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Anything Is Possible In The Kingdom of God

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  • Bobby Schuller: And welcome to all of you
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  • who are watching on TV.
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  • You are a part of the this church and we're
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  • so glad you're joining us.
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  • Friends, would you say this with me together?
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  • "I'm not what I do.
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  • I'm not what I have.
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  • I'm not what people say about me.
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  • I am the beloved of God.
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  • It's who I am.
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  • No one can take it from me.
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  • I don't have to worry.
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  • I don't have to hurry.
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  • I can trust my friend Jesus and share his love with the world."
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  • Thanks. You can be seated.
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  • Today, I wanna convince you that anything is possible for your
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  • life if you're doing life with God.
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  • I want, more than anything, for everyone in this church to
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  • believe one simple thing, that if you do life with God,
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  • he can do anything with you.
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  • I believe that with all my heart,
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  • that God loves to do impossible things with improbable people,
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  • that God loves to take imperfect people and do amazing things.
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  • Something good is always coming for you and that
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  • is a Word from God to you.
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  • I believe that something is good and I have
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  • become a possibility thinker.
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  • I've become the type of person that believes that seeing a
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  • world where anything is possible makes you smarter,
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  • more successful, and believe or not,
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  • a more moral person.
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  • Happy people, grateful people, and joyful people love people
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  • better and endure suffering better than everybody else.
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  • And the root to all possibility thinking,
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  • the root to all positivity is rooted in knowledge in the Word
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  • of God that says all things are possible if
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  • you do things with God.
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  • And that's what I wanna tell you today.
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  • And I learned this in my life, by being a possibility thinker,
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  • I learned truly that I am usually my biggest limitation,
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  • that it's usually me who's trying to limit
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  • God in my life because of fear.
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  • I believe that God has us do some of your greatest things in
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  • our darkest hours, and I just believe
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  • good things are coming for you.
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  • And I'm happy for you, and I should be because
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  • you're a good person.
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  • All right, so everything changed at year zero.
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  • There is no year zero, but you know what I mean.
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  • There is this weird thing.
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  • There's this two epochs of human history, B.C. and A.D.
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  • and it all resolves around one thing.
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  • You know what it resolves around?
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  • Christmas, that's what B.C. stands for, before
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  • Christmas, before Christmas.
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  • No, B.C. actually means before Christ, but here
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  • we're gonna call it before Christmas 'cause it's
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  • basically the same thing.
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  • You know, the year one is the year Jesus was
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  • born, more or less.
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  • And A.D. stands for, not after death, A.D.
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  • stands for anno domini.
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  • That means in Latin, the year of our Lord.
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  • You see, something happened at year one.
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  • The reason all of human history, every religion,
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  • every worldview, and every nationality breaks down the
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  • date to A.D. and B.C. is because something
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  • really important happened there.
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  • Everything changed.
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  • In the coming of the real person of Jesus Christ,
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  • he brought, in his body, heaven.
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  • He brought all the possibilities of heaven with him in his very
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  • flesh and he made the abundance of heaven
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  • open up to you and to me.
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  • Isn't that great news that on A.D. 1, we entered into
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  • the year of our Lord when heaven invaded earth?
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  • We are living in the year of God where anything is possible and
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  • this was prophesied for hundreds of years.
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  • This was the hope of the world that Christ would come and he
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  • did and that is very, very good news.
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  • It's good news for you, it's good news for me 'cause we
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  • serve a God that says anything is possible.
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  • We serve a God that says, "It's only over when you're dead and
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  • when you die, things get even better.
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  • And when you die it's like waking up and you enter into my
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  • kingdom into the fullness of your inheritance."
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  • See, only good things are coming for you.
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  • No matter where you are, only good things are coming for you
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  • if you respond in faith.
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  • The birth of Jesus Christ was the turning of the
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  • tide in human history.
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  • It's where everything turned around.
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  • The Bible is not naive to the suffering of the world.
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  • When you read, especially the Old Testament in the Jewish
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  • Scriptures, you read about how the Bible authors really
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  • struggled with this question, "Why do bad things
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  • happen to good people?"
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  • One of the first books in the Bible ever written,
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  • Job, deals only with that question,
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  • most of the minor prophets.
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  • Majority of the psalms are psalms of laments.
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  • "O Lord, how long will you forget the poor?
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  • How long will you forget the downcast, O Lord?
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  • How long must we sing this song?"
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  • The very words of Jesus Christ on the cross,
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  • "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?"
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  • Quoting the psalmist.
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  • See, the Bible's not naive to the fact that people are
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  • suffering, and it gives us stories,
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  • and it gives us words to encapsulate our suffering.
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  • But the Bible also promises us that in the midst of your
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  • suffering, you will overcome, that you have everything you
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  • need to endure to victory, and you will.
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  • And I'm proud of you.
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  • I remember once when we was in seminary and I was in the King
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  • David Hotel and I was sitting with a couple
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  • of rabbis, these guys.
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  • Benicio del Toro was there, second from the right.
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  • Just kidding, that's from "Snatch," but I'm trying
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  • to give you a visual.
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  • And I'm sitting in the King David lobby,
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  • I think it was called, in LAX and was about to go to Israel.
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  • And I was sitting there with these two--
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  • Hannah, were you there?
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  • Yeah, Hannah and I were there together and we were sitting and
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  • talking to these two Orthodox rabbis.
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  • And I said--you know, we were talking back and forth and they
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  • said, "What do you do?"
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  • And I said, "I'm a pastor."
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  • And they said, "Are you evangelical?
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  • We like evangelicals because evangelicals like Israel."
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  • And I said, "I am an evangelical and I'm a sort
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  • of a rare breed of evangelicals.
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  • We're called Calvinists.
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  • We're the frozen chosen."
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  • And he said, he said, "What does that mean?
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  • What does Calvinist mean?"
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  • I said, "Well, you know, we're basically really obsessed with,
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  • you know, the sovereignty of God
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  • and God's planning of everything.
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  • We talk a lot about philosophically, you know?"
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  • And I just started asking him
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  • I said, "What do the Jews believe?
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  • What do the Orthodox Jews believe?
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  • I mean, did God know we were gonna meet?
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  • Did you know I was gonna sit here?
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  • Did you know I was gonna pick up this pen?
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  • Did you know everything that was gonna happen?
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  • Did he preordain it all?
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  • If he knows everything and he has control over everything,
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  • did he make everything happen?
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  • And if so, what does that say about the character of God and
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  • about our own freewill?"
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  • And I'm going on and on like this.
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  • And then I just finished I was like...
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  • and they looked at me a little bit like I was an idiot.
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  • And they looked at each other and looked at me and one guy
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  • goes, "Who can know such things?"
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  • [congregation laughing]
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  • And can I just tell you, man, was in the heap of my Calvinism,
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  • and at the time, that was really very helpful for me.
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  • It really was super helpful for me to
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  • just be like, "I don't know."
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  • There are some things maybe in life that we spend a lot of time
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  • dwelling on that aren't gonna be helpful to you,
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  • to me, or to what God's called you to do.
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  • Sometimes it's good to just live in that mystery
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  • and to be okay with that.
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  • And that's just what I wanna say to you today.
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  • You're wrestling, "Man, is God punishing me?
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  • Has God forgotten me?"
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  • Maybe you're wrestling with your faith.
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  • Maybe you wonder why these bad things are happening to you.
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  • I want you to know it's gonna make sense in the end.
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  • God is one, he is just, and he is love.
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  • He is love.
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  • And he loves you so much.
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  • And he's on your side.
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  • And so, the Israeli people--the Jewish people,
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  • rather, proclaimed that someday God was going to save the world.
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  • He was gonna turn the tide.
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  • In the midst of saying, "God, have you forgotten us?"
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  • In the midst of saying, "God, why all the suffering?"
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  • In the midst of saying, "God, why all this evil?"
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  • There was this prophetic voice that said,
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  • "Someday, he's gonna come and he's gonna set things right."
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  • One of the books that talked about this best was the Book of
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  • Isaiah, oftentimes referred to as the fifth gospel because it
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  • talks about the coming of the Messiah so much.
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  • In this Advent passage, which I love,
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  • I think it's one of the most beautiful passages,
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  • talks about the coming of the Messiah.
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  • Now, when it talks about Jesse, by the way,
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  • Jesse was the house of David.
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  • It's the royal family and this is what it says.
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  • Isaiah says this to a suffering people,
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  • "A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse;
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  • from his roots a Branch will bear fruit.
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  • The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him, the Spirit of wisdom and
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  • of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of might,
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  • the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord, and he will
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  • delight in the fear of the Lord.
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  • He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes,
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  • or decide by what he hears with his ears; but with
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  • righteousness he will judge the needy, with justice he will
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  • give decisions for the poor of the earth.
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  • He will strike the earth with the rod of his mouth;
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  • with the breath of his lips he will slay the wicked.
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  • Righteousness will be his belt and faithfulness the
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  • sash around his waist.
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  • The wolf will lie with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with
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  • the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together;
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  • and a little child will lead them.
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  • The cow will feed with the bear, their young will lie down
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  • together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox.
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  • The infant will play near the cobra's den,
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  • and the young child will put its hand into the viper's nest.
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  • They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain,
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  • for the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Lord
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  • as the waters cover the sea."
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  • And can I tell you when Jesus came to this world,
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  • he--all of that began.
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  • Everything in history changed.
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  • And as Jesus walked this earth, everywhere he went,
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  • he taught and just began healing people, and saving people,
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  • and turning the whole religious system on its head.
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  • And he gave his life and was raised from the dead for you and
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  • for me that we may inherent the full abundance of the kingdom of
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  • heaven, that we can pray with faith and believe
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  • on earth as it is in heaven.
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  • On earth, as it is in heaven. On earth, as it is in heaven.
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  • We serve a Jesus Christ who looked at his disciples who said
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  • things like, "I'm just a tax collector.
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  • I'm just a Samaritan. I'm just a prostitute.
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  • I'm an outcast. I'm a sinner."
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  • And he said to you, "All things are possible with
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  • those who do life with God."
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  • That's what Matthew says.
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  • With man, it may be impossible, but with God,
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  • all things are possible.
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  • All things are possible to you if you do life with God.
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  • That's good news.
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  • Your life is limitless when you do life with God.
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  • Think about what's possible for you if you just believe.
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  • If God is real and you're really doing life with him,
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  • think about what is possible in your life.
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  • This passage in Isaiah that we're reading about,
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  • you know, it sounds like when we read it,
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  • it talks about the stump.
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  • And maybe you think you're a stump.
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  • Maybe you think that you've been chopped down.
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  • If you cut a tree down and you chop it down, it's dead.
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  • It's not gonna grow back.
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  • And in this picture, this grainy picture of a stump,
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  • maybe you feel like this.
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  • You're the stump.
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  • You're just sticking out of the ground and you're
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  • never gonna grow again.
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  • But something happens when we get a perspective of being a
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  • part of something bigger than ourselves.
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  • When it stops being about just me,
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  • it's about being a part of something much bigger and we
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  • stand back, we can actually see that--the big picture.
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  • And so, there's a big difference between being a tree that's cut
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  • down and a tree that's pruned.
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  • A tree that's cut down is never coming back,
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  • but a tree that's been pruned is just made to be stronger.
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  • And yeah, it's uglier.
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  • It's a stinkin' ugly tree, but it's in its best
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  • position ever right now.
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  • Even though it looks ugly, and it looks battered,
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  • and it looks dead, it's more alive and it's ready to bear
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  • more fruit than it ever has, and that's you.
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  • You think you're cut down, you're not.
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  • You're a part of something much bigger than you.
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  • You can't be cut down.
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  • You can only be pruned.
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  • Sometimes God does the pruning and sometimes
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  • the devil does it on accident.
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  • I really believe that.
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  • But if you respond with faith, you won't be cut down,
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  • you'll just be pruned.
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  • You'll be ready in this winter of your season to come back with
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  • an amazing spring, to do amazing things for God and for others,
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  • and to bear incredible fruit if you respond with faith.
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  • If you stop saying it's impossible.
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  • Impossible is such an irresponsible word.
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  • Nothing is impossible for God.
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  • Believe it.
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  • There's a story of a man named Ben Underwood who had,
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  • I think it's called sonar sight or something like this.
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  • And he had taught himself as a blind man
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  • to be able to see using sound.
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  • It's amazing, you can see YouTube videos on it.
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  • He would make a clicking sound with his mouth,
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  • something like--and by doing that,
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  • he was able to hear how sound waves were bouncing off the
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  • walls, sort of like a bat or a dolphin.
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  • He was able to use his ears to see objects in
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  • the room and around him.
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  • It's a phenomenal thing.
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  • And so, he could do things like pick up the telephone
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  • and walk around his house.
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  • And he could even ride his bike by making this clicking sound.
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  • He was actually able to see.
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  • One of the most amazing parts about the story is that the
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  • reason he went blind is 'cause he had cancer in his eyes.
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  • And so, he was just a little boy and when he came out,
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  • his mama was there.
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  • Her name was Aquanetta.
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  • And he came out of this surgery with no eyes.
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  • And he said, "Mama, I can't see."
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  • And here was her response, "You can see."
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  • And first she took his hands.
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  • She put them on her arm.
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  • She said, "You can see with your hands."
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  • And then she took her arm and she put it up to his nose so he
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  • could smell her perfume.
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  • She said, "You can see with your nose."
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  • Then she went she whispered into his ears and she said,
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  • "Ben, you can see with your ears."
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  • She said, "You may not see like you used to, but you can see."
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  • You see, where everyone had said he's blind,
  • 00:19:10.000 --> 00:19:11.280
  • she said, "You're not as blind as you think.
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  • You can see in new ways."
  • 00:19:14.080 --> 00:19:17.060
  • And by beginning his journey of blindness in that way,
  • 00:19:17.070 --> 00:19:20.190
  • he became a possibility thinker, someone that said,
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  • "Maybe seeing is possible for me."
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  • And developed this bizarre method where by making sounds,
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  • he can see and live a much more normal life in the world around
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  • him because his mom believed in him and never
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  • said that he was gonna be blind.
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  • This story was talked about and inspired another girl named Liz
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  • Murray, who was living on the streets of New York.
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  • She was a homeless lady.
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  • And both of her parents were drug addicts,
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  • and they both died when she was 15.
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  • And what typically happens to teenagers in that is they
  • 00:20:01.200 --> 00:20:03.290
  • usually end up going to drugs themselves, but not her.
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  • She said when her mom died, it was incredibly tragic for her,
  • 00:20:07.260 --> 00:20:10.170
  • and yet at the same time, she got this idea that because
  • 00:20:10.180 --> 00:20:14.220
  • something had radically changed in her life,
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  • maybe it didn't have to always be this way.
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  • She said, "I fell in love with possibility.
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  • And for me, possibility was the what if voice.
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  • I started to just ask the question, what if?
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  • What if a school let me go back to high school?"
  • 00:20:29.290 --> 00:20:31.130
  • So she went around asking
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  • high schools, "Hey, will you let me in?"
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  • And most of them said no till she finally found one.
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  • They said, "Yup, you can go here."
  • 00:20:36.180 --> 00:20:38.170
  • And then she said, "What if I can get straight As?"
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  • And she did.
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  • She got a vision for straight As and got them.
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  • And then she thought, "What if I could go to Harvard?
  • 00:20:44.180 --> 00:20:47.110
  • And what if I got in?"
  • 00:20:47.120 --> 00:20:48.210
  • So she applied to Harvard and she got in.
  • 00:20:48.220 --> 00:20:52.020
  • And then she said, "Well, what if I can get
  • 00:20:52.030 --> 00:20:53.150
  • somebody to pay for this?"
  • 00:20:53.160 --> 00:20:54.250
  • So, she started writing scholarships and "New York
  • 00:20:54.260 --> 00:20:57.060
  • Times" paid for it because her story was so compelling.
  • 00:20:57.070 --> 00:21:00.230
  • And now she's become this incredible person who says never
  • 00:21:00.240 --> 00:21:05.280
  • lose your love for possibilities.
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  • Never lose the what-if voice.
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  • Never lose your passion!
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  • And never stop believing that anything is possible.
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  • Friends, I want you to fall in love with life because life has
  • 00:21:21.160 --> 00:21:26.250
  • limitless possibilities when you do life with Jesus Christ.
  • 00:21:26.260 --> 00:21:32.080
  • He can do anything through you if you just believe.
  • 00:21:32.090 --> 00:21:35.250
  • Isn't that his biggest criticism of his disciples?
  • 00:21:35.260 --> 00:21:38.060
  • "O, you of little faith.
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  • If you just had the faith of a mustard seed,
  • 00:21:39.180 --> 00:21:41.230
  • you can say to that mountain, move and be thrown into the
  • 00:21:41.240 --> 00:21:44.130
  • sea and it would."
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  • I wanna be a person of faith.
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  • I wanna be a person that can see the possibilities that are made
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  • available to me in Christ Jesus.
  • 00:21:52.240 --> 00:21:56.150
  • You know, people naturally--all science shows that people
  • 00:21:56.160 --> 00:21:59.150
  • naturally lean towards the negative.
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  • There will be lots of people in your life--I call them
  • 00:22:02.150 --> 00:22:05.050
  • impossibility thinkers, you know,
  • 00:22:05.060 --> 00:22:07.210
  • people that love--that are so smart,
  • 00:22:07.220 --> 00:22:09.260
  • they love to tell you how limited your life is and how
  • 00:22:09.270 --> 00:22:12.110
  • impossible your future is.
  • 00:22:12.120 --> 00:22:15.040
  • And I love to just, the proof is in the pudding.
  • 00:22:15.050 --> 00:22:18.160
  • Just do it and show them that they're wrong.
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  • I want you to know that you don't have to listen to
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  • impossibility thinkers.
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  • Although it's good to be rational and good to be sane,
  • 00:22:25.060 --> 00:22:29.050
  • sometimes it's also good to be a little crazy.
  • 00:22:29.060 --> 00:22:31.220
  • Sometimes it's good to be a possibility thinker.
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  • Sometimes it's good to actually believe that if God wants you to
  • 00:22:33.170 --> 00:22:36.120
  • do something, you can actually do it,
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  • and I do believe that for you.
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  • I believe that your future is as bright as you believe it can be.
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  • I believe that thinking about the possibilities of life,
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  • I believe that being positive, I believe that being hopeful,
  • 00:22:52.130 --> 00:22:55.160
  • that being joyful, that being loving,
  • 00:22:55.170 --> 00:22:57.190
  • and that being kind is harder than being critical,
  • 00:22:57.200 --> 00:23:00.140
  • being negative, and telling everybody how impossible
  • 00:23:00.150 --> 00:23:03.020
  • everything is, and that's why I'm proud of you.
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  • The world needs hopeful visionaries like you that can
  • 00:23:06.120 --> 00:23:09.220
  • see the possibility of an amazing future for your life and
  • 00:23:09.230 --> 00:23:13.210
  • for the lives of others.
  • 00:23:13.220 --> 00:23:15.230
  • And we need more people who are not limited by impossibility,
  • 00:23:15.240 --> 00:23:19.070
  • but know that we serve a God that says we can do anything if
  • 00:23:19.080 --> 00:23:22.250
  • we do life with him.
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  • See the best in people and you're gonna get
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  • the best out of people.
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  • See the best in your life, you're gonna get
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  • the best out of your life.
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  • And see the best in your future, you're gonna get
  • 00:23:33.060 --> 00:23:35.060
  • the best out of your future.
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  • God sees the best in you, and I know you have great things in
  • 00:23:36.230 --> 00:23:40.040
  • store if you just continue to be the person he created you to be,
  • 00:23:40.050 --> 00:23:44.210
  • that when he says, "I want you do something great," you just
  • 00:23:44.220 --> 00:23:47.130
  • say, "Yes, let's do it."
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  • Good things are coming for you and that's the
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  • Word of God from me to you.
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  • Let's pray.
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  • Lord, thank you so much for calling us here.
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  • We love you and we believe.
  • 00:23:58.120 --> 00:24:01.100
  • In a world that says, "You're sick,
  • 00:24:01.110 --> 00:24:04.000
  • you're dying, you're failing, you're a loser,
  • 00:24:04.010 --> 00:24:06.150
  • you're a sinner," we say, "I trust God."
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  • We say, Lord, that you are bigger than every obstacle that
  • 00:24:12.270 --> 00:24:15.220
  • we're facing and we thank you that you have called us,
  • 00:24:15.230 --> 00:24:18.280
  • you've ordained us, and that you're gonna use us if we just
  • 00:24:18.290 --> 00:24:21.190
  • respond with yes, and we do.
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  • In Jesus' name, amen.
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  • Bobby: "Hour of Power" is passionate about bringing
  • 00:24:29.140 --> 00:24:31.070
  • dignity and discipleship to hurting people
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  • all around the world.
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  • As we're getting close to 2017, we're dreaming
  • 00:24:34.290 --> 00:24:37.010
  • about the big things we can do.
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  • The more support we get, the more we're gonna be
  • 00:24:39.100 --> 00:24:41.130
  • able to accomplish.
  • 00:24:41.140 --> 00:24:42.260
  • Would you consider making a year-end gift to this ministry?
  • 00:24:42.270 --> 00:24:45.160
  • It would mean the world to me.
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  • Remember, as always, God loves you, and so do we.
  • 00:24:47.120 --> 00:24:50.220
  • Robert Dyer: My mother was diagnosed with cancer,
  • 00:24:52.060 --> 00:24:54.210
  • and we could no longer go to church together.
  • 00:24:54.220 --> 00:24:56.230
  • One Sunday, while channel surfing,
  • 00:24:56.240 --> 00:24:58.040
  • I found "Hour of Power."
  • 00:24:58.050 --> 00:24:59.290
  • From that day forward, we never missed a service together.
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  • Before my mother passed, we looked forward to "Hour of
  • 00:25:03.070 --> 00:25:05.210
  • Power" all week long.
  • 00:25:05.220 --> 00:25:07.170
  • On Sunday mornings, we greeted each other with excitement,
  • 00:25:07.180 --> 00:25:10.150
  • saying, "We get to go to church today!"
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  • A doctor told her she had 2 months to live.
  • 00:25:13.210 --> 00:25:16.010
  • But due to the nourishment of her faith through prayer and
  • 00:25:16.020 --> 00:25:18.030
  • watching "Hour of Power," God decided that she was
  • 00:25:18.040 --> 00:25:20.150
  • to live for another 26 months.
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  • Praise God.
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  • "Hour of Power" provided us with the opportunity to attend church
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  • when we needed it most but were unable to go out.
  • 00:25:26.250 --> 00:25:29.170
  • I still look forward to watching "Hour of Power" each week with
  • 00:25:29.180 --> 00:25:32.020
  • the same eagerness as I did when my mother was here.
  • 00:25:32.030 --> 00:25:34.280
  • I can still feel her holding my hand and saying,
  • 00:25:34.290 --> 00:25:37.140
  • "God loves you, and so do I!"
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  • God bless you and everyone there.
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  • Sincerely, Robert Dyer.
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  • Hannah Schuller: Robert, your letter really touched me,
  • 00:25:46.010 --> 00:25:47.250
  • and I just hope that someday I'll have that
  • 00:25:47.260 --> 00:25:49.240
  • same relationship with my son, that I could sit there
  • 00:25:49.250 --> 00:25:52.150
  • and hold his hand, and we could worship God together.
  • 00:25:52.160 --> 00:25:56.050
  • I want to say that's just a beautiful thing that you
  • 00:25:56.060 --> 00:25:58.110
  • had with your mom.
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  • Bobby: We tell these stories because we want you to know that
  • 00:25:59.220 --> 00:26:02.200
  • when you give to "Hour of Power," you're not giving to
  • 00:26:02.210 --> 00:26:04.250
  • us, to me and Hannah.
  • 00:26:04.260 --> 00:26:06.050
  • You're giving to guys like Robert and his mom.
  • 00:26:06.060 --> 00:26:08.280
  • People many times who can't even go to church,
  • 00:26:08.290 --> 00:26:11.250
  • and some people who maybe they feel burned by church and just
  • 00:26:11.260 --> 00:26:14.110
  • can't muster up the energy to go back in the building,
  • 00:26:14.120 --> 00:26:16.290
  • or people who are going through a time of despair,
  • 00:26:17.000 --> 00:26:19.040
  • and we are there to encourage them, and it's your support
  • 00:26:19.050 --> 00:26:22.170
  • that makes that possible.
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  • And something like an Eagles donor,
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  • or somebody who gives as like a monthly thing and says,
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  • you know, "'Hour of Power,' we're gonna be behind you every
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  • single month," that makes all the difference to us,
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  • because it helps us know how much we can do,
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  • and it helps us to be wise and prudent with our money.
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  • So to all of you who continue to support us,
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  • we are so thankful, and we want you to know that you are making
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  • a difference in the world through your generosity.
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  • announcer: This week, when you give to our ministry,
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  • we wanna say a small thank you.
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  • So for any gift of $75 or more, we will send you this I Am the
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  • Beloved of God blanket.
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  • Whether a gift or a keepsake, let it remind you that you are
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  • truly loved just as you are.
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  • Your donations are what bring "Hour of Power" into the
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  • hospitals, prisons, and homes of people all around the world.
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  • So thank you for your support.
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  • Call, write, or go online now.
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  • The first Noel, the angels did say was to
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  • certain poor
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