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Relationships: The Real F-Word

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May 24, 2020
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There is healing in forgiveness. Join as Pastor Kerry delivers a great message on how to get along during this stressful and unpredictable time.

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Relationships: The Real F-Word

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  • Kerry Shook: You see,forgiveness is not shallow.
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  • It's the deepest, most mature
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  • thing you'll ever do inyour Christian walk.
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  • Kerry: It's normal in oursociety today to have your ears
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  • bombarded with the F-word.
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  • You can hear it yelledout at sports arenas.
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  • We see that it's usedconstantly in movies.
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  • In fact, I was driving in my cara while back and I pulled out
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  • onto Interstate 45 and anothercar sped up and pulled up right
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  • next to me and the guy rolledhis window down and
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  • he gave me the finger.
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  • At first, I thought he wassaying, "You're number one,
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  • Pastor Kerry, but that'snot what he was saying.
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  • I'm a positive guy so Ijust assumed he was trying to
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  • compliment meand--but no, he was angry.
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  • Apparently, I had pulled out infront of him and didn't realize
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  • it so he came up and he let me
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  • know by giving me the symbolof the F-word.
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  • 'Course, I shot itright back at him.
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  • No, I didn't do that, folks.
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  • I didn't do that.
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  • I'm a pastor, I don'tdo things like that.
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  • I wanted to, desperately,
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  • but I'm a pastor so I can'tdo things like that.
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  • So--but anyway, unfortunately,the F-word is all too normal
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  • in our culture today.
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  • But even more unfortunatelythere's another F-word that is
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  • rarely used in our society and
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  • it's even more rare tosee it lived out.
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  • But it is the key tobuilding lasting relationships.
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  • What is that F-word?
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  • Forgiveness.Forgiveness.
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  • Jesus taught us what forgivenessis all about through his words
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  • and through his life, and in theLord's Prayer in Matthew 6:12 he
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  • said we're to pray, "Forgive usthe wrongs we have done, as we
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  • forgive the wrongs thatothers have done to us."
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  • Now think about that.That's a prayer.
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  • That's part of the Lord's Prayerso, I mean, do I really want God
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  • to answer that prayer?
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  • Think about that for a moment.
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  • The prayer is, "God, forgive methe way I forgive other people."
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  • Do I really want Godto answer that prayer?
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  • I mean, we all want toreceive forgiveness but giving
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  • forgiveness is a wholeother story altogether.
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  • In the 1950s, anthropologistscalled the Waodani tribe in the
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  • rainforests of Ecuador "the mostvicious and violent culture on
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  • the face of the planet."
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  • They had a culture of revenge inthe Waodani tribe that had been
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  • passed down for generations.
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  • In fact, in the Waodani tribeif someone wronged you, it was
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  • considered your right to be able
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  • to spear the personwho wronged you.
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  • That was their culture ofrevenge and this had been going
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  • on for some time and it was sucha vicious culture that, by 1955,
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  • the whole tribewas almost extinct.
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  • They had a 60% murderrate in the culture.
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  • And so they thought if someone
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  • hurts me it's just my rightto go spear them.
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  • And we think that's crazy.
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  • I mean, we think that's insanethat if someone hurts you, you
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  • have the right to go spear them.
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  • But think about it, we live in a
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  • culture of resentment andit's just as crazy.
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  • I mean, sure, we don' think wehave a right to go spear someone
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  • physically when they hurt us butwe try to spear them emotionally
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  • by holding on toresentment and bitterness.
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  • We hold on to the spear ofresentment when we refuse to
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  • forgive those who hurt us.
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  • And really, it's just as crazy
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  • as what the Waodanitribe was doing.
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  • It's just as insanebecause resentment never works.
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  • We think when we're holding onto the spear of resentment and
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  • bitterness that we're spearing
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  • that other person butit's just not true.
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  • Really, we're onlyspearing ourselves.
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  • We spear our own happinessand we spear our own health.
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  • In fact, researchers tell us oneof the most unhealthy emotions
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  • you can ever have isresentment, bitterness.
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  • It affects your physical health,your emotional health,
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  • your spiritual health.
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  • It also affects allyour relationships.
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  • You're spearing all yourrelationships when you hold on
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  • to the spear of resentment.
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  • You see, the hurts from the pastwhen you hold on to them, they
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  • affect all your relationshipsin the present.
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  • Some of you have a lot of stuffcoming out right now in your
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  • relationships and you'respearing people close to you and
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  • it may be because you're holdingon to the spear of resentment
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  • from someone hurting you in thepast and you're still letting
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  • them hurt you and all yourrelationships in the present.
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  • We hold on to this spear ofresentment and God says, "I want
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  • you to learn how to let goand to release the spear of
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  • resentment for your own sake."
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  • Let us look at the lastpart of the Lord's Prayer.
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  • In Matthew 6:14-15, Jesus said,"For if you forgive men when
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  • they sin against you, your
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  • heavenly Father willalso forgive you.
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  • But if you do not forgive mentheir sin, your Father will not
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  • forgive your sins."
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  • Those are strong words.
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  • I mean, God says, "If you don'tlearn to forgive others, I'm not
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  • going to forgive you."
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  • When someone says to me, "Well,you don't understand
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  • what they did.
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  • I could never forgive them," Ialways think,
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  • "Well, you betternever sin again."
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  • And if you ever think you'regonna need forgiveness from God
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  • in the future, youbetter learn to forgive.
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  • Now, some people, though,they hold on to this spear of
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  • resentment because they
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  • don't really understandwhat forgiveness is.
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  • And there are a lot ofmisconceptions
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  • out there about forgiveness.
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  • And I wanna say, first,forgiveness isn't shallow.
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  • Some people thinkforgiveness is really trite.
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  • It's like, "Hey, I forgive you.No big deal.
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  • I'm a Christian; I'm supposed toforgive so don't worry about it.
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  • No big deal."
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  • No, forgiveness is not trite.
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  • It's not shallow.
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  • In fact, it is real.
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  • Getting real, getting gut-levelhonest in your relationships and
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  • saying, "What youdid hurt me deeply.
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  • What you did was devastating tome,
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  • but I choose to forgive youwith God's power."
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  • You see, forgivenessis not shallow.
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  • It's the deepest, most maturething you'll ever do in your
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  • Christian walk islearn to forgive someone.
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  • I mean, really forgive.
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  • And then I want you to seeforgiveness isn't restoration.
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  • A lot of people think that
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  • forgiveness and restorationare the same thing.
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  • And a lot of people are holdingon to the spear of resentment
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  • because they think, "If Iforgive them,
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  • they're just gonnahurt me again."
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  • That's because they're confusingforgiveness and restoration.
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  • You see, you forgivefor your own sake.
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  • You forgive instantly.
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  • When someone hurts you, youforgive for your own sake
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  • because you don't want thatbitterness to spear you and so
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  • you choose to forgive.
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  • So how do you forgive?
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  • Let's get real practicalbecause we all need this.
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  • First, release bitterness.
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  • You've gotta release bitterness.
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  • The disciples came to Jesus onceand they said, "Lord, how many
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  • times should we forgivesomeone who hurts us?"
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  • And Simon Petersaid, "Seven times?"
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  • He thought he was gonnareally impress Jesus.
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  • He thought Jesus wouldprobably give him a gold star.
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  • "Simon Peter,you're so spiritual.
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  • Seven times, that's amazing."
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  • I mean, I don't think Peter wasreally ready to forgive someone
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  • seven times, but he wanted toimpress Christ but Jesus wasn't
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  • impressed because he came backwith this in Luke 17:4: "If he
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  • sins against you seven timesin a day, and seven times comes
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  • back to you and says, 'Irepent,' forgive him."
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  • He's saying youforgive for your own sake.
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  • You forgive everytime you're hurt.
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  • Every single time you're hurt,you have to forgive for your own
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  • sake so it doesn't spear you
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  • with bitterness anddestroy your life.
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  • female announcer: Still tocome, with Pastor Kerry Shook.
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  • Kerry: I had an opening in mysoul for God to fill me up with
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  • his blessings and hispeace and his strength.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • announcer: Life isfilled with ups and downs.
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  • We can even experience joy andtragedy, all in the same day.
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  • So how do we keep hopefulwhen life is so unpredictable?
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  • That's what Kerry and ChrisShook want to share in their new
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  • book called, "The Giftof One Day:
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  • How to Find Hope WhenLife Gets Hard."
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  • From their own lessons learned,the Shooks encourage us that
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  • hope is available to all,
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  • even in the most heartbreakingcircumstances.
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  • In "The Gift of One Day," theyexplore the power of gratitude,
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  • the privilege of prayer, andthe blessing of suffering.
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  • If you or someone you care aboutis going through a hard time,
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  • this book will give them insight
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  • into God's love and the gift wehave in each day.
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  • Kerry: It's an act of willand faith to obey God and choose
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  • to forgive and you've got to doit over and over again, 70 times
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  • 7, because holding on to the
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  • spear of resentment isnot helping you.
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  • It is wounding you even more.
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  • And some of you have hurt fromway back there and the person
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  • who wounded you so terribly isnot even on this planet anymore
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  • but you're still allowing thatperson to hurt you and spear you
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  • today because you're holdingon to the spear of resentment.
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  • And today is the day to let go,to drop the spear of resentment,
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  • to drop the spear of bitterness,and to choose to forgive.
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  • And I'm telling you what happenswhen you drop the spear of
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  • resentment, you finally let go:
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  • a burden is liftedand healing begins.
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  • I really believe some of youare gonna be physically healed
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  • today, some emotionally healed,
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  • some spiritually healed, somerelationally healed.
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  • I really believe that todaybecause you're gonna choose,
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  • even though you don'tfeel like it, to forgive.
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  • And you're gonna feel that
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  • healing power of JesusChrist in your life.
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  • As you obey him,obedience brings blessing.
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  • And so you release the spear of
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  • resentment and thenyou receive grace.
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  • See, I can't givewhat I haven't received.
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  • And so whenever I'm havingtrouble forgiving someone,
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  • I have to check my own spiritand think, "Wait a minute, have
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  • I just forgotten how muchGod has forgiven me?"
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  • If I've forgotten how much mercyand grace God has given me,
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  • whenever I'm struggling toforgive someone who's hurt me,
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  • it's always because I'm not intune with God's amazing grace
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  • and his forgiveness andmercy in my own life.
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  • So I've got to breathe inthe atmosphere of God's grace.
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  • In Psalm chapter 32, verse 1,it says: "Blessed is he whose
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  • transgression is forgiven,whose sin is covered."
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  • And that word there for covered,"whose sin is covered," is
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  • a Hebrew word "kasah"and it means cover up.
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  • And so it's the picture of
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  • the old covenant inthe Old Testament.
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  • The old covenant was the peoplewould bring sacrifices to God
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  • and they would sacrifice to God
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  • and he would coverover their sins.
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  • He would look past their sins.
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  • And so that was the OldTestament, but Jesus came
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  • and changed everything.
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  • And one day when John theBaptist saw Jesus coming toward
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  • him in John 1:29, he said: "Thenext day John saw Jesus coming
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  • toward him, and John said,'Look, the Lamb of God, who
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  • takes away the sin of theworld.'"
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  • You see, the new covenant
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  • was Christ and he cameas the ultimate sacrifice: the
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  • perfect unblemished Lamb of God
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  • so we don't have tosacrifice anymore.
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  • He was the ultimate, final,ultimate sacrifice, and he
  • 00:12:12.281 --> 00:12:16.752
  • didn't come just tocover up our sins.
  • 00:12:16.786 --> 00:12:19.789
  • He came to take away our sins.
  • 00:12:19.822 --> 00:12:22.625
  • You see, cover up, kasah, kindof means that someone's coming
  • 00:12:22.658 --> 00:12:26.729
  • to your house unexpectedlyand they call and they say that
  • 00:12:26.762 --> 00:12:29.498
  • they're almost there and yourhouse is a mess and so you start
  • 00:12:29.532 --> 00:12:32.201
  • taking things andthrowing it in the closet.
  • 00:12:32.234 --> 00:12:35.004
  • All that's still there butyou've covered it up so they
  • 00:12:35.037 --> 00:12:38.541
  • don't have to see it.
  • 00:12:38.574 --> 00:12:41.177
  • But what Jesus did is he camewith his perfect sinless blood
  • 00:12:41.210 --> 00:12:44.980
  • as the ultimate sacrificeand he washed away our sins.
  • 00:12:45.014 --> 00:12:48.584
  • Washed 'em away and separatesthem as far as the east is from
  • 00:12:48.617 --> 00:12:51.754
  • the west and he chooses toremember them no more, the Bible
  • 00:12:51.787 --> 00:12:54.957
  • says, so whenever I startthinking about my past sins and
  • 00:12:54.990 --> 00:12:58.928
  • my shame, "Oh God, I don't knowif you can use me because of all
  • 00:12:58.961 --> 00:13:04.233
  • my mess, all my brokenness,"and God says, "Wait a minute, I
  • 00:13:04.266 --> 00:13:09.104
  • don't know whatyou're talking about.
  • 00:13:09.138 --> 00:13:10.573
  • I remember choosing to forget."
  • 00:13:10.606 --> 00:13:13.442
  • It's amazing, our God.
  • 00:13:13.475 --> 00:13:15.644
  • And when I just get a littleglimpse of God's grace and
  • 00:13:15.678 --> 00:13:17.947
  • forgiveness, then I can take myshame, my guilt, and bring it
  • 00:13:17.980 --> 00:13:22.318
  • right to him in the cross andhe forgives and it cleanses
  • 00:13:22.351 --> 00:13:29.225
  • and makes us whole.
  • 00:13:29.258 --> 00:13:30.893
  • And then I can risk forgivingothers, risk forgiveness.
  • 00:13:30.926 --> 00:13:34.797
  • It's a risk but Ihave to take that risk.
  • 00:13:34.830 --> 00:13:37.099
  • In Luke 6:27, Jesus said, "Dogood to those who hate you,
  • 00:13:37.132 --> 00:13:40.369
  • bless those who curse you, prayfor those who mistreat you."
  • 00:13:40.402 --> 00:13:44.039
  • What?Pray for those who mistreat you?
  • 00:13:44.073 --> 00:13:47.610
  • Pray for people who wrong you?Pray for people who hurt you?
  • 00:13:47.643 --> 00:13:50.312
  • I remember years ago,someone hurt me deeply.
  • 00:13:50.346 --> 00:13:52.715
  • They kind of stabbed me in theback and someone I trusted and
  • 00:13:52.748 --> 00:13:56.185
  • they said some lies about meand I just couldn't believe it.
  • 00:13:56.218 --> 00:13:58.554
  • I was just shocked, you know?
  • 00:13:58.587 --> 00:14:00.022
  • Why would theysay lies about me?
  • 00:14:00.055 --> 00:14:01.423
  • I'm such a good guy, you know?
  • 00:14:01.457 --> 00:14:03.359
  • And it just reallydevastated me.
  • 00:14:03.392 --> 00:14:06.362
  • And I remember how it sort ofdominated my thoughts for two or
  • 00:14:06.395 --> 00:14:08.998
  • three days, you know, inmeetings, you know, trying to
  • 00:14:09.031 --> 00:14:12.101
  • study and all the things thatI do, it just kept--it just
  • 00:14:12.134 --> 00:14:16.438
  • dominated my thoughts.
  • 00:14:16.472 --> 00:14:18.307
  • It was physically andemotionally draining.
  • 00:14:18.340 --> 00:14:20.509
  • It's like, oh, the anger wouldbuild up and the injustice of it
  • 00:14:20.542 --> 00:14:23.178
  • all just kind of build up
  • 00:14:23.212 --> 00:14:25.047
  • and finally I rememberedthis passage.
  • 00:14:25.080 --> 00:14:26.982
  • God put it back in mymind and, "Pray for them."
  • 00:14:27.016 --> 00:14:30.185
  • And I have to admit when I firstknelt and started to pray for
  • 00:14:30.219 --> 00:14:32.955
  • them, I wanted to pray, "God,you know this was so wrong.
  • 00:14:32.988 --> 00:14:36.191
  • I don't know why you allowed itbut, you know, you need to do
  • 00:14:36.225 --> 00:14:39.194
  • what you need to do and I wouldsuggest what you need to do is
  • 00:14:39.228 --> 00:14:41.163
  • strike them with a bolt oflightning, probably,
  • 00:14:41.196 --> 00:14:43.399
  • for their own good.
  • 00:14:43.432 --> 00:14:44.733
  • For their own good, God.
  • 00:14:44.767 --> 00:14:46.268
  • You know, just out of love,strike them with a bolt of
  • 00:14:46.302 --> 00:14:48.437
  • lightning or at least give 'ema flat tire today, God, c'mon."
  • 00:14:48.470 --> 00:14:51.373
  • I mean, that's what I felt like
  • 00:14:51.407 --> 00:14:53.242
  • praying but I prayed whatJesus said to pray.
  • 00:14:53.275 --> 00:14:57.112
  • I didn't feel like it.
  • 00:14:57.146 --> 00:14:58.447
  • I said, "God, I don't feel likethis but I wanna obey you and I
  • 00:14:58.480 --> 00:15:01.383
  • choose by your power, Ipray that you'll bless them.
  • 00:15:01.417 --> 00:15:04.386
  • I mean, just blesstheir socks off.
  • 00:15:04.420 --> 00:15:05.955
  • Just bless them beyond measure."
  • 00:15:05.988 --> 00:15:10.392
  • And right when I prayed that, Ican still feel a little bit of
  • 00:15:10.426 --> 00:15:12.761
  • that feeling that I prayed andit was like the burden lifted.
  • 00:15:12.795 --> 00:15:16.065
  • The spear came out of my soul.
  • 00:15:16.098 --> 00:15:18.567
  • The burden lifted, and then Ihad an opening in my soul for
  • 00:15:18.600 --> 00:15:22.071
  • God to fill me up with hisblessings and his peace and his
  • 00:15:22.104 --> 00:15:24.506
  • strength and it'sjust so amazing.
  • 00:15:24.540 --> 00:15:28.911
  • And so I have to admit I hadto, over the next several weeks,
  • 00:15:28.944 --> 00:15:32.581
  • pray that prayer severaltimes: "God, bless them.
  • 00:15:32.614 --> 00:15:34.383
  • God, bless them.God, bless them.
  • 00:15:34.416 --> 00:15:36.118
  • God, bless them."
  • 00:15:36.151 --> 00:15:37.453
  • Whenever it'd come back tomy mind, "God, bless them.
  • 00:15:37.486 --> 00:15:38.787
  • I choose to forgive.God, bless them."
  • 00:15:38.821 --> 00:15:41.290
  • And it just filled me with God'sblessings and God opened up
  • 00:15:41.323 --> 00:15:43.659
  • doors of blessings in my lifeand in our church in such a
  • 00:15:43.692 --> 00:15:46.395
  • powerful way during that time.
  • 00:15:46.428 --> 00:15:49.098
  • And so that's something I'vehad to come back to often.
  • 00:15:49.131 --> 00:15:51.900
  • Whenever I feel resentmentrising, I've got to come back to
  • 00:15:51.934 --> 00:15:56.372
  • pray for God's blessings.
  • 00:15:56.405 --> 00:15:58.507
  • It's amazing how God does that,and how he works in our own life
  • 00:15:58.540 --> 00:16:02.478
  • and how we work againstourselves and we spear ourselves
  • 00:16:02.511 --> 00:16:06.181
  • because we don'trisk forgiveness.
  • 00:16:06.215 --> 00:16:08.117
  • In 1955, five Americanmissionaries, including Nate
  • 00:16:08.150 --> 00:16:11.286
  • Saint, who was a missionarypilot, flew a plane into the
  • 00:16:11.320 --> 00:16:14.456
  • jungles of Ecuador and landedin the Amazon river basin.
  • 00:16:14.490 --> 00:16:18.694
  • Now, they'd been preparingfor months to reach out to the
  • 00:16:18.727 --> 00:16:21.830
  • Waodani tribe, this most viciousand violent culture on the face
  • 00:16:21.864 --> 00:16:26.268
  • of the planet, and they weregonna reach out to them with the
  • 00:16:26.301 --> 00:16:29.438
  • love of Jesus Christ in hopes ofchanging their violent culture.
  • 00:16:29.471 --> 00:16:34.576
  • And so they made contact withthe tribe, one of the first
  • 00:16:34.610 --> 00:16:36.979
  • times anyone from the outsidehad made contact with the tribe
  • 00:16:37.012 --> 00:16:39.782
  • and they gave them gifts.
  • 00:16:39.815 --> 00:16:41.116
  • Everything went well at first,but in their second meeting,
  • 00:16:41.150 --> 00:16:43.585
  • tragedy struck and all five ofthe missionaries were speared to
  • 00:16:43.619 --> 00:16:47.756
  • death in vicious killings.
  • 00:16:47.790 --> 00:16:50.225
  • The missionaries, it was laterfound out, had guns and they had
  • 00:16:50.259 --> 00:16:55.831
  • told friends that they weren'tgonna use those guns ever on the
  • 00:16:55.864 --> 00:17:00.102
  • Waodani because they said, "Evenif they attack us with their
  • 00:17:00.135 --> 00:17:04.173
  • spears, we're not gonna defendourselves because if they kill
  • 00:17:04.206 --> 00:17:07.342
  • us, we go directly to heaven.
  • 00:17:07.376 --> 00:17:09.912
  • But if we kill them, theyspend a Christless eternity."
  • 00:17:09.945 --> 00:17:14.249
  • And so, out of love, they lovedthe people so much, God put such
  • 00:17:14.283 --> 00:17:17.152
  • a love in their hearts forthem, and they all died martyrs'
  • 00:17:17.186 --> 00:17:19.788
  • deaths and itmade national news.
  • 00:17:19.822 --> 00:17:22.925
  • It was all over world news.
  • 00:17:22.958 --> 00:17:24.560
  • "Time Life," a big magazine atthe time, did a cover story on
  • 00:17:24.593 --> 00:17:28.730
  • it and a lot of peoplesaid, "What a waste of life.
  • 00:17:28.764 --> 00:17:31.200
  • Why would you go try to changeanyone's culture, even though
  • 00:17:31.233 --> 00:17:33.802
  • it's so violent and vicious?
  • 00:17:33.836 --> 00:17:36.138
  • Why would you do that?"
  • 00:17:36.171 --> 00:17:38.340
  • But what happened next was an
  • 00:17:38.373 --> 00:17:39.875
  • amazing miracle offorgiveness and love.
  • 00:17:39.908 --> 00:17:43.745
  • The missionaries' wives decidedto risk and go live with the
  • 00:17:43.779 --> 00:17:47.149
  • Waodani, after theirhusbands had been killed.
  • 00:17:47.182 --> 00:17:50.953
  • And what a risk it was.
  • 00:17:50.986 --> 00:17:53.088
  • But these brave women, they wentin and they began to live with
  • 00:17:53.122 --> 00:17:55.757
  • the Waodani, and the Waodani atfirst threatened to kill them.
  • 00:17:55.791 --> 00:17:57.593
  • Five or six times, theythreatened to kill them.
  • 00:17:57.626 --> 00:17:59.194
  • But then out of curiosity andhow they were so kind to them,
  • 00:17:59.228 --> 00:18:02.064
  • they accepted them, andthen they began to learn--the
  • 00:18:02.097 --> 00:18:07.903
  • missionaries' wives began tolearn their language and they
  • 00:18:07.936 --> 00:18:09.738
  • began to speak to themabout Jesus, about a new way.
  • 00:18:09.771 --> 00:18:14.343
  • And almost all the tribe cameto know Jesus Christ, and they
  • 00:18:14.376 --> 00:18:18.213
  • dropped theirspears of resentment.
  • 00:18:18.247 --> 00:18:20.082
  • Their whole culture was changed.
  • 00:18:20.115 --> 00:18:22.417
  • And Steve Saint, the young sonof Nate Saint, the missionary
  • 00:18:22.451 --> 00:18:25.821
  • pilot who was speared andkilled, he then came to live
  • 00:18:25.854 --> 00:18:30.259
  • with his mother andthe Waodani tribe.
  • 00:18:30.292 --> 00:18:33.028
  • And he grew up in the Waodanitribe, and he became really
  • 00:18:33.061 --> 00:18:35.864
  • close friends with a Waodaniwarrior named Mincaye and he
  • 00:18:35.898 --> 00:18:40.169
  • then found out as he was growingup that Mincaye was the very man
  • 00:18:40.202 --> 00:18:43.205
  • who speared his dad.
  • 00:18:43.238 --> 00:18:45.908
  • And he said, "It was so hard forme to forgive when I thought my
  • 00:18:45.941 --> 00:18:48.744
  • dad was my hero and this mankilled him," but he chose to
  • 00:18:48.777 --> 00:18:51.580
  • forgive and he droppedthe spear of resentment.
  • 00:18:51.613 --> 00:18:53.916
  • And Mincaye came to faith inJesus Christ and Mincaye became
  • 00:18:53.949 --> 00:18:58.020
  • like a father to Steve Saint.
  • 00:18:58.053 --> 00:19:00.189
  • And then he became like a
  • 00:19:00.222 --> 00:19:01.523
  • grandfather to SteveSaint's children.
  • 00:19:01.557 --> 00:19:04.760
  • And it is amazing how Godused--has used Mincaye to reach
  • 00:19:04.793 --> 00:19:09.264
  • thousands of people andhis--Steve Saint and Mincaye's
  • 00:19:09.298 --> 00:19:12.234
  • story of forgiveness andlove that has just changed and
  • 00:19:12.267 --> 00:19:14.970
  • redeemed so many lives.
  • 00:19:15.003 --> 00:19:19.041
  • I will never forget meetingMincaye in 2006 here
  • 00:19:19.074 --> 00:19:25.547
  • at Woodlands Church.
  • 00:19:25.581 --> 00:19:27.082
  • He and Steve Saint came toWoodlands Church in 2006 and
  • 00:19:27.115 --> 00:19:29.885
  • Mincaye was still living inthe jungles of Ecuador but he
  • 00:19:29.918 --> 00:19:33.322
  • traveled to the United Stateswith his dear friend, Steve
  • 00:19:33.355 --> 00:19:37.893
  • Saint, and Steve Saint calledhim Grandfather Mincaye, and
  • 00:19:37.926 --> 00:19:41.697
  • Mincaye was one of the kindest,
  • 00:19:41.730 --> 00:19:43.599
  • gentlest soulsthat I've ever met.
  • 00:19:43.632 --> 00:19:46.668
  • And to think that he was thevery warrior, as they sat up
  • 00:19:46.702 --> 00:19:49.037
  • here on stage with me, to thinkhe was the very person that
  • 00:19:49.071 --> 00:19:52.441
  • killed the father of the mansitting next to him, that he'd
  • 00:19:52.474 --> 00:19:55.043
  • killed so many people outof vengeance and revenge.
  • 00:19:55.077 --> 00:20:00.182
  • It just didn't seem like itwas even possible,
  • 00:20:00.215 --> 00:20:03.051
  • he was so changed.
  • 00:20:03.085 --> 00:20:04.720
  • Well, this week on Tuesday,
  • 00:20:04.753 --> 00:20:07.322
  • Mincaye went tobe with the Lord.
  • 00:20:07.356 --> 00:20:09.925
  • He died of natural causes in
  • 00:20:09.958 --> 00:20:12.494
  • his village in therainforest in Ecuador.
  • 00:20:12.527 --> 00:20:15.030
  • He was between 88 and 92years of age, no one knows.
  • 00:20:15.063 --> 00:20:19.835
  • Mincaye didn't know, but he grewto be an old man, filled with
  • 00:20:19.868 --> 00:20:25.374
  • the love of Jesus Christ, andhe had spoken to thousands of
  • 00:20:25.407 --> 00:20:29.244
  • people about the love of Christ.
  • 00:20:29.278 --> 00:20:31.947
  • And so I wanna take you back,all the way back to 2006, to
  • 00:20:31.980 --> 00:20:35.651
  • hear this clip of Steve Saintand Mincaye at Woodlands Church.
  • 00:20:35.684 --> 00:20:39.688
  • Just watch.
  • 00:20:39.721 --> 00:20:41.123
  • Kerry: Can you tell us whatyour tribe was like back then
  • 00:20:42.691 --> 00:20:45.127
  • when the missionaries came
  • 00:20:45.160 --> 00:20:46.595
  • and it was just aculture of revenge?
  • 00:20:46.628 --> 00:20:50.899
  • [speaking foreign language]
  • 00:20:50.999 --> 00:20:58.040
  • Mincaye: We livedangry, we lived furious.
  • 00:20:58.073 --> 00:21:04.846
  • We didn't know God's trail and
  • 00:21:04.880 --> 00:21:06.415
  • so we walked our owntrail back then.
  • 00:21:06.448 --> 00:21:09.985
  • It's a bad trail but it wasthe only one that we knew.
  • 00:21:10.018 --> 00:21:14.256
  • Steve Saint: In Grandfather'sculture, it was simple: you
  • 00:21:20.362 --> 00:21:23.432
  • either killed and lived, oryou were killed and died.
  • 00:21:23.465 --> 00:21:25.600
  • It was just thatwas your only choice.
  • 00:21:25.634 --> 00:21:29.037
  • A homicide rate of over 60%.
  • 00:21:29.071 --> 00:21:31.540
  • I don't know a single person myage in the tribe whose father
  • 00:21:31.573 --> 00:21:36.244
  • died of natural causes,and just incredibly violent.
  • 00:21:36.278 --> 00:21:41.683
  • [speaking foreign language]
  • 00:21:41.717 --> 00:21:51.727
  • [speaking foreign language]
  • 00:21:52.027 --> 00:21:58.066
  • Steve: He said, "If Goddoesn't make our hearts clear,
  • 00:21:58.100 --> 00:22:01.503
  • then we can't see his trail andif we've never seen his trail,
  • 00:22:01.536 --> 00:22:05.040
  • then what do we do?
  • 00:22:05.073 --> 00:22:06.375
  • We just walk our own trail.That's what we'd like to do.
  • 00:22:06.408 --> 00:22:08.844
  • We'd like to walk our own trail.
  • 00:22:08.877 --> 00:22:10.445
  • The problem is," he says, "iswhen you get to the end of your
  • 00:22:10.479 --> 00:22:12.948
  • own trail, then where are you?
  • 00:22:12.981 --> 00:22:15.384
  • Because you've neverbeen there before."
  • 00:22:15.417 --> 00:22:16.952
  • A journalist from "USA Today"was interviewing me and he said,
  • 00:22:16.985 --> 00:22:21.189
  • "I heard that you know theman that killed your father."
  • 00:22:21.223 --> 00:22:23.959
  • And I said, "I do.I know, you know, all of them,
  • 00:22:23.992 --> 00:22:27.429
  • except for one who diedbefore I met him."
  • 00:22:27.462 --> 00:22:29.564
  • And he said, "But I understandthat you're traveling with one
  • 00:22:29.598 --> 00:22:32.167
  • of those men,"and I said, "I am."
  • 00:22:32.200 --> 00:22:35.137
  • He said, "But they told me thatyou actually live with him."
  • 00:22:35.170 --> 00:22:40.709
  • I said, "Yeah,"like now, same bed.
  • 00:22:40.742 --> 00:22:43.044
  • They only had--there's sometournament in town so they only
  • 00:22:43.078 --> 00:22:45.714
  • had one, you know,one room with one bed.
  • 00:22:45.747 --> 00:22:49.484
  • I mean, you can come stay withus, there's lots of room there.
  • 00:22:49.518 --> 00:22:51.987
  • But--and he said, "You know, youactually live with the man who
  • 00:22:52.020 --> 00:22:58.093
  • killed your father?"
  • 00:22:58.126 --> 00:22:59.428
  • And I said,"Yeah, we're family."
  • 00:22:59.461 --> 00:23:01.096
  • He said, "Yeah, theytold me that you love him."
  • 00:23:01.129 --> 00:23:03.999
  • I said, "I do."He said, "That's morbid."
  • 00:23:04.032 --> 00:23:08.770
  • And I thought, "No."
  • 00:23:08.804 --> 00:23:10.505
  • And then I thought,"You know, that is."
  • 00:23:10.539 --> 00:23:12.140
  • It doesn't makeany sense, does it?
  • 00:23:12.174 --> 00:23:15.110
  • Until you understandwhat the book says.
  • 00:23:15.143 --> 00:23:18.847
  • Steve: Can I read some?Kerry: Yeah, definitely.
  • 00:23:18.880 --> 00:23:20.916
  • Steve: Now, our language,the God's carving sounds a lot
  • 00:23:20.949 --> 00:23:24.453
  • different than theone that you read.
  • 00:23:24.486 --> 00:23:26.788
  • Same message but I've got
  • 00:23:26.822 --> 00:23:28.457
  • one that's kind ofhalfway in between.
  • 00:23:28.490 --> 00:23:30.559
  • Do any of you use TheMessage version now?
  • 00:23:30.592 --> 00:23:33.395
  • This is way beyondThe Message version.
  • 00:23:33.428 --> 00:23:35.697
  • This is "Da Jesus Book."
  • 00:23:35.730 --> 00:23:39.034
  • Da Jesus Book.
  • 00:23:39.067 --> 00:23:42.704
  • And it's--it is, isn't it?
  • 00:23:42.737 --> 00:23:47.976
  • And now they're translatingthe Before Jesus Book.
  • 00:23:48.009 --> 00:23:55.383
  • This explains howsomething like this can happen.
  • 00:23:55.417 --> 00:23:57.652
  • You know, when this man askedme--now, I really wasn't honest
  • 00:23:57.686 --> 00:24:00.188
  • with him 'cause he said, "Youlove the--this is the same man
  • 00:24:00.222 --> 00:24:03.859
  • that killed your father?"
  • 00:24:03.892 --> 00:24:05.193
  • And I said, "Yes," butit isn't really true.
  • 00:24:05.227 --> 00:24:07.429
  • I mean, he looks the same.
  • 00:24:07.462 --> 00:24:08.797
  • He is housed in the same shell.
  • 00:24:08.830 --> 00:24:10.632
  • This is not the same man.
  • 00:24:10.665 --> 00:24:12.734
  • Let me explain to you how,so this is the Jesus Book.
  • 00:24:12.767 --> 00:24:15.136
  • It says: "Das why," this ispidgin English, Hawaiian,
  • 00:24:15.170 --> 00:24:18.640
  • it's a real language.
  • 00:24:18.673 --> 00:24:20.008
  • Says, "Das why whoever staytight with Christ,
  • 00:24:20.041 --> 00:24:24.045
  • they one new kind of guy.
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  • Doe t'ings no stay no more,look, de new t'ings when come.
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  • All that stuff,it come from God.
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  • He when bring us back the same
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  • side with him 'cause of whatChrist when do.
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  • And now he tell us for go workso the other people can come
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  • back the sameside with him too."
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  • In your Bible it says:
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  • "Therefore, we areambassadors of Christ."
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  • It goes on here, it says: "Wethe talker guys for Christ so we
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  • tell all the people that God's,they begging 'em for come back
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  • 'cause he loves them."
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  • It says: "'Cause we Christguys and so we say to everybody,
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  • 'Hey, you guys, come onback to same side with God.'"
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  • Kerry: It says in 1 John 1:9:"God is faithful and reliable.
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  • If we confess our sins, heforgives them and cleanses us
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  • from everythingwe've done wrong."
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  • You see, there's another F-word
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  • that's so important andthat's "faithful."
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  • God is faithful.
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  • Even when we are faithless, heremains faithful for he cannot
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  • deny his characterand he's faithful.
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  • And if you'll just give him thepen of your life,
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  • he will write your story.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • Chris Shook: We're so gladyou joined us for the message
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  • today, and we hope itimpacts your life all week long.
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  • Kerry: And Chris, I know thatthere's many out there who've
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  • never received Christ, and allyou have to do is just pray and
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  • ask for his salvationand say, "Jesus Christ,
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  • forgive me of all my sins.
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  • Come into my life.Be the Lord of my life.
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  • I accept your free gift ofsalvation and heaven one day."
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  • And if you pray that prayer,Christ will come into your life
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  • and he'll never leave you.
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  • Chris Shook: Our grandson,Jude Samuel, lived for one day.
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  • But the way he lived that one
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  • day has taught us howto live our years.
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  • And one way that we were able tolook back and see what God has
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  • done is to startkeeping a journal.
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  • We started calling itthe "Miracle Book."
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  • It's just a little blank bookthat we started writing down all
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  • the miracles, big and small,
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  • that God would do in ourlives every day.
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  • We opened our eyes to bewatching for what he did and,
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  • sure enough, he always worked.
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  • And so we want you to have aMiracle Book so you can keep
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  • track of what God isdoing in your life.
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  • Kerry: We really do want youto learn how to unwrap the gift
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  • of one day because it canchange your entire life.
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  • We want you to have the MiracleBook, so that you can write down
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  • the miracles of God in yourlife, so you can keep track of
  • 00:27:06.841 --> 00:27:09.210
  • the goodness of God, so that thegoodness of God is not up for
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  • grabs in your life when you'regoing through difficult days.
  • 00:27:12.614 --> 00:27:15.884
  • So call us right now or go tokerryshook.org and request the
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  • Miracle Book for adonation of any amount.
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  • We wanna get it to you.
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  • ♪♪♪
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