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Keep Your Dream Alive

Watch Keep Your Dream Alive
November 30, 2019
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Hour of Power with Bobby Schuller

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  • Ed Arnold: Hello, I'm Ed Arnold.
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  • As we close out 2019, "Hour of Power" is excited
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  • to announce our Legacy of Hope challenge campaign.
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  • This campaign is designed to propel us
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  • into the next 50 years of ministry,
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  • and we want you to be a part of this life-changing experience.
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  • Today you have the opportunity
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  • to join us in a special year-end challenge
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  • made possible by an anonymous friend.
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  • Your participation in this time-sensitive campaign
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  • will enable "Hour of Power" to finish the year strong
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  • and launch us into 2020
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  • with a secure financial foundation.
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  • As a thank you, we'll send you this brand-new devotional
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  • "Keep Hope Alive: Daily Promises for a Hope-Filled Life."
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  • Filled with 366 Biblical insights along with prayers
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  • and questions for reflection, this valuable resource is yours
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  • for a gift of $30.
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  • For your generous gift of $100 or more,
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  • we will send you four books for you to share
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  • with your family, friends, and neighbors
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  • Your engagement with us in this season is vital
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  • as we look to the future of the ministry,
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  • so please prayerfully consider your year-end giving
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  • to help "Hour of Power" finish 2019 strong
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  • and begin 2020 primed for increased growth and impact.
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  • Thank you for your support.
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  • Now, Let's join the service.
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  • O come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant!
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  • O come ye, O come ye, to Bethlehem
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  • Come and behold Him Born the King of Angels
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  • O come, let us adore Him
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  • O come, let us adore Him
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  • O come, let us adore Him
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  • Christ!
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  • Christ the Lord!
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  • Joyful and triumphant!
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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, good morning.
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  • Hannah Schuller: And welcome, Church family.
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  • We are so happy to have you here and to be with you.
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  • We love you, and today we hope you leave embracing the reality
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  • of your trials but with absolute faith that with God you will
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  • succeed in the end.
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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 so much and so do I.
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  • Bobby: We're so glad you're here as we begin the Advent season.
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  • Today's the first Sunday of Advent, which is a time
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  • of looking forward to Christmas.
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  • So, Lord, we come to you in Jesus's name, and Lord, I ask
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  • that your Holy Spirit would come and move in the minds
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  • and the hearts of those who are under the sound of my voice,
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  • and I pray, Lord, that you would teach us what it means to keep
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  • our dreams alive.
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  • Lord, we thank you that Christ came and gave his life for us
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  • that we can be redeemed unto you, and, Lord, we love you.
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  • It's in Jesus's name we pray, amen.
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  • announcer: In this Christmas season,
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  • we want to say thank you for your generous support.
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  • Because of you, Hour of Power continues to have
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  • a powerful positive impact all over the world.
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  • Today, as a thank you for your year-end support,
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  • Bobby and Hannah are pleased to offer you
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  • "Keep Hope Alive: Daily Promises for a Hope-Filled Life."
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  • This unique softback devotional was created especially
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  • for our Hour of Power friends like you.
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  • Each day features a brief reflection to ponder,
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  • an encouraging scripture verse, an inspirational message
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  • from Pastor Bobby, and a prayer to help you
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  • live in God's promises.
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  • Call, write, or go online today and request
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  • "Keep Hope Alive: Daily Promises for a Hope-Filled Life."
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  • We're asking for your generous gift of $30 or more.
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  • For your gift of $100 or more, we will send you four copies
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  • so you can bless friends, neighbors, and family members
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  • with this empowering daily devotional,
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  • a perfect Christmas gift.
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  • It's our way of saying thank you
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  • for your generous year-end donation.
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  • Bobby: Because of your faithful prayers
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  • and financial generosity, people all over the world
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  • are experiencing new life in Jesus Christ.
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  • Every day we receive letters, phone calls, and emails
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  • from friends who are finding hope, rebuilding families,
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  • or overcoming addiction or depression.
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  • God is moving in miraculous ways through the Hour of Power,
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  • and we need your help to continue.
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  • So please prayerfully consider your year-end giving.
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  • Thank you and remember as always God loves you and so do we.
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  • Hillary Blake: You may be seated.
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  • The people who walked in darkness have seen
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  • a great light.
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  • Those who lived in a land of deep darkness, on them light
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  • has shined.
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  • We join with brothers and sisters around the world
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  • lighting candles to begin this Advent journey.
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  • Today we light the candle of hope.
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  • Even though the world seems dark and torn by strife, we know that
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  • the light of Christ is coming.
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  • The face of our Lord will shine, and we shall be saved.
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  • Testifying against all suffering in darkness,
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  • we kindle this light.
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  • Together we proclaim to the world that in Christ we
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  • have eternal hope.
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  • Chad Blake: Let us pray together.
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  • Faithful God, out of war's chaos you bring the order of peace.
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  • Renew us in hope that we may work towards Christ's Advent
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  • of peace on all nations.
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  • God of promise, God of hope into our darkness come, amen.
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  • Hannah: Jenny Oaks Baker and her four children.
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  • And we've got dad around here somewhere too.
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  • Beautiful, thank you so much.
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  • So beautiful.
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  • In preparation for Bobby's message, the words of our Lord
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  • found in Genesis 3:8, Then the man and his wife heard
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  • the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden
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  • in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord
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  • among the trees of the garden.
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  • But the Lord God called to the man, "Where are you?"
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  • He answered, "I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid
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  • because I was naked, so I hid."
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  • And he said, "Who told you that you were naked?
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  • Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not
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  • to eat from?"
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  • The man said, "The woman you put here with me, she gave me some
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  • fruit from the tree, and I ate it."
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  • Then the Lord God said to the woman: "What is this you
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  • have done?"
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  • The woman said, "The serpent deceived me, and I ate."
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  • So the Lord God said to the serpent, "Because you
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  • have done this, cursed are you above all livestock
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  • and all wild animals.
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  • You will crawl on your belly, and you will eat dust all
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  • the days of your life.
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  • And I will put enmity between you and the woman
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  • and between your offspring and hers.
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  • He will crush your head, and you will strike his heel."
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  • And church, God fulfilled this promise when he crushed the head
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  • of the snake Satan through his son Jesus Christ.
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  • God always does what he says, and he will bring you to victory
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  • as well, amen.
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  • Bobby: With the Christmas season upon us, Hannah and I
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  • would love to thank you for being a trusted friend
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  • to this ministry.
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  • Many of you watching have faithfully given
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  • your financial gifts to keep our broadcast on the air,
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  • and we are just so, so thankful for you.
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  • Hannah: Yes, you are part of our family,
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  • and we truly appreciate your prayers and support.
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  • Every week we want you to feel like you belong here,
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  • because you do.
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  • We love you and are thankful for you.
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  • Bobby: 2019 has been financially challenging
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  • for the Hour of Power, and as much as I'd love
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  • to just say we're out of the woods,
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  • we simply aren't yet.
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  • a faithful friend of this ministry
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  • to give liberally through the end of the year
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  • It's vital because it enables us to close our monetary gap
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  • Hannah: Your gift to us today will have a multiplied effect
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  • and provide an opportunity to bring renewed hope
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  • to even more people through Hour of Power.
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  • As a thank you for responding to
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  • this time-sensitive challenge, Bobby and I
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  • want to send you this brand-new devotional
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  • "Keep Hope Alive: Daily Promises for a Hope-Filled Life."
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  • an encouraging scripture verse, an inspirational message
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  • from Pastor Bobby, and a prayer to help you
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  • live in God's promises.
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  • for your generous year-end donation.
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  • Bobby: When you give to this ministry,
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  • you become a part of the living legacy
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  • of Hour of Power and offer hope to people
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  • all around the world.
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  • Thank you in advance for helping us to finish this year strong,
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  • and remember as always, God loves you and so do we.
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  • Bobby: We're so glad you're here.
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  • Would you stand with me?
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  • We're going to say this creed together.
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  • Hold your hands out like this as a way of receiving
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  • from the Lord.
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  • Let's say this together: I'm not what I do, I'm not what I have,
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  • I'm not what people say about me, I am the beloved
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  • of God.
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  • It's who I am, no one can take it from me, I don't have
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  • to worry, I don't have to hurry.
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  • I can trust my friend Jesus and share his love
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  • with the world.
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  • Thank you.
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  • We've said that Creed many times now, some of us for years.
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  • How many of you think you could say they creed by heart if we
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  • didn't have the slides?
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  • And the choir, of course, 'cause they have
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  • to be here every Sunday.
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  • You don't have to be, thank you for being here.
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  • You choose to be.
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  • I feel the same way.
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  • When we say something that we've said 1.000 times, it's easy
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  • to forget what we're actually saying.
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  • It can happen with the Lord's prayer, it can happen with Psalm
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  • 23, can happen with any of our creeds and confessions, and it
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  • can happen with this, but I want to remind you that it's actually
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  • true, that you're not what you do and not what you have, you're
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  • not what others are saying about you or have said
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  • about you, good or bad.
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  • You're exactly what God says about you, and that is that
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  • you're his beloved son or his beloved daughter.
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  • Attaining that is at the heart of Christian discipleship.
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  • If we try to be like Jesus without holding tightly to that
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  • one thing, our discipleship will become religiosity,
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  • soul-killing legalism.
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  • We must know that God has forgiven us, that God loves us,
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  • that we're not saved by works, that we're not lost to sin
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  • because of our faith in Jesus Christ and the good work he did
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  • for us, amen.
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  • And the reason I begin that is because today, going
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  • into Advent, we're gonna talk a lot about hopes and dreams
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  • and about the fear is that many of us have that when I've made
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  • a mistake that maybe, you know, God has taken away my dream
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  • or my destiny or the thing that I wanted to accomplish
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  • in my life.
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  • Have you ever felt that way?
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  • I have.
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  • I wondered at times in my life am I sick or am I not where I
  • 00:29:21.010 --> 00:29:25.030
  • want to be in life, because I did something wrong or I sinned
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  • or I made a mistake.
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  • All of us can certainly looked at things in our past we should
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  • feel guilty for or ashamed of.
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  • All of us have skeletons in our closets.
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  • Many of us, probably most of us, have still have baggage,
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  • addictions, stuff we're struggling with, relationship
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  • issues, even sometimes mental illness.
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  • I mean, there's so many things that many of us can struggle
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  • with, and we find that in the midst of that when we're
  • 00:29:51.260 --> 00:29:55.040
  • not where we want to be, we're wondering to ourselves in that
  • 00:29:55.050 --> 00:29:58.270
  • Advent season of life, that waiting for what we're hoping
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  • for, has God take it away my destiny?
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  • Has God removed me from where I'm supposed to be in my life?
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  • I didn't think I'd be here at this age.
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  • There's so much more by now I thought I might have
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  • accomplished or done or seen.
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  • I've been waiting for this one thing to happen in my life,
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  • but it hasn't happened yet.
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  • Maybe that's you maybe you're hoping for one of your children
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  • or grandchildren to become a Christian.
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  • Maybe you're hoping that someday you'll have life and love again
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  • in your marriage.
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  • Maybe you're a Christian, you've been a Christian for a long
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  • time, but you're sort of a Christian
  • 00:30:37.230 --> 00:30:39.230
  • out of faithfulness to the gospel rather than
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  • out of true conviction or fire passion in your heart.
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  • You Wonder when you're gonna hear the voice
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  • of the Lord again.
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  • And I want you to know that all of these feelings, these hopes
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  • and dreams, many of you, you have them, even different
  • 00:30:50.230 --> 00:30:53.020
  • things, starting businesses or reaching a certain job
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  • or being a part of some certain group, that these things, when
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  • they're noble, when they're good, that they're worth holding
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  • onto, they're worth pursuing, and they're worth waiting for.
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  • And that's what Advent teaches us.
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  • Advent reminds us of the discipline of waiting,
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  • that to get where we need to go requires patience.
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  • And it requires a willingness to walk down the narrow
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  • difficult path with the Lord.
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  • God will get you where you need to be.
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  • As long as you are not hardhearted towards him, and I
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  • think that's the key, it doesn't matter how much you've messed
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  • up, how many mistakes you have, how far you've fallen.
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  • If you are tenderhearted to the voice of the Lord and his
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  • word, he will get you where you need to go.
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  • God is--see, this is the problem, though--
  • 00:31:52.100 --> 00:31:55.120
  • is God's timing-- and I've said this often.
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  • This is in the Bible: God's timing is annoying.
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  • It's Philistations 19:25.
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  • God's timing really--it's not in the Bible.
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  • God's timing really is annoying, though, isn't it?
  • 00:32:11.040 --> 00:32:13.080
  • I mean, it's in the narrative.
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  • I mean you see how often people need God now,
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  • and he comes much later.
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  • God's timing isn't our timing.
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  • God is annoyingly unhurried.
  • 00:32:23.150 --> 00:32:28.070
  • God is absolutely unhurried, but God is also unstoppable.
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  • He moves slowly in the direction of the thing he intends to do,
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  • and nothing can stop him.
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  • If God's put a dream in your heart where God's called you
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  • to a destiny or something, you must understand that if you're
  • 00:32:52.180 --> 00:32:56.020
  • gonna walk with Christ, you must walk at a walking pace, but if
  • 00:32:56.030 --> 00:33:00.200
  • you walk with him, everywhere you go will ultimately
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  • be blessed.
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  • Just look at God's creation, it's unhurried and unstoppable.
  • 00:33:05.140 --> 00:33:10.030
  • I've read that you can put a 2-inch steel band
  • 00:33:10.040 --> 00:33:13.170
  • around a watermelon, and in time that watermelon will snap
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  • that steel band.
  • 00:33:17.260 --> 00:33:20.060
  • I read about a theologian who talked about trying to remove
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  • bamboo from his backyard, and he would cut it down.
  • 00:33:22.290 --> 00:33:28.050
  • You know, the first time he cut it down and it grew back twice
  • 00:33:28.060 --> 00:33:31.120
  • as tall, twice as green, twice as strong, and he said,
  • 00:33:31.130 --> 00:33:34.230
  • "My goodness."
  • 00:33:34.240 --> 00:33:36.140
  • So he then cut it way down like a foot below,
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  • and then boom!
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  • Even bigger.
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  • So the third time he cut it all the way down, he dug a hole, he
  • 00:33:41.270 --> 00:33:44.040
  • put poison, salt, gravel, and concrete over it, and he
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  • said it wasn't too long later, all of a sudden bamboo shoots
  • 00:33:48.290 --> 00:33:51.270
  • started poking through the concrete.
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  • That's how God's creations are.
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  • That's a God-designed thing.
  • 00:33:58.020 --> 00:34:00.110
  • I remember when I used to work with a financial company, and we
  • 00:34:00.120 --> 00:34:03.190
  • would find these houses, and it was amazing how they'd be just
  • 00:34:03.200 --> 00:34:06.040
  • overrun by nature.
  • 00:34:06.050 --> 00:34:09.030
  • I remember once there was a fairly new constructed home.
  • 00:34:09.040 --> 00:34:11.260
  • It was less than 10 years old, and it had been abandoned
  • 00:34:11.270 --> 00:34:16.070
  • because of--there was a process of litigation.
  • 00:34:16.080 --> 00:34:20.130
  • The tenants had left, and the owners and the bank were
  • 00:34:20.140 --> 00:34:22.220
  • fighting over who got to hold onto the property, and it
  • 00:34:22.230 --> 00:34:25.000
  • remained vacant for several years.
  • 00:34:25.010 --> 00:34:26.240
  • And during that process this new home--when I went to go look
  • 00:34:26.250 --> 00:34:29.170
  • at it to make an offer for it on the company--for the company
  • 00:34:29.180 --> 00:34:32.240
  • I was working for, I was just admiring how life had just taken
  • 00:34:32.250 --> 00:34:37.050
  • over the house.
  • 00:34:37.060 --> 00:34:39.000
  • The whole inside of the house was full of life, rats and bats
  • 00:34:39.010 --> 00:34:44.050
  • and cats and dogs and bees and snakes, they'd found a new
  • 00:34:44.060 --> 00:34:48.210
  • home for themselves, as well as all manner of plants and weeds
  • 00:34:48.220 --> 00:34:54.180
  • and, gosh, there must have been an orange tree growing
  • 00:34:54.190 --> 00:34:57.200
  • in the living room.
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  • It was crazy.
  • 00:34:59.010 --> 00:35:00.130
  • You just looked, and there were literally plants growing
  • 00:35:00.140 --> 00:35:01.270
  • out of the floor in the middle of the room.
  • 00:35:01.280 --> 00:35:04.190
  • You go to Chernobyl today, you know, Chernobyl, the town
  • 00:35:04.200 --> 00:35:08.010
  • in the old former Soviet Union that had the nuclear meltdown,
  • 00:35:08.020 --> 00:35:11.280
  • and it's just covered with life.
  • 00:35:11.290 --> 00:35:13.280
  • I mean, just nature has covered every single building.
  • 00:35:13.290 --> 00:35:17.230
  • This is the way God is, right?
  • 00:35:17.240 --> 00:35:20.020
  • You don't see, you can't watch in real time nature take
  • 00:35:20.030 --> 00:35:25.020
  • over the things that we make, but in time they will.
  • 00:35:25.030 --> 00:35:30.070
  • This is God's nature, unhurried, unstoppable.
  • 00:35:30.080 --> 00:35:35.090
  • Unhurried, unstoppable.
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  • Unhurried, unstoppable.
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  • God has a calling for your life, something you're hoping for,
  • 00:35:40.270 --> 00:35:44.020
  • something you're dreaming for, and if you're American like me,
  • 00:35:44.030 --> 00:35:47.100
  • you want it now.
  • 00:35:47.110 --> 00:35:48.200
  • Let's get efficient, let's be industrious, people.
  • 00:35:48.210 --> 00:35:51.270
  • You find out, no, that's not the way God always works.
  • 00:35:51.280 --> 00:35:57.130
  • And God will get you there.
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  • He's gonna take time.
  • 00:35:59.260 --> 00:36:02.010
  • And it's in that in between that we remember and we truly enter
  • 00:36:02.020 --> 00:36:06.120
  • into the Advent season.
  • 00:36:06.130 --> 00:36:07.240
  • Advent is actually not Christmas, Advent is the waiting
  • 00:36:07.250 --> 00:36:11.090
  • for Christmas.
  • 00:36:11.100 --> 00:36:13.110
  • Advent literally means the arrival, but the Advent
  • 00:36:13.120 --> 00:36:16.140
  • season is waiting for the arrival.
  • 00:36:16.150 --> 00:36:19.090
  • It's like when you go to the airport, and you're
  • 00:36:19.100 --> 00:36:21.030
  • waiting for your kids to come on the plane or your parents
  • 00:36:21.040 --> 00:36:24.020
  • or a good friend, but they're not there yet.
  • 00:36:24.030 --> 00:36:27.120
  • And that's what the Advent season is supposed to be
  • 00:36:27.130 --> 00:36:29.120
  • like for the church.
  • 00:36:29.130 --> 00:36:30.220
  • It's remembering with the ancestors what it was
  • 00:36:30.230 --> 00:36:32.200
  • like as our Jewish ancestors were waiting for the coming
  • 00:36:32.210 --> 00:36:36.080
  • of the Messiah.
  • 00:36:36.090 --> 00:36:37.280
  • And it's like when we're in here, we're waiting together,
  • 00:36:37.290 --> 00:36:40.110
  • and what we're trying to do in this Advent season is align
  • 00:36:40.120 --> 00:36:43.110
  • our own hopes and dreams with the hopes and dreams
  • 00:36:43.120 --> 00:36:46.200
  • of the Jewish people waiting for the Messiah.
  • 00:36:46.210 --> 00:36:51.080
  • What are you hoping for?
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  • Surely you're hoping for something.
  • 00:36:53.270 --> 00:36:57.150
  • Surely you have a dream in your heart.
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  • Maybe you're here today because somebody dragged you here.
  • 00:37:00.250 --> 00:37:03.000
  • You didn't mean to come, but you lost a bet, you know?
  • 00:37:03.010 --> 00:37:09.010
  • Maybe you're here because you know you have a flat tire
  • 00:37:10.040 --> 00:37:12.140
  • and you just needed a warm place to sit for a while.
  • 00:37:12.150 --> 00:37:16.290
  • Maybe you're watching because you're just flipping
  • 00:37:17.000 --> 00:37:18.240
  • the stations of the channels or whatever.
  • 00:37:18.250 --> 00:37:21.270
  • For whatever reason you're hearing this, if you don't have
  • 00:37:21.280 --> 00:37:25.120
  • any hopes or dreams, there's a good chance you struggle
  • 00:37:25.130 --> 00:37:27.160
  • with despair.
  • 00:37:27.170 --> 00:37:29.200
  • And I wanna encourage you today that if you don't have a hope
  • 00:37:29.210 --> 00:37:32.090
  • or dream, that you think about it today and even ask
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  • the Lord, Lord, what would you have me do in my life?
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  • What hopes and dreams do you have for me?
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  • And then I would encourage you to keep that dream alive,
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  • to work hard for that dream, and not blame anybody for not
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  • getting your dream but simply trust in the Lord and pursue it
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  • with all your heart and watch what you can make of your life,
  • 00:37:51.060 --> 00:37:54.160
  • watch what the Lord can make of your life, and watch
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  • what you can achieve.
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  • Hoping for things is so good for the soul.
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  • It's easy when we get sick, when we get older, when we go
  • 00:38:05.210 --> 00:38:11.030
  • through so many disappointments to just stop dreaming
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  • altogether, to give up on our goals or to stop hoping
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  • for things.
  • 00:38:16.240 --> 00:38:18.070
  • But I wanna encourage you keep hope alive, keep your dream
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  • alive, and don't be worried about the hard work and the time
  • 00:38:22.180 --> 00:38:27.060
  • that lies between you and your destiny.
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  • God will get you there.
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  • In Genesis chapter 3 we read the Advent story.
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  • This is actually the first Advent story.
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  • So Advent is really an Old Testament season.
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  • It's the sort of waiting that you see throughout the Old
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  • Testament for the coming of the anointed one
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  • or the Messiah, and the first seven passages--actually,
  • 00:38:48.170 --> 00:38:53.030
  • at the very beginning of the Bible in Genesis--
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  • Now, many of us know the story, God created his good world.
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  • It was chaos, and he created it into a place of order
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  • and goodness, and he placed in that world a garden,
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  • and in that garden he raised from the dust a man, and he
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  • called them Adam, and Adam and the Lord knew each other.
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  • It was like they were friends.
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  • They they walked with one another in the garden, but Adam,
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  • it wasn't enough.
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  • He needed a companion.
  • 00:39:24.270 --> 00:39:27.240
  • Actually, it's interesting, because the Bible says and God
  • 00:39:27.250 --> 00:39:31.070
  • said it is good, and God said it is good, and God said it is
  • 00:39:31.080 --> 00:39:34.130
  • good, and then when God creates a man he says and God said
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  • it is not good.
  • 00:39:37.180 --> 00:39:38.280
  • It literally says that, it is not good that man
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  • should be alone.
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  • Isn't that funny?
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  • So he created a woman, am I right?
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  • I'm lookin' at you ladies, thumbs up.
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  • So out of Adam's body comes Eve, and they become, you know,
  • 00:39:51.180 --> 00:39:55.140
  • perfect match for one another.
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  • And I know this sounds weird to us, but Adam and Eve lived
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  • in the garden naked.
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  • And you know this is the idea that they live a life
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  • without shame.
  • 00:40:05.140 --> 00:40:06.260
  • They weren't ashamed of anything, they weren't guilty
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  • about anything, they were just fully alive and fully joyful.
  • 00:40:08.260 --> 00:40:12.070
  • And they didn't think in terms of nakedness or clothing, why?
  • 00:40:12.080 --> 00:40:15.260
  • Because they had nothing to hide.
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  • I also also think that Adam had a six pack, so that didn't hurt,
  • 00:40:20.040 --> 00:40:24.030
  • but that's just me.
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  • I don't really know.
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  • They have this perfect world, and they have one rule, and we
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  • all know what the rule was.
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  • Don't eat of the tree of the knowledge
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  • of good and evil.
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  • It was it was optionality that God gives to Adam and Eve,
  • 00:40:34.260 --> 00:40:39.070
  • the ability to leave God if they want to.
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  • If you wanna leave me, you wanna live life without me, you can
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  • eat from this tree and you will know evil.
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  • And they take that route, and they're tempted
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  • by the serpent, and then this is what happens afterwards.
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  • You realize that when this happens, all evil entered
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  • into the world, all sin enters into the world, and Adam and Eve
  • 00:40:57.080 --> 00:41:01.230
  • hand over authority over this world to Satan.
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  • So it's the worst thing that's ever happened.
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  • And this is what happens.
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  • "Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he
  • 00:41:12.060 --> 00:41:15.150
  • was walking."
  • 00:41:15.160 --> 00:41:16.250
  • Interesting is you can like here God walking, poom, poom.
  • 00:41:16.260 --> 00:41:20.100
  • "In the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid
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  • from the Lord God among the trees of the garden."
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  • So there it is, shame.
  • 00:41:29.250 --> 00:41:31.050
  • All of a sudden, they feel shame and guilt for the first time.
  • 00:41:31.060 --> 00:41:33.070
  • It's one of the worst things someone can feel.
  • 00:41:33.080 --> 00:41:37.080
  • "But the Lord God called to the man, 'Where are you?'
  • 00:41:37.090 --> 00:41:43.090
  • He answered, 'I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid,
  • 00:41:43.220 --> 00:41:49.220
  • because I was naked, so I hid.'
  • 00:41:50.170 --> 00:41:54.190
  • And he said, Who told you that you were naked?
  • 00:41:54.200 --> 00:42:00.220
  • 'Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you
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  • not to eat from?'
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  • The man said, 'The woman.'" Am I right?
  • 00:42:06.200 --> 00:42:12.200
  • Exactly, the man said the woman.
  • 00:42:12.280 --> 00:42:18.280
  • "The woman you put here with me," so blaming the woman
  • 00:42:19.250 --> 00:42:24.190
  • and blaming God.
  • 00:42:24.200 --> 00:42:26.280
  • "She gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it."
  • 00:42:26.290 --> 00:42:30.010
  • It's like she gave it to me, and I just say I don't know what
  • 00:42:30.020 --> 00:42:31.260
  • it was.
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  • Just eat it.
  • 00:42:33.070 --> 00:42:34.170
  • Like, okay, fine, I'll eat it, whatever.
  • 00:42:34.180 --> 00:42:38.070
  • And God just moves on.
  • 00:42:38.080 --> 00:42:40.280
  • "Then the Lord said to the woman, 'What is this you
  • 00:42:40.290 --> 00:42:44.000
  • have done?'
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  • And the woman said, 'The serpent,'" am I right?
  • 00:42:45.250 --> 00:42:52.060
  • "The serpent deceived me, and so I ate."
  • 00:42:52.070 --> 00:42:55.030
  • It's not my fault, it's the serpent.
  • 00:42:55.040 --> 00:42:57.270
  • Well, all of those things are a little true, and of course,
  • 00:42:57.280 --> 00:43:01.220
  • the serpent is where all evil comes from.
  • 00:43:01.230 --> 00:43:05.080
  • So the Lord God said to the serpent, the serpent is
  • 00:43:05.090 --> 00:43:07.190
  • Satan, who is real, who is actively trying to destroy your
  • 00:43:07.200 --> 00:43:13.240
  • life and life of the church and the life of Christ, and he
  • 00:43:13.250 --> 00:43:19.070
  • is the source of all shame, the source of all fear,
  • 00:43:19.080 --> 00:43:22.250
  • the source of death, and rest assured God has given you
  • 00:43:22.260 --> 00:43:26.130
  • authority over him.
  • 00:43:26.140 --> 00:43:32.120
  • "So the Lord God said to the serpent, 'Because you
  • 00:43:32.130 --> 00:43:35.070
  • have done this, cursed are you above all livestock
  • 00:43:35.080 --> 00:43:40.200
  • and all wild animals.
  • 00:43:40.210 --> 00:43:42.200
  • You will crawl on your belly, and you will eat dust all
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  • the days of your life.
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  • And I will put enmity--'"
  • 00:43:47.200 --> 00:43:50.090
  • Enmity can mean an adversary or an enemy if you put
  • 00:43:50.100 --> 00:43:55.040
  • an article in front of it.
  • 00:43:55.050 --> 00:43:56.140
  • In the Hebrew it can literally mean I will put an enemy there.
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  • So I will put an enemy, or I will put a fighter, or I'll put
  • 00:43:59.140 --> 00:44:02.220
  • someone there between you and the woman.
  • 00:44:02.230 --> 00:44:07.180
  • See, it's the first messianic text in the Bible, first
  • 00:44:07.190 --> 00:44:10.260
  • prophecy of the Messiah.
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  • So I will put enmity, or I'll put an enemy, or I'll put
  • 00:44:12.180 --> 00:44:16.270
  • an adversary between you and the woman
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  • and between your offspring.
  • 00:44:19.270 --> 00:44:23.070
  • Who's the offspring of the of the Devil?
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  • Demons, evil, sickness, death, hatred.
  • 00:44:25.150 --> 00:44:31.150
  • And who are her offspring?
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  • Well, we are.
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  • The Jewish people first.
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  • And then all of those grafted into God's family through Jesus
  • 00:44:41.160 --> 00:44:44.150
  • Christ into that covenant.
  • 00:44:44.160 --> 00:44:48.040
  • And he, not they, he will crush your head.
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  • And you will strike his heel.
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  • That is the prophecy of the cross.
  • 00:44:58.040 --> 00:45:00.040
  • The striking of the heel was Christ crucified,
  • 00:45:00.050 --> 00:45:02.240
  • but the crushing of that was the resurrection, amen.
  • 00:45:02.250 --> 00:45:07.070
  • And that is the promise, and so almost the whole Old
  • 00:45:07.080 --> 00:45:13.010
  • Testament is the long, long, long fulfilling of this
  • 00:45:13.020 --> 00:45:19.020
  • prophecy, that God--
  • 00:45:20.050 --> 00:45:23.030
  • You will see as the story goes on that things don't get better
  • 00:45:23.040 --> 00:45:26.140
  • right away, they get a lot worse, starting with a murder
  • 00:45:26.150 --> 00:45:31.130
  • of--between Cain and Abel and nations warring with one
  • 00:45:31.140 --> 00:45:36.070
  • another, illness, shorter life, war, all manner of evil entering
  • 00:45:36.080 --> 00:45:42.070
  • into the world, and you see under all of that an under
  • 00:45:45.030 --> 00:45:48.160
  • current of God in an unhurried way yet unstoppable way fighting
  • 00:45:48.170 --> 00:45:53.290
  • evil everywhere he goes and launching green shoots
  • 00:45:54.000 --> 00:45:58.090
  • through the concrete of the kingdom of darkness,
  • 00:45:58.100 --> 00:46:02.220
  • unhurried, unstoppable.
  • 00:46:02.230 --> 00:46:07.020
  • And you see it throughout the whole Old
  • 00:46:07.030 --> 00:46:08.250
  • Testament, from Abraham that God picks a nobody from nowhere
  • 00:46:08.260 --> 00:46:14.090
  • to be the father of many nations, an old man by the way,
  • 00:46:14.100 --> 00:46:17.060
  • 75, to be the father of many nations.
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  • Some of you guys are you're 75, and God's like you're gonna be
  • 00:46:20.110 --> 00:46:22.150
  • the father of many nations.
  • 00:46:22.160 --> 00:46:23.250
  • You're like what?
  • 00:46:23.260 --> 00:46:25.100
  • I just started golfing.
  • 00:46:25.110 --> 00:46:28.030
  • I just retired, no thank you.
  • 00:46:28.040 --> 00:46:34.040
  • Like, maybe God gave a promise to you, and you're sitting here
  • 00:46:34.110 --> 00:46:37.110
  • today, and you feel like after you've got that
  • 00:46:37.120 --> 00:46:39.270
  • promise in your heart, things have only gotten worse for you.
  • 00:46:39.280 --> 00:46:42.130
  • Well, that's the way things are.
  • 00:46:42.140 --> 00:46:45.050
  • Don't lose hope.
  • 00:46:45.060 --> 00:46:48.170
  • Very often when God calls us-- not very often, always when God
  • 00:46:48.180 --> 00:46:52.090
  • calls us--he doesn't call us down the broad and easy path
  • 00:46:52.100 --> 00:46:55.160
  • that leads to death, he calls us to the narrow, gated, difficult
  • 00:46:55.170 --> 00:46:59.270
  • rocky road that leads to life.
  • 00:46:59.280 --> 00:47:05.090
  • So you can trust that the path that God calls us to
  • 00:47:05.100 --> 00:47:08.140
  • is difficult.
  • 00:47:08.150 --> 00:47:10.050
  • You can trust it's arduous, you can trust that it will take
  • 00:47:10.060 --> 00:47:13.120
  • a long time, and you can trust that it is worth it.
  • 00:47:13.130 --> 00:47:17.220
  • And it will happen, don't lose hope.
  • 00:47:17.230 --> 00:47:21.140
  • Don't give up faith.
  • 00:47:21.150 --> 00:47:23.090
  • God will get you where he needs to go.
  • 00:47:23.100 --> 00:47:25.220
  • God never hurries, and his timing is super-annoying,
  • 00:47:25.230 --> 00:47:30.000
  • so just trust him, amen.
  • 00:47:30.010 --> 00:47:33.220
  • Satan will continue to fight your life.
  • 00:47:33.230 --> 00:47:37.060
  • The more important your life is, the more the enemy wants
  • 00:47:37.070 --> 00:47:39.290
  • to attack you.
  • 00:47:40.000 --> 00:47:42.040
  • The more he will try and stop you and do things to you,
  • 00:47:42.050 --> 00:47:44.200
  • but God will save you, and God will protect you
  • 00:47:44.210 --> 00:47:47.010
  • from those things.
  • 00:47:47.020 --> 00:47:49.020
  • Don't be afraid, almost all the stuff that the enemy uses
  • 00:47:49.030 --> 00:47:52.210
  • to fight us and harm us is intellectual, that is it's
  • 00:47:52.220 --> 00:47:57.150
  • either we believe false things, or we're afraid or we try
  • 00:47:57.160 --> 00:48:02.100
  • and think that this little bad thing is gonna be a really huge
  • 00:48:02.110 --> 00:48:05.100
  • bad thing.
  • 00:48:05.110 --> 00:48:06.200
  • Just trust in the Lord and live today and trust that he will get
  • 00:48:06.210 --> 00:48:09.170
  • you where you need to go.
  • 00:48:09.180 --> 00:48:11.030
  • Don't listen to the enemy, listen to brave wise people
  • 00:48:11.040 --> 00:48:15.090
  • in your life, and most of all listen to the word of God.
  • 00:48:15.100 --> 00:48:18.230
  • It's always true.
  • 00:48:18.240 --> 00:48:21.160
  • So we see that all the way through the story that Satan is
  • 00:48:21.170 --> 00:48:25.220
  • fighting to keep Jesus Christ from from being born.
  • 00:48:25.230 --> 00:48:30.100
  • In fact, at the very end, I believe Herod who was utterly
  • 00:48:30.110 --> 00:48:35.280
  • evil, when he heard that the king of Israel was gonna be
  • 00:48:35.290 --> 00:48:39.150
  • born and killed all the babies under 2 years old
  • 00:48:39.160 --> 00:48:43.110
  • in and around Bethlehem to sort of prevent this from happening,
  • 00:48:43.120 --> 00:48:47.050
  • and incidentally, we call this Holy Innocence day.
  • 00:48:47.060 --> 00:48:49.210
  • It's the fourth day of Christmas, it's from December
  • 00:48:49.220 --> 00:48:51.250
  • 28, in which we remember these babies actually as the first
  • 00:48:51.260 --> 00:48:56.100
  • Christian martyrs, did you know that?
  • 00:48:56.110 --> 00:48:59.110
  • So the first ones who are believed to have died
  • 00:48:59.120 --> 00:49:02.040
  • for the sake of the gospel, and we remember them and we
  • 00:49:02.050 --> 00:49:05.280
  • remember that there's always a great struggle between what
  • 00:49:05.290 --> 00:49:09.080
  • God wants in the world and when it happens.
  • 00:49:09.090 --> 00:49:13.090
  • All of this to say what God promised came to pass.
  • 00:49:13.100 --> 00:49:18.130
  • Because once God says something, it is chiseled in stone.
  • 00:49:18.140 --> 00:49:24.020
  • God doesn't take words back, God doesn't unpromise things, God's
  • 00:49:24.030 --> 00:49:29.200
  • faithfulness is not dependent on our faithfulness.
  • 00:49:29.210 --> 00:49:32.140
  • The scripture says that even when we are faithless,
  • 00:49:32.150 --> 00:49:34.250
  • he remains faithful, because he can't deny himself.
  • 00:49:34.260 --> 00:49:38.230
  • He can't go back on what he says, so trust
  • 00:49:38.240 --> 00:49:41.290
  • the promises of God.
  • 00:49:42.000 --> 00:49:43.290
  • Trust that he will get you where you need to go.
  • 00:49:44.000 --> 00:49:46.140
  • Trust that you will go to heaven if you've depended on the name
  • 00:49:46.150 --> 00:49:49.090
  • of Jesus as your Lord and Savior.
  • 00:49:49.100 --> 00:49:50.280
  • Trust in these things, don't be afraid.
  • 00:49:50.290 --> 00:49:54.230
  • Lastly, let me say this, if you hear anything it's that you see
  • 00:49:54.240 --> 00:49:58.250
  • through the stories in the Bible and other places, well, that God
  • 00:49:58.260 --> 00:50:02.150
  • loves dreamers.
  • 00:50:02.160 --> 00:50:05.090
  • You ever been called a dreamer in a negative way?
  • 00:50:05.100 --> 00:50:08.210
  • Everybody ever heard anybody say, "Oh, she's such a dreamer.
  • 00:50:08.220 --> 00:50:12.160
  • He's such a dreamer."
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  • Take it as a compliment, friend.
  • 00:50:14.260 --> 00:50:17.090
  • I'd rather be a dreamer than what did my Grandpa say?
  • 00:50:17.100 --> 00:50:20.270
  • I'd rather dream to do great things and fail than attempt
  • 00:50:20.280 --> 00:50:24.170
  • to do nothing and succeed.
  • 00:50:24.180 --> 00:50:27.110
  • I would too.
  • 00:50:27.120 --> 00:50:30.060
  • There's a power in dreams that comes from faith, belief that my
  • 00:50:30.070 --> 00:50:34.170
  • life can be bigger than a currently is, belief that God
  • 00:50:34.180 --> 00:50:37.260
  • can take me somewhere that I'm currently not at.
  • 00:50:37.270 --> 00:50:41.050
  • It broadens and enlarges your vision.
  • 00:50:41.060 --> 00:50:44.160
  • It gives us purpose and hope and, you know, even if you're
  • 00:50:44.170 --> 00:50:49.130
  • old or maybe you're here today and you're all you're very old
  • 00:50:49.140 --> 00:50:52.170
  • you know and you just say, "Oh, man, I can't have any more
  • 00:50:52.180 --> 00:50:54.180
  • dreams in my life or purpose.
  • 00:50:54.190 --> 00:50:56.150
  • I've done enough, Bobby.
  • 00:50:56.160 --> 00:50:57.250
  • Leave me alone."
  • 00:50:57.260 --> 00:50:59.140
  • I just wanna tell ya, the older you are, the more you need
  • 00:50:59.150 --> 00:51:01.200
  • a dream.
  • 00:51:01.210 --> 00:51:03.130
  • I've seen that there have been many people who have gone
  • 00:51:03.140 --> 00:51:06.040
  • into retirement and chased a golf ball for years--
  • 00:51:06.050 --> 00:51:08.280
  • and there's nothing wrong with playing a little bit
  • 00:51:08.290 --> 00:51:10.080
  • of golf.
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  • Feel free to invite me anytime, but when we lose a sense
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  • of purpose in our lives, we oftentimes--I've seen how
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  • that's made some older people sick and kept
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  • other people alive.
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  • Doesn't mean that you have to keep a job necessarily,
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  • but gosh, what an incredible time in your life to teach
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  • and mentor and build something and give and serve.
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  • Now, that's an incredible opportunity to live it and just
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  • totally devote your life to something incredibly
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  • purposeful in the twilight of your time here on Earth.
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  • I actually wrote this down: If you keep your dream alive,
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  • your dream will keep you alive.
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  • I think that's true.
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  • And I think if you haven't had a dream or a goal and a long
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  • time, well, it's time you ought to get one.
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  • Can I get an amen from the older folks in the house?
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  • Amen, all right.
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  • The last thing is the greatest danger in pursuing our dreams is
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  • naivete.
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  • And this is called the Stockdale Paradox, this is from a great
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  • book called "Good to Great."
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  • In this book he talks about this admiral, Admiral James Stockdale
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  • was in a Vietnamese prison camp for 8 years.
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  • He was tortured over 20 times, starved, thirsty, wet constantly
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  • in an uncomfortable situation, many of his men died, and he
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  • shares the story about how the guys who died first where
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  • the optimists.
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  • He says that there were these men who would say,
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  • "Don't worry, guys.
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  • We're gonna get out by Christmas."
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  • Christmas would come and go and they would say, "Well, now
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  • we're gonna get out by Easter."
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  • Easter would come and go, and they would say, "We're gonna
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  • get out by the fourth of July."
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  • And all of a sudden, Christmas has come again, and he said
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  • those men, they died of a broken heart because they weren't
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  • rooted in the brutal facts of the reality of where they
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  • currently were.
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  • And he said, you know, the negative guys died too.
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  • He's like what you really needed was a little bit of both.
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  • The paradox is this, he said, "I never doubted for a second that
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  • I would get out, but I also dealt with the fact that I had
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  • no idea when that was gonna be, and then I had to just take one
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  • day at a time," something like that.
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  • And this was his quote, so the Stockdale Paradox goes
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  • like this: You must retain faith that you will prevail in the end
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  • regardless of the difficulties.
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  • We all believe that, right?
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  • And at the same time, you must confront the most brutal facts
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  • of your current reality, whatever they may be.
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  • Yvon Chouinard, the 80-year-old founder of--an adventurer--
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  • founder of Patagonia, gave us this great quote, he said,
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  • "There's no difference between a pessimist who says,
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  • 'Oh, it's hopeless, so don't bother doing anything,'
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  • and an optimist who says, 'Don't bother doing anything, it's
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  • going to turn out fine anyway.'" Either way, nothing happens.
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  • And I like that idea, that you're able to say
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  • this is difficult.
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  • Maybe you have cancer, you're able to say I have cancer, but I
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  • will beat it.
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  • I have a bad marriage, but God can save it.
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  • I'm out of shape, but I could get healthy.
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  • I have an addiction, but I also have help.
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  • There are things we can do when we're stuck in these situations
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  • where we don't have to choose between utter despair and giving
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  • up, and we don't have to-- or between naive optimism,
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  • but rather we can have hope and faith and acknowledge where
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  • we truly are and yet trust that God will get us where we need
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  • to go.
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  • Let's pray, Father, we love you, and we thank you that you love
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  • us, and I just believe, God, that so many people that are
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  • struggling with shame and guilt, we repent of our sin.
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  • We ask that you forgive us and wash us clean, father,
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  • of all the things we've done and trust, God, that even if we
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  • fall again, Lord, you will not rob us or take away our
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  • destinies, but you will walk with us and carry us to where
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  • we need to go.
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  • Lord, we love you, and we thank you and we trust you in Jesus's
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  • name, we pray, amen.
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  • Bobby: Thank you so much for being here today.
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  • Way to go, you got out of bed, and you came to church.
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  • I just believe that being rooted in God's house
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  • makes life better.
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  • Now, as you leave, go and enjoy the day, rest, take a nap,
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  • eat good food, spend time with the people you love.
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  • Turn your phones off, don't check your email, don't do work
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  • if you can avoid it, and make it a day to rest and be
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  • with the Lord and the people you love.
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  • And now the Lord bless you and keep you, the Lord make his
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  • face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you, the Lord lift
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  • 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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