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11 Weapons to Defeat Depression Part 3

Watch 11 Weapons to Defeat Depression Part 3
September 20, 2020
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Hope Generation as a whole; deals out hope galore; as our Hope Generator speaker; Ben Courson shares the holy optimism found in the Creator of the Universe; who's title is actually "The God of Hope."

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11 Weapons to Defeat Depression Part 3

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  • - Apocalyptic scientists tellus that in 5 billion years,
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  • the earth is gonna beswallowed by the sun.
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  • But the Bible hasa brighter picture
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  • than this bleak forecast.
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  • In Genesis 1:1 it says,
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  • "In the beginning God createdthe heavens and the earth."
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  • This is called theTrinity of Trinities.
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  • So you have the Trinityof in the beginning,
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  • a measurement of time,God created the heavens,
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  • outer space andthe earth, matter.
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  • So you have time,space and matter.
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  • But each of these threequalities has inherently,
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  • intrinsically withinthemselves, respectively,
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  • three more principles.
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  • Time consists ofpast, present, future.
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  • Space consists ofheight, width, depth
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  • and matter consistsof solid, liquid, gas.
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  • So you have in the beginning,
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  • God created theheavens and the earth.
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  • You have time, space, matter,past, present, future,
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  • height, width, depth,solid, liquid, gas.
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  • That's what the Biblepromises God did.
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  • So when you spendyour time staring
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  • into the bleak abyss,contemplating nihilism,
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  • just remember Godcreated the universe.
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  • He animates the universe,He empowers the universe
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  • and that means the universeis unfolding as it should.
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  • There is always hope.
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  • One of the chief questionsI get asked by people
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  • is how do I defeat depression
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  • or how do I get my kidto overcome depression?
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  • And so I wrote this book,"Flirting with Darkness"
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  • as a hope handbook, a how toguide to defeat depression.
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  • Now I look at depressionthrough four different lenses,
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  • the Bible, science, history,and my personal testimony.
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  • The first segment of this book
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  • called "Flirting with Darkness"autonomously like it's title
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  • is where I talk about my ownhistory with suicide ideation
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  • and 10 years ofchronic depression.
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  • The second segment of the bookis 11 practical tips, tools,
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  • and resources that youcan come to grips with
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  • that will help you to verypragmatically take good advice
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  • to defeat depression, andI call these 11 weapons
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  • to defeat the darkLord of depression
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  • and we arm you to the teeth.
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  • The third portion of the bookafter Defeating Depression
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  • and Flirting with Darknessis Dancing in the Light.
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  • And we leave youwith a big uplift,
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  • a lot of encouragementand nourishment,
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  • so you walk away from thebook with pep in your step.
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  • This is the ultimate bookto defeat depression.
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  • I poured my heart, soul, toil,tears, and sweat into this.
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  • And I know it's gonnabring you hope today.
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  • The woods were enchanted andripe for friend ventures.
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  • As we floated through God'screation, breathing in the sky
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  • and listening to theroaring waterfalls,
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  • it felt as though the treesmight break into a dance
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  • at any moment, if weturned our back on them.
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  • There are a fewthings as magical
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  • as hanging out withfriends and forests.
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  • George MacDonald warnedus not to sabotage
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  • or deconstruct nature throughmicroscopes and science,
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  • but to let its beautyhave its away with us.
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  • Instead of analyzingand dissecting it,
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  • to try to understand whatyou are seeing, he suggested
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  • you should just let the magicof God's world wash over you.
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  • GK Chesterton encouragedhis readers to be childlike
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  • in the face of nature andcompared the created world
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  • to a toy that weshould play with.
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  • He knew that when childrentake their toys apart to try
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  • to see what makes them work,it ruins part of the fun.
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  • Just play about inthe cosmos as is.
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  • Remember, when you tearapart that toy to examine it
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  • more closely, it neverworks the way it used to
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  • when you try to putit back together.
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  • You just need to let it bean enjoy it for what it is.
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  • The created worldis the same way.
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  • As fascinating asQuantum Theory is,
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  • sometimes you just haveto put away the lab coat,
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  • put away the microscopeand enjoy the magic
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  • right before your eyes.
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  • I'm Ben Courson, you'rewatching Hope Generation.
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  • Today, we're gonna concludethis raw one-on-one talk,
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  • I'm having with you, amessage I gave in San Diego,
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  • entitled, 11 Weaponsto Defeat Depression.
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  • Own your Oddness,
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  • because the very thingthat makes you different
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  • is what enables youto make a difference.
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  • If you don't fit in it'sbecause God intended you
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  • to stand out, it'sto be an optimisfit,
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  • like just to be differentfrom everybody else
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  • that's how God'scalled us to live.
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  • I know that soundsmotivational speak right there
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  • but Paul said by the graceof God, I am what I am.
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  • I am what I am, I am what I am.
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  • Your oddities are yourcommodities, be who you are.
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  • Who are the optimisfits?
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  • We optimisfits embracean adventurous lifestyle.
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  • We go on adventures with oursquad and adventures with God.
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  • There's nothingwrong with hard work,
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  • but you have to makeroom in your life
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  • for a little crazyadventure or two.
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  • We love to explore thismagical planet God made.
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  • We hike the Matterhorn.
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  • We go four wheeling inabandoned water parks.
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  • We explore the hiddenwaterfalls of Oahu,
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  • and we do handstandsat Eiffel Tower.
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  • We skateboard andwe read Kierkegaard.
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  • We read fantasy novelsand remind ourselves
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  • that we already live in Narnia.
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  • When someone tells ussomething is impossible,
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  • we see it as a darerather than a declaration.
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  • If it is impossible,we do it anyway.
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  • Okay, this is a fun one,number seven Friendventures.
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  • This is one ofthe biggest things
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  • that got me out of depression.
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  • It wasn't more existentialnavel gazing coffee meetings,
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  • or getting on my knees,praying with people.
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  • It was people who grabbedtheir skateboards,
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  • didn't talk about all thedeep dark things in life
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  • or go over my pasthistory of depression.
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  • They just grabbed theirskateboards and said,
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  • let's go send it.
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  • Friends, that is so hugeto overcoming depression.
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  • Friendventureswith God and squad.
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  • Friending against darkness.
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  • My friends havetaught me how to hope,
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  • they have modeled the meaningof life, which is essentially
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  • and effectively, enjoying thejoy of being enjoyed by God.
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  • God does not endure you, Hedoes not put up with you.
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  • He doesn't wince at the thoughtof spending time with you.
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  • Zephaniah 3:17 says, "Herejoices over you with singing."
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  • You are at the top ofhis Spotify playlist
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  • and he loves to sing your song.
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  • My friends also taught me
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  • that I shouldn't alwaysbe living in my head,
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  • which is a very realtemptation for yours truly.
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  • They've shown me howto live from my heart
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  • that might be thegreatest gift of all.
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  • Thomas Edison, HenryFord, Harvey Firestone,
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  • they all had summer homesnext to each other in Florida,
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  • because you become likewho you hang out with.
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  • Dreamers should flock together.
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  • Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego,
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  • it says they hadexcellent spirits, why?
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  • Because Daniel hadan excellent spirit
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  • and that's who theywere hanging out with.
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  • Spirits are transferable.
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  • Show me the five peopleyou hang out with the most
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  • and I'll show youwho you'll become
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  • coz you'll be the averageof the five people
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  • you spend the most time with.
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  • So friendventuresman, friendventureswith God and squad.
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  • If you wanna go fast, go alone,
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  • but if you wanna go far,go together my friends.
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  • A lot of times whenwe're depressed,
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  • we think we wanna disappear,
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  • when what we reallywant is to be found.
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  • We have hope looking forwardto the future saving acts
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  • of God, predicated upon thefoundation of the salvation
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  • God has alreadywrote in the past.
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  • No matter how darkyour night might be,
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  • through trials of fireand storms of water,
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  • through dark days of despairand dark nights of the soul.
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  • Even when the stars areswallowed in shadows
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  • and the sun refuses topierce the thunder clouds,
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  • we have found a hope inGod who causes everything
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  • to work together for the good.
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  • Everyone is stuck athome, quarantined,
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  • and abiding by the governor'smandate, shelter in place.
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  • So this week Idecided to fly to LA
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  • and do a National TVTalk Show to deliver hope
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  • straight to people'shomes across the globe.
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  • Though no in-studioaudience was allowed,
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  • we used the lens ofconnection of cable TV
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  • to give people churchin their living rooms.
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  • Despite being far apartdue to social distancing,
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  • even from afar, wecan spread hope.
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  • Sometimes whentrees are thirsty,
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  • they'll send signals throughtheir roots to other trees,
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  • which in turn send mineralsand nutrients from afar
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  • to help their fellows out.
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  • Even from great distances,
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  • trees feed each othernutrients and minerals.
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  • The prophet Jeremiah callsus trees with green leaves
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  • whose roots lap up the stream.
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  • As we are thirsty forspiritual nutrients
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  • and heavenly miraclesin this land of plague,
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  • we can use our digital platforms
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  • in quarantine prayer closetsto spread hope from afar.
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  • Just as Paul toldthe Corinthians
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  • that he wasn't with themin body, but was in spirit.
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  • So too, we may bephysically far apart,
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  • but we are spirituallyinterconnected.
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  • Social distancing isnot social isolation.
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  • We'll return for more oftoday's message after this.
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  • Psalm 92 says, "therighteous shall flourish
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  • "like the Palm tree andthe Cedar tree of Lebanon."
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  • One traveler in the Eastreported seeing a Palm tree
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  • that could grow to 90feet tall after 200 years.
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  • The endurance of a Palmtree lasts for centuries.
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  • In fact, the oldera Palm tree gets
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  • the sweeter it's fruit becomes.
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  • It produces fruit afterhundreds of years,
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  • but it also comparesthe righteous
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  • to a Cedar tree in Lebanon.
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  • Now a Cedar tree cangrow up to 130 feet tall.
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  • It's what is incorruptiblewhen you're looking
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  • at the botany anddendrology of this tree,
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  • and what's more itflourishes in the snows
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  • and storms of the mountains.
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  • So too, I want to encourageyou that like the Palm tree,
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  • you are an evergreen.
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  • Like the Cedar tree ofLebanon, you are incorruptible.
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  • Like the Palm, you willactually produce better fruit
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  • the older you get,just like Caleb,
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  • who at 85 years oldsaid I'm as strong today
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  • as I was at 45, and thoughhe had snow on the rooftop,
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  • he had fire in thefurnace and his gray hair
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  • became a crown of glory.
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  • The older you get, thesweeter your fruit will become
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  • because the Bible doesn't teachyou go from glory to gory,
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  • but rather the other wayaround is the gospel story.
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  • So be patient, let Godproduce fruit in your life.
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  • Don't grow tiredbecause of the storms
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  • and snows of the mountains,
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  • because that'swhere you flourish
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  • because not all storms weremeant to disturb your life.
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  • Some were meant to clear yourpath, then like the Cedar,
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  • you will grow more inthe storms and snows.
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  • And like the Palm,the older you get
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  • the sweeter yourfruit will become.
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  • So don't grow discouraged,better fruit is on the way.
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  • Number eight, as we'retalking about these 11 Weapons
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  • to Defeat the Dark LordDepression, Heaven.
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  • Heaven is a weapon that wecan use against the forces
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  • of darkness when deathlooms large over us.
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  • When we're ensconcedby the shadow of death.
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  • When we're facing thedeath of a loved one
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  • or terminal illness ourselves,
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  • we can remember thatheaven is a weapon
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  • to defeat the darkLord a depression.
  • 00:13:28.347 --> 00:13:30.249
  • You're gonna be surroundedby those that you love,
  • 00:13:31.817 --> 00:13:34.286
  • your heroes, thepeople of the faith,
  • 00:13:34.286 --> 00:13:36.522
  • but your eyes are gonnabe so focused on Jesus.
  • 00:13:36.522 --> 00:13:39.792
  • Everyone's eyes willbe so focused on Jesus.
  • 00:13:39.792 --> 00:13:42.795
  • All you're gonna do is havefun, keeping your eyes on him.
  • 00:13:42.795 --> 00:13:47.800
  • My brother, Peter Johnwent to heaven on Tuesday
  • 00:13:49.802 --> 00:13:54.473
  • and he's now reunitedwith my sister, Jessica.
  • 00:13:55.641 --> 00:14:00.112
  • I'm not really thecrying sort of person.
  • 00:14:00.112 --> 00:14:02.114
  • I just don't liketend to cry that much
  • 00:14:02.114 --> 00:14:03.849
  • but over the past few weeks,
  • 00:14:03.849 --> 00:14:05.384
  • I find myself justcrying every few hours,
  • 00:14:05.384 --> 00:14:07.820
  • just breaking down,I'll be running,
  • 00:14:07.820 --> 00:14:09.855
  • I'll be in my car,I'm even angry.
  • 00:14:09.855 --> 00:14:12.858
  • I mean, I'm not gonna lie,yesterday I threw my phone
  • 00:14:12.858 --> 00:14:15.127
  • and I started punchingstuff, I was by myself.
  • 00:14:15.127 --> 00:14:17.429
  • It's not bad to be angry.
  • 00:14:18.831 --> 00:14:20.599
  • I'm angry that mybrother died at 41.
  • 00:14:22.001 --> 00:14:24.670
  • That should be the primeof life, that's human.
  • 00:14:24.670 --> 00:14:27.840
  • My message is a message ofhope that doesn't change,
  • 00:14:27.840 --> 00:14:30.075
  • but I'm not gonna actlike you can't be human
  • 00:14:30.075 --> 00:14:32.411
  • and you can't cry andyou can't feel anger
  • 00:14:32.411 --> 00:14:35.314
  • but the truth of the matter is
  • 00:14:36.615 --> 00:14:38.083
  • he makes everythingbeautiful in its time.
  • 00:14:38.083 --> 00:14:41.253
  • And when I saw my brotherat the end of his life,
  • 00:14:41.253 --> 00:14:43.322
  • breathing his last,it's hard to see
  • 00:14:43.322 --> 00:14:45.524
  • how this can be made beautiful.
  • 00:14:45.524 --> 00:14:46.992
  • It's hard to see whenhis daughters and Amanda
  • 00:14:46.992 --> 00:14:50.796
  • are crying at his deathbed,that's hard to see.
  • 00:14:50.796 --> 00:14:54.667
  • But my brother said it so well.
  • 00:14:54.667 --> 00:14:56.669
  • He said that noteverything is good,
  • 00:14:56.669 --> 00:15:00.506
  • but all things worktogether for the good,
  • 00:15:00.506 --> 00:15:04.043
  • because God is good
  • 00:15:04.043 --> 00:15:05.177
  • and everything will bemade beautiful in its time.
  • 00:15:06.545 --> 00:15:09.181
  • It doesn't have tomake sense right now.
  • 00:15:10.316 --> 00:15:12.551
  • Faith doesn't make sense,faith makes miracles.
  • 00:15:12.551 --> 00:15:16.155
  • Faith doesn't answerall our questions,
  • 00:15:17.489 --> 00:15:19.325
  • faith knows where to take them.
  • 00:15:19.325 --> 00:15:21.427
  • And even if you can'tsee it right now,
  • 00:15:21.427 --> 00:15:23.462
  • whatever you're going through,
  • 00:15:23.462 --> 00:15:24.964
  • and we're all going throughthis as a family together
  • 00:15:24.964 --> 00:15:26.465
  • as a church, it's like we'reall mourning the loss of Peter,
  • 00:15:26.465 --> 00:15:29.134
  • but this is the reality,
  • 00:15:29.134 --> 00:15:30.402
  • we mourn but not asthe world mourns.
  • 00:15:30.402 --> 00:15:32.838
  • We cry but our mourningwill be turned to dancing.
  • 00:15:32.838 --> 00:15:35.341
  • We sow in tears, butwe will reap in joy
  • 00:15:35.341 --> 00:15:38.410
  • because we believein eternal life.
  • 00:15:38.410 --> 00:15:41.180
  • Jesus said, "Blessedare those who mourn
  • 00:15:41.180 --> 00:15:43.549
  • "for they shall be comforted."
  • 00:15:43.549 --> 00:15:44.883
  • For Ecclesiastes 3:11 says,
  • 00:15:44.883 --> 00:15:46.585
  • "God makes everythingbeautiful in its time."
  • 00:15:46.585 --> 00:15:48.821
  • Peter lived a great life.
  • 00:15:51.490 --> 00:15:54.193
  • Now I picture himwalking down the aisle
  • 00:15:54.193 --> 00:15:56.395
  • and Jesus handing himhis diploma saying,
  • 00:15:56.395 --> 00:15:58.330
  • come enter into the joyof the Lord, well done.
  • 00:15:58.330 --> 00:16:02.301
  • Things kind ofjust simmered down.
  • 00:16:04.570 --> 00:16:06.638
  • You just don't have thetime or the energy to do it
  • 00:16:06.638 --> 00:16:09.475
  • like you once didand you realize
  • 00:16:09.475 --> 00:16:12.077
  • the direction it's heading.
  • 00:16:12.077 --> 00:16:13.746
  • But the peace that I havewithin me is incalculable.
  • 00:16:15.247 --> 00:16:20.052
  • I have never had thiskind of joy within me
  • 00:16:23.655 --> 00:16:26.992
  • in terms of whatmy future holds.
  • 00:16:26.992 --> 00:16:29.661
  • What my future holds.
  • 00:16:31.096 --> 00:16:32.765
  • After the death of mybrother and sister.
  • 00:16:38.670 --> 00:16:41.440
  • I understood more whatPaul meant when he said,
  • 00:16:41.440 --> 00:16:44.610
  • if we do not believe in theresurrection of the dead,
  • 00:16:44.610 --> 00:16:47.546
  • we above all menare most miserable.
  • 00:16:47.546 --> 00:16:50.482
  • Wow, that's pretty depressed.
  • 00:16:50.482 --> 00:16:53.519
  • Now, we're kind of bummed outor have a case of the blues.
  • 00:16:53.519 --> 00:16:56.188
  • We above all menare most miserable.
  • 00:16:56.188 --> 00:16:58.023
  • If there is no resurrection.
  • 00:16:58.023 --> 00:17:00.025
  • Thank God themessage of the cosmos
  • 00:17:00.025 --> 00:17:02.027
  • is there is an empty tomb.
  • 00:17:02.027 --> 00:17:04.797
  • Ecclesiastes 3:11 says,
  • 00:17:04.797 --> 00:17:06.365
  • "He will make everythingbeautiful in its time."
  • 00:17:06.365 --> 00:17:08.634
  • He has put eternityin our hearts.
  • 00:17:08.634 --> 00:17:10.602
  • Science now validates that,regardless of religion,
  • 00:17:10.602 --> 00:17:13.305
  • ethnicity, tribe, tongue,gender, nationality, geography,
  • 00:17:13.305 --> 00:17:17.643
  • all over the world, mostpeople believe in an afterlife.
  • 00:17:17.643 --> 00:17:20.412
  • The only time we cameacross a group of people
  • 00:17:20.412 --> 00:17:22.047
  • that didn't seem tobelieve in an afterlife
  • 00:17:22.047 --> 00:17:24.049
  • was when the Pilgrimscame to America
  • 00:17:24.049 --> 00:17:27.052
  • and we encountered nativeAmericans and Indians
  • 00:17:27.052 --> 00:17:29.455
  • that talked about thehappy hunting grounds
  • 00:17:29.455 --> 00:17:31.223
  • and then we realized itwas just a miscommunication
  • 00:17:31.223 --> 00:17:33.625
  • of language barrier,and we understood,
  • 00:17:33.625 --> 00:17:35.861
  • Oh, their version ofhappy hunting grounds
  • 00:17:35.861 --> 00:17:38.097
  • is what they call heaven.
  • 00:17:38.097 --> 00:17:39.565
  • Why does everybody believe,around the world statistically,
  • 00:17:39.565 --> 00:17:44.069
  • as a median average,
  • 00:17:44.069 --> 00:17:45.471
  • why do we tend tobelieve in the afterlife?
  • 00:17:45.471 --> 00:17:47.739
  • Even in secularized cultures,
  • 00:17:47.739 --> 00:17:49.741
  • where belief in Godis relatively low,
  • 00:17:49.741 --> 00:17:52.377
  • science tells us thatbelieve in the afterlife
  • 00:17:52.377 --> 00:17:54.646
  • or some persistence ofconsciousness beyond death
  • 00:17:54.646 --> 00:17:58.050
  • maintains majority support.
  • 00:17:58.050 --> 00:18:00.119
  • Why do most humans believethere's an afterlife?
  • 00:18:00.119 --> 00:18:02.721
  • Why does science validate that?
  • 00:18:02.721 --> 00:18:04.556
  • It's because the Bible says
  • 00:18:04.556 --> 00:18:06.091
  • he has put eternityin our hearts.
  • 00:18:06.091 --> 00:18:09.828
  • God did not give you adesire for the afterlife
  • 00:18:09.828 --> 00:18:13.432
  • to frustrate you,but to fulfill you.
  • 00:18:13.432 --> 00:18:16.702
  • The righteous one bledfrom seven places;
  • 00:18:25.410 --> 00:18:27.379
  • the head, the right hand,the left hand, the side,
  • 00:18:27.379 --> 00:18:30.249
  • the right foot, theleft foot, and the back.
  • 00:18:30.249 --> 00:18:32.351
  • He bled from the back.
  • 00:18:32.351 --> 00:18:34.386
  • The book of Isaiah saysthat God will go before you,
  • 00:18:34.386 --> 00:18:39.391
  • but it also says heis your rear guard.
  • 00:18:40.592 --> 00:18:43.262
  • God is not only yourrock of offense,
  • 00:18:43.262 --> 00:18:45.631
  • just as David hurled the stone,
  • 00:18:45.631 --> 00:18:47.766
  • the rock of offenseinto Goliath's forehead.
  • 00:18:47.766 --> 00:18:50.769
  • So to the son of Davidgives us the plunder
  • 00:18:50.769 --> 00:18:53.505
  • because he has defeated death,
  • 00:18:53.505 --> 00:18:55.174
  • now we get a reap the victory.
  • 00:18:55.174 --> 00:18:56.875
  • He's not only a rock of offense,
  • 00:18:56.875 --> 00:18:58.777
  • but the Psalmist said youare my rock and my defense.
  • 00:18:58.777 --> 00:19:02.214
  • You're my defenseattorney, 1 John says.
  • 00:19:02.214 --> 00:19:04.683
  • So he's not only your rockof offense going before you,
  • 00:19:04.683 --> 00:19:07.252
  • he's your rock of defense.
  • 00:19:07.252 --> 00:19:09.087
  • He's your rear guardgoing behind you, Hehas got your back.
  • 00:19:09.087 --> 00:19:13.959
  • And not only is hethe rock of defense,
  • 00:19:13.959 --> 00:19:17.029
  • not only is He therock of offense,
  • 00:19:17.029 --> 00:19:19.565
  • but He is the rock of ageswho rolls the stone away.
  • 00:19:19.565 --> 00:19:23.402
  • So we can say, Oh, grave,where is your victory?
  • 00:19:23.402 --> 00:19:26.538
  • God has got my back.
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  • I don't have to fear mypast, He's got my back.
  • 00:19:28.006 --> 00:19:30.876
  • I know that he goes beforeme, he's holding my future.
  • 00:19:30.876 --> 00:19:33.812
  • The same spirit thatraised Jesus from the dead
  • 00:19:33.812 --> 00:19:35.847
  • is the seal and guaranteefor a brighter tomorrow
  • 00:19:35.847 --> 00:19:38.283
  • for my future, soyou better believe
  • 00:19:38.283 --> 00:19:40.219
  • I'm gonna get rid ofstinking thinking,
  • 00:19:40.219 --> 00:19:41.987
  • have an attitude ofgratitude and have a checkup
  • 00:19:41.987 --> 00:19:44.189
  • from the neck up becausemy God has got my back.
  • 00:19:44.189 --> 00:19:46.858
  • And if I kneel before God,God will stand up for me
  • 00:19:46.858 --> 00:19:49.561
  • and when God stands up for me,nobody can stand against me
  • 00:19:49.561 --> 00:19:52.831
  • because his kingdom isnot from this world,
  • 00:19:52.831 --> 00:19:55.000
  • but it's for this world justas we are not of this world
  • 00:19:55.000 --> 00:19:57.603
  • but we are in this worldand his Kingdom will come
  • 00:19:57.603 --> 00:19:59.638
  • to this world on earth,even as it is in heaven.
  • 00:19:59.638 --> 00:20:02.541
  • So ultimately becausemy God has got my back,
  • 00:20:02.541 --> 00:20:05.210
  • I don't have to fear theaccuser of the brethren,
  • 00:20:05.210 --> 00:20:07.379
  • who's stabbing me in the back.
  • 00:20:07.379 --> 00:20:08.780
  • I can know thatPsalm 47 is true.
  • 00:20:08.780 --> 00:20:11.049
  • My enemies are my footstool,
  • 00:20:11.049 --> 00:20:12.918
  • so if I wanna saysomething to my enemy,
  • 00:20:12.918 --> 00:20:14.653
  • I'd better writeit on my sneakers
  • 00:20:14.653 --> 00:20:16.255
  • because he's under my feet.
  • 00:20:16.255 --> 00:20:17.723
  • God doesn't take medeeper to drown me,
  • 00:20:17.723 --> 00:20:19.524
  • he just knows myenemy can't swim
  • 00:20:19.524 --> 00:20:21.226
  • and if the enemy isstabbing me in my back,
  • 00:20:21.226 --> 00:20:23.128
  • he's behind me for a reason,God bled from the back.
  • 00:20:23.128 --> 00:20:26.098
  • He's got my back, no onecould stab me in the back.
  • 00:20:26.098 --> 00:20:28.800
  • He bled from his back withthe cat-o-nine tails scourge
  • 00:20:28.800 --> 00:20:32.004
  • on his back, and not onlydid the righteous bleed
  • 00:20:32.004 --> 00:20:34.606
  • from seven places, butboy did he rise again.
  • 00:20:34.606 --> 00:20:38.310
  • The righteous onefell under his cross,
  • 00:20:38.310 --> 00:20:41.246
  • bled from seven places,but he rose again.
  • 00:20:41.246 --> 00:20:44.216
  • So now that we know he loves us.
  • 00:20:44.216 --> 00:20:46.151
  • Now that we know he rises again,
  • 00:20:46.151 --> 00:20:48.053
  • we can go forward into thefuture with so much hope.
  • 00:20:48.053 --> 00:20:51.423
  • Would somebody say Amen.
  • 00:20:51.423 --> 00:20:52.824
  • (crowd cheering)
  • 00:20:52.824 --> 00:20:54.059
  • This is big, this is big stuff.
  • 00:20:54.059 --> 00:20:56.895
  • (crowd cheering)
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  • Number nine is wearm you to the teeth
  • 00:21:01.133 --> 00:21:03.468
  • in this arsenal ofweapons to defeat
  • 00:21:03.468 --> 00:21:05.170
  • the dark Lord ofdepression and build hope
  • 00:21:05.170 --> 00:21:07.072
  • in the face of despair.
  • 00:21:07.072 --> 00:21:08.807
  • Number nine is El Roi.
  • 00:21:08.807 --> 00:21:10.809
  • The first time ahuman gave God a name,
  • 00:21:10.809 --> 00:21:13.412
  • not God revealinghimself to a human,
  • 00:21:13.412 --> 00:21:15.180
  • but the firstperson who named God
  • 00:21:15.180 --> 00:21:17.215
  • was Hagar anEgyptian slave girl.
  • 00:21:17.215 --> 00:21:20.952
  • When she was dyingin a wilderness
  • 00:21:20.952 --> 00:21:23.121
  • with her son Ishmaelunder a tree,
  • 00:21:23.121 --> 00:21:25.190
  • kicked out of Abraham'shouse with nothing
  • 00:21:25.190 --> 00:21:26.792
  • but a sack lunchand a scorching sun.
  • 00:21:26.792 --> 00:21:29.027
  • And when God rescuedher and delivered her,
  • 00:21:29.027 --> 00:21:31.797
  • she said, you are ElRoi, the God who sees.
  • 00:21:31.797 --> 00:21:36.802
  • Friends, I wanna tellyou that God sees you.
  • 00:21:38.003 --> 00:21:41.073
  • When you think nobody gets you,
  • 00:21:41.940 --> 00:21:44.242
  • nobody sees whatyou're going through,
  • 00:21:44.242 --> 00:21:46.545
  • nobody understands you,remember our God is El Roi.
  • 00:21:46.545 --> 00:21:51.516
  • He is the God who sees.
  • 00:21:51.516 --> 00:21:54.219
  • In 2017, suicide was listedas the second leading
  • 00:21:54.219 --> 00:21:57.456
  • cause of death in my age group.
  • 00:21:57.456 --> 00:21:59.624
  • Right now, one outof every 40 seconds,
  • 00:22:02.260 --> 00:22:04.830
  • someone around the worldwill kill himself or herself.
  • 00:22:04.830 --> 00:22:07.566
  • We live in the most depressedgeneration in history,
  • 00:22:09.601 --> 00:22:12.537
  • but I have a message for you.
  • 00:22:12.537 --> 00:22:13.972
  • Our hope does not have to bedictated by our circumstances,
  • 00:22:15.774 --> 00:22:19.411
  • but rather our circumstancescan be dictated by our hope.
  • 00:22:19.411 --> 00:22:22.514
  • When we choose not to becreatures of our circumstances,
  • 00:22:27.085 --> 00:22:30.255
  • but creators ofour circumstances,
  • 00:22:30.255 --> 00:22:32.357
  • cause we will have nightmares,but we also have dreams
  • 00:22:32.357 --> 00:22:35.260
  • and we will conquerour nightmaresbecause of our dreams.
  • 00:22:35.260 --> 00:22:38.497
  • Number 10, let God love on you.
  • 00:22:41.066 --> 00:22:43.568
  • His burden is easy,His load is light.
  • 00:22:43.568 --> 00:22:46.738
  • Friends if your walk withGod is difficult and hard,
  • 00:22:46.738 --> 00:22:48.907
  • you're doing it wrong.
  • 00:22:48.907 --> 00:22:50.409
  • If you're like, man walkingwith God is so difficult.
  • 00:22:50.409 --> 00:22:53.578
  • Jesus is like actually mywalk is supposed to be easy.
  • 00:22:53.578 --> 00:22:56.248
  • Like it's so heavy, actuallyJesus said my load is light.
  • 00:22:56.248 --> 00:23:00.819
  • So I want to tell you, justlet God love the heavens
  • 00:23:00.819 --> 00:23:05.023
  • right into you and thedespair clean out of you.
  • 00:23:05.023 --> 00:23:07.759
  • Friends in mud and alittle R&R under the sun
  • 00:23:07.759 --> 00:23:11.129
  • lends Zoe to the soul.
  • 00:23:11.129 --> 00:23:13.198
  • Paradoxically, it's often easier
  • 00:23:13.198 --> 00:23:15.233
  • to work yourfingers to the bone,
  • 00:23:15.233 --> 00:23:17.068
  • white knuckle it throughsuffering and never unplug.
  • 00:23:17.068 --> 00:23:21.072
  • No wonder the bookof Hebrews says,
  • 00:23:21.072 --> 00:23:22.808
  • "labor to enter into the rest."
  • 00:23:22.808 --> 00:23:26.278
  • That means we have todiscipline ourselves to relax,
  • 00:23:26.278 --> 00:23:29.781
  • not scroll or postersurf, but to really relax,
  • 00:23:29.781 --> 00:23:33.785
  • to laugh with our fellow shlags
  • 00:23:33.785 --> 00:23:36.021
  • and connect withthe deeper realities
  • 00:23:36.021 --> 00:23:37.689
  • and find a therapeuticcathartic outlet
  • 00:23:37.689 --> 00:23:40.025
  • to drain all toxicity fromthe mind, enter into the rest.
  • 00:23:40.025 --> 00:23:44.596
  • Let God love you, do nothing,you don't have to behave
  • 00:23:46.631 --> 00:23:49.401
  • to get saved, you justbelieve and receive,
  • 00:23:49.401 --> 00:23:50.836
  • the issue's not worth butbirth, just let God love on you.
  • 00:23:50.836 --> 00:23:53.839
  • Friends, this is massiveto overcoming despair.
  • 00:23:53.839 --> 00:23:56.775
  • You have to know you're loved.
  • 00:23:56.775 --> 00:23:58.610
  • So, how do I receive thislove? Ready, do nothing.
  • 00:23:58.610 --> 00:24:02.514
  • Do nothing, it's not by works,it's by grace through faith.
  • 00:24:02.514 --> 00:24:06.451
  • Finally number 11, thelast weapon to defeat
  • 00:24:06.451 --> 00:24:09.521
  • the dark Lord ofdepression is Dreamality.
  • 00:24:09.521 --> 00:24:13.859
  • A lot of people say, you know,
  • 00:24:13.859 --> 00:24:15.093
  • you shouldn't followyour heart brother
  • 00:24:15.093 --> 00:24:16.294
  • because your heartis deceitfully wicked
  • 00:24:16.294 --> 00:24:17.429
  • above all thingswho can know it.
  • 00:24:17.429 --> 00:24:18.697
  • Well yeah, that'sthe Old Testament.
  • 00:24:18.697 --> 00:24:19.865
  • What does the New Testament say?
  • 00:24:19.865 --> 00:24:21.266
  • He gives you a regenerated heart
  • 00:24:21.266 --> 00:24:22.734
  • and writes his laws onthe table of your heart.
  • 00:24:22.734 --> 00:24:24.669
  • So I'm pretty sureit's a good idea
  • 00:24:24.669 --> 00:24:26.004
  • to follow what's on your heart
  • 00:24:26.004 --> 00:24:27.372
  • if that's where he'swriting his laws.
  • 00:24:27.372 --> 00:24:29.708
  • God didn't putdesires in your heart
  • 00:24:29.708 --> 00:24:31.409
  • to make you feel anxiousor to make you think,
  • 00:24:31.409 --> 00:24:35.647
  • man my dreams will never happen.
  • 00:24:35.647 --> 00:24:37.115
  • No, you make God your delightand what's gonna happen is
  • 00:24:37.115 --> 00:24:39.951
  • his plans of a future notefor you are gonna sync up
  • 00:24:39.951 --> 00:24:42.621
  • like Bluetooth pairingdevices with the desires
  • 00:24:42.621 --> 00:24:45.257
  • on your heart,that's how it works.
  • 00:24:45.257 --> 00:24:46.625
  • He writes his laws onthe table of your heart.
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  • Let God love paradiseright into you
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  • and hate is clean out of you.
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  • I love you have hope generators.
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  • In the year 1953,Sir Edmund Hillary
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  • along with Tenzing Norgaybecame the first men
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  • in the history of humanityto climb Mount Everest.
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  • Standing over 29.000 feet tall,
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  • this was the largestobstacle on planet Earth.
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  • Yet, Sir Edmund Hillary said,
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  • "It is not the mountain thatwe've conquered but ourselves."
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  • It's as if the mountainwas an outward projection
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  • of the inward obstacleshe faced in his mind.
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  • So too Jesus believed thatwith a certain perspective,
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  • you could overcome any obstacle.
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  • He said that if you havea mustard seed of faith,
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  • you can move mountains.
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  • Now the phrase we're movingmountains was actually
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  • a common proverb insaying in Jesus's time.
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  • It literally meant toremove difficulties.
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  • In fact, if you werea really good teacher
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  • as a Jewish rabbi,and you could explain
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  • and interpret a text, youwere said to have plucked up
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  • or even pulverize mountains.
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  • So Jesus is saying thatwith a mindset of faith,
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  • F-A-I-T-H, ForwardAll Issues To Heaven,
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  • you can pluck up andpulverize any mountain.
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  • You can remove any difficulty.
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  • You can overcome any obstacle.
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  • So too we've been calledto pulverize our mountains,
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  • not to see the obstacle inall of our opportunities.
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  • You're gonna seethe opportunities inyour every obstacle
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  • With a mustard seed of faith,
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  • we're not gonna tell ourGod how big our mountain is.
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  • We're gonna tell ourmountain how big our God is.
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