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Resilence: Dreams Get Attacked

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December 7, 2019
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Hour of Power with Bobby Schuller

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Resilence: Dreams Get Attacked

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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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  • 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 grateful for you and to have you here with us.
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  • We love you.
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  • And today may ye know that no failure has to truly be
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  • a failure.
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  • It can be a learning experience, and if you've had a learning
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  • experience recently, do not give up on your dream.
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  • You are now more experienced than you have ever been.
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  • Take a breath and try again.
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  • Bobby Schuller: Amen.
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  • Let's pray together, father, we thank you, and we love you.
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  • We just thank you for Jesus.
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  • Thank you that into a very dark hurting suffering world, finally
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  • Christ was born to lead us into the Kingdom of God.
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  • Thank you that ever since then, the Kingdom of God has been
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  • present around us and in us who believe, and we pray that today
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  • you'd help us be clothed in Christ and in hope and joy
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  • and compassion and love.
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  • We thank you, Lord, for all you've given us, and we trust
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  • in his name, amen.
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  • Hannah Schuller: Turn around and shake the hand
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  • of the person next to you and say God loves you
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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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  • Tim McCalmont: Last Sunday, we lit the first candle,
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  • the candle of hope.
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  • Today we light the second candle, the candle of peace.
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  • We light it knowing that peace is elusive, and in some parts
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  • of the world, it's almost completely absent.
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  • Yet in this season of Advent, we trust that God is never absent
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  • from us.
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  • God is always preparing something new, and even when
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  • there is war and discord, whether between countries,
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  • within families, or within our own hearts, God is present.
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  • He gently leads us to new possibilities through the person
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  • and work of Jesus Christ.
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  • Join me as we pray these words together: Faithful God,
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  • you are at work to restore all of creation
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  • to its intended harmony.
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  • Make your face to shine upon us so that we may be reconciled
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  • to all enemies in the peace that surpasses all understanding
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  • through Christ Jesus our Lord.
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  • God of promise, God of hope, into our darkness come, amen.
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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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  • One-two-three-four!
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  • Dum-dum-dum-dum
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  • Da-dum-dum-dum-dum
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  • Hail, Lord, we greet thee, born this happy morning
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  • O Jesus, forever will we thy name adore!
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  • Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing!
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  • Doo-do-do-do!
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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 the Lord
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  • Sing, choirs of angels, sing in exultation
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  • O Sing, all ye citizens of Heaven above!
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  • Glory to God in the highest
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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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  • The Lord
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  • O come, let us adore Him. Christ the Lord
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  • [congregation applauding]
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  • Hannah Schuller: Thank you so much, Westbeat.
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  • It is such a treat to have you here, thank you.
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  • In preparation for Bobby's message, the words of our Lord
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  • found in Isaiah 11:.
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  • "A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse,
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  • from his roots a branch will bear fruit.
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  • The spirit of the Lord will rest on him, the spirit of wisdom
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  • and understanding, the spirit of counsel and of might,
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  • the spirit of the knowledge and the fear of the Lord, and he
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  • will delight in the fear of the Lord.
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  • He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes or decide
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  • by what he hears with his ears, but with righteousness he will
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  • judge the needy, with Justice he will give decisions for the poor
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  • of the Earth.
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  • He will strike the earth with the rod of his mouth.
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  • With the breath of his lips he will slay the wicked,
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  • righteousness will be his belt, and faithfulness the sash
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  • around his waist.
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  • The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will
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  • lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling
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  • together and a little child will lead them.
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  • The cow will feed with the bear, their young will lie
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  • down together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox.
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  • The infant will play near the cobra's den,
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  • and the young child will put its hand into the viper's nest.
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  • They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy
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  • mountain, for the Earth will be filled with the knowledge
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  • of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.
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  • In that day, the root of Jesse will stand as a banner
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  • for the peoples.
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  • The nations will rally to him, and his resting place
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  • will be glorious."
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  • It doesn't matter how much you've been cut down,
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  • child of God.
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  • The Lord can raise up something incredible, amen.
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  • Dum-ba-do-ba-do-ba dum-ba-do-ba-do-ba
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  • Go tell it on the mountain
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  • Over the hills and everywhere
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  • Go tell it on the mountain
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  • That Jesus Christ is born
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  • Go tell it on the mountain
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  • Over the hills and everywhere
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  • Go tell it on the mountain
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  • That Jesus Christ is born
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  • Oh, when I was a seeker
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  • I sought both night and day
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  • I asked the Lord to help me
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  • And he showed me the way
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  • Go tell it on the mountain
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  • Over the hills and everywhere
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  • Go tell it on the mountain
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  • That Jesus Christ is born
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  • Down in a lowly manger
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  • Our humble Christ was born
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  • And God sent our salvation
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  • That blessed Christmas morn'
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  • Go tell it on the mountain
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  • Over the hills and everywhere
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  • Go tell it on the mountain
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  • That Jesus Christ is
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  • Ba-dum-dum-dum-dum-dum-dum
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  • Go and tell it now Go and tell it now
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  • Go and tell it now Go and tell it now
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  • Jesus! Jesus!
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  • Go and tell it now Go and tell it now
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  • Jesus the Christ is born
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  • That Jesus Christ is
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  • Born!
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  • Ooh-ooh-ooh!
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  • [congregation applauding]
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  • [congregation applauding]
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  • Tim McCalmont: Thanks to Westbeat.
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  • We're so glad to have you all here today, and I've been trying
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  • to do that as a kid, that boo-bah-ba-doo-ba-doo,
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  • so I'm going to take lessons from those folks.
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  • Children, if you're here this morning, it's now time for you
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  • to be dismissed to your Sunday School class.
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  • You can meet your teachers in the courtyard, and parents if
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  • you haven't signed up your kids, or if you want to meet
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  • the teachers, please follow them and meet the teachers and see
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  • their classrooms.
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  • We take a moment and take a deep breath, and we turn to a time
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  • of prayer together.
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  • Would you join me?
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  • Gracious God, this morning we approach you, the God of peace,
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  • through your son, the Prince of Peace, and we pray for that
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  • peace, your peace, in our world.
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  • This morning we ask that you would bring your peace, your
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  • Shalom, to the streets of America, to the countryside
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  • in Syria and Iraq, to the boardrooms of world
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  • corporations, and into the living rooms
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  • of homes everywhere.
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  • May your peace be present here in this place and in the homes
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  • of those watching on this broadcast across the world.
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  • Tie us together as your family.
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  • Bring peace to every relationship any of us are
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  • a part of, marriages, parents with children, colleagues
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  • in the workplace, neighbors with neighbors, and as we hear
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  • your word of peace from the scriptures, anoint
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  • Bobby with your spirit that we might hear your message spoken
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  • into our hearts and lives.
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  • And now, Lord, hear us as together we pray the prayer you
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  • have taught all of your disciples to pray saying: Our
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  • father, who art in Heaven, hallowed be thy name.
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  • Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on Earth
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  • as it is in Heaven.
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  • Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts
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  • as we forgive our debtors.
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  • And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
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  • For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory
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  • forever, 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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  • 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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  • has made a generous gift as an invitation to us
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  • to give liberally through the end of the year
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  • and double the impact.
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  • In other words, your donation can be doubled
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  • if you give to this special campaign.
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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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  • 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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  • announcer: 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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  • 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: 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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  • [congregation applauding]
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  • Bobby Schuller: Man, our music is so great here,
  • 00:25:40.030 --> 00:25:41.200
  • and I'm always bragging about it, but I just love it,
  • 00:25:41.210 --> 00:25:44.050
  • and especially during the high holidays we get around Christmas
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  • and Easter, it's terrific.
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  • Thank you, guys, for all the effort and work.
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  • There's so much work and effort that goes into, you know,
  • 00:25:50.210 --> 00:25:55.100
  • planning the worship service with all these people and all
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  • this planning it, it's great.
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  • And of course, we do it for the Lord, right?
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  • And we're thankful, so thank you guys.
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  • [congregation applauding]
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  • Bobby Schuller: Thank you for joining us today,
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  • wherever you are.
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  • If you're ever in the Orange County area, come down to Irvine
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  • Presbyterian Church and worship with us.
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  • We would love to meet you.
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  • Hannah and I would love to give you a hug, talk to you.
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  • There's lots of people here who would love to pray for you,
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  • and if you live nearby, come and be a part of our church.
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  • We've got kids, we want to teach 'em things of the Lord.
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  • Friends, will you hold your hands out like this as a sign
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  • of receiving?
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  • And we're gonna say this creed together: I'm not what I do, I'm
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  • not what I have, 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, no one can take it from me.
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  • I don't have to worry, I don't have to hurry, I can trust my
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  • friend Jesus and share his love with the world.
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  • Thanks, you can be seated.
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  • Well, we're in the season of Advent.
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  • Advent is actually, strictly speaking,
  • 00:27:07.050 --> 00:27:09.030
  • not the Christmas season.
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  • It's waiting for the Christmas season.
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  • But Advent is more of the hopeful time, hoping
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  • for Christmas, hoping for Christ, the coming
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  • of the Lord.
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  • And it was my feeling that during this time it would be
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  • good for us as a congregation to align our own hopes
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  • and dreams with the Advent hopes of Israel.
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  • Many of us have had dreams or things we wanted to do,
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  • or maybe we've been sitting on our hopes and dreams
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  • for a while but haven't acted on them.
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  • Maybe you're here today, and you need a big change in your life.
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  • Maybe you've got some bad news, and you're scared
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  • about your health.
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  • Maybe you have a child or grandchild that you want
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  • to be saved and become a Christian.
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  • Maybe there's a financial change you need in your life, or maybe
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  • you're caught up in a horrible lawsuit with an old business
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  • partner or something like that.
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  • And it's during this time in Advent that I think one
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  • of the calls of the Christian Church is not only to hope
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  • for Christ but build hope in general, to align the fact
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  • that what God said he would do by bringing his son
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  • into the world, he did, and to remember that when God
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  • says something, he does it, that when God makes a promise
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  • he's faithful.
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  • And so it's during this time I want us to be encouraged
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  • and to build up our hope and to recapture some new dreams
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  • or hope for some new things in our lives.
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  • And that is an appropriate and good thing to do
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  • during Advent.
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  • The thing I want to talk about today specifically is that
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  • if you do have a hope in your heart, if you do have a big
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  • dream, that big dreams come under attack.
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  • The better the dream, the more it will come under attack.
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  • And that's okay.
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  • Think of anytime anybody, any great dreamer did something
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  • great, whether it's secular or Christian, think about how
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  • the incredible amount of attack, vitriol, lies, digging, all
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  • the horrible things that happened to them to get
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  • from A to Z.
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  • That might happen for you as well if you want to accomplish
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  • something great in your life.
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  • You can think in the secular world of guys like Walt Disney,
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  • and we think, oh, Disneyland is great now, but you look at some
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  • of the newspaper articles and the things that people said
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  • about him.
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  • He came under a lot of harsh criticism.
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  • Look at my Grandpa when he built the Crystal Cathedral, wanted
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  • to build a glass church.
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  • You know, men and women of God, and what the secular world said
  • 00:29:43.200 --> 00:29:47.280
  • about him in the newspapers and yet people don't really say
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  • those things anymore, do they, now that it's been done?
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  • There's something about the journey from when you
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  • begin to getting to where you need to go that seems to attract
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  • a lot of negative attention.
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  • And the thing I wanna talk about today, the better your
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  • dream is, the greater your dream is, the greater the attack
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  • on that dream will be and to brace yourself for it.
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  • And the biggest thing I want to encourage you of was that not
  • 00:30:15.130 --> 00:30:17.260
  • only will come under attack, but that that attack in the long
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  • run is gonna be good for you.
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  • I'm a big believer in this, that being safe, being comfy, being
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  • well-fed may not be good for the soul.
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  • Now, this makes sense.
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  • Advent, by the way, is a Latin word from adventus.
  • 00:30:36.220 --> 00:30:40.160
  • It means the arrival, and of course, we're talking
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  • about the arrival of Jesus Christ, Israel's Messiah, but it
  • 00:30:42.130 --> 00:30:47.000
  • has the same root, adventus, as adventurus, which is
  • 00:30:47.010 --> 00:30:51.160
  • the Latin word for adventure.
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  • They're kind of the same word, adventure or adventurus, means
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  • it's about to happen, and adventus means it's
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  • happened or it's arrived.
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  • And what I want to tell you today is whatever your Advent
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  • is, aside from of course Christ arriving, whatever your hope is,
  • 00:31:06.060 --> 00:31:09.120
  • your dream is, the arrival of the thing is, that
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  • between you and that thing lies adventurus, that is lies
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  • an adventure, lies a struggle, a long journey.
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  • It is good for us to recognize that the dreams we have don't
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  • fall in our laps.
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  • That's why winning the lottery is a bad dream, and it actually
  • 00:31:28.260 --> 00:31:32.220
  • turns into a nightmare statistically for a majority
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  • of people who win it.
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  • But building a business and making money in that way
  • 00:31:37.200 --> 00:31:40.060
  • over a struggle for years as a good dream and one that is
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  • typically good for a person's character as long as they stay
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  • within a, you know, moral paradigm.
  • 00:31:46.210 --> 00:31:49.080
  • All that to merely say that the struggle that lies
  • 00:31:49.090 --> 00:31:52.120
  • between you and your dream is also part of the gift that you
  • 00:31:52.130 --> 00:31:55.280
  • get by getting to the other side.
  • 00:31:55.290 --> 00:31:58.200
  • Maybe you're caught up in a hardship right now
  • 00:31:58.210 --> 00:32:01.030
  • or difficulty.
  • 00:32:01.040 --> 00:32:02.280
  • You think you can't survive, you think you're you're dealing
  • 00:32:02.290 --> 00:32:05.090
  • with 100%, and I want you to know that you will get
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  • through this, and you'll be fine and you'll be grateful when you
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  • get to the other side of what the struggle did in a positive
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  • way to your character.
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  • So I think that within every Advent, within every hope,
  • 00:32:18.090 --> 00:32:22.250
  • with every Advent there's an adventure, and I think that's
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  • a very hopeful thing, because I think most of us crave a little
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  • bit of adventure in our lives.
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  • There is no Advent without adventure.
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  • I mean, you look at the Christmas story
  • 00:32:34.150 --> 00:32:35.280
  • in general, and it was an adventure that led up to it.
  • 00:32:35.290 --> 00:32:38.070
  • I mean, you talk about it pregnant teenager, Mary, looking
  • 00:32:38.080 --> 00:32:41.180
  • for a place to have a baby in Bethlehem and what
  • 00:32:41.190 --> 00:32:46.130
  • an adventure that must've been.
  • 00:32:46.140 --> 00:32:48.100
  • Isn't it funny, how like, when you've had--like, if you'd come
  • 00:32:48.110 --> 00:32:50.080
  • home from a long day of work and your husband or wife
  • 00:32:50.090 --> 00:32:53.080
  • or roommate or friend says to you, "How was your day?"
  • 00:32:53.090 --> 00:32:55.220
  • It's like, well, it was an adventure.
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  • You know what that means?
  • 00:32:59.230 --> 00:33:01.050
  • It was hard or weird or a bunch of stuff unexpected happened.
  • 00:33:01.060 --> 00:33:05.220
  • Well, that's what I mean when I say adventure.
  • 00:33:05.230 --> 00:33:09.120
  • We also look at the Magi.
  • 00:33:09.130 --> 00:33:11.140
  • What a strange story the Magi is, that God called a group of--
  • 00:33:11.150 --> 00:33:17.140
  • Magi is the root word for magic, magician.
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  • So they were wizards or something like that
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  • from the far east, maybe somewhere in former Babylon
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  • or Persia.
  • 00:33:28.020 --> 00:33:29.150
  • We really don't know, could be India.
  • 00:33:29.160 --> 00:33:31.190
  • All we know--and then there's like all this theory
  • 00:33:31.200 --> 00:33:33.250
  • and literature about where they Zoroastrian, or were they are
  • 00:33:33.260 --> 00:33:37.080
  • descendants of like the Jews that were under Daniel
  • 00:33:37.090 --> 00:33:40.180
  • during the exile of Babylon.
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  • Like, who were they?
  • 00:33:42.000 --> 00:33:43.090
  • And then the uncomfortable truth that they were engaging
  • 00:33:43.100 --> 00:33:46.090
  • in astrology and stargazers and fortune telling to figure
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  • that the Lord would be born in Israel and that they even had
  • 00:33:51.210 --> 00:33:55.070
  • this idea of somebody--
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  • Did they have an idea of the Messiah?
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  • It's just weird,
  • 00:33:58.260 --> 00:34:00.080
  • and that they traveled thousands of miles and--
  • 00:34:00.090 --> 00:34:03.110
  • thousands of dangerous miles.
  • 00:34:03.120 --> 00:34:04.270
  • I mean, you've got thieves and robbers and weather and all
  • 00:34:04.280 --> 00:34:07.150
  • this stuff to merely worship him for a moment, to merely just lay
  • 00:34:07.160 --> 00:34:13.090
  • some gifts before this child.
  • 00:34:13.100 --> 00:34:17.080
  • Truly shows us that within the Christmas story
  • 00:34:17.090 --> 00:34:19.240
  • and within the Kingdom of God itself is one adventure
  • 00:34:19.250 --> 00:34:23.060
  • after another.
  • 00:34:23.070 --> 00:34:25.200
  • And it's the adventure itself that refines us and shapes us
  • 00:34:25.210 --> 00:34:28.130
  • and molds us.
  • 00:34:28.140 --> 00:34:30.260
  • So don't be afraid of the risk, the hardship, the difficulty,
  • 00:34:30.270 --> 00:34:35.260
  • the fight that lie between you and your hopes and dreams.
  • 00:34:35.270 --> 00:34:40.040
  • And furthermore, don't try and predict what's going
  • 00:34:40.050 --> 00:34:43.020
  • to happen, 'cause let me tell ya, you'll be wrong.
  • 00:34:43.030 --> 00:34:46.060
  • That's exactly what makes an adventure an adventure, is
  • 00:34:46.070 --> 00:34:49.110
  • it's unpredictable, it's odd, it's weird, and you can rejoice
  • 00:34:49.120 --> 00:34:53.050
  • that it's all of that that lies between you
  • 00:34:53.060 --> 00:34:55.060
  • and achieving your dreams.
  • 00:34:55.070 --> 00:34:57.250
  • Now, for some of you, that's very good news.
  • 00:34:57.260 --> 00:34:59.180
  • For some of us, that's very-- we feel like it's bad news,
  • 00:34:59.190 --> 00:35:01.290
  • but for all of us it actually is good news.
  • 00:35:02.000 --> 00:35:04.290
  • There's always, always, always going to be many unknown
  • 00:35:05.000 --> 00:35:10.130
  • struggles, suffering, difficulties, and that can
  • 00:35:10.140 --> 00:35:14.080
  • include people lying about you, maligning you, suing you,
  • 00:35:14.090 --> 00:35:17.210
  • harming you between you and your dream.
  • 00:35:17.220 --> 00:35:23.210
  • But is that so bad?
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  • Is it?
  • 00:35:26.270 --> 00:35:31.110
  • I'm not sure it is.
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  • I believe that all of us in this room and all of us watching
  • 00:35:34.050 --> 00:35:39.020
  • on television are descended from fighters.
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  • You look at our world, and it's very comfortable, very well fed,
  • 00:35:45.200 --> 00:35:49.220
  • and especially in America, you know, it's very safe.
  • 00:35:49.230 --> 00:35:53.110
  • We're in Orange County, one of the wealthiest places
  • 00:35:53.120 --> 00:35:55.060
  • in America, very affluent, but our descendants
  • 00:35:55.070 --> 00:35:59.240
  • except for a few kings and queens, I mean, our
  • 00:35:59.250 --> 00:36:02.160
  • descendants didn't have that kind of life.
  • 00:36:02.170 --> 00:36:05.010
  • Our ancestors were explorers, they were soldiers, they were
  • 00:36:05.020 --> 00:36:10.030
  • hunters and gatherers, they wrote on horseback, they walked
  • 00:36:10.040 --> 00:36:15.060
  • through the desert, they endured plague, they endured famine,
  • 00:36:15.070 --> 00:36:20.150
  • they endured days without eating as they would travel from one
  • 00:36:20.160 --> 00:36:24.080
  • place to another, they built, they survived, they created all
  • 00:36:24.090 --> 00:36:30.030
  • of this that we're in today, and I think that there are a lot
  • 00:36:30.040 --> 00:36:34.030
  • of people who didn't make it, and they aren't your ancestors.
  • 00:36:34.040 --> 00:36:40.040
  • All that to simply say you are descended--
  • 00:36:41.150 --> 00:36:45.060
  • and what was the famous line?
  • 00:36:45.070 --> 00:36:47.070
  • You are not descended from fearful man?
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  • You are not descended from people who die and fall
  • 00:36:49.240 --> 00:36:54.030
  • apart and are weak.
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  • You are descended from survivors.
  • 00:36:55.210 --> 00:36:58.130
  • Despite your race, despite your ethnicity, no matter who you
  • 00:36:58.140 --> 00:37:02.140
  • are, you come from people who made it, and I think that there
  • 00:37:02.150 --> 00:37:08.150
  • is something in our biology, our ancestral biology that does not
  • 00:37:09.290 --> 00:37:15.240
  • jive well with modernism.
  • 00:37:15.250 --> 00:37:19.010
  • Dostoevsky said something like if we could build
  • 00:37:19.020 --> 00:37:21.240
  • the perfect world, we would tear it down because of boredom.
  • 00:37:21.250 --> 00:37:27.000
  • There is something inside of us that like cognitively, we want
  • 00:37:27.010 --> 00:37:32.210
  • food and shelter and safety and rest, but there's something
  • 00:37:32.220 --> 00:37:38.220
  • deeper inside of us that has contempt for those same things,
  • 00:37:39.030 --> 00:37:43.290
  • that has a desire to leave the abode and to embark on some
  • 00:37:44.000 --> 00:37:48.120
  • adventure despite the risk that lies between here and there.
  • 00:37:48.130 --> 00:37:54.160
  • Do you think that's true?
  • 00:37:54.170 --> 00:37:57.270
  • I wonder if much of the anxiety and depression that is chronic
  • 00:37:57.280 --> 00:38:03.170
  • today, especially among young people, has to do with the fact
  • 00:38:03.180 --> 00:38:07.260
  • of how safe they are and how comfortable they are.
  • 00:38:07.270 --> 00:38:11.050
  • We blame it on things like technology.
  • 00:38:11.060 --> 00:38:13.180
  • I'm not sure that's it as much as it is that there's not this
  • 00:38:13.190 --> 00:38:18.290
  • facing of fears, this chasing down of dreams, this getting
  • 00:38:19.000 --> 00:38:25.000
  • out of the house and doing things, that the diminishment
  • 00:38:25.010 --> 00:38:29.130
  • of that might have a greater part.
  • 00:38:29.140 --> 00:38:31.060
  • And this is just me, it's conjecture, but that the lack
  • 00:38:31.070 --> 00:38:34.100
  • of struggle might have more to do with it than playing video
  • 00:38:34.110 --> 00:38:38.010
  • games, for example.
  • 00:38:38.020 --> 00:38:39.230
  • I believe Christians in particular, human beings
  • 00:38:39.240 --> 00:38:43.290
  • in general, are anti-fragile.
  • 00:38:44.000 --> 00:38:48.000
  • Remember this word, anti-fragile?
  • 00:38:48.010 --> 00:38:49.100
  • It's coined by a guy named Taleb.
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  • Anti-fragile, should we review it real quick?
  • 00:38:53.040 --> 00:38:55.150
  • I talked about it in October, anti-fragile is something
  • 00:38:55.160 --> 00:38:59.030
  • like this.
  • 00:38:59.040 --> 00:39:00.210
  • Imagine you had a cardboard box, and you were gonna ship a box
  • 00:39:00.220 --> 00:39:03.280
  • full of champagne glasses to your brethren in New York.
  • 00:39:03.290 --> 00:39:07.290
  • And these are, you know, family--special family heirloom
  • 00:39:08.000 --> 00:39:11.150
  • champagne glasses.
  • 00:39:11.160 --> 00:39:13.100
  • What would you put on the box?
  • 00:39:13.110 --> 00:39:15.280
  • You would write in big red ink across the side: fragile.
  • 00:39:15.290 --> 00:39:21.070
  • And fragile means that the thing inside is precious to you, it's
  • 00:39:21.080 --> 00:39:25.120
  • valuable, but if it's harmed in even the slightest way, you
  • 00:39:25.130 --> 00:39:30.020
  • know, if it falls or if it's bumped or stacked on the bottom
  • 00:39:30.030 --> 00:39:33.040
  • of something, that it would break
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  • and maybe become worthless.
  • 00:39:34.220 --> 00:39:37.130
  • What is the opposite of that, do you know?
  • 00:39:37.140 --> 00:39:40.260
  • And this is where people almost always answer
  • 00:39:40.270 --> 00:39:42.290
  • that question incorrectly.
  • 00:39:43.000 --> 00:39:45.000
  • The opposite of fragile is not something--everybody always
  • 00:39:45.010 --> 00:39:49.080
  • says something like a bowling ball or baseballs or bowling
  • 00:39:49.090 --> 00:39:52.020
  • pins or something that is hard, and you put it in a box, it
  • 00:39:52.030 --> 00:39:55.270
  • doesn't matter how much you hit it or beat it or ruin it, it
  • 00:39:55.280 --> 00:39:58.130
  • just comes out the same the other side, right?
  • 00:39:58.140 --> 00:40:01.240
  • But in the same way that neutral is not the opposite of negative
  • 00:40:01.250 --> 00:40:05.210
  • or positive, robust, resilient baseballs or bowling balls are
  • 00:40:05.220 --> 00:40:10.290
  • not the opposite of fragile champagne glasses.
  • 00:40:11.000 --> 00:40:13.250
  • The opposite of fragile, Taleb says, is anti-fragile.
  • 00:40:13.260 --> 00:40:19.260
  • Anti-fragile means if you were to kick it and throw it and put
  • 00:40:20.140 --> 00:40:24.070
  • it on the bottom of the pile it, would improve.
  • 00:40:24.080 --> 00:40:27.160
  • It would be like you have more champagne glasses, and they're
  • 00:40:27.170 --> 00:40:30.230
  • more valuable somehow.
  • 00:40:30.240 --> 00:40:32.100
  • Those would be some magic champagne glasses,
  • 00:40:32.110 --> 00:40:33.240
  • wouldn't they?
  • 00:40:33.250 --> 00:40:35.140
  • That if you took the package and threw it out the window,
  • 00:40:35.150 --> 00:40:38.000
  • that would be the best thing you can do for the thing inside
  • 00:40:38.010 --> 00:40:40.260
  • the box.
  • 00:40:40.270 --> 00:40:42.170
  • I'm pretty sure our postmen actually believe that sometimes
  • 00:40:42.180 --> 00:40:45.070
  • during the Christmas holidays.
  • 00:40:45.080 --> 00:40:51.080
  • The mythical version of anti-fragile is the famous
  • 00:40:52.090 --> 00:40:56.040
  • hydra snake, the guardian of the sea who has three
  • 00:40:56.050 --> 00:40:59.250
  • snakeheads, and if you cut off one of the heads, two heads
  • 00:40:59.260 --> 00:41:02.210
  • grow back, and so the worst thing you can do is
  • 00:41:02.220 --> 00:41:04.240
  • to attack it.
  • 00:41:04.250 --> 00:41:06.250
  • The only way to defeat hydra-- Hercules defeated Hydra
  • 00:41:06.260 --> 00:41:11.070
  • by healing it.
  • 00:41:11.080 --> 00:41:13.040
  • Now, the only way to to defeat something anti-fragile is
  • 00:41:13.050 --> 00:41:17.180
  • to leave it alone, to let it die on its own.
  • 00:41:17.190 --> 00:41:22.010
  • The way to kill something anti-fragile is to keep it
  • 00:41:22.020 --> 00:41:25.120
  • well-fed, to keep it comfortable, out of the rain,
  • 00:41:25.130 --> 00:41:31.130
  • safe, predictable, ordered, at peace, at rest all the time.
  • 00:41:31.250 --> 00:41:37.250
  • When I talked about anti-fragile last time, I talked
  • 00:41:43.070 --> 00:41:45.040
  • about the incredible Hulk, but I guess that was old fashioned,
  • 00:41:45.050 --> 00:41:47.140
  • because I had like 15 people tell me who's the Hulk?
  • 00:41:47.150 --> 00:41:50.130
  • What about Black Panther?
  • 00:41:50.140 --> 00:41:52.080
  • Apparently, Black Panther-- I don't know if you saw this
  • 00:41:52.090 --> 00:41:54.090
  • movie, Black Panther has a suit, and every time it gets hit, it
  • 00:41:54.100 --> 00:41:57.290
  • builds up kinetic energy that can explode.
  • 00:41:58.000 --> 00:42:02.170
  • I believe that all of us who are anointed of the Lord,
  • 00:42:02.180 --> 00:42:07.270
  • in particular, who are full of the Holy Spirit, who have
  • 00:42:07.280 --> 00:42:11.050
  • been touched by God, who have been called by God, who have
  • 00:42:11.060 --> 00:42:14.280
  • been baptized are anti-fragile.
  • 00:42:14.290 --> 00:42:19.030
  • The way to destroy a Christian is to keep him safe, well-fed,
  • 00:42:19.040 --> 00:42:25.040
  • out of the rain, orderly, protected, in a safe place
  • 00:42:25.120 --> 00:42:31.110
  • all the time.
  • 00:42:31.220 --> 00:42:34.020
  • That's the way you kill a Christian.
  • 00:42:34.030 --> 00:42:39.080
  • That's just not your life.
  • 00:42:39.090 --> 00:42:43.060
  • That's just not what you've been called to.
  • 00:42:43.070 --> 00:42:46.280
  • We have moments of rest and vacation and good meals,
  • 00:42:46.290 --> 00:42:50.110
  • and Sunday keeps us coming back to that, but you you are a brave
  • 00:42:50.120 --> 00:42:55.080
  • person, you are a hero, called to do something extraordinary.
  • 00:42:55.090 --> 00:43:01.110
  • And you can't be both extraordinary
  • 00:43:03.260 --> 00:43:06.160
  • and always comfortable.
  • 00:43:06.170 --> 00:43:09.020
  • And I think this is what the scriptures just talk
  • 00:43:09.030 --> 00:43:12.030
  • about constantly, this power of how in our suffering, in our
  • 00:43:12.040 --> 00:43:16.100
  • struggle, in our difficulty, like a crucible purifies gold,
  • 00:43:16.110 --> 00:43:21.000
  • something about the fire purifies the soul.
  • 00:43:21.010 --> 00:43:24.110
  • Not that we should pursue pain and suffering itself,
  • 00:43:24.120 --> 00:43:27.090
  • but in the pursuit of the Kingdom of God, not be
  • 00:43:27.100 --> 00:43:30.220
  • afraid of pain, suffering, difficulty, even death.
  • 00:43:30.230 --> 00:43:35.230
  • To know that what God said when we left on this adventure
  • 00:43:35.240 --> 00:43:39.240
  • remains true when we get into the darkest valley, that he
  • 00:43:39.250 --> 00:43:44.000
  • will never leave us, that he'll never forsake us, and that he
  • 00:43:44.010 --> 00:43:46.130
  • will get us to the other side.
  • 00:43:46.140 --> 00:43:47.240
  • And God will get you through, so trust him during this time.
  • 00:43:47.250 --> 00:43:51.110
  • And don't be afraid, because all of this will be good for you.
  • 00:43:51.120 --> 00:43:56.100
  • That's not a message we hear much anymore
  • 00:43:56.110 --> 00:43:58.110
  • in the world, is it?
  • 00:43:58.120 --> 00:44:00.130
  • That all of this kind of thing is good for you.
  • 00:44:00.140 --> 00:44:01.240
  • We hear more safety, more comfort, more protectionism,
  • 00:44:01.250 --> 00:44:05.030
  • and I'm concerned about that.
  • 00:44:05.040 --> 00:44:06.140
  • If I have time, I'll talk a little bit about that.
  • 00:44:06.150 --> 00:44:09.140
  • But in the scripture that Hannah read today, in Isaiah Chapter
  • 00:44:09.150 --> 00:44:12.290
  • 11, there's this this prophecy that that out of the stump
  • 00:44:13.000 --> 00:44:19.020
  • of Jesse--
  • 00:44:19.030 --> 00:44:20.120
  • So you get this picture of a stump like a giant amazing
  • 00:44:20.130 --> 00:44:24.030
  • tree, and you look at it sadly, because it's like, oh, man, it
  • 00:44:24.040 --> 00:44:28.020
  • should be this gorgeous tree here, and now there's a stump.
  • 00:44:28.030 --> 00:44:31.050
  • Maybe you've seen something like that in the woods
  • 00:44:31.060 --> 00:44:33.230
  • or something like that.
  • 00:44:33.240 --> 00:44:36.150
  • I wonder what this tree would have been like or what sort
  • 00:44:36.160 --> 00:44:39.030
  • of tree it is, and then it says that out of this stump will grow
  • 00:44:39.040 --> 00:44:44.050
  • this green shoot.
  • 00:44:44.060 --> 00:44:45.260
  • So it sounds like a little thing at first, but then Isaiah begins
  • 00:44:45.270 --> 00:44:49.080
  • to say that this thing is going to grow into like a new--
  • 00:44:49.090 --> 00:44:53.160
  • And he doesn't say it specifically, but you can't help
  • 00:44:53.170 --> 00:44:55.200
  • that picture a new gigantic tree because of the fruit it's gonna
  • 00:44:55.210 --> 00:44:59.180
  • bear, and he just talks about all this fruit that it's
  • 00:44:59.190 --> 00:45:01.250
  • gonna bear and all the good that it's gonna do in the world
  • 00:45:01.260 --> 00:45:04.290
  • and what it's gonna mean for God's creation and God's
  • 00:45:05.000 --> 00:45:08.070
  • people and that there's just gonna be an enormous amount
  • 00:45:08.080 --> 00:45:12.090
  • of fruit born from this thing that everybody thought was dead.
  • 00:45:12.100 --> 00:45:18.100
  • Jesse by the way, is King David's family,
  • 00:45:19.100 --> 00:45:21.280
  • that's David's father.
  • 00:45:21.290 --> 00:45:24.110
  • And the prophecy is that through David's lineage, there
  • 00:45:24.120 --> 00:45:26.210
  • was something special about this family, that when God anointed
  • 00:45:26.220 --> 00:45:30.290
  • King David, it was permanent, cannot be cut down to a stump,
  • 00:45:31.000 --> 00:45:37.040
  • cannot become unfruitful, isn't that good news?
  • 00:45:37.050 --> 00:45:43.050
  • It's a good word.
  • 00:45:43.160 --> 00:45:47.100
  • So the good word is that if you've been cut down, I want you
  • 00:45:47.110 --> 00:45:51.160
  • to know that God can do something great out of the stump
  • 00:45:51.170 --> 00:45:56.190
  • in your life.
  • 00:45:56.200 --> 00:45:59.120
  • Believe that.
  • 00:45:59.130 --> 00:46:01.060
  • And of course, the great shoot that came forth from the stump
  • 00:46:01.070 --> 00:46:05.010
  • of Jesse was Jesus Christ who ushered in this new new life
  • 00:46:05.020 --> 00:46:11.020
  • that we're experiencing.
  • 00:46:12.210 --> 00:46:14.090
  • I thank you, Lord, for that.
  • 00:46:14.100 --> 00:46:17.200
  • So the first thing that we have to embrace when we think
  • 00:46:17.210 --> 00:46:20.210
  • about the adventure that God has called us to, not for pain
  • 00:46:20.220 --> 00:46:24.290
  • itself, but of course to endure the goal that's set before us,
  • 00:46:25.000 --> 00:46:29.070
  • is number one to recognize that good dreams come under attack,
  • 00:46:29.080 --> 00:46:34.160
  • especially if that dream is from the Lord.
  • 00:46:34.170 --> 00:46:36.280
  • It will come under attack.
  • 00:46:36.290 --> 00:46:38.090
  • There is evil in this world, and when good is being done,
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  • evil will attack it in any crude way it can.
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  • Aside from that, people just hate dreamers anyway,
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  • a lot of people do.
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  • Remember when Joseph had a dream in his heart, and his brothers
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  • decided that they were gonna sell him for money?
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  • The only reason they sold him--
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  • they wanted to kill him, actually.
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  • The only reason they sold him is they realized they could make
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  • some money and be just as easy.
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  • Just before they did that, they looked at him,
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  • and what did they say?
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  • There goes that dreamer, with contempt in their heart.
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  • You know, it's good if you want to be a dreamer to spend more
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  • time with other dreamers.
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  • They won't say that about you.
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  • There is a certain type of person that we love and we
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  • care about, but we spend time with them, and they're the type
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  • of person to say there goes that dreamer.
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  • You might want to think twice about being such good friends
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  • with such negative people.
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  • But no matter what, you're going to have people in your life, if
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  • you have a dream in your heart, that's gonna see the worst
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  • in you, not the best.
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  • You know what's good about that is you can use that.
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  • The good thing about having enemies is they're the most
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  • honest people in your life.
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  • You know, you tell your friend about your dream, and they're
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  • like, oh, you're gonna do it, that's great.
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  • In the back there, they're like, mmm, I don't think that's
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  • a very good idea.
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  • But if your enemy finds out about your dream, they're
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  • going to be brutally honest.
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  • We all think that's a bad thing, don't we.
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  • What if that's a good thing?
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  • What if one of the reasons we need enemies in our life is just
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  • so we have some people that'll shoot straight with us?
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  • What if our enemies can in their desire to destroy us
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  • actually help us?
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  • That's an anti-fragile way of healing enemies, by the way,
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  • that may be having a couple of enemies in my life is
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  • something I need in order to see my blind spots.
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  • Maybe that will help you love your enemies, as Jesus told us,
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  • in an easier way, huh?
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  • Alright, those who have ears to hear, let them hear.
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  • I think also the reason I talk about this adventure thing is if
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  • you truly are serious about doing something
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  • extraordinary, you have to have courage.
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  • Courage.
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  • Courage.
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  • Courage is, the word courage comes from this French word
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  • coeur, which means to live from the heart.
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  • That even when you're--you can't think anymore, even when
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  • your body is exhausted, there's this will within to press
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  • against everything that's trying to stop you, to continue to take
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  • one step towards the thing you're afraid
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  • of and in the direction of the barking dog, as it were.
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  • That to be courageous is key to fulfilling the hopes
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  • and dreams that God has put in your heart.
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  • And one of the things that can help you be courageous is
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  • to recognize that we need the struggle.
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  • Just as a body needs exercise, so does the soul need
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  • a struggle.
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  • And not that we should go looking for a struggle, but we
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  • should look for a dream and then not have contempt when
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  • malevolence or difficulty or challenge tries to stand
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  • between us and where we're supposed to be.
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  • To even appreciate the struggle, huh?
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  • What if in trying to protect our children from struggle,
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  • we're harming them?
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  • I'm growing very concerned about--especially when I
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  • compare my childhood of wandering around the wild
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  • side and exploring and all of the stuff, to the way some
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  • of our kids are being so carefully handed
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  • with white gloves.
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  • I think the younger child is the more they need that, but we
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  • ought to realize that as a child gets older, and in fact becomes
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  • an adolescent and teenager, that some of those gloves need
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  • to come off, and that we need to in adolescence become mentors
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  • to children in their struggle and suffering rather than try
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  • and protect them from the suffering altogether.
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  • Man, I remember--bullies are a great example of this.
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  • Bullying is horrible, and first of all, I wanna say thank you
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  • to all of you who work hard to keep our schools free
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  • from bullying.
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  • But the flip side of that coin is--and I think all of you who
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  • are in that fight know this-- that there will always be
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  • bullies in school and outside of school, right?
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  • On the playground or in neighborhoods.
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  • There's just no there's no way to protecting kids 100%
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  • from bullies.
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  • And I remember as a kid the bullying that I faced a lot.
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  • I don't know why, but I was I thought it was interesting.
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  • I mean, I was pretty, you know.
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  • I don't know.
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  • But I got I got bullied a lot, and in a way, I'm thankful
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  • for those experiences.
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  • I know that sounds strange.
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  • I'm not thankful for the bullies.
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  • I still hate them.
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  • Even today, like when I think about them, I'm like I hate
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  • those people, and you know, you think about the horrible
  • 00:52:15.220 --> 00:52:18.070
  • feelings you had as a kid, but what I loved was
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  • the opportunity of the men in my life and the women in my life
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  • who drew those experiences out and walked with me
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  • and taught me to defend myself and stand up for myself
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  • and to be strong and to have a barreled chest and to keep my
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  • chin up and to face the things I'm afraid of and to recognize
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  • that in life that there's always a struggle.
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  • So although I hope bullying goes away completely, I hope that we
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  • also remember that there is a value in coming alongside
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  • children, teaching them to stand their ground, to face their
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  • fears, and not just with that, with all the things
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  • of childhood, the difficulties of a broken arm or losing
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  • in a game.
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  • We ought to let children lose baseball games.
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  • You know, and these experiences are needed, and the older
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  • a child becomes, the more we should coach and mentor
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  • and the less we should control.
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  • Hear me.
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  • If you wanna make a child fragile, protect them
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  • as they get older.
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  • If you want to make them anti-fragile, mentor them.
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  • There's a big difference.
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  • And you see this--now, the result of the generation
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  • going into college today, that there's just this fragility.
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  • I think so much of the political stuff that we're experiencing
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  • today is just from a total cultural fragility, just
  • 00:53:47.010 --> 00:53:50.180
  • an inability to hear any opposing view politically
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  • or religiously.
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  • It's within the church as well.
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  • We should be pairing people up with opposites to sit
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  • down and have a cup of coffee and just talk and hang out.
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  • All this to merely say that there is a danger to the soul
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  • and especially for Christians when we live in a bubble, when
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  • we live in an echo chamber, when we remove all pain from our
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  • life, all suffering, all goals, where we are comfortable
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  • out of the rain, well-fed, safe, predictable, orderly.
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  • You are the anointed of the Lord.
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  • It's irresponsible to not use that to do some good
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  • in the world, even though it may give you a couple of bumps
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  • and bruises.
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  • If you're facing bullies today, even as an adult in your
  • 00:54:51.080 --> 00:54:54.000
  • workplace, or if you're facing trial or sickness or an illness
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  • or fear or a lawsuit, keep your chin up, keep your chest out,
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  • stay strong.
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  • Out of the stump of your life, you may think you're cut down.
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  • I want to tell you that God is going to build something
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  • so great out of your life, so abundant and fruitful,
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  • if you merely stand your ground and face the thing
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  • you're afraid of.
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  • So all that to say I'm proud of you and so is the Lord,
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  • and if you hear anything, this is from him, so proud of you.
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  • The Lord sees the struggle that you've gone through, he sees
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  • what you've been through, he's never left you, he's never
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  • forsaken you, and he'll always be with you
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  • and so will this church.
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  • You are loved, and God will get you where you need to go.
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  • Don't be afraid of the harm,
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  • don't be afraid of what might happen.
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  • When you get to the other side, you'll look back and be glad
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  • that you went through it, amen.
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  • Lord, we thank you and we love you, and we pray in Jesus's name
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  • that you would teach us the anti-fragile power of our
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  • souls, that we would learn, Lord, that too much comfort
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  • and too much fear will ruin us.
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  • Lord, I pray for more adventure in the lives of everyone in this
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  • room and with that the great reward that comes from embarking
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  • on something cool and something new.
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  • So, Lord, we love you so much, and we thank you for this
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  • moment, and it's in Jesus's name we pray, amen.
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