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  • THE LOST ARE FOUND
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  • O CAN YOU HEAR ALL ANGELS ARE SINGING
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  • THIS IS THE DAY THE DAY WHEN LIFE BEGINS
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  • WE ARE IN THE BOOK OF EPHESIANS TODAY.
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  • EPHESIANS CHAPTER 3 AND THE TITLE OF MY MESSAGE IS:
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  • HOME FOR CHRISTMAS.
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  • EPHESIANS 3, HOME FOR CHRISTMAS.
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  • SO QUICK QUESTION: HOW MANY OF YOU WILL
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  • BE HOME THIS CHRISTMAS?
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  • RAISE UP YOUR HAND. A LOT OF YOU.
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  • HOW MANY OF YOU ARE GOING TO BE TRAVELING FOR CHRISTMAS?
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  • TRAVEL? YEAH. OKAY.
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  • QUITE A FEW OF YOU AS WELL.
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  • I HEARD ABOUT A COUPLE WHO HAD BEEN MARRIED FOR
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  • 50 YEARS THAT WERE CELEBRATING CHRISTMAS AND
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  • THEY WANTED THEIR ADULT CHILDREN WHO LIVED OUT OF
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  • STATE TO COME HOME AND BE A PART OF THE CHRISTMAS
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  • CELEBRATION, BUT BOTH OF THESE KIDS THEIR SON AND
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  • DAUGHTER HAD THEIR OWN FAMILIES THEIR OWN LIVES
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  • AND THEY TOLD MOM AND DAD THEY WOULD BE NOT BE
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  • COMING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS, SO THE FATHER CALLED THE
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  • SON AND SAID, "SON, I HAVE REALLY BAD NEWS FOR YOU.
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  • YOUR MOTHER AND I ARE DIVORCING
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  • AFTER 50 YEARS OF MARRIAGE.
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  • TELL YOUR SISTER." SO THE SON TOLD HIS SISTER,
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  • AND THE SISTER CALLED BACK THE DAD AND SAID,
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  • "DAD, DON'T DO ANYTHING.
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  • WE'RE GOING TO BE ON A PLANE TOMORROW TO TALK TO
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  • YOU AND MOM, SO DON'T DO A THING." SO, THE FATHER
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  • HUNG UP THE PHONE AND WALKED INTO HIS WIFE WHO
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  • WAS GETTING READY AND HE SAID, "HONEY, GOOD NEWS.
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  • THE KIDS ARE COMING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS,
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  • [laughter]
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  • AND THEY'RE PAYING THEIR OWN WAY."
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  • [laughter]
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  • SO THAT'S ONE WAY TO GET THE KIDS HOME FOR CHRISTMAS.
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  • YOU KNOW, THERE'S A LOT OF SONGS
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  • WITH THE WORD "HOME" IN THEM.
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  • I GOOGLED IT THE OTHER DAY.
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  • THERE'S OF COURSE, "HOME FOR CHRISTMAS," "THERE'S
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  • NO PLACE LIKE HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS," AND THEN OTHER
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  • SONGS THAT JUST HAVE THE WORD "HOME" IN THEM.
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  • "SWEET HOME ALABAMA" BY LYNYRD SKYNYRD.
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  • "TAKE ME HOME, COUNTRY ROADS" - JOHN DENVER.
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  • "PLEASE COME HOME FOR CHRISTMAS" - THE EAGLES,
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  • AND THE HEARTWARMING SONG
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  • "TAKE YOUR WHISKEY HOME" BY VAN HALEN. YEAH.
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  • IT'S NOT ONE OF MY FAVORITES.
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  • MAYBE THAT'S WHY LORETTA LYNN SANG "DON'T COME HOME
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  • A-DRINKIN' WITH LOVIN' ON YOUR MIND." MAYBE THE GUY
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  • CAME HOME A-DRINKIN' WITH LOVIN' ON HIS MIND AND
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  • THAT'S WHY THE BEATLES RECORDED A SONG "SHE'S
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  • LEAVING HOME" BECAUSE THIS ISN'T GOING TO WORK AT ALL.
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  • I DON'T KNOW WHAT COMES TO YOUR MIND WHEN YOU HEAR
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  • THE WORD "HOME," BUT FOR MANY YEARS OF MY LIFE,
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  • FOR THE FIRST 17 YEARS EFFECTIVELY, I DIDN'T
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  • REALLY HAVE A PLACE I WOULD CALL HOME.
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  • WE LIVED IN HOUSES. WE LIVED IN APARTMENTS.
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  • WE LIVED WITH OTHER PEOPLE BECAUSE
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  • I CAME FROM A BROKEN HOME.
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  • HOW MANY OF YOU CAME FROM A BROKEN HOME?
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  • SO, YOU KNOW WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT.
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  • I'VE TOLD YOU BEFORE, MY MOTHER WAS MARRIED
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  • AND DIVORCED SEVEN TIMES, AND SHE WAS ALWAYS GOING
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  • FROM HUSBAND TO HUSBAND.
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  • SO, I MOVED FROM CALIFORNIA TO NEW JERSEY.
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  • THEN I MOVED FROM NEW JERSEY TO HAWAII,
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  • AND THEN FROM HAWAII BACK TO CALIFORNIA AGAIN.
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  • MY MOM WAS ALWAYS OUT EVERY NIGHT, SO I NEVER
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  • KNEW WHAT IT WAS LIKE TO HAVE A FAMILY MEAL.
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  • I JUST WENT OUT AND GOT MY OWN FOOD AND THERE USED TO
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  • BE A RESTAURANT THAT I WOULD GO TO CALLED THE
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  • SNACK SHOP AND LATER IT BECAME COCO'S.
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  • REMEMBER COCO'S?
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  • THERE'S NOT MANY COCO'S AROUND ANYMORE.
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  • I REMEMBER BACK IN 1985 WHEN BILLY GRAHAM CAME AND
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  • DID HIS CRUSADE HERE THERE WERE COCO'S EVERYWHERE,
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  • AND I REMEMBER HIM SAYING THIS AND IT JUST STAYED WITH ME.
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  • I DON'T KNOW WHY.
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  • HE SAID, "AND EVERYWHERE I LOOK HERE IN CALIFORNIA,
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  • THERE'S A COCO'S." AND IT WAS JUST THE WAY HE SAID
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  • "COCO'S" CRACKED ME UP. COCO'S!
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  • BUT ANYWAY, SO I WENT TO THE SNACK SHOP LATER TO
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  • BECOME COCO'S, AND I ALWAYS ORDERED THE SAME
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  • THING: HAMBURGER, VANILLA MALT, FRENCH FRIES.
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  • SO, I WOULD TELL MY FRIENDS, "THAT'S WHAT I
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  • EAT EVERY NIGHT FOR DINNER." THEY WOULD SAY,
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  • "MAN, YOU ARE LIVING THE GOOD LIFE.
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  • WE WISH WE WERE LIVING YOUR LIFE.
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  • WE HAVE TO GO HOME AND SIT AT THE TABLE WITH MOM AND
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  • DAD AND EAT HORRIBLE VEGETABLES AND YOU'RE
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  • EATING A HAMBURGER, FRENCH FRIES AND A VANILLA MALT."
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  • BUT YOU KNOW WHAT?
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  • I WANTED THEIR LIFE, SO I WOULD SOMETIMES GO OVER TO
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  • FRIEND'S HOUSES AND HAVE DINNER WITH THEM.
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  • I DIDN'T EVEN LIKE THE FOOD THEY ATE,
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  • BUT I WANTED TO BE IN A FAMILY SETTING.
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  • IT WAS SO ALIEN TO ME.
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  • ONE CHRISTMAS MEMORY THAT STAYS WITH ME,
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  • IT WAS CHRISTMAS MORNING.
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  • WE HAD ONE OF THOSE ARTIFICIAL TREES.
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  • IT WAS WHITE, AND IT WAS THAT LITTLE LIGHT THAT
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  • SLOWLY TURNS YOU KNOW?
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  • BLUE LENS, RED LENS ON THE TREE WITH SOME
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  • FUNKY LITTLE SONG PLAYING.
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  • MY MOTHER WAS PASSED OUT FROM A NIGHT OF DRINKING.
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  • THE HOUSE SMELLED OF STALE SMOKE AND ALCOHOL.
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  • AND AS I SAT THERE LOOKING AT THAT TREE AND LOOKING
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  • AT MY MOM, I THOUGHT IT'S GOT TO GET BETTER THAN THIS.
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  • AND IT DID GET BETTER THAN THAT WHEN I MET
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  • CATHE MARTIN, LATER TO BECOME CATHE LAURIE
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  • AND WE GOT MARRIED AND THAT WAS THE FIRST TIME
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  • I KNEW WHAT A HOME WAS.
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  • WE DIDN'T HAVE A FANCY HOME.
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  • WE HAD A FUNKY LITTLE HOUSE WE LIVED IN.
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  • WE HAD THREADBARE FURNITURE.
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  • SOME OF WHICH CAME FROM THE SALVATION ARMY.
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  • WE HAD TWO SONS.
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  • WHEN I WAS WITH CATHE AND WITH MY BOYS WE WERE HOME
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  • - THAT WAS HOME FOR US.
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  • YOU KNOW, I'VE BEEN IN A LOT OF HOMES OVER THE YEARS.
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  • I'VE BEEN IN THE HOMES OF VERY, VERY WEALTHY PEOPLE.
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  • YOU WOULD CALL THEM PALATIAL ESTATES. MAGNIFICENT.
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  • I'VE BEEN IN SOME VERY HUMBLE HOMES AS WELL.
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  • I'M A CHAPLAIN WITH THE POLICE DEPARTMENT AND I
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  • WAS CALLED TO A LUXURY HOME OF A WOMAN
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  • WHO HAD COMMITTED SUICIDE.
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  • AS I WALKED INTO HER HOME, THERE WERE HER CHILDREN
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  • WHO WERE DEVASTATED, NEEDLESS TO SAY.
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  • IT WAS A PERFECTLY DECORATED HOME. OCEAN VIEW.
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  • EVERYTHING A PERSON COULD WANT IN LIFE.
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  • THE HUSBAND WAS OUT THAT AFTERNOON SAILING HIS
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  • YACHT, AND THE WIFE WAS SO DESPONDENT, SHE SAT BEHIND
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  • THE WHEEL OF HER CAR AND TURNED THE ENGINE ON
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  • AND COMMITTED SUICIDE IN HER GARAGE.
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  • SHE LEFT NOTES FOR EVERY MEMBER OF HER FAMILY.
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  • I THOUGHT WHAT A SAD SITUATION THAT WAS.
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  • IT WAS HOUSE, BUT IT WAS NOT A HOME.
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  • THEN I THOUGHT OF SOMETHING THAT HAPPENED
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  • YEARS AGO WHEN I WAS IN ETHIOPIA DOING A PASTOR'S
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  • CONFERENCE AND THE PASTOR INVITED US TO HIS HOUSE.
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  • HE HAD DIRT FLOORS.
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  • HE DIDN'T REALLY HAVE WINDOWS.
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  • IT WAS OPEN TO THE ELEMENTS AND THEY
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  • LITERALLY HAD A FIRE BURNING INSIDE OF THE
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  • HOME WHICH WAS FILLED WITH SMOKE.
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  • HE WAS MAKING US A MEAL AND THEN HE ASKED ME IF I
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  • WOULD LIKE SOME MILK.
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  • I SAID YES BUT I DIDN'T KNOW THAT MEANT HE WAS
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  • GOING TO LITERALLY MILK HIS COW RIGHT THERE
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  • WHICH HE DID AND HE PUT IT IN A GLASS.
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  • I'M GOING TO BE HONEST WITH YOU.
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  • I WAS NOT EXCITED ABOUT DRINKING THAT MILK
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  • [laughter]
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  • BECAUSE IT WAS KIND OF ROOM TEMPERATURE AND
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  • I REMEMBERED MARK 16.
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  • IT SAYS, "YOU CAN DRINK OF ANY DEADLY POISON.
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  • IT WILL NOT HARM YOU."
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  • I JUST SAID, "LORD, DON'T LET ME DIE"
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  • [laughter]
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  • BECAUSE I'M GOING TO TAKE ONE FOR THE TEAM
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  • [laughter]
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  • BECAUSE I'M NOT GOING TO OFFEND THIS GENTLEMAN
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  • WHO IS OFFERING ME SUCH A PRECIOUS GIFT.
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  • I DRANK THE MILK AND I WAS FINE, BUT THAT WAS A HOME.
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  • SO I'VE BEEN IN HOUSES THAT ARE PALATIAL THAT ARE
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  • NOT A HOME, AND I'VE BEEN IN STRUCTURES THAT
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  • YOU WOULD BARELY EVEN CALL A HOUSE
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  • THAT HAVE THE WARMTH OF A HOME.
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  • YOU KNOW, WHEN JESUS WALKED THIS EARTH YOU
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  • COULD TECHNICALLY SAY HE WAS HOMELESS.
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  • JESUS SAID, "BIRDS HAVE NESTS, AND FOXES HAVE
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  • HOLES, BUT THE SON OF MAN HAS NOWHERE TO LAY HIS HEAD."
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  • BUT IN HEAVEN HE HAD THE GREATEST OF ALL HOMES.
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  • IN JOHN 14 JESUS SAID, "LET NOT YOUR HEART BE TROUBLED.
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  • YOU BELIEVE IN GOD, BELIEVE ALSO IN ME.
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  • IN MY FATHER'S HOUSE ARE MANY MANSIONS.
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  • IF IT WERE NOT SO I WOULD'VE TOLD YOU.
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  • I GO TO PREPARE A PLACE FOR YOU.
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  • IF I GO AND PREPARE A PLACE FOR YOU, I WILL COME
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  • AGAIN AND RECEIVE YOU TO MYSELF THAT WHERE I AM YOU
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  • MAY BE ALSO." A BETTER TRANSLATION WOULD BE,
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  • "IN MY FATHER'S HOUSE ARE MANY ROOMS." MY FATHER'S HOUSE
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  • SUGGESTS SOMETHING BIG LIKE AN ESTATE,
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  • SPACIOUSNESS; BUT ROOMS SUGGESTS COZINESS,
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  • A PRIVATE SPACE.
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  • BRINGING ME TO MY FIRST POINT IN THIS MESSAGE:
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  • JESUS LEFT HIS HOME IN HEAVEN SO YOU COULD
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  • HAVE A HOME IN HEAVEN.
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  • YOU KNOW, WE'VE ROMANTICIZED THE CHRISTMAS STORY.
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  • WE SEE WHAT WE CALL THE HOLY FAMILY -
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  • MARY AND JOSEPH WITH A NEWBORN JESUS.
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  • THEY EACH HAVE A HALO.
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  • JESUS HAS A LITTLE BABY-SIZED HALO.
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  • THE ANIMALS ARE LOOKING ON IN REVERENCE AND
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  • IT'S BATHED IN BLUE LIGHT. IT'S A BEAUTIFUL SCENE.
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  • BUT THAT'S NOT THE WAY IT WAS.
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  • GOD SENT HIS SON FROM THE GLORY OF HEAVEN TO BE BORN
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  • IN THE MOST UNSANITARY CONDITIONS IMAGINABLE.
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  • GOD WENT FROM THE GLORY OF THE THRONE TO WHAT IS
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  • A FEEDING TROTH IN A CAVE. WE CALL IT A MANGER.
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  • IT WAS A BARN WHERE ANIMALS WERE.
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  • STRAW WAS ON THE GROUND.
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  • THE SMELL OF URINE WOULD'VE BEEN IN THE AIR.
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  • IT WAS COLD. IT WAS DAMP.
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  • IT WAS AN UNWELCOMING PLACE AND THAT TO ME
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  • DOES NOT DIMINISH THE CHRISTMAS STORY.
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  • IN FACT, IT ENHANCES THE CHRISTMAS STORY TO THINK
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  • OF ALL THAT GOD LEFT TO COME TO US.
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  • WHAT AN AMAZING SACRIFICE IT WAS, BUT HE LEFT HIS
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  • HEAVENLY HOME SO WE COULD HAVE A HEAVENLY HOME.
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  • POINT NUMBER TWO: JESUS LEFT HIS HOME IN HEAVEN
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  • TO MAKE A HOME IN OUR HEART.
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  • LISTEN TO THIS, HE WAS BORN SO WE COULD BE BORN AGAIN.
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  • HE WAS BORN SO WE COULD BE BORN AGAIN,
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  • OR AS C. S. LEWIS PUT IT "THE SON OF GOD BECAME A MAN
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  • THAT MEN MIGHT BECOME SONS OF GOD."
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  • HERE'S THE THING.
  • 00:10:14.060 --> 00:10:15.120
  • WHEN A PERSON BECOMES A CHRISTIAN JESUS CHRIST
  • 00:10:15.150 --> 00:10:18.220
  • LITERALLY TAKES RESIDENCE IN THEIR HEART.
  • 00:10:18.250 --> 00:10:22.100
  • SOME WOULD SAY NO THAT'S NOT BIBLICAL AND IT'S
  • 00:10:22.130 --> 00:10:24.280
  • REALLY NOT CORRECT TO SAY TO SOMEONE THAT THEY
  • 00:10:25.010 --> 00:10:28.040
  • SHOULD ASK CHRIST INTO THEIR LIFE OR THAT THEY
  • 00:10:28.070 --> 00:10:31.000
  • SHOULD RECEIVE CHRIST INTO THEIR LIFE.
  • 00:10:31.030 --> 00:10:33.040
  • WELL, ACTUALLY I WOULD BEG TO DIFFER BECAUSE THE
  • 00:10:33.070 --> 00:10:35.210
  • BIBLE ACTUALLY DOES TEACH THAT CHRIST COMES AND
  • 00:10:35.240 --> 00:10:38.030
  • LIVES IN THE HUMAN HEART.
  • 00:10:38.060 --> 00:10:40.080
  • I HEARD THE STORY OF A MOTHER WHO WAS TELLING HER
  • 00:10:40.110 --> 00:10:41.270
  • LITTLE GIRL THAT JESUS LIVED IN HER HEART, SO THE
  • 00:10:42.000 --> 00:10:45.100
  • LITTLE GIRL PUT HER EAR TO HER MOM'S CHEST AND SHE
  • 00:10:45.130 --> 00:10:48.120
  • SAID, "I'M LISTENING TO JESUS IN YOUR HEART." AND
  • 00:10:48.150 --> 00:10:51.250
  • THE MOTHER SAID, "REALLY? WHAT ARE YOU HEARING?"
  • 00:10:51.280 --> 00:10:54.120
  • SHE SAYS, "MOM, I THINK RIGHT NOW HE'S MAKING
  • 00:10:54.150 --> 00:10:56.230
  • COFFEE." MAYBE THE MOTHER HAD INDIGESTION.
  • 00:10:56.260 --> 00:11:01.000
  • I DON'T KNOW.
  • 00:11:01.030 --> 00:11:02.040
  • BUT THE FACT IS WHEN A PERSON BELIEVES IN JESUS
  • 00:11:02.070 --> 00:11:06.190
  • HE REALLY DOES COME AND LIVE INSIDE OF YOU.
  • 00:11:06.220 --> 00:11:09.180
  • IT'S ACCURATE BIBLICALLY TO SAY THAT.
  • 00:11:09.210 --> 00:11:11.230
  • COLOSSIANS 1:27 SAYS, "THIS IS THE SECRET:
  • 00:11:11.260 --> 00:11:15.180
  • CHRIST LIVES IN YOU." AND THEN OVER IN JOHN 1:12,
  • 00:11:15.210 --> 00:11:20.060
  • "FOR AS MANY AS RECEIVED HIM, HE GAVE THEM THE
  • 00:11:20.090 --> 00:11:23.140
  • RIGHT TO BECOME CHILDREN OF GOD." YOU RECEIVE
  • 00:11:23.170 --> 00:11:26.080
  • CHRIST, SO IT IS ACCURATE TO SAY ONE MUST RECEIVE CHRIST.
  • 00:11:26.110 --> 00:11:31.030
  • IT IS ACCURATE TO SAY CHRIST LIVES IN ONE'S LIFE.
  • 00:11:31.060 --> 00:11:35.060
  • IN FACT, JESUS SAID IN JOHN 14:23, "IF ANYONE
  • 00:11:35.090 --> 00:11:38.220
  • LOVES ME, HE WILL KEEP MY WORD AND MY FATHER WILL
  • 00:11:38.250 --> 00:11:42.040
  • LOVE HIM AND WE [SPEAKING OF THE FATHER AND THE SON]
  • 00:11:42.070 --> 00:11:45.080
  • WILL COME AND MAKE OUR HOME WITH HIM." SO WHEN
  • 00:11:45.110 --> 00:11:49.230
  • YOU BECOME A CHRISTIAN, CHRIST LITERALLY COMES AND
  • 00:11:49.260 --> 00:11:52.100
  • MAKES HIS HOME WITH YOU.
  • 00:11:52.130 --> 00:11:54.050
  • OF COURSE, THE OFT QUOTED VERSE IS WHERE JESUS SAYS
  • 00:11:54.080 --> 00:11:57.210
  • IN REVELATION 3:20,"BEHOLD, I STAND AT THE DOOR AND KNOCK.
  • 00:11:57.240 --> 00:12:01.110
  • IF ANY MAN HEAR MY VOICE AND OPEN THE DOOR, I WILL
  • 00:12:01.140 --> 00:12:04.080
  • COME IN." SO WHEN A PERSON BECOMES A CHRISTIAN,
  • 00:12:04.110 --> 00:12:08.110
  • CHRIST LITERALLY TAKES RESIDENCE IN THEIR LIFE.
  • 00:12:08.140 --> 00:12:12.140
  • BUT NOW LET ME ASK YOU A QUESTION.
  • 00:12:12.170 --> 00:12:13.270
  • LET ME ASK TWO QUESTIONS.
  • 00:12:14.000 --> 00:12:16.120
  • HOW MANY OF YOU HAVE ASKED CHRIST TO COME INTO YOUR LIFE?
  • 00:12:16.150 --> 00:12:19.000
  • RAISE UP YOUR HAND.
  • 00:12:19.030 --> 00:12:20.020
  • OKAY THAT'S PRETTY MUCH EVERYONE.
  • 00:12:20.050 --> 00:12:21.170
  • NOW LET ME ASK YOU ANOTHER QUESTION.
  • 00:12:21.200 --> 00:12:23.140
  • I DON'T WANT YOU TO RAISE YOUR HAND.
  • 00:12:23.170 --> 00:12:25.010
  • DO YOU THINK JESUS IS AT HOME IN YOUR HEART?
  • 00:12:25.040 --> 00:12:28.280
  • LET ME EXPLAIN WHAT I MEAN BY THAT.
  • 00:12:29.010 --> 00:12:31.090
  • LOOK IN COLOSSIANS 3:17 READING DOWN TO VERSE 18.
  • 00:12:31.120 --> 00:12:35.260
  • THIS, BY THE WAY, IS THE PRAYER OF THE APOSTLE PAUL
  • 00:12:35.290 --> 00:12:39.270
  • FOR THE BELIEVERS LIVING IN EPHESUS.
  • 00:12:40.000 --> 00:12:42.290
  • LOOK AT VERSE 17.
  • 00:12:43.020 --> 00:12:44.030
  • HE'S SAYING, "MY PRAYER IS THAT CHRIST MAY DWELL IN
  • 00:12:44.060 --> 00:12:49.080
  • YOUR HEARTS THROUGH FAITH THAT YOU BEING ROOTED AND
  • 00:12:49.110 --> 00:12:52.130
  • GROUNDED IN LOVE MAY BE ABLE TO COMPREHEND WITH
  • 00:12:52.160 --> 00:12:54.110
  • ALL THE SAINTS WHAT IS THE WIDTH AND THE LENGTH AND
  • 00:12:54.140 --> 00:12:57.050
  • THE DEPTH AND HEIGHT AND TO KNOW THE LOVE OF CHRIST
  • 00:12:57.080 --> 00:12:59.180
  • WHICH PASSES KNOWLEDGE THAT YOU MIGHT BE FILLED
  • 00:12:59.210 --> 00:13:03.100
  • WITH ALL THE FULLNESS OF GOD." NOW HERE'S A QUESTION.
  • 00:13:03.130 --> 00:13:07.090
  • WHY WOULD PAUL PRAY THAT CHRIST WOULD DWELL
  • 00:13:07.120 --> 00:13:10.130
  • IN THE HEARTS OF PEOPLE WHO HAD ALREADY
  • 00:13:10.160 --> 00:13:12.240
  • PUT THEIR FAITH IN CHRIST?
  • 00:13:12.270 --> 00:13:15.000
  • BECAUSE AFTER ALL, AS WE POINTED OUT, DOES HE NOT
  • 00:13:15.030 --> 00:13:17.130
  • ALREADY DWELL IN THE HEART OF EVERY MAN AND WOMAN
  • 00:13:17.160 --> 00:13:20.120
  • WHO HAVE RECEIVED HIM?
  • 00:13:20.150 --> 00:13:22.040
  • THE ANSWER IS YES, BUT WE NEED TO UNDERSTAND
  • 00:13:22.070 --> 00:13:24.100
  • WHAT THE WORD DWELL MEANS.
  • 00:13:24.130 --> 00:13:25.290
  • IT'S A COMPOUND WORD, WHICH BASICALLY MEANS TO
  • 00:13:26.020 --> 00:13:28.130
  • LIVE IN A HOUSE, BUT WHEN YOU ADD A PREFIX MEANING
  • 00:13:28.160 --> 00:13:32.030
  • DOWN IT COMES TO MEAN THAT CHRIST MAY SETTLE DOWN
  • 00:13:32.060 --> 00:13:36.090
  • AND BE AT HOME IN YOUR LIFE.
  • 00:13:36.120 --> 00:13:42.000
  • HAVE YOU EVER WALKED INTO SOMEONE'S HOME AND YOU
  • 00:13:42.030 --> 00:13:45.050
  • FOUND YOURSELF ILL AT EASE?
  • 00:13:45.080 --> 00:13:47.140
  • THERE WAS SOMETHING ABOUT IT THAT YOU DIDN'T LIKE.
  • 00:13:47.170 --> 00:13:51.030
  • MAYBE IT WAS WHAT WAS PLAYING ON THE TELEVISION.
  • 00:13:51.060 --> 00:13:54.030
  • MAYBE IT WAS WHAT WAS BEING LISTENED
  • 00:13:54.060 --> 00:13:55.280
  • TO ON THE SOUND SYSTEM.
  • 00:13:56.010 --> 00:13:57.210
  • MAYBE IT WAS WHAT THEY WERE COOKING, LIVER AND ONIONS.
  • 00:13:57.240 --> 00:14:01.250
  • I DON'T KNOW. BUT IT WAS NOT WELCOMING.
  • 00:14:01.280 --> 00:14:04.060
  • YOU WALKED IN AND WENT OKAY.
  • 00:14:04.090 --> 00:14:05.110
  • YOU'RE LOOKING FORWARD TO LEAVING THAT HOUSE.
  • 00:14:05.140 --> 00:14:08.030
  • YOU WEREN'T COMFORTABLE THERE.
  • 00:14:08.060 --> 00:14:09.160
  • BUT THEN AGAIN, HAVE YOU EVER BEEN IN A HOME
  • 00:14:09.190 --> 00:14:11.150
  • THAT WAS SO WELCOMING?
  • 00:14:11.180 --> 00:14:12.190
  • IT WAS JUST WARM AND THERE WAS SOMETHING GREAT
  • 00:14:12.220 --> 00:14:16.080
  • COOKING ON THE STOVE AND EVERYONE WAS WELCOMING TO YOU.
  • 00:14:16.110 --> 00:14:20.260
  • "PLEASE, TAKE OFF YOUR COAT. SIT DOWN.
  • 00:14:20.290 --> 00:14:22.180
  • SPEND A LITTLE TIME WITH US." IT WAS A WELCOMING HOME.
  • 00:14:22.210 --> 00:14:26.040
  • I WONDER WHAT YOUR HEART IS LIKE AS JESUS THERE.
  • 00:14:26.070 --> 00:14:29.110
  • IS HE SETTLED DOWN AND AT HOME IN YOUR HEART OR
  • 00:14:29.140 --> 00:14:32.190
  • WOULD THERE BE SOMETHING IN YOUR LIFE OR SOMETHING
  • 00:14:32.220 --> 00:14:34.270
  • IN MY LIFE THAT WOULD CAUSE HIM TO BE ILL AT EASE?
  • 00:14:35.000 --> 00:14:38.260
  • LET'S JUST SAY THAT JESUS LITERALLY WAS STANDING AT
  • 00:14:38.290 --> 00:14:43.160
  • YOUR DOOR WHEN YOU GOT HOME FROM CHURCH KNOCKING
  • 00:14:43.190 --> 00:14:46.140
  • AND YOU INVITED HIM IN.
  • 00:14:46.170 --> 00:14:48.110
  • LET'S SAY FOR THE SAKE OF AN ILLUSTRATION CHRIST
  • 00:14:48.140 --> 00:14:50.180
  • HIMSELF WALKED INTO YOUR FRONT ROOM.
  • 00:14:50.210 --> 00:14:52.280
  • THERE YOU ARE STANDING NEXT TO JESUS CHRIST,
  • 00:14:53.010 --> 00:14:55.250
  • AND THEN HE WALKS INTO YOUR FAMILY ROOM.
  • 00:14:55.280 --> 00:14:58.130
  • ARE THERE THINGS YOU WOULD WANT TO PUT
  • 00:14:58.160 --> 00:15:01.000
  • AWAY SO HE WOULD NOT SEE THEM?
  • 00:15:01.030 --> 00:15:03.280
  • WOULD YOU STILL FEEL COMFORTABLE WATCHING THAT
  • 00:15:04.010 --> 00:15:06.100
  • SHOW ON NETFLIX YOU WERE JUST WATCHING IF JESUS
  • 00:15:06.130 --> 00:15:09.290
  • SUDDENLY WALKED INTO THE ROOM?
  • 00:15:10.020 --> 00:15:11.210
  • OR JESUS SAT DOWN NEXT TO YOU AS YOU'RE OUT THERE
  • 00:15:11.240 --> 00:15:15.020
  • SURFING THE NET LOOKING AT YOUR FAVORITE SITES.
  • 00:15:15.050 --> 00:15:17.040
  • WOULD THERE BE ANYTHING YOU'D BE EMBARRASSED
  • 00:15:17.070 --> 00:15:19.060
  • IF HE WERE TO SEE IT?
  • 00:15:19.090 --> 00:15:20.180
  • THAT'S WHAT THIS IDEA IS HERE IN THIS VERSE.
  • 00:15:20.210 --> 00:15:23.230
  • IS THAT CHRIST WOULD SETTLE DOWN AND BE
  • 00:15:23.260 --> 00:15:25.250
  • AT HOME IN YOUR LIFE.
  • 00:15:25.280 --> 00:15:27.130
  • WE HAVE AN EXPRESSION WE'LL USE.
  • 00:15:27.160 --> 00:15:29.050
  • MI CASA ES SU CASA, WHICH IS SPANISH
  • 00:15:29.080 --> 00:15:33.140
  • FOR MY HOUSE IS YOUR HOUSE.
  • 00:15:33.170 --> 00:15:36.290
  • WHEN YOU BECOME A CHRISTIAN THAT LITERALLY BECOMES TRUE.
  • 00:15:37.020 --> 00:15:40.080
  • JESUS DOES NOT MERELY WANT TO BE A GUEST IN YOUR HOME.
  • 00:15:40.110 --> 00:15:43.230
  • HE WANTS TO NOW BE THE OWNER OF YOUR HOME.
  • 00:15:43.260 --> 00:15:47.200
  • WHEN YOU INVITE HIM IN HE NOW IS THE ONE WHO OWNS
  • 00:15:47.230 --> 00:15:51.270
  • THE HOUSE AND YOU ARE LIVING IN HIS HOUSE.
  • 00:15:52.000 --> 00:15:55.180
  • SOMETIMES WE'RE RELUCTANT BECAUSE WE'RE AFRAID GOD
  • 00:15:55.210 --> 00:15:58.130
  • IS GOING TO MESS EVERYTHING UP AND RUIN
  • 00:15:58.160 --> 00:16:00.030
  • OUR LIVES. NO. HE'S GOING TO MAKE IT BETTER.
  • 00:16:00.060 --> 00:16:02.160
  • THERE'S A TELEVISION SHOW ON THE FOOD CHANNEL CALLED
  • 00:16:02.190 --> 00:16:05.230
  • RESTAURANT IMPOSSIBLE.
  • 00:16:05.260 --> 00:16:07.290
  • HAVE YOU EVER SEEN THAT SHOW?
  • 00:16:08.020 --> 00:16:09.020
  • THE HOST IS ROBERT IRVINE. HE'S A RESTAURATEUR.
  • 00:16:09.050 --> 00:16:12.230
  • HE KNOWS HOW TO FIX RESTAURANTS THAT ARE
  • 00:16:12.260 --> 00:16:15.140
  • FAILING, SO PEOPLE WRITE IN AND SAY COME HELP OUR
  • 00:16:15.170 --> 00:16:18.030
  • RESTAURANT, SO HE'LL SHOW UP AND HE'LL TRY THEIR
  • 00:16:18.060 --> 00:16:20.250
  • FOOD AND IT'S SOMETIMES DISGUSTING AND THEY'RE NOT
  • 00:16:20.280 --> 00:16:24.050
  • MEETING HEALTH STANDARDS AND THEY HAVE HORRIBLE
  • 00:16:24.080 --> 00:16:27.220
  • CUSTOMER SERVICE AND THERE'S ALL KINDS
  • 00:16:27.250 --> 00:16:29.180
  • OF THINGS GOING ON.
  • 00:16:29.210 --> 00:16:30.210
  • SO HE'LL BASICALLY SAY, "LOOK, I' M GOING TO
  • 00:16:30.240 --> 00:16:32.190
  • CHANGE THIS PLACE," AND HE'LL SOMETIMES DEMOLISH
  • 00:16:32.220 --> 00:16:35.000
  • THE RESTAURANT AND DO A LOT OF CONSTRUCTION AND
  • 00:16:35.030 --> 00:16:38.090
  • CHANGE AND THEN HE INVITES THE PEOPLE BACK FOR THE
  • 00:16:38.120 --> 00:16:40.230
  • BIG REVEAL AND THEY'RE ALWAYS SO EXCITED BECAUSE
  • 00:16:40.260 --> 00:16:43.240
  • THAT MESS THEY COULDN'T FIX IS TRANSFORMED BECAUSE
  • 00:16:43.270 --> 00:16:46.200
  • HE COMES IN AND HE KNOWS WHAT HE'S DOING.
  • 00:16:46.230 --> 00:16:48.280
  • THAT'S WHAT HAPPENS WHEN CHRIST SETTLES DOWN IN YOUR LIFE.
  • 00:16:49.010 --> 00:16:52.050
  • HE MIGHT DO A LITTLE DEMOLISHING.
  • 00:16:52.080 --> 00:16:55.110
  • HE MIGHT REMOVE A FEW THINGS, BUT WHAT HE
  • 00:16:55.140 --> 00:16:57.030
  • REPLACES THEM WITH WILL BE SO MUCH BETTER.
  • 00:16:57.060 --> 00:16:59.280
  • YOU WON'T MISS IT.
  • 00:17:00.030 --> 00:17:01.080
  • JUST WAIT FOR THE BIG REVEAL AND LET THE LORD
  • 00:17:01.110 --> 00:17:04.060
  • HAVE HIS WAY IN YOUR LIFE THAT CHRIST MAY SETTLE
  • 00:17:04.090 --> 00:17:07.240
  • DOWN AND BE AT HOME IN YOUR HEART.
  • 00:17:07.270 --> 00:17:10.130
  • SO NUMBER ONE: JESUS LEFT HIS HOME IN HEAVEN SO YOU
  • 00:17:10.160 --> 00:17:13.040
  • CAN HAVE A HOME IN HEAVEN.
  • 00:17:13.070 --> 00:17:15.190
  • NUMBER TWO: JESUS LEFT HIS HOME IN HEAVEN TO
  • 00:17:15.220 --> 00:17:17.290
  • MAKE A HOME IN YOUR HEART.
  • 00:17:18.020 --> 00:17:19.080
  • AND NOW MY THIRD AND LAST POINT: WHEN JESUS IS AT
  • 00:17:19.110 --> 00:17:22.080
  • HOME IN YOUR HEART YOU WILL BE AT HOME IN THE CHURCH.
  • 00:17:22.110 --> 00:17:25.290
  • WHEN JESUS IS AT HOME IN YOUR HEART YOU WILL BE
  • 00:17:26.020 --> 00:17:29.090
  • AT HOME IN THE CHURCH.
  • 00:17:29.120 --> 00:17:31.060
  • YOU KNOW, IT'S INTERESTING.
  • 00:17:31.090 --> 00:17:32.250
  • IN THE BIBLE, THE WORDS "HOME" AND "CHURCH"
  • 00:17:32.280 --> 00:17:35.270
  • AND/OR "TEMPLE" OR "SYNAGOGUE" OR "GATHERING"
  • 00:17:36.000 --> 00:17:39.210
  • ARE INTERCHANGEABLE WORDS.
  • 00:17:39.240 --> 00:17:42.000
  • REMEMBER DAVID SAID, "I WILL DWELL IN THE HOUSE OF
  • 00:17:42.030 --> 00:17:44.280
  • THE LORD FOREVER" IN PSALM 23, OR LITERALLY "I HAVE A
  • 00:17:45.010 --> 00:17:49.200
  • HOME IN THE HOUSE OF THE LORD FOREVER." WE READ
  • 00:17:49.230 --> 00:17:54.120
  • THESE WORDS OFTEN ABOUT IT BEING LIKE A HOME.
  • 00:17:54.150 --> 00:17:57.140
  • JESUS, WHEN HE WAS IN THE TEMPLE SPEAKING WITH THE
  • 00:17:57.170 --> 00:18:00.050
  • ELDERS THERE, SAID TO MARY AND JOSEPH WHO HAD LOST
  • 00:18:00.080 --> 00:18:02.280
  • SIGHT OF HIM, "DID YOU NOT KNOW THAT I WOULD
  • 00:18:03.010 --> 00:18:05.170
  • BE IN MY FATHER'S HOUSE?"
  • 00:18:05.200 --> 00:18:07.160
  • THIS IS THE HOUSE OF THE LORD.
  • 00:18:07.190 --> 00:18:09.240
  • CHURCH IS HOME FOR THE FOLLOWER OF JESUS CHRIST
  • 00:18:09.270 --> 00:18:13.230
  • AND YOU'RE SURROUNDED BY THE FAMILY OF GOD.
  • 00:18:13.260 --> 00:18:17.070
  • THERE ARE THINGS THAT WE DO WHEN WE GATHER TOGETHER
  • 00:18:17.100 --> 00:18:20.020
  • WITH FAMILY AND ONE OF THOSE THINGS IS
  • 00:18:20.050 --> 00:18:21.180
  • USUALLY EAT TOGETHER, RIGHT.
  • 00:18:21.210 --> 00:18:24.000
  • YOU HAVE MEALS, AND WE DO THAT AT CHURCH.
  • 00:18:24.030 --> 00:18:26.090
  • WE HAVE MEALS TOGETHER - SPIRITUAL MEALS.
  • 00:18:26.120 --> 00:18:29.180
  • WE FEAST ON THE WORD OF GOD.
  • 00:18:29.210 --> 00:18:31.120
  • JOB 23:12 SAYS, "I'VE TREASURED HIS WORDS
  • 00:18:31.150 --> 00:18:34.180
  • MORE THAN MY DAILY FOOD."
  • 00:18:34.210 --> 00:18:37.010
  • THE EARLY CHURCH FEASTED ON THE WORD OF GOD.
  • 00:18:37.040 --> 00:18:40.090
  • ACTS 2:37 SAYS, "THEY CONTINUED STEADFASTLY IN
  • 00:18:40.120 --> 00:18:44.160
  • THE APOSTLES DOCTRINE THE BREAKING OF BREAD AND A
  • 00:18:44.190 --> 00:18:47.100
  • PRAYER." SO WE FEAST ON GOD'S WORD TOGETHER, AND
  • 00:18:47.130 --> 00:18:50.090
  • HEALTHY FAMILIES SPEND TIME TOGETHER.
  • 00:18:50.120 --> 00:18:54.040
  • THERE'S A WORD THAT IS USED IN THE NEW TESTAMENT
  • 00:18:54.070 --> 00:18:57.030
  • THAT DESCRIBES THAT SPECIAL BOND CHRISTIANS HAVE.
  • 00:18:57.060 --> 00:19:01.130
  • IT'S THE GREEK WORD "KOINONIA." IT'S NOT AN
  • 00:19:01.160 --> 00:19:05.080
  • EASY WORD TO TRANSLATE.
  • 00:19:05.110 --> 00:19:06.210
  • SOMETIMES TRANSLATED FELLOWSHIP, PARTNERSHIP,
  • 00:19:06.240 --> 00:19:10.150
  • COMMUNION, AND IT EVEN IMPLIES SERVING TOGETHER.
  • 00:19:10.180 --> 00:19:15.020
  • BUT THAT'S WHAT HAPPENS, WE GATHER TOGETHER AS
  • 00:19:15.050 --> 00:19:17.250
  • BELIEVERS, SO CHURCH ISN'T JUST SITTING IN A PEW OR
  • 00:19:17.280 --> 00:19:21.270
  • SITTING IN A SEAT AND LISTENING TO A MESSAGE AND
  • 00:19:22.000 --> 00:19:24.240
  • THEN GETTING OUT AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE.
  • 00:19:24.270 --> 00:19:27.000
  • HOPEFULLY TO BEAT THE TRAFFIC.
  • 00:19:27.030 --> 00:19:28.240
  • CHURCH IS MORE THAN THAT.
  • 00:19:28.270 --> 00:19:30.210
  • CHURCH IS GATHERING TO HEAR GOD'S WORD, YES.
  • 00:19:30.240 --> 00:19:33.030
  • BUT AFTERWARDS, IT'S TALKING WITH ONE ANOTHER.
  • 00:19:33.060 --> 00:19:35.210
  • NOT MERE SOCIALIZING, BUT HAVING THAT KOINONIA.
  • 00:19:35.240 --> 00:19:39.040
  • HAVING THAT FELLOWSHIP.
  • 00:19:39.070 --> 00:19:40.140
  • AND LISTEN TO THIS, GOD REALLY LIKES IT WHEN
  • 00:19:40.170 --> 00:19:43.130
  • WE DO THAT TOGETHER.
  • 00:19:43.160 --> 00:19:45.110
  • HE LOVES IT WHEN WE SPEAK OF HIS NAME BECAUSE WE
  • 00:19:45.140 --> 00:19:49.270
  • READ OVER IN MALACHI 3:16, "THOSE THAT FEAR THE LORD
  • 00:19:50.000 --> 00:19:53.170
  • SPOKE TO EACH OTHER AND THE LORD LISTENED AND HEARD THEM."
  • 00:19:53.200 --> 00:19:57.270
  • SEE WHEN WE SPEAK OF THE LORD, HE BENDS DOWN AND
  • 00:19:58.000 --> 00:20:00.270
  • LISTENS -THAT'S WHAT THE PHRASE MEANS.
  • 00:20:01.000 --> 00:20:02.180
  • IT MEANS TO PRICK THE EAR OR TO PAY CAREFUL
  • 00:20:02.210 --> 00:20:05.160
  • ATTENTION TO SOMETHING, SO IF YOU'VE EVER BEEN IN A
  • 00:20:05.190 --> 00:20:08.080
  • ROOM AND PEOPLE ARE JUST TALKING THE DEN
  • 00:20:08.110 --> 00:20:10.010
  • OF NOISE AND SOMEONE USES YOUR NAMES.
  • 00:20:10.040 --> 00:20:12.130
  • "[gibberish]...GREG LAURIE," WHY DO I HEAR THAT?
  • 00:20:12.160 --> 00:20:16.140
  • I WASN'T LISTENING FOR IT, BUT I HEAR IT BECAUSE IT'S
  • 00:20:16.170 --> 00:20:18.180
  • MY NAME AND THE LORD HEARS US SPEAKING AND HE HEARS
  • 00:20:18.210 --> 00:20:21.260
  • HIS NAME SPOKEN OF AND HE TUNES IN AND HE BENDS DOWN
  • 00:20:21.290 --> 00:20:25.200
  • AND HE LISTENS AND HE LOVES THAT WHEN WE
  • 00:20:25.230 --> 00:20:28.050
  • TALK ABOUT HIM TOGETHER.
  • 00:20:28.080 --> 00:20:29.280
  • ANOTHER THING THAT WE DO TOGETHER AS FOLLOWERS
  • 00:20:30.010 --> 00:20:32.120
  • OF JESUS CHRIST IS WE WORSHIP TOGETHER.
  • 00:20:32.150 --> 00:20:35.060
  • I BRING THIS UP BECAUSE SOME PEOPLE WOULD SAY,
  • 00:20:35.090 --> 00:20:37.200
  • "YOU KNOW WHAT? I DON'T NEED TO GO TO CHURCH.
  • 00:20:37.230 --> 00:20:40.040
  • I LISTEN TO PODCASTS OF GREAT PREACHERS.
  • 00:20:40.070 --> 00:20:43.050
  • I CAN HEAR THE BEST PREACHERS IN AMERICA.
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  • A LOT BETTER THAN YOU TOO, GREG, ANY TIME I WANT.
  • 00:20:45.230 --> 00:20:48.250
  • I CAN DOWNLOAD THE LATEST WORSHIP SONG." THAT'S AWESOME.
  • 00:20:48.280 --> 00:20:52.140
  • TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THOSE OPPORTUNITIES.
  • 00:20:52.170 --> 00:20:54.140
  • I'M GLAD THAT'S ALL OUT THERE, BUT HAVING SAID
  • 00:20:54.170 --> 00:20:56.140
  • THAT, NOTHING TAKES THE PLACE OF HEARING GOD'S
  • 00:20:56.170 --> 00:20:59.060
  • WORD WITH OTHER BELIEVERS.
  • 00:20:59.090 --> 00:21:01.040
  • NOTHING TAKES THE PLACE OF WORSHIPPING WITH
  • 00:21:01.070 --> 00:21:04.040
  • OTHER BELIEVERS BECAUSE GOD SAYS,
  • 00:21:04.070 --> 00:21:07.120
  • "WHEN TWO OR MORE ARE GATHERED TOGETHER IN MY
  • 00:21:07.150 --> 00:21:09.180
  • NAME, I'M THERE IN THE MIDST OF THEM."
  • 00:21:09.210 --> 00:21:11.200
  • THE SCRIPTURE TELLS US THAT THE LORD INHABITS
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  • THE PRAISES OF HIS PEOPLE.
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  • SOMETHING SUPERNATURAL HAPPENS WHEN WE GATHER
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  • TOGETHER IN HIS NAME AND WE WORSHIP TOGETHER AND WE
  • 00:21:21.070 --> 00:21:24.180
  • FEAST ON THE WORD OF GOD TOGETHER AND YES WHEN
  • 00:21:24.210 --> 00:21:27.220
  • WE PRAY TOGETHER.
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  • A HEALTHY FAMILY PRAYS TOGETHER.
  • 00:21:29.090 --> 00:21:32.070
  • YOU KNOW, YOU'VE HEARD THE EXPRESSION
  • 00:21:32.100 --> 00:21:33.290
  • "THE FAMILY THAT PRAYS TOGETHER STAYS TOGETHER."
  • 00:21:34.020 --> 00:21:36.240
  • "THAT'S PROBABLY NOT EVEN TRUE." ACTUALLY, IT IS TRUE.
  • 00:21:36.270 --> 00:21:39.270
  • IN FACT, THERE'S DATA THAT SUPPORTS IT.
  • 00:21:40.000 --> 00:21:42.170
  • I READ ABOUT A STUDY THAT WAS DONE OF HUSBANDS AND
  • 00:21:42.200 --> 00:21:45.150
  • WIVES THAT ACTUALLY PRAY TOGETHER EVERY DAY AND IT
  • 00:21:45.180 --> 00:21:49.080
  • FOUND THAT THEIR DIVORCE WAS AT ABOUT 1 PERCENT AND THE
  • 00:21:49.110 --> 00:21:53.160
  • NATIONAL DIVORCE RATE IS MORE ABOUT AROUND 50 PERCENT.
  • 00:21:53.190 --> 00:21:57.240
  • SO THAT'S PRETTY REMARKABLE.
  • 00:21:57.270 --> 00:21:59.160
  • WHY SHOULD WE PRAY TOGETHER?
  • 00:21:59.190 --> 00:22:01.030
  • BECAUSE JESUS SAID IN MATTHEW 18:19, "I TELL YOU
  • 00:22:01.060 --> 00:22:04.090
  • THIS IF TWO OF YOU AGREE HERE ON EARTH CONCERNING
  • 00:22:04.120 --> 00:22:07.090
  • ANYTHING YOU ASK, MY FATHER IN HEAVEN WILL
  • 00:22:07.120 --> 00:22:10.030
  • DO IT FOR YOU." WHAT A PROMISE!
  • 00:22:10.060 --> 00:22:13.150
  • HE'S TELLING US THERE IS POWER IN CORPORATE PRAYER,
  • 00:22:13.180 --> 00:22:18.020
  • SO YOU COME TO CHURCH WITH A NEED, A PROBLEM,
  • 00:22:18.050 --> 00:22:20.270
  • A HEALTH ISSUE, A JOB ISSUE, A CRISIS IN YOUR FAMILY,
  • 00:22:21.000 --> 00:22:25.210
  • SOME OTHER THING, AND WHAT A WONDERFUL THING IT IS TO
  • 00:22:25.240 --> 00:22:28.110
  • SAY TO YOUR CHRISTIAN FRIENDS "WOULD YOU PRAY
  • 00:22:28.140 --> 00:22:31.080
  • WITH ME ABOUT THIS RIGHT NOW?"
  • 00:22:31.110 --> 00:22:33.040
  • SOMEONE SAYS, "LET'S PRAY TOGETHER," AND YOU ALL
  • 00:22:33.070 --> 00:22:35.060
  • JUST TAKE THAT BEFORE THE LORD.
  • 00:22:35.090 --> 00:22:36.200
  • GOD HEARS OUR PRAYERS WHEN WE PRAY TOGETHER.
  • 00:22:36.230 --> 00:22:39.190
  • REMEMBER WHEN SIMON PETER WAS ARRESTED, JAMES HAD
  • 00:22:39.220 --> 00:22:43.150
  • ALREADY BEEN EXECUTED SO PETER IS IN JAIL.
  • 00:22:43.180 --> 00:22:46.050
  • WHAT DID THE CHURCH DO?
  • 00:22:46.080 --> 00:22:48.100
  • THE BIBLE SAYS IN ACTS 12, "AND THE CHURCH PRAYED FOR
  • 00:22:48.130 --> 00:22:52.060
  • HIM." A LOT OF PRAYER WAS OFFERED TO GOD
  • 00:22:52.090 --> 00:22:55.000
  • FOR PETER BY THE CHURCH.
  • 00:22:55.030 --> 00:22:57.090
  • SO THEY SAID, "LET'S PRAY ABOUT THIS.
  • 00:22:57.120 --> 00:22:59.060
  • LET'S KEEP PRAYING ABOUT THIS.
  • 00:22:59.090 --> 00:23:01.030
  • LET'S PRAY TOGETHER ABOUT THIS AND LET'S GO TO GOD'S
  • 00:23:01.060 --> 00:23:04.020
  • THRONE AND BRING THIS NEED TO HIM AND GOD HEARD THEIR
  • 00:23:04.050 --> 00:23:07.240
  • PRAYER AND HE ANSWERED THEIR PRAYER.
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  • I HOPE THAT YOU UNDERSTAND HOW IMPORTANT IT IS TO
  • 00:23:10.140 --> 00:23:13.060
  • MAKE THE CHURCH YOUR HOME.
  • 00:23:13.090 --> 00:23:14.280
  • SOMETHING WE'RE GOING TO BE LAUNCHING IN THIS
  • 00:23:15.010 --> 00:23:16.280
  • COMING YEAR, WE'RE CALLING THEM HARVEST HOME GROUPS.
  • 00:23:17.010 --> 00:23:20.050
  • WE'RE GOING TO ENCOURAGE ALL OF YOU TO GET INVOLVED
  • 00:23:20.080 --> 00:23:23.270
  • IN ONE OF THESE HARVEST HOME GROUPS.
  • 00:23:24.000 --> 00:23:25.160
  • I'M GOING TO TELL YOU WHY.
  • 00:23:25.190 --> 00:23:26.290
  • BECAUSE SOMETHING SPECIAL HAPPENS WHEN YOU'RE WITH A
  • 00:23:27.020 --> 00:23:29.260
  • SMALLER GROUP OF PEOPLE.
  • 00:23:29.290 --> 00:23:31.250
  • BEFORE OUR SERVICES START HERE, WE HAVE A LITTLE
  • 00:23:31.280 --> 00:23:34.180
  • GROUP THAT GETS TOGETHER.
  • 00:23:34.210 --> 00:23:36.110
  • THERE'S SOME OF THE VOLUNTEERS THAT SERVE HERE
  • 00:23:36.140 --> 00:23:38.090
  • AT THE CHURCH AND THEY HELP YOU IN ALL THE AREAS
  • 00:23:38.120 --> 00:23:40.280
  • WHERE YOU NEED THEIR HELP AND THEY WERE SHARING
  • 00:23:41.010 --> 00:23:44.220
  • ABOUT WHY THIS WAS SUCH A BLESSING TO THEM.
  • 00:23:44.250 --> 00:23:48.100
  • SO MANY OF THEM SAID THIS MADE A BIG CHURCH A SMALL
  • 00:23:48.130 --> 00:23:51.140
  • CHURCH FOR ME BECAUSE SOME THINGS ARE LEARNED IN ROWS
  • 00:23:51.170 --> 00:23:55.250
  • AND OTHER THINGS ARE LEARNED IN CIRCLES.
  • 00:23:55.280 --> 00:23:58.170
  • WHEN I CAN INTERACT WITH OTHER PEOPLE AND SHARE
  • 00:23:58.200 --> 00:24:01.150
  • WITH THEM WHAT THE LORD IS SHOWING ME AND HEAR FROM
  • 00:24:01.180 --> 00:24:04.170
  • THEM WHAT THE LORD HAS SHOWN THEM THAT WONDERFUL
  • 00:24:04.200 --> 00:24:06.260
  • KOINONIA FELLOWSHIP TAKES PLACE.
  • 00:24:06.290 --> 00:24:09.290
  • WE WANT YOU TO UNDERSTAND THAT HARVEST CAN BE YOUR HOME.
  • 00:24:10.020 --> 00:24:13.180
  • A PLACE WHERE YOU CAN COME AND BE BUILT UP
  • 00:24:13.210 --> 00:24:15.180
  • AND YOU CAN BE STRENGTHENED.
  • 00:24:15.210 --> 00:24:17.010
  • BUT SOME PEOPLE DON'T WANT TO BE IN THAT HOME.
  • 00:24:17.040 --> 00:24:19.090
  • THEY DON'T WANT TO BE WITH OTHER BELIEVERS.
  • 00:24:19.120 --> 00:24:21.120
  • THEY'LL SAY THINGS LIKE, "YOU KNOW, THEY'RE SO
  • 00:24:21.150 --> 00:24:23.000
  • JUDGMENTAL AT CHURCH." CAN I BE HONEST WITH YOU?
  • 00:24:23.030 --> 00:24:27.020
  • SOMETIMES WE ALL COULD USE A LITTLE JUDGING IN OUR LIFE.
  • 00:24:27.050 --> 00:24:30.220
  • NOT CONDEMNING.
  • 00:24:30.250 --> 00:24:32.040
  • JESUS SAID, "JUDGE NOT LEST YOU BE JUDGED" OR
  • 00:24:32.070 --> 00:24:35.290
  • LITERALLY, "CONDEMN NOT, LEST YOU BE CONDEMNED."
  • 00:24:36.020 --> 00:24:38.280
  • WE'RE NOT IN THE CONDEMNATION BUSINESS.
  • 00:24:39.010 --> 00:24:41.090
  • WE'RE IN THE RESTORATION BUSINESS.
  • 00:24:41.120 --> 00:24:43.270
  • WE'RE IN THE ENCOURAGEMENT BUSINESS.
  • 00:24:44.000 --> 00:24:46.250
  • BUT AT THE SAME TIME, SOMETIMES TO HELP YOU,
  • 00:24:46.280 --> 00:24:49.050
  • I MAY HAVE TO IDENTIFY A PROBLEM IN YOUR LIFE
  • 00:24:49.080 --> 00:24:51.250
  • TO HELP YOU CORRECT IT.
  • 00:24:51.280 --> 00:24:53.220
  • SO YES THERE MIGHT BE AN ELEMENT OF SOME
  • 00:24:53.250 --> 00:24:55.250
  • CONFRONTATION OR JUDGEMENT, IF YOU WILL,
  • 00:24:55.280 --> 00:24:58.090
  • BUT IT'S ALWAYS WITH A VIEW OF RESTORING YOU AND
  • 00:24:58.120 --> 00:25:01.160
  • GETTING YOU RIGHT WITH GOD.
  • 00:25:01.190 --> 00:25:04.040
  • THAT'S WHY WE'RE TOLD OVER IN THE BOOK OF HEBREWS
  • 00:25:04.070 --> 00:25:05.190
  • THAT WE SHOULD NOT FORSAKE THE ASSEMBLING OF
  • 00:25:05.220 --> 00:25:08.020
  • OURSELVES TOGETHER, BUT ENCOURAGE ONE ANOTHER DAILY
  • 00:25:08.050 --> 00:25:11.080
  • AND SO MUCH MORE AS THE DAY OF THE LORD IS APPROACHING.
  • 00:25:11.110 --> 00:25:16.190
  • BUT SOME PEOPLE WILL SAY, "I LOVE JESUS.
  • 00:25:16.220 --> 00:25:19.000
  • I JUST DON'T LOVE CHRISTIANS." BUT LISTEN,
  • 00:25:19.030 --> 00:25:23.280
  • IF YOU LOVE THE LORD YOU WILL LOVE HIS PEOPLE.
  • 00:25:24.010 --> 00:25:26.170
  • AS I'VE ALREADY SAID IF JESUS IS AT HOME IN YOUR
  • 00:25:26.200 --> 00:25:29.100
  • HEART, YOU WILL BE AT HOME WITH GOD'S PEOPLE.
  • 00:25:29.130 --> 00:25:32.080
  • THERE'S A BOND THAT CHRISTIANS HAVE THAT
  • 00:25:32.110 --> 00:25:34.210
  • IS UNLIKE ANY OTHER.
  • 00:25:34.240 --> 00:25:36.020
  • IT'S EVEN CLOSER THAN THE BLOOD BOND THAT WE HAVE TO
  • 00:25:36.050 --> 00:25:39.250
  • ACTUAL PHYSICAL RELATIVES SOMETIMES, ISN'T IT.
  • 00:25:39.280 --> 00:25:44.000
  • I RECENTLY WENT IN AND SENT IN MY DNA SAMPLE TO
  • 00:25:44.030 --> 00:25:50.020
  • FIND OUT WHO MY ANCESTORS WERE.
  • 00:25:50.050 --> 00:25:52.180
  • I'VE HEARD ABOUT THIS FOR YEARS AND BECAUSE I DIDN'T
  • 00:25:52.210 --> 00:25:54.250
  • KNOW MY BIOLOGICAL FATHER, I WAS CURIOUS.
  • 00:25:54.280 --> 00:25:57.010
  • I WAS HOPING THERE MIGHT BE SOMETHING DIFFERENT
  • 00:25:57.040 --> 00:25:59.110
  • THAN WHAT I THOUGHT IT WOULD BE.
  • 00:25:59.140 --> 00:26:02.080
  • MAYBE SOME ITALIAN BLOOD. MAYBE SOME JEWISH BLOOD.
  • 00:26:02.110 --> 00:26:08.060
  • SOMETHING DIFFERENT THAN JUST WHITE.
  • 00:26:08.090 --> 00:26:11.030
  • [laughter]
  • 00:26:11.060 --> 00:26:12.260
  • AND IT CAME BACK, "YOU ARE 99 AND 9/10 PERCENT
  • 00:26:12.290 --> 00:26:16.200
  • ENGLISH AND IRISH." OH, BROTHER.
  • 00:26:16.230 --> 00:26:19.240
  • SO I'M BASICALLY WHITE TRASH. JUST SAY THAT.
  • 00:26:19.270 --> 00:26:21.270
  • [laughter]
  • 00:26:22.000 --> 00:26:23.020
  • I COULD'VE LOOKED IN THE MIRROR AND FIGURED THAT OUT.
  • 00:26:23.050 --> 00:26:25.070
  • I USED TO HEAR MY GRANDMOTHER SAY, "WE HAVE
  • 00:26:25.100 --> 00:26:27.280
  • AMERICAN INDIAN IN OUR FAMILY," I THINK IT WAS
  • 00:26:28.010 --> 00:26:29.240
  • CHEROKEE AND I'M THINKING, "YES!
  • 00:26:29.270 --> 00:26:31.030
  • I WANT SOME AMERICAN INDIAN."
  • 00:26:31.060 --> 00:26:32.290
  • NOTHING. JUST WHITE. THAT'S ALL.
  • 00:26:33.020 --> 00:26:35.120
  • BUT YOU KNOW, AND THEN THERE WAS THIS OPTION.
  • 00:26:35.150 --> 00:26:38.150
  • IT SAID, "YOU WANT TO FIND OUT WHO YOUR RELATIVES
  • 00:26:38.180 --> 00:26:40.160
  • ARE LIVING NEAR YOU?"
  • 00:26:40.190 --> 00:26:41.270
  • I'M KIND OF THINKING, "I DON'T REALLY WANT TO. NO."
  • 00:26:42.000 --> 00:26:44.110
  • [laughter]
  • 00:26:44.140 --> 00:26:46.150
  • I HAVE LOTS OF RELATIVES.
  • 00:26:46.180 --> 00:26:49.070
  • THEY'RE CALLED MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS, AND THEY'RE
  • 00:26:49.100 --> 00:26:51.070
  • IN THE CHURCH AND THAT'S MY GREATEST FAMILY.
  • 00:26:51.100 --> 00:26:54.150
  • [applause]
  • 00:26:54.180 --> 00:26:59.070
  • YOU WANT TO GET ON GOD'S BAD SIDE, INSULT HIS BRIDE.
  • 00:26:59.100 --> 00:27:02.230
  • HE LOVES HIS BRIDE. HE LOVES THE CHURCH.
  • 00:27:02.260 --> 00:27:06.060
  • HE LOVES THE FAMILY OF GOD AND HE WANTS US ALL TO BE
  • 00:27:06.090 --> 00:27:09.280
  • A PART OF HIS FAMILY.
  • 00:27:10.010 --> 00:27:12.130
  • [applause]
  • 00:27:12.160 --> 00:27:13.210
  • [Phil Wickham: This is the Day] THIS IS THE DAY WHEN
  • 00:27:13.240 --> 00:27:14.180
  • THE LOST ARE FOUND
  • 00:27:14.210 --> 00:27:16.260
  • O CAN YOU HEAR ALL THE ANGELS ARE SINGING
  • 00:27:16.290 --> 00:27:21.040
  • THIS IS THE DAY THE DAY WHEN LIFE BEGINS
  • 00:27:21.070 --> 00:27:22.070