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New Mexico Part 2

Watch New Mexico Part 2
October 11, 2020
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Hope Generation as a whole; deals out hope galore; as our Hope Generation 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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  • - "No eye has seen,no ear has heard,
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  • "what the Lord has in storefor those who love him."
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  • If you could even begin tofathom what your future holds.
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  • "I know the thoughtsI think toward you,
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  • "to give you afuture and a hope,"
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  • and when you're strong,
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  • you're gonna find thatyour storm cannot take you
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  • where God cannot keep you,
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  • that the Holy one of Israelneither slumbers nor sleeps,
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  • and you think you weregoing in your own strength,
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  • but really it was hisrighteous right hand
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  • that was strengtheningyou on the journey.
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  • Depression is awful,sadness is awful.
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  • That's a shadowy valleyGod walked me through
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  • over many years.
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  • We all go through stuff.
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  • But here's what Ineed to tell you.
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  • Find solace in the fact thatthe greatest Bible characters
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  • often struggledwith depression too.
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  • So for me, my message forpeople is the message of hope.
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  • The God of hope is real.
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  • I have more joy, morehope, more happiness
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  • than I've had in over a decade.
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  • When you understand thatthis God who made everything
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  • speaks worlds into existence
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  • with his words thatcome out of nothing,
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  • that he can actually createsomething out of nothing,
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  • then suddenly wesay, "Of course, God,
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  • "the words that you speakare spirit and life."
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  • We have hope that keeps usbuoyant during the storm,
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  • so let's be harbingers of hope,
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  • showing our generation thatGod is the anchor of hope,
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  • and there is no place like hope.
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  • Would somebody please say amen
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  • if you can testifyto the faithfulness
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  • and goodness and hope of God.
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  • He's good.
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  • (audience cheers)
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  • He's good.
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  • - I was strongly considering
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  • driving off theside of the road.
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  • I thought I'd turn on the radiofor a final going away song.
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  • - When you leak a tear,God leaks a tear, too.
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  • Jesus says, "If you've seenme, you've seen the Father."
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  • "Mary and Martha weep,so too Jesus wept."
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  • "That's what God looks like.
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  • - When I heardBen's voice instead.
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  • - He is a God who weepswith those who weep.
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  • - I put my foot on thebrakes, pulled over,
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  • and cried anddecided to give God
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  • whatever was left in me instead.
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  • That was five months ago.
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  • I now ingest everythingyou've got daily.
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  • God used Hope Generation tostop me from ending my life.
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  • So understatement ofthe year, thank you.
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  • - Life cycles in seasons.
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  • When autumn falls upon us andwinter looms in front of us,
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  • we can still lead alifestyle of thanksgiving.
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  • In the story ofJesus and the lepers,
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  • only one out of the 10that had been healed
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  • turned back to give thanks.
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  • We are going to be in the10% that show gratitude.
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  • Out of the 860.3 millionwords we speak in a lifetime,
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  • let's make a lot of thosewords of thankfulness.
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  • I'm Ben Courson.
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  • You're watching Hope Generation,
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  • and today we're gonnaresume our message
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  • "Hope for Young People," asermon given in New Mexico.
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  • Maybe you're at a placeright now where you're like,
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  • man, I have to make some toughdecisions about my future.
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  • How do I know whatchoices to make?
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  • This is what Paul said.
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  • "Be anxious for nothing."
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  • Everyone say beanxious for nothing.
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  • - Be anxious for nothing.
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  • - So be a non-anxiouspresence in the world.
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  • He says, "But ineverything with prayer
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  • "and supplicationand Thanksgiving,
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  • "let your requestsbe made known to God,
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  • "and the peace of God whichpasses all understanding
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  • "will guard yourhearts and minds
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  • "through Christ Jesus."
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  • Philippians six orseven, this famous verse,
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  • Paul says, "Beanxious for nothing."
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  • He tells us to be a non-anxiouspresence in the world,
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  • "But in everything,
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  • "with prayer and thanksgivingand supplication,"
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  • he goes on to write,
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  • "Let your request bemade known to God,"
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  • and this is what he says.
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  • "The peace of God, whichpasses understanding,
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  • "will guard yourhearts and your minds."
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  • Now, when he says thispeace passes understanding,
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  • it doesn't primarily mean,
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  • man, I don't understandwhere this peace came from.
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  • It means that yourunderstanding cannot conjure,
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  • fabricate, ormanufacture this peace.
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  • It's a peace that comesfrom somewhere else.
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  • It's a trans-rational piece,it's a spiritual peace.
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  • In other words, you cannotthink your way into peace,
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  • peace has to bypassyour understanding.
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  • In other words, you haveto trust in the Lord
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  • with all of your heart
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  • and not lean on yourown understanding,
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  • and that's when "A peacethat bypasses understanding,"
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  • Paul says, "will guardyour heart and your mind."
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  • Now, that word guard in Greekis used of a prison sentinel
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  • that would literally guarda cell or guard a prisoner
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  • to make sure thatprisoner couldn't escape.
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  • Paul said we're to takeour thoughts captive,
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  • and these captive thoughts ofanxiety, stress, and worry,
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  • the peace of God willactually guard our hearts
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  • to make sure thosethoughts are taken captive
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  • and they can't escape, sowe'll be left with peace.
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  • So I wanna encourage youto continue to talk to God
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  • about your fears, yourworries, your anxieties,
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  • and thank him for all he's done,
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  • and this peace willguard your heart
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  • and bypass your understanding.
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  • How many of youwant peace of mind?
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  • Please raise your hand.
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  • Paul said, Colossians 3:15,
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  • "Let the peace of Godrule your hearts."
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  • Now, you guys are at abig point in your life
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  • of the path bifurcating
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  • and figuring outwhat you're gonna do.
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  • Should you date this person,
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  • or should you date that person?
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  • Should you go to this college,
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  • or should you goto that university?
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  • Should you take this joboffer or pursue that career?
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  • You're trying to figure outwhat you're supposed to do,
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  • and listen, we make35.000 choices every day.
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  • How do we know we'remaking the right ones?
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  • It's a tough call.
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  • We're all gonna get tothat place in our life
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  • where we do not knowwhat decision to make.
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  • In Colossians 3:15,Paul the Apostle says,
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  • "Let the peace of Godrule your hearts."
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  • Now, that word rule in Greekis literally the word umpire.
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  • It was actually usedin the ancient games
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  • because in Paul's day,sports were all the rage.
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  • You had the Panioniumgames at Ephesus,
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  • the Isthmian games in Corinth,
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  • the Olympic games in Athens.
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  • Sports were a big deal.
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  • He talks about theruling official
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  • in these athletic competitionsin Colossians 3:15
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  • when he says, "Letthe peace of God rule"
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  • or literally,"umpire your heart."
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  • What does that mean?
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  • When you're trying tomake a tough decision,
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  • when it's a tough call,
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  • you can know what path totake, what decision to make,
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  • based on the peace thatis ruling your heart,
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  • that is umpiring your heart.
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  • So if you're goingdown one path,
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  • but you don't have a peace,even if it seems safe,
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  • even if it seemslike everyone else
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  • is telling you to do this,
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  • even if it seems morelogical, but you lack peace,
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  • the umpire is callingyou out on the carpet,
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  • "Don't make that choice."
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  • If however, youtake another path,
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  • it may seem riskier and scarier,
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  • but you just have a supernaturalpeace ruling your heart,
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  • go with that path.
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  • In other words, the Bible says,
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  • "Seek peace andpursue it," Psalm 37.
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  • Go where the peace is.
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  • Let the peace ofGod rule your heart,
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  • let the peace of Godumpire your heart,
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  • and you'll alwaysmake the safe choice.
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  • "Be transformed by therenewing of your mind."
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  • This is a different wayof ordering the universe.
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  • The Lord's saying, "Gowhere the peace is.
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  • "Be transformed by therenewing of your mind."
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  • The world is all aboutstress, pressure.
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  • "You need to be this, you needto be, you need to do that,
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  • "this is what you'resupposed to look like,
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  • "Work 40 hours a week,
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  • "40 years to retireon 40% of your income,
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  • "get your 401k,your dog named Spot,
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  • "your 2.5 kids, yourwhite picket fence,
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  • "get a timesharein Palm Springs,
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  • "tool around in a golfcart for two years,
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  • "and then claim yourspot in the cemetery."
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  • That's what the world says.
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  • "Don't be conformedto the world."
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  • The world says, "This iswhat you're supposed to do."
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  • No, "Be transformed by therenewing of your mind."
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  • You go where the peace is.
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  • It's the peace.
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  • Speaking at Labor of LoveFestival reinforced within me
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  • the reason why Paul's itchy feet
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  • carried him strategicallyto the coastal regions
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  • and megalopolis urban coresto spread his message.
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  • If you can impact the beaches,you infiltrate inland,
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  • because the country takes itscultural cues from the coasts.
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  • Getting to do interviews,use the radio waves,
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  • inundate social media,and share hope to crowds
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  • in Huntington Beachwith my friends
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  • reminded me that themost powerful army
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  • is a generationthat never quits.
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  • Pain makes us strongerand tears make us braver,
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  • and heartbreak makes us wiser.
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  • Don't give up onthe young people.
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  • We are winning back our world,
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  • we're winning back our country,
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  • and we're winning back ourcoasts one city at a time.
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  • We'll return for more oftoday's message after this.
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  • Paul the Apostle said, "Iam always on the move."
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  • That's the optimistic way.
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  • We are non-conformistadventurers
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  • who always livewith wild abandoned,
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  • childlike wonder, andunapologetic optimism.
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  • In fact, our draftfolder's empty
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  • because we always send it.
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  • Jesus had only threeyears to change the world,
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  • and he still found thetime to have banquets,
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  • go on picnics, andparty with his friends.
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  • He's somehow less busy and morefun than any pastor I know.
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  • Everyone say rejoicing in hope.
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  • - Rejoicing in hope.
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  • - Paul says, we're tobe rejoicing in hope,
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  • like, we should have sucha mindset of a hopefulness
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  • that we're notapologetic about it,
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  • we're actuallyrejoicing over it.
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  • When's the last time yousaid, "I am so stoked"?
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  • Somebody's like, "Why?"
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  • You're like, "I am so stoked
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  • "about the factthat I have hope."
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  • Hope is not just somethingI harbor deep within.
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  • Hope is something I rejoice in.
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  • I enjoy the joy ofbeing enjoyed by God
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  • which is the meaning of my life.
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  • Hashtag no big deal,low-key world domination,
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  • and so I'm going torejoice in my hope,
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  • be transformed by therenewing of my mind,
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  • and not conformed to the world.
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  • How do we rejoice in hope?
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  • How do we have this mindset?
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  • Romans five verse three.
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  • "And not only that, but wealso glory in tribulations,
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  • "knowing that tribulationproduces perseverance
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  • "and perseverance characterand character hope."
  • 00:13:54.173 --> 00:13:57.309
  • Everyone say hope.
  • 00:13:57.309 --> 00:13:58.844
  • - Hope.
  • 00:13:58.844 --> 00:13:59.778
  • - Now, hope does not disappoint
  • 00:13:59.778 --> 00:14:01.347
  • because the love of Godhas been spread abroad,
  • 00:14:01.347 --> 00:14:04.383
  • poured out in our heartsby the Holy Spirit
  • 00:14:04.383 --> 00:14:07.186
  • who was given to us.
  • 00:14:07.186 --> 00:14:08.420
  • I love this.
  • 00:14:08.420 --> 00:14:09.622
  • Paul says, "We notonly rejoice in hope,
  • 00:14:09.622 --> 00:14:12.291
  • "transformed by therenewing of our mind,
  • 00:14:12.291 --> 00:14:14.226
  • "not conformed to the world,
  • 00:14:14.226 --> 00:14:15.694
  • "which has given in to despair,"
  • 00:14:15.694 --> 00:14:16.929
  • we're the most depressedgeneration ever
  • 00:14:16.929 --> 00:14:18.364
  • sociologists tell us.
  • 00:14:18.364 --> 00:14:19.899
  • No, we have a whole differentway of thinking about reality.
  • 00:14:19.899 --> 00:14:22.268
  • We actually glory whentribulation happens.
  • 00:14:22.268 --> 00:14:26.405
  • Sometimes pain is the onlybridge to where you wanna go.
  • 00:14:26.405 --> 00:14:31.176
  • The very sufferingthat you despise
  • 00:14:32.878 --> 00:14:35.447
  • is actually the bridgethat transitions you
  • 00:14:35.447 --> 00:14:38.183
  • from where you are today
  • 00:14:38.183 --> 00:14:39.752
  • to the hope that youwanna live in tomorrow.
  • 00:14:39.752 --> 00:14:42.655
  • Paul the Apostleput it this way.
  • 00:14:46.191 --> 00:14:47.826
  • We glory in tribulation.
  • 00:14:47.826 --> 00:14:50.496
  • Here was a man who hadrocks thrown at him
  • 00:14:50.496 --> 00:14:52.331
  • and was left for dead,was bitten by a snake,
  • 00:14:52.331 --> 00:14:55.467
  • experienced perilsof robbers and waters
  • 00:14:55.467 --> 00:14:57.970
  • and nakedness and storms,
  • 00:14:57.970 --> 00:15:00.105
  • spent a day andnight at the deep,
  • 00:15:00.105 --> 00:15:01.507
  • the anxiety of the churches.
  • 00:15:01.507 --> 00:15:02.841
  • Some scholars believehis wife left him.
  • 00:15:02.841 --> 00:15:04.476
  • He went through all kindsof suffering and trials,
  • 00:15:04.476 --> 00:15:07.646
  • and yet he said, "We gloryin these tribulations."
  • 00:15:07.646 --> 00:15:11.850
  • Why, because he saidtribulation produces patience,
  • 00:15:11.850 --> 00:15:16.555
  • patience produces experience,experience produces hope,
  • 00:15:16.555 --> 00:15:21.493
  • and hope never disappointsbecause of God's love,
  • 00:15:22.895 --> 00:15:26.031
  • which is spread abroad inour hearts by the Holy Ghost,
  • 00:15:26.031 --> 00:15:29.401
  • which is given unto us.
  • 00:15:29.401 --> 00:15:31.303
  • Don't despise your pain,rather glory in your pain.
  • 00:15:31.303 --> 00:15:35.607
  • Count it all joy,because your suffering
  • 00:15:35.607 --> 00:15:38.243
  • is producing perseverance,
  • 00:15:38.243 --> 00:15:40.412
  • and your perseveranceproduces your destiny.
  • 00:15:40.412 --> 00:15:44.083
  • We rejoice in tribulation,we glory in tribulation.
  • 00:15:48.520 --> 00:15:52.558
  • In other words, painmakes us stronger,
  • 00:15:52.558 --> 00:15:55.561
  • tears make us braver,heartbreak makes us wiser,
  • 00:15:55.561 --> 00:15:59.698
  • so we thank our pastfor a better future.
  • 00:15:59.698 --> 00:16:02.067
  • We have a mindset of hopeeven in the face of distress.
  • 00:16:02.067 --> 00:16:06.105
  • (audience claps)
  • 00:16:06.105 --> 00:16:08.073
  • 1 Peter 1:13 it says,
  • 00:16:08.073 --> 00:16:09.742
  • "Therefore, gird up theloins of your mind."
  • 00:16:10.876 --> 00:16:15.247
  • Everyone say gird up.
  • 00:16:15.247 --> 00:16:17.182
  • - Gird up.
  • 00:16:17.182 --> 00:16:18.017
  • - The loins.
  • 00:16:18.017 --> 00:16:19.885
  • - Of your mind.
  • 00:16:19.885 --> 00:16:21.653
  • - "Be sober and rest your hope,"
  • 00:16:21.653 --> 00:16:23.856
  • everyone say, rest your hope.
  • 00:16:23.856 --> 00:16:25.257
  • - Rest your hope.
  • 00:16:25.257 --> 00:16:26.625
  • - Fully upon the grace.
  • 00:16:26.625 --> 00:16:27.860
  • Everyone say fullyupon the grace.
  • 00:16:27.860 --> 00:16:29.495
  • - Fully upon the grace.
  • 00:16:29.495 --> 00:16:30.929
  • - That is to be brought to you
  • 00:16:30.929 --> 00:16:32.164
  • at the revelationof Jesus Christ.
  • 00:16:32.164 --> 00:16:33.399
  • So, Peter says, "Gird upthe loins of your mind
  • 00:16:33.399 --> 00:16:35.467
  • "because, as you're notconformed to the world,
  • 00:16:35.467 --> 00:16:37.703
  • "but transformed by therenewing of your mind,"
  • 00:16:37.703 --> 00:16:39.571
  • when you gird up theloins of your mind,
  • 00:16:39.571 --> 00:16:41.273
  • you learn to rest yourhope fully upon the grace.
  • 00:16:41.273 --> 00:16:46.278
  • Today was a daydevoted to all things
  • 00:16:47.379 --> 00:16:49.248
  • sunny, funny, and divine.
  • 00:16:49.248 --> 00:16:51.750
  • The reason my brother, Seth,
  • 00:16:52.785 --> 00:16:53.986
  • and I ventured this afternoon
  • 00:16:53.986 --> 00:16:55.721
  • into woods of sunlightand spring tide
  • 00:16:55.721 --> 00:16:58.857
  • is because COVID-19 haspushed pause onto the world.
  • 00:16:58.857 --> 00:17:03.729
  • Over the years, we alltend to complain about
  • 00:17:03.729 --> 00:17:05.731
  • how busy we are,and so what happens?
  • 00:17:05.731 --> 00:17:08.967
  • Disease shuts down the world.
  • 00:17:08.967 --> 00:17:11.103
  • Now we've beenforced to practice
  • 00:17:12.237 --> 00:17:14.106
  • the ancienttradition of slowing.
  • 00:17:14.106 --> 00:17:17.209
  • Normal work hoursand suspended jobs
  • 00:17:17.209 --> 00:17:20.546
  • have instigated a needto rediscover simplicity.
  • 00:17:20.546 --> 00:17:25.017
  • The coronavirus has forced us
  • 00:17:25.017 --> 00:17:26.919
  • to relish times withfriends and family
  • 00:17:26.919 --> 00:17:29.655
  • while earth is taking a break.
  • 00:17:29.655 --> 00:17:32.658
  • We can no longer allowthis psycho cyclone
  • 00:17:32.658 --> 00:17:35.928
  • of the hustle and bustleto boss us around.
  • 00:17:35.928 --> 00:17:39.031
  • Only now do we seem toremember our Eden mandate
  • 00:17:40.432 --> 00:17:43.836
  • to enjoy laughing and mountainsand looking into the sky.
  • 00:17:43.836 --> 00:17:48.841
  • Walk into the woodlands,laugh with your loved ones,
  • 00:17:50.242 --> 00:17:53.178
  • grab the sky, meanderamong the wonders,
  • 00:17:53.178 --> 00:17:58.050
  • and rediscover simplicity.
  • 00:17:58.050 --> 00:18:00.786
  • Where do you get hope?
  • 00:18:02.254 --> 00:18:04.323
  • It comes from grace, restingyour hope fully on God's grace.
  • 00:18:04.323 --> 00:18:09.328
  • He loves me, he lovesme, he loves me.
  • 00:18:10.462 --> 00:18:14.766
  • That's where I get hope,
  • 00:18:14.766 --> 00:18:16.068
  • when he just loves theheavens right into me.
  • 00:18:16.068 --> 00:18:18.837
  • I don't have to do anything,I just get loved on.
  • 00:18:20.172 --> 00:18:23.342
  • You know what's so cool?
  • 00:18:23.342 --> 00:18:24.776
  • The Bible teaches that you'relike the bride of Christ
  • 00:18:24.776 --> 00:18:26.745
  • in that while we were yetsinners, Christ died for us.
  • 00:18:26.745 --> 00:18:29.214
  • So if we're the brideof Christ as the church,
  • 00:18:29.214 --> 00:18:31.250
  • it's not like Jesus died for us
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  • when we had a stunning red dress
  • 00:18:32.684 --> 00:18:35.187
  • and ice around ourneck and, you know,
  • 00:18:35.187 --> 00:18:38.357
  • beautiful flowing hair and thecheekbones of Keira Knightley
  • 00:18:38.357 --> 00:18:41.460
  • and like, highheels on our feet,
  • 00:18:41.460 --> 00:18:43.695
  • and walking the redcarpet and perfume,
  • 00:18:43.695 --> 00:18:45.898
  • we're doing the perfume walk by.
  • 00:18:45.898 --> 00:18:47.799
  • That's not when Jesus is like,
  • 00:18:47.799 --> 00:18:48.734
  • "Oh gosh, you're to die for."
  • 00:18:48.734 --> 00:18:52.804
  • No, he thought wewere to die for
  • 00:18:52.804 --> 00:18:55.207
  • when we had curlers, thebride had curlers in her hair,
  • 00:18:55.207 --> 00:18:59.311
  • she had like, love handles,we had love handles.
  • 00:19:00.646 --> 00:19:04.183
  • We have green face glopall over our epidermis,
  • 00:19:04.183 --> 00:19:07.119
  • we have cucumbers poppingout of our eye sockets,
  • 00:19:07.119 --> 00:19:10.289
  • we have a Twinkiehanging out of our mouth,
  • 00:19:10.289 --> 00:19:13.425
  • an empty peanut butterjar under our arm,
  • 00:19:13.425 --> 00:19:15.494
  • there's chocolateall over our lips,
  • 00:19:15.494 --> 00:19:17.062
  • there's a fluffy pinkbath bathrobe on our body,
  • 00:19:17.062 --> 00:19:20.098
  • there's bunnyslippers on our feet.
  • 00:19:20.098 --> 00:19:22.034
  • Jesus rings the doorbell,we open up the door.
  • 00:19:22.034 --> 00:19:24.169
  • Keeping up with the Kardashiansis on in the background,
  • 00:19:24.169 --> 00:19:26.438
  • but we're not telling anybody,
  • 00:19:26.438 --> 00:19:28.140
  • and then he says, "Ithink you're to die for."
  • 00:19:28.140 --> 00:19:30.409
  • I'm like, "Who, me?
  • 00:19:30.409 --> 00:19:32.411
  • "Are you sure?"
  • 00:19:32.411 --> 00:19:34.279
  • But that's what Paul says.
  • 00:19:34.279 --> 00:19:36.048
  • He thinks you are to die fornot when you're at your best,
  • 00:19:36.048 --> 00:19:39.851
  • but when you were his enemy.
  • 00:19:39.851 --> 00:19:41.253
  • When Jesus wasasked by the lawyer,
  • 00:19:49.261 --> 00:19:51.496
  • "What is the most importantcommandment in the Torah,"
  • 00:19:51.496 --> 00:19:54.833
  • He answered on one ofthose rare occasions
  • 00:19:54.833 --> 00:19:57.369
  • with absolute directness.
  • 00:19:57.369 --> 00:19:59.705
  • "Love, love God andlove your neighbor."
  • 00:19:59.705 --> 00:20:03.942
  • What does the law andthe prophets hang upon?
  • 00:20:05.310 --> 00:20:07.879
  • He said, "It all hangs uponthe commandment to love."
  • 00:20:07.879 --> 00:20:11.550
  • 1 Corinthians 13doesn't just describe
  • 00:20:15.187 --> 00:20:17.756
  • how we're to love our neighbor,but how much God loves us.
  • 00:20:17.756 --> 00:20:22.494
  • "Though I speak with thetongues of men and of angels,
  • 00:20:22.494 --> 00:20:26.164
  • "but have not love,
  • 00:20:26.164 --> 00:20:27.733
  • "I am become as soundingbrass and a clanging symbol.
  • 00:20:27.733 --> 00:20:32.070
  • "Though we understood allmysteries and had all knowledge
  • 00:20:32.070 --> 00:20:34.673
  • "and spoke with prophecy
  • 00:20:34.673 --> 00:20:36.375
  • "and had the faithto move mountains
  • 00:20:36.375 --> 00:20:38.210
  • "and gave my body to be burned,
  • 00:20:38.210 --> 00:20:39.945
  • "and bestowed all my gifts uponthe poor, but have not love,
  • 00:20:39.945 --> 00:20:43.348
  • "it profits me nothing.
  • 00:20:43.348 --> 00:20:45.083
  • "Love is patient,love suffers long,
  • 00:20:45.083 --> 00:20:47.085
  • "love is kind,love does not envy,
  • 00:20:47.085 --> 00:20:49.021
  • "it is not easily provoked.
  • 00:20:49.021 --> 00:20:50.689
  • "Love does not behaverudely, it is not puffed up.
  • 00:20:50.689 --> 00:20:53.425
  • "It does not flaunt itself,it does not parade itself.
  • 00:20:53.425 --> 00:20:56.395
  • "Love does notrejoice in iniquity,
  • 00:20:56.395 --> 00:20:58.497
  • "but rejoices wheneverthe truth wins out.
  • 00:20:58.497 --> 00:21:00.832
  • "Love bears all things,love hopes all things,
  • 00:21:00.832 --> 00:21:03.402
  • "love believes all things,love endures all things.
  • 00:21:03.402 --> 00:21:06.204
  • "Love never fails.
  • 00:21:06.204 --> 00:21:07.739
  • "But where there isknowledge, it will fail,
  • 00:21:07.739 --> 00:21:09.841
  • "where there areprophecies, they will cease,
  • 00:21:09.841 --> 00:21:12.010
  • "where there are tongues,they will vanish away.
  • 00:21:12.010 --> 00:21:14.379
  • "But when that whichis perfect has come,
  • 00:21:14.379 --> 00:21:16.181
  • "that which is in partwill be done away with.
  • 00:21:16.181 --> 00:21:18.884
  • "When I was a child,I spoke as a child,
  • 00:21:18.884 --> 00:21:20.719
  • "I understood as a child,I thought as a child,
  • 00:21:20.719 --> 00:21:22.988
  • "but when I became a man,I put away childish things.
  • 00:21:22.988 --> 00:21:26.558
  • "Now I see througha glass darkly,
  • 00:21:26.558 --> 00:21:28.694
  • "but these three thingsremain faith, hope, and love,
  • 00:21:28.694 --> 00:21:32.230
  • "and the greatestof these is love."
  • 00:21:32.230 --> 00:21:35.067
  • God's love is the mostpowerful force in the universe.
  • 00:21:52.117 --> 00:21:56.154
  • May that force be with you.
  • 00:21:56.154 --> 00:21:58.323
  • The Father knows the numberof hairs on your head.
  • 00:22:17.976 --> 00:22:21.012
  • Now, this is the same God
  • 00:22:21.012 --> 00:22:22.614
  • who knows the numberof stars in the sky.
  • 00:22:22.614 --> 00:22:25.050
  • There are more than 100billion stars in our galaxy,
  • 00:22:25.050 --> 00:22:27.719
  • and the current estimate isthere a two trillion galaxies.
  • 00:22:27.719 --> 00:22:30.989
  • God calls the stars by name,The Old Testament says,
  • 00:22:30.989 --> 00:22:34.693
  • but Jesus says the Good Shepherdcalls his sheep by name,
  • 00:22:34.693 --> 00:22:37.829
  • knows his sheep by name.
  • 00:22:37.829 --> 00:22:39.464
  • The Old Testament saysGod numbers the stars
  • 00:22:39.464 --> 00:22:42.501
  • Oh sick, stars.
  • 00:22:42.501 --> 00:22:44.035
  • (audience laughs)
  • 00:22:44.035 --> 00:22:45.704
  • The New Testament says thatGod numbers your hairs.
  • 00:22:45.704 --> 00:22:49.241
  • How many hairs is that?
  • 00:22:49.241 --> 00:22:50.475
  • There's a lot of stars,how about your hairs?
  • 00:22:50.475 --> 00:22:52.077
  • If you are a blonde,you have 145.000 hairs.
  • 00:22:52.077 --> 00:22:56.715
  • If you're a redhead,
  • 00:22:56.715 --> 00:22:58.250
  • the average redhead, it's beencalculated, has 90.000 hairs.
  • 00:22:58.250 --> 00:23:02.354
  • If you are a dark-hairedperson, a brunette, dark-haired,
  • 00:23:02.354 --> 00:23:05.223
  • you have 120.000 hairs.
  • 00:23:05.223 --> 00:23:07.826
  • If you have a weave,I have no idea.
  • 00:23:07.826 --> 00:23:09.861
  • (audience laughs)
  • 00:23:09.861 --> 00:23:10.762
  • I just thought of that.
  • 00:23:10.762 --> 00:23:11.930
  • But basically, Jesus says
  • 00:23:11.930 --> 00:23:16.034
  • God counts the numberof hairs on your head.
  • 00:23:16.034 --> 00:23:18.537
  • Could you imagine,if you're a guy
  • 00:23:20.238 --> 00:23:21.907
  • and you go up to agirl and you're like,
  • 00:23:21.907 --> 00:23:24.309
  • "Excuse me."
  • 00:23:24.309 --> 00:23:25.644
  • (audience laughs)
  • 00:23:25.644 --> 00:23:26.878
  • "I was reading thebook of Numbers
  • 00:23:26.878 --> 00:23:28.146
  • "and I realized Idon't have yours."
  • 00:23:28.146 --> 00:23:30.315
  • (audience laughs)
  • 00:23:30.315 --> 00:23:31.850
  • And you're like, "You and me,we're like loaves and fishes.
  • 00:23:31.850 --> 00:23:34.419
  • "We might just be amiracle together."
  • 00:23:34.419 --> 00:23:36.788
  • (audience groans)
  • 00:23:36.788 --> 00:23:38.657
  • "The Bible says, 'Givefood to the hungry
  • 00:23:38.657 --> 00:23:40.192
  • "'and water to the thirsty,'so let's be biblical.
  • 00:23:40.192 --> 00:23:42.294
  • "Can I take you todinner tonight?"
  • 00:23:42.294 --> 00:23:44.863
  • She's like, "Why should I?
  • 00:23:44.863 --> 00:23:45.864
  • "I don't even know you."
  • 00:23:45.864 --> 00:23:47.332
  • Then you reply, "Becauseyou have 93.482 hairs.
  • 00:23:47.332 --> 00:23:52.337
  • "I've been watching."
  • 00:23:52.337 --> 00:23:54.706
  • (audience laughs)
  • 00:23:54.706 --> 00:23:57.409
  • What would she do?
  • 00:23:57.409 --> 00:23:59.511
  • She would run the other way.
  • 00:23:59.511 --> 00:24:01.379
  • She'd be taillights,
  • 00:24:01.379 --> 00:24:02.948
  • because if you're agirl, you're like,
  • 00:24:04.316 --> 00:24:06.117
  • that guy is obsessed with me.
  • 00:24:06.117 --> 00:24:07.819
  • But Jesus says thatGod loves you so much,
  • 00:24:10.255 --> 00:24:15.260
  • he's so obsessed with you,
  • 00:24:18.096 --> 00:24:19.631
  • that he counts your hairs.
  • 00:24:20.665 --> 00:24:23.001
  • Said, "I really love you."
  • 00:24:24.236 --> 00:24:26.638
  • He loves you somuch, he really does.
  • 00:24:28.073 --> 00:24:31.877
  • We're gonna throw thethunderhead, brave the wave,
  • 00:24:31.877 --> 00:24:34.279
  • survive the storm,tread upon the tempest,
  • 00:24:34.279 --> 00:24:36.915
  • and endure your rocketing
  • 00:24:36.915 --> 00:24:38.483
  • because greater ishe that is within us
  • 00:24:38.483 --> 00:24:41.186
  • than the enemy who launchesthe storm against us.
  • 00:24:41.186 --> 00:24:44.122
  • We'll see you next time.
  • 00:24:44.122 --> 00:24:45.323
  • The rugged TeddyRoosevelt was so verbose
  • 00:25:01.907 --> 00:25:05.343
  • and long-winded in his speeches
  • 00:25:05.343 --> 00:25:07.679
  • that it actually saved his life.
  • 00:25:07.679 --> 00:25:10.148
  • Once when he went to hold forth
  • 00:25:10.148 --> 00:25:12.117
  • in a public address and give aspeech, an assassin shot him,
  • 00:25:12.117 --> 00:25:15.654
  • but fortunately, the bulletwent through his glasses case,
  • 00:25:24.329 --> 00:25:28.133
  • and also, he had so manynotes for his speech
  • 00:25:28.133 --> 00:25:30.769
  • because he talked so long
  • 00:25:30.769 --> 00:25:32.404
  • that it actually worked asmakeshift armor and padding
  • 00:25:32.404 --> 00:25:35.373
  • to slow down the bullet.
  • 00:25:35.373 --> 00:25:36.875
  • Sure enough, with the bulletstill lodged in his body,
  • 00:25:38.376 --> 00:25:41.079
  • he finished his speech.
  • 00:25:41.079 --> 00:25:42.814
  • In the same way, justas Teddy Roosevelt
  • 00:25:46.117 --> 00:25:48.453
  • had a bullet-proofintestinal fortitude,
  • 00:25:48.453 --> 00:25:51.389
  • so too the Bible says that,"Whoever believes on him
  • 00:25:51.389 --> 00:25:53.858
  • "who had sent me accordingto Jesus shall never die.
  • 00:25:53.858 --> 00:25:57.062
  • "He has passed fromdeath into life."
  • 00:25:57.062 --> 00:25:59.631
  • So my friends, don't fearthe darts of the enemy,
  • 00:25:59.631 --> 00:26:03.034
  • the flaming arrows,or the bullets
  • 00:26:03.034 --> 00:26:05.103
  • that come from the evil one,
  • 00:26:05.103 --> 00:26:06.705
  • because the truth ofthe matter is this.
  • 00:26:06.705 --> 00:26:08.773
  • You have a bullet-proof soul.
  • 00:26:08.773 --> 00:26:10.909
  • Nothing can stop you,nothing can kill you.
  • 00:26:10.909 --> 00:26:13.778
  • Like Teddy Roosevelt,you're invincible.
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  • Fear is the dark room wherenegatives are developed.
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  • Did you know the Bible says
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  • that Jesus is thephotograph of God?
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  • When Paul writes theJesus is the image of God,
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  • that word is "Icon",
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  • which means photograph.
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  • No wonder the sky went darkwhen Jesus was crucified,
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  • because it was there inthe dark room of Golgotha
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  • that Jesus developed the picture
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  • of a God who loves us to death.
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  • Face your fears with theGod who made the universe,
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  • 'cause when youdon't walk with God,
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  • negatives develop inthe dark room of fear,
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  • but when you do walk with God,
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  • life is like photography.
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  • We develop from the negatives.
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