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  • WHEN THE LOST ARE FOUND.
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  • O CAN YOU HEAR ALL THE ANGELS ARE SINGING
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  • THIS IS THE DAY THE DAY WHEN LIFE BEGINS.
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  • WHY DON'T WE GRAB OUR BIBLES AND TURN TO JOHN
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  • CHAPTER 11 AND THE TITLE OF MY MESSAGE IS
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  • HOPE FOR HURTING HEARTS.
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  • WELL IT'S A DAY LIKE ANY OTHER DAY.
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  • YOU GET OUT OF BED, YOU GET DRESSED, YOU HAVE
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  • BREAKFAST, CUP OF COFFEE, CHECK YOUR EMAILS MAYBE,
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  • HOPEFULLY YOU READ YOUR BIBLE BEFORE THAT,
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  • AND THEN IT HAPPENS.
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  • THAT PHONE CALL OUT OF THE BLUE FROM A POLICE OFFICER
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  • OR A FRIEND DELIVERING BAD NEWS, OR A NOTE ON YOUR
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  • COUNTER FROM YOUR SPOUSE SAYING
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  • THEY WANT OUT OF THE MARRIAGE.
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  • A NEW PAIN IN YOUR BODY YOU HAD NEVER NOTICED BEFORE.
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  • A CALL FROM YOUR DOCTOR SAYING HE'S CONCERNED
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  • ABOUT A TEST THAT WAS JUST DONE ON YOU
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  • AND HE WANTS TO DO SOME MORE TESTS.
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  • CRISIS - IT HITS FAST, IT HITS HARD,
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  • AND IT TAKES NO PRISONERS.
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  • PAIN HAS KNOCKED ON YOUR FRONT DOOR, IT'S MOVED IN
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  • WITHOUT YOUR PERMISSION AND IT REFUSES TO LEAVE.
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  • AND THIS CRISIS THAT YOU'VE EXPERIENCED CAN
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  • ALTER THE COURSE OF YOUR LIFE DRAMATICALLY.
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  • IN FACT, YOU WOULDN'T EVEN WISH IT ON YOUR WORST
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  • ENEMY, BUT YET IT'S HAPPENING TO YOU.
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  • FOR JOB, HIS WHOLE WORLD CAME CRASHING
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  • DOWN ON HIM IN ONE DAY.
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  • FOR JOSEPH, IT WAS A BETRAYAL BY HIS BROTHERS
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  • THAT CHANGED THE COURSE OF HIS LIFE.
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  • FOR JESUS, IT WAS THE RELIGIOUS LEADERS AND ONE
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  • OF HIS OWN FRIENDS WHO ACTUALLY BETRAYED HIM,
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  • AND FOR YOU IT MIGHT BE SOMETHING ELSE.
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  • YOU FEEL LIKE YOU'RE IN AN UNEXPECTED, OVERPOWERING
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  • STORM AND YOUR LITTLE SHIP IS STARTING TO CAPSIZE
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  • AND YOU'RE EVEN BEGINNING TO LOSE HOPE.
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  • IT'S BEEN SAID, "MAN CAN LIVE 40 DAYS WITHOUT FOOD,
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  • THREE DAYS WITHOUT WATER, BUT NOT EVEN MINUTES
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  • WITHOUT HOPE." WE ALL NEED HOPE IN OUR LIFE
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  • AND THAT DAY HAPPENED TO ME.
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  • IT'S BEEN 11 YEARS NOW ON JULY 24, 2008, WHEN
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  • WE HEARD THE NEWS NO PARENT WANTS TO HEAR THAT OUR SON
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  • CHRISTOPHER HAD LEFT THIS WORLD AND HAD GONE ON TO
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  • THE NEXT ONE THAT HE WAS NOW IN HEAVEN.
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  • HE WAS KILLED IN AN AUTOMOBILE ACCIDENT.
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  • TO SAY AN EVENT LIKE THAT IS DEVASTATING -
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  • IT'S AN UNDERSTATEMENT. IT'S LIFE-ALTERING.
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  • I FELT LIKE ALL THE AIR WAS SUCKED OUT OF THE ROOM.
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  • I WAS IN AN IMMEDIATE STATE SHOCK.
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  • I COLLAPSED TO THE GROUND.
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  • I THOUGHT IF I COULD DIE FROM HEARING SOMETHING, I
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  • LITERALLY COULD PHYSICALLY DIE FROM THAT INFORMATION
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  • THAT WAS GIVEN TO ME AND SOMEHOW I SURVIVED IT AND
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  • SO AS I WAS DEALING WITH THIS NEW REALITY THAT I
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  • DID NOT WANT TO FACE, I HAD PEOPLE WHO HAD GONE
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  • THROUGH IT SAY, "YOU SHOULD KEEP A JOURNAL."
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  • WELL I'VE NEVER REALLY HAD A JOURNAL, YOU KNOW.
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  • WHEN I THINK OF JOURNAL I THINK OF SOMETHING A
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  • LITTLE KID HAS MAYBE WITH A LITTLE LOCK ON IT
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  • OR SOMETHING - A JOURNAL.
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  • SO I STARTED OPENING UP WORD DOCUMENTS AND JUST
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  • KIND OF TYPING MY THOUGHTS, THE WAY I
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  • WAS FEELING EACH DAY, AND THEN THEY BEGAN
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  • TO SORT OF TAKE SHAPE.
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  • AND I READ SOME OTHER BOOKS ON SUDDEN LOSS AND I
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  • THOUGHT, YOU KNOW, I WANT TO SHARE THIS WITH OTHER
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  • PEOPLE, SO IT TURNED INTO A LITTLE BOOK THAT BECAME
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  • KNOWN AS HOPE FOR HURTING HEARTS.
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  • OVER THERE YEARS I HAVE WRITTEN 70 BOOKS.
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  • I DIDN'T SAY ANYONE HAS READ THEM.
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  • I JUST SAID I'VE WRITTEN THEM OKAY.
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  • THIS IS PROBABLY THE MOST IMPORTANT BOOK I'VE EVER
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  • WRITTEN FOR THIS SIMPLE REASON: I'VE HEARD SO MANY
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  • STORIES FROM PEOPLE WHO TOLD ME HOW IT HELPED THEM
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  • IN AN HOUR OF CRISIS AND I WROTE IT FROM THE VALLEY.
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  • IT'S A DISPATCH FROM THE VALLEY
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  • OF THE SHADOW OF DEATH.
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  • IT'S NOT THEORETICAL. IT'S REAL.
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  • I WAS VERY HONEST IN THE BOOK.
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  • IN FACT, IF I WERE TO REWRITE THE BOOK TODAY,
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  • IT'D BE A MUCH BETTER... NOT BETTER...
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  • I'D SAY A MUCH DIFFERENT BOOK THAN IT WAS WHEN I
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  • WROTE IT AND I DON'T THINK NECESSARILY A BETTER ONE
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  • BECAUSE IT'S CLOSE TO WHEN IT HAPPENED IN REAL TIME.
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  • BASICALLY, THE BOOK TALKS ABOUT WHAT HAPPENS WHEN
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  • PAIN OR HARDSHIP COMES, AND IN MY CASE, IT WAS
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  • THE LOSS OF MY SON AND THEN THE HOPE
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  • THAT I FOUND FROM SCRIPTURE.
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  • THE HOPE THAT I FOUND FROM MY RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD.
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  • THE HOPE THAT HAS SUSTAINED ME ALL THESE
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  • YEARS AND CONTINUES TO SUSTAIN ME AS OTHER
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  • HARDSHIPS COME MY WAY, AND THIS HOPE IS HERE
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  • FOR ALL OF US RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW.
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  • YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE HOPELESS NO MATTER WHAT
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  • YOU'RE FACING AT THIS PARTICULAR MOMENT.
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  • YOU KNOW, WE HAVE A GENERATION THAT HAS BEEN
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  • DUBBED THE HOPELESS GENERATION - THAT'S
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  • GENERATION Z BORN FROM 1995 TO 2008.
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  • THE HOPELESS GENERATION IS ALSO
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  • THE MOST DEPRESSED GENERATION.
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  • IN FACT, THIS GENERATION FOR THEM ANTIDEPRESSANTS
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  • ARE THE BEST-SELLING PHARMACEUTICALS AND THEY
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  • ALSO HAVE THE HIGHEST SUICIDE RATE.
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  • WELL LISTEN, I HAVE HOPE FOR THE HOPELESS GENERATION.
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  • I HAVE HOPE FOR THE MILLENNIALS.
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  • I HAVE HOPE FOR THE BABY BOOMERS.
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  • I HAVE HOPE FOR THE GREATEST GENERATION.
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  • IT'S THE HOPE OF A RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD
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  • THROUGH JESUS CHRIST, AND I WANT TO SHARE THAT HOPE.
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  • [applause]
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  • BECAUSE I'LL TELL YOU, WHEN YOU'RE GOING THROUGH
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  • HARDSHIP, THE THING THAT HELPS YOU ARE NOT PIOUS
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  • PLATITUDES; THE THING THAT WILL HELP YOU
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  • IS THE WORD OF GOD.
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  • PSALM 38:15 THE PSALMIST SAYS,
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  • PSALM 130:5,
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  • THAT'S WHERE WE'RE GOING TO FIND THE HOPE
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  • - FROM GOD AND FROM HIS WORD.
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  • I JUST FINISHED A THREE-PART SERIES, AS YOU
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  • KNOW, CALLED GOD'S ANSWER TO FEAR, ANXIETY, AND
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  • WORRY, AND ONE OF THE POINTS I MADE WAS 85%
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  • OF THE STUFF YOU WORRY ABOUT
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  • WILL NEVER HAPPEN TO YOU, OKAY.
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  • SO WHY STRESS OUT OVER THAT STUFF?
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  • TODAY, I WANT TO TALK ABOUT THE OTHER 15%.
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  • WHEN THAT THING THAT YOU FEARED ACTUALLY
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  • DOES HAPPEN TO YOU.
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  • WHEN THE WORST-CASE SCENARIO TAKES PLACE.
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  • WHEN YOU HEAR THE WORST NEWS IMAGINABLE AND YOU
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  • WONDER IF YOU CAN SURVIVE IT.
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  • THE ANSWER IS YES. YES, YOU CAN.
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  • FOR ME, AT FIRST, IT WASN'T GETTING THROUGH THE DAY.
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  • IT WAS GETTING THROUGH THE NEXT FIVE MINUTES.
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  • I FELT LIKE I HAD THE WEIGHT OF THE WORLD ON ME.
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  • I FELT ALMOST A PHYSICAL WEIGHT ON MY CHEST, AND
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  • I'LL TELL YOU WHAT HELPED ME WAS READING SCRIPTURE.
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  • SEE, LIVING IN GRIEF AND GRIEVING IS A LITTLE BIT
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  • LIKE WIPING OUT ON A WAVE.
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  • YOU'RE IN LIKE JUST LIKE THIS WASHING MACHINE OF
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  • WHITE WATER AND YOU CAN ACTUALLY LOSE DIRECTION.
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  • MORE THAN ONE PERSON HAS GONE DOWN
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  • WHEN THEY SHOULD GO UP.
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  • SO IF YOU HAVE A BOOGIE BOARD OR SOME KIND
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  • OF A FLOTATION DEVICE WITH YOU,
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  • IT'S PROBABLY ATTACHED TO YOUR LEG.
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  • SO HERE'S WHAT YOU DO: IF YOU'RE CAUGHT IN WHITE
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  • WATERS -THIS IS A TIP FOR SUMMER, YOU MIGHT THANK ME
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  • LATER - IF YOU'RE CAUGHT IN WHITE WATER
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  • AND YOU HAVE A BOOGIE BOARD OR SOMETHING,
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  • GRAB YOUR LEASH AND PULL ON IT.
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  • GO IN THE DIRECTION OF THE LEASH.
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  • IT WILL ALWAYS TAKE YOU TO THE SURFACE. OKAY.
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  • SO HERE'S HOW IT WORKS FOR US WHEN WE'RE DEALING WITH
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  • GRIEF, WE DON'T KNOW WHICH WAY IS UP, WE'RE LOSING
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  • PERSPECTIVE, THE BIBLE IS THE LEASH YOU NEED.
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  • YOU GRAB THE WORD OF GOD AND YOU PULL ON IT
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  • [applause]
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  • AND IT TAKES YOU TO JESUS.
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  • YOU GET YOUR HEAD ABOVE WATER.
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  • YOU TAKE A BIG GULP OF AIR AND YOU GO, "UH-OH.
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  • EIGHT MORE WAVES COMING," AND NOW YOU'VE GOT TO
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  • UNDER THEM AND UNDER THEM; BUT THE POINT IS THE WORD
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  • OF GOD IS WHAT HELPS US IN THOSE TIMES OF NEED.
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  • WELL, HERE BEFORE US IN JOHN 11 IS A STORY
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  • OF A LOVED ONE DYING.
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  • IT'S A STORY OF SEVERE GRIEF THAT ACCOMPANIES THE
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  • DEATH OF SOMEONE YOU LOVE.
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  • IT'S ALSO A STORY OF HOW JESUS REACTS IN SUCH
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  • SITUATIONS AND IT TELLS US HOW GOD CAN ACTUALLY BE
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  • GLORIFIED THROUGH DIFFICULT CIRCUMSTANCES,
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  • BUT IT'S ALSO A HOPEFUL MESSAGE.
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  • SO WE WILL REMEMBER THAT NO MATTER WHAT WE'RE GOING
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  • THROUGH, GOD IS GOING TO BE WITH YOU.
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  • HE'LL GIVE YOU THE STRENGTH YOU NEED IN YOUR
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  • HOUR OF NEED - NOT NECESSARILY BEFORE, NEVER
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  • AFTER - BUT HE'LL GIVE YOU WHAT NEED WHEN YOU NEED IT.
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  • THIS IS THE STORY OF MARY, MARTHA AND LAZARUS.
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  • NOW, THESE PEOPLE WERE PERSONAL
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  • FRIENDS OF JESUS CHRIST.
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  • IF THEY HAD CELL PHONES IN THOSE DAYS,
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  • THEY WOULD'VE HAD HIS NUMBER.
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  • THEY WOULD'VE HAD A TEXT THREAD CONSTANTLY GOING.
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  • JESUS LIKED TO HANG OUT AT THEIR HOUSE.
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  • THEY LIVED IN BETHANY, AND HE WOULD GO TO THEIR HOME
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  • IN BETHANY WHEN HE WOULD BE GOING INTO JERUSALEM.
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  • WHENEVER HE WENT INTO JERUSALEM, THERE WAS CONFLICT.
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  • THERE WAS DRAMA.
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  • THERE WERE THINGS GOING ON, SO HE WOULD GO HANG
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  • OUT WITH HIS FRIENDS FIRST.
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  • BY THE WAY, MARTHA WAS A KILLER COOK AND I'M SURE
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  • HE LOVED HER FOOD AS DID HIS 12 BUDDIES
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  • HE TOOK WITH HIM EVERYWHERE HE WENT.
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  • SO HE'D JUST SHOW UP AND MARTHA WOULD WHIP THEM UP
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  • A FEAST AND JESUS LIKED TO SPEND TIME IN THEIR HOME,
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  • AND IT CAN BE ACCURATELY SAID THAT MARY, HER SISTER
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  • MARTHA, AND THEIR BROTHER LAZARUS WERE
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  • PERSONAL FRIENDS OF JESUS CHRIST.
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  • I THINK THAT'S AN IMPORTANT THING TO NOTE.
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  • SO AS OUR STORY PICKS UP, HARDSHIP HAS COME THEIR WAY.
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  • SICKNESS HAS INVADED THEIR HOME. JOHN 11.
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  • STOP THERE.
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  • SO WHAT DID WE LEARN FROM THIS?
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  • HERE'S POINT NUMBER ONE:
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  • IS THAT NOT THE MOST DEPRESSING POINT EVER?
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  • SERIOUSLY.
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  • BUT IT'S TRUE, UNFORTUNATELY.
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  • LIFE IS FILLED WITH PAIN AND SORROW
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  • AND THE DEATH OF LOVED ONES.
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  • NOW, YOU DON'T KNOW THIS SO MUCH WHEN YOU'RE YOUNG,
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  • BUT AS YOU GET OLDER YOU START SEEING LOVED ONES PASS.
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  • IT USUALLY STARTS WITH YOUR GRANDPARENTS,
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  • THEN YOUR PARENTS; ALL VERY SIGNIFICANT STAGES OF LIFE.
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  • BUT THEN IT MIGHT BE AN UNEXPECTED LOVED ONE
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  • DYING LIKE A SPOUSE OR A CHILD,
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  • AND THAT AFFECTS YOU IN A DRAMATIC WAY.
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  • SO THESE THINGS DO HAPPEN.
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  • YOU DON'T KNOW WHEN IT'S GOING TO HAPPEN,
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  • BUT IT REMINDS YOU OF YOUR OWN MORTALITY.
  • 00:10:58.120 --> 00:11:00.280
  • THIS IS JUST A REALITY OF LIFE.
  • 00:11:01.010 --> 00:11:03.080
  • POINT NUMBER TWO:
  • 00:11:03.110 --> 00:11:05.060
  • YOU KNOW, SHORTLY AFTER MY SON WENT TO BE WITH THE
  • 00:11:15.270 --> 00:11:18.020
  • LORD, PASTOR CHUCK CAME TO VISIT ME, CHUCK SMITH.
  • 00:11:18.050 --> 00:11:21.200
  • WE SAT ON THE STEPS OF MY HOME IN FRONT, AND CHUCK
  • 00:11:21.230 --> 00:11:25.040
  • LOOKED AT ME AND SAID, "GREG, NEVER TRADE WHAT
  • 00:11:25.070 --> 00:11:27.030
  • YOU KNOW FOR WHAT YOU DON'T KNOW." NEVER TRADE
  • 00:11:27.060 --> 00:11:33.060
  • WHAT YOU KNOW FOR WHAT YOU DON'T KNOW BECAUSE WHEN
  • 00:11:33.090 --> 00:11:35.090
  • CRISIS HITS YOUR MIND IS FILLED WITH WHYS?
  • 00:11:35.120 --> 00:11:37.290
  • WHY IS THIS HAPPENING TO ME?
  • 00:11:38.020 --> 00:11:39.180
  • WHY? WHY? WHY? IT'S NOT FAIR.
  • 00:11:39.210 --> 00:11:41.090
  • OTHER PEOPLE DON'T SUFFER LIKE THIS. WHY?
  • 00:11:41.120 --> 00:11:43.260
  • THAT'S WHAT I DON'T KNOW.
  • 00:11:43.290 --> 00:11:45.230
  • DON'T TRADE WHAT I KNOW FOR WHAT I DON'T KNOW.
  • 00:11:45.260 --> 00:11:48.270
  • OKAY, WHAT DO I KNOW?
  • 00:11:49.000 --> 00:11:50.140
  • I KNOW THAT GOD LOVES ME, RIGHT.
  • 00:11:50.170 --> 00:11:53.140
  • DO YOU KNOW THAT?
  • 00:11:53.170 --> 00:11:54.230
  • I KNOW THAT GOD IS IN CONTROL OF MY LIFE.
  • 00:11:54.260 --> 00:11:59.110
  • I KNOW THAT WHEN A BELIEVER DIES THEY GO TO HEAVEN.
  • 00:11:59.140 --> 00:12:02.000
  • THEREFORE, I KNOW THAT THE MOMENT MY SON LEFT THIS
  • 00:12:02.030 --> 00:12:04.090
  • WORLD, HE ENTERED THE NEXT ONE AND HE'S THERE
  • 00:12:04.120 --> 00:12:07.060
  • IN THE PRESENCE OF GOD.
  • 00:12:07.090 --> 00:12:08.230
  • I KNOW THAT I WILL SEE HIM AGAIN.
  • 00:12:08.260 --> 00:12:11.140
  • AS DAVID SAID WHEN HIS CHILD DIED, "HE CANNOT
  • 00:12:11.170 --> 00:12:15.090
  • COME TO ME, BUT I WILL GO TO HIM," SO YOU CAN SPEND
  • 00:12:15.120 --> 00:12:18.070
  • ALL OF YOUR TIME ASKING THE WHY QUESTION, THE
  • 00:12:18.100 --> 00:12:20.130
  • WHAT-YOU-DON'T-KNOW STUFF, BUT GO TO WHAT YOU DO KNOW
  • 00:12:20.160 --> 00:12:23.150
  • AND REPLACE THE WHAT-YOU-DON'T-KNOW
  • 00:12:23.180 --> 00:12:25.210
  • THOUGHTS WITH THOUGHTS ABOUT WHAT YOU DO KNOW.
  • 00:12:25.240 --> 00:12:29.130
  • GOD LOVES YOU. LOOK AT VERSE 4.
  • 00:12:29.160 --> 00:12:32.050
  • LOOK AT THIS.
  • 00:12:42.250 --> 00:12:43.290
  • "NOW JESUS LOVED MARTHA AND HER SISTER AND
  • 00:12:44.020 --> 00:12:46.250
  • LAZARUS, THEREFORE, WHEN HE HEARD THAT HE WAS SICK,
  • 00:12:46.280 --> 00:12:52.050
  • HE STAYED TWO MORE DAYS IN THE PLACE WHERE HE WAS."
  • 00:12:52.080 --> 00:12:56.130
  • HUH? WHAT?
  • 00:12:56.160 --> 00:12:59.260
  • WHEN HE HEARD HE WAS SICK, BECAUSE HE LOVED HIM,
  • 00:12:59.290 --> 00:13:04.120
  • HE STAYED TWO MORE DAYS IN THE PLACE WHERE HE WAS.
  • 00:13:04.150 --> 00:13:08.220
  • NOW THAT DOESN'T MAKE ANY SENSE AT ALL TO US,
  • 00:13:08.250 --> 00:13:11.260
  • AND IN THE SAME WAY WHEN HARDSHIP HITS,
  • 00:13:11.290 --> 00:13:13.220
  • WE'RE SAYING "LORD, WHERE WERE YOU?
  • 00:13:13.250 --> 00:13:15.060
  • WHY AREN'T YOU DOING SOMETHING?
  • 00:13:15.090 --> 00:13:17.040
  • WHY AREN'T YOU ENGAGED HERE?
  • 00:13:17.070 --> 00:13:19.030
  • DON'T YOU EVEN CARE?"
  • 00:13:19.060 --> 00:13:20.200
  • WELL, I DON'T KNOW THAT I COULD ANSWER WHY JESUS
  • 00:13:20.230 --> 00:13:22.280
  • DELAYED HIS ARRIVAL, BUT HERE'S ONE LITTLE THOUGHT.
  • 00:13:23.010 --> 00:13:26.000
  • JESUS KNEW ULTIMATELY THAT LAZARUS WAS GOING TO DIE,
  • 00:13:26.030 --> 00:13:29.020
  • AND SO BY THE TIME HE ARRIVES IN BETHANY LAZARUS
  • 00:13:29.050 --> 00:13:31.210
  • HAS BEEN DEAD A NUMBER OF DAYS, BUT WHERE DID
  • 00:13:31.240 --> 00:13:34.170
  • LAZARUS GO WHEN HE DIED?
  • 00:13:34.200 --> 00:13:36.130
  • DOES ANYONE KNOW THE ANSWER?
  • 00:13:36.160 --> 00:13:38.040
  • HE WENT TO HEAVEN.
  • 00:13:38.070 --> 00:13:39.130
  • THE OLD TESTAMENT VERSION OF HEAVEN, IF YOU WILL,
  • 00:13:39.160 --> 00:13:42.060
  • KNOWN AS ABRAHAM'S BOSOM, A PLACE OF COMFORT AND BLISS.
  • 00:13:42.090 --> 00:13:46.110
  • SO HEY, LAZARUS WAS GOOD.
  • 00:13:46.140 --> 00:13:48.040
  • MAYBE JESUS THOUGHT, "I'M GOING TO LET
  • 00:13:48.070 --> 00:13:50.060
  • THE GUY ENJOY IT FOR A LITTLE WHILE.
  • 00:13:50.090 --> 00:13:52.010
  • HE'LL BE BACK HERE SOON ENOUGH, AND HE WON'T BE
  • 00:13:52.040 --> 00:13:54.220
  • HAPPY WHEN I BRING HIM BACK EITHER." AND THEN
  • 00:13:54.250 --> 00:13:56.270
  • THERE WAS A PLOT AFOOT TO KILL LAZARUS BECAUSE THE
  • 00:13:57.000 --> 00:14:00.020
  • RELIGIOUS LEADERS WERE ANGRY HE GOT RESURRECTED
  • 00:14:00.050 --> 00:14:03.100
  • BY JESUS SO THEY WANTED TO KILL HIM.
  • 00:14:03.130 --> 00:14:05.130
  • MAN, THAT'S MISERABLE ISN'T IT?
  • 00:14:05.160 --> 00:14:07.100
  • SO MAYBE HE JUST WANTED HIM TO ENJOY IT
  • 00:14:07.130 --> 00:14:09.210
  • A LITTLE BIT LONGER YOU KNOW.
  • 00:14:09.240 --> 00:14:11.160
  • HAVE A LITTLE FUN LIKE WHEN THE KIDS ARE IN THE
  • 00:14:11.190 --> 00:14:13.140
  • POOL, AND IT'S TIME TO GO AND YOU SAY, "LET'S GO."
  • 00:14:13.170 --> 00:14:16.080
  • "OH, LET US STAY."
  • 00:14:16.110 --> 00:14:17.110
  • "OKAY. YOU CAN HAVE 5 MORE MINUTES ALL RIGHT."
  • 00:14:17.140 --> 00:14:19.180
  • JESUS IS THINKING, "LET HIM HAVE A LITTLE
  • 00:14:19.210 --> 00:14:20.240
  • ENJOYMENT UP THERE.
  • 00:14:20.270 --> 00:14:22.180
  • LIFE IS GOING TO GET HARD ENOUGH FOR HIM SOON."
  • 00:14:22.210 --> 00:14:24.050
  • BUT NOW, HERE IS JESUS WAITING BECAUSE HE
  • 00:14:24.080 --> 00:14:28.150
  • HAS A PURPOSE IN MIND.
  • 00:14:28.180 --> 00:14:30.190
  • YOU KNOW, ONE OF MY FAVORITE HOPE VERSES IS
  • 00:14:30.220 --> 00:14:33.200
  • JEREMIAH 29:11 WHERE GOD SAYS,
  • 00:14:33.230 --> 00:14:37.040
  • THAT PHRASE "A FUTURE" CAN BE TRANSLATED
  • 00:14:46.090 --> 00:14:49.230
  • "AN EXPECTED END."
  • 00:14:49.260 --> 00:14:52.040
  • OR AS ANOTHER TRANSLATION PUTS IT,
  • 00:14:52.070 --> 00:14:53.270
  • "A GROUND OF HOPE OR THINGS HOPED FOR."
  • 00:14:54.000 --> 00:14:57.050
  • BASICALLY, GOD IS SAYING THERE IS GOING TO BE AN
  • 00:14:57.080 --> 00:14:59.020
  • OUTCOME AND ULTIMATELY IT WILL BE GOOD.
  • 00:14:59.050 --> 00:15:02.050
  • SOME OF YOU ARE SAYING, "HOLD ON NOW, GREG.
  • 00:15:02.080 --> 00:15:04.240
  • WHAT POSSIBLE FUTURE CAN I HAVE WITH
  • 00:15:04.270 --> 00:15:07.030
  • MY LOVED ONE WHO HAS DIED?"
  • 00:15:07.060 --> 00:15:09.280
  • HERE'S THE ANSWER: IF THEY DIED WITH FAITH IN JESUS
  • 00:15:10.010 --> 00:15:13.110
  • CHRIST, THEY'RE NOT JUST A PART OF YOUR PAST, THEY'RE
  • 00:15:13.140 --> 00:15:15.180
  • ALSO A PART OF YOUR FUTURE BECAUSE TO BE ABSENT
  • 00:15:15.210 --> 00:15:20.250
  • FROM THE BODY IS TO BE PRESENT WITH THE LORD.
  • 00:15:20.280 --> 00:15:23.160
  • WE WILL BE REUNITED WITH LOVED ONES AGAIN, AND GOD
  • 00:15:23.190 --> 00:15:27.230
  • WILL TIE UP THE LOOSE ENDS AND SOMEHOW HE'S GOING
  • 00:15:27.260 --> 00:15:33.170
  • TO MAKE THIS UP TO YOU ON THE OTHER SIDE.
  • 00:15:33.200 --> 00:15:36.180
  • MEANWHILE, LAZARUS IS SICK.
  • 00:15:36.210 --> 00:15:38.220
  • JESUS IS DELAYING HIS ARRIVAL, AND MARY AND
  • 00:15:38.250 --> 00:15:41.260
  • MARTHA WERE PROBABLY LOOKING UP THAT ROAD
  • 00:15:41.290 --> 00:15:43.290
  • SAYING TO THEIR FRIENDS, "HEY, JESUS SHOULD
  • 00:15:44.020 --> 00:15:45.180
  • BE HERE ANY SECOND.
  • 00:15:45.210 --> 00:15:46.230
  • HE'LL COME RIGHT DOWN THAT ROAD.
  • 00:15:46.260 --> 00:15:48.050
  • HE ALWAYS HAS THOSE 12 GUYS WITH HIM.
  • 00:15:48.080 --> 00:15:50.040
  • THEY KICK UP A LOT OF DUST.
  • 00:15:50.070 --> 00:15:51.210
  • YOU'LL SEE." THEY'RE WAITING.
  • 00:15:51.240 --> 00:15:53.150
  • THEY'RE WAITING. NO JESUS.
  • 00:15:53.180 --> 00:15:55.090
  • AND FINALLY, JESUS COMES STROLLING INTO
  • 00:15:55.120 --> 00:15:58.080
  • TOWN AND HE'S DAYS LATE.
  • 00:15:58.110 --> 00:16:01.270
  • NOT ONLY HAS HE MISSED HEALING LAZARUS, LAZARUS
  • 00:16:02.000 --> 00:16:06.050
  • HAS DIED AND HE MISSED THE FUNERAL.
  • 00:16:06.080 --> 00:16:09.040
  • SO AS HE ARRIVES IN BETHANY, MARTHA GOES
  • 00:16:09.070 --> 00:16:12.130
  • UP TO HIM AND SAYS THE FOLLOWING.
  • 00:16:12.160 --> 00:16:14.140
  • JOHN 11 VERSE 20,
  • 00:16:14.170 --> 00:16:17.130
  • JESUS SAID, 'READ MY LIPS.'" NO HE DIDN'T SAY THAT.
  • 00:16:38.290 --> 00:16:42.060
  • BUT HE SAID, "I AM THE RESURRECTION AND THE LIFE.
  • 00:16:42.090 --> 00:16:45.100
  • HE THAT BELIEVES ME IN THOUGH HE WERE DEAD,
  • 00:16:45.130 --> 00:16:47.240
  • YET SHALL HE LIVE.
  • 00:16:47.270 --> 00:16:49.220
  • WHOSOEVER LIVES AND BELIEVES IN ME SHALL NEVER
  • 00:16:49.250 --> 00:16:52.090
  • DIE." SO HERE COMES JESUS GREETED BY MARTHA WITH
  • 00:16:52.120 --> 00:16:56.280
  • THIS STATEMENT, "LORD, IF YOU WOULD'VE BEEN HERE,
  • 00:16:57.010 --> 00:16:59.250
  • MY BROTHER WOULD NOT HAVE DIED."
  • 00:16:59.280 --> 00:17:01.220
  • ALLOW ME TO LOOSELY PARAPHRASE THAT.
  • 00:17:01.250 --> 00:17:03.170
  • "JESUS, YOU KIND OF BLEW IT.
  • 00:17:03.200 --> 00:17:07.260
  • YOU REALLY LET US DOWN HERE.
  • 00:17:07.290 --> 00:17:10.000
  • WE WERE BRAGGING ON YOU TO OUR FRIENDS TELLING THEM
  • 00:17:10.030 --> 00:17:12.110
  • ALL HOW AWESOME YOU ARE, AND YOU DON'T EVEN SHOW UP.
  • 00:17:12.140 --> 00:17:15.200
  • YOU EVEN MISSED THE FUNERAL.
  • 00:17:15.230 --> 00:17:17.000
  • YOU COULD'VE DONE SOMETHING, BUT THEN
  • 00:17:17.030 --> 00:17:19.070
  • THERE'S A SPARK OF FAITH IN THERE TOO WHEN MARTHA
  • 00:17:19.100 --> 00:17:21.020
  • DOES SAY, "YET I KNOW THAT WHATEVER YOU ASK OF GOD,
  • 00:17:21.050 --> 00:17:26.170
  • HE'LL GIVE IT TO YOU."
  • 00:17:26.200 --> 00:17:28.130
  • OKAY, SO SHE'S VERY UPSET WITH JESUS.
  • 00:17:28.160 --> 00:17:31.120
  • HAVE YOU EVER BEEN UPSET WITH GOD?
  • 00:17:31.150 --> 00:17:33.050
  • HAVE YOU EVER NOT AGREED WITH WHAT GOD
  • 00:17:33.080 --> 00:17:36.060
  • DID IN YOUR LIFE?
  • 00:17:36.090 --> 00:17:37.080
  • HAVE YOU EVER BEEN DISAPPOINTED WITH GOD?
  • 00:17:37.110 --> 00:17:40.150
  • MAYBE SAYING SOMETHING LIKE, "WHERE WERE YOU,
  • 00:17:40.180 --> 00:17:42.200
  • LORD, WHEN MY PARENTS DIVORCED?
  • 00:17:42.230 --> 00:17:44.280
  • WHERE WERE YOU WHEN MY MARRIAGE DISSOLVED?
  • 00:17:45.010 --> 00:17:48.010
  • WHERE WERE YOU WHEN MY CHILD WENT PRODIGAL?
  • 00:17:48.040 --> 00:17:50.250
  • WHERE WERE YOU WHEN MY LOVED ONE DIED?
  • 00:17:50.280 --> 00:17:53.260
  • WHERE WERE YOU WHEN YOU LET ME BUY
  • 00:17:53.290 --> 00:17:55.220
  • A CAT IN A PET SHOP? WHY?
  • 00:17:55.250 --> 00:17:57.200
  • [laughter]
  • 00:17:57.230 --> 00:17:59.220
  • I HAVE TO THROW CRAZY STUFF IN
  • 00:17:59.250 --> 00:18:01.010
  • EVERY NOW AND THEN.
  • 00:18:01.040 --> 00:18:02.050
  • I KNOW THIS IS AN INTENSE MESSAGE, FOLKS, SO I'LL
  • 00:18:02.080 --> 00:18:04.070
  • THROW IN WACKY HUMOR HERE AND THERE.
  • 00:18:04.100 --> 00:18:06.170
  • BUT WHERE WERE YOU, LORD?
  • 00:18:06.200 --> 00:18:09.070
  • WE FEEL THAT WAY AND WE CRY OUT TO HIM AND
  • 00:18:09.100 --> 00:18:11.270
  • I WANT TO SAY THIS, MARY AND MARTHA
  • 00:18:12.000 --> 00:18:14.200
  • WERE DOING THE RIGHT THING.
  • 00:18:14.230 --> 00:18:15.270
  • WE ALL HAVE OUR ANXIETIES AND WE ALL HAVE OUR CONCERNS.
  • 00:18:16.000 --> 00:18:19.170
  • DON'T SEPARATE YOURSELF FROM GOD AND ISOLATE
  • 00:18:19.200 --> 00:18:22.240
  • YOURSELF FROM OTHER CHRISTIANS, BE WITH THEM
  • 00:18:22.270 --> 00:18:25.150
  • AND GO TO GOD IN PRAYER WITH YOUR CONCERNS.
  • 00:18:25.180 --> 00:18:29.020
  • LISTEN, WITH YOUR COMPLAINTS.
  • 00:18:29.050 --> 00:18:31.020
  • WITH YOUR FRUSTRATIONS AND SAY, "LORD, I DON'T GET IT
  • 00:18:31.050 --> 00:18:33.240
  • AND I DON'T LIKE IT, BUT I BELIEVE IN YOU AND I
  • 00:18:33.270 --> 00:18:38.220
  • BELIEVE YOU'RE IN CONTROL AND I LOVE YOU
  • 00:18:38.250 --> 00:18:41.280
  • BUT I STILL DON'T LIKE IT."
  • 00:18:42.010 --> 00:18:43.240
  • [applause]
  • 00:18:43.270 --> 00:18:46.220
  • IT'S OKAY. IT'S JUST HONESTY.
  • 00:18:46.250 --> 00:18:49.060
  • NOW JESUS IS GOING TO PUT THINGS IN PERSPECTIVE.
  • 00:18:49.090 --> 00:18:52.110
  • "MARTHA, LISTEN TO ME NOW.
  • 00:18:52.140 --> 00:18:54.100
  • I AM THE RESURRECTION AND THE LIFE AND HE THAT
  • 00:18:54.130 --> 00:18:58.090
  • BELIEVES IN ME, THOUGH HE WERE DEAD, YET HE SHALL LIVE.
  • 00:18:58.120 --> 00:19:01.290
  • AND WHOSOEVER LIVES AND BELIEVES IN
  • 00:19:02.020 --> 00:19:03.090
  • ME SHALL NEVER DIE.
  • 00:19:03.120 --> 00:19:05.030
  • MARTHA, LISTEN, DEATH IS NOT THE END."
  • 00:19:05.060 --> 00:19:08.050
  • EVERYTHING DOESN'T END WHEN I LEAVE THIS EARTH.
  • 00:19:08.080 --> 00:19:11.210
  • YES, MY PHYSICAL LIFE ENDS, BUT I AM A SOUL
  • 00:19:11.240 --> 00:19:14.170
  • IN A BODY AND I LIVE ON IN ETERNITY AND ONE DAY
  • 00:19:14.200 --> 00:19:18.160
  • HEAVEN, ACCORDING TO SCRIPTURE, IS GOING TO
  • 00:19:18.190 --> 00:19:20.130
  • COME DOWN TO THE EARTH.
  • 00:19:20.160 --> 00:19:21.210
  • HEAVEN AND EARTH WILL BECOME ONE.
  • 00:19:21.240 --> 00:19:23.070
  • GOD HAS A FUTURE AND A HOPE FOR EVERY ONE OF HIS
  • 00:19:23.100 --> 00:19:27.170
  • FOLLOWERS THAT'S WHY WE HAVE HOPE IN A SEEMINGLY
  • 00:19:27.200 --> 00:19:31.180
  • HOPELESS WORLD.
  • 00:19:31.210 --> 00:19:33.200
  • OKAY, LET'S GO BACK TO JOHN 11 VERSE 32,
  • 00:19:33.230 --> 00:19:36.170
  • NOW HERE'S THE SHORTEST VERSE IN THE BIBLE.
  • 00:19:58.250 --> 00:20:00.290
  • "JESUS WEPT." TWO WORDS.
  • 00:20:01.020 --> 00:20:03.040
  • JESUS WEPT.
  • 00:20:03.070 --> 00:20:04.180
  • "THEN THE JEWS SAID, 'SEE HOW HE LOVED HIM!'"
  • 00:20:04.210 --> 00:20:07.210
  • FOR ANYONE WHO WOULD SAY IT'S NOT MASCULINE FOR A
  • 00:20:07.240 --> 00:20:10.030
  • MAN TO CRY, I HAVE A TWO-WORD ANSWER:
  • 00:20:10.060 --> 00:20:13.010
  • JESUS WEPT.
  • 00:20:13.040 --> 00:20:15.060
  • [applause]
  • 00:20:15.090 --> 00:20:20.080
  • JESUS OF NAZARETH WAS THE MOST MASCULINE MAN
  • 00:20:20.110 --> 00:20:24.050
  • THAT EVER WALKED THIS PLANET.
  • 00:20:24.080 --> 00:20:25.210
  • HE WAS THE MAN, BUT HE WEPT BECAUSE
  • 00:20:25.240 --> 00:20:29.030
  • IT WAS HEARTBREAKING. WHAT WAS HEARTBREAKING?
  • 00:20:29.060 --> 00:20:31.080
  • WHAT WAS HEARTBREAKING WAS WHAT SIN HAD DONE.
  • 00:20:31.110 --> 00:20:35.030
  • WHO WAS HE MAD AT?
  • 00:20:35.060 --> 00:20:36.030
  • WAS HE MAD AT MARY AND MARTHA?
  • 00:20:36.060 --> 00:20:37.140
  • I DON'T THINK SO.
  • 00:20:37.170 --> 00:20:38.160
  • WAS HE MAD AT THE PEOPLE MOURNING?
  • 00:20:38.190 --> 00:20:40.170
  • I DON'T REALLY THINK SO.
  • 00:20:40.200 --> 00:20:42.030
  • I THINK HE WAS MAD AT THE GRIM REAPER, IF YOU WILL.
  • 00:20:42.060 --> 00:20:45.000
  • HE WAS MAD AT DEATH ITSELF BECAUSE THIS WAS NEVER
  • 00:20:45.030 --> 00:20:47.210
  • PART OF GOD'S DIVINE PLAN FOR US TO DIE.
  • 00:20:47.240 --> 00:20:50.250
  • IF ADAM AND EVE HAD NOT EATEN OF THE FORBIDDEN
  • 00:20:50.280 --> 00:20:52.290
  • FRUIT, WE WOULD LIVE FOREVER.
  • 00:20:53.020 --> 00:20:54.210
  • IF ADAM AND EVE HAD NOT EATEN THE FORBIDDEN FRUIT,
  • 00:20:54.240 --> 00:20:56.260
  • WE WOULD NEVER AGE.
  • 00:20:56.290 --> 00:20:59.110
  • IF ADAM AND EVE HAD NOT EATEN OF THE FORBIDDEN
  • 00:20:59.140 --> 00:21:01.090
  • FRUIT, I WOULD HAVE HAIR RIGHT NOW AND LOTS OF IT.
  • 00:21:01.120 --> 00:21:03.260
  • BEAUTIFUL HAIR.
  • 00:21:03.290 --> 00:21:06.120
  • I WAS SIGNING COPIES OF MY BOOK AFTER THE SERVICE
  • 00:21:06.150 --> 00:21:10.000
  • AND SOME LADY CAME UP TO ME AND SAID,
  • 00:21:10.030 --> 00:21:12.140
  • "I HAVE TO ASK YOU, HOW OLD ARE YOU?"
  • 00:21:12.170 --> 00:21:15.030
  • I SAID, "HOW OLD DO YOU THINK I AM?"
  • 00:21:15.060 --> 00:21:18.070
  • SHE SAID, "WELL, I DON'T REALLY WANT TO SAY."
  • 00:21:18.100 --> 00:21:20.250
  • "WELL GO AHEAD. TAKE A SHOT."
  • 00:21:20.280 --> 00:21:22.090
  • SHE SAYS, "72?"
  • 00:21:22.120 --> 00:21:23.230
  • [laughter]
  • 00:21:23.260 --> 00:21:25.040
  • I'M LIKE WHAT?!
  • 00:21:25.070 --> 00:21:25.210
  • [laughter]
  • 00:21:25.240 --> 00:21:27.060
  • "SERIOUSLY?!"
  • 00:21:27.090 --> 00:21:29.030
  • SHE SAID, "I TOLD YOU I DIDN'T WANT TO SAY."
  • 00:21:29.060 --> 00:21:30.220
  • [laughter]
  • 00:21:30.250 --> 00:21:32.110
  • WOW. IT'S LIKE THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
  • 00:21:32.140 --> 00:21:34.250
  • [groans]
  • 00:21:34.280 --> 00:21:37.220
  • THAT'S ALL BECAUSE OF SIN.
  • 00:21:37.250 --> 00:21:41.080
  • NOT HER.
  • 00:21:41.110 --> 00:21:41.270
  • [laughter]
  • 00:21:42.000 --> 00:21:42.290
  • NOT HER.
  • 00:21:43.020 --> 00:21:44.000
  • BUT ALL THE EFFECTS OF SIN
  • 00:21:44.030 --> 00:21:46.130
  • - AGEING, SICKNESS, AND OF COURSE, DEATH.
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  • BUT HERE'S MY OTHER POINT.
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  • HERE'S THE THING ABOUT HOPE.
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  • YOU THINK, "WHERE/HOW DO YOU GET HOPE?"
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  • HOPE GROWS IN THE GARDEN OF ADVERSITY.
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  • HOPE ACTUALLY GETS STRONGER WHEN THINGS GET HARDER.
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  • YOU SAY, "THAT DOESN'T MAKE ANY SENSE TO ME."
  • 00:22:09.060 --> 00:22:11.060
  • WELL LISTEN, THE BIBLE SAYS THIS IN ROMANS 5:3.
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  • "WE GLORY IN TRIBULATIONS," WHICH MEANS WE'RE HAPPY
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  • WHEN THINGS ARE HARD. THAT'S NOT EASY.
  • 00:22:18.050 --> 00:22:20.170
  • KNOWING THAT TRIBULATION PRODUCES PERSEVERANCE OR
  • 00:22:20.200 --> 00:22:24.270
  • ENDURANCE, AND ENDURANCE PRODUCES CHARACTER, AND
  • 00:22:25.000 --> 00:22:28.170
  • CHARACTER PRODUCES HOPE.
  • 00:22:28.200 --> 00:22:30.260
  • YOU SEE, WHEN A CHRISTIAN SUFFERS AND STILL
  • 00:22:30.290 --> 00:22:32.240
  • GLORIFIES GOD, IT REASSURES THE REST OF US
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  • THAT THERE WILL NEVER BE A VALLEY SO DEEP THAT
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  • GOD WILL NOT GET US THROUGH IT.
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  • IT REMINDS US THAT OUR FAITH IS REAL AND WILL
  • 00:22:41.200 --> 00:22:44.290
  • SUSTAIN US IN OUR HOUR OF NEED.
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  • WHEN YOU'RE GOING THROUGH HARDSHIP, THAT'S WHEN
  • 00:22:47.040 --> 00:22:49.200
  • YOU'RE GOING TO FIND OUT HOW REAL YOUR
  • 00:22:49.230 --> 00:22:51.240
  • FAITH ACTUALLY IS.
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  • OKAY, I'VE BEEN SAYING THESE THINGS FOR YEARS.
  • 00:22:53.140 --> 00:22:55.000
  • I'VE BEEN TELLING THESE THINGS TO OTHER PEOPLE.
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  • NOW IT'S TIME FOR ME TO GET ON THIS LITTLE BRIDGE
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  • CALLED FAITH AND PUT MY FULL WEIGHT ON IT AND THEN
  • 00:23:00.070 --> 00:23:02.240
  • MOVE THE OTHER FOOT AND THEN THE OTHER ONE AND I'M
  • 00:23:02.270 --> 00:23:05.010
  • JUST HOPING THIS BRIDGE HOLDS ME UP AND I HAD TO
  • 00:23:05.040 --> 00:23:07.220
  • DO THAT AND THAT BRIDGE DID HOLD ME UP BECAUSE
  • 00:23:07.250 --> 00:23:10.180
  • EVERYTHING GOD SAYS IN HIS WORD IS TRUE.
  • 00:23:10.210 --> 00:23:13.080
  • AND MY FAITH GREW STRONGER AND MY HOPE BURNED
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  • BRIGHTER AND IT CAN HAPPEN FOR YOU AS WELL, BUT YOU
  • 00:23:16.010 --> 00:23:18.200
  • MUST TURN TO GOD, NOT TURN AWAY FROM GOD.
  • 00:23:18.230 --> 00:23:22.130
  • SEE, THAT WAS A SMART THING ABOUT MARY AND MARTHA.
  • 00:23:22.160 --> 00:23:25.100
  • THEY WENT TO THE LORD AND THAT'S WHERE YOU NEED TO
  • 00:23:25.130 --> 00:23:28.000
  • GO WITH YOUR PAIN RIGHT NOW, AND I'M ASKING YOU IN
  • 00:23:28.030 --> 00:23:31.050
  • CLOSING, ARE YOU HOPEFUL OR ARE YOU HOPELESS?
  • 00:23:31.080 --> 00:23:36.160
  • I TALKED ABOUT THE HOPELESS GENERATION.
  • 00:23:36.190 --> 00:23:38.260
  • THEY HAVE PROBABLY MORE MATERIALLY THAN ANY
  • 00:23:38.290 --> 00:23:41.080
  • GENERATION THAT'S EVER EXISTED.
  • 00:23:41.110 --> 00:23:43.160
  • THEY HAVE IPADS.
  • 00:23:43.190 --> 00:23:46.120
  • I'M TALKING ABOUT THE PETS HAVE IPADS NOW.
  • 00:23:46.150 --> 00:23:49.200
  • EVERYBODY HAS ALL THESE GREAT THINGS AND SO MANY
  • 00:23:49.230 --> 00:23:54.100
  • THEY HAVE A HIGH SUICIDE RATE.
  • 00:23:54.130 --> 00:23:57.110
  • WHAT'S GOING ON?
  • 00:23:57.140 --> 00:23:58.150
  • I THINK IT'S BECAUSE THERE'S ALL THESE BRIGHT,
  • 00:23:58.180 --> 00:24:00.280
  • SHINY, DAZZLING THINGS AND THEY QUICKLY SEE THE
  • 00:24:01.010 --> 00:24:04.150
  • EMPTINESS OF ALL OF IT AND THEY'RE WONDERING IS THERE
  • 00:24:04.180 --> 00:24:07.100
  • MORE TO LIFE THAN THIS?
  • 00:24:07.130 --> 00:24:09.180
  • WELL THERE IS, BUT IT'S NOT IN STUFF;
  • 00:24:09.210 --> 00:24:11.270
  • IT'S IN A RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD.
  • 00:24:12.000 --> 00:24:15.150
  • YOU KNOW, WHEN YOU'RE YOUNG YOU SAY, "WELL, I'M
  • 00:24:15.180 --> 00:24:17.230
  • NOT THAT HAPPY NOW BUT ONE DAY WHEN I GRADUATE FROM
  • 00:24:17.260 --> 00:24:20.210
  • HIGH SCHOOL I'LL BE HAPPY.
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  • I'LL BE FULFILLED." AND YOU GRADUATE.
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  • "WELL, I NEED TO GRADUATE FROM COLLEGE."
  • 00:24:23.290 --> 00:24:25.140
  • AND YOU DO THAT.
  • 00:24:25.170 --> 00:24:26.150
  • "WELL, I NEED TO GET MARRIED." THEN YOU GET
  • 00:24:26.180 --> 00:24:27.270
  • MARRIED, AND YOU'RE LIKE... "HUH..."
  • 00:24:28.000 --> 00:24:30.180
  • [laughter]
  • 00:24:30.210 --> 00:24:34.220
  • "MAYBE I NEED TO GET REMARRIED."
  • 00:24:34.250 --> 00:24:36.160
  • SO YOU GET DIVORCED.
  • 00:24:36.190 --> 00:24:37.280
  • AND I'M NOT MAKING LIGHT OF THAT, BY THE WAY, BUT
  • 00:24:38.010 --> 00:24:39.270
  • I'M USING IT AS AN ILLUSTRATION.
  • 00:24:40.000 --> 00:24:41.120
  • SO YOU REMARRY AGAIN.
  • 00:24:41.150 --> 00:24:42.260
  • "OH, MAYBE I MADE THE WRONG DECISION.
  • 00:24:42.290 --> 00:24:44.140
  • I'LL GET REMARRIED AGAIN." THEN YOU JUST SAY,
  • 00:24:44.170 --> 00:24:46.270
  • "WELL, KIDS. WE NEEDS KIDS.
  • 00:24:47.000 --> 00:24:48.110
  • IF WE HAD KIDS, WE'D BE HAPPY." THEN YOU HAVE KIDS.
  • 00:24:48.140 --> 00:24:51.110
  • THEN YOU SAY, "IF WE COULD GET RID OF THESE KIDS,
  • 00:24:51.140 --> 00:24:53.140
  • SOMEHOW, WE'LL BE HAPPY." HAVE YOU EVER NOTICED
  • 00:24:53.170 --> 00:24:56.050
  • IT'S ALWAYS JUST A LITTLE BEYOND YOUR REACH?
  • 00:24:56.080 --> 00:24:59.100
  • THAT'S BECAUSE IT - THAT THING YOU'RE LOOKING FOR -
  • 00:24:59.130 --> 00:25:02.060
  • ISN'T OUT THERE.
  • 00:25:02.090 --> 00:25:04.000
  • IT'S NOT A THING YOU HOLD IN YOUR HAND.
  • 00:25:04.030 --> 00:25:06.070
  • IT'S HAVING CHRIST IN YOUR HEART.
  • 00:25:06.100 --> 00:25:09.040
  • THAT'S WHAT YOU'RE WIRED FOR.
  • 00:25:09.070 --> 00:25:11.050
  • THAT'S WHAT YOU'RE LOOKING FOR.
  • 00:25:11.080 --> 00:25:12.120
  • [applause]
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  • I'LL CLOSE WITH THIS VERSE, AND THIS VERSE
  • 00:25:17.030 --> 00:25:19.110
  • IS 25 CHAPTERS SO BE PATIENT. NO, IT'S JUST ONE VERSE.
  • 00:25:19.140 --> 00:25:23.080
  • PROVERBS 10:28, "THE HOPES OF THE GODLY RESULT IN
  • 00:25:23.110 --> 00:25:28.030
  • HAPPINESS, BUT THE EXPECTATIONS OF THE WICKED
  • 00:25:28.060 --> 00:25:31.190
  • ARE ALL IN VAIN." SO IF YOU'RE A BELIEVER AND YOU
  • 00:25:31.220 --> 00:25:35.060
  • HAVE YOUR HOPE IN CHRIST, IT'LL RESULT IN HAPPINESS;
  • 00:25:35.090 --> 00:25:40.010
  • BUT IF YOU'RE EXPECTATIONS ARE IN OTHER THINGS,
  • 00:25:40.040 --> 00:25:43.000
  • IT'S ALL IN VAIN.
  • 00:25:43.030 --> 00:25:45.110
  • JESUS HAS WHAT YOU'RE LOOKING FOR.
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  • HE'LL FORGIVE YOU OF ALL OF YOUR SIN AND GIVE YOU
  • 00:25:47.280 --> 00:25:50.020
  • HOPE IF YOU'RE YOUNG, IF YOU'RE MIDDLE-AGED, IF
  • 00:25:50.050 --> 00:25:52.260
  • YOU'RE 72, OR IF YOU LOOK LIKE YOU'RE 72.
  • 00:25:52.290 --> 00:25:56.190
  • [laughter]
  • 00:25:56.220 --> 00:25:58.200
  • OR YOU'RE 85 OR YOU'RE 95.
  • 00:25:58.230 --> 00:26:03.030
  • WHATEVER YOUR AGE, THE ANSWER IS THE SAME.
  • 00:26:03.060 --> 00:26:05.190
  • WE NEED JESUS.
  • 00:26:05.220 --> 00:26:07.230
  • I WANT TO CLOSE BY OFFERING AN INVITATION
  • 00:26:07.260 --> 00:26:10.030
  • TO ANYBODY HERE THAT MAY NOT
  • 00:26:10.060 --> 00:26:12.010
  • HAVE A RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD YET.
  • 00:26:12.040 --> 00:26:13.290
  • YOU KNOW, YOU'VE COME TO CHURCH AND I'M GLAD YOU'RE
  • 00:26:14.020 --> 00:26:16.190
  • AT CHURCH, BUT GOING TO CHURCH DOESN'T
  • 00:26:16.220 --> 00:26:18.160
  • MAKE YOU A CHRISTIAN.
  • 00:26:18.190 --> 00:26:19.220
  • THERE HAS TO BE A MOMENT WHEN YOU BELIEVE IN JESUS
  • 00:26:19.250 --> 00:26:21.270
  • BECAUSE LISTEN TO THIS, LIFE WITHOUT JESUS IS A
  • 00:26:22.000 --> 00:26:26.230
  • HOPELESS END, BUT LIFE WITH JESUS IS ENDLESS HOPE.
  • 00:26:26.260 --> 00:26:31.200
  • YOU'VE HEARD OF THE ENDLESS SUMMER.
  • 00:26:31.230 --> 00:26:33.270
  • I'M TALKING ABOUT ENDLESS HOPE.
  • 00:26:34.000 --> 00:26:36.290
  • IT DOESN'T STOP.
  • 00:26:37.020 --> 00:26:39.020
  • HAVE YOU ASKED CHRIST TO COME INTO YOUR LIFE YET?
  • 00:26:39.050 --> 00:26:41.110
  • IF NOT, WHY DON'T YOU DO IT RIGHT NOW?
  • 00:26:41.140 --> 00:26:43.270
  • JUST PRAY THIS OUT LOUD RIGHT WHERE YOU ARE.
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  • AFTER ME, PRAY THESE WORDS: LORD JESUS,
  • 00:26:46.050 --> 00:26:49.020
  • I KNOW THAT I'M A SINNER, BUT I KNOW
  • 00:26:49.050 --> 00:26:52.260
  • THAT YOU'RE THE SAVIOR.
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  • I NEED YOU IN MY LIFE, LORD.
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  • GIVE ME HOPE. GIVE ME PURPOSE.
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  • I WANT TO BEGIN THIS NEW RELATIONSHIP WITH YOU.
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  • THANK YOU FOR HEARING THIS PRAYER
  • 00:27:04.070 --> 00:27:07.070
  • AND ANSWERING THIS PRAYER.
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  • IN JESUS NAME I PRAY. AMEN.
  • 00:27:09.160 --> 00:27:13.050
  • [Phil Wickham: This is the Day] THIS IS THE DAY
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  • WHEN THE LOST ARE FOUND.
  • 00:27:14.100 --> 00:27:16.220
  • O CAN YOU HEAR ALL THE ANGELS ARE SINGING
  • 00:27:16.250 --> 00:27:20.260
  • THIS IS THE DAY THE DAY WHEN LIFE BEGINS.
  • 00:27:20.290 --> 00:27:27.000
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