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Patience: It Will be Worth the Wait

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December 14, 2019
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Hour of Power with Bobby Schuller

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Patience: It Will be Worth the Wait

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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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  • You are so beloved.
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  • Thank you for being here today.
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  • You know, God loves to see his kids cross a finish line.
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  • If you've been in a long struggle, remember to create
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  • space to try to hear God's voice.
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  • Because when you hear his voice, it gives you the patience
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  • to endure.
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  • And remember, he's gonna get you across that finish line.
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  • God will get you to where you need to be.
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  • Bobby: Let's pray.
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  • Father, we thank you so much for Christmas and for gathering
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  • us here.
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  • And Lord, we're just so thankful for a time in which you can
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  • build up our hopes and our dreams, we're thankful that
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  • you've made us a hopeful people.
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  • And I pray, Lord, that as we leave this place, we'd leave
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  • encouraged, full of the Holy Spirit.
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  • Lord, we love you and it's in Jesus's name we pray, amen.
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  • Hannah: Turn around and shake the hand
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  • of the person next to you and say, God loves you so much
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  • and so do I.
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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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  • Bruce Cramer: Today, we light the candle of joy.
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  • You may be seated.
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  • We light this candle to welcome Christ's light of joy into every
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  • place of care and sorrow.
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  • As the coming of our Savior Jesus Christ draws near, our joy
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  • builds with our anticipation of his birth.
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  • We yearn to experience his love and presence in his lives
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  • in the depths of our souls.
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  • May his joy fill our hearts and inform our lives as we
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  • journey towards his birth, the source of true joy,
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  • and transform lives.
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  • And now, let us pray these words together as a congregation.
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  • We joyfully praise you, O Lord, for the fulfillment of your
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  • promise of a Savior and what that means in our lives.
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  • Thank you for the gift of salvation through the birth
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  • of your Son Jesus.
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  • Create us anew as we wait.
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  • Help us to see your glory as we fill our lives with your
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  • gracious and loving presence, amen.
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  • O come, O come, Emmanuel
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  • and ransom captive Israel
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  • that mourns in lonely exile here
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  • until the Son of God appear
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  • Rejoice, rejoice, Emmanuel
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  • shall come to thee, O Israel
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  • O come, thou dayspring, come and cheer
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  • our spirits by thine advent here
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  • Disperse the gloomy clouds of night
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  • and death's dark shadow put to flight
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  • Rejoice, rejoice, Emmanuel
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  • shall come to thee, O Israel
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  • Rejoice, rejoice
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  • Emmanuel
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  • shall come to thee, O Israel
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  • O Israel
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  • O Israel
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  • O come, Emmanuel
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  • O come, O come, Emmanuel
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  • and ransom captive Israel
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  • [congregation applauding]
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  • [congregation applauding]
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  • Hannah: In preparation for Bobby's message,
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  • the Words of our Lord found in Luke 2:25, "Now there was
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  • a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous
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  • and devout.
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  • He was waiting for the consolation of Israel
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  • and the Holy Spirit was on him.
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  • It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would
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  • not die before he had seen the Lord's Messiah.
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  • Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts.
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  • When the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do
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  • for him what the custom of the law required, Simeon took
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  • him in his arms and praised God, saying, 'Sovereign Lord, as you
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  • have promised, you may now dismiss your servant in peace.
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  • For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have
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  • prepared in the sight of all nations, a light for revelation
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  • to the Gentiles and the glory of your people Israel.'
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  • The child's father and mother marveled at what was said
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  • about him."
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  • Church, hearing God's voice gave Simeon the patience to wait his
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  • whole life to see the Messiah.
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  • God desires to speak to us as well, amen.
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  • Who hung the star that shines
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  • over this little one's cradle tonight?
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  • Oh, and who wrote the song the angels are singing
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  • to welcome this precious Son?
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  • Who scheduled this holy moment in time
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  • long before time began?
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  • And who holds the power of heaven and earth
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  • in the palm of his great hand?
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  • This child is the one
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  • This child is the one
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  • Heaven's King of glory and Mary's little Star
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  • Our Lamb of love from Zion
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  • He's Judah's mighty Lion
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  • It is this child
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  • This child is the one
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  • Oh, and when all that will ever be said is said
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  • all that will ever be done is done
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  • who could receive the power
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  • and the riches and the wisdom?
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  • Who will receive the strength
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  • and the honor and glory everlasting?
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  • Forever
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  • Forever and ever
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  • He is the one
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  • This child is the one
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  • He is the one
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  • King of glory
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  • Mary's little star
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  • Our Lamb of love from Zion
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  • Judah's mighty Lion
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  • It is this child
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  • This child is the one
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  • He is the one
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  • Our Lamb of love from Zion
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  • Judah's mighty Lion
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  • It is this child
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  • Yes, he's the one
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  • This child is the one
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  • This child is the one
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  • He's the one
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  • [congregation applauding]
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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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  • This is why I'm thrilled about the opportunity
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  • afforded by our Legacy of Hope Challenge campaign,
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  • a faithful friend of this ministry
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  • It's vital because it enables us to close our monetary gap
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  • and gives us a strong financial base as we enter the new year.
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  • Hannah: Your gift to us today will have a multiplied effect
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  • As a thank you for responding to
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  • want to send you this brand-new devotional
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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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  • It's our way of saying thank you
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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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  • 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: All right, would you guys 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.
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  • I'm not what I do.
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  • 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.
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  • It's who I am.
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  • No one can take it from me.
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  • 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
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  • with the world.
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  • Thanks, you can be seated.
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  • You know, if you grew up in a legalistic church
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  • and always talked about how angry and mad God was at you
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  • and how you could never be enough, or some churches have
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  • taught in the past that once you become a Christian
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  • you never sin again.
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  • All this to say, if you grew up in a church that was
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  • legalistic or a church in which people were, you know, very
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  • often judging others, and maybe you've felt that way in this
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  • church sometimes.
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  • I sure hope you haven't, but it's easy to think that God
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  • sort of secretly wants you to fail.
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  • I think it was Voltaire that said we--
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  • I'm gonna get this quote wrong, but it's something like, "We
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  • take all of our insecurities and all of our jealousies,
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  • and we think God is that way."
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  • But I'm a person and a pastor that believes, when I read
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  • the Scripture, I believe that God does allow us to struggle
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  • and even suffer at times, but at the same time God loves
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  • seeing us cross the finish line.
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  • He loves to be there waiting for us, rooting us, cheering us
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  • on, as a proud dad would, seeing his kids cross the finish line.
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  • I was at my daughter's jog-a-thon, and nobody was
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  • really there to win or lose, which I found disappointing.
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  • I think kids need to learn what it means to lose.
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  • But at any rate, these kids are jogging around this thing
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  • and everybody's cheering them, but I was like--
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  • I'm like passing cups of water.
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  • I'm taking pictures.
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  • But we forget that God is a dad, don't we?
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  • And we forget that we're not God's adults,
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  • we're God's children.
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  • You might be old, but compared to God,
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  • you're still pretty young.
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  • "Bobby, you don't know how old I am.
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  • I was alive during World War I.
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  • That was two world wars ago."
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  • No, it doesn't matter how old you are, you are God's child.
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  • And I think that there are some things we do that we don't think
  • 00:31:04.260 --> 00:31:07.230
  • bugs God that really does, and there's some things that we
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  • do that we think God really hates and maybe he doesn't
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  • so much.
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  • And the most important thing is that I think we forget that God
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  • wants to see us cross the finish line.
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  • In our race, in our jogging, in our running, we forget
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  • sometimes that God is rooting for us.
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  • You think, "Well, why doesn't he save us?"
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  • Well, it's the same reason I don't save my daughter, and pick
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  • her up, and run around the jog-a-thon.
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  • Sometimes these struggles in life, you know, well, God
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  • will save you from the things that might kill you,
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  • but the things that--the little struggles, the little things
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  • you're waiting for, the new job, the maybe meeting someone new
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  • in your life, maybe hearing God's voice again.
  • 00:31:44.090 --> 00:31:47.170
  • You know, these can feel like real suffering, but when we
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  • look back, we often wonder, maybe God was in that
  • 00:31:50.030 --> 00:31:53.090
  • the whole time.
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  • That's what Paul says when he's writing to the church.
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  • And I believe he's about to die and he says, "I've run
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  • the race," right?
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  • "I've run the race.
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  • I've achieved the crown," or the prize, rather.
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  • And I think that there's something great about crossing
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  • that finish lines in our lives of achievement that comes
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  • from resilience, perseverance, enduring, being faithful to God,
  • 00:32:15.270 --> 00:32:21.270
  • being faithful to the thing that you're called to do.
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  • I think that's so important.
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  • Last week, we talked about this idea of being anti-fragile.
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  • I think it's so important to remember that when we think
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  • about patience, that human beings, but Christians
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  • in particular, are anti-fragile.
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  • Does everybody remember what anti-fragile means?
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  • Do I need to--
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  • Anti-fragile, very shortly if you weren't here last week, it's
  • 00:32:43.190 --> 00:32:45.160
  • the opposite of fragile.
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  • Fragile means if you hit something or harm something, it
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  • gets worse or it becomes worthless, but anti-fragile
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  • means that to a point, as you harm things, they get better.
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  • Trees are, to a degree, anti-fragile.
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  • That's why you cut all the branches off,
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  • so that it'll be fuller.
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  • It doesn't make any sense, does it?
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  • But that's the way things are in nature and that's the way
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  • Christians are.
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  • The way you destroy something that's anti-fragile is
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  • by treating it as though it were fragile.
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  • In other words, the thing-- the way you destroy a tree,
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  • for example, is by protecting it from the environment.
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  • Don't let the sun get it.
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  • Don't let the wind get it.
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  • Don't cut its branches off.
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  • Are we ever doing that with our children or with our churches?
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  • Treating anti-fragile things as though they are fragile,
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  • and in so doing actually causing harm when we're trying
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  • to benefit those things.
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  • What if every race that we're running in life is--you know,
  • 00:33:41.000 --> 00:33:44.040
  • if you're a video game nerd, and I've never played video
  • 00:33:44.050 --> 00:33:46.050
  • games, but let's just say I had.
  • 00:33:46.060 --> 00:33:49.160
  • I was playing video games last night literally before I went
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  • to bed.
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  • Your pastor plays video games, congratulations.
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  • It only gets worse from here, guys.
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  • It only gets worse from here.
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  • When you spend too much time being too safe, too well-fed,
  • 00:34:01.210 --> 00:34:04.200
  • too out of the rain, it actually makes you weak.
  • 00:34:04.210 --> 00:34:06.170
  • And when you struggle, suffer, train, work hard, endure, move
  • 00:34:06.180 --> 00:34:11.060
  • towards the barking dog, move towards the thing that you're
  • 00:34:11.070 --> 00:34:13.160
  • afraid of, hypothetically I mean, that it actually will make
  • 00:34:13.170 --> 00:34:17.050
  • you better to a degree.
  • 00:34:17.060 --> 00:34:18.280
  • And so all of this to merely say that we are anti-fragile.
  • 00:34:18.290 --> 00:34:22.130
  • It reminds me of--there's this theory in sports that
  • 00:34:22.140 --> 00:34:24.160
  • the winningest team, it's a surprise how often you can
  • 00:34:24.170 --> 00:34:27.030
  • have a team in football or baseball that is so utterly
  • 00:34:27.040 --> 00:34:31.000
  • dominant, and because of that, they get the longest break
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  • after the regular season before the post season.
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  • And very often, those teams come out of that little, you know,
  • 00:34:37.230 --> 00:34:40.160
  • two-week break where everybody else got a week or something,
  • 00:34:40.170 --> 00:34:43.120
  • and they just get obliterated.
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  • And there's this theory that because of that two-week time,
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  • they got out of the rhythm of being hit, of working hard,
  • 00:34:48.260 --> 00:34:52.170
  • of being in these things.
  • 00:34:52.180 --> 00:34:54.220
  • And so that, because of the anti-fragility of sports,
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  • that perhaps there actually is a disadvantage to have a longer
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  • break than the other teams.
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  • Just a theory.
  • 00:35:06.090 --> 00:35:07.270
  • But all of this to say that during tough times,
  • 00:35:07.280 --> 00:35:13.070
  • during difficulty, during this time when we're supposed to be
  • 00:35:13.080 --> 00:35:17.000
  • patient, the greatest temptation for believers is to hurry
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  • or to take the path of least resistance, which in our heart
  • 00:35:22.270 --> 00:35:27.010
  • is essentially the same thing.
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  • Hurrying or taking the path of least resistance is
  • 00:35:29.080 --> 00:35:32.200
  • the greatest temptation that will--and maybe one
  • 00:35:32.210 --> 00:35:37.230
  • of the greatest things that can erode our victory, right?
  • 00:35:37.240 --> 00:35:43.230
  • So all of this to say that when we're in advent, don't hurry
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  • ahead of God.
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  • Go at God's pace.
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  • Don't hurry out of the challenge that has to do with your dreams,
  • 00:35:52.190 --> 00:35:58.190
  • your goals, or the thing that God has called you to do.
  • 00:35:59.210 --> 00:36:04.060
  • Look at God's creation and look at the speed at which God goes.
  • 00:36:04.070 --> 00:36:08.110
  • I mean, everything that God makes is wonderful and tends
  • 00:36:08.120 --> 00:36:12.000
  • to last a very, very long time, if not forever.
  • 00:36:12.010 --> 00:36:15.130
  • But look at how slow it takes for that thing to get where it
  • 00:36:15.140 --> 00:36:19.040
  • needs to be.
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  • Sequoias are a great example.
  • 00:36:20.160 --> 00:36:21.270
  • Olive trees are a great example.
  • 00:36:21.280 --> 00:36:24.000
  • The human soul is a great example that it takes process.
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  • It takes a little bit of harm.
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  • It takes stress.
  • 00:36:30.050 --> 00:36:31.160
  • It takes pushing through for God's creations
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  • to develop, and grow, and mature into what they've
  • 00:36:34.170 --> 00:36:38.000
  • been called to be.
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  • We hate to acknowledge this about ourselves when we have
  • 00:36:40.020 --> 00:36:42.120
  • to be patient or when we have to endure to something, because
  • 00:36:42.130 --> 00:36:45.270
  • nobody likes being there.
  • 00:36:45.280 --> 00:36:47.090
  • And we certainly don't have to be there all the time,
  • 00:36:47.100 --> 00:36:49.140
  • but when we're there, the temptation is always gonna
  • 00:36:49.150 --> 00:36:52.100
  • be to hurry to the end or to take the path of least
  • 00:36:52.110 --> 00:36:55.070
  • resistance instead of walking with God at God's pace.
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  • Don't feel guilty about that, by the way, 'cause we're all
  • 00:37:00.290 --> 00:37:03.000
  • that way.
  • 00:37:03.010 --> 00:37:04.110
  • All of us are that way.
  • 00:37:04.120 --> 00:37:06.090
  • Even Jesus was a little bit that way.
  • 00:37:06.100 --> 00:37:08.250
  • After all, it was a temptation, wasn't it, when the devil looked
  • 00:37:08.260 --> 00:37:12.050
  • at him and said, "Bow down before me and I'll give you
  • 00:37:12.060 --> 00:37:14.120
  • all of this"?
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  • I think Jesus was tempted by that, otherwise it would've
  • 00:37:15.230 --> 00:37:18.230
  • just called it the three, you know, not temptations of Jesus.
  • 00:37:18.240 --> 00:37:23.050
  • I don't know.
  • 00:37:23.060 --> 00:37:24.160
  • But you know, he--you know, I think there was a temptation
  • 00:37:24.170 --> 00:37:27.020
  • for Jesus because he wanted to save the world and he wanted
  • 00:37:27.030 --> 00:37:29.240
  • to help these people, and I don't think he wanted to endure
  • 00:37:29.250 --> 00:37:32.090
  • the cross.
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  • I mean, you look at Galatians-- or you look at the Garden
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  • of Gethsemane, you see him, you know, asking, "Lord Father, take
  • 00:37:35.000 --> 00:37:38.070
  • this cup from me, but not my will, yours be done."
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  • So that was a real temptation for Jesus, to take the path
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  • of least resistance, to hurry to his destiny.
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  • But thank--I'm thankful for the faithfulness of Jesus
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  • and that he was willing to go at the pace of his Father.
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  • And it's a lesson for all of us that to be like Christ,
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  • sometimes there is a cross between us and our destiny,
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  • or between we and our destiny.
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  • Can I get an amen if you're carrying a cross this morning?
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  • God's gonna help you carry that cross.
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  • If you're in a tough time, I heard a smart man say one time
  • 00:38:08.130 --> 00:38:13.010
  • that tough times never last, but tough people do.
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  • You know, that simply means that whatever it is you're going
  • 00:38:16.130 --> 00:38:19.040
  • through, you'll get through it.
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  • Just endure.
  • 00:38:20.280 --> 00:38:22.140
  • I believe it was Thoreau that said, "The hero is no braver
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  • than the regular man.
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  • He's just braver five minutes longer."
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  • It's important.
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  • Patience is such a key when it comes to enduring unto victory
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  • in life.
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  • So, just own the suffering that lays between you
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  • and your destiny.
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  • The victory will be so much more greater and so much sweeter.
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  • Advent, of course, is that time.
  • 00:38:48.170 --> 00:38:50.150
  • It's that waiting season.
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  • It's that time of believing that God is a God who does what he
  • 00:38:52.000 --> 00:38:55.250
  • says he will do.
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  • It's a time of remembering that God calls every living believer
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  • to a purpose and calling.
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  • And believing with all your heart that if God wanted you--
  • 00:39:05.050 --> 00:39:07.230
  • wants you to be there, he will get you there.
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  • And be willing to take, as Jesus calls, the narrow road,
  • 00:39:10.270 --> 00:39:16.220
  • the difficult road that leads to life.
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  • Don't take the wide gate and the easy road that leads
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  • to destruction.
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  • Many take that road, he says.
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  • The passage for today is Luke chapter 2 and it was read
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  • by Hannah.
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  • For the sake of time, I'm not gonna read the whole pericope.
  • 00:39:30.280 --> 00:39:34.020
  • That's just a dorky way of saying a section
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  • of Scripture.
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  • We learn that in seminary.
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  • It was expensive to learn that word.
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  • In Luke chapter 2, there was a-- there's this--
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  • I love this story because the Scripture doesn't overtly
  • 00:39:48.210 --> 00:39:51.140
  • say this, but tradition tells us Simeon, in this passage, was
  • 00:39:51.150 --> 00:39:54.120
  • a very young man actually when God told him that in his
  • 00:39:54.130 --> 00:39:58.030
  • lifetime he would see the coming of the Messiah.
  • 00:39:58.040 --> 00:40:02.060
  • Now remember, when Jesus comes on the scene, there's
  • 00:40:02.070 --> 00:40:04.250
  • the Israeli--the Jewish people are sort of pregnant with this
  • 00:40:04.260 --> 00:40:09.140
  • desire to see the coming of the Messiah.
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  • They're under Roman occupation.
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  • It's not as bad as it was under the Seleucid or Greek
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  • Empire, but it's bad in the sense that just
  • 00:40:20.000 --> 00:40:23.210
  • everything seems to be going wrong and they're just believing
  • 00:40:23.220 --> 00:40:26.070
  • and hoping that the Messiah will come.
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  • And so, there's this man who says the Holy Spirit is upon him
  • 00:40:28.010 --> 00:40:33.150
  • and it says that the Holy Spirit tells him that in his lifetime,
  • 00:40:33.160 --> 00:40:38.220
  • he will see the coming of the Messiah.
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  • I like to think this guy was a teenager when he heard this,
  • 00:40:42.020 --> 00:40:45.210
  • although the Bible doesn't say that.
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  • 'Cause he's a very, very old man when he sees the Lord born.
  • 00:40:47.280 --> 00:40:53.280
  • And over these many years, this man, he lives in Jerusalem.
  • 00:40:56.080 --> 00:40:59.130
  • It says that he's a righteous man and a godly man and the Holy
  • 00:40:59.140 --> 00:41:02.100
  • Spirit is upon him.
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  • And he waits year, after year, after year.
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  • I almost wonder if he wanders around Jerusalem looking
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  • for this child.
  • 00:41:12.100 --> 00:41:14.230
  • And now it's like, one random day in Jerusalem, and I imagined
  • 00:41:14.240 --> 00:41:20.250
  • him to be a very, very old man.
  • 00:41:20.260 --> 00:41:22.130
  • It says he was old, but.
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  • And I imagined thinking that he's there sitting somewhere
  • 00:41:24.260 --> 00:41:28.010
  • in the city, and the Spirit that is always speaking to him
  • 00:41:28.020 --> 00:41:32.040
  • and always upon him, it says, "Simeon, Simeon,
  • 00:41:32.050 --> 00:41:38.050
  • the Messiah has come.
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  • He's in the temple.
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  • Go and see him."
  • 00:41:43.080 --> 00:41:44.180
  • And I imagine that Simeon was just so full,
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  • and it does say this.
  • 00:41:47.000 --> 00:41:48.290
  • He's just full of Spirit, and then he just--
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  • I imagine he's running to the temple, running
  • 00:41:50.110 --> 00:41:52.060
  • up the stairs, even though it's difficult, and his knees hurt,
  • 00:41:52.070 --> 00:41:54.220
  • and his feet hurt.
  • 00:41:54.230 --> 00:41:56.020
  • His mind is just pounding with excitement as this thing
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  • he's waited his whole life has finally come to pass.
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  • And remember, the temple in ancient world is gigantic.
  • 00:42:04.190 --> 00:42:07.180
  • I mean, humongous.
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  • It could be full of thousands of people at times.
  • 00:42:09.210 --> 00:42:13.140
  • And somehow through the crowd, he's wandering, and looking,
  • 00:42:13.150 --> 00:42:16.190
  • and trying to find, and there he sees Mary and Joseph, and he
  • 00:42:16.200 --> 00:42:20.080
  • sees Mary holding this baby boy, and they're there
  • 00:42:20.090 --> 00:42:24.080
  • for the consecration of the baby.
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  • And he goes, and I assume with permission, takes the baby
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  • in his arms and blesses the baby Jesus.
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  • And he says this famous song that actually became an early
  • 00:42:34.290 --> 00:42:38.090
  • church Christmas song, "Sovereign Lord, as you have
  • 00:42:38.100 --> 00:42:41.110
  • promised, you may now dismiss your servant in peace.
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  • For my eyes have seen the coming of your salvation."
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  • Real quick, presumably he was saying this in Aramaic,
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  • and the word "salvation" in Aramaic is "yeshua."
  • 00:42:53.180 --> 00:42:59.170
  • Yeshua is also named for Jesus, so it's a wordplay.
  • 00:43:00.030 --> 00:43:03.040
  • So, "My eyes have seen the coming of your Jesus,"
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  • or your salvation, which is very cool, "which you have prepared
  • 00:43:05.270 --> 00:43:10.110
  • in the sight of all nations, a light for revelation
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  • to the Gentiles and the glory of your people Israel."
  • 00:43:13.240 --> 00:43:17.130
  • That song is essentially saying--he's saying, "Lord, I
  • 00:43:17.140 --> 00:43:21.130
  • can die now because the thing that you promised, the thing
  • 00:43:21.140 --> 00:43:25.030
  • that I've waited for has finally happened."
  • 00:43:25.040 --> 00:43:27.000
  • And there's this satiation of the soul that I read
  • 00:43:27.010 --> 00:43:29.240
  • in the text that he's just so full of joy, so happy,
  • 00:43:29.250 --> 00:43:33.180
  • so utterly content with this experience, knowing that
  • 00:43:33.190 --> 00:43:37.040
  • the Messiah has come, that his people Israel will be saved,
  • 00:43:37.050 --> 00:43:41.110
  • that he just says, "I can die now.
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  • I can die now."
  • 00:43:43.210 --> 00:43:45.240
  • And it was so great because the song became, I told you,
  • 00:43:45.250 --> 00:43:48.210
  • a Latin song.
  • 00:43:48.220 --> 00:43:50.010
  • The choir sang it in the past.
  • 00:43:50.020 --> 00:43:51.160
  • It was...
  • 00:43:51.170 --> 00:43:53.160
  • [singing in foreign language]
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  • It's very sweet and it's like a nighttime song.
  • 00:44:07.060 --> 00:44:10.120
  • So it's an idea that, like, "I can die now
  • 00:44:10.130 --> 00:44:12.270
  • because I found Jesus."
  • 00:44:12.280 --> 00:44:15.120
  • Do you ever feel that way?
  • 00:44:15.130 --> 00:44:17.220
  • You ever feel like when you have a great experience with the Lord
  • 00:44:17.230 --> 00:44:20.200
  • and you encounter the Holy Spirit in such a profound,
  • 00:44:20.210 --> 00:44:24.030
  • wonderful way that you think, "Everything's gonna be okay.
  • 00:44:24.040 --> 00:44:28.150
  • Whether I live or I die, I'm in God's loving arms"?
  • 00:44:28.160 --> 00:44:33.120
  • See, that is what people need today.
  • 00:44:33.130 --> 00:44:35.190
  • So much fear, so much anxiety and worry, so much stress.
  • 00:44:35.200 --> 00:44:40.160
  • We need to hear the voice of the Lord.
  • 00:44:40.170 --> 00:44:42.150
  • We need to experience the real presence of the Holy Spirit.
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  • Without that, everything else is just fake.
  • 00:44:47.240 --> 00:44:50.290
  • That's what it feels like.
  • 00:44:51.000 --> 00:44:53.060
  • And so, you know, that's the thing is that we need
  • 00:44:53.070 --> 00:44:57.240
  • to hear God's voice because we need to know he is with us,
  • 00:44:57.250 --> 00:45:02.220
  • especially when we're suffering and we're going
  • 00:45:02.230 --> 00:45:04.110
  • through difficult times, to know we are not alone.
  • 00:45:04.120 --> 00:45:08.210
  • You are not alone.
  • 00:45:08.220 --> 00:45:11.150
  • You are not alone.
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  • The Lord is with you.
  • 00:45:14.020 --> 00:45:15.240
  • And even in your shortcomings and your failures, as long as
  • 00:45:15.250 --> 00:45:19.160
  • you keep your heart soft to the voice of the Lord, God
  • 00:45:19.170 --> 00:45:22.240
  • can get you to your destiny, and that is what's so good
  • 00:45:22.250 --> 00:45:26.030
  • about the Lord.
  • 00:45:26.040 --> 00:45:27.210
  • You know, a soul without God is like an arrow without a bow.
  • 00:45:27.220 --> 00:45:33.070
  • A soul without God is like an arrow without a bow.
  • 00:45:33.080 --> 00:45:37.140
  • If I found the most athletic person in this room and I asked
  • 00:45:37.150 --> 00:45:41.080
  • them--you know, took them out to a field and handed them
  • 00:45:41.090 --> 00:45:44.080
  • an arrow and said, "Throw this arrow as far as you can throw
  • 00:45:44.090 --> 00:45:47.090
  • it," they'd probably do pretty good.
  • 00:45:47.100 --> 00:45:50.180
  • But if I took a meagerly athletic person that just had
  • 00:45:50.190 --> 00:45:53.070
  • a roughly tough grip and handed them a bow and arrow, they could
  • 00:45:53.080 --> 00:45:56.150
  • send that thing way further.
  • 00:45:56.160 --> 00:45:58.270
  • I think much of life and much of what we try to do in ministry
  • 00:45:58.280 --> 00:46:02.100
  • in particular, but in many things, is we're like someone
  • 00:46:02.110 --> 00:46:05.220
  • trying to throw that arrow in our own strength.
  • 00:46:05.230 --> 00:46:09.130
  • But what God teaches us is that when we're saved and in our
  • 00:46:09.140 --> 00:46:11.290
  • baptism, we received this power to move in the easy rhythms
  • 00:46:12.000 --> 00:46:16.200
  • of grace, to go at God's pace, and to go to where God has
  • 00:46:16.210 --> 00:46:22.230
  • called us to, which is so much farther and so much better than
  • 00:46:22.240 --> 00:46:26.280
  • anything we can do in our own strength.
  • 00:46:26.290 --> 00:46:29.200
  • But God is--he is an unhurried God, and God takes time to grow
  • 00:46:29.210 --> 00:46:34.190
  • things and to make things.
  • 00:46:34.200 --> 00:46:36.240
  • But God goes farther than anyone else and the things God's makes
  • 00:46:36.250 --> 00:46:41.200
  • lasts longer than anyone else.
  • 00:46:41.210 --> 00:46:43.160
  • Just like an arrow, you might see people whizzing by and you
  • 00:46:43.170 --> 00:46:46.180
  • feel like you're going backwards in life, but just like an arrow
  • 00:46:46.190 --> 00:46:50.280
  • that is going backwards in the bow, the tension
  • 00:46:50.290 --> 00:46:54.130
  • between you and your destiny is you merely growing.
  • 00:46:54.140 --> 00:46:58.000
  • Let that feed your patience, that the tension you feel now
  • 00:46:58.010 --> 00:47:02.010
  • between yourself and where you believe God has called you to be
  • 00:47:02.020 --> 00:47:05.110
  • is a good thing.
  • 00:47:05.120 --> 00:47:06.210
  • And when God releases you, it's going to tip in a way that is
  • 00:47:06.220 --> 00:47:10.260
  • really wonderful.
  • 00:47:10.270 --> 00:47:14.060
  • Finally, I just want to reflect that I believe--and this is my
  • 00:47:14.070 --> 00:47:17.040
  • Pentecostal side coming out now, okay?
  • 00:47:17.050 --> 00:47:19.050
  • I'm not sounding as Presbyterian as maybe I should right now,
  • 00:47:19.060 --> 00:47:21.170
  • but I want you to know that I think the reason Simeon could
  • 00:47:21.180 --> 00:47:27.180
  • wait is because he knew, because he clearly heard God's voice.
  • 00:47:27.190 --> 00:47:33.120
  • He clearly heard God's voice.
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  • I love the Bible, and I believe the Bible is canon
  • 00:47:36.020 --> 00:47:40.020
  • and pure revelation.
  • 00:47:40.030 --> 00:47:42.020
  • I'm gonna talk about that in just a minute, but remember
  • 00:47:42.030 --> 00:47:43.120
  • the 1st and 2nd century church only had bits and pieces
  • 00:47:43.130 --> 00:47:47.020
  • of the Bible.
  • 00:47:47.030 --> 00:47:48.170
  • They were the generation that wrote the Bible.
  • 00:47:48.180 --> 00:47:51.220
  • Because in the midst of their persecution, bleeding,
  • 00:47:51.230 --> 00:47:55.030
  • and turmoil, and difficulty, and stress, and infighting, they
  • 00:47:55.040 --> 00:47:58.280
  • heard the voice of the Holy Spirit and were moved
  • 00:47:58.290 --> 00:48:02.020
  • by the Spirit.
  • 00:48:02.030 --> 00:48:03.120
  • They were miracle workers.
  • 00:48:03.130 --> 00:48:04.290
  • I think God wants that for our generation too.
  • 00:48:05.000 --> 00:48:09.140
  • So it's important that the Bible not only gives us wisdom, but it
  • 00:48:09.150 --> 00:48:14.280
  • attaches us to our spiritual ancestry where we can see what
  • 00:48:14.290 --> 00:48:18.210
  • a Bible mind is like.
  • 00:48:18.220 --> 00:48:20.020
  • And so, I think Simeon was able to be patient his whole life
  • 00:48:20.030 --> 00:48:23.140
  • because he knew.
  • 00:48:23.150 --> 00:48:25.110
  • He clearly heard God's voice and he just knew.
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  • Jesus tells us that this is essential to Christian living.
  • 00:48:32.000 --> 00:48:36.130
  • He says that, "The sheep hear my voice and they know it, and they
  • 00:48:36.140 --> 00:48:42.130
  • know it differently than the thief."
  • 00:48:42.140 --> 00:48:46.040
  • I wanna know Jesus's voice that way.
  • 00:48:46.050 --> 00:48:48.260
  • I want to hear the voice of God clearly.
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  • If you want to know, I'm just gonna finish with this.
  • 00:48:53.070 --> 00:48:55.020
  • To be patient, we must learn what it means to differentiate,
  • 00:48:55.030 --> 00:48:58.270
  • like, "Is this my voice or my thoughts, or is this God's
  • 00:48:58.280 --> 00:49:02.260
  • voice, or is this the enemy?"
  • 00:49:02.270 --> 00:49:06.070
  • And then I'm gonna give you three things in three minutes
  • 00:49:06.080 --> 00:49:09.060
  • that can help you discern how to hear God's voice, but this
  • 00:49:09.070 --> 00:49:13.290
  • will only work if you actually do the things I'm gonna
  • 00:49:14.000 --> 00:49:15.230
  • ask you to do.
  • 00:49:15.240 --> 00:49:18.010
  • Number one is to--
  • 00:49:18.020 --> 00:49:21.080
  • And this is the most important thing, to build a biblical mind.
  • 00:49:21.090 --> 00:49:25.240
  • Now, one thing that many people in Bible churches make
  • 00:49:25.250 --> 00:49:29.140
  • the mistake of doing is this thing called proof texting,
  • 00:49:29.150 --> 00:49:32.220
  • which isn't always bad, but it's almost like if I believe
  • 00:49:32.230 --> 00:49:36.190
  • something, I have to attach a Bible verse to it.
  • 00:49:36.200 --> 00:49:38.290
  • I once heard a guy say, "You can't use cocaine because
  • 00:49:39.000 --> 00:49:43.040
  • the Bible says, 'Do not get drunk on wine,' and using
  • 00:49:43.050 --> 00:49:47.060
  • cocaine is doing the same thing as getting drunk on wine."
  • 00:49:47.070 --> 00:49:50.050
  • It's like this ergo thing.
  • 00:49:50.060 --> 00:49:51.150
  • I'm like, "No dude, you don't use cocaine 'cause it's stupid,"
  • 00:49:51.160 --> 00:49:55.200
  • you know?
  • 00:49:55.210 --> 00:49:57.010
  • And getting a biblical mind helps you discern for yourself
  • 00:49:57.020 --> 00:49:59.230
  • what's not, you know, clearly written letter of the law
  • 00:49:59.240 --> 00:50:02.000
  • in the Bible.
  • 00:50:02.010 --> 00:50:03.100
  • It helps you think, "You know, if cocaine were being used
  • 00:50:03.110 --> 00:50:05.270
  • in the 1st century by Christians, how would Paul
  • 00:50:05.280 --> 00:50:08.230
  • address that?"
  • 00:50:08.240 --> 00:50:10.040
  • You just know he would say, "No cocaine, everybody.
  • 00:50:10.050 --> 00:50:12.080
  • No cocaine."
  • 00:50:12.090 --> 00:50:14.060
  • Okay, so building a biblical mind means that you read
  • 00:50:14.070 --> 00:50:17.090
  • the Bible every day, or as often as you can.
  • 00:50:17.100 --> 00:50:21.020
  • It's not like you have to, like, be reading it, you know,
  • 00:50:21.030 --> 00:50:24.030
  • for hours, but, you know, five minutes in the morning, you
  • 00:50:24.040 --> 00:50:27.170
  • know, reading a chapter here, a little bit there.
  • 00:50:27.180 --> 00:50:30.190
  • Don't get hung up, by the way, on the little verses maybe that
  • 00:50:30.200 --> 00:50:33.050
  • you don't understand or that bug you.
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  • Just hold it loosely and, you know, ask a friend.
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  • The second thing is that when God speaks usually doesn't speak
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  • in words in my experience.
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  • Now, I think there's some people that have this prophetic gift
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  • where that can happen, but I think for the most part, when
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  • when people hear from the Lord,
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  • they just instantly understand something.
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  • I wrote it this way.
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  • God's language is knowledge.
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  • God has a language and the language is knowledge.
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  • This is important.
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  • So when you--it comes as epiphany.
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  • And you can clearly understand, if you have a biblical mind, if
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  • this is within, you know, what is God's voice or maybe this is
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  • something else.
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  • So when God speaks, don't be looking for, you know, specific
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  • words, but be looking for knowledge.
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  • And number three, and man, this is so important, be
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  • around people who listen to God's voice.
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  • Look, there are most Christians are not listening
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  • to God's voice.
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  • Most Christians are not taking time every day to quiet their
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  • heart and just say, "Lord, what do you want?"
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  • And then most Christians, whenever they pray,
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  • all they do is talk.
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  • You ever have a friend like that?
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  • You sit with them and all they do is talk
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  • and they never listen.
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  • Look, a big part of prayer is it's a two-way street, man.
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  • You've gotta listen too.
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  • And I don't mean that in a condescending way.
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  • I'm just saying that a lot of Christians haven't been
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  • taught to listen and actually hear that maybe God has
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  • something to say.
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  • There's this passage in Psalms that says, "If today you hear
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  • his voice, don't harden your hearts."
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  • I want to warn you about being around Christians and other
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  • people too much, who if God spoke to them,
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  • they would harden their heart.
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  • You know that type of person.
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  • We talked about seminary earlier.
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  • It's full of people like that.
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  • If you say, "I sense that God was leading me in this
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  • direction," or even, "I really sensed that God was saying this
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  • to me," instantly their hearts are gonna get hard towards you.
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  • If you want to be someone who's sensitive to the voice
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  • of the Lord, be wary of spending too much time bonding with those
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  • types of people.
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  • Rather, it's good to be around sane people who hear
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  • the voice of the Lord.
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  • Notice the disclaimer.
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  • You know, you hear God's voice a little too much, it can
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  • actually be taxing on your mind, but, no, that's--but make sure
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  • to to open your heart up and your company up to being
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  • around people who at least, at the very least, want to hear
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  • God's voice.
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  • Maybe they don't, but they're open to the things
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  • of the Holy Spirit.
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  • Last thing is when we don't do that, I feel that we
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  • try to lead God.
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  • You know, you don't hear God's voice, it's like, "God wants
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  • to do this."
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  • It's like, "Well, how do you know?"
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  • "'Cause the Bible says."
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  • But does the Bible say that?
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  • You know, that's very often-- it's that proof texting again.
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  • The Bible says this, that.
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  • So anyway, I think if you focus on those three things,
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  • a biblical mind, an openness to the things of the Spirit,
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  • that over time you'll begin to hear God's voice
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  • in a good way.
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  • And it's not always gonna be what you want to hear.
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  • You might get some conviction about some things in your life
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  • too, which is also very good.
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  • But all of those things are necessary for you to get
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  • to where you need to be in life.
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  • Let's just take a minute and even just listen
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  • to the Lord now.
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  • Father, we bring before you our hearts and our minds, and we're
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  • listening to you, God, just for a moment.
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  • Maybe if you have something in your heart or mind that
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  • you've been struggling with you, if you could ask God one
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  • question, what would it be?
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  • Just ask that question in your mind quietly right now.
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  • We do this with children sometimes
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  • in our children's ministry.
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  • What do you sense that God is saying about that?
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  • Or do you sense anything at all?
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  • It's okay if you don't.
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  • But maybe the Holy Spirit would be giving you some type
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  • of knowledge in your life.
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  • Lord, we're always in such a hurry.
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  • It's so hard for us to give time for moments of silence
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  • like this.
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  • Even now, I sense the pressure of another service and all
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  • the things that we have to do today, and these things are
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  • taxing on our relationship with you.
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  • So Father, we pray, I just pray for everyone in this church,
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  • that as we go into the rest of the day today, that we would
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  • take some time to be with you and to ask these questions
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  • of you, God, and to listen to your voice, and to be
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  • patient, and to walk with God at a walking pace.
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  • And Lord, we ask all these things in Jesus's name.
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  • We love you, amen.
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