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August 29, 2020
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪ Joyful, joyful,we adore you ♪
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  • ♪ God of glory,Lord of love ♪
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  • ♪ Hearts unfold likeflow'rs before you ♪
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  • ♪ op'ning to the sun above ♪
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  • ♪ Melt the cloudsof sin and sadness ♪
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  • ♪ drive the darkof doubt away ♪
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  • ♪ Giver of immortal gladness,fill us with the light of day ♪
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  • ♪ Amen,Amen ♪
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  • ♪ Amen! ♪
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  • Bobby Schuller: This is the daythe Lord has made.
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  • We will rejoiceand be glad in it.
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  • Good morning.
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  • Hannah Schuller: And welcomechurch family and visitors.
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  • Thank you for joining us.
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  • You know, church buildings havebeen closed for five months, but
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  • the actual church, the peoplehave not been closed and the
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  • world needs the heaven in youmore now than ever.
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  • So thank you.
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  • Thank you for being a presenceof hope, and joy, and love
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  • during this heavy time.
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  • We are so grateful for you.
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  • Bobby Schuller: And we're soglad you're joining us at this
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  • time, inviting usinto your home.
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  • And we want you to know thateven though we are all around
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  • the world and we're all indifferent places, we are
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  • together in one spirit, theSpirit of Jesus Christ.
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  • And we just believe that becauseyou're with us today that God's
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  • gonna do something specialin your week.
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  • And so let's begin with a wordof prayer.
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  • Father, we ask in Jesus's namefor an outpouring of your Holy
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  • Spirit, of your favor, of yourforgiveness, of your light,
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  • of your life.
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  • Lord, we need you and we comerunning before your throne,
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  • Lord, asking for yourencouragement.
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  • We need heart to get throughthis difficult time.
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  • Help us to be a blessing to ourneighbor.
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  • Help us to be slow to angerand quick to forgiveness.
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  • And Lord, we love youand we thank you.
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  • And it's in Jesus's namewe pray, amen.
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  • Hannah Schuller: Amen, turnaround and shake the hand of the
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  • person next to you and say,"God loves you and so do I."
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  • male announcer: As"Hour of Power" continues
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  • to have a powerful positiveimpact all over the world,
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  • "Today is the day whichthe Lord has made.
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  • We will rejoiceand be glad in it."
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  • Display it in your home oroffice and be reminded daily
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  • We're asking for your generousgift of $60 or more.
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  • Bobby Schuller: For 50 years,"Hour of Power" has been sharing
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  • the joy of the Lordthrough Word and song,
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  • and it's because of generouspeople like you
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  • that we've been ableto stay on the air.
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  • Today, we really need yourfinancial support to help
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  • carry us through the summerslump and into the fall.
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  • With the ongoing challengesof the COVID-19 pandemic,
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  • we're really livingin an uncertain time,
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  • and the message of hopewe proclaim is needed now
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  • more than ever.
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  • Please prayerfully considersupporting this ministry
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  • so we can keep sendingthe good news of Jesus Christ
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  • around the world.
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  • Thank you and rememberas always,
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  • God loves you and so do we.
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  • Hannah Schuller: In preparationfor the message, Luke 11:5-10,
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  • "Then Jesus said to them,'Suppose you have a friend and
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  • you go to him at midnight andsay, "Friend, lend me three
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  • loaves of bread.
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  • A friend of mine on a journeyhas come to me and I have no
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  • food to offer him."
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  • And suppose the one insideanswers, "Don't bother me.
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  • The door is already locked andmy children and I are already
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  • in bed.
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  • I can't get up and give youanything."
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  • I tell you, even though he willnot get up and give you the
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  • bread because of friendship, yetbecause of your shameless
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  • audacity, he will surely get upand give you as much as
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  • you need.
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  • So I say to you, ask and it willbe given to you; seek and you
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  • will find; knock and the doorwill be opened to you.
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  • For everyone who asks, receives;and the one who seeks, finds;
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  • and to the one who knocks, thedoor will be opened.'"
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  • Church family, may we go afterGod with all boldness, amen.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪ I won't forget the wonder ♪
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  • ♪ of how youbrought deliverance ♪
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  • ♪ the exodusof my heart ♪
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  • ♪ You found me,you freed me ♪
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  • ♪ you held back the watersfor my release ♪
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  • ♪ O Yahweh ♪
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  • ♪ You're the Godwho fights for me ♪
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  • ♪ Lord of every victory ♪
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  • ♪ Hallelujah,hallelujah ♪
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  • ♪ You have tornapart the sea ♪
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  • ♪ You have led methrough the deep ♪
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  • ♪ Hallelujah,hallelujah, oh ♪
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  • ♪ The cloud by day ♪
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  • ♪ is a sign that youare with me ♪
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  • ♪ The fire by night ♪
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  • ♪ your guiding lightto my feet ♪
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  • ♪ You found me,you freed me ♪
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  • ♪ held back the watersfor my release ♪
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  • ♪ O Yahweh, you're the Godwho fights for me ♪
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  • ♪ Lord of every victory ♪
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  • ♪ Hallelujah,hallelujah ♪
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  • ♪ You have tornapart the sea ♪
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  • ♪ You have led methrough the deep ♪
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  • ♪ Hallelujah,hallelujah ♪
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  • ♪ Oh! ♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪ You led meinto Egypt ♪
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  • ♪ You took meby the hand ♪
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  • ♪ You marched meout in freedom ♪
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  • ♪ straight intothe promised land ♪
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  • ♪ And now I willnot forget you ♪
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  • ♪ I'll sing of allyou've done ♪
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  • ♪ Death isswallowed up forever ♪
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  • ♪ by the fury of your love ♪
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  • ♪ You're the Godwho fights for me ♪
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  • ♪ Lord of every victory ♪
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  • ♪ Hallelujah,hallelujah ♪
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  • ♪ And you havetorn apart the sea ♪
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  • ♪ You have led methrough the deep ♪
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  • ♪ Hallelujah,hallelujah ♪
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  • ♪ Oh! ♪♪
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  • male announcer: Sam Collier isan author, podcast host,
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  • and speaker.
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  • He is also the host of the TVprogram, "A Greater Story
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  • with Sam Collier."
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  • He and his twin sister wereadopted at a young age, and
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  • years later, the two werereunited with their birth mother
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  • and three siblingson national television.
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  • Sam's new book, "A GreaterStory," is a look at his
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  • personal history and a reminderof how God is the ultimate
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  • author of life.
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  • Please welcome Sam Collier.
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  • Bobby Schuller: It's really aprivilege to have you here, and
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  • so you have a lot of fans whojust love your TV show, your
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  • podcast, and it's such aprivilege to have you here, Sam,
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  • so thank you for joining us.
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  • Sam Collier: Well, to be withthe illustrious Bobby Schuller,
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  • you know, I just feel like Godhas Blessed me.
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  • I feel like I made it today.
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  • Bobby Schuller: Thank you, Sam.
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  • You're sweet.
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  • Well, well, let's just begin.
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  • You have an amazing story.
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  • I love it.
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  • And a big part of it is yourstory with your twin sister and
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  • your family, but a lot of peopledon't know your story and your
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  • journey of faith.
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  • Can you tell us a little bitabout that?
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  • Sam Collier: Of course, man.
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  • Just really quickly, our motherwas 21 when she had me and my
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  • twin sister.
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  • She had three kids already, sothat's five kids, age 21, in
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  • extreme poverty.
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  • And she was faced with adecision, should give us up for
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  • adoption or raise us in poverty?
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  • She gave us up, we got adoptedby a couple who had just given
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  • their life to Christ.
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  • My father who adopted mewas 50 at the time.
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  • It was kinda his last kinda shotat doing it right, right, when
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  • he gave his life to Christ.
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  • When my parents came to adopt usafter they had been--
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  • got married and realized theycouldn't have kids, the lady who
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  • was running the agency said,"You don't want to adopt them.
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  • They are probably not gonna bemuch, because you see where they
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  • come from, poverty."
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  • And I forgot to mention, mybiological father was addicted
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  • to all types of drugs andsubstances, and so she saw that
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  • kinda on our rap sheet aroundtwo months when they came to
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  • adopt us and she said that--she counted us out.
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  • And my parents formed whatI call a little, you know,
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  • prayer closet.
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  • I don't know if you've seen themovie "War Room" before.
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  • Bobby Schuller: Yeah, sure.
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  • Sam Collier: Out of that movie,they kinda took, you know,
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  • something from that film, theprayer closet, and they prayed
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  • to God, "God, what would youhave us do?"
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  • And God--they said God said tothem, "These are your kids.
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  • They're going to be okay."
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  • And long story short, Bobby,they take us home.
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  • My sister gets all As fromkindergarten up to 12th grade,
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  • becomes an industrial engineer.
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  • Spelman, Georgia Tech grad.
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  • And I'm here with Bobby, right?
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  • I mean.
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  • Bobby Schuller: Thanks, Sam.
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  • You know, let me ask you.
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  • A lot of--I think a lot ofyoung, pregnant women who are
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  • debating putting their child upfor adoption or keeping the
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  • child, sometimes they feel likethey--that keeping it is always
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  • the right thing to do, but itseems like in your story that
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  • maybe it was good for your momto put you guys up for adoption.
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  • What are your--see, I don'tknow.
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  • What are your sensibilitiesabout that and what's
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  • your opinion?
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  • Do you think it was good thatyour mom did that or how do
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  • you feel?
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  • Sam Collier: Yeah, you know,depending on who you talk to,
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  • you know, adoptees all respondto it differently.
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  • I think for me, because of thegrace of God and how he just
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  • kind of weaved the storytogether, I believe it was the
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  • Lord's will that we be given upfor adoption.
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  • You know, the whole natureversus nurture thing is real,
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  • but I honestly I do believe thatGod was wanting to create an
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  • interruption in our bloodlinebecause there was so much
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  • poverty, there was so muchdrugs, so much--I mean,
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  • I'm here todaybecause of what God did.
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  • And so yes, I thoroughly believethat it was the Lord's will.
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  • Bobby Schuller: I have a friendtoo who's adopted and he says,
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  • "You know, your parents had tohave you, but my parents chose
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  • me," you know?
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  • Like, they got to pick who theywanted and they picked me.
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  • There's something special aboutbeing adopted too, isn't there?
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  • Sam Collier: One hundredpercent, and I do think, you
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  • know, for those that have beenadopted, you have really
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  • two choices.
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  • You can choose to live out ofthe abandonment or you can
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  • choose to live out of the placeof being chosen.
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  • And I think for us, we chose tolive out of that place because
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  • the reality is we were chosen.
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  • Bobby Schuller: Yeah, amen.
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  • Well, and that's really what youtalk, a big part of your new
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  • book, "A Greater Story."
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  • Tell us what got you to thisplace where you're like, "Okay,
  • 00:13:31.327 --> 00:13:33.929
  • I need to sit in front of atypewriter, or computer,
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  • and I need to get this bookout of me."
  • 00:13:36.432 --> 00:13:38.400
  • What was behind that?
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  • Sam Collier: Yeah, 100%.
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  • You know, after my sister becamean industrial engineer, right,
  • 00:13:41.971 --> 00:13:46.208
  • and I went on to do the thingsthat I'm doing in ministry, and
  • 00:13:46.242 --> 00:13:48.944
  • television, and all that otherstuff, we had a little bit of a
  • 00:13:48.978 --> 00:13:52.615
  • family moment around age 24.
  • 00:13:52.648 --> 00:13:55.784
  • It's a little tradition that wehad in our house called NFL
  • 00:13:55.818 --> 00:13:58.287
  • football, and we were--youknow, during COVID we haven't
  • 00:13:58.320 --> 00:14:02.191
  • been able to see it lately, butwe did that.
  • 00:14:02.224 --> 00:14:05.928
  • And the rule was you don't talk,and so we didn't talk.
  • 00:14:05.961 --> 00:14:08.464
  • And my dad breaks the rule andhe decides he wants to speak and
  • 00:14:08.497 --> 00:14:11.734
  • he says, "It's time for you togo find your biological family."
  • 00:14:11.767 --> 00:14:14.870
  • And I said, "What do you mean?"
  • 00:14:14.904 --> 00:14:16.238
  • He said, "Well, I mean, youcould grow up one day and marry
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  • your cousin, and youwould never know it."
  • 00:14:19.074 --> 00:14:23.846
  • Just, you know, logic.
  • 00:14:23.879 --> 00:14:25.614
  • And long story short, he saysthat the Lord told him
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  • "The Steve Harvey Show"is gonna help us do it.
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  • And I thought he was crazy andgot up and left.
  • 00:14:33.155 --> 00:14:36.759
  • And they called us a year later,after my sister had written into
  • 00:14:36.792 --> 00:14:41.263
  • the show two weeks prior to mydad saying this, and they said,
  • 00:14:41.297 --> 00:14:44.633
  • "We think we can help you findyour biological family.
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  • And do you want to do it?"
  • 00:14:47.269 --> 00:14:48.604
  • I said, "Let me call you back."
  • 00:14:48.637 --> 00:14:49.939
  • Called my sister, I said,"Do you want to do it?"
  • 00:14:49.972 --> 00:14:51.440
  • She said, "No, but I feel likewe have to do it.
  • 00:14:51.473 --> 00:14:54.944
  • This doesn't just happen."
  • 00:14:54.977 --> 00:14:56.979
  • We go on the show.
  • 00:14:57.012 --> 00:14:58.414
  • They say, "We're so sorry, wedidn't find anybody.
  • 00:14:58.447 --> 00:15:00.516
  • We hired a private detective,but we want you to make a plea."
  • 00:15:00.549 --> 00:15:03.552
  • We go to commercial break.
  • 00:15:03.585 --> 00:15:05.087
  • We come back after commercialand Steve Harvey sits down and
  • 00:15:05.120 --> 00:15:08.590
  • he says, "I know we said wedidn't find your birth mother,
  • 00:15:08.624 --> 00:15:11.427
  • but that's not the case.
  • 00:15:11.460 --> 00:15:13.062
  • Eleanor, come on out."
  • 00:15:13.095 --> 00:15:15.731
  • And we meet our biologicalmother and our three siblings on
  • 00:15:15.764 --> 00:15:19.668
  • national television.
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  • Bobby Schuller: So you had threeother siblings!
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  • Sam Collier: Yeah, yeah.
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  • Bobby Schuller: Wow, what anamazing story.
  • 00:15:24.373 --> 00:15:25.674
  • What was that like?
  • 00:15:25.708 --> 00:15:27.042
  • Did you feel happy, sad?
  • 00:15:27.076 --> 00:15:28.377
  • I mean, it must have been aflurry of emotions for you.
  • 00:15:28.410 --> 00:15:31.347
  • Sam Collier: Yeah, I mean, ifyou have a moment, anyone, to
  • 00:15:31.380 --> 00:15:33.682
  • watch the clip, you can lookat--you know, just type
  • 00:15:33.716 --> 00:15:36.251
  • in "Steve Harvey Sam Collier"on Google.
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  • When my mother walks out,I just freeze.
  • 00:15:38.721 --> 00:15:41.657
  • I just freeze.
  • 00:15:41.690 --> 00:15:42.992
  • My sister's crying and I'mhonestly saying to myself, "I
  • 00:15:43.025 --> 00:15:45.728
  • think you should be crying rightnow, because that's what you--"
  • 00:15:45.761 --> 00:15:49.365
  • you know, but I was so froze anI didn't know which emotion to
  • 00:15:49.398 --> 00:15:52.901
  • choose, so happy, sad, angry,excited.
  • 00:15:52.935 --> 00:15:55.604
  • So I just put my head downand then the Lord said,
  • 00:15:55.637 --> 00:15:57.639
  • "Snap out of it," and I didand gave her a hug.
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  • So it was a lot.
  • 00:16:00.509 --> 00:16:01.844
  • Bobby Schuller: This event wasreally important for you, wasn't
  • 00:16:01.877 --> 00:16:04.780
  • it, in shaping--I mean, there'slike--I feel like in life there
  • 00:16:04.813 --> 00:16:08.951
  • are some key events in our livesthat shape how we think about
  • 00:16:08.984 --> 00:16:12.021
  • ourselves, how wethink about God.
  • 00:16:12.054 --> 00:16:14.423
  • Did this do that to you?
  • 00:16:14.456 --> 00:16:15.791
  • Was this one of those events?
  • 00:16:15.824 --> 00:16:17.126
  • And how did it shape your views?
  • 00:16:17.159 --> 00:16:18.727
  • Did it?
  • 00:16:18.761 --> 00:16:20.062
  • Sam Collier: Yeah, 100%.
  • 00:16:20.095 --> 00:16:21.430
  • You know, people ask me all thetime, you know, "Why do you
  • 00:16:21.463 --> 00:16:23.265
  • think your dad who adopted us,who raised us, pushed you guys
  • 00:16:23.298 --> 00:16:27.536
  • to do this?"
  • 00:16:27.569 --> 00:16:28.871
  • And I said, "You know, I thinkfor him the thought was in order
  • 00:16:28.904 --> 00:16:31.707
  • to really maximize where you'regoing, you have to know where
  • 00:16:31.740 --> 00:16:35.077
  • you came from."
  • 00:16:35.110 --> 00:16:36.578
  • He believed that there werethings that we were missing that
  • 00:16:36.612 --> 00:16:39.481
  • we needed, and you know, theadoption was done so well that
  • 00:16:39.515 --> 00:16:43.185
  • we weren't rich, you know, wewere--it was middle class.
  • 00:16:43.218 --> 00:16:46.055
  • We didn't have everything wewanted, we had everything we
  • 00:16:46.088 --> 00:16:47.923
  • needed, so the holes that maybecome with being given up for
  • 00:16:47.956 --> 00:16:53.328
  • adoption weren't there becauseour parents raised us so well.
  • 00:16:53.362 --> 00:16:56.131
  • But my dad still said, "There'ssome things that you need to
  • 00:16:56.165 --> 00:16:59.601
  • know that will help you maximizewhere you're going."
  • 00:16:59.635 --> 00:17:02.604
  • And I think for me, when youtalk about this idea of faith
  • 00:17:02.638 --> 00:17:05.808
  • and the faith journey, I thinkthe biggest thing that it taught
  • 00:17:05.841 --> 00:17:08.911
  • me was that God is writing abetter story than the one that
  • 00:17:08.944 --> 00:17:13.549
  • we know; that his ways are notour ways, his thoughts are not
  • 00:17:13.582 --> 00:17:17.152
  • our thoughts.
  • 00:17:17.186 --> 00:17:18.487
  • He sits high above, he lookslow, and he sees what we
  • 00:17:18.520 --> 00:17:21.223
  • can't see.
  • 00:17:21.256 --> 00:17:22.558
  • He plans the beginningfrom the end.
  • 00:17:22.591 --> 00:17:23.926
  • And even though we may notunderstand why everything is
  • 00:17:23.959 --> 00:17:26.495
  • happening the way that it'shappening in the moment, at some
  • 00:17:26.528 --> 00:17:29.932
  • point we will look back and go,"Wow, that is why God did that."
  • 00:17:29.965 --> 00:17:33.869
  • Bobby Schuller:It's hard, isn't it?
  • 00:17:33.902 --> 00:17:35.237
  • I mean, there's a lot of peopleright now who, you know, they're
  • 00:17:35.270 --> 00:17:37.239
  • losing their salon, theirrestaurant, their customers, or
  • 00:17:37.272 --> 00:17:41.510
  • they're sick, or they've lost aloved one, or--and there's so
  • 00:17:41.543 --> 00:17:44.546
  • much anxiety about the future ofAmerica and the world.
  • 00:17:44.580 --> 00:17:48.851
  • What do you say to people rightnow who are just kinda
  • 00:17:48.884 --> 00:17:51.053
  • struggling, who are on edgeduring this time?
  • 00:17:51.086 --> 00:17:52.988
  • They're like, "I wantto trust God.
  • 00:17:53.021 --> 00:17:54.389
  • I just--I don't havethat feeling.
  • 00:17:54.423 --> 00:17:57.459
  • I don't feel--"
  • 00:17:57.493 --> 00:17:58.894
  • How do you encourage someonelike that to trust the Lord
  • 00:17:58.927 --> 00:18:01.196
  • through this time?
  • 00:18:01.230 --> 00:18:02.564
  • Sam Collier: Yeah, I would saythe disciples were in the
  • 00:18:02.598 --> 00:18:05.234
  • same situation.
  • 00:18:05.267 --> 00:18:06.902
  • They were sitting in the boatwith Jesus.
  • 00:18:06.935 --> 00:18:09.705
  • The storm breaks out and theystart panicking.
  • 00:18:09.738 --> 00:18:12.941
  • "God, where are you at?"
  • 00:18:12.975 --> 00:18:14.276
  • is really the questions thatthey're asking God.
  • 00:18:14.309 --> 00:18:15.878
  • "What are you doing?
  • 00:18:15.911 --> 00:18:17.312
  • Jesus, wake up," right?
  • 00:18:17.346 --> 00:18:19.248
  • I mean, like, "Where are you?"
  • 00:18:19.281 --> 00:18:21.150
  • And they wake him up and Jesussays to them something that I'll
  • 00:18:21.183 --> 00:18:25.087
  • never forget that I think is amessage to all of us in
  • 00:18:25.120 --> 00:18:27.823
  • this season.
  • 00:18:27.856 --> 00:18:29.191
  • "O ye of little faith,"is what he said.
  • 00:18:29.224 --> 00:18:30.626
  • Bobby Schuller: Amen.
  • 00:18:30.659 --> 00:18:31.960
  • Sam Collier: Translation:"Where's your faith?"
  • 00:18:31.994 --> 00:18:33.462
  • Where's your faith?
  • 00:18:33.495 --> 00:18:35.464
  • I think Jesus was creating thepriority, what--notice what he
  • 00:18:35.497 --> 00:18:39.601
  • didn't say.
  • 00:18:39.635 --> 00:18:40.936
  • He didn't say, "Are you okay?"
  • 00:18:40.969 --> 00:18:42.571
  • He didn't encourage them, "Hey,it's gonna be okay."
  • 00:18:42.604 --> 00:18:44.606
  • He said, "O ye of little faith."
  • 00:18:44.640 --> 00:18:47.409
  • In other words, "You are in astorm, but the Messiah is in the
  • 00:18:47.442 --> 00:18:52.114
  • boat with you.
  • 00:18:52.147 --> 00:18:53.482
  • The Savior of the world, theCreator of the elements is
  • 00:18:53.515 --> 00:18:56.151
  • with you.
  • 00:18:56.185 --> 00:18:57.486
  • And if I am with you, you willbe okay whether I stop the storm
  • 00:18:57.519 --> 00:19:02.191
  • or give you the strength to makeit through."
  • 00:19:02.224 --> 00:19:03.792
  • And I think we haveto remember that.
  • 00:19:03.825 --> 00:19:05.327
  • Bobby Schuller: Amen, great.
  • 00:19:05.360 --> 00:19:06.962
  • The book is called "A GreaterStory: My Rescue, My Purpose,
  • 00:19:06.995 --> 00:19:10.332
  • and Our Place in God's Plan."
  • 00:19:10.365 --> 00:19:12.367
  • It's available anywhere booksare sold.
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  • Sam Collier, thank you so muchfor joining us.
  • 00:19:15.404 --> 00:19:17.873
  • We really appreciate it,and we love your story.
  • 00:19:17.906 --> 00:19:19.875
  • Thank you forencouraging everybody.
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  • We appreciate you.
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  • Sam Collier: Thank you, Bobby,you're a legend,
  • 00:19:23.045 --> 00:19:24.646
  • and it's just an honorto know you.
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  • Thank you, man.
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  • Bobby Schuller: Thanks, Sam.
  • 00:19:27.649 --> 00:19:28.951
  • Get the book.It's great.
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  • You'll enjoy it.God bless you.
  • 00:19:30.319 --> 00:19:31.720
  • Sam Collier: Bless you.
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  • Bobby Schuller: Wherever youare, would you join us
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  • this morning?
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  • Stand with me, hold your handsout like this as a way of
  • 00:26:02.644 --> 00:26:04.779
  • receiving from the Lord, andlet's say this together.
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  • I'm not what I do.
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  • I'm not what I have.
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  • I'm not what peoplesay about me.
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  • I am the beloved of God.It's who I am.
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  • No one can take it from me.I don't have to worry.
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  • I don't have to hurry.
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  • I can trust my friend Jesus andshare his love with the world.
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  • Thank you, please be seated.
  • 00:26:35.043 --> 00:26:39.447
  • Things are really weird today.
  • 00:26:39.481 --> 00:26:41.716
  • I think I talk about it almostevery single Sunday, about how
  • 00:26:41.750 --> 00:26:45.654
  • strange it is to live in a worldthat's shut down but not shut
  • 00:26:45.687 --> 00:26:49.224
  • down, that has this disease andyet, you know, you wonder, you
  • 00:26:49.257 --> 00:26:55.263
  • know, where everybodyis that's sick.
  • 00:26:55.630 --> 00:26:57.532
  • They're in the hospital or maybethey're at home.
  • 00:26:57.565 --> 00:26:59.034
  • Maybe that's a good thing.
  • 00:26:59.067 --> 00:27:01.236
  • You wonder what's gonna happento your favorite restaurant, or
  • 00:27:01.269 --> 00:27:05.140
  • to your business, or toDisneyland, or movie theaters,
  • 00:27:05.173 --> 00:27:09.511
  • or to our country.
  • 00:27:09.544 --> 00:27:11.880
  • And it's easy to feel likeeverything's gonna be worse,
  • 00:27:11.913 --> 00:27:15.817
  • that when this is over we'regoing to be like some nation
  • 00:27:15.850 --> 00:27:18.953
  • that has been bombed tosmithereens and we're gonna have
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  • to have sort of rebuild, andyears and years it's gonna take
  • 00:27:22.057 --> 00:27:25.727
  • to get back.
  • 00:27:25.760 --> 00:27:27.062
  • And can I just tell yousomething that I think?
  • 00:27:27.095 --> 00:27:28.496
  • No, let me tell you somethingthat I know.
  • 00:27:28.530 --> 00:27:31.533
  • Everything is gonna be amazing.
  • 00:27:31.566 --> 00:27:36.104
  • I believe more and more that itis human nature to catastrophize
  • 00:27:36.137 --> 00:27:42.143
  • bad situations.
  • 00:27:43.712 --> 00:27:45.847
  • I don't think it's good tobe in denial.
  • 00:27:45.880 --> 00:27:48.550
  • I don't think it's good to justsay, "Ah, who cares?"
  • 00:27:48.583 --> 00:27:52.754
  • and to think it's not gonnarequire effort or even some hard
  • 00:27:52.787 --> 00:27:56.091
  • work, or that there aren'ttrials and difficult things
  • 00:27:56.124 --> 00:27:58.626
  • ahead of us.
  • 00:27:58.660 --> 00:28:00.361
  • But if I know anything,I know this.
  • 00:28:00.395 --> 00:28:03.665
  • We serve a good God and goodthings are about to come.
  • 00:28:03.698 --> 00:28:07.535
  • And for those of you--
  • 00:28:07.569 --> 00:28:08.903
  • I know we have people watchingall over the world, but I want
  • 00:28:08.937 --> 00:28:11.573
  • to talk to my countrymen,to Americans.
  • 00:28:11.606 --> 00:28:14.676
  • I believe in us as a people.
  • 00:28:14.709 --> 00:28:18.513
  • I believe there's somethingspecial about Americans.
  • 00:28:18.546 --> 00:28:23.118
  • We're not a race.We're an idea.
  • 00:28:23.151 --> 00:28:26.421
  • We're an idea that is manifestedin things like ingenuity, and
  • 00:28:26.454 --> 00:28:30.992
  • creativity, equality, andliberty, and hard work.
  • 00:28:31.025 --> 00:28:35.530
  • And I think that these ideals ofdemocracy and republicanism,
  • 00:28:35.563 --> 00:28:40.568
  • which are founded, I believe, onthe biblical idea of the value
  • 00:28:40.602 --> 00:28:45.206
  • of every man, woman, and child,and their ability to get up in
  • 00:28:45.240 --> 00:28:48.943
  • the morning and to make of theworld what they will and to
  • 00:28:48.977 --> 00:28:52.881
  • pursue happiness, and abusiness, and a relationship,
  • 00:28:52.914 --> 00:28:56.284
  • and a family in their own way,in their own right.
  • 00:28:56.317 --> 00:28:59.387
  • I believe that's one of thegreatest ideas that's ever
  • 00:28:59.420 --> 00:29:02.423
  • blessed human history.
  • 00:29:02.457 --> 00:29:04.025
  • And I believe that that ideacarried us through in the past
  • 00:29:04.058 --> 00:29:06.961
  • and it will carry usthrough again.
  • 00:29:06.995 --> 00:29:08.897
  • Americans have an amazingability to take a tragedy and a
  • 00:29:08.930 --> 00:29:12.867
  • difficult situation and somehowturn it into some amazing thing.
  • 00:29:12.901 --> 00:29:17.972
  • I've lived through a handful ofthese types of global events in
  • 00:29:18.006 --> 00:29:22.343
  • my life and theywere all horrible.
  • 00:29:22.377 --> 00:29:25.513
  • I'll never forget 9/11, when wewatched thousands of fellow
  • 00:29:25.547 --> 00:29:29.717
  • Americans and othernationalities, Canadians and
  • 00:29:29.751 --> 00:29:32.120
  • others, murdered at the hands ofsome distant enemy that many
  • 00:29:32.153 --> 00:29:37.492
  • of us didn't even know existed,and thought for maybe a year,
  • 00:29:37.525 --> 00:29:41.362
  • "I don't know if the worldwill ever be the same.
  • 00:29:41.396 --> 00:29:43.731
  • Is this the end of America?
  • 00:29:43.765 --> 00:29:45.667
  • Will we go into a global war?"
  • 00:29:45.700 --> 00:29:47.836
  • But as you look, that decadecontinued to flourish in
  • 00:29:47.869 --> 00:29:51.339
  • prosperity as things likeiPhones, and new parks, and new
  • 00:29:51.372 --> 00:29:56.211
  • ways of people communicatingwith one another, and all sorts
  • 00:29:56.244 --> 00:29:58.780
  • of creative things, and changein a lot of cities like New York
  • 00:29:58.813 --> 00:30:02.684
  • that were riddled with crimewere becoming safer because of
  • 00:30:02.717 --> 00:30:07.822
  • ingenuity, the pursuit ofliberty, the friendship, the
  • 00:30:07.856 --> 00:30:12.393
  • moral character of so many whorefused to believe that that
  • 00:30:12.427 --> 00:30:17.966
  • would destroy America.
  • 00:30:17.999 --> 00:30:19.968
  • 2008, very similar thinghappened.
  • 00:30:20.001 --> 00:30:23.371
  • It felt like maybe this is theend of the world when everything
  • 00:30:23.404 --> 00:30:26.474
  • was crashing down economicallyand there was this bubble that
  • 00:30:26.507 --> 00:30:29.744
  • burst, and yet look at theeconomic prosperity we just
  • 00:30:29.777 --> 00:30:33.681
  • came from.
  • 00:30:33.715 --> 00:30:35.216
  • I believe--I know that the bestis yet to come for America,
  • 00:30:35.250 --> 00:30:41.222
  • and I believe for all of youin other countries too.
  • 00:30:41.256 --> 00:30:44.359
  • When you embrace the ideasof liberty, of the pursuit of
  • 00:30:44.392 --> 00:30:48.663
  • happiness, and in particularturn your eyes to heaven and
  • 00:30:48.696 --> 00:30:52.267
  • pray, I believe God will hearand will take something that has
  • 00:30:52.300 --> 00:30:57.572
  • been awful and hard and notbring you back to where you
  • 00:30:57.605 --> 00:31:01.009
  • were, but bring you back to evensomethin' better.
  • 00:31:01.042 --> 00:31:04.178
  • You'll look back and say, "Idon't even miss those days.
  • 00:31:04.212 --> 00:31:07.649
  • I love what God hasbrought me to today."
  • 00:31:07.682 --> 00:31:11.886
  • In America, it's anelection year.
  • 00:31:11.920 --> 00:31:14.589
  • And we have a Democrat runningand we have a Republican
  • 00:31:14.622 --> 00:31:17.492
  • running, and both of them haveclaimed--
  • 00:31:17.525 --> 00:31:20.428
  • I know because I get letters andemails almost every week, and
  • 00:31:20.461 --> 00:31:24.532
  • both of them say the samething--this election is the
  • 00:31:24.565 --> 00:31:28.736
  • most important election that hasever happened.
  • 00:31:28.770 --> 00:31:31.606
  • If you don't vote for thisDemocrat or if you don't vote
  • 00:31:31.639 --> 00:31:34.809
  • for this Republican,America's over.
  • 00:31:34.842 --> 00:31:38.146
  • And I have a one word responseto that claim.
  • 00:31:38.179 --> 00:31:42.016
  • This is for both parties.
  • 00:31:42.050 --> 00:31:43.885
  • Hogwash!
  • 00:31:43.918 --> 00:31:45.586
  • That is hogwash.
  • 00:31:45.620 --> 00:31:47.855
  • We do not believe that anysingle man can save or destroy
  • 00:31:47.889 --> 00:31:53.895
  • this country.
  • 00:31:54.262 --> 00:31:55.830
  • This country is not made greatby any one man or woman.
  • 00:31:55.863 --> 00:32:00.501
  • It's made great by its people.
  • 00:32:00.535 --> 00:32:03.471
  • It's made great by men and womenand even children who believe in
  • 00:32:03.504 --> 00:32:08.810
  • liberty, who believe inindustry, and who believe in the
  • 00:32:08.843 --> 00:32:12.447
  • very strong arms of providence.
  • 00:32:12.480 --> 00:32:16.584
  • If any one man destroys America,it will be because we gave him
  • 00:32:16.617 --> 00:32:20.955
  • the power to save it.
  • 00:32:20.989 --> 00:32:24.759
  • We do not believe in kings here.
  • 00:32:24.792 --> 00:32:29.697
  • We look--when we look to oneman--there is only one man
  • 00:32:29.731 --> 00:32:33.101
  • we look to, and his nameis Jesus Christ,
  • 00:32:33.134 --> 00:32:36.971
  • and he's the onethat can save us.
  • 00:32:37.005 --> 00:32:38.306
  • And that gives us the ability towake up in the morning and not
  • 00:32:38.339 --> 00:32:43.478
  • blame someone else.
  • 00:32:43.511 --> 00:32:46.514
  • You have the power, despitewhat's happening all around you.
  • 00:32:46.547 --> 00:32:50.651
  • Yes, you're going througha hard time.
  • 00:32:50.685 --> 00:32:52.286
  • Yes, there are challenges.
  • 00:32:52.320 --> 00:32:53.721
  • Yes, there are roadblocks beforeyou, but you have the power
  • 00:32:53.755 --> 00:32:57.325
  • today to get up and make of lifewhat you choose.
  • 00:32:57.358 --> 00:33:02.030
  • So pray and trust that God willtake you to an even better
  • 00:33:02.063 --> 00:33:06.701
  • future than the good past youhad.
  • 00:33:06.734 --> 00:33:09.604
  • You are walking away from a goodpast to embrace a great future.
  • 00:33:09.637 --> 00:33:13.975
  • I believe that for you.
  • 00:33:14.008 --> 00:33:15.943
  • So wake up, get out of bed,build your house, till your
  • 00:33:15.977 --> 00:33:21.115
  • ground, tend to your sheep, andslay your dragon.
  • 00:33:21.149 --> 00:33:25.720
  • The world stands before you forthe taking.
  • 00:33:25.753 --> 00:33:29.490
  • Don't blame someone else for theproblems in the world.
  • 00:33:29.524 --> 00:33:33.294
  • Take responsibility and knowthat if we as a people get up
  • 00:33:33.327 --> 00:33:38.032
  • and decide that democracy isstill what really matters, that
  • 00:33:38.066 --> 00:33:42.170
  • liberty matters, that ingenuitymatters, that freedom matters,
  • 00:33:42.203 --> 00:33:45.473
  • and that friendship andespecially the good providence
  • 00:33:45.506 --> 00:33:48.309
  • of God, that the best is yet tocome for America.
  • 00:33:48.342 --> 00:33:52.914
  • And we have friends in Canada,we have friends in China, we
  • 00:33:52.947 --> 00:33:56.551
  • have friends in Hong Kong, andNew Zealand, and Australia, and
  • 00:33:56.584 --> 00:33:59.353
  • Germany, and the Netherlands,and Switzerland, and all around
  • 00:33:59.387 --> 00:34:02.824
  • the world.
  • 00:34:02.857 --> 00:34:04.192
  • We want to say I just believethe best is coming for
  • 00:34:04.225 --> 00:34:07.361
  • your nation.
  • 00:34:07.395 --> 00:34:08.729
  • Believe in your people.
  • 00:34:08.763 --> 00:34:10.064
  • Don't believe in some greatleader, believe in the people
  • 00:34:10.098 --> 00:34:13.067
  • and trust that when we turn ourhearts to God, he hears
  • 00:34:13.101 --> 00:34:17.538
  • from heaven.
  • 00:34:17.572 --> 00:34:18.873
  • So many I think are saying,"Bobby, what about all the sins
  • 00:34:18.906 --> 00:34:22.110
  • of America?
  • 00:34:22.143 --> 00:34:23.444
  • What about all the mistakesthat we've made?
  • 00:34:23.478 --> 00:34:25.113
  • Haven't we gone downthe road of perdition?
  • 00:34:25.146 --> 00:34:27.448
  • Can't we turn back and and goback to where we used to be?"
  • 00:34:27.482 --> 00:34:31.686
  • America has always had sins.
  • 00:34:31.719 --> 00:34:34.822
  • America's always had peoplegoing down the road of
  • 00:34:34.856 --> 00:34:37.391
  • perdition, but there has alwaysbeen a remnant that has prayed,
  • 00:34:37.425 --> 00:34:41.696
  • that has sought after God, andGod will hear them.
  • 00:34:41.729 --> 00:34:45.133
  • He will hear the man, the woman,or even the child who stands in
  • 00:34:45.166 --> 00:34:48.870
  • the gap of faith and says,"Lord, forgive us and, you know,
  • 00:34:48.903 --> 00:34:52.940
  • send your favor upon us, andcarry us through this
  • 00:34:52.974 --> 00:34:56.511
  • difficult time."
  • 00:34:56.544 --> 00:34:58.412
  • Look to Nineveh.
  • 00:34:58.446 --> 00:35:00.081
  • When God called Jonah toNineveh, Nineveh and the
  • 00:35:00.114 --> 00:35:03.251
  • Assyrians were one of the mostevil nations in the world.
  • 00:35:03.284 --> 00:35:06.754
  • But when Jonah prophesied tothem in the simplest of terms,
  • 00:35:06.787 --> 00:35:10.791
  • they all repented.
  • 00:35:10.825 --> 00:35:12.160
  • The king repented and the peoplerepented, and even the
  • 00:35:12.193 --> 00:35:15.229
  • animals repented.
  • 00:35:15.263 --> 00:35:16.564
  • And what happened?
  • 00:35:16.597 --> 00:35:17.932
  • God relented from his wrath andhe showed mercy to them and
  • 00:35:17.965 --> 00:35:22.603
  • they prospered.
  • 00:35:22.637 --> 00:35:24.138
  • Look to the Babylonian exile.
  • 00:35:24.172 --> 00:35:26.374
  • I think when the Jews went toBabylon because of their sins,
  • 00:35:26.407 --> 00:35:30.411
  • they thought it was all over,that maybe this was the end of
  • 00:35:30.444 --> 00:35:33.414
  • their people, that maybe whatGod said to Moses, "I'll destroy
  • 00:35:33.447 --> 00:35:36.784
  • them and start a new people withyou," that maybe that's what was
  • 00:35:36.817 --> 00:35:39.153
  • happening then.
  • 00:35:39.187 --> 00:35:40.521
  • But the end of the BabylonianEra led to the rabbinic age of
  • 00:35:40.555 --> 00:35:44.759
  • rabbis, and the temple, andsynagogues, and children
  • 00:35:44.792 --> 00:35:49.030
  • learning, and this created thisamazing thing in which Jesus
  • 00:35:49.063 --> 00:35:54.068
  • emerges as the Messiah.
  • 00:35:54.101 --> 00:35:56.470
  • When we're going through hardtimes, we sometimes forget that
  • 00:35:56.504 --> 00:36:00.374
  • God sometimes uses these hardtimes as birthing pains.
  • 00:36:00.408 --> 00:36:05.346
  • I believe God is going to usethis hard time as a birthing
  • 00:36:05.379 --> 00:36:09.350
  • pain for Americaand for your nation.
  • 00:36:09.383 --> 00:36:12.320
  • And I believe that if we turn tohim, and we pray with all our
  • 00:36:12.353 --> 00:36:17.658
  • hearts, and we repent of oursin, and we respond in faith
  • 00:36:17.692 --> 00:36:22.630
  • that God will pour out so muchblessing there won't be enough
  • 00:36:22.663 --> 00:36:27.335
  • room to contain it.
  • 00:36:27.368 --> 00:36:29.804
  • Look at the Revolution inAmerica.
  • 00:36:29.837 --> 00:36:32.073
  • When that happened, peopleweren't sure, and fellow
  • 00:36:32.106 --> 00:36:35.209
  • Americans disagreed with oneanother, and there were major
  • 00:36:35.243 --> 00:36:38.613
  • issues that were left on thetable like emancipation
  • 00:36:38.646 --> 00:36:41.415
  • and slavery.
  • 00:36:41.449 --> 00:36:42.783
  • And yet through all of that, ourfounding fathers prayed and
  • 00:36:42.817 --> 00:36:48.723
  • believed that this dream thatcame from Scripture, that this--
  • 00:36:48.756 --> 00:36:54.028
  • look at this.
  • 00:36:54.061 --> 00:36:55.363
  • This is a picture of ourfounding fathers praying.
  • 00:36:55.396 --> 00:36:57.064
  • I wish our politicians wouldpray like this today, on their
  • 00:36:57.098 --> 00:36:59.767
  • knees, bowed down, weeping.
  • 00:36:59.800 --> 00:37:05.273
  • I believe God saw that despitesome of these--some of these
  • 00:37:05.306 --> 00:37:08.609
  • are wicked men.
  • 00:37:08.643 --> 00:37:10.211
  • Most of them are good men.
  • 00:37:10.244 --> 00:37:12.313
  • And they prayed and they trustedthat God could do
  • 00:37:12.346 --> 00:37:14.982
  • something great.
  • 00:37:15.016 --> 00:37:16.484
  • And it was actually after therevolution that this thing
  • 00:37:16.517 --> 00:37:19.553
  • called the Great Awakeninghappened in America, where there
  • 00:37:19.587 --> 00:37:22.423
  • was a tremendous revival andmove of God.
  • 00:37:22.456 --> 00:37:26.060
  • And from that Great Awakening,historians believe that
  • 00:37:26.093 --> 00:37:28.829
  • emancipation of slavery, andwomen's suffrage, and other
  • 00:37:28.863 --> 00:37:33.234
  • important civil rights issuesemerged out of a sense of not
  • 00:37:33.267 --> 00:37:38.272
  • secular justice, but biblicaljustice, the idea that God has a
  • 00:37:38.306 --> 00:37:43.244
  • way of fairness in the world.
  • 00:37:43.277 --> 00:37:46.080
  • When the Civil War happened,more Americans were dying every
  • 00:37:46.113 --> 00:37:50.284
  • day and it was a sad time forour country, but out of the
  • 00:37:50.318 --> 00:37:52.753
  • Civil War came the IndustrialRevolution.
  • 00:37:52.787 --> 00:37:55.723
  • Many of you watching today livedthrough the Second World War,
  • 00:37:55.756 --> 00:37:58.993
  • an incredible timein world history.
  • 00:37:59.026 --> 00:38:00.628
  • I can't imagine what it wouldhave felt like living through
  • 00:38:00.661 --> 00:38:03.531
  • the Second World War, where inone lifetime people were going
  • 00:38:03.564 --> 00:38:07.601
  • from cart and buggyto man on the moon.
  • 00:38:07.635 --> 00:38:10.571
  • You watched two whole cities inJapan destroyed by a nuclear
  • 00:38:10.604 --> 00:38:14.909
  • bomb, the emergence of the ColdWar, and other issues, and just
  • 00:38:14.942 --> 00:38:18.212
  • thinking, "What will the worldcome to after so much fighting,
  • 00:38:18.245 --> 00:38:22.850
  • and carnage, and evil?"
  • 00:38:22.883 --> 00:38:24.752
  • And yet after World War II,America entered into one of its
  • 00:38:24.785 --> 00:38:28.756
  • most prosperous times ever.
  • 00:38:28.789 --> 00:38:31.459
  • Who remembers this famouspicture of the Victory over
  • 00:38:31.492 --> 00:38:34.762
  • Japan Day?
  • 00:38:34.795 --> 00:38:36.464
  • You see, when I believe thatwhen people are in a tough time,
  • 00:38:36.497 --> 00:38:42.503
  • it is so easy to believe thatthings are just gonna get worse.
  • 00:38:42.737 --> 00:38:47.575
  • That is so true.
  • 00:38:47.608 --> 00:38:48.943
  • It is so easy to catastrophizetough times.
  • 00:38:48.976 --> 00:38:52.279
  • But get your hopes up.
  • 00:38:52.313 --> 00:38:53.881
  • Get ready because God's about todo something wonderful in this
  • 00:38:53.914 --> 00:38:58.152
  • country and wonderfulin your life.
  • 00:38:58.185 --> 00:39:01.489
  • All that we must do is trust,believe, repent, pray, and seek
  • 00:39:01.522 --> 00:39:07.361
  • God with all our heart,and watch what he can do.
  • 00:39:07.395 --> 00:39:10.331
  • God can do a lot witha little bit of faith.
  • 00:39:10.364 --> 00:39:14.135
  • I know that it is human natureto believe that when things are
  • 00:39:14.168 --> 00:39:17.405
  • really good, they're gonna begreat forever, and when things
  • 00:39:17.438 --> 00:39:21.008
  • are really bad, they're gonna bereally bad forever.
  • 00:39:21.041 --> 00:39:24.378
  • It's not the truth.
  • 00:39:24.412 --> 00:39:26.614
  • Life is like waves.
  • 00:39:26.647 --> 00:39:28.215
  • It's like surfing.
  • 00:39:28.249 --> 00:39:29.583
  • They come in sets.
  • 00:39:29.617 --> 00:39:30.918
  • Some are bigger than others.
  • 00:39:30.951 --> 00:39:32.253
  • You'll ride it out, and it'll belots of fun.
  • 00:39:32.286 --> 00:39:35.689
  • So we gotta pray.
  • 00:39:35.723 --> 00:39:37.625
  • We gotta look to the Lord.
  • 00:39:37.658 --> 00:39:39.226
  • We need to repent.
  • 00:39:39.260 --> 00:39:40.594
  • We need to turn our hearts.
  • 00:39:40.628 --> 00:39:41.962
  • We need to be kind to oneanother.
  • 00:39:41.996 --> 00:39:43.297
  • We need to forgive each other.
  • 00:39:43.330 --> 00:39:44.632
  • We need to be people of peace,and people of hard work, and
  • 00:39:44.665 --> 00:39:47.968
  • people who promote the ideas,not of a single person, but the
  • 00:39:48.002 --> 00:39:51.705
  • ideas of liberty, that theindividual who trusts in God can
  • 00:39:51.739 --> 00:39:55.342
  • make anything of their life.
  • 00:39:55.376 --> 00:39:56.677
  • And you can.
  • 00:39:56.710 --> 00:39:58.012
  • I believe in you.
  • 00:39:58.045 --> 00:39:59.380
  • Remember what the Scripturesays, "If my people who are
  • 00:39:59.413 --> 00:40:02.650
  • called by my name will humblethemselves, and pray, and seek
  • 00:40:02.683 --> 00:40:08.689
  • my face, and turn from theirwicked ways, then I will hear
  • 00:40:08.823 --> 00:40:13.761
  • from heaven, and I will forgivetheir sin, and I will heal
  • 00:40:13.794 --> 00:40:19.733
  • their land."
  • 00:40:19.767 --> 00:40:21.202
  • God's gonna heal our land.
  • 00:40:21.235 --> 00:40:23.037
  • God's gonna heal our land.
  • 00:40:23.070 --> 00:40:24.538
  • He's gonna heal our state.
  • 00:40:24.572 --> 00:40:25.873
  • He's gonna heal our country.
  • 00:40:25.906 --> 00:40:27.241
  • He's gonna heal our world.
  • 00:40:27.274 --> 00:40:28.576
  • And he's gonna do it because ofgood people like you who seek
  • 00:40:28.609 --> 00:40:32.079
  • after him with all their hearts.
  • 00:40:32.112 --> 00:40:33.747
  • He's gonna do it because peoplelike you decided to pray, to
  • 00:40:33.781 --> 00:40:37.785
  • pray us into victory, and that'swhat we're gonna do.
  • 00:40:37.818 --> 00:40:41.021
  • That's what we're gonna do.
  • 00:40:41.055 --> 00:40:42.823
  • When we pray, Jesus teaches usto pray with chutzpah.
  • 00:40:42.857 --> 00:40:46.160
  • Chutzpah.
  • 00:40:46.193 --> 00:40:49.063
  • Now, "chutzpah" is this Jewishor Yiddish word that comes from
  • 00:40:49.096 --> 00:40:53.133
  • the Hebrew word for faith, whichis this idea of not just trust,
  • 00:40:53.167 --> 00:40:57.204
  • and it is that, but a sort ofpassionate pursuit to the point
  • 00:40:57.238 --> 00:41:01.809
  • of even being annoying.
  • 00:41:01.842 --> 00:41:05.646
  • There's a great story in thegospels about Jesus.
  • 00:41:05.679 --> 00:41:09.216
  • You know, he's had this mob ofpeople following him everywhere
  • 00:41:09.250 --> 00:41:13.988
  • and he and his disciples, they,like, need a break.
  • 00:41:14.021 --> 00:41:16.090
  • So they go to this northernGentile region called Tyre
  • 00:41:16.123 --> 00:41:20.094
  • and Sidon.
  • 00:41:20.127 --> 00:41:21.428
  • This is actually the same areawhere Elijah went, and you know,
  • 00:41:21.462 --> 00:41:26.600
  • did the miracle to the widow whohad just a little bit of oil and
  • 00:41:26.634 --> 00:41:31.171
  • a little bit of flour left.
  • 00:41:31.205 --> 00:41:32.540
  • He provided a miracle to her sothat she can continue to eat
  • 00:41:32.573 --> 00:41:35.976
  • and in fact raised her sonfrom the dead.
  • 00:41:36.010 --> 00:41:37.845
  • So this is, in Judaism, a reallyimportant place.
  • 00:41:37.878 --> 00:41:41.615
  • It's here that Jesus goes withhis disciples and it's there
  • 00:41:41.649 --> 00:41:46.020
  • that they're actually kind of--it seems like they're hiding in
  • 00:41:46.053 --> 00:41:48.155
  • a house.
  • 00:41:48.188 --> 00:41:49.523
  • And a local Gentile woman, notJewish, not a religious woman
  • 00:41:49.557 --> 00:41:53.761
  • that we know of, cries out toJesus.
  • 00:41:53.794 --> 00:41:57.531
  • And she keeps crying out, andher disciples say, "Go away,"
  • 00:41:57.565 --> 00:42:00.968
  • and she keeps saying,"Jesus, do you hear me?
  • 00:42:01.001 --> 00:42:04.204
  • Are you in there?
  • 00:42:04.238 --> 00:42:05.706
  • Heal my daughter!
  • 00:42:05.739 --> 00:42:07.641
  • Heal my daughter, Lord!"
  • 00:42:07.675 --> 00:42:09.877
  • Finally, his disciples, they goin and they say, "Rabbi, can you
  • 00:42:09.910 --> 00:42:13.013
  • send this woman away?
  • 00:42:13.047 --> 00:42:14.381
  • She is driving us crazy."
  • 00:42:14.415 --> 00:42:16.884
  • Jesus goes out to her and hesays--she says, "Rabbi, Rabbi,
  • 00:42:16.917 --> 00:42:20.988
  • heal my daughter."
  • 00:42:21.021 --> 00:42:22.523
  • And he says to her--it sounds so mean.
  • 00:42:22.556 --> 00:42:26.293
  • It sounds stuffy.
  • 00:42:26.327 --> 00:42:27.995
  • It's one of the few times Jesussounds really mean in this way,
  • 00:42:28.028 --> 00:42:30.931
  • but there's a reasonhe's doing it.
  • 00:42:30.965 --> 00:42:32.666
  • He says to her, "I was sent onlyto the lost sheep of Israel."
  • 00:42:32.700 --> 00:42:38.706
  • Now remember, this woman'speople, the Syrophoenician woman
  • 00:42:38.872 --> 00:42:42.409
  • and Jews are rivals.
  • 00:42:42.443 --> 00:42:44.678
  • They've been--they have longmemories.
  • 00:42:44.712 --> 00:42:47.047
  • They have been sometimesenemies.
  • 00:42:47.081 --> 00:42:49.850
  • Her people are sort of likeCanaanites, so there's this this
  • 00:42:49.883 --> 00:42:53.988
  • rivalry where Jesus effectivelyis saying to her what most Jews
  • 00:42:54.021 --> 00:43:00.027
  • believe in those days,but I don't think Jesus does,
  • 00:43:00.427 --> 00:43:04.098
  • and I'll explain it.
  • 00:43:04.131 --> 00:43:05.432
  • He's doing something called kalvachomer, but he says to her,
  • 00:43:05.466 --> 00:43:09.970
  • "I've come for the lost sheep ofIsrael."
  • 00:43:10.004 --> 00:43:11.572
  • It's a test.
  • 00:43:11.605 --> 00:43:13.741
  • And she says, "Lord, please savemy daughter!"
  • 00:43:13.774 --> 00:43:16.677
  • And he says, this is the badline, "It is not right to take
  • 00:43:16.710 --> 00:43:21.949
  • the children's bread and toss itto dogs."
  • 00:43:21.982 --> 00:43:27.421
  • Well, that's pretty brutal.
  • 00:43:27.454 --> 00:43:28.922
  • Now, if I was asking someone fora favor and this guy called me
  • 00:43:28.956 --> 00:43:32.660
  • a dog, I'd think it was over,wouldn't you?
  • 00:43:32.693 --> 00:43:35.829
  • Not for this woman.
  • 00:43:35.863 --> 00:43:37.197
  • She's got a chutzpahkind of faith.
  • 00:43:37.231 --> 00:43:39.166
  • She's got a chutzpahkind of prayer.
  • 00:43:39.199 --> 00:43:41.402
  • She doesn't care.
  • 00:43:41.435 --> 00:43:42.970
  • She doesn't care and she says tohim, "Not so, Lord.
  • 00:43:43.003 --> 00:43:48.842
  • Even dogs eat the crumbs thatfall from the children's table."
  • 00:43:48.876 --> 00:43:54.882
  • What does Jesus say?
  • 00:43:55.749 --> 00:43:57.484
  • "Is there any greater faith inall of Israel?"
  • 00:43:57.518 --> 00:44:01.622
  • I think Jesus likes this kind ofthing, and his--her daughter
  • 00:44:01.655 --> 00:44:05.793
  • was healed that day.
  • 00:44:05.826 --> 00:44:08.295
  • God loves a chutzpah kind ofprayer, a passionate prayer, a
  • 00:44:08.328 --> 00:44:12.433
  • prayer that is not perfectlyplanned necessarily, it can be,
  • 00:44:12.466 --> 00:44:16.637
  • but a prayer that is prayed withpassion, with fire, with life,
  • 00:44:16.670 --> 00:44:20.574
  • with everything in you.
  • 00:44:20.607 --> 00:44:21.975
  • That's the way Jesus likes forus to pray.
  • 00:44:22.009 --> 00:44:25.546
  • I still remember last Christmas.
  • 00:44:25.579 --> 00:44:29.349
  • We had, I think, five ChristmasEve services.
  • 00:44:29.383 --> 00:44:32.953
  • They went every hour on thehour.
  • 00:44:32.986 --> 00:44:34.788
  • I think it was 1:00, 2:00, 3:00,4:00, and 5:00,
  • 00:44:34.822 --> 00:44:37.691
  • and we just turned 'em around.
  • 00:44:37.725 --> 00:44:39.793
  • They were 45 minutes,beautiful candlelit services,
  • 00:44:39.827 --> 00:44:42.930
  • a full orchestra and choir.
  • 00:44:42.963 --> 00:44:44.264
  • What a beautiful celebrationit was.
  • 00:44:44.298 --> 00:44:46.600
  • I remember in the very firstservice I was sitting just over
  • 00:44:46.633 --> 00:44:49.336
  • there, and on the front rowwhere Hannah is sitting, there
  • 00:44:49.369 --> 00:44:52.940
  • was an older middle-aged woman,a Muslim woman, who was wearing
  • 00:44:52.973 --> 00:44:57.911
  • a hijab, and she had on her lapa Quran, and she had her hand on
  • 00:44:57.945 --> 00:45:03.951
  • the middle of the Quran, and shelooked distressed.
  • 00:45:03.984 --> 00:45:07.588
  • Not a little distressed, she wascrying and she looked almost
  • 00:45:07.621 --> 00:45:11.625
  • angry, like her face was likethis...
  • 00:45:11.658 --> 00:45:15.529
  • And I'm not gonna say--and Ifeel bad about my prejudice,
  • 00:45:15.562 --> 00:45:18.966
  • you know?
  • 00:45:18.999 --> 00:45:20.334
  • I'm not gonna say I was worried,but I'm also gonna say I wasn't
  • 00:45:20.367 --> 00:45:23.403
  • relaxed, and I was wondering,"What is this Muslim woman doing
  • 00:45:23.437 --> 00:45:28.509
  • on Christmas Eve in my church,all torn to pieces like this?"
  • 00:45:28.542 --> 00:45:34.047
  • And she just, through everysong, people are singing,
  • 00:45:34.081 --> 00:45:36.316
  • "Joy to the world, the lord--"and she's like...
  • 00:45:36.350 --> 00:45:40.354
  • you know, just so hurting.
  • 00:45:40.387 --> 00:45:45.826
  • And so I got up and I preachedthe message.
  • 00:45:45.859 --> 00:45:49.263
  • I preached the gospel.
  • 00:45:49.296 --> 00:45:51.498
  • And at the end, she began towalk out, and I chased
  • 00:45:51.532 --> 00:45:55.803
  • after her.
  • 00:45:55.836 --> 00:45:57.137
  • And I said, "Thank you.
  • 00:45:57.171 --> 00:45:58.472
  • Thank you for coming to ourchurch on Christmas Eve.
  • 00:45:58.505 --> 00:46:02.810
  • You honor us with yourpresence."
  • 00:46:02.843 --> 00:46:05.212
  • And she turned to me with a bigsmile and she said, "Thank you
  • 00:46:05.245 --> 00:46:08.982
  • for the service.
  • 00:46:09.016 --> 00:46:10.417
  • It was beautiful."
  • 00:46:10.450 --> 00:46:11.852
  • And she held her Quran openbefore me and in it was a
  • 00:46:11.885 --> 00:46:15.589
  • picture of her son.
  • 00:46:15.622 --> 00:46:17.324
  • And she said, "Pastor, my son,he's sick and he might be dying.
  • 00:46:17.357 --> 00:46:23.363
  • Will you pray for him?
  • 00:46:24.298 --> 00:46:26.099
  • Pray for him."
  • 00:46:26.133 --> 00:46:27.601
  • This woman was Muslim.
  • 00:46:27.634 --> 00:46:29.536
  • She prays five times a day tothe east, towards Mecca.
  • 00:46:29.570 --> 00:46:33.073
  • But today, this day, like theSyrophoenician woman, she came
  • 00:46:33.106 --> 00:46:36.877
  • to a different house, to adifferent faith, and asked God
  • 00:46:36.910 --> 00:46:40.981
  • to heal her son.
  • 00:46:41.014 --> 00:46:42.382
  • And I prayed for that man.
  • 00:46:42.416 --> 00:46:44.051
  • And she said to me, "Pastor, ifI bring my son here, I believe
  • 00:46:44.084 --> 00:46:49.223
  • God can heal him.
  • 00:46:49.256 --> 00:46:50.724
  • And if I bring him here,will you pray for him?"
  • 00:46:50.757 --> 00:46:53.427
  • And I said, "You bring him,I will pray for him."
  • 00:46:53.460 --> 00:46:56.463
  • And she left.
  • 00:46:56.496 --> 00:46:57.831
  • Four more services went byand she never came.
  • 00:46:57.865 --> 00:47:01.301
  • And I thought to myself, "Man,I wish I had gone to
  • 00:47:01.335 --> 00:47:05.505
  • the hospital."
  • 00:47:05.539 --> 00:47:06.840
  • There's part of me that says,"Should I have just left a
  • 00:47:06.874 --> 00:47:09.877
  • Christmas Eve service, leftthousands of people to pray for
  • 00:47:09.910 --> 00:47:13.647
  • this young man?"
  • 00:47:13.680 --> 00:47:15.015
  • I wonder what the story wouldhave been.
  • 00:47:15.048 --> 00:47:16.683
  • Even to this day, I regret it.
  • 00:47:16.717 --> 00:47:19.720
  • Isn't that--it's an interestingstory, isn't it?
  • 00:47:19.753 --> 00:47:22.122
  • I'm sorry there's not a greatending to give you.
  • 00:47:22.155 --> 00:47:24.291
  • That's it.
  • 00:47:24.324 --> 00:47:25.659
  • And I think--when I hear thestory of the Syrophoenician
  • 00:47:25.692 --> 00:47:30.063
  • woman, I think of this woman andI still have her memory in
  • 00:47:30.097 --> 00:47:33.634
  • my heart.
  • 00:47:33.667 --> 00:47:34.968
  • The prayer of a mother whodoesn't care.
  • 00:47:35.002 --> 00:47:37.738
  • "I'm just gonna find some wayfor God to heal my kid."
  • 00:47:37.771 --> 00:47:42.442
  • This is how this woman, theSyrophoenician woman, prayed.
  • 00:47:42.476 --> 00:47:45.579
  • This is how God wants us topray, with all our heart, with
  • 00:47:45.612 --> 00:47:49.149
  • all our soul, with all ourstrength, and to trust and
  • 00:47:49.182 --> 00:47:52.286
  • believe that when we pray, hehears, he's able, and that he
  • 00:47:52.319 --> 00:47:56.423
  • wants to deliver somethingreally special.
  • 00:47:56.456 --> 00:48:00.060
  • God's gonna bring breakthroughfor you.
  • 00:48:00.093 --> 00:48:02.496
  • Pray with faith.
  • 00:48:02.529 --> 00:48:04.331
  • Don't stop praying.
  • 00:48:04.364 --> 00:48:06.166
  • Keep knocking.
  • 00:48:06.199 --> 00:48:07.801
  • Keep asking.
  • 00:48:07.834 --> 00:48:09.303
  • Pray for our country.
  • 00:48:09.336 --> 00:48:10.904
  • Pray for our world.
  • 00:48:10.938 --> 00:48:12.439
  • And be the kind of person thatpeople need today, not an angry,
  • 00:48:12.472 --> 00:48:16.276
  • wrathful, bitter,anxious person.
  • 00:48:16.310 --> 00:48:19.246
  • That's not you.
  • 00:48:19.279 --> 00:48:20.747
  • Be a person of peace, forgiving.
  • 00:48:20.781 --> 00:48:23.650
  • Pray with people todaywhen they're hurting.
  • 00:48:23.684 --> 00:48:25.319
  • Who cares if they're notChristians?
  • 00:48:25.352 --> 00:48:27.254
  • If they say they're worried,ask them to pray.
  • 00:48:27.287 --> 00:48:30.757
  • Watch that God will do somethingin that moment.
  • 00:48:30.791 --> 00:48:32.626
  • Just pray for them.
  • 00:48:32.659 --> 00:48:33.961
  • You don't have to praysomething special.
  • 00:48:33.994 --> 00:48:35.329
  • It'll mean a lot to them, and itwill mean a lot to the Lord, and
  • 00:48:35.362 --> 00:48:38.398
  • it'll mean a lot to you.
  • 00:48:38.432 --> 00:48:39.800
  • And you might just really changesomeone's heart.
  • 00:48:39.833 --> 00:48:43.070
  • You might.
  • 00:48:43.103 --> 00:48:44.972
  • Two parables Jesus tells thatare similar to this.
  • 00:48:45.005 --> 00:48:49.009
  • It's called--in rabbinic teaching,
  • 00:48:49.042 --> 00:48:50.510
  • rabbis used this a lot.
  • 00:48:50.544 --> 00:48:51.979
  • It's called kal vachomer.
  • 00:48:52.012 --> 00:48:53.380
  • It means heavy and light.
  • 00:48:53.413 --> 00:48:55.816
  • If this is so, then how muchmore so is it true with
  • 00:48:55.849 --> 00:49:00.153
  • the Lord?
  • 00:49:00.187 --> 00:49:01.488
  • Jesus of course does this a lot.
  • 00:49:01.521 --> 00:49:02.823
  • You know, if a child asks hisfather for bread is, he going to
  • 00:49:02.856 --> 00:49:06.526
  • give them a stone?
  • 00:49:06.560 --> 00:49:08.462
  • Or if he asks for a fish, is hegonna give them a snake?
  • 00:49:08.495 --> 00:49:12.132
  • How much more, even thoughyou're evil, how much more will
  • 00:49:12.165 --> 00:49:14.735
  • your Heavenly Father, who loveseverybody and loves you with all
  • 00:49:14.768 --> 00:49:17.471
  • his heart and his soul, how's hegonna--how much more is he
  • 00:49:17.504 --> 00:49:19.806
  • gonna give you what you needwhen you need it?
  • 00:49:19.840 --> 00:49:23.410
  • Jesus says, "Look to the birdsof the air.
  • 00:49:23.443 --> 00:49:26.079
  • Look at the lilies of the fieldthat are just--
  • 00:49:26.113 --> 00:49:28.015
  • that wither and die.
  • 00:49:28.048 --> 00:49:29.983
  • And if God makes--dresses them,how much more is he gonna
  • 00:49:30.017 --> 00:49:31.718
  • dress you?
  • 00:49:31.752 --> 00:49:33.086
  • If God cares for them, how muchmore is he gonna care for you?"
  • 00:49:33.120 --> 00:49:35.956
  • And he tells these two stories.
  • 00:49:35.989 --> 00:49:37.524
  • The first is famous.
  • 00:49:37.557 --> 00:49:39.426
  • It's the unjust judge parable.
  • 00:49:39.459 --> 00:49:42.662
  • Now, in Hebrew, the word for"judge" is also the word for
  • 00:49:42.696 --> 00:49:46.700
  • "defender" or "fighter."
  • 00:49:46.733 --> 00:49:49.736
  • This word is "sophet."
  • 00:49:49.770 --> 00:49:52.005
  • Sophet.
  • 00:49:52.039 --> 00:49:54.007
  • And it's a wordplay and it'simportant because this is a
  • 00:49:54.041 --> 00:49:57.878
  • common title that the Jews usedfor God, that on one hand he's a
  • 00:49:57.911 --> 00:50:01.715
  • judge, but on another hand he'slike your defender.
  • 00:50:01.748 --> 00:50:04.451
  • He fights for you.
  • 00:50:04.484 --> 00:50:06.386
  • In Psalm 68:5, the Scripturesays this about God, "A Father
  • 00:50:06.420 --> 00:50:12.426
  • to the fatherless, aDefender of widows."
  • 00:50:13.960 --> 00:50:17.164
  • So that word "defender"there is "sophet."
  • 00:50:17.197 --> 00:50:18.832
  • So you wouldn't say a judge ofwidows, 'cause that sounds like
  • 00:50:18.865 --> 00:50:22.135
  • he's being rude to them.
  • 00:50:22.169 --> 00:50:23.637
  • In this case, it's a defender ofthe widows.
  • 00:50:23.670 --> 00:50:26.606
  • He fights for the widows, "Andis a God in his holy dwelling."
  • 00:50:26.640 --> 00:50:30.610
  • So when Jesus tells a storyabout the judge, the Hebrew
  • 00:50:30.644 --> 00:50:33.380
  • people are hearing God.
  • 00:50:33.413 --> 00:50:36.883
  • The story goes like this.
  • 00:50:36.917 --> 00:50:38.752
  • He says there was a woman andshe came before the judge who
  • 00:50:38.785 --> 00:50:42.322
  • was wicked, and unjust, anddidn't care.
  • 00:50:42.355 --> 00:50:45.158
  • And she said, "Give me justiceagainst my adversary."
  • 00:50:45.192 --> 00:50:48.862
  • And he continued to ignore her,and neglect her, and turn her
  • 00:50:48.895 --> 00:50:52.332
  • away, but because she was sopersistent, he finally said,
  • 00:50:52.365 --> 00:50:56.103
  • "Fine, I'll give you justice.
  • 00:50:56.136 --> 00:50:57.604
  • Just leave me alone."
  • 00:50:57.637 --> 00:50:59.573
  • And Jesus says if this sophet,if this defender or judge who
  • 00:50:59.606 --> 00:51:03.777
  • was wicked, who doesn't careabout justice, is going to
  • 00:51:03.810 --> 00:51:06.646
  • respond to this woman who'sknocking, how much more will
  • 00:51:06.680 --> 00:51:09.916
  • God, who is just loving, kind,who thinks of you as his
  • 00:51:09.950 --> 00:51:14.387
  • favorite, how much more is hegonna come to your aid if you
  • 00:51:14.421 --> 00:51:18.859
  • continue to seek after him?
  • 00:51:18.892 --> 00:51:21.828
  • Jesus says then thatthere is this--
  • 00:51:21.862 --> 00:51:24.131
  • another parable in Luke 11.
  • 00:51:24.164 --> 00:51:26.166
  • There's a story about a neighborwho--you know, in those days,
  • 00:51:26.199 --> 00:51:30.704
  • people were always traveling,especially merchants.
  • 00:51:30.737 --> 00:51:32.839
  • And there's many reasons whyyou're gonna end up late and why
  • 00:51:32.873 --> 00:51:35.842
  • you can't just stop and sleep onthe side of the road.
  • 00:51:35.876 --> 00:51:38.245
  • It's dangerous.
  • 00:51:38.278 --> 00:51:39.613
  • And so you never know when afamily member or a friend is
  • 00:51:39.646 --> 00:51:41.982
  • gonna knock on your door, andthey're gonna be hungry, and
  • 00:51:42.015 --> 00:51:45.285
  • they're gonna want a bed, andthey're gonna want to see you.
  • 00:51:45.318 --> 00:51:48.021
  • Well, in this story he says thatit's a hospitality culture.
  • 00:51:48.054 --> 00:51:52.125
  • In Jesus's day, people--youknow, being hospitable is at the
  • 00:51:52.159 --> 00:51:56.229
  • core of who they are.
  • 00:51:56.263 --> 00:51:57.564
  • I mean, in those days you couldbe a complete stranger and you
  • 00:51:57.597 --> 00:52:00.400
  • knock on the door of someone andit's like for three days at
  • 00:52:00.433 --> 00:52:03.803
  • least they're going to care foryou and take care of you.
  • 00:52:03.837 --> 00:52:06.006
  • The Middle East is still verymuch this way.
  • 00:52:06.039 --> 00:52:09.042
  • And so Jesus says that a man hada friend who visited him it in
  • 00:52:09.075 --> 00:52:13.013
  • the middle of the night.
  • 00:52:13.046 --> 00:52:14.614
  • And it may--let's say it's 3:00in the morning or something and
  • 00:52:14.648 --> 00:52:16.917
  • he knocks on the door.
  • 00:52:16.950 --> 00:52:18.585
  • And this neighbor had no foodfor his friend, so he goes to
  • 00:52:18.618 --> 00:52:23.690
  • his next door neighbor's houseto get some food.
  • 00:52:23.723 --> 00:52:26.159
  • He knocks on the door.
  • 00:52:26.193 --> 00:52:27.494
  • Now, when we hear that we go,"Oh my gosh, the guy in the
  • 00:52:27.527 --> 00:52:30.330
  • story that's the weird one isthe guy knocking," but the weird
  • 00:52:30.363 --> 00:52:33.500
  • one is actually the neighbor whocomes to the door and won't give
  • 00:52:33.533 --> 00:52:36.603
  • him any food actually.
  • 00:52:36.636 --> 00:52:37.938
  • That's how it is in ahospitality culture.
  • 00:52:37.971 --> 00:52:39.272
  • Normally your next door neighborwould be like, "Oh my gosh,
  • 00:52:39.306 --> 00:52:41.508
  • I don't have any food.
  • 00:52:41.541 --> 00:52:43.076
  • Wait right there.I'll get you some.
  • 00:52:43.109 --> 00:52:44.477
  • What do you need?
  • 00:52:44.511 --> 00:52:45.812
  • I got I got some rye.I got some wine.
  • 00:52:45.845 --> 00:52:47.180
  • You need some wine?
  • 00:52:47.214 --> 00:52:48.515
  • You need some water?What do you need?
  • 00:52:48.548 --> 00:52:49.816
  • Okay, okay, okay.Okay, here, here, here."
  • 00:52:49.849 --> 00:52:51.151
  • Because he doesn't want hisneighbor to be embarrassed.
  • 00:52:51.184 --> 00:52:52.552
  • He wants his neighborto feel like he's--
  • 00:52:52.586 --> 00:52:59.392
  • you know, they help each other.
  • 00:52:59.426 --> 00:53:00.727
  • And so when Jesus says that theneighbor won't even get out of
  • 00:53:00.760 --> 00:53:02.529
  • bed, Jesus's audience isn'tthinking about the guy knocking.
  • 00:53:02.562 --> 00:53:03.863
  • They're thinking that the guythat won't get out of bed is
  • 00:53:03.897 --> 00:53:06.333
  • like the unjust judge, you know?
  • 00:53:06.366 --> 00:53:07.701
  • He's just this rotten person, ahorrible person, and he gives
  • 00:53:07.734 --> 00:53:10.937
  • the lamest excuse.
  • 00:53:10.971 --> 00:53:12.806
  • "I can't get up.
  • 00:53:12.839 --> 00:53:14.140
  • I've already locked the door."
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  • Right, how hard is it to gounlock the door?
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  • And yet the neighbor--you know,normally this would be a huge
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  • insult and maybe they would hateeach other forever, but this
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  • neighbor is not offended.
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  • He's not hurt.
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  • He doesn't care.
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  • He just keeps knocking.
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  • Knock, knock, knock, bam, bam,bam, bam, bam.
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  • And Jesus says not because he'sa good person, but because he
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  • wants to go back to bed, theneighbor gets up and he gives
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  • him the food he needs and hegoes back to bed.
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  • If that's how a wicked, evilneighbor is, how much more will
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  • God, who doesn't sleep, who hascattle on a thousand hills, who
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  • sees you as his beloved daughteror his beloved son, who's
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  • favorite thing in the world todo is bless you, and love you,
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  • and care for you, how much morewill he come to your aid if you
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  • continue to knock and continueto pray?
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  • Friend, I want you to know thatthe world has enough bad news.
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  • It has enough bad news and theworld has enough to worry
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  • about tomorrow.
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  • We are going to be peoplewho build hope.
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  • That is what we do.
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  • We are gonna be people whoremember that America has been
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  • through worse than this,much worse.
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  • And we are the kinds of peoplewho can take these types of
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  • things, and if we trust in God,and we pray, and we think
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  • creatively, and we work hard,and we keep our hopes alive, and
  • 00:54:34.287 --> 00:54:38.625
  • continue to respect one another,and love one another, that God
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  • can do amazing things.
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  • I believe the best days ofAmerica, the best days for your
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  • country, the best days are aheadof us, not behind us.
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  • Not because I believe in aperson, but because I believe in
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  • the people.
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  • If I believe in any person,it's Jesus Christ.
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  • And I believe that there willalways be people in this country
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  • who to the benefit of the wholewill continue to pray, will
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  • continue to repent, and like apriestly class, will continue to
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  • stand in the gap.
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  • Though not everybody is there,we will pray and we will stand
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  • in the gap and believe that Godwill do tomorrow what he did
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  • yesterday, and that is to takeour tragedies and turn them into
  • 00:55:19.499 --> 00:55:23.069
  • triumphs, to take ourdifficulties and turn them into
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  • victories, to take times likethese not to divide us, but to
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  • bring us together withfriendship, with brotherly
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  • kindness, with forgiveness,mercy, with joy, and maybe with
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  • a good meal.
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  • That's what we do.
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  • That's who we are.
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  • That's what we believe in,liberty.
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  • We believe in ingenuity.
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  • We believe in industry.
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  • And we believe most of all in avery, very strong arms of God.
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  • So pray.
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  • Pray with me and then relax andtrust that God is up to
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  • something good in this country,in your country, and in
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  • your life.
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  • Father, we thank you that youlove us and we turn our hearts
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  • to you.
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  • And whatever sins we have in ourlife, we repent, not because we
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  • need to feel shame and guilt,but because we want to
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  • do better.
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  • We want to be better.
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  • Lord, forgive us for the wayswe've been unkind and
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  • unforgiving, and the ways thatwe slandered our neighbor.
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  • Help us to have kindness andmercy in our hearts.
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  • Help us to be more relaxed andslow to anger, and to love
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  • one another.
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  • Lord, you loved us and you stilllove us, even when we mess up.
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  • We thank you that you neverabandon us.
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  • We thank you that if we're alivetoday, we have a reason to get
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  • up in the morning and we havea reason to praise your name.
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  • And it is in your mighty namewe pray, amen.
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