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Pillars for Life

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January 1, 2018
57:30

Matt & Laurie Crouch host Joel & Victoria Osteen and Joseph Prince

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Pillars for Life

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  • - [Announcer] Joy and peace can be yours
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  • as you live by the truths of God's word.
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  • He promises to be with you through anything
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  • that comes your way.
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  • You can overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
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  • If God is for you, who can be against you?
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  • - The message we want to go to the global
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  • networks of TBN and to our audience
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  • is that they can live a blessed life.
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  • That they can do that in a spirit contemporary way.
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  • That ultimately they would be empowered by the gospel
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  • of grace so that they can live a hope-filled life.
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  • That is what we wanna message out to the networks of TBN
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  • and those that are viewing.
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  • - [Announcer] In the early days of the church,
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  • Simon Peter, considered a pillar among the leaders,
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  • spoke confidently on the day of Pentecost
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  • empowered by the Holy Spirit.
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  • In our day, men of God have risen
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  • to speak to this generation.
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  • - Don't you know who you are?
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  • You have so much in you.
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  • You are full of talent, gifts, creativity.
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  • Don't settle for second best.
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  • Having hope doesn't mean that every day is gonna be perfect
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  • and you're never gonna have challenges.
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  • But it's coming back to that place of peace to say
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  • God, I know you're still on the throne.
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  • When you stay anchored to hope, he'll show out in your
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  • life ways you've never imagined.
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  • - [Announcer] The Lord delights in those who fear him,
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  • who put their hope in his unfailing love.
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  • - [Announcer] Inspired by these words,
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  • you too can live a life of hope
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  • empowered by the living God.
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  • These principles can become your pillars for life.
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  • - It is 2018.
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  • Happy New Year!
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  • (audience applauding)
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  • Did you all have a nice Christmas?
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  • (audience cheering)
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  • Thanksgiving, all that?
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  • Okay.
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  • Look, the pillars of Trinity Broadcasting's programming
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  • are represented by hope and grace.
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  • Come on now.
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  • The new year is just beginning.
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  • How do we start the new year right?
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  • - Well we start the new year off with expectancy
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  • and I believe, I felt in my spirit that 2018
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  • is gonna be a year where God exceeds our expectations.
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  • (audience cheering)
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  • You all know the Scripture that says God will do
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  • exceedingly, abundantly above all we can ask,
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  • think, or imagine.
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  • Let me tell you what your imagining, what you're thinking,
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  • God's dream for your life is bigger than your own.
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  • I've seen it in my own life.
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  • I never even dreamed I'd be up in front of people
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  • but God's opened all these doors.
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  • I just hope you'll get that down in your spirit.
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  • 2018 God, not demand it, but God I just thank you.
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  • You're gonna exceed my expectations.
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  • (audience applauding)
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  • - 2018 is gonna be the year of yes.
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  • You're gonna take your step every day.
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  • You're gonna say yes to Jesus.
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  • You know what?
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  • All he wants us to do is say yes today.
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  • So he can prepare us for tomorrow.
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  • So this year is all about being brave and being bold
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  • and just saying yes, Jesus, I trust you.
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  • I know I'm in the palm of your hand.
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  • I know you can do more than I can ask, think, or imagine.
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  • So this is the year of yes.
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  • - [Man] Come on, say yes!
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  • (upbeat instrumental music)
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  • - Welcome to Southern California.
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  • Hope and grace are represented on this praise program.
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  • The idea of waking up to hope.
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  • Why is that a good idea?
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  • - You know Matt, I think it's important how we start
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  • the day many times determines what kind of day
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  • we're going to have.
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  • And I think it's easy sometimes you start the day off
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  • kinda in the blahs and just I don't feel
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  • like going to work and I got these problems.
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  • But you know your life is gonna follow your thoughts.
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  • So I think it's so important to get up
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  • with that grateful attitude and say God I wanna thank you
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  • for another day and just get your mind
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  • going in the right direction
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  • I've learned your life will go in the right direction.
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  • So I think it's important right at the very beginning
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  • of the day just to set the tone.
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  • No better way to set it than to be hope-filled.
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  • I was thinking about the Scripture it says
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  • the path of the righteousness gets brighter and brighter.
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  • I believe God wants us to go further and further,
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  • get brighter and brighter,
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  • not get stuck where we are
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  • but a new day of victory and so let's take
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  • the limits off of God.
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  • - You know we are so blessed in this country
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  • to be able to wake up and turn on the television
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  • to be able to wake up to hope and to grace
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  • and I love that so much because you know sometimes
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  • you can have so much you can take it for granted.
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  • And I just think that it's a time to be grateful.
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  • It's a time to count our blessings,
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  • not to just take thing for granted
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  • but to really say hey, you know this is a luxury
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  • to be able to turn on the TV and remind myself
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  • that there is hope.
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  • That I've got a future.
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  • That if I'll keep pressing on that God'll get me
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  • to where I need to be.
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  • Not every day is the perfect day
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  • but every day is a good day when you have God in it.
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  • So I love that.
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  • - You may not have any reason in the natural
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  • to be hopeful.
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  • Doesn't look like you'll get well,
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  • meet the right person, start your business.
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  • You have to do like David and hope in the Lord.
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  • Don't put your hope in your circumstances.
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  • They may not turn out the way you thought.
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  • Don't put your hope in people.
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  • They may let you down.
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  • Don't put your hope in your career.
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  • Things may change.
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  • Put your hope in the Lord, in the God who spoke
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  • worlds into existence,
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  • in the God who flung stars into space.
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  • - [Announcer] The pillars for life include messages
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  • presented by pastors Robert Morris and Leon Fontaine.
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  • Matt and Laurie join them from Colleyville, Texas.
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  • - Hope is a dynamic that has really changed
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  • a lot of people that we know that hope
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  • if we think of in the context of Christian TV
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  • when we think of hope we think of Joel Osteen
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  • and Joel's program is very highly rated on this network
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  • and beyond this network
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  • and he has some 20 million viewers a week
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  • and we have found out statistically
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  • half of them are not churched.
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  • Half of them are not Christians.
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  • And so the idea that having hope permeate
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  • the lives of people, wake up to hope
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  • and wake up to grace.
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  • So hope and grace.
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  • Pastor Robert, I just wanted to ask your thoughts
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  • on the other pillars of hope.
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  • Why hope?
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  • Why do we need it?
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  • What is it activating in the importance
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  • in your mind of hope?
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  • - Well hope is extremely important.
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  • It's something God put in us.
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  • Romans tells us hope does not disappoint.
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  • So would you think about
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  • I love grammar as you know
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  • and you've heard me say that
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  • and words, I like to break 'em down.
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  • Disappoint, it's against appointment
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  • and God has appointed us
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  • like a missed appointment, mis-appoint something.
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  • So hope doesn't disappoint us.
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  • We can live with that joy of the Lord.
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  • Then you've got the Old Testament saying hope deferred
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  • makes the heart sick.
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  • So it's important to understand that.
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  • So God built hope in us.
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  • Just a brief thing on that.
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  • Our society today doesn't have much hope
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  • and the reason we don't
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  • one reason is because we buy so much on credit
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  • and so instead of hoping that one day
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  • I'll be able to do this
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  • we just go down and buy it and then pay it off.
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  • So we are a hope-deferred society.
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  • So when Joel Osteen stands up in such a great way
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  • and he tells us about hope
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  • that's what's resonating with 20 million people.
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  • I was with Joel one time at the church speaking
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  • and at that time
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  • and it may have changed
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  • about 100 thousand people a month were accepting Christ
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  • and I'd heard the same thing
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  • that half the people watching don't know Christ
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  • and the world needs the message of hope.
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  • So for that to be a pillar of TBN
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  • is extremely, extremely exciting to me
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  • because when we look around we can see a lot of things
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  • not to hopeful about but Jesus is our hope.
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  • - Leon, just the thought of hope in the hearts of people.
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  • This pillar that we've recognized.
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  • Your thoughts on hope and the importance of it?
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  • - You know faith is in the now and so anytime
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  • we're believing God for something it's faith is.
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  • Hope is in the future when you look ahead
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  • and say is there hope for my kids when they're teenagers?
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  • Is there gonna be hope in the years that are ahead
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  • with all the different things
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  • and it's so true that hope is this confident expectation
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  • and we need to have that regardless of who becomes
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  • the president, regardless of what goes on
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  • this hope, it's the anchor to our soul
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  • that he'll never let us down regardless of where
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  • tributaries may come or go
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  • that this hope it just secures us.
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  • It anchors us as we believe God each day
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  • for the miracles that we need.
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  • - [Announcer] After all, who is our hope,
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  • our joy, our crown of boasting,
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  • if it is not you yourselves in the presence
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  • of our Lord Jesus at his coming?
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  • You are indeed our glory and our joy.
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  • - Hope has changed a generation.
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  • I was sitting here thinking of this earlier today
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  • that Joel really does represent kind of the Robert Shuler,
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  • Norman Vincent Peale of our generation.
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  • Let's get into really kind of the guts
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  • of why your message is helping shape
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  • the second generation of Christian television.
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  • By the way, you realize we're sitting in the studio
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  • with Joel and Joseph, right?
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  • You get that, right?
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  • (audience applauding)
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  • - We're so blessed to be with you guys
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  • and to see the next generation stepping up
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  • so we just honor what you guys are doing
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  • and you're talking about your mom and dad
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  • it always makes me think back
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  • because I know I'm reaping a lot of the seeds
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  • that my parents have sown all those years.
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  • 40 years at Lakewood in Houston.
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  • But I guess my thing, Matt, is I go back to
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  • I never dreamed I would be doing this
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  • and so all those years behind the scenes
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  • God was getting me prepared
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  • but when I did take over for my parents
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  • some people said well why did you decide to be
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  • very hopeful, very positive,
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  • but you know it's just who I was to begin with
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  • so nothing really changed for me.
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  • This is just what came up out of being.
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  • I think what resonates with people
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  • is I don't have to tell you
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  • but life has a way of pushing us all down.
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  • We all go through just life, health, relationship issues,
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  • financial issues, and it seems like Matt,
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  • the more I tell people that you can rise higher
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  • you can overcome that addiction.
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  • You can fulfill your dreams.
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  • It speaks to what's really on the inside of each one of us
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  • cause God wants us to rise higher and to overcome.
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  • So I don't know.
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  • Again I stand here amazed at where God's taken us
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  • but it's a simple message but I go back to this.
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  • The Scripture says faith is the substance
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  • of things hoped for.
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  • You can't have faith if you don't first have hope
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  • and so I feel like what we're called to do,
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  • Victoria and I that is,
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  • is to throw that wide net of hope and let people know
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  • like you were saying, Laurie,
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  • that God wants you to rise higher.
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  • I think a lot of people are pushed down but you know what?
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  • I believe we're supposed to push people up
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  • and push 'em into their destiny.
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  • So that's what our ministry's about.
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  • (audience applauding)
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  • - The Bible also talks about hope being an anchor.
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  • It's an anchor for our soul
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  • and if you can give people hope
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  • it anchors them to something.
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  • It causes the trust and the faith to be able
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  • to be produced in their life.
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  • There are so many things in this life
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  • that are trying to get us off course.
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  • There's so much doubt.
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  • There's so much just unbelief everywhere we look
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  • that we have to be anchored to this hope in Jesus Christ.
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  • There's currents all the time.
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  • It's like I remember when I was a little girl
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  • and I would go run out into the water from the beach
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  • and be playing around in the water
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  • and before I knew it I'd look back up on the beach
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  • and I couldn't find where my parents were,
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  • where the towels were, because the currents
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  • had caused me to drift way down the beach
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  • and I didn't even realize it.
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  • And I think if we're not careful
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  • the currents of life, things, circumstances,
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  • will get us to drift off course
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  • and that's why we can come back to center with Jesus Christ
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  • no matter what's going on in your life.
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  • - [Announcer] We have this hope as an anchor for the soul,
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  • firm and steadfast.
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  • - An anchor is something that holds a boat in place.
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  • Once the captain arrives at his destination
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  • he puts the anchor down.
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  • That way he won't drift and end up in places
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  • that he doesn't wanna be.
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  • When the boat is anchored, it may move a little bit
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  • with the waves, the wind,
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  • but the captain is not worried.
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  • He can relax.
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  • He knows the anchor is down.
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  • The Scripture tells us hope is the anchor of our soul.
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  • What's going to keep your soul in the right place?
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  • What's going to cause you to overcome obstacles,
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  • reach your dreams, is when you are anchored to hope.
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  • That means no matter what you face,
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  • no matter how big the difficulty,
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  • no matter how long it's taking,
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  • you know God is still on the throne.
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  • You know his plans for you are for good.
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  • That he's bigger than any challenge.
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  • When you're anchored to this hope
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  • nothing moves you.
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  • The winds, the waves, the storms may come.
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  • You're not worried.
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  • You have your anchor down.
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  • You receive a bad medical report.
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  • A lot of people would be upset, negative.
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  • Not you.
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  • You're anchored to hope.
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  • I know God is restoring health back into me.
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  • You go through a loss, a disappointment.
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  • Your emotions are pulling you towards discouragement,
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  • toward bitterness, but something's holding you back.
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  • You can't explain it but down in here
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  • you hear a voice saying everything's going to be alright.
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  • God has beauty for these ashes.
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  • That's the anchor of hope.
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  • - Joel, your background comes, you know Lakewood's history
  • 00:15:17.220 --> 00:15:22.210
  • is well known by a lot of people.
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  • Your ministry, let's say it this way.
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  • Your mom and dad and my mom and dad
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  • were somewhat cut out of the same cloth.
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  • They were very much like that.
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  • When you stepped in and started becoming the pastor
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  • where do you think your message came from?
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  • Is there a moment when you discovered your voice
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  • and where was that and how did all that happen?
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  • Where did the hope come from?
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  • - Matt, I think a lot of it was who I was
  • 00:15:54.020 --> 00:15:57.240
  • as a person before.
  • 00:15:57.240 --> 00:15:59.090
  • I was always optimistic and positive even playing sports.
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  • I would be the one, we'd be down by 50 points
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  • I'd say we can still beat 'em.
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  • We couldn't beat 'em but it was just in me.
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  • I think part of it too, Matt, is my parents
  • 00:16:07.240 --> 00:16:10.100
  • and especially my dad, he was always for the underdog.
  • 00:16:10.100 --> 00:16:13.030
  • So growing up if there was somebody that was down and out
  • 00:16:13.030 --> 00:16:15.060
  • we were out and around the streets or traveling
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  • there's somebody that's down and out
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  • my dad was gonna go find 'em.
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  • I remember one time I think I told you this.
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  • We were traveling overseas and we stopped at this
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  • little island and I was like 18
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  • and I had never been overseas.
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  • We were in this little airport.
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  • It's kinda almost thatched roof and we had two hour layover
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  • and so I look up and my dad is over there
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  • talking to this hippie.
  • 00:16:34.120 --> 00:16:36.040
  • He's really a hippie.
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  • I thought what's my dad doing over there?
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  • So I ask him later.
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  • I said what were you doing over there?
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  • And he said well I just wanted to get to know him
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  • and see what his story was and the guy had run out of money
  • 00:16:43.210 --> 00:16:45.280
  • traveling back home and so here's my dad
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  • getting out money paying his ticket to get back home.
  • 00:16:47.260 --> 00:16:50.180
  • So it was I think a lot of that was born in me
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  • from my dad just seeing him wanting to be good to people
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  • that were down or maybe didn't have a chance
  • 00:16:55.240 --> 00:16:59.060
  • and I think a lot of it came from who he was
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  • cause he grew up very poor and he had to hitchhike
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  • to Bible school and all that stuff.
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  • So I think when you come from that
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  • there's something in you that says I wanna
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  • help lift people up.
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  • - [Announcer] This I recall to my mind,
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  • therefore I have hope.
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  • The Lord's loving kindnesses indeed never cease,
  • 00:17:18.170 --> 00:17:21.190
  • for his compassions never fail.
  • 00:17:21.190 --> 00:17:25.000
  • - When you're anchored to hope,
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  • you may have negative circumstances
  • 00:17:26.140 --> 00:17:29.180
  • but you're not worried.
  • 00:17:29.180 --> 00:17:31.030
  • You know God is fighting your battles.
  • 00:17:31.030 --> 00:17:33.260
  • You may not see how your dream can come to pass
  • 00:17:33.260 --> 00:17:35.250
  • but you don't give up.
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  • You know God is behind the scenes
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  • arranging things in your favor.
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  • You may go through a bad break, a loss,
  • 00:17:42.170 --> 00:17:44.180
  • but you don't get bitter.
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  • You know weeping endures for a night
  • 00:17:46.220 --> 00:17:48.180
  • but joy is coming in the morning.
  • 00:17:48.180 --> 00:17:51.100
  • - You know what Matt, it's interesting
  • 00:17:56.180 --> 00:17:57.260
  • because Joel and I've been married 30 years
  • 00:17:57.260 --> 00:18:00.070
  • but when I was just a young bride
  • 00:18:00.070 --> 00:18:02.160
  • he would have the ability to speak something into my life
  • 00:18:02.160 --> 00:18:06.120
  • very simple, very few words,
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  • but somehow my spirit could connect to it
  • 00:18:07.280 --> 00:18:11.090
  • and it was if a yoke was broken.
  • 00:18:11.090 --> 00:18:13.080
  • The Bible says that the anointing breaks the yoke
  • 00:18:13.080 --> 00:18:16.040
  • and I really feel like we all have gifts and talents
  • 00:18:16.040 --> 00:18:18.150
  • but one of his greatest gifts
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  • is God has anointed him to use very few words
  • 00:18:20.180 --> 00:18:25.050
  • but to allow your spirit to take hold of it
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  • where you really believe you can do it.
  • 00:18:27.080 --> 00:18:29.270
  • It's not complicated.
  • 00:18:29.270 --> 00:18:31.190
  • I didn't sign up to be a pastor's wife.
  • 00:18:32.250 --> 00:18:35.090
  • I wasn't one when we married.
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  • He didn't tell me this was gonna happen.
  • 00:18:37.230 --> 00:18:40.200
  • But that's okay.
  • 00:18:40.200 --> 00:18:41.150
  • I forgive him.
  • 00:18:41.150 --> 00:18:43.030
  • But the truth is I could see things in him
  • 00:18:43.030 --> 00:18:46.180
  • and one of the things I could see
  • 00:18:46.180 --> 00:18:47.260
  • is that he just had this gift to be able
  • 00:18:47.260 --> 00:18:50.060
  • to just bring a very calming, peaceful existence
  • 00:18:50.060 --> 00:18:54.060
  • to someone's problems or to a conflict.
  • 00:18:55.100 --> 00:18:59.050
  • I don't know what that is except for an anointing
  • 00:18:59.050 --> 00:19:01.240
  • and the Bible talks about it breaking a yoke
  • 00:19:01.240 --> 00:19:03.290
  • and I think that's why he can break the yokes
  • 00:19:03.290 --> 00:19:06.130
  • of people's thinking and mindsets.
  • 00:19:06.130 --> 00:19:09.130
  • - Let me reinterpret what I think you guys just said.
  • 00:19:09.130 --> 00:19:14.100
  • It's more like instead of adopting your dad's preaching
  • 00:19:14.100 --> 00:19:18.010
  • or teaching style, you adopted his lifestyle
  • 00:19:18.010 --> 00:19:21.260
  • and put words to it.
  • 00:19:21.260 --> 00:19:24.070
  • So when you saw your dad off the pulpit
  • 00:19:24.070 --> 00:19:27.150
  • encouraging people you would see that.
  • 00:19:28.200 --> 00:19:32.180
  • You kind of adopted that side of who he was
  • 00:19:32.180 --> 00:19:35.220
  • and put words to that
  • 00:19:35.220 --> 00:19:37.040
  • rather than a style of teaching or preaching
  • 00:19:37.040 --> 00:19:39.090
  • that he had from the pulpit.
  • 00:19:39.090 --> 00:19:41.080
  • - Yeah I think that's exactly right.
  • 00:19:41.080 --> 00:19:42.290
  • Seeing the life that they lived.
  • 00:19:42.290 --> 00:19:44.060
  • They were the same in the pulpit,
  • 00:19:44.060 --> 00:19:46.020
  • not the preaching style but the same in the pulpit
  • 00:19:46.020 --> 00:19:48.090
  • as they were at home.
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  • They were loving.
  • 00:19:49.120 --> 00:19:50.070
  • They were kind.
  • 00:19:50.070 --> 00:19:51.220
  • They were good to people and I think that makes more
  • 00:19:51.220 --> 00:19:53.070
  • of an impression on preacher's kids
  • 00:19:53.070 --> 00:19:55.090
  • or kids in general I think
  • 00:19:55.090 --> 00:19:56.120
  • than even what they say
  • 00:19:56.120 --> 00:19:57.260
  • and so I think you're exactly right.
  • 00:19:57.260 --> 00:19:59.200
  • It wasn't the style cause really my dad,
  • 00:19:59.200 --> 00:20:02.120
  • Joseph, you know, my dad felt like his calling
  • 00:20:02.120 --> 00:20:05.130
  • was to help bring down the denominational walls.
  • 00:20:05.130 --> 00:20:08.130
  • So he came out of the Baptist church
  • 00:20:08.130 --> 00:20:10.180
  • and he believed in the gifts of the spirit.
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  • My sister was born with something like cerebral palsy.
  • 00:20:12.130 --> 00:20:14.140
  • Well he was taught back then,
  • 00:20:14.140 --> 00:20:15.260
  • I don't think it's like this now,
  • 00:20:15.260 --> 00:20:17.040
  • but God doesn't heal.
  • 00:20:17.040 --> 00:20:18.170
  • Your child was born that way to teach a lesson
  • 00:20:18.170 --> 00:20:20.290
  • or to go through suffering.
  • 00:20:20.290 --> 00:20:23.000
  • It just didn't resonate with him.
  • 00:20:23.000 --> 00:20:24.160
  • When he read the Scriptures he saw how Jesus
  • 00:20:24.160 --> 00:20:26.170
  • healed people back in the Bible days
  • 00:20:26.170 --> 00:20:29.030
  • and then he read how Jesus is the same yesterday,
  • 00:20:29.030 --> 00:20:30.290
  • today, and forever and so that's what Lakewood
  • 00:20:30.290 --> 00:20:34.060
  • was really born out of but he felt like it was to bring
  • 00:20:34.060 --> 00:20:37.090
  • the denominational walls down.
  • 00:20:37.090 --> 00:20:39.240
  • But we're living in the day my dad talked about today.
  • 00:20:41.100 --> 00:20:43.270
  • So that's why I don't think you have to try to be
  • 00:20:43.270 --> 00:20:45.130
  • like somebody else cause today all of our churches
  • 00:20:45.130 --> 00:20:48.110
  • they don't go by are you Baptists?
  • 00:20:48.110 --> 00:20:50.230
  • Are you Methodist?
  • 00:20:50.230 --> 00:20:51.180
  • Are you Catholic?
  • 00:20:51.180 --> 00:20:53.030
  • Our church is filled with all different kinds of people.
  • 00:20:53.030 --> 00:20:54.110
  • So really I think it's a testimony
  • 00:20:54.110 --> 00:20:55.250
  • one, this is what my dad prayed and believed for,
  • 00:20:55.250 --> 00:20:58.220
  • part of God's plan.
  • 00:20:58.220 --> 00:21:00.020
  • Two, don't try to be like somebody else
  • 00:21:00.020 --> 00:21:01.190
  • cause my dad fulfilled his purpose now.
  • 00:21:01.190 --> 00:21:03.260
  • I'll do mine and hopefully our kids
  • 00:21:03.260 --> 00:21:05.100
  • and the next generations will fulfill their purposes.
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  • - [Announcer] The Trinity Broadcasting family of networks
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  • introduced four pillars of truth.
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  • The blessed life.
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  • Grace.
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  • Spirit contemporary.
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  • And hope.
  • 00:21:24.160 --> 00:21:25.110
  • God wondrously shows us his neverending love.
  • 00:21:26.230 --> 00:21:29.230
  • He delights in those who fear him.
  • 00:21:29.230 --> 00:21:32.180
  • May his joy and peace fill you to overflowing with hope,
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  • today's pillar for life.
  • 00:21:38.080 --> 00:21:40.080
  • - There are some people that refer to Joel
  • 00:21:42.280 --> 00:21:46.120
  • as that smiling preacher.
  • 00:21:46.120 --> 00:21:48.140
  • Smile real big for us.
  • 00:21:53.190 --> 00:21:54.290
  • There you go.
  • 00:21:54.290 --> 00:21:55.290
  • - As big as I got.
  • 00:21:55.290 --> 00:21:57.140
  • - And so sometimes they would say
  • 00:22:00.070 --> 00:22:02.280
  • well, if I had a big church and a this and a that
  • 00:22:05.170 --> 00:22:09.030
  • and if I had a nice suit and a tie and all that
  • 00:22:09.030 --> 00:22:13.050
  • that you just don't understand
  • 00:22:13.050 --> 00:22:15.130
  • the type of troubles.
  • 00:22:15.130 --> 00:22:17.230
  • How do you answer that?
  • 00:22:17.230 --> 00:22:19.160
  • And what's your message to somebody that just thinks
  • 00:22:19.160 --> 00:22:22.260
  • that you just couldn't possibly understand
  • 00:22:22.260 --> 00:22:25.040
  • the real hardships of life?
  • 00:22:25.040 --> 00:22:27.160
  • - Well I think, Matt, most people know
  • 00:22:27.160 --> 00:22:29.040
  • that every person has challenges.
  • 00:22:29.040 --> 00:22:31.020
  • No matter who you are you face those difficulties
  • 00:22:31.020 --> 00:22:33.260
  • and I think Victoria said it clearly
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  • about having hope doesn't mean that every day
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  • is gonna be perfect and you're never gonna
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  • have challenges but it's coming back to that place
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  • of peace to say God, I know you're still on the throne.
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  • I know you're in control of my life
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  • and I think part of it too
  • 00:22:47.000 --> 00:22:48.090
  • they give me a hard time because I do smile a lot
  • 00:22:48.090 --> 00:22:50.190
  • but I'm happy.
  • 00:22:50.190 --> 00:22:51.250
  • I'd rather be happy than sad.
  • 00:22:51.250 --> 00:22:53.200
  • I think it's not being that you're laughing every day
  • 00:22:53.200 --> 00:22:55.280
  • cause people go through real things
  • 00:22:55.280 --> 00:22:57.270
  • cancer and tragedies and things like that
  • 00:22:57.270 --> 00:23:00.080
  • but when you have your trust in Jesus
  • 00:23:00.080 --> 00:23:02.220
  • you can have this contentment on the inside
  • 00:23:02.220 --> 00:23:05.210
  • and you live out of a place of peace.
  • 00:23:05.210 --> 00:23:08.060
  • You don't fight everything that doesn't go your way.
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  • You realize the Scripture says the steps of a good person
  • 00:23:11.040 --> 00:23:14.070
  • are ordered by the Lord.
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  • Where sometimes we're ordered into things
  • 00:23:15.140 --> 00:23:17.140
  • that are very difficult and we may not even understand it
  • 00:23:17.140 --> 00:23:20.130
  • and I think that's what as pastors
  • 00:23:20.130 --> 00:23:21.210
  • we have to deal with many times.
  • 00:23:21.210 --> 00:23:25.040
  • We deal with people all the time there in Houston
  • 00:23:25.040 --> 00:23:27.210
  • cause there's a big medical center.
  • 00:23:27.210 --> 00:23:29.050
  • They bring their little kids down that have cancer.
  • 00:23:29.050 --> 00:23:30.270
  • I can't explain all that but I can say that God has you
  • 00:23:30.270 --> 00:23:33.010
  • in the palm of his hand and that Scripture says
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  • God's armed us with strength for every battle
  • 00:23:36.140 --> 00:23:37.290
  • and so I think it's just coming back to it's a choice
  • 00:23:37.290 --> 00:23:41.010
  • that we have to make every day to either let life
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  • frustrate us and get upset cause my church
  • 00:23:42.160 --> 00:23:44.270
  • isn't growing fast enough or I got this problem at work
  • 00:23:44.270 --> 00:23:46.250
  • or traffic is bad.
  • 00:23:46.250 --> 00:23:48.190
  • Or we can come back and say God,
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  • I believe you're in control.
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  • That you're directing my steps.
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  • See I've learned this too,
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  • (audience applauding)
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  • I think something important is sometimes
  • 00:23:55.130 --> 00:23:57.240
  • the longer I live and I'm still young,
  • 00:23:57.240 --> 00:24:01.020
  • the longer I live the more I realize
  • 00:24:01.020 --> 00:24:03.040
  • to trust that God is in control of every situation
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  • cause we tend to fight it.
  • 00:24:07.120 --> 00:24:09.020
  • We tend to fight the traffic and fight things
  • 00:24:09.020 --> 00:24:11.030
  • that we don't like but I've learned this.
  • 00:24:11.030 --> 00:24:12.090
  • If you don't get happy where you are
  • 00:24:12.090 --> 00:24:14.140
  • you probably won't get to where you're supposed to be.
  • 00:24:14.140 --> 00:24:17.160
  • You gotta come back
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  • live out of a place of peace, out of a place of trust,
  • 00:24:20.150 --> 00:24:22.250
  • out of a place of faith knowing that God's timing
  • 00:24:22.250 --> 00:24:25.180
  • is perfect and even though I'm a big believer
  • 00:24:25.180 --> 00:24:28.160
  • in praying bold prayers and believing for your dreams
  • 00:24:28.160 --> 00:24:31.250
  • and asking God for the secret petitions of your heart.
  • 00:24:31.250 --> 00:24:34.210
  • But the balance of it is you gotta say
  • 00:24:34.210 --> 00:24:36.100
  • well God, this is what I'm believing for
  • 00:24:36.100 --> 00:24:38.200
  • but God, you know what's best for me.
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  • And God I'm not gonna be upset if it doesn't happen my way.
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  • If my prayer doesn't get answered.
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  • That's just such a place of peace
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  • cause see, Matt, we've been doing this for 17 years
  • 00:24:47.060 --> 00:24:51.100
  • but those first few years
  • 00:24:51.100 --> 00:24:52.240
  • it was growing so fast and you had stuff come against you
  • 00:24:52.240 --> 00:24:55.030
  • and the Compaq Center was gonna cost
  • 00:24:55.030 --> 00:24:57.130
  • 100 million dollars to renovate.
  • 00:24:57.130 --> 00:24:59.060
  • You got all those things.
  • 00:24:59.060 --> 00:25:00.150
  • I think God, I didn't sign up for any of this.
  • 00:25:00.150 --> 00:25:02.110
  • But there's a lot of stuff to worry about
  • 00:25:02.110 --> 00:25:04.220
  • but now looking back I think you know what?
  • 00:25:04.220 --> 00:25:06.050
  • Instead of worrying I would come back and just say
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  • God, I know you're in control.
  • 00:25:08.240 --> 00:25:10.290
  • You brought us through in the past.
  • 00:25:10.290 --> 00:25:12.060
  • You'll bring us through this time.
  • 00:25:12.060 --> 00:25:13.040
  • Even with the Compaq Center,
  • 00:25:13.040 --> 00:25:14.080
  • it was a three year legal battle
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  • once the City Council voted for us.
  • 00:25:16.110 --> 00:25:19.010
  • A company filed a lawsuit to try to keep us from moving in.
  • 00:25:19.010 --> 00:25:22.030
  • Man, we prayed for those three years.
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  • It didn't look like we were gonna get it
  • 00:25:23.200 --> 00:25:24.280
  • and at the last moment God turned it around.
  • 00:25:24.280 --> 00:25:26.130
  • We got it.
  • 00:25:26.130 --> 00:25:27.200
  • But the point I was gonna say is this.
  • 00:25:27.200 --> 00:25:29.040
  • (audience cheering)
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  • The point is this.
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  • You know what?
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  • God could have given us the Compaq Center
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  • the first week we prayed.
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  • That'd have been a lot easier.
  • 00:25:35.120 --> 00:25:36.270
  • I wouldn't have had to pray and trust and believe
  • 00:25:36.270 --> 00:25:39.030
  • but you know what?
  • 00:25:39.030 --> 00:25:40.090
  • God uses these difficult times to grow us up,
  • 00:25:40.090 --> 00:25:43.010
  • to get us prepared for what he has in control
  • 00:25:43.010 --> 00:25:45.020
  • and so you gotta just say God, this is where you have
  • 00:25:45.020 --> 00:25:48.000
  • me right now.
  • 00:25:48.000 --> 00:25:49.070
  • I'm gonna bloom where I'm planted.
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  • I'm gonna be the best that I can be right where I am.
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  • Just like Joseph you may have the dream.
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  • I talked about it last Sunday.
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  • You're anointed before you're appointed.
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  • David was anointed at 17.
  • 00:25:59.250 --> 00:26:02.000
  • He wasn't appointed until he was 30.
  • 00:26:02.000 --> 00:26:04.110
  • And so God puts these promises
  • 00:26:04.110 --> 00:26:05.180
  • and these dreams in our heart.
  • 00:26:05.180 --> 00:26:06.180
  • He gives it that anointing.
  • 00:26:06.180 --> 00:26:07.200
  • We know that promise is in us
  • 00:26:07.200 --> 00:26:09.090
  • but are we gonna fight the good fight of faith
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  • and do the right thing when it's difficult
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  • and be kind to somebody when they're not
  • 00:26:13.170 --> 00:26:15.030
  • being kind to us?
  • 00:26:15.030 --> 00:26:16.160
  • Overlook somebody that's maybe not treating us right?
  • 00:26:17.280 --> 00:26:19.280
  • So I think these are the tests that we have to pass
  • 00:26:19.280 --> 00:26:22.090
  • and it comes back to that hope
  • 00:26:22.090 --> 00:26:24.010
  • like Victoria says that we're anchored in the fact
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  • God, you promised this.
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  • What you started in my life I believe you will finish.
  • 00:26:27.120 --> 00:26:31.150
  • - [Announcer] For I am confident of this very thing,
  • 00:26:31.150 --> 00:26:34.210
  • that he who began a good work in you
  • 00:26:34.210 --> 00:26:37.070
  • will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.
  • 00:26:37.070 --> 00:26:41.130
  • - I've learned there's always something
  • 00:26:41.130 --> 00:26:42.250
  • trying to convince us to pull up our anchor.
  • 00:26:42.250 --> 00:26:46.010
  • Delays, disappointments, bad breaks.
  • 00:26:46.010 --> 00:26:49.010
  • In the tough times, when life doesn't seem fair,
  • 00:26:50.140 --> 00:26:53.150
  • when your prayers weren't answered,
  • 00:26:53.150 --> 00:26:56.170
  • when it's taken longer than you thought,
  • 00:26:56.170 --> 00:26:58.160
  • you have to make sure to keep your anchor down.
  • 00:26:58.160 --> 00:27:02.050
  • If you pull it up, you'll drift into bitterness,
  • 00:27:02.050 --> 00:27:06.050
  • discouragement, self-pity.
  • 00:27:06.050 --> 00:27:08.000
  • When you're anchored to hope it's like you're tied to it.
  • 00:27:08.000 --> 00:27:12.180
  • You can't go very far.
  • 00:27:12.180 --> 00:27:14.030
  • You may have some negative thoughts,
  • 00:27:14.030 --> 00:27:16.110
  • thoughts of doubt saying well that's never gonna work out.
  • 00:27:16.110 --> 00:27:19.020
  • But your faith will kick in.
  • 00:27:19.020 --> 00:27:20.210
  • No, I know the answer's on the way.
  • 00:27:20.210 --> 00:27:24.080
  • On paper, it looks like it'll take 30 years
  • 00:27:24.080 --> 00:27:26.000
  • to get outta debt.
  • 00:27:26.000 --> 00:27:28.040
  • You could accept it but because you're anchored to hope
  • 00:27:28.040 --> 00:27:31.150
  • something in you says
  • 00:27:31.150 --> 00:27:32.250
  • no, I know God can accelerate it.
  • 00:27:32.250 --> 00:27:35.150
  • I know he has explosive blessings coming my way.
  • 00:27:35.150 --> 00:27:39.050
  • Or perhaps your children are off course.
  • 00:27:39.050 --> 00:27:41.180
  • Doesn't look like they'll ever change.
  • 00:27:41.180 --> 00:27:43.210
  • You should be discouraged but you're tied to hope.
  • 00:27:43.210 --> 00:27:47.220
  • Every time those negative thoughts come
  • 00:27:47.220 --> 00:27:49.290
  • trying to pull you away your anchor kicks in.
  • 00:27:49.290 --> 00:27:52.230
  • As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.
  • 00:27:52.230 --> 00:27:56.140
  • My question today is do you have your anchor down?
  • 00:27:56.140 --> 00:28:00.070
  • Do you have this hope?
  • 00:28:00.070 --> 00:28:01.290
  • This expectancy that you're going
  • 00:28:01.290 --> 00:28:04.050
  • to accomplish your dreams?
  • 00:28:04.050 --> 00:28:06.110
  • That you're going to break the addiction?
  • 00:28:06.110 --> 00:28:07.250
  • That you're going to see your family restored?
  • 00:28:07.250 --> 00:28:10.120
  • Or have you pulled up your anchor
  • 00:28:10.120 --> 00:28:13.040
  • and drifted into doubt, mediocrity,
  • 00:28:14.090 --> 00:28:16.290
  • not expecting anything good?
  • 00:28:16.290 --> 00:28:19.060
  • I'm asking you to put your anchor back down.
  • 00:28:19.060 --> 00:28:22.260
  • - How do you start with somebody?
  • 00:28:26.110 --> 00:28:28.050
  • What's the first words in regard to hope
  • 00:28:28.050 --> 00:28:31.050
  • that usually starts churning that pathway?
  • 00:28:31.050 --> 00:28:34.150
  • How do you get it started?
  • 00:28:34.150 --> 00:28:35.260
  • - I think some of it, Matt,
  • 00:28:35.260 --> 00:28:37.040
  • I don't know an exact thing,
  • 00:28:37.040 --> 00:28:38.230
  • but I think many of these people don't believe
  • 00:28:38.230 --> 00:28:41.010
  • that God's concerned about them.
  • 00:28:41.010 --> 00:28:43.140
  • They weren't raised in church like us
  • 00:28:43.140 --> 00:28:45.110
  • so they don't have that background
  • 00:28:45.110 --> 00:28:46.150
  • that there's a heavenly father.
  • 00:28:46.150 --> 00:28:49.020
  • That they have a creator.
  • 00:28:50.000 --> 00:28:50.280
  • That there's a purpose.
  • 00:28:50.280 --> 00:28:52.190
  • So it's not that they're bad people.
  • 00:28:52.190 --> 00:28:54.080
  • Just think about if we weren't raised
  • 00:28:54.080 --> 00:28:56.050
  • like we were raised.
  • 00:28:56.050 --> 00:28:57.120
  • So I think part of it is just all of a sudden
  • 00:28:57.120 --> 00:28:59.070
  • they hear somebody tell 'em
  • 00:28:59.070 --> 00:29:00.170
  • that God is for you.
  • 00:29:00.170 --> 00:29:02.100
  • That he's got a plan for your life.
  • 00:29:02.100 --> 00:29:03.210
  • That he can breathe in your direction.
  • 00:29:03.210 --> 00:29:05.150
  • You can go so far on your own.
  • 00:29:05.150 --> 00:29:07.180
  • When you get in relationship with your creator
  • 00:29:07.180 --> 00:29:11.090
  • through Jesus you can go so much further.
  • 00:29:11.090 --> 00:29:13.290
  • God can make things happen
  • 00:29:13.290 --> 00:29:15.050
  • that you could never make happen.
  • 00:29:15.050 --> 00:29:16.170
  • So I think you said something Laurie last night
  • 00:29:16.170 --> 00:29:18.090
  • and it's true is I like to speak to people
  • 00:29:18.090 --> 00:29:21.120
  • to call out their seeds of greatness
  • 00:29:21.120 --> 00:29:22.290
  • and the seeds of faith and hope
  • 00:29:22.290 --> 00:29:24.120
  • cause sometimes I know when I'm talking to people.
  • 00:29:24.120 --> 00:29:26.000
  • I say well everybody's not like this.
  • 00:29:26.000 --> 00:29:27.230
  • You know what?
  • 00:29:27.230 --> 00:29:29.010
  • I'm trying to declare what they can become.
  • 00:29:29.010 --> 00:29:30.230
  • I believe some people have never had anything prophesied
  • 00:29:30.230 --> 00:29:33.020
  • over them like you can overcome an addiction
  • 00:29:33.020 --> 00:29:36.220
  • or you can set a new standard for your family
  • 00:29:37.270 --> 00:29:40.000
  • or God has a purpose for you.
  • 00:29:40.000 --> 00:29:41.160
  • You're valuable.
  • 00:29:41.160 --> 00:29:42.240
  • There's no one else like you.
  • 00:29:42.240 --> 00:29:44.060
  • Some people have not heard these things
  • 00:29:44.060 --> 00:29:46.010
  • because they weren't raised that way
  • 00:29:46.010 --> 00:29:48.020
  • or there's just things pushing them down in life.
  • 00:29:48.020 --> 00:29:50.120
  • We mentioned a while ago you compare yourself
  • 00:29:50.120 --> 00:29:53.090
  • to somebody else.
  • 00:29:53.090 --> 00:29:54.230
  • There's always somebody better and bigger and smarter.
  • 00:29:54.230 --> 00:29:57.040
  • But you gotta get past that.
  • 00:29:57.040 --> 00:29:58.260
  • I think Matt, when they hear somebody speaking life.
  • 00:29:58.260 --> 00:30:03.010
  • I just try to speak words of life and hope
  • 00:30:03.010 --> 00:30:04.230
  • and how they can rise up higher.
  • 00:30:04.230 --> 00:30:07.060
  • I believe there are seeds that that resonates
  • 00:30:07.060 --> 00:30:09.290
  • to the core of who they are.
  • 00:30:09.290 --> 00:30:11.180
  • Something comes alive on the inside.
  • 00:30:11.180 --> 00:30:13.230
  • I think sometimes you need something spoken over you
  • 00:30:13.230 --> 00:30:16.250
  • for it to really come to life.
  • 00:30:16.250 --> 00:30:18.240
  • So there are some messages that
  • 00:30:18.240 --> 00:30:20.060
  • I teach some that's more challenging people
  • 00:30:20.060 --> 00:30:22.120
  • but sometimes I just think I'm just gonna
  • 00:30:22.120 --> 00:30:24.120
  • speak faith into 'em today.
  • 00:30:24.120 --> 00:30:25.280
  • So.
  • 00:30:25.280 --> 00:30:26.260
  • - Everybody has that God-shaped.
  • 00:30:26.260 --> 00:30:28.180
  • We heard that.
  • 00:30:28.180 --> 00:30:29.140
  • That God-shaped space.
  • 00:30:29.140 --> 00:30:31.230
  • Everybody cause God created us in his image.
  • 00:30:31.230 --> 00:30:34.060
  • Everybody tries to fill it.
  • 00:30:34.060 --> 00:30:36.130
  • I think that's why people are just trying to fill it
  • 00:30:36.130 --> 00:30:38.110
  • with all kinds of things.
  • 00:30:38.110 --> 00:30:40.060
  • That's what you said.
  • 00:30:40.060 --> 00:30:41.010
  • When you tap into that
  • 00:30:41.010 --> 00:30:43.060
  • those seeds and those rich words of God
  • 00:30:43.060 --> 00:30:45.170
  • something comes alive and people know that's right
  • 00:30:45.170 --> 00:30:48.200
  • and that's for me.
  • 00:30:48.200 --> 00:30:50.070
  • What a great thing to be able to do
  • 00:30:50.070 --> 00:30:52.020
  • is speak life to people.
  • 00:30:52.020 --> 00:30:53.270
  • If anybody accuses you of speaking anything else
  • 00:30:53.270 --> 00:30:57.150
  • it's like there's no argument.
  • 00:30:57.150 --> 00:30:59.110
  • It's like listen.
  • 00:30:59.110 --> 00:31:00.110
  • Do you speak what you want to?
  • 00:31:00.110 --> 00:31:01.280
  • I'm gonna speak life and I love ya
  • 00:31:01.280 --> 00:31:03.050
  • and let's try not to be divided here.
  • 00:31:03.050 --> 00:31:06.000
  • But it really is a blessing to be able
  • 00:31:06.000 --> 00:31:08.040
  • to just speak life to people.
  • 00:31:08.040 --> 00:31:10.050
  • - [Announcer] Now may the God of hope fill you
  • 00:31:10.050 --> 00:31:13.000
  • with all joy and peace as you believe in him,
  • 00:31:13.000 --> 00:31:16.040
  • so that you may overflow with hope
  • 00:31:16.040 --> 00:31:17.220
  • by the power of the Holy Spirit.
  • 00:31:17.220 --> 00:31:20.120
  • - The importance of hope in somebody's life.
  • 00:31:23.120 --> 00:31:25.230
  • Why is it just that important?
  • 00:31:25.230 --> 00:31:28.080
  • We call it around here wake up to hope and grace.
  • 00:31:29.200 --> 00:31:33.180
  • Seven and 7:30 a.m. both East cost and Western times.
  • 00:31:33.180 --> 00:31:36.220
  • Why is it so important?
  • 00:31:36.220 --> 00:31:38.070
  • - You know Matt, once principle I believe
  • 00:31:38.070 --> 00:31:39.220
  • that God meets us at the level of our expectations.
  • 00:31:39.220 --> 00:31:43.240
  • So if you get up each day and you don't expect anything
  • 00:31:43.240 --> 00:31:46.100
  • or maybe you just expect little, you pray little,
  • 00:31:46.100 --> 00:31:49.110
  • you believe little, well you're gonna receive little.
  • 00:31:49.110 --> 00:31:51.280
  • But I've learned if you'll take the limits off of God.
  • 00:31:51.280 --> 00:31:53.190
  • Sometimes we go well Joel I don't have the connections.
  • 00:31:53.190 --> 00:31:57.020
  • I don't have the experience.
  • 00:31:57.020 --> 00:31:58.050
  • I don't have the background.
  • 00:31:58.050 --> 00:31:59.140
  • I wasn't raised in the right family.
  • 00:31:59.140 --> 00:32:00.230
  • We can all find excuses but God's not looking
  • 00:32:00.230 --> 00:32:02.120
  • for all of that.
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  • He says if you believe all things are possible.
  • 00:32:03.240 --> 00:32:06.270
  • He doesn't say you have to figure it out.
  • 00:32:06.270 --> 00:32:08.230
  • So I believe you have to get up each day and say
  • 00:32:08.230 --> 00:32:10.000
  • God, I'm gonna take the limits off of you.
  • 00:32:10.000 --> 00:32:12.120
  • There are dreams God's placed in our hearts
  • 00:32:12.120 --> 00:32:14.090
  • that I don't believe we've tapped into yet.
  • 00:32:14.090 --> 00:32:16.100
  • There's talent.
  • 00:32:16.100 --> 00:32:17.050
  • There's potential.
  • 00:32:17.050 --> 00:32:18.130
  • Sometimes we had the dream early in life
  • 00:32:18.130 --> 00:32:20.150
  • but now I'm too old.
  • 00:32:20.150 --> 00:32:21.150
  • I've missed opportunities.
  • 00:32:21.150 --> 00:32:23.030
  • But you gotta take the limits off and say God
  • 00:32:23.030 --> 00:32:24.180
  • I know you can still bring it to pass.
  • 00:32:24.180 --> 00:32:26.260
  • I'm gonna expect good things in 2018.
  • 00:32:26.260 --> 00:32:30.030
  • I'm gonna take the limits.
  • 00:32:30.030 --> 00:32:31.180
  • You can expect your child to not do well or you can say
  • 00:32:31.180 --> 00:32:34.160
  • Lord I expect my children to fulfill their destiny.
  • 00:32:34.160 --> 00:32:37.090
  • You can look at it in the natural
  • 00:32:37.090 --> 00:32:38.260
  • or you can look at it through your eyes of faith.
  • 00:32:38.260 --> 00:32:42.240
  • I believe when you close your eyes you have to see yourself
  • 00:32:42.240 --> 00:32:45.210
  • strong and healthy.
  • 00:32:45.210 --> 00:32:47.160
  • See yourself out of debt.
  • 00:32:47.160 --> 00:32:49.110
  • See yourself being a blessing.
  • 00:32:49.110 --> 00:32:51.030
  • Whatever God's put in your heart.
  • 00:32:51.030 --> 00:32:52.090
  • You need to see that coming to pass.
  • 00:32:52.090 --> 00:32:54.150
  • Talk like it's gonna happen.
  • 00:32:54.150 --> 00:32:55.200
  • Think like it's gonna happen.
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  • Don't limit God.
  • 00:32:56.220 --> 00:32:58.020
  • What he's put in your heart
  • 00:32:58.290 --> 00:33:00.240
  • you're not inconveniencing God by believing big.
  • 00:33:00.240 --> 00:33:04.140
  • Sometimes we think well God other people
  • 00:33:04.140 --> 00:33:06.130
  • in Africa they're starving.
  • 00:33:06.130 --> 00:33:07.260
  • You know what?
  • 00:33:07.260 --> 00:33:08.240
  • God can take care of us all.
  • 00:33:08.240 --> 00:33:10.160
  • But you're not inconveniencing him to say God
  • 00:33:10.160 --> 00:33:12.260
  • I'm gonna pray bold prayers.
  • 00:33:12.260 --> 00:33:14.230
  • I'm gonna believe 2018 you'll take me
  • 00:33:14.230 --> 00:33:16.030
  • where I've never dreamed
  • 00:33:16.030 --> 00:33:17.150
  • and that I'll be a bigger blessing.
  • 00:33:17.150 --> 00:33:20.130
  • - We said it earlier in the show
  • 00:33:21.220 --> 00:33:22.290
  • Joel and I have been married 30 years.
  • 00:33:22.290 --> 00:33:24.140
  • But the thing about this word of God
  • 00:33:24.140 --> 00:33:26.180
  • and the thing I appreciate about my husband
  • 00:33:26.180 --> 00:33:29.040
  • is that he doesn't tell anyone to do something
  • 00:33:29.040 --> 00:33:32.110
  • that he's not practicing on a daily basis.
  • 00:33:32.110 --> 00:33:36.080
  • And I think that's what resonates with people
  • 00:33:36.080 --> 00:33:38.120
  • because they see the transparency
  • 00:33:38.120 --> 00:33:40.140
  • of someone who is practicing what he's preaching.
  • 00:33:40.140 --> 00:33:44.080
  • And the word of God is amazing
  • 00:33:44.080 --> 00:33:46.090
  • and God will work for us.
  • 00:33:46.090 --> 00:33:49.000
  • But he wants to work with us.
  • 00:33:49.000 --> 00:33:51.080
  • And that's the bottom line and I think too many people
  • 00:33:51.080 --> 00:33:53.140
  • like you said if people look and say
  • 00:33:53.140 --> 00:33:56.020
  • well if I had this, if I had that.
  • 00:33:56.020 --> 00:33:58.150
  • Well you can but you have to use
  • 00:33:58.150 --> 00:33:59.290
  • what you have right now.
  • 00:33:59.290 --> 00:34:01.170
  • You gotta start with where you are.
  • 00:34:01.170 --> 00:34:03.120
  • You gotta believe God and you've gotta practice God's word
  • 00:34:03.120 --> 00:34:07.110
  • because God is a rewarder of those who seek after him.
  • 00:34:07.110 --> 00:34:11.020
  • You said it earlier, Joseph.
  • 00:34:11.020 --> 00:34:12.210
  • You may not have done everything right that day
  • 00:34:12.210 --> 00:34:16.110
  • but you've gotta see what you did do right.
  • 00:34:16.110 --> 00:34:20.000
  • And you gotta take hold of that
  • 00:34:20.000 --> 00:34:21.090
  • and you've gotta go forward with God
  • 00:34:21.090 --> 00:34:23.230
  • and I think that's really what the word of God
  • 00:34:23.230 --> 00:34:25.200
  • is all about.
  • 00:34:25.200 --> 00:34:26.180
  • It's a process of growing.
  • 00:34:26.180 --> 00:34:28.100
  • It's a process of doing right even
  • 00:34:28.100 --> 00:34:30.020
  • when you don't wanna do right.
  • 00:34:30.020 --> 00:34:31.260
  • I was thinking about when we were going
  • 00:34:31.260 --> 00:34:34.140
  • through the law suit and everything with the Compaq Center
  • 00:34:34.140 --> 00:34:37.070
  • for three years and Joel really watched
  • 00:34:37.070 --> 00:34:40.050
  • every word he spoke out of his mouth.
  • 00:34:40.050 --> 00:34:42.130
  • I have to admit I said some couple little things.
  • 00:34:42.130 --> 00:34:47.040
  • I know y'all never have.
  • 00:34:47.040 --> 00:34:49.150
  • I'm the one that keeps us challenged in the family.
  • 00:34:49.150 --> 00:34:51.090
  • But he really would say now Victoria
  • 00:34:51.090 --> 00:34:54.220
  • these are the times of testing.
  • 00:34:54.220 --> 00:34:57.260
  • These are the times you gotta watch what you say.
  • 00:34:57.260 --> 00:34:59.190
  • You gotta guard your heart.
  • 00:34:59.190 --> 00:35:00.220
  • You gotta.
  • 00:35:00.220 --> 00:35:01.280
  • And I appreciate having a husband like that
  • 00:35:01.280 --> 00:35:05.120
  • because he was absolutely right.
  • 00:35:05.120 --> 00:35:07.030
  • We think we can say anything we want.
  • 00:35:07.030 --> 00:35:08.290
  • We think we can do.
  • 00:35:08.290 --> 00:35:10.040
  • But the truth of the matter
  • 00:35:10.040 --> 00:35:11.030
  • if you're going through a battle
  • 00:35:11.030 --> 00:35:12.060
  • it's a time of testing.
  • 00:35:12.060 --> 00:35:13.180
  • Take it serious.
  • 00:35:13.180 --> 00:35:14.290
  • You're gonna get through the other side.
  • 00:35:14.290 --> 00:35:16.060
  • But it's your turn to practice God's word
  • 00:35:16.060 --> 00:35:19.130
  • and to do what God says.
  • 00:35:19.130 --> 00:35:21.230
  • I think that's the whole process
  • 00:35:21.230 --> 00:35:23.040
  • that God wants for us.
  • 00:35:23.040 --> 00:35:24.100
  • It's not a matter he doesn't wanna bless us.
  • 00:35:24.100 --> 00:35:25.250
  • He wants to bless us.
  • 00:35:25.250 --> 00:35:27.110
  • But he's never gonna bless us and get us to the other place
  • 00:35:27.110 --> 00:35:30.080
  • and us not be better than we were when we started
  • 00:35:30.080 --> 00:35:32.260
  • because that's not the way God works.
  • 00:35:32.260 --> 00:35:35.020
  • (audience applauding)
  • 00:35:35.020 --> 00:35:36.290
  • He always wants us growing.
  • 00:35:36.290 --> 00:35:39.170
  • - Well another thing too.
  • 00:35:39.170 --> 00:35:40.260
  • Those are preparation years.
  • 00:35:40.260 --> 00:35:43.190
  • Even those three years I think about my dad.
  • 00:35:43.190 --> 00:35:45.260
  • My dad pastored a church of 90 people, Matt,
  • 00:35:45.260 --> 00:35:49.050
  • and he believed he was gonna pastor a church of thousands
  • 00:35:49.050 --> 00:35:51.010
  • but for 12 years Lakewood had less than 200 people.
  • 00:35:51.010 --> 00:35:55.060
  • But in 1972, my parents started Lakewood in 1959.
  • 00:35:55.060 --> 00:35:59.120
  • But in 1972, 13 years later, it was like somebody
  • 00:35:59.120 --> 00:36:03.010
  • opened up the gates and people began to come.
  • 00:36:03.010 --> 00:36:05.160
  • But I look back and I believe those 13 years
  • 00:36:05.160 --> 00:36:08.190
  • were years of testing, years of proving,
  • 00:36:08.190 --> 00:36:10.260
  • getting my father prepared and so I think in these times
  • 00:36:10.260 --> 00:36:13.140
  • where it's taken longer than we thought,
  • 00:36:13.140 --> 00:36:15.050
  • it's not happening the way we had planned,
  • 00:36:15.050 --> 00:36:17.170
  • God's doing a work in us and I think of it this way.
  • 00:36:17.170 --> 00:36:21.030
  • If he got your there before, you couldn't handle it
  • 00:36:21.030 --> 00:36:25.070
  • and that would be doing you a disservice.
  • 00:36:25.070 --> 00:36:26.250
  • So I think it goes back to that you know what?
  • 00:36:26.250 --> 00:36:28.130
  • God, my life's in your hands.
  • 00:36:28.130 --> 00:36:29.280
  • I'm gonna get up and I'm gonna be my best each day.
  • 00:36:29.280 --> 00:36:31.190
  • I'm gonna honor you.
  • 00:36:31.190 --> 00:36:32.250
  • I'm gonna be a blessing to others
  • 00:36:32.250 --> 00:36:34.020
  • and God I'm gonna trust you to get me
  • 00:36:34.020 --> 00:36:35.130
  • to where I'm supposed to be.
  • 00:36:35.130 --> 00:36:37.160
  • Let me tell you.
  • 00:36:37.160 --> 00:36:38.210
  • When it's your time to be promoted
  • 00:36:38.210 --> 00:36:40.040
  • all the forces of darkness can't hold you back.
  • 00:36:40.040 --> 00:36:42.090
  • People can't stop you.
  • 00:36:42.090 --> 00:36:43.160
  • (audience applauding)
  • 00:36:43.160 --> 00:36:47.060
  • Bad breaks, disappointments, God has the final say.
  • 00:36:47.060 --> 00:36:51.110
  • A lot of people say well, Joel, I'm not
  • 00:36:53.000 --> 00:36:53.280
  • being treated right at work.
  • 00:36:53.280 --> 00:36:55.040
  • Well you're not working under people.
  • 00:36:55.040 --> 00:36:56.110
  • You're working under God.
  • 00:36:56.110 --> 00:36:57.240
  • So you keep doing the right thing.
  • 00:36:57.240 --> 00:37:00.020
  • God will get you to where you're supposed to be.
  • 00:37:00.020 --> 00:37:01.220
  • We fought that three year battle
  • 00:37:01.220 --> 00:37:02.240
  • for the Compaq Center.
  • 00:37:02.240 --> 00:37:04.190
  • We needed 10 votes.
  • 00:37:05.180 --> 00:37:07.140
  • We had worked two years and we only had nine votes
  • 00:37:07.140 --> 00:37:10.090
  • the night before the main vote.
  • 00:37:10.090 --> 00:37:12.260
  • We had 10 and someone that was for us
  • 00:37:12.260 --> 00:37:15.100
  • decided to be out of town.
  • 00:37:15.100 --> 00:37:17.130
  • Well that was like us not going to get the facility.
  • 00:37:17.130 --> 00:37:20.160
  • Well a young Jewish council member
  • 00:37:20.160 --> 00:37:22.180
  • that had been against us for two years
  • 00:37:22.180 --> 00:37:24.240
  • suddenly changed his mind and decided to vote for us.
  • 00:37:24.240 --> 00:37:27.250
  • That gave us the Compaq Center.
  • 00:37:27.250 --> 00:37:29.020
  • But let me tell you the backstory
  • 00:37:29.020 --> 00:37:30.160
  • cause I knew him, Council member Goldberg.
  • 00:37:30.160 --> 00:37:32.070
  • I'd tried to persuade him many times
  • 00:37:32.070 --> 00:37:33.260
  • with everything that I could.
  • 00:37:33.260 --> 00:37:35.240
  • I said Council member Goldberg,
  • 00:37:35.240 --> 00:37:37.170
  • why did you change your mind?
  • 00:37:37.170 --> 00:37:39.190
  • He said well, Joel, as persuasive as you were,
  • 00:37:39.190 --> 00:37:42.120
  • you didn't cause me to change my mind.
  • 00:37:42.120 --> 00:37:45.060
  • The night before I got a call from an older Jewish lady.
  • 00:37:45.060 --> 00:37:48.160
  • He was a Jewish Council member.
  • 00:37:48.160 --> 00:37:49.160
  • I can't remember if I said that.
  • 00:37:49.160 --> 00:37:50.230
  • I got a call from an older Jewish lady
  • 00:37:50.230 --> 00:37:52.180
  • that I hadn't spoken to in 20 years
  • 00:37:52.180 --> 00:37:54.180
  • and I always respected this woman
  • 00:37:54.180 --> 00:37:55.260
  • and I thought what does she want with me?
  • 00:37:55.260 --> 00:37:57.270
  • And I picked it up and she said I'm telling you
  • 00:37:57.270 --> 00:37:59.140
  • I want you to vote for Lakewood having the Compaq Center.
  • 00:37:59.140 --> 00:38:02.280
  • He said it was that phone call that caused me
  • 00:38:02.280 --> 00:38:06.280
  • to change my vote and you got the Compaq Center.
  • 00:38:06.280 --> 00:38:09.010
  • So what I'm saying is you stay in faith
  • 00:38:09.010 --> 00:38:11.070
  • God will make things happen that you
  • 00:38:11.070 --> 00:38:12.170
  • could never make happen.
  • 00:38:12.170 --> 00:38:13.170
  • (audience applauding)
  • 00:38:13.170 --> 00:38:16.220
  • - [Announcer] Behold, I do a new thing.
  • 00:38:18.110 --> 00:38:21.030
  • Now it shall spring forth.
  • 00:38:21.030 --> 00:38:23.030
  • Shall you not know it?
  • 00:38:23.030 --> 00:38:24.280
  • I will even make a road in the wilderness
  • 00:38:24.280 --> 00:38:27.010
  • and rivers in the desert.
  • 00:38:27.010 --> 00:38:29.030
  • - You know what just amazes me is how God raises up
  • 00:38:31.120 --> 00:38:35.130
  • voices and we have a world full of people
  • 00:38:35.130 --> 00:38:38.260
  • filled with despair and needing God.
  • 00:38:40.090 --> 00:38:43.090
  • Everyone's looking for something and someone speaking life
  • 00:38:45.020 --> 00:38:49.070
  • and just principles of the Gospel.
  • 00:38:51.070 --> 00:38:54.020
  • He speaks mostly to the spirits of people
  • 00:38:56.040 --> 00:38:59.140
  • that triggers something on the inside.
  • 00:38:59.140 --> 00:39:02.070
  • You mean there is hope?
  • 00:39:02.070 --> 00:39:04.090
  • Somehow there's hope?
  • 00:39:04.090 --> 00:39:06.100
  • Where I am right today there's, God's for me?
  • 00:39:06.100 --> 00:39:10.050
  • God's not against?
  • 00:39:10.050 --> 00:39:11.220
  • And you speak to the spirit of people
  • 00:39:11.220 --> 00:39:14.050
  • that are taking people out of darkness and turning them
  • 00:39:14.050 --> 00:39:17.160
  • towards the light who's Jesus and the hope for the world
  • 00:39:17.160 --> 00:39:21.210
  • and I love that and I appreciate that about you guys
  • 00:39:23.010 --> 00:39:26.210
  • so very much and that he lives it himself.
  • 00:39:26.210 --> 00:39:29.180
  • Of course God would raise him up
  • 00:39:29.180 --> 00:39:31.020
  • because he lives it at home.
  • 00:39:31.020 --> 00:39:32.290
  • - And I'd like to add that what you just described
  • 00:39:32.290 --> 00:39:35.150
  • turning from darkness to light
  • 00:39:35.150 --> 00:39:37.030
  • is exactly the definition of repentance.
  • 00:39:37.030 --> 00:39:40.170
  • Now we can get religious about repentance
  • 00:39:40.170 --> 00:39:44.030
  • like getting your breath and screaming help me Jesus!
  • 00:39:44.030 --> 00:39:47.030
  • Help me!
  • 00:39:47.030 --> 00:39:48.150
  • But that's an outward show.
  • 00:39:48.150 --> 00:39:49.220
  • You may cry.
  • 00:39:49.220 --> 00:39:50.220
  • You may not cry.
  • 00:39:50.220 --> 00:39:52.180
  • But the definition of repentance in the Greek
  • 00:39:52.180 --> 00:39:53.290
  • is change your mind.
  • 00:39:53.290 --> 00:39:56.110
  • And what is happening when people are watching Joel
  • 00:39:56.110 --> 00:39:59.060
  • is that their minds are being changed.
  • 00:39:59.060 --> 00:40:01.250
  • That's repentance going on without the use
  • 00:40:01.250 --> 00:40:03.060
  • of the word repentance.
  • 00:40:03.060 --> 00:40:05.120
  • Now in the gospel of John you don't find the word
  • 00:40:05.120 --> 00:40:07.040
  • repentance used even once.
  • 00:40:07.040 --> 00:40:09.240
  • Not even once in the gospel of John.
  • 00:40:09.240 --> 00:40:11.070
  • Does that mean that John doesn't believe in repentance?
  • 00:40:11.070 --> 00:40:14.160
  • It's just the emphasis.
  • 00:40:14.160 --> 00:40:16.060
  • If some people can cry out repentance
  • 00:40:16.060 --> 00:40:17.180
  • and they're not giving people anything
  • 00:40:17.180 --> 00:40:19.170
  • to turn their minds to.
  • 00:40:19.170 --> 00:40:21.150
  • It's just the prohibition or negation.
  • 00:40:24.000 --> 00:40:27.050
  • But what Joel is doing unconsciously,
  • 00:40:28.220 --> 00:40:30.110
  • supernaturally by the anointing that God has given him.
  • 00:40:30.110 --> 00:40:33.110
  • Everything you listen to him.
  • 00:40:33.110 --> 00:40:34.180
  • My wife's favorite preacher is him.
  • 00:40:34.180 --> 00:40:37.080
  • She'll tell me what Joel is preaching so I'm pretty
  • 00:40:40.010 --> 00:40:41.170
  • up to date because she will tell me.
  • 00:40:41.170 --> 00:40:43.160
  • Then she always qualifies but you are first.
  • 00:40:43.160 --> 00:40:47.060
  • But even my daughter loves hearing Joel.
  • 00:40:49.110 --> 00:40:53.130
  • Many of us as pastors and leaders
  • 00:40:53.130 --> 00:40:56.230
  • we give people Scripture and all that
  • 00:40:56.230 --> 00:40:58.010
  • but what we want them to arrive to
  • 00:40:58.010 --> 00:41:00.250
  • is faith, hope, and love.
  • 00:41:00.250 --> 00:41:02.270
  • What Joel does is he bypasses all of that
  • 00:41:05.200 --> 00:41:07.220
  • and brings you right to that place.
  • 00:41:07.220 --> 00:41:10.260
  • I'm telling myself, am I complicating things sometimes
  • 00:41:10.260 --> 00:41:13.040
  • by giving them the Greek and the Hebrew and all that?
  • 00:41:13.040 --> 00:41:16.000
  • But that's my call.
  • 00:41:16.000 --> 00:41:17.160
  • But Joel gets to the point and I appreciate that
  • 00:41:17.160 --> 00:41:21.150
  • and that's true repentance.
  • 00:41:21.150 --> 00:41:23.120
  • The Bible says in the Book of Acts
  • 00:41:23.120 --> 00:41:24.290
  • repentance towards God and faith towards
  • 00:41:24.290 --> 00:41:27.270
  • our Lord Jesus Christ.
  • 00:41:27.270 --> 00:41:29.220
  • Now what is repentance towards God?
  • 00:41:29.220 --> 00:41:31.260
  • To change your mind about God.
  • 00:41:31.260 --> 00:41:34.010
  • You used to think that he was against you.
  • 00:41:34.010 --> 00:41:36.010
  • Now you know that he's for you.
  • 00:41:36.010 --> 00:41:38.180
  • So repentance towards God
  • 00:41:40.110 --> 00:41:42.110
  • and faith towards our Lord Jesus Christ.
  • 00:41:42.110 --> 00:41:43.230
  • (audience applauding)
  • 00:41:43.230 --> 00:41:45.240
  • - [Announcer] What then shall we say to these things?
  • 00:41:45.240 --> 00:41:48.290
  • If God is for us, who is against us?
  • 00:41:48.290 --> 00:41:51.290
  • - When you find yourself negative, worried,
  • 00:41:53.150 --> 00:41:55.120
  • not thinking it's going to work out,
  • 00:41:55.120 --> 00:41:57.030
  • recognize what's happened.
  • 00:41:57.030 --> 00:41:59.080
  • You pulled your anchor up.
  • 00:41:59.080 --> 00:42:01.270
  • The good news is you can put it back down.
  • 00:42:01.270 --> 00:42:04.130
  • Instead of dwelling on those negative thoughts
  • 00:42:04.130 --> 00:42:06.130
  • you'll never get well, never break the addiction,
  • 00:42:06.130 --> 00:42:10.120
  • never meet the right person, turn it around.
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  • Father thank you that the answer's already on the way.
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  • Thank you that healing's coming, promotion's coming,
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  • the right people are coming.
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  • Thank you that favor is in my future.
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  • That's how you stay anchored to hope.
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  • - [Announcer] The Trinity Broadcasting family of networks
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  • introduce four pillars of truth.
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  • The blessed life.
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  • Grace.
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  • Spirit contemporary.
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  • And hope.
  • 00:42:41.120 --> 00:42:42.070
  • God wondrously shows us his never-ending love.
  • 00:42:44.040 --> 00:42:48.110
  • He delights in those who fear him.
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  • May his joy and peace fill you to overflowing with hope,
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  • today's pillar for life.
  • 00:42:55.250 --> 00:42:57.250
  • - The Bible says that hope is the helmet of salvation.
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  • The hope of salvation is a helmet.
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  • What do you make of that?
  • 00:43:06.280 --> 00:43:09.210
  • - Well let's see, Joseph.
  • 00:43:09.210 --> 00:43:10.230
  • What do I make of that?
  • 00:43:10.230 --> 00:43:11.280
  • (all laughing)
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  • I don't know, Joseph.
  • 00:43:13.250 --> 00:43:16.050
  • I probably see it way too simply
  • 00:43:16.050 --> 00:43:17.120
  • but just the fact that you know what?
  • 00:43:17.120 --> 00:43:19.170
  • You put your hope in Christ, there's your salvation.
  • 00:43:19.170 --> 00:43:21.200
  • - That's exactly what you're doing.
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  • Cause every time hope is preached it guards
  • 00:43:23.220 --> 00:43:26.050
  • your heart and mind.
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  • It guards your mind and you have a beautiful helmet.
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  • I love your hair.
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  • We used to be where putting on the armor of God
  • 00:43:35.040 --> 00:43:37.180
  • was like Batman putting on his armor.
  • 00:43:37.180 --> 00:43:40.200
  • Clink, clink, you know, kind of thing.
  • 00:43:40.200 --> 00:43:42.240
  • But actually it's understanding the truth
  • 00:43:42.240 --> 00:43:45.050
  • of like for example, hope is a helmet to your head.
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  • It protects you.
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  • Every time I listen to Joel,
  • 00:43:49.010 --> 00:43:49.290
  • people that listen to Joel,
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  • they come up from there being more optimistic
  • 00:43:51.060 --> 00:43:55.040
  • and of course the word for hope in the Greek
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  • is positive expectation of good in your future.
  • 00:43:58.130 --> 00:44:01.280
  • The world today is very sad.
  • 00:44:01.280 --> 00:44:04.170
  • You can't find hope in the world.
  • 00:44:04.170 --> 00:44:07.010
  • It's hopeless.
  • 00:44:07.010 --> 00:44:08.060
  • The only place to find hope is in the body of Christ.
  • 00:44:09.190 --> 00:44:11.250
  • And why knock it?
  • 00:44:11.250 --> 00:44:13.080
  • I can understand if the body of Christ knocks hope.
  • 00:44:14.200 --> 00:44:17.050
  • People are preaching hope because there's so much
  • 00:44:17.050 --> 00:44:19.070
  • dejection and depression in the world.
  • 00:44:19.070 --> 00:44:22.180
  • And in the last days the Bible says
  • 00:44:22.180 --> 00:44:23.280
  • darkness will cover the earth
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  • and gross darkness the people.
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  • The people but not the church.
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  • But the glory of the Lord will rise upon you.
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  • Amen.
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  • And I thank God for it's a weapon.
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  • Hope, grace, they're not just messages.
  • 00:44:38.060 --> 00:44:41.130
  • They are your armor.
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  • They are your weapons to protect you
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  • and you cannot find hope in the,
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  • one of the things when you see what the devil is doing,
  • 00:44:47.160 --> 00:44:50.050
  • the devil appeals to your sight.
  • 00:44:50.050 --> 00:44:53.070
  • He's visual.
  • 00:44:53.070 --> 00:44:54.070
  • In other words he wants to appeal to your sight
  • 00:44:55.130 --> 00:44:57.050
  • whereas God appeals to faith.
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  • Alright?
  • 00:44:59.170 --> 00:45:00.170
  • We walk by faith, not by sight.
  • 00:45:00.170 --> 00:45:03.010
  • If you do not know what God is doing in the world today
  • 00:45:03.010 --> 00:45:06.160
  • just see what the devil is doing.
  • 00:45:06.160 --> 00:45:08.200
  • What is visual and then reverse it.
  • 00:45:08.200 --> 00:45:12.040
  • During the time in the book of Exodus
  • 00:45:12.040 --> 00:45:14.220
  • remember when Pharaoh decreed that all the Hebrew
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  • male babies would be killed?
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  • That was very visual.
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  • That was very rampant for all to see.
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  • But what was unknown and what was hidden and not visible
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  • was a champion was born during that time.
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  • Same thing for our Lord Jesus when he was born
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  • every male child under two years old
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  • King Herod decreed to be killed.
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  • And that was very open.
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  • You can hear the tears and the weeping of the mothers
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  • and you can see it happening.
  • 00:45:45.180 --> 00:45:47.030
  • What the devil is doing.
  • 00:45:47.030 --> 00:45:49.170
  • But then what we can see is that the Messiah was born.
  • 00:45:49.170 --> 00:45:51.230
  • So when you see what is happening in the world today
  • 00:45:51.230 --> 00:45:54.200
  • as people of faith, reverse it.
  • 00:45:54.200 --> 00:45:57.070
  • Why is it that there's so much terrorism going on?
  • 00:45:58.200 --> 00:46:01.050
  • Because God's champions are being raised.
  • 00:46:01.050 --> 00:46:05.070
  • (audience cheering)
  • 00:46:05.070 --> 00:46:08.250
  • Why is there new strains of virus, diseases,
  • 00:46:08.250 --> 00:46:12.220
  • Zika, Ebola, new strains of viruses?
  • 00:46:12.220 --> 00:46:15.150
  • Because God has a new anointing of healing being released.
  • 00:46:15.150 --> 00:46:19.190
  • Just reverse it and by faith
  • 00:46:19.190 --> 00:46:22.230
  • and what Joel does is he brings out of the invisible realm
  • 00:46:22.230 --> 00:46:25.220
  • to the visible realm
  • 00:46:25.220 --> 00:46:27.050
  • we need to be people of faith and have hope and grace.
  • 00:46:27.050 --> 00:46:30.220
  • You can understand what God is saying.
  • 00:46:32.070 --> 00:46:34.280
  • Just look at what the devil is doing
  • 00:46:34.280 --> 00:46:36.160
  • and then reverse it.
  • 00:46:36.160 --> 00:46:37.230
  • So what is he doing in your life right now?
  • 00:46:37.230 --> 00:46:40.050
  • Is he attacking your body?
  • 00:46:40.050 --> 00:46:41.200
  • It's because God is giving you a new infusion
  • 00:46:41.200 --> 00:46:44.120
  • of health and strength.
  • 00:46:44.120 --> 00:46:45.260
  • (audience applauding)
  • 00:46:45.260 --> 00:46:48.070
  • Is he attacking your relationships?
  • 00:46:48.070 --> 00:46:50.220
  • It's because God is doing something.
  • 00:46:50.220 --> 00:46:52.000
  • Whenever God is, now the devil is not omniscient.
  • 00:46:52.000 --> 00:46:55.210
  • He's not all-knowing.
  • 00:46:55.210 --> 00:46:56.290
  • God is all-knowing.
  • 00:46:56.290 --> 00:46:58.200
  • So what he does is he observes the activity of angels
  • 00:46:58.200 --> 00:47:01.290
  • like during the time of the birth of Jesus
  • 00:47:01.290 --> 00:47:04.220
  • you can see the angels moving
  • 00:47:04.220 --> 00:47:07.080
  • but he doesn't know exactly.
  • 00:47:07.080 --> 00:47:09.270
  • The time of baby Moses.
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  • He didn't know who was the champion to be born.
  • 00:47:11.050 --> 00:47:14.010
  • But he can tell that God is doing something.
  • 00:47:14.010 --> 00:47:16.150
  • So what he does, he counterattacks.
  • 00:47:16.150 --> 00:47:19.010
  • God never plays catch up to the devil.
  • 00:47:19.010 --> 00:47:22.020
  • The devil does, okay?
  • 00:47:22.020 --> 00:47:24.070
  • So when I look at the world today I have hope
  • 00:47:24.070 --> 00:47:27.270
  • because I know that all these signs of what the devil
  • 00:47:27.270 --> 00:47:30.010
  • is doing is just his knee jerk reaction
  • 00:47:30.010 --> 00:47:33.090
  • at what God is doing.
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  • Let's see what God is doing, amen?
  • 00:47:36.160 --> 00:47:39.250
  • - [Announcer] Why are you in despair O my soul?
  • 00:47:39.250 --> 00:47:42.030
  • And why have you become disturbed within me?
  • 00:47:42.030 --> 00:47:44.080
  • Hope in God, for I shall again praise him
  • 00:47:44.080 --> 00:47:46.270
  • for the help of his presence.
  • 00:47:46.270 --> 00:47:48.250
  • - Zechariah puts it this way.
  • 00:47:48.250 --> 00:47:51.070
  • If you'll be a prisoner of hope
  • 00:47:51.070 --> 00:47:54.170
  • God will restore back to you double what you lost.
  • 00:47:54.170 --> 00:47:58.070
  • Prisoner of hope means you can't get away from it.
  • 00:47:58.070 --> 00:48:01.140
  • You're anchored to it.
  • 00:48:01.140 --> 00:48:03.250
  • You should be discouraged but you can't help it.
  • 00:48:03.250 --> 00:48:06.250
  • Despite all that's come against you
  • 00:48:06.250 --> 00:48:08.240
  • like Joseph you still believe
  • 00:48:08.240 --> 00:48:11.030
  • you're going to accomplish your dreams.
  • 00:48:11.030 --> 00:48:13.120
  • You should be overwhelmed.
  • 00:48:13.120 --> 00:48:15.100
  • The obstacle looks bigger.
  • 00:48:15.100 --> 00:48:17.140
  • Goliath looks stronger, more powerful
  • 00:48:17.140 --> 00:48:19.170
  • but like David, you have your hope in the Lord.
  • 00:48:19.170 --> 00:48:23.080
  • You know if God be for you, who dare be against you?
  • 00:48:23.080 --> 00:48:27.130
  • You may not see a way but you can say
  • 00:48:29.180 --> 00:48:31.060
  • God you breathe life into me.
  • 00:48:31.060 --> 00:48:33.140
  • I believe I have seeds of greatness.
  • 00:48:33.140 --> 00:48:35.030
  • I believe I can do all things through Christ.
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  • I believe I can set a new standard for my family
  • 00:48:36.250 --> 00:48:40.120
  • cause that's what I hear a lot, Matt and Joseph
  • 00:48:40.120 --> 00:48:43.200
  • and the rest of you.
  • 00:48:43.200 --> 00:48:46.000
  • I hear I've gone as far as I can.
  • 00:48:46.000 --> 00:48:47.290
  • I've gone as far as my parents have gone.
  • 00:48:47.290 --> 00:48:49.080
  • I'm doing pretty good but God wants every
  • 00:48:49.080 --> 00:48:52.020
  • generation to increase.
  • 00:48:52.020 --> 00:48:54.060
  • He wants you to set a new standard.
  • 00:48:54.060 --> 00:48:55.180
  • You wouldn't be hearing this
  • 00:48:55.180 --> 00:48:56.250
  • if God didn't want you to rise higher.
  • 00:48:56.250 --> 00:48:59.080
  • And so sometimes we take things and say well my mom
  • 00:48:59.080 --> 00:49:01.140
  • was depressed and I'm depressed too
  • 00:49:01.140 --> 00:49:03.060
  • or my dad had addictions and I deal with it too.
  • 00:49:03.060 --> 00:49:04.270
  • But you know what?
  • 00:49:04.270 --> 00:49:05.250
  • You can set a new standard.
  • 00:49:05.250 --> 00:49:07.210
  • You can rise higher.
  • 00:49:07.210 --> 00:49:09.040
  • You gotta stir up your faith and say you know what?
  • 00:49:09.040 --> 00:49:11.030
  • I do have the power, the ability to rise higher
  • 00:49:11.030 --> 00:49:14.070
  • and reprogram your mind.
  • 00:49:14.070 --> 00:49:16.070
  • That's going to help you to become all God's
  • 00:49:17.220 --> 00:49:19.070
  • created you to be,
  • 00:49:19.070 --> 00:49:20.220
  • even going back to when I first started ministry.
  • 00:49:20.220 --> 00:49:24.070
  • I had never ministered before.
  • 00:49:24.070 --> 00:49:26.040
  • My dad died in 1999.
  • 00:49:26.040 --> 00:49:27.240
  • I'd spent 17 years behind the scenes
  • 00:49:29.000 --> 00:49:30.180
  • doing the production like these guys.
  • 00:49:30.180 --> 00:49:33.150
  • I was comfortable doing that.
  • 00:49:33.150 --> 00:49:34.150
  • I thought that's, like you Matt,
  • 00:49:34.150 --> 00:49:36.000
  • I thought that's what I'd do with the rest of my life.
  • 00:49:36.000 --> 00:49:38.100
  • But I knew I was supposed to set up and pastor the church
  • 00:49:38.100 --> 00:49:41.140
  • and I told my mom.
  • 00:49:41.140 --> 00:49:42.220
  • I didn't tell anybody else that I would start
  • 00:49:42.220 --> 00:49:44.000
  • after my dad died
  • 00:49:44.000 --> 00:49:45.050
  • that I'd start speaking the weekends
  • 00:49:45.050 --> 00:49:47.280
  • but every voice told me Joel,
  • 00:49:47.280 --> 00:49:49.240
  • you're gonna get up there and look like a fool.
  • 00:49:49.240 --> 00:49:51.270
  • You've never been to seminary.
  • 00:49:51.270 --> 00:49:53.140
  • Nobody's gonna listen to you.
  • 00:49:53.140 --> 00:49:54.250
  • There were plenty of negative voices.
  • 00:49:54.250 --> 00:49:57.160
  • So I had to do just what I'm telling you to do.
  • 00:49:57.160 --> 00:50:00.070
  • All through the day Joel,
  • 00:50:00.070 --> 00:50:01.120
  • you can do all things through Christ.
  • 00:50:01.120 --> 00:50:02.230
  • You are strong in the Lord.
  • 00:50:02.230 --> 00:50:04.020
  • You've been raised up for such a
  • 00:50:04.020 --> 00:50:05.030
  • here's what I've learned.
  • 00:50:05.030 --> 00:50:06.070
  • You can talk yourselves into your dreams
  • 00:50:06.070 --> 00:50:08.120
  • or you can talk yourselves out of your dreams.
  • 00:50:08.120 --> 00:50:11.170
  • Or sometimes you can let other people
  • 00:50:11.170 --> 00:50:13.290
  • talk you out of your dreams.
  • 00:50:13.290 --> 00:50:16.060
  • I wouldn't be standing here today
  • 00:50:16.060 --> 00:50:18.090
  • if I had not reprogrammed my computer.
  • 00:50:18.090 --> 00:50:21.060
  • So I just encourage you cause you can think you know what?
  • 00:50:21.060 --> 00:50:23.030
  • You can think of a thousand reasons
  • 00:50:23.030 --> 00:50:25.070
  • why you can't do what God's put in your heart
  • 00:50:25.070 --> 00:50:27.070
  • but God wouldn't have equipped you
  • 00:50:27.070 --> 00:50:29.060
  • if he hadn't already empowered you.
  • 00:50:29.060 --> 00:50:31.160
  • So I believe you have gifts and talents just like me
  • 00:50:31.160 --> 00:50:34.230
  • that you don't know you have.
  • 00:50:34.230 --> 00:50:36.160
  • - And you know there are some people sitting out there today
  • 00:50:36.160 --> 00:50:38.030
  • and they're saying I don't have any dreams.
  • 00:50:38.030 --> 00:50:40.050
  • I don't know what I'm supposed to do.
  • 00:50:40.050 --> 00:50:41.290
  • And I would just encourage them to do exactly
  • 00:50:41.290 --> 00:50:44.110
  • what Joel's saying.
  • 00:50:44.110 --> 00:50:45.250
  • Put that helmet of salvation, that helmet of hope on,
  • 00:50:45.250 --> 00:50:49.070
  • and take the sword of the spirit
  • 00:50:49.070 --> 00:50:50.220
  • which is the word of God and it's a double thing.
  • 00:50:50.220 --> 00:50:53.240
  • You guard your head.
  • 00:50:53.240 --> 00:50:56.020
  • You continue to say these things by the word of God.
  • 00:50:56.020 --> 00:50:58.240
  • You're not just saying I'm talented.
  • 00:50:58.240 --> 00:51:00.280
  • I'm smart.
  • 00:51:00.280 --> 00:51:01.230
  • I'm beautiful.
  • 00:51:01.230 --> 00:51:02.180
  • I'm fine.
  • 00:51:02.180 --> 00:51:03.130
  • I'm this.
  • 00:51:03.130 --> 00:51:04.080
  • I'm that.
  • 00:51:04.080 --> 00:51:05.150
  • God says that about us and you know what?
  • 00:51:05.150 --> 00:51:07.000
  • That has merit right there when you join your faith
  • 00:51:07.000 --> 00:51:08.240
  • with God and you get in agreement with God.
  • 00:51:08.240 --> 00:51:11.140
  • That's what makes the difference.
  • 00:51:11.140 --> 00:51:13.260
  • Cause some people like to say oh that's
  • 00:51:13.260 --> 00:51:15.030
  • just positive thinking or that's just optimism.
  • 00:51:15.030 --> 00:51:18.170
  • Well we know optimism isn't gonna get us anywhere
  • 00:51:18.170 --> 00:51:21.080
  • unless we're anchored to God's word
  • 00:51:21.080 --> 00:51:22.230
  • and we're in agreement with God's word
  • 00:51:22.230 --> 00:51:24.270
  • and so Joel has just got this way to
  • 00:51:24.270 --> 00:51:27.090
  • put this word so simply that people can receive it
  • 00:51:27.090 --> 00:51:31.140
  • in their minds, change their thinking,
  • 00:51:32.190 --> 00:51:36.110
  • repent from darkness,
  • 00:51:36.110 --> 00:51:37.270
  • repent from the wrong way of thinking
  • 00:51:37.270 --> 00:51:39.160
  • and then begin to speak it out of their mouth
  • 00:51:39.160 --> 00:51:42.230
  • and I just think that's so important
  • 00:51:42.230 --> 00:51:44.040
  • because really it's so simple, isn't it?
  • 00:51:44.040 --> 00:51:46.120
  • As we think we are and if you'll just believe.
  • 00:51:46.120 --> 00:51:49.110
  • So if you're out there today and you say
  • 00:51:49.110 --> 00:51:51.010
  • I don't have any dreams.
  • 00:51:51.010 --> 00:51:52.000
  • I don't even know what to do.
  • 00:51:52.000 --> 00:51:53.040
  • I've been down for so long.
  • 00:51:53.040 --> 00:51:55.040
  • I would say get in the word of God and just
  • 00:51:55.040 --> 00:51:56.220
  • begin to say God, thank you.
  • 00:51:56.220 --> 00:51:58.130
  • I am fearfully, I am wonderfully made.
  • 00:51:58.130 --> 00:52:01.060
  • Thank you that I am the apple of your eye.
  • 00:52:01.060 --> 00:52:03.160
  • I am your creation.
  • 00:52:03.160 --> 00:52:04.240
  • You breathed life into me
  • 00:52:04.240 --> 00:52:06.090
  • and you can show me what you have for me
  • 00:52:06.090 --> 00:52:09.190
  • and I think that's the place to start right there
  • 00:52:11.080 --> 00:52:13.150
  • if you feel like that today.
  • 00:52:13.150 --> 00:52:15.200
  • - [Announcer] For I am confident of this very thing,
  • 00:52:15.200 --> 00:52:19.240
  • that he who began a good work in you will perfect it
  • 00:52:19.240 --> 00:52:22.270
  • until the day of Christ Jesus.
  • 00:52:22.270 --> 00:52:25.120
  • - Are you drifting today?
  • 00:52:26.120 --> 00:52:28.020
  • Worried, negative, in self-pity?
  • 00:52:28.020 --> 00:52:30.190
  • Why don't you put your anchor back down?
  • 00:52:30.190 --> 00:52:32.280
  • Why don't you get your hopes back up?
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  • Just because the promise hasn't happened yet
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  • doesn't mean it's not going to happen.
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  • You may have had some bad breaks like Joseph.
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  • That doesn't mean you're not going to fulfill your purpose.
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  • God wouldn't have allowed it
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  • if he wasn't going to use it for your good.
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  • Shake off the discouragement, the self pity.
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  • What God started in your life
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  • he's still going to bring to pass.
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  • - Hope, kind of final thoughts.
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  • What can someone do?
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  • What is that kind of next day thing
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  • that if they'll change their mind in regard to that?
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  • How do you?
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  • - Matt, I would pick up on what Joseph said.
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  • What are you feeding yourself?
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  • Joseph was talking about feeding yourself
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  • listening to the Scripture
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  • and to thoughts of faith and hope.
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  • I think sometimes we're defeating ourselves
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  • because one, we're around negative people.
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  • We listen to the news all the time
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  • and it's depressing.
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  • We're putting in all this negative
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  • and we're wondering why our spirits
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  • are down and discouraged.
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  • I would encourage you just to turn it around
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  • and I like to say get up first thing in the morning
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  • and start the day off, wake up to hope.
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  • Start the day off grateful right at the very beginning.
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  • Just make the decision Lord I'm grateful to be alive.
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  • I'm grateful for what you've done in my life.
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  • Just real simple things.
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  • Don't look at what's wrong.
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  • Thank God for what's right.
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  • You may have a thousand things wrong
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  • but you can find something that's right.
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  • Little by little just start programming in your mind
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  • to say you know what?
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  • I'm not gonna let the depressing thoughts stay.
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  • Not gonna listen to the news 24 hours.
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  • Our spirit wasn't made to take in all that negativity.
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  • So you turn it around.
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  • You listen to Joseph.
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  • You listen to praise music.
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  • You listen to something that's gonna build you up.
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  • You're gonna start to feel a difference on the inside
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  • and I think the other thing too sometimes
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  • we hang around with people that are negative.
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  • That are pulling us down and maybe they're friends
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  • that we love and things and I know some of these things
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  • can be hard but your time is too valuable.
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  • Your assignment is too important to be around somebody
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  • that's always causing you to compromise
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  • or leaving you drained.
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  • You feel like you're just depressed
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  • after you leave them.
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  • You gotta realize they're sucking the life out of you.
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  • If you don't make a change then
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  • it's gonna keep you from where you're supposed to be.
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  • I always say this.
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  • If you don't get rid of the wrong people
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  • you'll never meet the right people.
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  • I'm not saying divorce a husband or wife, stuff like that.
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  • I'm talking about maybe you're sitting with somebody
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  • at lunch at work and all they do is complain.
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  • They're always negative.
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  • Always depressed.
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  • Well that's just gonna get into your spirit.
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  • Why don't you make a change and say you know what?
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  • I'm gonna start guarding my mind
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  • and I'm not gonna dwell on the negative thoughts.
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  • I'm just gonna choose to believe that today
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  • is a gift that God has given me.
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  • Look at what's right and not what's wrong.
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  • So the main thing is feed yourself good things.
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  • Feed yourself strength and peace and hope and faith
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  • and just thoughts that encourage you
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  • and that's why I think a lot of times people listen
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  • to our ministry and TBN and Joseph.
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  • It does.
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  • It builds you up.
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  • I just am blessed to be with you Matt and Laurie.
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  • I'm excited about the next generation of TBN
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  • and we appreciate you guys supporting the network
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  • and making it all happen cause it cost
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  • finances it costs money to make these things happen
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  • and it's faithful people like you that do it.
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  • So we just know that you're sowing into good ground
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  • and as you're being blessed today
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  • it's gonna help to bless others and so
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  • keep being your best.
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  • Keep honoring God cause he's got you
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  • in the palm of his hand and just believe God's
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  • gonna take you places that you've never dreamed.
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  • But we're praying for you.
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  • We love you and we just wish you all the best.
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  • - Really you couldn't say it more profoundly
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  • and more beautifully than what has been said today
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  • and the fact that TBN is here to keep the vision
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  • in front of you and I think that's what it is
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  • when you reflect God's glory
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  • you keep the vision in front of you.
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  • Not only are you changed from the inside out
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  • but we always need to be like Joseph
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  • and Joel said feeding ourself
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  • and that's what I love about TBN.
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  • I love the fact that you care.
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  • I love the fact that Matt and Laurie,
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  • you took the mantle of what your family's done
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  • and you're gonna move forward
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  • and your children will be blessed through it
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  • and I think it's such a blessing to be able
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  • to raise your children knowing God.
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  • Half the battle is just getting them to this point
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  • and I just think that TBN is just gonna
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  • do amazing things this year and I'm just excited
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  • to be a part of it and I'm excited and thrilled
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  • to be sitting with all of you here.
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  • But keep the vision in front of you.
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  • - It's time to cut those anchors
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  • and come over into hope.
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  • God did not breathe his life into you,
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  • crown you with favor, give you a royal robe,
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  • so you could go around anchored to bitterness,
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  • anchored to doubt, anchored to worry.
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  • He created you to be anchored to hope.
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  • To go out each day expecting his goodness
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  • knowing that the days ahead
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  • are greater than the days we leave.
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  • (upbeat instrumental music)
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