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Because of Bethlehem: TBN Christmas Special

Watch Because of Bethlehem:  TBN Christmas Special
December 18, 2016
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Hosts Matt & Laurie Crouch are joined by some of the leading voices of hope and inspiration today.

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Because of Bethlehem: TBN Christmas Special

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  • with a special broadcast
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  • straight from the heart of the Holy Land.
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  • Hosts Matt and Laurie Crouch are joined
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  • by some of the leading voices of hope and inspiration today.
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  • You'll hear from bestselling author Max Lucado,
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  • along with special guests Joel and Victoria Osteen.
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  • Plus, we'll celebrate the season with a holiday concert
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  • hosted by John Gray and musical artists
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  • Steven Curtis Chapman, CeeLo Green, and Mandisa.
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  • Journey back to the birthplace of Jesus,
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  • and explore the meaning of Christmas
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  • right where it began.
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  • Love was born, hope is here,
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  • and it's all because of Bethlehem.
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  • (Matt Crouch) We welcome you right here to Jerusalem, Israel,
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  • and the television special "Because of Bethlehem."
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  • Our guest tonight, Max Lucado, Joel and Victoria Osteen.
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  • We go to Bethlehem.
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  • We get to go on an excursion,
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  • that I've been to Israel more than 50 times,
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  • maybe even a lot more than that,
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  • and I never have done some of the things we got to do.
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  • And we're going to show you all the ins and the outs,
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  • and the ups and the downs, and the staircases,
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  • and the bell towers, and the grottos
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  • that exist in Bethlehem.
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  • You are going to have a world class tour,
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  • VIP tour for you tonight
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  • right here on "Because of Bethlehem."
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  • Now, Max Lucado, first word, please.
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  • Well, thank you so much.
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  • What an honor to be here with all of you,
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  • and with all of you.
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  • It's just a privilege.
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  • I can't put into words how grateful I am
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  • to think about being in the very place
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  • where the ministry of Jesus took place this time of year,
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  • inviting his ministry to continue.
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  • You know, we believe by faith that the Jesus who came then
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  • is the Jesus who comes still, don't we?
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  • And that what he did then, he can do today.
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  • He can be born in us.
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  • He can bring life and hope, and he does.
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  • And that's why we're here, to celebrate that.
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  • (Matt) Because of Bethlehem, love is born, hope is here.
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  • Joel?
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  • (Joel Osteen) You know, Matt, getting to tour where Jesus was born
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  • there in Bethlehem, just, you know,
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  • it lets you know what his life meant to the world,
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  • that we still go back 2.000 years later,
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  • we still reverence him, and are able to feel his hope
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  • and feel his love.
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  • And that's what we want each one of you to feel tonight,
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  • to know that, you know, Jesus, he's not
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  • in the manger anymore.
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  • He can live in our hearts, and he's right there
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  • as close as the very breath that you breathe.
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  • So, we're here to encourage you to have fun,
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  • to wish you a very Merry Christmas,
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  • and to tell you how much we love you.
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  • (Victoria Osteen) You know, I think as we sit here tonight, before Christmas,
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  • families were just sitting around their home,
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  • playing with their children in the floor, not understanding
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  • that this night was going to change everything.
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  • And because Jesus was born,
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  • this town became famous.
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  • And I just think that the same way
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  • that Jesus came on the scene and he saved the world,
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  • he wants to save people today.
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  • He wants to live in their heart.
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  • He wants to be born again in their spirit.
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  • And so, tonight, I just think that anybody can open
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  • their heart to Jesus, how about that?
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  • That anybody can open their heart to Jesus.
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  • Anybody can have a new beginning because of this special night.
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  • (Matt) This night is very special to me, to Laurie.
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  • This is the first year that both of my parents
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  • have been in heaven, and it's special
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  • because I know what my mom and dad thought about Israel.
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  • They'd led tours here over all the years.
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  • They took hundreds and hundreds of people to Israel.
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  • And I think that this place, the Jerusalem studio,
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  • who we welcome you to, anywhere you're watching
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  • around the world, we're in Jerusalem.
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  • This is not a fake background.
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  • We are on a beautiful evening here, and we are celebrating
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  • "Because of Bethlehem."
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  • You know, there's one word that describes
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  • the night Jesus came: ordinary.
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  • The sky was ordinary.
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  • An occasional gust stirred the leaves and chilled the air.
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  • The stars were diamonds sparkling on black velvet.
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  • Fleets of clouds floated in front of the moon.
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  • It was a beautiful night,
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  • a night worth peeking out your bedroom window to admire,
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  • but not really an unusual night,
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  • no reason to expect a surprise, nothing to keep a person awake.
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  • An ordinary night with an ordinary sky.
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  • The sheep were ordinary, some fat, some scrawny,
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  • some with barrel bellies,
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  • some with twig legs, common animals.
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  • No fleece made of gold, no history makers,
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  • no blue ribbon winners.
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  • They were simply sheep,
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  • lumpy, sleeping silhouettes on a hillside.
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  • And the shepherds, peasants they were,
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  • probably wearing all the clothes they owned,
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  • smelling like sheep and looking just as wooly.
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  • They were conscientious,
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  • willing to spend the night with their flocks,
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  • but you won't find their staffs in a museum,
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  • nor their writings in a library.
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  • No one asked their opinion on social justice
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  • or the application of the Torah.
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  • They were nameless and simple.
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  • An ordinary night with ordinary sheep
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  • and ordinary shepherds.
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  • And were it not for a God who loves to hook an extra
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  • on the front of the ordinary,
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  • the night would have gone unnoticed.
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  • The sheep would have been forgotten.
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  • The shepherds would have slept the night away.
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  • But you know, God dances amidst the common.
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  • And that night, he did a waltz.
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  • The black sky exploded with brightness,
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  • and trees that had been shadows jumped into clarity.
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  • Sheep that had been silent became a chorus of curiosity.
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  • One minute, the shepherd was dead asleep.
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  • The next, he was rubbing his eyes and staring
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  • into the face of an alien.
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  • The night was ordinary no more.
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  • The angel came in the night because that is when lights
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  • are best seen, and that is when they are most needed.
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  • God comes into the common for the same reason.
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  • His most powerful tools are the simplest.
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  • The shepherds didn't ask God
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  • if he was sure he knew what he was doing.
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  • Had the angel gone to the theologians,
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  • they would have first consulted their commentaries.
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  • Had he gone to the elite, they would have looked around
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  • to see if anyone was watching.
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  • Had he gone to the successful,
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  • they would have first looked at their calendars.
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  • So he went to the shepherds, meek men who didn't have
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  • a reputation to protect, or an ax to grind,
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  • or a ladder to climb, men who didn't know enough
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  • to tell God that angels don't sing to sheep,
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  • and that Messiahs aren't found wrapped in rags
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  • and sleeping in a feed trough.
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  • This small cathedral where I'm standing
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  • outside of Bethlehem marks
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  • the supposed birthplace of Jesus.
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  • Were you to enter it, you would see a high altar.
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  • And down beneath the altar is a cave, a little cavern
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  • lit by silver lamps.
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  • You can enter this cathedral and admire the ancient church.
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  • You can also enter the quiet cave,
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  • where a star embedded in the floor recognizes
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  • the birth of the king.
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  • But for all who enter, however, there is one stipulation.
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  • You have to stoop.
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  • The door is so low that you cannot go in standing up.
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  • The same is true of Jesus Christ.
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  • You know, you can see the world standing tall,
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  • but to witness the Savior, you have to get on your knees.
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  • So, while the theologians were sleeping,
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  • and the elite were dreaming, and the successful were snoring,
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  • the meek shepherds were kneeling.
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  • And they were kneeling
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  • before the one only the meek will see.
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  • They were kneeling in front of Jesus.
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  • (Matt) If you just tuned in, we're in Jerusalem.
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  • We're celebrating Max Lucado's brand new book.
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  • Joel and Victoria Osteen are with us.
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  • Your thoughts tonight, baby?
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  • (Laurie Crouch) Well, you know, Victoria and I were talking earlier
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  • just about divine interruptions in our lives, you know,
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  • and we were thinking about Mary.
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  • You know, here's little Mary, what, 16 years old,
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  • and she has an angel, an angel came
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  • and visited her, and said, "You're going to have a baby."
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  • You know, that was a divine interruption in her life.
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  • But, I was wondering how many times do we get those?
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  • How many times are those little interruptions
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  • in our life that we ignore,
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  • or that we don't pay any attention to,
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  • or those divine moments
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  • that have changed our life forever?
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  • (Victoria) Absolutely, you know, you think about it,
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  • she had a choice right then.
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  • She had to either believe or not believe.
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  • And so, she chose to believe,
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  • even though she didn't understand.
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  • And we know she didn't understand.
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  • The Bible says that as she, you know, went on and on,
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  • she began pondering things in her heart.
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  • She began meditating on things.
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  • She began keeping herself, you know,
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  • in a place of just trust.
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  • And I think sometimes that we have to do that same thing.
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  • We have a choice to make.
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  • Are we going to believe God,
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  • or are we just going to just forget it
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  • and get busy doing something else?
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  • And I think sometimes, we talk so much to other people,
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  • and they try to talk us out of the promises of God.
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  • And, you know, she didn't do that.
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  • She didn't just run, she actually went
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  • to see Elizabeth, her cousin.
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  • And she was encouraged by Elizabeth.
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  • Luckily, she went to the right place.
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  • But, you know, and I think, though, sometimes those--
  • 00:10:01.180 --> 00:10:03.150
  • like you called them the divine interruptions,
  • 00:10:03.160 --> 00:10:05.210
  • or things that God tells us, or things that God wants us
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  • to do, whether it's be kind to someone,
  • 00:10:08.010 --> 00:10:10.170
  • forgive, you know, do these things.
  • 00:10:10.180 --> 00:10:12.240
  • We have to--we have a choice.
  • 00:10:12.250 --> 00:10:14.040
  • I mean, we can say, "Okay, I'm going to do it,"
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  • or we just blow it off.
  • 00:10:16.160 --> 00:10:18.040
  • And, you know, Mary said, "I'm going to--you know,
  • 00:10:18.050 --> 00:10:21.010
  • "be it unto me.
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  • "Whatever you say, God, that's what I'm going with,
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  • even though I don't understand."
  • 00:10:24.130 --> 00:10:25.220
  • And sometimes, I think that happens to all of us.
  • 00:10:25.230 --> 00:10:27.250
  • We don't always understand, but we have to believe
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  • if we're going to see the miracle come to pass.
  • 00:10:31.240 --> 00:10:35.060
  • (Joel) You know, it's interesting, Laurie, because the angel
  • 00:10:35.070 --> 00:10:37.100
  • appeared to Mary and said, you know,
  • 00:10:37.110 --> 00:10:39.160
  • "Hail, Mary, you're highly favored of God.
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  • You're going to have the baby, and Christ will be born."
  • 00:10:42.000 --> 00:10:44.060
  • But when you think about her situation
  • 00:10:44.070 --> 00:10:46.240
  • didn't necessarily change for the good.
  • 00:10:46.250 --> 00:10:49.290
  • All of a sudden, she's on a donkey.
  • 00:10:50.000 --> 00:10:52.090
  • She's planning this big wedding, you know--
  • 00:10:52.100 --> 00:10:54.150
  • (Laurie) She's pregnant.
  • 00:10:54.160 --> 00:10:56.000
  • (Victoria) She seemed anything but favored, huh?
  • 00:10:56.010 --> 00:10:57.160
  • (Joel) Yeah, she's planning this big wedding.
  • 00:10:57.170 --> 00:10:59.030
  • Now, all the things changed, things she didn't understand.
  • 00:10:59.040 --> 00:11:01.150
  • It's like, "God, if I'm favored, why am I riding a donkey,
  • 00:11:01.160 --> 00:11:04.120
  • "leaving my wedding, you know, not having
  • 00:11:04.130 --> 00:11:06.190
  • any place to have my baby?"
  • 00:11:06.200 --> 00:11:08.200
  • And just sometimes, I think we know
  • 00:11:08.210 --> 00:11:11.010
  • what God has spoken over us, but the promise
  • 00:11:11.020 --> 00:11:13.050
  • looks like we're going in the wrong direction.
  • 00:11:13.060 --> 00:11:16.070
  • But, you know, like you all are saying,
  • 00:11:16.080 --> 00:11:17.170
  • this is what faith is all about.
  • 00:11:17.180 --> 00:11:19.060
  • You've got to say, "God, I believe
  • 00:11:19.070 --> 00:11:20.160
  • "you've said I'm favored.
  • 00:11:20.170 --> 00:11:21.280
  • I believe--" like Mary would have had to say,
  • 00:11:21.290 --> 00:11:23.270
  • "Lord, I believe that I'm going to give birth
  • 00:11:23.280 --> 00:11:25.280
  • "to this baby even though I don't understand it,
  • 00:11:25.290 --> 00:11:28.060
  • even though it doesn't make any sense to me."
  • 00:11:28.070 --> 00:11:30.010
  • And so, maybe there's some things
  • 00:11:30.020 --> 00:11:31.110
  • in your life tonight that you could say,
  • 00:11:31.120 --> 00:11:32.270
  • "Joel, yeah, but I'm not sitting in Jerusalem.
  • 00:11:32.280 --> 00:11:34.180
  • I'm not having a great Christmas."
  • 00:11:34.190 --> 00:11:36.130
  • But you know God has spoken things over your life.
  • 00:11:36.140 --> 00:11:38.260
  • He's put promises in your heart.
  • 00:11:38.270 --> 00:11:40.120
  • And it may feel like you're going
  • 00:11:40.130 --> 00:11:41.230
  • the wrong direction, but why don't you
  • 00:11:41.240 --> 00:11:43.130
  • just do like Mary and say, "God, I trust you.
  • 00:11:43.140 --> 00:11:46.120
  • "I believe you're in control.
  • 00:11:46.130 --> 00:11:47.220
  • "Even when I don't understand it,
  • 00:11:47.230 --> 00:11:49.060
  • I'm going to keep following you."
  • 00:11:49.070 --> 00:11:50.160
  • And just like she said, "Be it unto me, Lord.
  • 00:11:50.170 --> 00:11:52.260
  • Let it happen."
  • 00:11:52.270 --> 00:11:54.270
  • I want you all to lean in, sit up, lean in, get excited,
  • 00:11:55.290 --> 00:11:59.240
  • elbow somebody, just tap them, say,
  • 00:11:59.250 --> 00:12:01.220
  • "Are you ready? Are you ready?"
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  • This is a very wonderful, special, amazing night.
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  • This is our Christmas celebration,
  • 00:12:11.120 --> 00:12:14.100
  • our TBN special "Because of Bethlehem."
  • 00:12:14.110 --> 00:12:17.270
  • How many people are grateful to our God for the gift that he
  • 00:12:17.280 --> 00:12:23.110
  • gave us in Jesus Christ?
  • 00:12:23.120 --> 00:12:25.010
  • Is there anybody that minds giving him
  • 00:12:25.020 --> 00:12:27.180
  • a praise just because?
  • 00:12:27.190 --> 00:12:32.260
  • The greatest gift was given
  • 00:12:32.270 --> 00:12:36.090
  • over two millennia ago.
  • 00:12:36.100 --> 00:12:39.000
  • And so, tonight, we are going to celebrate
  • 00:12:39.010 --> 00:12:41.040
  • because of Bethlehem.
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  • Because of Bethlehem, we're able to be here tonight.
  • 00:12:42.150 --> 00:12:45.150
  • Because of Bethlehem, because of what took place,
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  • because of the birth of one baby,
  • 00:12:48.090 --> 00:12:50.180
  • we get a chance to come in here.
  • 00:12:50.190 --> 00:12:52.090
  • And those who are online
  • 00:12:52.100 --> 00:12:53.200
  • and those who are watching all over the world,
  • 00:12:53.210 --> 00:12:56.200
  • we get an opportunity to lift up our hands.
  • 00:12:56.210 --> 00:12:59.220
  • And our heavenly Father hears us because he sees us and receives
  • 00:12:59.230 --> 00:13:03.290
  • us through the lens and filter of the blood of his Son.
  • 00:13:04.000 --> 00:13:07.200
  • And it all started one night
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  • a few thousand years ago,
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  • in a little town called Bethlehem.
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  • I wonder if Mary knew--
  • 00:13:16.180 --> 00:13:21.030
  • [audience cheering]
  • 00:13:21.040 --> 00:13:25.130
  • --that having this baby
  • 00:13:25.140 --> 00:13:28.010
  • was going to change the world.
  • 00:13:28.020 --> 00:13:30.180
  • I wonder if she knew what she was carrying while she
  • 00:13:30.190 --> 00:13:35.200
  • was trying to sleep on her side, or try to sleep on her back
  • 00:13:35.210 --> 00:13:39.160
  • while what was in her was kicking, waiting to get out.
  • 00:13:39.170 --> 00:13:42.270
  • I wonder if she knew.
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  • I could preach it,
  • 00:13:45.240 --> 00:13:49.050
  • but my brother can sing it.
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  • Ladies and gentlemen, put your hands together
  • 00:13:52.280 --> 00:13:55.030
  • for CeeLo Green.
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  • [audience applauding]
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  • [audience applauding]
  • 00:14:02.250 --> 00:14:08.240
  • [audience applauding]
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  • Mary, did you know
  • 00:14:18.200 --> 00:14:23.030
  • That your baby boy
  • 00:14:23.040 --> 00:14:27.030
  • Would one day walk on water
  • 00:14:27.040 --> 00:14:32.210
  • Mary, did you know
  • 00:14:32.220 --> 00:14:36.210
  • That your baby boy
  • 00:14:36.220 --> 00:14:40.110
  • Would save our sons and daughters
  • 00:14:40.120 --> 00:14:45.200
  • Did you know
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  • That your baby boy
  • 00:14:48.260 --> 00:14:52.280
  • Has come to make you new
  • 00:14:52.290 --> 00:14:58.050
  • And that child
  • 00:14:58.060 --> 00:14:59.290
  • That you've delivered
  • 00:15:00.020 --> 00:15:05.180
  • Will soon deliver you
  • 00:15:05.190 --> 00:15:10.280
  • Mary, did you know
  • 00:15:10.290 --> 00:15:14.170
  • That your baby boy
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  • Will give sight to the blind man
  • 00:15:18.240 --> 00:15:23.230
  • Mary, did you know
  • 00:15:23.240 --> 00:15:28.000
  • That your baby boy
  • 00:15:28.010 --> 00:15:32.080
  • Would calm the storms with his hands
  • 00:15:32.090 --> 00:15:37.080
  • Did you know
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  • That your baby boy
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  • Has walked where angels trod
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  • When you kiss your little baby
  • 00:15:49.150 --> 00:15:55.110
  • You kiss the face of God
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  • Oh Mary, did you know
  • 00:16:01.070 --> 00:16:07.020
  • 00:16:07.030 --> 00:16:13.020
  • 00:16:13.030 --> 00:16:14.200
  • Mary, did you know
  • 00:16:14.210 --> 00:16:18.130
  • 00:16:18.140 --> 00:16:21.060
  • Ooh
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  • The blind will see
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  • The deaf will hear
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  • The dead will live again
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  • The lame will leap, the dumb will speak
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  • The praises
  • 00:16:39.280 --> 00:16:41.070
  • Of the Lamb
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  • Mary, did you know
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  • That your baby boy
  • 00:16:57.150 --> 00:17:00.230
  • Is Lord of all creation
  • 00:17:00.240 --> 00:17:05.110
  • Mary, did you know
  • 00:17:05.120 --> 00:17:08.270
  • That your baby boy
  • 00:17:08.280 --> 00:17:12.030
  • Would someday rule the nations
  • 00:17:12.040 --> 00:17:17.010
  • Did you know
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  • Your baby boy
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  • Is heaven's perfect Lamb
  • 00:17:23.130 --> 00:17:28.190
  • And that sleeping child you're holding
  • 00:17:28.200 --> 00:17:34.140
  • Is the great
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  • I Am
  • 00:17:38.160 --> 00:17:50.050
  • oh
  • 00:17:50.060 --> 00:17:54.240
  • [audience cheering]
  • 00:17:54.250 --> 00:18:00.240
  • [audience cheering]
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  • I love Christmas, the festive decoration,
  • 00:18:04.140 --> 00:18:07.120
  • the smell of cookies and cider, the joyful anticipation
  • 00:18:07.130 --> 00:18:11.000
  • of something wonderful around the corner.
  • 00:18:11.010 --> 00:18:13.190
  • I can't help but wonder if Mary had the same feeling
  • 00:18:13.200 --> 00:18:16.230
  • before the angel came,
  • 00:18:16.240 --> 00:18:18.160
  • like something spectacular was coming.
  • 00:18:18.170 --> 00:18:21.050
  • But she didn't know quite what.
  • 00:18:21.060 --> 00:18:23.130
  • Just a young girl doing her chores, folding laundry,
  • 00:18:23.140 --> 00:18:26.280
  • humming a tune, completely unaware
  • 00:18:26.290 --> 00:18:29.160
  • that in a moment, her life would change forever.
  • 00:18:29.170 --> 00:18:32.260
  • Then all of a sudden,
  • 00:18:32.270 --> 00:18:34.090
  • what seemed like another ordinary day,
  • 00:18:34.100 --> 00:18:36.170
  • Mary was interrupted by a visit from an angel.
  • 00:18:36.180 --> 00:18:39.170
  • He told her that she was greatly favored.
  • 00:18:39.180 --> 00:18:41.290
  • She, of all the girls in Israel, would bring the Messiah
  • 00:18:42.000 --> 00:18:45.270
  • into the world, the Messiah, the one she had heard of
  • 00:18:45.280 --> 00:18:48.240
  • since she was a small child, the one whom the prophets
  • 00:18:48.250 --> 00:18:51.220
  • had spoken, the one who would be their Savior,
  • 00:18:51.230 --> 00:18:54.270
  • and bring peace and hope to the world, God's own Son.
  • 00:18:54.280 --> 00:18:58.110
  • Can you imagine what that would have been like?
  • 00:18:58.120 --> 00:19:01.000
  • What an incredible thing to be told you would be
  • 00:19:01.010 --> 00:19:03.170
  • the mother of God's own Son.
  • 00:19:03.180 --> 00:19:05.160
  • She asked the angel, "How could this be?"
  • 00:19:05.170 --> 00:19:08.140
  • Has God ever given you a dream or an open opportunity
  • 00:19:08.150 --> 00:19:12.170
  • that had you asking the same question,
  • 00:19:12.180 --> 00:19:14.270
  • "How can this be?
  • 00:19:14.280 --> 00:19:16.170
  • How am I going to accomplish this task?"
  • 00:19:16.180 --> 00:19:19.040
  • I'd like to encourage you, dare to believe that God
  • 00:19:19.050 --> 00:19:22.020
  • wants to do something extraordinary through you.
  • 00:19:22.030 --> 00:19:24.280
  • Embrace the fact that he wants your life to be a testimony
  • 00:19:24.290 --> 00:19:28.070
  • of his glory in this generation,
  • 00:19:28.080 --> 00:19:30.150
  • and the generations to come.
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  • You may feel ordinary today.
  • 00:19:32.120 --> 00:19:34.120
  • You may lead a simple life.
  • 00:19:34.130 --> 00:19:36.230
  • But God said in his Word that he uses the simple things
  • 00:19:36.240 --> 00:19:39.170
  • to confound the wise.
  • 00:19:39.180 --> 00:19:41.070
  • Open your heart to him today, and simply say,
  • 00:19:41.080 --> 00:19:44.100
  • "Father, use me for your glory."
  • 00:19:44.110 --> 00:19:46.130
  • When we offer God who we are, and allow him to do his work
  • 00:19:46.140 --> 00:19:50.210
  • in our lives, he creates something beautiful through us.
  • 00:19:50.220 --> 00:19:54.080
  • He puts his glory on display in common people,
  • 00:19:54.090 --> 00:19:57.060
  • and causes the world to be drawn to his light.
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  • He changes what is dull into something brilliant.
  • 00:20:00.120 --> 00:20:03.010
  • He turns what is simple
  • 00:20:03.020 --> 00:20:04.110
  • into something that reveals his splendor.
  • 00:20:04.120 --> 00:20:07.020
  • We are transformed into his likeness,
  • 00:20:07.030 --> 00:20:09.060
  • the light of the world.
  • 00:20:09.070 --> 00:20:10.160
  • The cynical, the hopeless, the broken find joy.
  • 00:20:10.170 --> 00:20:13.280
  • His light is revealed to the world through us.
  • 00:20:13.290 --> 00:20:16.200
  • The dream he has placed in your heart
  • 00:20:16.210 --> 00:20:18.140
  • may seem impossible.
  • 00:20:18.150 --> 00:20:19.240
  • It may look too big,
  • 00:20:19.250 --> 00:20:21.060
  • but you don't have to figure out all the details.
  • 00:20:21.070 --> 00:20:23.100
  • Follow Mary's example.
  • 00:20:23.110 --> 00:20:25.060
  • Be bold and say, "God, I don't see the way,
  • 00:20:25.070 --> 00:20:28.030
  • "but I know you can make a way.
  • 00:20:28.040 --> 00:20:30.070
  • Let it happen to me according to your Word."
  • 00:20:30.080 --> 00:20:33.150
  • When thoughts come saying it's too late,
  • 00:20:33.160 --> 00:20:35.290
  • it's impossible, it'll never happen,
  • 00:20:36.000 --> 00:20:37.220
  • learn to ignore them.
  • 00:20:37.230 --> 00:20:39.110
  • That maybe one report, but remember,
  • 00:20:39.120 --> 00:20:41.240
  • God has a better report.
  • 00:20:41.250 --> 00:20:43.110
  • He sees what we cannot see, and he is saying,
  • 00:20:43.120 --> 00:20:46.110
  • "Every promise I've spoken over you,
  • 00:20:46.120 --> 00:20:48.170
  • "the dream I placed in your heart,
  • 00:20:48.180 --> 00:20:50.100
  • I'll bring it to pass."
  • 00:20:50.110 --> 00:20:51.260
  • Receive his Word by faith, and trust that he
  • 00:20:51.270 --> 00:20:54.230
  • is working behind the scenes.
  • 00:20:54.240 --> 00:20:56.190
  • Like Mary, you may be pregnant with a promise.
  • 00:20:56.200 --> 00:20:59.160
  • You might be waiting on the fulfillment
  • 00:20:59.170 --> 00:21:01.220
  • of the dream to come to pass.
  • 00:21:01.230 --> 00:21:03.220
  • Don't lose hope.
  • 00:21:03.230 --> 00:21:05.020
  • Get excited about what's around the corner.
  • 00:21:05.030 --> 00:21:07.140
  • Hope is the confident expectation of God's goodness.
  • 00:21:07.150 --> 00:21:10.230
  • It's believing that what you can't see yet is on the way.
  • 00:21:10.240 --> 00:21:14.050
  • It's believing that God has good things in store for you.
  • 00:21:14.060 --> 00:21:17.090
  • Let faith and patience have its perfect work.
  • 00:21:17.100 --> 00:21:20.140
  • This Christmas season, keep your hope
  • 00:21:20.150 --> 00:21:22.160
  • in God's Word and his promises.
  • 00:21:22.170 --> 00:21:24.120
  • And like Mary, open your heart to what God wants to do
  • 00:21:24.130 --> 00:21:27.270
  • in and through you, saying,
  • 00:21:27.280 --> 00:21:30.130
  • "Be it unto me according to your Word."
  • 00:21:30.140 --> 00:21:33.020
  • [bells ringing]
  • 00:21:36.140 --> 00:21:42.130
  • [bells ringing]
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  • (Matt) The bells of Bethlehem are all around us.
  • 00:21:45.160 --> 00:21:48.030
  • We are right here at the Church of the Nativity.
  • 00:21:48.040 --> 00:21:50.020
  • Not only are we celebrating Christmas,
  • 00:21:50.030 --> 00:21:52.120
  • but we're celebrating it with great friends.
  • 00:21:52.130 --> 00:21:55.200
  • Behind me right here, Max Lucado,
  • 00:21:55.210 --> 00:21:57.070
  • Joel and Victoria Osteen.
  • 00:21:57.080 --> 00:21:59.100
  • Why because of Bethlehem?
  • 00:21:59.110 --> 00:22:02.120
  • (Max) You know, you look around at this city,
  • 00:22:02.130 --> 00:22:04.030
  • it's extraordinary, and it's common.
  • 00:22:04.040 --> 00:22:07.120
  • That's what strikes me.
  • 00:22:07.130 --> 00:22:08.220
  • It's an extraordinary place because everybody
  • 00:22:08.230 --> 00:22:10.170
  • has heard of Bethlehem, but it's common.
  • 00:22:10.180 --> 00:22:12.230
  • It's like us.
  • 00:22:12.240 --> 00:22:14.240
  • And so, for God to enter the world
  • 00:22:14.250 --> 00:22:17.030
  • not in a castle, not in a chalet,
  • 00:22:17.040 --> 00:22:21.060
  • but in just a common, dusty village like this
  • 00:22:21.070 --> 00:22:25.180
  • tells us there's no place he won't go
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  • to enter into our world too.
  • 00:22:27.210 --> 00:22:29.210
  • (Joel) Yeah, I'm great, how are y'all?
  • 00:22:31.230 --> 00:22:36.110
  • Good.
  • 00:22:36.120 --> 00:22:37.210
  • (Matt) It's so peaceful here,
  • 00:22:37.220 --> 00:22:39.010
  • and everyone is so welcoming here.
  • 00:22:39.020 --> 00:22:40.230
  • And, you know, the idea
  • 00:22:40.240 --> 00:22:42.260
  • that this is a place of conflict
  • 00:22:42.270 --> 00:22:48.030
  • is really hard to justify
  • 00:22:48.040 --> 00:22:49.130
  • with what we've experienced today.
  • 00:22:49.140 --> 00:22:51.070
  • I mean, everyone was so warm and inviting.
  • 00:22:51.080 --> 00:22:54.230
  • (Matt) This is the epicenter of Christianity,
  • 00:23:06.010 --> 00:23:08.080
  • the idea that this is the place that, about the same time
  • 00:23:08.090 --> 00:23:12.030
  • our Bible got put together at the Council of Nicaea
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  • in I think 325, we're talking about the same period of time
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  • that continuous worship began in this location.
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  • And the church is under construction here,
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  • and I know the TBN partners are contributing
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  • to some of this, you know, construction
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  • and doing some things.
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  • We've done that historically over the years.
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  • I've experienced things today that I didn't--
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  • I never stood right here before.
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  • To celebrate continuously for 1.700 years--
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  • (Max Lucado) It's hard to fathom.
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  • It's hard to fathom, isn't it?
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  • It's just hard to imagine.
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  • (Joel) I still can't get over we could be down there
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  • where he was born.
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  • You would think that would be so--you can't get that close
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  • to the Mona Lisa, you know?
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  • But hey, I'm glad they let people come through.
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  • (Joel) You know, it's a blessing to be here and just to see where Jesus
  • 00:24:06.290 --> 00:24:11.030
  • was born, and just to feel that hope and to think
  • 00:24:11.040 --> 00:24:14.050
  • of how we talked about there's not really words
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  • to describe it, but it just lets us know
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  • that, you know, he's with us in each one of our hearts.
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  • All we have to do is invite him in.
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  • He's as close as the breath we breathe.
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  • And so, we're blessed to be here where it all began,
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  • but it's not where it all finished.
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  • There's a lot more.
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  • There's more for your life as well.
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  • So, we're blessed to be with you.
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  • (Max) Because of what happened here 2.000 years ago,
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  • everything is different.
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  • Hope is different, our lives are different,
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  • love is different,
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  • our eternal destiny is different,
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  • all because of Bethlehem.
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  • (announcer) Christmas brings sleigh bells ringing and carolers singing.
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  • But sometimes, Christmas can also bring heartache.
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  • If you or someone you love
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  • could use some true Christmas this Christmas,
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  • let New York Times bestselling author Max Lucado
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  • reveal the powerful and enduring promises of Christmas
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  • in his new book, "Because of Bethlehem."
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  • (Max) The promise of Christmas is the baby in the manger.
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  • That's a big deal because that means
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  • that God knows what it's like to be human.
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  • Now, when we talk to him about deadlines,
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  • or long lines, or tough times, he understands.
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  • He's been there. He's been here.
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  • Because of Bethlehem, we have a friend in heaven.
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  • And what's more, because of Bethlehem,
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  • we have a Savior in heaven.
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  • (announcer) Max Lucado is one of the most gifted
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  • Bible teachers of our time.
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  • Now, in "Because of Bethlehem," he has poured decades of study,
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  • insights, and inspiration concerning the birth of Christ
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  • into one treasured book.
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  • We welcome you back to Jerusalem, Israel.
  • 00:26:21.230 --> 00:26:25.060
  • Very special evening tonight in celebration
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  • of "Because of Bethlehem."
  • 00:26:28.270 --> 00:26:32.100
  • Now, Max Lucado, you wrote the book.
  • 00:26:32.110 --> 00:26:36.190
  • Your subtitle is "Love Is Born, Hope Is Here."
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  • It's special for a whole bunch of reasons,
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  • not only because Bethlehem
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  • is just kind of right over this way.
  • 00:26:43.000 --> 00:26:45.110
  • You know, Mount Moriah, Mount of Olives,
  • 00:26:45.120 --> 00:26:47.170
  • Mount Zion, everything of the Bible here,
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  • it's not special just because of that.
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  • There's something about Jerusalem and this place.
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  • What is it?
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  • You have a little experience here.
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  • Yeah, I've been coming here quite a bit over the years,
  • 00:26:58.150 --> 00:27:02.060
  • not nearly as often as you guys.
  • 00:27:02.070 --> 00:27:04.280
  • But I think this is probably my 10th or 12th time in Israel.
  • 00:27:04.290 --> 00:27:09.160
  • And I've been over here for several celebrations,
  • 00:27:09.170 --> 00:27:12.060
  • special events for the city.
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  • And I've been baptized in the Jordan River
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  • at least twice.
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  • One time I came,
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  • I was with my wife and three daughters.
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  • And my daughters were teenagers at the time,
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  • and it was just a family trip.
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  • And I wanted to take them all to the Jordan River,
  • 00:27:27.270 --> 00:27:30.230
  • and we went up there, and it was a beautiful day.
  • 00:27:30.240 --> 00:27:33.010
  • But they didn't want to get in the water.
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  • You know, it's just a river.
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  • I mean, it's special to us,
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  • and we've got beautiful pictures of it, but it's muddy.
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  • But I wanted to be baptized, so I went in the river
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  • and I baptized myself.
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  • They still laugh about that.
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  • I put my hand on my head, went down.
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  • And I remember when I went down in the water,
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  • I reached all the way down in the mud,
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  • and I found a stick.
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  • And I pulled it out,
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  • and I've kept that stick in my office.
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  • It's still to this day, and it reminds me
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  • that our Lord Jesus was not only baptized
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  • in a common river with a muddy river bottom,
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  • but he was born in a village that's just this common--
  • 00:28:08.290 --> 00:28:12.090
  • I mean, my aunt lived in Muleshoe, Texas all her life.
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  • And I've always compared Bethlehem to Muleshoe, Texas.
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  • I mean, it's just common, common, dusty little dot
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  • in the road.
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  • And of all the places where God could have sent
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  • his Son to be born.
  • 00:28:27.290 --> 00:28:29.180
  • You know, there was Athens, there was Rome.
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  • There were all types of beautiful places.
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  • But he picked a remote, out of the, you know,
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  • middle of everything, on the edge of civilization.
  • 00:28:39.260 --> 00:28:42.190
  • And I think he did that to remind us that he
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  • can relate to us, and he understands us.
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  • So that when we go to him, or we feel small or forgotten
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  • or neglected, he doesn't cross his arms and say,
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  • "Come on, buck up, get tough."
  • 00:28:56.030 --> 00:28:57.260
  • He says, "I understand.
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  • "I've been there.
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  • After all, I was born in Bethlehem."
  • 00:29:00.280 --> 00:29:03.280
  • Joel, you've been here a couple of times.
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  • Your thoughts on, you know, this special
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  • and this special place that we're bringing it from.
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  • (Joel) Well, you know, it comes alive when you come over here
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  • and see where the Bible took place, where Jesus walked.
  • 00:29:15.180 --> 00:29:19.050
  • And I was thinking about, Matt, when we were all
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  • in the place where they say
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  • Jesus was born, down in that area--
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  • (Matt) Little grotto down there, yeah.
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  • (Joel) That little grotto down there.
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  • You know, it just felt-- like Max said,
  • 00:29:28.030 --> 00:29:30.010
  • it was hard to describe in words,
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  • but our guide afterwards, I was talking to him
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  • because it didn't feel very secure,
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  • like, you know, anybody could come in.
  • 00:29:36.080 --> 00:29:38.090
  • I mean, there was people guiding and stuff,
  • 00:29:38.100 --> 00:29:40.210
  • but he said, "You know, Muslims can come in,
  • 00:29:40.220 --> 00:29:44.130
  • "Jews can come in, Christians, atheists
  • 00:29:44.140 --> 00:29:47.000
  • can come in, critics."
  • 00:29:47.010 --> 00:29:48.160
  • You know, it just struck me as saying, you know,
  • 00:29:48.170 --> 00:29:51.010
  • it's still that way today because anybody can come to him.
  • 00:29:51.020 --> 00:29:53.130
  • So, you know, it's just a neat place
  • 00:29:53.140 --> 00:29:55.180
  • to be here and see where it all came to life.
  • 00:29:55.190 --> 00:29:57.130
  • And we just believe that, as we're talking about,
  • 00:29:57.140 --> 00:30:01.040
  • that Jesus can be real to each one of us tonight.
  • 00:30:01.050 --> 00:30:04.120
  • You know, he's not just the baby born.
  • 00:30:04.130 --> 00:30:06.090
  • He's not just something you hear about,
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  • Christmas bells in the mall and stuff like that.
  • 00:30:08.150 --> 00:30:10.210
  • He's a person.
  • 00:30:10.220 --> 00:30:12.010
  • A relationship with him makes your life go better,
  • 00:30:12.020 --> 00:30:14.180
  • makes you feel fulfilled.
  • 00:30:14.190 --> 00:30:16.040
  • And even in those tough times, doesn't mean you won't have
  • 00:30:16.050 --> 00:30:18.090
  • difficulties, but, you know, God gives you the strength
  • 00:30:18.100 --> 00:30:20.200
  • to get through it when you're in relationship
  • 00:30:20.210 --> 00:30:22.050
  • with him through his Son.
  • 00:30:22.060 --> 00:30:23.170
  • And so, we celebrate what Christ has done,
  • 00:30:23.180 --> 00:30:25.090
  • and celebrate being with you tonight.
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  • (Matt) Victoria, this is now your second trip to Israel.
  • 00:30:27.170 --> 00:30:30.160
  • Your thoughts in regard to just the special place
  • 00:30:30.170 --> 00:30:33.260
  • that we are here in Jerusalem?
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  • (Victoria) Well, as I look out over this gorgeous view
  • 00:30:36.150 --> 00:30:39.230
  • of all the--of all Jerusalem, I know it didn't look
  • 00:30:39.240 --> 00:30:43.050
  • like that when Jesus was born,
  • 00:30:43.060 --> 00:30:46.030
  • when Mary was sitting on that donkey.
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  • It was dusty, it was hot, and it was difficult.
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  • And they had no place to go.
  • 00:30:54.010 --> 00:30:56.120
  • They say they had to find an inn.
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  • They had to find an old, dirty barn.
  • 00:30:58.150 --> 00:31:00.200
  • And so, it's sometimes difficult to realize when I look at this,
  • 00:31:00.210 --> 00:31:05.150
  • that's not what it looked like.
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  • But Jesus came, and he gave us life and life more abundantly.
  • 00:31:07.250 --> 00:31:12.190
  • And I think sometimes, you know,
  • 00:31:12.200 --> 00:31:14.060
  • we can't always understand everything about, you know,
  • 00:31:14.070 --> 00:31:18.060
  • the Scripture and how it all happened,
  • 00:31:18.070 --> 00:31:20.040
  • and how could he have come,
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  • and how could he forgive us of our sins.
  • 00:31:21.220 --> 00:31:23.150
  • But that's when you
  • 00:31:23.160 --> 00:31:24.250
  • just have to come as a little child.
  • 00:31:24.260 --> 00:31:27.110
  • And you look and you just say, "You know what?
  • 00:31:27.120 --> 00:31:29.180
  • "I believe. I believe that Jesus came.
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  • I want to give him my heart."
  • 00:31:31.200 --> 00:31:33.010
  • For him to come
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  • in such a remote, such an obscure place.
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  • And he was born, grew up, just as a little boy
  • 00:31:37.090 --> 00:31:40.140
  • running around, you know?
  • 00:31:40.150 --> 00:31:42.050
  • And then is able to be
  • 00:31:42.060 --> 00:31:43.150
  • so powerful in what he did on the cross,
  • 00:31:43.160 --> 00:31:47.060
  • so powerful to draw us all.
  • 00:31:47.070 --> 00:31:48.200
  • It's funny because when we were at the Church of the Nativity,
  • 00:31:48.210 --> 00:31:51.290
  • and we all were able to reach down,
  • 00:31:52.000 --> 00:31:53.230
  • and we were all able to touch the oil,
  • 00:31:53.240 --> 00:31:55.160
  • we saw the spot, we anointed our head.
  • 00:31:55.170 --> 00:31:58.070
  • And they said, "Everyone can come.
  • 00:31:58.080 --> 00:32:00.290
  • "You know, anyone can come.
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  • We welcome it."
  • 00:32:02.240 --> 00:32:05.050
  • It's the same way today, like Joel said, anyone can come.
  • 00:32:05.060 --> 00:32:07.180
  • And I'm sitting here with this big star behind me.
  • 00:32:07.190 --> 00:32:11.040
  • And I think about how the wise men found Jesus
  • 00:32:11.050 --> 00:32:15.050
  • because they followed a sign.
  • 00:32:15.060 --> 00:32:17.280
  • And I believe that Jesus is still giving us signs,
  • 00:32:17.290 --> 00:32:20.230
  • he's drawing us unto him.
  • 00:32:20.240 --> 00:32:22.190
  • We can't ignore those things.
  • 00:32:22.200 --> 00:32:24.200
  • We have to just say yes to him.
  • 00:32:24.210 --> 00:32:27.070
  • And I think still that anybody that's wise
  • 00:32:27.080 --> 00:32:30.090
  • is going to say yes to Jesus
  • 00:32:30.100 --> 00:32:31.220
  • because what he has to offer is better
  • 00:32:31.230 --> 00:32:33.290
  • than anything that you could manufacture on your own,
  • 00:32:34.000 --> 00:32:36.210
  • or the world could ever give.
  • 00:32:36.220 --> 00:32:38.120
  • Christmas is one of my favorite times of the year.
  • 00:32:39.160 --> 00:32:42.230
  • For my wife Victoria and I, there's nothing like surprising
  • 00:32:42.240 --> 00:32:45.220
  • our children with just the right gift
  • 00:32:45.230 --> 00:32:48.130
  • to show them how much we love them.
  • 00:32:48.140 --> 00:32:50.180
  • Exchanging gifts is a tradition in our family because it reminds
  • 00:32:50.190 --> 00:32:54.200
  • us of the most wonderful gift that has ever been given,
  • 00:32:54.210 --> 00:32:58.130
  • a gift given by God himself.
  • 00:32:58.140 --> 00:33:01.010
  • Now, when I mail an important present
  • 00:33:01.020 --> 00:33:03.050
  • around the holidays, I like to make sure
  • 00:33:03.060 --> 00:33:05.130
  • someone signs for it upon delivery.
  • 00:33:05.140 --> 00:33:07.280
  • But not God.
  • 00:33:07.290 --> 00:33:09.080
  • He just sends a sign.
  • 00:33:09.090 --> 00:33:11.000
  • A chorus of angels announced
  • 00:33:11.010 --> 00:33:12.230
  • the very first Christmas delivery
  • 00:33:12.240 --> 00:33:14.210
  • to a group of humble shepherds,
  • 00:33:14.220 --> 00:33:17.110
  • "For there is born to you this day in the city of David
  • 00:33:17.120 --> 00:33:20.260
  • a Savior, who is Christ the Lord."
  • 00:33:20.270 --> 00:33:23.270
  • Those words get me excited.
  • 00:33:23.280 --> 00:33:25.280
  • If I were making a wish list,
  • 00:33:25.290 --> 00:33:27.180
  • a Savior would be at the very top.
  • 00:33:27.190 --> 00:33:30.040
  • And that's exactly what we have in Jesus.
  • 00:33:30.050 --> 00:33:33.020
  • He's the wonderful counselor, the mighty God,
  • 00:33:33.030 --> 00:33:36.130
  • the everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace.
  • 00:33:36.140 --> 00:33:39.190
  • Jesus is God's perfect gift to us.
  • 00:33:39.200 --> 00:33:42.170
  • But there was a price to be paid
  • 00:33:42.180 --> 00:33:44.170
  • for the gift that God sent.
  • 00:33:44.180 --> 00:33:46.190
  • Scripture reminds us it was not with perishable things
  • 00:33:46.200 --> 00:33:50.120
  • such as silver or gold that you were redeemed,
  • 00:33:50.130 --> 00:33:53.070
  • but with the precious blood of Christ.
  • 00:33:53.080 --> 00:33:55.290
  • Jesus paid a high price so that you and I could have
  • 00:33:56.000 --> 00:33:59.210
  • the gift of eternal life.
  • 00:33:59.220 --> 00:34:02.000
  • God could make gold and silver as plentiful
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  • as the dust of the earth, but when it came to meeting
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  • our eternal need, God had to pay
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  • the costliest price imaginable.
  • 00:34:09.270 --> 00:34:12.190
  • He had to sacrifice his only Son to bridge
  • 00:34:12.200 --> 00:34:15.110
  • the gap between God and man.
  • 00:34:15.120 --> 00:34:18.060
  • In Jesus, we find unconditional love,
  • 00:34:18.070 --> 00:34:21.090
  • unending hope, and the promise of eternal life.
  • 00:34:21.100 --> 00:34:25.020
  • That's one extravagant Christmas gift,
  • 00:34:25.030 --> 00:34:28.020
  • and it warrants an extravagant response.
  • 00:34:28.030 --> 00:34:31.220
  • Finding a perfect gift for the perfect Savior
  • 00:34:31.230 --> 00:34:34.170
  • is no small task, but we can learn
  • 00:34:34.180 --> 00:34:36.160
  • a thing or two from the magi.
  • 00:34:36.170 --> 00:34:38.280
  • These wise men traveled across the desert
  • 00:34:38.290 --> 00:34:41.140
  • in search of a newborn king.
  • 00:34:41.150 --> 00:34:43.200
  • Overcome by the sight of Jesus,
  • 00:34:43.210 --> 00:34:45.270
  • they fell to their knees and worshiped him.
  • 00:34:45.280 --> 00:34:48.210
  • Then they opened their treasures and presented him
  • 00:34:48.220 --> 00:34:51.200
  • with gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
  • 00:34:51.210 --> 00:34:55.040
  • There's a reason they were known as the wise men.
  • 00:34:55.050 --> 00:34:58.010
  • They recognized that all the treasures
  • 00:34:58.020 --> 00:35:00.140
  • of heaven and earth were hidden in the manger,
  • 00:35:00.150 --> 00:35:03.150
  • just waiting to be discovered.
  • 00:35:03.160 --> 00:35:05.190
  • It's no wonder the wise men laid down their riches.
  • 00:35:05.200 --> 00:35:09.050
  • All the gold in the world could not compete
  • 00:35:09.060 --> 00:35:11.230
  • with the indescribable gift we have in Jesus.
  • 00:35:11.240 --> 00:35:15.060
  • And did you know that's still true today?
  • 00:35:15.070 --> 00:35:17.190
  • Christmas is a time for each of us
  • 00:35:17.200 --> 00:35:19.270
  • to rediscover the newborn king, to worship the Savior,
  • 00:35:19.280 --> 00:35:24.030
  • and let our hearts be overcome
  • 00:35:24.040 --> 00:35:26.070
  • by God's extravagant generosity once again.
  • 00:35:26.080 --> 00:35:30.030
  • Just like the wise men, each of us have a gift to give.
  • 00:35:30.040 --> 00:35:34.020
  • Some of my favorite Christmas memories
  • 00:35:34.030 --> 00:35:36.040
  • growing up were watching my father's generosity
  • 00:35:36.050 --> 00:35:38.240
  • everywhere he went.
  • 00:35:38.250 --> 00:35:40.140
  • As a boy, my father didn't have much.
  • 00:35:40.150 --> 00:35:43.140
  • He grew up during the Great Depression,
  • 00:35:43.150 --> 00:35:45.280
  • but he was determined to share
  • 00:35:45.290 --> 00:35:47.110
  • as much as he could later in life.
  • 00:35:47.120 --> 00:35:49.270
  • My father had empathy for the needy,
  • 00:35:49.280 --> 00:35:52.110
  • and a drive to help others.
  • 00:35:52.120 --> 00:35:54.060
  • People seemed to sense it too.
  • 00:35:54.070 --> 00:35:56.070
  • I can't tell you how many times a stranger came out of nowhere
  • 00:35:56.080 --> 00:35:59.240
  • and walked right up to my dad, as if guided to him
  • 00:35:59.250 --> 00:36:03.120
  • by a heavenly hand.
  • 00:36:03.130 --> 00:36:04.290
  • I was about 15 years old,
  • 00:36:05.000 --> 00:36:07.030
  • traveling with my father overseas during Christmas break,
  • 00:36:07.040 --> 00:36:10.210
  • when I witnessed one of those encounters.
  • 00:36:10.220 --> 00:36:13.050
  • We were in a small airport terminal
  • 00:36:13.060 --> 00:36:15.090
  • with a thatched roof on an island in the Philippines.
  • 00:36:15.100 --> 00:36:18.290
  • I was walking back from getting a drink and a snack
  • 00:36:19.000 --> 00:36:22.020
  • when I found my father talking to a young man
  • 00:36:22.030 --> 00:36:24.210
  • with long hair and a backpack.
  • 00:36:24.220 --> 00:36:27.000
  • They were in deep conversation, which wasn't unusual
  • 00:36:27.010 --> 00:36:30.030
  • because dad liked hearing people's stories.
  • 00:36:30.040 --> 00:36:32.270
  • The next thing I knew, my father was reaching for his wallet.
  • 00:36:32.280 --> 00:36:36.100
  • He handed the young man a wad of cash,
  • 00:36:36.110 --> 00:36:38.170
  • a couple hundred dollars.
  • 00:36:38.180 --> 00:36:40.050
  • When I asked him about it later, he said,
  • 00:36:40.060 --> 00:36:42.090
  • "Well, we got to talking,
  • 00:36:42.100 --> 00:36:43.270
  • "he told me how he was trying to get back to the States,
  • 00:36:43.280 --> 00:36:46.190
  • "but had miscalculated how much money he needed,
  • 00:36:46.200 --> 00:36:49.220
  • "and was stuck in the airport.
  • 00:36:49.230 --> 00:36:51.180
  • "So, I gave him enough to get back home
  • 00:36:51.190 --> 00:36:53.150
  • "to his parents for the holidays.
  • 00:36:53.160 --> 00:36:55.110
  • "I just kept thinking, what if that were
  • 00:36:55.120 --> 00:36:57.180
  • "my son or daughter?
  • 00:36:57.190 --> 00:36:59.140
  • Wouldn't I want someone to help them?"
  • 00:36:59.150 --> 00:37:01.220
  • That's the way my father lived.
  • 00:37:01.230 --> 00:37:03.160
  • He was a generous man with a giving heart.
  • 00:37:03.170 --> 00:37:06.140
  • He believed the best in people,
  • 00:37:06.150 --> 00:37:08.110
  • and gave them the benefit of the doubt.
  • 00:37:08.120 --> 00:37:10.250
  • He shared whatever he had everywhere he went.
  • 00:37:10.260 --> 00:37:13.180
  • Why?
  • 00:37:13.190 --> 00:37:14.280
  • Because my dad knew why he was put on this earth.
  • 00:37:14.290 --> 00:37:18.170
  • It's the same reason you and I are here.
  • 00:37:18.180 --> 00:37:21.090
  • We're the body of Christ.
  • 00:37:21.100 --> 00:37:23.000
  • Our arms are the arms of Jesus as we reach out
  • 00:37:23.010 --> 00:37:25.180
  • to others in love.
  • 00:37:25.190 --> 00:37:27.060
  • Our voice is the voice of Jesus as we share
  • 00:37:27.070 --> 00:37:30.010
  • a word of encouragement and hope with others.
  • 00:37:30.020 --> 00:37:32.230
  • Our hands are the hands of Jesus that bring healing
  • 00:37:32.240 --> 00:37:35.280
  • and comfort to those in need.
  • 00:37:35.290 --> 00:37:38.000
  • This Christmas, will you extend your hand to someone in need?
  • 00:37:38.010 --> 00:37:41.240
  • Maybe you aren't in a position to buy someone a plane ticket,
  • 00:37:41.250 --> 00:37:45.120
  • but you have something to give.
  • 00:37:45.130 --> 00:37:47.060
  • Keep your heart open, and look for opportunities
  • 00:37:47.070 --> 00:37:50.060
  • for God to use you.
  • 00:37:50.070 --> 00:37:51.250
  • And when you give,
  • 00:37:51.260 --> 00:37:53.050
  • give like you're giving to Jesus.
  • 00:37:53.060 --> 00:37:55.120
  • That's what wise men and wise women do.
  • 00:37:55.130 --> 00:37:58.130
  • You may not have gold to offer,
  • 00:37:58.140 --> 00:38:00.210
  • but you can offer someone a compliment.
  • 00:38:00.220 --> 00:38:02.260
  • You may not have frankincense, but you can be a friend
  • 00:38:02.270 --> 00:38:05.280
  • to someone who's feeling lonesome.
  • 00:38:05.290 --> 00:38:07.270
  • You may be short on myrrh, but you can offer mercy
  • 00:38:07.280 --> 00:38:11.130
  • to someone who's done you wrong.
  • 00:38:11.140 --> 00:38:13.190
  • Even a word of encouragement can mean the world to someone
  • 00:38:13.200 --> 00:38:16.150
  • who needs to hear it.
  • 00:38:16.160 --> 00:38:18.090
  • These are just little things we can do to keep
  • 00:38:18.100 --> 00:38:20.140
  • the spirit of Christmas alive.
  • 00:38:20.150 --> 00:38:22.190
  • But I challenge you to be extravagant
  • 00:38:22.200 --> 00:38:24.260
  • in your Christmas giving this year.
  • 00:38:24.270 --> 00:38:27.150
  • When we extend our hands of comfort
  • 00:38:27.160 --> 00:38:29.150
  • to meet the needs of others, God will see
  • 00:38:29.160 --> 00:38:31.210
  • that our own needs are met.
  • 00:38:31.220 --> 00:38:33.240
  • So give freely, give your time,
  • 00:38:33.250 --> 00:38:35.290
  • give your talents, give your love.
  • 00:38:36.000 --> 00:38:38.070
  • Give like the God who gives so generously to us all.
  • 00:38:38.080 --> 00:38:42.080
  • (Matt) We're sitting here in Jerusalem, Israel,
  • 00:38:43.230 --> 00:38:46.280
  • and we're getting to say to you
  • 00:38:46.290 --> 00:38:49.000
  • on three: one, two, three,
  • 00:38:49.010 --> 00:38:50.170
  • (all) Merry Christmas.
  • 00:38:50.180 --> 00:38:52.200
  • (Matt) And if this is your only family, if the TV in front of you
  • 00:38:52.210 --> 00:38:57.020
  • and there isn't anyone else with you tonight,
  • 00:38:57.030 --> 00:38:59.180
  • and you're, you know, kind of lonely,
  • 00:38:59.190 --> 00:39:02.160
  • well guess what?
  • 00:39:02.170 --> 00:39:03.260
  • We're right here in the room with you.
  • 00:39:03.270 --> 00:39:05.110
  • And if no one's ever told you today--
  • 00:39:05.120 --> 00:39:07.290
  • (Laurie) That you're loved, let us be the first to tell you
  • 00:39:08.000 --> 00:39:12.000
  • that Jesus loves you, and that we love you.
  • 00:39:12.010 --> 00:39:13.280
  • You know what? Jesus is there with you.
  • 00:39:13.290 --> 00:39:16.280
  • (Matt) And what a perfect night, by the way.
  • 00:39:16.290 --> 00:39:18.160
  • I just want to say this.
  • 00:39:18.170 --> 00:39:19.260
  • This is what TBN was raised up to do.
  • 00:39:19.270 --> 00:39:22.020
  • Thank you, partners.
  • 00:39:22.030 --> 00:39:23.120
  • Because of your love and support all these years,
  • 00:39:23.130 --> 00:39:26.010
  • we're sitting here getting to do
  • 00:39:26.020 --> 00:39:27.230
  • one of the greatest things in the world.
  • 00:39:27.240 --> 00:39:29.290
  • Think of it, 2.000 years later, here we are sitting
  • 00:39:30.000 --> 00:39:33.190
  • in Jerusalem, still celebrating because of Bethlehem.
  • 00:39:33.200 --> 00:39:38.270
  • And tonight, I couldn't think of a better night than to have
  • 00:39:38.280 --> 00:39:42.140
  • Max Lucado, Joel and Victoria Osteen,
  • 00:39:42.150 --> 00:39:44.280
  • and you there wherever you are.
  • 00:39:44.290 --> 00:39:47.050
  • Whatever country, whatever part of the world
  • 00:39:47.060 --> 00:39:49.190
  • you're watching in, we want to-- we want to welcome you.
  • 00:39:49.200 --> 00:39:52.260
  • Okay, I have a question, Max.
  • 00:39:52.270 --> 00:39:54.140
  • Around us, you know, I mean, here's one right here.
  • 00:39:54.150 --> 00:39:58.260
  • I'll grab it and kind of use it as a--
  • 00:39:58.270 --> 00:40:01.030
  • oh, it's all taped together.
  • 00:40:01.040 --> 00:40:02.130
  • I'll leave it alone.
  • 00:40:02.140 --> 00:40:04.010
  • (Victoria) There's one.
  • 00:40:04.020 --> 00:40:05.170
  • (Matt) Okay, there's one, all right.
  • 00:40:05.180 --> 00:40:08.130
  • So, you know, the idea of gifts,
  • 00:40:08.140 --> 00:40:12.110
  • the idea of ribbons,
  • 00:40:12.120 --> 00:40:14.280
  • the idea of all that, some people get
  • 00:40:14.290 --> 00:40:17.280
  • a little weird about that, okay?
  • 00:40:17.290 --> 00:40:20.180
  • I'm going to--I'm going to let you speak to that because,
  • 00:40:20.190 --> 00:40:23.140
  • you know, we think that because of the gift giving
  • 00:40:23.150 --> 00:40:26.250
  • that everything's been secularized and all that.
  • 00:40:26.260 --> 00:40:29.000
  • Weigh in on that, Max.
  • 00:40:29.010 --> 00:40:30.100
  • I want to hear what Max Lucado says
  • 00:40:30.110 --> 00:40:31.200
  • about all that kind of stuff.
  • 00:40:31.210 --> 00:40:33.000
  • Well, I only get upset if you don't give me a gift.
  • 00:40:33.010 --> 00:40:36.220
  • Thank you so much,
  • 00:40:36.230 --> 00:40:38.200
  • although it's awful light.
  • 00:40:38.210 --> 00:40:43.000
  • You know, let's don't get wound up about that.
  • 00:40:43.010 --> 00:40:45.090
  • You know, let's have fun.
  • 00:40:45.100 --> 00:40:46.210
  • Let's enjoy Christmas.
  • 00:40:46.220 --> 00:40:48.270
  • Let's give everybody gifts.
  • 00:40:48.280 --> 00:40:50.170
  • Let's have parties, let's go to parties,
  • 00:40:50.180 --> 00:40:53.280
  • let's love one another and celebrate the great movies
  • 00:40:53.290 --> 00:40:57.270
  • of Christmas and the events of Christmas.
  • 00:40:57.280 --> 00:41:00.090
  • And at some point, let's do remember it is Christ-mas.
  • 00:41:00.100 --> 00:41:05.220
  • It's not Santa-mas, or reindeer-mas,
  • 00:41:05.230 --> 00:41:09.120
  • or shopping-mas.
  • 00:41:09.130 --> 00:41:11.140
  • I mean, that's all part of it.
  • 00:41:11.150 --> 00:41:13.200
  • But it is Christ-mas.
  • 00:41:13.210 --> 00:41:15.040
  • And so, maybe this program right now
  • 00:41:15.050 --> 00:41:18.230
  • is your first time to come out
  • 00:41:18.240 --> 00:41:20.090
  • of the commercialization of this season,
  • 00:41:20.100 --> 00:41:22.200
  • or the busy-ness of the season,
  • 00:41:22.210 --> 00:41:24.160
  • or the travel of it.
  • 00:41:24.170 --> 00:41:25.290
  • You know, you got every-- now is the time for you
  • 00:41:26.000 --> 00:41:27.280
  • to just kind of settle down in your spirit and say,
  • 00:41:27.290 --> 00:41:30.160
  • "Now, what is this all about?"
  • 00:41:30.170 --> 00:41:32.120
  • And so, have fun, enjoy yourself,
  • 00:41:32.130 --> 00:41:35.070
  • see all the people you can, eat all you can.
  • 00:41:35.080 --> 00:41:38.060
  • Well, better not say that.
  • 00:41:38.070 --> 00:41:40.070
  • (Matt) So, the twinkle lights and the presents,
  • 00:41:40.080 --> 00:41:44.130
  • you know, you're okay with all that?
  • 00:41:44.140 --> 00:41:46.010
  • (Max) Oh, absolutely, absolutely.
  • 00:41:46.020 --> 00:41:47.220
  • (Laurie) You know what I was thinking?
  • 00:41:47.230 --> 00:41:49.110
  • I was thinking even the non-believers,
  • 00:41:49.120 --> 00:41:52.090
  • the people, the naysayers,
  • 00:41:52.100 --> 00:41:53.270
  • the ones that don't want to say Merry Christmas,
  • 00:41:53.280 --> 00:41:56.160
  • you know, they don't believe in Jesus,
  • 00:41:56.170 --> 00:41:58.280
  • I just want--it's just so funny
  • 00:41:58.290 --> 00:42:01.050
  • because that's why anybody's celebrating.
  • 00:42:01.060 --> 00:42:04.070
  • That's why you're celebrating.
  • 00:42:04.080 --> 00:42:05.170
  • Whatever you do, it's Christ's time, you know,
  • 00:42:05.180 --> 00:42:09.130
  • that we celebrate that even gave us
  • 00:42:09.140 --> 00:42:11.110
  • this beautiful season.
  • 00:42:11.120 --> 00:42:12.290
  • So it doesn't really matter what anybody really believes.
  • 00:42:13.000 --> 00:42:16.050
  • It's all because of Jesus.
  • 00:42:16.060 --> 00:42:18.290
  • It's all because--
  • 00:42:19.000 --> 00:42:20.090
  • (Matt) When you were saying it's not--
  • 00:42:20.100 --> 00:42:22.160
  • you were using some of the terms.
  • 00:42:22.170 --> 00:42:24.000
  • It's not shopping-mas, it's not reindeer.
  • 00:42:24.010 --> 00:42:28.070
  • But you're not uncomfortable with gifts and the whole thing?
  • 00:42:28.080 --> 00:42:34.040
  • You're cool with that, right?
  • 00:42:34.050 --> 00:42:35.140
  • You're a senior pastor
  • 00:42:35.150 --> 00:42:37.000
  • of a pretty big church in America, right?
  • 00:42:37.010 --> 00:42:38.190
  • (Joel) I am, and I grew up, and my dad was,
  • 00:42:38.200 --> 00:42:40.110
  • you know, a great pastor.
  • 00:42:40.120 --> 00:42:42.020
  • We grew up having, you know, Christmas morning with gifts
  • 00:42:42.030 --> 00:42:45.010
  • and being a blessing to others.
  • 00:42:45.020 --> 00:42:46.200
  • But it's like Max said, you remember
  • 00:42:46.210 --> 00:42:48.140
  • the reason we can do this is because we're blessed
  • 00:42:48.150 --> 00:42:51.080
  • that a Savior was born today.
  • 00:42:51.090 --> 00:42:52.250
  • But I think making memories with your family,
  • 00:42:52.260 --> 00:42:55.060
  • and having fun, and recognize Christmas Day,
  • 00:42:55.070 --> 00:42:57.280
  • Christmas Eve, that's a gift.
  • 00:42:57.290 --> 00:42:59.100
  • And then tomorrow is a gift too.
  • 00:42:59.110 --> 00:43:01.050
  • And I think life is too short to live it,
  • 00:43:01.060 --> 00:43:03.080
  • you know, sour and negative.
  • 00:43:03.090 --> 00:43:05.050
  • Let's enjoy the people God put in our life.
  • 00:43:05.060 --> 00:43:07.070
  • They may not all be perfect.
  • 00:43:07.080 --> 00:43:09.010
  • And like Laurie said, there are going to be those
  • 00:43:09.020 --> 00:43:11.060
  • who are going to try to steal our joy and get us upset.
  • 00:43:11.070 --> 00:43:13.130
  • But, to me, you know what?
  • 00:43:13.140 --> 00:43:15.120
  • This is the holidays.
  • 00:43:15.130 --> 00:43:16.240
  • It's time to celebrate the gift of Jesus,
  • 00:43:16.250 --> 00:43:19.110
  • and it's time to be joyful.
  • 00:43:19.120 --> 00:43:20.210
  • And not just these days, but let's do it all year long.
  • 00:43:20.220 --> 00:43:23.150
  • Let's keep Christmas in our heart all year long,
  • 00:43:23.160 --> 00:43:25.090
  • and be a blessing to somebody else.
  • 00:43:25.100 --> 00:43:26.190
  • (Matt) Victoria?
  • 00:43:26.200 --> 00:43:27.290
  • (Victoria) That's good, you know, I really can't remember
  • 00:43:28.000 --> 00:43:29.160
  • what Joel got me last Christmas.
  • 00:43:29.170 --> 00:43:31.030
  • [laughing]
  • 00:43:31.040 --> 00:43:37.040
  • The truth is you don't always remember
  • 00:43:37.210 --> 00:43:39.120
  • what someone gives you every single Christmas.
  • 00:43:39.130 --> 00:43:42.040
  • And everyone loves gifts, and I think it's fun to shop.
  • 00:43:42.050 --> 00:43:45.050
  • But, you know, the truth of the matter is
  • 00:43:45.060 --> 00:43:47.030
  • it's not really, you know, what you get that you remember,
  • 00:43:47.040 --> 00:43:50.110
  • but it's how you felt.
  • 00:43:50.120 --> 00:43:52.010
  • It's the family that you were with.
  • 00:43:52.020 --> 00:43:53.270
  • You know, it's--I think about when I was growing up.
  • 00:43:53.280 --> 00:43:57.040
  • I mean, my greatest memories was going to my grandmother's house.
  • 00:43:57.050 --> 00:44:01.000
  • That's what we did every Christmas as kids.
  • 00:44:01.010 --> 00:44:03.130
  • I can't even tell you what I got,
  • 00:44:03.140 --> 00:44:05.020
  • but I can tell you I loved those memories.
  • 00:44:05.030 --> 00:44:07.230
  • And I think if we'll just create those memories for our children,
  • 00:44:07.240 --> 00:44:11.260
  • I think that's one of the best ways
  • 00:44:11.270 --> 00:44:13.070
  • to pass Jesus onto them.
  • 00:44:13.080 --> 00:44:16.080
  • You know, because more is caught than taught, really.
  • 00:44:16.090 --> 00:44:19.070
  • And so, if we're all busy and stressed out
  • 00:44:19.080 --> 00:44:21.010
  • trying to get the perfect gift
  • 00:44:21.020 --> 00:44:23.000
  • and, you know, get the best dinner, you know,
  • 00:44:23.010 --> 00:44:25.270
  • that kind of takes the fun out of it.
  • 00:44:25.280 --> 00:44:27.250
  • Now, I have--I love to have a big Christmas dinner,
  • 00:44:27.260 --> 00:44:31.010
  • but I would just encourage people that you know what?
  • 00:44:31.020 --> 00:44:33.090
  • Just make memories.
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  • Make special times.
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  • Don't wait till all your silverware matches,
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  • and you got all the right plates
  • 00:44:40.120 --> 00:44:41.270
  • before you can have your family over
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  • because they're not even going to remember that.
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  • Invite people over.
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  • Take this time to celebrate.
  • 00:44:47.170 --> 00:44:49.070
  • I love that I can go in the stores and hear
  • 00:44:49.080 --> 00:44:51.230
  • Christmas music playing.
  • 00:44:51.240 --> 00:44:53.030
  • I think that's so good.
  • 00:44:53.040 --> 00:44:54.130
  • You were talking about people who don't want to say Christmas
  • 00:44:54.140 --> 00:44:56.130
  • and, you know, Merry Christmas.
  • 00:44:56.140 --> 00:44:58.090
  • But the Christmas music is still playing in the stores,
  • 00:44:58.100 --> 00:45:01.050
  • and so I'm thrilled about that.
  • 00:45:01.060 --> 00:45:02.260
  • Popular Christmas songs come
  • 00:45:04.030 --> 00:45:05.120
  • from many sources of inspiration:
  • 00:45:05.130 --> 00:45:07.250
  • the Christmas tree, the birth of Christ,
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  • talking snowmen, and red-nosed reindeer.
  • 00:45:10.030 --> 00:45:13.090
  • But Philip Brooks, the author
  • 00:45:13.100 --> 00:45:14.250
  • of one of my favorite Christmas hymns,
  • 00:45:14.260 --> 00:45:16.270
  • found inspiration in the very place
  • 00:45:16.280 --> 00:45:18.160
  • Christmas was born,
  • 00:45:18.170 --> 00:45:21.010
  • where the hopes and fears of all the years would collide
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  • in one spectacular night 2.000 years ago, right here
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  • in the little town of Bethlehem.
  • 00:45:29.180 --> 00:45:33.070
  • The year was 1865.
  • 00:45:33.080 --> 00:45:34.280
  • Philip Brooks was the pastor
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  • of the Holy Trinity Church in Philadelphia.
  • 00:45:36.090 --> 00:45:39.130
  • But during this particular holiday season,
  • 00:45:39.140 --> 00:45:41.230
  • he was taking a pilgrimage through the Middle East.
  • 00:45:41.240 --> 00:45:44.170
  • On Christmas Eve, Brooks was traveling on horseback
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  • on the dry, dusty stretch of land
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  • between Jerusalem and Bethlehem.
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  • He rode into the field where the shepherds saw
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  • the heavenly host.
  • 00:45:54.190 --> 00:45:55.280
  • And as he passed, shepherds
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  • were still watching over their flocks.
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  • In Bethlehem, Brooks attended Christmas Eve service
  • 00:46:00.180 --> 00:46:03.060
  • at the Church of the Nativity, this very cathedral.
  • 00:46:03.070 --> 00:46:06.270
  • It's the oldest Christian church in existence today,
  • 00:46:06.280 --> 00:46:10.090
  • and it houses the supposed birthplace of Jesus Christ,
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  • a grotto, a hollow cavern, a place for animals,
  • 00:46:14.280 --> 00:46:18.030
  • a place where heaven intersected with earth.
  • 00:46:18.040 --> 00:46:20.290
  • I can imagine Philip Brooks seated in the pews,
  • 00:46:21.000 --> 00:46:23.170
  • pondering that holy collision.
  • 00:46:23.180 --> 00:46:25.140
  • He sure had plenty of time.
  • 00:46:25.150 --> 00:46:27.040
  • That service lasted from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m.
  • 00:46:27.050 --> 00:46:30.050
  • As Christmas Eve drifted into Christmas Day,
  • 00:46:30.060 --> 00:46:33.080
  • a simple lyric was birthed in Brooks' heart.
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  • And 3 years after his pilgrimage,
  • 00:46:36.130 --> 00:46:38.190
  • he said the memory of Bethlehem was still singing in his soul.
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  • Is there a memory singing in your soul,
  • 00:46:42.270 --> 00:46:45.220
  • a marked moment with you and God,
  • 00:46:45.230 --> 00:46:47.280
  • a holy impartation from heaven
  • 00:46:47.290 --> 00:46:49.290
  • to the human heart?
  • 00:46:50.000 --> 00:46:51.140
  • I've had a few in my days.
  • 00:46:51.150 --> 00:46:53.140
  • Those memories are a gift from God.
  • 00:46:53.150 --> 00:46:55.220
  • And like most gifts, they're best when shared.
  • 00:46:55.230 --> 00:46:58.180
  • They can become books and poems and conversations
  • 00:46:58.190 --> 00:47:01.000
  • with the people we love.
  • 00:47:01.010 --> 00:47:02.120
  • For Philip Brooks, that memory gave birth to a song.
  • 00:47:02.130 --> 00:47:06.180
  • Now, Brooks wasn't after fame or fortune,
  • 00:47:06.190 --> 00:47:09.090
  • a top ten hit for the Christmas hymn books.
  • 00:47:09.100 --> 00:47:12.150
  • He simply wanted to write a song
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  • for the children's choir at church.
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  • "O little town of Bethlehem, how still we see thee lie."
  • 00:47:18.110 --> 00:47:22.190
  • You know the words.
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  • Chances are you've sung them many a time.
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  • But that might not have been the case had it not been
  • 00:47:26.030 --> 00:47:28.270
  • for Lewis Henry Redner.
  • 00:47:28.280 --> 00:47:31.230
  • The Philadelphia native was by no means a music magnate.
  • 00:47:31.240 --> 00:47:35.170
  • He worked in real estate, and served at a soup kitchen.
  • 00:47:35.180 --> 00:47:39.020
  • But Redner played the organ in Holy Trinity Church
  • 00:47:39.030 --> 00:47:41.200
  • every Sunday for 19 years.
  • 00:47:41.210 --> 00:47:43.210
  • A few days before Christmas in 1868,
  • 00:47:43.220 --> 00:47:46.120
  • his pastor, Philip Brooks, came to him
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  • with a simple little carol in need of a tune.
  • 00:47:48.130 --> 00:47:52.080
  • Brooks wanted his Sunday school choir
  • 00:47:52.090 --> 00:47:53.280
  • to perform the new song on Christmas Eve.
  • 00:47:53.290 --> 00:47:56.260
  • You might think a lot of time was spent writing the melody.
  • 00:47:56.270 --> 00:47:59.240
  • I mean, it's one of the most famous carols
  • 00:47:59.250 --> 00:48:01.290
  • sung around the world every Christmas.
  • 00:48:02.000 --> 00:48:04.000
  • But no.
  • 00:48:04.010 --> 00:48:05.100
  • You see, like many of us at the holidays,
  • 00:48:05.110 --> 00:48:08.050
  • Louis Redner was a champion procrastinator.
  • 00:48:08.060 --> 00:48:11.030
  • And on the night before the song's debut,
  • 00:48:11.040 --> 00:48:13.170
  • he still hadn't written the tune.
  • 00:48:13.180 --> 00:48:16.230
  • He'd been so focused on his Sunday school lesson,
  • 00:48:16.240 --> 00:48:19.000
  • he hadn't given the song any thought.
  • 00:48:19.010 --> 00:48:21.020
  • But just as a chorus of angels interrupted
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  • a flock of shepherds,
  • 00:48:23.280 --> 00:48:25.070
  • so the heavens broke through to this ordinary organist.
  • 00:48:25.080 --> 00:48:29.010
  • This is how Redner described it.
  • 00:48:29.020 --> 00:48:31.110
  • "On the Saturday night,
  • 00:48:31.120 --> 00:48:33.030
  • "my brain was all confused about the tune.
  • 00:48:33.040 --> 00:48:35.070
  • "I thought more about my Sunday school lesson
  • 00:48:35.080 --> 00:48:37.180
  • "than I did about the music.
  • 00:48:37.190 --> 00:48:39.020
  • "But I was roused from sleep late in the night,
  • 00:48:39.030 --> 00:48:42.010
  • hearing an angel strain whispering in my ear."
  • 00:48:42.020 --> 00:48:46.020
  • Redner grabbed a piece of paper
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  • and wrote down the melody.
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  • The next morning
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  • in Philadelphia's Holy Trinity Church,
  • 00:48:50.130 --> 00:48:53.000
  • "O Little Town of Bethlehem" was performed
  • 00:48:53.010 --> 00:48:55.210
  • for the very first time.
  • 00:48:55.220 --> 00:48:58.070
  • Twenty-four years later, this beloved Christmas carol
  • 00:48:58.080 --> 00:49:01.020
  • found its place in the official church hymnal.
  • 00:49:01.030 --> 00:49:04.080
  • And today, the song is sung around the world.
  • 00:49:04.090 --> 00:49:08.020
  • But the lyrics about this little town
  • 00:49:08.030 --> 00:49:09.290
  • have taken on a new meaning.
  • 00:49:10.000 --> 00:49:12.030
  • Bethlehem is a contested land,
  • 00:49:12.040 --> 00:49:14.150
  • a place mired in conflict, a little town darkened
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  • by the fog of political and religious unrest.
  • 00:49:18.020 --> 00:49:22.130
  • And yet, in the dark streets shineth the everlasting light.
  • 00:49:22.140 --> 00:49:28.040
  • This small, insignificant town was chosen
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  • as the birthplace of a king.
  • 00:49:31.080 --> 00:49:33.260
  • Perhaps you feel like you're living in a fog this Christmas.
  • 00:49:33.270 --> 00:49:37.270
  • Maybe your home is mired in conflict,
  • 00:49:37.280 --> 00:49:40.030
  • or your heart is a place of unrest.
  • 00:49:40.040 --> 00:49:43.100
  • Then let your mind wander to Bethlehem,
  • 00:49:43.110 --> 00:49:46.040
  • and allow these words to stir a new song in your soul,
  • 00:49:46.050 --> 00:49:50.090
  • "O holy child of Bethlehem, descend to us we pray.
  • 00:49:50.100 --> 00:49:55.010
  • "Cast out our sin and enter in.
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  • Be born in us today."
  • 00:49:58.190 --> 00:50:01.030
  • O little town of Bethlehem
  • 00:50:03.170 --> 00:50:09.150
  • How still we see thee lie
  • 00:50:09.160 --> 00:50:15.290
  • Above thy deep and dreamless sleep
  • 00:50:16.000 --> 00:50:21.180
  • The silent stars
  • 00:50:21.190 --> 00:50:24.040
  • Go by
  • 00:50:24.050 --> 00:50:28.030
  • Yet in that dark streets
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  • Shineth
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  • The everlasting light
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  • The hopes and fears of all the years
  • 00:50:40.270 --> 00:50:46.240
  • Are met
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  • In thee tonight
  • 00:50:48.110 --> 00:50:53.020
  • 00:50:53.030 --> 00:50:59.020
  • 00:50:59.030 --> 00:51:02.100
  • For Christ
  • 00:51:02.110 --> 00:51:03.200
  • Is born of Mary
  • 00:51:03.210 --> 00:51:08.180
  • And gathered all above
  • 00:51:08.190 --> 00:51:14.250
  • While mortals sleep
  • 00:51:14.260 --> 00:51:17.180
  • The angels keep
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  • Their watch
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  • Of wondering love
  • 00:51:22.150 --> 00:51:27.160
  • O morning stars together
  • 00:51:27.170 --> 00:51:33.150
  • Proclaim
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  • The holy birth
  • 00:51:34.290 --> 00:51:40.090
  • And praises sing
  • 00:51:40.100 --> 00:51:42.240
  • To God our King
  • 00:51:42.250 --> 00:51:46.110
  • And peace to men
  • 00:51:46.120 --> 00:51:48.270
  • On earth
  • 00:51:48.280 --> 00:51:52.140
  • 00:51:52.150 --> 00:51:57.050
  • Peace to men
  • 00:51:57.060 --> 00:51:58.150
  • On earth
  • 00:51:58.160 --> 00:52:02.240
  • 00:52:02.250 --> 00:52:08.240
  • 00:52:08.250 --> 00:52:10.040
  • O holy child
  • 00:52:10.050 --> 00:52:13.000
  • Of Bethlehem
  • 00:52:13.010 --> 00:52:16.250
  • Descend to us
  • 00:52:16.260 --> 00:52:19.230
  • We pray
  • 00:52:19.240 --> 00:52:23.030
  • Cast out our sin
  • 00:52:23.040 --> 00:52:25.220
  • And enter in
  • 00:52:25.230 --> 00:52:29.050
  • Be born in us today
  • 00:52:29.060 --> 00:52:36.120
  • We hear the Christmas angels
  • 00:52:36.130 --> 00:52:41.210
  • The great glad tidings tell
  • 00:52:41.220 --> 00:52:48.050
  • O come to us, abide with us
  • 00:52:48.060 --> 00:52:54.000
  • Our Lord
  • 00:52:54.010 --> 00:52:55.240
  • Emmanuel
  • 00:52:55.250 --> 00:53:00.070
  • Our Lord
  • 00:53:00.080 --> 00:53:03.180
  • Emmanuel
  • 00:53:03.190 --> 00:53:09.180
  • 00:53:09.190 --> 00:53:15.190
  • Ooh
  • 00:53:16.180 --> 00:53:19.070
  • O little child
  • 00:53:19.080 --> 00:53:25.190
  • O little town
  • 00:53:25.200 --> 00:53:30.250
  • How still
  • 00:53:30.260 --> 00:53:37.090
  • O holy child
  • 00:53:37.100 --> 00:53:41.260
  • Of Bethlehem
  • 00:53:41.270 --> 00:53:46.270
  • Descend to us
  • 00:53:46.280 --> 00:53:49.290
  • We pray
  • 00:53:50.000 --> 00:53:57.220
  • O come to us
  • 00:53:57.230 --> 00:54:02.040
  • Abide with us
  • 00:54:02.050 --> 00:54:07.160
  • Our Lord
  • 00:54:07.170 --> 00:54:08.270
  • Emmanuel
  • 00:54:08.280 --> 00:54:13.250
  • [audience applauding]
  • 00:54:13.260 --> 00:54:19.250
  • [audience applauding]
  • 00:54:19.260 --> 00:54:22.100
  • One more time,
  • 00:54:22.110 --> 00:54:23.200
  • Steven Curtis Chapman, everybody.
  • 00:54:23.210 --> 00:54:29.160
  • Thank you so much.
  • 00:54:29.170 --> 00:54:31.100
  • It is so great to be with you all.
  • 00:54:31.110 --> 00:54:33.040
  • This is an amazing celebration.
  • 00:54:33.050 --> 00:54:35.010
  • Thanks for letting me be a part of it, my brother.
  • 00:54:35.020 --> 00:54:37.070
  • Man, we are so glad you are here.
  • 00:54:37.080 --> 00:54:39.010
  • You know, you've got
  • 00:54:39.020 --> 00:54:40.190
  • a lot of Christmas memories, I'm sure.
  • 00:54:40.200 --> 00:54:43.280
  • Give me one of your favorites.
  • 00:54:43.290 --> 00:54:46.080
  • Okay, this is so cheesy, I know, and seems so predictable,
  • 00:54:46.090 --> 00:54:49.290
  • but when I was about 6 years old,
  • 00:54:50.000 --> 00:54:52.260
  • 5 or 6 years old, I inherited a hand me down guitar
  • 00:54:52.270 --> 00:54:55.210
  • from my brother, my older brother Herbie.
  • 00:54:55.220 --> 00:54:58.210
  • Had a picture of Roy Rogers
  • 00:54:58.220 --> 00:55:00.280
  • on the front of it.
  • 00:55:00.290 --> 00:55:02.100
  • And it was already pretty worn out,
  • 00:55:02.110 --> 00:55:04.200
  • but I just--I wore it out.
  • 00:55:04.210 --> 00:55:07.160
  • And my dad saw that I really loved guitars,
  • 00:55:07.170 --> 00:55:10.230
  • so when I was 7 years old, I got my first real guitar.
  • 00:55:10.240 --> 00:55:14.140
  • It was sitting under the tree.
  • 00:55:14.150 --> 00:55:15.240
  • I can still remember it sitting there
  • 00:55:15.250 --> 00:55:17.110
  • just shining, calling to me.
  • 00:55:17.120 --> 00:55:21.050
  • And I have kind of had one strapped around my neck
  • 00:55:21.060 --> 00:55:24.080
  • pretty much ever since.
  • 00:55:24.090 --> 00:55:26.060
  • And we are so grateful.
  • 00:55:26.070 --> 00:55:27.230
  • And the body of Christ is better because you've kept
  • 00:55:27.240 --> 00:55:30.130
  • that guitar around your neck.
  • 00:55:30.140 --> 00:55:33.010
  • Thank you for your love, your kindness,
  • 00:55:33.020 --> 00:55:34.110
  • your integrity, your faith, and for all the music.
  • 00:55:34.120 --> 00:55:38.000
  • We salute you, and thank God, and Merry Christmas to you
  • 00:55:38.010 --> 00:55:39.290
  • and your beautiful family.
  • 00:55:40.000 --> 00:55:41.240
  • Let him know how much you appreciate him one more time,
  • 00:55:41.250 --> 00:55:45.140
  • Steven Curtis Chapman.
  • 00:55:45.150 --> 00:55:46.270
  • [audience applauding]
  • 00:55:46.280 --> 00:55:52.280
  • All these folk up here singing,
  • 00:55:56.030 --> 00:55:57.140
  • I feel like I want to sing something too.
  • 00:55:57.150 --> 00:55:59.290
  • [audience cheering]
  • 00:56:00.020 --> 00:56:06.020
  • But this is one of those--
  • 00:56:10.060 --> 00:56:11.200
  • this is one of the quiet, you know, contemplative moments,
  • 00:56:11.210 --> 00:56:14.280
  • so I've got to act right.
  • 00:56:14.290 --> 00:56:17.150
  • O come
  • 00:56:17.160 --> 00:56:18.250
  • Let us adore him
  • 00:56:18.260 --> 00:56:24.120
  • O come
  • 00:56:24.130 --> 00:56:26.000
  • Let us adore him
  • 00:56:26.010 --> 00:56:31.130
  • O come
  • 00:56:31.140 --> 00:56:33.260
  • Let us adore him
  • 00:56:33.270 --> 00:56:41.070
  • Christ the Lord
  • 00:56:41.080 --> 00:56:47.060
  • See, but I could sing it soft, and there's a moment for that.
  • 00:56:48.180 --> 00:56:53.210
  • But when I think about the gift of Jesus
  • 00:56:53.220 --> 00:56:59.120
  • and what our heavenly Father gave in exchange for us,
  • 00:56:59.130 --> 00:57:05.130
  • I don't know that I can keep my volume low.
  • 00:57:05.140 --> 00:57:08.210
  • I don't know that I can sing it soft
  • 00:57:08.220 --> 00:57:11.060
  • when I think about the passion that was invested in this baby.
  • 00:57:11.070 --> 00:57:15.090
  • And I get to be a part of the legacy,
  • 00:57:15.100 --> 00:57:19.060
  • and an heir, and a joint heir?
  • 00:57:19.070 --> 00:57:21.130
  • I want to tell everybody.
  • 00:57:21.140 --> 00:57:23.040
  • O come
  • 00:57:23.050 --> 00:57:24.140
  • Let us adore him
  • 00:57:24.150 --> 00:57:30.070
  • O come
  • 00:57:30.080 --> 00:57:31.170
  • Let us
  • 00:57:31.180 --> 00:57:33.100
  • Adore him
  • 00:57:33.110 --> 00:57:37.190
  • O come
  • 00:57:37.200 --> 00:57:39.200
  • Let us
  • 00:57:39.210 --> 00:57:41.200
  • Adore him
  • 00:57:41.210 --> 00:57:54.210
  • Oh God
  • 00:57:54.220 --> 00:57:57.150
  • Christ the Lord
  • 00:57:57.160 --> 00:58:11.080
  • Hallelujah
  • 00:58:11.090 --> 00:58:14.160
  • Yeah, yeah, yeah
  • 00:58:14.170 --> 00:58:20.080
  • Hey, glory
  • 00:58:20.090 --> 00:58:22.040
  • (Matt) We welcome you back
  • 00:58:27.110 --> 00:58:28.260
  • right here to the studios of Trinity Broadcasting Network.
  • 00:58:28.270 --> 00:58:32.290
  • We are Christmas'd up.
  • 00:58:33.000 --> 00:58:36.060
  • We are celebrating Christmas with you tonight,
  • 00:58:36.070 --> 00:58:39.200
  • and we are doing it based upon Max Lucado's new book,
  • 00:58:39.210 --> 00:58:43.040
  • "Because of Bethlehem."
  • 00:58:43.050 --> 00:58:45.280
  • Now, Sam Smadja has just joined us.
  • 00:58:45.290 --> 00:58:48.170
  • Samuel, you are my Israeli brother, welcome.
  • 00:58:48.180 --> 00:58:53.020
  • And you can kinda give us a different perspective
  • 00:58:53.030 --> 00:58:57.030
  • on because of Bethlehem.
  • 00:58:57.040 --> 00:58:59.260
  • Just help us a little bit.
  • 00:58:59.270 --> 00:59:01.090
  • (Samuel Smadja) You see, Matt, when you say,
  • 00:59:01.100 --> 00:59:02.190
  • "Because of Bethlehem," it has to do with prophecy.
  • 00:59:02.200 --> 00:59:06.190
  • Yeshua himself, Jesus himself said,
  • 00:59:06.200 --> 00:59:08.110
  • "I came to fulfill the prophecies,"
  • 00:59:08.120 --> 00:59:10.070
  • the prophecies of the Messiah.
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  • Now, when you--by the way, there are 472 prophecies
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  • about the Messiah in the Old Testament.
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  • And Bethlehem is one of the prophecies.
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  • Micah tells us very clearly
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  • where the Messiah should be born.
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  • And he's even more specific when he says Bethlehem.
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  • He doesn't say just Bethlehem, he said Bethlehem Ephrathah,
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  • which is the city Ephrathah, which was the city of David.
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  • Behind us here, we see the city of David of Jerusalem,
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  • but the real city of David was in Bethlehem.
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  • Bethlehem, David was born in Bethlehem.
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  • And Micah says to us that the Messiah
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  • will be born in Bethlehem.
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  • And it's not a coincidence.
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  • It's not also a coincidence that Joseph and Mary,
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  • at the very late stage in her pregnancy,
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  • decided to go up to Bethlehem.
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  • You see, if Jesus, Yeshua, would be born in Nazareth,
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  • it wouldn't be a fulfillment of prophecy.
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  • So Bethlehem is a major prophecy.
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  • (Matt) You said that the prophecy about Bethlehem was
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  • in the book of Micah--
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  • (Samuel) Micah, Micah chapter 5, verse 1.
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  • Okay, roughly how long before Jesus was born
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  • was that prophecy given?
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  • It's hundreds of years, yes?
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  • Yeah, between 700-- around 700 years.
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  • Around 700 years before.
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  • And it was very specific, Bethlehem Ephrathah.
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  • (Samuel) And he says not only that, that from you,
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  • you'll receive a ruler, but an everlasting ruler,
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  • which symbolized that the Messiah
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  • is not just the person, it's God himself.
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  • And he says your origin will be from everlasting origin,
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  • which means the man that will be born in Bethlehem
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  • won't be a regular person.
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  • And Micah also tells us
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  • Bethlehem, Ephrathah in the Hebrew,
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  • because there were two Bethlehem.
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  • There was Bethlehem here, just south of here,
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  • 10 miles from here.
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  • And there was another Bethlehem in the Galilee.
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  • So, he was very specific also
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  • on which Bethlehem, the Bethlehem in Judah.
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  • And we know that when, for example,
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  • Jacob blesses his kids and he goes to Judah,
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  • and he prophesies in Genesis 49
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  • the birth of the Messiah.
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  • And he tells him that Judah, from you,
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  • Shiloh will come.
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  • Shiloh is another name of the Messiah.
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  • Shiloh will come.
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  • And he's also prophesying
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  • that the coming of Shiloh, of the Messiah Yeshua,
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  • will be before the destruction of the temple just behind us.
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  • So, and he tells also there,
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  • he says that he has to come from the tribes of Judah,
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  • which means Yeshua, Jesus, could not have been born
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  • in Bethlehem in the Galilee,
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  • or in Nazareth, or in any other place
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  • but in Bethlehem here south of-- 10 miles from here in the south.
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  • (Matt) If Samuel's accent doesn't give it away
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  • and you just tuned in, we are in Israel.
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  • We are in Jerusalem.
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  • This is the studios of Trinity, and I want to say thank you
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  • to Samuel because he helps host
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  • all of the things that happens here.
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  • And Samuel is a part of our ministry,
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  • has been for many, many years.
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  • Very close and dear friend.
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  • And, you know, just because we're doing
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  • our "Because of Bethlehem" special here in Israel,
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  • it would be very special
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  • for someone viewing around the world
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  • to get the Aaronic blessing.
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  • And just do that in Hebrew to the viewers
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  • of Trinity Broadcasting watching around the world.
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  • So, if you're watching us, let's--let me pray for you
  • 01:02:49.120 --> 01:02:52.040
  • from Jerusalem the Aaronic blessing.
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  • [speaking foreign language]
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  • [speaking foreign language]
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  • Hollywood would recast the Christmas story.
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  • Joseph's collar is way too blue.
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  • Mary is green from inexperience, and the couple's star power
  • 01:03:12.160 --> 01:03:15.220
  • doesn't match the bill.
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  • They are too obscure, too simple.
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  • This story warrants some headliners,
  • 01:03:20.080 --> 01:03:22.040
  • a square jawed Joseph, someone of the Clooney vintage.
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  • And Mary needs a beauty mark and glistening teeth,
  • 01:03:25.280 --> 01:03:29.090
  • Angelina Jolie-ish.
  • 01:03:29.100 --> 01:03:31.050
  • And what about the shepherds?
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  • Do they sing?
  • 01:03:32.160 --> 01:03:33.250
  • If so, they should be able to wow
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  • those judges on "The Voice."
  • 01:03:35.200 --> 01:03:37.190
  • Yes, Hollywood would definitely recast the story.
  • 01:03:37.200 --> 01:03:42.120
  • And a civilized person would sanitize it.
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  • No one, however poor, should be born in a cow stall,
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  • hay on the floor, animals on the hay.
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  • Don't place the baby in a feed trough.
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  • The donkey's nose has been there.
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  • And don't get me started on the smell of those sheep.
  • 01:03:57.150 --> 01:04:01.140
  • The true story of Christmas was messy.
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  • I'm standing here in the grotto, which is believed to be
  • 01:04:05.180 --> 01:04:08.240
  • the birthplace of Jesus.
  • 01:04:08.250 --> 01:04:12.060
  • Today, it's revered as a holy site.
  • 01:04:12.070 --> 01:04:14.220
  • But back then, well, back then you'd have to watch your step.
  • 01:04:14.230 --> 01:04:18.270
  • A good public relations firm
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  • would move the birth to a big city,
  • 01:04:20.130 --> 01:04:22.160
  • see what Roman palaces they might rent,
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  • what Greek villas they could lease.
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  • The Son of God deserves a royal entry.
  • 01:04:27.050 --> 01:04:30.190
  • Less peasant, more pizzazz.
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  • Out with the heads of sheep, in with the heads of state.
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  • Shouldn't we ticker tape this event?
  • 01:04:36.120 --> 01:04:38.130
  • You'd think so.
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  • Let stallions prance and trumpets blast,
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  • summon emperors from ancient thrones
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  • and palaces not yet built.
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  • Abraham and Moses should kneel at the manger.
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  • Even Adam and Eve should come to Bethlehem,
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  • and bow before the Alpha and Omega
  • 01:04:53.270 --> 01:04:55.290
  • whom Mary holds.
  • 01:04:56.000 --> 01:04:57.240
  • But we didn't design the hour, God did.
  • 01:04:57.250 --> 01:05:02.110
  • And God was content to enter the world
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  • in the presence of sleepy sheep and a wide-eyed carpenter,
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  • no spotlights, just candlelight.
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  • No crowns, just cows chewing cud.
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  • God made so little of his Son's coming.
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  • He didn't even circle the date on the calendar.
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  • Ancient Christmas has bounced from date to date
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  • before landing on December 25.
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  • Some early leaders favored dates in march.
  • 01:05:25.090 --> 01:05:28.040
  • For centuries, the Eastern Orthodox church
  • 01:05:28.050 --> 01:05:30.080
  • celebrated Christmas on January 6,
  • 01:05:30.090 --> 01:05:32.170
  • and some still do.
  • 01:05:32.180 --> 01:05:34.110
  • Only in the fourth century did the church choose December 25
  • 01:05:34.120 --> 01:05:38.050
  • as the date to celebrate Jesus' coming.
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  • We've made bigger deals out of lesser comings.
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  • How could this be?
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  • No exact date of birth, no hoopla when he was born.
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  • Is this a mistake?
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  • Or is this the message?
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  • Maybe your life resembles a Bethlehem stable,
  • 01:05:53.250 --> 01:05:57.070
  • crude in some spots and smelly in others.
  • 01:05:57.080 --> 01:06:00.020
  • Not much glamor, not always neat.
  • 01:06:00.030 --> 01:06:02.290
  • And people in your circle remind you of stable animals,
  • 01:06:03.000 --> 01:06:05.270
  • grazing like sheep and stubborn like donkeys.
  • 01:06:05.280 --> 01:06:08.130
  • And that cow in the corner looks a lot like the fella next door.
  • 01:06:08.140 --> 01:06:12.140
  • You, like Joseph, knocked on the innkeeper's door,
  • 01:06:12.150 --> 01:06:15.030
  • but you were too late, too old, too sick, dull,
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  • damaged, poor, peculiar.
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  • You know the sound of a slamming door,
  • 01:06:20.250 --> 01:06:23.070
  • and so here you are in the grotto.
  • 01:06:23.080 --> 01:06:25.110
  • Always on the outskirts of the activity, it seems.
  • 01:06:25.120 --> 01:06:29.140
  • You do your best to make the best of it,
  • 01:06:29.150 --> 01:06:31.100
  • but try as you might, the roof still leaks,
  • 01:06:31.110 --> 01:06:33.240
  • the winter wind still sneaks through the holes.
  • 01:06:33.250 --> 01:06:36.040
  • You just can't seem to fix it.
  • 01:06:36.050 --> 01:06:37.250
  • You shivered through your share of cold nights.
  • 01:06:37.260 --> 01:06:42.230
  • And you wonder if God has a place for a person like you.
  • 01:06:42.240 --> 01:06:47.000
  • Find your answer in the Bethlehem stable.
  • 01:06:47.010 --> 01:06:51.000
  • You see, God knows what it's like to be a human.
  • 01:06:51.010 --> 01:06:54.000
  • When I talk to him about deadlines or long lines
  • 01:06:54.010 --> 01:06:56.080
  • or tough times, he understands.
  • 01:06:56.090 --> 01:06:58.060
  • He's been there, he's been here.
  • 01:06:58.070 --> 01:07:00.250
  • Because of Bethlehem, I have a friend in heaven,
  • 01:07:00.260 --> 01:07:04.040
  • and so do you.
  • 01:07:04.050 --> 01:07:05.290
  • Because of Bethlehem, you have a Savior in heaven.
  • 01:07:06.000 --> 01:07:08.130
  • You see, Christmas begins what Easter celebrates.
  • 01:07:08.140 --> 01:07:11.210
  • The child in the cradle became the king on the cross.
  • 01:07:11.220 --> 01:07:14.220
  • And because he did, there are no marks
  • 01:07:14.230 --> 01:07:17.000
  • on your record, just grace.
  • 01:07:17.010 --> 01:07:19.090
  • Christ's offer has no fine print.
  • 01:07:19.100 --> 01:07:21.150
  • He didn't say, "Clean up before you come in."
  • 01:07:21.160 --> 01:07:23.240
  • He offers, "Come on in, I'll clean you up."
  • 01:07:23.250 --> 01:07:26.220
  • And it's not our grip on him that matters,
  • 01:07:26.230 --> 01:07:28.190
  • but it's his grip on us, and his grip is sure.
  • 01:07:28.200 --> 01:07:32.230
  • It really comes down to that.
  • 01:07:32.240 --> 01:07:35.220
  • God loves us.
  • 01:07:35.230 --> 01:07:37.190
  • The story of Christmas is
  • 01:07:37.200 --> 01:07:39.260
  • the story of God's relentless love.
  • 01:07:39.270 --> 01:07:42.290
  • Let him love you.
  • 01:07:43.000 --> 01:07:44.160
  • If God was willing to wrap himself in rags
  • 01:07:44.170 --> 01:07:46.220
  • and lay in a manger,
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  • then all questions about his love for you
  • 01:07:48.030 --> 01:07:50.050
  • are off the table.
  • 01:07:50.060 --> 01:07:51.290
  • You might question his actions, decisions, or declarations,
  • 01:07:52.000 --> 01:07:55.090
  • but you can never, ever question
  • 01:07:55.100 --> 01:07:57.250
  • his zany, stunning, unquenchable affection.
  • 01:07:57.260 --> 01:08:02.110
  • The moment Mary touched God's face
  • 01:08:02.120 --> 01:08:04.040
  • is the moment God made his case
  • 01:08:04.050 --> 01:08:05.220
  • there is no place he will not go.
  • 01:08:05.230 --> 01:08:08.230
  • And if he is willing to be born in a barnyard,
  • 01:08:08.240 --> 01:08:10.290
  • then you can expect him to be at work anywhere:
  • 01:08:11.000 --> 01:08:13.150
  • bars, bedrooms, boardrooms, brothels.
  • 01:08:13.160 --> 01:08:17.060
  • No place is too common, no person is too hardened,
  • 01:08:17.070 --> 01:08:20.140
  • no distance is too far.
  • 01:08:20.150 --> 01:08:22.170
  • There's no man or woman he cannot reach.
  • 01:08:22.180 --> 01:08:25.050
  • And there is no limit to his love.
  • 01:08:25.060 --> 01:08:28.210
  • You see, when Christ was born, so was our hope.
  • 01:08:28.220 --> 01:08:31.200
  • This is why I love Christmas.
  • 01:08:31.210 --> 01:08:33.260
  • The event invites us to believe the wildest of promises,
  • 01:08:33.270 --> 01:08:38.110
  • that God became one of us so we could become one with him.
  • 01:08:38.120 --> 01:08:44.040
  • And he did away with every barrier,
  • 01:08:44.050 --> 01:08:45.270
  • fence, sin, debt, and grave.
  • 01:08:45.280 --> 01:08:48.160
  • Anything that might keep us from him was demolished.
  • 01:08:48.170 --> 01:08:53.050
  • He only awaits our word to walk through the door.
  • 01:08:53.060 --> 01:08:57.170
  • So invite him in.
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  • Escort him to the seat of honor.
  • 01:08:59.160 --> 01:09:01.130
  • Pull out the chair, clear the table,
  • 01:09:01.140 --> 01:09:03.070
  • clear the calendar, call the kids and neighbors.
  • 01:09:03.080 --> 01:09:06.040
  • Christmas is here.
  • 01:09:06.050 --> 01:09:07.180
  • Christ is here.
  • 01:09:07.190 --> 01:09:10.170
  • One request from you and God will do again what he did then:
  • 01:09:10.180 --> 01:09:14.000
  • scatter the night with everlasting light,
  • 01:09:14.010 --> 01:09:16.270
  • and he will be born in you.
  • 01:09:16.280 --> 01:09:20.060
  • Just listen as God whispers.
  • 01:09:20.070 --> 01:09:22.260
  • "No mess turns me back.
  • 01:09:22.270 --> 01:09:24.270
  • "No smell turns me off.
  • 01:09:24.280 --> 01:09:27.020
  • "I live to live in a life like yours.
  • 01:09:27.030 --> 01:09:30.130
  • "Every heart can be a manger.
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  • Every day can still be Christmas."
  • 01:09:32.250 --> 01:09:35.150
  • So, let "Silent Night" be sung on summer nights.
  • 01:09:35.160 --> 01:09:37.290
  • Let Advent brighten the autumn chill.
  • 01:09:38.000 --> 01:09:40.030
  • The Christmas miracle is a year-long celebration.
  • 01:09:40.040 --> 01:09:44.260
  • May this prayer be yours.
  • 01:09:44.270 --> 01:09:48.020
  • Like the stable in which you lay,
  • 01:09:48.030 --> 01:09:50.110
  • my heart is simple and frail as hay.
  • 01:09:50.120 --> 01:09:53.120
  • But if you would within me stay,
  • 01:09:53.130 --> 01:09:55.180
  • make my heart your manger, I pray.
  • 01:09:55.190 --> 01:09:58.250
  • And make my world your Bethlehem,
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  • centerpieced with heaven's Son.
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  • Make this night a shepherd's sky,
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  • quickened bright with holy dawn.
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  • Rush the air with cherub wings.
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  • Rush this earth, let angels sing.
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  • A glimpse of your face, a taste of your grace
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  • be born in this place, I pray, amen.
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  • (announcer) Discover the book that inspired the television special.
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  • In "Because of Bethlehem," Max Lucado,
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  • one of the most gifted Bible teachers of our time,
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  • has poured decades of study, insights,
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  • and inspiration concerning the birth of Christ
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  • into one treasured volume.
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  • And right now, it's our special Christmas thank you
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  • No one unpacks the wonder, majesty, and significance
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  • of God's gift of Christ Jesus quite like Max Lucado.
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  • (Max) Christmas begins what Easter celebrates.
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  • The child in the cradle became the king on the cross.
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  • These are the heart-shaping promises of Christmas.
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  • And long after the holiday guests have left,
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  • and the carolers have gone home, and the lights have come down,
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  • these promises endure.
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  • So, in the middle of your busy season,
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  • would you take a moment to quiet your heart?
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  • Because of Bethlehem, God knows you,
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  • and he saves you.
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  • (Matt) Because of Bethlehem, we've adopted that theme
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  • for tonight's special.
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  • But there is something very special about this book.
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  • What are they going to get out of this book?
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  • (Max) It's so easy to lose the Christmas message, isn't it?
  • 01:12:01.140 --> 01:12:04.250
  • And all of us can be guilty of the travel,
  • 01:12:04.260 --> 01:12:08.110
  • and the busy-ness, and the extra work or shopping.
  • 01:12:08.120 --> 01:12:13.150
  • And it's very easy to look up on December 26 and say,
  • 01:12:13.160 --> 01:12:18.200
  • "I didn't even think about what Christmas is all about."
  • 01:12:18.210 --> 01:12:22.030
  • And sometimes, that's because
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  • nobody's ever explained it to us.
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  • And I thought it would be great if there was,
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  • in the conversation of Christmas,
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  • a very readable, not too long,
  • 01:12:31.080 --> 01:12:36.000
  • but inspirational book
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  • that would help a person who's saying,
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  • "I just want somebody to tell me the real meaning of Christmas,
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  • "whether I've heard it 1.000 times
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  • or whether I've never heard it at all."
  • 01:12:46.200 --> 01:12:49.220
  • And that's the kind of person I was thinking about
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  • when I wrote this book.
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  • (Matt) I like what it says right on the back cover.
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  • What's the big deal about the baby in the manger?
  • 01:12:58.120 --> 01:13:01.010
  • Who was he?
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  • What does his birth have to do with me?
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  • And I love the answers I found like this one.
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  • "God knows what it's like to be human.
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  • "When we talk to him about deadlines,
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  • long lines, or tough times, he understands."
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  • So, you're unpacking almost a theological book
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  • in a way that can be readable for us now.
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  • I like to write books for people who don't like to read books.
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  • That's the kind of people I like to help.
  • 01:13:26.180 --> 01:13:29.080
  • And people are busy, people have a lot going on.
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  • And most people don't have time to pull down
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  • a big, thick book about the incarnation,
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  • or understanding the history of Christmas.
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  • So, I kind of had that person in mind,
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  • and thought it'd be
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  • a great encouragement to that person.
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  • And Christmas is an encouraging time.
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  • And I believe we live in a day that people need encouragement.
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  • Globally, it's a frightening time.
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  • There's conflicts on every continent.
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  • We've, you know, gone through another major election cycle,
  • 01:13:58.070 --> 01:14:02.210
  • sometimes recession.
  • 01:14:02.220 --> 01:14:04.040
  • The economy looks healthy, sometimes looks
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  • like another recession is coming.
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  • So we live on the edge.
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  • And we need to be reminded that the message of Christmas
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  • says God is still on the throne, God is still in control.
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  • You look at the story of Mary and Joseph,
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  • even the birth of Jesus came out of chaos.
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  • You know, it was a census.
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  • Mary did not want to give birth in a manger.
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  • She would much have rather stayed home in Nazareth.
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  • Joseph didn't want to have to take
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  • his pregnant wife on a long trip to another town.
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  • It was just chaos.
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  • And the town was crowded,
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  • the ancient version of a traffic jam.
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  • It was just everything, and smelly,
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  • messy barn, a manger.
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  • It was--nobody--I would imagine that no one hearing my words had
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  • a more humble birth than Jesus Christ did.
  • 01:14:52.240 --> 01:14:56.200
  • And what does that tell us?
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  • That tells us that God can use even the chaos,
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  • the craziness of our lives, and he can bring miracles,
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  • he can bring good things into our world.
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  • And he still does. That's important.
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  • We need to remember
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  • that Christmas is not just about what God did,
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  • but it's also about what God does,
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  • and let Christmas happen in our lives today.
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  • Greatness is so often born in the most unexpected places,
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  • and from the most unexpected people.
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  • It's one of my favorite themes of the Christmas story.
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  • Mary was a poor, unsuspecting teenage girl.
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  • If you walked by her, you probably wouldn't notice
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  • anything special about her, but God did.
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  • And through Mary's obedience,
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  • God's rescue plan for the world was born.
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  • And so it has always been.
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  • God uses common, everyday people like you and me
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  • to do uncommon things.
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  • We've all heard the beautiful Christmas hymn "O Holy Night."
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  • For 175 years, this history making song
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  • has remained one of the most popular in the world,
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  • inspiring us all to fall to our knees,
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  • to hear the angel's voices, to consider the holy night
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  • our Savior was born.
  • 01:16:10.060 --> 01:16:11.260
  • But like the Christmas story itself, this famous hymn
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  • was birthed in a most unexpected place,
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  • in a rural town in France in the mid-1800s.
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  • A wine merchant named Mr. Placide Cappeau was asked
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  • by his priest to write a poem for the Christmas Eve service.
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  • And Mr. Cappeau wasn't a particularly devout man.
  • 01:16:29.230 --> 01:16:33.050
  • But during a bumpy carriage ride to Paris, inspiration struck.
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  • After reading the Gospel of Luke,
  • 01:16:37.260 --> 01:16:39.280
  • he imagined himself as a witness to the birth of Jesus
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  • on that Holy Night in Bethlehem.
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  • His poem had a simple name, "The Song of Christmas."
  • 01:16:46.090 --> 01:16:50.020
  • All he needed now was a melody to go with it,
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  • so he asked, of all people,
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  • a Jewish friend to write the tune.
  • 01:16:55.050 --> 01:16:57.180
  • The result was spectacular.
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  • Performed for his small congregation on Christmas Eve,
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  • Mr. Cappeau's Christmas hymn became an instant favorite
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  • throughout France, until it was banned by the church.
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  • When church leaders discovered
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  • that Mr. Cappeau had abandoned his faith,
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  • and the melody of his song was penned by a non-Christian,
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  • well, it ruffled too many religious feathers,
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  • and the song was forbidden in churches throughout France.
  • 01:17:21.210 --> 01:17:25.110
  • But try as they might,
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  • the religious Pharisees of the 1800s
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  • could not silence this song.
  • 01:17:29.100 --> 01:17:31.150
  • In fact, they may have had the opposite effect.
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  • "O Holy Night,"
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  • or "The Song of Christmas" as it was called,
  • 01:17:35.210 --> 01:17:38.060
  • continued to be sung outside of the church
  • 01:17:38.070 --> 01:17:41.040
  • in Christmas celebrations throughout France,
  • 01:17:41.050 --> 01:17:44.100
  • and spreading throughout Europe.
  • 01:17:44.110 --> 01:17:46.080
  • Everywhere it went, it brought a message of peace.
  • 01:17:46.090 --> 01:17:49.160
  • One story goes that in the midst of a battle
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  • in the Franco-Prussian war in the 1870s,
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  • a French soldier leaped out of the trenches
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  • in the middle of battle, and sang a verse
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  • from this beloved Christmas hymn.
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  • The Germans were so moved that they sung
  • 01:18:03.120 --> 01:18:05.210
  • a Christmas tune of their own.
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  • And wouldn't you know, both sides stopped fighting.
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  • For 24 hours, in honor of Christmas Day,
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  • these war-torn soldiers were visited
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  • by the Prince of Peace right there on the battlefield.
  • 01:18:16.260 --> 01:18:20.210
  • As the song goes, "Truly he taught us to love one another.
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  • His law is love, and his gospel is peace."
  • 01:18:25.020 --> 01:18:28.160
  • And just as the religious leaders of 2.000 years ago
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  • tried to silence the voice of Jesus,
  • 01:18:32.150 --> 01:18:34.290
  • so it was with this song, but the people kept singing,
  • 01:18:35.000 --> 01:18:39.000
  • and the chorus was growing louder.
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  • It was spreading throughout Europe
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  • and even into the United States.
  • 01:18:43.010 --> 01:18:45.120
  • John Sullivan Dwight was
  • 01:18:45.130 --> 01:18:47.060
  • an American pastor and music critic,
  • 01:18:47.070 --> 01:18:49.250
  • who believed this song had a timely message.
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  • You see, in his day, slavery was still legal.
  • 01:18:52.250 --> 01:18:56.090
  • But this courageous pastor wouldn't stand
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  • for such an injustice.
  • 01:18:58.250 --> 01:19:00.210
  • He was an abolitionist, and he found great inspiration
  • 01:19:00.220 --> 01:19:04.080
  • in one particular verse, "Chains shall he break,
  • 01:19:04.090 --> 01:19:08.050
  • "for the slave is our brother, and in his name
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  • all oppression shall cease."
  • 01:19:11.190 --> 01:19:13.240
  • To the Reverend Dwight, "O Holy Night" was more
  • 01:19:13.250 --> 01:19:16.240
  • than a beautiful Christmas song.
  • 01:19:16.250 --> 01:19:19.000
  • It was an anthem of revolution.
  • 01:19:19.010 --> 01:19:21.250
  • When he translated the hymn for the American audiences,
  • 01:19:21.260 --> 01:19:24.230
  • it became an instant hit,
  • 01:19:24.240 --> 01:19:27.000
  • spreading through churches in the north,
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  • and bringing with it a spirit of freedom.
  • 01:19:29.120 --> 01:19:32.100
  • But the story doesn't end there.
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  • On Christmas Eve in 1906,
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  • 30 years after Mr. Cappeau, the author of the original poem,
  • 01:19:37.140 --> 01:19:41.100
  • died, this song's chorus grew even louder.
  • 01:19:41.110 --> 01:19:45.050
  • A Canadian inventor by the name of Reginald Fessenden
  • 01:19:45.060 --> 01:19:48.130
  • was experimenting with a bold new way
  • 01:19:48.140 --> 01:19:50.280
  • to transmit voice and music, through radio waves.
  • 01:19:50.290 --> 01:19:54.230
  • Hard to believe, but in his day,
  • 01:19:54.240 --> 01:19:56.230
  • this had never been done.
  • 01:19:56.240 --> 01:19:58.180
  • Reginald was a brilliant college professor
  • 01:19:58.190 --> 01:20:01.050
  • and former employee of Thomas Edison,
  • 01:20:01.060 --> 01:20:03.200
  • so he was a technology expert in his day.
  • 01:20:03.210 --> 01:20:07.020
  • And on a cold December night on Christmas Eve in 1906,
  • 01:20:07.030 --> 01:20:11.170
  • Reginald spoke into a microphone,
  • 01:20:11.180 --> 01:20:14.020
  • hoping but not knowing if anyone would hear him.
  • 01:20:14.030 --> 01:20:17.180
  • Now, if you had an opportunity to tell the world
  • 01:20:17.190 --> 01:20:20.090
  • just one thing, what would you say?
  • 01:20:20.100 --> 01:20:22.280
  • How bold would you be?
  • 01:20:22.290 --> 01:20:24.160
  • I'll tell you what this young inventor said.
  • 01:20:24.170 --> 01:20:27.000
  • "And it came to pass in those days
  • 01:20:27.010 --> 01:20:29.170
  • "that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus
  • 01:20:29.180 --> 01:20:32.250
  • that all the world should be taxed."
  • 01:20:32.260 --> 01:20:35.100
  • That's right, he read the Christmas story
  • 01:20:35.110 --> 01:20:37.170
  • right from the Gospel of Luke.
  • 01:20:37.180 --> 01:20:39.240
  • Of course, he didn't know if he was reaching 1.000 people
  • 01:20:39.250 --> 01:20:43.060
  • or none at all, but he spoke the words loud and clear,
  • 01:20:43.070 --> 01:20:46.200
  • as if the entire world was his audience.
  • 01:20:46.210 --> 01:20:49.170
  • And wouldn't you know, there were people listening,
  • 01:20:49.180 --> 01:20:52.040
  • wireless radio operators, the kind in military ships
  • 01:20:52.050 --> 01:20:56.090
  • and newspaper offices, were shocked at the sounds
  • 01:20:56.100 --> 01:20:59.120
  • coming through their tiny speakers,
  • 01:20:59.130 --> 01:21:01.150
  • a human voice,
  • 01:21:01.160 --> 01:21:02.250
  • like a chorus of angels singing to shepherds on a hill.
  • 01:21:02.260 --> 01:21:06.290
  • Reginald surprised an audience with good news that would cause
  • 01:21:07.000 --> 01:21:10.180
  • great joy for all people.
  • 01:21:10.190 --> 01:21:13.030
  • Jesus, God's own Son, the Prince of Peace,
  • 01:21:13.040 --> 01:21:16.140
  • the Savior of the world,
  • 01:21:16.150 --> 01:21:18.000
  • was born in a manger in Bethlehem.
  • 01:21:18.010 --> 01:21:20.270
  • And to end his historic broadcast,
  • 01:21:20.280 --> 01:21:23.070
  • Reginald picked up his violin and played "O Holy Night,"
  • 01:21:23.080 --> 01:21:27.180
  • the first song ever to be broadcast
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  • over radio waves.
  • 01:21:29.240 --> 01:21:31.080
  • That wasn't just a technological marvel.
  • 01:21:31.090 --> 01:21:33.260
  • It was a Christmas miracle.
  • 01:21:33.270 --> 01:21:35.290
  • No matter who we are, where we come from,
  • 01:21:36.000 --> 01:21:38.270
  • or what our past may look like, I believe God has placed
  • 01:21:38.280 --> 01:21:42.050
  • a gospel song in us all.
  • 01:21:42.060 --> 01:21:44.190
  • May we, like this timeless Christmas hymn,
  • 01:21:44.200 --> 01:21:47.240
  • be the bearers of good news.
  • 01:21:47.250 --> 01:21:50.060
  • May we proclaim the truth of Jesus louder
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  • than the voices of the Pharisees.
  • 01:21:53.110 --> 01:21:55.130
  • May our lives be a song of peace in times of war.
  • 01:21:55.140 --> 01:21:59.030
  • May our lives be a song of justice,
  • 01:21:59.040 --> 01:22:01.130
  • setting captives free.
  • 01:22:01.140 --> 01:22:03.040
  • And may our song join heaven's chorus,
  • 01:22:03.050 --> 01:22:06.010
  • reaching across the oceans, bringing the good news to all.
  • 01:22:06.020 --> 01:22:09.220
  • My friend, my sister, Mandisa.
  • 01:22:12.040 --> 01:22:14.240
  • 01:22:18.200 --> 01:22:24.190
  • 01:22:24.200 --> 01:22:28.110
  • O holy night
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  • The stars are brightly shining
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  • It is the night
  • 01:22:37.060 --> 01:22:40.050
  • Of our dear Savior's birth
  • 01:22:40.060 --> 01:22:47.160
  • Long lay the world
  • 01:22:47.170 --> 01:22:51.160
  • In sin and error pining
  • 01:22:51.170 --> 01:22:57.100
  • Till he appeared
  • 01:22:57.110 --> 01:23:00.180
  • And the soul
  • 01:23:00.190 --> 01:23:02.120
  • Felt its worth
  • 01:23:02.130 --> 01:23:07.180
  • A thrill of hope
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  • The weary world rejoices
  • 01:23:11.260 --> 01:23:16.120
  • For yonder breaks
  • 01:23:16.130 --> 01:23:20.210
  • A new and glorious morn
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  • Fall
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  • On your knees
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  • O hear
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  • The angel voices
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  • O night divine
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  • O night
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  • When Christ was born
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  • O night divine
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  • O night
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  • O night divine
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  • Truly he taught us
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  • To love one another
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  • His law is love
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  • And his gospel
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  • Is peace
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  • Chains shall he break
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  • For the slave
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  • Is our brother
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  • And in his name
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  • All oppression
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  • Shall cease
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  • Sweet hymns of joy
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  • In grateful chorus raise we
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  • Let all within us
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  • Praise his holy name
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  • Christ
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  • Is the Lord
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  • O praise
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  • His name
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  • Forever
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  • His power
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  • And glory
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  • Evermore
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  • Evermore proclaim
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  • His power
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  • And glory
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  • Evermore proclaim
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  • Oh, fall
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  • On your knees
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  • Don't you hear
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  • The angel, angel voices
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  • O night divine
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  • O night
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  • When Christ was born
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  • O night
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  • O holy night divine
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  • O night
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  • When my Jesus
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  • Was born
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  • O night divine
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  • 01:27:22.070 --> 01:27:25.000
  • [audience cheering]
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  • (Matt) Max, there could be some people that have tuned in
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  • to this broadcast, and, you know,
  • 01:27:33.260 --> 01:27:36.280
  • there's something different about it.
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  • They're not sure exactly what.
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  • Because of Bethlehem, there's an opportunity
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  • for us to live forever.
  • 01:27:42.250 --> 01:27:44.100
  • Maybe somebody doesn't know exactly how to pray that prayer.
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  • Would you just look into the camera?
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  • All over the world, wherever you're watching,
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  • this may be your night.
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  • Because of Bethlehem,
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  • Jesus came into your life tonight.
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  • What if it's tonight? Max?
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  • (Max) You know, when we were at the Church of the Nativity,
  • 01:28:00.050 --> 01:28:02.250
  • they reminded us that to get in, you have to lower yourself
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  • and enter that small door.
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  • That's a picture of humility, isn't it?
  • 01:28:07.170 --> 01:28:09.250
  • And that's what a person does when they come to faith.
  • 01:28:09.260 --> 01:28:12.170
  • They humble themselves, they humble themselves and say,
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  • "Lord, I need your help.
  • 01:28:15.150 --> 01:28:17.020
  • "I need your help to forgive my sin,
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  • and to live my life."
  • 01:28:19.130 --> 01:28:21.030
  • It really is that simple.
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  • If you'd like to that,
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  • just offer a prayer just like this.
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  • You can use the words that I'm about to say,
  • 01:28:26.040 --> 01:28:28.050
  • or you can take the sentiment and form the prayer
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  • in your own words.
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  • But just say something like this.
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  • "Lord, I trust you.
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  • "I believe that you're a good God,
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  • "and I believe that you know me.
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  • "Please forgive me, forgive my sins.
  • 01:28:41.190 --> 01:28:45.060
  • "I entrust my life to you and my soul to you.
  • 01:28:45.070 --> 01:28:48.130
  • "Would you please receive me?
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  • "Take me to heaven.
  • 01:28:50.140 --> 01:28:52.070
  • "I believe that you're the Savior of the world
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  • "and the God of the universe.
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  • Through Jesus I pray, amen."
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  • (Matt) Wow.
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  • We go from death to life because of Bethlehem.
  • 01:29:00.160 --> 01:29:05.030
  • What an amazing evening.
  • 01:29:05.040 --> 01:29:08.020
  • This setting, the beautiful weather, this location.
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  • You know, God says that his eyes
  • 01:29:12.220 --> 01:29:15.030
  • will never depart from this city.
  • 01:29:15.040 --> 01:29:17.220
  • And we are coming to you from Jerusalem, Israel.
  • 01:29:17.230 --> 01:29:21.200
  • And because of Bethlehem, we get to with you,
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  • on three: one, two, three,
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  • (all) Merry Christmas.
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  • (announcer) In "Because of Bethlehem," Max Lucado,
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  • one of the most gifted Bible teachers of our time,
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  • has poured decades of study, insights,
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  • and inspiration concerning the birth of Christ
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  • into one treasured volume.
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