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God's Gift: Jesus Had To Rise

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April 25, 2019
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Time of Grace with Mark Jeske

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  • [PROMOTION] When we
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  • started, we were just a
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  • tiny, tiny little
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  • organization.
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  • In fact, "organization" is
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  • a complement to our little
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  • ragtag group.
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  • I will never stop being
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  • grateful to this army of
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  • people who believed enough
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  • in the power of the
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  • messages of Time of Grace
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  • to continue with their
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  • sacrificial gifts.
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  • As Pastor Jeske prepares
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  • for the next chapter of
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  • his life beyond Time of
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  • Grace, he reflects on the
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  • humble beginnings of the
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  • ministry in his new book,
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  • "When Grace Got Personal,"
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  • where he remembers how God
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  • worked through individuals
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  • to share the timeless
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  • truths of Jesus through
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  • Time of Grace.
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  • When you give today, we'll
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  • send you this book, along
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  • with Pastor Mike Novotny's
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  • book, "The Neglected
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  • Spirit," which is about
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  • tapping into the power of
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  • the Holy Spirit.
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  • And when you give $50 or
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  • more, we'll say thanks
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  • with both of these books,
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  • plus Pastor Jeske's books
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  • "Straight Talk" and "More
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  • Straight Talk." All four
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  • of these books show how
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  • God transforms us and then
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  • allows his loving grace to
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  • flow through us to others.
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  • So call now to give and
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  • request your special
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  • [MUSIC]
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  • [PASTOR MARK JESKE]
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  • Let's start out
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  • with a little relax thing:
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  • How many of you are Bill
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  • Murray fans, Bill Murray
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  • movies?
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  • Go ahead; it's not a
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  • shameful thing.
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  • [Audience: Laughter] I'm
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  • not going to embarrass
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  • you.
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  • Okay, there's about a
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  • quarter of you.
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  • A national magazine did a
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  • poll a couple of years ago
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  • asking people to rank
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  • their most favorite Bill
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  • Murray movies.
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  • Coming in fourth place is
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  • military comedy, Stripes.
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  • Ah, even those of you who
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  • aren't fans know the
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  • answers
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  • [Audience: Laughter].
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  • Coming in third place -
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  • and there's going to be
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  • some grumbling about this
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  • - Caddyshack.
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  • Ooh, I thought so.
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  • [Audience: Laughter]
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  • There's a lot of
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  • Caddyshack fans; mostly
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  • male [Audience: Laughter].
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  • Often will not admit it
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  • publicly but they have
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  • memorized long swatches of
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  • the dialogue from
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  • Caddyshack; also possibly
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  • Rodney Dangerfield's
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  • greatest work of art ever.
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  • Coming in second place -
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  • ba bom ba bom, who you
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  • gonna call?
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  • [Pastor and Audience:
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  • Ghostbusters].
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  • A lot, a lot of fans!
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  • In fact, so many fans it
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  • actually had a sequel and
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  • a lot of people remember
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  • Bill Murray as
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  • Dr. Venkman, who was the
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  • paranormal specialist.
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  • But at the top by a clear
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  • margin - Caddyshack
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  • lovers, don't argue with
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  • me.
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  • The math is the math; I
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  • can't help the math -
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  • coming at the top,
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  • Groundhog Day.
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  • Everybody's going, "Yeah,
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  • okay, I get it.
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  • Yeah, okay; Groundhog
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  • Day." [Audience: Laughter]
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  • It had a brilliant plot;
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  • nothing else like it in
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  • movie history.
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  • Why does that concept so
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  • resonate with people?
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  • There are more people -
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  • according to not one, but
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  • two or three major polls
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  • that I was able to dig up
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  • - more people in the U.S.
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  • believe in reincarnation
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  • than believe in the
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  • bodily, physical
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  • resurrection of Jesus
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  • Christ or believe in your
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  • own bodily, physical
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  • resurrection.
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  • Is that not a kick in the
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  • head?
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  • What?
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  • True.
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  • In fact, I have a hunch
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  • more people believe in the
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  • possibilities of zombies,
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  • of voodoo, than actually
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  • believe in a physical
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  • resurrection.
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  • It's cool to be a skeptic
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  • and say, "Who says?"
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  • There's nothing wrong with
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  • having a questioning
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  • attitude; nothing wrong at
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  • all.
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  • Who says, "How do you know
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  • this?"
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  • But I'll tell you what -
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  • you have repeated words
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  • over and over, depending
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  • on how you have been
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  • saying the Apostle's
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  • Creed, you have been
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  • saying for quite a while
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  • that Jesus rose from the
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  • dead and you've also been
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  • saying for quite a while
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  • that you believe in the
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  • resurrection of the body.
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  • Who says?
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  • The Bible says.
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  • So here's a challenge to
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  • you since it cannot be
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  • scientifically verified;
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  • we do not have people who
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  • have beaten death and
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  • risen again still walking
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  • the earth among us.
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  • This is a promise that God
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  • has made but who says?
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  • The word of God says.
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  • And Jesus himself invested
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  • the word of resurrection
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  • with the power to believe
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  • and believing in Christ
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  • will raise your mortal
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  • body.
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  • When you think about it,
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  • everything in the
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  • Apostle's Creed - depends
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  • on how you slice and dice
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  • it up, but roughly 12
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  • propositional statements -
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  • every one has nothing to
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  • do with you.
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  • Meaning, what you have
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  • done or what pressure is
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  • on you to perform.
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  • A lot of people who are
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  • skeptics and agnostics and
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  • atheists and just push
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  • back against the Christian
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  • message, all they're
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  • hearing are Christians who
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  • are interested in putting
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  • rules on other people.
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  • Like you've got to clean
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  • yourself up first and then
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  • God will like you.
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  • And they lay out, they
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  • select passages from
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  • Scripture, that talk about
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  • obedience and performance
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  • and say, "Here's what
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  • Christianity's all about.
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  • Here's what you must do."
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  • And all that that does is,
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  • first of all, if you're
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  • not in love with God and
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  • if his word is not a
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  • personal love letter from
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  • him to you, then all it
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  • sounds like is the rules
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  • of your cult.
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  • You're just putting the
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  • rules of your cult on me.
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  • No wonder so many people
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  • push back!
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  • No wonder the millennials
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  • are setting records for
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  • the most atheist and
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  • agnostics among them.
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  • No wonder because all
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  • Christianity sounds like
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  • to them is like a bunch of
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  • rules.
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  • For times like that when
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  • you're talking with
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  • somebody with that
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  • mindset, here's what you
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  • do: Just take a pleasant
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  • stroll with them through
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  • the Apostle's Creed; one
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  • absolutely outrageously
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  • impossible miracle after
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  • another.
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  • But it's not focused on
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  • you; what you must do for
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  • God.
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  • Our lives back to God are
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  • nothing but a response.
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  • They're important but of
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  • secondary importance to
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  • what God first has done
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  • for you and me and that's
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  • where our message always
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  • needs to start and finish.
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  • I believe in the
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  • resurrection of the body,
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  • the forgiveness of sins.
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  • Those two things are put
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  • together for a reason
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  • because both of them are
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  • made possible by the
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  • resurrection of the body
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  • This is good news for
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  • This is what it's all
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  • about.
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  • But the key is the
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  • resurrection for if Christ
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  • had died but died not
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  • innocent and pure, but
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  • died stained and dirty
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  • like us, howling curses at
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  • his tormentors, hating,
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  • resenting, plotting
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  • revenge, he would have
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  • been just like us and his
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  • death would have been just
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  • one more meaningless death
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  • because he did it all.
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  • His resurrection now
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  • guarantees everything
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  • else.
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  • You want to share what's
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  • important about your faith
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  • with somebody?
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  • Share that: His incredible
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  • Easter gift.
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  • Here is just one story of
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  • Scripture that shows us
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  • that the resurrection of
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  • the body is not an
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  • interesting theory; it is
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  • a reality that guarantees
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  • our own.
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  • You know, all the people
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  • who say, well,
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  • three-quarters of
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  • Americans believe in life
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  • after death.
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  • But if only, you know,
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  • maybe 25 to 30 percent of
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  • them believe in the
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  • resurrection of the body,
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  • what honestly did they
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  • think heaven's going to be
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  • like?
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  • Assuming they think that
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  • they will qualify in some
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  • way, what do they think
  • 00:07:46.000 --> 00:07:46.260
  • it's going to be like?
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  • Just floating around a
  • 00:07:47.240 --> 00:07:49.180
  • spirit or a ghost?
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  • You know, going to choir
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  • practice for eight
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  • million, trillion years?
  • 00:07:52.140 --> 00:07:54.240
  • Did they imagine a sort of
  • 00:07:54.240 --> 00:07:56.030
  • like you become like Tron?
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  • You become part of a
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  • computer game and you
  • 00:07:59.280 --> 00:08:01.120
  • become a virtual person?
  • 00:08:01.120 --> 00:08:03.180
  • You become just an image?
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  • What do they think is
  • 00:08:06.250 --> 00:08:07.120
  • going to happen?
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  • They have no idea.
  • 00:08:08.060 --> 00:08:09.170
  • People just have not heard
  • 00:08:09.170 --> 00:08:11.130
  • the message, they've not
  • 00:08:11.130 --> 00:08:12.110
  • paid attention, and they
  • 00:08:12.110 --> 00:08:13.230
  • are not yet willing to let
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  • go of control and allow
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  • God to tell him about his
  • 00:08:17.010 --> 00:08:18.210
  • reality.
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  • And before I sound too
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  • harsh about that, let me
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  • just say I'd be the same
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  • way if the Lord had not
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  • personally given to me the
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  • gift of faith that goes
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  • beyond my own reason and
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  • willingness to argue with
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  • God about how it ought to
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  • Because I'd be just like
  • 00:08:40.210 --> 00:08:41.170
  • our friend, Thomas.
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  • I wanted to share Thomas'
  • 00:08:42.250 --> 00:08:44.070
  • story with you today.
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  • I think most of you know
  • 00:08:45.140 --> 00:08:46.100
  • it; a lucky few of you
  • 00:08:46.100 --> 00:08:47.200
  • don't and you're going to
  • 00:08:47.200 --> 00:08:48.100
  • get to hear this for the
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  • first time.
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  • It is a "wow!"
  • 00:08:49.260 --> 00:08:50.280
  • story.
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  • And even if you've heard
  • 00:08:52.040 --> 00:08:52.270
  • it many times before, I
  • 00:08:52.270 --> 00:08:54.010
  • hope you re-wow with me
  • 00:08:54.010 --> 00:08:56.130
  • today because Thomas was a
  • 00:08:56.130 --> 00:08:58.190
  • skeptic, just like you and
  • 00:08:58.190 --> 00:08:59.290
  • I.
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  • We don't swallow
  • 00:09:00.210 --> 00:09:01.110
  • everything down.
  • 00:09:01.110 --> 00:09:03.010
  • We get barraged with so
  • 00:09:03.010 --> 00:09:04.110
  • much advertising, we don't
  • 00:09:04.110 --> 00:09:05.210
  • believe stuff when it
  • 00:09:05.210 --> 00:09:06.270
  • comes to us.
  • 00:09:06.270 --> 00:09:08.010
  • I hardly even pick up the
  • 00:09:08.010 --> 00:09:09.010
  • phone anymore because I'm
  • 00:09:09.010 --> 00:09:10.120
  • sick of the robo-calls and
  • 00:09:10.120 --> 00:09:12.050
  • the telemarketing.
  • 00:09:12.050 --> 00:09:13.240
  • You've got to work pretty
  • 00:09:13.240 --> 00:09:15.090
  • hard to get past my
  • 00:09:15.090 --> 00:09:16.080
  • barriers so I stay sane
  • 00:09:16.080 --> 00:09:18.250
  • and you're the same way.
  • 00:09:18.250 --> 00:09:19.230
  • You have your own ways of
  • 00:09:19.230 --> 00:09:21.070
  • keeping them back because
  • 00:09:21.070 --> 00:09:22.090
  • you know that a lot of
  • 00:09:22.090 --> 00:09:24.150
  • advertising is just gas;
  • 00:09:24.150 --> 00:09:26.240
  • it's lies and bloviating
  • 00:09:26.240 --> 00:09:28.150
  • and you have sales
  • 00:09:28.150 --> 00:09:30.000
  • resistance.
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  • You're skeptical about
  • 00:09:30.200 --> 00:09:32.010
  • products that say they're
  • 00:09:32.010 --> 00:09:33.040
  • the best and the greatest
  • 00:09:33.040 --> 00:09:34.200
  • ever.
  • 00:09:34.200 --> 00:09:35.150
  • You say, "Yeah, right" and
  • 00:09:35.150 --> 00:09:36.140
  • you roll your eyes.
  • 00:09:36.140 --> 00:09:37.280
  • Well, Thomas heard about
  • 00:09:37.280 --> 00:09:40.100
  • the Easter miracle and he
  • 00:09:40.100 --> 00:09:41.170
  • wasn't there.
  • 00:09:41.170 --> 00:09:43.020
  • Scripture doesn't think we
  • 00:09:43.020 --> 00:09:44.030
  • need to know where he was.
  • 00:09:44.030 --> 00:09:45.060
  • Like, where were you,
  • 00:09:45.060 --> 00:09:45.290
  • dude?
  • 00:09:45.290 --> 00:09:47.030
  • How did you miss all the
  • 00:09:47.030 --> 00:09:48.110
  • cool stuff?
  • 00:09:48.110 --> 00:09:49.010
  • How are you the only one
  • 00:09:49.010 --> 00:09:51.010
  • to have missed out?
  • 00:09:51.010 --> 00:09:53.000
  • Judas, of course, was now
  • 00:09:53.000 --> 00:09:54.150
  • dead but the other 11 all
  • 00:09:54.150 --> 00:09:56.110
  • were there but him, so
  • 00:09:56.110 --> 00:09:57.090
  • it's really the 10 of them
  • 00:09:57.090 --> 00:09:58.280
  • got to see Jesus on Easter
  • 00:09:58.280 --> 00:10:01.170
  • Sunday evening.
  • 00:10:01.170 --> 00:10:03.060
  • Plus a couple others got
  • 00:10:03.060 --> 00:10:04.090
  • their own private
  • 00:10:04.090 --> 00:10:05.130
  • appearances, Mary
  • 00:10:05.130 --> 00:10:06.280
  • Magdalene, first.
  • 00:10:06.280 --> 00:10:09.110
  • And Thomas heard from them
  • 00:10:09.110 --> 00:10:11.010
  • - heard from them all; one
  • 00:10:11.010 --> 00:10:12.160
  • after the other, one, two,
  • 00:10:12.160 --> 00:10:14.020
  • three, four, five, six,
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  • seven, eight, nine, ten
  • 00:10:16.070 --> 00:10:18.100
  • different disciples - told
  • 00:10:18.100 --> 00:10:19.210
  • him Jesus is alive in his
  • 00:10:19.210 --> 00:10:22.020
  • body.
  • 00:10:22.020 --> 00:10:22.240
  • He talked with us.
  • 00:10:22.240 --> 00:10:24.000
  • We saw him.
  • 00:10:24.000 --> 00:10:26.050
  • Jesus had not spared
  • 00:10:26.050 --> 00:10:28.030
  • careful predictions of
  • 00:10:28.030 --> 00:10:29.130
  • what was going to be
  • 00:10:29.130 --> 00:10:30.080
  • happening.
  • 00:10:30.080 --> 00:10:30.280
  • He had predicted his
  • 00:10:30.280 --> 00:10:32.080
  • physical resurrection
  • 00:10:32.080 --> 00:10:34.210
  • So Thomas was blowing off
  • 00:10:38.000 --> 00:10:40.010
  • two critically important
  • 00:10:40.010 --> 00:10:41.220
  • information sources: The
  • 00:10:41.220 --> 00:10:43.130
  • words of the eyewitnesses
  • 00:10:43.130 --> 00:10:45.120
  • and the words of Christ
  • 00:10:45.120 --> 00:10:46.130
  • himself and that wasn't
  • 00:10:46.130 --> 00:10:48.040
  • enough.
  • 00:10:48.040 --> 00:10:48.240
  • And he thought he was
  • 00:10:48.240 --> 00:10:49.200
  • being pretty shrewd and
  • 00:10:49.200 --> 00:10:51.020
  • smart about it.
  • 00:10:51.020 --> 00:10:52.170
  • "I'm no sucker!
  • 00:10:52.170 --> 00:10:54.180
  • I've got to see it.
  • 00:10:54.180 --> 00:10:56.050
  • I'm a scientist." Here's
  • 00:10:56.050 --> 00:10:58.100
  • his story from John 20.
  • 00:10:58.100 --> 00:11:01.100
  • "Thomas, called Didymus,"
  • 00:11:01.100 --> 00:11:03.120
  • that's the Greek word for
  • 00:11:03.120 --> 00:11:04.100
  • "twin," which might
  • 00:11:04.100 --> 00:11:05.190
  • explain a little of his
  • 00:11:05.190 --> 00:11:07.090
  • skepticism.
  • 00:11:07.090 --> 00:11:08.020
  • You know, if he was an
  • 00:11:08.020 --> 00:11:09.160
  • identical twin, he might
  • 00:11:09.160 --> 00:11:11.060
  • have had a lot of fun over
  • 00:11:11.060 --> 00:11:12.080
  • the years playing games
  • 00:11:12.080 --> 00:11:13.080
  • with friends, you know,
  • 00:11:13.080 --> 00:11:14.060
  • pretending to be each
  • 00:11:14.060 --> 00:11:15.050
  • other.
  • 00:11:15.050 --> 00:11:15.260
  • That's been a gag that
  • 00:11:15.260 --> 00:11:17.050
  • identical twins have fun
  • 00:11:17.050 --> 00:11:18.250
  • once in a while playing on
  • 00:11:18.250 --> 00:11:19.260
  • people.
  • 00:11:19.260 --> 00:11:20.160
  • He maybe knew how easy it
  • 00:11:20.160 --> 00:11:22.100
  • was to have mistaken
  • 00:11:22.100 --> 00:11:23.150
  • identity, right?
  • 00:11:23.150 --> 00:11:24.110
  • So he said, "I don't
  • 00:11:25.090 --> 00:11:28.090
  • believe that, when they
  • 00:11:28.090 --> 00:11:29.210
  • said they've seen the
  • 00:11:29.210 --> 00:11:30.140
  • Lord.
  • 00:11:30.140 --> 00:11:31.040
  • Unless I see the nail
  • 00:11:31.040 --> 00:11:31.260
  • marks in his hands and put
  • 00:11:31.260 --> 00:11:33.220
  • my finger where the nails
  • 00:11:33.220 --> 00:11:35.160
  • were and put my hand into
  • 00:11:35.160 --> 00:11:36.260
  • his side," you know, where
  • 00:11:36.260 --> 00:11:37.220
  • the spear had jabbed, "I
  • 00:11:37.220 --> 00:11:39.290
  • will not believe it." "A
  • 00:11:39.290 --> 00:11:42.180
  • week later his disciples
  • 00:11:42.180 --> 00:11:43.290
  • were in the house again
  • 00:11:43.290 --> 00:11:45.200
  • and Thomas was with them.
  • 00:11:45.200 --> 00:11:47.150
  • Though the doors were
  • 00:11:47.150 --> 00:11:48.140
  • locked, Jesus came and
  • 00:11:48.140 --> 00:11:50.190
  • stood among them and said,
  • 00:11:50.190 --> 00:11:52.040
  • 'Peace be with you!'"
  • 00:11:52.040 --> 00:11:53.130
  • What a great thing to
  • 00:11:53.130 --> 00:11:54.210
  • say!
  • 00:11:54.210 --> 00:11:55.240
  • You know, in all of holy
  • 00:11:56.240 --> 00:11:59.240
  • week and especially that
  • 00:11:59.240 --> 00:12:01.200
  • tense upper room meeting
  • 00:12:01.200 --> 00:12:03.200
  • where he gave them the
  • 00:12:03.200 --> 00:12:04.210
  • Lord's Supper, nobody was
  • 00:12:04.210 --> 00:12:05.290
  • feeling much peace.
  • 00:12:05.290 --> 00:12:07.020
  • Even Jesus; his heart was
  • 00:12:07.020 --> 00:12:08.190
  • restless.
  • 00:12:08.190 --> 00:12:09.090
  • He was anxious, very
  • 00:12:09.090 --> 00:12:11.010
  • anxious.
  • 00:12:11.010 --> 00:12:11.210
  • His sweat in prayer in the
  • 00:12:11.210 --> 00:12:13.070
  • Garden of Gethsemane, his
  • 00:12:13.070 --> 00:12:14.070
  • time of rest, there was no
  • 00:12:14.070 --> 00:12:15.200
  • peace that weekend.
  • 00:12:15.200 --> 00:12:16.290
  • Now there's peace because
  • 00:12:16.290 --> 00:12:18.190
  • he's able to give people
  • 00:12:18.190 --> 00:12:20.180
  • what they could never
  • 00:12:20.180 --> 00:12:21.190
  • earn.
  • 00:12:21.190 --> 00:12:22.130
  • I don't care how many
  • 00:12:22.130 --> 00:12:23.100
  • times you go through a
  • 00:12:23.100 --> 00:12:25.010
  • Groundhog Day and you get
  • 00:12:25.010 --> 00:12:26.210
  • to have a do-over in your
  • 00:12:26.210 --> 00:12:28.230
  • life, you could never fix
  • 00:12:28.230 --> 00:12:30.230
  • all the messes you've
  • 00:12:30.230 --> 00:12:31.220
  • made.
  • 00:12:31.220 --> 00:12:32.240
  • The fact is Bill Murray,
  • 00:12:32.240 --> 00:12:33.290
  • even though he was
  • 00:12:33.290 --> 00:12:34.190
  • practicing, did 1.000 more
  • 00:12:34.190 --> 00:12:36.280
  • sins and abused and took
  • 00:12:36.280 --> 00:12:38.100
  • advantage of many people,
  • 00:12:38.100 --> 00:12:39.220
  • stole their money, preyed
  • 00:12:39.220 --> 00:12:41.110
  • on women, did all kinds of
  • 00:12:41.110 --> 00:12:42.160
  • bad stuff.
  • 00:12:42.160 --> 00:12:43.210
  • All his efforts to be nice
  • 00:12:43.210 --> 00:12:45.110
  • could not have erased even
  • 00:12:45.110 --> 00:12:46.220
  • one of those predatory
  • 00:12:46.220 --> 00:12:48.230
  • things that he had been
  • 00:12:48.230 --> 00:12:49.210
  • doing.
  • 00:12:49.210 --> 00:12:51.190
  • And you could have a 100
  • 00:12:51.190 --> 00:12:54.140
  • years' worth of February
  • 00:12:54.140 --> 00:12:55.240
  • 2nds and try to work on
  • 00:12:55.240 --> 00:12:57.080
  • cleaning yourself up and
  • 00:12:57.080 --> 00:12:58.180
  • you'd never get there
  • 00:12:58.180 --> 00:13:00.120
  • clean enough to be able to
  • 00:13:00.120 --> 00:13:02.110
  • walk into heaven on your
  • 00:13:02.110 --> 00:13:04.060
  • Jesus said, "Peace be with
  • 00:13:08.010 --> 00:13:09.190
  • you." He gives us the
  • 00:13:09.190 --> 00:13:11.100
  • approval that we need from
  • 00:13:11.100 --> 00:13:13.110
  • our God.
  • 00:13:13.110 --> 00:13:14.130
  • He said to Thomas, "Okay,
  • 00:13:14.130 --> 00:13:15.280
  • Mr. Doubter, put your
  • 00:13:15.280 --> 00:13:17.080
  • finger here.
  • 00:13:17.080 --> 00:13:19.090
  • See my hands." It's the
  • 00:13:19.090 --> 00:13:21.250
  • one thing in his body
  • 00:13:21.250 --> 00:13:23.040
  • Jesus didn't have arranged
  • 00:13:23.040 --> 00:13:26.040
  • to have fixed.
  • 00:13:26.040 --> 00:13:28.010
  • He got all his blood back.
  • 00:13:28.010 --> 00:13:30.250
  • You know, when you go for
  • 00:13:30.250 --> 00:13:31.170
  • an oil change you might be
  • 00:13:31.170 --> 00:13:32.200
  • a quart short and
  • 00:13:32.200 --> 00:13:33.160
  • sometimes they like top
  • 00:13:33.160 --> 00:13:34.260
  • you off?
  • 00:13:34.260 --> 00:13:35.160
  • Think of how much blood
  • 00:13:35.160 --> 00:13:36.100
  • Jesus had lost.
  • 00:13:36.100 --> 00:13:37.040
  • He got refilled; he was
  • 00:13:37.040 --> 00:13:38.270
  • good!
  • 00:13:38.270 --> 00:13:40.170
  • He got, you know, all
  • 00:13:40.170 --> 00:13:41.130
  • those horrible gashes in
  • 00:13:41.130 --> 00:13:43.010
  • his face where they'd been
  • 00:13:43.010 --> 00:13:44.030
  • smashing him and hitting
  • 00:13:44.030 --> 00:13:46.050
  • his face and driving the
  • 00:13:46.050 --> 00:13:47.170
  • crown of thorns in?
  • 00:13:47.170 --> 00:13:48.130
  • Those were repaired but he
  • 00:13:48.130 --> 00:13:49.190
  • kept the holes in his
  • 00:13:49.190 --> 00:13:51.120
  • hands and in his feet.
  • 00:13:51.120 --> 00:13:52.160
  • I bet he's still got them
  • 00:13:52.160 --> 00:13:53.250
  • and he's going to let you
  • 00:13:53.250 --> 00:13:55.120
  • see them someday.
  • 00:13:55.120 --> 00:13:56.260
  • Right now, you can peek at
  • 00:13:56.260 --> 00:13:58.050
  • them through the eyes of
  • 00:13:58.050 --> 00:13:59.100
  • your faith and the promise
  • 00:13:59.100 --> 00:14:00.190
  • of the Scripture.
  • 00:14:00.190 --> 00:14:02.170
  • He said, check it out, put
  • 00:14:02.170 --> 00:14:04.220
  • your finger here.
  • 00:14:04.220 --> 00:14:05.190
  • "Reach out your hand and
  • 00:14:05.190 --> 00:14:06.240
  • put it into my side." Go
  • 00:14:06.240 --> 00:14:07.230
  • ahead.
  • 00:14:07.230 --> 00:14:08.120
  • Come on.
  • 00:14:08.120 --> 00:14:09.240
  • Come on, Thomas.
  • 00:14:09.240 --> 00:14:10.220
  • "Stop doubting and
  • 00:14:10.220 --> 00:14:12.270
  • believe." That poor guy.
  • 00:14:12.270 --> 00:14:14.020
  • He became a great apostle
  • 00:14:14.020 --> 00:14:16.240
  • like all the rest.
  • 00:14:16.240 --> 00:14:18.000
  • He's not known as
  • 00:14:18.000 --> 00:14:18.250
  • Missionary Thomas, he's
  • 00:14:18.250 --> 00:14:20.030
  • not known as Fearless
  • 00:14:20.030 --> 00:14:21.030
  • Confessor.
  • 00:14:21.030 --> 00:14:21.230
  • The guy for the rest of
  • 00:14:21.230 --> 00:14:23.100
  • his life is stuck with
  • 00:14:23.100 --> 00:14:25.170
  • that horrible name.
  • 00:14:25.170 --> 00:14:26.150
  • It's like Crabby Martha up
  • 00:14:26.150 --> 00:14:28.140
  • in our window
  • 00:14:28.140 --> 00:14:29.130
  • [Audience: Laughter].
  • 00:14:29.130 --> 00:14:31.140
  • Martha uttered one of the
  • 00:14:31.140 --> 00:14:32.250
  • most phenomenal statements
  • 00:14:32.250 --> 00:14:35.080
  • of confidence in the power
  • 00:14:35.080 --> 00:14:37.140
  • of the resurrection in all
  • 00:14:37.140 --> 00:14:38.270
  • of Scripture but do we
  • 00:14:38.270 --> 00:14:39.280
  • call her Believing Martha?
  • 00:14:39.280 --> 00:14:41.190
  • Faithful Martha?
  • 00:14:41.190 --> 00:14:42.290
  • Trusting Martha?
  • 00:14:42.290 --> 00:14:43.240
  • No, she's just the crabby
  • 00:14:43.240 --> 00:14:45.240
  • one who barked at her
  • 00:14:45.240 --> 00:14:46.240
  • sister to get in the
  • 00:14:46.240 --> 00:14:47.290
  • kitchen and help her.
  • 00:14:47.290 --> 00:14:49.060
  • "Can somebody help me
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  • here?
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  • Quit wasting your time on
  • 00:14:51.040 --> 00:14:53.060
  • Bible study and get in
  • 00:14:53.060 --> 00:14:54.080
  • here and help me." That's
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  • all - that's what we think
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  • of over and over and over.
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  • She's stuck with it and
  • 00:14:58.030 --> 00:14:59.030
  • she'll be laughing about
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  • it with us in heaven.
  • 00:15:00.280 --> 00:15:02.050
  • Thomas' nametag will
  • 00:15:02.050 --> 00:15:03.170
  • probably say, "Thomas.
  • 00:15:03.170 --> 00:15:04.250
  • Yes, that one.
  • 00:15:04.250 --> 00:15:06.000
  • The Doubter." [Audience:
  • 00:15:06.000 --> 00:15:06.250
  • Laughter] He's probably
  • 00:15:06.250 --> 00:15:08.230
  • just going to have to
  • 00:15:08.230 --> 00:15:09.140
  • laugh and admit it: "That
  • 00:15:09.140 --> 00:15:10.090
  • was me, yes." But you know
  • 00:15:10.090 --> 00:15:12.140
  • what?
  • 00:15:12.140 --> 00:15:14.030
  • That's me, too, because I
  • 00:15:14.030 --> 00:15:16.160
  • have my own doubts and
  • 00:15:16.160 --> 00:15:18.030
  • fears.
  • 00:15:18.030 --> 00:15:18.230
  • Sometimes my strong faith
  • 00:15:18.230 --> 00:15:20.070
  • is weak as gravel and I'm
  • 00:15:20.070 --> 00:15:21.220
  • not strong like a rock;
  • 00:15:21.220 --> 00:15:22.260
  • I'm just like a pile of
  • 00:15:22.260 --> 00:15:23.250
  • sand.
  • 00:15:23.250 --> 00:15:26.020
  • Sometimes God says things
  • 00:15:26.020 --> 00:15:28.090
  • that I have trouble
  • 00:15:28.090 --> 00:15:29.180
  • swallowing down.
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  • I get him.
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  • I know why he talked like
  • 00:15:32.080 --> 00:15:34.050
  • that.
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  • And he, I'm sure for the
  • 00:15:36.080 --> 00:15:37.130
  • rest of his life, was
  • 00:15:37.130 --> 00:15:38.080
  • ashamed of it.
  • 00:15:38.080 --> 00:15:39.210
  • I'm a denier like Peter,
  • 00:15:39.210 --> 00:15:40.210
  • too, for that matter and a
  • 00:15:40.210 --> 00:15:41.260
  • persecutor of Christ like
  • 00:15:41.260 --> 00:15:43.050
  • Paul, as well.
  • 00:15:43.050 --> 00:15:44.170
  • In fact, all of the great
  • 00:15:44.170 --> 00:15:45.210
  • heroes of faith are
  • 00:15:45.210 --> 00:15:47.160
  • illustrated in the pages
  • 00:15:47.160 --> 00:15:48.280
  • of Scripture with some
  • 00:15:48.280 --> 00:15:50.010
  • painful weaknesses, as
  • 00:15:50.010 --> 00:15:52.000
  • well.
  • 00:15:52.000 --> 00:15:52.200
  • Let's admit it, they're
  • 00:15:52.200 --> 00:15:53.130
  • like us.
  • 00:15:53.130 --> 00:15:55.110
  • Sinful weaknesses but our
  • 00:15:55.110 --> 00:15:57.180
  • strength does not come
  • 00:15:57.180 --> 00:15:59.090
  • from within ourselves; it
  • 00:15:59.090 --> 00:16:00.160
  • comes from our trusting in
  • 00:16:00.160 --> 00:16:02.220
  • So Thomas had - as we say
  • 00:16:06.240 --> 00:16:09.100
  • - a come to Jesus moment,
  • 00:16:09.100 --> 00:16:11.040
  • so he did.
  • 00:16:11.040 --> 00:16:13.140
  • "My Lord and my God!"
  • 00:16:13.140 --> 00:16:16.080
  • So you are the one with
  • 00:16:16.080 --> 00:16:17.140
  • authority over me, command
  • 00:16:17.140 --> 00:16:19.070
  • me, and you are my God.
  • 00:16:19.080 --> 00:16:22.080
  • You're my maker and my
  • 00:16:22.080 --> 00:16:24.030
  • Savior.
  • 00:16:24.030 --> 00:16:26.010
  • And he believed it.
  • 00:16:26.010 --> 00:16:26.260
  • And there's peace between
  • 00:16:26.260 --> 00:16:28.030
  • us; that's amazing.
  • 00:16:28.030 --> 00:16:29.000
  • Jesus gave him a little
  • 00:16:29.000 --> 00:16:30.130
  • scolding to remember:
  • 00:16:30.130 --> 00:16:32.060
  • "Because you've seen me,
  • 00:16:32.060 --> 00:16:33.080
  • you've believed.
  • 00:16:33.080 --> 00:16:34.080
  • Blessed are those who have
  • 00:16:34.080 --> 00:16:35.070
  • not seen me and have
  • 00:16:35.070 --> 00:16:36.090
  • believed." Thomas was
  • 00:16:36.090 --> 00:16:37.130
  • going to be commissioned
  • 00:16:37.130 --> 00:16:38.110
  • to take the message of the
  • 00:16:38.110 --> 00:16:40.020
  • resurrection to the
  • 00:16:40.020 --> 00:16:40.290
  • farthest corners of the
  • 00:16:40.290 --> 00:16:42.070
  • earth.
  • 00:16:42.070 --> 00:16:43.270
  • There's no way to prove
  • 00:16:43.270 --> 00:16:44.240
  • this but church legend has
  • 00:16:44.240 --> 00:16:46.210
  • it that he was sent
  • 00:16:46.210 --> 00:16:47.230
  • eastward - in fact,
  • 00:16:47.230 --> 00:16:48.260
  • Christians in India are
  • 00:16:48.260 --> 00:16:50.100
  • absolutely confident that
  • 00:16:50.100 --> 00:16:51.260
  • Thomas made it all the way
  • 00:16:51.260 --> 00:16:53.060
  • to the Indus River; that
  • 00:16:53.060 --> 00:16:56.040
  • was his destiny.
  • 00:16:56.040 --> 00:16:58.110
  • And he was going to have
  • 00:16:58.110 --> 00:16:59.210
  • to proclaim a resurrected
  • 00:16:59.210 --> 00:17:01.220
  • Lord that they could not
  • 00:17:01.220 --> 00:17:03.030
  • see.
  • 00:17:03.030 --> 00:17:03.200
  • Something he was not
  • 00:17:03.200 --> 00:17:04.180
  • willing to do: To believe
  • 00:17:04.180 --> 00:17:06.070
  • the words of Christ and to
  • 00:17:06.070 --> 00:17:07.240
  • believe the words of the
  • 00:17:07.240 --> 00:17:08.250
  • eyewitnesses.
  • 00:17:08.250 --> 00:17:11.080
  • But now he was ready and
  • 00:17:11.080 --> 00:17:12.210
  • he had learned his lesson.
  • 00:17:12.210 --> 00:17:15.020
  • "Jesus did many other
  • 00:17:15.020 --> 00:17:16.100
  • miraculous signs in the
  • 00:17:16.100 --> 00:17:17.200
  • presence of his disciples,
  • 00:17:17.200 --> 00:17:19.010
  • which are not recorded in
  • 00:17:19.010 --> 00:17:20.190
  • this book.
  • 00:17:20.190 --> 00:17:21.160
  • But these are written,"
  • 00:17:21.160 --> 00:17:24.050
  • and John now looks up from
  • 00:17:24.050 --> 00:17:25.210
  • his - with his pen as he's
  • 00:17:25.210 --> 00:17:26.280
  • writing.
  • 00:17:26.280 --> 00:17:28.200
  • "These are written that
  • 00:17:28.200 --> 00:17:29.150
  • you," - he looks right at
  • 00:17:29.150 --> 00:17:31.180
  • you.
  • 00:17:31.180 --> 00:17:32.160
  • He jumps out of his
  • 00:17:32.160 --> 00:17:33.060
  • narration and is looking
  • 00:17:33.060 --> 00:17:34.240
  • at his future readers -
  • 00:17:34.240 --> 00:17:36.140
  • "so that you may believe
  • 00:17:36.140 --> 00:17:38.020
  • that Jesus is the Christ,
  • 00:17:38.020 --> 00:17:39.150
  • the Son of God, and that
  • 00:17:39.150 --> 00:17:41.090
  • by believing you may have
  • 00:17:41.090 --> 00:17:43.250
  • life in his name." The
  • 00:17:43.250 --> 00:17:46.250
  • life transformational
  • 00:17:46.250 --> 00:17:48.010
  • changes you will make as
  • 00:17:48.010 --> 00:17:49.240
  • this dawns on you, as the
  • 00:17:49.240 --> 00:17:51.230
  • power of God comes within
  • 00:17:51.230 --> 00:17:53.120
  • you, as faith transforms
  • 00:17:53.120 --> 00:17:55.170
  • the way you look at your
  • 00:17:55.170 --> 00:17:56.180
  • life, as you stop
  • 00:17:56.180 --> 00:17:58.070
  • worshipping yourself and
  • 00:17:58.070 --> 00:17:59.160
  • start worshipping God, the
  • 00:17:59.160 --> 00:18:01.230
  • things that God asks of
  • 00:18:01.230 --> 00:18:03.100
  • you and the way in which
  • 00:18:03.100 --> 00:18:04.190
  • you live will seem like a
  • 00:18:04.190 --> 00:18:05.240
  • joy.
  • 00:18:05.240 --> 00:18:06.140
  • Those come after, not
  • 00:18:06.140 --> 00:18:08.010
  • before.
  • 00:18:08.010 --> 00:18:09.020
  • Just like the pear tree I
  • 00:18:09.020 --> 00:18:10.200
  • used to have in our
  • 00:18:10.200 --> 00:18:11.220
  • backyard when we used to
  • 00:18:11.220 --> 00:18:12.260
  • live on 67th Street, that
  • 00:18:12.260 --> 00:18:14.100
  • pear tree was a pear
  • 00:18:14.100 --> 00:18:16.010
  • machine.
  • 00:18:16.010 --> 00:18:17.000
  • You know, it's either
  • 00:18:17.000 --> 00:18:19.000
  • you've got nothing or too
  • 00:18:19.000 --> 00:18:20.010
  • many; it wouldn't stop.
  • 00:18:20.010 --> 00:18:21.150
  • We'd eat as many as we
  • 00:18:21.150 --> 00:18:23.040
  • could, gave away as many
  • 00:18:23.040 --> 00:18:24.020
  • as we could, and you know, do
  • 00:18:24.020 --> 00:18:25.170
  • you know what I'd do with
  • 00:18:25.170 --> 00:18:26.180
  • the rest of them?
  • 00:18:26.180 --> 00:18:29.010
  • Whoosh!
  • 00:18:29.010 --> 00:18:30.090
  • Mulched them.
  • 00:18:30.090 --> 00:18:32.010
  • Couldn't stop it.
  • 00:18:32.010 --> 00:18:34.080
  • Why did that tree bear
  • 00:18:34.080 --> 00:18:35.230
  • pears?
  • 00:18:35.230 --> 00:18:37.180
  • In order to become a pear
  • 00:18:37.180 --> 00:18:39.260
  • tree?
  • 00:18:39.260 --> 00:18:42.170
  • No.
  • 00:18:42.170 --> 00:18:43.290
  • Why?
  • 00:18:43.290 --> 00:18:45.120
  • Because it is a pear tree;
  • 00:18:45.290 --> 00:18:48.290
  • that's what pear trees do.
  • 00:18:48.290 --> 00:18:51.110
  • Your life as a Christian
  • 00:18:51.110 --> 00:18:54.090
  • is not what you do in
  • 00:18:54.090 --> 00:18:55.080
  • order to become a
  • 00:18:55.080 --> 00:18:56.260
  • Christian, in order to be
  • 00:18:56.260 --> 00:18:58.260
  • justified, in order to
  • 00:18:58.260 --> 00:19:00.220
  • obtain your own
  • 00:19:00.220 --> 00:19:01.100
  • righteousness, in order to
  • 00:19:01.100 --> 00:19:03.000
  • clean yourself up like
  • 00:19:03.000 --> 00:19:04.080
  • Bill Murray by over and
  • 00:19:04.080 --> 00:19:05.260
  • over tuning yourself up by
  • 00:19:05.260 --> 00:19:07.260
  • getting smarter and better
  • 00:19:07.260 --> 00:19:09.020
  • and kinder and gentler
  • 00:19:09.020 --> 00:19:10.090
  • You live that way and seek
  • 00:19:13.020 --> 00:19:15.070
  • the Lord's council in how
  • 00:19:15.070 --> 00:19:16.160
  • to make decisions in your
  • 00:19:16.160 --> 00:19:17.250
  • life because you are
  • 00:19:17.250 --> 00:19:19.060
  • grateful for grace and
  • 00:19:19.070 --> 00:19:22.070
  • because he has died and
  • 00:19:22.070 --> 00:19:23.230
  • risen again to give you
  • 00:19:23.230 --> 00:19:25.270
  • peace.
  • 00:19:25.270 --> 00:19:27.030
  • Peace with God.
  • 00:19:27.030 --> 00:19:28.290
  • The resurrection of the
  • 00:19:28.290 --> 00:19:30.070
  • body of Jesus Christ
  • 00:19:30.070 --> 00:19:32.010
  • guarantees the favor of
  • 00:19:32.010 --> 00:19:33.180
  • God.
  • 00:19:33.180 --> 00:19:34.080
  • Touch me and see!
  • 00:19:34.080 --> 00:19:35.100
  • Peace be unto you, peace
  • 00:19:35.100 --> 00:19:36.210
  • is yours.
  • 00:19:36.210 --> 00:19:38.080
  • It guarantees the
  • 00:19:38.080 --> 00:19:39.060
  • forgiveness of all of your
  • 00:19:39.060 --> 00:19:40.250
  • sins, something you could
  • 00:19:40.250 --> 00:19:42.040
  • never do by yourself.
  • 00:19:42.090 --> 00:19:45.090
  • And it guarantees that
  • 00:19:45.090 --> 00:19:47.120
  • when the trumpet goes off,
  • 00:19:47.120 --> 00:19:49.050
  • your body will rise up and
  • 00:19:49.050 --> 00:19:51.150
  • God will reassemble you as
  • 00:19:51.150 --> 00:19:53.140
  • effortlessly as he made
  • 00:19:53.140 --> 00:19:55.210
  • you and Adam and Eve and
  • 00:19:55.210 --> 00:19:57.100
  • everybody else in the
  • 00:19:57.100 --> 00:19:58.090
  • first place.
  • 00:19:58.090 --> 00:19:59.240
  • A God who created the
  • 00:19:59.240 --> 00:20:01.050
  • human race out of nothing
  • 00:20:01.050 --> 00:20:02.180
  • will have absolutely no
  • 00:20:02.180 --> 00:20:04.280
  • problem reassembling your
  • 00:20:04.280 --> 00:20:07.100
  • body and joining it
  • 00:20:07.100 --> 00:20:08.100
  • together with your spirit,
  • 00:20:08.100 --> 00:20:10.050
  • with your soul.
  • 00:20:10.050 --> 00:20:12.100
  • This is what is guaranteed
  • 00:20:12.100 --> 00:20:13.230
  • to you by the resurrection
  • 00:20:13.230 --> 00:20:14.280
  • of the body.
  • 00:20:14.280 --> 00:20:15.180
  • I hope that every man,
  • 00:20:15.180 --> 00:20:17.020
  • woman, and kid within the
  • 00:20:17.020 --> 00:20:19.170
  • sound of this wonderful
  • 00:20:19.170 --> 00:20:20.250
  • experience today is going
  • 00:20:21.150 --> 00:20:24.150
  • to find great confidence
  • 00:20:24.150 --> 00:20:26.260
  • in believing in the
  • 00:20:26.260 --> 00:20:28.080
  • resurrection of the body
  • 00:20:28.080 --> 00:20:29.130
  • of Christ and that all of
  • 00:20:29.130 --> 00:20:30.200
  • you will fit into what is
  • 00:20:30.200 --> 00:20:32.270
  • a painfully small
  • 00:20:32.270 --> 00:20:33.270
  • percentage.
  • 00:20:33.270 --> 00:20:34.200
  • And maybe we can bulk that
  • 00:20:34.200 --> 00:20:36.080
  • number up if we do our
  • 00:20:36.080 --> 00:20:38.020
  • work in our lifetimes of
  • 00:20:38.020 --> 00:20:40.100
  • sharing confidence with
  • 00:20:40.100 --> 00:20:42.080
  • our sad and skeptical
  • 00:20:42.080 --> 00:20:44.000
  • fellow people in this
  • 00:20:44.000 --> 00:20:45.140
  • country and in the world,
  • 00:20:45.140 --> 00:20:47.180
  • not to be afraid to say
  • 00:20:47.180 --> 00:20:49.200
  • that on the third day he
  • 00:20:49.200 --> 00:20:50.260
  • rose again from the dead.
  • 00:20:50.260 --> 00:20:53.110
  • Not to be afraid to say I
  • 00:20:53.110 --> 00:20:54.250
  • believe in the forgiveness
  • 00:20:54.250 --> 00:20:56.200
  • of sins.
  • 00:20:56.200 --> 00:20:57.100
  • I believe in the
  • 00:20:57.100 --> 00:20:58.150
  • resurrection of the body.
  • 00:20:58.150 --> 00:21:01.000
  • And I believe in life
  • 00:21:01.000 --> 00:21:03.270
  • everlasting.
  • 00:21:03.270 --> 00:21:05.220
  • Christ is risen!
  • 00:21:05.220 --> 00:21:07.280
  • [Audience: He is risen,
  • 00:21:07.280 --> 00:21:08.220
  • indeed!]
  • 00:21:08.220 --> 00:21:09.180
  • [PASTOR MARK JESKE] It was
  • 00:21:15.280 --> 00:21:16.150
  • [MUSIC]
  • 00:21:29.060 --> 00:21:32.060
  • We started
  • 00:21:32.060 --> 00:21:32.290
  • recording - actually, we
  • 00:21:32.290 --> 00:21:34.050
  • had recorded a few earlier
  • 00:21:34.080 --> 00:21:37.080
  • and those were sort of
  • 00:21:37.080 --> 00:21:38.060
  • test recordings; I don't
  • 00:21:38.060 --> 00:21:39.190
  • even know if those tapes
  • 00:21:39.190 --> 00:21:41.040
  • even exist?
  • 00:21:41.040 --> 00:21:42.030
  • They were a little rough.
  • 00:21:42.190 --> 00:21:45.190
  • Initially, the lighting
  • 00:21:45.190 --> 00:21:46.180
  • was so bright, I felt like
  • 00:21:46.180 --> 00:21:48.070
  • I had gotten a suntan and
  • 00:21:48.070 --> 00:21:50.000
  • overtime, we got to adjust
  • 00:21:50.000 --> 00:21:51.070
  • them and dial them down a
  • 00:21:51.070 --> 00:21:53.030
  • "I grew up, like,
  • 00:21:57.080 --> 00:21:58.040
  • watching, watching this or
  • 00:21:58.040 --> 00:21:59.200
  • my dad would
  • 00:21:59.200 --> 00:22:00.100
  • be like, 'Oh,
  • 00:22:00.100 --> 00:22:01.050
  • that's Pastor Jeske,'
  • 00:22:01.050 --> 00:22:02.240
  • and that's
  • 00:22:02.240 --> 00:22:03.110
  • "You know how God
  • 00:22:08.270 --> 00:22:09.120
  • works; the messages
  • 00:22:09.120 --> 00:22:10.240
  • Pastor Jeske had
  • 00:22:10.240 --> 00:22:12.230
  • "He's easy to
  • 00:22:17.210 --> 00:22:18.100
  • understand.
  • 00:22:18.100 --> 00:22:19.250
  • He's uplifting.
  • 00:22:19.250 --> 00:22:22.000
  • He's very warm and
  • 00:22:22.000 --> 00:22:22.280
  • friendly." "He's got a
  • 00:22:22.280 --> 00:22:24.260
  • very kind way of offering
  • 00:22:24.260 --> 00:22:27.070
  • "When we started,
  • 00:22:31.060 --> 00:22:32.030
  • we were just a tiny, tiny
  • 00:22:32.030 --> 00:22:33.210
  • little organization.
  • 00:22:33.210 --> 00:22:34.240
  • In fact, 'organization' is
  • 00:22:34.240 --> 00:22:36.050
  • a complement to our little
  • 00:22:36.050 --> 00:22:37.280
  • "He wasn't one to stand
  • 00:22:39.010 --> 00:22:40.100
  • back and not try things
  • 00:22:40.100 --> 00:22:41.290
  • and do things.
  • 00:22:41.290 --> 00:22:43.170
  • You know, he's willing to
  • 00:22:43.170 --> 00:22:44.170
  • learn right along with the
  • 00:22:44.170 --> 00:22:46.020
  • "We all knew
  • 00:22:47.080 --> 00:22:47.210
  • Pastor Jeske.
  • 00:22:47.210 --> 00:22:48.180
  • He has simply
  • 00:22:48.180 --> 00:22:50.070
  • blossomed and grown
  • 00:22:50.070 --> 00:22:51.150
  • with that
  • 00:22:51.150 --> 00:22:51.270
  • ministry beyond probably
  • 00:22:51.270 --> 00:22:54.240
  • "My dad has
  • 00:23:00.160 --> 00:23:01.240
  • been such a
  • 00:23:01.240 --> 00:23:04.070
  • tremendous support
  • 00:23:04.070 --> 00:23:05.020
  • in my life,
  • 00:23:05.020 --> 00:23:07.020
  • especially in my
  • 00:23:07.020 --> 00:23:09.080
  • collegiate years,
  • 00:23:09.080 --> 00:23:10.030
  • but then
  • 00:23:10.030 --> 00:23:10.160
  • also during my
  • 00:23:10.160 --> 00:23:11.080
  • seminary training.
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  • I've grown in my respect
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  • for my father as
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  • someone who's done
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  • enough ministry
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  • It's tough for a pastor to
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  • get away; let alone a
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  • televangelist.
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  • There was always a huge
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  • testament when significant
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  • time was carved aside for
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  • My dad would not be who he
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  • is if it weren't for the
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  • people that God has richly
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  • blessed him with in his
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  • "I play different
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  • sports than Pastor Mark.
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  • Mark was into track
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  • and I was more
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  • baseball and
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  • basketball, so
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  • we didn't -
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  • our lives didn't
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  • overlap as much as
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  • I would have
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  • liked to in sports.
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  • But Mark was always a
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  • leader in the four years
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  • that I spent with him at
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  • Wisconsin Lutheran High
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  • School; just a tremendous
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  • figure that everybody
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  • looked up to.
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  • Talent level, off the
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  • charts." "We didn't go
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  • through a process of
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  • looking at two or three or
  • 00:24:05.160 --> 00:24:07.280
  • four or five people; he
  • 00:24:07.280 --> 00:24:09.100
  • was the only person we
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  • talked to.
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  • The only person.
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  • "I really think this is
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  • just hastening that day
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  • when we're all going to
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  • finally be gathered
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  • together.
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  • Satan will be sent to hell
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  • forever and we're just
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  • going to live in joy and
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  • peace in heaven.
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  • I really got to believe
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  • that God is using
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  • technology, especially
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  • digital technology, to
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  • speed up the day of his
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  • return; to get the gospel
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  • to every corner of the
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  • world.
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  • And to me, it's - I never
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  • get over that; it's still
  • 00:24:39.010 --> 00:24:40.040
  • always a "wow" thing." My
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  • heart is really full of
  • 00:24:44.250 --> 00:24:45.190
  • gratitude and I'd like to
  • 00:24:45.190 --> 00:24:46.260
  • thank people but the list
  • 00:24:46.260 --> 00:24:48.020
  • is so long, I hardly know
  • 00:24:48.020 --> 00:24:49.100
  • where to start.
  • 00:24:49.100 --> 00:24:50.160
  • To all of the people
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  • who've served without pay,
  • 00:24:51.210 --> 00:24:53.160
  • without remuneration,
  • 00:24:53.160 --> 00:24:54.190
  • traveling at their own
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  • expense on our board of
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  • directors, the visionaries
  • 00:24:57.160 --> 00:24:59.150
  • and donors and encouragers
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  • and people who have
  • 00:25:02.220 --> 00:25:03.170
  • brought their business
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  • savvy and their brain
  • 00:25:04.140 --> 00:25:06.090
  • power and problem solvers,
  • 00:25:06.090 --> 00:25:07.190
  • to all of our board
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  • members over the years, I
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  • want to say thank you.
  • 00:25:09.170 --> 00:25:11.050
  • To all of our staff, I
  • 00:25:11.050 --> 00:25:12.110
  • won't name any names, you
  • 00:25:12.110 --> 00:25:13.150
  • know who you are, but to
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  • everybody who's ever been
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  • in the Time of Grace
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  • office working and
  • 00:25:17.110 --> 00:25:18.080
  • plugging away, bringing
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  • whatever skill set you
  • 00:25:19.090 --> 00:25:20.160
  • have, always so supportive
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  • and encouraging of me, I
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  • want to say thank you.
  • 00:25:24.110 --> 00:25:26.100
  • I've always been terrified
  • 00:25:26.100 --> 00:25:27.230
  • that I would lose my nerve
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  • and the people who I get
  • 00:25:29.130 --> 00:25:31.170
  • to work with who are the
  • 00:25:31.170 --> 00:25:33.040
  • people who behind the
  • 00:25:33.040 --> 00:25:34.090
  • scenes make Time of Grace,
  • 00:25:34.090 --> 00:25:35.130
  • have unflaggingly been
  • 00:25:35.130 --> 00:25:37.240
  • encouraging to help me
  • 00:25:37.240 --> 00:25:38.290
  • keep my courage up and I
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  • could not have done it
  • 00:25:40.170 --> 00:25:41.120
  • without you.
  • 00:25:41.120 --> 00:25:42.020
  • I want to say thank you.
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  • I will never stop being
  • 00:25:43.100 --> 00:25:45.010
  • grateful to this army of
  • 00:25:45.010 --> 00:25:47.000
  • people who believed enough
  • 00:25:47.000 --> 00:25:48.220
  • in the power of the
  • 00:25:48.220 --> 00:25:49.200
  • messages of Time of Grace
  • 00:25:49.200 --> 00:25:51.000
  • to continue with their
  • 00:25:51.000 --> 00:25:52.180
  • sacrificial gifts to
  • 00:25:52.180 --> 00:25:54.080
  • provide the support that
  • 00:25:54.080 --> 00:25:55.150
  • we need to buy the air
  • 00:25:55.150 --> 00:25:56.180
  • time and to bring the
  • 00:25:56.180 --> 00:25:57.270
  • staff together.
  • 00:25:57.270 --> 00:25:59.230
  • Thank you to everybody
  • 00:25:59.230 --> 00:26:00.230
  • connected with St. Marcus,
  • 00:26:00.230 --> 00:26:02.140
  • To my dear children who
  • 00:26:05.070 --> 00:26:06.180
  • have to try to live their
  • 00:26:06.180 --> 00:26:08.170
  • lives with this notoriety
  • 00:26:08.170 --> 00:26:10.210
  • of their TV father and to
  • 00:26:10.210 --> 00:26:13.070
  • my patient and
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  • long-suffering and
  • 00:26:14.110 --> 00:26:15.050
  • encouraging wife, Carol,
  • 00:26:15.050 --> 00:26:16.270
  • who's never once done
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  • anything in the slightest
  • 00:26:19.180 --> 00:26:21.210
  • to slow me down; always
  • 00:26:21.210 --> 00:26:23.030
  • been encouraging about
  • 00:26:23.030 --> 00:26:24.150
  • Time of Grace and its
  • 00:26:24.150 --> 00:26:25.200
  • amazing ability to connect
  • 00:26:25.200 --> 00:26:27.170
  • with people far and wide.
  • 00:26:27.170 --> 00:26:29.130
  • Thank you to my wonderful
  • 00:26:29.130 --> 00:26:31.090
  • family, as well.
  • 00:26:31.090 --> 00:26:33.090
  • There's a wonderful
  • 00:26:33.090 --> 00:26:34.000
  • saying, "The past is
  • 00:26:34.000 --> 00:26:35.140
  • prologue." Meaning, we're
  • 00:26:35.140 --> 00:26:37.080
  • not coming to the end of a
  • 00:26:37.080 --> 00:26:38.240
  • cycle; this is only the
  • 00:26:38.240 --> 00:26:40.210
  • beginning.
  • 00:26:40.210 --> 00:26:41.190
  • Time of Grace is going to
  • 00:26:41.190 --> 00:26:42.250
  • go on far past me and I
  • 00:26:42.250 --> 00:26:45.070
  • celebrate with you the
  • 00:26:45.070 --> 00:26:46.250
  • fact that we have got new
  • 00:26:46.250 --> 00:26:47.270
  • energy, new ideas, all
  • 00:26:47.270 --> 00:26:49.180
  • bubbling up and the next
  • 00:26:49.180 --> 00:26:51.120
  • era of Time of Grace is
  • 00:26:51.120 --> 00:26:52.260
  • going to be even bigger
  • 00:26:52.260 --> 00:26:53.260
  • and better than the first.
  • 00:26:53.260 --> 00:26:55.050
  • The dominant emotions in
  • 00:26:55.050 --> 00:26:56.130
  • my heart are not merely
  • 00:26:56.130 --> 00:26:58.150
  • backwards looking or past
  • 00:26:58.150 --> 00:26:59.280
  • oriented.
  • 00:26:59.280 --> 00:27:00.280
  • I am profoundly amazed and
  • 00:27:00.280 --> 00:27:02.240
  • grateful for what God has
  • 00:27:02.240 --> 00:27:03.290
  • done.
  • 00:27:03.290 --> 00:27:04.200
  • But the greatest emotions
  • 00:27:04.200 --> 00:27:05.250
  • in my heart right now, at
  • 00:27:05.250 --> 00:27:07.200
  • this very moment, are my
  • 00:27:07.200 --> 00:27:09.090
  • confidence as I look
  • 00:27:09.090 --> 00:27:10.110
  • forward that our best days
  • 00:27:10.110 --> 00:27:12.060
  • are still to come and God
  • 00:27:12.060 --> 00:27:13.190
  • is going to do some even
  • 00:27:13.190 --> 00:27:14.240
  • more amazing things
  • 00:27:14.240 --> 00:27:16.210
  • through Time of Grace
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