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God Is Near

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October 19, 2019
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Hour of Power with Bobby Schuller

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God Is Near

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  • Ed Arnold: Believe it or not,
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  • Now, let's join the service.
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  • Joyful, joyful, we adore you
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  • God of glory, Lord of love
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  • Hearts unfold like flow'rs before you
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  • op'ning to the sun above
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  • Melt the clouds of sin and sadness
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  • drive the dark of doubt away
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  • Giver of immortal gladness, fill us with the light of day
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  • Amen, Amen
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  • Amen!
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  • Bobby Schuller: This is the day the Lord has made.
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  • We will rejoice and be glad in it.
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  • Good morning.
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  • Hannah Schuller: And welcome visitors and church family.
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  • We are so glad you're here.
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  • Today, know that God is with you at this very moment.
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  • Did you know even some of the greatest heroes in the Bible had
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  • times they cried out and said, "God, where are you?
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  • Why have you abandoned me?"
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  • But if you keep reading their story, you see that God was with
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  • them, and he was faithful, and he is with you right now.
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  • And you are so loved.
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  • Bobby: And we're so grateful you're joining us
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  • at this very moment.
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  • We believe you're here in this church or watching
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  • because God wants you to hear something today
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  • that will touch your heart.
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  • We're so excited to have Melody Noel with us today,
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  • who is also gonna be singing with The Voices Of Hope Choir.
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  • So, we're always excited to have the kids choir with us.
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  • And we have the men's ensemble from the choir today,
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  • so the women are getting a break today.
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  • It's dudes only, except for Irene.
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  • So, we're just so glad you're here.
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  • Let's begin with a Word of prayer.
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  • Father, thank you so much for all you're doing in our lives.
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  • And Lord, I'm praying for anybody who's coming here this
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  • morning that feels like they're down to nothing,
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  • that wonders why they're completely alone.
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  • And Lord, we know and recognize that it's in these moments when
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  • we have nothing at--that we experience everything and it's
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  • in those moments that we get the breakthrough, the miracle,
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  • the thing we're looking for.
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  • And so I'm praying for that for people that are here, Lord,
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  • for breakthrough in your name Jesus,
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  • and it's your name we pray, amen.
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  • Hannah: Amen.
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  • Turn around and shake the hand of the person next to you
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  • and say, "God loves you and so do I."
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  • announcer: As we prepare for the upcoming holiday season,
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  • you'll be reminded of the promise
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  • fulfilled in Jesus's birth.
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  • Bobby: Your generous financial gift in this season
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  • is good news to us.
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  • It enables us to continue proclaiming the message
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  • of Jesus's hope, love, and faithfulness to millions
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  • around the world who haven't heard it yet.
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  • God is continuing to write the story he began
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  • in this ministry nearly 50 years ago,
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  • and we are counting on him to move in the hearts
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  • of our friends who understand the tremendous value
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  • and impact of the "Hour of Power."
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  • Hannah: In preparation for the message,
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  • Acts 12:12 through 15.
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  • "When this had dawned on him, he went to the house of Mary the
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  • mother of John, also called Mark, where many people had
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  • gathered and were praying.
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  • Peter knocked at the outer entrance, and a servant named
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  • Rhoda came to answer the door.
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  • When she recognized Peter's voice, she was overjoyed and
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  • she ran back without opening it and exclaimed,
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  • 'Peter is at the door!'
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  • 'You're out of your mind,' they told her.
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  • When she kept insisting that it was so, they said,
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  • 'It must be his angel.'"
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  • God is watching over you, child of God.
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  • He is with you, amen.
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  • How can I write to someone I've never seen?
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  • How can I love someone I've yet to meet?
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  • I wanna know
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  • I gotta be honest, Yeah
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  • How can I trust someone who says they're good
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  • when it doesn't turn out
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  • The way that I think it should?
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  • I wanna know
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  • I'm just being honest, yeah
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  • And I hope You're not afraid of my questioning
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  • 'Cause I will fight, fight, fight
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  • Through the doubt, doubt, doubt
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  • And I will pray, pray, pray
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  • Till faith runs out, out, out
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  • And I will push past the feeling
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  • That You're just too good to be true
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  • But I gotta be honest, believing is hard to do
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  • Somehow they know
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  • When You've walked in the room
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  • They laugh and they cry
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  • How am I missing You?
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  • And why do I feel so alone?
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  • But I will run, run, run
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  • Back to hope, hope, hope
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  • And I will trust, trust, trust
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  • When I don't know, know, know
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  • And I will push past the feeling
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  • That You're just too good to be true
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  • But I gotta be honest, believing is hard to do
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  • And I hope You're not afraid of my questioning
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  • Am I wasting my breath or are You listening?
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  • 'Cause if seeing is believing, how can I believe?
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  • But I will fight, fight, fight
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  • Through the doubt, doubt, doubt
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  • And I will pray, pray, pray
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  • Till faith runs out, out, out
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  • And I'll remember the first time
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  • You called me by name
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  • And I will run, run, run
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  • Back to hope, hope, hope
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  • And I will trust, trust, trust
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  • When I don't know, know, know
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  • And I'll remember the first time
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  • My heart felt Your love
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  • And I will walk, walk, walk
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  • Not by sight, sight, sight
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  • 'Cause I will see You one day
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  • Even if it's on the other side
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  • I will push past the feeling
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  • That You're just too good to be true
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  • But I gotta be honest, believing is hard to do
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  • [congregation applauding]
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  • Bobby: Thank you, guys.
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  • Melody Noel, so great to have you here.
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  • Melody Noel is an incredibly accomplished
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  • singer and songwriter.
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  • It's such an honor to have her here today, and she's both in
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  • the pop music and the Christian music world.
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  • She's the VP of Influence Music, which is a worship group based
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  • here in Orange County.
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  • Michael Ketterer is a part of your group.
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  • He was here not long ago.
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  • And she's a songwriter for that group as well.
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  • Influence's newest album, "Rebels" features songs written
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  • by Melody and our very own Voices Of Hope.
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  • So congratulations, guys. It's great.
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  • What a privilege.
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  • Well, welcome, Melody. We're so glad to have you here.
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  • So, you're a really gifted songwriter.
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  • You've written music for Jennifer Lopez
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  • and Lin Manuel Miranda, but you also crossed over
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  • into the realm of Christian worship.
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  • How did that decision, like how did that play for you
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  • and why did you make that move?
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  • Melody Noel: Yeah, I mean, I think Christian music is
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  • something the Lord called me to when I was really young.
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  • But I just kind of kept fighting it and fighting it.
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  • And then over the last few years, like worship songs just
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  • kind of kept bubbling up in me and I was asking the Lord
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  • I was like, "God, like I want to write songs that have
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  • an eternal shelf life.
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  • I don't want to write songs that people just remember
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  • when they're on the dance floor.
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  • Like I want something that will stick with them
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  • for their life."
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  • Bobby: Yeah, and your songs really, I think carry people.
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  • That's a great way of thinking about it, like eternal shelf
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  • life, that years and years from now when people are done singing
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  • some of the songs that we, you know, that we think are
  • 00:15:05.240 --> 00:15:07.220
  • so great, that maybe they'll be singing some of these songs
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  • that you're performing here today.
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  • I hope it's true.
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  • Melody: I pray so. Bobby: Yeah, that's great.
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  • And the song you just sang, "Honest,"
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  • is a very personal song to you.
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  • Tell us a little bit about that song and kind of
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  • what led you to write it.
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  • Melody: Totally.
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  • I mean, that song is incredibly vulnerable.
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  • I don't think I'd ever heard a song in church that says
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  • the words, "believing is hard to do."
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  • And you know, I think I've walked with the Lord for a long
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  • time, and I've experienced his love personally in my life,
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  • so it's not like I was at the point where I was gonna like
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  • run away from God or completely let go of my faith.
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  • But I did have a ton of questions like theologically
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  • and just things in my life, and the Lord just really showed me
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  • through it that there's strength in vulnerability,
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  • and he's not afraid of my questions,
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  • and he actually enjoys the wrestle.
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  • Bobby: Amen.
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  • That's an important part of it.
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  • That's why we, you know, we're called Israel.
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  • That's why God's people are called Israel,
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  • the ones who wrestle with God.
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  • You know, isn't it crazy when you think about that that
  • 00:16:03.150 --> 00:16:05.170
  • is the name God gives to us?
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  • So, wrestling with God is a part of, an important part
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  • of our relationship with him.
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  • So great.
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  • Well, Melody, we're just so grateful to have you.
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  • We have a gift bag for you that we're sending with a bunch
  • 00:16:14.220 --> 00:16:17.050
  • of little things, but one thing we have in there is
  • 00:16:17.060 --> 00:16:19.040
  • this angel ornament.
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  • And people love this thing.
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  • And we would just want you to have it and when you hang it
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  • on your tree to remember your time here at Shepherd's Grove
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  • and what a treasure you are to us.
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  • You're an angel to us, so I just wanted to say
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  • thank you for that.
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  • We'll be putting this in your bag after you're done singing,
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  • send you home with it.
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  • What do you think about singing with Voices Of Hope?
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  • Melody: They're incredible. Aren't they incredible?
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  • They're amazing.
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  • There's so professional and full of joy.
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  • I love you guys. You're awesome.
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  • Bobby: Great. Thank you, Melody.
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  • God bless you.
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  • Melody: Thank you for having me.
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  • [congregation applauding]
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  • 00:16:53.040 --> 00:17:02.180
  • Can't help but feel like a stranger
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  • When nowhere on earth feels like home
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  • And everything looks like a savior
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  • But only one can fix the soul
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  • He came as a beacon of promise
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  • The kingdom alive in our midst
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  • His spirit is working within us
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  • To carry love that never ends
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  • You are the light of the world
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  • And we're Your hands and feet on the earth
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  • City on a hill, shining for Your glory
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  • You are the King of all kings
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  • And we're the only You that they see
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  • City on a hill, shining for Your glory
  • 00:18:04.290 --> 00:18:10.290
  • 00:18:11.000 --> 00:18:19.070
  • Let us be marked by Your power
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  • Let us be known by our love
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  • That even amongst all other options
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  • They'd choose Your Son
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  • You are the light of the world
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  • And we're Your hands and feet on the earth
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  • City on a hill, shining for Your glory
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  • You are the King of all kings
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  • And we're the only You that they see
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  • City on a hill, shining for Your glory
  • 00:19:02.080 --> 00:19:08.000
  • 00:19:08.010 --> 00:19:18.000
  • 00:19:18.010 --> 00:19:26.290
  • You overwhelm the dark
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  • Break down the hardest hearts
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  • You're gonna shine on. You're gonna shine on
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  • No putting out our flame
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  • We're gonna stand in faith
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  • We're gonna shine on, We're gonna shine on
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  • You overwhelm the dark
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  • Break down the hardest hearts
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  • You're gonna shine on. You're gonna shine on
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  • No putting out our flame
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  • We're gonna stand in faith
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  • We're gonna shine on, We're gonna shine on
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  • You are the light of the world
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  • And we're Your hands and feet on the earth
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  • City on a hill, shining for Your glory
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  • You are the King of all kings
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  • And we're the only You that they see
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  • City on a hill
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  • Shining for Your glory
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  • 00:20:40.090 --> 00:20:47.250
  • [congregation applauding]
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  • Hannah: Bobby and I are so happy
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  • you joined us in worship today.
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  • We hope that you find incredible hope
  • 00:21:04.070 --> 00:21:06.050
  • and inspiration from this program.
  • 00:21:06.060 --> 00:21:08.000
  • Bobby: There's an old saying that goes,
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  • "The only thing to expect is the unexpected."
  • 00:21:09.200 --> 00:21:12.110
  • I always think this is how Mary felt when the Angel Gabriel
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  • appeared and told her she was gonna give birth
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  • to the Son of God.
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  • Although it was really good news,
  • 00:21:18.190 --> 00:21:20.070
  • her future took a very different turn.
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  • Hannah: When the direction of your life suddenly changes,
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  • you can count on the fact that you are not alone.
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  • Jesus is with you, and he always finishes
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  • the good work he starts.
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  • No matter how difficult your situation
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  • or how drastically your course shifts,
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  • he is with you.
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  • Bobby: You are his beloved child,
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  • and he has the best in store for your life.
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  • Today as a reminder of the really good news
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  • that Jesus is with you, we'd love to send you
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  • these holiday-inspired resources.
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  • announcer: As we prepare for the upcoming holiday season,
  • 00:21:54.160 --> 00:21:57.110
  • we are continuing the annual tradition of offering
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  • a unique Christmas ornament to our "Hour of Power"
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  • friends and partners.
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  • Just look at this beautiful
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  • and intricately-crafted angel ornament.
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  • When you hang it on your tree or place it in your home,
  • 00:22:09.070 --> 00:22:12.050
  • you'll be reminded of the promise fulfilled
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  • in Jesus's birth.
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  • We're asking for a generous gift of any size.
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  • For your gift of $60 or more, we'll include our
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  • "O Come Let Us Adore Him" Advent devotional
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  • and activity card set.
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  • Each day of the devotional
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  • offers a short scripture reading,
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  • engaging questions, and beautiful illustrations
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  • and photography.
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  • In addition, this set of 25 satin-finished cards
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  • features one activity or inspirational thought
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  • to engage your family on each day of the Advent season.
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  • Call, write, or go online today
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  • and request these special resources
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  • designed to encourage you and your loved ones
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  • this holiday season.
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  • Bobby: God is continuing to write the story
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  • of this ministry, and we are counting on him to move
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  • in the hearts of our friends who understand
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  • the tremendous value and impact of the "Hour of Power."
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  • Thank you so, so much for your generous financial support
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  • to help keep this program on the air.
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  • Remember as always, God loves you and so do we.
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  • Russ Jacobson: This morning we want to pray,
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  • and we want to pray for different types of prisons.
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  • There are prisons, there are actual prisons,
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  • there are mental prisons.
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  • And so often life we encounter these obstacles and these
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  • roadblocks that imprison us.
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  • So, will you pray with me this morning?
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  • Heavenly Father, thank you for this day, this chance to worship
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  • You, Lord, this glorious morning, and we are
  • 00:23:37.210 --> 00:23:40.000
  • so thankful that we are free to do so.
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  • But we are mindful of the prisons in our lives, whether it
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  • be the mental prison of loneliness and despair and
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  • depression, those who cannot see a light and a way
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  • out of the darkness.
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  • Lord, we just pray that you would reach into their hearts,
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  • Lord, and you would show them that there is hope.
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  • And we will run, run, run back to hope.
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  • And Lord, we pray for those who are in actual prisons,
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  • people who have been convicted rightfully, and we pray
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  • that you would help them, they would find Jesus,
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  • and they would be rehabilitated.
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  • For those who were wrongly accused, Lord,
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  • we pray for their release.
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  • We pray for those persecuted Christians around the world
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  • who are not free to worship you, Lord.
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  • We just lift them up, and we pray that they may be able to
  • 00:24:30.210 --> 00:24:34.190
  • shout out your name in public and worship you as they please.
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  • And we are thankful for the angels that you have sent into
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  • these lives, Lord, whether it be a friend sitting us down
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  • for coffee and helping us to know that this is not the end,
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  • there is a way out.
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  • Whether it be a family member approaching us for forgiveness,
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  • Lord, whether it be people advocating for those unjustly
  • 00:24:56.210 --> 00:25:00.200
  • accused and social justice.
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  • Lord, we thank you for the angels that speak into our lives
  • 00:25:02.230 --> 00:25:06.100
  • are not heavenly forms, but earthly forms.
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  • And Lord, we thank you most of all for our relationship
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  • with Jesus, our rock, our anchor, our Savior.
  • 00:25:12.050 --> 00:25:16.080
  • We remember these words that he taught us saying, "Our Father,
  • 00:25:16.090 --> 00:25:20.220
  • who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come,
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  • thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
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  • Give us this day our daily bread.
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  • And forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors.
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  • And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
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  • For thine is the kingdom, and the power,
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  • and the glory forever."
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  • [congregation applauding]
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  • Bobby: Welcome. We're so glad you're watching.
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  • If you ever come down to Irvine, if you're ever near Irvine,
  • 00:29:24.040 --> 00:29:27.140
  • or Orange County, or Los Angeles,
  • 00:29:27.150 --> 00:29:29.100
  • please come down to Irvine and worship with us
  • 00:29:29.110 --> 00:29:31.060
  • here at Shepherd's Grove Presbyterian.
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  • We'd love to meet you.
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  • If you have children, bring them.
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  • We'll teach them the things of God.
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  • And that we know you'll have a great time.
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  • We'll make you feel right at home.
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  • Friends, would you hold your hands out like this
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  • as a way of receiving?
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  • Let's say this creed together.
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  • "I'm not what I do. I'm not what I have.
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  • I'm not what people say about me.
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  • I am the beloved of God. It's who I am.
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  • No one can take it from me. I don't have to worry.
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  • I don't have to hurry.
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  • I can trust my friend Jesus and share his love with the world."
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  • Thanks, you can be seated.
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  • Today we're gonna talk about the nearness of God,
  • 00:30:13.100 --> 00:30:16.150
  • that God is always near.
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  • And in the times when we feel completely alone, isolated,
  • 00:30:20.170 --> 00:30:25.190
  • forgotten, when we feel like we're down to nothing, we feel
  • 00:30:25.200 --> 00:30:29.220
  • like we've run out of money, we've run out of opportunities,
  • 00:30:29.230 --> 00:30:32.270
  • very often that is when we, as disciples of Jesus Christ,
  • 00:30:32.280 --> 00:30:37.140
  • experience God the most.
  • 00:30:37.150 --> 00:30:40.050
  • This is one of the most annoying things about following Jesus is
  • 00:30:40.060 --> 00:30:44.090
  • that the Lord loves to get us sometimes in places
  • 00:30:44.100 --> 00:30:48.040
  • where we really feel like we're at the end of our rope
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  • and then there's no one else to turn to but him.
  • 00:30:51.120 --> 00:30:54.160
  • And I think that one of the reasons he does that is one,
  • 00:30:54.170 --> 00:30:56.290
  • stretching is good for us.
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  • But two, it's in those times that after we get through,
  • 00:30:59.150 --> 00:31:04.150
  • we can truly say, "God met me there.
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  • God provided for me.
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  • God got me through."
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  • So that when we're in those times of health,
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  • in those times of plenty, in those times of success,
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  • we know where it comes from, and there's
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  • a deeper meaning to it all.
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  • If you're here today and you're down to nothing,
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  • I want to tell you this quote that my dad,
  • 00:31:24.120 --> 00:31:26.200
  • I think is so brilliant, my dad has said many times
  • 00:31:26.210 --> 00:31:28.210
  • in many sermons and it's helped me a lot in my life.
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  • And that is, if you're down to nothing, God is up to something.
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  • It's absolutely true.
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  • That when we-- this is just how God is.
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  • When we feel like we've completely run out,
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  • we are not alone.
  • 00:31:43.200 --> 00:31:45.120
  • God is near, and he's not just near through his Holy Spirit,
  • 00:31:45.130 --> 00:31:49.250
  • and he's not just near through friends and people in
  • 00:31:49.260 --> 00:31:52.280
  • the church, but he's also near through his angels.
  • 00:31:52.290 --> 00:31:57.260
  • And the Jews and Christians for many years have
  • 00:31:57.270 --> 00:32:00.160
  • believed that sometimes, they've wondered at least,
  • 00:32:00.170 --> 00:32:04.080
  • does God ascribe angels to people?
  • 00:32:04.090 --> 00:32:07.020
  • Are there angels that are assigned to certain individuals?
  • 00:32:07.030 --> 00:32:10.090
  • Are these--are there these things called guardian angels?
  • 00:32:10.100 --> 00:32:14.080
  • How many of you grew up as a kid believing in guardian angels
  • 00:32:14.090 --> 00:32:16.280
  • or believe in guardian angels now?
  • 00:32:16.290 --> 00:32:19.080
  • I talked a lot, you know, I remember as a kid thinking
  • 00:32:19.090 --> 00:32:21.210
  • a lot about that, like, looking over in my bed,
  • 00:32:21.220 --> 00:32:25.050
  • being all alone and thinking, is there an angel like
  • 00:32:25.060 --> 00:32:27.130
  • sitting right here?
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  • And though there isn't an orthodox answer
  • 00:32:29.170 --> 00:32:31.170
  • to that question, I like to think there is.
  • 00:32:31.180 --> 00:32:35.050
  • And actually that view is not a Catholic or Christian view,
  • 00:32:35.060 --> 00:32:38.000
  • or didn't originate with Catholics and Christians.
  • 00:32:38.010 --> 00:32:40.080
  • It originates actually in the Jewish worldview,
  • 00:32:40.090 --> 00:32:43.150
  • that God ascribes to every Jew, or to every believer,
  • 00:32:43.160 --> 00:32:48.060
  • an angel that oversees them, that guides them,
  • 00:32:48.070 --> 00:32:50.250
  • that administers to them and acts in their life.
  • 00:32:50.260 --> 00:32:53.090
  • And I'm not here to necessarily answer that question, except to
  • 00:32:53.100 --> 00:32:56.180
  • say that the belief in something like that makes sense
  • 00:32:56.190 --> 00:33:01.130
  • because if you do life long enough with the Lord,
  • 00:33:01.140 --> 00:33:04.060
  • you find out very quickly, he is always near.
  • 00:33:04.070 --> 00:33:08.190
  • He's always near. You're not alone.
  • 00:33:08.200 --> 00:33:10.090
  • It's easy to feel alone in this world, isn't it?
  • 00:33:10.100 --> 00:33:13.060
  • It's easy to feel isolated.
  • 00:33:13.070 --> 00:33:15.080
  • I don't know about you, but for me,
  • 00:33:15.090 --> 00:33:17.060
  • it's hard to compare myself to other people.
  • 00:33:17.070 --> 00:33:19.070
  • If you're a highly relational person, which is a good thing,
  • 00:33:19.080 --> 00:33:22.250
  • if you're an empathetic person, which is a good thing,
  • 00:33:22.260 --> 00:33:25.230
  • it's easy to look around at the great relationships around you,
  • 00:33:25.240 --> 00:33:29.220
  • you know, other marriages, other friends.
  • 00:33:29.230 --> 00:33:33.120
  • You're, you know, people who are really close to their kids,
  • 00:33:33.130 --> 00:33:35.280
  • people who are really close to the grandkids,
  • 00:33:35.290 --> 00:33:38.080
  • or to their parents who have really tight families.
  • 00:33:38.090 --> 00:33:40.150
  • I grew up in it, my parents were divorced.
  • 00:33:40.160 --> 00:33:43.080
  • And I had to go back and forth between families.
  • 00:33:43.090 --> 00:33:45.050
  • It's easy for me to compare my life to families
  • 00:33:45.060 --> 00:33:47.280
  • that had it all together.
  • 00:33:47.290 --> 00:33:49.260
  • Little did I know, none of them had it all together.
  • 00:33:49.270 --> 00:33:53.100
  • See, that's the thing is, is we always compare what we don't
  • 00:33:53.110 --> 00:33:56.120
  • have to what everybody else has, especially in our relationships.
  • 00:33:56.130 --> 00:34:01.140
  • And today in an age of Instagram and Facebook, very few people
  • 00:34:01.150 --> 00:34:05.070
  • are posting fights with their spouse, fallouts with their
  • 00:34:05.080 --> 00:34:09.020
  • children, feeling lonely, sitting on the couch
  • 00:34:09.030 --> 00:34:14.020
  • eating popcorn with a glass of wine wondering,
  • 00:34:14.030 --> 00:34:16.250
  • "Will I always be here?"
  • 00:34:16.260 --> 00:34:19.180
  • Some of you hope you'll always be there.
  • 00:34:19.190 --> 00:34:23.110
  • Look, it's easy to feel like "I'm alone in life,"
  • 00:34:23.120 --> 00:34:26.150
  • or, you know, "Why can't I get married?"
  • 00:34:26.160 --> 00:34:28.140
  • Or "Why can't I have kids?"
  • 00:34:28.150 --> 00:34:30.030
  • Or " Why can't I be close to the people in my life?"
  • 00:34:30.040 --> 00:34:32.060
  • And I want you to know that it's in these times when you feel
  • 00:34:32.070 --> 00:34:34.220
  • most alone, that if you let him, God can do
  • 00:34:34.230 --> 00:34:37.250
  • something really great in your life and you can experience
  • 00:34:37.260 --> 00:34:40.150
  • in those times of solitude.
  • 00:34:40.160 --> 00:34:42.160
  • If you choose to do something like go on a walk or go deeper
  • 00:34:42.170 --> 00:34:45.090
  • into times of prayer and seek God in those moments,
  • 00:34:45.100 --> 00:34:48.270
  • it's sometimes in those moments that you realize most of all
  • 00:34:48.280 --> 00:34:52.070
  • that God is always near.
  • 00:34:52.080 --> 00:34:54.110
  • Isn't that strange, that when we don't have a TV to distract us,
  • 00:34:54.120 --> 00:34:58.100
  • or music to distract us, or friends to distract us,
  • 00:34:58.110 --> 00:35:02.010
  • or family, or work, we have nothing to distract us,
  • 00:35:02.020 --> 00:35:04.190
  • sometimes that's when we realize more than any, that God is near.
  • 00:35:04.200 --> 00:35:09.240
  • And that if we're down to absolutely nothing, if we feel
  • 00:35:09.250 --> 00:35:12.110
  • like, you know, we're--our health is no good anymore,
  • 00:35:12.120 --> 00:35:15.250
  • our relationships are no good anymore.
  • 00:35:15.260 --> 00:35:17.250
  • We're never, just never gonna get that job,
  • 00:35:17.260 --> 00:35:19.230
  • I just want to remind you what my dad said.
  • 00:35:19.240 --> 00:35:21.150
  • When you're down to nothing, God is up to something.
  • 00:35:21.160 --> 00:35:24.030
  • My life is a testimony to this, yours might be too that the
  • 00:35:24.040 --> 00:35:28.030
  • times when you were at the--what you thought were the worst times
  • 00:35:28.040 --> 00:35:32.040
  • in your life financially, health-wise, relationally,
  • 00:35:32.050 --> 00:35:35.290
  • that was right at the point where God did,
  • 00:35:36.000 --> 00:35:38.080
  • at least in my life, God did something great in my life.
  • 00:35:38.090 --> 00:35:41.040
  • And I want to encourage you, if you feel like you're there,
  • 00:35:41.050 --> 00:35:43.230
  • I just want you to believe and trust, and even pray and ask,
  • 00:35:43.240 --> 00:35:46.270
  • that God will use this time of little, this time of lack,
  • 00:35:46.280 --> 00:35:51.030
  • this time of wondering, to do something great in your life.
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  • He can and he will.
  • 00:35:55.160 --> 00:35:57.230
  • His timing is annoying. It's annoying.
  • 00:35:57.240 --> 00:36:02.080
  • It's always the 11th hour and the 59th minute, the last
  • 00:36:02.090 --> 00:36:06.000
  • time--that's how God is and it's annoying, but it's faithful.
  • 00:36:06.010 --> 00:36:10.260
  • God is so faithful, and he's so true.
  • 00:36:10.270 --> 00:36:14.000
  • And he will get you through what you're going through.
  • 00:36:14.010 --> 00:36:17.030
  • Very often I believe God, even though we don't experience it
  • 00:36:17.040 --> 00:36:19.280
  • this way, if we could put on like glasses and see the
  • 00:36:19.290 --> 00:36:24.010
  • spiritual world, I believe we would see angels running around
  • 00:36:24.020 --> 00:36:28.050
  • doing things for God in our lives.
  • 00:36:28.060 --> 00:36:31.000
  • Wouldn't that be a bizarre thing to experience?
  • 00:36:31.010 --> 00:36:34.230
  • And so, I want to talk about that today, about a story about
  • 00:36:34.240 --> 00:36:37.270
  • when Peter was down to absolutely nothing, probably
  • 00:36:37.280 --> 00:36:40.160
  • thought he was going to die unfairly, and wondered if he was
  • 00:36:40.170 --> 00:36:46.000
  • about to go to heaven, and what was gonna happen to the church,
  • 00:36:46.010 --> 00:36:49.090
  • and how people praying for him somehow activated this angel
  • 00:36:49.100 --> 00:36:54.210
  • in his life to rescue him.
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  • First, guardian angels, are they real?
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  • I don't know.
  • 00:37:00.080 --> 00:37:02.050
  • What's the Presbyterian or what's the the reformed view?
  • 00:37:02.060 --> 00:37:04.150
  • I don't know.
  • 00:37:04.160 --> 00:37:06.090
  • You know, some yes, some no, everybody, who knows?
  • 00:37:06.100 --> 00:37:08.120
  • But all of us, as believers, we believe in angels,
  • 00:37:08.130 --> 00:37:11.250
  • and we inherit this view of angels from a Jewish worldview.
  • 00:37:11.260 --> 00:37:16.100
  • It's very, it's center right in the middle of it.
  • 00:37:16.110 --> 00:37:19.100
  • In Jesus's day, very often, we take these two groups of people,
  • 00:37:19.110 --> 00:37:23.200
  • the Pharisees and the Sadducees,
  • 00:37:23.210 --> 00:37:26.090
  • and we always sort of group them together.
  • 00:37:26.100 --> 00:37:28.280
  • Now, this is a big mistake because the Pharisees
  • 00:37:28.290 --> 00:37:31.230
  • and the Sadducees hated each other.
  • 00:37:31.240 --> 00:37:35.040
  • They couldn't have been any more different from one another.
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  • The Pharisees, which many of them are actually very good,
  • 00:37:38.230 --> 00:37:42.210
  • have this view of life that, that there are angels
  • 00:37:42.220 --> 00:37:46.020
  • and demons, there are miracles, there is spirit,
  • 00:37:46.030 --> 00:37:50.110
  • that the whole Old Testament is the Word of God,
  • 00:37:50.120 --> 00:37:53.130
  • and that there are angels, and that these angels work
  • 00:37:53.140 --> 00:37:56.260
  • in our lives.
  • 00:37:56.270 --> 00:37:58.250
  • The Sadducees, however, were kind of this wealthy
  • 00:37:58.260 --> 00:38:01.170
  • political class of Jewish leaders.
  • 00:38:01.180 --> 00:38:04.240
  • They didn't believe in any of those things.
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  • They only believed in the first five books of the Bible.
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  • They were all about making political relations
  • 00:38:10.180 --> 00:38:13.010
  • with the Roman government.
  • 00:38:13.020 --> 00:38:15.040
  • They did not believe in an afterlife.
  • 00:38:15.050 --> 00:38:17.030
  • They did believe in God, but only the God that was
  • 00:38:17.040 --> 00:38:19.240
  • represented in the Torah, the first five books of the Bible.
  • 00:38:19.250 --> 00:38:23.050
  • And they were honestly kind of more politically religious,
  • 00:38:23.060 --> 00:38:28.160
  • and their job was to oversee the temple.
  • 00:38:28.170 --> 00:38:30.150
  • Now, that may sound super religious, but remember that the
  • 00:38:30.160 --> 00:38:33.020
  • temple isn't just the center of worship, all of Israel's money
  • 00:38:33.030 --> 00:38:37.100
  • was kept in the temple that was like the Federal Bank.
  • 00:38:37.110 --> 00:38:41.020
  • It was the main place of gathering for,
  • 00:38:41.030 --> 00:38:44.040
  • for all sorts of events, you know, religious events.
  • 00:38:44.050 --> 00:38:48.210
  • There was a business square there where
  • 00:38:48.220 --> 00:38:50.290
  • trading was happening.
  • 00:38:51.000 --> 00:38:53.040
  • So, it just was, this temple mountain was the center.
  • 00:38:53.050 --> 00:38:55.290
  • This is what Sadducees oversaw.
  • 00:38:56.000 --> 00:38:57.090
  • They were like, kind of like those politicians,
  • 00:38:57.100 --> 00:38:59.060
  • how, you know, every politician is a Christian.
  • 00:38:59.070 --> 00:39:02.210
  • You know, but you wonder if they have any relationship with God
  • 00:39:02.220 --> 00:39:05.100
  • at all, if they really pray, if they really believe
  • 00:39:05.110 --> 00:39:08.000
  • any of this stuff.
  • 00:39:08.010 --> 00:39:09.240
  • That's kind of how the Sadducees were.
  • 00:39:09.250 --> 00:39:11.140
  • This is important because the Sadducees who don't believe in
  • 00:39:11.150 --> 00:39:14.140
  • miracles, and don't believe in angels, are the ones who really
  • 00:39:14.150 --> 00:39:18.110
  • put Jesus to death, and they are the ones who oversee
  • 00:39:18.120 --> 00:39:21.290
  • the temple where this story's gonna take place.
  • 00:39:22.000 --> 00:39:25.010
  • Now, the temple in Jesus's day was usually not called
  • 00:39:25.020 --> 00:39:29.000
  • the temple or the Temple Mount.
  • 00:39:29.010 --> 00:39:30.100
  • It was called the house.
  • 00:39:30.110 --> 00:39:32.070
  • Everybody say, "The house."
  • 00:39:32.080 --> 00:39:34.250
  • The house, that's what everybody said.
  • 00:39:34.260 --> 00:39:37.230
  • When they were gonna go there, they were gonna go to the house.
  • 00:39:37.240 --> 00:39:41.240
  • This is--this will, if you're reading your New Testament,
  • 00:39:41.250 --> 00:39:45.030
  • you need to look for this, especially in the gospels.
  • 00:39:45.040 --> 00:39:47.280
  • But for example, in Acts chapter 2, many people
  • 00:39:47.290 --> 00:39:51.280
  • when they read it, they picture it happening in an actual house
  • 00:39:51.290 --> 00:39:54.270
  • or an upper room of a house from Acts chapter 1.
  • 00:39:54.280 --> 00:39:59.190
  • Most scholars believe that the house they're referring to
  • 00:39:59.200 --> 00:40:02.080
  • is the temple when the whole house shook.
  • 00:40:02.090 --> 00:40:06.000
  • When the Spirit of God fell, the whole temple shook.
  • 00:40:06.010 --> 00:40:09.090
  • That's why there were thousands of people there to witness it
  • 00:40:09.100 --> 00:40:12.070
  • and to see it.
  • 00:40:12.080 --> 00:40:13.290
  • So, when the apostles were gathered, it's likely
  • 00:40:14.000 --> 00:40:15.270
  • that it wasn't an upper room somewhere else.
  • 00:40:15.280 --> 00:40:18.020
  • It was actually probably at Solomon's colonnade, which is
  • 00:40:18.030 --> 00:40:21.170
  • that front part there at the temple, and that some crazy
  • 00:40:21.180 --> 00:40:25.230
  • thing happened where the spirit, which is something
  • 00:40:25.240 --> 00:40:28.030
  • that's happened before at the temple,
  • 00:40:28.040 --> 00:40:30.040
  • fell with power upon the believers.
  • 00:40:30.050 --> 00:40:32.230
  • And they testified to the resurrection of God
  • 00:40:32.240 --> 00:40:35.040
  • and many came to faith.
  • 00:40:35.050 --> 00:40:37.070
  • And those people who came to faith began gathering at
  • 00:40:37.080 --> 00:40:40.030
  • Solomon's colonnade right there at the front of the temple.
  • 00:40:40.040 --> 00:40:43.070
  • Thousands of people could gather there, it's a shaded spot.
  • 00:40:43.080 --> 00:40:45.230
  • And so, every day the believers would gather there
  • 00:40:45.240 --> 00:40:47.290
  • in the temple, remember 'cause they're Jewish.
  • 00:40:48.000 --> 00:40:50.110
  • They would gather there and testify to the gospel,
  • 00:40:50.120 --> 00:40:53.060
  • and people started experiencing miracles and power.
  • 00:40:53.070 --> 00:40:57.010
  • And so, all of these people begin gathering at Solomon's
  • 00:40:57.020 --> 00:41:00.030
  • porch or colonnade at the temple because they want to engage
  • 00:41:00.040 --> 00:41:03.250
  • with the apostles, or get a miracle, or see God
  • 00:41:03.260 --> 00:41:06.140
  • do something great.
  • 00:41:06.150 --> 00:41:08.080
  • And this is a big problem for the Sadducees.
  • 00:41:08.090 --> 00:41:10.190
  • Why is it a big problem?
  • 00:41:10.200 --> 00:41:13.130
  • Why?
  • 00:41:13.140 --> 00:41:15.070
  • There are no miracles. There are no angels.
  • 00:41:15.080 --> 00:41:19.060
  • There is no heaven. There is no spirit.
  • 00:41:19.070 --> 00:41:21.290
  • This isn't supposed to be happening.
  • 00:41:22.000 --> 00:41:25.080
  • So, it's creating a problem for the Sadducees
  • 00:41:25.090 --> 00:41:27.130
  • and this great move of God is happening.
  • 00:41:27.140 --> 00:41:30.150
  • So Peter, of course, is the leader of this movement
  • 00:41:30.160 --> 00:41:33.240
  • and, you know, one of most famous stories is when
  • 00:41:33.250 --> 00:41:36.040
  • he heals this lame man at the gate called beautiful.
  • 00:41:36.050 --> 00:41:39.130
  • It's a great story.
  • 00:41:39.140 --> 00:41:41.130
  • There's this guy who's been begging at the gate called
  • 00:41:41.140 --> 00:41:44.060
  • beautiful every day for like 30 years.
  • 00:41:44.070 --> 00:41:49.020
  • Everyone who's a regular at the temple knows who this guy is,
  • 00:41:49.030 --> 00:41:51.240
  • they bring him in, they carry him in,
  • 00:41:51.250 --> 00:41:53.180
  • and then they carry him out.
  • 00:41:53.190 --> 00:41:55.090
  • Imagine we have that here at the church, that there was
  • 00:41:55.100 --> 00:41:57.240
  • a gentleman who had been out there since this church
  • 00:41:57.250 --> 00:42:00.080
  • was built for the last 30 years.
  • 00:42:00.090 --> 00:42:02.020
  • You could count on it that Joe was leaning against the thing,
  • 00:42:02.030 --> 00:42:05.180
  • you know, asking for money, or food, or something,
  • 00:42:05.190 --> 00:42:09.050
  • just sitting out there every day.
  • 00:42:09.060 --> 00:42:11.040
  • And some people gave him money and some people didn't.
  • 00:42:11.050 --> 00:42:13.040
  • Imagine he couldn't walk or something like that.
  • 00:42:13.050 --> 00:42:15.010
  • And one day, he came up here.
  • 00:42:15.020 --> 00:42:16.220
  • We all knew his name, we'd seen him every day, and he came up
  • 00:42:16.230 --> 00:42:19.180
  • here and testified the gospel.
  • 00:42:19.190 --> 00:42:21.090
  • That would be powerful, wouldn't it?
  • 00:42:21.100 --> 00:42:23.140
  • And this is sort of what sets off this incredible move of God.
  • 00:42:23.150 --> 00:42:27.180
  • And so, the Sadducees have a terrible time of it.
  • 00:42:27.190 --> 00:42:29.210
  • They keep trying to arrest the apostles.
  • 00:42:29.220 --> 00:42:32.260
  • In fact, the first time, Peter and John when they're doing
  • 00:42:32.270 --> 00:42:36.230
  • all of these miracles, the Sadducees arrest them,
  • 00:42:36.240 --> 00:42:39.230
  • and keep them overnight, and they command them don't--
  • 00:42:39.240 --> 00:42:41.220
  • stop preaching.
  • 00:42:41.230 --> 00:42:43.170
  • They literally say, "You're making us look bad."
  • 00:42:43.180 --> 00:42:46.170
  • Peter and John just say,
  • 00:42:46.180 --> 00:42:48.110
  • "We have to testify to the resurrection of God."
  • 00:42:48.120 --> 00:42:51.100
  • This happens again, this group continues to grow in Solomon's
  • 00:42:51.110 --> 00:42:54.060
  • colonnade, an amazing story, that people from villages
  • 00:42:54.070 --> 00:42:57.180
  • all over want their sick healed.
  • 00:42:57.190 --> 00:42:59.200
  • And some people believed that if Peter's mere shadow went
  • 00:42:59.210 --> 00:43:04.080
  • across them, that they'd be healed and many were.
  • 00:43:04.090 --> 00:43:06.140
  • So, they'd have these sick people lined up on the--
  • 00:43:06.150 --> 00:43:09.100
  • I guess it would be the north side of Peter
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  • so that as he walked by, his shadow would heal these people.
  • 00:43:13.140 --> 00:43:17.010
  • I mean, just imagine the power of God in that place
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  • and what God was doing.
  • 00:43:20.100 --> 00:43:23.210
  • Peter, eventually the apostles get arrested a second time.
  • 00:43:23.220 --> 00:43:29.020
  • They're put in jail and the Sanhedrin decides they're gonna
  • 00:43:29.030 --> 00:43:32.190
  • gather and have this big court experience.
  • 00:43:32.200 --> 00:43:35.190
  • So, all the leaders, 71 of the great elders of the Jewish
  • 00:43:35.200 --> 00:43:39.110
  • faith, decide they're gonna gather, and they're going to,
  • 00:43:39.120 --> 00:43:43.010
  • you know, hold this sort of kangaroo court for Peter
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  • and the apostles.
  • 00:43:46.050 --> 00:43:48.060
  • And an angel comes and releases them from the prison
  • 00:43:48.070 --> 00:43:52.120
  • and says, "Go back to the temple and preach."
  • 00:43:52.130 --> 00:43:54.200
  • And I love this story because everybody puts on their
  • 00:43:54.210 --> 00:43:56.250
  • ceremonial robes, and they have all the candles lit,
  • 00:43:56.260 --> 00:43:59.160
  • and all of the things are open and they go,
  • 00:43:59.170 --> 00:44:01.170
  • "Now go retrieve the prisoners."
  • 00:44:01.180 --> 00:44:04.040
  • The guard goes, "Okay, I'll be right back."
  • 00:44:04.050 --> 00:44:07.240
  • Comes back and says, "My Lord, we don't know
  • 00:44:07.250 --> 00:44:09.130
  • where the prisoners are."
  • 00:44:09.140 --> 00:44:11.010
  • Then somebody says, "Look, there they are,
  • 00:44:11.020 --> 00:44:12.170
  • they're preaching in the temple again."
  • 00:44:12.180 --> 00:44:14.100
  • So, this is incredibly embarrassing for the Sanhedrin
  • 00:44:14.110 --> 00:44:18.260
  • and for the Sadducees.
  • 00:44:18.270 --> 00:44:24.120
  • Well, this, you know, keeps happening over and over.
  • 00:44:24.130 --> 00:44:27.190
  • This persecution and this difficulty keeps coming upon
  • 00:44:27.200 --> 00:44:30.230
  • the disciples and finally, it reaches a high point
  • 00:44:30.240 --> 00:44:33.070
  • where they begin killing people.
  • 00:44:33.080 --> 00:44:35.050
  • We talked about the first martyr a couple months ago, Stephen,
  • 00:44:35.060 --> 00:44:38.290
  • who testifies against the Sanhedrin,
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  • and they stoned him for that.
  • 00:44:40.250 --> 00:44:43.110
  • Later, there's a guy named Herod Agrippa.
  • 00:44:43.120 --> 00:44:46.290
  • The Herod thing can get really confusing if you read the Bible
  • 00:44:47.000 --> 00:44:49.040
  • a lot because there's, there's no fewer than six Herods
  • 00:44:49.050 --> 00:44:52.140
  • mentioned in the New Testament.
  • 00:44:52.150 --> 00:44:54.280
  • Herod Agrippa is the one in this story, and he puts James
  • 00:44:54.290 --> 00:44:59.110
  • to death by the sword.
  • 00:44:59.120 --> 00:45:01.050
  • And this is a big deal, because James is the first of the
  • 00:45:01.060 --> 00:45:04.120
  • 12 disciples who was actually put to death as a martyr.
  • 00:45:04.130 --> 00:45:08.020
  • And so, now it's getting serious.
  • 00:45:08.030 --> 00:45:10.210
  • With this, the church begins to be very afraid.
  • 00:45:10.220 --> 00:45:14.110
  • They probably leave the temple at this point, and they begin
  • 00:45:14.120 --> 00:45:18.030
  • to gather at a guy named John Mark's house.
  • 00:45:18.040 --> 00:45:20.180
  • He's the author of the gospel of Mark,
  • 00:45:20.190 --> 00:45:23.000
  • and his mother's very wealthy but a very godly woman.
  • 00:45:23.010 --> 00:45:27.130
  • She has this beautiful home, has a grand courtyard,
  • 00:45:27.140 --> 00:45:30.270
  • and probably a hedge or walls around it,
  • 00:45:30.280 --> 00:45:33.130
  • so it's a safe place to meet.
  • 00:45:33.140 --> 00:45:35.200
  • And that's where the church begins to gather after the death
  • 00:45:35.210 --> 00:45:39.140
  • of Stephen and James, more in hiding, because they recognize
  • 00:45:39.150 --> 00:45:43.060
  • that even though God was on the move in the temple,
  • 00:45:43.070 --> 00:45:46.100
  • that they were in great danger.
  • 00:45:46.110 --> 00:45:48.020
  • So, they began to gather there, and they began to pray, and they
  • 00:45:48.030 --> 00:45:51.030
  • began to hope for a time that they can, you know,
  • 00:45:51.040 --> 00:45:54.070
  • come back to the temple or see God move
  • 00:45:54.080 --> 00:45:56.040
  • in this great, great way.
  • 00:45:56.050 --> 00:45:58.230
  • Well, of course, Peter continues to preach anyway in the temple
  • 00:45:58.240 --> 00:46:02.150
  • because Peter is Peter.
  • 00:46:02.160 --> 00:46:04.140
  • He's the man, right?
  • 00:46:04.150 --> 00:46:06.110
  • Miracles, power, and he probably knows he's gonna be arrested,
  • 00:46:06.120 --> 00:46:09.130
  • and he is.
  • 00:46:09.140 --> 00:46:11.060
  • Herod Agrippa, seeing that the Sanhedrin was happy with the
  • 00:46:11.070 --> 00:46:14.020
  • death of James, arrests Peter, and he's gonna put him to death.
  • 00:46:14.030 --> 00:46:18.140
  • The only problem is it's during the time of the Feast
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  • of Unleavened Bread.
  • 00:46:20.200 --> 00:46:22.250
  • This was an amazing time when thousands of people
  • 00:46:22.260 --> 00:46:26.230
  • from all over the world would come.
  • 00:46:26.240 --> 00:46:29.020
  • And it's hard to imagine what the temple would have been like
  • 00:46:29.030 --> 00:46:31.170
  • in the first century, the passion people had for God,
  • 00:46:31.180 --> 00:46:35.210
  • the way in which they would so want to be in God's presence.
  • 00:46:35.220 --> 00:46:39.250
  • And they had rules and one of those rules was you couldn't
  • 00:46:39.260 --> 00:46:41.250
  • kill somebody during the Feast of Unleavened Bread.
  • 00:46:41.260 --> 00:46:43.220
  • And so, but they also knew that Peter, man, he was a wily one,
  • 00:46:43.230 --> 00:46:47.160
  • somehow he could just get out, you know?
  • 00:46:47.170 --> 00:46:49.210
  • And so, they decide, so Herod puts four squads
  • 00:46:49.220 --> 00:46:53.270
  • of four men to guard Peter.
  • 00:46:53.280 --> 00:46:56.070
  • And if you're Peter, you're thinking,
  • 00:46:56.080 --> 00:46:57.230
  • "There is no way I'm getting out of this."
  • 00:46:57.240 --> 00:46:59.140
  • So, imagine whenever Peter is sleeping, he has two guards
  • 00:46:59.150 --> 00:47:03.030
  • sleeping on either side of him hip to hip.
  • 00:47:03.040 --> 00:47:06.220
  • And at the door, there are two more guards guarding the door,
  • 00:47:06.230 --> 00:47:10.230
  • and he knows when this feast is over,
  • 00:47:10.240 --> 00:47:13.090
  • he's gonna get his head chopped off.
  • 00:47:13.100 --> 00:47:16.100
  • And imagine how it feels to be Peter.
  • 00:47:16.110 --> 00:47:18.070
  • You're leading this great movement.
  • 00:47:18.080 --> 00:47:20.050
  • God is doing something great.
  • 00:47:20.060 --> 00:47:22.160
  • Peter must just be like, "God, where are you?
  • 00:47:22.170 --> 00:47:24.080
  • How did it get to this?"
  • 00:47:24.090 --> 00:47:25.240
  • He must be feeling hopeless.
  • 00:47:25.250 --> 00:47:27.100
  • Maybe you're feeling hopeless now.
  • 00:47:27.110 --> 00:47:29.000
  • Maybe you feel like, you know, the world creates so many of
  • 00:47:29.010 --> 00:47:32.110
  • these illusions when, especially when you're in the middle of it,
  • 00:47:32.120 --> 00:47:35.100
  • you think, "There's no way I'm getting out of this.
  • 00:47:35.110 --> 00:47:37.160
  • There's no way I'm gonna get my breakthrough.
  • 00:47:37.170 --> 00:47:39.110
  • There's no way I'm getting out of this prison."
  • 00:47:39.120 --> 00:47:41.000
  • I want you to know we serve a God of miracles.
  • 00:47:41.010 --> 00:47:44.060
  • I have seen these miracles like there is--
  • 00:47:44.070 --> 00:47:47.120
  • and the great testimonies that happen when we get
  • 00:47:47.130 --> 00:47:50.140
  • the breakthrough are such an important and awesome part
  • 00:47:50.150 --> 00:47:53.290
  • of that relationship we have with the Lord.
  • 00:47:54.000 --> 00:47:56.200
  • So, Peter is laying between these two soldiers.
  • 00:47:56.210 --> 00:47:59.200
  • He's gonna get--he's gonna be executed soon,
  • 00:47:59.210 --> 00:48:01.290
  • and the church gathers at John Mark's mother's house.
  • 00:48:02.000 --> 00:48:04.200
  • And for days, they're not at the temple celebrating,
  • 00:48:04.210 --> 00:48:07.100
  • they're not rejoicing.
  • 00:48:07.110 --> 00:48:09.070
  • They are praying like crazy that God will rescue Peter.
  • 00:48:09.080 --> 00:48:16.120
  • And prayer does things, guys.
  • 00:48:16.130 --> 00:48:18.130
  • Prayer, truly, truly makes a difference.
  • 00:48:18.140 --> 00:48:21.270
  • Sometimes wonder if we truly knew what prayer could
  • 00:48:21.280 --> 00:48:26.070
  • accomplish in our lives, if we wouldn't just spend most
  • 00:48:26.080 --> 00:48:30.020
  • of our time just praying like crazy.
  • 00:48:30.030 --> 00:48:33.030
  • It's amazing how the needle is actually moved in our lives
  • 00:48:33.040 --> 00:48:37.110
  • and the lives of people we love when we pray.
  • 00:48:37.120 --> 00:48:40.250
  • And when all we can do is pray, sometimes we think we're in the
  • 00:48:40.260 --> 00:48:43.260
  • worst position, sometimes we're in the best position,
  • 00:48:43.270 --> 00:48:46.160
  • because, as my dad says,
  • 00:48:46.170 --> 00:48:48.170
  • when you're down to nothing, God is up to something.
  • 00:48:48.180 --> 00:48:51.280
  • And perhaps, perhaps the reason God's timing is so annoying,
  • 00:48:51.290 --> 00:48:54.270
  • or perhaps the reason he always waits until we're down
  • 00:48:54.280 --> 00:48:57.250
  • to nothing is because the only time we pray is when
  • 00:48:57.260 --> 00:49:00.120
  • we're down to nothing.
  • 00:49:00.130 --> 00:49:02.080
  • The only time we pray is when we feel like we have
  • 00:49:02.090 --> 00:49:03.290
  • nowhere else to go.
  • 00:49:04.000 --> 00:49:07.080
  • That's true in my life sometimes.
  • 00:49:07.090 --> 00:49:09.220
  • Don't wait until you have nothing to pray.
  • 00:49:09.230 --> 00:49:13.280
  • Pray like crazy all the time and watch God do something great
  • 00:49:13.290 --> 00:49:17.170
  • in your life.
  • 00:49:17.180 --> 00:49:20.000
  • Well, we talked about guardian angels, and the Jewish view of
  • 00:49:20.010 --> 00:49:22.160
  • guardian angels was that God assigns an angel to every single
  • 00:49:22.170 --> 00:49:27.240
  • person, and that sometimes people could see these angels.
  • 00:49:27.250 --> 00:49:33.290
  • And this is the best part, if you saw your angel,
  • 00:49:34.000 --> 00:49:38.050
  • the angel would look like you.
  • 00:49:38.060 --> 00:49:40.210
  • Now, I'm not saying this is true or this is actually what
  • 00:49:40.220 --> 00:49:43.060
  • happens, but this was the first century Jewish belief, that if
  • 00:49:43.070 --> 00:49:45.210
  • somehow God opened your eyes to see your guardian angel,
  • 00:49:45.220 --> 00:49:48.070
  • you would see like a mirror reflection of yourself.
  • 00:49:48.080 --> 00:49:51.190
  • Let's imagine for a moment that when--
  • 00:49:51.200 --> 00:49:55.080
  • so Peter is laying there between these two soldiers
  • 00:49:55.090 --> 00:49:58.190
  • and this dark, damp room is filled with light
  • 00:49:58.200 --> 00:50:04.250
  • and this angel, presumably his angel,
  • 00:50:04.260 --> 00:50:08.100
  • kicks Peter, he says, "Hey, get up."
  • 00:50:08.110 --> 00:50:11.010
  • Now, I always, when I read this story, this text doesn't say
  • 00:50:11.020 --> 00:50:13.240
  • this but imagine Peter looks up at a shining,
  • 00:50:13.250 --> 00:50:17.150
  • bright version of himself.
  • 00:50:17.160 --> 00:50:20.230
  • I mean, it would be a kind of a trip, you know,
  • 00:50:20.240 --> 00:50:23.090
  • it'd be kind of a weird experience.
  • 00:50:23.100 --> 00:50:25.070
  • So, I don't know if that's what happened,
  • 00:50:25.080 --> 00:50:27.010
  • but something happens and this angel kicks him.
  • 00:50:27.020 --> 00:50:28.270
  • He says, "Let's go."
  • 00:50:28.280 --> 00:50:30.170
  • His shackles fall off.
  • 00:50:30.180 --> 00:50:32.000
  • I don't know what happens to the guards.
  • 00:50:32.010 --> 00:50:34.210
  • I don't know if they got knocked out or what happened.
  • 00:50:34.220 --> 00:50:36.280
  • The angel opens the door, he gets outside of the house,
  • 00:50:36.290 --> 00:50:39.170
  • and then the angel disappears.
  • 00:50:39.180 --> 00:50:41.070
  • But the whole time, Peter is in like this weird state
  • 00:50:41.080 --> 00:50:44.040
  • where he's trying to figure out what's going on.
  • 00:50:44.050 --> 00:50:47.190
  • He gets out of the prison, out of the temple, and he wanders
  • 00:50:47.200 --> 00:50:51.170
  • to John Mark's parents' house, and he knocks on the door.
  • 00:50:51.180 --> 00:50:54.130
  • And this girl named Rhoda, who's a servant,
  • 00:50:54.140 --> 00:50:57.070
  • comes to the door, because what are all the people doing?
  • 00:50:57.080 --> 00:51:00.210
  • They're praying, they're praying for Peter like crazy.
  • 00:51:00.220 --> 00:51:04.030
  • They've been praying. Maybe they're fasting.
  • 00:51:04.040 --> 00:51:06.010
  • They believe that God can do something great, and yet--
  • 00:51:06.020 --> 00:51:08.260
  • so Rhoda comes to the door.
  • 00:51:08.270 --> 00:51:10.270
  • Knock, knock, knock.
  • 00:51:10.280 --> 00:51:12.250
  • You know, they're all scared they're in persecution.
  • 00:51:12.260 --> 00:51:14.140
  • Who is it?
  • 00:51:14.150 --> 00:51:16.160
  • "Rhoda, it's Peter."
  • 00:51:16.170 --> 00:51:18.180
  • Peter. She runs back out.
  • 00:51:18.190 --> 00:51:21.090
  • She says, "Guys, we have to open the door.
  • 00:51:21.100 --> 00:51:23.080
  • It's Peter!"
  • 00:51:23.090 --> 00:51:24.270
  • They're like, "You're crazy.
  • 00:51:24.280 --> 00:51:26.140
  • There's no way Peter got out of that prison."
  • 00:51:26.150 --> 00:51:28.220
  • She says, "Peter, I'm telling you, it's Peter."
  • 00:51:28.230 --> 00:51:31.070
  • And what do they say?
  • 00:51:31.080 --> 00:51:32.260
  • They say, "It's probably his angel."
  • 00:51:32.270 --> 00:51:37.200
  • Now, isn't it funny that it's easier for them to believe that
  • 00:51:37.210 --> 00:51:42.190
  • it's Peter's guardian angel than it is it's actually Peter?
  • 00:51:42.200 --> 00:51:46.170
  • I don't know why this amuses me.
  • 00:51:46.180 --> 00:51:48.280
  • And the fact that it actually has the possessive pronoun.
  • 00:51:48.290 --> 00:51:51.150
  • It's not God's angel, but it's Peter's angel.
  • 00:51:51.160 --> 00:51:54.190
  • It's also interesting to me and points to this view
  • 00:51:54.200 --> 00:51:56.170
  • of a guardian angel.
  • 00:51:56.180 --> 00:51:58.160
  • Maybe they think it's--maybe we're interpreting it wrong.
  • 00:51:58.170 --> 00:52:00.120
  • Maybe it's supposed to like his spirit like he's dead.
  • 00:52:00.130 --> 00:52:02.180
  • But it must be his angel.
  • 00:52:02.190 --> 00:52:05.070
  • She's like, "Guys, no, it's Peter."
  • 00:52:05.080 --> 00:52:06.280
  • And so, they let him in and they rejoice.
  • 00:52:06.290 --> 00:52:09.260
  • But Peter tells them about what happened and they move on.
  • 00:52:09.270 --> 00:52:11.290
  • But there's another passage too that says in Matthew chapter
  • 00:52:12.000 --> 00:52:15.120
  • 18:10 that shows this other kind of Jewish view.
  • 00:52:15.130 --> 00:52:18.210
  • Jesus says, "See that you do not despise one
  • 00:52:18.220 --> 00:52:23.070
  • of these little ones," he's speaking of children,
  • 00:52:23.080 --> 00:52:26.070
  • "for I tell you," that what?
  • 00:52:26.080 --> 00:52:29.100
  • "They're angels."
  • 00:52:29.110 --> 00:52:31.050
  • What does that mean?
  • 00:52:31.060 --> 00:52:32.210
  • "That they're angels in heaven always see the face
  • 00:52:32.220 --> 00:52:36.120
  • of My father in heaven."
  • 00:52:36.130 --> 00:52:39.260
  • So, I don't know, like, I don't know if there
  • 00:52:39.270 --> 00:52:42.040
  • are guardian angels, like if there's one angel
  • 00:52:42.050 --> 00:52:44.190
  • that's ascribed to you, but I kind of think there is.
  • 00:52:44.200 --> 00:52:47.200
  • And this is just Bobby talking.
  • 00:52:47.210 --> 00:52:49.150
  • This is not a reformed church approved message.
  • 00:52:49.160 --> 00:52:53.070
  • This is just Bobby talking, okay?
  • 00:52:53.080 --> 00:52:56.180
  • It's like everybody, everybody believes--
  • 00:52:56.190 --> 00:52:58.250
  • every Christian believes that there are angels.
  • 00:52:58.260 --> 00:53:01.200
  • But what if, what if God has assigned to you an angel,
  • 00:53:01.210 --> 00:53:06.290
  • along with his Holy Spirit, to sit by you
  • 00:53:07.000 --> 00:53:10.020
  • and to be with you in the times when you're the loneliest?
  • 00:53:10.030 --> 00:53:13.130
  • What if, when you think you're alone, you're not alone,
  • 00:53:13.140 --> 00:53:16.230
  • that there is someone that your whole life
  • 00:53:16.240 --> 00:53:18.210
  • has been walking with you, who's on your side,
  • 00:53:18.220 --> 00:53:22.000
  • who loves you, who's protected you, even though
  • 00:53:22.010 --> 00:53:24.250
  • you couldn't see it, who is who is with Jesus,
  • 00:53:24.260 --> 00:53:29.250
  • proclaiming you the righteousness of God,
  • 00:53:29.260 --> 00:53:32.260
  • the beloved of God, the called of God?
  • 00:53:32.270 --> 00:53:36.170
  • What if that person is praying with you?
  • 00:53:36.180 --> 00:53:39.130
  • These are all questions, but I think that in our imagination,
  • 00:53:39.140 --> 00:53:43.080
  • sometimes it's hard to think of God spiritually
  • 00:53:43.090 --> 00:53:46.280
  • always being with us.
  • 00:53:46.290 --> 00:53:48.240
  • But what if it's not just his Holy Spirit?
  • 00:53:48.250 --> 00:53:50.110
  • It is.
  • 00:53:50.120 --> 00:53:52.100
  • What if there is an angel that's assigned to you,
  • 00:53:52.110 --> 00:53:53.270
  • or at the very least, that when we feel completely alone,
  • 00:53:53.280 --> 00:53:58.150
  • when we feel totally isolated, when we feel abandoned,
  • 00:53:58.160 --> 00:54:01.210
  • God says, "No, you have somebody with you.
  • 00:54:01.220 --> 00:54:03.280
  • You may not be able to see them.
  • 00:54:03.290 --> 00:54:05.190
  • You not be able to hear them, but maybe you can feel them.
  • 00:54:05.200 --> 00:54:11.050
  • And maybe when we're in those moments where we feel like we're
  • 00:54:11.060 --> 00:54:13.220
  • completely alone, we can just close our eyes and just say,
  • 00:54:13.230 --> 00:54:17.240
  • "Lord, let me feel your presence."
  • 00:54:17.250 --> 00:54:20.210
  • I know there's been times where I felt stressed out, alone,
  • 00:54:20.220 --> 00:54:25.080
  • afraid, wondering, and there's something about just closing my
  • 00:54:25.090 --> 00:54:29.000
  • eyes and imagining that behind the veil, there's this whole
  • 00:54:29.010 --> 00:54:33.090
  • spiritual world, and maybe even near me as an angel,
  • 00:54:33.100 --> 00:54:37.070
  • and that very near is the Spirit of God
  • 00:54:37.080 --> 00:54:39.090
  • and to just say to myself, "God is near."
  • 00:54:39.100 --> 00:54:47.270
  • Oh, he's so close.
  • 00:54:47.280 --> 00:54:50.060
  • He's so close to us.
  • 00:54:50.070 --> 00:54:52.050
  • He's so involved with us.
  • 00:54:52.060 --> 00:54:54.130
  • All the sin and bitterness and unforgiveness and all that
  • 00:54:54.140 --> 00:54:58.200
  • stuff that separated us from God, even though
  • 00:54:58.210 --> 00:55:02.040
  • you may not feel it right now, I want you to you know,
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  • it's been taken care of.
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  • When you entrusted your life to Jesus Christ,
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  • all of that stuff was wiped away.
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  • All God sees when he sees you, is the righteousness of His Son,
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  • whom you've put on.
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  • And nothing can separate you from the love of God
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  • that is in Christ Jesus.
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  • Nothing can separate you from God's love.
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  • There's always hope.
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  • If you've completely run out, if you feel like you're gonna die,
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  • I want you to know, there's always hope.
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  • Don't give up yet because being a pastor,
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  • you get to see story after story after story of suffering people
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  • who experience miracles, breakthroughs.
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  • And I want you to--it's easy like when you've been going
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  • through difficult times to think
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  • it's always gonna be this way.
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  • I'm always gonna be stuck.
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  • I'm never gonna get through.
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  • I'm gonna die. I'm gonna whatever.
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  • Remember that--remember what his Word says
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  • that we will always-- that he's always with us
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  • and these stories that show us that how annoying
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  • his timing truly is.
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  • His timing can be super-annoying
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  • and super-difficult and super-frustrating.
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  • So, I want you to know that wherever you are, God is near
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  • and he will get you through what you need to get through.
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  • So Father, we thank you and we love you.
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  • We trust in Jesus's name that whenever we think we're alone,
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  • we are not.
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  • Thank You, Lord, that your Spirit is always with us.
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  • Thank you that your angels are with us, that they're working
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  • in our life to do great things.
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  • And I just pray, God, give us faith to believe
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  • and to trust in you.
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  • And we ask all these things in Jesus's name, amen.
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  • Hallelujah!
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  • Hallelujah!
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  • Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
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  • Hallelujah!
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  • King of kings, and Lord of lords
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  • King of kings, and Lord of lords
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  • And He shall reign forever and ever
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  • King of kings and Lord of lords
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  • Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
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  • Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
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  • Hallelujah!
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  • Bobby: Thank you for coming today.
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  • And now the Lord bless you and keep you.
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  • The Lord make his face to shine upon you
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  • and be gracious unto you.
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  • The Lord lift his countenance upon you and give you his peace.
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  • In the name of the Father and of the Son
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  • and of the Holy Spirit, amen.
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