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January 1, 2017
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Moving From Scarcity To Sufficiency

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  • The Lord is my shepherd.
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  • I shall not want.
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  • He makes me to lie down in green pastures.
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  • He leads me beside the still waters.
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  • He restores my soul.
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  • He leads me in the paths of righteousness
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  • for his name's sake.
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  • Yea, though I walk through the valley
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  • of the shadow of death,
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  • I will fear no evil for you are with me.
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  • Your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
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  • You prepare a table before me
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  • in the presence of mine enemies.
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  • You anoint my head with oil.
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  • My cup runs over.
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  • Surely goodness and mercy
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  • shall follow me all the days of my life.
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  • And I will dwell in the house of the Lord
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  • forever, forever.
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  • Surely goodness and
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  • Surely goodness and
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  • all the days of my life.
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  • And I will dwell in the house of the Lord
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  • forever
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  • forever
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  • - Bobby Schuller: Good morning.
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  • We're so glad you're joining us today,
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  • and Shepherd's Grove is a community of joy.
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  • This is not a place where we beat up people.
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  • It's a place where we encourage people, and we teach the Word
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  • of God, and we re-align your identity with the Word of God.
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  • So if you're ever in this area,
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  • we're just not that far from Disney Land.
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  • So if you live in L.A. or Orange County,
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  • come down to Shepherd's Grove.
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  • Hannah and I would love to meet you.
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  • Friends, will you hold your hands out like this.
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  • This is a sign of receiving, and we're gonna say this creed
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  • together as we do every week.
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  • I'm not what I do.
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  • I'm not what I have.
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  • I'm not what people say about me.
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  • I am the beloved of God.
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  • It's who I am.
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  • No one can take it from me.
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  • I don't have to worry.
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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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  • Thanks. You can be seated.
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  • So today we're talking about the tenth commandment, and it
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  • is such an important one, and it is the opposite of gratitude.
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  • The tenth commandment is this: you shall not covet.
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  • You shall not covet.
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  • Coveting, there is a couple of things about this commandant
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  • that are important.
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  • First, coveting is not envy, and that's really important.
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  • Coveting is envy with intent.
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  • Coveting means that not only do you desire something that
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  • somebody else has, but you desire it to the point that your
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  • heart is poisoned towards them, that you've now maligned them
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  • in your heart and mind, and that you intend, in some way or
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  • another, to get what they have.
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  • The most common story that's used in tradition to talk about
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  • coveting is the story of King Ahab and Jezebel
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  • and Naboth's vineyard.
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  • If you're not familiar with this Bible story, then you're like
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  • 99% of other religious people.
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  • It is not one they tell a lot.
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  • But King Ahab was the king of Samaria, and he had a palace
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  • in the southern part of the Sea of Galilee, and right near
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  • his palace was this vineyard, a beautiful vineyard.
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  • And this is from 1 Kings.
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  • He wanted to take the vineyard and turn it into a new vegetable
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  • garden, so he went down to the owner of this vineyard.
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  • His name was Naboth.
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  • He said, "Naboth, buddy, look.
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  • I know you like this vineyard.
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  • I'm willing to pay you way, way, way more than it's worth.
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  • How much?
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  • Just say a number, and I'll buy it from you.
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  • Whatever you say.
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  • Whatever price you want." Naboth says,
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  • "Good king, I can't sell you this land.
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  • This is my father's land and my grandfather's land
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  • and my great grandfather's land.
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  • And, in fact, Jewish tradition and the way that he had gotten
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  • the land prohibited him from selling it, so he just said,
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  • "I cannot sell you this land." King Ahab, wicked king, says,
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  • "Naboth, you need to sell me this land.
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  • I'll give you a vineyard that's way better than this one.
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  • I'll give you anything you want.
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  • Just what--" And, of course, Naboth says, "Good king,
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  • I can't sell you this land for your vegetable garden.
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  • This is my ancestral land."
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  • So Ahab goes back to his palace.
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  • He's fuming. He's all upset.
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  • He refuses to go to dinner.
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  • He lays down sulking in bed, and his wife, who is Queen Jezebel,
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  • comes and sits with him.
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  • And she says--and verse 15 says she said, "Baby, what's wrong?"
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  • [congregation laughing]
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  • And Jezebel says--he says to Jezebel, "It's that Naboth guy.
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  • I wanna put my vegetable garden there.
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  • I'd give him anything he wants.
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  • Technically, it's my land anyway.
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  • I am the king, and he won't sell it to me."
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  • Jezebel says, "Let me take care of this," so she disappears.
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  • She writes a bunch of letters in King Ahab's name.
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  • She sets up a false trial for him, for Naboth,
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  • and has him executed.
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  • And then Ahab hears that Naboth has died and goes
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  • and takes the vineyard, the very thing he wanted.
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  • Now the Scripture doesn't tell us whether or not Naboth knew
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  • that his coveting led to the death and murder of his neighbor
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  • and the theft of his property, but you kinda think he does.
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  • It's, kind of, like one of those gray areas where, "I'm not sure
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  • I know how he died, but the guy was not a great guy anyway.
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  • He wouldn't sell me his property, and now I get what
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  • I want," and that is human nature, isn't it?
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  • When you covet something, very often you dehumanize
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  • the one who has what you want, "They stole it.
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  • They weren't being fair.
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  • It's mine anyway.
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  • I ought to take it from them.
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  • I'm only stealing from a thief."
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  • These are the thoughts--and of course they're deceptions,
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  • but these are the thoughts that go through your head
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  • when you feel entitlement.
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  • And in the end what happens is God activates the Prophet Elijah
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  • to go talk to Ahab, and Elijah professes a curse and judgment
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  • over Ahab for his sin.
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  • This is what we learn from this story.
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  • When we feel coveting toward something else, even if we get
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  • it, that thing you get becomes Naboth's vineyard.
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  • It becomes a curse to you.
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  • You may get the thing that you envied and you coveted, you may
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  • have bent the rules to get it, but it is not going to
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  • make your life better.
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  • It will make you more thirsty, more insatiable, more restless,
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  • and that's not you.
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  • You are not an entitled, greedy, angry, embittered person.
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  • You're a good person that can rejoice with others when good
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  • things happen for them, and can be thankful
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  • for the good things God has given you.
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  • The lesson of Naboth's vineyard is that coveting, even if you
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  • get it, won't bring you any joy, because you were expecting to
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  • get it anyway, so you just got what you expected.
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  • God has much more in store for you
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  • than those little things that you want.
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  • And you're saying, "Well, Bobby, I mean, does that mean
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  • I can't desire anything?
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  • Does that mean I can't even envy?"
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  • Actually, it may not be that bad to envy.
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  • If envy or if you desire something that your neighbor
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  • has, covet means you envy with intent.
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  • But to desire something that your neighbor has,
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  • as long as you're happy for your friend, that's okay.
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  • Look at Chad Blake's clothes.
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  • I want Chad Blake's clothes.
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  • He's one of the best-dressed guys I know.
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  • But am I--do I wanna curse Chad or take Chad's stuff?
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  • No, I'm very happy for Chad, and I can be grateful for what
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  • I have and work my way my way up to
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  • a nice pair of brown shoes someday.
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  • I still have these 4 years old.
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  • Four years old.
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  • So the reason coveting is so bad is it leads to a very,
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  • very dark place.
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  • In other words, coveting leads to depression.
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  • Entitlement leads to depression, even if you get the things
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  • you feel entitled to.
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  • Gratitude, though, leads to joy.
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  • Gratitude leads to success.
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  • Gratitude leads to a full, rich life, and that is available to
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  • you right now if you just begin recognizing all the fantastic
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  • things you have in your life, like the very breath
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  • in your lungs.
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  • Practicing gratitude opens our heart.
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  • It moves us from a place of scarcity and lack to a place of
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  • sufficiency, rest, joy, faith, and overflowing.
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  • But when we focus on what we lack, we lose sight of
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  • the great things that we have.
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  • Dennis Prager called this the Missing Tile Syndrome,
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  • and I think it's great.
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  • Dennis Prager was saying that he was with a friend of his, and
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  • they were like yin and yang, you know, positive and negative.
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  • And they were at some beautiful church somewhere, and on
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  • the ceiling was this amazing mosaic, you know?
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  • Mosaic is a collection of different colored tiles that
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  • forms a beautiful picture.
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  • And as they looked up at this amazing ancient mosaic,
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  • he sad to his friend, "Isn't that gorgeous?"
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  • And his friend looked at him and said, "Yeah, it's pretty.
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  • It's--there is a tile missing."
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  • And he said, "What?"
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  • He goes, "Well, look.
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  • Right there on Jesus' cheek there is a tile missing."
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  • And he said that there is something that happens in life
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  • when we focus so much on what we lack.
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  • All we can see is that other people have that thing
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  • that we want.
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  • I remember when I was in--I went to Venice back when Hannah
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  • barely knew my name, and she was dating some guy.
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  • And I--you know, I was so in love with Hannah, and I went
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  • to--and I was, like, heartbroken 'cause I was actually working.
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  • And I went to Venice for the first time, and I'm walking
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  • around, and everyone is in love.
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  • Everybody is there with, you know, their spouse or boyfriend
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  • or girlfriend or--you know, old people, young people.
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  • Everybody is kissing, and all I can think about is
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  • just how lonely I am.
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  • There is this missing tile in my life, because in life when that
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  • tile gets filled--and I'm gonna believe for you it will get
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  • filled--some other tile will fall out.
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  • Isn't that just how life is?
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  • Put the tile in, and--right?
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  • That's life.
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  • Every time a tile gets filled, anther tile falls out.
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  • In other words, life's gonna hit you, and it always does.
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  • There will always be something that isn't the way it should be.
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  • Until Christ returns, this life and the in-between that we live
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  • in, there will always be something we want that
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  • somebody else has.
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  • There will always be a thirst, an insufficiency, a lack, unless
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  • you get to a place where you can walk by faith and be at peace
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  • that sometimes a beautiful picture can have tiles missing
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  • from it, and look at your own life and say,
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  • "Look how great my life is.
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  • Thank you, God."
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  • And when you say that, all of heaven just
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  • spills over into your life.
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  • Saying thank you is not easy.
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  • Saying thank you is hard.
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  • It requires a courage.
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  • It requires facing the hardship of life and saying,
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  • "I am still glad, and I trust God," and you can.
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  • That's who you are.
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  • You are not an angry, depressed, embittered, envious,
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  • jealous person.
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  • You are a life-giving, encouraging person that people
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  • love to be around, because you practice gratitude.
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  • Gratitude opens up your heart.
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  • You guys are great.
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  • The clapping, you know, in this church is terrific.
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  • It reminds me of, you know, the old churches in Oklahoma.
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  • There would be, like, an amen section, and I think clapping
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  • is like amen here, so I appreciate that, you know?
  • 00:16:38.080 --> 00:16:40.210
  • They say saying amen to a preacher is like saying to
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  • a dog, "Sic 'em."
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  • Anyway, amen.
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  • Amen.
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  • All right, I digress.
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  • Here is the secret.
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  • Grateful people attract great blessing.
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  • Grateful people attract favor, and this is just the truth.
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  • In fact, not only the Bible--not only does the Bible teach us
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  • this, but science teaches us this.
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  • That grateful, positive people are more successful.
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  • They live longer.
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  • They do better in their work.
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  • They have better relationships.
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  • Gratitude opens up--moves you from a heart of walking with
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  • a fist to just an open-handed life, to receive from life
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  • and see in life all the good things that are happening.
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  • I don't know if you've ever given something to somebody,
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  • and they didn't really care, or really say thank you, you know?
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  • Probably your response to that was, "They're not getting
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  • anything ever again."
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  • How do you think God feels when he gives you
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  • good things in life and you don't recognize it, right?
  • 00:17:45.160 --> 00:17:47.210
  • I mean, and what about the opposite with
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  • some kid or somebody?
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  • Just, like, you give them some little thing, and they're just
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  • over the moon about it, and you're like, "Take everything.
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  • Take all I have."
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  • I remember when Haven did that once to me, you know?
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  • And she loves to play on my phone and play games on
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  • the phone, and she--you know, there is this trick now.
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  • Free games on the phone, they're not free, because you can't
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  • really enjoy them unless you're throwing money at the game.
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  • So she buys this My Little Pony game, and it only lets you play
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  • the first level for free.
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  • It's like getting a taste at the ice cream stand, and you can't
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  • have the whole cone.
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  • And so, she beats the level, and there's 15 other levels.
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  • And she comes, and she says,
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  • "Daddy, will you open up this new land?
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  • It's just a dollar."
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  • And I say, "Let me look at that."
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  • And I look at it, and she says, "One dollar to open up
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  • Rainbow Land."
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  • And I'm like, "All right, one dollar."
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  • But it's $3 to open up all 15, so I'm like you know what?
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  • Not only--this would be $15 when all is said and done, 'cause
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  • she's gonna keep bringing it back to me,
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  • but I just wanna get this over.
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  • So I just bought--I go, "Girl how about--I'm gonna buy all
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  • these for you," and so, I laid down $3 on that iPhone and freed
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  • up the whole game for her, and it was like she was just saved
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  • from an execution.
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  • It was like I had never seen someone so full of joy.
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  • She jumped up and down. She screamed.
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  • She threw her arms around my neck.
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  • She said, "Thank you, daddy. Thank you."
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  • She took the phone and ran it up to Hannah to prove
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  • that something so awesome had actually happened to her.
  • 00:19:17.110 --> 00:19:23.070
  • And when you think about generosity, I mean, I was like
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  • now when she wants a game, I'm like,
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  • "Okay, let's buy another game."
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  • Or, sometimes I'm like, "Do you want me to buy you a game?
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  • Do you want a game?"
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  • See, that's what gratitude does.
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  • When you're really grateful for what you have in life,
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  • especially when you're grateful to God or to your colleagues
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  • or to your spouse or to others, when you go out of your way to
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  • really give a heartfelt thanks, you just open up a world of
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  • blessings in your life.
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  • And that's what you do.
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  • You know the importance of taking time to put your hand on
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  • someone's shoulder and just say, "I am so thankful for you."
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  • It means the world, and it erodes all that entitlement,
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  • all that envy, all that greed, all that anger.
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  • It just gets washed away, because when you say
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  • thank you to someone you can actually--like, if you--not
  • 00:20:09.250 --> 00:20:12.220
  • thank you, but, like, if you really say thank you to someone,
  • 00:20:12.250 --> 00:20:15.080
  • you feel it in your body.
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  • Like, you feel the goosebumps, and it gives you
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  • an incredible sense of joy.
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  • And that's--there's a real science to that.
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  • There's lots of studies that have been done on this.
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  • My favorite is from a man named Chris Peterson, who was
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  • a professor of psychology at the University of Michigan.
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  • He just died recently in 2012.
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  • But after his death, there was just an outpouring of students
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  • and colleagues that loved being around this guy
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  • and felt so blessed by him.
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  • If I understand right, he confessed that he himself
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  • struggled with negativity.
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  • And so, in order to combat that, he studied positive psychology
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  • and did a lot of groundbreaking work into how positive
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  • psychology is really helpful to succeeding in life,
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  • to having a healthy body.
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  • And one of the things he would always do--and I love this--he
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  • would have his students, his college students, write a letter
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  • to someone they appreciate,
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  • and really write a thoughtful letter.
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  • And he would say, you know, "Don't put in jokes and stuff.
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  • Make it a heartfelt letter, and then go and read that letter to
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  • the person it was written to.
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  • Read it aloud."
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  • And he said he got so much feedback from these
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  • students, positive feedback, about how much this had impacted
  • 00:21:26.110 --> 00:21:29.090
  • their lives and the life of the person they read the letter to,
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  • that he decided, as a good scientist does,
  • 00:21:32.140 --> 00:21:35.070
  • to put it in a lab.
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  • So he began measuring happiness and different things and seeing
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  • what this letter would do.
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  • And what he and his colleagues found out was that one
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  • happy--one gratitude letter, one experience where you write down
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  • the letter and read it aloud to someone, overall lead to
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  • an increase of happiness and a decrease of boredom
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  • for a whole month.
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  • That it had a residual of one whole month of more happiness
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  • and less boredom.
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  • What a small price to pay, and what a great thing to do in an
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  • age when so many professors are teaching their students
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  • to be entitled, and angry, and to blame others.
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  • Somebody is teaching students to be positive, to be thankful,
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  • and to be hopeful, and that is what we need,
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  • and good on him for that.
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  • We need students, and we need young people, and we need fresh,
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  • hopeful visionaries, not people who look around and blame
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  • everybody else and say everything isn't the way
  • 00:22:31.060 --> 00:22:33.120
  • it should be.
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  • And we need people who are positive, who are life giving,
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  • who are encouraging.
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  • We need leaders in business, in politics, and especially
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  • in the church to pave a hopeful way forward.
  • 00:22:41.250 --> 00:22:45.120
  • And if you wanna have a vision for that, you just begin
  • 00:22:45.150 --> 00:22:48.230
  • to practice gratitude.
  • 00:22:48.260 --> 00:22:50.140
  • Just begin thanking God and others for the good things in
  • 00:22:50.170 --> 00:22:53.150
  • your life and just watch.
  • 00:22:53.180 --> 00:22:56.010
  • So much of your stress and boredom goes away, and that your
  • 00:22:56.040 --> 00:23:00.070
  • life just fills up with vision, with purpose,
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  • with success, goodness.
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  • That's what happens when you intentionally decide to be
  • 00:23:06.150 --> 00:23:11.200
  • thankful for all that you have, even the little things.
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  • It makes all the difference in the world.
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  • The world needs people like you.
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  • You are the kind of person who is so overflowing with life and
  • 00:23:22.250 --> 00:23:26.060
  • joy, the kind of person that is grateful for the things that you
  • 00:23:26.090 --> 00:23:29.030
  • have, and that's why so many are drawn to you,
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  • and that's a good, good thing.
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  • Keep it up.
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  • I'm proud of you.
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  • Father, we thank you for calling us here today.
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  • I pray in Jesus' name that you would build into our hearts
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  • a clear vision.
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  • Not to see what we lack, but to see what we have,
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  • and to open our hearts to all the opportunity
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  • this world has to offer.
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  • We wanna do life with Jesus Christ.
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  • We pray, Lord, that you teach us to walk as you walked on this
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  • Earth, full of life, full of healing, full of wisdom.
  • 00:23:58.190 --> 00:24:02.260
  • It all comes from you and from your Word, and we thank you.
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  • It's in Jesus' name we pray.
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  • Amen.
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  • And now the Lord bless you and keep you.
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  • The Lord make his face to shine upon you
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  • and be gracious unto you.
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  • The Lord lift his countenance upon you and give you his peace.
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  • In the name of the Father and of the son
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  • and of the Holy Spirit, amen.
  • 00:24:20.100 --> 00:24:22.220
  • - male: My mother was diagnosed with cancer,
  • 00:24:25.080 --> 00:24:27.150
  • and we could no longer go to church together.
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  • One Sunday, while channel surfing, I found
  • 00:24:30.080 --> 00:24:32.020
  • "Hour of Power."
  • 00:24:32.050 --> 00:24:33.130
  • From that day forward, we never missed a service together.
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  • Before my mother passed, we looked forward to
  • 00:24:36.160 --> 00:24:38.220
  • "Hour of Power" all week long.
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  • On Sunday mornings, we greeted each other with excitement,
  • 00:24:40.270 --> 00:24:43.280
  • saying, "We get to go to church today."
  • 00:24:44.010 --> 00:24:46.050
  • A doctor told her she had 2 months to live.
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  • But due to the nourishment of her faith through prayer and
  • 00:24:49.110 --> 00:24:51.190
  • watching "Hour of Power," God decided that she was to live
  • 00:24:51.220 --> 00:24:54.080
  • for another 26 months.
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  • Praise God.
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  • "Hour of Power" provided us with the opportunity to attend church
  • 00:24:57.190 --> 00:25:00.090
  • when we needed it most but were unable to go out.
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  • I still look forward to watching "Hour of Power" each week with
  • 00:25:03.030 --> 00:25:05.220
  • the same eagerness as I did when my mother was here.
  • 00:25:05.250 --> 00:25:08.130
  • I can still feel her holding my hand and saying,
  • 00:25:08.160 --> 00:25:11.040
  • "God loves you, and so do I."
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  • God bless you and everyone there.
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  • Sincerely, Robert Dyer.
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  • - Hannah Schuller: Robert, your letter really touched me, and I
  • 00:25:19.200 --> 00:25:21.190
  • just hope that someday I'll have that same relationship
  • 00:25:21.220 --> 00:25:24.090
  • with my son.
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  • That I could sit there and hold his hand, and we could worship
  • 00:25:25.230 --> 00:25:27.290
  • God together.
  • 00:25:28.020 --> 00:25:29.100
  • I wanna say that's just a beautiful thing that
  • 00:25:29.130 --> 00:25:32.000
  • you had with your mom.
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  • - Bobby: We tell these stories because we want you to know that
  • 00:25:33.130 --> 00:25:35.200
  • when you give to "Hour of Power,"
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  • you're not giving to us, to me and Hannah.
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  • You're giving to guys like Robert and his mom.
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  • People many times who can't even go to church, and some people
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  • who maybe they feel burned by church and just can't muster up
  • 00:25:46.010 --> 00:25:48.220
  • the energy to go back in a building, or people who are
  • 00:25:48.250 --> 00:25:50.270
  • going through a time of despair.
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  • And we are there to encourage them, and it's your support
  • 00:25:52.140 --> 00:25:55.210
  • that makes that possible.
  • 00:25:55.240 --> 00:25:57.080
  • And something like an Eagles donor, or somebody who gives as
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  • like a monthly thing and says, you know, "'Hour of Power,'
  • 00:26:00.140 --> 00:26:02.180
  • we're gonna be behind you every single month," that makes all
  • 00:26:02.210 --> 00:26:04.170
  • the difference to us, because it helps us know how much we can
  • 00:26:04.200 --> 00:26:08.220
  • do, and it helps us to be wise and prudent with our money.
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  • So to all of you who continue to support us, we are so thankful,
  • 00:26:11.080 --> 00:26:14.020
  • and we want you to know that you are making a difference
  • 00:26:14.050 --> 00:26:16.090
  • in the world through your generosity.
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  • - announcer: This week, when you give to our ministry,
  • 00:26:18.290 --> 00:26:20.270
  • we wanna say a small thank you.
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  • So for any gift of $75 or more, we will send you this
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  • I Am the Beloved of God blanket.
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  • Whether a gift or a keepsake, let it remind you that you are
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  • truly loved just as you are.
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  • Your donations are what bring "Hour of Power" into
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  • the hospitals, prisons and homes of people all around the world.
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  • So thank you for your support.
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  • Call, write, or go online now.
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