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Unshakable Hope

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September 2, 2020
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Max Lucado shares some treasures from his book Unshakable Hope – and shares how the spoken Word can transform you and get you through these challenging times.

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Unshakable Hope

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  • - [Narrator] Tonight on Praise
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  • from Dallas New YorkTimes Best-selling author
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  • and minister of teachingat Oak Hills Church,
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  • Max Lucado.
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  • And now Matt and Laurie Crouch
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  • - Praise comes to youfrom Dallas, Texas,
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  • our guest, Max Lucado.
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  • "Unshakable Hope" building ourlives on the promises of God.
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  • If there was ever any time weneeded to do that, it's today.
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  • How do we do that?
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  • - Well, you're absolutely right.
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  • If we've ever neededthe promises of God,
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  • we have to have them right now.
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  • Right now, each and everyone of us are choosing,
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  • are we gonna build alife based on fear?
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  • Or we're gonna builda life based on faith?
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  • Faith in God's promises.
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  • There's over 7.000promises in the Bible.
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  • I was blown away.
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  • When I came acrossthis statistic.
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  • 7.000 times God says,
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  • I promise, I promise,I promise, I promise.
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  • And so we could choose ifwe're gonna build our life
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  • on the news that we hear
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  • on the many news media outlets,
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  • if we're gonna buildour life based upon
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  • what the friend downthe street just said
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  • he heard somebody say.
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  • Or if we're gonnabuild our lives
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  • on the promises of God.
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  • And that's I thinkwhat it boils down to.
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  • And so we get to know thepromises, trust the promises,
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  • and then allow those promises
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  • to become a part ofour day to day life.
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  • - Let's start,
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  • Max,
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  • with the idea that
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  • we're on the same page.
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  • These are unprecedentedtimes of social unrest.
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  • Who would have thought
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  • the pandemic was going todo what it did globally?
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  • Millions of people out of jobs
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  • and a sense that the government
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  • is turning into ananny state beyond.
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  • Where churches in somestates, can't sing.
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  • You can go to the facility
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  • but even behind amask, you can't sing.
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  • People this is getting rough.
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  • We need some promises.
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  • And we need thisprogram to speak
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  • to the fears,
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  • I believe that are present
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  • in our viewingaudience right now.
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  • - 'Cause we're facingnot just the pandemic,
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  • not just the economicuncertainty in thesocial interest,
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  • but we're facing the fearthat comes with it all.
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  • But if you're not buildingupon the promises of God,
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  • probably you're buildingon the panic of life.
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  • And it's everywhere.
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  • It's everywhere.
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  • And it's like we'respiraling out of control.
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  • And we're seeing thingsthat we've not seen
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  • in our life times.
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  • - Can I say something?
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  • - You may do.
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  • - I think you're amazing.
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  • And I love what youhave done for TBN
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  • the last few months.
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  • You have taken ourFriday nights here on TV
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  • and if you have missed any of
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  • these Friday night specialsthat Max has done for us.
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  • I encourage you togo on the TBN app,
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  • you can go on yourRokus, your Apples,
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  • whatever you do.
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  • I don't know how you do that.
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  • But you can watch.
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  • And just the hope andthe peace that has come
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  • with those programs hasjust been unbelievable.
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  • And I just thank you fromthe bottom of my heart
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  • because it has settled my soul.
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  • - And it's a great honor,- All right
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  • - A Great honor.
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  • So I do think thepromises of God
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  • are our way of respondingto the tragedy of mankind.
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  • When life goes crazy.
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  • God has equipped us,
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  • he's equipped us withthese promises of God.
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  • And when you look at themen and women in scripture,
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  • what they had in common was
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  • that they believed inthe promises of God.
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  • Abraham built his life,on the promises of God.
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  • Noah heard this crazy visionthat a flood was gonna come
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  • but that he was gonna be saved.
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  • So he built hiswhole life upon that.
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  • Moses stood strong onthe promises of God.
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  • And that's what gave himthe power to lead the nation
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  • of the Hebrews throughthe wilderness.
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  • And Joshua, by the storyof Joshua is simply a story
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  • of a man who believed
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  • that God would give thepromised land to him
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  • into those who had survivedthat time in the wilderness.
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  • And he believed it.
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  • He marched forward.
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  • And so really the Bibleis stitched together
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  • with promises andpeople of the promise.
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  • It really is.
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  • it's just stitched togetherthink about the apostles.
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  • Jesus, before Hisascension says,
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  • Now go to Jerusalem and wait.
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  • And there you will receivepower from on high.
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  • And they believe thepromise of Christ.
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  • And because of that,
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  • we have the day of Pentecost,
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  • they received thatsupernatural event.
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  • So I think really what thegeneration is needing right now
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  • are some peoplewho will say okay,
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  • I'm gonna believe inthe promises of God.
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  • We got racial unrest everywhere,
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  • we got fear about theeconomy everywhere.
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  • I don't know aboutthis pandemic,
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  • but I'm gonna standstrong on promises of God.
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  • And so these books thatwe're looking at today
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  • simply are tools towhet our appetite.
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  • building our lives onthe promises of God,
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  • along with the special"Unshakable Hope" study guide.
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  • - I can either buildmy life on the thought
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  • that this is gonna last forever,
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  • or that's misery.
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  • But I'm gonna choose tostand on the promise of God.
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  • - [Narrator] Together,let's continue
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  • to take the love ofJesus to everyone we can.
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  • - So all I did was take some
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  • that are just choice promises,
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  • and tried to whet the appetites
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  • of our viewers and readers
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  • to build their liveson these promises.
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  • - Like what?
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  • - Weeping may comefor the night,
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  • but joy comes with the morning.
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  • Joy comes.
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  • And so I think when peopleare passing through times
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  • of utter despair,
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  • it's okay to say,
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  • I'm in a season of weeping.
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  • There's a time to lament,
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  • there's a time to mourn,
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  • but don't think thisweeping and mourning
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  • is gonna last forever.
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  • So you stand on this promise.
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  • I don't know exactlywhen joy is gonna come,
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  • I don't know exactlyhow it's gonna come.
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  • But devil, you'renot getting me.
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  • I believe joy is gonna come.
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  • - What is joy?
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  • - Joy is thatdeeply rooted sense
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  • that we have that conviction
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  • that emotion that services,
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  • 'cause we believeGod is a good God,
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  • and he's in control.
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  • - So it's a conviction.- Yeah
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  • - So it's a belief system.
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  • - It is.
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  • - So joy doesn't get changedbased upon life's issues,
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  • it's a belief system.
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  • And how does somebody determine
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  • they're going to havethat belief system?
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  • - And that's the hugequestion of life right there.
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  • 'Cause all of us havea belief system, right?
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  • All of us have a certain...
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  • even if we've neverarticulated it or expressed it.
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  • We have a belief system
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  • and what you believe about God
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  • and what your belief system is
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  • about the meaning of life,
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  • is really the mostimportant thing,
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  • most important thing about you.
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  • My dad used to takeus on camping trips
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  • when we were kids.
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  • I know the two ofyou love Colorado.
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  • My dad used to take uscamping and Colorado
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  • and we'd stay in a tent
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  • that he purchased at a army.
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  • What do you call those stores?
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  • - Surplus.- Army surplus store.
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  • It was an old army tent.
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  • And it had two huge poles,not just one, but two.
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  • And it took us about two orthree hours to set it up.
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  • And I remember one time,
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  • this big wind blewthrough the campground.
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  • Everybody's tents gotblown over except my dad's.
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  • 'Cause he had thesetwo big polls.
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  • Well, I've used that to compare.
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  • That's what ourbelief system is.
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  • What are the polls holdingup to tent of your life?
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  • What are the polls?
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  • Now, many people their poll
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  • is what their uncle told them.
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  • Or what the professor told them.
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  • But as Christians weBelieve in a belief system
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  • that is given to us byGod, by God Almighty.
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  • - Because of the resurrectionof Christ authenticated
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  • by the empty tomb,
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  • we can believe whatJesus said about life.
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  • And so I can have thisbelief system that says,
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  • I'm here for a reason.
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  • I'm here for a short time,
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  • I've been bought bythe blood of Christ,
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  • and I'm headed to eternity.
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  • That's a belief system,
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  • and board now that'll holdyou up during a stormy time.
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  • But if your belief system says,
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  • I don't know why I'm here,
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  • nobody cares about me.
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  • I'm random and I'm an accident.
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  • I'm a coming togetherof a male and a female
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  • and here I got,
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  • that's not gonna hold up.
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  • If you think that thismisery you're in now
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  • is gonna last forever.
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  • That's gonna lead you to a place
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  • from which you may never exit.
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  • But if you believe,
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  • I do think this is a tough time.
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  • But Jesus said,
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  • that in this world,you will have trouble,
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  • but be of good cheer,
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  • because I've overcome the world.
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  • That's another promise.
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  • That's another ofthe 7.000 promises.
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  • So you say, Okay,
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  • I can either build mylife on the thought that
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  • this is gonna last forever.
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  • Or that's misery.
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  • But I'm gonna choose tostand on the promise of God.
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  • Now why can I choose to do that?
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  • Well, because of the empty tomb,
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  • because of the vacated tomb,
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  • the resurrectionchanges everything.
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  • But because a resurrectedLord made that promise to me,
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  • then I'm gonnabuild my life there.
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  • Not saying thatit's gonna be easy,
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  • not saying it's not gonnacome with struggles,
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  • but I can risk faith,
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  • because I can build my lifeon a promise that cross me.
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  • - This should be fundamentalin people's life.
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  • What if it isn't?
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  • How do they getstarted doing this?
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  • - The devil, prowls aroundlike a lion looking for
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  • somebody he may devour.
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  • And every time that he seesa seed of hope get deposited
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  • in the mind of a young person,
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  • or a young girl,young man, he goes in
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  • and he goes inwith social media.
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  • He goes in with some movie,
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  • he goes in with some comment
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  • from sometroublemaking neighbor,
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  • and he steals it.
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  • He does not wantyoung men and women
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  • to believe what we'retalking about right now.
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  • He doesn't,
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  • he wants him tothink life is futile,
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  • life is desperate,
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  • life has no meaning.
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  • The best you can hope foris a weekend and a paycheck.
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  • That's the lie ofthe devil right now.
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  • So if by God's great grace,
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  • somebody is listening toour conversation today,
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  • and they're thinking,
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  • I would much rather believethat life has meaning
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  • that life has purpose,
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  • that he is for me andhe's not against me.
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  • Then what I wouldencourage you to do is say,
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  • Yes, God, yes, God,
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  • I'm standing against the devil.
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  • And I receive this promise,I receive this (indistinct),
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  • - Do you have to say it?
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  • - If we confess with our lips,
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  • the scripture say if weconfess with our lips,
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  • there's somethingabout articulating it
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  • and asked since that,
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  • when the devil andhis demons are nearby,
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  • they don't know thefuture, but they can hear.
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  • And so that's the reasonwe praise out loud.
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  • That's the reasonwe pray out loud
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  • that's the reason mywife loves to walk around
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  • inside our house,
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  • declaring the promises of God.
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  • She'll speak the wordsof truth, though,
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  • 'cause it's a spiritualbattle we're in.
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  • This isn't just a battleof flesh and blood.
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  • It's a spiritualbattle we're in.
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  • So I would say, say it out loud.
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  • I believe thatJesus is the Christ,
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  • the Son of the living God.
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  • I believe today,I believe today.
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  • And boy, if youlisten carefully,
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  • you could hear thefootsteps of the demons
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  • as they scatter 'causethey don't wanna hear that.
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  • The devil will not long lingerwhere Christ is confessed,
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  • and God is praised.
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  • He can't stand it.
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  • One of the most amazing things,
  • 00:14:17.201 --> 00:14:20.071
  • Max that you've done,
  • 00:14:20.071 --> 00:14:21.306
  • we're talking about"Unshakable Hope."
  • 00:14:21.306 --> 00:14:23.574
  • We're talking about buildingour lives on the promises
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  • of God and in the study guide.
  • 00:14:27.578 --> 00:14:30.548
  • What Max has done is he'scompiled a study guide.
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  • That is what you shouldbe building your life on
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  • these promises, theseamazing promises
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  • and I love at theend of each one
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  • it's praying a promise.
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  • So this is Max Lucado's version
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  • of the promise thatjust goes like this:
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  • Jesus, your grace issufficient for me,
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  • no matter what I face.
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  • When I am weak, you are strong.
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  • when I feel less than,
  • 00:15:03.748 --> 00:15:05.049
  • you are more than enough.
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  • Your power is at work inmy life transforming me
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  • into your likeness.
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  • Help me surrendermy weakness to you
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  • each and every day, Amen.
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  • That is confessing andputting to work in your life,
  • 00:15:17.128 --> 00:15:22.133
  • a prayer that makes a promisestart working for you.
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  • You've done that inthis study guide.
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  • And it's availablewith all that's
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  • on the screen and all that.
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  • But these promises can be there.
  • 00:15:34.012 --> 00:15:36.314
  • But if you don'tknow they're there
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  • and you haven't activatedthem in your life, Good luck.
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  • - You're not doing you any good
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  • - You're not doing you any good.
  • 00:15:42.053 --> 00:15:43.221
  • - That's right, they'relike a tool chests
  • 00:15:43.221 --> 00:15:44.756
  • you've never opened.
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  • Here we are in this time
  • 00:15:46.758 --> 00:15:48.259
  • in which people are assumingthat nothing's gonna work out.
  • 00:15:48.259 --> 00:15:50.762
  • We're worried about an election.
  • 00:15:50.762 --> 00:15:52.663
  • We're concerned about whatpoliticians are saying
  • 00:15:52.663 --> 00:15:56.734
  • and what if we were tosay, Okay, yeah, I get it.
  • 00:15:56.734 --> 00:16:00.238
  • It's a crazy season.
  • 00:16:00.238 --> 00:16:01.472
  • It's a crazy world,but you know what,
  • 00:16:01.472 --> 00:16:03.641
  • God said I'm gonna make sure
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  • that everything worksout for the best.
  • 00:16:07.078 --> 00:16:08.780
  • And we take Isaiah 54:17,
  • 00:16:08.780 --> 00:16:11.849
  • we write it on a sticky,
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  • and we put it up onour bathroom mirror,
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  • and every morning weget up and we pray that
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  • we turn that into a prayer.
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  • Lord, I believe thateverything is gonna work out
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  • for the best,
  • 00:16:22.260 --> 00:16:23.494
  • or we take one of itscousins, scriptures
  • 00:16:23.494 --> 00:16:25.663
  • like Romans 8:28
  • 00:16:25.663 --> 00:16:27.932
  • and all things Godworks for the good
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  • of those who love Himand are called according
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  • to His purpose,
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  • I'm gonna stand on that today.
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  • And moms teach their kids
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  • that around the breakfasttable dads can be heard praying
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  • that at the dinner table,
  • 00:16:39.177 --> 00:16:41.179
  • it becomes a part of theday today conversation.
  • 00:16:41.179 --> 00:16:44.315
  • Why would God give usover 7.000 promises
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  • if he didn't want us tobe people of the promise.
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  • - And truly when you know,
  • 00:16:52.957 --> 00:16:56.994
  • that God is gonna take whatevercircumstance that we have,
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  • it doesn't matteryour home life.
  • 00:17:01.966 --> 00:17:04.502
  • And his full intention isto turn that thing around,
  • 00:17:04.502 --> 00:17:09.140
  • no matter how bad it looks,
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  • no matter how deep it goes.
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  • He's gonna change andhe's gonna change it
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  • and it's gonna help me,it's gonna be good for me
  • 00:17:17.081 --> 00:17:19.650
  • this season is goingto be good for me.
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  • If you could wrapyour mind around that.
  • 00:17:23.154 --> 00:17:26.491
  • You talk about anunshakable hope,
  • 00:17:26.491 --> 00:17:29.560
  • The opposite of thatis hopelessness.
  • 00:17:30.761 --> 00:17:33.064
  • - There you go.
  • 00:17:33.064 --> 00:17:34.265
  • - That you have no true hope
  • 00:17:34.265 --> 00:17:37.068
  • unless you believe inthe promises of God.
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  • That foundation that says,
  • 00:17:39.437 --> 00:17:42.173
  • no matter what happens,God is going to take this.
  • 00:17:42.173 --> 00:17:46.210
  • That's when youbecome unshakable.
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  • That's when it doesn't matter
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  • who's gonna be president.
  • 00:17:49.614 --> 00:17:50.948
  • - He's lifecircumstances are saying,
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  • Who do you say that I am now?- Absolutely.
  • 00:17:53.417 --> 00:17:57.088
  • The question Jesus asked,
  • 00:17:57.088 --> 00:17:59.357
  • When awakened in the stormon the Sea of Galilee.
  • 00:17:59.357 --> 00:18:02.260
  • He said, Now why are you afraid?
  • 00:18:02.260 --> 00:18:04.595
  • That question here is askedin the middle of a storm,
  • 00:18:06.030 --> 00:18:09.267
  • and you've been on the Seaof Galilee hundreds of times
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  • I have too.
  • 00:18:12.436 --> 00:18:13.371
  • It's not that big of a lake.
  • 00:18:13.371 --> 00:18:15.139
  • And when those storms come in,
  • 00:18:15.139 --> 00:18:16.641
  • those waves couldget up 10 feet tall.
  • 00:18:16.641 --> 00:18:18.843
  • They go and they wakeup a sleeping Jesus
  • 00:18:18.843 --> 00:18:20.845
  • and he says, "nowwhy are you afraid?"
  • 00:18:20.845 --> 00:18:23.147
  • It's a great question.
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  • Jesus is not afraid of what it.
  • 00:18:24.649 --> 00:18:26.350
  • What creates fear in usdoes not create fear in him.
  • 00:18:26.350 --> 00:18:30.988
  • It's almost likeyou wanna say no.
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  • Tell me again why you're afraid.
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  • You don't get it.
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  • I'm in charge here.
  • 00:18:36.327 --> 00:18:37.528
  • And he stands up andhe speaks to the storm.
  • 00:18:37.528 --> 00:18:39.997
  • He speaks to the wind,
  • 00:18:39.997 --> 00:18:41.232
  • he speaks to the wavesjust to show us he can.
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  • Well, that's the kind ofGod we need right now,
  • 00:18:44.235 --> 00:18:47.905
  • in this season of life.
  • 00:18:47.905 --> 00:18:49.674
  • And people are so afraid.
  • 00:18:49.674 --> 00:18:51.976
  • They're so afraid.
  • 00:18:51.976 --> 00:18:53.244
  • But if we can turnto these promises,
  • 00:18:53.244 --> 00:18:55.079
  • I believe God will createa population of people
  • 00:18:55.079 --> 00:18:58.049
  • that can calm...
  • 00:18:58.049 --> 00:18:59.550
  • The Lord will use usto calm things down.
  • 00:18:59.550 --> 00:19:02.486
  • - So basically,
  • 00:19:02.486 --> 00:19:04.589
  • you have done the boiling down
  • 00:19:05.489 --> 00:19:09.327
  • of some of the moreimportant promises
  • 00:19:09.327 --> 00:19:11.796
  • that are relevant to today,
  • 00:19:11.796 --> 00:19:14.932
  • as we are facing this andyou've put them in this book.
  • 00:19:14.932 --> 00:19:18.002
  • And then you've evenhelped write the prayers
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  • on how to activate these.
  • 00:19:22.173 --> 00:19:24.108
  • This is what we should bebuilding our life upon.
  • 00:19:24.108 --> 00:19:27.378
  • It is unshakable hope.
  • 00:19:27.378 --> 00:19:29.480
  • - [Narrator] There's no question
  • 00:19:31.782 --> 00:19:33.117
  • that we're living inchallenging and uncertain times.
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  • Because of that Matt andLaurie are more determined
  • 00:19:35.152 --> 00:19:37.622
  • than ever to bring more relevantmessages into your home.
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  • So please take amoment right now
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  • to call the numberon your screen.
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  • Bishop Jake shows us
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  • how God uses the mostdifficult chapters of our lives
  • 00:19:55.039 --> 00:19:58.075
  • to prepare us for hisgreatest blessings.
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  • - That's what crushingdoes in our lives.
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  • It multiplies us,it increases us.
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  • along with the special"Unshakable Hope" study guide.
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  • - We gotta know the promises,
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  • trust the promises,
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  • and then allow those promises
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  • to become a part ofour day to day life.
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  • - [Narrator] Andfriends, as always,
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  • we sincerely thank you foryour generosity to TBN.
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  • Together, let's continueto take the love of Jesus
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  • around the world.
  • 00:20:30.141 --> 00:20:31.742
  • - Max, there's a lotof people that tune
  • 00:20:31.742 --> 00:20:33.678
  • into this broadcast.
  • 00:20:33.678 --> 00:20:35.413
  • That just they view
  • 00:20:35.413 --> 00:20:38.382
  • because they're not gonnabe hearing bad news.
  • 00:20:38.382 --> 00:20:40.851
  • This is good news.
  • 00:20:40.851 --> 00:20:42.720
  • Somebody that needs to know,
  • 00:20:42.720 --> 00:20:44.989
  • this grace thatwe're talking about,
  • 00:20:44.989 --> 00:20:47.058
  • this love, this good God,
  • 00:20:47.058 --> 00:20:48.993
  • how do they get to know,
  • 00:20:48.993 --> 00:20:51.595
  • how to activate this startby starting with Jesus?
  • 00:20:53.497 --> 00:20:57.635
  • - And really the question is
  • 00:20:57.635 --> 00:20:58.869
  • how could the death ofChrist mean life for us?
  • 00:20:58.869 --> 00:21:03.341
  • How could the death ofChrist mean life for us?
  • 00:21:03.341 --> 00:21:07.211
  • And I have had people ask me
  • 00:21:07.211 --> 00:21:08.846
  • that I can recall sittingon an airplane next
  • 00:21:08.846 --> 00:21:12.083
  • to a gentleman andit just so happened.
  • 00:21:12.083 --> 00:21:13.751
  • I was studying for a sermon.
  • 00:21:13.751 --> 00:21:15.619
  • And I was studying for asermon based on John 3:16.
  • 00:21:15.619 --> 00:21:19.090
  • He said, "what are you reading?"
  • 00:21:19.090 --> 00:21:20.191
  • And I said,
  • 00:21:20.191 --> 00:21:21.158
  • For God so loved the world,
  • 00:21:21.158 --> 00:21:22.460
  • that He gave Hisone and only Son
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  • so that whoever believesin Him will not perish
  • 00:21:24.362 --> 00:21:27.031
  • but have everlasting life.
  • 00:21:27.031 --> 00:21:28.733
  • And he said this, he said,
  • 00:21:28.733 --> 00:21:30.000
  • "I don't need God togive anybody for me."
  • 00:21:30.000 --> 00:21:35.072
  • And I said, you don't.
  • 00:21:35.072 --> 00:21:36.173
  • He said, I'm a good man,
  • 00:21:36.173 --> 00:21:37.108
  • I paid my taxes,
  • 00:21:37.108 --> 00:21:38.509
  • I've loved my wife,
  • 00:21:40.611 --> 00:21:41.912
  • I've had a respectable career.
  • 00:21:41.912 --> 00:21:44.148
  • And I said, well, you know
  • 00:21:44.148 --> 00:21:47.418
  • there's 10 commandmentsin the Bible, right?
  • 00:21:47.418 --> 00:21:49.787
  • I said, how haveyou done with those?
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  • I said have you everstolen anything,
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  • maybe a paperclipor a parking place?
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  • He said "no it'sjust the big thing."
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  • I said, nine says,thou shalt not steal.
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  • I said, there'snothing that says
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  • you shall not take theLord's name in vain
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  • He said, If you ever done that,
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  • if you ever sworn Name of God,
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  • did you take tried totake the authority?
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  • Yeah but everybody does.
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  • And I said well, hold on to that
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  • that we can negotiate that.
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  • The truth of the matteris we've all fallen short,
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  • we've all fallen short,
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  • and down deep we know it.
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  • Down deep we do.
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  • So Christ offered totake Max's sinful life,
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  • in the million and one times
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  • that I've fallen short.
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  • and he took his sins inhis body and died for me
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  • on the cross.
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  • The promise thatI treasure so much
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  • is 2 Corinthians 5:21:
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  • that God made himwho knew no sin,
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  • to be sin for us,
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  • so that in him we could becomethe righteousness of God.
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  • So when Christdied on the cross,
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  • he cried out,
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  • "My God, my God, whyhave you forsaken me?"
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  • And the reason he did is
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  • so that I would never have to.
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  • He felt a sense ofabandonment from God
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  • because sin had to be punished.
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  • And so all the sinof all the world
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  • was placed on Christ, andChrist punished it there.
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  • And so the reason I know
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  • I'm going to heaven is becauseof the sufficiency of Christ
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  • because he finished the work.
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  • It's not anything todo with me, or you.
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  • It's all everythingto do with Him.
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  • So I urge peoplereceive that grace,
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  • receive that grace.
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  • That verse, John 3:16,
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  • would you make it personal?
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  • Would you say, itsays like this,
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  • For God so loved the world,
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  • but could you goso far as to say,
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  • for God's who love me,
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  • God so loved me that Hegave His one and only Son
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  • so that when I believe in him,
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  • I can be sure that Iwill not be separated
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  • from God for eternity,
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  • but that I willreceive eternal life.
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  • Just say thank you.
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  • Lord, I thank you,
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  • I'll make you my Lord,
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  • I'll make you my Savior.
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  • I believe, I confessthat I'm a sinner.
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  • I confess thatI've fallen short,
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  • but also confess that whenyou died on the cross,
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  • you died for my sins,
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  • and I receive it.
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  • I receive it.
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  • You took my place.
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  • You took my sin
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  • so I could receiveyour righteousness.
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  • And I say thank you, Lord,
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  • and I received that gift today.
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  • And I bless you.
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  • If you said yes andamen to that prayer,
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  • I welcome you toThe family of God
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  • urge you to find aBible and read it.
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  • Find a church where youcan grow in your faith
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  • and be baptized and receiveincreasing power day by day
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  • as you learn to walk in thepower of the Holy Spirit.
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  • Beauty of his scripture.
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  • And thank you, God for thegoodness given to all of us.
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  • We are talking about his books,
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