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New Mexico Part 2

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October 15, 2020
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Ben Courson with Hope Generation; concludes our teaching entitled “Hope for England.” We learn God is for us and near to us; so we can fight for what we sometimes don’t feel. God will be faithful to us.

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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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  • 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."
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  • Everyone say hope.
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  • - Hope.
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  • - Now, hope does not disappoint
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  • because the love of Godhas been spread abroad,
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  • poured out in our heartsby the Holy Spirit
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  • who was given to us.
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  • I love this.
  • 00:12:07.444 --> 00:12:08.645
  • Paul says, "We notonly rejoice in hope,
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  • "transformed by therenewing of our mind,
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  • "not conformed to the world,
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  • "which has given in to despair,"
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  • we're the most depressedgeneration ever
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  • sociologists tell us.
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  • No, we have a whole differentway of thinking about reality.
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  • We actually glory whentribulation happens.
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  • Sometimes pain is the onlybridge to where you wanna go.
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  • The very sufferingthat you despise
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  • is actually the bridgethat transitions you
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  • from where you are today
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  • to the hope that youwanna live in tomorrow.
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  • Paul the Apostleput it this way.
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  • We glory in tribulation.
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  • Here was a man who hadrocks thrown at him
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  • and was left for dead,was bitten by a snake,
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  • experienced perilsof robbers and waters
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  • and nakedness and storms,
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  • spent a day andnight at the deep,
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  • the anxiety of the churches.
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  • Some scholars believehis wife left him.
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  • He went through all kindsof suffering and trials,
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  • and yet he said, "We gloryin these tribulations."
  • 00:13:06.670 --> 00:13:10.874
  • Why, because he saidtribulation produces patience,
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  • patience produces experience,experience produces hope,
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  • and hope never disappointsbecause of God's love,
  • 00:13:21.918 --> 00:13:25.055
  • which is spread abroad inour hearts by the Holy Ghost,
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  • which is given unto us.
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  • Don't despise your pain,rather glory in your pain.
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  • Count it all joy,because your suffering
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  • is producing perseverance,
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  • and your perseveranceproduces your destiny.
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  • We rejoice in tribulation,we glory in tribulation.
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  • In other words, painmakes us stronger,
  • 00:13:51.581 --> 00:13:54.584
  • tears make us braver,heartbreak makes us wiser,
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  • so we thank our pastfor a better future.
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  • We have a mindset of hopeeven in the face of distress.
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  • (audience claps)
  • 00:14:05.128 --> 00:14:07.097
  • 1 Peter 1:13 it says,
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  • "Therefore, gird up theloins of your mind."
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  • Everyone say gird up.
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  • - Gird up.
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  • - The loins.
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  • - Of your mind.
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  • - "Be sober and rest your hope,"
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  • everyone say, rest your hope.
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  • - Rest your hope.
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  • - Fully upon the grace.
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  • Everyone say fullyupon the grace.
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  • - Fully upon the grace.
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  • - That is to be brought to you
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  • at the revelationof Jesus Christ.
  • 00:14:31.187 --> 00:14:32.422
  • So, Peter says, "Gird upthe loins of your mind
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  • "because, as you're notconformed to the world,
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  • "but transformed by therenewing of your mind,"
  • 00:14:36.726 --> 00:14:38.595
  • when you gird up theloins of your mind,
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  • you learn to rest yourhope fully upon the grace.
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  • Today was a daydevoted to all things
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  • sunny, funny, and divine.
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  • The reason my brother, Seth,
  • 00:14:51.808 --> 00:14:53.009
  • and I ventured this afternoon
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  • into woods of sunlightand spring tide
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  • is because COVID-19 haspushed pause onto the world.
  • 00:14:57.881 --> 00:15:02.752
  • Over the years, we alltend to complain about
  • 00:15:02.752 --> 00:15:04.754
  • how busy we are,and so what happens?
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  • Disease shuts down the world.
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  • Now we've beenforced to practice
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  • the ancienttradition of slowing.
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  • Normal work hoursand suspended jobs
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  • have instigated a needto rediscover simplicity.
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  • The coronavirus has forced us
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  • to relish times withfriends and family
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  • while earth is taking a break.
  • 00:15:28.678 --> 00:15:31.681
  • We can no longer allowthis psycho cyclone
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  • of the hustle and bustleto boss us around.
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  • Only now do we seem toremember our Eden mandate
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  • to enjoy laughing and mountainsand looking into the sky.
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  • Walk into the woodlands,laugh with your loved ones,
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  • grab the sky, meanderamong the wonders,
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  • and rediscover simplicity.
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  • Where do you get hope?
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  • It comes from grace, restingyour hope fully on God's grace.
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  • He loves me, he lovesme, he loves me.
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  • That's where I get hope,
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  • when he just loves theheavens right into me.
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  • I don't have to do anything,I just get loved on.
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  • You know what's so cool?
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  • The Bible teaches that you'relike the bride of Christ
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  • in that while we were yetsinners, Christ died for us.
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  • So if we're the brideof Christ as the church,
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  • it's not like Jesus died for us
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  • when we had a stunning red dress
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  • and ice around ourneck and, you know,
  • 00:16:34.210 --> 00:16:37.380
  • beautiful flowing hair and thecheekbones of Keira Knightley
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  • and like, highheels on our feet,
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  • and walking the redcarpet and perfume,
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  • we're doing the perfume walk by.
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  • That's not when Jesus is like,
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  • "Oh gosh, you're to die for."
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  • No, he thought wewere to die for
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  • when we had curlers, thebride had curlers in her hair,
  • 00:16:54.230 --> 00:16:58.334
  • she had like, love handles,we had love handles.
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  • We have green face glopall over our epidermis,
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  • we have cucumbers poppingout of our eye sockets,
  • 00:17:06.142 --> 00:17:09.312
  • we have a Twinkiehanging out of our mouth,
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  • an empty peanut butterjar under our arm,
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  • there's chocolateall over our lips,
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  • there's a fluffy pinkbath bathrobe on our body,
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  • there's bunnyslippers on our feet.
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  • Jesus rings the doorbell,we open up the door.
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  • Keeping up with the Kardashiansis on in the background,
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  • but we're not telling anybody,
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  • and then he says, "Ithink you're to die for."
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  • I'm like, "Who, me?
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  • "Are you sure?"
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  • But that's what Paul says.
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  • He thinks you are to die fornot when you're at your best,
  • 00:17:35.071 --> 00:17:38.875
  • but when you were his enemy.
  • 00:17:38.875 --> 00:17:40.276
  • When Jesus wasasked by the lawyer,
  • 00:17:48.284 --> 00:17:50.520
  • "What is the most importantcommandment in the Torah,"
  • 00:17:50.520 --> 00:17:53.857
  • He answered on one ofthose rare occasions
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  • with absolute directness.
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  • "Love, love God andlove your neighbor."
  • 00:17:58.728 --> 00:18:02.966
  • What does the law andthe prophets hang upon?
  • 00:18:04.334 --> 00:18:06.903
  • He said, "It all hangs uponthe commandment to love."
  • 00:18:06.903 --> 00:18:10.573
  • 1 Corinthians 13doesn't just describe
  • 00:18:14.210 --> 00:18:16.779
  • how we're to love our neighbor,but how much God loves us.
  • 00:18:16.779 --> 00:18:21.518
  • "Though I speak with thetongues of men and of angels,
  • 00:18:21.518 --> 00:18:25.188
  • "but have not love,
  • 00:18:25.188 --> 00:18:26.756
  • "I am become as soundingbrass and a clanging symbol.
  • 00:18:26.756 --> 00:18:31.094
  • "Though we understood allmysteries and had all knowledge
  • 00:18:31.094 --> 00:18:33.696
  • "and spoke with prophecy
  • 00:18:33.696 --> 00:18:35.398
  • "and had the faithto move mountains
  • 00:18:35.398 --> 00:18:37.233
  • "and gave my body to be burned,
  • 00:18:37.233 --> 00:18:38.968
  • "and bestowed all my gifts uponthe poor, but have not love,
  • 00:18:38.968 --> 00:18:42.372
  • "it profits me nothing.
  • 00:18:42.372 --> 00:18:44.107
  • "Love is patient,love suffers long,
  • 00:18:44.107 --> 00:18:46.109
  • "love is kind,love does not envy,
  • 00:18:46.109 --> 00:18:48.044
  • "it is not easily provoked.
  • 00:18:48.044 --> 00:18:49.712
  • "Love does not behaverudely, it is not puffed up.
  • 00:18:49.712 --> 00:18:52.448
  • "It does not flaunt itself,it does not parade itself.
  • 00:18:52.448 --> 00:18:55.418
  • "Love does notrejoice in iniquity,
  • 00:18:55.418 --> 00:18:57.520
  • "but rejoices wheneverthe truth wins out.
  • 00:18:57.520 --> 00:18:59.856
  • "Love bears all things,love hopes all things,
  • 00:18:59.856 --> 00:19:02.425
  • "love believes all things,love endures all things.
  • 00:19:02.425 --> 00:19:05.228
  • "Love never fails.
  • 00:19:05.228 --> 00:19:06.763
  • "But where there isknowledge, it will fail,
  • 00:19:06.763 --> 00:19:08.865
  • "where there areprophecies, they will cease,
  • 00:19:08.865 --> 00:19:11.034
  • "where there are tongues,they will vanish away.
  • 00:19:11.034 --> 00:19:13.403
  • "But when that whichis perfect has come,
  • 00:19:13.403 --> 00:19:15.205
  • "that which is in partwill be done away with.
  • 00:19:15.205 --> 00:19:17.907
  • "When I was a child,I spoke as a child,
  • 00:19:17.907 --> 00:19:19.742
  • "I understood as a child,I thought as a child,
  • 00:19:19.742 --> 00:19:22.011
  • "but when I became a man,I put away childish things.
  • 00:19:22.011 --> 00:19:25.582
  • "Now I see througha glass darkly,
  • 00:19:25.582 --> 00:19:27.717
  • "but these three thingsremain faith, hope, and love,
  • 00:19:27.717 --> 00:19:31.254
  • "and the greatestof these is love."
  • 00:19:31.254 --> 00:19:34.090
  • God's love is the mostpowerful force in the universe.
  • 00:19:51.140 --> 00:19:55.178
  • May that force be with you.
  • 00:19:55.178 --> 00:19:57.347
  • The Father knows the numberof hairs on your head.
  • 00:20:17.000 --> 00:20:20.036
  • Now, this is the same God
  • 00:20:20.036 --> 00:20:21.638
  • who knows the numberof stars in the sky.
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  • There are more than 100billion stars in our galaxy,
  • 00:20:24.073 --> 00:20:26.743
  • and the current estimate isthere a two trillion galaxies.
  • 00:20:26.743 --> 00:20:30.013
  • God calls the stars by name,The Old Testament says,
  • 00:20:30.013 --> 00:20:33.716
  • but Jesus says the Good Shepherdcalls his sheep by name,
  • 00:20:33.716 --> 00:20:36.853
  • knows his sheep by name.
  • 00:20:36.853 --> 00:20:38.488
  • The Old Testament saysGod numbers the stars
  • 00:20:38.488 --> 00:20:41.524
  • Oh sick, stars.
  • 00:20:41.524 --> 00:20:43.059
  • (audience laughs)
  • 00:20:43.059 --> 00:20:44.727
  • The New Testament says thatGod numbers your hairs.
  • 00:20:44.727 --> 00:20:48.264
  • How many hairs is that?
  • 00:20:48.264 --> 00:20:49.499
  • There's a lot of stars,how about your hairs?
  • 00:20:49.499 --> 00:20:51.100
  • If you are a blonde,you have 145.000 hairs.
  • 00:20:51.100 --> 00:20:55.738
  • If you're a redhead,
  • 00:20:55.738 --> 00:20:57.273
  • the average redhead, it's beencalculated, has 90.000 hairs.
  • 00:20:57.273 --> 00:21:01.377
  • If you are a dark-hairedperson, a brunette, dark-haired,
  • 00:21:01.377 --> 00:21:04.247
  • you have 120.000 hairs.
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  • If you have a weave,I have no idea.
  • 00:21:06.849 --> 00:21:08.885
  • (audience laughs)
  • 00:21:08.885 --> 00:21:09.786
  • I just thought of that.
  • 00:21:09.786 --> 00:21:10.953
  • But basically, Jesus says
  • 00:21:10.953 --> 00:21:15.058
  • God counts the numberof hairs on your head.
  • 00:21:15.058 --> 00:21:17.560
  • Could you imagine,if you're a guy
  • 00:21:19.262 --> 00:21:20.930
  • and you go up to agirl and you're like,
  • 00:21:20.930 --> 00:21:23.333
  • "Excuse me."
  • 00:21:23.333 --> 00:21:24.667
  • (audience laughs)
  • 00:21:24.667 --> 00:21:25.902
  • "I was reading thebook of Numbers
  • 00:21:25.902 --> 00:21:27.170
  • "and I realized Idon't have yours."
  • 00:21:27.170 --> 00:21:29.339
  • (audience laughs)
  • 00:21:29.339 --> 00:21:30.873
  • And you're like, "You and me,we're like loaves and fishes.
  • 00:21:30.873 --> 00:21:33.443
  • "We might just be amiracle together."
  • 00:21:33.443 --> 00:21:35.812
  • (audience groans)
  • 00:21:35.812 --> 00:21:37.680
  • "The Bible says, 'Givefood to the hungry
  • 00:21:37.680 --> 00:21:39.215
  • "'and water to the thirsty,'so let's be biblical.
  • 00:21:39.215 --> 00:21:41.317
  • "Can I take you todinner tonight?"
  • 00:21:41.317 --> 00:21:43.886
  • She's like, "Why should I?
  • 00:21:43.886 --> 00:21:44.887
  • "I don't even know you."
  • 00:21:44.887 --> 00:21:46.356
  • Then you reply, "Becauseyou have 93.482 hairs.
  • 00:21:46.356 --> 00:21:51.361
  • "I've been watching."
  • 00:21:51.361 --> 00:21:53.730
  • (audience laughs)
  • 00:21:53.730 --> 00:21:56.432
  • What would she do?
  • 00:21:56.432 --> 00:21:58.534
  • She would run the other way.
  • 00:21:58.534 --> 00:22:00.403
  • She'd be taillights,
  • 00:22:00.403 --> 00:22:01.971
  • because if you're agirl, you're like,
  • 00:22:03.339 --> 00:22:05.141
  • that guy is obsessed with me.
  • 00:22:05.141 --> 00:22:06.843
  • But Jesus says thatGod loves you so much,
  • 00:22:09.278 --> 00:22:14.283
  • he's so obsessed with you,
  • 00:22:17.120 --> 00:22:18.654
  • that he counts your hairs.
  • 00:22:19.689 --> 00:22:22.024
  • Said, "I really love you."
  • 00:22:23.259 --> 00:22:25.661
  • He loves you somuch, he really does.
  • 00:22:27.096 --> 00:22:30.900
  • We're gonna throw thethunderhead, brave the wave,
  • 00:22:30.900 --> 00:22:33.302
  • survive the storm,tread upon the tempest,
  • 00:22:33.302 --> 00:22:35.938
  • and endure your rocketing
  • 00:22:35.938 --> 00:22:37.507
  • because greater ishe that is within us
  • 00:22:37.507 --> 00:22:40.209
  • than the enemy who launchesthe storm against us.
  • 00:22:40.209 --> 00:22:43.146
  • We'll see you next time.
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