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  • (soft new age music)
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  • - We are all madein God's image,
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  • but do we see ourselvesthe way he does?
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  • Today's conversation willhelp us forgive ourselves
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  • and embrace God's truth.
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  • (inspirational new age music)
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  • - I accidentally got marriedand intentionally divorced
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  • when I was 23, and intentionallydivorced when I was 25.
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  • I had just finished filminga movie called Chasing Papi,
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  • and it was a film thatactually really hindered
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  • my good girl persona.
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  • Good girl, Christian,CCM persona.
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  • So I tried to figure out away to come back and look like
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  • a good girl, so, Iknow, I'll get married.
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  • 'Cause then you look safe.
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  • Because, I mean, I felt very,
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  • I felt bad that maybe Ilet some little girls down
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  • that looked up to me.
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  • And it wasn't thatthe movie was so bad,
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  • it was just, it was mewalking in disobedience
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  • and being a little selfish brat.
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  • I wanted to make a movie,and I thought it was
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  • God's will becauseit was my dream.
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  • So, this guy and I starteddating, and it was about
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  • 11 months later we decidewe're gonna get married.
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  • So we did,
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  • and it was just, I knewit was the wrong choice
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  • from the beginning, Iknew that I had made
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  • a terrible mistake, buteverybody was sitting
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  • in that church, and Ihad to go down this aisle
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  • because I was wearing Vera Wang.
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  • (shared laughing)
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  • - You wouldn't wantto waste a Vera.
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  • - Exactly; so, Idid, I married him.
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  • And it was very depressing.
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  • I actually struggledwith depression while I
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  • was marrying him, 'causeI knew that it was
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  • walking in disobedience,it was trying to fix
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  • the mistake that I hadmade, this, by doing this.
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  • So after his heart startedwandering another direction,
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  • it was like my getout of jail free card.
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  • I could get out of jail.
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  • And see, my family, in myfamily there's a lot of divorce,
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  • so I remember thinking tomyself, is this like a curse
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  • that I'm gonnacontinue carrying on?
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  • Am I broken like everybody else?
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  • Is it something thatreally is the curse?
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  • 'Cause the family talksabout the family curse.
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  • So, I knew that people would
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  • say a lot about meafter I got divorced,
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  • and I knew that if I hadn'truined my reputation already
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  • enough, this wasdefinitely gonna kill it.
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  • So I decided to run.
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  • And when I say I ran,I ran so far away.
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  • I'm saying, I sold myhouse, I sold my furniture,
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  • sold shoes, and I packedeverything up into a couple
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  • of boxes, and shippedthem to London, England.
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  • 'Cause I found a flatmatewho was Scottish, Scottish,
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  • she was hilarious,she was crazy.
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  • And I had never met her.
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  • I went online, it was awebsite called Flatmate.com,
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  • or FindAFlat.com,(shared laughing).
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  • So I went online and I found
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  • this person.- You were brave.
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  • - And scared, I'mbrave and scared.
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  • Running like a little girl.
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  • So I found this girlwho needed a flatmate,
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  • and living in Londonproper is super expensive,
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  • so two people makesthe living cut in half.
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  • So I ran, and when you runyou still take you with you,
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  • 'cause if you never dealwith it, if you never face
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  • the fact that you arebroken, and that your heart
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  • will never maybe heal, andyou're just feeling that way,
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  • 'cause you feel broken.
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  • I remember during that timeit was actually very healing
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  • for me too.
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  • I was running away fromme, but I was still
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  • taking me with me.
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  • But I learned somethingthat I never realized
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  • that was truly affecting me.
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  • I learned that I wasfinding my identity in being
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  • a singer, my identitywas found in being
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  • the breadwinner for my family.
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  • Being a good girl,being Jaci Velasquez,
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  • what does that mean?
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  • All my identity was wrappedup from the time I was
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  • nine years old travelingwith my parents,
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  • singing, going from tochurch, to church, to church,
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  • to church, and then gettingmy record deal when I was 14,
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  • my whole identity waswrapped up into that persona.
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  • I had no identity.
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  • And so, that time in London,although I was running
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  • I still had me of course,but I learned how to
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  • be a daughter again.
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  • I learned what it was liketo have nobody watching,
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  • and to find comfort andpeace in allowing God
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  • to reveal to me who I was,that I wasn't just this person,
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  • this persona trying to,making so many poor choices,
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  • poor choice after poorchoice, and walking in such
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  • disobedience, and walkingin such selfishness,
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  • and then having to dealwith the shame and the pain
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  • and the embarrassment,of my own choices,
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  • because I was(soft new age music)
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  • just being a brat.
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  • So, it was a good time, becausehe was able just to really
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  • bring those thingsto light in me.
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  • - I think for Jaci,it's eyeopening that
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  • the scenario plays out the same.
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  • It's like, when you'rerunning, that's when
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  • you find Jesus, right?
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  • When you're at your lowest,you find Jesus, right?
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  • When you are making aliving, making the best life,
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  • and it looks like youhave the enviable life,
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  • but you're reallyempty, it's amazing
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  • where you can find Jesus, right?
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  • I just think for manyof us, and like Jaci,
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  • that sin never pays.
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  • But when you submit yourlife, all the poor choices,
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  • all the experiences, Godwill force everything
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  • to work it out for our good.
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  • He will make the goodstuff, the bad stuff,
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  • the crazy stuff,the gnarly stuff,
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  • and make it work itout for our good,
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  • for those who believe in him.
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  • That promise is notextended to everybody else,
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  • it's only for thosewho believe in him.
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  • So that means that we can usethe stuff that we dishonored
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  • God with, we can use the stuffthat we used to lie about,
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  • we can use those stories ofour lives and actually minister
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  • and help people.
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  • He will force it to workit out for our good,
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  • and I think that's oneof the big takeaways
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  • that I walked awayfrom that conversation.
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  • It's like, no matter what,when you give your life
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  • to God, you willalways come out on top.
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  • - He took my poor choicesand turned them for good.
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  • And made them beautiful, outof so much burnt ugliness.
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  • - What do you thinksome of the lies were
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  • that you believed, Jaci?
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  • - That I wasn't anythingelse out of being a singer,
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  • that that was who Iwas and nothing more.
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  • Because I'm a Christian singer,
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  • or that's Christian,
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  • just a singer.- It was a big deal
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  • when you hit the scene, Iremember it very clearly.
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  • - [Jaci] That's all I knew.
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  • - I remember the firsttime I heard you sing,
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  • and I was like, whoa, Imean, that is a powerhouse
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  • with a voice, but Iremember thinking,
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  • "I hope somebody'staking care of her soul."
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  • - Yeah, that's good.
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  • - Because it was just outthere, and you were just being
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  • pushed into the spotlight.
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  • - And it was scary.
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  • But you know what's interesting?
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  • I can remember so much
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  • but there's a point inthat timeframe, I can't
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  • remember anything,because it was like,
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  • everything happened,it was a blur.
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  • It was a total blur.
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  • But what's amazingto me, is I look back
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  • and I think, Lord I feel badthat I wasted so much time,
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  • so much,
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  • I should have done more.
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  • I should have been moreopen and listening clearly,
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  • to what you wanted me todo, instead of focusing
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  • on all the people aroundme, and the yes people,
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  • having to pay peopleto be my friends,
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  • because that's what youdid, because everyone knew
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  • I could pay for everything,and so that's what,
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  • that was so unhealthy.
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  • I mean, I was employingmy entire family,
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  • employing friends, because,well I wanted them around,
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  • so I'll just give you ajob, and I'll pay you.
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  • So unhealthy, but God,in his goodness and grace
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  • and faithfulness, wasable to redeem that time,
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  • and put me, like today, and feel
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  • this such fullness(soft new age music)
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  • and joy that God hassuch a beautiful calling,
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  • and being able towalk in obedience,
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  • and understand thedifference between my dreams
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  • and God's calling.
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  • - I mean, when we'vemade a bad choice
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  • or a bad decision, ournatural instinct is,
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  • how do I forgive myself?
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  • In another ways,we're trying to say,
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  • how do I move on from here?
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  • But, I've searchedscripture, and I can't find
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  • any precedence there wherewe're called to forgive ourself.
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  • What I do find is thatwe're called to bring
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  • all of who we areinto the grace of God,
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  • into the light of Christ.
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  • And to me, it's there, thatwhen we receive his forgiveness,
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  • see, sometimes we hold back,but if you've done something,
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  • and often it's thingslike had an abortion,
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  • I had an affair, I'veruined my marriage,
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  • I've driven my familyinto bankruptcy,
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  • things that seeminsurmountable, how can we ever
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  • get over that?
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  • But when we say, Ican't forgive myself,
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  • it's almost as if we'resaying, what Christ did
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  • on the cross was not enough.
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  • That somehow we've added onething he didn't think of,
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  • and that's not true.
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  • When Jesus died hesaid, "it is finished."
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  • Bill paid in full.
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  • Now I think there's adifference between forgiving
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  • ourselves, and livingsometimes with consequences.
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  • Some of our choiceshave consequences.
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  • If a marriage did fallapart through infidelity,
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  • then that's something thatmight not be possible to change,
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  • but if you find yourselfin a place like that,
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  • what I want you to knowis you're not now living
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  • in God's second best, you'reliving with fresh grace
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  • for a new day, for a newhope, and for a new future.
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  • - [Laurie] What didrepentance look like
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  • to you during that time?
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  • - Oh man, repentance?
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  • Repentance lookedlike, please God.
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  • (shared laughing)No, it was ugly.
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  • - A ugly cry.
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  • - Repentance actuallylooked like anger for me.
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  • Yeah, there was a timethat I went through
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  • a lot of yelling at God,and being mad at him.
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  • - For your choices.
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  • - For my choices.
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  • And when I realized thatthat was what was happening,
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  • I mean, repentance wasjust, please God forgive me.
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  • I am broken, and I knowwhat your word says,
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  • but I don't believe it for me,
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  • because why me?
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  • I don't deserve it?
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  • I mean, I wasn't, I wassupposed to be perfect
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  • that's what everybodyexpected of me,
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  • and I didn't do it.
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  • I wasn't there, Iwasn't good enough.
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  • So I think for me it was just,I know what your word says,
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  • but I don't think it pertainsto me, I don't believe it
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  • for me, because howcould you use me?
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  • You were using me, I thought,but how could you use me
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  • after so many poorchoices of my own accord?
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  • And how could you makethose any good now?
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  • (soft new age music)
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  • - Whether you'resharing your testimony.
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  • - We can't waitto hear from you.
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  • - As I listen to your story,I'm going back in my mind
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  • to the story ofDavid and Bathsheba,
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  • and how he did thisthing with this woman,
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  • and now she's pregnant.
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  • And so, in order tocover that, he then sends
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  • her husband to the frontlines in order to die,
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  • so it's almost likethis double sin,
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  • and what was prompting himto do that was this desire
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  • for redemption, but hetook it into his own hands.
  • 00:12:39.906 --> 00:12:43.109
  • - He DIY'ed, DIY'ed,do it yourself.
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  • - Yes, and you can't redeemyourself because you have
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  • to have a higherpower redeem you.
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  • - I am not God.
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  • - [Dee Dee] You're not.
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  • - We are not God.- And I think,
  • 00:12:54.221 --> 00:12:55.255
  • that's where thechallenge comes,
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  • is we're trying tofix what we broke
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  • without realizing that wedon't have the power to fix it.
  • 00:12:59.059 --> 00:13:00.727
  • Because everything that wedo creates consequences,
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  • but it createsdivine consequences.
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  • - And then you'rewalking in obedience.
  • 00:13:06.933 --> 00:13:08.068
  • - Yes, but thebeauty of repentance,
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  • the beauty of repentanceis the humility of it.
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  • Just to say, God, I messedthis all the way up,
  • 00:13:12.639 --> 00:13:16.376
  • jacked it up.
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  • - Jacked it up.
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  • - But I'm willing to admit that,
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  • and I'm willing to do the work,
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  • I'm willing to own what I did.
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  • - And that's whathappened with David,
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  • when Nathan theprophet came to him,
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  • and told him a storyabout what would you do
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  • if this guy did that?
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  • And he said,
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  • - "I would kill him."- He said,
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  • I would have him killed.
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  • - But the minute Davidsaw that it was him,
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  • he repented, and hecreate, made a clean heart.
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  • And restore a rightspirit within him.
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  • "Cast me not awayfrom your presence."
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  • But to me, that's the beauty,it's when God in his mercy
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  • allows us to see thepoor choices we've made,
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  • for whatever reason, andto me, it's your kindness
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  • that leads us to repent.
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  • I even think ofthe prophet Elijah,
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  • after he'd seen thisgreat big thing happen
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  • at Mount Carmel, but thenit doesn't go the way
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  • he thinks it's gonna go,and he's in the desert,
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  • and wilderness, and he's like,"just kill me, I'm done."
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  • And I think, and whenthe angel comes to him,
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  • he didn't say, "look, whatare you doing here you loser?"
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  • He made him lunch(soft new age music)
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  • and told him to take a nap.
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  • It's the kindness of Godthat leads us to repentance.
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  • - Jesus, in his grace,and his love for us,
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  • that's what draws us to him.
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  • It's never anybody pointingat you and telling you
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  • you're a sinner, you alreadyknow you're a sinner,
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  • nobody needs to tell us that.
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  • But it's by his kindness thathe leads us to repentance.
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  • If somebody doessomething sweet for me,
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  • and is kind for me, I'lljust about do anything
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  • for that person.
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  • You want to do something,you want to live well.
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  • Jesus loves you, Jesusthinks your amazing.
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  • Jesus thinks you're perfect.
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  • And he loves you, andhe says, "come to me,
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  • and I'll love you, I'll giveyou everything you need."
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  • Doesn't that make youwant to repent and go,
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  • yes Lord, here I come?
  • 00:15:16.162 --> 00:15:17.864
  • - Naps can resolvea lot of things.
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  • (shared laughing)
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  • - Just sleep on it.
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  • - A good sippycup and a blanket.
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  • - If I can offer this, it'ssomething that you said
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  • about being anonymous.
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  • I think there's just somuch, like an exhale,
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  • that happens in theprivilege of a pause.
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  • Even though you wererunning, God was like,
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  • "I've seen this play out before,
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  • "I've seen thislittle game plan,
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  • "I've seen this in asketchbook somehow,
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  • so go ahead and run."
  • 00:15:49.996 --> 00:15:51.664
  • And then you came back,but you had this word
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  • that you said anonymous,I had this space,
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  • no one knew me, Iwas under the radar,
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  • no one really had eyes on me,and I think there's a lesson
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  • in that, if I could pull it out,
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  • and it would be this;
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  • that Jesus, we onlyhave the infant Jesus
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  • at one moment, wehave a 12 year old,
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  • or a junior high Jesusin another moment,
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  • and then Jesus stepping intohis ministry at the age of 30.
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  • Three years, just threeyears on the planet,
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  • fullness of who he was,being called, chosen,
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  • he was just aschosen as an infant,
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  • but it's that space of growingbetween that infant stage,
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  • and then from 12 years old on,you have a couple of decades
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  • where he was justunder the radar,
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  • and I think it's a lifelesson for all of us,
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  • and even, you're thelife lesson as well.
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  • It's, there's no rush to bepushed into the spotlight.
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  • There's no rush whereyou have to do anything,
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  • fix anything, because it's your,
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  • you're in a incubationplace where you're being
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  • in a test tube of sortswhere you're growing,
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  • you're being nurtured,you're thriving,
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  • and then all of a suddenthis happenstance of,
  • 00:17:08.741 --> 00:17:12.045
  • someone else was pushingyou to do something.
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  • You loved it, you enjoyedit, but at the same time
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  • you felt this surgeof bad choices.
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  • I think it's God'sway of saying, "okay,
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  • "I want you to play it out,
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  • "I want you to see how itgoes when you make decisions
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  • in your own hands."
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  • - I'm gonna go aheadand let you do this.
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  • - And that's his grace.
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  • - And that's goodparenting as well.
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  • - It's kindness to us.
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  • - And humble yourself.
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  • - We hear aboutthe prodigal son,
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  • we hear about thatstory, but I don't think
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  • that story is about theson, it's about the father.
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  • - Yup, my friend and I weretalking about that, too.
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  • - It's the unwaveringlove of the father,
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  • and I read that story,and the son's like,
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  • "give me my inheritance."
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  • Which is very pompous,by the way, prideful,
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  • to go to your parent,while they're living,
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  • be like, "give me what's mine."
  • 00:17:59.993 --> 00:18:02.395
  • I wish you weredead, give me money.
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  • But he goes, he does his thing,
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  • and it says that whenhe came to himself,
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  • and he returned to his father,his father was like, "yes."
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  • And I see that's how God is,
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  • there's nothing we can do,there's no length we can go to
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  • that would make himsay, "you know what?
  • 00:18:17.310 --> 00:18:19.145
  • Don't come back."
  • 00:18:19.145 --> 00:18:20.480
  • He's like, "I'mjust waiting on you
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  • to step into the realitythat I will never leave you."
  • 00:18:22.849 --> 00:18:26.386
  • - We gotta remember thatthat story was a story.
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  • That story is a storythat Jesus told,
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  • and it was about the father.
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  • - It's about the father.- That was about
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  • the love of the father.
  • 00:18:35.528 --> 00:18:37.030
  • - And it's interesting too,there wasn't one word of,
  • 00:18:37.030 --> 00:18:39.432
  • "why did you do this?"
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  • He actually ran to the son,which would be unheard of
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  • in those days for anelder, but he wanted to get
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  • to his son before thevillage elders came
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  • with that part, ifa son has done that
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  • you're supposed to come tothis pot of dried things
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  • and you break it at theson's feet, you say,
  • 00:18:52.645 --> 00:18:54.247
  • "you can't come home."
  • 00:18:54.247 --> 00:18:55.748
  • But the father ran tohim first, to get to,
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  • before anybody couldsay a negative word
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  • and put a robearound his shoulders
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  • and a ring on his finger.
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  • Father is always,"welcome home."
  • 00:19:02.956 --> 00:19:05.024
  • - He does that, it'sus that holds us back.
  • 00:19:05.024 --> 00:19:07.827
  • - We're our worst,
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  • we will be harder on ourselves.
  • 00:19:11.164 --> 00:19:13.633
  • - We believe it, insteadof believing the word.
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  • The living word.
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  • - We're not worthit, don't love me,
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  • we will push away, we wouldrather be in the pigsty,
  • 00:19:20.740 --> 00:19:24.711
  • eating the pig's slop, andsaying, "you know what?
  • 00:19:24.711 --> 00:19:27.647
  • I think this is good."
  • 00:19:27.647 --> 00:19:29.349
  • - I just (mumbling).
  • 00:19:29.349 --> 00:19:30.984
  • - I have this image of God, wedo something and we mess up,
  • 00:19:30.984 --> 00:19:35.021
  • and we repent, werepent, and then,
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  • and we go to himlater, and we're like,
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  • "God I'm so sorryfor what I did."
  • 00:19:39.425 --> 00:19:40.660
  • And God is like,"what did you do?"
  • 00:19:40.660 --> 00:19:42.262
  • Like, "what areyou talking about?"
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  • That's true forgiveness,
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  • when God is like, "you'renot, what are you coming
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  • to me for?
  • 00:19:49.168 --> 00:19:50.370
  • Yeah, you messed upagain, but I love you."
  • 00:19:50.370 --> 00:19:51.371
  • - And you're not your choices.
  • 00:19:51.371 --> 00:19:53.506
  • You're a child of God.
  • 00:19:53.506 --> 00:19:54.674
  • I think of the number of womenI get to spend time with,
  • 00:19:56.075 --> 00:19:58.478
  • and they think, Ihad an abortion,
  • 00:19:58.478 --> 00:20:00.546
  • I had an affair, I had this,
  • 00:20:00.546 --> 00:20:02.382
  • and I'm like, "you know what?
  • 00:20:02.382 --> 00:20:03.883
  • "The amazing thing is thatwhen we come to the Lord
  • 00:20:03.883 --> 00:20:05.918
  • "and we ask for forgiveness,he removes our sin
  • 00:20:05.918 --> 00:20:08.388
  • "as far as east is from the west
  • 00:20:08.388 --> 00:20:09.922
  • and remembers it no more."
  • 00:20:09.922 --> 00:20:11.291
  • So when he, we look atourself from the mud
  • 00:20:11.291 --> 00:20:13.559
  • we're sitting in, butwhen God the father
  • 00:20:13.559 --> 00:20:15.862
  • looks at us, he sees us throughthe shed blood of Christ.
  • 00:20:15.862 --> 00:20:18.197
  • And says, "beautiful,redeemed, clean, whole."
  • 00:20:18.197 --> 00:20:21.734
  • - And you know what?
  • 00:20:22.568 --> 00:20:23.736
  • I learned, and I believethis is the case,
  • 00:20:23.736 --> 00:20:26.706
  • our brokenness isnot our burden,
  • 00:20:26.706 --> 00:20:28.875
  • our brokenness is our ministry.
  • 00:20:28.875 --> 00:20:30.910
  • All those things, thatwe've gone through,
  • 00:20:30.910 --> 00:20:33.112
  • the divorce, theabortion, the rape,
  • 00:20:33.112 --> 00:20:35.114
  • the bankruptcy, all of that,God wants to use as a tool
  • 00:20:35.114 --> 00:20:40.086
  • to free other people.
  • 00:20:40.853 --> 00:20:42.422
  • And it's because we areashamed that we end up
  • 00:20:42.422 --> 00:20:46.059
  • being silent, and I believethat silence is a tool
  • 00:20:46.059 --> 00:20:49.462
  • of the enemy.
  • 00:20:49.462 --> 00:20:50.930
  • And I mentioned thestory of Peter earlier,
  • 00:20:50.930 --> 00:20:53.066
  • I think it's so interestingthat it was the rooster
  • 00:20:53.066 --> 00:20:56.536
  • that prompted his shame,because if you think about it,
  • 00:20:56.536 --> 00:20:58.771
  • back in that day, they didn'twake up to alarm clocks,
  • 00:20:58.771 --> 00:21:01.107
  • it was the sound of therooster every single morning
  • 00:21:01.107 --> 00:21:04.377
  • that woke him up, so he wokeup to shame every morning.
  • 00:21:04.377 --> 00:21:07.980
  • I believe that the verything that gives us the
  • 00:21:07.980 --> 00:21:11.384
  • deepest sense ofregret, is the thing
  • 00:21:11.384 --> 00:21:13.553
  • God wants to use inorder to free others,
  • 00:21:13.553 --> 00:21:16.089
  • who are silent,because they're like,
  • 00:21:16.089 --> 00:21:17.790
  • oh, I can't talkabout that, I can't.
  • 00:21:17.790 --> 00:21:20.526
  • No, talk about it, becausethat is your ministry.
  • 00:21:20.526 --> 00:21:24.664
  • The very thing that you don'twant anybody to know about
  • 00:21:24.664 --> 00:21:27.066
  • is the thing that Godwants to bring to light,
  • 00:21:27.066 --> 00:21:28.901
  • because that's going to leadto people getting abundant.
  • 00:21:28.901 --> 00:21:31.104
  • - Your pain is your purpose.
  • 00:21:31.104 --> 00:21:32.972
  • - And our brokenness(soft new age music)
  • 00:21:32.972 --> 00:21:34.107
  • is a far greaterbridge to other people,
  • 00:21:34.107 --> 00:21:35.508
  • than pretend (mumbling).
  • 00:21:35.508 --> 00:21:37.043
  • - [Dee Dee] Yes, perfection.
  • 00:21:37.043 --> 00:21:38.010
  • - I'll drink to that.
  • 00:21:38.010 --> 00:21:38.978
  • (shared laughing)
  • 00:21:38.978 --> 00:21:41.814
  • I think it's a very hardthing to walk through life
  • 00:21:43.282 --> 00:21:46.452
  • carrying baggage frommistakes that you've made.
  • 00:21:46.452 --> 00:21:50.123
  • And you think, I wish Icould turn the clock back.
  • 00:21:50.123 --> 00:21:53.693
  • And, as you and Iknow, we can't do that.
  • 00:21:53.693 --> 00:21:56.562
  • Sometimes we make adecision and even though
  • 00:21:56.562 --> 00:21:59.399
  • we can experience Christ'sforgiveness for that,
  • 00:21:59.399 --> 00:22:02.068
  • there's stillripples that go on.
  • 00:22:02.068 --> 00:22:04.670
  • But what I believethe Lord wants for you
  • 00:22:04.670 --> 00:22:07.607
  • is to be able to let go.
  • 00:22:07.607 --> 00:22:10.076
  • To let go, of that baggage.
  • 00:22:11.043 --> 00:22:13.913
  • And to take up Christ's offer.
  • 00:22:13.913 --> 00:22:16.315
  • Remember the last two versesof Mathew, chapter 11,
  • 00:22:16.315 --> 00:22:19.852
  • where Jesus says, "come unto me,
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  • "all who are weary,and heavy laden,
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  • "and I will give you rest.
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  • "Take my yoke uponyou, and learn of me
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  • 'cause my yoke is easy,and my burden is light."
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  • See, that meant somethingdifferent to those
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  • who were listeningto Jesus that day.
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  • Every Jew, everydevout Jew in that day
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  • woke up under what theycalled the burden of the law.
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  • We know the big 10 commandments,but there were 613 rules
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  • to keep if you wanted tolive a life honoring to God.
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  • So everyday they wouldwake up and they're under
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  • the burden of the law.
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  • Jesus said, "no, come untome, my burden is easy,
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  • and my burden is light."
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  • Let me pray for you.
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  • Lord I wanna thank you somuch that you were willing
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  • to come and take our place,and bear our burdens,
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  • and pay for our sin.
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  • Lord, I pray right now,for the one who feels like
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  • I can't let go of this,I can't forgive myself,
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  • I've damaged notjust my own life,
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  • but the lives of others.
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  • And Lord, that'spart of this journey
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  • on this broken earth,but you are a redeemer.
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  • So I ask Lord now, thatyou would give the faith
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  • to take those burdens,that we have been dragging
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  • through our lifeand lay them down
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  • at the foot of thecross, and stand up,
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  • and not carry them anymore.
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  • Thank you that you giveus grace for a new day.
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  • And for those whoare struggling, Lord,
  • 00:23:56.616 --> 00:23:58.417
  • bring it back to our minda hundred times a day,
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  • that because of whatyou have already done,
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  • we can be free.
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  • I pray for peace, wherethere's been turmoil.
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  • You said in this world,
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  • you will have trouble,and we know that's a word
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  • for a storm.
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  • In this world you willwalk through storms.
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  • But take heart, I haveovercome the world.
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  • So I ask that youwould speak peace now,
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  • in Jesus name, amen.
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  • that it's the steppingstone to freedom.
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  • When you avoid that process,I think for a lot of us,
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  • we avoid themirror, so to speak.
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  • If Abraham created an Ishmael,and then he followed up
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  • with an Isaac, believe me,he's gonna live with that
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  • Ishmael for a long time.
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  • He had to come toterms with that.
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  • For Judas it ended in his life.
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  • And so, repentanceis a true thing,
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  • a real place, it'sa real freedom,
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  • and if you avoid that stepyou'll never encounter
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  • the true freedom thatis needed in your life
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  • when it comes to inner healing.
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