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  • Hey, everybody,we wanted to invite you
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  • into our homeat Living Proof Ministries
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  • because you have invited us
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  • into yours so many times.
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  • We live and breathefor one primary thing
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  • at Living Proofand that is to see people
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  • come to love the LordJesus Christ
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  • with everything in themthrough the study of his Word.
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  • To love God's Word,to live on God's Word,
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  • that is the greatest joyon earth to us.
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  • Every time I speak now I knowthat ultimately that particular
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  • message is going to come aroundto our program
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  • and I can have people like youon the other side of that screen
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  • and so I want you to knowI think about you
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  • every single time I teach nowand you are so important to us.
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  • As we flip the calendarto a brand new year,
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  • I wonder if you wouldconsider coming alongside us
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  • at Living Proofand partnering with us
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  • through a year-end gift.
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  • We would pray to be such goodstewards of it
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  • and it would go such a long waywith eternal results
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  • we pray,that God would bring forth
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  • fruitfulness from itin the lives of people as they
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  • seek to know himand to do his will.
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  • Listen, we could not possiblydo it without donors like you
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  • so we are so gratefulfor your help.
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  • Thank you so much.
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  • We're supposed to be mindfulthat he who came
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  • is coming again,and I wonder
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  • if we could interruptthis holiday season
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  • with a strong emphasis,with a shaking to our bones,
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  • of the glorious expectationthat the one who came
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  • is coming again.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • Jesus said that the kingdomis near us and that the kingdom
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  • is in us, and yet our feetare not yet in it.
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  • So if you ever wonderwhy it is we are strangers
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  • in this world, well,because our citizenship
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  • is in a different placeand here we are
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  • and very often we don'teven speak the same language.
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  • Can anybody go there with me?
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  • So here the kingdom, our heartsbeat for the kingdom whether we
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  • realize it or not,that longing that you have
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  • that you cannot identify.
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  • You know,one of the things
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  • that I tell a sister who isreally, really struggling
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  • to stay in her marriageand is being really,
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  • really temptedoutside her marriage
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  • and I would say the same thingto a brother
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  • if I was face to facewith him
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  • in a similar conversation.
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  • I said, "Well, you need tounderstand,
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  • 'cause I can tellthat the situation is,
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  • that the newnesshas long since worn off,
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  • and what I say over and over is,
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  • "Yes, and the next newness isgoing to wear off too,
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  • and then that newnessis gonna wear off
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  • and then you're gonna move tosomebody new
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  • and the newnessis always going to wear off
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  • because what it is you wantso much, you cannot get here.
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  • We have something--we keep looking for something.
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  • Somebody needs to know becauseit would set you free
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  • from your turmoilthat with faith comes a longing.
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  • Faith--when we are reallyawakened with great faith,
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  • it puts a longing in us thatwe can't even always identify.
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  • We don't even--we don'teven know, well, it's to be.
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  • We are peoplein the kingdom of God.
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  • We would neverget it satiated here.
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  • It's not to say a lot of thingsaren't fulfilling to us here.
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  • We have a lot of love,we have laughter,
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  • we have tears, we have turmoil,we have absurdity.
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  • We have all of those thingsthat make life interesting.
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  • But our longings.
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  • The deepest longingsof our heart are not going to
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  • be found and satiated here.
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  • I mean, like,I don't know about you but,
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  • like, nobody treats melike royalty.
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  • Anybody find that to be true?
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  • Like, here we areand the world does not act
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  • like it even knows who we are.
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  • I've been thinking a lotabout time lately.
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  • Maybe it's because, like,
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  • we just finished puttingour Christmas stuff up,
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  • a few weeks ago.
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  • Doesn't it seem like that?
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  • And we just got it out again.
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  • We just get the lightsoff the house
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  • and it's time to put 'emright back up again.
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  • One reason I've been thinkinga lot about time
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  • is because my little 7-poundgrandson will turn 14
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  • in the early partof the New Year
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  • and he has outgrown meby an inch and a half.
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  • I've got this little cardthat I keep right out
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  • where I see it.
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  • You can't see it very wellbut it's got a little bitty boy
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  • and his face is looking aroundthat corner right there.
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  • And about 14½ years ago,the doorbell rang at my house
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  • and I wentand I opened the door
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  • and nobody was therebut there was a gift there,
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  • and it was a really longcylinder kind of a box
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  • like that, and it hada little card on it.
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  • And you see,I, like most parents,
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  • love to embarrass my children.
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  • And one of the thingsfrom the time
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  • that Curtiscame into our family,
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  • when they were just datingand decided to marry,
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  • then I, you know,I just set in
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  • and I set in about the thingsthat I just could not wait to do
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  • with my grandchildren.
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  • And you know,he's just like--
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  • he's not going to be onethat's gonna be
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  • super-demonstrativeduring praise and worship
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  • and there's hismother-in-law.
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  • You understandwhat I'm saying to you?
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  • And so, you know, I just hadsuch a great time 'cause I said,
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  • "You know, one of these days
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  • when I get a little babyCurtis," I said,
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  • "I just can't wait.
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  • I'm gonna have lessons with him.
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  • It's gonna be called,'Praise Dancing with Granny.'
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  • And I'm gonna get hima little banner.
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  • We're just gonna havelittle matching banners
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  • and in praise and worshipwe're just gonna take off
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  • and run the sanctuary."
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  • And of course, you know, I'venever done that in my life but I
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  • have been placeswhere people have done it
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  • and I've wanted to do itwith 'em, frankly.
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  • I've wanted to.
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  • I sometimes in praiseand worship,
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  • I look at myself and go,"Okay, any minute now.
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  • Any minute.
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  • If there's a flag anywherein sight, I'm about to take it.
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  • Just any minute,I'm about to take it."
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  • So I come and see that gifton the front porch.
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  • Got no idea what it is.
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  • I take the card out and it says,"Dear Mom and Dad,
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  • you have eight monthsto get ready for praise
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  • dancing with baby Curtis.
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  • Love, Curtis and Amanda."
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  • And it was time,and now he's nearly 14.
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  • It all goes so fast, doesn't it?
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  • Doesn't it?
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  • That highly esteemed sageof our age, Dr. Seuss,
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  • said it this way and it's oneof my very favorite ways:
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  • "How did it get so late so soon?
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  • "It's night beforeit's afternoon.
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  • "December is herebefore it's June.
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  • "My goodness howthe time has flewn.
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  • How did it get so late so soon?"
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  • How did it get so late so soon?
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  • Time has flewn.
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  • Time, technically,is the very first thing
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  • that God ever created.
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  • "In the beginning,"because it was the eternal realm
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  • so there had to be timecreated so that there could be
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  • a beginning because thingsthat were earthward
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  • that were going to be partof the mortal,
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  • terrestrial groundof this man
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  • that they had plannedbefore the foundation
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  • of the world,this humanity created
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  • to praise him and serve himand love him
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  • and know him and joinin the fellowship of the Father
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  • and the Son and the Holy Spirit.
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  • There had to be time
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  • because time relatesto all things earth.
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  • You can even seethat in Revelation
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  • when there'll be referencesto time.
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  • It's always in reference tothings going on in the temporal
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  • realm and then there'sa new heavens
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  • and a new earththat will have no end.
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  • And, of course, time is linearin the Bible,
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  • not cyclical like a numberof other world religions.
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  • We know this from Hebrews 9:27that says that "it is appointed
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  • for man to die onceand then comes the judgment."
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  • But here's a beautiful thingand something I want you
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  • to set your mind on at this timeof year
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  • when our mind is on time.
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  • Is it in the Bible's wayof reckoning,
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  • time doesn't go, time comes.
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  • We think of time like, man,it goes so fast.
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  • No, no, it's coming, not going.
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  • You can hear it in a segmentof Galatians.
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  • In chapter 4, verse 4, it says:
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  • "But when the fullness of time
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  • "had come, God sent forthhis Son, born of woman,
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  • born under the law."
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  • "When the fullnessof time had come."
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  • We think of time as fleetingand the Bible sees it
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  • not as fleeting,but as building.
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  • We feel like we're running outof time,
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  • but the Bible sees it as runningtoward a time.
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  • And this would change everythingfor us and our perspective
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  • of life if we would let it.
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  • A couple of other examples,Luke 2:6
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  • where what you think aboutand meditate on
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  • so much this time of yearand so do I:
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  • "And while they were there,the time came for her
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  • to give birth,"
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  • speaking of Mary giving birthto the Christ child.
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  • Christ saying to his brothersin John 7:8:
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  • "You go up to the feast.
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  • I'm not going up to this feast
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  • for my time has not yetfully come."
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  • Daniel 7:22, speakingof the future:
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  • "And the time camewhen the saints
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  • possessed the kingdom."
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  • "The time came."
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  • So here's what I want youto understand here.
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  • You know it, but this timeof year is for reminders.
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  • And all of time is moving towarda moment in time
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  • and I want youto understand something.
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  • That moment in timewas not the birth.
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  • That birth was imperativefor the moment in time
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  • but it itself was not the apex.
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  • It had to happento get to the apex.
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  • The time towardwhich all time is moving,
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  • the reason why the Bibleever says,
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  • "In the beginning,"is because the clock
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  • started ticking towardone moment in time
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  • and we pray forthat moment in time
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  • every time we praythe Lord's Prayer.
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  • "Thy kingdom come,thy will be done,
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  • on earth as it is in heaven."
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  • All of time is comingtoward the moment
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  • when every eye will see Christand it will not just be
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  • the manifestationbut the interpretation
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  • of the Son of Godcome to rule in righteousness
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  • and right every single wrongand in justice he will reign.
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  • Can I get an amenin the house tonight?
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  • All of time ticking towardone huge scene
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  • and that is himbreaking through that sky
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  • for every eye to see.
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  • Hi, I'm Natalieand this is Selena.
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  • I know we all need something newto look forward to.
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  • Beth and her daughter Melissahave written a dynamic study
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  • called,"Now that Faith has Come:
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  • A Study of Galatians."
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  • (Selena)This seven-week study
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  • will walk you through
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  • Paul's letter tothe New Testament church.
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  • The materialis wildly interesting
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  • in its original context
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  • and relevantto our present world.
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  • We need our minds stayedon Christ like no other time.
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  • Living Proof Ministries isso excited to present this study
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  • that we hope will fullyengage you in every word
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  • Paul wrote to the Galatians.
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  • (Beth Moore)I've got to tell you,
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  • in the last yearsbut I have never in my life,
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  • I say to you, I have never hadmore confidence
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  • in the pure gospelof our Lord Jesus Christ.
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  • I told you a little bitabout Jackson about to turn 14.
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  • About that same timein the very same month,
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  • my granddaughterAnnabeth will turn 11.
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  • She is what is called,wonderfully, I think, a tween.
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  • She is no longer a little girland she is not a teen.
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  • Annabeth, along with thoseher age and right around it,
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  • she is a tween.
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  • And so that'swhat else I came to tell you,
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  • that that's us.
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  • That alongside every generation
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  • following the Ascensionof Christ and waiting
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  • for his visible arrival,we are the tweens
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  • living between two advents.
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  • And man, it gets crazy in here.
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  • The book of Acts saysin Acts 14:22,
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  • the apostle Paul says:
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  • "For it is throughmuch tribulation
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  • that we inherit the kingdom."
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  • Doesn't mean through tribulationwe are saved.
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  • We're only saved by the bloodof Christ,
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  • by putting our faith in himand what he did for us.
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  • But he's saying,"Let me tell you something.
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  • There ain't no getting to thatkingdom without a whole lot
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  • of tribulation.
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  • It's gonna be a trial.
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  • It's gonna be a trial.
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  • But it's gonna be good.
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  • So I want you to look at thesepassages in 1 Peter 3 through 9
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  • and I want youto notice something with me.
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  • There are three distincttime periods
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  • that are talked aboutin this portion of Scripture
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  • that are so important.
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  • I'm gonna pick up in verse 6:"This brings you great joy,
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  • "although you may have tosuffer for a short time
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  • "in various trials.
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  • "Such trials showthe proven character
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  • "of your faith,which is much more valuable
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  • "than gold--gold that is testedby fire,
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  • "even though it is passingaway--and will bring praise
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  • "and glory and honorwhen Jesus Christ is revealed."
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  • So, three distinct time periodsin this little section
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  • of Scripture.
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  • There is the now.The now.
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  • The here and nowthat we are living in.
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  • And then there isthe short time.
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  • And then there isthe when Jesus is revealed.
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  • So it's nowand then there's a little while,
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  • and then when Jesus is revealed.
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  • And I point this out to you
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  • because we are reallyjust a little while
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  • from when Jesus is revealed.
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  • Whether he is revealed to uswhen we see him at the end
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  • of our lives, or he is revealedto all of us
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  • and we're in the generationwhen he comes,
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  • one way or the other,
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  • it's just gonnabe a little while.
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  • And what it's saying here,and I want you
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  • to understand this with me,I know you know it,
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  • but I pray this will just bean encouragement to somebody,
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  • is that he is allowing
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  • the thingsthat we're going through
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  • to prove us genuine.
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  • Now, he already knowsif we're genuine but,
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  • you know what?
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  • You don't even know if you are.
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  • I don't even know if I am,half the time.
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  • Anybody knowwhat I'm talking about?
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  • He knowswhat we have got in us
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  • and he is setting us upat times to show it,
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  • because you see,this is the testimony
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  • that speaks to people around usthat may not pick up a Bible
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  • until somebody gives thema reason to look into
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  • what life would be likein Christ and,
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  • when over time, over time,
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  • something is just proved to them
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  • that now they've watched youfor weeks,
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  • months, years,and they know you're legit,
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  • when you may nothave even known it.
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  • They know it.
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  • He is giving us something he canreward us for,
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  • a God who is a giverby his very nature,
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  • constantly setting us up,so that there can be
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  • the greatest joywhen he is revealed.
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  • I want you to know somethingin this season of our lives,
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  • our faithfulness will matter.
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  • It will matter.
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  • I'm gonna say that again.
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  • Whatever you're going through,your faithfulness
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  • in your present situationmatters greatly.
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  • Do not think for a momentit doesn't,
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  • he says that what he is doingin you is more precious
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  • than gold that is testedby fire,
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  • even though it is passing away.
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  • That it's bringingto the surface impurities
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  • that he can skim off the top
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  • so that what's in thereis genuine,
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  • so that no matter how deepa thorn goes in us,
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  • it's gonna still bleed Jesus.
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  • It's gonna still bleed faith.
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  • It's gonna still bleedfaithfulness.
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  • I want you to look, very, verynear it,
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  • you're near Hebrews 9,verse 28:
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  • "So also, after Christwas offered once
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  • "to bear the sins of many,to those who eagerly await him
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  • "he will appeara second time,
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  • not to bear sinbut to bring salvation."
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  • He's talking about the finalityof it, that we have tasted
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  • and known that he's gonnabring that full salvation,
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  • not--we're already savedand our eternity set in--
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  • with God in gloryand in his presence
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  • if we've received Christ.
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  • But there's this ever-workingsalvation
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  • that he still has underwaythat he's gonna display to us
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  • that will be beyondour imagination,
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  • beyond any description,and it says
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  • that he will come back for thosewho eagerly await him.
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  • Eagerly await him.
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  • I love 2 Timothy 4:6 through 8.
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  • It's Peter--it's Paul, rather,and Paul is talking to Timothy
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  • and it's the last letterhe ever writes.
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  • And he says to him, "The timefor my departure is near.
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  • "I've competed well,I've finished the race.
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  • "I have kept the faith.
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  • "Finally, there is in storefor me the crown
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  • "of righteousness whichthe Lord, the righteous judge,
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  • "will award to me on that dayand not only to me
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  • "but also to allwho have set their affection
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  • on his appearing."
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  • It's talking about, it could be,because of the wording
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  • that he has,it could be the first appearing
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  • or the second appearing,but we know from the context
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  • he's talking aboutthe second appearing.
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  • I love it.
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  • It says: "Set your affections,"in the NET, but many
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  • of your translations will say:"who loved his appearing."
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  • Who loved his appearing, to liveas those who anticipate
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  • that moment above all.
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  • I thought--I found itfascinating that the common
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  • denominator betweenthe three primary writers
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  • that talk so blatantlyand affectionately
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  • and powerfullyabout the second advent,
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  • so primarily that's gonna beJohn and it's gonna be Peter
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  • and it's gonna be Paul and sowhat was it about
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  • 'cause all of 'em just like,"Come, come, come,
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  • Lord Jesus, come, come, come,
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  • come, come,Lord Jesus, come."
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  • And you hear someof that from James,
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  • the half-brother of Christ.
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  • What is it?
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  • What is the common denominator
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  • because they hadencountered him.
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  • They knowwhat they were looking for.
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  • See, we are going by faith.
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  • John's first letter,1 John chapter 1, he goes,
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  • "Listen, we saw himwith our eyes.
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  • We touched himwith our hands.
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  • We know him."
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  • Our faith is based on fact.
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  • They knew himand they could not wait
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  • to see him again.
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  • The apostle Paulin Philippians said,
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  • "Listen, I'm gonna tell yousomething.
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  • I'm in a strait betwixt two.
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  • It just doesn't get betterthan the King James Version
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  • in that.
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  • "I'm in a strait betwixt two,having a desire to depart
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  • and to be with Christwhich is much better,
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  • but also needing to stay hereand serve all of you."
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  • What a statement,because they'd seen him,
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  • they'd encountered him.
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  • They knew him.
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  • Want you to know something:
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  • the second advent will bethe antithesis of subtle.
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  • The antithesis.
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  • It won't be the babein the manger,
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  • as precious as that is to us,
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  • hidden awayfrom everybody's sight.
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  • It will be every eyewill see him
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  • and after Isaiah had saidabout him in his first advent,
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  • in 53:2-3:"He had no form or majesty
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  • "that we should look at him,no beauty
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  • "that we should desire him.
  • 00:23:22.483 --> 00:23:23.851
  • "He was despised and rejected bymen, and as one
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  • "from whom men hide their faceshe was despised,
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  • and we esteemed him not."
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  • And then Matthew 24:30 reads:"Then the sign of the Son of Man
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  • "will appear in the sky,and they all the peoples
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  • "of the earth will mourn;and they will see the Son of Man
  • 00:23:37.131 --> 00:23:39.800
  • coming on the cloudsof heaven with power
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  • and great glory."
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  • I just love this,Jesus talking himself
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  • in John chapter 5: 28-29where he says:
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  • "A time is comingwhen all who are in the graves
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  • will hear his voiceand come out."
  • 00:23:54.381 --> 00:23:57.051
  • I mean, that's some kindof voice when,
  • 00:23:57.084 --> 00:23:58.719
  • like, people start popping outof their grave.
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  • C.S. Lewis,and we'll start drawing
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  • to a close with this,wrote the following words
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  • in his classic book,"Mere Christianity,"
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  • and I want you to soak 'em in.
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  • Just try to be undistracted.
  • 00:24:13.601 --> 00:24:17.705
  • "Hope is oneof the Theological virtues.
  • 00:24:17.738 --> 00:24:21.542
  • "This means that a continuallooking forward
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  • "to the eternal world is not(as some modern people think)
  • 00:24:24.278 --> 00:24:28.249
  • "a form of escapismor wishful thinking,
  • 00:24:28.282 --> 00:24:31.585
  • "but one of the thingsa Christian is meant to do.
  • 00:24:31.619 --> 00:24:35.089
  • "It does not meanthat we are to leave
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  • "the present world as it is.
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  • "If you read historyyou will find
  • 00:24:39.193 --> 00:24:41.095
  • "that the Christianswho did the most
  • 00:24:41.128 --> 00:24:43.497
  • "for the present world were justthose who thought most
  • 00:24:43.531 --> 00:24:48.102
  • "of the next.
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  • "The apostles themselves,who set on foot the conversion
  • 00:24:49.670 --> 00:24:52.506
  • "of the Roman Empire,the great men who built up
  • 00:24:52.540 --> 00:24:55.175
  • "the Middle Ages,the English Evangelicals
  • 00:24:55.209 --> 00:24:57.678
  • "who abolished the Slave Trade,all left their mark on Earth,
  • 00:24:57.711 --> 00:25:02.016
  • "precisely because their mindswere occupied with heaven.
  • 00:25:02.049 --> 00:25:06.687
  • "It is since Christianshave largely ceased
  • 00:25:06.720 --> 00:25:08.822
  • "to think of the other world
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  • "that they have becomeso ineffective in this.
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  • Aim at heaven," he says,"and you will get earth
  • 00:25:14.728 --> 00:25:16.931
  • 'thrown in': aim at earthand you will get neither."
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  • Not only with the Comingof Christ
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  • will there be full redemption,I mean full redemption,
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  • everything, an entire Creationfully redeemed,
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  • not only will there berevelation and rejoicing,
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  • but 2 Thessalonianssays there will be
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  • the most wonderful thingin the very first chapter:
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  • "This is evidenceof the righteous judgment
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  • "of God, that you may beconsidered worthy
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  • "of the kingdom of God,for which you are also
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  • "suffering--since indeedGod considers it just to repay
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  • "with affliction those whoafflict you, and to grant relief
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  • "to you who are afflictedas well as to us,
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  • "when the Lord Jesus is revealedfrom heaven
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  • with his mighty angels."
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  • Jesus is coming for you.
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  • He came the first timeso he could come
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  • the second time.
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  • Oh, it was a glorious appearingthe first time.
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  • The Word made fleshand dwelling among us
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  • and we have seen his glory,the glory of the one and only
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  • full of grace and truth.
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  • Glorious appearing, epiphany,but it will be nothing
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  • in comparison to the timewhen he comes
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  • and he finds this worldin the dark
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  • and he says,"Don't you be afraid.
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  • I'm coming for you."
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • I believe two things.
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  • I believe that most peoplein the faith
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  • are probably not fully engagedin their spirits
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  • with the call of Christon their life,
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  • and the second thingI am convinced,
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  • I'm absolutely convinced,if they understood what it was,
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  • there would be nothingto stop 'em.
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  • Nothing, nothing,
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  • 'cause there is nothinglike this.
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  • (Selena)If you don't already have plans
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  • for getting into the Scripturesthis New Year,
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  • join us as we diveinto the study of Galatians.
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  • (Natalie)And we look forward
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  • to seeing you next week.
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