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Where Does Brokenness Come From

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July 7, 2020
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  • announcer: Coming up next on"Changing Your World."
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  • Creflo Dollar: Am I havingthe relationship with God?
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  • I used to have one, but all ofthe distraction has taken me
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  • away from that.
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  • God is near to the ones with thebroken heart.
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  • He's near you, and whateverbrokenness you may be
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  • experiencing, here's what I wantyou to take with you today.
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  • Creflo: If you have yourBibles this morning, go with me
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  • to the book of Romans chapter 7.
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  • Romans chapter 7.
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  • We have been talking aboutovercoming brokenness, and we're
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  • gonna continue with that todaybecause, for the most part,
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  • we've been tryin' to define it,you know, what it is, and today
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  • we're gonna begin to talk aboutbrokenness and how it relates
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  • with wholeness, and this isgonna be so very important
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  • because I've never quite had aseries of sermons that I've
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  • studied that really impacted meas this series of studies.
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  • I thought that I would waituntil we could all come back
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  • together in church and begin toteach the series, but, you know,
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  • praise God, you're there.
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  • You're listening into it now,and I pray that you take good
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  • notes, and just follow methrough this.
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  • This is really gonna help youout.
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  • And for those of you who say,"Well, this sermon is not for me
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  • 'cause I'm not broken," I can'ttell you, you're just so wrong
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  • about that, and as you hear andunderstand and learn, you'll
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  • begin to see that Jesus came forthat very, very, very purpose,
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  • to heal and to provide wholenessin place of brokenness
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  • in your life.
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  • Let's begin with lookingat--we've been trying to dish
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  • out different definitions of"brokenness," and I wanna look
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  • at it from yet anotherperspective this morning.
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  • "Brokenness"-- and listen tothis-- "it's the fundamental
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  • disorder--" that's important.
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  • "It's the fundamental disorderthat exists in creation that
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  • affects a person's relationshipsand behavior."
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  • "It's the fundamental disorderthat exists in creation that now
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  • ultimately will affect aperson's relationships
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  • and a person's behavior."
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  • Now, I want you to really lookat that word "disorder" because,
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  • when God created everything, itwas good.
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  • When God createdanything--everything, it was in
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  • good order.
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  • And so I'm sayin' to you that"brokenness," from the
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  • perspective we'll look at ittoday is "It is a fundamental
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  • disorder that exists in creationthat will eventually affect a
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  • person's relationships andbehavior."
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  • Now, we experience it inwardlyin a way that the apostle Paul
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  • describes as the pull betweenwhat's right and what's wrong.
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  • And so we know what is good, butsometimes we choose the opposite
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  • of what is good.
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  • Let me show you this in Romanschapter 7, verse 14 and 19.
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  • You know, the apostle Pauldescribed it as a pull between
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  • right and wrong, and where weknow what is good, you know
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  • what's good, but you seem tochoose the opposite.
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  • Look how Paul described this.
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  • Romans chapter 7, verse 14.
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  • We'll read verse 14 through 19.
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  • He says, "For we know that thelaw is spiritual, but I am
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  • carnal, and sold under sin.
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  • For that which I do I allow not.
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  • For what I would, that do I not.
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  • But what I hate, that do I," 16,"If then I do that which I would
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  • not, I consent unto the law thatit is good.
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  • Now then it is no more I that doit, but sin that dwelleth in me.
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  • For I know that in me, that is,in my flesh, dwelleth no good
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  • thing, for to will is presentwith me.
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  • But how to perform that which isgood I find not.
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  • For the good that I would I donot, but the evil which I would
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  • not, that I do."
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  • Now, outwardly, this disorder isexpressed by, mm, scandals of
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  • greed, sexual abuse, and evenother crimes that seemingly are
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  • becoming ever more prevalent,year by year, but I guess the
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  • first question here would be"Where does brokenness
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  • come from?"
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  • "Where does brokenness comefrom?"
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  • Where did this disorder comefrom?
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  • Well, it comes from Satan.
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  • I'm not gonna even beat aroundthe bush.
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  • It comes from Satan.It comes from the devil.
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  • The devil is the source ofdisorder.
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  • The world's way and God'sCreation was good.
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  • Satan is the source of alldisorder.
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  • Let's go through the Scripturesfor a moment.
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  • Genesis chapter 1, and in verse27, I wanna show you how this
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  • works.
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  • God created everything good.
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  • God is a good God.
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  • He created everything good.
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  • And I'm defining "brokenness" as"a fundamental disorder that
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  • exists in creation that affectsa person's relationship and
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  • eventually will affect thatperson's behavior."
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  • Well look at Genesis 1:27.
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  • For example, he says, "So Godcreated man in his image, his
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  • own image, and in the image ofGod created he him, male and
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  • female created he them."
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  • And then, in Genesis chapter 2,and verse 7, it says, "And the
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  • Lord God formed man of the dustof the ground.
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  • He breathed into his nostrilsthe breath of life, and man
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  • became a living soul."
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  • But then, in Genesis 1:31, "AndGod saw everything that he had
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  • made--" you just see he made manand woman.
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  • "God saw everything that he hadmade, and, behold, it was
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  • very good.
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  • And the evening and the morningwere the sixth day."
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  • So everything God made, from manto woman, to earth, everything
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  • that God made, he said it wasvery, very good.
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  • And then, to take it a littlestep further, if you look in
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  • Luke chapter 18, Luke chapter18, in verse 19, verse 19,
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  • says this.
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  • He says, "And Jesus said untohim, 'Why callest thou me good?
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  • None is good, except one,that is, God."
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  • So God says everythinghe's created is good.
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  • Man was created good.
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  • Woman was created good.
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  • The earth was created good.
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  • And then Jesus declared of theFather that God is good.
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  • So one of the things you've gotto understand is that the
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  • fundamental disorder thatexists in Creation
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  • did not come from God.
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  • The fundamental disorder thatexists in Creation that will
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  • eventually affect a person'srelationships and that affects a
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  • person's behavior did not comefrom God.
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  • The coronavirus did not comefrom God.
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  • God is good.
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  • And so one of the things youhave to understand is
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  • God--somebody says, "Well, Godsent the coronavirus to humble
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  • his people."
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  • No, God didn't have anything todo with the coronavirus, but now
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  • that it is here, I guarantee youhe is going to do all kinds of
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  • things in the midst of thissituation, hopefully, which
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  • includes drawing you to him soyou can trust him more than you
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  • trust the things that you havebeen trusting over the last
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  • several years of your life,maybe your whole life.
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  • So there are consequences forthis disorder.
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  • There are consequences forbrokenness.
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  • There was a fracture inCreation, the disorder that came
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  • by the devil, the source ofdisorder.
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  • Bible says, "Satan cometh notbut to steal, to kill, and to
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  • destroy."
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  • There are consequences.
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  • There are consequences thatyou're probably all aware of,
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  • but I'm gon' call a few of 'emout so that you'll understand
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  • that all of these consequencesare a result of brokenness and
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  • disorder that came from thesource of disorder--Satan.
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  • Adultery is a consequence ofbrokenness.
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  • Alcoholism is a consequence ofbrokenness.
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  • Anger is a consequence ofbrokenness.
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  • Fear is a consequence ofbrokenness.
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  • Bearing grudges is a consequenceof brokenness.
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  • Child abuse, whether it'sphysical abuse or psychological
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  • abuse or sexual abuse orneglect, it's a consequence of
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  • brokenness.
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  • Drug addiction or addictions ofany kind that are hurtful and
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  • harmful is a consequence ofbrokenness.
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  • Envy is a consequence ofbrokenness.
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  • Evil speaking--I'm talkin' abouttalking about someone, even if
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  • it's true, that's a consequenceof brokenness.
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  • Failure to forgive, and you,just, still can't figure out how
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  • to forgive, that's a consequenceof brokenness.
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  • Fornication, sex outside ofmarriage, it's a consequence of
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  • brokenness.
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  • Failure to thank God and to begrateful, and to trust in God,
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  • that's a consequence ofbrokenness.
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  • Lying and belittling otherpeople, that's a consequence of
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  • brokenness.
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  • Selfishness is a consequence ofbrokenness.
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  • I can go on for the next 30minutes and talk about all of
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  • the consequences of brokenness,all of the things that showed up
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  • because of disorder and afracture that came into our
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  • world, the fundamental disorderthat exists in creation that
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  • affects a person's relationshipand will eventually affect that
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  • person's behavior--brokenness.
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  • And now that brokenness of man,that disorder that cause
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  • brokenness that's in a man, thatdisorder that cause a fracture
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  • in a man, that disorder thatcause this disorder, even in how
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  • God created man, one of thethings we understand about the
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  • brokenness of man, that in thisworld, broken things--listen to
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  • me carefully.
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  • In this world, broken things aredespised.
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  • Broken things in this world arethrown out.
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  • In this world, damaged goods arerejected, and that includes
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  • people.
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  • In this world, when people meetpeople who are fractured or are
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  • broken in an area, they considerthem like damaged goods, and
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  • they throw 'em away, and whenyou're broken and you appear to
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  • be damaged or somebody's talkin'about you on the news media or
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  • doggin' you out in the circle ofthe church, people have a
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  • tendency to reject you.
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  • And while the world doesthat--and I can understand
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  • that--Jesus came with the answerfor brokenness, which is
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  • wholeness, and God wants thechurch, instead of throwing away
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  • and rejecting what is broken, hehas called us to the ministry of
  • 00:13:22.147 --> 00:13:26.385
  • reconciliation, and, yet westill have a tendency to reject
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  • and to throw away what's brokenin people.
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  • We still have a tendency to notwanna be around what's broken.
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  • We still have a tendency--notwanna have to deal with the
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  • brokenness that we see inrelationships.
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  • You know, if it's broken, we'vekind of picked up the same thing
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  • the world has.
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  • We reject you.We throw you away.
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  • And I'm telling you, that it isnot what Jesus died--so that
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  • Christians can reject folks,like the world, so that
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  • Christians can throw away what'sbroken, like the world.
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  • We have the ministry ofreconciliation.
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  • We don't throw away what'sbroken.
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  • We don't avoid what's beenrejected.
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  • We come, and we say we have theministry of reconciliation.
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  • Praise God, we're here toreconcile you and to love on
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  • you, and to not throw you away.
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  • Oh, God, give us a church filledwith people who can be patient
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  • with brokenness and hopefullyrealizing their own brokenness.
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  • Excuse me.
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  • Even in a marriage, whenrelationships break down, the
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  • tendency is to walk away andfind someone new rather than
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  • work at reconciliation becausethat's the mind-set.
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  • "Reject what's broken."
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  • My friend, Bishop KennethFuller, said that "Be careful
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  • when somebody tells you that thegrass is greener on the other
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  • side," because, once you get onthe other side, you'll find out
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  • that they didn't tell ya it wasartificial turf.
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  • It is so important that, asChristian people, we recognize
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  • that we live in a broken world,we're surrounded by broken
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  • people, and, yet now that we'reborn again, we don't do--we
  • 00:15:21.266 --> 00:15:25.671
  • don't treat brokenness like theworld does.
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  • We don't reject it.We don't cast it out.
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  • We enter into the ministry forwhich we were called, the
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  • ministry of reconciliation.
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  • And I can remember when I wasbeing blasted, all over the
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  • media, you know, I thought mypreacher friends would be there,
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  • and a lot of them were, and Ithought that certain people
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  • would be there, and, boy, I tellya, when people see you
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  • fractured and when they see youbeing dogged out, "Oh I can't
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  • deal with you.
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  • Oh, I don't wanna spend timewith you.
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  • Oh, I gotta take my invitationback from you because I'm afraid
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  • that your brokenness will stopmy success."
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  • I'm not gonna do that.
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  • My job is to reconcile when Isee somethin' broken.
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  • My job is to reconcile when Isee somethin' that's
  • 00:16:04.743 --> 00:16:08.447
  • been rejected.
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  • Say, "Amen," if you can.
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  • Say, "Oh, me," if you can't.
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  • You see, the world is full ofpeople with broken hearts.
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  • The world is full of people withbroken spirits.
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  • The world is full of people withbroken relationships.
  • 00:16:20.492 --> 00:16:24.563
  • But here's somethin' that psalms34, verse 18, says, that, even
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  • though the world is broken andthe systems are even breakin'
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  • even more now and that peopleare broken and relationships are
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  • broken and spirits of somepeople are broken, here's what
  • 00:16:38.243 --> 00:16:42.314
  • he said in Psalms 34:18, "TheLord is nigh unto thee.
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  • He is near unto them that are ofa broken heart."
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  • Boy, that's somethin' strange.
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  • We're tryin' to get away fromthose who are broken, and God
  • 00:16:54.126 --> 00:16:56.361
  • says, "I'm near to those who arebroken."
  • 00:16:56.395 --> 00:16:59.898
  • And then the Bible says, "Hesaveth such as be of a contrite
  • 00:16:59.932 --> 00:17:03.569
  • spirit," because, ladies andgentlemen, I still believe that
  • 00:17:03.602 --> 00:17:06.338
  • somehow brokenness brings you toa place where you have a
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  • repentant heart.
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  • I believe that there is somebeauty in brokenness that maybe
  • 00:17:10.509 --> 00:17:14.580
  • you didn't mean to get into thatsituation, but there's somethin'
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  • about brokenness that'll causeyou to land in the hands of God,
  • 00:17:19.051 --> 00:17:22.454
  • and even in the time of thisCOVID-19, hopefully, somethin'
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  • that's happened around you willcause you to reevaluate, "Am I
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  • where I need to be where God isconcerned?
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  • Am I having the relationshipwith God?
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  • I used to have one, but all ofthe distraction has taken me
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  • away from that."
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  • God is near to the ones with thebroken heart.
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  • He's near you.
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  • And whatever brokenness you maybe experiencing, here's what I
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  • want you to take with you today.
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  • "God is near me.
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  • God is with me."
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  • See, there's something aboutreaching a breaking point that
  • 00:17:55.120 --> 00:17:59.358
  • causes the believer now to seekthe Lord more sincerely.
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  • There's something about reachinga breaking point.
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  • There's somethin' about stuffhappening that causes you to
  • 00:18:09.301 --> 00:18:13.539
  • seek God.
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  • Hopefully, this wholeshelter-in-place and COVID-19,
  • 00:18:15.140 --> 00:18:19.344
  • hopefully, somehow, someway,it's caused you to seek the Lord
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  • more and to seek God moresincerely.
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  • In fact, in Psalms 51, I wannaread verse 10 and verse 17.
  • 00:18:27.886 --> 00:18:33.692
  • Psalms 51, verse 10, verse 17,you see King David
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  • was a broken man.
  • 00:18:38.297 --> 00:18:40.199
  • He was confronted by theprophet, and this is what I call
  • 00:18:40.232 --> 00:18:44.036
  • "self-inflicted brokenness."
  • 00:18:44.069 --> 00:18:46.338
  • He looked in an honest mirror,and he saw his sin, and he saw
  • 00:18:46.371 --> 00:18:50.976
  • what he had done and what he hadcommitted, and he was broken.
  • 00:18:51.009 --> 00:18:54.680
  • And here's what David prayed inthe midst of his brokenness.
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  • This is what David prayed inverse 10.
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  • He said, "Create in me a cleanheart, O God, and renew a right
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  • spirit within me."
  • 00:19:06.558 --> 00:19:08.493
  • That brokenness moved him topray this prayer.
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  • And then look what he said inverse 17.
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  • He said, "The sacrifices of Godare a broken spirit.
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  • A broken and contrite heart, OGod, thou will not despise."
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  • Somethin' happens that causesthe believer to seek the Lord
  • 00:19:26.345 --> 00:19:29.147
  • more sincerely.
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  • And in David's life, the king,man, he would fall on his face
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  • and seek God with sincerity.
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  • Oh, my, what has to happen inyour life before you can go and
  • 00:19:39.825 --> 00:19:44.730
  • seek God with a sincere heartand you're no longer doing
  • 00:19:44.763 --> 00:19:49.701
  • things to maintain your fame,you're no longer doing things to
  • 00:19:49.735 --> 00:19:52.904
  • impress people around you,you're no longer doin' things so
  • 00:19:52.938 --> 00:19:56.074
  • that others will accept you forvalidation?
  • 00:19:56.108 --> 00:20:00.379
  • There's something that'shappened in your life that says,
  • 00:20:00.412 --> 00:20:04.883
  • "God, I'm sincere with you."
  • 00:20:04.916 --> 00:20:06.518
  • Somebody asked me one day, "Howdo I define 'success'?"
  • 00:20:06.551 --> 00:20:09.621
  • And I replied, "I define'success' by having a successful
  • 00:20:09.655 --> 00:20:13.825
  • relationship with Jesus Christ,"'cause there's nothin' in this
  • 00:20:13.859 --> 00:20:16.828
  • world, there's nothin' I canget, there's nothin' I can do
  • 00:20:16.862 --> 00:20:19.698
  • that can be greater than knowingthat I had a relationship with
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  • the Lord Jesus Christ, amen.
  • 00:20:24.169 --> 00:20:27.439
  • So there are some things in ourlives, I believe, that they need
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  • to be broken.
  • 00:20:32.711 --> 00:20:34.179
  • I believe that pride needs to bebroken.
  • 00:20:34.212 --> 00:20:37.749
  • I believe that having self-willand self-, you know,
  • 00:20:37.783 --> 00:20:44.156
  • -motivation, just you, just you,and being moved by self,
  • 00:20:44.189 --> 00:20:48.260
  • self-effort, I believe thatneeds to be broken.
  • 00:20:48.293 --> 00:20:51.797
  • The stubbornness in our lives, Ibelieve, it needs to be broken.
  • 00:20:51.830 --> 00:20:55.167
  • The sinful habits that we havein the booth in the back, in the
  • 00:20:55.200 --> 00:20:58.570
  • corner, I believe, those thingsneed to be broken.
  • 00:20:58.603 --> 00:21:01.406
  • And God, in Isaiah 57, in verse15, God responds to those who
  • 00:21:01.440 --> 00:21:07.245
  • experience brokenness by sayingthis in Isaiah 57:15.
  • 00:21:07.279 --> 00:21:12.651
  • He responds to that brokennessby saying, "For thus saith the
  • 00:21:12.684 --> 00:21:16.822
  • high and lofty one that inhabiteternity, whose name is holy--"
  • 00:21:16.855 --> 00:21:24.029
  • he says, "I dwell in the highand holy place, with him also
  • 00:21:24.062 --> 00:21:29.101
  • that is of a contrite andhumbled spirit."
  • 00:21:29.134 --> 00:21:34.439
  • What happens when you eventuallyhumble yourself?
  • 00:21:34.473 --> 00:21:37.275
  • Why would he dwell with them?
  • 00:21:37.309 --> 00:21:39.244
  • "To revive the spirit of thehumble, and to revive the heart
  • 00:21:39.277 --> 00:21:43.348
  • of the contrite ones."
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  • I believe there's somethin' thathappens, man.
  • 00:21:46.151 --> 00:21:48.120
  • Somethin' that happens whenthose things are broken in your
  • 00:21:48.153 --> 00:21:52.257
  • life.
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  • I believe God takes advantage ofthose things.
  • 00:21:53.792 --> 00:21:55.861
  • And, to us, broken things aredespised as worthless, but God
  • 00:21:55.894 --> 00:22:04.970
  • can take what has been broken,and he can remake it into
  • 00:22:05.003 --> 00:22:09.274
  • something better, something thathe can use for his glory, takin'
  • 00:22:09.307 --> 00:22:16.948
  • what's broken and make itbetter.
  • 00:22:16.982 --> 00:22:20.685
  • Not throw it away, not despiseit, but take it--look at
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  • 1 Corinthiansverse 11:24 and 25.
  • 00:22:24.289 --> 00:22:27.192
  • We shared this in our Communion.
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  • God takes broken things and makeit better.
  • 00:22:28.727 --> 00:22:33.131
  • Don't let somebody tell you thatyour brokenness keeps you from
  • 00:22:33.165 --> 00:22:34.966
  • God.
  • 00:22:35.000 --> 00:22:36.568
  • Don't let anybody tell you thatyour fracture, you know, put you
  • 00:22:36.601 --> 00:22:40.138
  • in a place where God can't everuse you because, I'm telling
  • 00:22:40.172 --> 00:22:43.842
  • you, God allowed his Son Jesusto be broken so he can come and
  • 00:22:43.875 --> 00:22:48.079
  • provide wholeness for all of us.
  • 00:22:48.113 --> 00:22:50.649
  • Think of that.Think of that.
  • 00:22:50.682 --> 00:22:53.018
  • Look at this in 1 Corinthians11:24, "And when he had given
  • 00:22:53.051 --> 00:22:58.523
  • thanks, he brake it, and hesaid, 'Take, eat.
  • 00:22:58.557 --> 00:23:03.128
  • This is my body, which is--'"watch this-- "my body
  • 00:23:03.161 --> 00:23:05.464
  • was broken for you.
  • 00:23:05.497 --> 00:23:07.299
  • My body was broken for you.
  • 00:23:07.332 --> 00:23:08.934
  • Do this in remembrance of me.
  • 00:23:08.967 --> 00:23:12.037
  • My body's broken for you.
  • 00:23:12.070 --> 00:23:14.306
  • My broken body, broken, so thatwherever you're broken,
  • 00:23:14.339 --> 00:23:18.376
  • you can be whole."
  • 00:23:18.410 --> 00:23:20.078
  • Look at the next verse.
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  • He says, "And after the samemanner also he took the cup,
  • 00:23:21.813 --> 00:23:24.216
  • when he had supped, saying,'This cup is the new testament
  • 00:23:24.249 --> 00:23:27.452
  • in my blood.
  • 00:23:27.486 --> 00:23:29.054
  • This do ye, as often as youdrink it,
  • 00:23:29.087 --> 00:23:30.689
  • in remembrance of me.'"
  • 00:23:30.722 --> 00:23:32.057
  • He shed his blood for you.Think about this.
  • 00:23:32.090 --> 00:23:34.726
  • God allowed his Son to be brokenso that whoever is broken or
  • 00:23:34.759 --> 00:23:44.769
  • whoever experiences brokennesscan be made whole.
  • 00:23:44.870 --> 00:23:50.408
  • God used the brokenness inJesus's life to bring about
  • 00:23:50.442 --> 00:23:56.281
  • wholeness in our life.
  • 00:23:56.314 --> 00:23:59.584
  • All I got to say, right whereyou're seated this mornin', lift
  • 00:23:59.618 --> 00:24:03.054
  • your hands up and say, "Howgreat thou art."
  • 00:24:03.088 --> 00:24:07.058
  • Wow, you see, Jesus's death hasmade it possible for broken,
  • 00:24:07.092 --> 00:24:12.964
  • sinful humanity to be reconciledto God, made it possible for us
  • 00:24:12.998 --> 00:24:19.804
  • to be healed, made it possiblefor us to be made whole.
  • 00:24:19.838 --> 00:24:23.708
  • And listen to this: And withoutthe broken body of Jesus, we
  • 00:24:23.742 --> 00:24:27.145
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  • 00:24:27.178 --> 00:24:29.781
  • Without the broken body ofJesus, there's nothin' we can do
  • 00:24:29.814 --> 00:24:32.484
  • that we could be made whole.
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