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  • Dr. David Jeremiah: Each of ushas just one life to live.
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  • Our life should count.
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  • It should matter.
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  • It should have purpose and,frankly, it should be amazing.
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  • But as I look around me,I see lives lived in disarray,
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  • in defeat, and discouragement.
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  • I've been deeply burdened aboutthis because, you see,
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  • an unfulfilled lifeis just no way to exist.
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  • And from what I read in theScripture, God promises us
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  • a life of blessings beyond ourcomprehension, literally
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  • a life beyond amazing.
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  • So I asked a few friendsof mine, friends who I believe
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  • demonstrate a life beyondamazing, to sit down together
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  • with me and discuss what ittakes to live a vibrant
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  • and victorious life.
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  • We gathered together for a mealin San Diego and what you're
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  • about to see is a partof our amazing conversation.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: I want tothank you for joining me today.
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  • One of the things that we talk
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  • about a lot these days is peace.
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  • Everybody wantspeace internationally,
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  • they want peace in their family,they want peace in their heart.
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  • How do we as Christians
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  • get this peace in our heart?
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  • I'm not talking aboutcontrolled panic here.
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  • I'm talking about real, genuine,original peace in our hearts.
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  • Where does that start?
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  • Bobby Schuller:Well, you can't have peace
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  • without Jesus, right?
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  • Because I think undergirdingall of this restlessness with
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  • our culture is a fear of death.
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  • And what Christ promises usis that this is just a small bit
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  • of the eternal,amazing life that he's given us.
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  • But there's still a lot ofbelievers who believe in heaven
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  • who still don't have peace.
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  • And I think a lot of that is usbuying into the world's culture
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  • of, "I've got to constantlydo things to make the most
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  • of this very short life."
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  • And then believers buyinto that in practice,
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  • even thoughthey don't believe it.
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  • So, we have to stop crammingour schedule full of stuff.
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  • We got to stop hurrying so much.
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  • We need to bond deeplywith our friends and family.
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  • We need to be generousand serving.
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  • And I think when that happens,that's when the peace of heaven
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  • kind of meets us at our heart.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: We can all havepeace when things are going good
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  • and it seems like there's nota lot of conflict
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  • in our own livesand in our community.
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  • But David, I watched carefullyas you fought in the courts to
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  • keep from having to pay forsomething we didn't believe in.
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  • And I saw the things they werewriting about you and the things
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  • they were saying about you.
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  • Tell me, what was it like?
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  • David Green: You know,when we first found out
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  • that we may lose our business
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  • because we knewwe were not going to pay for
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  • prescriptions that wouldtake life, and the fine would be
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  • $1.3 million a day if we didn'tprovide this because of
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  • the number of employees we had,and I have to admit that
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  • I didn't sleep for a few nights.
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  • Barbara and I finallycame to the point that we said,
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  • "We only have one decision,right or wrong."
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  • And we were 100% convincedthat we made the right decision.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: So actually,peace is related to truth,
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  • isn't it?
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  • And when you know the truthand you do it,
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  • God gives you this peacein your heart.
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  • David Green: I think a partof having peace too is not
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  • absorbing so much of the news.
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  • I mean,if you want to absorb the news,
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  • you will not have peace.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: And you know,we do have the right
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  • to turn it off.
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  • Bobby: I did that recently.I took 6 weeks off in January.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: You tooka fast?
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  • Bobby: I just feltso exhausted, and I thought,
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  • "I am just takinga sabbatical from news."
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  • And I'll tell you,it's interesting
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  • that gospel means good news.
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  • It's nice to focus onsome good news for awhile
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  • instead of just, like,always focusing on bad news.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah:And 6 weeks later,
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  • you turned it onand it was the same place
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  • where you turned it off, right?
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  • Bobby: It really changed,I know.
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  • Mandisa: Same thingwith social media as well.
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  • Like, it's easy to look at itand kind of feel discontent,
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  • to feel like you don't havepeace in certain areas.
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  • So, my go-to is alwaysPhilippians 4, that for me,
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  • when I'm faced in circumstanceswhere I feel like
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  • everything is going crazyaround me, I don't just present
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  • my requests to God.
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  • I try to do itwith thanksgiving.
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  • So, sometimes if I'm watchingthe news and I see something
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  • that is trying to stealmy peace,
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  • I can present my request to God.
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  • I pray about the situation,but when I think about
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  • the circumstance and I findsomething to be thankful for,
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  • it's like an immediate senseof peace is what overtakes me
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  • in that moment.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: The Bible isso clear that peace is a gift
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  • from the Lord.
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  • The Bible tells us not to letour hearts be troubled,
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  • and to be anxious for nothing,but in everything,
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  • by prayer and supplication,let your requests
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  • be made known unto God, amen.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: As I sat withmy friends and reflected on what
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  • we shared, I was once againreminded that peace is
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  • a decision, a decisionthat transforms one's life.
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  • And in the next few minutes,I will share with you how
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  • a life of peace is necessaryto live a life beyond amazing.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • male announcer:What are the signs
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  • of a life beyond amazing?
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  • Among them, joy that is notdependent on circumstance,
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  • integrity that settlesfor no exceptions,
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  • and self-disciplinethat stands firm.
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  • But how do you get theminto your life?
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  • It takes a decision; actually,nine decisions each day
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  • to commit these into your heartand actions.
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  • Discover the steps to the lifeof blessings God has for you
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  • in Dr. David Jeremiah'sinspiring book,
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  • "A Life Beyond Amazing:9 Decisions That Will Transform
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  • Your Life Today."
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  • and if you give $60 or more,Dr. Jeremiah will send you
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  • Scripture cards.
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  • Decide today to start livinga life beyond what you thought
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  • possible, a life beyond amazing.
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  • And now, here is Dr. Jeremiahwith his message,
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  • "A Life of Peace."
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  • Dr. Jeremiah:The Prince of Peace is
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  • just 1 of 250 names givento the Lord Jesus
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  • in the New Testament.
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  • When he appearedfor the first time on this earth
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  • in a manger in Bethlehem,
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  • the angels announcedhis arrival, as you remember,
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  • with these words,"Glory to God in the highest,
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  • and on earth peace,goodwill toward men!"
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  • The world into whichJesus was born had
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  • a very different idea of peace.
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  • Our English word "peace"originates from an old
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  • French word which meansto be reconciled,
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  • or to have an agreement with,or to have
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  • the absence of hostility.
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  • But the Hebrew word "shalom"has a much richer meaning.
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  • That's the only Hebrew wordI probably know to say out loud.
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  • Would you like to have theprivilege of speaking Hebrew
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  • this morning?
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  • Let's say the word "shalom"out loud together, shalom.
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  • This word is found 355 timesin the Old Testament, and its
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  • basic meaning is to be whole,or safe, or sound.
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  • Shalom designates a conditionin which life can best be lived.
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  • A review of shalom inthe Old Testament
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  • reveals that it never refersto inner psychological
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  • or emotional peace.
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  • Shalom is the conditionof everything being set right.
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  • It's about the total wellbeingof the person and the community.
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  • It's one of the deepest longingsof the human heart.
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  • Say it again, shalom.
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  • Jesus is the one who brings thedeepest longings of our hearts
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  • for peace to satisfaction.
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  • But if we are honest,we can easily
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  • become discouragedwhen we see so little peace
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  • in our world and in our hearts.
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  • We long mostly for internationalpeace, but Jesus, I believe,
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  • cares more about individualpeace, internal peace.
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  • Yes, the world needs to cometo peace,
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  • but how many of you knowif peace comes to our hearts,
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  • pretty soon it comesto our culture?
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  • And so, you start where you needto start, and that is with the
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  • importance of individual peace.
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  • So, there are three major waysthat we are affected by
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  • this peace which God brings.
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  • Let me explain them to youas we go along
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  • and we'll share them together.
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  • First of all, the Bible saysthat you and I can have peace
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  • with God.
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  • Underline the word "with."
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  • Romans 5:1 says that,"Therefore, having been
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  • justified by faith, we havepeace with God through
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  • our Lord Jesus Christ."
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  • Peace with God was brought
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  • to us when Jesus Christ camedown from heaven and went
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  • to the cross as the God man,and hung there between heaven
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  • and earth,and paid the price for our sin,
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  • our sin which separated usfrom God.
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  • Jesus paid the pricefor all of it.
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  • He took it all away.
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  • And when we put our trustin him, we are forgiven
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  • and that sin is erased.
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  • And then we can havea relationship with God.
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  • Then we can say, "Therefore,being justified by faith,
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  • I have peace with God."
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  • You have to start there beforeyou can know the other kinds
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  • of peace that we're goingto talk about this morning.
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  • So, let me just stopfor a moment and say
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  • if you've not made peacewith God, it's not hard to do,
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  • but it means you haveto make a decision.
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  • You have to decide to dealwith your sin at the cross,
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  • give it all over to Jesus,and ask him to forgive you.
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  • And when you do thatand invite him to come and live
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  • in your heart, a relationshipwith God the Father
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  • is established immediately,
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  • so that it is evenpossible, as the Lord God says,
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  • to come boldly before the throneof grace to receive help
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  • in the time of trouble.
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  • Wow.
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  • Then, of course,there's not only peace with God,
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  • but there's peace from God.
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  • John 14:27 says--Jesus is saying,
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  • "Peace I leave with you,my peace I give to you;
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  • not as the world givesdo I give to you.
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  • Let not your heart be troubled,neither let it be afraid."
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  • There's a wonderful momentthat the Apostle John
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  • records in his Gospel.
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  • Jesus is in a room makinghis first post-resurrection
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  • appearance to hisgathered disciples.
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  • "Then, the same day at evening,being the first day of the week,
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  • when the doors were shut wherethe disciples were assembled,
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  • for the fear of the Jews,Jesus stood in the midst,
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  • and said to them,'Peace be with you.'"
  • 00:11:32.374 --> 00:11:38.047
  • It is what he did next thatperfectly illustrates what we
  • 00:11:38.080 --> 00:11:41.417
  • had been talking aboutin these last few verses,
  • 00:11:41.450 --> 00:11:44.854
  • for the next versein John chapter 20 says this,
  • 00:11:44.887 --> 00:11:47.790
  • "And when he had said this,he showed them his hands
  • 00:11:47.823 --> 00:11:52.862
  • and his side."
  • 00:11:52.895 --> 00:11:55.297
  • He was showing them his handsand his side obviously for the
  • 00:11:55.331 --> 00:11:58.100
  • purpose of identifying himselfto them, but I believe he was
  • 00:11:58.134 --> 00:12:01.837
  • also saying, "These woundsare why I can say to you,
  • 00:12:01.871 --> 00:12:07.977
  • 'Peace be with you.'"
  • 00:12:08.010 --> 00:12:10.346
  • His death on the crossmade it possible for him
  • 00:12:10.379 --> 00:12:14.150
  • to offer us the peacewe so desperately crave.
  • 00:12:14.183 --> 00:12:17.620
  • But here's the best news of all,there's not only peace with God
  • 00:12:17.653 --> 00:12:20.356
  • and the peace from God,but there's the peace of God.
  • 00:12:20.389 --> 00:12:23.459
  • It's the best of all.
  • 00:12:23.492 --> 00:12:25.461
  • We read about thisin Philippians chapter 4.
  • 00:12:25.494 --> 00:12:27.930
  • Here's what Paul wroteto the Philippian believers,
  • 00:12:27.963 --> 00:12:30.399
  • "Be anxious for nothing,but in everything by prayer and
  • 00:12:30.432 --> 00:12:33.469
  • supplication, with thanksgiving,let your requests be made known
  • 00:12:33.502 --> 00:12:38.073
  • to God," now watch this,"and the peace of God, which
  • 00:12:38.107 --> 00:12:42.545
  • surpasses all understanding,will guard your hearts and minds
  • 00:12:42.578 --> 00:12:46.081
  • through Jesus Christ."
  • 00:12:46.115 --> 00:12:49.785
  • The peace of God acts,according to Paul,
  • 00:12:49.819 --> 00:12:52.621
  • as a sentinel or a soldierwho walks back and forth
  • 00:12:52.655 --> 00:12:57.259
  • in the front of the door ofyour heart to provide security.
  • 00:12:57.293 --> 00:13:02.464
  • The picture here is that ourhearts and our minds are always
  • 00:13:02.498 --> 00:13:05.534
  • under assault, guilt, worries,threats, confusions,
  • 00:13:05.568 --> 00:13:09.471
  • uncertainties.
  • 00:13:09.505 --> 00:13:10.806
  • They all threaten our peace,and Paul says that God wants
  • 00:13:10.840 --> 00:13:13.609
  • to guard our hearts and minds,
  • 00:13:13.642 --> 00:13:15.611
  • and he guards our heartswith his peace
  • 00:13:15.644 --> 00:13:19.048
  • when we commit ourselves to him.
  • 00:13:19.081 --> 00:13:21.250
  • I like that picture of my heartand God's soldier walking back
  • 00:13:21.283 --> 00:13:25.054
  • and forth in front of a door tokeep all the junk out that would
  • 00:13:25.087 --> 00:13:28.824
  • come in and destroy my peace.
  • 00:13:28.858 --> 00:13:32.428
  • So, we look backat the wonder of God's peace.
  • 00:13:32.461 --> 00:13:34.864
  • I want to encourage youto cultivate that peace
  • 00:13:34.897 --> 00:13:36.665
  • in your life.
  • 00:13:36.699 --> 00:13:38.167
  • And there are four main highwaysupon which the peace of God
  • 00:13:38.200 --> 00:13:40.736
  • travels, the Spirit of God,the Son of God,
  • 00:13:40.769 --> 00:13:43.639
  • the Word of God in prayer.
  • 00:13:43.672 --> 00:13:45.307
  • I want to say just a few wordsabout each one of them.
  • 00:13:45.341 --> 00:13:48.510
  • First of all,peace in the Spirit of God.
  • 00:13:48.544 --> 00:13:50.446
  • Did you know that when Jesuswas teaching his disciples and
  • 00:13:50.479 --> 00:13:53.349
  • telling them that he was goingto have to go back to heaven,
  • 00:13:53.382 --> 00:13:55.684
  • he told them that it was a goodthing that he was going back to
  • 00:13:55.718 --> 00:13:59.121
  • heaven because when he was goingto go back to heaven, he was
  • 00:13:59.154 --> 00:14:00.890
  • going to send the Holy Spiritdown to take his place.
  • 00:14:00.923 --> 00:14:04.293
  • You say, "Well, how couldthe Holy Spirit be better
  • 00:14:04.326 --> 00:14:06.662
  • than the Son of God?"
  • 00:14:06.695 --> 00:14:08.264
  • In one way.
  • 00:14:08.297 --> 00:14:09.732
  • When Jesus Christ was onthis earth, he confined himself
  • 00:14:09.765 --> 00:14:13.502
  • to the limitations of his humanbody, so that Jesus was
  • 00:14:13.535 --> 00:14:17.640
  • where he was while he wason this earth only where
  • 00:14:17.673 --> 00:14:20.809
  • we could be personally.
  • 00:14:20.843 --> 00:14:22.711
  • And as you know the storyof the Bible, Jesus really
  • 00:14:22.745 --> 00:14:24.880
  • never left the land of Israel.
  • 00:14:24.914 --> 00:14:28.083
  • "But you see, when I go backto heaven, I'm going to send you
  • 00:14:28.117 --> 00:14:30.252
  • my Holy Spirit,and he will not be so confined.
  • 00:14:30.286 --> 00:14:33.322
  • The Holy Spirit will come tolive within the heart of every
  • 00:14:33.355 --> 00:14:35.858
  • single person who puts theirtrust in me, therefore through
  • 00:14:35.891 --> 00:14:39.028
  • the Holy Spirit I will beavailable to you wherever
  • 00:14:39.061 --> 00:14:41.630
  • you go, whatever you do,whatever happens to you."
  • 00:14:41.664 --> 00:14:45.301
  • The Bible teaches us that whenwe accept Jesus Christ as our
  • 00:14:45.334 --> 00:14:48.170
  • personal Savior, the Holy Spiritcomes to dwell within our hearts
  • 00:14:48.203 --> 00:14:53.609
  • and becomes our perpetual,eternal Savior.
  • 00:14:53.642 --> 00:14:58.514
  • John 16:33, Jesus finishedhis speech to his disciples
  • 00:14:58.547 --> 00:15:03.886
  • about his going back to heaven,and said,
  • 00:15:03.919 --> 00:15:06.622
  • "These things I have spokento you, that in me you may
  • 00:15:06.655 --> 00:15:09.158
  • have peace."
  • 00:15:09.191 --> 00:15:10.960
  • The fruit of the Spirit is love,joy, and peace.
  • 00:15:10.993 --> 00:15:13.662
  • When you have the Holy Spiritin your heart,
  • 00:15:13.696 --> 00:15:15.898
  • you have the possibilityof peace in your life.
  • 00:15:15.931 --> 00:15:20.069
  • And the Bible says that peaceis the inevitable result
  • 00:15:20.102 --> 00:15:22.538
  • of the Holy Spirit controllingyour life.
  • 00:15:22.571 --> 00:15:25.207
  • So, how can I tellif I'm controlled
  • 00:15:25.240 --> 00:15:26.976
  • by the Holy Spirit of God?
  • 00:15:27.009 --> 00:15:28.711
  • By the quietness within mewhen there's turmoil around me.
  • 00:15:28.744 --> 00:15:34.583
  • How do I knowif the Holy Spirit's working
  • 00:15:34.616 --> 00:15:36.452
  • at peace in my lifewhen I have some moments
  • 00:15:36.485 --> 00:15:38.487
  • when everything should becoming unglued?
  • 00:15:38.520 --> 00:15:40.456
  • And I just feel this little--this little sense in my heart,
  • 00:15:40.489 --> 00:15:43.759
  • "I'm going to be okay.
  • 00:15:43.792 --> 00:15:45.828
  • God is with me.
  • 00:15:45.861 --> 00:15:47.429
  • I'm going to make it."
  • 00:15:47.463 --> 00:15:49.698
  • That's what God says he willgive to us through his Spirit.
  • 00:15:49.732 --> 00:15:54.236
  • And then the peaceof the Son of God.
  • 00:15:54.269 --> 00:15:56.805
  • When Jesus was preparinghis disciples for his departure
  • 00:15:56.839 --> 00:15:59.441
  • from them, he encouragedthem with these words, he said,
  • 00:15:59.475 --> 00:16:02.745
  • "Let not your heart be troubled.
  • 00:16:02.778 --> 00:16:04.079
  • You believe in God,believe also in me.
  • 00:16:04.113 --> 00:16:07.850
  • Peace I leave with you,my peace I give to you;
  • 00:16:07.883 --> 00:16:11.086
  • not as the world givesdo I give to you.
  • 00:16:11.120 --> 00:16:13.455
  • Let not your heart be troubled,neither let it be afraid."
  • 00:16:13.489 --> 00:16:16.725
  • Just a few verses later,Jesus expounded
  • 00:16:16.759 --> 00:16:19.294
  • on his earlier promise.
  • 00:16:19.328 --> 00:16:20.963
  • He said, "These thingsI have spoken to you,
  • 00:16:20.996 --> 00:16:23.665
  • that in me you may have peace.
  • 00:16:23.699 --> 00:16:25.234
  • Now, to be honest with you,"he said,
  • 00:16:25.267 --> 00:16:27.669
  • "in the world you're goingto have tribulation; but be
  • 00:16:27.703 --> 00:16:30.205
  • of good cheer 'cause I haveovercome the world."
  • 00:16:30.239 --> 00:16:34.476
  • I love this question that istucked away in the book of Job.
  • 00:16:34.510 --> 00:16:38.614
  • I never realized this was there.
  • 00:16:38.647 --> 00:16:40.616
  • I've read the book of Job a lotof times, but this was escaped
  • 00:16:40.649 --> 00:16:42.885
  • me, but it's worth writing down.
  • 00:16:42.918 --> 00:16:45.487
  • Job 34:29,"When he gives quietness,
  • 00:16:45.521 --> 00:16:50.325
  • who then can make trouble?"
  • 00:16:50.359 --> 00:16:53.595
  • Isn't that a great verse?
  • 00:16:53.629 --> 00:16:55.597
  • If he, and this is obviouslyspeaking of God,
  • 00:16:55.631 --> 00:16:58.734
  • if he then bringsquietness here,
  • 00:16:58.767 --> 00:17:03.172
  • who's going to make trouble?
  • 00:17:03.205 --> 00:17:06.041
  • Here's my prayer for all of usborrowed from the prayer
  • 00:17:06.075 --> 00:17:08.710
  • Paul prayed for his friendsin Thessalonica.
  • 00:17:08.744 --> 00:17:11.413
  • Here's what he prayed,"Now may the Lord of Peace
  • 00:17:11.447 --> 00:17:14.049
  • himself give you peacealways in every way."
  • 00:17:14.083 --> 00:17:18.954
  • That's my prayer.
  • 00:17:18.987 --> 00:17:21.323
  • Then there's peacein the Word of God.
  • 00:17:21.356 --> 00:17:23.926
  • "I will hearwhat God the Lord will speak,
  • 00:17:23.959 --> 00:17:29.565
  • for he will speak peaceto his people
  • 00:17:29.598 --> 00:17:32.668
  • and to his saints."
  • 00:17:32.701 --> 00:17:34.169
  • I will hear what God the Lordwill have to say 'cause when I
  • 00:17:34.203 --> 00:17:38.540
  • listen to him, he speaks peace.
  • 00:17:38.574 --> 00:17:42.444
  • Did you know that the Bibleis the key to your peace?
  • 00:17:42.478 --> 00:17:47.616
  • And when I'm going through sometimes and I don't know
  • 00:17:47.649 --> 00:17:50.119
  • what to do,I try to find a way to spend
  • 00:17:50.152 --> 00:17:52.187
  • more time in the Scripture,not to prepare a sermon,
  • 00:17:52.221 --> 00:17:55.657
  • but for my own helpand encouragement.
  • 00:17:55.691 --> 00:17:59.595
  • And once in a while, you guys,you should memorize a few verses
  • 00:17:59.628 --> 00:18:02.531
  • from this Book because they actas anti-terrorism agents
  • 00:18:02.564 --> 00:18:06.435
  • in your life.
  • 00:18:06.468 --> 00:18:08.871
  • So, when bad stuff is happeningand terror is going on, you know
  • 00:18:08.904 --> 00:18:12.040
  • there's a verse some place youcan grab hold of and use it
  • 00:18:12.074 --> 00:18:15.144
  • as a weapon against anxiety.
  • 00:18:15.177 --> 00:18:20.449
  • And finally,there's peace in prayer.
  • 00:18:20.482 --> 00:18:25.154
  • Listen to what Paul saysto the Philippians in chapter 4,
  • 00:18:25.187 --> 00:18:28.357
  • "Be anxious for nothing,"listen to this.
  • 00:18:28.390 --> 00:18:31.260
  • Anxious means worried.
  • 00:18:31.293 --> 00:18:34.229
  • Did you know the old King Jamesof this verse says,
  • 00:18:34.263 --> 00:18:37.499
  • "Be careful for nothing."
  • 00:18:37.533 --> 00:18:39.268
  • I always thought that waskind of like a proof text
  • 00:18:39.301 --> 00:18:41.170
  • for when you're a teenager,"Be careful for nothing."
  • 00:18:41.203 --> 00:18:45.307
  • And then I realized the word"careful" means anxiety.
  • 00:18:45.340 --> 00:18:48.877
  • "Be anxious for nothing,"says the Scripture,
  • 00:18:48.911 --> 00:18:51.847
  • "but in everythingby prayer and supplication,
  • 00:18:51.880 --> 00:18:56.051
  • let your requestbe made known to God."
  • 00:18:56.084 --> 00:18:59.988
  • Now, here's the wayI sort that out in my mind.
  • 00:19:00.022 --> 00:19:03.859
  • In essence,Paul says the Christian life
  • 00:19:03.892 --> 00:19:05.561
  • is composed of three circles.
  • 00:19:05.594 --> 00:19:07.696
  • First of all, there's the worrycircle or the anxiety circle.
  • 00:19:07.729 --> 00:19:11.033
  • And if you read the text,what belongs in that circle?
  • 00:19:11.066 --> 00:19:13.502
  • Be anxious for what?
  • 00:19:13.535 --> 00:19:15.437
  • Nothing.
  • 00:19:15.470 --> 00:19:17.339
  • And then,there's the prayer circle,
  • 00:19:17.372 --> 00:19:19.608
  • and what should you pray about?
  • 00:19:19.641 --> 00:19:21.343
  • What goes in the prayer circle?
  • 00:19:21.376 --> 00:19:23.545
  • Everything.
  • 00:19:23.579 --> 00:19:24.880
  • And then there'sthe thanksgiving circle,
  • 00:19:24.913 --> 00:19:26.949
  • and what goes in that circle?
  • 00:19:26.982 --> 00:19:28.450
  • Anything that God does for you,always be thankful.
  • 00:19:28.483 --> 00:19:31.386
  • In the very act of beingthankful for what God has done
  • 00:19:31.420 --> 00:19:33.722
  • for you, he begins to dissipatethe anxiety that's trying
  • 00:19:33.755 --> 00:19:37.092
  • to hurt your heart.
  • 00:19:37.125 --> 00:19:39.895
  • So, in other words,we must be anxious for nothing,
  • 00:19:39.928 --> 00:19:42.397
  • prayerful for everything,and thankful for anything.
  • 00:19:42.431 --> 00:19:45.867
  • That's the kind of peacethat never fails to produce
  • 00:19:45.901 --> 00:19:49.838
  • that quiet center in your heart.
  • 00:19:49.871 --> 00:19:53.942
  • Some years ago, I was giventhe opportunity to speak
  • 00:19:53.976 --> 00:19:57.412
  • at the Moody Pastors Conferencein Chicago.
  • 00:19:57.446 --> 00:20:00.482
  • After I went back to my roomthat night, I decided to catch
  • 00:20:00.515 --> 00:20:03.585
  • an earlier flight home the nextday that was to leave at 7 a.m.
  • 00:20:03.619 --> 00:20:09.291
  • As I was getting ready for bed,I began to calculate how early
  • 00:20:09.324 --> 00:20:12.327
  • I would have to get upin order to make that flight.
  • 00:20:12.361 --> 00:20:16.531
  • On my time, which was2 hours earlier,
  • 00:20:16.565 --> 00:20:19.635
  • I asked for a 2:30 wakeup call.
  • 00:20:19.668 --> 00:20:23.438
  • I made it to the airportin plenty of time
  • 00:20:23.472 --> 00:20:25.474
  • and I went to my gate,only to discover that my flight
  • 00:20:25.507 --> 00:20:27.576
  • was delayed for an hour,which later became 2 hours.
  • 00:20:27.609 --> 00:20:32.514
  • You guys knowwhat that's all about.
  • 00:20:32.547 --> 00:20:35.651
  • When I checked in,I asked the young lady at
  • 00:20:35.684 --> 00:20:37.419
  • the desk if she knew what wasgoing on with my flight.
  • 00:20:37.452 --> 00:20:40.322
  • She said, "There's a stormhovering over Chicago,
  • 00:20:40.355 --> 00:20:43.292
  • would you like to see it?"
  • 00:20:43.325 --> 00:20:45.927
  • I said, "What do you mean?"
  • 00:20:45.961 --> 00:20:47.496
  • She said, "Well, come aroundhere and I'll show you the storm
  • 00:20:47.529 --> 00:20:49.531
  • on my computer screen."
  • 00:20:49.564 --> 00:20:51.900
  • So, I went around the welcomedesk, and there on the screen
  • 00:20:51.933 --> 00:20:56.104
  • of her computer I could seethe storm.
  • 00:20:56.138 --> 00:20:58.573
  • Here was Chicago,and surrounding it
  • 00:20:58.607 --> 00:21:00.709
  • was this red mass.
  • 00:21:00.742 --> 00:21:03.278
  • That red mass literallyswallowed Chicago up
  • 00:21:03.312 --> 00:21:06.315
  • on the screen.
  • 00:21:06.348 --> 00:21:07.949
  • And we were rightin the center of the storm.
  • 00:21:07.983 --> 00:21:10.152
  • The storm was over the top ofChicago so no planes could land
  • 00:21:10.185 --> 00:21:13.822
  • and no plans could take off.
  • 00:21:13.855 --> 00:21:15.457
  • Everything was shut down.
  • 00:21:15.490 --> 00:21:19.261
  • So, I went back, sat down inmy comfortable chair, and began
  • 00:21:19.294 --> 00:21:23.298
  • working on my computer.
  • 00:21:23.332 --> 00:21:26.034
  • And for the next few moments,I watched as the storm
  • 00:21:26.068 --> 00:21:28.837
  • I had seen on the computerrolled into the city of Chicago.
  • 00:21:28.870 --> 00:21:34.209
  • I saw this ferocious storm,the rain beating against
  • 00:21:34.242 --> 00:21:37.879
  • the glass windows.
  • 00:21:37.913 --> 00:21:39.214
  • You could actually see thewindows moving with the pressure
  • 00:21:39.247 --> 00:21:41.383
  • of the wind and the rain.
  • 00:21:41.416 --> 00:21:43.819
  • I had a moment of clarityright then, a moment of truth.
  • 00:21:43.852 --> 00:21:46.955
  • I was surrounded by a storm.
  • 00:21:46.988 --> 00:21:49.791
  • In fact, I was sitting atthe very center of that storm.
  • 00:21:49.825 --> 00:21:54.296
  • But I was sittingin a comfortable chair
  • 00:21:54.329 --> 00:21:55.797
  • with a cup of coffeein my hands,
  • 00:21:55.831 --> 00:21:57.566
  • working on my computer,and I was just as safe
  • 00:21:57.599 --> 00:21:59.534
  • as anybody could be.
  • 00:21:59.568 --> 00:22:01.970
  • I was shelteredin the midst of the storm.
  • 00:22:02.003 --> 00:22:07.476
  • And I remembered this psalm,"Hear my cry, O God;
  • 00:22:07.509 --> 00:22:14.983
  • attend to my prayer.
  • 00:22:15.016 --> 00:22:17.085
  • When my heart is overwhelmed,lead me to the rock
  • 00:22:17.119 --> 00:22:20.956
  • that is higher than I.
  • 00:22:20.989 --> 00:22:22.791
  • For you have been a shelterfor me,
  • 00:22:22.824 --> 00:22:25.660
  • a strong tower from the enemy.
  • 00:22:25.694 --> 00:22:30.599
  • I will abide in your tabernacleforever.
  • 00:22:30.632 --> 00:22:33.902
  • I will trust in the shelterof your wings."
  • 00:22:33.935 --> 00:22:40.275
  • For you have been a shelterfor me.
  • 00:22:40.308 --> 00:22:44.880
  • The Lord Jesus Christ has morethan I can count sheltered me
  • 00:22:44.913 --> 00:22:48.250
  • in the midst of personal stormswhen I didn't know what was
  • 00:22:48.283 --> 00:22:51.753
  • going to happen and the stormseemed almost unbearable.
  • 00:22:51.787 --> 00:22:56.057
  • Down in the quiet place in myheart where no one can see
  • 00:22:56.091 --> 00:22:58.760
  • but God himself, there was thisquiet peace that was beyond my
  • 00:22:58.794 --> 00:23:04.099
  • understanding and didn't seemrational because it wasn't,
  • 00:23:04.132 --> 00:23:09.638
  • it was super-rational.
  • 00:23:09.671 --> 00:23:11.740
  • It was the peace of Godwhich passes all understanding.
  • 00:23:11.773 --> 00:23:16.611
  • And that's the peace Godwants you and me to have.
  • 00:23:16.645 --> 00:23:19.481
  • That's his gift to us.
  • 00:23:19.514 --> 00:23:20.816
  • He has bequeathed it to us andmade it a legacy of the cross.
  • 00:23:20.849 --> 00:23:25.387
  • And if you will receive him,first of all, you can have peace
  • 00:23:25.420 --> 00:23:28.023
  • with God, but after you becomea Christian, you can know
  • 00:23:28.056 --> 00:23:30.325
  • the peace that comes from God.
  • 00:23:30.358 --> 00:23:31.693
  • And most of all, you can learnhow to accept the peace of God
  • 00:23:31.726 --> 00:23:34.496
  • and the God of peacewho lives within your heart,
  • 00:23:34.529 --> 00:23:37.933
  • and you will be better.
  • 00:23:37.966 --> 00:23:39.568
  • And in this crazy world whichseems to be spinning out
  • 00:23:39.601 --> 00:23:41.837
  • of control,he will be the only stable thing
  • 00:23:41.870 --> 00:23:43.738
  • in your whole neighborhood.
  • 00:23:43.772 --> 00:23:46.541
  • And people will look at youand say, "What's wrong with him?
  • 00:23:46.575 --> 00:23:49.411
  • Isn't he reading the news?
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  • Isn't he hearing the story?"
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  • Oh yeah, we hear the story,but we're sheltered
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  • by the Lord Jesus Christ.
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  • male announcer: Dr. Jeremiahwill return with one more
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  • inspirational word to closetoday's "A Life Beyond Amazing"
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  • program, right after this.
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  • announcer: Discover the stepsto the life of blessings
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  • God has for youin Dr. David Jeremiah's
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  • inspiring book,"A Life Beyond Amazing:
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  • 9 Decisions That Will TransformYour Life Today."
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  • Order this transformational bookfrom Dr. Jeremiah today when you
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  • announcer: And now,with one last word
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  • for today's program,here is Dr. Jeremiah.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: There arethousands of reasons to live
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  • in fear today, but instead offocusing on these unspecified
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  • fears, we can claim the peaceGod grants his children.
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  • As I said in today's message,we can have the peace of God
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  • when we have peace from Godif we are at peace with God.
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  • That simple truth candrive away all of our fears.
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  • And to live a life of peace,the Bible tells us we need a
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  • relationship with Jesus Christ.
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  • announcer: Next timeon Turning Point, Dr. Jeremiah
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  • continues his conversationwith Bobby Schuller, Mandisa,
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  • David Green, and Kirk Cousins.
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  • And he teaches how we canmake the decision to live
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  • a life of endurance.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: I think ourquestion ought not to be why
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  • all the time.
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  • Perhaps it ought to be what.
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  • Lord God, what do you want to doin my life during this time?
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  • What do you want me to learn?
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  • How can I embrace my adversityto become a more enduring
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  • follower of Christ?
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  • announcer: Thank youfor being with us today
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  • for Dr. Jeremiah's series,"A Life Beyond Amazing."
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  • Join us next timefor Dr. Jeremiah's message,
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  • "A Life of Endurance,"here on "Turning Point."
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