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Better Together LIVE | Episode 139

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November 5, 2020
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When we feel disappointed; God's promises give us strength; hope; and JOY in any circumstance. | TBN Prayer Line: 714-731-1000

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Better Together LIVE | Episode 139

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  • - Have you everhoped for something
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  • and things didn't turnout like you had expected?
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  • You are not alone.
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  • Today, we're learning how toovercome our disappointments
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  • and keep hope alivewith God's strength.
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  • Come on, join us.
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  • ♪ Ooh, ooh-ooh, ooh,ooh, ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh ♪
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  • ♪ Ooh-ooh, ooh, ooh,ooh-ooh-ooh ooh ♪
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  • ♪ Ooh-ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh,ooh-ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh ♪
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  • ♪ Ooh-ooh, ooh, ooh,ooh-ooh-ooh ooh ♪
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  • ♪ Ooh-ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh,ooh-ooh-ooh, ooh, ooh ♪
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  • - A story that's reallyencouraged me this year is found
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  • in Daniel 3, where we learnfrom these three teenagers,
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  • Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.
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  • And I love this story becausethey had so much faith
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  • that they did notbow down to a statue
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  • that everyone elsewas bowing down to.
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  • They had faith inthe one, true God.
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  • And even though that meantthat they would be thrown
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  • into the fire if they didnot bow to this statue
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  • and they maintained theirfaith in the one, true God.
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  • They said this powerfulthing to the leader,
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  • the King Nebuchadnezzarwho was telling them,
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  • "You gotta bow."
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  • They said, "We know that Godcan rescue us from this fire.
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  • But even if He doesn't,we're still not gonna bow."
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  • And I love that kind of faith,
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  • and there's been times this year
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  • where I just did nothave it, but I wanted it.
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  • I wanted that kind offaith that would say,
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  • "God, even if you don'topen up this opportunity,
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  • I will still not bowdown to anxiety and fear.
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  • God, even if you donot open the door
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  • that I'm praying that youopen, I will still not bow down
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  • to my old addictionsor my old mentalities.
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  • God, even if you do notset me free from this pain
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  • that I'm feeling right now, Iknow that you are still good,
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  • that my identityis not in my stuff.
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  • My identity's notin my circumstances,
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  • but my identityis in you alone."
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  • And I think for many ofus in this year, in 2020,
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  • we have felt this feeling of,God, would you have saved me
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  • before the fire? (laughs)
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  • Would you save mebefore trials ever come?
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  • And we see in this story
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  • that God doesn't savethem before the fire.
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  • Instead, they arethrown into the fire.
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  • And when King Nebuchadnezzarlooks to see what's happening
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  • in the fire, there's notjust three guys anymore.
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  • There's four.
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  • And the comfort I find in thatis, that at the very least
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  • when I have faith in who Godis, not just what God does
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  • or what he can do forme in this moment,
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  • but when I have faith inwho God is, if I have faith
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  • in the fire, at the veryleast, I will draw closer
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  • to the presence of God becauseHe is with me in the fire.
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  • He is with me in the trials.
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  • And what I love about this story
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  • that has put a firein my bones this year
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  • is that King Nebuchadnezzarlooked really close
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  • to see what it lookedlike when three boys stood
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  • in the middle of a fire.
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  • And so what I'velearned this year
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  • is that even in themiddle of trials
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  • and in the middle offires, God is close.
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  • God is present in the fire.
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  • Even when He doesn'tsave me before the fire,
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  • in the middle of this season,He is in the middle of it,
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  • and that there is a worldthat is looking to see,
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  • what does it look likewhen someone doesn't bow?
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  • What does it look like tohave faith in the fire?
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  • And you know what?
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  • The world will see abunch of Jesus followers
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  • who are saying, look, evenin the fire, He's with us
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  • and He's close andwe're not alone.
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  • So I wanna open up thisconversation to all of us today.
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  • - About what it'slike when, man,
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  • what we hoped wouldhappen does not happen,
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  • when we were notsaved before the fire
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  • and what we've discoveredabout a God that draws close
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  • and the testimony thatwe can give to the world.
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  • What do you think, Jeannie?
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  • How have you seenGod come close to you
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  • in trials in your life?
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  • - You know, Hosanna,I appreciate thosethoughts so much.
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  • I think about, weall gonna face times
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  • in our lives wherewe're disappointed
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  • or the outcome doesn't come out
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  • like we expected it to.
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  • It's what we dowith where we're at
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  • when things don't turn outlike we thought they were
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  • and it comes back toreally trusting God.
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  • And if you've had experience,if you've been a Christian
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  • for a while, I just believe
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  • that there's been goodthings that God has done
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  • in your life in the past,
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  • that sometimes you needto draw on those things
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  • to remember that God said,I will never leave you.
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  • I will never forsake you.
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  • I will be with you.
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  • I will comfort you.
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  • And when you believethose things,
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  • then when you facedisappointment,
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  • when you face things thatmaybe don't turn out,
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  • you face a difficult moment,
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  • you face a difficult season,
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  • you can have theconfidence that God
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  • will take all of this andwill work in your behalf
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  • and you will see good thatyou can't have ever imagined.
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  • And most oftentimes I findwhen I face a difficult season
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  • or something hasn't come outthe way I expected it to,
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  • I walk in the confidencethat God is a good God,
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  • and that if I willcontinue to look to Him,
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  • He's seeing somethingthat I don't see.
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  • There's a big picture thatI need to align myself with
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  • that goes beyond mypresent circumstances,
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  • where I say, God, I don'tsee that far down the road.
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  • I only see the pain that I'min right now, but I trust you.
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  • And I trust you because I'veseen you work in my behalf.
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  • I always, you know, youcan fall into a pond
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  • and come out smelling goodwhen God is on your side.
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  • And that's how Ireally, really believe.
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  • And I just constant believethat God is working for my good.
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  • And sometimes, you know,we should be praying,
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  • not my will, but Thy will.
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  • But sometimes I think it's hard
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  • for us to pray that'cause we're not sure.
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  • I think there are thosethat are not really sure
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  • if God really loves them or not.
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  • But when you come
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  • to that understandingof how much He loves you
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  • and that He is aboutthe good in your life,
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  • that He has good thingsfor you, then it's easier
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  • to walk in that confidenceand not worry so much
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  • about the tiny little details
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  • that we get ourselvesconsumed about.
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  • And God says, no, I'vegot something bigger
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  • and I've got something greater.
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  • And I want to provide that foryou, but it's trusting God.
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  • It's knowing thatHe has good for you.
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  • Good is ahead in store for you.
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  • - It's so true.
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  • I was thinking, whenyou were talking,
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  • there's a picture that'sbeen all over the internet
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  • that most of us would have seen,
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  • but there's a little girlwho's holding a teddy bear.
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  • And then there's a pictureof Jesus knelt down.
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  • And He's asking herfor the teddy bear,
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  • but behind His back he has aginormous teddy bear, right?
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  • And I think sometimeswe get so caught up
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  • in what is righthere in our hands.
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  • Like, you couldn'thave anything better
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  • than this right here.
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  • Like I, what do you mean?
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  • And we get disappointed in theseason of Him taking it away,
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  • and in the processof the bigger thing,
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  • the better thing coming around.
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  • Like, we get let down.
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  • And there was aseason in my life,
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  • I was newly married and Ethanand I wanted to have children.
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  • And it took us about threeyears to get pregnant.
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  • And all throughout that journey
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  • there were severalnegative tests that arrived
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  • before the positive.
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  • And I just remember everymonth being let down
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  • and I kept thinking like,God, what is going on?
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  • Like, how do I handle this?
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  • And honestly, I don'tknow if I handled it well
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  • in the season.
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  • But somebody saidsomething to me
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  • and it stuck with me andit healed a little bit
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  • of my heart in that moment.
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  • And I know it's notthe case for everyone,
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  • but they said you don't,
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  • you remember thatevery child is born
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  • for such a time as this andthat God will work all things
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  • together for yourgood and for theirs.
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  • And it just gaveme a lot of hope
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  • that God knew what He was doing.
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  • But three yearslater we get pregnant
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  • and we're six weeks inand I start bleeding
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  • and we call the doctorand the doctor says,
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  • it sounds likeyou're miscarrying.
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  • I'm so sorry.
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  • We can't see you tonight.
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  • We'll see you in the morning.
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  • And we just broke in that.
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  • My parents, I was livingat my parents' house
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  • and I just brokein their bathroom.
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  • And I remember being like
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  • God, for so long, Ibegged you for this.
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  • You finally give it,and it feels like
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  • you're taking it away,
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  • and I don't know how to do this.
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  • And I just rememberwe were crying there.
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  • And all the sudden, Ijust had this little
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  • tap on my shoulder thatsaid, but will you trust me?
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  • And out loud, withEthan sitting there,
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  • I just said, you know what, God,
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  • no matter what happens,you're still a good God.
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  • And you love me,you love my family,
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  • you love Ethan and I,you love this child.
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  • And so no matter whathappens, I'm gonna trust you.
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  • And in that moment, what felt--
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  • - So heavy, was justtotally relieved.
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  • It was just totally like,"Oh, you're a good God.
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  • "You're gonna take care of it."
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  • And to our surprise, wewent in the next day,
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  • they said, "You have a 50/50chance of this baby living.
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  • "We're gonna tellyou it's gonna die
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  • "within the next couple weeks."
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  • And that little girlis now seven years old.
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  • I don't know how that happened.
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  • I just know that Godwas faithful throughthe whole thing.
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  • And I know that'snot everyone's story,
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  • but the moment I hadwith Him in the bathroom
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  • where I couldliterally just say,
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  • "I don't understand this,but God, whatever it is,
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  • "I'm gonna trust You."
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  • What He did in myheart right there
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  • is so much more pricelessto me in that moment.
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  • And that's what I wouldencourage you to do
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  • is to realize like, no matterwhat you're going through,
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  • the weight of it,the pain of it,
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  • the struggle of it,
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  • that God is rightthere with you.
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  • And just likeHosanna talked about,
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  • He is in the fire with you.
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  • And they were praisingthe Lord in the fire.
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  • They were givingHim glory and honor,
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  • not because theirsituation was worthy of it,
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  • but because theirGod was worthy of it.
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  • And that's what I realized.
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  • That no matter what theseason is, no matter the fire,
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  • God is worthy of mypraise and honor.
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  • And just like you said,Jeannie, He is a good God
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  • and I can trust that no matterwhat I'm walking through.
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  • - So this is all amazing.
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  • Hosanna, you started out withone of my favorite stories
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  • in the whole world isShadrach, Meshach, and Abednego
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  • and the fire.- Yay!
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  • - And Elaine, the thingsthat we walk through.
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  • You know, I'm pretty surethat Shadrach, Meshach,
  • 00:10:02.113 --> 00:10:04.315
  • and Abednego, their thingwas not to actually be
  • 00:10:04.315 --> 00:10:07.619
  • thrown into the fire.
  • 00:10:07.619 --> 00:10:09.220
  • I'm sure they would haverather had not done that.
  • 00:10:09.220 --> 00:10:12.891
  • But the story ofthat and them saying,
  • 00:10:12.891 --> 00:10:16.394
  • "It doesn't matter what youdo, King Nebuchadnezzar."
  • 00:10:16.394 --> 00:10:20.198
  • Who actually was placedin authority by God
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  • and made everybody serve him.
  • 00:10:24.002 --> 00:10:26.404
  • And those who did not serve him,
  • 00:10:26.404 --> 00:10:28.306
  • were gonna get in big trouble.
  • 00:10:28.306 --> 00:10:29.808
  • You can read thatin Jeremiah 27.
  • 00:10:29.808 --> 00:10:33.912
  • What I love about thestory is they said,
  • 00:10:33.912 --> 00:10:35.914
  • "Even if we don't and weare thrown in the fire,
  • 00:10:35.914 --> 00:10:40.518
  • "it's all right."
  • 00:10:40.518 --> 00:10:41.920
  • So here they go into the fire
  • 00:10:41.920 --> 00:10:44.889
  • and all of a sudden,
  • 00:10:44.889 --> 00:10:46.391
  • and they turn it up seventimes hotter, you know?
  • 00:10:46.391 --> 00:10:49.494
  • And all of a sudden, KingNebuchadnezzar is looking in
  • 00:10:49.494 --> 00:10:53.698
  • and he's saying,
  • 00:10:53.698 --> 00:10:54.899
  • "Who is that fourth manin the fire?" Right?
  • 00:10:54.899 --> 00:10:58.203
  • So here, we as Christiansit seems like today,
  • 00:10:58.203 --> 00:11:02.307
  • we're all wanting to jumpout of the frying pan.
  • 00:11:02.307 --> 00:11:05.009
  • We're all wanting to jumpout of 2020 right now.
  • 00:11:05.009 --> 00:11:08.113
  • We all feel like we'rejust being tested beyond.
  • 00:11:08.113 --> 00:11:12.016
  • But maybe God is provingHis people right now.
  • 00:11:12.016 --> 00:11:16.721
  • Maybe He's turning theheat up on everybody.
  • 00:11:16.721 --> 00:11:20.792
  • Maybe the other peopleare looking in going,
  • 00:11:20.792 --> 00:11:23.394
  • "Who is that fourth manin the fire with them?"
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  • - [Host] That's right.
  • 00:11:27.799 --> 00:11:28.800
  • - And so the question today
  • 00:11:28.800 --> 00:11:31.503
  • is not that can Icome out of the fire,
  • 00:11:31.503 --> 00:11:35.507
  • but maybe the question is,can you come into the fire?
  • 00:11:35.507 --> 00:11:39.310
  • Can you come in and comeinto the fire and survive?
  • 00:11:39.310 --> 00:11:44.215
  • Because Jesus is in the fire.
  • 00:11:44.215 --> 00:11:47.318
  • Jesus is in the storm.
  • 00:11:47.318 --> 00:11:49.220
  • Jesus is in those moments
  • 00:11:49.220 --> 00:11:51.489
  • where everybodyelse on the outside,
  • 00:11:51.489 --> 00:11:53.992
  • Jesus is on the boat.
  • 00:11:53.992 --> 00:11:55.994
  • Jesus is in Noah'sboat, you know?
  • 00:11:55.994 --> 00:11:59.297
  • So it's like,
  • 00:11:59.297 --> 00:12:00.799
  • it's like we all wanna get out.
  • 00:12:01.800 --> 00:12:03.501
  • We all wanna get itto get over with.
  • 00:12:03.501 --> 00:12:05.603
  • But maybe God is saying,
  • 00:12:05.603 --> 00:12:07.205
  • "I want people to lookinside and see you,
  • 00:12:07.205 --> 00:12:10.809
  • "and then see Me.
  • 00:12:10.809 --> 00:12:12.110
  • "See that I'm inyour fire with you,
  • 00:12:12.110 --> 00:12:14.512
  • "that I am pushing you through,
  • 00:12:14.512 --> 00:12:16.414
  • "that I am carryingyou through the fire."
  • 00:12:16.414 --> 00:12:18.817
  • And what's so amazingabout that scripture
  • 00:12:18.817 --> 00:12:21.820
  • is that in that firethat all the bondages,
  • 00:12:21.820 --> 00:12:25.089
  • all their bondages dropped off.
  • 00:12:25.089 --> 00:12:27.292
  • All the things that hadheld them down in the fire
  • 00:12:27.292 --> 00:12:31.396
  • were dropped off and they werefreed in the fire, Chrystal.
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  • That's one of my favoritescriptures in the whole world.
  • 00:12:34.199 --> 00:12:38.102
  • - Come on. Preach,Laurie Crouch.
  • 00:12:38.102 --> 00:12:39.304
  • - There is nothing thatcan keep you bound.
  • 00:12:39.304 --> 00:12:42.407
  • There is nothingthat can destroy you
  • 00:12:42.407 --> 00:12:44.809
  • outside of what Godhas planned for you.
  • 00:12:44.809 --> 00:12:47.912
  • There is no authority,
  • 00:12:47.912 --> 00:12:49.514
  • there is no power, but God's.
  • 00:12:49.514 --> 00:12:52.217
  • God's authority.
  • 00:12:52.217 --> 00:12:53.518
  • And that is who hassay over your life
  • 00:12:53.518 --> 00:12:56.621
  • and over what happens to you.
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  • - Amen.- Because you belong to Him.
  • 00:12:57.822 --> 00:13:00.792
  • - I love that.
  • 00:13:00.792 --> 00:13:02.093
  • You know, and I think about,
  • 00:13:02.093 --> 00:13:04.295
  • you know, that same.
  • 00:13:04.295 --> 00:13:05.897
  • The Hebrew boys beingthrown into the fire,
  • 00:13:05.897 --> 00:13:08.299
  • you know, makes methink about Daniel
  • 00:13:08.299 --> 00:13:10.501
  • and having to stay putovernight in the lion's den.
  • 00:13:10.501 --> 00:13:13.805
  • And that wasn't fun, I'm sure.
  • 00:13:13.805 --> 00:13:15.406
  • (Chrystal laughs)
  • 00:13:15.406 --> 00:13:17.208
  • But him being thrown therebecause of his commitment
  • 00:13:17.208 --> 00:13:20.912
  • to stay connectedwith God in prayer,
  • 00:13:20.912 --> 00:13:24.015
  • and him being framedfor being committed.
  • 00:13:24.015 --> 00:13:27.018
  • You know, prayingwith his window open.
  • 00:13:27.018 --> 00:13:28.720
  • And he was like,
  • 00:13:28.720 --> 00:13:30.221
  • "Oh, y'all want me toshow that I'm gonna stay?"
  • 00:13:30.221 --> 00:13:31.990
  • - Committed to God, let mejust leave my window open,
  • 00:13:32.690 --> 00:13:34.893
  • so there's no question aboutwhether or not, you know.
  • 00:13:34.893 --> 00:13:38.596
  • And in Daniel six, he getsthrown into the lion's den
  • 00:13:38.596 --> 00:13:41.699
  • and of course, the nextmorning the king comes
  • 00:13:41.699 --> 00:13:44.402
  • and he's like, Daniel areyou basically still there?
  • 00:13:44.402 --> 00:13:48.006
  • Daniel's like, my God kept me.
  • 00:13:48.006 --> 00:13:50.108
  • But I think, what a night,you know, what a night.
  • 00:13:50.108 --> 00:13:54.112
  • We can always look at hindsight
  • 00:13:54.112 --> 00:13:57.715
  • and say to somebody who'sbeen through the fire
  • 00:13:57.715 --> 00:13:59.918
  • or had to go througha dark night,
  • 00:13:59.918 --> 00:14:02.420
  • with the lions that'resitting there perched
  • 00:14:02.420 --> 00:14:05.390
  • to cause fear andanxiety and stress.
  • 00:14:05.390 --> 00:14:07.892
  • We can look at somebody who'sbeen through a dark night,
  • 00:14:07.892 --> 00:14:10.595
  • who's been througha fire, and say,
  • 00:14:10.595 --> 00:14:12.497
  • look at how Godwas strong in you.
  • 00:14:12.497 --> 00:14:14.399
  • But the questions is,when you're in the fire,
  • 00:14:14.399 --> 00:14:17.302
  • when you're in thedarkness of the pit,
  • 00:14:17.302 --> 00:14:19.904
  • what are you going tofeel and believe then.
  • 00:14:19.904 --> 00:14:23.207
  • And that's the part thatis the choosing for us,
  • 00:14:23.207 --> 00:14:26.511
  • that is the choosing joy,
  • 00:14:26.511 --> 00:14:28.513
  • when the circumstancesdon't spell joy out.
  • 00:14:28.513 --> 00:14:30.815
  • It's the choosing belief,when the circumstances
  • 00:14:30.815 --> 00:14:33.318
  • don't spell beliefout, it is the choosing
  • 00:14:33.318 --> 00:14:36.321
  • settled-ness and peace of mind,
  • 00:14:36.321 --> 00:14:38.323
  • when your circumstanceswould say otherwise.
  • 00:14:38.323 --> 00:14:40.692
  • I know I have personallybeen in some dark spots,
  • 00:14:40.692 --> 00:14:44.195
  • and I've had to choose peace.
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  • I've been in thehospital with my husband
  • 00:14:47.098 --> 00:14:49.100
  • and had to think, you knowmy brain wants to run away,
  • 00:14:49.100 --> 00:14:51.803
  • with all the thingsthat could happen,
  • 00:14:51.803 --> 00:14:53.404
  • all the turns this could take.
  • 00:14:53.404 --> 00:14:55.306
  • Think about Danielthinking, if I close my eyes
  • 00:14:55.306 --> 00:14:57.208
  • for one second, areone of those lions
  • 00:14:57.208 --> 00:14:59.110
  • gonna jump me from behind?
  • 00:14:59.110 --> 00:15:00.411
  • Like am I perched thewhole night in fear,
  • 00:15:00.411 --> 00:15:03.715
  • or am I thinkingyou know listen,
  • 00:15:03.715 --> 00:15:05.416
  • I either believe God canhandle my situation or I don't.
  • 00:15:05.416 --> 00:15:08.219
  • I'm either those three boys
  • 00:15:08.219 --> 00:15:09.620
  • and I believe you canhandle it or don't.
  • 00:15:09.620 --> 00:15:11.022
  • So the thing for meis, in the difficulty,
  • 00:15:11.022 --> 00:15:14.292
  • in the fires, in thedarkness of night
  • 00:15:14.292 --> 00:15:16.294
  • is to say, either I believeGod is who he says he is,
  • 00:15:16.294 --> 00:15:20.798
  • or I don't, you know.
  • 00:15:20.798 --> 00:15:23.001
  • Because I would hate towaste those opportunities,
  • 00:15:23.001 --> 00:15:26.204
  • and that's what they are,
  • 00:15:26.204 --> 00:15:27.505
  • are opportunitiesto practice peace,
  • 00:15:27.505 --> 00:15:30.808
  • when your situation's notspeaking peace to you.
  • 00:15:32.210 --> 00:15:34.412
  • That you can havea different thing
  • 00:15:34.412 --> 00:15:36.714
  • operating on the inside of you,
  • 00:15:36.714 --> 00:15:39.017
  • than what'shappening around you.
  • 00:15:39.017 --> 00:15:41.019
  • And you know, I alwaystell my children
  • 00:15:41.019 --> 00:15:44.122
  • that they go into freak out mode
  • 00:15:44.122 --> 00:15:45.990
  • when there's somethingthat they want
  • 00:15:45.990 --> 00:15:48.493
  • or that they'rewaiting on from me,
  • 00:15:48.493 --> 00:15:50.495
  • and I'm not doingit fast enough.
  • 00:15:50.495 --> 00:15:52.196
  • And they're like mom,are you gonna forget?
  • 00:15:52.196 --> 00:15:53.398
  • Mom, don't forgetit, mom don't forget.
  • 00:15:53.398 --> 00:15:56.501
  • And I'm like, you know, Iheard you the first time,
  • 00:15:56.501 --> 00:15:58.803
  • I wrote it down, it's in theplanner, I'm not gonna forget.
  • 00:15:58.803 --> 00:16:02.507
  • And so imagine how muchbetter your life would be,
  • 00:16:02.507 --> 00:16:05.910
  • if you gave it to me and thentrusted I was gonna handle it.
  • 00:16:07.311 --> 00:16:10.314
  • Like in between your askand in between the answer.
  • 00:16:10.314 --> 00:16:14.118
  • You can either run aroundtotally stressed out, you know,
  • 00:16:14.118 --> 00:16:17.221
  • questioning me every move,talking about it to everybody,
  • 00:16:17.221 --> 00:16:20.792
  • or you can exhibitjoy despite your wait.
  • 00:16:20.792 --> 00:16:24.595
  • You can exhibit peacedespite your questions.
  • 00:16:24.595 --> 00:16:27.598
  • You can exhibit calm,despite the waves of the sea,
  • 00:16:27.598 --> 00:16:31.502
  • you know, that arehappening in your mind.
  • 00:16:31.502 --> 00:16:33.604
  • You can choose, that'swhat the bible says.
  • 00:16:33.604 --> 00:16:35.706
  • God gives good giftsto his children,
  • 00:16:35.706 --> 00:16:38.009
  • and if a father, anearthly father does that,
  • 00:16:38.009 --> 00:16:40.611
  • then how much more wouldour heavenly father do that?
  • 00:16:40.611 --> 00:16:43.314
  • So the key is, do we wanna justbe praisers on the back end,
  • 00:16:43.314 --> 00:16:48.319
  • you know, of 2020, or onthe back end of the grief
  • 00:16:49.720 --> 00:16:51.222
  • or on the back end of thehardship in our family
  • 00:16:51.222 --> 00:16:53.191
  • or on the backend of our health.
  • 00:16:53.191 --> 00:16:54.792
  • The back end of our loss of job
  • 00:16:54.792 --> 00:16:56.394
  • or the back end of our finances.
  • 00:16:56.394 --> 00:16:58.596
  • Or do we wanna bethe kind of people,
  • 00:16:58.596 --> 00:17:00.398
  • that all the waythrough the fire,
  • 00:17:00.398 --> 00:17:02.300
  • that all the way throughthe pit and the darkness,
  • 00:17:02.300 --> 00:17:04.802
  • that all the waythrough the trouble,
  • 00:17:04.802 --> 00:17:06.604
  • that we choose tosee and celebrate
  • 00:17:06.604 --> 00:17:08.906
  • God's goodness, going through.
  • 00:17:08.906 --> 00:17:11.008
  • And that's my challengebecause I wanna be the person
  • 00:17:11.008 --> 00:17:13.711
  • on the other end, that says,God brought me through.
  • 00:17:13.711 --> 00:17:16.013
  • But I really don'twanna be the person,
  • 00:17:16.013 --> 00:17:17.615
  • who in the midstof it, is hollering
  • 00:17:17.615 --> 00:17:20.218
  • and screaming and cryingand whining the whole time.
  • 00:17:20.218 --> 00:17:23.221
  • And you know, I mean last thing,
  • 00:17:23.221 --> 00:17:24.922
  • the other example, it'slike the children of Israel.
  • 00:17:24.922 --> 00:17:27.592
  • He got them out ofEgypt, he got them out.
  • 00:17:27.592 --> 00:17:30.194
  • They ask him, can you getus out, he got them out.
  • 00:17:30.194 --> 00:17:33.297
  • And then, theystarted complaining.
  • 00:17:33.297 --> 00:17:34.899
  • Oh my gosh, we're gonnadie, we don't have food.
  • 00:17:34.899 --> 00:17:37.902
  • And you know, it's like really?
  • 00:17:37.902 --> 00:17:39.003
  • Do you actually think that God
  • 00:17:39.003 --> 00:17:41.105
  • who got you our of Egypt, isnow gonna just let you die?
  • 00:17:41.105 --> 00:17:43.508
  • And they eventually madeit to the promised land,
  • 00:17:43.508 --> 00:17:45.810
  • but with 40 years of goingin circles and complaining.
  • 00:17:45.810 --> 00:17:48.913
  • So, the question is,do you wanna get there
  • 00:17:48.913 --> 00:17:51.616
  • and then celebrate,or do you wanna
  • 00:17:51.616 --> 00:17:53.518
  • believe and celebratealong the way?
  • 00:17:53.518 --> 00:17:55.219
  • And that's whatchoosing joy means.
  • 00:17:55.219 --> 00:17:57.722
  • It means that I decideto believe on the outcome
  • 00:17:57.722 --> 00:18:01.392
  • and what I believe he can do,
  • 00:18:01.392 --> 00:18:02.793
  • even if the outcomeisn't what I want.
  • 00:18:02.793 --> 00:18:04.896
  • But through the process,I choose to believe,
  • 00:18:04.896 --> 00:18:08.099
  • I'm not gonna waiton the answer.
  • 00:18:08.099 --> 00:18:09.400
  • I'm gonna wait untilmy change comes,
  • 00:18:09.400 --> 00:18:11.102
  • as the old folks used to say,I'm gonna shout right now.
  • 00:18:11.102 --> 00:18:14.105
  • - Amen, I love that a lot.
  • 00:18:14.105 --> 00:18:16.607
  • I think that's so, a importantmessage Chrystal, for today.
  • 00:18:16.607 --> 00:18:21.512
  • Of choosing joy in themiddle of the fire,
  • 00:18:21.512 --> 00:18:25.816
  • choosing peace when Idon't feel peaceful.
  • 00:18:25.816 --> 00:18:29.520
  • Choosing to praise God.
  • 00:18:29.520 --> 00:18:31.222
  • - Feel like turning onworship and praising God.
  • 00:18:31.322 --> 00:18:34.091
  • Choosing to go into the wordand declare his promises.
  • 00:18:34.091 --> 00:18:37.195
  • But I don't feel likesitting in the quiet
  • 00:18:37.195 --> 00:18:39.597
  • and reading His word.
  • 00:18:39.597 --> 00:18:41.098
  • What are we choosing to doin the middle of the fire?
  • 00:18:41.098 --> 00:18:45.303
  • And in the story of Shadrach,Meshach, and Abednego
  • 00:18:45.303 --> 00:18:48.406
  • and king Nebuchadnezzarlooks in,
  • 00:18:48.406 --> 00:18:50.208
  • I can't help, but think whatthe world is seeing us do
  • 00:18:50.208 --> 00:18:54.212
  • when they're looking in
  • 00:18:54.212 --> 00:18:55.713
  • and seeing what we're doingin the middle of a fire.
  • 00:18:55.713 --> 00:18:58.216
  • How are we speakingto people online
  • 00:18:58.216 --> 00:19:00.718
  • in the middle of our fires?
  • 00:19:00.718 --> 00:19:02.320
  • How are we speakingto our spouses
  • 00:19:02.320 --> 00:19:04.121
  • in the middle of our trials?
  • 00:19:04.121 --> 00:19:05.389
  • How are we talking to our staff
  • 00:19:05.389 --> 00:19:07.091
  • in the middle of thestorms of our lives?
  • 00:19:07.091 --> 00:19:09.193
  • And people are looking atChrist's followers thinking,
  • 00:19:09.193 --> 00:19:11.596
  • what are they doing?
  • 00:19:11.596 --> 00:19:12.897
  • They said, they believeGod, no matter what.
  • 00:19:12.897 --> 00:19:15.299
  • They said, even if hedoesn't, we still won't bow.
  • 00:19:15.299 --> 00:19:17.902
  • And now what are they doingin the middle of the fire?
  • 00:19:17.902 --> 00:19:20.504
  • And how important it is
  • 00:19:20.504 --> 00:19:21.806
  • that we are people ofpeace and joy and faith
  • 00:19:21.806 --> 00:19:24.308
  • and people of peaceand joy to other people
  • 00:19:25.509 --> 00:19:28.212
  • because of the worldthat's watching.
  • 00:19:28.212 --> 00:19:30.014
  • And then I love afterthey came out of the fire,
  • 00:19:30.014 --> 00:19:32.617
  • they were unbound andunharmed, come on, Jesus.
  • 00:19:32.617 --> 00:19:35.119
  • And then King Nebuchadnezzarsays, you know,
  • 00:19:35.119 --> 00:19:37.321
  • remember before how I saidyou couldn't bow to this God?
  • 00:19:37.321 --> 00:19:40.391
  • Now you can.
  • 00:19:40.391 --> 00:19:41.692
  • Now all of you canbow to that God.
  • 00:19:41.692 --> 00:19:43.594
  • I saw what he could do.
  • 00:19:43.594 --> 00:19:44.996
  • I looked inside of the fire,now everyone is able to.
  • 00:19:44.996 --> 00:19:47.398
  • So we see that Shadrach,Meshach and Abednego
  • 00:19:47.398 --> 00:19:49.600
  • because they had faiththrough the fire,
  • 00:19:49.600 --> 00:19:51.202
  • they were not theonly one set free.
  • 00:19:51.202 --> 00:19:53.604
  • But now there wasa world, a kingdom
  • 00:19:53.604 --> 00:19:55.906
  • that at one pointwas forced to bow,
  • 00:19:55.906 --> 00:19:58.309
  • but now the peoplewho are forced to bow
  • 00:19:58.309 --> 00:20:00.511
  • saw what it was liketo stand in the fire
  • 00:20:00.511 --> 00:20:02.613
  • and now they knowthey can stand too.
  • 00:20:02.613 --> 00:20:05.216
  • Your victory and yourpeace and your joy
  • 00:20:05.216 --> 00:20:08.019
  • and your story in thisseason is not just for you.
  • 00:20:08.019 --> 00:20:11.422
  • It's for freeingother people too.
  • 00:20:11.422 --> 00:20:13.491
  • It's for showing other people
  • 00:20:13.491 --> 00:20:14.992
  • what people of faith can be like
  • 00:20:14.992 --> 00:20:17.695
  • and how God is with us
  • 00:20:17.695 --> 00:20:18.996
  • and how we can beset free in the fire.
  • 00:20:18.996 --> 00:20:21.299
  • It's so important that whenpeople are close, they see it
  • 00:20:21.299 --> 00:20:23.701
  • 'cause the world wantsto know, can I stand?
  • 00:20:23.701 --> 00:20:26.003
  • Everyone else is bowing to fear,
  • 00:20:27.104 --> 00:20:29.307
  • everyone else'sbowing to anxiety,
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  • can I stand in themiddle of the fire?
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  • So it's so importantthat everyone watching
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  • that you know peopleare watching you
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  • and I hope thatyou choose to stand
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  • in the middle of whatevertrial you're going through.
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  • What do you think Jeannie?
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  • - Amen, Hosanna.
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  • You know something that comesto me while I'm sitting here
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  • and I'm listening to everybody
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  • just share out of their heart
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  • and now the truthsof God's word.
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  • That I think sometimes wehave a virus in our system.
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  • We're not really sure ifwe're truly loved by God
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  • and when we're notabsolutely confident
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  • of God's love for us, thenit makes it hard to walk.
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  • It makes it hard to stand.
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  • It makes us question our faith.
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  • When I know that I'mabsolutely loved,
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  • it's like for instance,with my husband Phil,
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  • I know that he's crazy about me.
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  • And because I know that
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  • I know that I don't everhave to worry about anything
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  • that he would ask me to do.
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  • He wouldn't askme to do something
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  • that would bring harm to me
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  • because I'm confidentof his love for me.
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  • And that's the way it is.
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  • I think when we knowbeyond a shadow of a doubt,
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  • not just in our head, butour head and our heart,
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  • we have to link thetwo things together.
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  • When we have that confidence,
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  • it's easier to walkthrough the fire
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  • because we're confidentthat he will bring us.
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  • We're confident thathe'll bring us through
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  • to the other side andin a greater place.
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  • Not lacking, but becominggreater and greater
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  • through what He wantsto do through us.
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  • So I think having thatunderstanding sometimes,
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  • you know, you havethe discipline to say,
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  • hey, I'm just doing this.
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  • But sometimes whenyou're in a tough place
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  • that's not enough.
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  • You have to have the reassuranceand the confidence to know
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  • that you are loved reallyloved by God almighty.
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  • And that His good is Hehas good plans for you.
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  • He really does.
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  • And so we look at 2020
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  • and there's stuff that'sbeen all over the place.
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  • And I think when westarted into this
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  • in the earlier part of the year,
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  • and here we find ourselves
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  • and don't know quite whenall of it's going to end.
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  • But we do have this confidence.
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  • I have this godlyconfidence inside of me
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  • knowing that I'm loved
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  • and that God has alot of grace for me
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  • and that I can getthrough anything
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  • because He's right beside me.
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  • Not just right besideme, He's in me,
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  • He's leading me, He's guidingme, He's directing me.
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  • He's droppingthoughts in my spirit
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  • of which way to turnor when to hold still
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  • or when to move forward.
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  • He's droppingthings inside of me
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  • to bring an encouraging wordto my sister or my brother
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  • that they may need someuplifting during this time
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  • and in the season thatthey find themselves in.
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  • But it comes back tothe fact of knowing
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  • that I am loved by God almighty
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  • and that when Iknow that I'm loved,
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  • I can do anythingthat He asks me to do.
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  • It's not a problem.
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  • I can hold my place,I can stand...
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  • - And in that armor ofGod, like we talked about,
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  • because I know that I'm loved,
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  • and I know he willnot forsake me.
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  • If I ask him for bread,he won't give me a stone.
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  • That's what the word said.
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  • I've got that word inside me,
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  • and I've got the confidenceof his love in me.
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  • And I've seen him too manytimes do amazing things
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  • in my life to never doubtthat he doesn't love me.
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  • And I will stand on that.
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  • - Amen.
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  • Well, I think we justneed to take a moment
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  • and pray for everyone that'swatching that is in that fire.
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  • You're in the storm.
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  • And let's just declarethat we will choose joy
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  • in this season.
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  • And let's remind oursouls and our hearts
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  • that we are loved bythe most high King.
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  • So let's pray together.
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  • God, I thank you for everysingle person that's watching.
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  • I thank you that you diedon the cross for them,
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  • that you love them withan extravagant love,
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  • and that love will meet themwhere they are in the fire,
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  • in the pit, with the lions,
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  • with everything that'scoming against them,
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  • or right now as they sitin disappointment and fear.
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  • I just pray that your presencewould wrap around them
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  • and comfort them,
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  • and remind them thatyou are the good father
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  • that loves them, that iswith them, that sees them,
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  • and that knows theirinner most being.
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  • And so Lord, we just praythat you would meet us
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  • where we are, thatwe would worship you.
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  • And as the world looks in,
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  • may they find us choosing joy
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  • and worshiping themost high King,
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  • the King of Kings,and the Lord of Lords.
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  • May they find that theydon't have to bow to fear,
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  • or they don't have to bow,but they can stand in truth.
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  • And so Lord today,
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  • give us the courageto stand in your truth
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  • in this difficult season.
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  • We love you, in Jesus name.
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  • Amen.
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  • - Amen.- Thank you, Jesus.
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  • - Amen, amen, amen.
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  • The Bible tells us topray for one another,
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  • and that is exactly whatour Better Together team
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  • wants to do.
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  • We hope you can joinus again tomorrow
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  • cause we're gonnabe talking about
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  • living for the audience of one.
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  • If we trust God's promises,
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  • we will fulfill theplan that he has for us.
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  • We will see you then don'tforget how much Jesus loves you.
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  • We love you too.
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  • We'll see you tomorrow. Bye-bye.
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  • (inspirational music)
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