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July 7, 2019
27:33

Kerry Shook Ministries with Kerry Shook

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  • Kerry: We're in this series, we're asking big questions
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  • about God, faith, the Bible, Jesus.
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  • Now, some Christians think it's okay to question some things,
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  • but they say you shouldn't question God
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  • or express your doubts or ask questions about faith,
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  • because they say questions show a lack of faith.
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  • And in some churches, questions are off limits.
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  • And if you do express a question that you're really struggling
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  • with, they sort of shut you up by saying,
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  • "You just don't have any faith."
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  • If you express doubts or any anger toward God, they say,
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  • "You just don't have any faith and you better be careful,
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  • God might strike you with a bolt of lightning if you keep asking
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  • those kind of questions."
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  • The Bible says questions are not only okay to ask,
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  • but questions are good.
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  • God's not afraid of our questions.
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  • We all have questions whether we admit it or not.
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  • In fact, if you never ask your questions and struggle with them
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  • and work through them by looking for the truth,
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  • you'll never have a strong, real, and genuine faith.
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  • That's part of having great faith is working
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  • through your doubts.
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  • It's expressing your doubts and your questions.
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  • And so, that's why we're in this series, "Questions."
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  • So, I want to open your Bibles to 1 Peter chapter 3.
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  • And would you stand in honor of God's Word?
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  • And I want to welcome all of you worshipping with us,
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  • and so I want you to read this out loud with me.
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  • It's a short passage, but I love this passage.
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  • It expresses God's heart, and so just read this out loud with me.
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  • "Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you
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  • to give the reason for the hope that you have,
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  • but do this with gentleness and respect."
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  • You can be seated.
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  • This passage tells us what to do when someone has questions
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  • about God or faith.
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  • It says when someone has questions,
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  • you rebuke them in the name of Jesus.
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  • You excommunicate them, you say, "Get thee behind me, Satan."
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  • That's not what you do.
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  • No, it says just answer their questions
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  • with gentleness and respect.
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  • It's so good to ask questions.
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  • So, it doesn't say condemn them, look down on them.
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  • It just says answer them with gentleness and respect,
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  • I love that.
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  • But why are questions so good?
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  • First, it makes faith personal and real.
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  • Underline the phrase in that key passage,
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  • be prepared to give an answer.
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  • See, know why you believe what you believe.
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  • To do that, you have to ask your questions, struggle with them,
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  • work through them.
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  • If you never ask spiritual questions,
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  • you're just spiritually lazy.
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  • I am so grateful for our student ministry, where young people
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  • are encouraged to ask their questions.
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  • And that's so important because they better ask their questions
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  • and work through them now before they go off to college
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  • or into the workplace, so they have a real and genuine faith.
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  • Because they will be tested, their faith will be
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  • tested in college.
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  • Their faith will be tested in the workplace.
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  • That's why it's so important to work through those questions now
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  • so that they arrive at a real and genuine faith
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  • that's their own.
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  • So they know why they believe what they believe because
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  • there's always someone out there that will question your faith.
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  • There's always someone out there who wants to test your faith,
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  • so you need to be prepared to answer those questions.
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  • Some students have what I call a secondhand faith.
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  • You know, it's the faith of their parents,
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  • but they've never really owned it.
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  • They've never really asked those questions, and dug into it,
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  • and really struggled with their own questions
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  • and worked through them.
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  • So, they have a secondhand faith.
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  • They don't have a firsthand faith, it's a secondhand faith.
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  • And the moment their faith gets questioned or gets tested,
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  • it starts to crumble because it's a secondhand faith.
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  • It's not their own, it's not real and genuine.
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  • And to have a real and genuine faith that lasts, that's strong,
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  • that holds up under the questioning and the tests
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  • that will eventually come, it's so important
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  • that you ask your questions.
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  • Well, I want us to see a second reason why it's good to ask
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  • questions, it leads to wisdom and humility.
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  • Honest questions lead to wisdom and it shows humility.
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  • In Psalm 14:1, it says,
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  • "The fool says in his heart, 'There is no God.'"
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  • So, it says it's foolish to say, "There is no God."
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  • But it doesn't say it's foolish to ask the question,
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  • "Is there a God?"
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  • Doesn't say that.
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  • In fact, that's a good question,
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  • it's not a foolish question at all.
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  • And I think it's so important for us to understand that we,
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  • when we have our questions, need to ask them
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  • because it shows wisdom and humility.
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  • Now, a lot of intellectuals in academia today will tell you,
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  • "You should question everything."
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  • And I agree, you should question everything.
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  • But I found that a lot of people who say question everything
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  • don't really mean that, they just mean question some things,
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  • and especially don't question them.
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  • Question some things.
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  • There's always a few prideful professors in universities
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  • that say, "You ought to question everything that you learned
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  • at church because it was all wrong.
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  • There are no absolutes. Everything's relative.
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  • There are no moral absolutes."
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  • And whenever someone says that to you, you ought to ask them
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  • a question, "Are you absolutely sure?
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  • Because what you said was an absolute."
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  • You see, God doesn't mind our questions.
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  • It's people that don't like to be questioned.
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  • But God's not afraid of our questions.
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  • In fact, it reflects a healthy view of God.
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  • Our questions reflect a healthy view of God.
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  • God's not afraid of my questions.
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  • If you think God can't handle your questions,
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  • then you really make God small.
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  • You have an unhealthy view of God.
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  • God is not small-minded and insecure and petty.
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  • He's not afraid of our questions.
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  • God is big enough to handle your doubts.
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  • God is big enough to handle your anger when you're mad at him.
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  • It doesn't change God's love for you.
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  • Whenever you think that it's wrong to ask questions,
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  • then you make God small.
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  • female announcer: Still to come with Pastor Kerry Shook.
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  • Kerry: He's saying every day creation is telling us
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  • so much about its creator.
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  • announcer: Kerry Shook Ministries is committed to
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  • sharing the gospel and providing the tools necessary for
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  • believers to grow in their relationship with Jesus
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  • through television, media, and creative resources.
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  • Now with social media, we have a great opportunity to join and
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  • encourage one another so that we can all grow in Christ together.
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  • standing with you in times of need, and celebrating with you
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  • in times of joy.
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  • Go to kerryshook.org or find us on Facebook,
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  • Your participation will carry the light of Christ
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  • into the world.
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  • Kerry: Well, I want us to see three very important things
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  • about questions.
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  • Three things that you need to know when you ask your questions
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  • so you really find answers.
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  • First, seek honest answers to your questions.
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  • Christianity's not some blind leap of faith, where you commit
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  • intellectual suicide.
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  • Christianity is a step of faith based on the facts.
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  • And so, you need to seek the facts.
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  • You need to seek honest answers.
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  • In Jeremiah 29:13, God tells us, "You will seek me and find me
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  • when you seek me with all your heart."
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  • Underline that phrase "all your heart."
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  • It's okay to ask questions as long as you
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  • really seek honest answers.
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  • Whenever someone tells me, "I don't believe the Bible,"
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  • I always ask them, "Have you read it?"
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  • It's the first thing I always ask, "Have you read it?"
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  • Because most of them haven't, much less looked at the evidence
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  • for its veracity and looked at the evidence for its accuracy.
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  • And we're going to do that next week when we ask the question,
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  • is the Bible reliable?
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  • How can a book written so many years ago be passed down
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  • to us accurately?
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  • And how do we know it's God's Word?
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  • How do we know that the Bible is reliable and you can
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  • build your life on it?
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  • It's a good question.
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  • We're going to talk about that next week.
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  • But I want you to see a second thing, this is really important.
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  • Not only seek honest answers, but follow the truth
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  • wherever it leads.
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  • Follow the truth wherever it leads.
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  • The most famous philosophical atheist in the world
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  • was Dr. Antony Flew.
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  • And Dr. Antony Flew had written 40 books on atheism.
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  • His landmark book was "The Presumption of Atheism."
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  • And Dr. Antony Flew, when he was in his 80s, because of the new
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  • scientific evidence that's come out, especially the DNA
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  • evidence, said, "I was wrong to say that God doesn't exist.
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  • I now believe there must be a God."
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  • And of course, our own Lee Strobel interviewed
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  • Dr. Flew just before his death, and he said to him, "I mean,
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  • you're the most famous atheist in the world.
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  • You now, though, are turning your back
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  • on years of scholarship.
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  • You're turning your back on your whole life's work, and you're
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  • saying that everything you said was wrong and you were wrong to
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  • say that God doesn't exist."
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  • And he said, "That takes a lot of guts."
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  • And Dr. Antony Flew said, "Well, I had to follow the evidence
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  • wherever it took me," in his 80s.
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  • "Had to follow the evidence wherever it took me."
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  • And he said, "This new evidence, the DNA evidence
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  • is just too compelling.
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  • There must be a God."
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  • But I want to ask you real briefly today, is there a God?
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  • We're going to look at that.
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  • This real quickly, is there a God?
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  • Because if there's no God, there's no need
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  • to continue the series, right?
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  • There's no need to ask any more questions because nothing really
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  • matters, we're just here by accident, so we
  • 00:11:45.030 --> 00:11:47.130
  • might as well just live it up, party every day.
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  • I mean, if there's no God, then there's really no purpose.
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  • I want us to look at the evidence of cosmology.
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  • Cosmology is the study of the origins of the universe.
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  • In Psalm 19:1, it says, "The heavens are telling
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  • the glory of God.
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  • They're a marvelous display of his craftsmanship."
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  • Folks, the heavens have always been trying to tell us
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  • so much about their creator.
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  • It's just that our telescopes weren't advanced enough
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  • to really understand the language of the heavens.
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  • The heavens have always been speaking to us.
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  • We just didn't understand their language until recently.
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  • For example, science always thought that the universe is
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  • eternal, going all the way back to the Greek,
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  • that the universe is static, that it's never changing, that
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  • it's always been, that the universe is eternal.
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  • Of course, Christians have always argued against that,
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  • saying that the Bible says that God created the universe
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  • out of nothing, so the universe came into existence.
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  • It's not eternal.
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  • And now, science has been turned upside down with all the new
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  • discoveries form our high-powered telescopes.
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  • We've learned the universe is not static at all,
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  • it's ever changing, ever expanding.
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  • The universe is not eternal, that it came into existence.
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  • Now, with the new evidence, almost all scientists believe in
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  • the Big Bang Theory that a huge explosion of light happened,
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  • that all the matter in the universe, 98% of all the matter
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  • in the universe came into existence within
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  • the first three minutes.
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  • This huge explosion of light and power in which the universe
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  • came into existence just all at once.
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  • To me, that sounds a lot like Genesis 1.
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  • The universe is not eternal, it came into existence.
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  • There is a cosmological argument called Kalam cosmological
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  • argument that's threefold.
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  • It says whatever begins to exist has a cause.
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  • So secondly, the universe began to exist.
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  • So, logically, thirdly, the universe must have a cause.
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  • The universe began to exist, and whatever begins to exist
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  • has a cause.
  • 00:14:05.240 --> 00:14:07.030
  • The universe began to exist, so the universe must have a cause.
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  • You see, scientists always believe the first part,
  • 00:14:10.190 --> 00:14:15.050
  • whatever begins to exist must have a cause,
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  • but they thought that the universe is eternal,
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  • that it never began to exist, that it's always been.
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  • It didn't have a beginning point.
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  • It was eternal, so therefore it didn't need a cause.
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  • But now that everything's changed and they know the
  • 00:14:28.290 --> 00:14:31.200
  • universe had a beginning point, now they know that the universe
  • 00:14:31.210 --> 00:14:36.200
  • must have a cause, but they're struggling with that now.
  • 00:14:36.210 --> 00:14:40.020
  • And so, whatever exists needs a cause, right?
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  • Whatever exists needs a cause so that God must need
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  • a cause, right?
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  • No, I didn't say whatever exists needs a cause,
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  • I said whatever begins to exist needs a cause.
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  • And the Bible tells us God is eternal and that God has always
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  • been, that God is never changing.
  • 00:14:58.250 --> 00:15:02.240
  • Now, science used to believe that the universe was eternal,
  • 00:15:02.250 --> 00:15:05.210
  • but they're struggling to believe that there's
  • 00:15:05.220 --> 00:15:08.140
  • a God who's eternal.
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  • Now we know the universe had a beginning point, and so
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  • therefore it must've been caused by something that's transcendent
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  • of time and space, something greater than the universe,
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  • outside the universe.
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  • That's just logic and that describes God.
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  • In Romans 1:20, it says, "For since the creation of the world
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  • God's invisible qualities, his eternal power and divine nature,
  • 00:15:32.110 --> 00:15:35.270
  • have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been
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  • made, so that people are without excuse."
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  • He's saying every day creation is telling us so much
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  • about its creator.
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  • Paul said when anyone looks at creation, he's obviously
  • 00:15:48.250 --> 00:15:53.100
  • looking at the work of a creator.
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  • And creation tells us so much about God that he's--
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  • that he's creative, that he loves variety.
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  • It's amazing when you look at all the different species
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  • and all the plant life, and God loves variety.
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  • God loves originality.
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  • God loves beauty, it's amazing.
  • 00:16:13.180 --> 00:16:15.270
  • When you look at creation, you see so much about the
  • 00:16:15.280 --> 00:16:17.270
  • characteristics of God, the evidence is all around us.
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  • But you have to honestly follow the truth wherever it leads.
  • 00:16:21.210 --> 00:16:26.040
  • But there's a third thing.
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  • Don't wait for all the answers to trust the answer.
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  • You'll never this side of heaven know the answers
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  • to every one of your questions.
  • 00:16:34.220 --> 00:16:36.110
  • I mean, if I knew the answers to all of my questions,
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  • that would mean that I'm as smart as God.
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  • And if God is no smarter than I am, we're all in trouble, folks.
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  • I'm thankful that I've got a God that's smarter than I am,
  • 00:16:46.130 --> 00:16:49.220
  • that's beyond me.
  • 00:16:49.230 --> 00:16:51.230
  • In 1 Corinthians 1:25, it says, "For the foolishness of God is
  • 00:16:51.240 --> 00:16:56.220
  • wiser than man's wisdom, and the weakness of God
  • 00:16:56.230 --> 00:16:59.000
  • is stronger than man's strength."
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  • I think sometimes, you know, God leaves these questions
  • 00:17:01.040 --> 00:17:05.270
  • that won't be answered until we get to heaven.
  • 00:17:05.280 --> 00:17:07.090
  • And I think one of the reasons is because he wants us not
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  • to just seek the answers to our questions,
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  • but to really seek him, the answer.
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  • Because even if you've got all your questions answered here
  • 00:17:14.230 --> 00:17:17.240
  • on this earth, it wouldn't satisfy your soul.
  • 00:17:17.250 --> 00:17:22.030
  • Might satisfy your mind for a little bit,
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  • but it wouldn't satisfy your soul.
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  • Because the only thing that can do that is a relationship with
  • 00:17:26.040 --> 00:17:29.030
  • the answer, God himself.
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  • And the only answer is to have a relationship with your creator.
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  • That's why you were made, to have a relationship
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  • with God who made you.
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  • If you really want to know why you're created,
  • 00:17:42.090 --> 00:17:44.080
  • you've got to look to your creator.
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  • If you want to know why you're on this earth,
  • 00:17:47.130 --> 00:17:49.010
  • you got to look to the one who placed you on this earth.
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  • Why did he make you?
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  • God made you to love you, to be in a relationship with you.
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  • 1 Peter 5:6 and 7 says, "Humble yourselves, therefore, under
  • 00:17:58.240 --> 00:18:01.280
  • God's mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.
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  • Cast all your anxieties on him because he cares for you."
  • 00:18:05.050 --> 00:18:09.220
  • Underline, "He cares for you."
  • 00:18:09.230 --> 00:18:12.030
  • So, and you can cast your cares on God because God cares.
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  • I'm so grateful that God is not just some transcendent
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  • being that's outside of the universe that's greater
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  • than the universe, though he is.
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  • I'm so glad that God also invades time and space,
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  • and he comes right down into our lives.
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  • Theologians call this God's transcendence
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  • and God's imminence.
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  • That God is transcendent beyond anything we could ever
  • 00:18:36.200 --> 00:18:38.290
  • comprehend, but yet God is imminent, he's closer
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  • than you could ever imagine.
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  • And he is close to the brokenhearted.
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  • God is more powerful and transcendent than we could ever
  • 00:18:48.170 --> 00:18:53.120
  • imagine, but he's more imminent, he's closer than you
  • 00:18:53.130 --> 00:18:57.260
  • can ever imagine.
  • 00:18:57.270 --> 00:19:00.070
  • And so, I'm grateful that we have a God like that, but I want
  • 00:19:00.080 --> 00:19:04.040
  • you to see this last verse, it's the most famous verse
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  • in all of Scripture.
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  • It's the verse you see at all the ball games.
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  • It's the verse that some football players, you know,
  • 00:19:13.160 --> 00:19:18.040
  • tattoo on themselves.
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  • It's the verse that most of us have heard or know.
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  • John 3:16, "For God so loved the world that he gave his one
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  • and only Son, that whoever believes in him
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  • shall not perish but have eternal life."
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  • For you see, it was through creation that we see that God is
  • 00:19:34.230 --> 00:19:38.050
  • powerful, but it is through Christ we see that God cares.
  • 00:19:38.060 --> 00:19:43.120
  • When God sends his only Son to invade time and space, and
  • 00:19:43.130 --> 00:19:46.170
  • become one of us, and experience all that we go through so that
  • 00:19:46.180 --> 00:19:49.270
  • we could relate to him and we could see what God is like, you
  • 00:19:49.280 --> 00:19:53.050
  • see, there's a limit to looking at creation and seeing
  • 00:19:53.060 --> 00:19:55.170
  • what God is like.
  • 00:19:55.180 --> 00:19:56.290
  • I can see that God loves variety, that God is creative,
  • 00:19:57.000 --> 00:19:59.150
  • that God is powerful.
  • 00:19:59.160 --> 00:20:01.220
  • But through creation, I cannot see that God cares.
  • 00:20:01.230 --> 00:20:04.250
  • But it's through Christ that I know that God cares.
  • 00:20:04.260 --> 00:20:08.050
  • You know, when I look at Christ, I know what God is like.
  • 00:20:08.060 --> 00:20:15.010
  • And through Christ, I can have a relationship with the God
  • 00:20:15.020 --> 00:20:18.020
  • who made me, and that's what he made me for.
  • 00:20:18.030 --> 00:20:21.260
  • And so, the real question is, do you know God?
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  • Do you have a relationship with God?
  • 00:20:28.050 --> 00:20:32.030
  • You see, I didn't say, do you believe in God?
  • 00:20:32.040 --> 00:20:34.170
  • Or do you believe God exists?
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  • The Bible says even the devil and his demons
  • 00:20:36.140 --> 00:20:38.060
  • believe God exists.
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  • They know God exists.
  • 00:20:39.200 --> 00:20:43.080
  • Says the devil and his demons believe and tremble,
  • 00:20:43.090 --> 00:20:45.170
  • but they're not followers of God, they don't love God.
  • 00:20:45.180 --> 00:20:51.050
  • And so, the question is, has there even been a point and time
  • 00:20:51.060 --> 00:20:53.240
  • in your life where you've met God and received him
  • 00:20:53.250 --> 00:20:59.030
  • into your life?
  • 00:20:59.040 --> 00:21:01.110
  • You see, you can believe, but you also need to receive him
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  • personally into your life through his Son Jesus Christ,
  • 00:21:06.060 --> 00:21:09.260
  • who made a way to heaven for us.
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  • And you don't have to take a leap of faith,
  • 00:21:12.220 --> 00:21:15.040
  • but it does come down to a step of faith.
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  • Everything comes down to a step of faith.
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  • And a lot of times, there's leaps of faith, like to be an
  • 00:21:20.250 --> 00:21:26.150
  • atheist I think it takes a leap of faith, but it's always faith.
  • 00:21:26.160 --> 00:21:30.210
  • Everything comes down to faith.
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  • But to believe God and to receive God, it takes a step of
  • 00:21:32.020 --> 00:21:39.090
  • faith, where you say, "God, I give up to you,
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  • and I receive your free gift of forgiveness.
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  • I receive you into my life.
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  • I need you."
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  • That's what it comes down to.
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  • Maker of heaven and maker of earth
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  • galaxy architect gave me my worth
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  • Who could have predicted this story he'd write?
  • 00:23:20.100 --> 00:23:26.170
  • Oh, you stretched out the heavens
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  • and laid down your life
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  • Here where sin and love collide
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  • I stand in awe, arms open wide
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  • The God who joined the hemispheres
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  • joined my fight
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  • Here where sin and blood collide
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  • my chains fall off, my fears subside
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  • The God who made the universe made a way
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  • You're the maker of the stars
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  • so make a way
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  • You're the maker of my heart
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  • so make a way
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  • You made the blind to see
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  • so make a way
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  • You made something new in me
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  • so make a way
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  • When the walls are closing in
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  • you will make a way
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  • When I need to start again
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  • you will make a way
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  • When I can't see my way out
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  • you will make a way
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  • In the darkness I will shout
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  • you will make a way
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  • When I have nothing left
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  • you will make a way
  • 00:25:48.080 --> 00:25:52.140
  • When I can't take one more step
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  • you will make a way
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  • I can't see my way out
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  • you will make a way
  • 00:26:05.220 --> 00:26:10.150
  • In the dark, I will shout
  • 00:26:10.160 --> 00:26:14.200
  • you will make a way
  • 00:26:14.210 --> 00:26:19.180
  • When I have nothing left
  • 00:26:19.190 --> 00:26:23.170
  • you will make a way
  • 00:26:23.180 --> 00:26:28.100
  • When I can't take one more step
  • 00:26:28.110 --> 00:26:33.100
  • you will make a way
  • 00:26:33.110 --> 00:26:37.140
  • I can't see my way out
  • 00:26:37.150 --> 00:26:42.070
  • you will make a way
  • 00:26:42.080 --> 00:26:46.170
  • In the dark, I will shout
  • 00:26:46.180 --> 00:26:51.070
  • you will make a way
  • 00:26:51.080 --> 00:26:54.270
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