999
  • And I found myself having to
  • 00:11:29.300 --> 00:11:33.404
  • when I do my worshipin the morning
  • 00:11:33.404 --> 00:11:35.540
  • part of my act of worshipis washing the dishes.
  • 00:11:35.540 --> 00:11:40.211
  • Part of my act of worshiphas become those things
  • 00:11:40.211 --> 00:11:43.548
  • that I get bugged down,allow to bug me down.
  • 00:11:43.548 --> 00:11:48.286
  • And I'm like butthis is a privilege.
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  • - [Lisa] Right.
  • 00:11:51.022 --> 00:11:51.956
  • - It's something that I want.
  • 00:11:51.956 --> 00:11:53.525
  • I love my family.
  • 00:11:53.525 --> 00:11:54.692
  • - [Joyce] Yeah.
  • 00:11:54.692 --> 00:11:55.960
  • - I'm thankful for theconnection that I have
  • 00:11:55.960 --> 00:11:58.363
  • that God gave them to me.
  • 00:11:58.363 --> 00:12:00.331
  • And that interprets withus in the world as well
  • 00:12:00.331 --> 00:12:05.336
  • that we have to try to worship.
  • 00:12:06.204 --> 00:12:11.109
  • The acts of worship,to be the servants
  • 00:12:12.277 --> 00:12:15.313
  • to people aroundus to draw them in
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  • and show them who Jesuscomes to be to them.
  • 00:12:18.316 --> 00:12:20.185
  • - [Laurie] That's great.
  • 00:12:20.185 --> 00:12:21.753
  • - Yeah, I was thinkinglike you were saying,
  • 00:12:21.753 --> 00:12:24.088
  • like we're off the road,our lives have changed.
  • 00:12:24.088 --> 00:12:26.724
  • (all laugh)
  • 00:12:26.724 --> 00:12:28.626
  • But you know how thatscripture that says,
  • 00:12:28.626 --> 00:12:29.894
  • "By all means thatwe might save some."
  • 00:12:29.894 --> 00:12:31.996
  • I think that God wants us tosometimes change the means
  • 00:12:33.431 --> 00:12:38.203
  • in order to get thesame message out.
  • 00:12:39.370 --> 00:12:41.439
  • It may not be that weare on the same stages
  • 00:12:41.439 --> 00:12:44.442
  • but He may say, Iwant you to go virtual
  • 00:12:44.442 --> 00:12:46.110
  • or I want you todo a podcast now
  • 00:12:46.110 --> 00:12:47.745
  • or wanting to do something else.
  • 00:12:47.745 --> 00:12:49.781
  • Because our missionhasn't changed,
  • 00:12:49.781 --> 00:12:53.785
  • you know what I'm saying?
  • 00:12:53.785 --> 00:12:54.652
  • The way we do it may.
  • 00:12:54.652 --> 00:12:56.321
  • But I think that's the thingthat's always it's changeable.
  • 00:12:56.321 --> 00:13:00.091
  • It's always going toevolve into something else.
  • 00:13:00.091 --> 00:13:02.694
  • But I think if we getstuck thinking that
  • 00:13:02.694 --> 00:13:05.296
  • because I can't do it in thatsame method, that same way,
  • 00:13:05.296 --> 00:13:09.267
  • therefore, I can't do it.
  • 00:13:09.267 --> 00:13:10.602
  • There are people in the world,
  • 00:13:10.602 --> 00:13:13.104
  • both Christians ornon-Christians, thatlook at what I do,
  • 00:13:13.104 --> 00:13:17.041
  • my career because myministry is also my career,
  • 00:13:18.376 --> 00:13:22.881
  • and wonder does she love Jesus?
  • 00:13:22.881 --> 00:13:26.684
  • Because that's howshe makes her living.
  • 00:13:26.684 --> 00:13:29.254
  • Now is the time to prove.- That's right.
  • 00:13:29.254 --> 00:13:31.923
  • (faintly speaking)That's right.
  • 00:13:31.923 --> 00:13:35.426
  • - I've been calledto the mat okay.
  • 00:13:35.426 --> 00:13:37.762
  • Put your moneywhere your mouth is.
  • 00:13:37.762 --> 00:13:39.864
  • And live your life off stagelike you live it on stage.
  • 00:13:39.864 --> 00:13:44.402
  • - Sometimes it wasme up with no money.
  • 00:13:44.402 --> 00:13:45.436
  • - That's the truth.
  • 00:13:45.436 --> 00:13:46.371
  • (group chattering)
  • 00:13:46.371 --> 00:13:49.307
  • - Hasn't he provided the sheet?
  • 00:13:51.843 --> 00:13:53.544
  • Told you I can't sing but Imake my living on the road.
  • 00:13:55.580 --> 00:13:58.016
  • - Sure.
  • 00:13:58.016 --> 00:13:59.517
  • - And, all of a sudden Marchit was just like Dominos.
  • 00:13:59.517 --> 00:14:01.719
  • Every single daythat I had canceled.
  • 00:14:02.854 --> 00:14:04.555
  • And the way God hasbeen Christmas everyday
  • 00:14:04.555 --> 00:14:09.560
  • for our little family,everyday there's gifts
  • 00:14:10.762 --> 00:14:12.764
  • that I either didn't recognizebefore and didn't open,
  • 00:14:12.764 --> 00:14:17.402
  • or there's somethingbrand new that I go
  • 00:14:17.402 --> 00:14:19.604
  • He is a father to the fathers.
  • 00:14:19.604 --> 00:14:22.073
  • He's been so good.
  • 00:14:22.073 --> 00:14:24.909
  • You know how He spoketo you in the kitchen
  • 00:14:24.909 --> 00:14:27.645
  • and I've got our nephewis living with us now.
  • 00:14:27.645 --> 00:14:29.781
  • And he's the greatest youngman, and he's a young man.
  • 00:14:29.781 --> 00:14:33.718
  • So I've got this 21 year oldand then my little girl is 11
  • 00:14:35.153 --> 00:14:37.388
  • in the house.
  • 00:14:37.388 --> 00:14:38.623
  • And I did not know twopeople could create such
  • 00:14:38.623 --> 00:14:42.360
  • exciting opportunities to clean.
  • 00:14:42.360 --> 00:14:44.195
  • (all laugh)
  • 00:14:44.195 --> 00:14:46.531
  • Everyday I was just fussing.
  • 00:14:47.832 --> 00:14:50.168
  • And you look up andMissy, my little girl is
  • 00:14:51.369 --> 00:14:54.172
  • she's just not usedto seeing me fussing.
  • 00:14:54.172 --> 00:14:57.175
  • And it wasn't about today.
  • 00:14:57.175 --> 00:14:58.443
  • You know how whenyou're really mad
  • 00:14:58.443 --> 00:14:59.444
  • it's never about...
  • 00:14:59.444 --> 00:15:00.979
  • It's about something there,something you're afraid of.
  • 00:15:00.979 --> 00:15:03.481
  • But I was just fussing,clean out her closet.
  • 00:15:03.481 --> 00:15:06.451
  • Several times I hadtold both of them
  • 00:15:06.451 --> 00:15:07.986
  • take this upstairs and Ihadn't followed 'em upstairs.
  • 00:15:07.986 --> 00:15:11.289
  • And I thought that implied,put it on a hanger.
  • 00:15:11.289 --> 00:15:14.559
  • But I couldn't evenopen her closet door
  • 00:15:15.960 --> 00:15:17.662
  • 'cause there was such apile and I got too fussing
  • 00:15:17.662 --> 00:15:21.132
  • and just morphed intothis grumpy person.
  • 00:15:21.132 --> 00:15:24.435
  • And I looked up and Missywas standing on front
  • 00:15:24.435 --> 00:15:26.137
  • and her eyes werejust filled with tears
  • 00:15:26.137 --> 00:15:27.538
  • 'cause she doesn'tusually see me mad.
  • 00:15:27.538 --> 00:15:29.874
  • And she was like,"Mama I don't think
  • 00:15:29.874 --> 00:15:32.110
  • Jesus would like this."
  • 00:15:32.110 --> 00:15:33.644
  • And I was like, oh nowI'm raising a creature.
  • 00:15:33.644 --> 00:15:36.614
  • And I was likeyou're right, yeah.
  • 00:15:36.614 --> 00:15:39.584
  • (group chattering)
  • 00:15:39.584 --> 00:15:42.487
  • But I was like,honey you're right
  • 00:15:45.189 --> 00:15:46.858
  • because he is thePrince of Peace.
  • 00:15:46.858 --> 00:15:49.227
  • So let's just prayright now to have peace.
  • 00:15:49.227 --> 00:15:51.295
  • But it was like, in thatmoment I sensed Him saying,
  • 00:15:51.295 --> 00:15:55.366
  • "Do you need anaudience to worship me?"
  • 00:15:55.366 --> 00:15:57.635
  • And I thought, no sir, no sir.
  • 00:15:58.536 --> 00:16:01.773
  • But you know how you just go?
  • 00:16:01.773 --> 00:16:03.408
  • Yeah, it's easy for 45 minutes
  • 00:16:04.275 --> 00:16:05.943
  • with a microphone andpeople are clapping.
  • 00:16:05.943 --> 00:16:08.346
  • But when you'rewith your daughter
  • 00:16:08.346 --> 00:16:10.181
  • who's made a messy closet,
  • 00:16:10.181 --> 00:16:11.449
  • how do I reflect thehope of Christmas then?
  • 00:16:11.449 --> 00:16:13.785
  • How do I carry the gospel then?
  • 00:16:13.785 --> 00:16:15.586
  • And so in that respect, thelast year has been lovely
  • 00:16:15.586 --> 00:16:20.324
  • because I think it's beenbootcamp for us who believe.
  • 00:16:20.324 --> 00:16:23.861
  • Because you go,yeah, we preach it.
  • 00:16:23.861 --> 00:16:25.997
  • But is this really thecornerstone of your life?
  • 00:16:25.997 --> 00:16:28.533
  • Do we really have peace thatpasses all understanding?
  • 00:16:28.533 --> 00:16:31.335
  • When you go, you're kidding me,
  • 00:16:31.335 --> 00:16:32.804
  • we have to social distanceagain, you have to mask again
  • 00:16:32.804 --> 00:16:36.674
  • and you go, that's notwhat my peace is based on.
  • 00:16:36.674 --> 00:16:40.244
  • My peace is basedon Jesus Christ
  • 00:16:40.244 --> 00:16:43.448
  • and Christmas isHis incarnation.
  • 00:16:43.448 --> 00:16:46.317
  • So, it's not that oneday it is the reminder
  • 00:16:46.317 --> 00:16:49.320
  • that every single day I don'thave to slaughter a goat.
  • 00:16:49.320 --> 00:16:52.757
  • I don't have tohike up a mountain.
  • 00:16:52.757 --> 00:16:54.725
  • I actually, after being astinker in my kid's closet
  • 00:16:54.725 --> 00:16:57.962
  • I can just go Jesus,
  • 00:16:57.962 --> 00:16:59.464
  • and in that moment He hearsme and He's accessible.
  • 00:16:59.464 --> 00:17:02.800
  • Can I read out somethingwe talked about today?
  • 00:17:02.800 --> 00:17:05.670
  • We were talking aboutthat promise in Isaiah
  • 00:17:05.670 --> 00:17:07.705
  • that we all know.
  • 00:17:07.705 --> 00:17:08.873
  • The prophecy ofJesus, where you know,
  • 00:17:08.873 --> 00:17:10.508
  • "For unto us a child isborn and a son is given."
  • 00:17:10.508 --> 00:17:13.644
  • I had not ever, I'd missed this.
  • 00:17:13.644 --> 00:17:16.681
  • Y'all probably sawthis a million times.
  • 00:17:16.681 --> 00:17:18.516
  • You probably crossed it.
  • 00:17:18.516 --> 00:17:19.684
  • Should I knowyou've memorized it?
  • 00:17:19.684 --> 00:17:21.552
  • I heard she memorizeshuge squads of scripture.
  • 00:17:21.552 --> 00:17:25.423
  • When I'm like Romans 8:28.
  • 00:17:25.423 --> 00:17:27.091
  • But Isaiah, at thebeginning of Isaiah 9,
  • 00:17:28.759 --> 00:17:31.028
  • where we get the prophecy that,
  • 00:17:31.028 --> 00:17:32.163
  • "For unto us, a child is born."
  • 00:17:32.163 --> 00:17:34.699
  • It says I'd neverseen this y'all.
  • 00:17:34.699 --> 00:17:36.567
  • "But there will be no gloom."
  • 00:17:36.567 --> 00:17:39.370
  • Had y'all seen that inthe beginning of Isaiah 9?
  • 00:17:40.771 --> 00:17:42.373
  • That's part of theprophecy is that
  • 00:17:42.373 --> 00:17:45.009
  • with the light he bringsin there's no more gloom.
  • 00:17:45.009 --> 00:17:48.813
  • And I thought, boy,how appropriate
  • 00:17:48.813 --> 00:17:51.449
  • for 2020 when it does seemlike gloom has permeated a lot
  • 00:17:51.449 --> 00:17:55.953
  • of our culture, I had missedthat opening of the prophecy.
  • 00:17:55.953 --> 00:17:59.524
  • There's gonna be no gloom.
  • 00:17:59.524 --> 00:18:01.826
  • - [Nicole] Thank you, Lord.- Not cool.
  • 00:18:01.826 --> 00:18:04.095
  • So whether you're in the closetor doing dishes or whatever,
  • 00:18:04.095 --> 00:18:07.331
  • but the hope wehave in Jesus Christ
  • 00:18:07.331 --> 00:18:11.135
  • really isn't basedon our circumstances.
  • 00:18:11.135 --> 00:18:13.404
  • It's based on his compassionand his accessibility.
  • 00:18:13.404 --> 00:18:16.107
  • - I love that.
  • 00:18:16.107 --> 00:18:17.508
  • So there's this greatarticle that John Piper wrote
  • 00:18:17.508 --> 00:18:20.144
  • and he talked about the manger.
  • 00:18:20.144 --> 00:18:23.648
  • And all the implicationsof a manger and how Jesus
  • 00:18:23.648 --> 00:18:28.653
  • how God is gonna send His son.
  • 00:18:29.520 --> 00:18:32.290
  • He's had forever to plan it.
  • 00:18:32.290 --> 00:18:34.492
  • - [Joyce] Yeah.
  • 00:18:34.492 --> 00:18:36.027
  • - And then there's no roomin the end and that he has
  • 00:18:36.027 --> 00:18:38.162
  • so even, 700 years prior he says
  • 00:18:38.162 --> 00:18:42.934
  • he's gonna be born in a manger.
  • 00:18:42.934 --> 00:18:45.036
  • In a manger, in amanger, in a manger
  • 00:18:45.036 --> 00:18:46.704
  • well that's wherecows and horses eat,
  • 00:18:46.704 --> 00:18:50.007
  • and slobber into the manger.
  • 00:18:50.007 --> 00:18:51.776
  • - [Lisa] Right.
  • 00:18:51.776 --> 00:18:53.277
  • - How that was their signthat he was gonna be laying
  • 00:18:53.277 --> 00:18:55.746
  • a baby in swaddling clothes,which there were many.
  • 00:18:55.746 --> 00:18:58.916
  • But he was gonna belying in a manger.
  • 00:18:58.916 --> 00:19:01.118
  • - Yeah.
  • 00:19:01.118 --> 00:19:02.353
  • - The King of Kingsand the Lord of Lords.
  • 00:19:02.353 --> 00:19:04.255
  • And at the same time is theheavens opened up and said,
  • 00:19:04.255 --> 00:19:06.891
  • "Glory to God in the highest."
  • 00:19:06.891 --> 00:19:09.527
  • So here we have fromthe glory of God,
  • 00:19:09.527 --> 00:19:13.064
  • to the lowliest of places.
  • 00:19:13.064 --> 00:19:16.801
  • And so when we start thinkingabout our own circumstances
  • 00:19:16.801 --> 00:19:20.771
  • maybe this year, we think maybe
  • 00:19:20.771 --> 00:19:22.840
  • we've been in thelowest of the low.
  • 00:19:22.840 --> 00:19:26.510
  • Friends, family passing away.
  • 00:19:26.510 --> 00:19:28.679
  • Just 2020ed, so many people.
  • 00:19:29.614 --> 00:19:33.751
  • But you just think thatwhen Jesus came it was
  • 00:19:33.751 --> 00:19:38.756
  • from the big beginning and theend, the first and the last,
  • 00:19:40.191 --> 00:19:42.460
  • the highest and the lowest, hecovered it all with this hope
  • 00:19:42.460 --> 00:19:46.497
  • that we have this hope that...
  • 00:19:46.497 --> 00:19:49.567
  • How do we explain when hearall the hope of Christmas?
  • 00:19:49.567 --> 00:19:54.338
  • And what does that mean?
  • 00:19:54.338 --> 00:19:55.940
  • - I mean, to me the hope ofChristmas is the incarnation,
  • 00:19:55.940 --> 00:19:59.110
  • because that's the whole that'sthe totality of Christmas
  • 00:19:59.110 --> 00:20:02.280
  • is God didn't comenear, God came with.
  • 00:20:02.280 --> 00:20:07.285
  • So we don't have a far away God,
  • 00:20:09.153 --> 00:20:10.921
  • well that's why to me Christmasis everyday for believers
  • 00:20:10.921 --> 00:20:13.424
  • because we don't live theway David did and Moses did
  • 00:20:13.424 --> 00:20:18.129
  • and the prophets did.
  • 00:20:18.129 --> 00:20:19.096
  • We don't live with the hope
  • 00:20:19.096 --> 00:20:21.265
  • that He's sending a Messiah.
  • 00:20:21.265 --> 00:20:22.833
  • We live inprogressive revelation
  • 00:20:22.833 --> 00:20:24.835
  • looking back on that firstChristmas in the cross.
  • 00:20:24.835 --> 00:20:27.438
  • We look back and go, He came.- [Judy] He came.
  • 00:20:27.438 --> 00:20:30.341
  • - He was with usand stop and think
  • 00:20:30.341 --> 00:20:32.043
  • what would it have been like
  • 00:20:32.043 --> 00:20:33.411
  • if He actually came inroyal robes and appeared
  • 00:20:33.411 --> 00:20:36.514
  • at the palace of Herod?
  • 00:20:36.514 --> 00:20:38.149
  • He would be inaccessible.
  • 00:20:38.149 --> 00:20:39.817
  • We'd all be like, ah.
  • 00:20:39.817 --> 00:20:41.919
  • I mean I don't have the capacity
  • 00:20:41.919 --> 00:20:44.121
  • to come before a king like that.
  • 00:20:44.121 --> 00:20:46.724
  • And then the fact thatin the sovereignty of God
  • 00:20:46.724 --> 00:20:48.859
  • He had forever to plan on this.
  • 00:20:48.859 --> 00:20:50.861
  • He chose to sendincarnate glory.
  • 00:20:50.861 --> 00:20:54.565
  • Our God's a Trinitarian God.
  • 00:20:54.565 --> 00:20:56.200
  • So it's not afacet of His glory.
  • 00:20:56.200 --> 00:20:58.602
  • It is the glory of God Himself.
  • 00:20:58.602 --> 00:21:01.038
  • Not in a cloud, not in aflaming topiary this time,
  • 00:21:01.038 --> 00:21:04.975
  • in a person and not justa person, but a baby.
  • 00:21:04.975 --> 00:21:09.980
  • What are you gonna dowhen you see a baby?
  • 00:21:11.148 --> 00:21:12.283
  • You hold the baby baby.
  • 00:21:12.283 --> 00:21:13.851
  • (group chattering)
  • 00:21:13.851 --> 00:21:15.820
  • You move towards a baby.
  • 00:21:15.820 --> 00:21:16.954
  • If he had sent him like Goliath
  • 00:21:16.954 --> 00:21:19.090
  • and he was thisgiant perfect man
  • 00:21:19.090 --> 00:21:21.292
  • we would all be intimidated.
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  • Now the cow kindOf God that He made
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  • the incarnation accessible.
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  • That's the other thingI hadn't really noticed.
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  • And Isaiah 9, that beautifulprophecy is it says,
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  • "For unto us a child is born."
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  • Very next line.
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  • "The government willbe on his shoulders."
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  • And you go, so that'saccessibility it's a child,
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  • but he'll have all authority.
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  • So He's Supreme,He's authoritative.
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  • I love that God, you saidfrom beginning to end,
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  • it's so comprehensive it'snot a we get this one facet.
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  • You're like, oh,He covered it all.
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  • He covered everything.
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  • And I love the factthat the first people
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  • who came to seeJesus were shepherds.
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  • They were the lowest peopleon the social totem pole
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  • of 1st century, they'retransient, they're homeless.
  • 00:22:05.503 --> 00:22:08.439
  • They had a reputationfor petty thievery.
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  • Most people wouldn't givethem the time of day.
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  • And God said, "Come hereI want you to see my son."
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  • So again, I think how kindof him for those people
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  • you mentioned atthe very beginning
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  • who feel like I'm inthe lowest season ever.
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  • Nobody's invited meto their Christmas.
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  • I don't have a family of my own
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  • because of COVID I'mnot gonna be enveloped
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  • into somebody else's family.
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  • I am the least of theseand I'm invisible.
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  • And you go, oh no, you wouldhave been the first one
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  • he invited to the party.
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  • I love the way hewrote the story.
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  • He wrote it somuch better than I.
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  • I would have written it grander,
  • 00:22:43.541 --> 00:22:45.843
  • and the humility of thereal Christmas story.
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  • It means all of usget to meet Jesus.
  • 00:22:49.547 --> 00:22:52.349
  • - I think 2020 it's our cave.
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  • It's our barn.
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  • It's the field.
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  • It's we are the shepherds.
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  • It's the beaten down.
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  • And I love the fact again,that He said He's God with us.
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  • Like he jumps into 2020.
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  • Not only do we get achance to look back
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  • and say he came to Bethlehem.- Yeah, right.
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  • - But he comes now.- That's right.
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  • - To where we're at.- That's right.
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  • - And he hasn'tforgotten any of us.
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  • - And he comes to stay.
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  • A niece of minestarted doing a podcast
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  • with one of her pastors,
  • 00:23:26.984 --> 00:23:28.319
  • and they are speakingon the Holy Spirit.
  • 00:23:28.319 --> 00:23:30.054
  • That's their wholesubject right now.
  • 00:23:30.054 --> 00:23:33.958
  • And, I did one of thepodcasts with them
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  • and he was talkingabout how that Jesus,
  • 00:23:36.961 --> 00:23:40.664
  • it's not Jesus andme, it's Jesus in me.
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  • And so it's notlike we're separate.
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  • - [Lisa] Right.- [Laurie] Right.
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  • - Where I have to do my part
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  • and then Jesus to do his part.
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  • It's Jesus in me and ittakes the Holy Spirit.
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  • We have to listen, wehave to be watching
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  • and paying attentionbecause we all are hurting.
  • 00:24:02.953 --> 00:24:06.290
  • And we all have somethingthat we're bothered by
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  • and that we wanna change.
  • 00:24:09.527 --> 00:24:11.262
  • And when we allow Jesus in us
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  • we're able to see what otherpeople need and what they have
  • 00:24:17.701 --> 00:24:20.638
  • and how God can useour hurt and our pain
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  • to master at eachother, and to be united.
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  • - Right
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  • - I love it that Paulsays Christ in us.
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  • The hope of glorybecause that is exactly
  • 00:24:30.648 --> 00:24:33.317
  • what you're saying.
  • 00:24:33.317 --> 00:24:34.518
  • And it's also kindof like, oh, wowsers.
  • 00:24:34.518 --> 00:24:37.221
  • So basically we arecontainers of Christmas.
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  • - [Group] Yes.
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  • - Just so amazing.- Yeah.
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  • - Ready to pour forth.
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  • - [Nicole] Yup.- Let's pray.
  • 00:24:45.496 --> 00:24:46.931
  • - Yeah.- I love it.
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  • Father, I just thank you foryour goodness and your grace.
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  • We thank you for beingEmmanuel, God With Us.
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  • Always with us the hope ofglory on the inside of us.
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  • God, I pray Lord that as vessels
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  • that we be vessels of honorand glory to you Father
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  • pouring forth yourlife giving water,
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  • the hope of Jesus Christ.
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  • Father, the joy of theLord as our strength
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  • let people see andbe drawn to you.
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  • Father, this Christmas season,
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  • Father I pray foreveryone watching today
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  • that they feel your presence
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  • more than everbefore in their life.
  • 00:25:20.831 --> 00:25:22.633
  • God they're your embrace,your peace, your joy
  • 00:25:22.633 --> 00:25:26.236
  • your laughter, your goodness.
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  • God, everything that youhave I thank you that we have
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  • 'cause you are in us.
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  • And we praise you today,
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  • and we thank you in Jesus'precious name, Amen.
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  • even if I don't bring muchbefore you this season
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  • you will breathe on it.
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