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God Loves Your Body

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June 22, 2019
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Hour of Power with Bobby Schuller

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God Loves Your Body

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  • and viewers like you.
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  • Joyful, joyful, we adore You
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  • God of glory, Lord of love
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  • Hearts unfold like flow'rs before You
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  • Op'ning to the sun above
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  • Melt the clouds of sin and sadness
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  • Drive the dark of doubt away
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  • Giver of immortal gladness, Fill us with the light of day
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  • Amen, Amen
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  • Amen
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  • Bobby Schuller: This is the day the Lord has made.
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  • We will rejoice and be glad in it.
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  • Good morning.
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  • Hannah Schuller: And welcome, church family and visitors.
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  • Recently, I was reading an article by "Darling Magazine"
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  • that talks about how our bodies are not ornaments,
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  • but powerful vessels, and it is so true.
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  • Your body, even if it is broken right now, can and is used
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  • by God to heal, bless, and love others.
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  • Thank you so much for being here today.
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  • We love you.
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  • Bobby: Yeah, and we're so--
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  • we really are so glad you're here,
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  • and today we're gonna talk about some of the keys to finding
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  • health and how our thoughts affect our physical health and
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  • how God really does want us to honor our bodies,
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  • so let's begin this morning with a word of prayer.
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  • Father, we thank you, we love you, and we ask in Jesus's name
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  • that your Holy Spirit would be so present in this space for
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  • everybody watching on television or here in the service.
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  • We thank you, God, that you wanna do something special
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  • in our lives today.
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  • Thank you that nobody is here on accident.
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  • We are all here for a reason and, Lord, we're excited to see
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  • what it is you're gonna do.
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  • We love you and it's in Jesus's name we pray, amen?
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  • Hannah: Amen.
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  • Turn around and shake the hand of the person next to you
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  • and say, "God loves you and so do I."
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  • announcer: Do you feel stuck in a rut
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  • and ready for change?
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  • The solution for real transformation may be easier
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  • than you think.
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  • Today, with your generous gift of any size,
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  • you can request Pastor Bobby's new book,
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  • "Change your Thoughts, Change Your World,"
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  • plus the exclusive audio CD
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  • "Prayers & Promises for a Renewed Mind."
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  • In this special companion CD, you'll hear prayers
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  • in the Scriptures read by Bobby and Hannah.
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  • Call or go online today, and for your generous gift of any size,
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  • we'll send you Bobby's brand-new book
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  • plus the exclusive audio disk,
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  • "Prayers & Promises for a Renewed Mind,"
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  • designed to help you change your life
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  • by changing your thoughts.
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  • Request these encouraging resources today and learn that
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  • by changing your thoughts, you can change your world.
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  • Bobby: Changing how you think is critical
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  • to changing your life.
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  • I know this is easier said than done,
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  • but that's why I've written a book about it.
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  • It's a personal and practical approach to understanding
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  • biblical keys that will not only transform the way you think,
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  • but the way you live.
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  • Hannah: The words of Paul found in 1 Corinthians 6:19.
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  • "Do you not know that your bodies are temples
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  • of the Holy Spirit, who is in you,
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  • whom you have received from God?
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  • You are not your own; you were bought at a price.
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  • Therefore honor God with your bodies."
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  • Church family, your body is an amazing instrument for goodness.
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  • It is a gift, amen?
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  • I will lift mine eyes, lift mine eyes
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  • [congregation applauding]
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  • Tim McCalmont: Today, as we prepare for a time for prayer,
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  • I'd like to take our cue from Psalm 67.
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  • Would you join me in prayer?
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  • Lord, as we worship today we are reminded from the words of the
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  • psalmist may God be gracious to us and bless us and make his
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  • face to shine upon us so that your ways may be known on the
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  • earth, your salvation among all the nations.
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  • May the peoples praise you. God.
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  • May the nations be glad and sing for joy.
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  • Lord, as we pray we're reminded of the images we've seen
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  • of violence in the streets, in our schools,
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  • in our communities, our civic centers.
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  • Lord, we pray that your Holy Spirit would be a healing
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  • influence from all those who have been victimized
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  • by these terrible attacks.
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  • Lord, we pray this day for any who have been affected by the
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  • severe weather that's been passing through the center part
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  • of our country, the East Coast.
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  • Lord, we ask that this day-- as we frequently do,
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  • we pray for our nation's leaders and today, Father,
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  • we hold up President Trump and his family,
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  • and we ask, Lord, that you would strip us
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  • of any political affiliations or leanings at this time.
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  • Jesus, help us to see we're all people trying our best.
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  • Lord, we pray that you would bring wisdom and courage and
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  • your compassion to the decisions he must make.
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  • We ask, Lord, that he would be open to your Holy Spirit to be
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  • a voice of reconciliation in a nation that is so divided.
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  • Lord, we hold up any here today who are trapped in a cul-de-sac
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  • that life brings, perhaps someone who is suffering from
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  • a broken relationship, or someone who is trapped in
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  • the darkness of grief and despair, regret.
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  • Lord, or someone who is perhaps facing a big decision
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  • just ahead, the stress that comes with that.
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  • Lord, we pray that your Holy Spirit would shine a ray
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  • of light, a ray of hope over their life this day.
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  • Lord, we pray for Pastor Bobby as he brings an important
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  • message today about the truth of the gospel in our lives and,
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  • Lord, we pray that we would have open hearts and minds and that
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  • we would hear the Word that you have to bring to us through him.
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  • Lord, be with the offering as we receive it.
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  • Would you bless the giver?
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  • Would you bless each one and would you multiply the gifts
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  • that are given to the furtherance of your kingdom?
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  • And Lord, now hear as we together pray the prayer that
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  • you've taught us to pray, saying: Our Father
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  • who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.
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  • Thy kingdom come.
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  • Thy will be done on Earth, as it is in heaven.
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  • Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our debts
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  • as we forgive our debtors and lead us not into temptation,
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  • but deliver us from evil.
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  • For thine is the kingdom and the power
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  • and the glory forever, amen.
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  • This is my worship
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  • This is my offering
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  • In every moment I withhold nothing
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  • I'm learning to trust you even when I can't see it
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  • And even in suffering I have to believe it
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  • If you say it's wrong, then I'll say no
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  • If you say release, I'm letting go
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  • If you're in it with me, I'll begin
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  • And when you say to jump, I'm diving in
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  • If you say, "Be still," then I will wait
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  • If you say to jump, I will obey
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  • Teach me how to follow in your ways
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  • I'm done chasing feelings
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  • Spirit, lead me
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  • Spirit, lead me
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  • Holy Spirit
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  • When all hope is gone and your Word is all I've got
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  • I have to believe
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  • You still bring water from the rock
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  • to satisfy my thirst, to love me at my worst
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  • And even when I don't remember
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  • you remind me of my word
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  • I don't trust my ways
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  • I'm trading in my faults
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  • I lay down everything
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  • 'cause you're all that I want
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  • I've landed on my knees
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  • This is the cup you have for me
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  • and even when it don't make sense
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  • I'm gonna let your Spirit lead
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  • Spirit, lead me
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  • I'm gonna let your Spirit lead
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  • Spirit, lead me
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  • I'm gonna let your Spirit lead
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  • Spirit, lead me
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  • Gonna let your Spirit lead
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  • Spirit, lead me
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  • If you say it's wrong, then I'll say no
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  • If you say release, I'm letting go
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  • If you're in it with me, I'll begin
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  • And when you say to jump, I'm diving in
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  • If you say, "Be still," then I will wait
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  • When you say to trust, I will obey
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  • You're the only truth, the life, the way
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  • I'm done chasing feelings
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  • Spirit, lead me
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  • Spirit, lead me
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  • O Holy Spirit, lead me
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  • Spirit, lead me
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  • Come and have your way
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  • Come and have your way
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  • Spirit, lead me
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  • Holy Spirit
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  • Spirit, lead me
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  • [congregation applauding]
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  • Bobby: Michael Ketterer, hi.
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  • Michael Ketterer: How are you doing?
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  • Bobby: It's so nice to have you in the house.
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  • I'm so glad you're here.
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  • We're so excited to have Michael Ketterer with us today.
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  • His--he and his group, yeah.
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  • He and his group, Influence Music, have a new album called
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  • "Rebels," featuring our own Voices of Hope,
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  • so that will be out in July, and we're really excited about it.
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  • Kids, what do you think about working with Michael?
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  • He's a nice guy, huh?
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  • children: Yeah.
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  • Bobby: Yeah, Michael. Okay, it's awesome.
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  • Well, welcome, Michael. We're so glad you're here.
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  • Those songs were amazing, so inspirational.
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  • Who wrote those?
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  • Michael: Those songs were written by me and the team.
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  • Bobby: Wow! They're truly amazing, man.
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  • I was listening to this thing. I have to get this album.
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  • So, how did you get into music and how did you start
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  • pursuing all of this?
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  • Michael: Oddly enough, my dad was a minister,
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  • and he was a choir director, actually, like right over here.
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  • I grew up in the choir my whole life, you know?
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  • My dad from a very young age taught me and my brother and my
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  • sister how to harmonize with each other, so, yeah, it's been
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  • a part of my life as long as I can remember.
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  • Bobby: It's amazing how many of--
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  • some of the biggest pop stars in America,
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  • for the last 40 years, grew up singing in choir
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  • or singing in church.
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  • Michael: Yeah, I'd like to say it's always been inside
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  • of me, and it's like something I have to do, you know?
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  • I have to get out and sing. It's my expression.
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  • It's my expression in worship.
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  • Bobby: Well, tell us about your new album
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  • coming out July 19.
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  • It's this one that they're showcasing these songs, huh?
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  • Michael: Oh my gosh, and not just they're singing on it.
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  • A lot of them have been in the video.
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  • There's actually a short film associated with this new album
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  • called "Rebels" that's coming out and a lot of these guys
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  • are in the film, too, as well, so it's amazing.
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  • Bobby: I was actually telling Hannah--I was like it's amazing
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  • how much the Voices of Hope really add.
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  • There is a balance because you have, kind of, a deeper voice
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  • and then the sort of lighter voice of kids
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  • and teens somehow mixing.
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  • It just really creates an awesome sound.
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  • Michael: Yeah, it's powerful and, you know, it's--
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  • part of my story, I'm also a pediatric mental health nurse
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  • at CHOC Hospital.
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  • I work there in the mental health unit, and my wife and I,
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  • we've adopted five kids out of foster care, so pediatric
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  • children are, like, a passion, you know, my passion,
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  • so to be able to be up here and singing with them,
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  • singing with these guys, is like a dream come true.
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  • It's amazing.
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  • Bobby: Wow! That's awesome.
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  • Well, Michael, it's a dream for us to have you here.
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  • We're so, so grateful.
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  • Thank you for being here, and thanks
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  • for leading us in worship.
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  • Everybody, Michael Ketterer.
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  • Thank you, sir. God bless you.
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  • Michael: Thanks, man.
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  • I've heard a thousand stories
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  • of what they think you're like
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  • and I've heard the tender whisper
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  • of love in the dead of night
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  • And you tell me that you're pleased
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  • and that I'm never alone
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  • You're a good, good Father
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  • It's who you are. It's who you are
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  • It's who you are
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  • And I'm loved by you
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  • It's who I am. It's who I am
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  • It's who I am
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  • And I've seen many searching for answers far and wide
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  • but I know we're all searching
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  • for answers only you provide
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  • And you know just what we need
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  • before we say a word
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  • You're a good, good Father
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  • It's who you are. It's who you are
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  • It's who you are
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  • And I'm loved by you
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  • It's who I am. It's who I am
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  • It's who I am
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  • You are perfect in all of your ways
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  • You are perfect in all of your ways
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  • You are perfect in all of your ways to us
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  • You are perfect in all of your ways
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  • You are perfect in all of your ways
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  • You are perfect in all of your ways to us
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  • You're a good, good Father
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  • It's who you are. It's who you are
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  • It's who you are
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  • And I'm loved by you
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  • It's who I am. It's who I am
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  • It's who I am
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  • You're a good, good Father
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  • It's who you are. It's who you are
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  • It's who you are
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  • And I'm loved by you
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  • It's who I am. It's who I am
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  • It's who I am
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  • [congregation applauding]
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  • Bobby: As a pastor, husband, father, and friend,
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  • I know that we can find ourselves in places
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  • of frustration and discouragement,
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  • wanting to see change
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  • but not knowing how to make it happen.
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  • Today I wanna show you the path to transformation
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  • and receiving the best God has for your life.
  • 00:24:07.140 --> 00:24:10.100
  • You see, the solution isn't to make more money,
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  • find a new spouse, get a new job,
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  • buy new stuff, or anything like that.
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  • The solution is to change the way you think,
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  • because when you change your thoughts,
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  • you will change your life, and ultimately,
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  • change the whole world around you.
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  • Hannah: Proverbs 23:7 shows us:
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  • "As he thinketh in his heart, so is he."
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  • In other words, you become what you think about.
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  • If you're hearing this today and realize
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  • that you are limiting yourself and God
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  • through the way you think, we want to encourage you
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  • that there's no better time than today
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  • for you to make a change.
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  • Right here and now, you can take an important step
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  • towards the amazing future God has for you
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  • by changing the way you think.
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  • announcer: Do you feel stuck in a rut and ready for change?
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  • The solution for real transformation may be easier
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  • than you think.
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  • Today, with your generous gift of any size,
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  • you can request Pastor Bobby's new book,
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  • "Change your Thoughts, Change Your World,"
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  • plus the exclusive audio CD
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  • "Prayers & Promises for a Renewed Mind."
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  • In this special companion CD, you'll hear prayers
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  • in the Scriptures read by Bobby and Hannah.
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  • Call or go online today,
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  • and for your generous gift of any size,
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  • we'll send you Bobby's brand-new book
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  • plus the exclusive audio disk,
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  • "Prayers & Promises for a Renewed Mind,"
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  • designed to help you change your life by changing your thoughts.
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  • Request these encouraging resources today
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  • and learn that by changing your thoughts,
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  • you can change your world.
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  • Bobby: Hannah and I have personally experienced
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  • the power of changing our thoughts
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  • in order to change our lives.
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  • We know this is easier said that done,
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  • but that's why I've written a book about it.
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  • It's a personal and practical approach
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  • to understanding biblical keys that will
  • 00:25:56.260 --> 00:25:59.060
  • not only transform the way you think,
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  • but the way you live.
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  • Request your copy
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  • of "Change Your Thoughts, Change Your World."
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  • In fact, consider requesting multiple copies to give
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  • to those you know and love who need this message.
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  • Thank you for all you do for "Hour of Power."
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  • We can't share the good news of Jesus without your help,
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  • and we're honored to be serving God with you.
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  • Remember, as always, God loves you and so do we.
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  • [congregation applauding]
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  • Bobby: Welcome. Thank you for joining us today.
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  • If you're ever in-- you're ever in L.A.
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  • or Orange County, please come down
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  • to Shepherd's Grove Presbyterian.
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  • We'd love to meet you, give you a big hug, and you know,
  • 00:26:38.020 --> 00:26:41.050
  • if you live around here we'd love to have you come worship
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  • with our community.
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  • We really are a community of joy.
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  • Friends, would you hold your hands out like this?
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  • It's a way of receiving, and we're gonna say
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  • this creed 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. It's who I am.
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  • No one can take it from me. 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.
  • 00:27:16.010 --> 00:27:18.260
  • Well, today we are talking about my new book that just came out,
  • 00:27:18.270 --> 00:27:22.220
  • "Change Your Thoughts, Change Your World,"
  • 00:27:22.230 --> 00:27:25.050
  • and we wanna recommend everybody gets it.
  • 00:27:25.060 --> 00:27:27.010
  • It's a great gift, too, if you have somebody graduating from
  • 00:27:27.020 --> 00:27:29.210
  • high school or college, but more than that it's just a great
  • 00:27:29.220 --> 00:27:32.050
  • guide for discipleship, so at the end of each chapter I
  • 00:27:32.060 --> 00:27:35.120
  • include, you know, new thoughts and new disciplines to practice.
  • 00:27:35.130 --> 00:27:39.000
  • And so, as a part of that, we're sort of practicing going
  • 00:27:39.010 --> 00:27:42.270
  • through this book together as a community, both here and on
  • 00:27:42.280 --> 00:27:45.150
  • television, but one of the chapters that we're gonna be
  • 00:27:45.160 --> 00:27:48.260
  • talking about today is God loves your body.
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  • And that's actually what we're gonna talk about today,
  • 00:27:52.020 --> 00:27:53.220
  • this importance, that your body really is a gift.
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  • It really is something from God to you that is sacred,
  • 00:27:56.230 --> 00:28:00.270
  • that is special, that is valuable.
  • 00:28:00.280 --> 00:28:03.160
  • And that in a world where we're always upset about our bodies
  • 00:28:03.170 --> 00:28:06.280
  • for whatever reason, maybe they're not acting right,
  • 00:28:06.290 --> 00:28:09.080
  • they're not doing what they used to do, we have hair growing in
  • 00:28:09.090 --> 00:28:12.110
  • all the wrong places and not growing in all the right places
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  • and--you know, these are things that happen to us and very often
  • 00:28:15.150 --> 00:28:19.070
  • it's easy to have angst about it, so today we're gonna talk
  • 00:28:19.080 --> 00:28:22.140
  • about this idea that God loves your body.
  • 00:28:22.150 --> 00:28:25.260
  • By the way, incidentally, I originally was gonna name
  • 00:28:25.270 --> 00:28:28.230
  • this sermon, "God Loves Your Body and so Do I,"
  • 00:28:28.240 --> 00:28:31.280
  • but then I thought that'd be--
  • 00:28:31.290 --> 00:28:34.240
  • that wouldn't go over very well, so I dropped it.
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  • At any rate, we really are grateful for our bodies,
  • 00:28:44.270 --> 00:28:48.220
  • aren't we?
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  • We're grateful that we're alive.
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  • We're grateful that when we're healthy that we are healthy, but
  • 00:28:52.080 --> 00:28:54.090
  • it's in those times when we're sick or things are not the way
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  • we want them to be it's easy to feel angry or upset
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  • about how we are.
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  • The main thing I want us to do is first to observe, one,
  • 00:29:00.240 --> 00:29:03.260
  • that it's a gift and honor that we get to be in this world
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  • and get to be alive.
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  • But secondly, the way we think about our body, actually,
  • 00:29:08.080 --> 00:29:10.170
  • can have, from both a theological and a spiritual--
  • 00:29:10.180 --> 00:29:13.290
  • and a medical perspective.
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  • The way we think about our bodies and the way we think in
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  • general can have a positive or negative effect on our bodies.
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  • Do we all agree with that?
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  • I think that if the way we think about our bodies has a good
  • 00:29:22.220 --> 00:29:26.040
  • effect on our bodies, wouldn't it be medically advisable
  • 00:29:26.050 --> 00:29:29.250
  • to think well of your body?
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  • So, let's talk about that today. The body is sacred.
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  • Your body is holy.
  • 00:29:35.270 --> 00:29:37.240
  • In Judaism and Christianity the body is where most
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  • of the work of God is happening in your life.
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  • The body is what the Lord uses to make a difference
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  • in the world.
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  • If you're going to build an orphanage you just need
  • 00:29:49.020 --> 00:29:50.260
  • to use your arms.
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  • If you're going to heal the sick like Jesus did, you typically
  • 00:29:52.120 --> 00:29:54.200
  • lay our hands on people.
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  • If you wanna comfort a child, you usually hug that child to
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  • use your body to create a physical manifestation
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  • of something spiritual.
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  • It's amazing how often we forget that no matter how broken or
  • 00:30:05.210 --> 00:30:09.150
  • hurting we are, God likes to, as Henri Nouwen says,
  • 00:30:09.160 --> 00:30:12.080
  • use our broken bodies to heal others.
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  • God likes to make us wounded healers and some of the greatest
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  • healers ever in the Christian faith themselves were sick.
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  • Isn't that interesting?
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  • I always find that curious.
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  • That there were many sick people who had the ability to heal
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  • others, but they themselves couldn't be healed.
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  • And so, I think that it's important that we don't get
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  • upset at our bodies, but understand that the body
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  • is considered a part of the soul in Christianity,
  • 00:30:34.100 --> 00:30:37.070
  • not separate from it.
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  • That the soul is the thing that holds everything together:
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  • our spirit, our mind, and in our body.
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  • And that for Jews and Christians the body
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  • was an important part of our faith.
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  • In fact, one of the first sort of theological enemies
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  • of the Christian church was a group
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  • called the Gnostics, who believed that everything
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  • about the body was bad and everything
  • 00:30:58.000 --> 00:31:00.240
  • about the spirit was good.
  • 00:31:00.250 --> 00:31:02.160
  • They believed, many of them, that Jesus was from God,
  • 00:31:02.170 --> 00:31:06.080
  • but he was a spirit.
  • 00:31:06.090 --> 00:31:08.050
  • He didn't have a body, and so when John, the author of the
  • 00:31:08.060 --> 00:31:12.080
  • Gospel of John, starts his story, he starts it off with
  • 00:31:12.090 --> 00:31:15.220
  • really an attack at contemporary Gnostics.
  • 00:31:15.230 --> 00:31:18.260
  • He says, "In the beginning was the Word and the Word
  • 00:31:18.270 --> 00:31:22.090
  • was with God," and so the Gnostics like that.
  • 00:31:22.100 --> 00:31:24.240
  • And then he says, "And then the Word," became what?
  • 00:31:24.250 --> 00:31:27.260
  • "Flesh and dwelt among us."
  • 00:31:27.270 --> 00:31:31.160
  • It's interesting because in the Greek, in Koine Greek,
  • 00:31:31.170 --> 00:31:34.270
  • there is two words for the body.
  • 00:31:34.280 --> 00:31:37.000
  • One word for the body is this word "soma."
  • 00:31:37.010 --> 00:31:39.140
  • Everybody say "Soma."
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  • Soma is beautiful, you know?
  • 00:31:41.180 --> 00:31:43.110
  • It's an Olympian, a model, an actor, somebody who's got
  • 00:31:43.120 --> 00:31:46.020
  • a six-pack and 6% body fat, 1% body fat for every ab.
  • 00:31:46.030 --> 00:31:52.000
  • And it's this--you know, it's--you know,
  • 00:31:52.010 --> 00:31:55.110
  • they're just awesome.
  • 00:31:55.120 --> 00:31:57.090
  • And that would be soma, the ideal body, but then there
  • 00:31:57.100 --> 00:32:00.230
  • is this other word in the Koine Greek called "sarx."
  • 00:32:00.240 --> 00:32:03.180
  • It's often translated as "flesh" and that's all the stuff
  • 00:32:03.190 --> 00:32:06.020
  • you don't like.
  • 00:32:06.030 --> 00:32:07.270
  • That's aging and hair and sickness
  • 00:32:07.280 --> 00:32:10.050
  • and all that stuff, right?
  • 00:32:10.060 --> 00:32:12.060
  • It's sarx, it's the flesh, and John goes out of his way to say,
  • 00:32:12.070 --> 00:32:16.170
  • "And the Word became," not soma,
  • 00:32:16.180 --> 00:32:19.170
  • not some beautiful, amazing thing.
  • 00:32:19.180 --> 00:32:21.190
  • It became flesh.
  • 00:32:21.200 --> 00:32:23.160
  • I feel like if I was writing what I wanna say you could say,
  • 00:32:23.170 --> 00:32:25.070
  • "And the Word became a dude."
  • 00:32:25.080 --> 00:32:27.240
  • Like, just a guy, like a dude, you know?
  • 00:32:27.250 --> 00:32:30.030
  • Like, just--and this is so important because it reiterates
  • 00:32:30.040 --> 00:32:34.140
  • this idea theologically in Christianity and Judaism,
  • 00:32:34.150 --> 00:32:37.270
  • that the body is not bad.
  • 00:32:37.280 --> 00:32:40.200
  • That the body is not evil.
  • 00:32:40.210 --> 00:32:43.140
  • That the body is a gift and the body is sacred, and it's holy,
  • 00:32:43.150 --> 00:32:46.040
  • and it's from God, and it's a gift to you.
  • 00:32:46.050 --> 00:32:49.020
  • That's not what we hear from the world, isn't it?
  • 00:32:49.030 --> 00:32:51.250
  • From the world the body is a gift if it's beautiful
  • 00:32:51.260 --> 00:32:54.000
  • and perfect, and so that image is reinforced constantly
  • 00:32:54.010 --> 00:32:57.210
  • in what we see, in what we hear.
  • 00:32:57.220 --> 00:33:00.110
  • So often on television and movies, even if you're
  • 00:33:00.120 --> 00:33:03.000
  • a gorgeous, young woman, you're gonna sometimes feel like
  • 00:33:03.010 --> 00:33:06.090
  • you're ugly compared to what you're seeing on TV.
  • 00:33:06.100 --> 00:33:09.180
  • And it's so amazing, because these people that they'll put on
  • 00:33:09.190 --> 00:33:12.080
  • TV or in magazines, they pay some of the most attractive
  • 00:33:12.090 --> 00:33:16.050
  • people in the world, who very often are like 16 or 17
  • 00:33:16.060 --> 00:33:20.200
  • and when--even when they're older they go on special diets
  • 00:33:20.210 --> 00:33:23.130
  • for a week just for this picture.
  • 00:33:23.140 --> 00:33:25.100
  • A lot of them are dehydrated, then they give 'em makeup,
  • 00:33:25.110 --> 00:33:28.280
  • and then they make sure everything is perfect.
  • 00:33:28.290 --> 00:33:30.280
  • And then, even after they take the picture with all the right
  • 00:33:30.290 --> 00:33:33.040
  • lighting, it goes into a computer where then adjustments
  • 00:33:33.050 --> 00:33:35.180
  • even then are made, to make the hips wider and the waist smaller
  • 00:33:35.190 --> 00:33:39.150
  • and the hair darker and the--all right?
  • 00:33:39.160 --> 00:33:42.230
  • And this is what we do, and so everywhere you see these images
  • 00:33:42.240 --> 00:33:48.080
  • of the ideal body it's interesting, 'cause Apple, you
  • 00:33:48.090 --> 00:33:51.120
  • know, the largest growing group of consumers for Apple products
  • 00:33:51.130 --> 00:33:54.120
  • is senior citizens.
  • 00:33:54.130 --> 00:33:56.170
  • It's probably 'cause they're the only ones who can afford 'em,
  • 00:33:56.180 --> 00:33:59.260
  • but when you look at an Apple commercial you don't see senior
  • 00:33:59.270 --> 00:34:02.120
  • citizens buying Apple, do you?
  • 00:34:02.130 --> 00:34:04.210
  • You see kids doing it.
  • 00:34:04.220 --> 00:34:06.130
  • You don't see some guy in a walker, like,
  • 00:34:06.140 --> 00:34:08.050
  • listening to his iPad, you know, or iPod, right?
  • 00:34:08.060 --> 00:34:11.030
  • It's always, like, some young, really fashionable, good-looking
  • 00:34:11.040 --> 00:34:13.150
  • person, and it's because our culture is constantly
  • 00:34:13.160 --> 00:34:16.190
  • reinforcing this brief window of life when you're at your most
  • 00:34:16.200 --> 00:34:21.240
  • beautiful but also at your dumbest, you know?
  • 00:34:21.250 --> 00:34:25.190
  • But that somehow this is the ideal, and so when I look
  • 00:34:25.200 --> 00:34:29.250
  • at the--when I look at our faith, not as it's expressed
  • 00:34:29.260 --> 00:34:33.120
  • necessarily in modern American culture, but the way it's
  • 00:34:33.130 --> 00:34:35.210
  • expressed as it's always been for 2.000 years, I see a faith
  • 00:34:35.220 --> 00:34:40.140
  • that values the body no matter how sick, no matter how old,
  • 00:34:40.150 --> 00:34:43.260
  • no matter how useless.
  • 00:34:43.270 --> 00:34:47.190
  • In the first century, Romans were known to throw out
  • 00:34:47.200 --> 00:34:50.000
  • people with special needs, and the church was
  • 00:34:50.010 --> 00:34:53.110
  • the one who received them.
  • 00:34:53.120 --> 00:34:55.220
  • Look, in our faith the body--your body is sacred.
  • 00:34:55.230 --> 00:34:59.040
  • It's a temple, it's wonderful, it's beautiful, it's a gift and
  • 00:34:59.050 --> 00:35:02.140
  • even though not everything is perfect God values your body.
  • 00:35:02.150 --> 00:35:05.210
  • God loves your body, and so do I.
  • 00:35:05.220 --> 00:35:08.140
  • [laughing]
  • 00:35:08.150 --> 00:35:10.170
  • I think of--you know, you know what I think of a lot?
  • 00:35:10.180 --> 00:35:12.160
  • I think of when I--this body.
  • 00:35:12.170 --> 00:35:14.270
  • I think of a very handsome, very wonderful young man named
  • 00:35:14.280 --> 00:35:18.180
  • Nick Vujicic, who has been to this church many times,
  • 00:35:18.190 --> 00:35:22.120
  • and he has no arms and no legs.
  • 00:35:22.130 --> 00:35:25.120
  • And this is a guy who has become a good friend and has just
  • 00:35:25.130 --> 00:35:29.210
  • impacted the world for God using his body, using his smile,
  • 00:35:29.220 --> 00:35:33.270
  • using his words, using his Australian accent, which helps.
  • 00:35:33.280 --> 00:35:38.260
  • And you know, Nick, his story is incredible, because when he was
  • 00:35:38.270 --> 00:35:44.000
  • born, you know, with no-- he never had arms,
  • 00:35:44.010 --> 00:35:46.140
  • never had legs, so he's never even known what it's like.
  • 00:35:46.150 --> 00:35:49.000
  • He has this foot, just this foot that, kind of, comes out
  • 00:35:49.010 --> 00:35:51.270
  • of his hip, and he uses that for everything, and he talks about
  • 00:35:51.280 --> 00:35:55.120
  • when he was a kid how much, you know, he hated his life.
  • 00:35:55.130 --> 00:36:01.020
  • He became depressed and at one point, I think, attempted to
  • 00:36:01.030 --> 00:36:04.030
  • kill himself, and it was when he came to faith in Jesus Christ
  • 00:36:04.040 --> 00:36:08.290
  • that he was able to understand that even though he didn't have
  • 00:36:09.000 --> 00:36:11.220
  • arms and legs that God could do something incredible
  • 00:36:11.230 --> 00:36:13.290
  • through his life.
  • 00:36:14.000 --> 00:36:15.160
  • And because of Nick millions and millions and millions of people
  • 00:36:15.170 --> 00:36:18.250
  • have come to know Christ.
  • 00:36:18.260 --> 00:36:20.140
  • He just travels around encouraging people and sharing
  • 00:36:20.150 --> 00:36:22.080
  • the gospel, and you can just see that so,
  • 00:36:22.090 --> 00:36:25.060
  • so many people have come to faith.
  • 00:36:25.070 --> 00:36:26.280
  • I remember asking him once-- I said, "Does it bother you,
  • 00:36:26.290 --> 00:36:30.010
  • you know, that people are always talking
  • 00:36:30.020 --> 00:36:31.150
  • about your arms and legs?
  • 00:36:31.160 --> 00:36:32.260
  • Don't you feel like they just kinda move on
  • 00:36:32.270 --> 00:36:34.000
  • and get to know you, Nick, you know?"
  • 00:36:34.010 --> 00:36:35.260
  • And he said--he's a really interesting, awesome guy,
  • 00:36:35.270 --> 00:36:38.210
  • and he said, "No, you know, in a way I feel like it opens doors.
  • 00:36:38.220 --> 00:36:44.170
  • It allows people to listen to me."
  • 00:36:44.180 --> 00:36:48.000
  • And so, when I think of the kingdom of God, when I think
  • 00:36:48.010 --> 00:36:50.150
  • about what it means to be a believer,
  • 00:36:50.160 --> 00:36:52.050
  • I think of someone like Nick.
  • 00:36:52.060 --> 00:36:54.010
  • That in the ancient world where unless you were perfect you
  • 00:36:54.020 --> 00:36:56.150
  • were sort of thrown aside.
  • 00:36:56.160 --> 00:36:58.070
  • In the kingdom of God, Nick is the greatest of these.
  • 00:36:58.080 --> 00:37:01.170
  • He's the greatest of these.
  • 00:37:01.180 --> 00:37:03.220
  • So today, as we talk about it in every single chapter
  • 00:37:03.230 --> 00:37:06.180
  • in the book and in the series I wanna talk
  • 00:37:06.190 --> 00:37:09.060
  • about this idea of a thought we can all inherit that will change
  • 00:37:09.070 --> 00:37:13.040
  • how we experience life and how we experience God.
  • 00:37:13.050 --> 00:37:15.220
  • And the thought today I would love for you to receive is this
  • 00:37:15.230 --> 00:37:19.020
  • thought: my body is a gift even though it's imperfect.
  • 00:37:19.030 --> 00:37:24.010
  • Your body is a gift. What a precious gift it is.
  • 00:37:24.020 --> 00:37:27.290
  • It's a sweet and wonderful thing and the more we can think of our
  • 00:37:28.000 --> 00:37:31.260
  • bodies as a gift from God, that is, a house of God, a place
  • 00:37:31.270 --> 00:37:37.190
  • where God dwells, I think the healthier we'll feel,
  • 00:37:37.200 --> 00:37:41.060
  • the better we'll feel, and the more we'll see God do
  • 00:37:41.070 --> 00:37:44.160
  • good things through our lives.
  • 00:37:44.170 --> 00:37:47.220
  • In 1 Corinthians Paul was writing to the Corinthian church
  • 00:37:47.230 --> 00:37:51.160
  • and the most of this chapter is about sexual immorality,
  • 00:37:51.170 --> 00:37:58.040
  • and we're not gonna talk specifically about
  • 00:37:58.050 --> 00:38:00.060
  • sexual immorality today, but I wanna see the reasoning behind
  • 00:38:00.070 --> 00:38:03.120
  • why Paul thinks sexual immorality is not ideal
  • 00:38:03.130 --> 00:38:07.040
  • for the church.
  • 00:38:07.050 --> 00:38:09.000
  • And he says this, "Do you not know your bodies are temples
  • 00:38:09.010 --> 00:38:11.220
  • of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have
  • 00:38:11.230 --> 00:38:15.200
  • received from God?
  • 00:38:15.210 --> 00:38:18.140
  • You are not your own; you were bought at a price.
  • 00:38:18.150 --> 00:38:22.100
  • Therefore honor God with your bodies."
  • 00:38:22.110 --> 00:38:26.080
  • So, this is really interesting to me, this whole idea that we
  • 00:38:26.090 --> 00:38:29.250
  • are to honor our bodies and honor God with our bodies and
  • 00:38:29.260 --> 00:38:34.050
  • that we recognize that--what was bought with a price?
  • 00:38:34.060 --> 00:38:39.040
  • Do you see there? Your body.
  • 00:38:39.050 --> 00:38:42.120
  • Look, when we talk about faith and salvation we often think
  • 00:38:42.130 --> 00:38:45.200
  • about how God bought my spirit, you know,
  • 00:38:45.210 --> 00:38:49.090
  • with the blood of the Lamb.
  • 00:38:49.100 --> 00:38:51.030
  • That he saved my spirit, but what Paul seems to be saying
  • 00:38:51.040 --> 00:38:53.280
  • here clearly it's not just your spirit that he purchased,
  • 00:38:53.290 --> 00:38:57.040
  • but he bought your body.
  • 00:38:57.050 --> 00:39:00.070
  • And just as you would buy a house, he bought your body
  • 00:39:00.080 --> 00:39:03.290
  • to dwell in, to live in, to abide in, to do good works in.
  • 00:39:04.000 --> 00:39:08.200
  • And when you received Christ you received the Spirit of Christ
  • 00:39:08.210 --> 00:39:12.110
  • into your physical body so that miracles and power and comfort
  • 00:39:12.120 --> 00:39:18.140
  • and the character of Jesus Christ could be expressed
  • 00:39:18.150 --> 00:39:22.000
  • and experienced through your body towards others.
  • 00:39:22.010 --> 00:39:26.120
  • So, why is God so upset about the way we treat our bodies,
  • 00:39:26.130 --> 00:39:29.230
  • that we honor our bodies?
  • 00:39:29.240 --> 00:39:31.180
  • 'Cause he has to live there. That's his home.
  • 00:39:31.190 --> 00:39:34.110
  • That's his temple. That's where he dwells.
  • 00:39:34.120 --> 00:39:36.170
  • It's where he is.
  • 00:39:36.180 --> 00:39:38.210
  • This is a big deal for first century Christians,
  • 00:39:38.220 --> 00:39:41.060
  • who by the way, were mostly Jewish people who had just,
  • 00:39:41.070 --> 00:39:45.210
  • many of them, lost a temple.
  • 00:39:45.220 --> 00:39:47.220
  • They had just lost their temple.
  • 00:39:47.230 --> 00:39:50.030
  • The temple was the heart of the Jewish faith when Jesus came.
  • 00:39:50.040 --> 00:39:56.210
  • You see that the sort of evolution of the Jewish people
  • 00:39:56.220 --> 00:40:00.030
  • first, of course, begins with Abraham.
  • 00:40:00.040 --> 00:40:02.110
  • Then it continues with this culminating of Moses leading
  • 00:40:02.120 --> 00:40:05.150
  • the people out of Egypt, becoming a people, receiving
  • 00:40:05.160 --> 00:40:08.160
  • the law, and then building this thing called the tabernacle.
  • 00:40:08.170 --> 00:40:12.110
  • The tabernacle was like a moving temple.
  • 00:40:12.120 --> 00:40:14.240
  • It was a tent, and it had barriers,
  • 00:40:14.250 --> 00:40:17.110
  • and it had all sorts of accoutrements.
  • 00:40:17.120 --> 00:40:20.270
  • That's right. Accoutrement.
  • 00:40:20.280 --> 00:40:24.040
  • You know, various things within the tabernacle and as it moved
  • 00:40:24.050 --> 00:40:27.030
  • around there were--everything was supposed to be done
  • 00:40:27.040 --> 00:40:29.260
  • a certain way and the reason that this tabernacle was done
  • 00:40:29.270 --> 00:40:34.100
  • so specifically was because the throne of God
  • 00:40:34.110 --> 00:40:36.160
  • was right in the middle.
  • 00:40:36.170 --> 00:40:38.070
  • The throne of God was called the Ark of the Covenant,
  • 00:40:38.080 --> 00:40:40.010
  • and they believe that Yahweh God was, like,
  • 00:40:40.020 --> 00:40:42.180
  • sitting atop that throne
  • 00:40:42.190 --> 00:40:44.090
  • so that the closer you got to the throne the more respect,
  • 00:40:44.100 --> 00:40:48.070
  • fear, admiration you had to have, and so that's why there
  • 00:40:48.080 --> 00:40:51.260
  • was all of these--all of these rights around being appropriate
  • 00:40:51.270 --> 00:40:56.100
  • when you get to that place.
  • 00:40:56.110 --> 00:40:58.260
  • When Solomon builds the first temple, he does away with all
  • 00:40:58.270 --> 00:41:02.040
  • the shrines and altars throughout the Promised Land
  • 00:41:02.050 --> 00:41:05.170
  • and builds a fixed place.
  • 00:41:05.180 --> 00:41:08.140
  • That later, after the destruction
  • 00:41:08.150 --> 00:41:10.180
  • and then the return to Israel, a second temple is built.
  • 00:41:10.190 --> 00:41:13.100
  • The second temple just becomes this amazing, amazing thing.
  • 00:41:13.110 --> 00:41:17.260
  • If you ever go to Israel you can see these foundation stones that
  • 00:41:17.270 --> 00:41:21.020
  • are gigantic and just the incredible amount of wealth and
  • 00:41:21.030 --> 00:41:25.150
  • power and effort that went into building the center of worship,
  • 00:41:25.160 --> 00:41:29.170
  • and this temple functioned as sort of the heart
  • 00:41:29.180 --> 00:41:31.290
  • of first century Judaism.
  • 00:41:32.000 --> 00:41:34.150
  • There was a saying that went something like this, but--
  • 00:41:34.160 --> 00:41:37.180
  • it was like, "The whole Earth is holy and belongs to the Lord,
  • 00:41:37.190 --> 00:41:41.120
  • but holier than the earth is the Promised Land, Israel.
  • 00:41:41.130 --> 00:41:45.170
  • But holier than Israel is Jerusalem, but holier than
  • 00:41:45.180 --> 00:41:49.140
  • Jerusalem is the Temple Mount, but holier than the Temple Mount
  • 00:41:49.150 --> 00:41:53.000
  • is the temple, and holier than the temple is the Holy
  • 00:41:53.010 --> 00:41:56.010
  • of Holies, where the throne of God is."
  • 00:41:56.020 --> 00:41:59.020
  • And so, for the Jewish people in the first century it was like
  • 00:41:59.030 --> 00:42:01.230
  • the whole earth belonged to God, but the closer you got to
  • 00:42:01.240 --> 00:42:05.280
  • this Holy of Holies space where the Spirit of God physically
  • 00:42:05.290 --> 00:42:09.170
  • was like just dwelling in spirit in this room,
  • 00:42:09.180 --> 00:42:13.010
  • the closer you got to that, the closer you got to God.
  • 00:42:13.020 --> 00:42:16.150
  • And this was important for these people because what you see
  • 00:42:16.160 --> 00:42:19.010
  • is two big things happen.
  • 00:42:19.020 --> 00:42:20.290
  • One, at the crucifixion of Jesus Christ there is this veil that
  • 00:42:21.000 --> 00:42:24.080
  • covers that room where God is, and it says that the veil was
  • 00:42:24.090 --> 00:42:27.260
  • torn in two and the image you have is, like, the Holy Spirit
  • 00:42:27.270 --> 00:42:30.240
  • leaving that place and as it goes almost with contempt
  • 00:42:30.250 --> 00:42:34.040
  • breaking this barrier between this Holy of Holies
  • 00:42:34.050 --> 00:42:38.090
  • and worshipers.
  • 00:42:38.100 --> 00:42:40.110
  • Where does that Spirit go, by the way?
  • 00:42:40.120 --> 00:42:42.000
  • Do you know where it is?
  • 00:42:42.010 --> 00:42:43.200
  • It's inside of you and inside of me.
  • 00:42:43.210 --> 00:42:45.130
  • That's what Acts chapter 2 tells us.
  • 00:42:45.140 --> 00:42:47.080
  • That in our baptism we receive this Holy Spirit from God so
  • 00:42:47.090 --> 00:42:51.010
  • that God actually dwells in you.
  • 00:42:51.020 --> 00:42:53.100
  • That's powerful so-- but the second big thing
  • 00:42:53.110 --> 00:42:56.180
  • that happened was in 70 A.D.
  • 00:42:56.190 --> 00:42:59.150
  • there was a revolt of the Jews, and the Romans destroyed
  • 00:42:59.160 --> 00:43:03.090
  • the temple, and they destroyed the city of Jerusalem.
  • 00:43:03.100 --> 00:43:06.180
  • And so, what we forget is that the first-century Christians,
  • 00:43:06.190 --> 00:43:09.230
  • the first 30 or 40 years or so after the Resurrection
  • 00:43:09.240 --> 00:43:12.260
  • and Ascension, first-century Christians
  • 00:43:12.270 --> 00:43:15.060
  • are worshiping under the leadership of James
  • 00:43:15.070 --> 00:43:18.260
  • the brother of Jesus in Jerusalem,
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  • in and around the temple.
  • 00:43:21.120 --> 00:43:23.050
  • This temple is their home too.
  • 00:43:23.060 --> 00:43:25.030
  • They don't see--for them, they don't see Christianity
  • 00:43:25.040 --> 00:43:27.220
  • and Judaism as a different thing.
  • 00:43:27.230 --> 00:43:29.260
  • They're a sect of Judaism that believes that the Messiah
  • 00:43:29.270 --> 00:43:33.000
  • is Jesus Christ and that he is the--he is the anointed one.
  • 00:43:33.010 --> 00:43:37.140
  • And so, when the temple was destroyed
  • 00:43:37.150 --> 00:43:39.120
  • both for first-century Jews and first-century Christians
  • 00:43:39.130 --> 00:43:41.180
  • there is this crisis.
  • 00:43:41.190 --> 00:43:43.220
  • "Where do we go to find God? Where is the holy space?
  • 00:43:43.230 --> 00:43:49.070
  • Where does the Spirit dwell? Where do we make our sacrifices?
  • 00:43:49.080 --> 00:43:54.030
  • Where do we pray?"
  • 00:43:54.040 --> 00:43:56.200
  • And what we see is it becomes so clear within the movement of
  • 00:43:56.210 --> 00:44:00.240
  • Acts what had already happened.
  • 00:44:00.250 --> 00:44:02.210
  • God had already made a new temple by the time that Herod's
  • 00:44:02.220 --> 00:44:05.060
  • temple had been destroyed.
  • 00:44:05.070 --> 00:44:07.010
  • The temple was people, disciples.
  • 00:44:07.020 --> 00:44:12.080
  • It was no longer a perfect male priest that could go to the Holy
  • 00:44:12.090 --> 00:44:17.000
  • of Holies once a year because he was from the right line
  • 00:44:17.010 --> 00:44:20.110
  • and the right order and gone through all these things,
  • 00:44:20.120 --> 00:44:22.260
  • but it was children and women and Gentiles.
  • 00:44:22.270 --> 00:44:30.040
  • There is now no more Greek or Jew, slave or free, Scythian,
  • 00:44:30.050 --> 00:44:36.160
  • barbarian, Roman, rich, poor.
  • 00:44:36.170 --> 00:44:39.140
  • Everyone now could access the power and the life of God not by
  • 00:44:39.150 --> 00:44:45.240
  • traveling to Jerusalem to go to the holy mountain,
  • 00:44:45.250 --> 00:44:49.050
  • but by simply recognizing that the Spirit was already
  • 00:44:49.060 --> 00:44:53.010
  • within them through their baptism.
  • 00:44:53.020 --> 00:44:55.140
  • Isn't that powerful?
  • 00:44:55.150 --> 00:44:57.110
  • So, that in becoming a follower of Jesus Christ you become
  • 00:44:57.120 --> 00:45:00.260
  • like the tabernacle was when Moses left Israel.
  • 00:45:00.270 --> 00:45:04.230
  • You become like this moving temple that carries around
  • 00:45:04.240 --> 00:45:08.230
  • the power and the life of God in your body.
  • 00:45:08.240 --> 00:45:13.020
  • All of this to say that your--
  • 00:45:13.030 --> 00:45:15.070
  • this is why we should honor our bodies.
  • 00:45:15.080 --> 00:45:17.270
  • Honor your body. Honor your body.
  • 00:45:17.280 --> 00:45:20.020
  • Honor your body. Be grateful for your body.
  • 00:45:20.030 --> 00:45:23.110
  • If this is how we honor our bodies,
  • 00:45:23.120 --> 00:45:25.070
  • how is it to dishonor our bodies?
  • 00:45:25.080 --> 00:45:28.050
  • Well, how would you dishonor anyone?
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  • You would say bad things about them.
  • 00:45:30.150 --> 00:45:32.090
  • You would have contempt for them.
  • 00:45:32.100 --> 00:45:34.050
  • You would dislike them. You wouldn't forgive them.
  • 00:45:34.060 --> 00:45:36.160
  • You'd be quick to judge, slow to mercy.
  • 00:45:36.170 --> 00:45:40.050
  • I think sometimes we're that way with our bodies.
  • 00:45:40.060 --> 00:45:42.090
  • That maybe we don't dishonor our bodies through some
  • 00:45:42.100 --> 00:45:44.210
  • of the things like sexual immorality, but maybe
  • 00:45:44.220 --> 00:45:46.210
  • we dishonor it through contempt.
  • 00:45:46.220 --> 00:45:48.220
  • "I hate my body. Stupid body.
  • 00:45:48.230 --> 00:45:50.290
  • It's not doing what I want it to do."
  • 00:45:51.000 --> 00:45:53.130
  • To me, I think that as a Christian it is important
  • 00:45:53.140 --> 00:45:59.150
  • that I recognize that my body is one of the most wonderful gifts
  • 00:45:59.160 --> 00:46:03.050
  • God has given me.
  • 00:46:03.060 --> 00:46:05.020
  • Your body is one of the most wonderful gifts God has given
  • 00:46:05.030 --> 00:46:07.060
  • you, and you may ask, "Well, why am I sick all the time?"
  • 00:46:07.070 --> 00:46:10.000
  • Or "Why am I struggling with this pain or this ailment?
  • 00:46:10.010 --> 00:46:12.260
  • If God wants me to do something great how come
  • 00:46:12.270 --> 00:46:15.280
  • he's not healing me?"
  • 00:46:15.290 --> 00:46:18.080
  • And I don't really have the answer for that,
  • 00:46:18.090 --> 00:46:20.050
  • but what I do believe is that when we change our thoughts
  • 00:46:20.060 --> 00:46:23.060
  • about our body we actually change our body.
  • 00:46:23.070 --> 00:46:26.080
  • Change your thoughts, change your world.
  • 00:46:26.090 --> 00:46:28.110
  • Change your thoughts about your body, change your body.
  • 00:46:28.120 --> 00:46:31.110
  • And there is actually medical evidence to support
  • 00:46:31.120 --> 00:46:33.270
  • a lot of this idea.
  • 00:46:33.280 --> 00:46:36.000
  • That if we begin to appreciate our body as a holy gift,
  • 00:46:36.010 --> 00:46:39.260
  • that things over time will begin to change in the right way
  • 00:46:39.270 --> 00:46:43.160
  • in our bodies.
  • 00:46:43.170 --> 00:46:45.080
  • Think about this for a minute.
  • 00:46:45.090 --> 00:46:47.010
  • In the incarnation, which is our belief that Christ is present in
  • 00:46:47.020 --> 00:46:50.160
  • the world through believers, in children and women and men and
  • 00:46:50.170 --> 00:46:54.150
  • everyone, that when you comfort someone in your body, when you
  • 00:46:54.160 --> 00:46:59.250
  • speak well of someone, when you forgive someone, when you
  • 00:46:59.260 --> 00:47:03.010
  • encourage someone, it's like the Lord is doing that with you.
  • 00:47:03.020 --> 00:47:07.160
  • So, when you hug a crying child, it's like Jesus is hugging them,
  • 00:47:07.170 --> 00:47:11.170
  • too, even though you're not maybe saying a prayer
  • 00:47:11.180 --> 00:47:13.240
  • as you do it.
  • 00:47:13.250 --> 00:47:15.250
  • When you look at someone and you say,
  • 00:47:15.260 --> 00:47:17.170
  • "You could get through this," or, "I'll be with you,"
  • 00:47:17.180 --> 00:47:19.160
  • or, "You don't have to suffer alone.
  • 00:47:19.170 --> 00:47:21.090
  • I'll be with you," it's almost like God is saying it
  • 00:47:21.100 --> 00:47:23.150
  • to that person too.
  • 00:47:23.160 --> 00:47:25.270
  • And this is why even though our bodies are imperfect it's
  • 00:47:25.280 --> 00:47:28.110
  • so good to recognize what an awesome thing it is.
  • 00:47:28.120 --> 00:47:32.050
  • That God has made your imperfect, you know,
  • 00:47:32.060 --> 00:47:35.120
  • you-don't-always-love-it body, he's made it his home and to him
  • 00:47:35.130 --> 00:47:38.240
  • it's not just a little thing.
  • 00:47:38.250 --> 00:47:40.160
  • It's a big deal.
  • 00:47:40.170 --> 00:47:42.060
  • He loves you, and he loves abiding in you and doing good
  • 00:47:42.070 --> 00:47:45.140
  • work through you, so let's begin to think of our bodies in that
  • 00:47:45.150 --> 00:47:50.040
  • way and imagine what could happen if over the next year or
  • 00:47:50.050 --> 00:47:53.220
  • two, five years we began to have better thoughts about our body,
  • 00:47:53.230 --> 00:47:57.100
  • what could actually happen physically
  • 00:47:57.110 --> 00:47:59.250
  • and medically in our body.
  • 00:47:59.260 --> 00:48:01.230
  • We know that things like--that certain thoughts can actually
  • 00:48:01.240 --> 00:48:05.170
  • create measurable, observable changes in our body just by
  • 00:48:05.180 --> 00:48:10.240
  • thinking, anything like fear, you know,
  • 00:48:10.250 --> 00:48:14.090
  • trembling, laughter, arousal.
  • 00:48:14.100 --> 00:48:18.070
  • These are things that happen in the mind.
  • 00:48:18.080 --> 00:48:20.140
  • That the body physically changes, but it's only
  • 00:48:20.150 --> 00:48:23.030
  • in the mind that things are happening, right?
  • 00:48:23.040 --> 00:48:26.050
  • Rage.
  • 00:48:26.060 --> 00:48:28.130
  • You can see how your body responds.
  • 00:48:28.140 --> 00:48:31.120
  • In fact, there is a Word for it in the medical world.
  • 00:48:31.130 --> 00:48:33.210
  • You have to--in using a scientific method
  • 00:48:33.220 --> 00:48:36.010
  • to measure a drug it's called the placebo effect.
  • 00:48:36.020 --> 00:48:39.030
  • So, when you--have two groups that you wanna try
  • 00:48:39.040 --> 00:48:41.260
  • a new medicine.
  • 00:48:41.270 --> 00:48:43.190
  • You have one group that's the case study, then you have the
  • 00:48:43.200 --> 00:48:45.240
  • other group that's the control group, and you have to have
  • 00:48:45.250 --> 00:48:48.210
  • a similar-looking pill that's maybe sugar or salt that you
  • 00:48:48.220 --> 00:48:51.170
  • give to the other group, because in some cases as many as 30%
  • 00:48:51.180 --> 00:48:55.090
  • of the people who are receiving literally nothing except a trick
  • 00:48:55.100 --> 00:49:00.110
  • can actually fool themselves into believing they're getting
  • 00:49:00.120 --> 00:49:03.000
  • medication, will actually get better.
  • 00:49:03.010 --> 00:49:05.070
  • Isn't that strange?
  • 00:49:05.080 --> 00:49:07.010
  • And so, doctors really don't have an explanation for this.
  • 00:49:07.020 --> 00:49:09.090
  • There is lots of reasoning and philosophies,
  • 00:49:09.100 --> 00:49:11.170
  • but there really is no clear scientific, observable,
  • 00:49:11.180 --> 00:49:18.120
  • measurable answer to why this is.
  • 00:49:18.130 --> 00:49:20.230
  • There are, however, doctors now that are saying maybe placebo
  • 00:49:20.240 --> 00:49:24.070
  • is a bigger thing than we thought and maybe it's something
  • 00:49:24.080 --> 00:49:27.170
  • we can actually utilize in medicine,
  • 00:49:27.180 --> 00:49:30.100
  • which I didn't know this, but that's sort of unorthodox.
  • 00:49:30.110 --> 00:49:33.140
  • There is a guy named Andrew Weil who's a doctor out of Harvard,
  • 00:49:33.150 --> 00:49:37.180
  • who says we should use placebo as a way to help people.
  • 00:49:37.190 --> 00:49:40.200
  • They used to do it about 150 years ago, and he is
  • 00:49:40.210 --> 00:49:43.000
  • recommending they trick people again to help them get well,
  • 00:49:43.010 --> 00:49:46.050
  • and all of this is because doctors can observe
  • 00:49:46.060 --> 00:49:48.210
  • that when people, even when they're sick,
  • 00:49:48.220 --> 00:49:50.270
  • have a positive mental attitude, when they have
  • 00:49:50.280 --> 00:49:53.050
  • a positive outlook, when they have friends and family
  • 00:49:53.060 --> 00:49:55.140
  • that are with them, that their thoughts, their stress,
  • 00:49:55.150 --> 00:49:58.180
  • their anxiety, all these things, it affects them physically.
  • 00:49:58.190 --> 00:50:02.040
  • We need to remember this.
  • 00:50:02.050 --> 00:50:03.220
  • By the way, the opposite happens too.
  • 00:50:03.230 --> 00:50:05.180
  • There is a negative placebo that can happen as well
  • 00:50:05.190 --> 00:50:07.180
  • called a nocebo.
  • 00:50:07.190 --> 00:50:09.060
  • I didn't make that up. That's a real medical term.
  • 00:50:09.070 --> 00:50:12.060
  • Nocebo effect is the opposite.
  • 00:50:12.070 --> 00:50:13.210
  • That if you think you're sick, you can begin manifesting many
  • 00:50:13.220 --> 00:50:17.070
  • of the symptoms, even though none of those symptoms are
  • 00:50:17.080 --> 00:50:21.010
  • actually caused by whatever medication or fake thing
  • 00:50:21.020 --> 00:50:24.030
  • that you're getting.
  • 00:50:24.040 --> 00:50:25.170
  • So, if you received a fake pill, for example, you could start
  • 00:50:25.180 --> 00:50:27.090
  • getting negative effects even though all you're getting
  • 00:50:27.100 --> 00:50:29.230
  • is salt or sugar or something.
  • 00:50:29.240 --> 00:50:31.290
  • The nocebo effect, I think, is almost more important than
  • 00:50:32.000 --> 00:50:34.150
  • the placebo effect, because I think more people are tempted
  • 00:50:34.160 --> 00:50:37.130
  • to think negatively about their body and their health
  • 00:50:37.140 --> 00:50:39.190
  • than they are to think positively about it.
  • 00:50:39.200 --> 00:50:42.010
  • And we don't always think about how thinking about our body
  • 00:50:42.020 --> 00:50:45.030
  • in such negative ways could actually be causing us
  • 00:50:45.040 --> 00:50:47.170
  • physical medical harm.
  • 00:50:47.180 --> 00:50:50.070
  • This is important because-- I remember--
  • 00:50:50.080 --> 00:50:53.070
  • actually, this is funny.
  • 00:50:53.080 --> 00:50:54.240
  • A lot of medical students apparently have
  • 00:50:54.250 --> 00:50:56.070
  • this nocebo effect.
  • 00:50:56.080 --> 00:50:57.180
  • When they're memorizing all the sicknesses
  • 00:50:57.190 --> 00:50:59.130
  • and all of the symptoms, they have this cool thing
  • 00:50:59.140 --> 00:51:01.250
  • called Medical School Syndrome.
  • 00:51:01.260 --> 00:51:03.170
  • There was a guy I saw on a TED Talk, and he said that his
  • 00:51:03.180 --> 00:51:07.010
  • brother-in-law was a medical student, and he said,
  • 00:51:07.020 --> 00:51:10.180
  • "Hey, John, I'm really worried.
  • 00:51:10.190 --> 00:51:14.040
  • I think I might be going through menopause."
  • 00:51:14.050 --> 00:51:18.140
  • I think that shame doesn't help us.
  • 00:51:18.150 --> 00:51:20.040
  • I think fear doesn't help us.
  • 00:51:20.050 --> 00:51:21.180
  • I think worrying and thinking poorly about our bodies
  • 00:51:21.190 --> 00:51:24.120
  • will have negative effects, and I think--
  • 00:51:24.130 --> 00:51:26.230
  • if I've learned anything as a pastor it's this:
  • 00:51:26.240 --> 00:51:29.180
  • shame always makes things worse no matter what.
  • 00:51:29.190 --> 00:51:33.110
  • Shame always makes things worse, whether you're shaming
  • 00:51:33.120 --> 00:51:35.150
  • another person or shaming yourself.
  • 00:51:35.160 --> 00:51:37.120
  • It never makes your behavior better, it never makes
  • 00:51:37.130 --> 00:51:40.010
  • your life better, it never makes your morality better,
  • 00:51:40.020 --> 00:51:43.000
  • and it never makes your body better.
  • 00:51:43.010 --> 00:51:44.280
  • Looking in the mirror and saying nasty stuff about yourself
  • 00:51:44.290 --> 00:51:49.110
  • is not gonna make things better.
  • 00:51:49.120 --> 00:51:50.270
  • You know what makes things better?
  • 00:51:50.280 --> 00:51:52.080
  • Is gratitude.
  • 00:51:52.090 --> 00:51:53.240
  • I've never known a person that was really,
  • 00:51:53.250 --> 00:51:55.250
  • really grateful and unhappy at the same time.
  • 00:51:55.260 --> 00:51:58.010
  • Have you?
  • 00:51:58.020 --> 00:51:59.230
  • I mean, the word "gratitude" and happiness is almost
  • 00:51:59.240 --> 00:52:01.240
  • the same word.
  • 00:52:01.250 --> 00:52:03.200
  • When we begin to instead of not think about what we have lost,
  • 00:52:03.210 --> 00:52:06.290
  • but think about what we have left and begin to be more
  • 00:52:07.000 --> 00:52:11.050
  • grateful for our bodies and desire and expect that maybe
  • 00:52:11.060 --> 00:52:14.110
  • through this body God can do something great,
  • 00:52:14.120 --> 00:52:16.140
  • I think we can--we actually will see some measurable changes
  • 00:52:16.150 --> 00:52:19.150
  • in our bodies over time that are really positive.
  • 00:52:19.160 --> 00:52:22.200
  • And that's why I would just say to you that I think
  • 00:52:22.210 --> 00:52:24.160
  • it's so important that you're kind, kind to your body.
  • 00:52:24.170 --> 00:52:28.130
  • Be kind to your body.
  • 00:52:28.140 --> 00:52:31.050
  • I think if you're kind to your body, your body
  • 00:52:31.060 --> 00:52:32.280
  • will be kind to you.
  • 00:52:32.290 --> 00:52:35.040
  • I remember years ago I heard this Word from the Lord.
  • 00:52:35.050 --> 00:52:37.280
  • I was studying miracles and, you know, great manifestations
  • 00:52:37.290 --> 00:52:42.080
  • of God and one of the most interesting things I found was
  • 00:52:42.090 --> 00:52:45.030
  • that it seems like forgiveness always precedes miracles,
  • 00:52:45.040 --> 00:52:48.230
  • so that you find great moves of God or great miracles
  • 00:52:48.240 --> 00:52:51.070
  • that happen, it's very often right before one person
  • 00:52:51.080 --> 00:52:53.230
  • is forgiving another person and somehow that opens up
  • 00:52:53.240 --> 00:52:56.140
  • a gate for some great move of God.
  • 00:52:56.150 --> 00:52:59.120
  • And I remember during that time feeling like the Holy Spirit
  • 00:52:59.130 --> 00:53:02.040
  • was telling me in a sermon to say,
  • 00:53:02.050 --> 00:53:04.000
  • "Bobby, tell them to forgive their bodies."
  • 00:53:04.010 --> 00:53:06.270
  • I remember thinking at the time, "That sounds so weird,"
  • 00:53:06.280 --> 00:53:09.150
  • but it made sense to me in a way, and so I preached that.
  • 00:53:09.160 --> 00:53:12.020
  • And as I've traveled the world I've had a lot of people who
  • 00:53:12.030 --> 00:53:15.030
  • said, "I didn't realize I was in a way harboring anger or
  • 00:53:15.040 --> 00:53:18.140
  • resentment towards my own body as though it were a person."
  • 00:53:18.150 --> 00:53:22.250
  • And so, I would say forgive your body.
  • 00:53:22.260 --> 00:53:25.110
  • Forgive it for not doing all the things you wish it would do
  • 00:53:25.120 --> 00:53:27.140
  • and not always feeling the way you want it to feel and begin
  • 00:53:27.150 --> 00:53:31.060
  • to thank the Lord for your body.
  • 00:53:31.070 --> 00:53:33.000
  • You won't have it forever.
  • 00:53:33.010 --> 00:53:34.170
  • Someday we'll be given new bodies, new resurrected bodies
  • 00:53:34.180 --> 00:53:36.180
  • in the kingdom of God and that will be a wonderful day, but for
  • 00:53:36.190 --> 00:53:39.160
  • now, recognize that the body you do have is a gift from the Lord.
  • 00:53:39.170 --> 00:53:43.070
  • And ask him to do something great through you
  • 00:53:43.080 --> 00:53:47.130
  • and through your body today.
  • 00:53:47.140 --> 00:53:49.110
  • Father, we thank you.
  • 00:53:49.120 --> 00:53:50.220
  • We just say thank you for all that you've given us,
  • 00:53:50.230 --> 00:53:52.200
  • and I do pray, Father, for miracles and power for everybody
  • 00:53:52.210 --> 00:53:55.090
  • that's sick or struggling with illness.
  • 00:53:55.100 --> 00:53:57.210
  • I thank you, God, that you are the same yesterday,
  • 00:53:57.220 --> 00:53:59.290
  • today, and forever.
  • 00:54:00.020 --> 00:54:01.190
  • That you are--you can do a miracle in our lives
  • 00:54:01.200 --> 00:54:04.010
  • if you want to.
  • 00:54:04.020 --> 00:54:05.140
  • Lord, we're asking for it, we're asking for it, and I pray,
  • 00:54:05.150 --> 00:54:08.020
  • Father, that you'd help us all to view the bodies in a new way.
  • 00:54:08.030 --> 00:54:11.180
  • Instead of seeing it as something to show the world or
  • 00:54:11.190 --> 00:54:15.160
  • something that's vain, Lord, help us to see it as
  • 00:54:15.170 --> 00:54:17.250
  • a temple of the Holy Spirit, as a holy gift from you.
  • 00:54:17.260 --> 00:54:21.110
  • Thank you, Lord, that you love us.
  • 00:54:21.120 --> 00:54:23.160
  • It's in Jesus's name we pray, amen?
  • 00:54:23.170 --> 00:54:26.040
  • 00:54:26.050 --> 00:54:31.100
  • Bobby: And now the Lord bless you and keep you.
  • 00:57:36.000 --> 00:57:38.000
  • The Lord make his face to shine upon you
  • 00:57:38.010 --> 00:57:39.280
  • and be gracious unto you.
  • 00:57:39.290 --> 00:57:41.150
  • The Lord lift his countenance upon you and give you his peace
  • 00:57:41.160 --> 00:57:45.080
  • in the name of the Father and of the Son
  • 00:57:45.090 --> 00:57:48.060
  • and of the Holy Spirit, amen?
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