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Paul | Episode 13

Watch Paul | Episode 13
April 24, 2018
28:30

Max Lucado: Unshakable Hope

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  • (Max Lucado) They don't build things like they used to.
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  • Cathedrals, castles, and monuments
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  • still standing centuries after they were constructed,
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  • or buildings like this one.
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  • Cracks and creaks reveal the years,
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  • yet it still remains.
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  • From the cathedrals of Rome to the Alamo near my own home,
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  • there's something special about a building
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  • that stands the test of time.
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  • Wars could not destroy them, storms could not devastate them.
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  • You might even say they're unshakable.
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  • Hi, I'm Max Lucado, and I wonder,
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  • what kind of life are you building?
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  • We live in a shaky world.
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  • Promises break and stock markets crash
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  • and relationships crumble.
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  • These pillars of our faith will be tested.
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  • Want to be unshakable in a shaky world?
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  • You can build your life on the enduring promises of God.
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  • You have a problem, God has a promise,
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  • and these promises stand the test of time,
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  • and they weather life's biggest storms.
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  • Today we're going to explore some of these great
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  • and precious promises found in God's Word.
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  • And when the world rages around you,
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  • you can stand with unshakable hope.
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  • Unshakable
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  • (female announcer) We are building our lives on the promises of God.
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  • Because his word is unbreakable, our hope is unshakable.
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  • We do not stand on the problems of life
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  • or the pain in life.
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  • We stand on the great and precious promises of God.
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  • This is "Unshakable Hope."
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  • There is a hope-filled promise in Philippians 4:19 that says,
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  • "God will meet all your needs."
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  • If ever there was an uninvited guest at our life's party,
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  • it would be worry.
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  • It doesn't have a single positive thing to offer anyone,
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  • and yet it quietly unlocks the door to our hearts and minds
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  • and slips in unannounced.
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  • Then it stealthily settles into a place of comfort
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  • and makes plans to stay for the long haul.
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  • When politely asked to leave, it nonchalantly declines.
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  • Then it resumes its relentless routine
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  • of casting a dark shadow of fear in the heart
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  • and light-blocking shade on our outlook.
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  • Under the weight of worry's spell,
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  • we feel and see things that haven't even happened yet
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  • and maybe never will.
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  • You can see it happening all around you
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  • if you look close enough.
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  • A traveler stands in the security airport line
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  • and removes her bracelet.
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  • She's already placed her shoes in a rubberized bin
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  • and liquids in the plastic bag
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  • and removed the boarding pass from her purse,
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  • and she wonders about the fungus on the floor.
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  • Will she miss her flight?
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  • Will the flight make it on time?
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  • Will it make it at all?
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  • She hates the thought but permits it anyway.
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  • Any day now her luck is going to run out.
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  • Meanwhile, there's a fellow sitting on the back row
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  • of an English as a second language class.
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  • He'd prefer the front row, but by the time he caught
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  • the city bus and endured the evening traffic,
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  • the best seats were taken.
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  • His hands still smelled of diner dishwater,
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  • where worry worked since 6 a.m. this morning.
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  • Within 12 hours he'll be at the sink again,
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  • but for now he does his best to make sense
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  • of verbs and adverbs and nouns.
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  • Everyone else seems to get it. He doesn't.
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  • He never diagrammed a sentence in Spanish.
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  • How will he ever do it in English?
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  • Yet with no English, how will he ever do more
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  • than wash plates?
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  • Worry has more questions than answers,
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  • work than energy, and thinks often about giving up.
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  • I know how these two feel.
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  • Worry has woven its way into my home as well.
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  • On a recent morning, I woke at 4:30 a.m.,
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  • struggling with a message.
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  • It needed to be finished by 5 p.m.
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  • I pulled the pillow over my head and tried in vain to return
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  • to the blissful netherworld of sleep
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  • that knows nothing of deadlines or completion dates,
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  • but it was too late.
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  • The starter's pistol had fired.
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  • An Olympic squad of synapses was racing in my brain,
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  • stirring a wake of adrenaline.
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  • So, worry climbed out of bed and dressed
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  • and slipped out of the house into the silent streets
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  • and drove to the office.
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  • And worry unlocked the door, turned on the computer,
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  • and stared at the passage on the monitor.
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  • But then I smiled.
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  • There on the screen was some very clear direction.
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  • Matthew 6:25 yielded some precious words
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  • that Jesus spoke about worrying.
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  • "So I tell you, don't worry about everyday life,
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  • whether you have enough."
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  • Worry doesn't work.
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  • A better way is right in front of us.
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  • The passage in Matthew continues,
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  • "Look at the birds.
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  • "They don't need to plant or harvest or put food in barns
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  • "because your heavenly Father feeds them.
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  • "And you are far more valuable to him than they are.
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  • "Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?
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  • Of course not."
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  • Jesus doesn't condemn legitimate concern for responsibility,
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  • but rather the continuous mind-set
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  • that dismisses God's presence.
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  • Destructive anxiety subtracts God from the future,
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  • faces uncertainties with no faith,
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  • tallies up the challenges of the day
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  • without entering God into the equation.
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  • Worry is the dark room where negatives become glossy prints.
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  • My friend saw an example of perpetual uneasiness
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  • in his 6-year-old daughter.
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  • In her hurry to dress for school,
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  • she tied her shoe laces in a knot,
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  • and she plopped down at the base of the stairs
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  • and fixated her thoughts on the tangled mess.
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  • The school bus was coming and the minutes were ticking
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  • and she gave no thought to the fact
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  • that her father was standing nearby,
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  • willing to help upon request.
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  • Her little hands began to shake, and tears began to drop.
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  • Finally, in an expression of total frustration,
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  • she dropped her forehead to her knees and sobbed.
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  • Why didn't she request her father's help to start with?
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  • We could all ask the same of ourselves.
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  • Next time you're quaking from anxiety,
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  • take a look at this unshakable promise found
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  • in Philippians 4:19, which says, "God will meet all your needs."
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  • Imitate the mother of Jesus at the wedding in Cana.
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  • The wedding reception was out of wine,
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  • a huge social no-no in the days of Jesus.
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  • Mary could've blamed the host for poor planning
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  • or the guests for over-drinking, but she didn't catastrophize,
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  • no therapy sessions or counseling.
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  • Instead, she presented the problem to Jesus,
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  • and he turned the water into wine, problem solved.
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  • When you have a problem, what's your first response?
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  • Panic, outcry, worry?
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  • Who's got time for that?
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  • Quickly assess the problem, take it to Jesus,
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  • and let him do his work.
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  • Become a worry slapper,
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  • treat frets like you do mosquitoes.
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  • Do you procrastinate when a bloodsucking bug
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  • lands on your skin, thinking,
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  • "I'll take care of it in a moment"?
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  • Of course you don't.
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  • You'd give the critter the slap it deserves.
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  • Be equally decisive with anxiety.
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  • The moment a concern surfaces, deal with it, don't dwell on it.
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  • Head worries off before they get the best of you.
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  • Don't waste an hour worrying what your boss thinks, ask her.
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  • Before you diagnose that mole as cancer,
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  • have it examined.
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  • Instead of assuming you'll never get out of debt,
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  • consult an expert.
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  • Be a doer, not a stewer.
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  • Where can you find the strength to kick worry out the door
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  • and make room for the peace that's promised?
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  • By claiming and trusting in the precious promise
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  • of Philippians 4:19.
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  • God will meet all your needs, and that means all of them.
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  • If ever there was a place where worrying
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  • might not just be prevalent but even overpowering,
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  • it would be prison.
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  • Imagine what goes through the mind of a man in chains
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  • pondering his fate.
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  • Will he be subjected to torture?
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  • Will he ever see his wife and children again?
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  • Will he become sick
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  • and waste away from malnutrition?
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  • Will he be forgotten and left here to die
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  • or sentenced to death in a public display
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  • to teach others a lesson?
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  • So many dark thoughts could enter into
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  • an incarcerated man's heart, but not if that man was Paul.
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  • He chose another path.
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  • Now, Paul had reason to worry. He was impoverished.
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  • The very reason we have the letter called Philippians
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  • is because a church took pity on his poverty.
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  • He had no health.
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  • His tired body carried the marks of whippings,
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  • shipwrecks and diseases.
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  • He spoke of a thorn in the flesh
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  • and complained of frailty in his eyes.
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  • His money was gone, his health was failing,
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  • and what's worse, his life work was in jeopardy.
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  • The Galatians were defecting,
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  • the Corinthian church was squabbling,
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  • the Ephesian church was struggling,
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  • the Romans needed encouraging.
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  • It was a tough time for Paul, purse empty, health fleeting,
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  • churches battling.
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  • And in the midst of it all, he ended up in jail.
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  • What a lousy time to be arrested.
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  • The apostle didn't even have good timing.
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  • Can you envision Paul in prison?
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  • The rap of old age hangs from his shoulders.
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  • His chin sags like a worn cloth.
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  • The Roman chain rests at his feet like a tired dog.
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  • Paul is at the end of the line, a long line.
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  • But give him half the chance,
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  • and he'll tell you the story of stories.
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  • He will tilt his large head to the side
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  • and smile a wry smile.
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  • He'll speak of the light that left him blind
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  • and the voice that left him speechless.
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  • "Saul, Saul," Jesus had spoken.
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  • And just as Abraham was called to walk by faith,
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  • just as Moses was called to deliver the slaves,
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  • now Saul was called to do both.
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  • In about the same time Nero was born in Rome,
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  • Saul became Paul and was born again in Damascus.
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  • For the next three decades, neither Paul nor the world
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  • would be the same.
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  • Tireless, focused, unfailingly faithful,
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  • he criss-crossed the eastern world,
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  • stitching tents and preaching Christ
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  • and planting churches.
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  • He was angular, forceful, brilliant, and unbudging.
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  • And because he wouldn't budge, the church feared him
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  • before they loved him, and he slept in more jails than hotels.
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  • But that was okay with Paul.
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  • Suffering was tolerable
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  • because he had the one thing that mattered.
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  • He had the Lord.
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  • He the sinner had met Christ the Savior,
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  • and the sinner was never to be silenced.
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  • Put him in a synagogue, and he'd preach.
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  • Put him in a boat, and he'd witness.
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  • Put him in a jail, and he'd write.
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  • Here's a curious question, had you been a Roman citizen
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  • in 61 or 62 AD and someone gave you the choice,
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  • would you rather be the Emperor Nero
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  • or the Apostle Paul?
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  • Lounging in the palace or locked away in prison?
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  • Which would you have chosen?
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  • Ask Paul the question, he'd be quick to answer.
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  • "My purse may be empty," he'd say,
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  • "but my Father's is not."
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  • Paul embraced the very words he wrote in Philippians 4:19,
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  • "God will meet all your needs."
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  • That's the promise. That was the discovery of Paul.
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  • That is the hope of the believer.
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  • Some of you are much like Paul in prison,
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  • only your prison isn't made of walls,
  • 00:11:47.000 --> 00:11:49.050
  • it's made of circumstances.
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  • But look at you, there's still a twinkle in your eye
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  • and a song on your lips.
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  • You've learned well.
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  • Like Paul, you too have maintained a joyful heart.
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  • Rather than being paralyzed with the worry of what may come,
  • 00:11:59.100 --> 00:12:01.290
  • you're moving forward in faith with your confidence in Christ.
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  • Others of us could learn a little more.
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  • Instead of focusing on what's wrong in our lives,
  • 00:12:08.100 --> 00:12:10.220
  • we could turn our eyes to what's right.
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  • Rather than using our voice to complain,
  • 00:12:13.010 --> 00:12:14.280
  • we could use it to sing.
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  • And rather than living in fear, we could live in faith.
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  • We needn't give any room in our lives to worry.
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  • We have a promise that God will meet all of our needs.
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  • No matter what chains are holding you back today
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  • or what prison bars are blocking your progress
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  • and stealing away your freedom, I encourage you
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  • to remember God's promise and then make it your own.
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  • I will trust God to meet my needs.
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  • Unshakable
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  • God is a good God,
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  • but in order for him to be a good God,
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  • he also must be a just God.
  • 00:14:30.130 --> 00:14:33.220
  • So, one of the promises found in Acts 17:31 is this,
  • 00:14:33.230 --> 00:14:38.200
  • "For God has set a day when he will judge the world."
  • 00:14:38.210 --> 00:14:43.000
  • In the predawn hours of December 14, 2012,
  • 00:14:43.010 --> 00:14:46.230
  • Daniel Barton awoke early
  • 00:14:46.240 --> 00:14:48.190
  • and reveled in the sight of the sunrise.
  • 00:14:48.200 --> 00:14:52.030
  • Through a silhouette of the bare trees,
  • 00:14:52.040 --> 00:14:54.050
  • the dark sky outside their Newtown, Connecticut, home
  • 00:14:54.060 --> 00:14:56.240
  • turned red-orange.
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  • Christmas tree lights reflected on the window
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  • dotted the sunrise.
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  • "Isn't that beautiful?"
  • 00:15:02.130 --> 00:15:03.290
  • Seven-year-old Daniel asked his father,
  • 00:15:04.000 --> 00:15:06.120
  • who captured the moment in a photo
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  • before walking his son to the school bus.
  • 00:15:08.150 --> 00:15:11.100
  • Daniel was 1 of 20 children and 6 adults shot to death
  • 00:15:11.110 --> 00:15:15.070
  • at Sandy Hook Elementary School later that morning.
  • 00:15:15.080 --> 00:15:18.200
  • Mark, Daniel's father, has reflected on that final morning
  • 00:15:18.210 --> 00:15:22.100
  • more times than he can count.
  • 00:15:22.110 --> 00:15:24.070
  • He remembers how Daniel took a moment
  • 00:15:24.080 --> 00:15:26.000
  • to hug his sister Natalie
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  • and see her off to the school bus.
  • 00:15:27.240 --> 00:15:29.230
  • They played "Jingle Bells" on the piano.
  • 00:15:29.240 --> 00:15:32.200
  • Later, Daniel ran down the stairs,
  • 00:15:32.210 --> 00:15:34.150
  • his toothbrush still in his mouth,
  • 00:15:34.160 --> 00:15:36.180
  • to hug and kiss his mother before she left for work.
  • 00:15:36.190 --> 00:15:40.120
  • On most mornings, when Barton walked Daniel to the school bus,
  • 00:15:40.130 --> 00:15:44.260
  • his son insisted on a quick game of tag.
  • 00:15:44.270 --> 00:15:48.090
  • "Do we have to play tag today?"
  • 00:15:48.100 --> 00:15:50.020
  • Barton asked Daniel that morning.
  • 00:15:50.030 --> 00:15:51.240
  • "Can we just hold hands today?"
  • 00:15:51.250 --> 00:15:54.070
  • "And so we did," he said. "We just held hands."
  • 00:15:54.080 --> 00:15:58.070
  • David had no way of knowing the rage
  • 00:15:58.080 --> 00:16:00.030
  • that was about to erupt.
  • 00:16:00.040 --> 00:16:02.090
  • A deranged gunman was lying in wait for the opportunity
  • 00:16:02.100 --> 00:16:05.240
  • to slaughter innocent people.
  • 00:16:05.250 --> 00:16:08.000
  • Sandy Hook wasn't the first massacre in American history,
  • 00:16:08.010 --> 00:16:11.100
  • but it seemed the cruelest.
  • 00:16:11.110 --> 00:16:13.060
  • And these weren't adults, they were children.
  • 00:16:13.070 --> 00:16:15.130
  • This wasn't a war, it was a quiet neighborhood.
  • 00:16:15.140 --> 00:16:18.030
  • These weren't gangsters, they were elementary-aged kids
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  • at an elementary school on a holiday morning.
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  • The kids didn't deserve death,
  • 00:16:24.200 --> 00:16:26.140
  • their parents don't deserve such grief,
  • 00:16:26.150 --> 00:16:29.060
  • and we've received an all too common reminder:
  • 00:16:29.070 --> 00:16:32.170
  • life isn't fair.
  • 00:16:32.180 --> 00:16:35.000
  • When did you learn those words?
  • 00:16:35.010 --> 00:16:37.010
  • It's not fair.
  • 00:16:37.020 --> 00:16:39.140
  • What deed exposed you to the imbalanced scales of life?
  • 00:16:39.150 --> 00:16:43.080
  • Did a car wreck leave your mother a widow,
  • 00:16:43.090 --> 00:16:46.010
  • a disease leave your body disfigured?
  • 00:16:46.020 --> 00:16:49.020
  • Did friends forget you, a teacher ignore you,
  • 00:16:49.030 --> 00:16:51.200
  • an adult abuse you?
  • 00:16:51.210 --> 00:16:54.050
  • When did you discover the injustice of life?
  • 00:16:54.060 --> 00:16:57.250
  • When did you first pray the prayer
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  • of the prophet Jeremiah,
  • 00:16:59.170 --> 00:17:01.000
  • "Why does the way of the wicked prosper?"
  • 00:17:01.010 --> 00:17:04.070
  • There are so many questions that are easy to ask
  • 00:17:04.080 --> 00:17:06.210
  • and hard to answer.
  • 00:17:06.220 --> 00:17:08.120
  • Why do drug peddlers get rich, sex offenders get off,
  • 00:17:08.130 --> 00:17:12.060
  • charlatans get elected, murderers get out,
  • 00:17:12.070 --> 00:17:14.150
  • cheaters get by, scoundrels get in?
  • 00:17:14.160 --> 00:17:17.090
  • How long will injustice flourish?
  • 00:17:17.100 --> 00:17:20.200
  • God's answer is direct.
  • 00:17:20.210 --> 00:17:23.090
  • Not long.
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  • Take confidence in knowing that justice will be served,
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  • maybe not in our preferred time,
  • 00:17:28.140 --> 00:17:31.070
  • but in God's perfect time.
  • 00:17:31.080 --> 00:17:33.240
  • He is not sitting idly by, he's not twiddling his thumbs.
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  • Every flip of the calendar brings us closer
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  • to the day in which he will judge all evil.
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  • The Apostle Paul assures us in the book of Acts chapter 17
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  • and verse 31, "God has set a day when he will judge the world."
  • 00:17:48.200 --> 00:17:54.110
  • Now, to set means to single out.
  • 00:17:54.120 --> 00:17:57.280
  • A judgment day has been chosen.
  • 00:17:57.290 --> 00:18:00.140
  • The hour is marked, and moment is reserved.
  • 00:18:00.150 --> 00:18:03.290
  • Judgment is not a possibility, it is a stark reality.
  • 00:18:04.000 --> 00:18:08.150
  • Now, judgment day is an unpopular term.
  • 00:18:08.160 --> 00:18:11.200
  • We dislike the image of a great hour of reckoning,
  • 00:18:11.210 --> 00:18:14.220
  • which is ironic.
  • 00:18:14.230 --> 00:18:16.190
  • We distain judgment, but we value justice.
  • 00:18:16.200 --> 00:18:20.050
  • Yet the second is impossible without the first.
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  • One can't have justice without judgment.
  • 00:18:22.270 --> 00:18:26.180
  • For that reason, the judgment seat shares equal status
  • 00:18:26.190 --> 00:18:31.010
  • with the king's throne as the two symbols
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  • of the great day.
  • 00:18:34.020 --> 00:18:35.270
  • Matthew 25:31 tells us that on the day Jesus returns,
  • 00:18:35.280 --> 00:18:40.000
  • he will sit on his glorious throne.
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  • All of the people of all nations
  • 00:18:43.080 --> 00:18:44.250
  • will bow low before his authority.
  • 00:18:44.260 --> 00:18:46.240
  • Every person will acknowledge the king
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  • and his one-king kingdom.
  • 00:18:49.110 --> 00:18:51.150
  • Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 5:10,
  • 00:18:51.160 --> 00:18:54.130
  • "We must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ,
  • 00:18:54.140 --> 00:18:57.170
  • "so that each of us may receive what is due us
  • 00:18:57.180 --> 00:19:00.160
  • for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad."
  • 00:19:00.170 --> 00:19:04.160
  • So, justice will prevail.
  • 00:19:04.170 --> 00:19:06.230
  • Now, this promise may not matter to you.
  • 00:19:06.240 --> 00:19:09.120
  • For some people, life feels fair and just.
  • 00:19:09.130 --> 00:19:12.060
  • If that describes you, count your blessings.
  • 00:19:12.070 --> 00:19:15.180
  • There are others, however,
  • 00:19:15.190 --> 00:19:17.100
  • who fight a daily battle with anger.
  • 00:19:17.110 --> 00:19:20.280
  • They've been robbed.
  • 00:19:20.290 --> 00:19:22.190
  • Evil people have pilfered days with their loved ones,
  • 00:19:22.200 --> 00:19:25.200
  • disease has sapped health from their body.
  • 00:19:25.210 --> 00:19:28.090
  • They believe that justice must be served.
  • 00:19:28.100 --> 00:19:32.040
  • The Bible says,
  • 00:19:32.050 --> 00:19:33.220
  • "For God has set a day when he will judge the world."
  • 00:19:33.230 --> 00:19:38.030
  • Can I encourage you to stand on that promise?
  • 00:19:38.040 --> 00:19:41.220
  • Place all the injustices of life before Christ.
  • 00:19:41.230 --> 00:19:46.090
  • Place them in the shadow of the cross
  • 00:19:46.100 --> 00:19:49.020
  • and be reminded God understands injustice,
  • 00:19:49.030 --> 00:19:53.040
  • and he will right all wrongs and heal all wounds.
  • 00:19:53.050 --> 00:19:55.230
  • And he has prepared a place where life will finally
  • 00:19:55.240 --> 00:19:58.160
  • and forever be just.
  • 00:19:58.170 --> 00:20:01.180
  • For as he promised, God has set a day
  • 00:20:01.190 --> 00:20:04.270
  • when he will judge the world.
  • 00:20:04.280 --> 00:20:08.070
  • 00:20:08.080 --> 00:20:14.140
  • We laud the Apostle Paul for his ability to be content
  • 00:20:14.150 --> 00:20:17.190
  • in all circumstances.
  • 00:20:17.200 --> 00:20:19.050
  • I think it's because he had the ability
  • 00:20:19.060 --> 00:20:20.280
  • to look beyond the present and focus on the future.
  • 00:20:20.290 --> 00:20:24.100
  • While he might be poor,
  • 00:20:24.110 --> 00:20:25.270
  • the riches of heaven awaited him.
  • 00:20:25.280 --> 00:20:27.230
  • While he might be captive in a dungy prison cell,
  • 00:20:27.240 --> 00:20:30.120
  • he'd soon be free walking the glorious streets of heaven.
  • 00:20:30.130 --> 00:20:34.030
  • Paul was sure of his future,
  • 00:20:34.040 --> 00:20:35.250
  • and that changed his perspective on the present.
  • 00:20:35.260 --> 00:20:39.010
  • He had faith in God and that in God's perfect time
  • 00:20:39.020 --> 00:20:42.120
  • justice would be served.
  • 00:20:42.130 --> 00:20:44.090
  • The Greek word for judgment seat is bema.
  • 00:20:44.100 --> 00:20:47.150
  • The terms denotes a court in session,
  • 00:20:47.160 --> 00:20:50.050
  • a place where the judge is present
  • 00:20:50.060 --> 00:20:52.120
  • and the verdicts are declared.
  • 00:20:52.130 --> 00:20:54.190
  • From his throne, Jesus will forever balance
  • 00:20:54.200 --> 00:20:57.130
  • the scales of fairness, and he will do so
  • 00:20:57.140 --> 00:21:00.120
  • through three declarations.
  • 00:21:00.130 --> 00:21:02.180
  • First, he will publicly pardon his people.
  • 00:21:02.190 --> 00:21:06.120
  • When the Apostle Paul said,
  • 00:21:06.130 --> 00:21:07.240
  • "We must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ,"
  • 00:21:07.250 --> 00:21:11.090
  • he meant everyone.
  • 00:21:11.100 --> 00:21:12.190
  • According to Romans 2:16,
  • 00:21:12.200 --> 00:21:14.170
  • "This will be the day when God judges people's secrets
  • 00:21:14.180 --> 00:21:17.200
  • through Jesus Christ."
  • 00:21:17.210 --> 00:21:19.120
  • Why will Christ expose every deed of the Christian heart?
  • 00:21:19.130 --> 00:21:23.240
  • For the sake of justice.
  • 00:21:23.250 --> 00:21:25.250
  • He must declare each sin forgiven.
  • 00:21:25.260 --> 00:21:30.000
  • God filters his verdict through Jesus.
  • 00:21:30.010 --> 00:21:32.200
  • Believers won't stand before the bench alone.
  • 00:21:32.210 --> 00:21:34.290
  • Jesus will be at our side.
  • 00:21:35.000 --> 00:21:37.010
  • As the sin is disclosed, so is the forgiveness.
  • 00:21:37.020 --> 00:21:41.120
  • On and on the reading will go until every sin
  • 00:21:41.130 --> 00:21:44.140
  • of every believer is proclaimed and pardoned.
  • 00:21:44.150 --> 00:21:47.210
  • God's justice demands a detailed accounting.
  • 00:21:47.220 --> 00:21:50.180
  • He will not permit the hint of injustice in his new kingdom.
  • 00:21:50.190 --> 00:21:54.180
  • Every citizen will know that every sin
  • 00:21:54.190 --> 00:21:56.250
  • has been surfaced and pardoned.
  • 00:21:56.260 --> 00:21:59.030
  • Heaven can't be heaven with secrets or buried pasts,
  • 00:21:59.040 --> 00:22:03.010
  • but you won't be embarrassed.
  • 00:22:03.020 --> 00:22:04.150
  • To the contrary, you'll be stunned,
  • 00:22:04.160 --> 00:22:06.120
  • your awe will grow as the list of forgiven sins lengthens.
  • 00:22:06.130 --> 00:22:10.260
  • The results will be a heaven draped in justice.
  • 00:22:10.270 --> 00:22:14.060
  • No saint will look upon another with suspicion.
  • 00:22:14.070 --> 00:22:16.150
  • No saint will look into his or her past with guilt.
  • 00:22:16.160 --> 00:22:19.150
  • All will be disclosed, all will be forgiven.
  • 00:22:19.160 --> 00:22:22.100
  • The public display of forgiven sins
  • 00:22:22.110 --> 00:22:24.140
  • will prompt eternal gratitude to our Savior.
  • 00:22:24.150 --> 00:22:27.100
  • But wait, that's not all.
  • 00:22:27.110 --> 00:22:29.250
  • There's even more good news for God's people.
  • 00:22:29.260 --> 00:22:32.090
  • The second declaration is that he will applaud
  • 00:22:32.100 --> 00:22:35.190
  • the service of his saints.
  • 00:22:35.200 --> 00:22:37.180
  • Paul tells us he will bring to light
  • 00:22:37.190 --> 00:22:39.270
  • what is hidden in darkness,
  • 00:22:39.280 --> 00:22:41.210
  • and he will expose the motives of the heart.
  • 00:22:41.220 --> 00:22:44.030
  • At that time, each will receive their praise from God.
  • 00:22:44.040 --> 00:22:48.170
  • God will walk you through your life day by day,
  • 00:22:48.180 --> 00:22:51.180
  • moment by moment, as if a video replays your biography.
  • 00:22:51.190 --> 00:22:55.200
  • And he will issue commendation after commendation.
  • 00:22:55.210 --> 00:22:59.210
  • You gave up your seat on the bus, well done.
  • 00:22:59.220 --> 00:23:02.080
  • You greeted the new student in your school, fine job.
  • 00:23:02.090 --> 00:23:05.190
  • You forgave your brother, encouraged your neighbor,
  • 00:23:05.200 --> 00:23:08.050
  • stayed awake in Max's message, I'm so proud of you.
  • 00:23:08.060 --> 00:23:11.260
  • God records and rewards your goodness.
  • 00:23:11.270 --> 00:23:15.110
  • It's only fair that he do so.
  • 00:23:15.120 --> 00:23:18.110
  • And since God is a just God,
  • 00:23:18.120 --> 00:23:20.160
  • he will declare the pardon of his people,
  • 00:23:20.170 --> 00:23:23.150
  • applaud the service of his servants.
  • 00:23:23.160 --> 00:23:26.030
  • As a general places a medal on his shoulders,
  • 00:23:26.040 --> 00:23:29.030
  • God places a robe on his.
  • 00:23:29.040 --> 00:23:31.230
  • But for those who would fight against God,
  • 00:23:31.240 --> 00:23:34.140
  • the third declaration now applies.
  • 00:23:34.150 --> 00:23:37.100
  • He will honor the wishes of the wicked.
  • 00:23:37.110 --> 00:23:40.200
  • The Apostle Paul wrote in Romans 1:21 and 23
  • 00:23:40.210 --> 00:23:44.140
  • that some people will stand before God
  • 00:23:44.150 --> 00:23:46.130
  • who didn't treat him like God, refusing to worship him,
  • 00:23:46.140 --> 00:23:50.060
  • and they trade the glory of God who holds the whole world
  • 00:23:50.070 --> 00:23:53.260
  • in his hands for cheap figurines
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  • you can buy at any roadside stand.
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  • A just God must honor the wishes of God rejecters.
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  • Even our judicial system, fragile as it may be,
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  • forces no defense on the accused.
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  • The defendant is offered an advocate,
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  • but if he chooses to stand before the judge alone,
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  • the system permits it.
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  • So does God.
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  • He offers his Son as an advocate.
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  • Jesus will stand in judgment at the side of every person
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  • except those who refuse him.
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  • And when their deeds are read,
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  • heaven's tribunal will hear nothing but silence.
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  • You denied my presence, silence.
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  • You abused my children, silence.
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  • You slandered my name, silence.
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  • You ignored my Word, silence.
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  • You rejected my Son, silence.
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  • What response can be given?
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  • What defense can be offered?
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  • God is right, God is just.
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  • No one in heaven or hell will accuse
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  • the judge of injustice when he announces,
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  • "Depart from me, you who are cursed,
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  • into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels."
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  • Indeed, justice will prevail.
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  • Paul was very clear, a day is coming
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  • when scores will be settled.
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  • Let this covenant abate the anger you feel
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  • at the hurting world.
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  • Devastations have bloodied every generation.
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  • Does our globe have one square mile of unstained soil?
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  • The Hutu slaughtered 800.000 Tutsis.
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  • Hitler exterminated 6 million Jews and gypsies.
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  • American bombs devastated Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
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  • Japanese tortured American soldiers.
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  • Suicide bombs in Baghdad, mass murders at Sandy Hook.
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  • It's not right, it's not just, it's not fair, it's just not.
  • 00:25:44.100 --> 00:25:49.170
  • And when you wonder if the unrepentant wicked
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  • will go unpunished or injustices will go unaddressed,
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  • let this promise gratify your desire for justice.
  • 00:25:56.020 --> 00:26:00.080
  • God will have the final word.
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  • He has prepared a place where life will be finally
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  • and forever fair.
  • 00:26:05.220 --> 00:26:07.190
  • You can be sure of this.
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  • God gives you this promise,
  • 00:26:09.160 --> 00:26:11.030
  • "For God has set a day when he will judge the world."
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  • Now, make your own promise, "I will respect God's justice
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  • and I will delight in God's grace."
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  • What's shaking in your world?
  • 00:26:24.050 --> 00:26:26.280
  • Your finances, your family, your faith?
  • 00:26:26.290 --> 00:26:30.040
  • It's easy to lose hope when the storms of life come.
  • 00:26:30.050 --> 00:26:33.260
  • But there is one thing in life we can stand on
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  • when everything else around us is shaken.
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  • We can build our lives on the promises of God.
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  • Why?
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  • God's Word is sure, and what he says happens.
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  • God will not, indeed he cannot break his promises.
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  • His covenants won't collapse.
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  • His word is his bond, and his bond won't break.
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  • What he says will happen.
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  • Won't you say it with me?
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  • We are building our lives on the promises of God.
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  • Because his word is unbreakable, our hope is unshakable.
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  • We do not stand on the problems of life
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  • or the pain in life,
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  • we stand on the great and precious promises of God.
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