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So Peerless A Pearl

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October 25, 2020
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Hope Generation as a whole; deals out hope galore; as our Hope Generator speaker; Ben Courson shares the holy optimism found in the Creator of the Universe; who's title is actually "The God of Hope."

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  • - Philippians 2:13 tells usthat it is God who works in you,
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  • both to will and to dofor His good pleasure.
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  • Because of Jesus, youhave now become one
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  • with the Spirit of God.
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  • Your heart is enfolded intoGod's, and his heart into yours,
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  • like lyrics to a songor poetry to a page.
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  • What has God been stirring inyour heart to will and to do?
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  • Looking past your doubtsand fears for a moment,
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  • what is supremelyimportant to you right now?
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  • Do that.
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  • - I'm Ben Courson, you'rewatching Hope Generation.
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  • This message is entitled,So Peerless a Pearl,
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  • because even gold, frankincenseand myrrh are treasures
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  • that could not compare tothe pearl of great price,
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  • Jesus Christ.
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  • So peerless a pearl.
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  • Without peer is thepearl of great price,
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  • that was born in Bethlehemtwo millennia ago.
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  • What's interestingabout this pearl
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  • is it was forged in the fire
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  • of affliction, theflipsis of tremendous
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  • tribulation and pressure.
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  • All through Jesus's lifethere was a passion,
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  • a passion, a suffering,
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  • not just inGethsemane at the end,
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  • but all the way back inBethlehem in the manger.
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  • When Jesus had to flee
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  • Herod's wrath with his mother
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  • and his adoptive father, Joseph,
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  • he had to go in theperhaps terrible
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  • roaring wilderness of Arabia,
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  • which Deuteronomy says wasfilled with scorching snakes.
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  • So not only scorching sands,but snakes that would bite you.
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  • And all through hislife, even his childhood,
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  • it was riddled and fraughtwith difficulty and challenges.
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  • But what Jesus shows us throughthe whole nativity scene
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  • is that he can overcomethe greatest tribulations.
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  • Therefore Christ in us,which is the hope of glory
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  • can cause us to do all thingsand be content in all things,
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  • whether we're hungry, full,suffering, or abounding.
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  • For a lot of people,Christmas is a time of joy,
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  • for other people, it'sa reminder of loved ones
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  • who are no longer there.
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  • What we have to do is realizethat the Christmas story
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  • empowers us, enables usand nobles us and equips us
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  • to go through the worst storms
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  • and weather themwith encouragement.
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  • - There are 1.189chapters in the Bible,
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  • 66 books written by40 different authors,
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  • 14 of which werewritten by Paul.
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  • And he said, these scriptureswere written to give you hope.
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  • We have enough blues in theworld, we need more good news.
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  • We have enough people who tellus, you're gonna die soon,
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  • we need some more people whotell us you ain't dead yet.
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  • We have enough peoplewho tell it like it is,
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  • but we need some more peoplewho tell it like it can be.
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  • We need to be thepeople who are Godfident
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  • that wrong will be worstedthat right will triumph
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  • that we are baffledto fight better,
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  • that we sleep towake, we fall to rise.
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  • We might have hell around us,
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  • but we have the kingdomof heaven inside us.
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  • And we are the people whohave gone through hell,
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  • carrying buckets of waterfor those still consumed
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  • by the fire becausewe have one heaven
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  • of a holy holiday hope,this is good news.
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  • - Verse 21 says that whenJesus was eight days old
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  • after the whole nativity scene,
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  • he's circumcised in thetemple according to the law,
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  • eight days old,he's circumcised.
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  • His name is called Jesus.
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  • Now the name Jesus meansJehovah is generous.
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  • That's what the name means inthe original Hebrew etymology.
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  • It means Jehovah is generous.
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  • It also means Jehovah saves.
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  • Take a look at Mathew 2:18,but this is gonna encourage us
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  • for whatever we'regoing through.
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  • This is really good.
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  • Matthew 2:18 says,
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  • "A voice was heard inRamah, lamentation..."
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  • Everyone say lamentation.- [Congregation] Lamentation.
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  • "Weeping and great mourning.
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  • "Rachel weeping for her childrenrefusing to be comforted
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  • "because they are no more."
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  • That's quoting Jeremiah31:5, Matthew 2:18.
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  • So he says Jeremiahwas a voice crying out.
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  • There is great weeping.
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  • Rachel said, "Give mechildren or else I will die."
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  • That's how bad she wanted kids.
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  • She had a kid and then she died.
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  • And the offspring of Rachelare now here suffering
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  • tremendous infanticide atthe hands of the nefarious,
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  • wicked King Herod the great.
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  • But the Bible prophesiedabout John the Baptist,
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  • Elizabeth and Maryregarding Jesus.
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  • That one would come, whowould be called great.
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  • What was Herod's nickname?Herod, the great.
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  • Specifically, there was aprophecy by the Angel Gabriel
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  • that the one coming namedJesus would be great.
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  • So it's saying he's theKing instead of Herod.
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  • He's the one you call a great,
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  • not Herod the great,which is really cool.
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  • And by the way, it's a good day,
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  • if you ever havean angel visit you,
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  • if you have Gabriel visityou, it's a really good day.
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  • So an angel comes and visitssaid, Jesus is gonna come.
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  • His name is gonna be great.
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  • But with the comingof Jesus, obviously,
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  • as you know the story, KingHerod trying to wipe out
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  • the future prophesiedKing of the Jews,
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  • exterminated with greatgenocide and infanticide,
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  • every child, twoyears old and under.
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  • And so a bunch of kids died.
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  • And that's whereJeremiah prophesied
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  • in advance, a foretime,ahead of time,
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  • foretelling the future,foretelling the truth
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  • that there would begreat weeping in Rachel
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  • and there would be lamentation.
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  • - Rewrite your story.
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  • Do you ever feel likeyou're losing the plot?
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  • You don't know whereyour narrative's going.
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  • You wonder if a happy endingwill ever be unfolding.
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  • Let me remind you ofthe story of Israel.
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  • They started offas a baby in Egypt,
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  • they then went through water,
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  • the Red Sea to wander inthe wilderness for 40 years.
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  • So too Jesus started in Egyptas a baby, went through water,
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  • the Jordan river to wander inthe wilderness for 40 days.
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  • Who writes this?
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  • Mathew, he was writingto a Jewish audience,
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  • drawing parallels betweenIsrael's story and Jesus' story.
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  • Israel died in the desert.
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  • Jesus emerged fromthe desert victorious,
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  • overcoming temptation.
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  • And then he left anempty tomb behind him.
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  • In the same way,I wanna tell you
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  • that God is the authorand finisher of our faith.
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  • And Psalm 139, it says all ourdays are written in his book.
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  • He's a master ofrewriting your narrative.
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  • - There's a lot of debatewhen Christmas happened.
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  • The date is after thepagan holiday Saturnalia.
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  • So the date is veryarbitrary, Christians are
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  • "Hey, we'll just hijack thatand use it for our holiday."
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  • But there also is thesuggestion because the shepherds
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  • were out with their flocksback in the deep winter,
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  • you would usuallytake your animals
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  • and your livestock indoors.
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  • So the whole idea of therebeing animals out and about
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  • suggests that maybe it wasn'tin deep winter, really,
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  • nobody knows there'sa lot of speculation,
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  • but nobody knows for sure.
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  • But around this Christmas story,
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  • when Herod kills all thesekids, Jeremiah ahead of time,
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  • prophesies of this, and he says,
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  • there will be great lamentation,
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  • great weeping because thepolitical plots and intrigues.
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  • Now watch this, lamentation.
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  • Does that word sound familiar?
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  • Do you know what theword lamentations means?
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  • it means how.
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  • Everyone say how.- [Congregation] How.
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  • Have you ever gonethrough something
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  • so bad that you say how?
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  • Do you ever say in life, how?
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  • The Bible identifiesin solidarity
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  • with that emotivefeeling when you say how.
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  • That's what the wordlamentations means,
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  • it's the perfectdescriptor, how.
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  • Did you know that once a year,
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  • what the Jewish people woulddo is they would gather
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  • in the synagogue once a year,they'd do this in synagogues.
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  • They'd read the bookof Lamentations andthey'd talk about
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  • all the stuff they lostover the past year.
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  • And they'd grieve all the stuff
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  • they lost over the past year.
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  • They'd talk about their hurts,their losses, their grieves,
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  • their griefs, all the badthings that happened to them.
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  • And they'd read the book oflamentations once a year.
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  • When someone we love diesand there's an open mic,
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  • a sibling of the loved onegoes up, leaks a tear and says,
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  • "I'm sorry, I'm having a hardtime holding it together."
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  • That's crazy.
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  • We're having a hardtime holding it together
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  • we can't even show emotion.
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  • Do you know thatin the middle East,
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  • when a loved one dies,they throw their body
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  • on the carcass ofthe dead loved one.
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  • And they mourn for 40 days
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  • and wear black for 40 days.
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  • The problem is we're the mostdepressed generation ever.
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  • It's because we don't evergrieve stuff, we just move on.
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  • We keep staying busy.
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  • So we bottle it down andthen it comes up at bad times
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  • and we have to go to therapyand get on antidepressants
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  • because we never wanna emote.
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  • So the Jews are very wise.
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  • It might seem primitive andbarbaric and antediluvian
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  • and primordial to throwyour body on the carcass
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  • of a dead loved oneand cry and weep.
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  • But maybe they're moresophisticated because through
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  • a cathartic therapeutic outlet,
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  • they're actually letting their
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  • emotions out so thatthey can be healed.
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  • In 2017, suicide was listedas the second leading
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  • cause of death in my age group.
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  • Right now, one outof every 40 seconds,
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  • someone around the worldwill kill himself or herself.
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  • We live in the most depressedgeneration in history,
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  • but I have a message for you.
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  • Our hope does not have to bedictated by our circumstances,
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  • but rather our circumstancescan be dictated by our hope.
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  • When we choose not to becreatures of our circumstances,
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  • but creators ofour circumstances,
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  • 'cause we will have nightmares,but we also have dreams
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  • and we will conquerour nightmaresbecause of our dreams.
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  • - We'll return for more oftoday's message, after this.
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  • - Chill sending throughmy hometown, San Diego,
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  • with some of my best friendsunveiled once more to me,
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  • the true secret toovercoming depression.
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  • The answer is notontological, navel gazing,
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  • but getting out of your headto go send with your friends.
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  • We were made for buoyancy,for adventure, for excellence,
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  • for exploration, and for God.
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  • Life is too precious tobe wasted on the darkness,
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  • look again toward the horizon.
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  • - When I was 17 yearsold, God gave me a dream
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  • that I would speakhis word to his world.
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  • As Paul said, I havenot been disobedient
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  • to the heavenly vision.
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  • Seeing this dream becomereality has left me awestruck.
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  • Speaking hope to eachaudience these last few years
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  • has showed me God isbreathing on our generation
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  • and we are in the midst of aspiritual awakening to hope.
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  • Never lose heartfor our generation
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  • because the world ischanging under our very nose.
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  • Welcome to the Hope Generation.
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  • - Do you ever feel like youhave so much shame in your life
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  • that could never be cast out?
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  • Our Lord is in thebusiness of healing us
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  • of our guilt and condemnationand giving us grace and love.
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  • In the gospels, there'sthis story of Jesus
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  • encountering ademon-possessed man.
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  • He says, "What's your name?"
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  • The guy says, "We areLegion for we are many,"
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  • as the demon spoke through him.
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  • Jesus cast the demon out ofthe man and he was healed.
  • 00:13:26.001 --> 00:13:28.904
  • Now, isn't it interestingthat he first had to name
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  • the demon beforeit was exorcized.
  • 00:13:34.243 --> 00:13:37.112
  • In the same way,psychologists tell us
  • 00:13:37.112 --> 00:13:39.582
  • that if you don't havea label for something,
  • 00:13:39.582 --> 00:13:41.717
  • you can't be conscious of it.
  • 00:13:41.717 --> 00:13:43.385
  • The Greeks didn'thave a word for blue,
  • 00:13:43.385 --> 00:13:45.287
  • therefore they called thesea, the wine dark sea.
  • 00:13:45.287 --> 00:13:47.690
  • They saw it as purple.
  • 00:13:47.690 --> 00:13:49.024
  • They couldn't see blue
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  • because they didn'thave a name for it.
  • 00:13:50.292 --> 00:13:52.728
  • So too, once we name something,we become conscious of it.
  • 00:13:52.728 --> 00:13:56.131
  • And when we confess that demon,that's when it can come out.
  • 00:13:56.131 --> 00:13:59.134
  • Now the word Legionwas politically chargedbecause a legion
  • 00:14:01.670 --> 00:14:05.374
  • was a troop of 6.000soldiers that were marching
  • 00:14:05.374 --> 00:14:08.811
  • through the streets of Israel,
  • 00:14:08.811 --> 00:14:10.246
  • reminding the Jewishpeople that the Hebrews
  • 00:14:10.246 --> 00:14:13.082
  • were a conquered people.
  • 00:14:13.082 --> 00:14:14.783
  • So when Jesus cast theLegion out of the man,
  • 00:14:14.783 --> 00:14:17.253
  • it was also an enactedparable and metaphor
  • 00:14:17.253 --> 00:14:20.022
  • that he was casting out theLegion shame from Israel,
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  • turning their defeatinto a victory.
  • 00:14:23.259 --> 00:14:26.028
  • And if the Lord coulddo it for the Jews,
  • 00:14:26.028 --> 00:14:28.130
  • you best believe, hecould do it for me
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  • and he can do it for you.
  • 00:14:30.432 --> 00:14:31.834
  • - You have to say,"What is your name?"
  • 00:14:33.002 --> 00:14:34.470
  • And then Legionsays, "I am Legion."
  • 00:14:34.470 --> 00:14:36.038
  • For the demon to come out,you have to name the anxiety.
  • 00:14:36.038 --> 00:14:38.374
  • You can't shove it down.
  • 00:14:38.374 --> 00:14:39.909
  • You can't sweep it under therug. You can't bottle it up.
  • 00:14:39.909 --> 00:14:41.677
  • So the Jews, they readlamentations once a year,
  • 00:14:41.677 --> 00:14:44.179
  • they talk about all the badthings that happened to them
  • 00:14:44.179 --> 00:14:46.148
  • to get it out sothat they can heal.
  • 00:14:46.148 --> 00:14:48.884
  • If you go to the doctor andhe says, "What's wrong?"
  • 00:14:48.884 --> 00:14:50.686
  • And you say, "Idon't wanna tell you,
  • 00:14:50.686 --> 00:14:51.620
  • "I'm gonna hide it."
  • 00:14:51.620 --> 00:14:52.855
  • He says, "Then howcan I heal you?"
  • 00:14:52.855 --> 00:14:54.189
  • The physician of sores,
  • 00:14:55.057 --> 00:14:56.292
  • I believe he wants usto get out that emotion.
  • 00:14:56.292 --> 00:14:58.127
  • So the fact that there isweeping among Rachel in Ramah,
  • 00:14:58.127 --> 00:15:03.132
  • when there's lamentation andgreat sorrow and great crying,
  • 00:15:04.566 --> 00:15:06.602
  • that isn't becausethey're complaining,
  • 00:15:06.602 --> 00:15:08.170
  • it's because somethingtragic happened.
  • 00:15:08.170 --> 00:15:10.306
  • And that is, all thesechildren were dying
  • 00:15:10.306 --> 00:15:12.975
  • at the hands of King Herod.
  • 00:15:12.975 --> 00:15:14.476
  • So sometimes it's okay
  • 00:15:14.476 --> 00:15:16.445
  • when everyone else isrejoicing at Christmas
  • 00:15:16.445 --> 00:15:19.014
  • and you're having a hardtime, if you say how?
  • 00:15:19.014 --> 00:15:22.418
  • I'm lonely, how,I'm by myself, how,
  • 00:15:22.418 --> 00:15:25.621
  • this brings upbad memories, how,
  • 00:15:25.621 --> 00:15:27.656
  • this loved one washere last Christmas,
  • 00:15:27.656 --> 00:15:29.024
  • not this Christmas, how.
  • 00:15:29.024 --> 00:15:30.960
  • When you say, how.
  • 00:15:30.960 --> 00:15:32.561
  • - I
  • 00:15:32.561 --> 00:15:33.395
  • am
  • 00:15:33.395 --> 00:15:34.229
  • alone,
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  • I am too far gone.
  • 00:15:35.965 --> 00:15:37.800
  • God has given up on me andhe is disappointed in me.
  • 00:15:39.268 --> 00:15:43.205
  • I am not good enough.
  • 00:15:44.573 --> 00:15:46.308
  • I am
  • 00:15:47.910 --> 00:15:48.911
  • unworthy
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  • of love.
  • 00:15:49.878 --> 00:15:50.713
  • These lies areunfortunately alive
  • 00:15:51.814 --> 00:15:54.383
  • and well in thehearts of so many.
  • 00:15:54.383 --> 00:15:57.553
  • But here's the truth,
  • 00:15:57.553 --> 00:15:59.121
  • you are not alone.
  • 00:15:59.121 --> 00:16:00.723
  • Be strong and courageousbecause the God of the universe
  • 00:16:00.723 --> 00:16:03.859
  • is with you wherever you go.
  • 00:16:03.859 --> 00:16:05.894
  • You are not too far gone.
  • 00:16:05.894 --> 00:16:07.663
  • God chose you and looks uponyou without fault in his eyes.
  • 00:16:07.663 --> 00:16:11.400
  • God will never give up on you.
  • 00:16:11.400 --> 00:16:13.369
  • In fact, he is filled with love
  • 00:16:13.369 --> 00:16:15.104
  • and compassion when he sees you.
  • 00:16:15.104 --> 00:16:17.172
  • You are good enough andyour past holds no weight
  • 00:16:17.172 --> 00:16:20.009
  • in the kingdom of God.
  • 00:16:20.009 --> 00:16:21.643
  • And lastly, you arebeyond worthy of love.
  • 00:16:21.643 --> 00:16:24.580
  • God paid everythingto restore you to him.
  • 00:16:24.580 --> 00:16:27.282
  • You couldn't be more loved
  • 00:16:27.282 --> 00:16:29.651
  • and that's the truth.
  • 00:16:29.651 --> 00:16:31.186
  • - John the Baptist was bornabout six months ahead of Jesus.
  • 00:16:31.186 --> 00:16:34.056
  • And John the Baptist, his nameJohn means God is gracious.
  • 00:16:34.056 --> 00:16:37.726
  • Everyone say God is gracious.
  • 00:16:37.726 --> 00:16:38.961
  • - [Congregation]God is gracious.
  • 00:16:38.961 --> 00:16:40.195
  • - And his birthwas very gracious.
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  • It was given through Elizabeth,
  • 00:16:41.630 --> 00:16:44.099
  • who was an old woman andshe had a double blessing.
  • 00:16:44.099 --> 00:16:46.802
  • Do you rememberElizabeth's story?
  • 00:16:46.802 --> 00:16:48.537
  • An angel comes and says,"You're gonna have a baby."
  • 00:16:48.537 --> 00:16:51.473
  • And Zacharias the priest says,
  • 00:16:51.473 --> 00:16:52.941
  • "How could thishappen? I'm too old."
  • 00:16:52.941 --> 00:16:54.610
  • He talked too much.
  • 00:16:54.610 --> 00:16:55.544
  • So an angel struck him dumb
  • 00:16:55.544 --> 00:16:57.212
  • because God would rather haveus not say anything at all,
  • 00:16:57.212 --> 00:16:59.381
  • if we're just gonnacomplain all day.
  • 00:16:59.381 --> 00:17:00.983
  • She gets a double blessing.
  • 00:17:00.983 --> 00:17:02.451
  • She's not going to bepregnant, gonna have a kid
  • 00:17:02.451 --> 00:17:04.219
  • 'cause back in the ancient world
  • 00:17:04.219 --> 00:17:05.421
  • to not have a childwas considered a curse.
  • 00:17:05.421 --> 00:17:07.222
  • Not only does she theblessing of being a kid,
  • 00:17:07.222 --> 00:17:08.791
  • but her husband's mute.
  • 00:17:08.791 --> 00:17:10.025
  • It's like a doubleblessing. (laughter)
  • 00:17:10.025 --> 00:17:12.928
  • So God is gracious is the idea.
  • 00:17:12.928 --> 00:17:15.964
  • But this John would actuallydie at the hands of Herod
  • 00:17:17.399 --> 00:17:20.102
  • just as all these kidswere perishing at the hands
  • 00:17:20.102 --> 00:17:23.238
  • of the prior Herod in ourstory, Herod the great.
  • 00:17:23.238 --> 00:17:26.241
  • So Mary is given a prophecythat although the birth
  • 00:17:26.241 --> 00:17:30.546
  • of her son, Jesus wouldbring great joy to the world,
  • 00:17:30.546 --> 00:17:33.315
  • peace on earth,goodwill toward men,
  • 00:17:33.315 --> 00:17:35.150
  • to the called, tothe elect, but also,
  • 00:17:35.150 --> 00:17:38.387
  • watch this
  • 00:17:38.387 --> 00:17:39.254
  • Simeon, the old man prophesied
  • 00:17:40.489 --> 00:17:43.358
  • that a sword wouldpierce Mary's side
  • 00:17:43.358 --> 00:17:45.694
  • and she ponderedit in her heart.
  • 00:17:45.694 --> 00:17:48.097
  • A sword would pierce her side.
  • 00:17:48.097 --> 00:17:50.699
  • She pondered it in her heart.
  • 00:17:50.699 --> 00:17:53.769
  • In the Greek language, thatword signifies a Thracian dart,
  • 00:17:53.769 --> 00:17:58.040
  • a Thracian dart, adart from Thrace.
  • 00:17:58.040 --> 00:18:00.109
  • We're talking a militarydart would pierce her side.
  • 00:18:00.109 --> 00:18:03.912
  • Mary was probably in juniorhigh when she had Jesus.
  • 00:18:03.912 --> 00:18:08.450
  • So when you picture this 30year old with a crown, no,
  • 00:18:08.450 --> 00:18:11.720
  • picture that 12 yearold with braces.
  • 00:18:11.720 --> 00:18:14.389
  • Most scholars believe,
  • 00:18:14.389 --> 00:18:15.924
  • no matter what scholaryou really study,
  • 00:18:15.924 --> 00:18:17.426
  • it's like 12, 13, 14, 15.
  • 00:18:17.426 --> 00:18:19.361
  • So Mary might've experiencedpostpartum depression
  • 00:18:19.361 --> 00:18:22.164
  • after she had the Christ.
  • 00:18:22.164 --> 00:18:23.632
  • Or we know for sure,
  • 00:18:23.632 --> 00:18:26.401
  • when a spear pierced herson's side on the cross,
  • 00:18:26.401 --> 00:18:29.571
  • the Thracian dart wentinto her side also,
  • 00:18:29.571 --> 00:18:32.341
  • her heart smote herwhen her child died
  • 00:18:32.341 --> 00:18:35.177
  • because to bear agreat destiny means
  • 00:18:35.177 --> 00:18:37.613
  • you may have to gothrough great tragedy.
  • 00:18:37.613 --> 00:18:39.815
  • Because if you'remiserable today,
  • 00:18:39.815 --> 00:18:42.284
  • it's in order that God mightmake you memorable tomorrow.
  • 00:18:42.284 --> 00:18:44.753
  • Come on, somebody.
  • 00:18:44.753 --> 00:18:46.255
  • - When it feels like life isdragging you through the mud,
  • 00:18:46.255 --> 00:18:50.259
  • there is enchantment to befound in getting outside,
  • 00:18:50.259 --> 00:18:54.496
  • shifting our focus awayfrom the muck and the murk,
  • 00:18:54.496 --> 00:18:57.733
  • travel with our friends,into the fantastical forests
  • 00:18:59.134 --> 00:19:02.538
  • and the wonders of thewoods into higher planes
  • 00:19:02.538 --> 00:19:05.874
  • of spiritual realmsand realities.
  • 00:19:05.874 --> 00:19:09.211
  • The Jews tell an ancientlegend about two men
  • 00:19:09.211 --> 00:19:12.214
  • walking through the RedSea during the Exodus.
  • 00:19:12.214 --> 00:19:15.417
  • They started complaining aboutthe mud between their toes
  • 00:19:15.417 --> 00:19:19.254
  • while the glassy waterywalls of their liberation
  • 00:19:19.254 --> 00:19:23.058
  • rose up around them.
  • 00:19:23.058 --> 00:19:25.294
  • We need to forgetthe mud and meditate
  • 00:19:25.294 --> 00:19:28.864
  • on
  • 00:19:28.864 --> 00:19:29.698
  • the miracles.
  • 00:19:29.698 --> 00:19:30.732
  • - Some scholars suggest 14.000
  • 00:19:46.582 --> 00:19:49.017
  • children died at Jesus's birth.
  • 00:19:49.017 --> 00:19:51.086
  • So yes, with joy to the world,there was also great grief.
  • 00:19:51.086 --> 00:19:53.422
  • You see, so why are yousharing this with us?
  • 00:19:53.422 --> 00:19:55.057
  • What I'm saying is the storyof Christmas is one of hope
  • 00:19:55.057 --> 00:19:58.527
  • in the face of tragedy, notone of hope, devoid of tragedy.
  • 00:19:58.527 --> 00:20:02.297
  • So I'm gonna tell youthe hope of the Bible
  • 00:20:03.532 --> 00:20:05.200
  • is something that you buildin the face of despair.
  • 00:20:05.200 --> 00:20:08.770
  • - Just because hard thingsare happening around you
  • 00:20:08.770 --> 00:20:13.275
  • does not mean you cannothave hope inside you.
  • 00:20:13.275 --> 00:20:16.745
  • Just because you're goingthrough trial and tribulation,
  • 00:20:16.745 --> 00:20:19.448
  • it does not mean youcannot speak hope.
  • 00:20:19.448 --> 00:20:21.650
  • The book of Joel says, letthe weak say that I am strong.
  • 00:20:21.650 --> 00:20:24.720
  • We need to be thepeople who are confident
  • 00:20:24.720 --> 00:20:26.888
  • that wrong will be worsted,that right will triumph,
  • 00:20:26.888 --> 00:20:30.726
  • that we are baffledto fight better,
  • 00:20:30.726 --> 00:20:32.828
  • that we sleep towake, we fall to rise.
  • 00:20:32.828 --> 00:20:35.797
  • We might have hell around us,
  • 00:20:35.797 --> 00:20:37.266
  • but we have the kingdomof heaven inside us.
  • 00:20:37.266 --> 00:20:39.134
  • And we are the people who havegone through hell carrying
  • 00:20:39.134 --> 00:20:41.103
  • buckets of water for thosestill consumed by the fire
  • 00:20:41.103 --> 00:20:43.972
  • because we have one heavenof a holy holiday hope.
  • 00:20:43.972 --> 00:20:47.476
  • Can I get an amen to that?
  • 00:20:47.476 --> 00:20:48.777
  • - In the face of greatdespair, I will hope. Why?
  • 00:20:53.315 --> 00:20:56.151
  • Verse 21 says he wascircumcised at eight days old.
  • 00:20:56.151 --> 00:20:58.920
  • What does this mean?
  • 00:20:58.920 --> 00:21:00.222
  • This verse
  • 00:21:00.222 --> 00:21:01.356
  • is the first time we seeJesus bleeding for others.
  • 00:21:02.824 --> 00:21:06.028
  • When did Jesus shed blood foryou? Not just on the cross,
  • 00:21:07.496 --> 00:21:10.932
  • not just in Gethsemane,
  • 00:21:10.932 --> 00:21:12.367
  • but evidently, whenhe was eight days old.
  • 00:21:12.367 --> 00:21:14.770
  • Bleeding, why?
  • 00:21:14.770 --> 00:21:16.271
  • Galatians 4:5 tells ushe was born under the law
  • 00:21:16.271 --> 00:21:19.141
  • to set free those
  • 00:21:19.141 --> 00:21:21.109
  • who were under the law thatthey might receive instead
  • 00:21:21.109 --> 00:21:24.413
  • in lieu the adoption as sons.
  • 00:21:24.413 --> 00:21:26.682
  • So he bled as onewho fulfilled the law
  • 00:21:27.816 --> 00:21:31.219
  • for the times we broke the law.
  • 00:21:31.219 --> 00:21:32.754
  • So we could be setfree from the law
  • 00:21:32.754 --> 00:21:34.423
  • and be adopted as childrenby our abba father,
  • 00:21:34.423 --> 00:21:36.725
  • just as he was adoptedby Joseph, afterbeing born of Mary.
  • 00:21:36.725 --> 00:21:40.462
  • Come on.
  • 00:21:40.462 --> 00:21:42.097
  • Which means
  • 00:21:42.097 --> 00:21:42.931
  • there was blood shed
  • 00:21:44.132 --> 00:21:46.001
  • during the Christmas season,
  • 00:21:46.001 --> 00:21:47.369
  • but it wasn't justinfants dying.
  • 00:21:47.369 --> 00:21:48.770
  • It was also Jesus bleeding,
  • 00:21:48.770 --> 00:21:50.439
  • fulfilling the law becausethe law said you had to be
  • 00:21:50.439 --> 00:21:52.474
  • circumcised when youwere eight days old.
  • 00:21:52.474 --> 00:21:54.209
  • He fulfilled the law, butthat blood is not bad news.
  • 00:21:54.209 --> 00:21:56.778
  • It's actually good news
  • 00:21:56.778 --> 00:21:59.214
  • and gospel
  • 00:21:59.214 --> 00:22:00.449
  • for you
  • 00:22:00.449 --> 00:22:01.783
  • and for me.
  • 00:22:01.783 --> 00:22:03.251
  • If there's great pain,loneliness and heartache,
  • 00:22:03.251 --> 00:22:07.089
  • God is preparing youfor joy and greatness.
  • 00:22:07.089 --> 00:22:10.926
  • If there's a spear in your side,
  • 00:22:10.926 --> 00:22:12.794
  • it's because there'sresurrection after,
  • 00:22:12.794 --> 00:22:14.563
  • If there's 14.000children dying,
  • 00:22:14.563 --> 00:22:16.765
  • it's because a savioris born at the same time
  • 00:22:16.765 --> 00:22:18.633
  • in a podunk town ofBethlehem with only dozens
  • 00:22:18.633 --> 00:22:20.569
  • or hundreds of peoplethat even live there.
  • 00:22:20.569 --> 00:22:22.871
  • If you're going througha great tragedy,
  • 00:22:22.871 --> 00:22:24.806
  • it's because God has embeddedin it a great triumph.
  • 00:22:24.806 --> 00:22:27.642
  • So don't give up.
  • 00:22:27.642 --> 00:22:29.211
  • That is the centerof everything.
  • 00:22:29.211 --> 00:22:31.913
  • That is the messagesummed up in one sentence.
  • 00:22:31.913 --> 00:22:34.950
  • Don't
  • 00:22:34.950 --> 00:22:35.784
  • give
  • 00:22:35.784 --> 00:22:36.618
  • up.
  • 00:22:36.618 --> 00:22:37.886
  • I don't care how much ofaltruism, how hackneyed,
  • 00:22:37.886 --> 00:22:39.388
  • what an aphorism itis, don't give up
  • 00:22:39.388 --> 00:22:41.790
  • because Jehovah is generous.
  • 00:22:41.790 --> 00:22:43.959
  • Jehovah saves.
  • 00:22:43.959 --> 00:22:45.694
  • A savior
  • 00:22:45.694 --> 00:22:46.661
  • is born.
  • 00:22:46.661 --> 00:22:48.096
  • - 400 years in advanceof Jesus's birth,
  • 00:22:48.096 --> 00:22:51.032
  • Micah 5:2 prophesiedthat a ruler
  • 00:22:51.032 --> 00:22:54.069
  • would be born inBethlehem, Ephrathah.
  • 00:22:54.069 --> 00:22:57.272
  • Now that came to passin the story of Jesus
  • 00:22:59.207 --> 00:23:02.277
  • who was born inBethlehem as a baby.
  • 00:23:02.277 --> 00:23:05.447
  • Eusebius, origin, JustinMartyr, Epiphanius,
  • 00:23:05.447 --> 00:23:08.917
  • they all say hewas born in a cave,
  • 00:23:08.917 --> 00:23:10.886
  • in a den, in thenavel of the earth.
  • 00:23:10.886 --> 00:23:13.455
  • What's interestingis he was born
  • 00:23:13.455 --> 00:23:15.023
  • in a feeding trough in Bethlehem
  • 00:23:15.023 --> 00:23:17.259
  • because the word Bethlehemmeans house of bread.
  • 00:23:17.259 --> 00:23:20.595
  • Jesus is the bread sent fromheaven, the manna, what is it?
  • 00:23:20.595 --> 00:23:24.433
  • And he said, this ismy body broken for you,
  • 00:23:24.433 --> 00:23:26.635
  • come, take and eat,as the bread of life,
  • 00:23:26.635 --> 00:23:29.471
  • the bread sent from heaven,
  • 00:23:29.471 --> 00:23:30.806
  • the manna was bornin a feeding trough
  • 00:23:30.806 --> 00:23:32.808
  • so we could eat of hisbody and be satisfied.
  • 00:23:32.808 --> 00:23:35.510
  • The same is true withthe word Ephrathah.
  • 00:23:36.912 --> 00:23:38.914
  • The word Ephrathahprophesied in Micah
  • 00:23:38.914 --> 00:23:41.883
  • is a nickname for Bethlehem,
  • 00:23:41.883 --> 00:23:43.618
  • which literallymeans fruit bearing.
  • 00:23:43.618 --> 00:23:46.188
  • What did Jesus sayat the last supper?
  • 00:23:46.188 --> 00:23:48.023
  • Not only take my body andeat, the feeding trough,
  • 00:23:48.023 --> 00:23:51.560
  • but take my blood anddrink, the fruit bearing.
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  • He gave the fruitof the vine, wine
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  • as a symbol of his bloodshed for those he loves.
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  • So too, I wanna tell youif you need satisfaction,
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  • if you need a thirst slaked,
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  • when you walk with theking of kings passionately
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  • and follow after him zealously,
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  • you can eat and drinkand never thirst again.
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  • Because in the presence ofGod, as imaged in Jesus Christ,
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  • the king of kings, you willfind completion, satisfaction,
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  • hunger satisfied, thirst slaked.
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  • He wants to fulfill you.
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  • - The old Testament says thatwe are jewels in God's crown.
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  • And we are gonna castthose crowns at his feet
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  • as we receive the crownof life, because the gold,
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  • frankincense and myrrhthat baby Jesus received
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  • is an echo of what weourselves have been given
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  • all the riches ofthe kingdom of God.
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  • For Paul said, allthings are yours
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  • for he who was rich,made himself poor for us,
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  • that we might receivethe inheritance
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  • as sons of God ofeverlasting joy.
  • 00:24:53.021 --> 00:24:56.391
  • - Out of the millionthings to be thankful for
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  • here are two to begrateful for today,
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  • friends and God'smagical creative world.
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  • We get through ourtrials together
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  • and also delve deepinto divine fun,
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  • exploring and experiencingthe infinite mind
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  • through his artwork and nature
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  • and finding hisheart in one another.
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  • Behind every exquisitething, there was a tragedy
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  • and together, we turnour traumas into triumphs
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  • since God has aperfect track record
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  • of turning oursorrows into joys.
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  • We are happier andmightier together
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  • as we party with a purposeand discover fun with meaning.
  • 00:25:37.399 --> 00:25:40.936
  • - One of the chief questionsI get asked by people
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  • is how do I defeat depression?
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  • Or how do I get my kidto overcome depression?
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  • And so I wrote this book,Flirting With Darkness
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  • as a hope handbook, a how toguide to defeat depression.
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  • Now I look at depressionthrough four different lenses,
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  • the Bible, science, history,and my personal testimony.
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  • The first segment of this bookcalled Flirting With Darkness
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  • eponymously like it'stitle is where I talk
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  • about my own historywith suicide ideation
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  • and 10 years ofchronic depression.
  • 00:26:43.965 --> 00:26:46.101
  • The second segment of thebook is 11 practical tips,
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  • tools, and resources thatyou can come to grips with
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  • that will help you tovery programmatically
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  • take good advice todefeat depression.
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  • And I call these 11 weapons
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  • to defeat the darklord of depression.
  • 00:26:58.413 --> 00:27:00.582
  • And we arm you to the teeth.
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  • The third portion of the bookafter defeating depression
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  • and flirting with darknessis dancing in the light.
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  • And we leave youwith a big uplift,
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  • a lot of encouragement,nourishment
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  • so you walk away from thebook with pep in your step.
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  • This is the ultimate bookto defeat depression.
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  • I've poured my heart,soul, toil, tears,
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  • and sweat into this and I know
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  • it's gonna bring you hope today.
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