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The Art of Treasuring the Moment Part 2

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December 24, 2019
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Living Proof with Beth Moore

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The Art of Treasuring the Moment Part 2

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  • by the friends and partners of Living Proof Ministries.
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  • Hey, everybody, we wanted to invite you into our home
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  • at Living Proof Ministries because you have invited us
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  • into yours so many times.
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  • We live and breathe for one primary thing
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  • (Beth Moore) at Living Proof, and that is to see people
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  • come to love the Lord Jesus Christ with everything in them
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  • through the study of his Word.
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  • To love God's Word, to live on God's Word,
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  • that is the greatest joy on earth to us.
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  • Every time I speak now, I know that ultimately that particular
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  • message is going to come around to our program,
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  • and I could have people like you on the other side
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  • of that screen, and so I want you to know I think about you
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  • every single time I teach now, and you are so important to us.
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  • As we flip the calendar to a brand-new year.
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  • I wonder if you would consider coming alongside us
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  • at Living Proof and partnering with us through a year-end gift?
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  • We would pray to be such good stewards of it,
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  • and it would go such a long way with eternal results.
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  • We pray that God would bring forth fruitfulness from it in
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  • the lives of people as they seek to know him and to do his will.
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  • Listen, we could not possibly do it without donors like you,
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  • so we are so grateful for your help.
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  • Thank you so much.
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  • Could it be that God is bringing forth something?
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  • That he's birthing something that will be extremely pivotal
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  • to you that the rest of your calling and the rest of your
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  • life will come from.
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  • Is it possible that what you're going through
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  • is birthing something?
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  • I am so happy to welcome those of you who are on
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  • the other side of these screens, and it is my great joy to tell
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  • you that these are my sisters at my very own church
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  • and some of our guests, so it is a very special privilege
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  • for me to get to say I'm at home.
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  • I get--these are my people that I get to worship
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  • with week after week in my own home church,
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  • and I would not trade them for anything.
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  • I want you to turn with me to Luke chapter 2.
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  • Luke 2.
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  • I am going to read to you the most familiar narrative
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  • in the entire Word of God.
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  • Many people who have never cracked open a Bible have heard
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  • the portion I'm about to read to you
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  • and with you, Luke chapter 2, and we're gonna ask God to not
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  • let our overfamiliarity cheat us of something he wants to say,
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  • because there is something in the narrative,
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  • a place where I want to land that's laid in it that has
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  • a concept that I wanna suggest to you is growing less
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  • and less familiar to us in the culture in which we live.
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  • Luke chapter 2.
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  • I'm starting with verse 1, and I'm gonna read all
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  • the way to verse 20.
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  • "In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus
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  • "that all the world should be registered.
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  • "This was the first registration when Quirinius
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  • "was governor of Syria.
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  • "And all went to be registered, each to his own town.
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  • "And Joseph also went up from Galilee,
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  • "from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David,
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  • "which is called Bethlehem,
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  • "because he was of the house and the lineage of David,
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  • "to be registered with Mary, his betrothed,
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  • "who was with child.
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  • "And while they were there, the time came
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  • "for her to give birth.
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  • "And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him
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  • "in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger,
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  • "because there was no place for them in the inn.
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  • "And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field,
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  • "keeping watch over their flock by night.
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  • "And an angel of the Lord appeared to them,
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  • "and the glory of the Lord shone round about them,
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  • "and they were filled with fear.
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  • "And the angel said to them, 'Fear not,
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  • for behold, I bring you good news of great joy.'"
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  • Everybody say, "Good news of great joy."
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  • Oh, say it again, "Good news of great joy."
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  • Somebody say, "When Jesus comes, he brings good news
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  • of great joy, and it is for all people."
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  • Anybody glad of that in the house today?
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  • "'For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior,
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  • "who is Christ the Lord.
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  • "And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby
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  • wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.'
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  • "And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of heavenly
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  • "host praising God and saying, 'Glory to God in the highest,
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  • and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!'
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  • "When the angels went away from them into heaven,
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  • "the shepherds said to one another,
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  • 'Let us go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened,
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  • which the Lord has made known to us.'
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  • "And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph,
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  • "and the baby lying in a manger.
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  • "And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been
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  • "told them concerning this child.
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  • "And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them.
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  • "But Mary treasured up all these things,
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  • "pondering them in her heart.
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  • "The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God
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  • "for all they had heard and seen,
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  • as it had been told them."
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  • Anybody had a recent smartphone update where when you text now
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  • it begins to suggest to you what emoji you could use right there
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  • with that word?
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  • It is driving me absolutely bonkers.
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  • I mean absolutely bonkers.
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  • This very morning, I'm trying to have a serious text
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  • conversation with someone over something really,
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  • really hard that had happened to a very good friend of ours
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  • recently, and I literally wrote these words in text:
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  • "This hostile, howling desert is not our home," and it gave me
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  • a green cactus.
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  • I don't--that is not what I want when I'm trying to very
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  • poetically say this howling wilderness is not our home.
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  • Don't give me a little green cactus with all sorts
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  • of little spots on.
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  • I don't want it. I don't want it.
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  • I want you to imagine if the Word had those
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  • little emojis in it.
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  • It's a wonder we can even read the Scriptures without emojis.
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  • It's a wonder we don't think, "I don't know how to feel.
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  • I don't know how to feel."
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  • Because can you just see it?
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  • We'd have a tiny little--bring up a little manger and when it
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  • says a little--we'd have little cows and tiny little shepherds.
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  • They would be so sweet and angels glow.
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  • We all know what the angels look like.
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  • We've seen 'em a thousand times, because everything is suggested
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  • to us, how we should feel about it,
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  • how we should react.
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  • It brings out the rebellion in me 'cause I wanna go,
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  • "You know what?
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  • I'll think up my own reaction to that.
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  • Don't tell me. Don't tell me how to do it.
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  • Let me give it, my own kinda thought."
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  • You know, here is what's left out of the scene but safely
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  • assumed back up there where there is no room for them in
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  • an inn, so they have to move in--for at least this night.
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  • We don't know how long, where they are there in
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  • literally a stable, a small barn
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  • with animals in it, where she has to give birth,
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  • and here is what it doesn't say.
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  • It doesn't talk about all the uncertainty of,
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  • "Am I in labor or not?
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  • "Is this labor or is this the barbecue my husband
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  • brought home from work?"
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  • It doesn't talk about the backbreaking pain
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  • and the fact it doesn't say not only was there no room
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  • for them in the inn, but there was no epidural for the pain.
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  • No mention. No mention of that.
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  • It does not mention, but we can assume it,
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  • all the pushing and the panting, the necessary immodesty.
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  • Has anybody thought that through besides me,
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  • or am I letting my imagination go to seed here?
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  • But see, I wanna know did she have a midwife of any kind,
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  • because we all see it in the passages,
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  • but this would have been the Hebrew practice.
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  • And so, I'm wondering is this Joseph and Mary all
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  • by themselves here in the stable, or does he
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  • run get someone?
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  • We have no way of knowing.
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  • There is nothing told to us here,
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  • but I can tell you this: that it is a very immodest
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  • thing to give birth.
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  • And here you are with someone you're betrothed
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  • to by family agreement, but you barely know.
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  • Now, somebody in the house right now is thinking,
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  • "Well, I did not wanna come and hear a lesson on motherhood,
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  • because I'm single, and this is not really speaking to me."
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  • No, no, no, this is not about motherhood.
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  • This is about being a child of God and understanding
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  • a really wonderful part of our theology.
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  • For a baby to be born there has to be water that is breaking,
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  • and I can promise you based on my own personal experience there
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  • is a woman who thought, "I am also breaking."
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  • There is all sorts of breaking going on when a child is born,
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  • and I want to say to you right now is there any chance that all
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  • that breaking that has been going on is birthing something?
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  • Could you wrap your mind around and make place in your heart
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  • that some of that breaking that you're going through,
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  • some of those things that are breaking apart,
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  • could it be that God is bringing forth something?
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  • That he's birthing something that will be extremely pivotal
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  • to you, that the rest of your calling and the rest of your
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  • life will come from.
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  • Is it possible that what you're going through
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  • is birthing something?
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  • These are the kinds of things that ministries and callings are
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  • birthed out of, that purpose and meaning is birthed out of.
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  • These are the kinds of things, this breaking
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  • that brings forth a birth.
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  • I wonder if there is any room in our minds to consider what
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  • if all the brokenness you've been through has been bringing
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  • forth something, and you've gone,
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  • "There is no way this mess is bringing forth something
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  • of Christ, something sacred, and something holy."
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  • Except that I will tell you for a young mother in a stable
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  • giving birth, that very miracle God made flesh and dwelling
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  • among us came in a mess of broken water,
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  • of sweat and blood, and afterbirth.
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  • There was a miracle that was covered in a mess.
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  • Selena, I'm excited to talk about this month's
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  • Living Proof offer.
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  • It's a storybook.
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  • And friends, this one part, it gripped my heart because
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  • it helped me to see my story and one of the greatest stories
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  • ever told, and I've seen just how much it moves
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  • people every time Beth shares it.
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  • Let's take a quick peek.
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  • I'm writing a story worth telling with your life
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  • intertwined in mine.
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  • It will have all the elements that make a story rich:
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  • hopes and dreams and what seems
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  • to be there, dashing.
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  • Oh, I see you squirming there.
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  • A little nerve-racking, isn't it?
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  • Oh, don't you worry.
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  • It's gonna be so good.
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  • Friends, Beth wrote this powerful story with you in mind
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  • as part of the series, "The Master Storyteller."
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  • I love how Jesus knows the power of a story.
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  • This book will give us a fresh reminder of how our individual
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  • stories are significant within his story.
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  • (Selena) Right now you, can get the full, printed storybook
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  • as our thank you for your donation, and with your book,
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  • you will also receive a free audio download
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  • of Beth reading it aloud.
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  • To get your copy, text the word "GIFT" to 57682.
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  • Natalie, you know I'm getting my copy,
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  • and I also think that this would make a fabulous gift
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  • for anyone in your life too.
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  • Everybody needs to be reminded of how God sees them.
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  • Yeah, so true.
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  • We'll see you next week, and don't forget,
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  • he's writing a story worth telling with your life.
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  • I want you to look back with me in Luke chapter 2,
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  • and I want us to land on our concept that's going to be so
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  • important to us this series.
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  • This is where all of this is moving.
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  • So, we're looking at Luke chapter 2,
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  • and I want you to see verse 19 with me.
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  • By this time the shepherds have come.
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  • They've been greeted by this astounding sight,
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  • the brightness of the sky, a heavenly host praising God
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  • and saying, "Glory to God in the highest."
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  • They've been told by this angel that "unto you is born this day
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  • in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord."
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  • They told them how they would find the Christ child.
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  • "You will know it is this child because you will find him
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  • wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger."
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  • Now, shepherds knew what a manger was,
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  • and it would have been the strangest thing
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  • to hear that the Christ, the Son of the living God,
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  • was going to be in a manger.
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  • That's how they would know, "This has got to be the one,"
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  • because what other baby on Earth,
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  • what other human infant would be laying in a manger?
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  • It said they made haste, and they found the child
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  • just as they were told, and it says that they
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  • wondered--everyone wondered at what the shepherds
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  • had told them.
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  • Verse 19, "But Mary treasured up all these things,
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  • pondering them in her heart."
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  • Couple of words there we're gonna land on because they are
  • 00:15:16.030 --> 00:15:19.010
  • of profound importance to anyone who is a child of God.
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  • The first one is our--it's in our English words
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  • "treasured up."
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  • I want you to see the word in the Greek.
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  • This is just the basic form of the word.
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  • "Suntereo" is the word.
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  • It's a compound word that means to guard, to keep.
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  • It means to preserve, to keep safe,
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  • and to keep close.
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  • I found another definition that says this: to store information
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  • in one's mind for careful consideration,
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  • to hold or to treasure up.
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  • And it's implied and in parenthesis
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  • there in one's memory.
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  • It's, among other things, the practice of holding
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  • the moment and what I wanna suggest to you
  • 00:16:07.170 --> 00:16:11.250
  • is that we are losing this practice.
  • 00:16:11.260 --> 00:16:15.160
  • We are losing the art of holding a moment.
  • 00:16:15.170 --> 00:16:19.050
  • We are so distracted by a thousand other things.
  • 00:16:19.060 --> 00:16:23.170
  • That this moment comes, this moment that would have
  • 00:16:23.180 --> 00:16:26.110
  • had meaning to it, this precious moment with a friend
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  • or out of sight.
  • 00:16:29.290 --> 00:16:31.080
  • I'm in a moment where the heart is moved,
  • 00:16:31.090 --> 00:16:35.020
  • in a moment of words said in a relationship,
  • 00:16:35.030 --> 00:16:38.260
  • in a moment of unspeakable and overflowing
  • 00:16:38.270 --> 00:16:43.190
  • heart kind of love.
  • 00:16:43.200 --> 00:16:45.270
  • This moment comes to us, but we are so distracted we miss it.
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  • Couple of days ago, Amanda came over
  • 00:16:50.260 --> 00:16:53.070
  • with Willa, my youngest grandchild.
  • 00:16:53.080 --> 00:16:56.080
  • Willa is 13 months old, and she just, like,
  • 00:16:56.090 --> 00:17:00.120
  • almost flew out to grab me when I put my hands out to her,
  • 00:17:00.130 --> 00:17:05.020
  • but the sweetest thing happened a few minutes later.
  • 00:17:05.030 --> 00:17:07.230
  • I was sitting on the floor, and I was talking to Amanda,
  • 00:17:07.240 --> 00:17:10.100
  • and we were just letting the baby play around
  • 00:17:10.110 --> 00:17:12.150
  • with toys on the floor.
  • 00:17:12.160 --> 00:17:13.250
  • And she crawls over to me, and she just lays her head
  • 00:17:13.260 --> 00:17:17.150
  • right on my knee, just lays it down,
  • 00:17:17.160 --> 00:17:22.100
  • and we just froze.
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  • Hold the moment.
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  • That is taking full advantage
  • 00:17:29.190 --> 00:17:35.060
  • of medicine to our souls in
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  • the breakneck speed of these lives we are
  • 00:17:40.220 --> 00:17:44.210
  • living, and it comes to us
  • 00:17:44.220 --> 00:17:50.190
  • in a flash to hang on to for dear life.
  • 00:17:50.200 --> 00:17:57.200
  • Notice that it says in the same verse,
  • 00:17:58.160 --> 00:18:00.250
  • "But Mary treasured up all these things,
  • 00:18:00.260 --> 00:18:03.000
  • pondering them in her heart."
  • 00:18:03.010 --> 00:18:04.270
  • We've seen a little bit about what the word
  • 00:18:04.280 --> 00:18:06.190
  • "treasure up" means.
  • 00:18:06.200 --> 00:18:08.170
  • To hold the moment.
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  • To realize when it comes, "This is treasure.
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  • This is treasure."
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  • Stop everything. Stop looking at my phone.
  • 00:18:14.290 --> 00:18:17.170
  • Stop looking at everything.
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  • Take the moment, because this is a treasure.
  • 00:18:19.140 --> 00:18:24.040
  • Before I go on to pondering, which was what I was about
  • 00:18:24.050 --> 00:18:26.200
  • to do, I've gotta tell you one more story because
  • 00:18:26.210 --> 00:18:28.100
  • I've thought about it over and over, and this is
  • 00:18:28.110 --> 00:18:30.090
  • the impact of a moment if we hold it.
  • 00:18:30.100 --> 00:18:33.060
  • Then it's ours to keep for the rest of our lives.
  • 00:18:33.070 --> 00:18:35.240
  • If we'll hold it tight, then we get to have it.
  • 00:18:35.250 --> 00:18:38.030
  • Does anybody know what I'm saying to them?
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  • Many, many years ago, Keith and I had been through a really,
  • 00:18:40.270 --> 00:18:46.040
  • really difficult time, and I gotta tell you
  • 00:18:46.050 --> 00:18:47.180
  • something about my husband.
  • 00:18:47.190 --> 00:18:49.100
  • Because he is the maverick that he is,
  • 00:18:49.110 --> 00:18:53.210
  • and because he's just always been edgy,
  • 00:18:53.220 --> 00:18:56.270
  • and because he's just the handful that he is,
  • 00:18:56.280 --> 00:18:59.270
  • and because I was just churchier than he was,
  • 00:18:59.280 --> 00:19:02.240
  • he's always been easier to blame things on,
  • 00:19:02.250 --> 00:19:06.190
  • because Keith never has a thought he does not speak.
  • 00:19:06.200 --> 00:19:09.120
  • Not ever, and it might not come out the way he wants it
  • 00:19:09.130 --> 00:19:12.240
  • to and the way I want it to, and it's just
  • 00:19:12.250 --> 00:19:15.260
  • classic vintage Keith.
  • 00:19:15.270 --> 00:19:18.090
  • But we had gone through a season when I had been really stupid
  • 00:19:18.100 --> 00:19:24.200
  • and when I had done him wrong, and I was wanting to completely
  • 00:19:24.210 --> 00:19:31.040
  • own it, and I wanted him to understand,
  • 00:19:31.050 --> 00:19:34.230
  • "No, I was wrong on this one.
  • 00:19:34.240 --> 00:19:36.240
  • "It was me.
  • 00:19:36.250 --> 00:19:38.050
  • I was the one who was wrong."
  • 00:19:38.060 --> 00:19:39.220
  • And I'd already asked his forgiveness,
  • 00:19:39.230 --> 00:19:41.190
  • but I just somehow was overwhelmed.
  • 00:19:41.200 --> 00:19:44.000
  • I wasn't finished yet.
  • 00:19:44.010 --> 00:19:45.240
  • Anybody know what I'm describing to them?
  • 00:19:45.250 --> 00:19:48.220
  • Where you're just like, "No, I really need you to hear me.
  • 00:19:48.230 --> 00:19:50.250
  • I need you to hear me."
  • 00:19:50.260 --> 00:19:52.210
  • And we were walking on a golf course that was near our home.
  • 00:19:52.220 --> 00:19:57.290
  • It was that kind of thing where you could feel like for just a
  • 00:19:58.000 --> 00:20:00.260
  • moment you were out in the country somewhere,
  • 00:20:00.270 --> 00:20:03.230
  • if you have a little bit of access,
  • 00:20:03.240 --> 00:20:05.130
  • where you could walk on.
  • 00:20:05.140 --> 00:20:07.190
  • Just simple kinda golf course, but it was there,
  • 00:20:07.200 --> 00:20:10.180
  • and we would walk on it.
  • 00:20:10.190 --> 00:20:12.100
  • It was still daylight, and it was on an evening.
  • 00:20:12.110 --> 00:20:14.190
  • It was like on a Monday night when there were no golfers
  • 00:20:14.200 --> 00:20:17.280
  • on it, so we were walking.
  • 00:20:17.290 --> 00:20:20.020
  • Broad daylight. No telling who saw us.
  • 00:20:20.030 --> 00:20:22.130
  • We were walking along, and I was just overwhelmed with sorrow
  • 00:20:22.140 --> 00:20:26.290
  • and overwhelmed at my own foolishness,
  • 00:20:27.000 --> 00:20:32.000
  • and I just got in front of him, and I just got down on my knees
  • 00:20:32.010 --> 00:20:36.100
  • and got his hands, and I said,
  • 00:20:36.110 --> 00:20:38.230
  • "No, you're not listening to me.
  • 00:20:38.240 --> 00:20:40.120
  • I'm just--I'm begging your forgiveness.
  • 00:20:40.130 --> 00:20:43.120
  • I just wanna--please, babe, please forgive me."
  • 00:20:43.130 --> 00:20:47.000
  • I'm on my knees, and he's standing up,
  • 00:20:47.010 --> 00:20:49.000
  • so I'm down here like this.
  • 00:20:49.010 --> 00:20:50.160
  • I'm holding his hands like this, and you know what Keith does?
  • 00:20:50.170 --> 00:20:53.180
  • I'll never forget it.
  • 00:20:53.190 --> 00:20:56.100
  • He gets down on his knees with me,
  • 00:20:56.110 --> 00:20:58.130
  • and he says, "Please forgive me."
  • 00:20:58.140 --> 00:21:01.240
  • He said, "How many things have I done?
  • 00:21:01.250 --> 00:21:03.190
  • Please forgive me."
  • 00:21:03.200 --> 00:21:06.000
  • And there was something about trying to tell somebody you're
  • 00:21:06.010 --> 00:21:10.150
  • sorry and you're just begging at their feet,
  • 00:21:10.160 --> 00:21:14.120
  • and they just get right down with you and go,
  • 00:21:14.130 --> 00:21:18.240
  • "No, forgive me."
  • 00:21:18.250 --> 00:21:20.190
  • And every time I have been frustrated with that man,
  • 00:21:20.200 --> 00:21:24.090
  • I've thought about being out on that golf course and how I got
  • 00:21:24.100 --> 00:21:28.280
  • down on my knees to beg his forgiveness.
  • 00:21:28.290 --> 00:21:30.260
  • I held that moment and because I held that moment
  • 00:21:30.270 --> 00:21:35.000
  • I've still got it.
  • 00:21:35.010 --> 00:21:38.060
  • I can still replay it. I can nearly smell it.
  • 00:21:38.070 --> 00:21:41.100
  • I can taste it on my lips.
  • 00:21:41.110 --> 00:21:46.010
  • I want you to see the next word.
  • 00:21:46.020 --> 00:21:47.140
  • "Mary treasured up all these things,
  • 00:21:47.150 --> 00:21:48.240
  • pondering them in her heart."
  • 00:21:48.250 --> 00:21:50.090
  • Pondering.
  • 00:21:50.100 --> 00:21:51.260
  • Pondering.
  • 00:21:52.030 --> 00:21:53.120
  • It's a wonderful, wonderful Greek word.
  • 00:21:53.130 --> 00:21:55.270
  • "Sumballo."
  • 00:21:55.280 --> 00:21:57.110
  • That beginning of it, just like it did in
  • 00:21:57.120 --> 00:21:59.160
  • the word before, means "together."
  • 00:21:59.170 --> 00:22:01.150
  • The rest of it means "to cast."
  • 00:22:01.160 --> 00:22:03.110
  • It means to cast together.
  • 00:22:03.120 --> 00:22:05.130
  • Listen to another definition: to give careful consideration
  • 00:22:05.140 --> 00:22:08.050
  • to various implications of an issue, to reflect on,
  • 00:22:08.060 --> 00:22:11.270
  • to think seriously about,
  • 00:22:11.280 --> 00:22:14.080
  • to think deeply about.
  • 00:22:14.090 --> 00:22:16.290
  • Somebody listen to that with me.
  • 00:22:17.000 --> 00:22:18.160
  • To think deeply about, because here is what
  • 00:22:18.170 --> 00:22:22.260
  • I wanna suggest to you.
  • 00:22:22.270 --> 00:22:24.250
  • We are losing this practice, because everything is going
  • 00:22:24.260 --> 00:22:31.170
  • so fast, and we're so overstimulated
  • 00:22:31.180 --> 00:22:36.240
  • that we don't let a God moment
  • 00:22:36.250 --> 00:22:40.290
  • go down deep, where it would have gotten in
  • 00:22:41.000 --> 00:22:45.230
  • under the thorns and in under the thistles and down in where
  • 00:22:45.240 --> 00:22:50.080
  • the infection is, down in underneath it all,
  • 00:22:50.090 --> 00:22:55.040
  • to let it go down deep, this moment that God
  • 00:22:55.050 --> 00:22:58.030
  • has provided for us.
  • 00:22:58.040 --> 00:22:59.180
  • Taking it in deeply.
  • 00:22:59.190 --> 00:23:01.160
  • This word "pondering" means to cast things,
  • 00:23:01.170 --> 00:23:04.250
  • to put things together, so I want you to try
  • 00:23:04.260 --> 00:23:07.280
  • to understand this with me.
  • 00:23:07.290 --> 00:23:09.150
  • Picture her, 'cause surely, surely she is sitting.
  • 00:23:09.160 --> 00:23:12.030
  • She's a brand-new mom,
  • 00:23:12.040 --> 00:23:15.020
  • and so the shepherds have come.
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  • They have told her what the angel said.
  • 00:23:16.180 --> 00:23:19.010
  • I want you to just try to picture that this is you,
  • 00:23:19.020 --> 00:23:23.100
  • just the wonder of it.
  • 00:23:23.110 --> 00:23:25.220
  • That the skies lit up with the cry of angels.
  • 00:23:25.230 --> 00:23:30.040
  • This is the glorious moment for which time has been ticking.
  • 00:23:30.050 --> 00:23:37.020
  • The Christ child has been born, so they come,
  • 00:23:37.030 --> 00:23:43.080
  • and then they leave, and everybody is amazed.
  • 00:23:43.090 --> 00:23:46.070
  • But Mary, she's not just amazed.
  • 00:23:46.080 --> 00:23:50.080
  • She ponders, and so what she does--the word means she takes
  • 00:23:50.090 --> 00:23:55.280
  • all the bits and pieces, all the things that
  • 00:23:55.290 --> 00:24:02.100
  • have happened, maybe both positive and negative,
  • 00:24:02.110 --> 00:24:08.140
  • and she's gonna put them--picture it with me--in her
  • 00:24:08.150 --> 00:24:14.040
  • lap and consider them together.
  • 00:24:14.050 --> 00:24:20.120
  • What do they mean when they all come together?
  • 00:24:20.130 --> 00:24:24.030
  • Anybody tracking with me?
  • 00:24:24.040 --> 00:24:26.020
  • Maybe she thought back on that moment in or around her
  • 00:24:26.030 --> 00:24:30.180
  • home when suddenly the angel Gabriel
  • 00:24:30.190 --> 00:24:33.270
  • appears to her and says,
  • 00:24:33.280 --> 00:24:36.000
  • "Blessed, you who are highly favored.
  • 00:24:36.010 --> 00:24:40.180
  • "You will be the mother of the son
  • 00:24:40.190 --> 00:24:43.080
  • of the most high God."
  • 00:24:43.090 --> 00:24:45.150
  • "How can this be?" she says.
  • 00:24:45.160 --> 00:24:46.290
  • "Since I am a virgin."
  • 00:24:47.000 --> 00:24:48.220
  • And he says, "The Holy Spirit shall come upon you
  • 00:24:48.230 --> 00:24:54.180
  • "and overshadow you, and you will give birth
  • 00:24:54.190 --> 00:24:57.260
  • to the son of the Most High."
  • 00:24:57.270 --> 00:25:00.230
  • And then, it says that the angel departed.
  • 00:25:00.240 --> 00:25:03.040
  • Don't you know she was like,
  • 00:25:03.050 --> 00:25:04.140
  • "No, no, you're going to go tell my mother.
  • 00:25:04.150 --> 00:25:09.100
  • "You're not going anywhere, because you're gonna need
  • 00:25:09.110 --> 00:25:11.110
  • "to tell all the people that are not gonna understand
  • 00:25:11.120 --> 00:25:15.090
  • what you just told me"?
  • 00:25:15.100 --> 00:25:17.030
  • Here is what I'm suggesting to you.
  • 00:25:17.040 --> 00:25:18.260
  • That not everything went beautifully,
  • 00:25:18.270 --> 00:25:20.190
  • because all of these people, including the man she was
  • 00:25:20.200 --> 00:25:24.110
  • betrothed to, thought surely she must have done the following
  • 00:25:24.120 --> 00:25:28.140
  • to have her in the state that she is in.
  • 00:25:28.150 --> 00:25:31.020
  • Puts it all together.
  • 00:25:31.030 --> 00:25:36.170
  • Joseph coming to her and saying, "An angel has told me I'm to--
  • 00:25:36.180 --> 00:25:40.150
  • in a dream I'm to take you as my wife."
  • 00:25:40.160 --> 00:25:45.040
  • Putting together the ride to Bethlehem.
  • 00:25:45.050 --> 00:25:48.060
  • Putting together the first time she felt the baby move.
  • 00:25:48.070 --> 00:25:51.130
  • Putting together the first pains,
  • 00:25:51.140 --> 00:25:54.190
  • the first fears.
  • 00:25:54.200 --> 00:25:57.080
  • "Where is my mother?"
  • 00:25:57.090 --> 00:26:03.200
  • The first sounds he made.
  • 00:26:03.210 --> 00:26:06.100
  • The first time she took him out of that stable,
  • 00:26:06.110 --> 00:26:09.000
  • and she looked at him in the light of the sun,
  • 00:26:09.010 --> 00:26:14.100
  • and there was the light of the sun,
  • 00:26:14.110 --> 00:26:19.290
  • and she considered it all together.
  • 00:26:20.000 --> 00:26:27.000
  • What a beautiful moment to ponder.
  • 00:26:29.000 --> 00:26:34.210
  • 00:26:34.220 --> 00:26:41.210
  • 00:26:41.220 --> 00:26:46.210
  • I've come prepared for someone I love so much
  • 00:26:46.220 --> 00:26:50.150
  • and I'm so thankful to serve that is already going,
  • 00:26:50.160 --> 00:26:52.180
  • "It is not biblical to be happy."
  • 00:26:52.190 --> 00:26:54.260
  • Some of you may not be given to that,
  • 00:26:54.270 --> 00:26:56.170
  • but, honestly, many of us were raised in a part
  • 00:26:56.180 --> 00:26:59.140
  • of the body of Christ where it--listen, to be happy
  • 00:26:59.150 --> 00:27:03.140
  • would have meant you were in some kind of sin
  • 00:27:03.150 --> 00:27:06.090
  • and if you're happy and you know it repent.
  • 00:27:06.100 --> 00:27:11.130
  • There'd be no clapping your hands.
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  • Repent.
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