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  • - [Ben Courson] Christiansnot only invented hospitals
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  • in the fourth century,
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  • but Christians inventedthe university.
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  • Proverbs three, 19 says,
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  • "The Lord by wisdomfounded the earth,
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  • "by understanding heestablished the heavens."
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  • We want to image a Godwho founded the earth
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  • and through understandingestablished the heavens
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  • by accruingunderstanding ourself
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  • and gaining and amassingwisdom along the way.
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  • The first universities emergedfrom a need to train priests,
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  • Oxford, Cambridge, andlater the universities
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  • like Harvard and Yale
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  • were founded as explicitlyChristian institutions.
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  • And they founded most ofthe world's top schools
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  • with the express purposeof glorifying God,
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  • that's the historyof the university.
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  • I love this, Isaiah45 verse 12 says,
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  • "It is I who made the earthand created a man upon it.
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  • "I stretched out theheavens with my hands
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  • "and I ordainedall their hosts."
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  • And we wanna understandhow he did it.
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  • So universities can be usedfor that express purpose.
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  • I think of how Pauldid this very thing.
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  • The smart man who was educatedat the feet of Gamaliel
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  • founded the school of Tyrannus.
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  • He said, "For all the godsof the people are idols,
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  • "but the Lord made the heavens."
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  • We need to understand God isnot afraid of our curiosity.
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  • And God is not afraidof our questions.
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  • The gods of the peoples,
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  • those are idols,
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  • but the Lord made the heavens.
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  • "You alone are theLord," as Nehemiah says,
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  • "You have made the heavens,
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  • "the heaven of heavenswith all their hosts,
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  • "the earth andall that is on it.
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  • "The season, allthat is in them.
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  • "You give life to all of them
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  • "and the heavenly hostsbows down before you."
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  • I wanna know how he did this.
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  • The way God healedme of my depression
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  • was not from deep conversationsor coffee meetings,
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  • but rather crazy friends
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  • who didn't say a wordabout my hardship.
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  • They just skatedwith me and showed me
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  • that life could be joyful again.
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  • So now I'm on a missionto show the world
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  • that no matter how muchpain you've gone through,
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  • adventurously walking with God,
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  • was meant to be the mostfun thing in the universe.
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  • Just start talking to God.
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  • When you gossip to God,he's not like, "Really?"
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  • (congregation laughing)
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  • He's not like shocked,
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  • he is not like, "Oh gosh,she said that, could you?"
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  • He knows.
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  • You can eithercomplain to people
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  • and get their pity,
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  • or you can do whatthe (mumbles) said,
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  • "Offer all your complaintto God and get his power."
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  • I'm Ben Courson.
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  • You're watching"Hope Generation."
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  • Today's episode is entitled,
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  • peace that passesunderstanding, part three.
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  • This is the conclusionof this message.
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  • Any day when psychotropic drugs
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  • in my depressants andSSRIs are all the rage,
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  • selective serotoninreuptake inhibitors,
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  • which help more effectivelytransfer serotonin,
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  • the feel good hormoneand neurochemical
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  • from your present optic neurons,
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  • the post synaptic neurons,
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  • we're looking forall kinds of answers
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  • and friendship therapyand medication.
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  • All of these things can be fine.
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  • And you may have noidea what I just said.
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  • So you're gonna wannawatch this episode to learn
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  • what the Bible has to say,
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  • about how we can moreeffectively obtain inner peace.
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  • "Simplicity aftercomplexity," Dr. Sue said.
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  • Sometimes life's mostcomplicated questions,
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  • have the simplest answers.
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  • And every time I draw nearto you, you draw near to me.
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  • And you just walk withGod and talk to him.
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  • (mumbles) blows meaway, two things.
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  • Number one, some people say,"I don't know how to pray."
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  • Okay, do you know how to talk?
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  • Perfect, blows me away.
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  • Pastor Ben, whicheven not phrasing,
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  • just like y'all,
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  • don't really feel likea pastor, but whatever.
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  • "Pastor Ben, how do I pray?"
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  • Do you know how to talk?
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  • Yes, perfect, Jesus saidI don't call you servants,
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  • I call you friends.
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  • The Bible says God calledAbraham, a friend of God.
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  • The Bible says, Mosesspoke to God face to face
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  • like a man speaks to his friend.
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  • You talk to God, you'rechill with the Almighty.
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  • You're besties with the Maker.
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  • You just start talkingto God about your hopes,
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  • your fears, and your dreams.
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  • Coming boldly beforethe throne of grace.
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  • And you find mercy andhelp in time of need.
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  • Here's another thing.
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  • People are like, "Ben,if I like go on a walk
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  • "and like start talking to God,
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  • "prayer, supplication,thanksgiving,
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  • "and I get this peace like,
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  • "the only problem is,
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  • "people will think I'm nuts.
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  • "If I'm talking to myself,
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  • "walking, talking to myself."
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  • Here's the thing, puta Bluetooth in your ear
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  • and people think you'retalking on the phone.
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  • (congregation laughing)
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  • Timothy, one more place.
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  • Go to Colossians three.
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  • Colossians three, howyou guys doing so far?
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  • We're beginning ourinitial descent.
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  • Okay, oh, I got some goodstuff to close, you ready?
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  • Buckle up.
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  • We're getting innerpeace tonight.
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  • If it's the lastthing I do tonight,
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  • we're getting peaceinto your heart.
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  • Peace into yourmind, no anxiety.
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  • Here we go.
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  • I wanna like rid you ofall excuses to be anxious.
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  • Mark Twain once said,
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  • "I have had a greatmany troubles,
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  • "most of which never happened."
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  • The future of your reality
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  • is seldom as bad as thefuture of your fears.
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  • Can I get an amen?
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  • Okay, watch thisColossians three 15, says,
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  • ready for this?
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  • "Let the peace of Godrule in your hearts."
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  • Everyone say rule,
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  • Everyone say this with me.
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  • Everyone say, peace of God,
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  • - [Congregation] Peace of God,
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  • - [Ben Courson] Rule,
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  • - [Congregation] Rule,
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  • - [Ben Courson] In your hearts,this is sick, are you ready?
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  • The word rule in Greekis literally umpire.
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  • Because in Paul's day,
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  • like you guys are lucky.
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  • You're getting LeBronJames and AD, game over.
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  • They're gonna win a championship
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  • and I'm a GoldenState Warriors fan.
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  • So this is a problem.
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  • We love sports.
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  • We love watching Tom Brady.
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  • I mean, he maydeflate his footballs,
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  • but hey, we love Tom Brady.
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  • I have to talk abouthim cause I'm jealous.
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  • So I feel better about myself.
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  • 'Cause he's the goat.
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  • I realized I justlost 75% of you.
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  • But in Paul's day,sports were a big deal.
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  • Like you had the Isthmiangames in Corinth,
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  • the Panionian games in Ephesus.
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  • Where did the Olympicgames come from?
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  • Not 1996 Atlanta.
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  • The Olympic games camefrom ancient Athens.
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  • In every major city,there was a stadium
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  • and Paul was like, hewas reading the ESPN.
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  • He was on the ESPN app.
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  • He was like reading theproverbial ancient equivalent
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  • of the sports page.
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  • He was using sportsmetaphor, shadow boxing,
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  • running, wrestling, themastery, talked about sports.
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  • And Paul uses asports term here.
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  • The sports fan Paul.
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  • He says, "The peace of Godshould be like an umpire."
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  • Now the umpire is referringto in the ancient world,
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  • they would be in these stadiums,
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  • making sure that athletesabided by the rules.
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  • Similar to today in Major Leaguebaseball.
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  • When an umpire is sustainingbehind the catcher,
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  • his whole goal is toeffectively and essentially
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  • say whether thebatter is safe or out.
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  • Ball or strike.
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  • So an umpire, what he doesis he either says safe
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  • or he says out.
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  • The peace of God,
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  • Paul says should be a rulingofficial in your life.
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  • It should be anumpire, in your heart.
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  • So a lot of people say,
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  • "Oh man, I am torn.
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  • "The path bifurcates.
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  • "I don't know whether Ishould take path A or path B."
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  • You might be like amiddle school girl.
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  • And you're like,"Should I date this guy?
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  • "Or wait till I goin high school."
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  • That was so funny.
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  • Girls are like, "Ben, Idon't know what to do.
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  • "I'm never gonna get married.
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  • "I'm 15 years old."
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  • I'm like, "Wait, butlike middle school,"
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  • I don't know what to do
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  • or you look at likepeople going into college.
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  • They're like, "I don'tknow if I'm supposed to go
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  • "to this universityor that college."
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  • Or in life, "I don't know ifI'm supposed to raise my kid
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  • "this way or that way."
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  • And you don't knowwhat decision to make.
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  • And that makes us anxious.
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  • Paul says very simple.
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  • Let the peace of God,umpire your heart.
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  • If you have the peace,the umpire is saying safe.
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  • You're safe tomake that decision.
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  • If you don't have peace,
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  • he's calling you out,on the carpet saying,
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  • don't go there.
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  • Here's the thing thatI found in my life.
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  • A lot of times,
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  • the path that peopleare telling me to take,
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  • I know in the multitude ofcounselors, there's safety,
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  • but as soon as the people
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  • who told me to go acertain path, it's logical.
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  • It makes sense,
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  • but I just don'thave peace about it.
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  • Instead I wanna takethe more risky path.
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  • Like step out of the boat.
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  • People are saying,
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  • that's not a good decision,it's transrational.
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  • But I have the peaceand God is saying, safe.
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  • Now hear me.
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  • Don't take this out of context.
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  • 'Cause if you take atext out of its context,
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  • you're left with a conrather than a text or a pro.
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  • And it's a con artist (mumbles)off you have your knowledge.
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  • Don't say like,
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  • "You know, I was debatingwhether I should rob
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  • " 7-Eleven and commit genocide.
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  • "I have the peace,
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  • "I have the peace."
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  • Okay, I'm talking aboutlike where scripture silent.
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  • You know what I mean?
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  • I'm not talking about theblack and white stuff.
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  • A lot of life's decisions aremore in the shades of gray.
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  • And we have to figure out,
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  • which path do I take?
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  • Listen, Psalm 37and first Peter say,
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  • seek peace and pursue it.
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  • People will try to usefear tactics and anxiety,
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  • but the Prince of Peacewants to lead you.
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  • Safer out based on,whether you have peace.
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  • So listen, go after peace,
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  • pursue peace, gowhere the peace is.
  • 00:10:30.992 --> 00:10:33.595
  • Sometimes the peace will leadyou to something scarier,
  • 00:10:34.996 --> 00:10:36.564
  • if you have a peace thatpasses understanding.
  • 00:10:36.564 --> 00:10:39.601
  • Sometimes people sayyou should take path A,
  • 00:10:39.601 --> 00:10:41.603
  • but you're like,
  • 00:10:41.603 --> 00:10:42.837
  • I just don't havethe peace about it.
  • 00:10:42.837 --> 00:10:44.139
  • That's what Paul says,
  • 00:10:44.139 --> 00:10:45.573
  • "The peace of God willactually umpire your heart."
  • 00:10:45.573 --> 00:10:48.009
  • So he gives us apractical handle.
  • 00:10:48.009 --> 00:10:49.711
  • We'll return for more oftoday's message after this.
  • 00:10:52.280 --> 00:10:55.750
  • Can I tell you whyour Prince of Peace
  • 00:10:56.616 --> 00:10:59.453
  • wants to lead you by Shalom
  • 00:10:59.453 --> 00:11:01.721
  • rather than driving youthrough fear tactics?
  • 00:11:01.721 --> 00:11:04.391
  • Here's why, becausehe loves you.
  • 00:11:05.492 --> 00:11:07.227
  • And the Bible says perfectlove, casts out fear.
  • 00:11:08.628 --> 00:11:11.498
  • He who still fearsand is anxious
  • 00:11:13.266 --> 00:11:15.268
  • is not made perfect in love.
  • 00:11:15.268 --> 00:11:17.304
  • He loves you.
  • 00:11:17.304 --> 00:11:18.438
  • I wanna close with that.
  • 00:11:18.438 --> 00:11:19.806
  • God really loves you.
  • 00:11:20.941 --> 00:11:22.509
  • He wants to give you peace.
  • 00:11:22.509 --> 00:11:24.544
  • If fathers know how to givegood gifts to their kids,
  • 00:11:25.979 --> 00:11:28.014
  • how much more willyour heavenly father
  • 00:11:28.014 --> 00:11:30.517
  • to whom all earthly parentsare evil in comparison,
  • 00:11:30.517 --> 00:11:32.719
  • wanna give you,
  • 00:11:32.719 --> 00:11:33.954
  • good and perfectgifts from above.
  • 00:11:33.954 --> 00:11:35.956
  • The father of lights.
  • 00:11:35.956 --> 00:11:37.691
  • He really loves you.
  • 00:11:37.691 --> 00:11:38.892
  • In fact, Jesus said that,
  • 00:11:38.892 --> 00:11:42.095
  • "God loves you so much,
  • 00:11:42.095 --> 00:11:44.564
  • "that he actually counts thenumber of hairs on your head."
  • 00:11:44.564 --> 00:11:48.301
  • Now that's insane.
  • 00:11:48.301 --> 00:11:49.703
  • And I'll tell you why.
  • 00:11:49.703 --> 00:11:51.338
  • On average, a redhead, has 90.000 hairs.
  • 00:11:51.338 --> 00:11:56.343
  • A dark haired person, abrunette has 120.000 hairs
  • 00:11:57.944 --> 00:12:01.248
  • and a blonde haired personon average has 145.000 hairs.
  • 00:12:02.649 --> 00:12:06.086
  • Now, if you go up to agirl and you're like,
  • 00:12:07.287 --> 00:12:08.488
  • "You have 93.482 hairs,I've been watching."
  • 00:12:08.488 --> 00:12:12.359
  • Like you are obsessed.
  • 00:12:14.094 --> 00:12:15.395
  • I am never talking to you again.
  • 00:12:15.395 --> 00:12:16.930
  • I was reading thebook of numbers
  • 00:12:20.033 --> 00:12:21.268
  • and I realized Idon't have yours.
  • 00:12:21.268 --> 00:12:23.103
  • (congregation laughing)
  • 00:12:23.103 --> 00:12:26.439
  • You and me, we arelike loaves and fishes.
  • 00:12:31.678 --> 00:12:33.346
  • We might just be amiracle together.
  • 00:12:33.346 --> 00:12:35.148
  • (congregation cheering)
  • 00:12:35.148 --> 00:12:38.485
  • The Bible says, givefood to the hungry
  • 00:12:40.320 --> 00:12:42.155
  • and drink to the thirsty.
  • 00:12:42.155 --> 00:12:43.356
  • So let's be biblicaland have dinner tonight.
  • 00:12:43.356 --> 00:12:45.392
  • (congregation cheering)
  • 00:12:45.392 --> 00:12:48.728
  • Now I realize why Solomonhad 700 wives and concubines.
  • 00:12:50.130 --> 00:12:53.567
  • He never met you.
  • 00:12:53.567 --> 00:12:54.634
  • (congregation laughing)
  • 00:12:54.634 --> 00:12:57.370
  • Listen girls, nexttime a guy says to you,
  • 00:12:57.370 --> 00:12:59.706
  • are you an (murmurs),did it hurt?
  • 00:12:59.706 --> 00:13:01.575
  • When you fell from heaven?
  • 00:13:01.575 --> 00:13:02.976
  • Just say, what do youcalling me a demon for?
  • 00:13:02.976 --> 00:13:05.011
  • (congregation cheering)
  • 00:13:05.011 --> 00:13:08.348
  • What are we talkingabout right here?
  • 00:13:12.185 --> 00:13:13.520
  • Oh, you have 93.482 hairs.
  • 00:13:13.520 --> 00:13:17.357
  • You'd say, "You're obsessed."
  • 00:13:17.357 --> 00:13:19.092
  • But the Lord is soobsessed with you
  • 00:13:19.092 --> 00:13:21.061
  • that he counts the numberof hairs on your head.
  • 00:13:21.061 --> 00:13:23.997
  • Now this is the same God
  • 00:13:23.997 --> 00:13:25.231
  • who Isaiah and Psalmsays, count stars.
  • 00:13:25.231 --> 00:13:28.535
  • There's a lot of stars.
  • 00:13:28.535 --> 00:13:29.502
  • There are more stars in space
  • 00:13:29.502 --> 00:13:32.072
  • than sounds that haveever been uttered
  • 00:13:32.072 --> 00:13:33.640
  • by all the humans to ever live.
  • 00:13:33.640 --> 00:13:35.609
  • There are more stars in space
  • 00:13:35.609 --> 00:13:37.043
  • than seconds have passedsince the earth formed.
  • 00:13:37.043 --> 00:13:39.679
  • And there are morestars in space
  • 00:13:40.814 --> 00:13:42.082
  • than all the grains ofsand on any seashore.
  • 00:13:42.082 --> 00:13:44.651
  • The Bible says, Godcalls them by name
  • 00:13:44.651 --> 00:13:47.220
  • and He numbers them.
  • 00:13:47.220 --> 00:13:48.455
  • Canis Majoris, G2 dwarf,Epsilon, Antares, S2.
  • 00:13:48.455 --> 00:13:52.959
  • He calls them by name.
  • 00:13:52.959 --> 00:13:54.728
  • But Jesus says that the fatherknows His sheep by name.
  • 00:13:54.728 --> 00:13:58.264
  • He's not only theGod of the cosmic,
  • 00:13:58.264 --> 00:14:00.567
  • but the microscopic.
  • 00:14:00.567 --> 00:14:02.035
  • Not only the God of theinfinite, but the intimate.
  • 00:14:02.035 --> 00:14:04.437
  • And he says, this Godwho counts the stars.
  • 00:14:04.437 --> 00:14:06.406
  • He counts your hairs.
  • 00:14:06.406 --> 00:14:08.041
  • This God who callsthe stars by name,
  • 00:14:08.041 --> 00:14:09.743
  • He calls his sheep by name
  • 00:14:09.743 --> 00:14:11.277
  • and the sheep hear His voice
  • 00:14:11.277 --> 00:14:12.579
  • and know theirshepherd, John 10.
  • 00:14:12.579 --> 00:14:14.314
  • He really loves you.
  • 00:14:15.382 --> 00:14:16.683
  • And I just want toshare with you something
  • 00:14:18.218 --> 00:14:19.486
  • I shared with Harvest Riverside
  • 00:14:19.486 --> 00:14:21.221
  • and I shared withthe young adults.
  • 00:14:21.221 --> 00:14:22.422
  • I haven't shared thiswith you guys yet.
  • 00:14:22.422 --> 00:14:24.391
  • But I wanna tell you a storyabout how this peace works,
  • 00:14:25.925 --> 00:14:28.428
  • when you know, God loves you.
  • 00:14:28.428 --> 00:14:29.896
  • Listen, if God loves you,that is all that matters.
  • 00:14:31.564 --> 00:14:35.969
  • - [Man In Congregation] Yeah.
  • 00:14:35.969 --> 00:14:38.438
  • - [Ben Courson] IfGod doesn't love you,
  • 00:14:38.438 --> 00:14:39.673
  • nothing matters at all.
  • 00:14:39.673 --> 00:14:41.341
  • It's that extreme.
  • 00:14:42.409 --> 00:14:44.411
  • It's that binary.
  • 00:14:44.411 --> 00:14:45.578
  • Everything isabout the presence.
  • 00:14:47.113 --> 00:14:50.550
  • A hundred percent.
  • 00:14:50.550 --> 00:14:51.451
  • There's no lukewarm,it's either in or out.
  • 00:14:53.053 --> 00:14:56.389
  • Like if God exists, thatis all that matters.
  • 00:14:56.389 --> 00:15:01.394
  • If he doesn't literallynothing matters at all.
  • 00:15:02.595 --> 00:15:04.364
  • So here's what I wanna tell you.
  • 00:15:05.865 --> 00:15:07.033
  • When I was a kid,
  • 00:15:07.033 --> 00:15:08.935
  • my sister Jessica, one timeshe was talking to my family
  • 00:15:08.935 --> 00:15:11.905
  • and she said, "You knowdad, I'm gonna be a nun.
  • 00:15:11.905 --> 00:15:14.808
  • "Like I'm gonna be a nun."
  • 00:15:15.909 --> 00:15:18.144
  • And my dad says, "Why?"
  • 00:15:18.144 --> 00:15:19.479
  • She said, "Well,you're telling me
  • 00:15:19.479 --> 00:15:21.514
  • "that if I'm gonnamarry somebody,
  • 00:15:21.514 --> 00:15:22.782
  • "this person has tobe godlier than me?"
  • 00:15:22.782 --> 00:15:24.751
  • My dad said, "So?"
  • 00:15:26.119 --> 00:15:27.587
  • She said, "Well, I'm thegodliest person I've ever met."
  • 00:15:27.587 --> 00:15:30.290
  • So she was joking, veryspiritual girl, 16 years old.
  • 00:15:31.658 --> 00:15:36.329
  • The next day, my sister Jessica,she died in a car accident.
  • 00:15:40.934 --> 00:15:45.939
  • Now my brother, Petercame home with the news
  • 00:15:47.107 --> 00:15:49.743
  • and he said, "Jessicahas found her man.
  • 00:15:51.444 --> 00:15:56.349
  • "She's found her man.
  • 00:15:59.519 --> 00:16:00.787
  • "The bride of Christ finallyfound someone godlier
  • 00:16:02.255 --> 00:16:05.058
  • "than she is.
  • 00:16:05.058 --> 00:16:05.992
  • "She found her man."
  • 00:16:07.093 --> 00:16:08.261
  • Three months ago, my brotherwho delivered that news,
  • 00:16:11.131 --> 00:16:14.234
  • he died of cancer.
  • 00:16:14.234 --> 00:16:15.835
  • And we worked together andteach at the same church.
  • 00:16:17.303 --> 00:16:21.040
  • And at his death bed,
  • 00:16:21.040 --> 00:16:24.511
  • I'll never forget this.
  • 00:16:24.511 --> 00:16:25.945
  • A song happened toshuffle on the radio.
  • 00:16:27.147 --> 00:16:29.315
  • Wasn't planned, totallyrandom, not a popular song.
  • 00:16:31.818 --> 00:16:35.889
  • It was actually an indiesong from the nineties,
  • 00:16:35.889 --> 00:16:38.224
  • a Christian subculture song.
  • 00:16:38.224 --> 00:16:39.826
  • It was a song by a bandcalled The Cry called
  • 00:16:39.826 --> 00:16:41.761
  • "Take my hand and walk."
  • 00:16:41.761 --> 00:16:43.196
  • And I'm crying, we'recrying, and my dad, he says,
  • 00:16:46.332 --> 00:16:51.004
  • "Ben, do you knowwhat song this is?"
  • 00:16:51.004 --> 00:16:52.972
  • I said, "That's the song
  • 00:16:52.972 --> 00:16:55.942
  • "that played at Jessica'smemorial service."
  • 00:16:55.942 --> 00:16:57.944
  • Whenever I hear that song,
  • 00:16:57.944 --> 00:16:59.145
  • I immediately think of my sister
  • 00:16:59.145 --> 00:17:00.380
  • and I hadn't heardthat song in years.
  • 00:17:00.380 --> 00:17:02.549
  • It just happened tocome on the radio.
  • 00:17:02.549 --> 00:17:04.450
  • Shortly thereafter,
  • 00:17:06.052 --> 00:17:07.220
  • that was one of mybrother's last moments.
  • 00:17:07.220 --> 00:17:09.622
  • He got whisked upto heaven as well.
  • 00:17:09.622 --> 00:17:11.424
  • Somebody messaged me onsocial media and said,
  • 00:17:12.592 --> 00:17:14.828
  • "Ben, your brother,he graduated."
  • 00:17:14.828 --> 00:17:19.833
  • And I love that metaphor
  • 00:17:20.567 --> 00:17:22.368
  • because the song was,"Take my hand and walk."
  • 00:17:22.368 --> 00:17:26.306
  • The Lord said,
  • 00:17:26.306 --> 00:17:27.807
  • "I will uphold you withmy righteous right hand."
  • 00:17:27.807 --> 00:17:29.843
  • I just picture theLord with one hand,
  • 00:17:29.843 --> 00:17:32.445
  • grabbing my sister,
  • 00:17:32.445 --> 00:17:35.348
  • her hand and walking herdown the wedding aisle
  • 00:17:35.348 --> 00:17:37.584
  • as the bride of Christ.
  • 00:17:37.584 --> 00:17:38.818
  • And with the other hand,
  • 00:17:39.686 --> 00:17:41.454
  • taking my brother by the hand
  • 00:17:41.454 --> 00:17:43.823
  • and walking him downthe graduation aisle
  • 00:17:43.823 --> 00:17:46.059
  • and saying, "Well done,good and faithful servant,
  • 00:17:47.493 --> 00:17:49.929
  • "you graduated."
  • 00:17:49.929 --> 00:17:51.164
  • The bride of Christ,my brother graduating
  • 00:17:52.365 --> 00:17:54.167
  • and they both joinedtheir mom who also
  • 00:17:54.167 --> 00:17:56.769
  • died in a car accident.
  • 00:17:56.769 --> 00:17:57.937
  • The things that myfamily has gone through,
  • 00:18:00.306 --> 00:18:02.408
  • we all have an excuseto say, forget peace.
  • 00:18:05.044 --> 00:18:09.816
  • Life's bad, yougo through stuff.
  • 00:18:11.184 --> 00:18:13.887
  • But this is what I found.
  • 00:18:16.723 --> 00:18:17.991
  • No matter howpainful the problem,
  • 00:18:20.560 --> 00:18:24.264
  • the peace of God, iseven more powerful.
  • 00:18:25.965 --> 00:18:28.668
  • That is the God honest truth.
  • 00:18:30.570 --> 00:18:32.238
  • (congregation applauding)
  • 00:18:32.238 --> 00:18:35.742
  • You go through stuff in life
  • 00:18:39.812 --> 00:18:41.281
  • and you find that whatPaul said is true.
  • 00:18:42.415 --> 00:18:44.317
  • I have peace that,
  • 00:18:44.317 --> 00:18:45.785
  • when my brother had thefinal stage of colon cancer,
  • 00:18:45.785 --> 00:18:49.222
  • he was at peace.
  • 00:18:49.222 --> 00:18:50.456
  • It passes understanding, why?
  • 00:18:51.391 --> 00:18:55.061
  • Because he had afriendship with the Lord.
  • 00:18:56.362 --> 00:18:58.364
  • At the end of our lives.
  • 00:19:00.667 --> 00:19:02.168
  • We're not gonna be pumpedthat we spent 14 years
  • 00:19:02.168 --> 00:19:04.270
  • on this dopamine loop,gambling addiction.
  • 00:19:04.270 --> 00:19:06.339
  • We're gonna say all thatmattered is the one thing,
  • 00:19:08.508 --> 00:19:11.144
  • the beauty of the Lord,
  • 00:19:11.144 --> 00:19:12.445
  • leaving everythingto follow him.
  • 00:19:12.445 --> 00:19:14.614
  • Sitting in his presence,
  • 00:19:14.614 --> 00:19:16.516
  • reaching for the prizeof the high calling.
  • 00:19:16.516 --> 00:19:18.718
  • That's it, one word Godhas never said his whoops.
  • 00:19:18.718 --> 00:19:23.323
  • And I hope at the end of yourlife, you don't say whoops.
  • 00:19:23.323 --> 00:19:26.326
  • That's why I'm here.
  • 00:19:27.593 --> 00:19:28.594
  • I don't want you to, atthe end of your life, say,
  • 00:19:30.029 --> 00:19:31.230
  • "Shoot, I wasted my life."
  • 00:19:31.230 --> 00:19:35.301
  • Oh, God loves me, I'm justsaved, this is awesome.
  • 00:19:35.301 --> 00:19:37.770
  • But like, it's the presence.
  • 00:19:37.770 --> 00:19:40.773
  • It's the presence, the presence.
  • 00:19:40.773 --> 00:19:44.110
  • So I tell you this,
  • 00:19:45.011 --> 00:19:46.446
  • your fiery tribulationsdo not burn you.
  • 00:19:47.847 --> 00:19:50.917
  • They forge you.
  • 00:19:50.917 --> 00:19:52.018
  • God is a consuming fire whonever burns what we are.
  • 00:19:53.419 --> 00:19:55.922
  • He only burns what we are not.
  • 00:19:55.922 --> 00:19:57.623
  • Paul, the apostlesaid in Romans five,
  • 00:19:57.623 --> 00:19:59.592
  • "We glory in tribulation."
  • 00:19:59.592 --> 00:20:01.427
  • Whoa, when's the lasttime I said that.
  • 00:20:01.427 --> 00:20:04.764
  • When's the lasttime you were like,
  • 00:20:04.764 --> 00:20:05.765
  • "I got dumped, woo to the woo."
  • 00:20:05.765 --> 00:20:07.700
  • When's the last time,somebody gossiped about you
  • 00:20:09.869 --> 00:20:12.271
  • and you said, "Yay, God."
  • 00:20:12.271 --> 00:20:14.640
  • When's the last time yougot a massive phone bill
  • 00:20:14.640 --> 00:20:16.342
  • 'cause you didn't realizeyou were on roaming.
  • 00:20:16.342 --> 00:20:17.610
  • And you're like, "Glory."
  • 00:20:17.610 --> 00:20:18.911
  • When's the last timeyou got thrown in prison
  • 00:20:20.413 --> 00:20:22.015
  • and you were like,"Count it all joy."
  • 00:20:22.015 --> 00:20:23.916
  • When's the last time, yourpost got no engagement
  • 00:20:26.252 --> 00:20:29.555
  • and you were like, "Hi,glory and tribulation."
  • 00:20:29.555 --> 00:20:31.891
  • When's the last time somebodyyou loved, passed away
  • 00:20:33.860 --> 00:20:37.764
  • and you said, "They'rein your glory Lord."
  • 00:20:37.764 --> 00:20:39.932
  • Why could Paul say weglory in tribulation?
  • 00:20:41.734 --> 00:20:44.070
  • Because he said,
  • 00:20:44.070 --> 00:20:46.072
  • "We glory in tribulation."
  • 00:20:46.072 --> 00:20:49.008
  • Because tribulationproduces patience,
  • 00:20:49.008 --> 00:20:51.844
  • patience, experience,experience, hope,
  • 00:20:51.844 --> 00:20:54.781
  • and hope never maketh the shamed
  • 00:20:54.781 --> 00:20:57.050
  • because the love of Godspread abroad in our hearts
  • 00:20:57.050 --> 00:20:59.685
  • by the power of the Holy ghost,
  • 00:20:59.685 --> 00:21:01.087
  • which is given unto us.
  • 00:21:01.087 --> 00:21:02.355
  • Paul was saying, painmakes us stronger.
  • 00:21:02.355 --> 00:21:05.625
  • Tears make us braver.
  • 00:21:05.625 --> 00:21:07.760
  • Heartbreak makes us wiser.
  • 00:21:07.760 --> 00:21:10.129
  • And one day we'regonna thank our past
  • 00:21:10.129 --> 00:21:12.231
  • for a better future.
  • 00:21:12.231 --> 00:21:13.800
  • Psalm 56 says, all my tearsare collected in his bottle,
  • 00:21:13.800 --> 00:21:17.036
  • my tears are not lost on God,
  • 00:21:17.036 --> 00:21:18.738
  • they are caught by God, 'causeon my worst day with God,
  • 00:21:18.738 --> 00:21:21.407
  • I'm better off than onmy best day without God.
  • 00:21:21.407 --> 00:21:23.342
  • And I don't have tobehave to get saved.
  • 00:21:23.342 --> 00:21:24.844
  • I just believe and receive.
  • 00:21:24.844 --> 00:21:26.312
  • 'Cause when I'm goingthrough my worst,
  • 00:21:26.312 --> 00:21:27.780
  • God is planning his bestand not all things are good,
  • 00:21:27.780 --> 00:21:29.749
  • but all things worktogether for the good
  • 00:21:29.749 --> 00:21:31.451
  • because truly God is good.
  • 00:21:31.451 --> 00:21:32.852
  • So I'm gonna turn mycares into prayers.
  • 00:21:32.852 --> 00:21:35.221
  • I'm gonna turn my stressesinto supplications.
  • 00:21:35.221 --> 00:21:37.924
  • I'm gonna turn myworry into worship.
  • 00:21:37.924 --> 00:21:40.393
  • I'm gonna turn mypanic into praise.
  • 00:21:40.393 --> 00:21:43.162
  • I'm gonna turn my fearinto faith in my father
  • 00:21:43.162 --> 00:21:45.965
  • and a peace that passesall understanding
  • 00:21:45.965 --> 00:21:48.067
  • will guard our hearts and minds
  • 00:21:48.067 --> 00:21:49.469
  • through Christ Jesusbecause anxiety
  • 00:21:49.469 --> 00:21:51.504
  • in the heart causes depression,
  • 00:21:51.504 --> 00:21:52.972
  • but a good word makes it glad.
  • 00:21:52.972 --> 00:21:54.774
  • So we're gonna seekpeace and pursue it.
  • 00:21:54.774 --> 00:21:56.776
  • The peace of God is gonnaguard our hearts and minds.
  • 00:21:56.776 --> 00:21:59.045
  • It's gonna pass understandingand it will rule (murmurs).
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  • (congregation cheering)
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  • This is how we think.
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  • It's all or nothing, that's it.
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  • That's why we wakeup in the morning
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  • for the Prince of Peace.
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  • Nobody can take thePrince of Peace from you.
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  • He's here, no circumstancecan steal that from you.
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