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November 11, 2016
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A Simple Guide to Walking on Water: Vulnerability

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  • [congregation applauding]
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  • Bobby Schuller: Friends, would you hold
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  • Bobby Schuller: Friends, would you hold
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  • your hands out like this as a sign of receiving
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  • your hands out like this as a sign of receiving
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  • and we're gonna say this creed together.
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  • and we're gonna say this creed together.
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  • "I'm not what I do. I'm not what I have.
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  • "I'm not what I do. I'm not what I have.
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  • I'm not what people say about me.
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  • I'm not what people say about me.
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  • I am the beloved of God. It's who I am.
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  • I am the beloved of God. It's who I am.
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  • No one can take it from me. I don't have to worry.
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  • No one can take it from me. I don't have to worry.
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  • I don't have to hurry.
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  • I don't have to hurry.
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  • I can trust my friend Jesus and share his love with the world."
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  • I can trust my friend Jesus and share his love with the world."
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  • Thanks, you can be seated.
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  • Thanks, you can be seated.
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  • And believe it, it's true. It's Orthodox.
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  • And believe it, it's true. It's Orthodox.
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  • It's biblical. We believe in grace.
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  • It's biblical. We believe in grace.
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  • Well, today, I'm gonna speak on really what I think is the theme
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  • Well, today, I'm gonna speak on really what I think is the theme
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  • of Christianity, which is that in our weakness,
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  • of Christianity, which is that in our weakness,
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  • God is made most strong.
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  • God is made most strong.
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  • I have realized in ministry that trying harder
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  • I have realized in ministry that trying harder
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  • has not made me a better pastor.
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  • has not made me a better pastor.
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  • That took me a long time to figure out.
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  • That took me a long time to figure out.
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  • Early on in ministry especially, so much of ministry was like
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  • Early on in ministry especially, so much of ministry was like
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  • swimming upstream, trying to manufacture things, trying to
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  • swimming upstream, trying to manufacture things, trying to
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  • make things happen but the more I started living with the
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  • make things happen but the more I started living with the
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  • posture of an open hand in trust and just tried to be obedient to
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  • posture of an open hand in trust and just tried to be obedient to
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  • God and really honest about who I am, when I started preaching
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  • God and really honest about who I am, when I started preaching
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  • and talking without a mask and when I stopped trying to be
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  • and talking without a mask and when I stopped trying to be
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  • different up here than I'm when I'm hanging out with you guys
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  • different up here than I'm when I'm hanging out with you guys
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  • and just Bobby all the time, when I'm just honest
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  • and just Bobby all the time, when I'm just honest
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  • and vulnerable, that's when I started to make a difference.
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  • and vulnerable, that's when I started to make a difference.
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  • So, trying harder didn't help me in ministry, letting go did.
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  • So, trying harder didn't help me in ministry, letting go did.
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  • And in marriage and in my friendships, being the tough guy
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  • And in marriage and in my friendships, being the tough guy
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  • and being the strong guy didn't make me a better husband
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  • and being the strong guy didn't make me a better husband
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  • and a better friend.
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  • and a better friend.
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  • Being the weak guy, the vulnerable guy,
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  • Being the weak guy, the vulnerable guy,
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  • the deeply seen guy did and that's still a process for me.
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  • the deeply seen guy did and that's still a process for me.
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  • So, the first thing is this, when you are weak, you are
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  • So, the first thing is this, when you are weak, you are
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  • strong because when you're vulnerable, you're actually very
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  • strong because when you're vulnerable, you're actually very
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  • brave and God uses those things to help you connect deeply
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  • brave and God uses those things to help you connect deeply
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  • with him and with others.
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  • with him and with others.
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  • The second thing that I'm gonna really say today is a quote
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  • The second thing that I'm gonna really say today is a quote
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  • from my dad, and I never-- I just love this.
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  • from my dad, and I never-- I just love this.
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  • He actually wrote a book on it.
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  • He actually wrote a book on it.
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  • When you're down to nothing, God is up to something.
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  • When you're down to nothing, God is up to something.
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  • You've heard that?
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  • You've heard that?
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  • When you're down to nothing, God is up to something.
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  • When you're down to nothing, God is up to something.
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  • That is absolutely right. What?
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  • That is absolutely right. What?
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  • Yeah, it actually says, "Bobby's dad," yeah, that's right.
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  • Yeah, it actually says, "Bobby's dad," yeah, that's right.
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  • Guess who puts these slides together.
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  • Guess who puts these slides together.
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  • I do. Well, no, let me say that again.
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  • I do. Well, no, let me say that again.
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  • Guess who puts these slides together.
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  • Guess who puts these slides together.
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  • Hilary does when I email her on Saturday night.
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  • Hilary does when I email her on Saturday night.
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  • No, but I tell her.
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  • No, but I tell her.
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  • Anyway, yeah, when you're down to nothing,
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  • Anyway, yeah, when you're down to nothing,
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  • God is up to something. This is so true.
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  • God is up to something. This is so true.
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  • There's this bizarre sort of roller coaster thing in life
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  • There's this bizarre sort of roller coaster thing in life
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  • that Christians, when we are in the valley looking at the
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  • that Christians, when we are in the valley looking at the
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  • mountain, that is exactly where we are going.
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  • mountain, that is exactly where we are going.
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  • I want you to know, no matter how deep you are down in a hole,
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  • I want you to know, no matter how deep you are down in a hole,
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  • God is up to something in your life and I want you to know
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  • God is up to something in your life and I want you to know
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  • if you respond with faith, good things are gonna happen.
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  • if you respond with faith, good things are gonna happen.
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  • In 2 Corinthians, Paul is writing to the church
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  • In 2 Corinthians, Paul is writing to the church
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  • and he starts talking about this thorn.
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  • and he starts talking about this thorn.
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  • And one of the things I love about Paul,
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  • And one of the things I love about Paul,
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  • Paul is very direct, sometimes broodish in his writing,
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  • Paul is very direct, sometimes broodish in his writing,
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  • but he's just him.
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  • but he's just him.
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  • He's just very raw.
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  • He's just very raw.
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  • He's just like very much, "This is me.
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  • He's just like very much, "This is me.
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  • This is who I am, deal with it."
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  • This is who I am, deal with it."
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  • Paul is a young man, was a Pharisee and a rabbi and so Paul
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  • Paul is a young man, was a Pharisee and a rabbi and so Paul
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  • came from a new culture of rabbis where everything was
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  • came from a new culture of rabbis where everything was
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  • hedged and it was all about, not only perfection, but perfection
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  • hedged and it was all about, not only perfection, but perfection
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  • and protecting your protection.
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  • and protecting your protection.
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  • So, it was like, you know, perfection to the law was like,
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  • So, it was like, you know, perfection to the law was like,
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  • honor the Sabbath but perfection of perfection was don't spit,
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  • honor the Sabbath but perfection of perfection was don't spit,
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  • just in case you might be breaking the Sabbath.
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  • just in case you might be breaking the Sabbath.
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  • So, they had layers and layers of stuff they had to do
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  • So, they had layers and layers of stuff they had to do
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  • and I know people and I know religion.
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  • and I know people and I know religion.
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  • And can I just tell you?
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  • And can I just tell you?
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  • I know the environment Paul was in as a young man.
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  • I know the environment Paul was in as a young man.
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  • He was an idealistic young guy.
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  • He was an idealistic young guy.
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  • He believed the old guys actually were perfect and then
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  • He believed the old guys actually were perfect and then
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  • he didn't recognize that probably a lot of those guys he
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  • he didn't recognize that probably a lot of those guys he
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  • thought were perfect were just really good at hiding things.
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  • thought were perfect were just really good at hiding things.
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  • And so, Paul was in this world of legalism.
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  • And so, Paul was in this world of legalism.
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  • "I have to be perfect."
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  • "I have to be perfect."
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  • If you're in the kingdom of God when you do everything perfect
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  • If you're in the kingdom of God when you do everything perfect
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  • and you're out when you mess up.
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  • and you're out when you mess up.
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  • He moved from that to an actual real encounter with the
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  • He moved from that to an actual real encounter with the
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  • resurrected Jesus Christ where his life was completely
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  • resurrected Jesus Christ where his life was completely
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  • transformed and the first book Paul writes, Galatians,
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  • transformed and the first book Paul writes, Galatians,
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  • as a young guy is just smothered in grace.
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  • as a young guy is just smothered in grace.
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  • It's just, "God is so gracious, and all of my good works are
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  • It's just, "God is so gracious, and all of my good works are
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  • just junk compared to the glory in Christ Jesus."
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  • just junk compared to the glory in Christ Jesus."
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  • And it just goes on and on about how awesome and amazing
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  • And it just goes on and on about how awesome and amazing
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  • the love and the grace of God is for messed-up,
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  • the love and the grace of God is for messed-up,
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  • broken sinners like me, Paul.
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  • broken sinners like me, Paul.
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  • He moved from a world of perfection and management,
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  • He moved from a world of perfection and management,
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  • sin management, to a world of grace.
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  • sin management, to a world of grace.
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  • And can I just remind you?
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  • And can I just remind you?
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  • And I want to say this every time, grace doesn't mean mercy.
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  • And I want to say this every time, grace doesn't mean mercy.
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  • Grace is merciful, but grace is an overflow
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  • Grace is merciful, but grace is an overflow
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  • of God's very person.
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  • of God's very person.
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  • It's an overflow of his love and favor for you.
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  • It's an overflow of his love and favor for you.
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  • It's akin to in Greek, charis, it's where we get Eucharist
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  • It's akin to in Greek, charis, it's where we get Eucharist
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  • from, to be thankful.
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  • from, to be thankful.
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  • There's this sort of gratitude and joy.
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  • There's this sort of gratitude and joy.
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  • Can I ask you a question?
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  • Can I ask you a question?
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  • And this is a real question, do you think God
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  • And this is a real question, do you think God
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  • is thankful for you?
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  • is thankful for you?
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  • That's what it reads in Greek. It reads like that.
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  • That's what it reads in Greek. It reads like that.
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  • Charis, grace is like thankfulness.
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  • Charis, grace is like thankfulness.
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  • I think there's something akin to that in the feeling God
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  • I think there's something akin to that in the feeling God
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  • has for his children, for you and for me
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  • has for his children, for you and for me
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  • and that's very good news.
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  • and that's very good news.
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  • Did you know when Jesus was baptized,
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  • Did you know when Jesus was baptized,
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  • he was experiencing God's grace?
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  • he was experiencing God's grace?
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  • He was just sinless, right?
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  • He was just sinless, right?
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  • He wasn't experiencing God's mercy.
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  • He wasn't experiencing God's mercy.
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  • He didn't need mercy.
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  • He didn't need mercy.
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  • He was experiencing an overflow of God's love and power.
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  • He was experiencing an overflow of God's love and power.
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  • When God, "This is my beloved Son in whom I'm well pleased."
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  • When God, "This is my beloved Son in whom I'm well pleased."
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  • Can I tell you that's what God says every year?
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  • Can I tell you that's what God says every year?
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  • You are God's beloved son.
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  • You are God's beloved son.
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  • You are God's beloved daughter and he's pleased with you,
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  • You are God's beloved daughter and he's pleased with you,
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  • he's pleased with you.
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  • he's pleased with you.
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  • I'm pleased with my children, even though they've never done
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  • I'm pleased with my children, even though they've never done
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  • anything really that great.
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  • anything really that great.
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  • They're 4 and 6, you know?
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  • They're 4 and 6, you know?
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  • They've done some, you know, they've done some drawings and
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  • They've done some, you know, they've done some drawings and
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  • they've done this and that but I'm so--I take pleasure in them.
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  • they've done this and that but I'm so--I take pleasure in them.
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  • I'm so pleased in them, but not because of what they do, right?
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  • I'm so pleased in them, but not because of what they do, right?
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  • All right, so Paul moved in this world of grace.
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  • All right, so Paul moved in this world of grace.
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  • And so he says, "I've got this thorn.
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  • And so he says, "I've got this thorn.
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  • I've got this thorn and it's been driving me crazy,
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  • I've got this thorn and it's been driving me crazy,
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  • and I pleaded with God three times,
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  • and I pleaded with God three times,
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  • take this thorn from me."
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  • take this thorn from me."
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  • And you know what God's response was?
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  • And you know what God's response was?
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  • "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect
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  • "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect
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  • in your weakness."
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  • in your weakness."
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  • Real quick on this thorn thing, theologians for a long time,
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  • Real quick on this thorn thing, theologians for a long time,
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  • you know, theorized about what this thorn is.
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  • you know, theorized about what this thorn is.
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  • It can be a sin in Paul's life, some sin he hasn't been able
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  • It can be a sin in Paul's life, some sin he hasn't been able
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  • to defeat or whatever.
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  • to defeat or whatever.
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  • It could be a, you know, some kind of physical ailment.
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  • It could be a, you know, some kind of physical ailment.
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  • It could be a person but everybody agrees on one thing,
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  • It could be a person but everybody agrees on one thing,
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  • it's a good thing he didn't say what it was
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  • it's a good thing he didn't say what it was
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  • because all of us have thorns, you know?
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  • because all of us have thorns, you know?
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  • And he says, and even though he doesn't say it in the passage,
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  • And he says, and even though he doesn't say it in the passage,
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  • "I boast about my thorn.
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  • "I boast about my thorn.
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  • I tell people about my thorn because in my weakness,
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  • I tell people about my thorn because in my weakness,
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  • I am made strong."
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  • I am made strong."
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  • He actually says, "I am made strong.
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  • He actually says, "I am made strong.
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  • When I talk about my thorn, when I talk about this,
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  • When I talk about my thorn, when I talk about this,
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  • whatever it is, sin or this person,
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  • whatever it is, sin or this person,
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  • or this sickness, or this whatever,
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  • or this sickness, or this whatever,
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  • when I talk about it, I'm made strong."
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  • when I talk about it, I'm made strong."
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  • He said, "I delight in my weakness.
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  • He said, "I delight in my weakness.
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  • I delight in insult. I delight in hardships.
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  • I delight in insult. I delight in hardships.
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  • I delight in persecution for when I am weak, I am strong."
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  • I delight in persecution for when I am weak, I am strong."
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  • And I think there's something so about that for a especially
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  • And I think there's something so about that for a especially
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  • religious people that we are done trying
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  • religious people that we are done trying
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  • to prove ourselves to others.
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  • to prove ourselves to others.
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  • We are done hiding. We're done wearing masks.
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  • We are done hiding. We're done wearing masks.
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  • It's time to be honest and vulnerable,
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  • It's time to be honest and vulnerable,
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  • that we actually are human beings,
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  • that we actually are human beings,
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  • that we actually do make mistakes,
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  • that we actually do make mistakes,
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  • we actually do need help.
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  • we actually do need help.
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  • That's a very strong thing to do, that's not a weak thing.
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  • That's a very strong thing to do, that's not a weak thing.
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  • It takes courage to talk about your thorns.
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  • It takes courage to talk about your thorns.
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  • That's not weak.
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  • That's not weak.
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  • That's very hard and very scary to do.
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  • That's very hard and very scary to do.
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  • That's not what the world teaches us.
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  • That's not what the world teaches us.
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  • The world teaches us, put your best foot forward.
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  • The world teaches us, put your best foot forward.
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  • Show all your strengths, exaggerate your strengths
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  • Show all your strengths, exaggerate your strengths
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  • and hide all your weaknesses but in the kingdom of God,
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  • and hide all your weaknesses but in the kingdom of God,
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  • things are upside down.
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  • things are upside down.
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  • That's not what you do in the kingdom of God.
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  • That's not what you do in the kingdom of God.
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  • You talk about your weaknesses.
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  • You talk about your weaknesses.
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  • You show them first to God and then to people who love you.
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  • You show them first to God and then to people who love you.
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  • You don't have to show them to everybody.
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  • You don't have to show them to everybody.
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  • Everybody hasn't earned the right to see your weaknesses but
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  • Everybody hasn't earned the right to see your weaknesses but
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  • you show it to the people that love you, people that believe in
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  • you show it to the people that love you, people that believe in
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  • you, you show it to God and you say, "This is,
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  • you, you show it to God and you say, "This is,
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  • these are my struggles," and it takes faith to do that.
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  • these are my struggles," and it takes faith to do that.
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  • You know, I just so believe that one of the most toxic things
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  • You know, I just so believe that one of the most toxic things
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  • for Christians is hiding and pretending and that's been
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  • for Christians is hiding and pretending and that's been
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  • one of the worst things that's been damaging in our message
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  • one of the worst things that's been damaging in our message
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  • to society is hypocrisy, hidden people.
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  • to society is hypocrisy, hidden people.
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  • Hypocrisy literally means actors, those who wear costumes.
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  • Hypocrisy literally means actors, those who wear costumes.
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  • I didn't realize it but, you know, my life is--
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  • I didn't realize it but, you know, my life is--
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  • everybody's life has been hard.
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  • everybody's life has been hard.
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  • My life has been hard, too, actually.
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  • My life has been hard, too, actually.
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  • And I know people say,
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  • And I know people say,
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  • "Well, you had a rich and famous grandpa."
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  • "Well, you had a rich and famous grandpa."
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  • That's true.
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  • That's true.
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  • Can I tell you that doesn't make your life easier?
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  • Can I tell you that doesn't make your life easier?
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  • You know, my parents are both amazing parents.
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  • You know, my parents are both amazing parents.
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  • My stepparents are great stepparents but there's
  • 00:10:06.130 --> 00:10:06.140
  • My stepparents are great stepparents but there's
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  • something that happens to a kid with divorce and moving a lot.
  • 00:10:09.040 --> 00:10:09.050
  • something that happens to a kid with divorce and moving a lot.
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  • When I was young, I was very tenderhearted.
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  • When I was young, I was very tenderhearted.
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  • I was bullied a lot and when I started playing sports
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  • I was bullied a lot and when I started playing sports
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  • and I got a little bigger and a little stronger,
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  • and I got a little bigger and a little stronger,
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  • I became the tough guy.
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  • I became the tough guy.
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  • And when I was a kid, I felt deeply for people.
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  • And when I was a kid, I felt deeply for people.
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  • I really loved people and I would cry
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  • I really loved people and I would cry
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  • when I saw somebody hurting.
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  • when I saw somebody hurting.
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  • And I would love to hug people and love to tell just about
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  • And I would love to hug people and love to tell just about
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  • everybody, "I love you," and that was my true self.
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  • everybody, "I love you," and that was my true self.
  • 00:10:43.030 --> 00:10:47.070
  • But through the woundedness and hardship of my life, I learned
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  • But through the woundedness and hardship of my life, I learned
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  • that it's much safer to be the warrior, to be strong,
  • 00:10:51.140 --> 00:10:51.150
  • that it's much safer to be the warrior, to be strong,
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  • and to put on armor, and to not let anybody in.
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  • and to put on armor, and to not let anybody in.
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  • And something happened to my soul that I became calloused
  • 00:10:59.160 --> 00:10:59.170
  • And something happened to my soul that I became calloused
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  • and hardened even to my faith with God to the point where
  • 00:11:04.140 --> 00:11:04.150
  • and hardened even to my faith with God to the point where
  • 00:11:04.150 --> 00:11:10.000
  • it was hard to feel emotionally.
  • 00:11:10.000 --> 00:11:10.010
  • it was hard to feel emotionally.
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  • I remember when someone very dear to me, this is the first
  • 00:11:14.080 --> 00:11:14.090
  • I remember when someone very dear to me, this is the first
  • 00:11:14.090 --> 00:11:18.080
  • time I noticed my numbness.
  • 00:11:18.080 --> 00:11:18.090
  • time I noticed my numbness.
  • 00:11:18.090 --> 00:11:20.250
  • Someone very close to me was on the brink of death, someone I
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  • Someone very close to me was on the brink of death, someone I
  • 00:11:20.260 --> 00:11:24.150
  • loved dearly and in my head I was like, this is one of the
  • 00:11:24.150 --> 00:11:24.160
  • loved dearly and in my head I was like, this is one of the
  • 00:11:24.160 --> 00:11:28.110
  • people I'm closest to but I don't feel anything in here.
  • 00:11:28.110 --> 00:11:28.120
  • people I'm closest to but I don't feel anything in here.
  • 00:11:28.120 --> 00:11:31.270
  • And I knew something was wrong but I didn't know
  • 00:11:31.270 --> 00:11:31.280
  • And I knew something was wrong but I didn't know
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  • anything about it.
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  • anything about it.
  • 00:11:34.170 --> 00:11:36.090
  • Ten years ago, I met with Bill Gaultiere who was
  • 00:11:36.090 --> 00:11:36.100
  • Ten years ago, I met with Bill Gaultiere who was
  • 00:11:36.100 --> 00:11:41.070
  • a co-worker at the Crystal Cathedral
  • 00:11:41.070 --> 00:11:41.080
  • a co-worker at the Crystal Cathedral
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  • and happened to also be a licensed therapist
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  • and happened to also be a licensed therapist
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  • and a pastor to pastors.
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  • and a pastor to pastors.
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  • And I only recognize now he was totally planning on doing this.
  • 00:11:48.100 --> 00:11:48.110
  • And I only recognize now he was totally planning on doing this.
  • 00:11:48.110 --> 00:11:50.170
  • But we just started hanging out, and getting coffee, and praying
  • 00:11:50.170 --> 00:11:50.180
  • But we just started hanging out, and getting coffee, and praying
  • 00:11:50.180 --> 00:11:53.040
  • together, and being pastors together but I didn't realize
  • 00:11:53.040 --> 00:11:53.050
  • together, and being pastors together but I didn't realize
  • 00:11:53.050 --> 00:11:55.160
  • for years and years I was actually getting therapy.
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  • for years and years I was actually getting therapy.
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  • He tricked me into therapy.
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  • He tricked me into therapy.
  • 00:11:58.160 --> 00:12:04.080
  • And all he was doing was teaching me to talk about the
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  • And all he was doing was teaching me to talk about the
  • 00:12:04.090 --> 00:12:10.270
  • challenges of life, my stressful day, my wounds, what it felt
  • 00:12:10.270 --> 00:12:10.280
  • challenges of life, my stressful day, my wounds, what it felt
  • 00:12:10.280 --> 00:12:14.090
  • like to have somebody insult me, or disrespect me,
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  • like to have somebody insult me, or disrespect me,
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  • or to get my heart broken.
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  • or to get my heart broken.
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  • And I remember I started talking to him intentionally about this
  • 00:12:19.140 --> 00:12:19.150
  • And I remember I started talking to him intentionally about this
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  • because I've always been a little bit
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  • because I've always been a little bit
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  • of an obsessive guy.
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  • of an obsessive guy.
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  • When I get something I'm into, I get really into it.
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  • When I get something I'm into, I get really into it.
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  • At the time there was this totally innocent hobby
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  • At the time there was this totally innocent hobby
  • 00:12:29.110 --> 00:12:33.010
  • and it had just completely consumed my life,
  • 00:12:33.010 --> 00:12:33.020
  • and it had just completely consumed my life,
  • 00:12:33.020 --> 00:12:36.140
  • and I was talking to him about this.
  • 00:12:36.140 --> 00:12:36.150
  • and I was talking to him about this.
  • 00:12:36.150 --> 00:12:38.020
  • I was like, "You know, all I can think about is this thing,
  • 00:12:38.020 --> 00:12:38.030
  • I was like, "You know, all I can think about is this thing,
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  • and I feel like it's hurting my friendships, and my marriage,
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  • and I feel like it's hurting my friendships, and my marriage,
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  • and my church," and that was sort of the beginning.
  • 00:12:42.240 --> 00:12:42.250
  • and my church," and that was sort of the beginning.
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  • So, this went on of me learning to be open and honest with Bill
  • 00:12:45.230 --> 00:12:45.240
  • So, this went on of me learning to be open and honest with Bill
  • 00:12:45.240 --> 00:12:49.290
  • and he started teaching me how to do that with Hannah
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  • and he started teaching me how to do that with Hannah
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  • and with my friends.
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  • and with my friends.
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  • And it took years but then it was like my emotional life,
  • 00:12:54.100 --> 00:12:54.110
  • And it took years but then it was like my emotional life,
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  • that kid that had become calloused and tough started
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  • that kid that had become calloused and tough started
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  • to come back to life.
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  • to come back to life.
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  • It was like have you ever fallen asleep on your arm and you wake
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  • It was like have you ever fallen asleep on your arm and you wake
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  • up and it's just, you could like cut your arm off
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  • up and it's just, you could like cut your arm off
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  • and it wouldn't even hurt, you know?
  • 00:13:07.240 --> 00:13:07.250
  • and it wouldn't even hurt, you know?
  • 00:13:07.250 --> 00:13:10.080
  • But you start to rub it and it actually is painful at first.
  • 00:13:10.080 --> 00:13:10.090
  • But you start to rub it and it actually is painful at first.
  • 00:13:10.090 --> 00:13:12.290
  • It tingles and it really hurts.
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  • It tingles and it really hurts.
  • 00:13:13.000 --> 00:13:16.090
  • That's what coming to life emotionally was like for me
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  • That's what coming to life emotionally was like for me
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  • and it happened because I started being vulnerable,
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  • and it happened because I started being vulnerable,
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  • honest, and receiving empathy from people who love me.
  • 00:13:22.220 --> 00:13:22.230
  • honest, and receiving empathy from people who love me.
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  • It's time that we get more vulnerable.
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  • It's time that we get more vulnerable.
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  • It's time to start opening up and become more vulnerable.
  • 00:13:29.160 --> 00:13:29.170
  • It's time to start opening up and become more vulnerable.
  • 00:13:29.170 --> 00:13:32.160
  • And then this came to a head.
  • 00:13:32.160 --> 00:13:32.170
  • And then this came to a head.
  • 00:13:32.170 --> 00:13:34.170
  • So, I got to a place where I never cried, ever.
  • 00:13:34.170 --> 00:13:34.180
  • So, I got to a place where I never cried, ever.
  • 00:13:34.180 --> 00:13:38.080
  • And I started feeling my emotions again
  • 00:13:38.080 --> 00:13:38.090
  • And I started feeling my emotions again
  • 00:13:38.090 --> 00:13:41.000
  • and then it was the week my Grandma Schuller died.
  • 00:13:41.000 --> 00:13:41.010
  • and then it was the week my Grandma Schuller died.
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  • I went to Holland and I was preaching to 4.000 people
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  • I went to Holland and I was preaching to 4.000 people
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  • in a cathedral who had come from all around the country
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  • in a cathedral who had come from all around the country
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  • to see me.
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  • to see me.
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  • And I was having this great sermon, you know,
  • 00:13:54.280 --> 00:13:54.290
  • And I was having this great sermon, you know,
  • 00:13:54.290 --> 00:13:56.250
  • it was so good, and it was funny, and everybody, you know,
  • 00:13:56.250 --> 00:13:56.260
  • it was so good, and it was funny, and everybody, you know,
  • 00:13:56.260 --> 00:13:59.160
  • I mean everybody was into it, you know?
  • 00:13:59.160 --> 00:13:59.170
  • I mean everybody was into it, you know?
  • 00:13:59.170 --> 00:14:01.290
  • And I started telling this story about my Grandma Schuller
  • 00:14:01.290 --> 00:14:02.000
  • And I started telling this story about my Grandma Schuller
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  • when she was in her twenties and was pregnant.
  • 00:14:06.080 --> 00:14:06.090
  • when she was in her twenties and was pregnant.
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  • And I pictured my sister Christina,
  • 00:14:09.040 --> 00:14:09.050
  • And I pictured my sister Christina,
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  • who at the time was pregnant, and something about that image,
  • 00:14:11.120 --> 00:14:11.130
  • who at the time was pregnant, and something about that image,
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  • the death of my grandma but picturing her as a pregnant
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  • the death of my grandma but picturing her as a pregnant
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  • young woman just locked me up.
  • 00:14:17.240 --> 00:14:17.250
  • young woman just locked me up.
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  • I completely forgot about what I was talking about
  • 00:14:21.230 --> 00:14:21.240
  • I completely forgot about what I was talking about
  • 00:14:21.240 --> 00:14:24.250
  • and I began to weep on stage and couldn't stop.
  • 00:14:24.250 --> 00:14:24.260
  • and I began to weep on stage and couldn't stop.
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  • I literally had to step away for about 5 minutes just weeping.
  • 00:14:29.220 --> 00:14:29.230
  • I literally had to step away for about 5 minutes just weeping.
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  • I think that was a very good thing but a lot of people there
  • 00:14:36.170 --> 00:14:36.180
  • I think that was a very good thing but a lot of people there
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  • probably didn't understand why I was weeping, I mean.
  • 00:14:40.250 --> 00:14:40.260
  • probably didn't understand why I was weeping, I mean.
  • 00:14:40.260 --> 00:14:44.110
  • And then but even as I started coming, I remember this was not
  • 00:14:44.110 --> 00:14:44.120
  • And then but even as I started coming, I remember this was not
  • 00:14:44.120 --> 00:14:47.000
  • long ago, 2 years ago maybe, I was telling some other story
  • 00:14:47.000 --> 00:14:47.010
  • long ago, 2 years ago maybe, I was telling some other story
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  • here in the second service and I began weeping again.
  • 00:14:50.110 --> 00:14:50.120
  • here in the second service and I began weeping again.
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  • And I was saying stuff like, "Oh, I'm sorry.
  • 00:14:54.160 --> 00:14:54.170
  • And I was saying stuff like, "Oh, I'm sorry.
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  • Oh, I never weep. I don't cry.
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  • Oh, I never weep. I don't cry.
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  • I don't do this."
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  • I don't do this."
  • 00:14:58.130 --> 00:14:59.280
  • And actually Chad pulled me aside he's like,
  • 00:14:59.280 --> 00:14:59.290
  • And actually Chad pulled me aside he's like,
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  • "Don't do that."
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  • "Don't do that."
  • 00:15:01.250 --> 00:15:03.040
  • He's like, "If you're weeping, just weep,
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  • He's like, "If you're weeping, just weep,
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  • just own it, you know?"
  • 00:15:04.200 --> 00:15:04.210
  • just own it, you know?"
  • 00:15:04.210 --> 00:15:06.060
  • I was like, "You're right."
  • 00:15:06.060 --> 00:15:06.070
  • I was like, "You're right."
  • 00:15:06.070 --> 00:15:07.220
  • So, this is not a finished testimony.
  • 00:15:07.220 --> 00:15:07.230
  • So, this is not a finished testimony.
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  • This is a thing I'm in right now, that I'm recognized
  • 00:15:09.050 --> 00:15:09.060
  • This is a thing I'm in right now, that I'm recognized
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  • as a leader, and a husband, and a dad, and all of these things
  • 00:15:14.010 --> 00:15:14.020
  • as a leader, and a husband, and a dad, and all of these things
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  • that those have nothing to do with being vulnerable
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  • that those have nothing to do with being vulnerable
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  • and with being honest.
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  • and with being honest.
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  • I had to learn to be vulnerable about my pains and my wounds,
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  • I had to learn to be vulnerable about my pains and my wounds,
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  • and I had to do it with loving people
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  • and I had to do it with loving people
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  • and I had to receive empathy, and you do too.
  • 00:15:30.240 --> 00:15:30.250
  • and I had to receive empathy, and you do too.
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  • When you're vulnerable with the people you love,
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  • When you're vulnerable with the people you love,
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  • it is not weakness, it's a strength.
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  • it is not weakness, it's a strength.
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  • That's why you're strong when you're weak.
  • 00:15:41.080 --> 00:15:41.090
  • That's why you're strong when you're weak.
  • 00:15:41.090 --> 00:15:43.190
  • That's why being honest when you're insulted and being honest
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  • That's why being honest when you're insulted and being honest
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  • about your hardships, being honest about when people
  • 00:15:48.170 --> 00:15:48.180
  • about your hardships, being honest about when people
  • 00:15:48.180 --> 00:15:50.280
  • persecute you or harm you, or disrespect you, and receiving
  • 00:15:50.280 --> 00:15:50.290
  • persecute you or harm you, or disrespect you, and receiving
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  • love, and compassion, and empathy from people, it's gonna
  • 00:15:55.010 --> 00:15:55.020
  • love, and compassion, and empathy from people, it's gonna
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  • change your life because you create space for the Holy Spirit
  • 00:15:57.130 --> 00:15:57.140
  • change your life because you create space for the Holy Spirit
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  • to enter in and go to work on those things.
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  • to enter in and go to work on those things.
  • 00:16:01.040 --> 00:16:03.180
  • And it brings you to life emotionally.
  • 00:16:03.180 --> 00:16:03.190
  • And it brings you to life emotionally.
  • 00:16:03.190 --> 00:16:05.150
  • And almost more importantly, it allows you to become that person
  • 00:16:05.150 --> 00:16:05.160
  • And almost more importantly, it allows you to become that person
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  • who feels what other people are feeling and that's hard
  • 00:16:09.200 --> 00:16:09.210
  • who feels what other people are feeling and that's hard
  • 00:16:09.210 --> 00:16:14.020
  • sometimes to--many of you are very good at this and you feel
  • 00:16:14.020 --> 00:16:14.030
  • sometimes to--many of you are very good at this and you feel
  • 00:16:14.030 --> 00:16:18.200
  • it as like a burden, like, I always feel the hardships
  • 00:16:18.200 --> 00:16:18.210
  • it as like a burden, like, I always feel the hardships
  • 00:16:18.210 --> 00:16:22.040
  • of other people.
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  • of other people.
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  • That's a good thing.
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  • That's a good thing.
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  • Compassion literally means to suffer with,
  • 00:16:24.240 --> 00:16:24.250
  • Compassion literally means to suffer with,
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  • when you suffer with others.
  • 00:16:28.140 --> 00:16:28.150
  • when you suffer with others.
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  • It's not suffering that's the worst, it's suffering alone
  • 00:16:30.180 --> 00:16:30.190
  • It's not suffering that's the worst, it's suffering alone
  • 00:16:30.190 --> 00:16:33.000
  • that's the worst.
  • 00:16:33.000 --> 00:16:33.010
  • that's the worst.
  • 00:16:33.010 --> 00:16:34.100
  • And compassion says, "You will not suffer alone.
  • 00:16:34.100 --> 00:16:34.110
  • And compassion says, "You will not suffer alone.
  • 00:16:34.110 --> 00:16:37.030
  • I am with you and you will get through this."
  • 00:16:37.030 --> 00:16:37.040
  • I am with you and you will get through this."
  • 00:16:37.040 --> 00:16:39.280
  • And I have that for you.
  • 00:16:39.280 --> 00:16:39.290
  • And I have that for you.
  • 00:16:39.290 --> 00:16:41.080
  • If you're down to nothing, God is up to something.
  • 00:16:41.080 --> 00:16:41.090
  • If you're down to nothing, God is up to something.
  • 00:16:41.090 --> 00:16:45.010
  • You don't have to hide your failures.
  • 00:16:45.010 --> 00:16:45.020
  • You don't have to hide your failures.
  • 00:16:45.020 --> 00:16:46.270
  • You don't have to be, pretend to be more successful than you are.
  • 00:16:46.270 --> 00:16:46.280
  • You don't have to be, pretend to be more successful than you are.
  • 00:16:46.280 --> 00:16:49.120
  • You don't have to pretend to be holier than you are.
  • 00:16:49.120 --> 00:16:49.130
  • You don't have to pretend to be holier than you are.
  • 00:16:49.130 --> 00:16:50.230
  • You don't have to pretend to be a perfect parent or a perfect
  • 00:16:50.230 --> 00:16:50.240
  • You don't have to pretend to be a perfect parent or a perfect
  • 00:16:50.240 --> 00:16:55.040
  • grandparent or if you're in ministry, you don't have to
  • 00:16:55.040 --> 00:16:55.050
  • grandparent or if you're in ministry, you don't have to
  • 00:16:55.050 --> 00:16:57.130
  • pretend to be a perfect pastor, or teacher, or whatever it is.
  • 00:16:57.130 --> 00:16:57.140
  • pretend to be a perfect pastor, or teacher, or whatever it is.
  • 00:16:57.140 --> 00:17:00.240
  • You don't have to pretend anymore.
  • 00:17:00.240 --> 00:17:00.250
  • You don't have to pretend anymore.
  • 00:17:00.250 --> 00:17:02.230
  • You can be you and you are loved and God's proud of you
  • 00:17:02.230 --> 00:17:02.240
  • You can be you and you are loved and God's proud of you
  • 00:17:02.240 --> 00:17:07.140
  • and I'm proud of you.
  • 00:17:07.140 --> 00:17:07.150
  • and I'm proud of you.
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  • I am.
  • 00:17:08.260 --> 00:17:08.270
  • I am.
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  • Living in God's strength means that we move from shame to joy,
  • 00:17:10.170 --> 00:17:10.180
  • Living in God's strength means that we move from shame to joy,
  • 00:17:10.180 --> 00:17:18.010
  • joy in the fact that some of these things, they just are what
  • 00:17:18.010 --> 00:17:18.020
  • joy in the fact that some of these things, they just are what
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  • they are and we can trust that God is going to work in them.
  • 00:17:22.190 --> 00:17:22.200
  • they are and we can trust that God is going to work in them.
  • 00:17:22.200 --> 00:17:28.260
  • Brene Brown, she did this study of like,
  • 00:17:28.260 --> 00:17:28.270
  • Brene Brown, she did this study of like,
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  • how do people connect deeply?
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  • how do people connect deeply?
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  • And she found that the greatest thing that keeps people from
  • 00:17:34.190 --> 00:17:34.200
  • And she found that the greatest thing that keeps people from
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  • connecting deeply with one another, the greatest human need
  • 00:17:37.040 --> 00:17:37.050
  • connecting deeply with one another, the greatest human need
  • 00:17:37.050 --> 00:17:40.010
  • to connect with others deeply was shame.
  • 00:17:40.010 --> 00:17:40.020
  • to connect with others deeply was shame.
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  • This thing shame is the main thing that gets between us in
  • 00:17:43.240 --> 00:17:43.250
  • This thing shame is the main thing that gets between us in
  • 00:17:43.250 --> 00:17:47.120
  • connecting with God and with others and that is the thing.
  • 00:17:47.120 --> 00:17:47.130
  • connecting with God and with others and that is the thing.
  • 00:17:47.130 --> 00:17:51.120
  • Sin and shame is the main thing that Jesus came
  • 00:17:51.120 --> 00:17:51.130
  • Sin and shame is the main thing that Jesus came
  • 00:17:51.130 --> 00:17:53.270
  • to remove from our lives.
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  • to remove from our lives.
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  • In fact, when you see Jesus on the cross, what we often
  • 00:17:56.120 --> 00:17:56.130
  • In fact, when you see Jesus on the cross, what we often
  • 00:17:56.130 --> 00:18:00.200
  • don't show with Jesus on the cross is the shame.
  • 00:18:00.200 --> 00:18:00.210
  • don't show with Jesus on the cross is the shame.
  • 00:18:00.210 --> 00:18:03.120
  • We show the woundedness and we show the pain
  • 00:18:03.120 --> 00:18:03.130
  • We show the woundedness and we show the pain
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  • but Jesus was crucified naked.
  • 00:18:05.110 --> 00:18:05.120
  • but Jesus was crucified naked.
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  • There was no loin cloth. He was seen.
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  • There was no loin cloth. He was seen.
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  • He was beaten.
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  • He was beaten.
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  • He was treated like a pig, like an animal,
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  • He was treated like a pig, like an animal,
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  • and hung naked on a cross.
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  • and hung naked on a cross.
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  • And it's so important because the Savior of the world
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  • And it's so important because the Savior of the world
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  • took our shame.
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  • took our shame.
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  • He was shamed that we could receive glory
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  • He was shamed that we could receive glory
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  • in belonging with the Father.
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  • in belonging with the Father.
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  • You belong. You are loved.
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  • You belong. You are loved.
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  • You don't need to feel shame. Feel hope.
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  • You don't need to feel shame. Feel hope.
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  • Feel hope that whatever it is you're facing,
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  • Feel hope that whatever it is you're facing,
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  • God is going to carry you through.
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  • God is going to carry you through.
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  • Can I get an amen?
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  • Can I get an amen?
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  • Don't feel shame about your failures.
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  • Don't feel shame about your failures.
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  • Brene Brown said, "If you can create a petri dish for shame
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  • Brene Brown said, "If you can create a petri dish for shame
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  • it would be silence, secrecy, and judgment."
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  • it would be silence, secrecy, and judgment."
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  • I think there are three movements that have to be done
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  • I think there are three movements that have to be done
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  • by faith in order that we can live in strength in the midst
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  • by faith in order that we can live in strength in the midst
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  • of our loss and weakness.
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  • of our loss and weakness.
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  • So, the first movement is to move from silence to honesty.
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  • So, the first movement is to move from silence to honesty.
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  • I have no problem telling it like it is, that is something
  • 00:19:06.280 --> 00:19:06.290
  • I have no problem telling it like it is, that is something
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  • I need to go the other way.
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  • I need to go the other way.
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  • But my wife, Hannah, my wife, Hannah, never gets angry,
  • 00:19:16.130 --> 00:19:16.140
  • But my wife, Hannah, my wife, Hannah, never gets angry,
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  • almost never raises her voice.
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  • almost never raises her voice.
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  • She is an absolute peacemaker and that was--we talked,
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  • She is an absolute peacemaker and that was--we talked,
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  • she said this is okay to say this if you're feeling nervous.
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  • she said this is okay to say this if you're feeling nervous.
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  • So, Hannah is learning to feel angry.
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  • So, Hannah is learning to feel angry.
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  • That's a good thing for someone like Hannah
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  • That's a good thing for someone like Hannah
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  • because psychologists actually say shame is
  • 00:19:46.280 --> 00:19:46.290
  • because psychologists actually say shame is
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  • when anger is pointed inward, when you're angry at yourself.
  • 00:19:51.080 --> 00:19:51.090
  • when anger is pointed inward, when you're angry at yourself.
  • 00:19:51.090 --> 00:19:55.000
  • So, if you never feel angry and you're constantly saying you're
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  • So, if you never feel angry and you're constantly saying you're
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  • sorry even though you didn't do anything,
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  • sorry even though you didn't do anything,
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  • you're probably someone who struggles with shame.
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  • you're probably someone who struggles with shame.
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  • But don't feel shame about struggling with shame.
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  • But don't feel shame about struggling with shame.
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  • Hannah, this is the cutest thing ever.
  • 00:20:07.140 --> 00:20:07.150
  • Hannah, this is the cutest thing ever.
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  • Can I say it's cute? I don't mean that condescending.
  • 00:20:09.030 --> 00:20:09.040
  • Can I say it's cute? I don't mean that condescending.
  • 00:20:09.040 --> 00:20:12.090
  • Hannah just started saying like when somebody would bump into
  • 00:20:12.090 --> 00:20:12.100
  • Hannah just started saying like when somebody would bump into
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  • her and not apologize or cut in line, she wouldn't say it
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  • her and not apologize or cut in line, she wouldn't say it
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  • out loud but she just started saying in her head,
  • 00:20:17.110 --> 00:20:17.120
  • out loud but she just started saying in her head,
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  • "Don't mess with me. Don't mess with me."
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  • "Don't mess with me. Don't mess with me."
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  • I think that was so good because what she was doing was
  • 00:20:30.070 --> 00:20:30.080
  • I think that was so good because what she was doing was
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  • learning to recognize, "I felt disrespected by that."
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  • learning to recognize, "I felt disrespected by that."
  • 00:20:34.020 --> 00:20:37.210
  • And then she would bring that to me or to her friends and say,
  • 00:20:37.210 --> 00:20:37.220
  • And then she would bring that to me or to her friends and say,
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  • "I felt disrespected when this person totally bumped into me.
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  • "I felt disrespected when this person totally bumped into me.
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  • I was carrying a cup of coffee and it spilled on my dress.
  • 00:20:43.120 --> 00:20:43.130
  • I was carrying a cup of coffee and it spilled on my dress.
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  • And they didn't even say they were sorry
  • 00:20:45.140 --> 00:20:45.150
  • And they didn't even say they were sorry
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  • and they didn't even care."
  • 00:20:47.040 --> 00:20:47.050
  • and they didn't even care."
  • 00:20:47.050 --> 00:20:48.140
  • And then I could say to her, "Of course,
  • 00:20:48.140 --> 00:20:48.150
  • And then I could say to her, "Of course,
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  • you felt disrespected, that was super disrespectful."
  • 00:20:50.040 --> 00:20:50.050
  • you felt disrespected, that was super disrespectful."
  • 00:20:50.050 --> 00:20:53.290
  • There's something about people don't understand how important
  • 00:20:53.290 --> 00:20:54.000
  • There's something about people don't understand how important
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  • that conversation is for the soul, that if we don't say that,
  • 00:20:56.230 --> 00:20:56.240
  • that conversation is for the soul, that if we don't say that,
  • 00:20:56.240 --> 00:21:01.070
  • we're actually building into our mind and into our heart shame.
  • 00:21:01.070 --> 00:21:01.080
  • we're actually building into our mind and into our heart shame.
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  • What we're actually saying is,
  • 00:21:04.270 --> 00:21:04.280
  • What we're actually saying is,
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  • "I don't deserve to be respected."
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  • "I don't deserve to be respected."
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  • You deserve respect and dignity,
  • 00:21:09.260 --> 00:21:09.270
  • You deserve respect and dignity,
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  • I believe that more than anything.
  • 00:21:11.080 --> 00:21:11.090
  • I believe that more than anything.
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  • Every human deserves dignity because every human being is
  • 00:21:13.000 --> 00:21:13.010
  • Every human deserves dignity because every human being is
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  • loved by God so it is important to move from silence to honesty
  • 00:21:15.180 --> 00:21:15.190
  • loved by God so it is important to move from silence to honesty
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  • to talk about these things.
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  • to talk about these things.
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  • Move then, too, from secrecy to openness.
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  • Move then, too, from secrecy to openness.
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  • Allow yourself to be seen deeply.
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  • Allow yourself to be seen deeply.
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  • Confession is at the core of salvation.
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  • Confession is at the core of salvation.
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  • You cannot be saved unless you are honest.
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  • You cannot be saved unless you are honest.
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  • Confessing our sins, and our flaws, and our worries, and our
  • 00:21:37.250 --> 00:21:37.260
  • Confessing our sins, and our flaws, and our worries, and our
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  • fears is at the heart of redemption and resurrection
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  • fears is at the heart of redemption and resurrection
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  • but that takes faith, doesn't it?
  • 00:21:46.120 --> 00:21:46.130
  • but that takes faith, doesn't it?
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  • That I'm not gonna be judged, not gonna be belittled,
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  • That I'm not gonna be judged, not gonna be belittled,
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  • not gonna be abandoned, or not be kicked out of my church
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  • not gonna be abandoned, or not be kicked out of my church
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  • or my family.
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  • or my family.
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  • Guess what.
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  • Guess what.
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  • If you are, that you weren't supposed
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  • If you are, that you weren't supposed
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  • to be there anyway, right?
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  • to be there anyway, right?
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  • Move from secrecy to openness and allow the people you love
  • 00:22:02.260 --> 00:22:02.270
  • Move from secrecy to openness and allow the people you love
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  • to see you deeply.
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  • to see you deeply.
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  • And finally, move from judgment to grace and empathy.
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  • And finally, move from judgment to grace and empathy.
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  • You need empathetic people in your life, you need it, people
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  • You need empathetic people in your life, you need it, people
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  • that love you that do not judge you, that come alongside you,
  • 00:22:18.060 --> 00:22:18.070
  • that love you that do not judge you, that come alongside you,
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  • that defend you when you're bullied,
  • 00:22:21.220 --> 00:22:21.230
  • that defend you when you're bullied,
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  • that are on your side.
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  • that are on your side.
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  • I'm one of them.
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  • I'm one of them.
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  • This church is there for you, but you need close friends
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  • This church is there for you, but you need close friends
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  • who can incarnationally show you the grace and empathy
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  • who can incarnationally show you the grace and empathy
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  • of Jesus Christ.
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  • of Jesus Christ.
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  • Move from judgment to grace and empathy.
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  • Move from judgment to grace and empathy.
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  • Friends, I want to tell you, whatever you're going through,
  • 00:22:38.180 --> 00:22:38.190
  • Friends, I want to tell you, whatever you're going through,
  • 00:22:38.190 --> 00:22:41.100
  • whatever you're facing, whatever your losses are,
  • 00:22:41.100 --> 00:22:41.110
  • whatever you're facing, whatever your losses are,
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  • God's got it under control.
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  • God's got it under control.
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  • It's gonna be okay.
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  • It's gonna be okay.
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  • Today, you can relax and you can recognize and proclaim over your
  • 00:22:46.250 --> 00:22:46.260
  • Today, you can relax and you can recognize and proclaim over your
  • 00:22:46.260 --> 00:22:51.210
  • life, "In my weakness, I am strong, that when I become weak
  • 00:22:51.210 --> 00:22:51.220
  • life, "In my weakness, I am strong, that when I become weak
  • 00:22:51.220 --> 00:22:54.250
  • in some areas, I become much stronger in other areas
  • 00:22:54.250 --> 00:22:54.260
  • in some areas, I become much stronger in other areas
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  • and that is an opportunity for a permanent gift."
  • 00:22:57.230 --> 00:22:57.240
  • and that is an opportunity for a permanent gift."
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  • God is offering you right now something amazing if you stop
  • 00:23:00.280 --> 00:23:00.290
  • God is offering you right now something amazing if you stop
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  • being secret and you stop being silent, stop judging yourself
  • 00:23:06.070 --> 00:23:06.080
  • being secret and you stop being silent, stop judging yourself
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  • and others, and become the kind of person who lives
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  • and others, and become the kind of person who lives
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  • in the kingdom of God, free gift of God's grace.
  • 00:23:15.190 --> 00:23:15.200
  • in the kingdom of God, free gift of God's grace.
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  • I want to tell you wherever you are, don't be ashamed,
  • 00:23:18.280 --> 00:23:18.290
  • I want to tell you wherever you are, don't be ashamed,
  • 00:23:18.290 --> 00:23:21.280
  • don't be worried.
  • 00:23:21.280 --> 00:23:21.290
  • don't be worried.
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  • You have nothing to prove. God has already proved it.
  • 00:23:23.080 --> 00:23:23.090
  • You have nothing to prove. God has already proved it.
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  • You are loved. You're not what you do.
  • 00:23:27.020 --> 00:23:27.030
  • You are loved. You're not what you do.
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  • You're not what you have.
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  • You're not what you have.
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  • You're not what people say about you.
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  • You're not what people say about you.
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  • You are loved by God and when you live in that place, you'll
  • 00:23:32.050 --> 00:23:32.060
  • You are loved by God and when you live in that place, you'll
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  • have all the power in the world to do great things,
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  • have all the power in the world to do great things,
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  • and you'll have great things, and people will say
  • 00:23:37.010 --> 00:23:37.020
  • and you'll have great things, and people will say
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  • great things about you and that is true.
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  • great things about you and that is true.
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  • Lord, we thank you for your love.
  • 00:23:42.220 --> 00:23:42.230
  • Lord, we thank you for your love.
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  • You love us as we are, not as we should be
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  • You love us as we are, not as we should be
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  • and you will bring us there.
  • 00:23:49.140 --> 00:23:49.150
  • and you will bring us there.
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  • You love us enough to not leave us there.
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  • You love us enough to not leave us there.
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  • We trust you, Jesus.
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  • We trust you, Jesus.
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  • We follow you and we believe in what you taught us.
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  • We follow you and we believe in what you taught us.
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  • We love you. In Christ's name we pray, amen.
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  • We love you. In Christ's name we pray, amen.
  • 00:23:57.160 --> 00:24:02.050
  • Bobby: Here's another letter that we got,
  • 00:24:02.050 --> 00:24:02.060
  • Bobby: Here's another letter that we got,
  • 00:24:02.060 --> 00:24:03.160
  • thanks to your support.
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  • thanks to your support.
  • 00:24:03.170 --> 00:24:06.120
  • female: Dear Bobby, at 19 my life collapsed.
  • 00:24:06.120 --> 00:24:06.130
  • female: Dear Bobby, at 19 my life collapsed.
  • 00:24:06.130 --> 00:24:09.270
  • I was in an unhealthy relationship with an older man
  • 00:24:09.270 --> 00:24:09.280
  • I was in an unhealthy relationship with an older man
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  • and then my father died from cancer.
  • 00:24:12.120 --> 00:24:12.130
  • and then my father died from cancer.
  • 00:24:12.130 --> 00:24:14.290
  • They were my darkest days.
  • 00:24:14.290 --> 00:24:15.000
  • They were my darkest days.
  • 00:24:15.000 --> 00:24:16.290
  • I felt paralyzed and apathetic.
  • 00:24:16.290 --> 00:24:17.000
  • I felt paralyzed and apathetic.
  • 00:24:17.000 --> 00:24:19.180
  • When I was at my lowest, my boyfriend started to use me.
  • 00:24:19.180 --> 00:24:19.190
  • When I was at my lowest, my boyfriend started to use me.
  • 00:24:19.190 --> 00:24:23.010
  • He complained about me and in the name of spicing up
  • 00:24:23.010 --> 00:24:23.020
  • He complained about me and in the name of spicing up
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  • our relationship, he pressed me to be intimate
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  • our relationship, he pressed me to be intimate
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  • with other men.
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  • with other men.
  • 00:24:27.170 --> 00:24:29.200
  • I felt numb and worthless.
  • 00:24:29.200 --> 00:24:29.210
  • I felt numb and worthless.
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  • Even as I write this, I feel that shame
  • 00:24:32.090 --> 00:24:32.100
  • Even as I write this, I feel that shame
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  • for allowing him to do this.
  • 00:24:34.140 --> 00:24:34.150
  • for allowing him to do this.
  • 00:24:34.150 --> 00:24:36.260
  • I fantasized about ending my life to escape the suffering.
  • 00:24:36.260 --> 00:24:36.270
  • I fantasized about ending my life to escape the suffering.
  • 00:24:36.270 --> 00:24:41.020
  • During this time, I met a guy who saw me as a person
  • 00:24:41.020 --> 00:24:41.030
  • During this time, I met a guy who saw me as a person
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  • and made me happy.
  • 00:24:43.200 --> 00:24:43.210
  • and made me happy.
  • 00:24:43.210 --> 00:24:45.110
  • Because of him, I finally left my abusive boyfriend.
  • 00:24:45.110 --> 00:24:45.120
  • Because of him, I finally left my abusive boyfriend.
  • 00:24:45.120 --> 00:24:48.110
  • We started a new life in a new town
  • 00:24:48.110 --> 00:24:48.120
  • We started a new life in a new town
  • 00:24:48.120 --> 00:24:50.040
  • and he proposed months later, but still,
  • 00:24:50.040 --> 00:24:50.050
  • and he proposed months later, but still,
  • 00:24:50.050 --> 00:24:53.040
  • inside I felt really hurt.
  • 00:24:53.040 --> 00:24:53.050
  • inside I felt really hurt.
  • 00:24:53.050 --> 00:24:55.050
  • I struggled because I didn't deserve this life.
  • 00:24:55.050 --> 00:24:55.060
  • I struggled because I didn't deserve this life.
  • 00:24:55.060 --> 00:24:58.000
  • When someone was kind to me, it hurt me as much as it healed me.
  • 00:24:58.000 --> 00:24:58.010
  • When someone was kind to me, it hurt me as much as it healed me.
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  • I felt I made too many mistakes to be loved.
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  • I felt I made too many mistakes to be loved.
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  • My life had turned around but my spirit was broken.
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  • My life had turned around but my spirit was broken.
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  • I was curious about religion
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  • I was curious about religion
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  • but didn't dare pray or go to church.
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  • but didn't dare pray or go to church.
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  • What God would want me as his follower?
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  • What God would want me as his follower?
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  • Then I found "Hour of Power."
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  • Then I found "Hour of Power."
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  • Your sermons healed my spirit
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  • Your sermons healed my spirit
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  • and lifted the burden of my past.
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  • and lifted the burden of my past.
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  • I still remember tears of relief running down my cheeks
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  • I still remember tears of relief running down my cheeks
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  • when you said that every sinner has a future
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  • when you said that every sinner has a future
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  • and every saint has a past and that God does not love us
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  • and every saint has a past and that God does not love us
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  • as we should be but just as we are.
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  • as we should be but just as we are.
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  • I realized that God always loved me and would forgive me.
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  • I realized that God always loved me and would forgive me.
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  • It still thrills me that he is so good.
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  • It still thrills me that he is so good.
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  • After we married, my first wish I ever prayed for
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  • After we married, my first wish I ever prayed for
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  • was fulfilled with the birth of our son Hendrik.
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  • was fulfilled with the birth of our son Hendrik.
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  • I pray for him every night. He is a precious gift from God.
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  • I pray for him every night. He is a precious gift from God.
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  • I no longer feel like a bad person.
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  • I no longer feel like a bad person.
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  • I feel beloved and that I'm allowed to experience happiness.
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  • I feel beloved and that I'm allowed to experience happiness.
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  • I am so, so grateful.
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  • I am so, so grateful.
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  • Thank you.
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  • Thank you.
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  • Hannah: We're not using your name on air
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  • Hannah: We're not using your name on air
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  • but one highlight of my Holland trip was getting to meet you
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  • but one highlight of my Holland trip was getting to meet you
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  • and your husband.
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  • and your husband.
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  • You are brave and we are honored to have you as part
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  • You are brave and we are honored to have you as part
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  • of the "Hour of Power" family.
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  • of the "Hour of Power" family.
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  • Bobby: That's right. It was a highlight for me too.
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  • Bobby: That's right. It was a highlight for me too.
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  • And for everybody else that's watching,
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  • And for everybody else that's watching,
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  • this is just one of many stories of people
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  • this is just one of many stories of people
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  • that are deeply touched because of your generosity.
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  • that are deeply touched because of your generosity.
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  • If people stop giving to this ministry, this goes off the air,
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  • If people stop giving to this ministry, this goes off the air,
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  • we don't help people anymore.
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  • we don't help people anymore.
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  • But because of you, we're changing the world.
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  • But because of you, we're changing the world.
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  • Hannah: Yes, thank you for your faithfulness.
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  • Hannah: Yes, thank you for your faithfulness.
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  • And even if you can't give, write to us, be brave.
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  • And even if you can't give, write to us, be brave.
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  • We want to hear your story.
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  • We want to hear your story.
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  • And remember that God loves you and so do we.
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  • And remember that God loves you and so do we.
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  • male announcer: To celebrate the 60th anniversary
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  • male announcer: To celebrate the 60th anniversary
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  • of our ministry, we have remade this beloved
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  • of our ministry, we have remade this beloved
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  • "God loves you and so do I" necklace.
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  • Today, when you donate $60 or more,
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  • we'll send you one as a small thank you
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  • for supporting our ministry.
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  • for supporting our ministry.
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