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October 24, 2020
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  • male announcer: From nowthrough the end of the year,
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  • we're inviting you to activelyparticipate in our living legacy
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  • as we commemorate the past,celebrate the present,
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  • and commission the futureof "Hour of Power."
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  • Our East Gate Legacy Walkwill transport guests
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  • through the first 50 yearsof our broadcast
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  • and into the next as they enterthe Shepherd's Grove
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  • Presbyterian Church campusfrom the east side.
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  • Featuring 12 pillars flanked byplaques that tell the story
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  • of our journey and 500 stonesengraved with the names
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  • of those who supportthe ministry,
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  • we believe the East Gate projectwill inspire hope
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  • for future generations.
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  • Today, we're offering youa once-in-a-lifetime opportunity
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  • to become part of this uniquetribute to God's faithfulness.
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  • For your generous donationof $1.000 or more,
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  • we will honor you by inscribinga 12-by-24-inch stone to be
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  • inlayed in the walkway,features your name or the name
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  • of your family, the year youbegan watching "Hour of Power,"
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  • where you're from,
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  • and the flag of the countryfrom which you watch.
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  • Your participation inthis special memorial
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  • not only marks your vital rolein the ongoing outreach
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  • of "Hour of Power,"but it positions us
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  • to begin our second half centuryof ministry
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  • from a place of financialstrength that will prime us
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  • for even greater impactin the years to come.
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  • Thank you for beingan important part of our legacy,
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  • and remember always,God loves you and so do we.
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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 welcomefirst timers and church family.
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  • It is so--I'm so happy to seesome of you in person with us
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  • here again, so thank youso much for being here.
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  • We love seeing you.
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  • You know, during COVID I havereally been feeling like God is
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  • calling us, the church,to go deeper in prayer
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  • than we ever have before.
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  • God does the impossiblethrough prayers.
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  • Your prayers matter.
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  • So thank you againfor being here.
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  • You are loved.
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  • Bobby Schuller: We're just sograteful too for all of you
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  • that, you know, came to churchtoday wherever you are.
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  • Some of you are in thecourtyard, some of you are here
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  • in the sanctuary, but it's justsuch a great experience to have
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  • worship again in the church andit's so nice to have you here,
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  • so thanks for being here.
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  • Let's begin witha word of prayer.
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  • Father, we thank you so muchfor all you've given us.
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  • And we pray in Jesus's name thatthe power of sin, and darkness,
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  • and hell that grips so many ofour hearts would be broken in
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  • this moment by faith.
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  • We thank you thatyour cross is enough,
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  • that it has broken every curse.
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  • It's broken every addiction.It's broken depression.
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  • It's broken heartache.It's fixing families.
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  • It's helping us drawcloser to you.
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  • Thank you, God, that youlove us just as we are,
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  • not as we should be.
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  • You continue to forgive usand have mercy on us.
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  • Help us, Lord, in the same wayto love our neighbor, to have
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  • mercy towards our neighbor, tobe forgiving and kind, and help
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  • us to just be overflowing withthat spirit.
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  • And it's in the Spirit of Jesuswe pray, amen.
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  • Hannah Schuller: Amen.
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  • Bobby Schuller: Hey, Havenwanted to say something,
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  • but we didn't have a--
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  • I forgot a mic, so just talkto my tie and say it.
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  • Like, see the mic right here?
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  • If you speak into my tie,you can talk to people, go.
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  • Haven Schuller: Turn to theperson next to you and say,
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  • "God loves you and so do I."
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  • Bobby Schuller: Perfect, nice.
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  • male announcer:Believe it or not,
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  • Christmas is justaround the corner.
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  • And today, "Hour of Power"continues the tradition
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  • of offering a uniqueholiday ornament.
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  • Handcrafted from solid brass,then overlaid
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  • with 24-karat gold,this beautiful filigree angel
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  • lifts her hands to heavenin praise and adoration.
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  • Stamped with the "Hour of Power"50th anniversary logo
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  • on the back, she is the firstof five in a series,
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  • was made entirely in the US,
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  • and is yours with a generousgift of $20 or more.
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  • To further light up your winterand remind you
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  • of the true meaningof Christmas,
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  • we're excited to offerthe ornament
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  • and our "Silent Night"nativity snow globe
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  • for a generous donationof $150 or more.
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  • Turn on the battery-operatedlight to illuminate the scene
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  • and place it in your homeas a source of inspiration
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  • throughout the holidays.
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  • Inside this goldenornament-shaped lantern,
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  • Mary and Josephlook over Baby Jesus,
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  • who is surrounded byswirling glittery snow.
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  • This unique collectibleis a wonderful way
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  • to usher in the season,while also keeping
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  • this "Hour of Power"on the air,
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  • not only in your homebut in homes everywhere.
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  • Call, write, or go onlineand request
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  • the 2020 angel ornamentfor your gift of $20.
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  • Or for your giftof $150 or more,
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  • we'll also includethe "Silent Night"
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  • nativity snow globe.
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  • Bobby Schuller: Because of you,"Hour of Power"
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  • has been proclaimingthe hope of Jesus Christ
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  • the light of the worldfor 50 years.
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  • In this turbulent, weird time,we have the awesome privilege
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  • of sharing good news aboutthe one who is unchanging
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  • and in whose love hurtingand broken people
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  • can anchor their souls.
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  • By supporting this ministry,you've enabled millions
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  • around the world to hearthe message of the gospel,
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  • and we are so,so grateful.
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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,
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  • Joshua 24:14-26,
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  • "Now, fear the Lord and servehim with all faithfulness.
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  • Throw away the gods yourancestors worshiped beyond the
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  • Euphrates River and in Egyptand serve the Lord.
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  • But if serving the Lord seemsundesirable to you, then choose
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  • for yourselves this day whom youwill serve, whether the gods
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  • your ancestors served beyondthe Euphrates or the gods
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  • of the Amorites inwhose land you are living.
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  • But as for me and my household,we will serve the Lord.
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  • And Joshua recorded these thingsin the book of the law of God.
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  • Then he took a large stone andset it up there under the oak
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  • near the holy place of the Lord.
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  • 'See,' he said to all thepeople, 'this stone will be
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  • a witness against us.
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  • It has heard all the words theLord has said to us.
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  • It will be a witness against youif you are untrue to your God.'"
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  • Brothers and sisters, may ourlives be a standing stone for
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  • God, that we put Godand our family first, amen.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • male announcer: Nona Jones is aremarkable speaker who equips
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  • people all over the world tolive out their faith.
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  • As a survivor of childhoodsexual abuse, she uses her
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  • platform to bring hope to thosewho have endured similar trauma.
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  • She currently serves as the headof global faith-based
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  • partnerships at Facebook.
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  • Nona Jones: There are over abillion people using Facebook
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  • groups every day, and almost 0%on our platform are connected
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  • with a church.
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  • male announcer: And she hasbecome an expert in effectively
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  • utilizing technology in thechurch, speaking to
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  • congregations around the worldon the subject.
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  • She is also an accomplishedsinger and songwriter, as well
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  • as an author.
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  • Please welcome Nona Jones.
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  • Nona Jones: Good morning.
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  • Thank you so much for having me.
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  • It's such a blessingto be with you.
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  • Bobby Schuller: It's such astrange time to be interviewing
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  • people in this way, but it alsogives us the opportunity to meet
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  • people like you who maybearen't local, or you know,
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  • it's hard to, you know,get you in the house,
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  • but it's so niceto have you here.
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  • Thank you for joining us.
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  • Nona Jones: Oh,this is my pleasure.
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  • Thank you for the honor.
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  • Bobby Schuller: So for those ofyou--for those who don't know
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  • you, Nona, tell us a little bitabout your life and sort of how
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  • you became the personyou've become.
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  • Nona Jones: Sure, well, youknow, I appreciate the
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  • opportunity, because a lot oftimes I think people walk into
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  • the successful chapter that yourlife is on and they just assume
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  • it's the entire story.
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  • But you know, I describe myselfas a statistically improbable
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  • product of grace.
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  • I was born to a mother who didnot want to have children.
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  • My father and her had beenmarried for 13 years before she
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  • got pregnant with me,and he was so elated
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  • to finally become a dad.
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  • But in the middle of thepregnancy, he found out that he
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  • had terminal stomach cancer andhe passed away shortly before my
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  • second birthday.
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  • And it was right after that thatmy mother moved us to the other
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  • side of the country whereshe started to get into
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  • relationships with differentmen, and one of them
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  • became her live-in boyfriend.
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  • And I was about five years oldat the time, and after he moved
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  • in, he becamesexually abusive to me.
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  • And I finally worked up thecourage to tell my mother what
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  • he was doing.
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  • I was about seven, so it hadbeen happening repeatedly for a
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  • couple of years.
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  • And she had him locked up, buton the day of his release from
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  • jail, she took me with her topick him up and bring him
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  • back home.
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  • And it was right after he camehome that he started to abuse
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  • me again.
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  • And there was so much, just,dysfunction, and trauma, and
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  • pain that I tried to take mylife twice before the age of 11.
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  • We did not go to church.
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  • I didn't know anything aboutGod, Jesus, hope, Bible,
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  • none of that.
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  • But shortly after my secondsuicide attempt, I was in the
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  • sixth grade, a classmate invitedme to church.
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  • And I'll never forget walkinginto the building that day.
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  • People were so loving andwelcoming.
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  • They didn't even know me, butthey loved me.
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  • And that first sermon I everheard that the preacher said God
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  • is a Father to the fatherless,and that was exactly what I
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  • needed to hear because therewere so many nights I had cried
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  • myself to sleep wishing that myfather was alive.
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  • But now I came into awarenessthat there was a Heavenly Father
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  • and that literally changed theentire trajectory of my life.
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  • So I tell people if it had notbeen for that, I would not be
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  • where I am today.
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  • I am a statistically improbableproduct of grace.
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  • Bobby Schuller: Wow, I don'tknow how to follow up such an
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  • amazing story.
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  • I mean, when I hear that, Iimagine as a kid it must have
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  • been so hard to have had thisfather that you probably don't
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  • remember in terms of meetinghim, you were so young when he
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  • died, that you know loved youand wanted to be your dad and
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  • was taken by this tragedy.
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  • And to have him replaced withthis monster, this demonic guy,
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  • and resentment towards yourmother, just all of that stuff,
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  • and probably feeling worthless,and to go from that to seeing
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  • God being your perfect, lovingFather, I mean, it must've
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  • changed everything for you.
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  • Nona Jones: Oh my goodness,it was transformative.
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  • Because as you said, I mean,because of what was happening
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  • to me at home, I took on theidentity of being a bad child.
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  • As a matter of fact, I would actout in school.
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  • I didn't do my homeworkbecause I was just so broken.
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  • And I got labeleda problem child.
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  • I was told I had alearning disability.
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  • All of these labels were placedon me, but then suddenly I found
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  • myself at 11 years old beingrelabeled as a child of God,
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  • as a child of promise,as a child of hope.
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  • That changed my understanding ofwho I was and that's what placed
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  • me on the path to becomewho I am today.
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  • Bobby Schuller: Nona, one of thethings I love about you is that
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  • you reach out to women and menwho have been--who have gone
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  • through this in their lives aswell to help them understand how
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  • valuable they are, how preciousthey are to the Lord, how
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  • precious they are to us that,you know--to other people.
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  • What has that process been likefor you and what encouragement
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  • do you give to people who havebeen through something
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  • like that?
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  • Nona Jones: Well, the firstthing I would say is, you know,
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  • Romans 8:28 tells us that, youknow, "All things work together
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  • for good to those who love theLord and called according to
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  • his purpose."
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  • It doesn't say that all thingswill feel good.
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  • It doesn't say that all thingswill be good.
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  • It just says of all things willwork together for good.
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  • And so my message to people whohave experienced trauma and
  • 00:17:36.238 --> 00:17:40.075
  • brokenness is, you know, God isso faithful that he has the
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  • power to turn what shouldhave broke us into what
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  • will make us brave,into what will make us wise.
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  • I believe that many of thepeople who have experienced
  • 00:17:52.988 --> 00:17:55.724
  • these types of tragedies, Godwants to use that as a ministry
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  • and that's exactly what he'sdone for me.
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  • If I had not gone throughwhat I went through,
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  • I would not be able to ministerto other people.
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  • So my encouragement to women andmen who have gone through things
  • 00:18:06.668 --> 00:18:09.905
  • like this is allow God to use itas a tool for ministry to others
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  • who are hurting.
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  • I think the enemy is so subtle.
  • 00:18:16.712 --> 00:18:18.680
  • He tries to keep us in shame.
  • 00:18:18.714 --> 00:18:20.549
  • He tries to keep us feeling likewe better not tell anybody
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  • because they'll thinkdifferently about us.
  • 00:18:24.119 --> 00:18:26.755
  • And we know that there is powerin the light of Jesus.
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  • Darkness and light cannot occupythe same identity and that's why
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  • he works so hard to keep us inshame, but God will take what we
  • 00:18:33.896 --> 00:18:38.033
  • think is a burden and turn itinto a ministry to help
  • 00:18:38.066 --> 00:18:41.003
  • other people.
  • 00:18:41.036 --> 00:18:42.337
  • Bobby Schuller: You know, one--I remember, you know, when I
  • 00:18:42.371 --> 00:18:44.473
  • came to faith and I heard a lotof testimonies about people who
  • 00:18:44.506 --> 00:18:47.976
  • had had this really rough pastand then they became this
  • 00:18:48.010 --> 00:18:50.712
  • amazing person, and somethingthat's not said all the time
  • 00:18:50.746 --> 00:18:54.082
  • is--as a teenager when I heardthese messages, it was like
  • 00:18:54.116 --> 00:18:57.452
  • almost like an overnighttransformation, you know?
  • 00:18:57.486 --> 00:18:59.755
  • They were addicted to drugs oralcohol and then they were,
  • 00:18:59.788 --> 00:19:02.124
  • like, clean and sober and havingthese big events, but--and that
  • 00:19:02.157 --> 00:19:06.061
  • can be discouraging for somebodythat's on the path of recovery.
  • 00:19:06.094 --> 00:19:10.132
  • When they fall off the wagon,when they have a setback, when
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  • they do something they shouldn'thave done or make some horrible
  • 00:19:13.202 --> 00:19:16.838
  • life mistake, it's easy to justgive up, but the truth it's a
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  • long path, isn't it?
  • 00:19:20.509 --> 00:19:22.711
  • Nona Jones: It is.
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  • It's a process, and I thinkthat's--honestly, that's where
  • 00:19:24.079 --> 00:19:26.648
  • we witness the glory and powerof God and the grace of God is
  • 00:19:26.682 --> 00:19:31.220
  • there are absolutely people whohave been healed and delivered
  • 00:19:31.253 --> 00:19:34.323
  • instantly and yet theirdeliverance is not better than
  • 00:19:34.356 --> 00:19:39.895
  • those who are on a processbecause we are all seeking the
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  • redemptive power of Jesus.
  • 00:19:43.232 --> 00:19:44.833
  • And so for me, it absolutelywas a process.
  • 00:19:44.866 --> 00:19:47.502
  • I mean, going from, you know,being told that I was not
  • 00:19:47.536 --> 00:19:50.706
  • wanted, basically being shownthat I was not wanted, that
  • 00:19:50.739 --> 00:19:55.677
  • created a lot of insecuritiesin me that had to be
  • 00:19:55.711 --> 00:19:59.514
  • worked out over time.
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  • But I will tell you, one thingthat God revealed to me that
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  • really helps to begin setting mefree was the power
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  • of forgiveness.
  • 00:20:07.189 --> 00:20:08.924
  • Many of us, you know, we've beenhurt by other people and we're
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  • waiting on them to apologize.
  • 00:20:11.994 --> 00:20:14.429
  • Like, we're waiting on them tosay that they're sorry, and
  • 00:20:14.463 --> 00:20:17.132
  • because they either haven't saidit or maybe they said it and it
  • 00:20:17.165 --> 00:20:20.769
  • didn't feel sincere, we have yetto truly forgive them.
  • 00:20:20.802 --> 00:20:24.606
  • But forgiveness is notnecessarily for our offender,
  • 00:20:24.640 --> 00:20:28.243
  • forgiveness is for us because itreleases us from the power of
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  • the hurt from what they did.
  • 00:20:32.648 --> 00:20:34.816
  • So God showed me that, and as Ibegan to forgive my mother and
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  • forgive her boyfriend, I beganto experience so much peace and
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  • joy to where now, you know, Ido, I pray for them daily.
  • 00:20:43.025 --> 00:20:46.995
  • I pray for them to come intofaith because I want God's
  • 00:20:47.029 --> 00:20:50.766
  • goodness for them just as muchas I do for myself.
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  • Bobby Schuller: Nona,thank you so much.
  • 00:20:53.201 --> 00:20:54.503
  • What an effective message to somany people who have gone
  • 00:20:54.536 --> 00:20:57.172
  • through this, and it's literallymillions of people.
  • 00:20:57.205 --> 00:20:59.241
  • And so many people don't talkabout it or don't share
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  • their story, but I'mso grateful you are.
  • 00:21:01.910 --> 00:21:04.046
  • So grateful that you're ata place like Facebook.
  • 00:21:04.079 --> 00:21:07.382
  • You know, there's so muchnegativity in social media.
  • 00:21:07.416 --> 00:21:09.484
  • I think when social mediacompanies have people like you
  • 00:21:09.518 --> 00:21:12.154
  • on their team, you do such agreat job of bringing
  • 00:21:12.187 --> 00:21:14.723
  • encouragement, and positivity,and helping people lead.
  • 00:21:14.756 --> 00:21:18.860
  • And if you wanna know more aboutNona Jones and about the faith
  • 00:21:18.894 --> 00:21:22.364
  • and prejudice initiative,check out nonajones.com.
  • 00:21:22.397 --> 00:21:25.834
  • We really wannaencourage you to go there.
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  • Nona, thank you so much for yourencouragement to us.
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  • It means the world.
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  • Nona Jones: Thank youfor having me.
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  • God bless you all.
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  • Bobby Schuller: Thank you.
  • 00:21:33.742 --> 00:21:35.077
  • Robert Schuller: And he's herewith one of his special, special
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  • friends, a live, full-grown,bald eagle, and Scott
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  • the trainer.
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  • And we welcome you, Buddy.
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  • Come in!
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  • Dick Griffin, you are thedirector of a wonderful
  • 00:22:00.802 --> 00:22:04.406
  • institution in Sitka, tell us.
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  • Dick Griffin: Well, I'm thedirector of an organization
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  • called the Alaska RaptorRehabilitation Center, and it's
  • 00:22:08.577 --> 00:22:10.979
  • a bird hospital where we takecare of birds that have been
  • 00:22:11.012 --> 00:22:13.749
  • injured, wild birds in Alaskathat have been injured.
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  • And Buddy here is one of ourpatients who's in fact our
  • 00:22:16.718 --> 00:22:19.554
  • oldest patient, not in years,but in--as patient years.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪ He's coming on the clouds ♪
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  • ♪ Kings and kingdomswill bow down ♪
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  • ♪ And every chainwill break ♪
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  • ♪ as broken heartsdeclare his praise ♪
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  • ♪ For who can stopthe Lord Almighty? ♪
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  • ♪ Our God is the Lion,the Lion of Judah ♪
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  • ♪ He's roaring with powerand fighting our battles ♪
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  • ♪ And every kneewill bow before him ♪
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  • ♪ Our God is the Lamb ♪
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  • ♪ the Lamb that was slainfor the sin of the world ♪
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  • ♪ His blood breaksthe chains ♪
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  • ♪ And every knee will bow ♪
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  • ♪ before the Lionand the Lamb ♪
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  • ♪ Oh, every knee will bowbefore him ♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪ Open up the gates ♪
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  • ♪ Make way beforethe King of kings ♪
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  • ♪ Our God who comes to save ♪
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  • ♪ is here to setthe captives free ♪
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  • ♪ For who can stopthe Lord Almighty? ♪
  • 00:26:09.250 --> 00:26:14.022
  • ♪ Our God is the Lion,the Lion of Judah ♪
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  • ♪ He's roaring with powerand fighting our battles ♪
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  • ♪ And every knee will bowbefore him ♪
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  • ♪ Our God is the Lamb ♪
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  • ♪ the Lamb that was slainfor the sin of the world ♪
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  • ♪ His blood breaksthe chains ♪
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  • ♪ And every knee will bow ♪
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  • ♪ before the Lionand the Lamb ♪
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  • ♪ Oh, every knee will bowbefore him ♪
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  • ♪ Who can stopthe Lord Almighty? ♪
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  • ♪ Who can stopthe Lord Almighty? ♪
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  • ♪ Who can stopthe Lord Almighty? ♪
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  • ♪ No one ♪
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  • ♪ Who can stop the Lord? ♪
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  • ♪ Sing it over the battle ♪
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  • ♪ Who can stopthe Lord Almighty? ♪
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  • ♪ Who can stopthe Lord Almighty? ♪
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  • ♪ Who can stopthe Lord Almighty? ♪
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  • ♪ Who can stop the Lord? ♪
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  • ♪ Our God is the Lion,the Lion of Judah ♪
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  • ♪ He's roaring with powerand fighting our battles ♪
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  • ♪ And every kneewill bow before him ♪
  • 00:27:44.713 --> 00:27:50.051
  • ♪ Our God is the Lamb ♪
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  • ♪ the Lamb that was slainfor the sin of the world ♪
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  • ♪ His blood breaksthe chains ♪
  • 00:27:57.992 --> 00:28:01.062
  • ♪ Every knee will bow ♪
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  • ♪ before the Lionand the Lamb ♪
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  • ♪ Oh, every knee will bowbefore him ♪
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  • ♪ Whoa! ♪
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  • ♪ Oh yeah ♪
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  • ♪ Every knee will bow ♪
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  • ♪ before the Lionand the Lamb ♪♪
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  • Bobby Schuller: For those of youwho are here, or wherever you
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  • are, I wanna invite you to standup with us, hold your hands out
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  • like this as a way of receivingfrom the Lord, and we're gonna
  • 00:28:50.512 --> 00:28:53.181
  • say this together.
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  • Would you say this with me?
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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.
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  • It's who I am.
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  • No one can take it from me.
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  • I don't have to worry.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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  • Thanks, you can be seated.
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  • Well, today we are finishing aseries called "Remember the
  • 00:29:21.242 --> 00:29:23.711
  • Quarry," and this is a sightingof a Scripture in Isaiah that
  • 00:29:23.745 --> 00:29:29.651
  • tells us to remember the quarryfrom which we were taken, that
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  • there is this image that we werepulled from quarry as rough
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  • stones and that over time theLord will craft us and shape us
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  • into the masterpieces we're tobecome, but that that crafting
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  • and that chiseling can sometimesbe very difficult.
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  • We remember the quarry thoughbecause we remember the stories,
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  • the stories of Abraham, andSarah, and Isaac, and Jacob, and
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  • Joshua, and the 12 tribes, andJoseph, and David, and Solomon,
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  • and the Lord, and Paul, andPeter, and all of these giants
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  • of the faith that camebefore us.
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  • We remember them, not becausethey broke records, not because
  • 00:30:11.326 --> 00:30:16.865
  • of the wealth that they had, notbecause they had trophies or
  • 00:30:16.898 --> 00:30:22.503
  • because they, you know, hadsomething built in their name.
  • 00:30:22.537 --> 00:30:26.774
  • We remember them because theyworked for the Lord, they worked
  • 00:30:26.808 --> 00:30:32.046
  • on his behalf, and they workedfor their neighbor.
  • 00:30:32.080 --> 00:30:35.750
  • We remember them imperfect,for sure.
  • 00:30:35.783 --> 00:30:39.220
  • I mean, you look at Moses,and David, and Abraham,
  • 00:30:39.254 --> 00:30:43.458
  • and these are people whoseriously had some flaws.
  • 00:30:43.491 --> 00:30:46.961
  • We don't remember them becausethey're perfect.
  • 00:30:46.995 --> 00:30:49.764
  • We remember them because even intheir imperfections, they made
  • 00:30:49.797 --> 00:30:53.935
  • it a point to continue to livetheir life for the Lord and live
  • 00:30:53.968 --> 00:30:58.773
  • their life for their neighbor.
  • 00:30:58.806 --> 00:31:00.742
  • And we can look to them andremember that that is the best
  • 00:31:00.775 --> 00:31:04.279
  • life we can live.
  • 00:31:04.312 --> 00:31:06.981
  • Today, I wanna finish talkingabout this idea of a standing
  • 00:31:07.015 --> 00:31:11.286
  • stone, that all of us arebuilding memorials.
  • 00:31:11.319 --> 00:31:15.623
  • We're doing our best to buildthings and to do things in
  • 00:31:15.657 --> 00:31:19.093
  • our life.
  • 00:31:19.127 --> 00:31:20.428
  • No matter how young we are orhow old we are, many of us have
  • 00:31:20.461 --> 00:31:23.398
  • this unconscious need to beremembered.
  • 00:31:23.431 --> 00:31:26.901
  • And the need to be remembered isa symbol of my life mattered.
  • 00:31:26.935 --> 00:31:31.773
  • My life made a difference.
  • 00:31:31.806 --> 00:31:33.841
  • My life had an impact.
  • 00:31:33.875 --> 00:31:35.977
  • And the world will tell you onelife that makes an impact and
  • 00:31:36.010 --> 00:31:40.248
  • the Scriptures will tell you adifferent life that makes
  • 00:31:40.281 --> 00:31:42.750
  • an impact.
  • 00:31:42.784 --> 00:31:44.118
  • That's the life I want to tellyou about today.
  • 00:31:44.152 --> 00:31:46.321
  • I believe you already know it.
  • 00:31:46.354 --> 00:31:47.956
  • I believe many of you arealready living it.
  • 00:31:47.989 --> 00:31:50.091
  • But I want to encourage you tocontinue to live the life that
  • 00:31:50.124 --> 00:31:52.994
  • Scripture teaches us, amemorable, meaningful life,
  • 00:31:53.027 --> 00:31:56.864
  • a life that's lived with allyour heart, and all your soul,
  • 00:31:56.898 --> 00:32:00.168
  • and all your might for the Lord,and a life that's lived
  • 00:32:00.201 --> 00:32:02.637
  • to love yourneighbor as yourself.
  • 00:32:02.670 --> 00:32:05.073
  • This is what the Scripturecalls us to do.
  • 00:32:05.106 --> 00:32:07.575
  • This is a happy life,one that's worth living.
  • 00:32:07.608 --> 00:32:12.046
  • It's interesting because inIsrael, if you were to go on a
  • 00:32:12.080 --> 00:32:14.415
  • tour, there was, in the '90s,the discovery of a space called
  • 00:32:14.449 --> 00:32:19.988
  • Tel Gezer.
  • 00:32:20.021 --> 00:32:21.322
  • Now, if you go to Israel or anyplace in the ancient world, it's
  • 00:32:21.356 --> 00:32:24.125
  • very interesting when you goto deserts and plains.
  • 00:32:24.158 --> 00:32:26.928
  • You'll have a flat plain, youknow, grassland or a flat
  • 00:32:26.961 --> 00:32:29.630
  • desert, just sand everywhere,and then out of nowhere a
  • 00:32:29.664 --> 00:32:32.433
  • seemingly you'll have a 50, 60,70-foot hill that looks like a
  • 00:32:32.467 --> 00:32:37.505
  • zit on the face of the land.
  • 00:32:37.538 --> 00:32:39.307
  • I mean, it just doesn'tmake sense.
  • 00:32:39.340 --> 00:32:40.975
  • Why is this thing sticking out?
  • 00:32:41.009 --> 00:32:43.845
  • And those hills are called tels.
  • 00:32:43.878 --> 00:32:46.047
  • What typically happened was someancient civilization built a
  • 00:32:46.080 --> 00:32:49.384
  • little small town and then somebig guy came and destroyed it,
  • 00:32:49.417 --> 00:32:52.954
  • and they built a new town andthen they got destroyed, and a
  • 00:32:52.987 --> 00:32:55.056
  • new town and they destroyed,and a new town.
  • 00:32:55.089 --> 00:32:56.858
  • And so what you see, it's like aturkey sandwich of civilization.
  • 00:32:56.891 --> 00:33:00.428
  • You have sometimes 60 or 70layers of different peoples and
  • 00:33:00.461 --> 00:33:05.299
  • civilizations that destroyed oneon top of another to the point
  • 00:33:05.333 --> 00:33:09.003
  • that it made a hill, which makesthe place more desirable because
  • 00:33:09.037 --> 00:33:14.509
  • from a military standpoint ifyou've got a flat plain
  • 00:33:14.542 --> 00:33:17.245
  • and a big hill in the middleof nowhere, that's, you know,
  • 00:33:17.278 --> 00:33:19.914
  • a pretty cool thing.
  • 00:33:19.947 --> 00:33:21.582
  • And so one of these tels thatthey were excavating in Israel,
  • 00:33:21.616 --> 00:33:25.486
  • they found a bunch of thesestanding stones.
  • 00:33:25.520 --> 00:33:27.889
  • Bring that picture up one moretime for me.
  • 00:33:27.922 --> 00:33:29.891
  • These are--these standingstone, some of them--the ones
  • 00:33:29.924 --> 00:33:32.894
  • in this picture are not quitethis big, but these are
  • 00:33:32.927 --> 00:33:34.695
  • sometimes 20 or 30 feet high.
  • 00:33:34.729 --> 00:33:39.133
  • These particular stonesare 5.000 years old,
  • 00:33:39.167 --> 00:33:41.569
  • from the Early Bronze era.
  • 00:33:41.602 --> 00:33:43.905
  • And what happened was when agreat feat was accomplished in
  • 00:33:43.938 --> 00:33:47.942
  • the ancient world, they wouldbring in these stones and then
  • 00:33:47.975 --> 00:33:51.345
  • stand them up so that whenpeople came they would say,
  • 00:33:51.379 --> 00:33:54.282
  • "What happened here?"
  • 00:33:54.315 --> 00:33:56.050
  • And then people could say,"Oh, this is when our village
  • 00:33:56.084 --> 00:33:58.553
  • defeated our neighbors."
  • 00:33:58.586 --> 00:34:00.254
  • Or sometime it was really evilstuff, "This is when we killed,
  • 00:34:00.288 --> 00:34:03.758
  • you know, a thousand children toBaal," or something like that.
  • 00:34:03.791 --> 00:34:08.563
  • And when the Jews came in, theydestroyed most of these pagan
  • 00:34:08.596 --> 00:34:11.766
  • stones, but continued thepractice of putting up
  • 00:34:11.799 --> 00:34:16.037
  • standing stone.
  • 00:34:16.070 --> 00:34:17.405
  • So in Tel Gezer, they found astanding stone commemorating
  • 00:34:17.438 --> 00:34:20.775
  • something David had done, whichwas interesting because there's
  • 00:34:20.808 --> 00:34:23.411
  • no reference of David in TelGezer in the Bible.
  • 00:34:23.444 --> 00:34:26.347
  • So there's all sorts ofinteresting things like that.
  • 00:34:26.380 --> 00:34:28.516
  • And the reason I begin there iswe're gonna talk more in the
  • 00:34:28.549 --> 00:34:31.185
  • Scriptures about standingstones, but in general you see
  • 00:34:31.219 --> 00:34:35.089
  • throughout history people tryingto put up things to kind of
  • 00:34:35.123 --> 00:34:40.795
  • reinforce this idea, "See, mylife mattered.
  • 00:34:40.828 --> 00:34:44.899
  • See, I did something important."
  • 00:34:44.932 --> 00:34:47.835
  • The ancient world is full ofstatues of famous people.
  • 00:34:47.869 --> 00:34:52.573
  • The Roman Empire famously put upthe Arc de Triomphe, and even
  • 00:34:52.607 --> 00:34:56.944
  • today we have all sorts oftrophies, and awards,
  • 00:34:56.978 --> 00:34:59.780
  • and plaques.
  • 00:34:59.814 --> 00:35:01.149
  • And please hear me, there'snothing wrong with that.
  • 00:35:01.182 --> 00:35:03.151
  • All I'm pointing to is an innerdesire that we all have to show
  • 00:35:03.184 --> 00:35:07.722
  • that the effort or theaccomplishment that we had is
  • 00:35:07.755 --> 00:35:11.225
  • worth remembering.
  • 00:35:11.259 --> 00:35:12.627
  • And I want to tell you that manyof the things that the modern
  • 00:35:12.660 --> 00:35:17.698
  • world will tell you is worthliving for, is worth attaining,
  • 00:35:17.732 --> 00:35:22.170
  • it's not worth it.
  • 00:35:22.203 --> 00:35:23.538
  • In fact, some of itis worthless.
  • 00:35:23.571 --> 00:35:26.007
  • Some of it is even garbage.
  • 00:35:26.040 --> 00:35:28.276
  • But to live your life completelyfor the Lord, to live your life
  • 00:35:28.309 --> 00:35:32.113
  • for your family, for your kids,or your spouse, your marriage,
  • 00:35:32.146 --> 00:35:35.283
  • to live your life for yourhurting neighbors, to even live
  • 00:35:35.316 --> 00:35:38.653
  • your life to encourage yourenemies to turn to what is good,
  • 00:35:38.686 --> 00:35:42.223
  • man, that is a lifeworth living.
  • 00:35:42.256 --> 00:35:44.559
  • That is worth getting upin the morning for.
  • 00:35:44.592 --> 00:35:47.228
  • When you live your life forothers and for the Lord, people
  • 00:35:47.261 --> 00:35:50.565
  • will tell your story for you.
  • 00:35:50.598 --> 00:35:52.366
  • You won't haveto put up a stone.
  • 00:35:52.400 --> 00:35:54.168
  • You won't haveto put up a statue.
  • 00:35:54.202 --> 00:35:56.070
  • They'll remember whatyou did, and it will matter.
  • 00:35:56.103 --> 00:35:58.306
  • And maybe some of you here aresaying, "It's too late for me.
  • 00:35:58.339 --> 00:36:01.309
  • You know, I've done too manyrotten things, or I'm too old,
  • 00:36:01.342 --> 00:36:04.378
  • or I'm too this or that."
  • 00:36:04.412 --> 00:36:05.713
  • It's never too late.
  • 00:36:05.746 --> 00:36:07.081
  • If you're alive,God has a reason
  • 00:36:07.114 --> 00:36:09.584
  • and a purpose ahead of you.
  • 00:36:09.617 --> 00:36:11.986
  • My hope today is thatwe can begin every day--
  • 00:36:12.019 --> 00:36:13.888
  • it's like hygiene.
  • 00:36:13.921 --> 00:36:16.490
  • It's like brushing our teeth,and every day we must
  • 00:36:16.524 --> 00:36:19.227
  • recalibrate and remember thatall these things that the world
  • 00:36:19.260 --> 00:36:22.730
  • says are important, many of themjust don't matter.
  • 00:36:22.763 --> 00:36:25.499
  • But the things that Scripturepoints to are important, those
  • 00:36:25.533 --> 00:36:28.302
  • are the things.
  • 00:36:28.336 --> 00:36:29.637
  • When we get to the end of ourlife, these are gonna be the
  • 00:36:29.670 --> 00:36:31.505
  • things that really matter, andit's never too late for you.
  • 00:36:31.539 --> 00:36:33.908
  • And I wanna encourage you,choose today to chase after the
  • 00:36:33.941 --> 00:36:36.844
  • Lord and choose today to chaseafter the people that really
  • 00:36:36.877 --> 00:36:40.381
  • matter in your life.
  • 00:36:40.414 --> 00:36:41.716
  • I know you already are doing it,some of you.
  • 00:36:41.749 --> 00:36:43.818
  • I wanna encourage youto keep doing that.
  • 00:36:43.851 --> 00:36:45.753
  • So our world, you know, theyhave all these accolades and
  • 00:36:45.786 --> 00:36:47.989
  • awards, and all of them are fun.
  • 00:36:48.022 --> 00:36:50.591
  • I mean, I love sports.
  • 00:36:50.625 --> 00:36:51.926
  • You know, it's super enjoyable.
  • 00:36:51.959 --> 00:36:53.261
  • And I love looking at thosethings, but the great artists of
  • 00:36:53.294 --> 00:36:57.431
  • the world and the great athletesof the world, the great business
  • 00:36:57.465 --> 00:37:01.435
  • titans of the world, andachievers, and writers, how many
  • 00:37:01.469 --> 00:37:05.673
  • of them at the loftiest point oftheir career, when they have all
  • 00:37:05.706 --> 00:37:11.012
  • the money in the world, and allthe glory, and have achieved
  • 00:37:11.045 --> 00:37:14.482
  • everything, how many of themmust we hear say,
  • 00:37:14.515 --> 00:37:17.685
  • "It's worthless.
  • 00:37:17.718 --> 00:37:19.053
  • I got all this stuff and itdidn't matter, and now I don't
  • 00:37:19.086 --> 00:37:21.856
  • know what to do with my life"?
  • 00:37:21.889 --> 00:37:23.491
  • How many times do we have tohear that story until we believe
  • 00:37:23.524 --> 00:37:27.228
  • them, until we learn from theirmistakes, until we learn that
  • 00:37:27.261 --> 00:37:30.631
  • although those things are funand they're interesting, and
  • 00:37:30.665 --> 00:37:33.234
  • it's okay to pursue thosethings, that there's something
  • 00:37:33.267 --> 00:37:36.170
  • better that all of uscan attain?
  • 00:37:36.203 --> 00:37:38.939
  • And we don't need to be wealthyand famous; that there is this
  • 00:37:38.973 --> 00:37:41.976
  • thing that Christ offers us,that the Lord offers us when we
  • 00:37:42.009 --> 00:37:44.979
  • follow him; that we can live alife worth living by living for
  • 00:37:45.012 --> 00:37:49.717
  • one person, not a million.
  • 00:37:49.750 --> 00:37:53.254
  • When we live for the one or twopeople, or sometimes ten people
  • 00:37:53.287 --> 00:37:58.125
  • that God's called us to, we'redoing what is good and right and
  • 00:37:58.159 --> 00:38:01.929
  • something that will beremembered.
  • 00:38:01.962 --> 00:38:04.098
  • It'll be remembered here, buteven more importantly, it'll
  • 00:38:04.131 --> 00:38:06.901
  • remember--be remembered inheaven, and God won't forget it,
  • 00:38:06.934 --> 00:38:10.671
  • and he won't forget you.
  • 00:38:10.705 --> 00:38:13.274
  • So all these accolades we have,I remember when I was a kid, you
  • 00:38:13.307 --> 00:38:17.878
  • know, in, you know, elementaryschool, junior high, I had a
  • 00:38:17.912 --> 00:38:21.282
  • Nintendo Entertainment System,the original gangster 8 bits.
  • 00:38:21.315 --> 00:38:24.919
  • It was very solid.
  • 00:38:24.952 --> 00:38:26.354
  • One of my favorite games wasMike Tyson's Punch-Out!!
  • 00:38:26.387 --> 00:38:30.091
  • And this was a boxing game,and you start out as this--
  • 00:38:30.124 --> 00:38:33.561
  • I think you're supposedto be Rocky Balboa.
  • 00:38:33.594 --> 00:38:35.096
  • You're like this tiny guy with,like--and he has to kinda go up
  • 00:38:35.129 --> 00:38:39.567
  • the chain of boxing and you haveto beat, you know, all these
  • 00:38:39.600 --> 00:38:42.269
  • different guys like Glass JawJoe and different people.
  • 00:38:42.303 --> 00:38:45.005
  • And then when you finally get tothe last guy, it's this giant,
  • 00:38:45.039 --> 00:38:48.309
  • hulking Mike Tyson.
  • 00:38:48.342 --> 00:38:51.379
  • Then you have tobeat Mike Tyson.
  • 00:38:51.412 --> 00:38:53.013
  • And to be honest with you, I'mashamed to say that in my entire
  • 00:38:53.047 --> 00:38:56.317
  • life I was never able tobeat Mike Tyson
  • 00:38:56.350 --> 00:38:59.787
  • on Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!
  • 00:38:59.820 --> 00:39:01.655
  • Maybe one of these daysI'll get an old Nintendo,
  • 00:39:01.689 --> 00:39:03.090
  • and I'll figure it out.
  • 00:39:03.124 --> 00:39:05.159
  • But as silly as this sounds,when you're a kid these things
  • 00:39:05.192 --> 00:39:08.429
  • get emblazoned on your mind.
  • 00:39:08.462 --> 00:39:09.797
  • And because of that, I startedwatching boxing with my Uncle
  • 00:39:09.830 --> 00:39:13.434
  • Jeff who was a huge boxing fan.
  • 00:39:13.467 --> 00:39:15.302
  • Whenever there was a big match,he would always get the
  • 00:39:15.336 --> 00:39:17.571
  • Pay-Per-View thing and invitethe family over and we would
  • 00:39:17.605 --> 00:39:19.907
  • watch all these matches.
  • 00:39:19.940 --> 00:39:21.442
  • And I remember multiple timesseeing Mike Tyson fight and just
  • 00:39:21.475 --> 00:39:24.478
  • thinking, "Whoa."
  • 00:39:24.512 --> 00:39:25.846
  • I remember one time, I think itwas 37 seconds after the event
  • 00:39:25.880 --> 00:39:29.283
  • began, the event was over.
  • 00:39:29.316 --> 00:39:31.719
  • And I thought, "Wow, that was alot of money for just a little
  • 00:39:31.752 --> 00:39:34.121
  • bit of entertainment.
  • 00:39:34.155 --> 00:39:35.456
  • At least the barbecue's good."
  • 00:39:35.489 --> 00:39:37.258
  • Mike Tyson is considered one ofthe greatest boxers of all time,
  • 00:39:37.291 --> 00:39:39.727
  • second probably to onlyMuhammad Ali.
  • 00:39:39.760 --> 00:39:42.163
  • I don't know a ton about boxing,but I know he was the youngest
  • 00:39:42.196 --> 00:39:46.233
  • boxer ever to attaina heavyweight title.
  • 00:39:46.267 --> 00:39:49.303
  • He won his first 19 fightsand 12 of them were
  • 00:39:49.336 --> 00:39:52.606
  • absolute knockouts.
  • 00:39:52.640 --> 00:39:54.475
  • He's the first guy to get a WBA,WBC, and IBF title at the
  • 00:39:54.508 --> 00:39:59.246
  • same time.
  • 00:39:59.280 --> 00:40:01.115
  • And when he was winning, he wasthe Michael Jordan of boxing.
  • 00:40:01.148 --> 00:40:05.252
  • Just one of the greatestathletes anyone had ever seen.
  • 00:40:05.286 --> 00:40:09.190
  • And it was so funny becauseyears later, I was watching the
  • 00:40:09.223 --> 00:40:12.393
  • news and I forget--passing by,and I saw the story and I've
  • 00:40:12.426 --> 00:40:17.665
  • never forgotten it.
  • 00:40:17.698 --> 00:40:18.999
  • Watch this.
  • 00:40:19.033 --> 00:40:21.235
  • Bill Whitaker: Look atthis stuff.
  • 00:40:21.268 --> 00:40:22.603
  • This is history here,your history.
  • 00:40:22.636 --> 00:40:26.073
  • Mike Tyson: This is garbage.
  • 00:40:26.106 --> 00:40:27.441
  • I could say I bled for garbage.
  • 00:40:27.475 --> 00:40:30.044
  • Bill Whitaker: So this ismeaningless?
  • 00:40:30.077 --> 00:40:31.378
  • Mike Tyson: No,at one time it meant a lot.
  • 00:40:31.412 --> 00:40:32.746
  • When you're just a young kid,this is everything to you.
  • 00:40:32.780 --> 00:40:35.549
  • But then you realize yourpriorities change and you just
  • 00:40:35.583 --> 00:40:38.586
  • want your children to be happyand do nice things, and that
  • 00:40:38.619 --> 00:40:40.654
  • makes you happy.
  • 00:40:40.688 --> 00:40:42.022
  • This is nothing.
  • 00:40:42.056 --> 00:40:43.624
  • This is just nothing, man.
  • 00:40:43.657 --> 00:40:46.927
  • Bobby Schuller:Isn't that powerful?
  • 00:40:46.961 --> 00:40:48.529
  • "I bled for garbage."
  • 00:40:48.562 --> 00:40:50.931
  • And he flips the title beltwith contempt.
  • 00:40:50.965 --> 00:40:53.067
  • "I bled for garbage."
  • 00:40:53.100 --> 00:40:55.169
  • And let's not try and pursuelives like that.
  • 00:40:55.202 --> 00:40:57.938
  • I mean, boxing is great andsports are great.
  • 00:40:57.972 --> 00:41:00.274
  • I think sports are especiallyreally good for kids, and I
  • 00:41:00.307 --> 00:41:02.843
  • think winning, and learning towin, and playing a team, all of
  • 00:41:02.877 --> 00:41:05.913
  • that is commendable, and useful,and helpful.
  • 00:41:05.946 --> 00:41:08.482
  • But at the end of the day, andmaybe this is an American thing
  • 00:41:08.516 --> 00:41:10.718
  • too, we're just so obsessed withwinning at things sometimes that
  • 00:41:10.751 --> 00:41:14.588
  • don't matter and we lose thethings that really matter.
  • 00:41:14.622 --> 00:41:18.359
  • I wanna invite Pastor RussJacobson to come up.
  • 00:41:18.392 --> 00:41:20.861
  • I've told Russ's story beforeabout, a year ago, but I'd like
  • 00:41:20.895 --> 00:41:23.998
  • for him to just sharethe story real quick.
  • 00:41:24.031 --> 00:41:26.100
  • And I remember meeting Russ atour church, and as I got to know
  • 00:41:26.133 --> 00:41:29.136
  • Russ better, I found out, man,Russ is this, you know, pretty
  • 00:41:29.169 --> 00:41:33.374
  • successful, you know, running anaccounting firm and has some
  • 00:41:33.407 --> 00:41:37.912
  • pretty impressive clients, andyet I noticed that as busy and
  • 00:41:37.945 --> 00:41:41.582
  • successful as he was, like, healways put the church first and
  • 00:41:41.615 --> 00:41:45.052
  • he always put especiallyhis family first.
  • 00:41:45.085 --> 00:41:47.488
  • And if you know a family guy, Iguarantee the best he's gonna
  • 00:41:47.521 --> 00:41:51.425
  • get his equal to Russ.
  • 00:41:51.458 --> 00:41:53.627
  • I mean, Russ is like--has threekids and he and his amazing
  • 00:41:53.661 --> 00:41:56.096
  • wife, Deanna, do such a greatjob with their family.
  • 00:41:56.130 --> 00:41:59.500
  • They're always going on trips.
  • 00:41:59.533 --> 00:42:00.834
  • They're always doing thingstogether as a family.
  • 00:42:00.868 --> 00:42:03.237
  • They love the Lord as a family.
  • 00:42:03.270 --> 00:42:05.139
  • And I just enjoy Russ so much.
  • 00:42:05.172 --> 00:42:07.841
  • And I remember him telling thestory as to how he came to a
  • 00:42:07.875 --> 00:42:11.445
  • place when these priorities sortof got straight.
  • 00:42:11.478 --> 00:42:13.581
  • And Russ, I just would love foryou to share that story.
  • 00:42:13.614 --> 00:42:15.950
  • Russ Jacobson: Yeah, well, thankyou for that introduction.
  • 00:42:15.983 --> 00:42:18.552
  • I was the chaplain at a seniorliving facility, a very nice
  • 00:42:18.586 --> 00:42:23.123
  • senior living facility, and theybasically had three
  • 00:42:23.157 --> 00:42:27.528
  • phases there.
  • 00:42:27.561 --> 00:42:28.896
  • One was their independentliving, and the second was sort
  • 00:42:28.929 --> 00:42:31.465
  • of an apartment which wassupervised, and then they had
  • 00:42:31.498 --> 00:42:34.335
  • the skilled, you know,care facility.
  • 00:42:34.368 --> 00:42:37.738
  • And so I remember just beingthere and meeting some people
  • 00:42:37.771 --> 00:42:40.975
  • there and just being amazed byhow their lives had shrunk
  • 00:42:41.008 --> 00:42:45.813
  • over time.
  • 00:42:45.846 --> 00:42:47.181
  • And when you just see how peoplehad these huge jobs, and these
  • 00:42:47.214 --> 00:42:51.018
  • huge houses, and these massiveresponsibilities, and these
  • 00:42:51.051 --> 00:42:54.622
  • important things that they hadaccomplished just like that, and
  • 00:42:54.655 --> 00:42:57.791
  • you'd get them at the end, andit really didn't mean anything
  • 00:42:57.825 --> 00:43:00.928
  • to them.
  • 00:43:00.961 --> 00:43:02.262
  • So I remember one person inparticular had been the
  • 00:43:02.296 --> 00:43:04.131
  • chancellor of a university herein Southern California.
  • 00:43:04.164 --> 00:43:08.302
  • I remember wanting to ask him,you know, "What was that like to
  • 00:43:08.335 --> 00:43:10.804
  • run a university?"
  • 00:43:10.838 --> 00:43:12.172
  • It's like running a small city.
  • 00:43:12.206 --> 00:43:13.741
  • And you know, he just wasn'tinterested in chatting about it.
  • 00:43:13.774 --> 00:43:16.977
  • You know, it just didn't meananything to him at that point
  • 00:43:17.011 --> 00:43:20.381
  • and he just was alone.
  • 00:43:20.414 --> 00:43:22.316
  • And then on the other side, theflip side, there were people who
  • 00:43:22.349 --> 00:43:25.419
  • had been involved in churches,they were elders, they went to
  • 00:43:25.452 --> 00:43:29.189
  • church, they read theirScripture, they had active
  • 00:43:29.223 --> 00:43:31.759
  • prayer lives, and those were thepeople who did very well there.
  • 00:43:31.792 --> 00:43:35.462
  • They had activities andrelationships, and they were
  • 00:43:35.496 --> 00:43:39.233
  • involved in things outsidethemselves, and those people
  • 00:43:39.266 --> 00:43:42.503
  • thrived there.
  • 00:43:42.536 --> 00:43:43.837
  • And so you talk about what thatlooks like, you know, friends,
  • 00:43:43.871 --> 00:43:46.740
  • no matter what you'veaccumulated, or accomplished, or
  • 00:43:46.774 --> 00:43:50.077
  • gathered in your life over time,whatever the accomplishments,
  • 00:43:50.110 --> 00:43:53.547
  • eventually you're gonna comedown to this one room that can't
  • 00:43:53.580 --> 00:43:57.017
  • hold a lot of stuff and it can'thold a lot of memories.
  • 00:43:57.051 --> 00:44:00.454
  • So I was basically faced withoption A or option B, kind of
  • 00:44:00.487 --> 00:44:03.791
  • like "A Christmas Carol," youknow, a glimpse of the future.
  • 00:44:03.824 --> 00:44:06.994
  • Which do you want?
  • 00:44:07.027 --> 00:44:08.762
  • And for me, it was I wanted toinvest in my family, I wanted to
  • 00:44:08.796 --> 00:44:12.466
  • invest in my children, I wantedto invest in those relationships
  • 00:44:12.499 --> 00:44:15.703
  • because when you come down toit, those are the things that
  • 00:44:15.736 --> 00:44:18.639
  • really matter.
  • 00:44:18.672 --> 00:44:19.973
  • Bobby Schuller: Russ,thank you so much.
  • 00:44:20.007 --> 00:44:21.341
  • Let's give him a hand.
  • 00:44:21.375 --> 00:44:22.676
  • We appreciate you, sir.
  • 00:44:22.710 --> 00:44:27.848
  • You know, and some of us don'thave kids or some of us aren't
  • 00:44:27.881 --> 00:44:30.751
  • married, and that's okay becauseat the end of the day, there are
  • 00:44:30.784 --> 00:44:33.754
  • still key relationships in ourlife where we can make a
  • 00:44:33.787 --> 00:44:36.724
  • big impact.
  • 00:44:36.757 --> 00:44:38.125
  • And a lot of times, we need toseek deeper into our
  • 00:44:38.158 --> 00:44:42.029
  • relationship with God and hewill reveal to us or even bring
  • 00:44:42.062 --> 00:44:45.799
  • to us some of those keyrelationships that make all
  • 00:44:45.833 --> 00:44:49.269
  • the difference.
  • 00:44:49.303 --> 00:44:50.637
  • At the end of the day, I justwant to--just gonna commit to
  • 00:44:50.671 --> 00:44:52.539
  • you that we wanna, as the sayinggoes, begin with the end in
  • 00:44:52.573 --> 00:44:56.343
  • mind; that today's a new day.
  • 00:44:56.376 --> 00:44:58.612
  • We can forget what was behind.
  • 00:44:58.645 --> 00:45:00.848
  • And maybe you've madea bunch of mistakes.
  • 00:45:00.881 --> 00:45:02.583
  • Maybe you've ruineda bunch of relationships.
  • 00:45:02.616 --> 00:45:04.618
  • It's never too late to turn yourheart to the Lord and to commit
  • 00:45:04.651 --> 00:45:08.489
  • with him with all your heart,with all your soul, and with all
  • 00:45:08.522 --> 00:45:12.159
  • your strength.
  • 00:45:12.192 --> 00:45:13.527
  • It's interesting how things likefunerals can help us recalibrate
  • 00:45:13.560 --> 00:45:17.998
  • and do some hygiene in terms ofour priorities.
  • 00:45:18.031 --> 00:45:22.202
  • Recently, we had a very goodfriend of our family, great
  • 00:45:22.236 --> 00:45:25.372
  • friend of my dad's, who was only55 years old, very, very
  • 00:45:25.405 --> 00:45:30.377
  • successful man, very wealthyman, had been born in a wealthy
  • 00:45:30.410 --> 00:45:34.481
  • family, was wealthy his wholelife, and seemed healthy to me.
  • 00:45:34.515 --> 00:45:38.986
  • And at 55, in the middle of thenight, he like went downstairs
  • 00:45:39.019 --> 00:45:42.422
  • to get a glass of water and hehad a heart attack and he died.
  • 00:45:42.456 --> 00:45:45.726
  • And so we had this funeral andall these people came out, and
  • 00:45:45.759 --> 00:45:49.496
  • it was a very high classgathering, a mix of some
  • 00:45:49.530 --> 00:45:54.601
  • wealthy, elite people fromOrange County, a lot of that
  • 00:45:54.635 --> 00:45:57.538
  • type of person, some of themreally good people, and other
  • 00:45:57.571 --> 00:46:01.041
  • people, like, from church orfrom the school.
  • 00:46:01.074 --> 00:46:03.544
  • His son was my daughter's age.
  • 00:46:03.577 --> 00:46:05.879
  • They were classmates at school.
  • 00:46:05.913 --> 00:46:08.048
  • And it was interesting to hearpeople from different parts of
  • 00:46:08.081 --> 00:46:11.852
  • this man's life.
  • 00:46:11.885 --> 00:46:13.854
  • Some--and it was--this is whatwas weird is when I listened to
  • 00:46:13.887 --> 00:46:16.990
  • these different speeches, italmost sounded like each one was
  • 00:46:17.024 --> 00:46:22.296
  • painting a different picture ofthe same person.
  • 00:46:22.329 --> 00:46:25.499
  • None of them contradicted eachother, they just seemed to
  • 00:46:25.532 --> 00:46:28.368
  • highlight the things almostthat, like, mattered to them.
  • 00:46:28.402 --> 00:46:31.872
  • So like one of the early guys,I'm sure he's a great person, a
  • 00:46:31.905 --> 00:46:34.675
  • nice person, but it wasinteresting because everything
  • 00:46:34.708 --> 00:46:37.477
  • he talked about with his friendwho had passed away was all the
  • 00:46:37.511 --> 00:46:40.981
  • fun stuff he did, you know?
  • 00:46:41.014 --> 00:46:43.083
  • Boats and this type of thing.
  • 00:46:43.116 --> 00:46:45.552
  • And when I heard it, it soundedsort of sad to me in a way.
  • 00:46:45.586 --> 00:46:50.090
  • Do you know what I mean by that?
  • 00:46:50.123 --> 00:46:52.893
  • And I didn't feel sad for myfriend who died, I felt sad for
  • 00:46:52.926 --> 00:46:55.429
  • the guy who was saying it.
  • 00:46:55.462 --> 00:46:57.865
  • It's almost like he didn't knowthat the other stuff that this
  • 00:46:57.898 --> 00:47:01.168
  • guy had done was more important.
  • 00:47:01.201 --> 00:47:05.038
  • My dad was invited to speak, andthe widow was invited to speak,
  • 00:47:05.072 --> 00:47:08.075
  • another pastor was invited tospeak, and what they said was
  • 00:47:08.108 --> 00:47:10.611
  • what mattered.
  • 00:47:10.644 --> 00:47:11.979
  • He's a great father, that hegave generously to organizations
  • 00:47:12.012 --> 00:47:15.282
  • that needed him.
  • 00:47:15.315 --> 00:47:17.317
  • What I remember about this guyis he just loved kids.
  • 00:47:17.351 --> 00:47:19.653
  • I remember he'd have this golfcart and he'd drive around the
  • 00:47:19.686 --> 00:47:21.989
  • neighborhood on Halloweenand would have like ten kids
  • 00:47:22.022 --> 00:47:24.057
  • hanging off, which I lovestuff like that.
  • 00:47:24.091 --> 00:47:26.159
  • They're all having fun andthey're eating candy,
  • 00:47:26.193 --> 00:47:27.861
  • and he's like, "Yeah!"
  • 00:47:27.895 --> 00:47:29.463
  • You know, and that's the stuff Ithink that anyone can be and
  • 00:47:29.496 --> 00:47:33.800
  • anyone can do, and that is thestuff that matters.
  • 00:47:33.834 --> 00:47:38.038
  • And I just still remember toothat my dad and the pastor, they
  • 00:47:38.071 --> 00:47:40.941
  • both talked about his faith andhis commitment to his family,
  • 00:47:40.974 --> 00:47:43.677
  • and they especiallygave an invitation
  • 00:47:43.710 --> 00:47:45.846
  • for people to receive the Lord.
  • 00:47:45.879 --> 00:47:47.614
  • And I thought that wassuch a good thing to do,
  • 00:47:47.648 --> 00:47:49.516
  • such a good thing to do.
  • 00:47:49.549 --> 00:47:51.318
  • All of this to say that yourlife is standing stone.
  • 00:47:51.351 --> 00:47:57.157
  • It's a standing stone; that yourlife is either going to point to
  • 00:47:57.190 --> 00:48:02.663
  • the achievements that the worldthinks is important, your
  • 00:48:02.696 --> 00:48:05.799
  • wealth, and success, and titles,and those things are important,
  • 00:48:05.832 --> 00:48:10.637
  • or it's gonna point to thethings that are more important
  • 00:48:10.671 --> 00:48:13.006
  • than that, that you invested inpeople, that you sought after
  • 00:48:13.040 --> 00:48:17.911
  • God with all your heart, thatyou made a decision to turn your
  • 00:48:17.945 --> 00:48:21.648
  • back on the gods of this worldand turn your heart completely
  • 00:48:21.682 --> 00:48:25.519
  • to him and to live for him withall your heart and with all
  • 00:48:25.552 --> 00:48:29.556
  • your soul.
  • 00:48:29.589 --> 00:48:30.924
  • And I promise you, friend, ifyou only have a day left to live
  • 00:48:30.958 --> 00:48:33.360
  • and you make that decisiontoday, you'll be glad that you
  • 00:48:33.393 --> 00:48:36.797
  • lived at least one day well.
  • 00:48:36.830 --> 00:48:41.802
  • These are the days that matter,the days we live for the Lord
  • 00:48:41.835 --> 00:48:47.107
  • and the days we live for others.
  • 00:48:47.140 --> 00:48:49.876
  • I believe you're living yourlife well for others.
  • 00:48:49.910 --> 00:48:52.312
  • Keep doing it.
  • 00:48:52.346 --> 00:48:53.680
  • Keep pressing in towards him andpressing in for your family.
  • 00:48:53.714 --> 00:48:57.551
  • So I'll just end with this.
  • 00:48:57.584 --> 00:48:59.453
  • The Bible is full of thesestanding stones.
  • 00:48:59.486 --> 00:49:02.589
  • When Jacob saw the Lordascending and descending, and
  • 00:49:02.622 --> 00:49:05.792
  • angels on hill that's calledBethel, he was so struck that he
  • 00:49:05.826 --> 00:49:11.832
  • put up one of these stones andsaid, "Lord, I'll never forget.
  • 00:49:11.932 --> 00:49:16.003
  • And when somebody comes by here,they'll call this place Bethel,
  • 00:49:16.036 --> 00:49:18.705
  • the House of God, because Godcame to this place."
  • 00:49:18.739 --> 00:49:22.776
  • When Moses was given the TenCommandments, he was so struck
  • 00:49:22.809 --> 00:49:27.247
  • by it that he put up 12 standingstones, one for each tribe of
  • 00:49:27.280 --> 00:49:32.152
  • Israel, and said that whenpeople come by here and they
  • 00:49:32.185 --> 00:49:35.789
  • ask, "What arethese stones about?"
  • 00:49:35.822 --> 00:49:37.791
  • he'll say, "The Lord was in thisplace and he gave us Ten
  • 00:49:37.824 --> 00:49:40.961
  • Commandments for how to beand how to live rightly."
  • 00:49:40.994 --> 00:49:45.966
  • When Joshua crossed the JordanRiver and he carried with him
  • 00:49:45.999 --> 00:49:51.038
  • the Ark, he put up this standingstones and they said, "We will
  • 00:49:51.071 --> 00:49:56.109
  • never forget that God carried usfrom a far away land into this
  • 00:49:56.143 --> 00:50:01.348
  • promised land and gave us thisplace."
  • 00:50:01.381 --> 00:50:04.851
  • And actually Joshua is a greatplace to finish.
  • 00:50:04.885 --> 00:50:07.054
  • You know, Joshua, when hearrives in the promised land, he
  • 00:50:07.087 --> 00:50:12.325
  • sort of enters in a younger manand he finishes a very old man,
  • 00:50:12.359 --> 00:50:15.829
  • and a lot happens between them:fighting, and difficulty, and
  • 00:50:15.862 --> 00:50:20.133
  • rebellion, and people wanting toturn their hearts to other gods.
  • 00:50:20.167 --> 00:50:23.904
  • And finally at the very end ofJoshua, he begins to divvy out
  • 00:50:23.937 --> 00:50:27.774
  • the land to these various tribesand set all the rules and
  • 00:50:27.808 --> 00:50:31.445
  • boundaries for where they'regoing to be and how they're
  • 00:50:31.478 --> 00:50:34.381
  • going to live.
  • 00:50:34.414 --> 00:50:35.749
  • And then finally Joshua givesthis speech.
  • 00:50:35.782 --> 00:50:39.553
  • He takes them up on a hill andhe reminds them that God brought
  • 00:50:39.586 --> 00:50:43.323
  • their father Abraham out of adistant land; that Abraham left
  • 00:50:43.356 --> 00:50:47.494
  • his--the gods of his fatherTerah and embraced the Lord
  • 00:50:47.527 --> 00:50:51.565
  • Almighty with all his heart; andthat God brought the people out
  • 00:50:51.598 --> 00:50:55.869
  • of Egypt, and that many turnedtheir hearts back to Egypt, but
  • 00:50:55.902 --> 00:50:58.772
  • some who were there left andturned their hearts against
  • 00:50:58.805 --> 00:51:02.008
  • those gods and came to thisplace, this promised land, this
  • 00:51:02.042 --> 00:51:04.945
  • gift where heaven would bereigned and hell would be
  • 00:51:04.978 --> 00:51:08.014
  • boxed out.
  • 00:51:08.048 --> 00:51:09.583
  • And he gives them this speech.
  • 00:51:09.616 --> 00:51:11.251
  • He says, "After all of that andall the vacillating that we the
  • 00:51:11.284 --> 00:51:14.321
  • people have done of looking toEgypt and looking here, looking
  • 00:51:14.354 --> 00:51:18.191
  • to the pagan gods of our fathersor looking to Yahweh,"
  • 00:51:18.225 --> 00:51:21.661
  • Joshua finally says, "Enough!
  • 00:51:21.695 --> 00:51:24.231
  • Enough!
  • 00:51:24.264 --> 00:51:25.932
  • Make a decision today.
  • 00:51:25.966 --> 00:51:30.003
  • Enough!"
  • 00:51:30.036 --> 00:51:32.339
  • He says, "Now fear the Lord andserve him with all faithfulness.
  • 00:51:32.372 --> 00:51:38.011
  • Throw away the gods yourancestor worshiped beyond the
  • 00:51:39.713 --> 00:51:43.183
  • Euphrates River and in Egypt,and serve the Lord.
  • 00:51:43.216 --> 00:51:48.188
  • But if serving the Lord seemsundesirable to you, then choose
  • 00:51:48.221 --> 00:51:53.260
  • for yourselves this day todaywhom you will serve, whether the
  • 00:51:53.293 --> 00:51:58.198
  • gods your ancestors servedbeyond the Euphrates or the gods
  • 00:51:58.231 --> 00:52:03.370
  • of the Amorites in whose landyou are now living.
  • 00:52:03.403 --> 00:52:07.674
  • But as for me and my household,we will serve the Lord."
  • 00:52:07.707 --> 00:52:13.713
  • And then the peoplecry out and they say,
  • 00:52:15.749 --> 00:52:18.685
  • "We will serve the Lord!"
  • 00:52:18.718 --> 00:52:21.488
  • And what's hilarious is Joshualooks back and he goes,
  • 00:52:21.521 --> 00:52:24.558
  • "No, you won't."
  • 00:52:24.591 --> 00:52:26.626
  • Imagine if I did that.
  • 00:52:26.660 --> 00:52:28.061
  • Imagine I gave an altar call andI said, "Who wants to come?"
  • 00:52:28.094 --> 00:52:30.897
  • And come before a bunch ofpeople came down and I was like,
  • 00:52:30.931 --> 00:52:32.799
  • "No, you're not gonna,I can tell.
  • 00:52:32.832 --> 00:52:35.435
  • Go back, go back to your seat.
  • 00:52:35.468 --> 00:52:37.204
  • I can just tell."
  • 00:52:37.237 --> 00:52:38.738
  • Joshua says, "No, you won't.
  • 00:52:38.772 --> 00:52:40.607
  • You won't serve the Lord.
  • 00:52:40.640 --> 00:52:41.942
  • You'll continue to goback and forth."
  • 00:52:41.975 --> 00:52:43.743
  • And they say,"Far be it from us.
  • 00:52:43.777 --> 00:52:45.779
  • We will.We will serve the Lord."
  • 00:52:45.812 --> 00:52:48.481
  • And he said, "Are you sure?"
  • 00:52:48.515 --> 00:52:49.816
  • "Yes, we will serve the Lord."
  • 00:52:49.849 --> 00:52:51.151
  • And then he says, "Fine, fine,we'll make a decision.
  • 00:52:51.184 --> 00:52:55.755
  • You'll serve the Lord."
  • 00:52:55.789 --> 00:52:57.123
  • And he says, "Yield your heartscompletely to the Lord."
  • 00:52:57.157 --> 00:53:03.163
  • And they say, "We will."
  • 00:53:03.496 --> 00:53:05.699
  • And then he says, "All right,I'll put up one more standing
  • 00:53:05.732 --> 00:53:08.768
  • stone," this gigantic stone.
  • 00:53:08.802 --> 00:53:11.471
  • And he says, "Let this be atestimony against us if we ever
  • 00:53:11.504 --> 00:53:16.142
  • turn our hearts to other godsand turn our hearts away from
  • 00:53:16.176 --> 00:53:19.846
  • the Lord."
  • 00:53:19.879 --> 00:53:21.214
  • And they say, "Amen."
  • 00:53:21.248 --> 00:53:23.049
  • Let it be so for us.
  • 00:53:23.083 --> 00:53:24.951
  • May we never turns our heartsfrom the Lord.
  • 00:53:24.985 --> 00:53:27.053
  • May we never turn our heart fromwhat matters.
  • 00:53:27.087 --> 00:53:29.456
  • May we love the Lord with allour heart, and all our soul, and
  • 00:53:29.489 --> 00:53:32.659
  • all our strength.
  • 00:53:32.692 --> 00:53:33.994
  • May we love our neighbor as welove ourselves and continue
  • 00:53:34.027 --> 00:53:37.197
  • to pour out daily as much aswe can for him and for them.
  • 00:53:37.230 --> 00:53:42.569
  • We do that.
  • 00:53:42.602 --> 00:53:43.937
  • If you do that, your life willbe a true standing stone,
  • 00:53:43.970 --> 00:53:47.240
  • one that will matter,one that will make a difference,
  • 00:53:47.274 --> 00:53:49.809
  • one that will alter history, onethat when you get to heaven,
  • 00:53:49.843 --> 00:53:52.445
  • you'll recognize and notice,
  • 00:53:52.479 --> 00:53:54.080
  • "Man, I'm so glad I madethat decision."
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  • You will.
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  • Just a couple of thingsbefore I end.
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  • Two things I want youto do today.
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  • If you really want to live alife for God and you really want
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  • to live a life for the peoplethat matter, the first thing
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  • I want you to change is this:your calendar.
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  • I know it seems simple andsilly, but life isn't changed by
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  • big, monumental leaps.
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  • Life is changed by daily, everyday, making small changes,
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  • making decisions today that Iwon't be distracted by
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  • other things.
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  • What we do in our personal life,Hannah and I have a date day
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  • every Monday.
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  • If you want a better marriage,get a date day on the calendar.
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  • I hang out with Haven and getbreakfast with her
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  • every Wednesday.
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  • And when Disneyland was open, Iwould take Cohen to Disneyland
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  • every Saturday.
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  • And I still try and take him onlittle walks on Saturdays
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  • and stuff.
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  • Put it on the calendar.
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  • It doesn't mean that'sgonna be the only thing
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  • that you're gonna do,but at least you'll do that.
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  • Make a commitment to a church.
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  • Go every week.
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  • Why would you skip?
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  • It's a great experience.
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  • Make a commitment to go tochurch and to be with
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  • God's people.
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  • Give one hour to the Lordper week.
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  • It doesn't mean that's the onlything you do, but make a
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  • commitment to do that.
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  • Put it on your calendar.
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  • Get lunch with your friendsafterwards.
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  • It'll be a good experience.
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  • If you hate your church,find a new church.
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  • Why are you sticking ina church you don't like?
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  • Find a great church.
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  • I know all of you willstay here, but you know,
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  • I'm talking aboutother churches.
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  • Our church is awesome.
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  • So if you wanna change yourlife, change your calendar.
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  • I mean that.
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  • Second thing, if you are not aperson of faith, you don't know
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  • how much longeryou're gonna live.
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  • Make a decision today.
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  • You don't have to comedown to an altar call.
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  • You don't have to stand up.
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  • You don't haveto raise your hand.
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  • All you have to do is what Idid, is even quietly in your
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  • seat, just decide.
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  • Just decide, "Today,I choose the Lord.
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  • As for me and my house,we choose the Lord.
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  • We turn our backon all these other things,
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  • and I choose the Lord.
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  • I choose the Lord."
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  • Choose him todayand you won't regret it.
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  • You'll be grateful when you cometo the end of your life that
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  • standing by your side is JesusChrist, the Great Advocate who
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  • will stand with you and say,"Let this guy in."
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  • You'll be grateful that he'sthere with you.
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  • Let's pray.
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  • Father, we pray in Jesus's namethat as your disciples, flawed,
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  • distracted, hurting, some of ushave illness, some of us have
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  • things that keep us up at night,in spite of all of that, we
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  • believe that we can have livesworth living if we live
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  • according to your Word.
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  • Teach us, Father, what it meansto love what is good and hate
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  • what is evil, and to know thedifference, and to live our
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  • lives completely for youand not for garbage.
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  • Help us to live completelyfor you, we pray.
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  • Father, we love youwith all our heart.
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  • And it's in Jesus's namewe pray, amen.
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