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  • [Phil Wickham: This is the Day] THIS IS THE DAY WHEN
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  • 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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  • YOU KNOW, THERE'S AN INTERESTING PASSAGE IN
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  • GALATIANS 4:4 THAT SAYS, "WHEN THE TIME WAS JUST
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  • RIGHT GOD SENT FORTH HIS SON, BORN OF A WOMAN, MADE
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  • UNDER THE LAW TO REDEEM THOSE THAT ARE UNDER THE
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  • LAW THAT WE MIGHT RECEIVE THE ADOPTION OF SONS
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  • WHEREBY WE CRY ABBA FATHER."
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  • THAT PHRASE "WHEN THE TIME IS JUST RIGHT" ACTUALLY
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  • SPEAKS OF SOMETHING THAT'S READY. SORT OF LIKE A RIPE
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  • PIECE OF FRUIT WAITING TO BE PICKED.
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  • IT ALSO IS A WORD USED TO DESCRIBE A LADY WHO
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  • IS PREGNANT WHO IS READY TO GIVE BIRTH,
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  • SO IT'S GOING TO HAPPEN.
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  • AND THAT'S THE IDEA OF THE ARRIVAL OF CHRIST,
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  • IT WAS AT THE APPOINTED TIME.
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  • HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED ABOUT THE TIMING OF CHRISTMAS?
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  • WHY DID JESUS COME WHEN HE CAME?
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  • WHY WAS HE BORN WHEN HE WAS BORN?
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  • FOR INSTANCE, WHY DIDN'T HE COME EARLIER?
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  • WELL, SOME INTERESTING THINGS HAD HAPPENED BEFORE
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  • THE BIRTH OF CHRIST. 350 YEARS BEFORE THE BIRTH OF
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  • JESUS THERE WAS A YOUNG MAN WHO CONQUERED MOST OF THE WORLD.
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  • HIS NAME WAS ALEXANDER THE GREAT.
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  • HE LED THE GRECIAN EMPIRE AND AFTER HE CONQUERED SO
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  • MUCH OF THE PLANET, HE ESTABLISHED A COMMON
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  • LANGUAGE WHICH WAS GREEK.
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  • SO FOR THE FIRST TIME IN HUMAN HISTORY THERE WAS A
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  • UNIFYING LANGUAGE THAT WAS LITERALLY GLOBAL.
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  • WELL, ALEXANDER AND THE GREEKS WERE DEFEATED BY
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  • THE ROMANS AND THE ROMANS BUILT THE MOST AMAZING
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  • ROAD SYSTEM EVER KNOWN TO MAN EFFECTIVELY CONNECTING
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  • ALL OF THE EMPIRES UNDER THE JURISDICTION OF ROME.
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  • ROME ALSO ESTABLISHED AN AMAZING POSTAL SYSTEM
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  • WHERE LETTERS COULD BE WRITTEN AND DISPATCHED
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  • TO DIFFERENT PARTS OF THE PLANET.
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  • THIS HAD NEVER HAPPENED BEFORE.
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  • THINGS WERE RIGHT FOR THE MESSIAH TO COME BECAUSE IN
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  • A RELATIVELY SHORT PERIOD OF TIME LESS THAN A
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  • GENERATION AFTER THE CRUCIFIXION OF JESUS HIS
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  • DISCIPLES CARRIED THE GOSPEL TO EVERY COUNTRY
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  • UNDER ROMAN DOMINION. SO THIS WAS AN AMAZING THING
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  • WHEN THE TIME WAS JUST RIGHT.
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  • BUT ALSO, CONSIDER THIS IT HAD BEEN 400 YEARS SINCE
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  • ISRAEL HAD HEARD FROM GOD.
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  • 400 YEARS SINCE A PROPHET SPOKE TO THEM.
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  • 400 YEARS SINCE AN ANGEL APPEARED.
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  • 400 YEARS SINCE THERE HAD BEEN A SINGLE MIRACLE.
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  • THEY'RE PROBABLY WONDERING WHAT'S GOING ON.
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  • HAS GOD FORGOTTEN ABOUT US?
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  • I WONDER IF YOU EVER FEEL THAT WAY.
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  • YOU MIGHT SAY, "IT'S BEEN A LONG TIME
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  • SINCE GOD HAS SPOKEN TO ME."
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  • WELL, MAYBE YOU SHOULD PUT DOWN YOUR CELL PHONE AND
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  • PICK UP THE BIBLE AND IT MIGHT START HAPPENING AGAIN.
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  • UNLESS YOU EXPECT GOD TO TEXT YOU WHICH HE COULD
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  • DO, BUT THAT'D BE AN INTERESTING THING -
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  • GET A TEXT FROM GOD.
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  • BUT GOD SPEAKS PRIMARILY THROUGH HIS WORD AND I
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  • THINK IF YOU'LL OPEN IT UP AND READ IT YOU WILL HEAR
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  • HIM SPEAKING TO YOU.
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  • BUT 400 YEARS PASSED AND THEN SUDDENLY, SEEMINGLY
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  • OUT OF NOWHERE BUT REALLY RIGHT ON SCHEDULE AN ANGEL
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  • OF THE LORD ANNOUNCES THAT THE FORERUNNER OF MESSIAH
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  • IS COMING AND THAT FORERUNNER'S MOTHER WOULD
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  • BE ELIZABETH WHO WOULD CONCEIVE A CHILD AND SHE
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  • WOULD NAME HIM JOHN, JOHN THE BAPTIST.
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  • SO THAT MEANT MESSIAH WAS COMING SOON.
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  • YOU KNOW, THE FIRST CHRISTMAS STORY STARTS WITH A TREE.
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  • NOT A CHRISTMAS TREE, BUT A FAMILY TREE.
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  • GENEALOGIES WERE A BIG DEAL TO JEWISH PEOPLE.
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  • IT WAS SORT OF LIKE THEIR RESUME.
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  • THEY KNEW WHO THE FATHER WAS, THE GRANDFATHER WAS,
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  • THE GREAT GRANDFATHER WAS AND ON AND ON IT WENT.
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  • IN FACT, I WAS TALKING TO THE DRUMMER OVER HERE AND
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  • YOU HAVE AN INTERESTING TRADITION OF PASSING ON
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  • CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS AND SOME OF THOSE ORNAMENTS
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  • GO BACK TO YOUR GREAT GRANDFATHER RIGHT,
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  • SO THAT'S KNOWING YOUR HISTORY. THAT'S VERY IMPRESSIVE.
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  • BUT SO THEY CARED A LOT ABOUT THEIR GENEALOGY
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  • AND SO THE CHRISTMAS STORY DOES NOT BEGIN WITH THESE
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  • WORDS "ONCE UPON A TIME" AND IN SOME WAYS IT SEEMS
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  • LIKE IT SHOULD BECAUSE WELL IT'S A BEAUTIFUL STORY.
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  • IN FACT, REALLY WHEN YOU STOP AND THINK ABOUT IT,
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  • IT HAS ALL THE PAGEANTRY, PATHOS, AND MAGIC,
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  • IF YOU WILL, OF THE GREATEST FAIRYTALES.
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  • WE'VE GOT ANGELS SINGING, WE'VE GOT SHEPHERDS
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  • WORSHIPPING, WE'VE GOT WISEMEN BOWING AND WE'VE
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  • GOT A SUPER COOL STAR UP IN THE SKY,
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  • BUT IT WASN'T A FAIRYTALE.
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  • THAT'S WHY IN MATTHEW'S VERSION OF IT, IT STARTS
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  • WITH "SO AND SO BEGOT SO AND SO AND THEY BEGOT SO
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  • AND SO" A LOT OF DETAIL, AND WE THINK
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  • "WHY DOES THAT MATTER?"
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  • IT MATTERS BECAUSE IT'S A TRUE STORY
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  • AND BOTH MARY AND JOSEPH TRACED THEIR LINEAGE,
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  • THEIR GENEALOGY BACK TO DAVID. WHY DID THAT MATTER?
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  • BECAUSE SCRIPTURE SAID THAT THE MESSIAH WOULD
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  • BE OF THE ROOT AND THE OFFSPRING OF DAVID.
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  • IT'S KIND OF MINDBOGGLING TO CONSIDER THAT
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  • GOD BECAME A MAN.
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  • THERE'S A BOOK THAT WE'VE READ TO OUR GRANDCHILDREN
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  • OVER THE YEARS CALLED THE JESUS STORYBOOK BIBLE.
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  • ANY OF YOU EVER READ THAT?
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  • IT'S REALLY GOOD BECAUSE SALLY LLOYD-JONES THE
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  • AUTHOR IS REALLY A GOOD THEOLOGIAN BUT A GREAT
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  • STORYTELLER AND SHE BREAKS THINGS DOWN SO KIDS CAN
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  • UNDERSTAND THEM AND HERE IS WHAT SHE SAID ABOUT
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  • THE NATIVITY AND I QUOTE FROM IT.
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  • "THE GOD WHO FLUNG PLANETS INTO SPACE AND KEPT THEM
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  • FROM WHIRLING AROUND AND AROUND, THE GOD WHO MADE
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  • THE UNIVERSE WITH JUST ONE WORD THE ONE WHO COULD DO
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  • ANYTHING AT ALL WAS MAKING HIMSELF SMALL AND COMING
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  • DOWN AS A BABY." I LOVE THAT.
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  • GOD WAS MAKING HIMSELF SMALL.
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  • GOD HAD A FACE. GOD TOOK SKIN ON. GOD WALKED AMONG US.
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  • IT WAS JESUS AND SO MARY WAS TOLD BY THE ANGEL
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  • GABRIEL THAT SHE WAS GOING TO BRING FORTH THE
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  • MESSIAH, BUT DID SHE REALLY UNDERSTAND WHAT
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  • WAS ABOUT TO HAPPEN?
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  • DID MARY REALLY REALIZE THAT SHE WAS BARING IN
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  • HER WOMB GOD ALMIGHTY?
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  • I LOVE THAT SONG "MARY, DID YOU KNOW?"
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  • THE LYRICS, "MARY, DID YOU KNOW THAT YOUR BABY BOY
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  • WOULD ONE DAY WALK ON WATER?
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  • MARY, DID YOU KNOW THAT YOUR BABY BOY WOULD SAVE
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  • OUR SONS AND DAUGHTERS, DID YOU KNOW THAT YOUR
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  • BABY BOY HAS COME TO MAKE YOU NEW?"
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  • AND I LOVE THIS LINE, "THE CHILD THAT YOU'VE
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  • DELIVERED WILL SOON DELIVER YOU."
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  • AND BRENNLEY JUST DID IT FOR US SO WE'RE GOING TO
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  • READ FROM LUKE CHAPTER 2 IF YOU BROUGHT A BIBLE YOU
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  • CAN READ ALONG AND CATHE LAURIE IS GOING TO READ A
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  • FEW VERSES TO US ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED ON THAT
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  • FIRST CHRISTMAS EVE.
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  • (Cathe Laurie) "AND IT CAME TO PASS IN THOSE
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  • DAYS THE DECREE WENT OUT FROM CAESAR AUGUSTUS THAT
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  • ALL THE WORLD SHOULD BE REGISTERED.
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  • THIS CENSUS FIRST TOOK PLACE WHILE QUIRINIUS
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  • WAS GOVERNING SYRIA.
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  • SO ALL WENT TO BE REGISTERED, EVERYONE TO HIS OWN CITY.
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  • JOSEPH ALSO WENT UP FROM GALILEE, OUT OF THE CITY
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  • OF NAZARETH, INTO JUDEA, TO THE CITY OF DAVID WHICH
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  • IS CALLED BETHLEHEM, BECAUSE HE WAS OF THE
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  • HOUSE AND LINEAGE OF DAVID, TO BE REGISTERED
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  • WITH MARY, HIS BETROTHED WIFE, WHO WAS WITH CHILD.
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  • SO IT WAS, THAT WHILE THEY WERE THERE, THE DAYS WERE
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  • COMPLETED FOR HER TO BE DELIVERED.
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  • AND SHE BROUGHT FORTH HER FIRSTBORN SON, AND WRAPPED
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  • HIM IN SWADDLING CLOTHS, AND LAID HIM IN A MANGER,
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  • BECAUSE THERE WAS NO ROOM FOR THEM IN THE INN."
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  • (Greg Laurie) SO THE AUTHOR OF THIS GOSPEL
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  • IS LUKE, DR. LUKE, HE WAS A PHYSICIAN BY TRADE.
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  • HE WAS A STICKLER FOR DETAIL.
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  • LUKE WAS NOT ONE OF THE ACTUAL DISCIPLES OF JESUS.
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  • HE CAME ALONG A LITTLE BIT LATER AND SO HE
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  • INTERVIEWED PEOPLE THAT WERE A PART OF THE
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  • ORIGINAL NATIVITY STORY.
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  • IT'S POSSIBLE LUKE SAT DOWN AND TALKED TO MARY
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  • AND SAID, "MARY, I NEED SOME DETAILS ON THIS."
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  • MAYBE HE INTERVIEWED THE WISEMEN OR THE SHEPHERDS
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  • OR OTHERS BUT HE PUT THIS STORY TOGETHER WITH GREAT
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  • ATTENTION TO DETAIL AND HE PINPOINTS IT IN TIME WITH
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  • TWO SIGNIFICANT NAMES - CAESAR AUGUSTUS AND QUIRINIUS -
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  • IN VERSES 2 AND 3.
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  • WE KNOW THAT CAESAR AUGUSTUS WAS THE EMPEROR OF ROME.
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  • NOW, WE MIGHT EVEN SAY HE WAS THE FIRST ACTUAL ROMAN EMPEROR.
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  • EARLIER IN ROME'S HISTORY THEY WOULD
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  • BE RULED BY THE SENATE.
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  • THEY WOULD HAVE AN EMPEROR BUT AS TIME PASSED THE
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  • EMPERORS BECAME MORE POWERFUL AND THE SENATE
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  • LESS SO AND THEN THE EMPERORS STARTED THINKING
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  • THEY WERE DEITIES AND THEY STARTED COMMANDING WORSHIP
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  • SO THIS PARTICULAR CAESAR...
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  • BY THE WAY THE WORD CAESAR WAS ORIGINALLY A NAME.
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  • IT BELONGED TO JULIUS CAESAR BUT THEY MADE IT A
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  • TITLE SO THIS PARTICULAR CAESAR, CAESAR AUGUSTUS,
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  • THE WORD AUGUSTUS MEANS "OF THE GODS" SO THIS
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  • CRAZY GUY THOUGHT HE WAS A GOD.
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  • SO HERE THIS ALL-POWERFUL MAN WHO THINKS HE'S A GOD
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  • DECIDES ONE DAY, "I'M GOING TO PASS A DECREE
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  • THAT ALL THE WORLD SHOULD BE TAXED," AND YOU KNOW WHAT?
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  • HE WAS JUST A PAWN IN THE HAND OF GOD ALMIGHTY TO
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  • ACCOMPLISH HIS PURPOSES.
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  • YOU KNOW, HISTORIANS TELL US THAT THEY BELIEVE THAT
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  • THIS CAESAR AUGUSTUS WAS AROUND 5'7".
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  • NOW I'M NOT DEMEANING ANYONE WHO IS 5'7", BUT
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  • LET'S JUST SAY THAT'S NOT A TALL PERSON OKAY.
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  • SO THIS LITTLE DUDE WHO THOUGHT HE WAS A BIG GUY
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  • MAKES THIS DECISION.
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  • SO IT GIVES NEW MEAN TO LITTLE CAESAR'S, RIGHT?
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  • [laughter]
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  • THE ONLY RECORDED WORDS WE HAVE
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  • OF CAESAR AUGUSTUS ARE "PIZZA, PIZZA."
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  • [laughter]
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  • NO THAT'S A COMMERCIAL ON TELEVISION.
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  • BUT WE WOULD NOT EVEN KNOW THE NAME CAESAR AUGUSTUS
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  • OR FOR THAT MATTER QUIRINIUS IF IT WERE NOT
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  • FOR THE CHRISTMAS STORY, BUT GOD MOVED THEM TO
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  • BRING ABOUT HIS ULTIMATE PURPOSES. WHY?
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  • BECAUSE HE WANTED MARY AND JOSEPH IN BETHLEHEM.
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  • THE PROBLEM WAS THEY WERE IN NAZARETH AND MARY WAS
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  • NINE MONTHS PREGNANT AND WHEN YOU'RE NINE MONTHS
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  • PREGNANT YOU DON'T WANT TO GO ANYWHERE, MUCH LESS
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  • MAKE A JOURNEY LIKE THAT.
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  • BUT THE LORD TOUCHED THE CAESAR AUGUSTUS TO GIVE
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  • THIS DECREE SO THEY MADE THAT VERY DIFFICULT
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  • JOURNEY BECAUSE GOD SAID IN MICAH 5:2 MESSIAH
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  • WOULD BE BORN IN BETHLEHEM. "THOU, BETHLEHEM THOUGH
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  • YOU BE LITTLE AMONG THE THOUSANDS OF JUDAH,
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  • YET OUT OF YOU SHALL COME FORTH ONE WHO IS ORIGINS
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  • HAVE BEEN FROM EVERLASTING."
  • 00:12:06.040 --> 00:12:08.040
  • MARY AND JOSEPH BOTH TRACED THEIR GENEALOGY
  • 00:12:08.070 --> 00:12:11.200
  • BACK TO KING DAVID AND SCRIPTURE SAID MESSIAH
  • 00:12:11.230 --> 00:12:14.260
  • WOULD COME OF THE ROOT AND THE OFFSPRING OF DAVID
  • 00:12:14.290 --> 00:12:17.160
  • AND BETHLEHEM WAS DAVID'S BOYHOOD HOME
  • 00:12:17.190 --> 00:12:20.130
  • BY THE WAY, SO THEY MADE THE JOURNEY BACK.
  • 00:12:20.160 --> 00:12:22.150
  • EVERYTHING WAS IN PLACE AND THEY COME INTO TOWN
  • 00:12:22.180 --> 00:12:25.000
  • AND THERE'S NOWHERE FOR THEM TO STAY.
  • 00:12:25.030 --> 00:12:27.090
  • NOW THEY WERE NOT WEALTHY BY ANY MEANS, AND THEY
  • 00:12:27.120 --> 00:12:30.020
  • WENT FROM PLACE TO PLACE PRESUMABLY AND EVERYONE
  • 00:12:30.050 --> 00:12:33.040
  • SAID NO SO WE READ THERE WAS NO ROOM FOR THEM IN THE INN.
  • 00:12:33.070 --> 00:12:36.110
  • NOW WE WANT TO VILIFY THIS INNKEEPER.
  • 00:12:36.140 --> 00:12:39.060
  • WE ALWAYS CALL HIM A GUY.
  • 00:12:39.090 --> 00:12:40.120
  • WHAT IF IT WAS A GIRL? IT'S POSSIBLE.
  • 00:12:40.150 --> 00:12:43.030
  • CATHE BROUGHT THAT UP IN HER MESSAGE THAT SHE DID
  • 00:12:43.060 --> 00:12:45.070
  • FOR THE LADIES AND I THOUGHT,
  • 00:12:45.100 --> 00:12:46.230
  • "YEAH. MAYBE IT WAS A GIRL."
  • 00:12:46.260 --> 00:12:48.120
  • BUT WHATEVER IT WAS, GUY OR GIRL, IT'S NOT THAT
  • 00:12:48.150 --> 00:12:51.140
  • THEY WERE WICKED.
  • 00:12:51.170 --> 00:12:53.010
  • THEY WERE JUST PREOCCUPIED WITH OTHER THINGS AND THIS
  • 00:12:53.040 --> 00:12:56.060
  • WAS NOT A PRIORITY TO THIS PERSON BECAUSE HERE
  • 00:12:56.090 --> 00:12:59.260
  • KNOCKING AT HIS DOOR IS WHAT SOME CALL
  • 00:12:59.290 --> 00:13:03.020
  • THE HOLY FAMILY - MARY AND JOSEPH.
  • 00:13:03.050 --> 00:13:05.090
  • NOW IN SOME ART WE SEE THEM WITH HALOS OVER THEIR HEAD.
  • 00:13:05.120 --> 00:13:08.200
  • IF TWO PEOPLE KNOCKED ON MY DOOR WITH HALOS OVER
  • 00:13:08.230 --> 00:13:11.090
  • THEIR HEAD I'D LET THEM IN FOR SURE.
  • 00:13:11.120 --> 00:13:13.030
  • WE THOUGHT THAT MAYBE THEY KIND OF GLOWED
  • 00:13:13.060 --> 00:13:15.090
  • IN THE DARK AT NIGHT. THERE THEY WERE. NO.
  • 00:13:15.120 --> 00:13:18.180
  • THEY WERE JUST LIKE ANY OTHER IMPOVERISHED FAMILY
  • 00:13:18.210 --> 00:13:20.230
  • LOOKING FOR A PLACE TO STAY AND THIS GUY WAS
  • 00:13:20.260 --> 00:13:23.050
  • SO HEARTLESS OR TOO PREOCCUPIED WITH MONEY
  • 00:13:23.080 --> 00:13:25.280
  • THAT HE SAID, "SORRY, THERE'S NO ROOM IN THE
  • 00:13:26.010 --> 00:13:28.110
  • INN, BUT YOU CAN GO OUT AND SLEEP WITH THE ANIMALS.
  • 00:13:28.140 --> 00:13:30.250
  • HAVE YOUR BABY OUT THERE."
  • 00:13:30.280 --> 00:13:32.250
  • SO MARY AND JOSEPH MADE THEIR WAY TO PROBABLY WHAT
  • 00:13:32.280 --> 00:13:36.000
  • WAS A CAVE WITH STRAW ON THE GROUND WITH
  • 00:13:36.030 --> 00:13:39.290
  • THE COLD DAMP AIR AND THERE THE SAVIOR
  • 00:13:40.020 --> 00:13:42.180
  • OF THE WORLD ENTERED OUR PLANET.
  • 00:13:42.210 --> 00:13:46.050
  • AND SO THIS IS JUST SORT OF A PICTURE OF A LOT OF
  • 00:13:46.080 --> 00:13:48.230
  • PEOPLE TODAY THAT ARE PREOCCUPIED WITH SO MANY
  • 00:13:48.260 --> 00:13:51.130
  • THINGS BUT BEFORE WE COME DOWN TOO HARD ON THE
  • 00:13:51.160 --> 00:13:54.240
  • INNKEEPER, CONSIDER THIS: EACH OF US IS AN INNKEEPER
  • 00:13:54.270 --> 00:13:58.050
  • WHO DECIDES IF THERE'S ROOM FOR JESUS.
  • 00:13:58.080 --> 00:14:01.120
  • I'M TALKING ABOUT A CHRISTIAN.
  • 00:14:01.150 --> 00:14:04.100
  • SOMETIMES CHRISTIANS DON'T HAVE ROOM FOR JESUS.
  • 00:14:04.130 --> 00:14:07.030
  • WE'LL GIVE HIM ONE SERVICE.
  • 00:14:07.060 --> 00:14:09.070
  • WE'LL SHOW UP TO CHURCH ON SUNDAY MORNING, BUT ASK
  • 00:14:09.100 --> 00:14:12.060
  • GOD TO ENTER INTO OUR PLANS ASK GOD TO BE A PART
  • 00:14:12.090 --> 00:14:15.080
  • OF OUR BUSINESS, ASK GOD TO BE A PART OF OUR FAMILY.
  • 00:14:15.110 --> 00:14:18.070
  • OH NO, WE'LL TAKE CARE OF THAT OURSELVES.
  • 00:14:18.100 --> 00:14:20.090
  • WE NEED TO MAKE ROOM FOR HIM AND GIVE PRIORITY TO HIM.
  • 00:14:20.120 --> 00:14:24.040
  • THAT'S WHY JESUS SAID IN MATTHEW 6, "SEEK FIRST THE
  • 00:14:24.070 --> 00:14:28.140
  • KINGDOM OF GOD IN HIS RIGHTEOUS AND ALL THESE
  • 00:14:28.170 --> 00:14:31.240
  • THINGS SHALL BE ADDED TO YOU."
  • 00:14:31.270 --> 00:14:33.150
  • MAYBE TONIGHT YOU'VE COME HERE WITH A TROUBLED MARRIAGE.
  • 00:14:33.180 --> 00:14:37.130
  • THINGS ARE NOT SO GOOD ON THE HOMEFRONT, OR YOUR
  • 00:14:37.160 --> 00:14:40.130
  • FAMILY IS FRACTURED SO YOU'RE NOT LOOKING FORWARD
  • 00:14:40.160 --> 00:14:43.170
  • TO CHRISTMAS BECAUSE THERE'S A LOT OF FRICTION THERE.
  • 00:14:43.200 --> 00:14:46.010
  • THE IDEA OF A FAMILY REUNION IS NOT APPEALING
  • 00:14:46.040 --> 00:14:48.240
  • TO YOU AT ALL OR MAYBE YOU'RE VERY ILL OR MAYBE
  • 00:14:48.270 --> 00:14:52.150
  • THERE'S SOME OTHER PROBLEM.
  • 00:14:52.180 --> 00:14:54.020
  • MAYBE IT'S A PROBLEM WITH YOUR FINANCES,
  • 00:14:54.050 --> 00:14:55.220
  • A PROBLEM WITH SOMETHING ELSE.
  • 00:14:55.250 --> 00:14:57.210
  • I SUGGEST TO YOU, YOU MAKE ROOM FOR JESUS CHRIST AND
  • 00:14:57.240 --> 00:15:01.210
  • INVITE HIM INTO THE MIDDLE OF WHATEVER IT IS YOU'RE FACING.
  • 00:15:01.240 --> 00:15:05.140
  • THE INNKEEPER HAD NO ROOM.
  • 00:15:05.170 --> 00:15:07.150
  • THANKFULLY GOD CARES ABOUT US
  • 00:15:07.180 --> 00:15:11.170
  • EVEN WHEN WE FORGET ABOUT HIM.
  • 00:15:11.200 --> 00:15:13.110
  • IRONICALLY, JESUS CHRIST WHO SAID "IN MY FATHER'S
  • 00:15:13.140 --> 00:15:17.050
  • HOUSE ARE MANY MANSIONS MANY ROOMS" COULD FIND NO
  • 00:15:17.080 --> 00:15:21.120
  • ROOM TO STAY IN WHEN HE WALKED PLANET EARTH,
  • 00:15:21.150 --> 00:15:25.060
  • BUT HERE HE COMES NOW INTO OUR WORLD TO BE BORN
  • 00:15:25.090 --> 00:15:28.100
  • ON THE DIRT FLOOR OF A FILTHY CAVE.
  • 00:15:28.130 --> 00:15:31.250
  • HE IS THE WORD WITHOUT A WORD.
  • 00:15:31.280 --> 00:15:34.150
  • HERE IS ONE OF THE PROBLEMS OF THE CHRISTMAS STORY,
  • 00:15:34.180 --> 00:15:36.210
  • I THINK WE'VE OVERLY ROMANTICIZED AND BEAUTIFIED IT.
  • 00:15:36.240 --> 00:15:42.010
  • BY THAT I MEAN WE PUT THIS VENEER OF CHRISTMAS FAIRY
  • 00:15:42.040 --> 00:15:46.100
  • DUST OVER EVERYTHING EVEN THE NATIVITY STORY ITSELF
  • 00:15:46.130 --> 00:15:50.230
  • AND I THINK SOMETIMES WE MISS THE POWER OF IT
  • 00:15:50.260 --> 00:15:53.290
  • BECAUSE I THINK AS YOU PEEL THESE THINGS AWAY
  • 00:15:54.020 --> 00:15:56.180
  • AND REALIZE, YES, IT WAS A SILENT NIGHT,
  • 00:15:56.210 --> 00:16:00.070
  • YES, IT WAS A HOLY NIGHT, BUT I DON'T KNOW THAT
  • 00:16:00.100 --> 00:16:02.010
  • ALL WAS CALM AND ALL WAS BRIGHT.
  • 00:16:02.040 --> 00:16:03.210
  • THERE WAS WAR IN THE WORLD AT THAT TIME, THERE WAS
  • 00:16:03.240 --> 00:16:07.170
  • FRICTION, THERE WAS FEAR IN THE AIR, BUT IN THAT
  • 00:16:07.200 --> 00:16:11.000
  • TIME IN THAT CULTURE GOD ENTERED OUR PLANET WITH
  • 00:16:11.030 --> 00:16:14.250
  • THE MESSAGE THAT THERE COULD BE JOY TO THE
  • 00:16:14.280 --> 00:16:17.010
  • WORLD AND PEACE ON EARTH AMONG MEN WITH
  • 00:16:17.040 --> 00:16:20.050
  • WHOM GOD WAS WELL PLEASED.
  • 00:16:20.080 --> 00:16:21.290
  • BUT LET'S THINK FOR A MOMENT BEFORE WE CLOSE
  • 00:16:22.020 --> 00:16:24.050
  • ABOUT WHY JESUS CAME.
  • 00:16:24.080 --> 00:16:26.120
  • WE KNOW WHEN HE CAME: WHEN THE TIME WAS RIGHT.
  • 00:16:26.150 --> 00:16:28.200
  • WE KNOW WHERE HE CAME: BETHLEHEM.
  • 00:16:28.230 --> 00:16:30.200
  • WHY DID HE COME?
  • 00:16:30.230 --> 00:16:32.030
  • WELL IT CERTAINLY WAS NOT SO WE COULD HAVE AN EXCUSE
  • 00:16:32.060 --> 00:16:35.120
  • TO GET OURSELVES INTO DEBT THIS TIME OF YEAR.
  • 00:16:35.150 --> 00:16:38.230
  • CERTAINLY IT WAS NOT SO WE JUST WOULD GO TO ENDLESS
  • 00:16:38.260 --> 00:16:41.220
  • PARTIES AND SPEND ALL OF OUR TIME TALKING ABOUT HIS BIRTH.
  • 00:16:41.250 --> 00:16:47.180
  • IT WAS DONE BECAUSE HE KNEW THAT MAN WAS
  • 00:16:47.210 --> 00:16:52.020
  • SEPARATED FROM GOD AND THAT A PRICE HAD TO BE PAID.
  • 00:16:52.050 --> 00:16:56.080
  • IT'S HARD FOR US TO THINK ABOUT THE BABY SUFFERING
  • 00:16:56.110 --> 00:17:00.040
  • BECAUSE WE DON'T WANT TO WRAP OUR MIND AROUND THAT
  • 00:17:00.070 --> 00:17:02.260
  • BUT THE REALITY IS THE SON OF GOD BECAME A MAN SO MEN
  • 00:17:02.290 --> 00:17:06.290
  • MIGHT BECOME SONS OF GOD.
  • 00:17:07.020 --> 00:17:09.220
  • JESUS WAS BORN SO WE COULD BE BORN AGAIN.
  • 00:17:09.250 --> 00:17:13.250
  • JESUS CAME TO EARTH SO WE COULD GO TO HEAVEN.
  • 00:17:13.280 --> 00:17:18.150
  • JESUS LEFT HIS HOME IN HEAVEN TO MAKE A HOME IN
  • 00:17:18.180 --> 00:17:22.130
  • OUR HEART AND JESUS LEFT HIS HOME IN HEAVEN SO WE
  • 00:17:22.160 --> 00:17:25.270
  • COULD HAVE A HOME IN HEAVEN.
  • 00:17:26.000 --> 00:17:27.240
  • HE DID THAT ALL FOR US.
  • 00:17:27.270 --> 00:17:30.040
  • YOU KNOW, I MENTIONED A TREE.
  • 00:17:30.070 --> 00:17:32.110
  • CHRISTMAS IS ABOUT A TREE. NOT LIKE THIS TREE.
  • 00:17:32.140 --> 00:17:35.120
  • IT'S ABOUT A FAMILY TREE AND IT'S ABOUT ANOTHER TREE.
  • 00:17:35.150 --> 00:17:39.100
  • IT'S ABOUT THE TREE THAT JESUS DIED ON BECAUSE THE
  • 00:17:39.130 --> 00:17:43.000
  • BIBLE SAYS CURSE IS EVERY MAN THAT HANGS ON A TREE.
  • 00:17:43.030 --> 00:17:47.030
  • JESUS HUNG ON THE TREE, IF YOU WILL.
  • 00:17:47.060 --> 00:17:49.140
  • HE HUNG ON THE CROSS OF CALVARY AND DIED FOR
  • 00:17:49.170 --> 00:17:52.050
  • THE SIN OF THE WORLD AND THAT IS WHY
  • 00:17:52.080 --> 00:17:54.190
  • RED IS THE COLOR OF CHRISTMAS.
  • 00:17:54.220 --> 00:17:58.100
  • I KNOW YOU'VE BEEN DREAMING OF A WHITE
  • 00:17:58.130 --> 00:18:00.070
  • CHRISTMAS, AND IN A WAY YOU CAN HAVE A WHITE
  • 00:18:00.100 --> 00:18:03.040
  • CHRISTMAS, BUT NOT BECAUSE SNOW WILL FALL.
  • 00:18:03.070 --> 00:18:06.040
  • BUT BECAUSE IF YOU UNDERSTAND RED IS THE
  • 00:18:06.070 --> 00:18:08.030
  • COLOR OF CHRISTMAS, THEN YOU CAN REALIZE THAT WHITE
  • 00:18:08.060 --> 00:18:10.180
  • CAN BE THE COLOR OF CHRISTMAS BECAUSE
  • 00:18:10.210 --> 00:18:12.190
  • THOUGH YOUR SINS ARE RED LIKE CRIMSON,
  • 00:18:12.220 --> 00:18:15.140
  • THEY CAN BECOME WHITE AS SNOW.
  • 00:18:15.170 --> 00:18:17.230
  • BECAUSE GOD WILL REMOVE THEM.
  • 00:18:17.260 --> 00:18:19.280
  • THAT'S THE BEST KIND OF WHITE CHRISTMAS OF ALL -
  • 00:18:20.010 --> 00:18:22.100
  • HAVING YOUR SINS REMOVED.
  • 00:18:22.130 --> 00:18:24.130
  • [applause]
  • 00:18:24.160 --> 00:18:28.200
  • RED IS NOT THE COLOR OF CHRISTMAS BECAUSE THAT FAT
  • 00:18:28.230 --> 00:18:32.130
  • GUY FROM THE NORTH POLE WEARS RED.
  • 00:18:32.160 --> 00:18:35.030
  • IT'S NOT RED BECAUSE WE WRAP OUR PRESENTS IN RED.
  • 00:18:35.060 --> 00:18:38.290
  • NO IT'S RED BECAUSE THAT WAS THE COLOR OF THE BLOOD
  • 00:18:39.020 --> 00:18:41.220
  • THAT JESUS SHED FOR THE SIN OF THE WORLD
  • 00:18:41.250 --> 00:18:44.170
  • FOR YOUR SIN AND MINE.
  • 00:18:44.200 --> 00:18:46.180
  • SO TOMORROW, MAYBE FOR SOME OF YOU TONIGHT,
  • 00:18:46.210 --> 00:18:49.130
  • YOU'RE GOING TO OPEN SOME PRESENTS.
  • 00:18:49.160 --> 00:18:51.000
  • HOW MANY OF YOU OPEN PRESENTS AT CHRISTMAS EVE?
  • 00:18:51.030 --> 00:18:53.060
  • RAISE YOUR HAND. IT'S NOT A SIN. IT'S OKAY.
  • 00:18:53.090 --> 00:18:55.120
  • [laughter]
  • 00:18:55.150 --> 00:18:56.250
  • THESE ARE JUST TRADITIONS.
  • 00:18:56.280 --> 00:18:58.020
  • HOW MANY OF YOU OPEN YOUR PRESENTS ON CHRISTMAS MORNING?
  • 00:18:58.050 --> 00:19:01.040
  • HOW MANY OF YOU DON'T OPEN PRESENTS AT ALL BECAUSE
  • 00:19:01.070 --> 00:19:05.000
  • YOU DON'T THINK THAT'S SPIRITUAL?
  • 00:19:05.030 --> 00:19:07.010
  • OKAY. I WAS GOING TO SAY GET OUT.
  • 00:19:07.040 --> 00:19:08.070
  • [laughter]
  • 00:19:08.100 --> 00:19:10.030
  • THAT'S NOT SPIRITUAL. THAT'S CHEAP. OKAY.
  • 00:19:10.060 --> 00:19:11.140
  • [laughter]
  • 00:19:11.170 --> 00:19:13.090
  • SO WE JUST CELEBRATED CHRISTMAS WITH OUR GRANDKIDS.
  • 00:19:13.120 --> 00:19:16.170
  • I MENTIONED THAT, AND OUR SON AND DAUGHTER-IN-LAW,
  • 00:19:16.200 --> 00:19:18.110
  • AND SO WE'RE ALL THERE AND WE GAVE THEM ALL THESE
  • 00:19:18.140 --> 00:19:21.110
  • LITTLE GIFTS AND WE HELD ONE BIG GIFT FOR EVERY CHILD.
  • 00:19:21.140 --> 00:19:24.280
  • SO FOR ALLIE AND CHRISTOPHER, WE GOT
  • 00:19:25.010 --> 00:19:28.060
  • ALLIE A BOOKSHELF BECAUSE SHE LOVES TO READ.
  • 00:19:28.090 --> 00:19:30.140
  • I'VE NEVER SEEN A LITTLE GIRL READ SO MUCH.
  • 00:19:30.170 --> 00:19:32.230
  • THIS LITTLE GIRL ALWAYS HAS A BOOK AND SO WE
  • 00:19:32.260 --> 00:19:35.190
  • SHOWED HER HER BOOKSHELF AND SHE SQUEALED WITH DELIGHT.
  • 00:19:35.220 --> 00:19:38.170
  • SO WE COULD HARDLY WAIT TO SHOW CHRISTOPHER,
  • 00:19:38.200 --> 00:19:41.050
  • OUR GRANDSON, IS HE SIX OR FIVE NOW? SIX.
  • 00:19:41.080 --> 00:19:44.260
  • HIS NEW BICYCLE. AND HE COMES OUT AND HE GOES "OH."
  • 00:19:44.290 --> 00:19:50.290
  • HE CLIMBED UP ON.
  • 00:19:51.020 --> 00:19:52.080
  • I SAID, "CHRISTOPHER, WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR BICYCLE?"
  • 00:19:52.110 --> 00:19:53.210
  • KIDS ARE SO HONEST.
  • 00:19:53.240 --> 00:19:54.280
  • HE SAID, "I DON'T LIKE IT VERY MUCH."
  • 00:19:55.010 --> 00:19:57.000
  • [laughter]
  • 00:19:57.030 --> 00:19:59.060
  • I LOVE THE HONESTY OF KIDS.
  • 00:19:59.090 --> 00:20:01.160
  • MAYBE IT WAS A LITTLE BIG FOR HIM.
  • 00:20:01.190 --> 00:20:04.120
  • HE MAYBE WASN'T SURE HE COULD RIDE IT A LITTLE BIT LATER.
  • 00:20:04.150 --> 00:20:06.290
  • HIS DAD WAS PUSHING HIM AROUND ON IT, BUT YOU
  • 00:20:07.020 --> 00:20:09.150
  • KNOW, SO TOMORROW THERE'S GOING TO BE SOME DISAPPOINTMENTS.
  • 00:20:09.180 --> 00:20:13.170
  • SOME OF YOU ARE GOING TO GIVE SOMETHING AND THE
  • 00:20:13.200 --> 00:20:16.150
  • PERSON YOU GIVE IT TO IS NOT GOING TO BE AS EXCITED
  • 00:20:16.180 --> 00:20:19.080
  • AS YOU WERE BUYING IT.
  • 00:20:19.110 --> 00:20:21.020
  • SOME OF YOU ARE GOING TO RECEIVE A GIFT AND YOU'RE
  • 00:20:21.050 --> 00:20:24.150
  • GOING TO PRETEND YOU'RE EXCITED WHEN YOU AREN'T.
  • 00:20:24.180 --> 00:20:27.050
  • ALSO KNOWN AS LYING.
  • 00:20:27.080 --> 00:20:28.210
  • [laughter]
  • 00:20:28.240 --> 00:20:31.060
  • BUT I THINK IT'S GREAT THAT WE GIVE GIFTS AT CHRISTMAS.
  • 00:20:31.090 --> 00:20:36.080
  • BUT WHAT IS CHRISTMAS AT BEST?
  • 00:20:36.110 --> 00:20:38.160
  • IT'S GETTING TOGETHER WITH FAMILY.
  • 00:20:38.190 --> 00:20:40.140
  • ENJOYING MEALS TOGETHER. ESPECIALLY SUGAR BACON.
  • 00:20:40.170 --> 00:20:44.120
  • IT'S EXCHANGING GIFTS. CATCHING UP.
  • 00:20:44.150 --> 00:20:49.000
  • I THINK WORSHIPING TOGETHER IS THE GREATEST
  • 00:20:49.030 --> 00:20:51.120
  • OF ALL CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS WHICH WE'VE
  • 00:20:51.150 --> 00:20:54.070
  • BEEN DOING TONIGHT BUT CHRISTMAS AT IT'S BEST
  • 00:20:54.100 --> 00:20:59.070
  • CAN'T DELIVER ON IT'S PROMISES BECAUSE I THINK IN
  • 00:20:59.100 --> 00:21:02.290
  • SOME WAYS CHRISTMAS IS A PROMISE OF BETTER THINGS TO COME.
  • 00:21:03.020 --> 00:21:06.140
  • IT'S A GLIMPSE OF WHAT IS COMING.
  • 00:21:06.170 --> 00:21:09.140
  • SOMETHING FAR GREATER ON THE OTHER SIDE.
  • 00:21:09.170 --> 00:21:12.230
  • REALLY WHAT WE NEED IS NOT MERRIMENT.
  • 00:21:12.260 --> 00:21:15.190
  • WE NEED THE MESSIAH.
  • 00:21:15.220 --> 00:21:17.220
  • WE DON'T NEED GOOD WILL. WE NEED GOD HIMSELF.
  • 00:21:17.250 --> 00:21:21.190
  • WE DON'T NEED PRESENTS AS MUCH AS WE NEED HIS PRESENCE.
  • 00:21:21.220 --> 00:21:27.040
  • GOD HAS GIVEN US THE MOST AMAZING GIFT OF ALL
  • 00:21:27.070 --> 00:21:30.050
  • THE GIFT OF ETERNAL LIFE
  • 00:21:30.080 --> 00:21:31.180
  • AND NO IT'S NOT IN THIS BOX OF COURSE.
  • 00:21:31.210 --> 00:21:33.140
  • BUT IT'S A GIFT THAT HE OFFERS TO EACH OF US.
  • 00:21:33.170 --> 00:21:36.250
  • IT'S THE GIFT THAT SAYS YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE
  • 00:21:36.280 --> 00:21:40.290
  • AFRAID OF DEATH ANY LONGER.
  • 00:21:41.020 --> 00:21:42.250
  • I HAVE A FRIEND WHO HAS A SON AND THIS WILL PROBABLY
  • 00:21:42.280 --> 00:21:47.090
  • BE HIS LAST CHRISTMAS ON EARTH AND I JUST TEXTED
  • 00:21:47.120 --> 00:21:50.200
  • HIM TODAY AND HE TEXTED ME BACK AND MY HEART GOES OUT
  • 00:21:50.230 --> 00:21:56.160
  • TO HIM BECAUSE I THINK ABOUT WHATEVER CHALLENGES
  • 00:21:56.190 --> 00:21:59.260
  • I'M FACING OR WE'RE FACING TO BE WITH YOUR CHILD AND
  • 00:21:59.290 --> 00:22:03.110
  • THINK THIS IS THE LAST CHRISTMAS I'LL SEE THEM ON EARTH.
  • 00:22:03.140 --> 00:22:06.040
  • THAT IS HEARTBREAKING BUT HERE'S THE DEEPER
  • 00:22:06.070 --> 00:22:09.010
  • MESSAGE OF CHRISTMAS. YOU'LL SEE THEM IN HEAVEN.
  • 00:22:09.040 --> 00:22:12.260
  • THIS IS THE DEEPER MESSAGE.
  • 00:22:12.290 --> 00:22:15.170
  • JESUS CAME TO THIS EARTH SO WE COULD LIVE FOREVER.
  • 00:22:15.200 --> 00:22:18.170
  • SO WHEN OUR LOVED ONES PRECEDE US TO HEAVEN WE
  • 00:22:18.200 --> 00:22:22.130
  • CAN BE REUNITED WITH THEM AGAIN.
  • 00:22:22.160 --> 00:22:24.150
  • SOME OF YOU WERE MAYBE HERE LAST YEAR.
  • 00:22:24.180 --> 00:22:27.180
  • HOW MANY OF YOU CAME TO OUR CHRISTMAS SERVICE LAST YEAR?
  • 00:22:27.210 --> 00:22:29.190
  • QUITE A FEW YOU.
  • 00:22:29.220 --> 00:22:30.270
  • HOW MANY OF YOU HAVE NEVER BEEN TO HARVEST BEFORE?
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  • RAISE UP YOUR HAND IF YOU'RE HERE FOR THE FIRST TIME.
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  • I WANT TO WELCOME YOU. SORRY I FORGOT TO DO THAT.
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  • [applause]
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  • BUT SOME OF YOU WHO WERE HERE LAST YEAR POSSIBLY
  • 00:22:43.290 --> 00:22:46.190
  • WERE WITH SOMEONE THAT IS NOT WITH YOU THIS YEAR.
  • 00:22:46.220 --> 00:22:50.120
  • THEY'RE NOT WITH YOU NOT BECAUSE THEY'RE AT HOME
  • 00:22:50.150 --> 00:22:51.280
  • BUT BECAUSE THEY'RE IN THAT HOME.
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  • GUESS CHRISTMAS MARKS TIME.
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  • IT REMINDS US TIME IS PASSING.
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  • IT REMINDS US WE WILL NOT LIVE FOREVER ON EARTH,
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  • BUT THE GOOD NEWS IS, IS YOU DON'T WANT
  • 00:23:01.170 --> 00:23:04.200
  • TO LIVE FOREVER ON EARTH.
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  • YOU WANT TO LIVE FOREVER IN THE PRESENCE OF GOD.
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  • IN A BRAND-NEW BODY THAT HE HAS FOR YOU AND THAT'S
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  • THE GIFT THAT GOD GIVES US.
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  • THE MEANING OF LIFE NOW AND THE HOPE OF ETERNAL
  • 00:23:14.140 --> 00:23:17.140
  • LIFE THEN, AND I WONDER IF YOU'VE RECEIVED THIS GIFT.
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  • IF I WERE TO OFFER YOU A GIFT RIGHT HERE, DON'T
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  • OPEN IT BECAUSE THERE'S NOTHING IN IT.
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  • [laughter]
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  • IT'S A PROP, BUT IF I WERE TO OFFER YOU A GIFT YOU
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  • JUST RECEIVED IT.
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  • THANK YOU FOR DOING THAT.
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  • YOU COULD'VE JUST THROWN IT BACK AT MY HEAD OR SOMETHING.
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  • BUT SO GOD OFFERS US A GIFT. HERE.
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  • I GAVE EVERYTHING FOR THIS GIFT.
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  • I NEED TO ACCEPT IT.
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  • EVEN BETTER, I NEED TO OPEN IT.
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  • I NEED TO ENJOY WHAT'S INSIDE THAT BOX AND
  • 00:23:45.260 --> 00:23:48.270
  • THAT'S WHAT THE GIFT OF ETERNAL LIFE IS.
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  • A FORGIVENESS OF ALL YOUR SIN.
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  • THE MEANING AND PURPOSE OF LIFE ON THIS EARTH
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  • AND THE HOPE OF LIFE BEYOND THE GRAVE.
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  • DO YOU HAVE THIS GIFT?
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  • AS YOU'RE LISTENING TO ME RIGHT NOW HERE AT HARVEST
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  • RIVERSIDE HARVEST ORANGE COUNTY I KNOW A LOT OF YOU
  • 00:24:03.270 --> 00:24:06.270
  • ARE TUNING IN WATCHING US ON VARIOUS FORMS OF MEDIA,
  • 00:24:07.000 --> 00:24:10.250
  • RIGHT NOW AS YOU'RE LISTENING TO ME, DO YOU
  • 00:24:10.280 --> 00:24:14.090
  • KNOW BEYOND A SHADOW OF A DOUBT THAT YOUR SIN IS
  • 00:24:14.120 --> 00:24:17.130
  • FORGIVEN AND IF YOU WERE TO DIE YOU WOULD GO TO HEAVEN.
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  • IF YOU DON'T KNOW THAT, YOU CAN KNOW IT RIGHT NOW
  • 00:24:22.120 --> 00:24:25.100
  • BY SIMPLY SAYING TO GOD, "I KNOW I'M A SINNER AND I
  • 00:24:25.130 --> 00:24:29.060
  • BELIEVE YOU SENT THE SAVIOR AND I WANT HIM TO
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  • COME INTO MY LIFE AND FORGIVE ME OF ALL OF MY SIN."
  • 00:24:32.100 --> 00:24:35.190
  • I WANT YOU TO RECEIVE THIS GIFT TONIGHT AND I WANT
  • 00:24:35.220 --> 00:24:38.210
  • TO OFFER IT TO YOU.
  • 00:24:38.240 --> 00:24:40.210
  • IN A MOMENT WE'RE GOING TO PRAY AND I'M GOING TO GIVE
  • 00:24:40.240 --> 00:24:42.290
  • YOU AN OPPORTUNITY TO BELIEVE IN JESUS CHRIST
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  • AND BE FORGIVEN OF ALL OF YOUR SIN.
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  • I PROMISE IF YOU DO THIS THIS WILL
  • 00:24:48.280 --> 00:24:51.260
  • BE THE MERRIEST CHRISTMAS EVER.
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  • IF YOU BROUGHT SOMEBODY HERE WITH YOU TONIGHT TO
  • 00:24:54.230 --> 00:24:58.090
  • CHURCH WHO IS DOING THIS, IT WILL BE YOUR
  • 00:24:58.120 --> 00:25:01.140
  • MERRIEST CHRISTMAS TOO. WHAT A GIFT.
  • 00:25:01.170 --> 00:25:04.000
  • BUT IF YOU'RE NOT SURE IF YOUR SIN IS FORGIVEN,
  • 00:25:04.030 --> 00:25:06.060
  • IF YOU DON'T KNOW WITH CERTAINTY THAT YOU'LL GO
  • 00:25:06.090 --> 00:25:09.070
  • TO HEAVEN WHEN YOU DIE, IF YOU STILL HAVE THIS BIG
  • 00:25:09.100 --> 00:25:12.110
  • HOLE IN YOUR HEART AND YOU WANT CHRIST TO FILL IT,
  • 00:25:12.140 --> 00:25:15.030
  • RESPOND TO THIS OPPORTUNITY AS WE ALL
  • 00:25:15.060 --> 00:25:18.110
  • CLOSE NOW IN PRAYER.
  • 00:25:18.140 --> 00:25:19.230
  • LET'S ALL BOW OUR HEADS. EVERYBODY PRAYING.
  • 00:25:19.260 --> 00:25:22.030
  • FATHER, THANK YOU FOR LOVING US SO MUCH THAT YOU
  • 00:25:22.060 --> 00:25:24.120
  • SENT JESUS TO THIS PLANET OF OURS TO BE BORN IN THAT
  • 00:25:24.150 --> 00:25:28.190
  • MANGER TO DIE ON THAT CROSS TO RISE FROM THE
  • 00:25:28.220 --> 00:25:32.080
  • DEAD AND NOW TO STAND AT THE DOOR OF OUR LIFE AND
  • 00:25:32.110 --> 00:25:37.020
  • KNOCK JUST AS THE INNKEEPER GOT A KNOCK AT
  • 00:25:37.050 --> 00:25:39.270
  • THE DOOR AND SADLY FOR HIM HE TURNED MARY AND JOSEPH
  • 00:25:40.000 --> 00:25:43.220
  • AWAY WE HAVE A KNOCK AT OUR DOOR AND YES WE CAN
  • 00:25:43.250 --> 00:25:47.100
  • TURN JESUS AWAY OR WE CAN INVITE HIM IN.
  • 00:25:47.130 --> 00:25:51.100
  • HELP US TO DO THAT, LORD.
  • 00:25:51.130 --> 00:25:53.030
  • HELP US TO RECEIVE YOU NOW.
  • 00:25:53.060 --> 00:25:56.120
  • WHILE OUR HEADS ARE BOWED AND OUR EYES ARE CLOSED
  • 00:25:56.150 --> 00:25:59.010
  • AND WE'RE PRAYING TOGETHER, HOW MANY OF YOU
  • 00:25:59.040 --> 00:26:01.100
  • WOULD SAY TONIGHT, "GREG, I WANT JESUS CHRIST TO
  • 00:26:01.130 --> 00:26:04.250
  • COME INTO MY LIFE.
  • 00:26:04.280 --> 00:26:06.040
  • I WANT HIM TO FORGIVE ME OF MY SIN.
  • 00:26:06.070 --> 00:26:09.050
  • I WANT TO KNOW THAT WHEN I DIE I WILL GO TO HEAVEN.
  • 00:26:09.080 --> 00:26:13.020
  • I'M READY TO SAY YES TO JESUS RIGHT NOW."
  • 00:26:13.050 --> 00:26:16.100
  • IF THAT'S YOU, IF YOU WANT JESUS TO COME INTO YOUR
  • 00:26:16.130 --> 00:26:19.060
  • LIFE, IF YOU WANT HIM TO FORGIVE YOU OF YOUR SIN,
  • 00:26:19.090 --> 00:26:22.180
  • IF YOU WANT TO GO TO HEAVEN WHEN YOU DIE, WOULD
  • 00:26:22.210 --> 00:26:25.280
  • YOU RAISE YOUR HAND UP RIGHT NOW WHEREVER YOU ARE
  • 00:26:26.010 --> 00:26:28.270
  • SO I CAN PRAY FOR YOU.
  • 00:26:29.000 --> 00:26:30.120
  • JUST RAISE YOUR HAND UP HIGH WHERE I CAN SEE IT.
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  • GOD BLESS YOU.
  • 00:26:32.140 --> 00:26:33.130
  • ANYBODY ELSE? RAISE YOUR HAND UP.
  • 00:26:33.160 --> 00:26:35.260
  • GOD BLESS YOU.
  • 00:26:35.290 --> 00:26:36.280
  • GOD BLESS EVERY ONE OF YOU RAISING YOUR HAND.
  • 00:26:37.010 --> 00:26:39.000
  • GOD BLESS ALL OF YOU. GOD BLESS YOU.
  • 00:26:39.030 --> 00:26:41.140
  • YOU GUYS AT HARVEST ORANGE COUNTY,
  • 00:26:41.170 --> 00:26:42.180
  • WOULD YOU RAISE YOUR HAND UP RIGHT NOW TOO.
  • 00:26:42.210 --> 00:26:44.270
  • WHEREVER YOU'RE SEATED, NO, I CAN'T SEE YOU,
  • 00:26:45.000 --> 00:26:47.250
  • BUT THE LORD SEES YOU.
  • 00:26:47.280 --> 00:26:49.180
  • JUST LIFT YOUR HAND UP AND SAY YES.
  • 00:26:49.210 --> 00:26:51.170
  • I WANT JESUS CHRIST IN MY LIFE TONIGHT AND I'LL PRAY
  • 00:26:51.200 --> 00:26:55.230
  • FOR YOU WHEREVER YOU ARE.
  • 00:26:55.260 --> 00:26:57.070
  • RAISE YOUR HAND UP. ANYBODY ELSE?
  • 00:26:57.100 --> 00:26:58.230
  • IF YOU HAVEN'T RAISED YOUR HAND YET.
  • 00:26:58.260 --> 00:27:00.240
  • LIFT IT NOW AND LET ME PRAY FOR YOU.
  • 00:27:00.270 --> 00:27:03.070
  • GOD BLESS YOU.
  • 00:27:03.100 --> 00:27:05.010
  • NOW I'M GOING TO ASK IF YOU WOULD PLEASE, EVERY
  • 00:27:05.040 --> 00:27:07.060
  • ONE OF YOU THAT JUST RAISED YOUR HAND,
  • 00:27:07.090 --> 00:27:08.280
  • I WANT YOU TO STAND TO YOUR FEET AND I'M GOING
  • 00:27:09.010 --> 00:27:11.150
  • TO LEAD YOU IN A PRAYER.
  • 00:27:11.180 --> 00:27:13.130
  • STAND TO YOUR FEET IF YOU RAISED YOUR HAND AND EVEN
  • 00:27:13.160 --> 00:27:15.220
  • IF YOU DID NOT BUT YOU WANT JESUS CHRIST TO COME
  • 00:27:15.250 --> 00:27:18.080
  • INTO YOUR LIFE AND FORGIVE YOU OF YOUR SIN,
  • 00:27:18.110 --> 00:27:21.050
  • STAND TO YOUR FEET. WE'RE ALL GOING TO PRAY.
  • 00:27:21.080 --> 00:27:22.270
  • YOU HEARD ME RIGHT. STAND UP.
  • 00:27:23.000 --> 00:27:24.070
  • EVERY ONE OF YOU THAT RAISED YOUR HAND.
  • 00:27:24.100 --> 00:27:26.090
  • WE'LL PRAY TOGETHER. JUST STAND UP.
  • 00:27:26.120 --> 00:27:28.080
  • EVEN IF YOU DID NOT RAISE YOUR HAND, BUT YOU WANT
  • 00:27:28.110 --> 00:27:31.110
  • JESUS TO COME INTO YOUR LIFE THIS CHRISTMAS EVE
  • 00:27:31.140 --> 00:27:34.130
  • OF 2018 STAND UP AND WE'LL PRAY TOGETHER.
  • 00:27:34.160 --> 00:27:38.190
  • I'LL WAIT ANOTHER MOMENT. ANYBODY ELSE?
  • 00:27:38.220 --> 00:27:41.210
  • STAND UP NOW SO WE COULD PRAY TOGETHER.
  • 00:27:41.240 --> 00:27:44.140
  • GOD BLESS ALL OF YOU THAT ARE STANDING.
  • 00:27:44.170 --> 00:27:46.270
  • IF YOU'RE STANDING, YOU WON'T BE ALONE.
  • 00:27:47.000 --> 00:27:49.000
  • OTHERS ARE STANDING AROUND YOU.
  • 00:27:49.030 --> 00:27:50.220
  • I'LL WAIT ONE MORE MOMENT. ANYBODY ELSE?
  • 00:27:50.250 --> 00:27:53.180
  • YOU WANT JESUS TO COME INTO YOUR LIFE.
  • 00:27:53.210 --> 00:27:56.010
  • STAND UP AND WE'LL PRAY TOGETHER.
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  • GOD BLESS YOU.
  • 00:27:58.140 --> 00:28:00.190
  • YOU GUYS AT HARVEST ORANGE COUNTY,
  • 00:28:00.220 --> 00:28:02.090
  • STAND UP AND WE'LL PRAY TOGETHER.
  • 00:28:02.120 --> 00:28:04.220
  • ALL RIGHT, EVERY ONE OF YOU THAT'S STANDING I WANT
  • 00:28:04.250 --> 00:28:08.070
  • YOU TO PRAY THIS PRAYER OUT LOUD AFTER ME.
  • 00:28:08.100 --> 00:28:11.160
  • AGAIN, AS I PRAY, PRAY THIS PRAYER OUT LOUD AFTER ME.
  • 00:28:11.190 --> 00:28:16.030
  • PRAY THESE WORDS: LORD JESUS, I KNOW I'M A SINNER,
  • 00:28:16.060 --> 00:28:21.060
  • BUT I KNOW YOU'RE THE SAVIOR WHO WAS BORN IN
  • 00:28:21.090 --> 00:28:25.050
  • THE MANGER WHO DIED ON THE CROSS WHO ROSE FROM THE DEAD.
  • 00:28:25.080 --> 00:28:31.230
  • JESUS, COME INTO MY LIFE AND FORGIVE ME OF MY SIN.
  • 00:28:31.260 --> 00:28:36.180
  • I CHOOSE TO FOLLOW YOU.
  • 00:28:36.210 --> 00:28:39.100
  • IN JESUS' NAME I PRAY. AMEN.
  • 00:28:39.130 --> 00:28:43.150
  • [Phil Wickham: This is the Day] THIS IS THE DAY WHEN
  • 00:28:43.180 --> 00:28:44.230
  • THE LOST ARE FOUND
  • 00:28:44.260 --> 00:28:46.230
  • O CAN YOU HEAR ALL THE ANGELS ARE SINGING
  • 00:28:46.260 --> 00:28:50.290
  • THIS IS THE DAY THE DAY WHEN LIFE BEGINS
  • 00:28:51.020 --> 00:29:00.020