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Hope Matters

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November 15, 2020
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Father Cedric Pisegna is a Catholic priest. His program will inspire and encourage you to Live with Passion.

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  • - Because God is a redeemer,there's always hope.
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  • (upbeat music)
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  • I'm Father Cedric Pisegna.
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  • Welcome to "Live with Passion."
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  • I am proclaiming to you a seriesabout what really matters.
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  • And today I wanna talkto you about hope.
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  • Everybody needs hope.
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  • I want you to bea person of hope.
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  • If you're a person of hope,you can be a person of passion.
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  • I'll share with youfrom Romans chapter 5.
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  • It goes like this.
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  • "Our sufferingsproduces endurance,
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  • "and endurance producescharacter, characterproduces hope,
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  • "and hope does not disappoint us
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  • "because God's love hasbeen poured into our hearts
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  • "through the Holy Spiritthat has been given to us."
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  • That is so beautiful.
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  • Hope does not disappoint us.
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  • And we have a glorious hope
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  • of eternal life with Godin heaven, as we know.
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  • That's our living hope.
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  • That's what we'reall looking for.
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  • And that's usually whenwe think about hope
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  • that's what we talk about.
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  • That eternal life andliving in heaven forever.
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  • But what aboutlife on earth now?
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  • What does it meanto have hope now?
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  • It certainly means to believe
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  • that one day lifewill be better.
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  • But I've also discovered thathope has a nuanced meaning.
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  • That hope is more thanjust what's gonna happen
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  • in "The Sweet By-and-By," asglorious as that's gonna be.
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  • Hope is when God isworking in our lives,
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  • bringing good out of the hard
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  • and evil situations in our life.
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  • I'll tell you a story.
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  • It's about this farmer.
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  • He had a horse, just one horse.
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  • Plowing the land with the horse
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  • and the harness onthe horse broke.
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  • The horse took offand jumped the fence.
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  • He lost his horse, itwas his only horse.
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  • Neighbors came running over.
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  • "Hey, we heard what happened,you lost your horse.
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  • "That's really bad luck."
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  • And the wise farmer said,
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  • "Well, bad luck, goodluck, who knows."
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  • The next day, thehorse came back
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  • and it had a herd ofwild horses with it.
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  • And now the farmer'sgot all these horses.
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  • And the neighborsheard what happened
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  • and they came running over,"Hey, we heard what happened.
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  • "Now you have all thosehorses, that's good luck."
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  • And the wise farmer said,
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  • "Well, good luck,bad luck, who knows."
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  • Well, the next day,the farmer's son
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  • was up on one of the wild horses
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  • and he was trying to tame it.
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  • They call it breaking the horse.
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  • And while he was up therethe horse bucked him off
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  • and he fell andhe broke his leg.
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  • All the neighbors heard about it
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  • and they come runningover again and they said,
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  • "Hey, we heard whathappened to your son.
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  • "That's really bad luck."
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  • And the wise farmer said,
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  • "Well, bad luck, goodluck, who knows."
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  • The next day, thearmy came to town
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  • and conscripted all theable-bodied young men
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  • to go off to war.
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  • And because the farmer'sson had broken his leg,
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  • they left him alone.
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  • Now, was that goodluck, bad luck?
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  • Who knows.
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  • The point of the story is this.
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  • Sometimes things that lookgood may not be so good.
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  • And there's my point.
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  • Things that look bad canactually turn out to good.
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  • Think for a moment aboutthe crucifixion of Jesus.
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  • We call that horribleevent Good Friday. (laughs)
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  • How in the world can we call
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  • the execution of aninnocent man something good?
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  • Well, as you know,Jesus' passion,
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  • his crucifixion hasturned out to good for us.
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  • We are now able to uniteour sufferings with Christ,
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  • to lay our burdens downat the foot of the cross,
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  • to give him our sins,
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  • and to receive forgivenessand eternal life.
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  • So what started off tobe a horrible bad Friday
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  • turned out for usto be a good Friday,
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  • because from Good Fridaycomes the Resurrection.
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  • I go to many churchesand some of the churches
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  • will have a crucifixin the sanctuary.
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  • Some of the churches,their crucifix will show
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  • the risen Jesus on the cross.
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  • Because the two go together.
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  • His death and his resurrection.
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  • One time I was on the beach,about to ride my bike,
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  • and this big rainstorm cameso I looked for some shelter.
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  • And right afterthat I couldn't wait
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  • because the suncame out and I said
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  • there's gotta bea rainbow coming.
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  • And sure enough,right after the storm,
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  • this beautiful rainbow.
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  • See, that's hope.
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  • And I really believe thatthere is this silver lining
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  • in every cloud.
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  • I'm not just tryingto be optimistic,
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  • I'm trying to imbueyou with hope.
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  • 'Cause I've discoveredin my own life
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  • that it's not over justbecause something's hard.
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  • Actually, it's probablyjust beginning.
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  • The way God is, he isable to, and God is able,
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  • he's able to take fromany situation in your life
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  • good things.
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  • Let me try to explainthat even more,
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  • I've got many examples.
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  • Just recently, two differentpeople came up to me
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  • and they said that theyhad been in a car accident.
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  • They were okay.
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  • But unbeknownst to them, becausethey went to the hospital
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  • and they were examined,
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  • both people, both differentpeople, different times,
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  • the doctors found the beginningof cancer in their body
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  • because they hadthose examinations onthe operating table.
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  • Had it not beenfor the accident,
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  • both of them could've died,could've died from cancer.
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  • But because they caughtthe cancer early,
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  • both those people arenow alive and well.
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  • And when they got into thataccident, they were thinking,
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  • "This is horrible, this is bad."
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  • But because of the accident,they found the cancer.
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  • Wow.
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  • Maybe something like thathas happened in your life
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  • and you know thatjust because things
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  • aren't the way youwould've had 'em
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  • doesn't mean thatGod isn't working.
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  • God works through all this.
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  • Does God give cancer?
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  • No.
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  • Does God give the accidents up?
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  • No.
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  • Does God work init and through it?
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  • Yes. (laughs)
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  • He does that all the time.
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  • See, this is called redemption.
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  • God is the redeemer ofthe slaves in Egypt.
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  • God redeems the Hebrew slaves,
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  • works through that horriblesituation to bring them out.
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  • God redeems us through thecross, through the passion,
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  • through somethingas terrible as a man
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  • being executed ina horrible way.
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  • Then I heard thestory about this man
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  • who needed a heart transplant.
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  • He was in his 50s and heneeded a heart transplant.
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  • Couldn't find a good donor.
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  • Well, about that time,
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  • he had a 22-year-olddaughter named Patty,
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  • unfortunately she gotkilled in a car accident.
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  • Well, he was devastated by it,
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  • but they foundout that her heart
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  • was a perfect match for his.
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  • At first he didn't wanna takehis own daughter's heart,
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  • but then, as he and hiswife talked about it,
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  • they figured that she would'vewanted to give him her heart.
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  • And so they did the operation
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  • and they put the heartof Patty into Chris.
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  • And he lives to talk about it.
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  • He says, "Whenever Ifeel my heart beating,
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  • "I feel my daughter.
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  • "And the one whom I gave life to
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  • "has given life back to me."
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  • The tragedy of an accident.
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  • Yet God brought life out of that
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  • and something good.
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  • And not only to Chris,excuse me, to Chad.
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  • Not only to Chad but she gaveother organs to other people.
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  • Two blind ladies now havevision because of Patty.
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  • Two others aresharing her kidney.
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  • And another has her liver.
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  • All these people
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  • benefiting from thetragedy of her accident.
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  • And that's the way God works.
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  • He takes the bad and thetragedies and the broken
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  • and the sufferingsand the difficulties
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  • and he works throughthat to bring new life,
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  • to bring blessing.
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  • Out of the tragedy of thecross, he brought resurrection.
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  • I live at Holy NameRetreat Center in Houston.
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  • And at our retreat center,
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  • it's a mecca forthe 12-step program.
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  • 12-step is AlcoholicsAnonymous, Overeaters Anonymous,
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  • all those anonymous programs.
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  • And people come whohave experienced
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  • that they have an addiction.
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  • They've admitted it, thattakes a lot of humility.
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  • It's amazing how Godworks in their heart,
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  • blackouts, bottoming out,
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  • to bring them to sobriety andalso to bring them new life.
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  • Many of these people who arenow in the 12-step program,
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  • many of these people arenow helping other people.
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  • They actually become sponsorsin the 12-step program.
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  • And so what startedoff as something tragic
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  • or bad or, quote,sinful, an addiction,
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  • has turned into somethinggood for the whole community
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  • and good for the family.
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  • People are turningtheir lives around.
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  • This is redemption.
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  • God's not mad at youbecause you're addicted.
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  • But he'll use theaddiction or the brokenness
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  • or the mortal sin tobring you new life.
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  • I have heard the confessionsof many women and men
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  • who have committedthe sin of adultery,
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  • committed the sin of abortion.
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  • And most of them talk abouthow God used that situation
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  • to actually bring them to adeeper relationship with Jesus.
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  • So if you're in themidst of an addiction,
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  • if you're in themidst of adultery,
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  • God can free you from that
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  • and you can actually becomebetter because of it.
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  • And God will also workin you in powerful ways.
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  • If you've committed an abortion,don't give up on yourself.
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  • I want you to know thatthere's healing for you.
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  • I think about awoman friend of mine
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  • who used to work in myministry, Janice Carlton.
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  • She preaches aboutthis publicly.
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  • She had an abortionwhen she was a teenager
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  • and she was devastated by it.
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  • But God worked in thatsituation to bring her new life.
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  • She now has a family,four children.
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  • And now she works with pro-life
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  • and she pickets placeswhere they have abortions
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  • and God's working throughher to bring new life.
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  • In fact, her daughterbecame a Sister of Life
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  • dedicated to pro-life.
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  • So God has a way of makingthe tragedies and the hurts
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  • and the sorrows and thebrokenness of our life.
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  • See, this is what hope is.
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  • At the Easter Vigil, the greatcelebration of hope, Easter,
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  • the Resurrection,
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  • at the Easter Vigil, either thedeacon or somebody qualified
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  • will sing somethingcalled "The Exsultet."
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  • And "The Exsultet" is thisgreat liturgical ancient hymn.
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  • And in this hymn,they'll talk about,
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  • "Oh happy fault
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  • "that earned such aglorious redeemer."
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  • So in the midst of Easter,
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  • we go back to original sinand we call it a happy fault.
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  • See, God is even able toturn original sin inside out
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  • and to make it a happy fault.
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  • Because it leads toredemption and resurrection.
  • 00:12:55.513 --> 00:12:59.651
  • This is the power of God, folks.
  • 00:12:59.651 --> 00:13:02.453
  • You see, the God that weserve created the universe,
  • 00:13:02.453 --> 00:13:06.191
  • trillions of galaxies,billions of people.
  • 00:13:06.191 --> 00:13:10.328
  • If you are in lovewith nature, like I am,
  • 00:13:11.429 --> 00:13:14.632
  • birds and animals and mountainsand valleys and the oceans.
  • 00:13:14.632 --> 00:13:19.637
  • We've all seen it.
  • 00:13:20.471 --> 00:13:21.606
  • The sun, the stars.
  • 00:13:21.606 --> 00:13:23.308
  • But his greatestpower, I believe,
  • 00:13:24.475 --> 00:13:27.378
  • is his power to forgive
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  • and to redeem.
  • 00:13:30.849 --> 00:13:32.083
  • It says in the scripturesthat his arm is not so short
  • 00:13:33.518 --> 00:13:37.055
  • that he can't redeem us.
  • 00:13:37.055 --> 00:13:40.425
  • God is able to workin your situation,
  • 00:13:40.425 --> 00:13:45.430
  • whatever hardship ordifficulty or tragedy
  • 00:13:46.598 --> 00:13:48.233
  • you may be going through.
  • 00:13:48.233 --> 00:13:50.068
  • I've led pilgrimagesto the Holy Land
  • 00:13:50.068 --> 00:13:52.036
  • and I've studied there,way back in 1988.
  • 00:13:52.036 --> 00:13:56.274
  • I love going there.
  • 00:13:56.274 --> 00:13:58.109
  • And Galilee is so beautiful.
  • 00:13:58.109 --> 00:13:59.711
  • And one of the places Ialways lead pilgrims to
  • 00:13:59.711 --> 00:14:03.114
  • is Jerusalem.
  • 00:14:03.114 --> 00:14:04.983
  • And in Jerusalem theyhave a church there,
  • 00:14:04.983 --> 00:14:06.851
  • it's called the Churchof the Holy Sepulchre.
  • 00:14:06.851 --> 00:14:09.721
  • Sepulchre was the tomb of Jesus.
  • 00:14:09.721 --> 00:14:13.191
  • It's the Church ofthe Holy Sepulchre
  • 00:14:13.191 --> 00:14:14.959
  • because it's theinvariants of the church
  • 00:14:14.959 --> 00:14:19.163
  • surround the tombwhere Jesus was,
  • 00:14:19.163 --> 00:14:22.333
  • but also it surrounds Cavalry,where Jesus was crucified.
  • 00:14:22.333 --> 00:14:27.005
  • So in other words, in onechurch you have two things.
  • 00:14:27.005 --> 00:14:31.342
  • You have the place of thedeath of Christ in Calvary,
  • 00:14:31.342 --> 00:14:34.779
  • and right near itis the empty tomb.
  • 00:14:34.779 --> 00:14:38.549
  • And it's a powerfulchurch because it contains
  • 00:14:38.549 --> 00:14:41.452
  • not only the place whereJesus was put to death
  • 00:14:41.452 --> 00:14:43.988
  • but this empty tomb which to us
  • 00:14:43.988 --> 00:14:46.925
  • is the sign of the Resurrection.
  • 00:14:46.925 --> 00:14:49.227
  • And that's hope.
  • 00:14:49.227 --> 00:14:50.228
  • And that's the wayit is in our lives.
  • 00:14:51.396 --> 00:14:53.564
  • Oftentimes, it's the situation
  • 00:14:53.564 --> 00:14:56.000
  • that causes the painand the sorrow, Calvary,
  • 00:14:56.000 --> 00:14:59.804
  • that leads to theplace of blessing
  • 00:14:59.804 --> 00:15:04.709
  • and new life and resurrection.
  • 00:15:04.709 --> 00:15:07.879
  • And I think about emptiness
  • 00:15:07.879 --> 00:15:09.180
  • because many people aregoing through emptiness
  • 00:15:09.180 --> 00:15:11.182
  • in their life right now.
  • 00:15:11.182 --> 00:15:13.117
  • And if you are goingthrough an empty period,
  • 00:15:13.117 --> 00:15:16.321
  • feeling likenothing's happening,
  • 00:15:16.321 --> 00:15:17.889
  • I want you to know thatthat could be the catalyst
  • 00:15:17.889 --> 00:15:20.892
  • for something more.
  • 00:15:20.892 --> 00:15:22.560
  • Just like the emptytomb was the catalyst,
  • 00:15:22.560 --> 00:15:25.096
  • or the sign, the symbolof the Resurrection.
  • 00:15:25.096 --> 00:15:28.333
  • I think about my ownlife really quickly.
  • 00:15:29.534 --> 00:15:30.935
  • I remember when I wasdating in college.
  • 00:15:30.935 --> 00:15:33.071
  • I dated this womanfor about nine months
  • 00:15:34.205 --> 00:15:36.007
  • and we had a greattime together.
  • 00:15:36.007 --> 00:15:38.176
  • We ended up breaking upand that's when I felt
  • 00:15:38.176 --> 00:15:40.078
  • a lot of hurt deep inside.
  • 00:15:40.078 --> 00:15:42.480
  • And there was sometremendous emptiness
  • 00:15:42.480 --> 00:15:44.816
  • because really Ihad abandoned God
  • 00:15:44.816 --> 00:15:47.352
  • and neededforgiveness in my life
  • 00:15:47.352 --> 00:15:49.754
  • and I was going through a,
  • 00:15:49.754 --> 00:15:51.322
  • Billy Graham calls ita cosmic loneliness.
  • 00:15:51.322 --> 00:15:54.792
  • This loneliness deepinside that's emptiness.
  • 00:15:54.792 --> 00:15:58.830
  • But it was thatemptiness and that hurt
  • 00:15:58.830 --> 00:16:02.500
  • and that pain andthat loneliness inside
  • 00:16:02.500 --> 00:16:04.836
  • that actually led me to God.
  • 00:16:04.836 --> 00:16:06.637
  • It was the catalystof my conversion.
  • 00:16:06.637 --> 00:16:09.807
  • That's why I say don't justlook on the surface of things,
  • 00:16:09.807 --> 00:16:12.377
  • don't just say, well,I'm empty and I'm lonely
  • 00:16:12.377 --> 00:16:14.879
  • and that's it, it'sover, and (mumbles), no.
  • 00:16:14.879 --> 00:16:18.149
  • Look for the onewho can redeem you.
  • 00:16:18.149 --> 00:16:20.218
  • Remember what I said,God is our redeemer.
  • 00:16:20.218 --> 00:16:22.120
  • Goel is the word for thisin I believe the Hebrew.
  • 00:16:22.120 --> 00:16:26.057
  • God our redeemer.
  • 00:16:26.057 --> 00:16:27.358
  • Look for God toredeem your situation.
  • 00:16:28.459 --> 00:16:30.495
  • Whether it be grieving,depression, loneliness,
  • 00:16:30.495 --> 00:16:34.999
  • emptiness, confusionabout the future.
  • 00:16:36.567 --> 00:16:40.371
  • Just give God alittle bit of faith,
  • 00:16:41.506 --> 00:16:43.975
  • give God a little bitof room to work with,
  • 00:16:43.975 --> 00:16:47.378
  • and I know that he willwork in your situation.
  • 00:16:47.378 --> 00:16:50.848
  • This is what hope is.
  • 00:16:50.848 --> 00:16:52.917
  • I used to have a goodfriend named Brent.
  • 00:16:52.917 --> 00:16:55.987
  • Brent and I were golf buddies
  • 00:16:55.987 --> 00:16:58.523
  • and he was such a graciousman, a great believer.
  • 00:16:58.523 --> 00:17:03.127
  • Unfortunately, he contractedlymphoma of the lung.
  • 00:17:03.127 --> 00:17:08.132
  • Hodgkin's lymphomait was called.
  • 00:17:09.333 --> 00:17:12.036
  • And he ended up passing away.
  • 00:17:12.036 --> 00:17:14.439
  • He was only about 61 yearsold, he wasn't that old.
  • 00:17:14.439 --> 00:17:18.009
  • Passed away from this cancer.
  • 00:17:18.009 --> 00:17:20.478
  • And his wife and hischildren were devastated
  • 00:17:20.478 --> 00:17:22.947
  • because Brent wassuch a great man.
  • 00:17:22.947 --> 00:17:25.450
  • But the aftermath ofthis has led his wife
  • 00:17:25.450 --> 00:17:29.520
  • to become the leaderof a grief group
  • 00:17:29.520 --> 00:17:33.091
  • and now she's helping a lotof people that are grieving.
  • 00:17:34.559 --> 00:17:37.161
  • I get emails from people thatare grieving all the time.
  • 00:17:39.130 --> 00:17:43.167
  • She wrote something for me
  • 00:17:43.167 --> 00:17:44.602
  • so that I can send topeople in an email.
  • 00:17:44.602 --> 00:17:47.605
  • So what I'm tryingto say is that
  • 00:17:47.605 --> 00:17:49.273
  • his wife Judy took thetragedy of Brent dying
  • 00:17:50.575 --> 00:17:54.745
  • and did something with it.
  • 00:17:54.745 --> 00:17:56.414
  • And that's what hope is.
  • 00:17:56.414 --> 00:17:58.416
  • And then I think aboutthis 13-year-old girl.
  • 00:17:58.416 --> 00:18:01.786
  • Her name was Cari Lightner.
  • 00:18:01.786 --> 00:18:03.888
  • She ended up beingkilled by a drunk driver.
  • 00:18:03.888 --> 00:18:06.491
  • This was years ago.
  • 00:18:06.491 --> 00:18:08.426
  • Her mother Candicewas overwhelmed.
  • 00:18:08.426 --> 00:18:12.330
  • She was shattered.
  • 00:18:12.330 --> 00:18:13.865
  • She was broken by this.
  • 00:18:13.865 --> 00:18:15.366
  • Her 13-year-old girl waskilled by a drunk driver,
  • 00:18:15.366 --> 00:18:19.737
  • such a senseless happening.
  • 00:18:19.737 --> 00:18:22.073
  • Her anger and her griefwere overwhelming.
  • 00:18:22.073 --> 00:18:24.575
  • Instead of letting theseemotions totally dominate her
  • 00:18:26.344 --> 00:18:30.081
  • and that was theend of the story,
  • 00:18:30.081 --> 00:18:32.350
  • Candice decided to dosomething about this.
  • 00:18:32.350 --> 00:18:35.586
  • And in time, she raisedup a movement called MADD,
  • 00:18:35.586 --> 00:18:40.591
  • Mothers Against Drunk Drivers.
  • 00:18:41.459 --> 00:18:43.561
  • And her goal wasthat there would be
  • 00:18:43.561 --> 00:18:46.898
  • no more drunk driving deaths.
  • 00:18:46.898 --> 00:18:50.434
  • And so MADD is all aboutending drunk driving,
  • 00:18:50.434 --> 00:18:54.438
  • that's her mission.
  • 00:18:54.438 --> 00:18:56.040
  • Well, they haven'ttotally stopped
  • 00:18:56.040 --> 00:18:58.476
  • people getting killedby drunk drivers,
  • 00:18:59.610 --> 00:19:01.345
  • but it's been cut in half.
  • 00:19:01.345 --> 00:19:03.648
  • So out of the tragedy ofthis little girl's death,
  • 00:19:03.648 --> 00:19:07.285
  • this mother did something,and this is what hope is,
  • 00:19:07.285 --> 00:19:11.389
  • out of the tragedy,out of something bad,
  • 00:19:11.389 --> 00:19:13.391
  • something good happened.
  • 00:19:13.391 --> 00:19:14.625
  • Think of the lives,the thousands of lives
  • 00:19:14.625 --> 00:19:18.529
  • that have been savedbecause of Cari's death.
  • 00:19:18.529 --> 00:19:22.833
  • Wow.
  • 00:19:23.834 --> 00:19:25.036
  • That's what hope is.
  • 00:19:25.036 --> 00:19:27.004
  • And so I want you to understandthat there's hope for you,
  • 00:19:27.004 --> 00:19:31.509
  • no matter whatyou're going through.
  • 00:19:31.509 --> 00:19:33.945
  • I think of the Prayer ofSaint Francis of Assisi.
  • 00:19:33.945 --> 00:19:37.281
  • This has been attributed tohim and it goes like this.
  • 00:19:37.281 --> 00:19:40.518
  • "Make me a channelof your peace.
  • 00:19:40.518 --> 00:19:43.487
  • "Where there's despair inlife, let me bring hope.
  • 00:19:43.487 --> 00:19:46.591
  • "Where there'sdarkness, only light.
  • 00:19:47.692 --> 00:19:50.595
  • "And where there'ssadness, ever joy."
  • 00:19:50.595 --> 00:19:53.297
  • Wow, that is so good.
  • 00:19:53.297 --> 00:19:55.666
  • So really when itcomes to tragedy
  • 00:19:55.666 --> 00:20:00.037
  • and hardship anddivorce and darkness,
  • 00:20:00.037 --> 00:20:05.009
  • there's hope.
  • 00:20:05.643 --> 00:20:06.177
  • I have a pen pal ministry
  • 00:20:07.378 --> 00:20:09.513
  • and it reaches out topeople who are in prison.
  • 00:20:09.513 --> 00:20:12.483
  • And one of the peoplein prison wrote me
  • 00:20:12.483 --> 00:20:16.454
  • and this is whatthey said, they said,
  • 00:20:16.454 --> 00:20:18.356
  • "Through the darkness of prison
  • 00:20:19.390 --> 00:20:21.459
  • "I have found God in my life."
  • 00:20:21.459 --> 00:20:23.861
  • He said, "I enrolled in aBible study class that they had
  • 00:20:23.861 --> 00:20:26.998
  • "just to kill the time.
  • 00:20:26.998 --> 00:20:29.367
  • "But as I was studyingthe scriptures,
  • 00:20:29.367 --> 00:20:31.669
  • "as I was studyingthe Bible in prison,
  • 00:20:31.669 --> 00:20:34.572
  • "God touched me andgave me a call."
  • 00:20:34.572 --> 00:20:38.876
  • And he said, "I founda calling in my life.
  • 00:20:38.876 --> 00:20:41.012
  • "I'm now a differentman than I ever was."
  • 00:20:41.012 --> 00:20:43.648
  • And it all happened inthe darkness of prison.
  • 00:20:43.648 --> 00:20:47.351
  • His call is toshare with others,
  • 00:20:47.351 --> 00:20:49.020
  • of course, as you might expect,
  • 00:20:49.020 --> 00:20:50.521
  • to share with others aboutthe good news of Jesus.
  • 00:20:50.521 --> 00:20:53.257
  • But he didn't even know Jesuswhen he went into prison.
  • 00:20:53.257 --> 00:20:56.160
  • Now he's had thisbeautiful conversion.
  • 00:20:56.160 --> 00:20:58.129
  • But the point I'mtrying to make is
  • 00:20:58.129 --> 00:20:59.864
  • in the darkness of prison,the hardship, the loneliness,
  • 00:20:59.864 --> 00:21:04.235
  • the emptiness, if you will,of that hard situation,
  • 00:21:04.235 --> 00:21:07.238
  • this man found God.
  • 00:21:07.238 --> 00:21:09.407
  • And so that's how Godworks, it's beautiful,
  • 00:21:09.407 --> 00:21:11.809
  • in all kinds ofdifficult situations.
  • 00:21:11.809 --> 00:21:14.679
  • I think about thismovie that just came out
  • 00:21:14.679 --> 00:21:17.415
  • as I'm taping this,as I'm filming this.
  • 00:21:17.415 --> 00:21:20.484
  • In 2019 there was amovie called "Unplanned."
  • 00:21:20.484 --> 00:21:23.854
  • And if you knowanything about it,
  • 00:21:23.854 --> 00:21:25.189
  • it was an unplannedbox office success.
  • 00:21:25.189 --> 00:21:29.527
  • It's the storyabout Abby Johnson
  • 00:21:29.527 --> 00:21:31.062
  • who was the director of aPlanned Parenthood clinic
  • 00:21:31.062 --> 00:21:33.497
  • in Bryan, Texas.
  • 00:21:33.497 --> 00:21:35.166
  • And during her tenure,
  • 00:21:35.166 --> 00:21:37.601
  • she saw an ultrasoundfor a 13-week-old fetus.
  • 00:21:37.601 --> 00:21:42.106
  • And during this ultrasound,the doctor sent in a probe
  • 00:21:42.106 --> 00:21:44.975
  • and the fetus triedto get out of the way.
  • 00:21:44.975 --> 00:21:47.445
  • And it so upset her
  • 00:21:47.445 --> 00:21:49.413
  • that she ended up leavingPlanned Parenthood,
  • 00:21:49.413 --> 00:21:52.049
  • changing her wholeviews on abortion,
  • 00:21:52.049 --> 00:21:55.920
  • and becoming a personthat is pro-life.
  • 00:21:55.920 --> 00:21:59.023
  • Well, this movie came out,
  • 00:21:59.023 --> 00:22:00.591
  • and now it hasaffected our culture.
  • 00:22:00.591 --> 00:22:03.327
  • Many people wentto see that movie.
  • 00:22:03.327 --> 00:22:06.030
  • And our culture is changing.
  • 00:22:06.030 --> 00:22:08.466
  • President Trump got intooffice, very pro-life president,
  • 00:22:08.466 --> 00:22:11.936
  • and he's been helpingto change legislation.
  • 00:22:11.936 --> 00:22:15.072
  • Now there are statessuch as Missouri,
  • 00:22:15.072 --> 00:22:18.275
  • Iowa, Kentucky, Utah,Arkansas, Mississippi, Georgia,
  • 00:22:18.275 --> 00:22:22.380
  • and so many other states.
  • 00:22:22.380 --> 00:22:23.948
  • In some of the statesit is now illegal
  • 00:22:23.948 --> 00:22:26.550
  • to have abortions in that state.
  • 00:22:26.550 --> 00:22:29.587
  • I never thought I wouldlive to see the day
  • 00:22:29.587 --> 00:22:32.390
  • when abortion would be illegal.
  • 00:22:32.390 --> 00:22:34.658
  • But the tide has been turning.
  • 00:22:34.658 --> 00:22:36.394
  • And so what Isimply wanted to say
  • 00:22:37.495 --> 00:22:39.397
  • is that God works throughthe tragedies of abortion
  • 00:22:39.397 --> 00:22:43.067
  • to bring new life.
  • 00:22:43.067 --> 00:22:44.535
  • If you're a woman, or a man,considering having an abortion,
  • 00:22:44.535 --> 00:22:48.939
  • I'm inviting you to openup your heart to God
  • 00:22:50.074 --> 00:22:54.412
  • and to realize that that life
  • 00:22:54.412 --> 00:22:55.880
  • that has begun in yourwomb, if you're a woman,
  • 00:22:55.880 --> 00:22:59.917
  • is really a human being,
  • 00:22:59.917 --> 00:23:01.419
  • and to give that life a chance.
  • 00:23:02.286 --> 00:23:05.222
  • And I wanna tell you thatthis is how God works.
  • 00:23:05.222 --> 00:23:07.458
  • If you've had an abortionand you're broken
  • 00:23:07.458 --> 00:23:10.161
  • and feeling guiltyand overwhelmed,
  • 00:23:10.161 --> 00:23:11.729
  • realize that you're not beyondthe pail of forgiveness,
  • 00:23:11.729 --> 00:23:15.866
  • that God, his mercy, hislove will forgive you.
  • 00:23:15.866 --> 00:23:20.504
  • Simply come to him.
  • 00:23:20.504 --> 00:23:22.473
  • So that's what hope is.
  • 00:23:22.473 --> 00:23:24.308
  • Hope is believingin the tragedies,
  • 00:23:24.308 --> 00:23:28.412
  • in the sufferings,in the accidents,
  • 00:23:28.412 --> 00:23:33.050
  • in the sins, (laughs)in the addictions.
  • 00:23:33.050 --> 00:23:36.787
  • And I've listed manyhere in this talk.
  • 00:23:36.787 --> 00:23:39.924
  • And all the stuff ofwhat it is to be human.
  • 00:23:39.924 --> 00:23:43.194
  • That God isn't distant,but rather, God is at work.
  • 00:23:43.194 --> 00:23:48.032
  • And that's why hope is alive.
  • 00:23:48.032 --> 00:23:50.334
  • And if you're a person of hope,
  • 00:23:50.334 --> 00:23:52.536
  • you'll become apassionate person.
  • 00:23:52.536 --> 00:23:54.705
  • A proactive person.
  • 00:23:54.705 --> 00:23:56.674
  • A person who reachesout to others
  • 00:23:56.674 --> 00:23:58.509
  • because you know thatGod is a redeeming God.
  • 00:23:58.509 --> 00:24:02.146
  • And I pray that in your life,
  • 00:24:02.146 --> 00:24:03.481
  • no matter what you'regoing through right now,
  • 00:24:03.481 --> 00:24:06.016
  • you'll be a person of hope
  • 00:24:06.016 --> 00:24:08.486
  • that knows that even thoughthere's a storm on the horizon,
  • 00:24:08.486 --> 00:24:11.922
  • the rainbow is coming.
  • 00:24:11.922 --> 00:24:14.058
  • And because of you'rehope, you won't just live.
  • 00:24:14.058 --> 00:24:17.394
  • You'll live with passion.
  • 00:24:17.394 --> 00:24:18.963
  • (gentle music)
  • 00:24:18.963 --> 00:24:21.632
  • I hope my sharing withyou brought you hope.
  • 00:24:21.632 --> 00:24:24.034
  • We have a living hope.
  • 00:24:24.034 --> 00:24:26.136
  • Because God is our redeemer,
  • 00:24:26.136 --> 00:24:27.972
  • any situation canbe turned around.
  • 00:24:27.972 --> 00:24:30.407
  • I received thisemail from a woman.
  • 00:24:30.407 --> 00:24:31.876
  • She said, "I was feelingdepressed and isolated.
  • 00:24:31.876 --> 00:24:34.445
  • "Instead of sitting back, Itook your advice, Father Cedric,
  • 00:24:34.445 --> 00:24:37.381
  • "and I formed a ladies group.
  • 00:24:37.381 --> 00:24:38.682
  • "Now we have over 65women in this group."
  • 00:24:38.682 --> 00:24:41.785
  • And she said, "I wantyou to know how profound
  • 00:24:41.785 --> 00:24:44.088
  • "your words haveimpacted my life
  • 00:24:44.088 --> 00:24:46.757
  • "and helped me to overcome
  • 00:24:46.757 --> 00:24:48.058
  • "what was a very darkperiod of my life."
  • 00:24:48.058 --> 00:24:50.194
  • She said, "I feelbetter about myself
  • 00:24:50.194 --> 00:24:51.729
  • "and now these women feelbetter about themselves."
  • 00:24:51.729 --> 00:24:54.031
  • See, that's hope.
  • 00:24:54.031 --> 00:24:54.865
  • You don't just sit back
  • 00:24:54.865 --> 00:24:56.033
  • and let the hardthings overwhelm you.
  • 00:24:56.033 --> 00:24:57.835
  • You get involved,you become proactive.
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  • God is our redeemer.
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  • He works in you and throughyou to touch other people.
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  • This is one of my messages.
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  • Most of all, I'mtrying to get people
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  • to come into a closepersonal relationship
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  • with Jesus Christ.
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  • I'm now on many networks, radio,social media, the Internet.
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  • Everywhere I can to bring people
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  • to a saving knowledge of Jesus.
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  • To bring peopleto a living hope.
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  • Would you considersupporting my ministry
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  • and hopefully becominga partner with me?
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  • I have a numberof people who are,
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  • but some of you've been watchingmy program for a long time
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  • and you've thought about it.
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  • Well, make a move,become a partner.
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  • I guarantee allyour money will go
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  • to the production and theairing of these programs.
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  • So all you gotta dois call that number,
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  • write me at that address,
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  • go to my Internet,to my website.
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  • And I wanna tell you thankyou, thank you, thank you
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  • for helping me proclaimhope in the world
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  • and a personalrelationship with Jesus.
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  • Don't just live,live with passion.
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  • (gentle music)
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  • - [Announcer] God isgood all the time.
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  • All the time, God is good.
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  • For over 13 years, FatherCedric has broadcasted
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  • "Live with Passion" ontelevision and radio.
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  • Father is inspiring believers
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  • and reaching out to those whohave not yet come to faith.
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  • Because of these programs,
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  • lives are being touchedand souls are being saved.
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  • Please join us insupporting Father Cedric
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  • in his God-given missionto proclaim the gospel
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  • to every person.
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  • Father Cedric is a priest witha professed vow of poverty.
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  • That means thatall of your money
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  • will be used to helphim and his ministry.
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  • Many are hurting,broken and lost,
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  • but God is good all the time.
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  • Through gracepeople can be saved.
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  • To partner with Father Cedric,
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  • simply call 844-FATHERC.
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  • 844-328-4372.
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  • Write us at 430Bunker Hill Road,
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  • Houston, Texas, 77024.
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  • Or log onto www.FRCedric.organd donate online.
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  • Simple, easy, and confidential.
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  • Thank you in advancefor your generosity.
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  • Together we are touchinglives and saving souls.
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