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Because of Bethlehem: TBN Christmas Special

Watch Because of Bethlehem: TBN Christmas Special
November 30, 2018
57:00

Journey back to the birthplace of Jesus and explore the meaning of Christmas right where it began. Love was born. Hope is here. And it’s all Because of Bethlehem.

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  • with a special broadcast
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  • straight from the heart of the Holy Land.
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  • Hosts Matt and Laurie Crouch are joined
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  • by some of the leading voices of hope and inspiration today.
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  • You'll hear from bestselling author Max Lucado,
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  • along with special guests Joel and Victoria Osteen.
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  • Plus, we'll celebrate the season with a holiday concert
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  • hosted by John Gray and musical artists
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  • Steven Curtis Chapman, CeeLo Green, and Mandisa.
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  • Journe
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  • and explore the meaning of Christmas
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  • right where it began.
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  • Love was born, hope is here,
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  • and it's all because of Bethlehem.
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  • (Matt Crouch) We welcome you right here to Jerusalem, Israel,
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  • and the television special "Because of Bethlehem."
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  • Our guest tonight, Max Lucado, Joel and Victoria Osteen.
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  • We go to Bethlehem.
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  • We get to go on an excursion,
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  • that I've been to Israel more than 50 times,
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  • maybe even a lot more than that,
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  • and I never have done some of the things we got to do.
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  • And we're going to show you all the ins and the outs,
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  • and the ups and the downs, and the staircases,
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  • and the bell towers, and the grottos
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  • that exist in Bethlehem.
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  • You are going to have a world class tour,
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  • right here on "Because of Bethlehem."
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  • Now, Max Lucado, first word, please.
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  • Well, thank you so much.
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  • What an honor to be here with all of you,
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  • and with all of you.
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  • It's just a privilege.
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  • I can't put into words how grateful I am
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  • to think about being in the very place
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  • where the ministry of Jesus took place this time of year,
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  • inviting his ministry to continue.
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  • You know, we believe by faith that the Jesus who came then
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  • is the Jesus who comes still, don't we?
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  • And that what he did then, he can do today.
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  • He can be born in us.
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  • He can bring life and hope, and he does.
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  • And that's why we're here, to celebrate that.
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  • (Matt) Because of Bethlehem, love is born, hope is here.
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  • Joel?
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  • (Joel Osteen) You know, Matt, getting to tour where Jesus was born
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  • there in Bethlehem, just, you know,
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  • it lets you know what his life meant to the world,
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  • that we still go back 2.000 years later,
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  • we still reverence him, and are able to feel his hope
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  • and feel his love.
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  • And that's what we want each one of you to feel tonight,
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  • to know that, you know, Jesus, he's not
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  • in the manger anymore.
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  • He can live in our hearts, and he's right there
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  • as close as the very breath that you breathe.
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  • So, we're here to encourage you to have fun,
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  • to wish you a very Merry Christmas,
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  • and to tell you how much we love you.
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  • (Victoria Osteen) You know, I think as we sit here tonight, before Christmas,
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  • families were just sitting around their home,
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  • playing with their children in the floor, not understanding
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  • that this night was going to change everything.
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  • And because Jesus was born,
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  • this town became famous.
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  • And I just think that the same way
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  • that Jesus came on the scene and he saved the world,
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  • he wants to save people today.
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  • He wants to live in their heart.
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  • He wants to be born again in their spirit.
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  • And so, tonight, I just think that anybody can open
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  • their heart to Jesus, how about that?
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  • That anybody can open their heart to Jesus.
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  • Anybody can have a new beginning because of this special night.
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  • (Matt) Thwho we welcome you to,al toanywhere you're watching
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  • around the world, we're in Jerusalem.
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  • This is not a fake background.
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  • We are on a beautiful evening here, and we are celebrating
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  • "Because of Bethlehem."
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  • You know, there's one word that describes
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  • the night Jesus came: ordinary.
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  • The sky was ordinary.
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  • An occasional gust stirred the leaves and chilled the air.
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  • The stars were diamonds sparkling on black velvet.
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  • Fleets of clouds floated in front of the moon.
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  • It was a beautiful night,
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  • a night worth peeking out your bedroom window to admire,
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  • but not really an unusual night,
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  • no reason to expect a surprise, nothing to keep a person awake.
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  • An ordinary night with an ordinary sky.
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  • The sheep were ordinary, some fat, some scrawny,
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  • some with barrel bellies,
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  • some with twig legs, common animals.
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  • No fleece made of gold, no history makers,
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  • no blue ribbon winners.
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  • They were simply sheep,
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  • lumpy, sleeping silhouettes on a hillside.
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  • And the shepherds, peasants they were,
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  • probably wearing all the clothes they owned,
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  • smelling like sheep and looking just as wooly.
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  • They were conscientious,
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  • willing to spend the night with their flocks,
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  • but you won't find their staffs in a museum,
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  • nor their writings in a library.
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  • No one asked their opinion on social justice
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  • or the application of the Torah.
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  • They were nameless and simple.
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  • An ordinary night with ordinary sheep
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  • and ordinary shepherds.
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  • And were it not for a God who loves to hook an extra
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  • on the front of the ordinary,
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  • the night would have gone unnoticed.
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  • The sheep would have been forgotten.
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  • The shepherds would have slept the night away.
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  • But you know, God dances amidst the common.
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  • And that night, he did a waltz.
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  • The black sky exploded with brightness,
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  • and trees that had been shadows jumped into clarity.
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  • Sheep that had been silent became a chorus of curiosity.
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  • One minute, the shepherd was dead asleep.
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  • The next, he was rubbing his eyes and staring
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  • into the face of an alien.
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  • The night was ordinary no more.
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  • The angel came in the night because that is when lights
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  • are best seen, and that is when they are most needed.
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  • God comes into the common for the same reason.
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  • His most powerful tools are the simplest.
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  • The shepherds didn't ask God
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  • if he was sure he knew what he was doing.
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  • Had the angel gone to the theologians,
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  • they would have first consulted their commentaries.
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  • Had he gone to the elite, they would have looked around
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  • to see if anyone was watching.
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  • Had he gone to the successful,
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  • they would have first looked at their calendars.
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  • So he went to the shepherds, meek men who didn't have
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  • a reputation to protect, or an ax to grind,
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  • or a ladder to climb, men who didn't know enough
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  • to tell God that angels don't sing to sheep,
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  • and that Messiahs aren't found wrapped in rags
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  • and sleeping in a feed trough.
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  • This small cathedral where I'm standing
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  • outside of Bethlehem marks
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  • the supposed birthplace of Jesus.
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  • Were you to enter it, you would see a high altar.
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  • And down beneath the altar is a cave, a little cavern
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  • lit by silver lamps.
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  • You can enter this cathedral and admire the ancient church.
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  • You can also enter the quiet cave,
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  • where a star embedded in the floor recognizes
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  • the birth of the king.
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  • But for all who enter, however, there is one stipulation.
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  • You have to stoop.
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  • The door is so low that you cannot go in standing up.
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  • The same is true of Jesus Christ.
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  • You know, you can see the world standing tall,
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  • but to witness the Savior, you have to get on your knees.
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  • So, while the theologians were sleeping,
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  • and the elite were dreaming, and the successful were snoring,
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  • the meek shepherds were kneeling.
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  • And they were kneeling
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  • before the one only the meek will see.
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  • They were kneeling in front of Jesus.
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  • (Matt) If you just tuned in, we're in Jerusalem.
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  • We're celebrating Max Lucado's brand new book.
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  • Joel and Victoria Osteen are with us.
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  • Your thoughts tonight, baby?
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  • (Laurie Crouch) Well, you know, Victoria and I were talking earlier
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  • just about divine interruptions in our lives, you know,
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  • and we were thinking about Mary.
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  • You know, here's little Mary, what, 16 years old,
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  • and she has an angel, an angel came
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  • and visited her, and said, "You're going to have a baby."
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  • You know, that was a divine interruption in her life.
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  • But, I was wondering how many times do we get those?
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  • How many times are those little interruptions
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  • in our life that we ignore,
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  • or that we don't pay any attention to,
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  • or those divine moments
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  • that have changed our life forever?
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  • (Victoria) Absolutely, you know, you think about it,
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  • she had a choice right then.
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  • She had to either believe or not believe.
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  • And so, she chose to believe,
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  • even though she didn't understand.
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  • And we know she didn't understand.
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  • The Bible says that as she, you know, went on and on,
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  • she began pondering things in her heart.
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  • She began meditating on things.
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  • She began keeping herself, you know,
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  • in a place of just trust.
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  • And I think sometimes that we have to do that same thing.
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  • We have a choice to make.
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  • Are we going to believe God,
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  • or are we just going to just forget it
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  • and get busy doing something else?
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  • And I think sometimes, we talk so much to other people,
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  • and they try to talk us out of the promises of God.
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  • And, you know, she didn't do that.
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  • She didn't just run, she actually went
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  • to see Elizabeth, her cousin.
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  • And she was encouraged by Elizabeth.
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  • Luckily, she went to the right place.
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  • But, you know, and I think, though, sometimes those--
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  • like you called them the divine interruptions,
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  • or things that God tells us, or things that God wants us
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  • to do, whether it's be kind to someone,
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  • forgive, you know, do these things.
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  • We have to--we have a choice.
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  • I mean, we can say, "Okay, I'm going to do it,"
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  • or we just blow it off.
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  • And, you know, Mary said, "I'm going to--you know,
  • 00:09:53.270 --> 00:09:56.230
  • "be it unto me.
  • 00:09:56.240 --> 00:09:58.050
  • "Whatever you say, God, that's what I'm going with,
  • 00:09:58.060 --> 00:10:00.040
  • even though I don't understand."
  • 00:10:00.050 --> 00:10:01.140
  • And sometimes, I think that happens to all of us.
  • 00:10:01.150 --> 00:10:03.170
  • We don't always understand, but we have to believe
  • 00:10:03.180 --> 00:10:07.150
  • if we're going to see the miracle come to pass.
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  • (Joel) You know, it's interesting, Laurie, because the angel
  • 00:10:10.290 --> 00:10:13.020
  • appeared to Mary and said, you know,
  • 00:10:13.030 --> 00:10:15.080
  • "Hail, Mary, you're highly favored of God.
  • 00:10:15.090 --> 00:10:17.210
  • You're going to have the baby, and Christ will be born."
  • 00:10:17.220 --> 00:10:19.280
  • But when you think about her situation
  • 00:10:19.290 --> 00:10:22.160
  • didn't necessarily change for the good.
  • 00:10:22.170 --> 00:10:25.210
  • All of a sudden, she's on a donkey.
  • 00:10:25.220 --> 00:10:28.010
  • She's planning this big wedding, you know--
  • 00:10:28.020 --> 00:10:30.070
  • (Laurie) She's pregnant.
  • 00:10:30.080 --> 00:10:31.220
  • (Victoria) She seemed anything but favored, huh?
  • 00:10:31.230 --> 00:10:33.080
  • (Joel) Yeah, she's planning this big wedding.
  • 00:10:33.090 --> 00:10:34.250
  • Now, all the things changed, things she didn't understand.
  • 00:10:34.260 --> 00:10:37.050
  • It's like, "God, if I'm favored, why am I riding a donkey,
  • 00:10:37.060 --> 00:10:40.020
  • "leaving my wedding, you know, not having
  • 00:10:40.030 --> 00:10:42.090
  • any place to have my baby?"
  • 00:10:42.100 --> 00:10:44.100
  • And just sometimes, I think we know
  • 00:10:44.110 --> 00:10:46.210
  • what God has spoken over us, but the promise
  • 00:10:46.220 --> 00:10:48.250
  • looks like we're going in the wrong direction.
  • 00:10:48.260 --> 00:10:51.270
  • But, you know, like you all are saying,
  • 00:10:51.280 --> 00:10:53.070
  • this is what faith is all about.
  • 00:10:53.080 --> 00:10:54.260
  • You've got to say, "God, I believe
  • 00:10:54.270 --> 00:10:56.060
  • "you've said I'm favored.
  • 00:10:56.070 --> 00:10:57.180
  • I believe--" like Mary would have had to say,
  • 00:10:57.190 --> 00:10:59.170
  • "Lord, I believe that I'm going to give birth
  • 00:10:59.180 --> 00:11:01.200
  • "to this baby even though I don't understand it,
  • 00:11:01.210 --> 00:11:03.280
  • even though it doesn't make any sense to me."
  • 00:11:03.290 --> 00:11:05.230
  • And so, maybe there's some things
  • 00:11:05.240 --> 00:11:07.030
  • in your life tonight that you could say,
  • 00:11:07.040 --> 00:11:08.190
  • "Joel, yeah, but I'm not sitting in Jerusalem.
  • 00:11:08.200 --> 00:11:10.100
  • I'm not having a great Christmas."
  • 00:11:10.110 --> 00:11:12.050
  • But you know God has spoken things over your life.
  • 00:11:12.060 --> 00:11:14.180
  • He's put promises in your heart.
  • 00:11:14.190 --> 00:11:16.040
  • And it may feel like you're going
  • 00:11:16.050 --> 00:11:17.150
  • the wrong direction, but why don't you
  • 00:11:17.160 --> 00:11:19.050
  • just do like Mary and say, "God, I trust you.
  • 00:11:19.060 --> 00:11:22.040
  • "I believe you're in control.
  • 00:11:22.050 --> 00:11:23.140
  • "Even when I don't understand it,
  • 00:11:23.150 --> 00:11:24.280
  • I'm going to keep following you."
  • 00:11:24.290 --> 00:11:26.080
  • And just like she said, "Be it unto me, Lord.
  • 00:11:26.090 --> 00:11:28.180
  • Let it happen."
  • 00:11:28.190 --> 00:11:30.190
  • I want you all to lean in, sit up, lean in, get excited,
  • 00:11:31.060 --> 00:11:37.050
  • [bells ringing]
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  • (Matt) The bells of Bethlehem are all around us.
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  • We are right here at the Church of the Nativity.
  • 00:11:42.260 --> 00:11:44.240
  • Not only are we celebrating Christmas,
  • 00:11:44.250 --> 00:11:47.040
  • but we're celebrating it with great friends.
  • 00:11:47.050 --> 00:11:50.120
  • Behind me right here, Max Lucado,
  • 00:11:50.130 --> 00:11:51.290
  • Joel and Victoria Osteen.
  • 00:11:52.000 --> 00:11:54.020
  • Why because of Bethlehem?
  • 00:11:54.030 --> 00:11:57.020
  • (Max) You know, you look around at this city,
  • 00:11:57.030 --> 00:11:58.230
  • it's extraordinary, and it's common.
  • 00:11:58.240 --> 00:12:02.040
  • That's what strikes me.
  • 00:12:02.050 --> 00:12:03.140
  • It's an extraordinary place because everybody
  • 00:12:03.150 --> 00:12:05.090
  • has heard of Bethlehem, but it's common.
  • 00:12:05.100 --> 00:12:07.150
  • It's like us.
  • 00:12:07.160 --> 00:12:09.160
  • And so, for God to enter the world
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  • not in a castle, not in a chalet,
  • 00:12:11.260 --> 00:12:15.280
  • but in just a common, dusty village like this
  • 00:12:15.290 --> 00:12:20.100
  • tells us there's no place he won't go
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  • to enter into our world too.
  • 00:12:22.130 --> 00:12:24.130
  • (Joel) Yeah, I'm great, how are y'all?
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  • Good.
  • 00:12:31.040 --> 00:12:32.130
  • (Matt) It's so peaceful here,
  • 00:12:32.140 --> 00:12:33.230
  • and everyone is so welcoming here.
  • 00:12:33.240 --> 00:12:35.150
  • And, you know, the idea
  • 00:12:35.160 --> 00:12:37.180
  • that this is a place of conflict
  • 00:12:37.190 --> 00:12:42.250
  • is really hard to justify
  • 00:12:42.260 --> 00:12:44.050
  • with what we've experienced today.
  • 00:12:44.060 --> 00:12:45.290
  • I mean, everyone was so warm and inviting.
  • 00:12:46.000 --> 00:12:49.150
  • (Matt) This is the epicenter of Christianity,
  • 00:13:00.230 --> 00:13:03.000
  • the idea that this is the place that, about the same time
  • 00:13:03.010 --> 00:13:06.250
  • our Bible got put together at the Council of Nicaea
  • 00:13:06.260 --> 00:13:12.090
  • in I think 325, we're talking about the same period of time
  • 00:13:12.100 --> 00:13:16.230
  • that continuous worship began in this location.
  • 00:13:16.240 --> 00:13:21.020
  • And the church is under construction here,
  • 00:13:21.030 --> 00:13:24.250
  • and I know the TBN partners are contributing
  • 00:13:24.260 --> 00:13:26.160
  • to some of this, you know, construction
  • 00:13:26.170 --> 00:13:28.150
  • and doing some things.
  • 00:13:28.160 --> 00:13:29.250
  • We've done that historically over the years.
  • 00:13:29.260 --> 00:13:32.250
  • I've experienced things today that I didn't--
  • 00:13:32.260 --> 00:13:36.010
  • I never stood right here before.
  • 00:13:36.020 --> 00:13:38.150
  • To celebrate continuously for 1.700 years--
  • 00:13:38.160 --> 00:13:44.030
  • (Max Lucado) It's hard to fathom.
  • 00:13:44.040 --> 00:13:45.180
  • It's hard to fathom, isn't it?
  • 00:13:45.190 --> 00:13:47.080
  • It's just hard to imagine.
  • 00:13:47.090 --> 00:13:48.200
  • (Joel) I still can't get over we could be down there
  • 00:13:48.210 --> 00:13:50.100
  • where he was born.
  • 00:13:50.110 --> 00:13:51.200
  • You would think that would be so--you can't get that close
  • 00:13:51.210 --> 00:13:54.090
  • to the Mona Lisa, you know?
  • 00:13:54.100 --> 00:13:56.150
  • But hey, I'm glad they let people come through.
  • 00:13:56.160 --> 00:13:59.010
  • (Joel) You know, it's a blessing to be here and just to see where Jesus
  • 00:14:01.210 --> 00:14:05.250
  • was born, and just to feel that hope and to think
  • 00:14:05.260 --> 00:14:08.270
  • of how we talked about there's not really words
  • 00:14:08.280 --> 00:14:11.070
  • to describe it, but it just lets us know
  • 00:14:11.080 --> 00:14:13.170
  • that, you know, he's with us in each one of our hearts.
  • 00:14:13.180 --> 00:14:16.160
  • All we have to do is invite him in.
  • 00:14:16.170 --> 00:14:18.200
  • He's as close as the breath we breathe.
  • 00:14:18.210 --> 00:14:20.170
  • And so, we're blessed to be here where it all began,
  • 00:14:20.180 --> 00:14:23.100
  • but it's not where it all finished.
  • 00:14:23.110 --> 00:14:24.230
  • There's a lot more.
  • 00:14:24.240 --> 00:14:26.030
  • There's more for your life as well.
  • 00:14:26.040 --> 00:14:28.050
  • So, we're blessed to be with you.
  • 00:14:28.060 --> 00:14:30.140
  • (Max) Because of what happened here 2.000 years ago,
  • 00:14:30.150 --> 00:14:33.230
  • everything is different.
  • 00:14:33.240 --> 00:14:35.170
  • Hope is different, our lives are different,
  • 00:14:35.180 --> 00:14:38.130
  • love is different,
  • 00:14:38.140 --> 00:14:40.070
  • our eternal destiny is different,
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  • all because of Bethlehem.
  • 00:14:42.110 --> 00:14:44.160
  • (announcer) Christmas brings sleigh bells ringing and carolers singing.
  • 00:14:46.050 --> 00:14:49.180
  • But sometimes, Christmas can also bring heartache.
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  • If you or someone you love
  • 00:14:52.200 --> 00:14:54.000
  • could use some true Christmas this Christmas,
  • 00:14:54.010 --> 00:14:56.230
  • let New York Times bestselling author Max Lucado
  • 00:14:56.240 --> 00:14:59.220
  • reveal the powerful and enduring promises of Christmas
  • 00:14:59.230 --> 00:15:02.280
  • in his new book, "Because of Bethlehem."
  • 00:15:02.290 --> 00:15:05.150
  • (Max) The promise of Christmas is the baby in the manger.
  • 00:15:05.160 --> 00:15:10.270
  • That's a big deal because that means
  • 00:15:10.280 --> 00:15:12.080
  • that God knows what it's like to be human.
  • 00:15:12.090 --> 00:15:15.220
  • Now, when we talk to him about deadlines,
  • 00:15:15.230 --> 00:15:18.080
  • or long lines, or tough times, he understands.
  • 00:15:18.090 --> 00:15:22.190
  • He's been there. He's been here.
  • 00:15:22.200 --> 00:15:26.040
  • Because of Bethlehem, we have a friend in heaven.
  • 00:15:26.050 --> 00:15:30.020
  • And what's more, because of Bethlehem,
  • 00:15:30.030 --> 00:15:32.040
  • we have a Savior in heaven.
  • 00:15:32.050 --> 00:15:34.270
  • (announcer) Max Lucado is one of the most gifted
  • 00:15:34.280 --> 00:15:36.270
  • Bible teachers of our time.
  • 00:15:36.280 --> 00:15:38.270
  • Now, in "Because of Bethlehem," he has poured decades of study,
  • 00:15:38.280 --> 00:15:42.180
  • insights, and inspiration concerning the birth of Christ
  • 00:15:42.190 --> 00:15:46.020
  • into one treasured book.
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  • And, to thank you for your special gift of support
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  • to TBN, we want to send you your very own copy.
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  • to tbn.org/Bethlehem to share and request your copy
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  • of Max Lucado's book, "Because of Bethlehem,"
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  • as our thank you
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  • Call, click, or write TBN right now.
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  • We welcome you back to Jerusalem, Israel.
  • 00:16:16.150 --> 00:16:19.280
  • Very special evening tonight in celebration
  • 00:16:19.290 --> 00:16:23.180
  • of "Because of Bethlehem."
  • 00:16:23.190 --> 00:16:27.020
  • Now, Max Lucado, you wrote the book.
  • 00:16:27.030 --> 00:16:31.110
  • Your subtitle is "Love Is Born, Hope Is Here."
  • 00:16:31.120 --> 00:16:34.180
  • It's special for a whole bunch of reasons,
  • 00:16:34.190 --> 00:16:36.110
  • not only because Bethlehem
  • 00:16:36.120 --> 00:16:37.210
  • is just kind of right over this way.
  • 00:16:37.220 --> 00:16:40.030
  • You know, Mount Moriah, Mount of Olives,
  • 00:16:40.040 --> 00:16:42.090
  • Mount Zion, everything of the Bible here,
  • 00:16:42.100 --> 00:16:45.060
  • it's not special just because of that.
  • 00:16:45.070 --> 00:16:47.040
  • There's something about Jerusalem and this place.
  • 00:16:47.050 --> 00:16:50.070
  • What is it?
  • 00:16:50.080 --> 00:16:51.170
  • You have a little experience here.
  • 00:16:51.180 --> 00:16:53.060
  • Yeah, I've been coming here quite a bit over the years,
  • 00:16:53.070 --> 00:16:56.260
  • not nearly as often as you guys.
  • 00:16:56.270 --> 00:16:59.180
  • But I think this is probably my 10th or 12th time in Israel.
  • 00:16:59.190 --> 00:17:04.080
  • And I've been over here for several celebrations,
  • 00:17:04.090 --> 00:17:06.280
  • special events for the city.
  • 00:17:06.290 --> 00:17:08.210
  • And I've been baptized in the Jordan River
  • 00:17:08.220 --> 00:17:12.000
  • at least twice.
  • 00:17:12.010 --> 00:17:14.060
  • One time I came,
  • 00:17:14.070 --> 00:17:15.160
  • I was with my wife and three daughters.
  • 00:17:15.170 --> 00:17:18.070
  • And my daughters were teenagers at the time,
  • 00:17:18.080 --> 00:17:21.040
  • and it was just a family trip.
  • 00:17:21.050 --> 00:17:22.180
  • And I wanted to take them all to the Jordan River,
  • 00:17:22.190 --> 00:17:25.150
  • and we went up there, and it was a beautiful day.
  • 00:17:25.160 --> 00:17:27.230
  • But they didn't want to get in the water.
  • 00:17:27.240 --> 00:17:29.190
  • You know, it's just a river.
  • 00:17:29.200 --> 00:17:31.110
  • I mean, it's special to us,
  • 00:17:31.120 --> 00:17:32.250
  • and we've got beautiful pictures of it, but it's muddy.
  • 00:17:32.260 --> 00:17:35.130
  • But I wanted to be baptized, so I went in the river
  • 00:17:35.140 --> 00:17:38.230
  • and I baptized myself.
  • 00:17:38.240 --> 00:17:40.230
  • They still laugh about that.
  • 00:17:40.240 --> 00:17:42.050
  • I put my hand on my head, went down.
  • 00:17:42.060 --> 00:17:44.060
  • And I remember when I went down in the water,
  • 00:17:44.070 --> 00:17:46.240
  • I reached all the way down in the mud,
  • 00:17:46.250 --> 00:17:48.240
  • and I found a stick.
  • 00:17:48.250 --> 00:17:51.070
  • And I pulled it out,
  • 00:17:51.080 --> 00:17:52.170
  • and I've kept that stick in my office.
  • 00:17:52.180 --> 00:17:54.190
  • It's still to this day, and it reminds me
  • 00:17:54.200 --> 00:17:57.100
  • that our Lord Jesus was not only baptized
  • 00:17:57.110 --> 00:18:00.220
  • in a common river with a muddy river bottom,
  • 00:18:00.230 --> 00:18:03.200
  • but he was born in a village that's just this common--
  • 00:18:03.210 --> 00:18:07.010
  • I mean, my aunt lived in Muleshoe, Texas all her life.
  • 00:18:07.020 --> 00:18:11.160
  • And I've always compared Bethlehem to Muleshoe, Texas.
  • 00:18:11.170 --> 00:18:14.090
  • I mean, it's just common, common, dusty little dot
  • 00:18:14.100 --> 00:18:17.240
  • in the road.
  • 00:18:17.250 --> 00:18:19.040
  • And of all the places where God could have sent
  • 00:18:19.050 --> 00:18:22.200
  • his Son to be born.
  • 00:18:22.210 --> 00:18:24.100
  • You know, there was Athens, there was Rome.
  • 00:18:24.110 --> 00:18:27.050
  • There were all types of beautiful places.
  • 00:18:27.060 --> 00:18:29.160
  • But he picked a remote, out of the, you know,
  • 00:18:29.170 --> 00:18:34.170
  • middle of everything, on the edge of civilization.
  • 00:18:34.180 --> 00:18:37.110
  • And I think he did that to remind us that he
  • 00:18:37.120 --> 00:18:40.280
  • can relate to us, and he understands us.
  • 00:18:40.290 --> 00:18:44.150
  • So that when we go to him, or we feel small or forgotten
  • 00:18:44.160 --> 00:18:47.270
  • or neglected, he doesn't cross his arms and say,
  • 00:18:47.280 --> 00:18:50.240
  • "Come on, buck up, get tough."
  • 00:18:50.250 --> 00:18:52.180
  • He says, "I understand.
  • 00:18:52.190 --> 00:18:54.070
  • "I've been there.
  • 00:18:54.080 --> 00:18:55.170
  • After all, I was born in Bethlehem."
  • 00:18:55.180 --> 00:18:58.090
  • Joel, you've been here a couple of times.
  • 00:18:58.100 --> 00:19:01.170
  • and we're getting to say to you
  • 00:19:01.180 --> 00:19:03.190
  • on three: one, two, three,
  • 00:19:03.200 --> 00:19:05.060
  • (all) Merry Christmas.
  • 00:19:05.070 --> 00:19:07.090
  • (Matt) And if this is your only family, if the TV in front of you
  • 00:19:07.100 --> 00:19:11.210
  • and there isn't anyone else with you tonight,
  • 00:19:11.220 --> 00:19:14.070
  • and you're, you know, kind of lonely,
  • 00:19:14.080 --> 00:19:17.030
  • well guess what?
  • 00:19:17.040 --> 00:19:18.130
  • We're right here in the room with you.
  • 00:19:18.140 --> 00:19:19.280
  • And if no one's ever told you today--
  • 00:19:19.290 --> 00:19:22.160
  • (Laurie) That you're loved, let us be the first to tell you
  • 00:19:22.170 --> 00:19:26.170
  • that Jesus loves you, and that we love you.
  • 00:19:26.180 --> 00:19:28.150
  • You know what? Jesus is there with you.
  • 00:19:28.160 --> 00:19:31.150
  • (Matt) And what a perfect night, by the way.
  • 00:19:31.160 --> 00:19:33.030
  • I just want to say this.
  • 00:19:33.040 --> 00:19:34.130
  • This is what TBN was raised up to do.
  • 00:19:34.140 --> 00:19:36.190
  • Thank you, partners.
  • 00:19:36.200 --> 00:19:37.290
  • Because of your love and support all these years,
  • 00:19:38.000 --> 00:19:40.180
  • we're sitting here getting to do
  • 00:19:40.190 --> 00:19:42.100
  • one of the greatest things in the world.
  • 00:19:42.110 --> 00:19:44.160
  • Think of it, 2.000 years later, here we are sitting
  • 00:19:44.170 --> 00:19:48.060
  • in Jerusalem, still celebrating because of Bethlehem.
  • 00:19:48.070 --> 00:19:53.140
  • And tonight, I couldn't think of a better night than to have
  • 00:19:53.150 --> 00:19:57.010
  • Max Lucado, Joel and Victoria Osteen,
  • 00:19:57.020 --> 00:19:59.150
  • and you there wherever you are.
  • 00:19:59.160 --> 00:20:01.220
  • Whatever country, whatever part of the world
  • 00:20:01.230 --> 00:20:04.060
  • you're watching in, we want to-- we want to welcome you.
  • 00:20:04.070 --> 00:20:07.130
  • Okay, I have a question, Max.
  • 00:20:07.140 --> 00:20:09.010
  • Around us, you know, I mean, here's one right here.
  • 00:20:09.020 --> 00:20:13.130
  • I'll grab it and kind of use it as a--
  • 00:20:13.140 --> 00:20:15.200
  • oh, it's all taped together.
  • 00:20:15.210 --> 00:20:17.000
  • I'll leave it alone.
  • 00:20:17.010 --> 00:20:18.180
  • (Victoria) There's one.
  • 00:20:18.190 --> 00:20:20.040
  • (Matt) Okay, there's one, all right.
  • 00:20:20.050 --> 00:20:23.000
  • So, you know, the idea of gifts,
  • 00:20:23.010 --> 00:20:26.280
  • the idea of ribbons,
  • 00:20:26.290 --> 00:20:29.150
  • the idea of all that, some people get
  • 00:20:29.160 --> 00:20:32.150
  • a little weird about that, okay?
  • 00:20:32.160 --> 00:20:35.050
  • I'm going to--I'm going to let you speak to that because,
  • 00:20:35.060 --> 00:20:38.010
  • you know, we think that because of the gift giving
  • 00:20:38.020 --> 00:20:41.120
  • that everything's been secularized and all that.
  • 00:20:41.130 --> 00:20:43.170
  • Weigh in on that, Max.
  • 00:20:43.180 --> 00:20:44.270
  • I want to hear what Max Lucado says
  • 00:20:44.280 --> 00:20:46.070
  • about all that kind of stuff.
  • 00:20:46.080 --> 00:20:47.170
  • Well, I only get upset if you don't give me a gift.
  • 00:20:47.180 --> 00:20:51.090
  • Thank you so much,
  • 00:20:51.100 --> 00:20:53.070
  • although it's awful light.
  • 00:20:53.080 --> 00:20:57.170
  • You know, let's don't get wound up about that.
  • 00:20:57.180 --> 00:20:59.260
  • You know, let's have fun.
  • 00:20:59.270 --> 00:21:01.100
  • Let's enjoy Christmas.
  • 00:21:01.110 --> 00:21:03.160
  • Let's give everybody gifts.
  • 00:21:03.170 --> 00:21:05.060
  • Let's have parties, let's go to parties,
  • 00:21:05.070 --> 00:21:08.170
  • let's love one another and celebrate the great movies
  • 00:21:08.180 --> 00:21:12.160
  • of Christmas and the events of Christmas.
  • 00:21:12.170 --> 00:21:14.260
  • And at some point, let's do remember it is Christ-mas.
  • 00:21:14.270 --> 00:21:20.090
  • It's not Santa-mas, or reindeer-mas,
  • 00:21:20.100 --> 00:21:23.290
  • or shopping-mas.
  • 00:21:24.000 --> 00:21:26.010
  • I mean, that's all part of it.
  • 00:21:26.020 --> 00:21:28.070
  • But it is Christ-mas.
  • 00:21:28.080 --> 00:21:29.210
  • And so, maybe this program right now
  • 00:21:29.220 --> 00:21:33.100
  • is your first time to come out
  • 00:21:33.110 --> 00:21:34.260
  • of the commercialization of this season,
  • 00:21:34.270 --> 00:21:37.070
  • or the busy-ness of the season,
  • 00:21:37.080 --> 00:21:39.030
  • or the travel of it.
  • 00:21:39.040 --> 00:21:40.160
  • You know, you got every-- now is the time for you
  • 00:21:40.170 --> 00:21:42.150
  • to just kind of settle down in your spirit and say,
  • 00:21:42.160 --> 00:21:45.030
  • "Now, what is this all about?"
  • 00:21:45.040 --> 00:21:46.290
  • And so, have fun, enjoy yourself,
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  • see all the people you can, eat all you can.
  • 00:21:49.250 --> 00:21:52.230
  • Well, better not say that.
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  • (Matt) So, the twinkle lights and the presents,
  • 00:21:54.250 --> 00:21:59.000
  • you know, you're okay with all that?
  • 00:21:59.010 --> 00:22:00.200
  • (Max) Oh, absolutely, absolutely.
  • 00:22:00.210 --> 00:22:02.110
  • (Laurie) You know what I was thinking?
  • 00:22:02.120 --> 00:22:04.000
  • I was thinking even the non-believers,
  • 00:22:04.010 --> 00:22:06.280
  • the people, the naysayers,
  • 00:22:06.290 --> 00:22:08.160
  • the ones that don't want to say Merry Christmas,
  • 00:22:08.170 --> 00:22:11.050
  • you know, they don't believe in Jesus,
  • 00:22:11.060 --> 00:22:13.170
  • I just want--it's just so funny
  • 00:22:13.180 --> 00:22:15.220
  • because that's why anybody's celebrating.
  • 00:22:15.230 --> 00:22:18.240
  • That's why you're celebrating.
  • 00:22:18.250 --> 00:22:20.040
  • Whatever you do, it's Christ's time, you know,
  • 00:22:20.050 --> 00:22:24.000
  • that we celebrate that even gave us
  • 00:22:24.010 --> 00:22:25.280
  • this beautiful season.
  • 00:22:25.290 --> 00:22:27.160
  • So it doesn't really matter what anybody really believes.
  • 00:22:27.170 --> 00:22:30.220
  • It's all because of Jesus.
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  • It's all because--
  • 00:22:33.170 --> 00:22:34.260
  • (Matt) When you were saying it's not--
  • 00:22:34.270 --> 00:22:37.030
  • you were using some of the terms.
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  • It's not shopping-mas, it's not reindeer.
  • 00:22:38.180 --> 00:22:42.240
  • But you're not uncomfortable with gifts and the whole thing?
  • 00:22:42.250 --> 00:22:48.210
  • You're cool with that, right?
  • 00:22:48.220 --> 00:22:50.010
  • You're a senior pastor
  • 00:22:50.020 --> 00:22:51.170
  • of a pretty big church in America, right?
  • 00:22:51.180 --> 00:22:53.060
  • (Joel) I am, and I grew up, and my dad was,
  • 00:22:53.070 --> 00:22:54.280
  • you know, a great pastor.
  • 00:22:54.290 --> 00:22:56.190
  • We grew up having, you know, Christmas morning with gifts
  • 00:22:56.200 --> 00:22:59.180
  • and being a blessing to others.
  • 00:22:59.190 --> 00:23:01.090
  • But it's like Max said, you remember
  • 00:23:01.100 --> 00:23:03.030
  • the reason we can do this is because we're blessed
  • 00:23:03.040 --> 00:23:05.270
  • that a Savior was born today.
  • 00:23:05.280 --> 00:23:07.140
  • But I think making memories with your family,
  • 00:23:07.150 --> 00:23:09.250
  • and having fun, and recognize Christmas Day,
  • 00:23:09.260 --> 00:23:12.170
  • Christmas Eve, that's a gift.
  • 00:23:12.180 --> 00:23:13.290
  • And then tomorrow is a gift too.
  • 00:23:14.000 --> 00:23:15.220
  • And I think life is too short to live it,
  • 00:23:15.230 --> 00:23:17.250
  • you know, sour and negative.
  • 00:23:17.260 --> 00:23:19.220
  • Let's enjoy the people God put in our life.
  • 00:23:19.230 --> 00:23:21.240
  • They may not all be perfect.
  • 00:23:21.250 --> 00:23:23.180
  • And like Laurie said, there are going to be those
  • 00:23:23.190 --> 00:23:25.230
  • who are going to try to steal our joy and get us upset.
  • 00:23:25.240 --> 00:23:28.000
  • But, to me, you know what?
  • 00:23:28.010 --> 00:23:29.290
  • This is the holidays.
  • 00:23:30.000 --> 00:23:31.110
  • It's time to celebrate the gift of Jesus,
  • 00:23:31.120 --> 00:23:33.280
  • and it's time to be joyful.
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  • And not just these days, but let's do it all year long.
  • 00:23:35.090 --> 00:23:38.020
  • Let's keep Christmas in our heart all year long,
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  • and be a blessing to somebody else.
  • 00:23:39.270 --> 00:23:41.060
  • (Matt) Victoria?
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  • (Victoria) That's good, you know, I really can't remember
  • 00:23:42.170 --> 00:23:44.030
  • what Joel got me last Christmas.
  • 00:23:44.040 --> 00:23:45.200
  • [laughing]
  • 00:23:45.210 --> 00:23:51.210
  • The truth is you don't always remember
  • 00:23:52.080 --> 00:23:53.290
  • what someone gives you every single Christmas.
  • 00:23:54.000 --> 00:23:56.210
  • And everyone loves gifts, and I think it's fun to shop.
  • 00:23:56.220 --> 00:23:59.220
  • But, you know, the truth of the matter is
  • 00:23:59.230 --> 00:24:01.220
  • it's not really, you know, what you get that you remember,
  • 00:24:01.230 --> 00:24:05.000
  • but it's how you felt.
  • 00:24:05.010 --> 00:24:06.200
  • It's the family that you were with.
  • 00:24:06.210 --> 00:24:08.160
  • You know, it's--I think about when I was growing up.
  • 00:24:08.170 --> 00:24:11.230
  • I mean, my greatest memories was going to my grandmother's house.
  • 00:24:11.240 --> 00:24:15.170
  • That's what we did every Christmas as kids.
  • 00:24:15.180 --> 00:24:18.000
  • I can't even tell you what I got,
  • 00:24:18.010 --> 00:24:19.190
  • but I can tell you I loved those memories.
  • 00:24:19.200 --> 00:24:22.100
  • And I think if we'll just create those memories for our children,
  • 00:24:22.110 --> 00:24:26.130
  • I think that's one of the best ways
  • 00:24:26.140 --> 00:24:27.240
  • to pass Jesus onto them.
  • 00:24:27.250 --> 00:24:30.250
  • You know, because more is caught than taught, really.
  • 00:24:30.260 --> 00:24:33.240
  • And so, if we're all busy and stressed out
  • 00:24:33.250 --> 00:24:35.180
  • trying to get the perfect gift
  • 00:24:35.190 --> 00:24:37.170
  • and, you know, get the best dinner, you know,
  • 00:24:37.180 --> 00:24:40.140
  • that kind of takes the fun out of it.
  • 00:24:40.150 --> 00:24:42.120
  • Now, I have--I love to have a big Christmas dinner,
  • 00:24:42.130 --> 00:24:45.180
  • but I would just encourage people that you know what?
  • 00:24:45.190 --> 00:24:47.260
  • Just make memories.
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  • Make special times.
  • 00:24:49.170 --> 00:24:51.050
  • Don't wait till all your silverware matches,
  • 00:24:51.060 --> 00:24:54.280
  • and you got all the right plates
  • 00:24:54.290 --> 00:24:56.140
  • before you can have your family over
  • 00:24:56.150 --> 00:24:58.160
  • because they're not even going to remember that.
  • 00:24:58.170 --> 00:25:00.130
  • Invite people over.
  • 00:25:00.140 --> 00:25:02.050
  • Take this time to celebrate.
  • 00:25:02.060 --> 00:25:03.260
  • I love that I can go in the stores and hear
  • 00:25:03.270 --> 00:25:06.120
  • Christmas music playing.
  • 00:25:06.130 --> 00:25:07.220
  • I think that's so good.
  • 00:25:07.230 --> 00:25:09.020
  • You were talking about people who don't want to say Christmas
  • 00:25:09.030 --> 00:25:11.020
  • and, you know, Merry Christmas.
  • 00:25:11.030 --> 00:25:12.280
  • But the Christmas music is still playing in the stores,
  • 00:25:12.290 --> 00:25:15.220
  • and so I'm thrilled about that.
  • 00:25:15.230 --> 00:25:17.130
  • Popular Christmas songs come
  • 00:25:18.200 --> 00:25:19.290
  • from many sources of inspiration:
  • 00:25:20.000 --> 00:25:22.120
  • the Christmas tree, the birth of Christ,
  • 00:25:22.130 --> 00:25:24.190
  • talking snowmen, and red-nosed reindeer.
  • 00:25:24.200 --> 00:25:27.260
  • But Philip Brooks, the author
  • 00:25:27.270 --> 00:25:29.120
  • of one of my favorite Christmas hymns,
  • 00:25:29.130 --> 00:25:31.140
  • found inspiration in the very place
  • 00:25:31.150 --> 00:25:33.030
  • Christmas was born,
  • 00:25:33.040 --> 00:25:35.180
  • where the hopes and fears of all the years would collide
  • 00:25:35.190 --> 00:25:39.010
  • in one spectacular night 2.000 years ago, right here
  • 00:25:39.020 --> 00:25:44.040
  • in the little town of Bethlehem.
  • 00:25:44.050 --> 00:25:47.240
  • The year was 1865.
  • 00:25:47.250 --> 00:25:49.150
  • Philip Brooks was the pastor
  • 00:25:49.160 --> 00:25:50.250
  • of the Holy Trinity Church in Philadelphia.
  • 00:25:50.260 --> 00:25:54.000
  • But during this particular holiday season,
  • 00:25:54.010 --> 00:25:56.100
  • he was taking a pilgrimage through the Middle East.
  • 00:25:56.110 --> 00:25:59.040
  • On Christmas Eve, Brooks was traveling on horseback
  • 00:25:59.050 --> 00:26:02.090
  • on the dry, dusty stretch of land
  • 00:26:02.100 --> 00:26:04.100
  • between Jerusalem and Bethlehem.
  • 00:26:04.110 --> 00:26:06.280
  • He rode into the field where the shepherds saw
  • 00:26:06.290 --> 00:26:09.070
  • the heavenly host.
  • 00:26:09.080 --> 00:26:10.170
  • And as he passed, shepherds
  • 00:26:10.180 --> 00:26:12.010
  • were still watching over their flocks.
  • 00:26:12.020 --> 00:26:15.040
  • In Bethlehem, Brooks attended Christmas Eve service
  • 00:26:15.050 --> 00:26:17.230
  • at the Church of the Nativity, this very cathedral.
  • 00:26:17.240 --> 00:26:21.140
  • It's the oldest Christian church in existence today,
  • 00:26:21.150 --> 00:26:24.260
  • and it houses the supposed birthplace of Jesus Christ,
  • 00:26:24.270 --> 00:26:29.140
  • a grotto, a hollow cavern, a place for animals,
  • 00:26:29.150 --> 00:26:32.200
  • a place where heaven intersected with earth.
  • 00:26:32.210 --> 00:26:35.160
  • I can imagine Philip Brooks seated in the pews,
  • 00:26:35.170 --> 00:26:38.040
  • pondering that holy collision.
  • 00:26:38.050 --> 00:26:40.010
  • He sure had plenty of time.
  • 00:26:40.020 --> 00:26:41.210
  • That service lasted from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m.
  • 00:26:41.220 --> 00:26:44.220
  • As Christmas Eve drifted into Christmas Day,
  • 00:26:44.230 --> 00:26:47.250
  • a simple lyric was birthed in Brooks' heart.
  • 00:26:47.260 --> 00:26:50.290
  • And 3 years after his pilgrimage,
  • 00:26:51.000 --> 00:26:53.060
  • he said the memory of Bethlehem was still singing in his soul.
  • 00:26:53.070 --> 00:26:57.130
  • Is there a memory singing in your soul,
  • 00:26:57.140 --> 00:27:00.110
  • a marked moment with you and God,
  • 00:27:00.120 --> 00:27:02.170
  • a holy impartation from heaven
  • 00:27:02.180 --> 00:27:04.180
  • to the human heart?
  • 00:27:04.190 --> 00:27:06.030
  • I've had a few in my days.
  • 00:27:06.040 --> 00:27:08.030
  • Those memories are a gift from God.
  • 00:27:08.040 --> 00:27:10.110
  • And like most gifts, they're best when shared.
  • 00:27:10.120 --> 00:27:13.070
  • They can become books and poems and conversations
  • 00:27:13.080 --> 00:27:15.170
  • with the people we love.
  • 00:27:15.180 --> 00:27:16.290
  • For Philip Brooks, that memory gave birth to a song.
  • 00:27:17.000 --> 00:27:21.050
  • Now, Brooks wasn't after fame or fortune,
  • 00:27:21.060 --> 00:27:23.260
  • a top ten hit for the Christmas hymn books.
  • 00:27:23.270 --> 00:27:27.020
  • He simply wanted to write a song
  • 00:27:27.030 --> 00:27:29.090
  • for the children's choir at church.
  • 00:27:29.100 --> 00:27:32.270
  • "O little town of Bethlehem, how still we see thee lie."
  • 00:27:32.280 --> 00:27:37.060
  • You know the words.
  • 00:27:37.070 --> 00:27:38.210
  • Chances are you've sung them many a time.
  • 00:27:38.220 --> 00:27:40.190
  • But that might not have been the case had it not been
  • 00:27:40.200 --> 00:27:43.140
  • for Lewis Henry Redner.
  • 00:27:43.150 --> 00:27:46.100
  • The Philadelphia native was by no means a music magnate.
  • 00:27:46.110 --> 00:27:50.040
  • He worked in real estate, and served at a soup kitchen.
  • 00:27:50.050 --> 00:27:53.190
  • But Redner played the organ in Holy Trinity Church
  • 00:27:53.200 --> 00:27:56.070
  • every Sunday for 19 years.
  • 00:27:56.080 --> 00:27:58.080
  • A few days before Christmas in 1868,
  • 00:27:58.090 --> 00:28:01.010
  • his pastor, Philip Brooks, came to him
  • 00:28:01.020 --> 00:28:03.010
  • with a simple little carol in need of a tune.
  • 00:28:03.020 --> 00:28:06.270
  • Brooks wanted his Sunday school choir
  • 00:28:06.280 --> 00:28:08.170
  • to perform the new song on Christmas Eve.
  • 00:28:08.180 --> 00:28:11.150
  • You might think a lot of time was spent writing the melody.
  • 00:28:11.160 --> 00:28:14.130
  • I mean, it's one of the most famous carols
  • 00:28:14.140 --> 00:28:16.160
  • sung around the world every Christmas.
  • 00:28:16.170 --> 00:28:18.170
  • But no.
  • 00:28:18.180 --> 00:28:19.270
  • You see, like many of us at the holidays,
  • 00:28:19.280 --> 00:28:22.220
  • Louis Redner was a champion procrastinator.
  • 00:28:22.230 --> 00:28:25.200
  • And on the night before the song's debut,
  • 00:28:25.210 --> 00:28:28.040
  • he still hadn't written the tune.
  • 00:28:28.050 --> 00:28:31.100
  • He'd been so focused on his Sunday school lesson,
  • 00:28:31.110 --> 00:28:33.170
  • he hadn't given the song any thought.
  • 00:28:33.180 --> 00:28:35.190
  • But just as a chorus of angels interrupted
  • 00:28:35.200 --> 00:28:38.140
  • a flock of shepherds,
  • 00:28:38.150 --> 00:28:39.240
  • so the heavens broke through to this ordinary organist.
  • 00:28:39.250 --> 00:28:43.180
  • This is how Redner described it.
  • 00:28:43.190 --> 00:28:45.280
  • "On the Saturday night,
  • 00:28:45.290 --> 00:28:47.200
  • "my brain was all confused about the tune.
  • 00:28:47.210 --> 00:28:49.240
  • "I thought more about my Sunday school lesson
  • 00:28:49.250 --> 00:28:52.050
  • "than I did about the music.
  • 00:28:52.060 --> 00:28:53.190
  • "But I was roused from sleep late in the night,
  • 00:28:53.200 --> 00:28:56.180
  • hearing an angel strain whispering in my ear."
  • 00:28:56.190 --> 00:29:00.210
  • Redner grabbed a piece of paper
  • 00:29:00.220 --> 00:29:02.110
  • and wrote down the melody.
  • 00:29:02.120 --> 00:29:03.210
  • The next morning
  • 00:29:03.220 --> 00:29:05.010
  • in Philadelphia's Holy Trinity Church,
  • 00:29:05.020 --> 00:29:07.190
  • "O Little Town of Bethlehem" was performed
  • 00:29:07.200 --> 00:29:10.100
  • for the very first time.
  • 00:29:10.110 --> 00:29:12.260
  • Twenty-four years later, this beloved Christmas carol
  • 00:29:12.270 --> 00:29:15.190
  • found its place in the official church hymnal.
  • 00:29:15.200 --> 00:29:18.250
  • And today, the song is sung around the world.
  • 00:29:18.260 --> 00:29:22.190
  • But the lyrics about this little town
  • 00:29:22.200 --> 00:29:24.160
  • have taken on a new meaning.
  • 00:29:24.170 --> 00:29:26.200
  • Bethlehem is a contested land,
  • 00:29:26.210 --> 00:29:29.020
  • a place mired in conflict, a little town darkened
  • 00:29:29.030 --> 00:29:32.180
  • by the fog of political and religious unrest.
  • 00:29:32.190 --> 00:29:37.000
  • And yet, in the dark streets shineth the everlasting light.
  • 00:29:37.010 --> 00:29:42.210
  • This small, insignificant town was chosen
  • 00:29:42.220 --> 00:29:45.240
  • as the birthplace of a king.
  • 00:29:45.250 --> 00:29:48.130
  • Perhaps you feel like you're living in a fog this Christmas.
  • 00:29:48.140 --> 00:29:52.140
  • Maybe your home is mired in conflict,
  • 00:29:52.150 --> 00:29:54.200
  • or your heart is a place of unrest.
  • 00:29:54.210 --> 00:29:57.270
  • Then let your mind wander to Bethlehem,
  • 00:29:57.280 --> 00:30:00.210
  • and allow these words to stir a new song in your soul,
  • 00:30:00.220 --> 00:30:04.260
  • "O holy child of Bethlehem, descend to us we pray.
  • 00:30:04.270 --> 00:30:09.180
  • "Cast out our sin and enter in.
  • 00:30:09.190 --> 00:30:13.050
  • Be born in us today."
  • 00:30:13.060 --> 00:30:15.200
  • O little town of Bethlehem
  • 00:30:18.250 --> 00:30:21.070
  • I love Christmas, the festive decoration,
  • 00:30:23.000 --> 00:30:29.130
  • Above thy deep and dreamless sleep
  • 00:30:29.140 --> 00:30:35.020
  • The silent stars
  • 00:30:35.030 --> 00:30:37.180
  • Go by
  • 00:30:37.190 --> 00:30:41.170
  • Yet in that dark streets
  • 00:30:41.180 --> 00:30:45.060
  • Shineth
  • 00:30:45.070 --> 00:30:47.260
  • The everlasting light
  • 00:30:47.270 --> 00:30:54.100
  • The hopes and fears of all the years
  • 00:30:54.110 --> 00:31:00.100
  • Are met
  • 00:31:00.110 --> 00:31:01.260
  • In thee tonight
  • 00:31:01.270 --> 00:31:06.180
  • 00:31:06.190 --> 00:31:12.180
  • 00:31:12.190 --> 00:31:15.240
  • For Christ
  • 00:31:15.250 --> 00:31:17.040
  • Is born of Mary
  • 00:31:17.050 --> 00:31:22.020
  • And gathered all above
  • 00:31:22.030 --> 00:31:28.090
  • While mortals sleep
  • 00:31:28.100 --> 00:31:31.020
  • The angels keep
  • 00:31:31.030 --> 00:31:34.130
  • Their watch
  • 00:31:34.140 --> 00:31:35.280
  • Of wondering love
  • 00:31:35.290 --> 00:31:41.000
  • O morning stars together
  • 00:31:41.010 --> 00:31:46.290
  • Proclaim
  • 00:31:47.000 --> 00:31:48.120
  • The holy birth
  • 00:31:48.130 --> 00:31:53.230
  • And praises sing
  • 00:31:53.240 --> 00:31:56.080
  • To God our King
  • 00:31:56.090 --> 00:31:59.250
  • And peace to men
  • 00:31:59.260 --> 00:32:02.130
  • On earth
  • 00:32:02.140 --> 00:32:06.000
  • 00:32:06.010 --> 00:32:10.210
  • Peace to men
  • 00:32:10.220 --> 00:32:12.010
  • On earth
  • 00:32:12.020 --> 00:32:16.080
  • 00:32:16.090 --> 00:32:22.080
  • 00:32:22.090 --> 00:32:23.180
  • O holy child
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  • Of Bethlehem
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  • Descend to us
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  • We pray
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  • Cast out our sin
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  • And enter in
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  • Be born in us today
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  • We hear the Christmas angels
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  • The great glad tidings tell
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  • O come to us, abide with us
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  • Our Lord
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  • Emmanuel
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  • Our Lord
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  • Emmanuel
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  • 00:33:23.030 --> 00:33:29.030
  • Ooh
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  • O little child
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  • O little town
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  • How still
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  • O holy child
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  • Of Bethlehem
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  • Descend to us
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  • We pray
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  • O come to us
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  • Abide with us
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  • Our Lord
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  • Emmanuel
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  • [audience applauding]
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  • I feel like I want to sing something too.
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  • [audience cheering]
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  • But this is one of those--
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  • this is one of the quiet, you know, contemplative moments,
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  • so I've got to act right.
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  • O come
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  • Let us adore him
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  • O come
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  • Let us adore him
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  • O come
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  • Let us adore him
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  • Christ the Lord
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  • See, but I could sing it soft, and there's a moment for that.
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  • But when I think about the gift of Jesus
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  • and what our heavenly Father gave in exchange for us,
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  • I don't know that I can keep my volume low.
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  • I don't know that I can sing it soft
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  • when I think about the passion that was invested in this baby.
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  • And I get to be a part of the legacy,
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  • and an heir, and a joint heir?
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  • I want to tell everybody.
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  • O come
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  • Let us adore him
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  • O come
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  • Let us
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  • Adore him
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  • O come
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  • Let us
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  • Adore him
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  • Oh God
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  • Christ the Lord
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  • Hallelujah
  • 00:36:48.020 --> 00:36:51.090
  • Yeah, yeah, yeah
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  • Hey, glory
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  • (Matt) We welcome you back
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  • Joseph's collar is way too blue.
  • 00:37:06.210 --> 00:37:08.250
  • Mary is green from inexperience, and the couple's star power
  • 00:37:08.260 --> 00:37:12.020
  • doesn't match the bill.
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  • They are too obscure, too simple.
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  • This story warrants some headliners,
  • 00:37:16.180 --> 00:37:18.140
  • a square jawed Joseph, someone of the Clooney vintage.
  • 00:37:18.150 --> 00:37:22.070
  • And Mary needs a beauty mark and glistening teeth,
  • 00:37:22.080 --> 00:37:25.190
  • Angelina Jolie-ish.
  • 00:37:25.200 --> 00:37:27.150
  • And what about the shepherds?
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  • Do they sing?
  • 00:37:28.260 --> 00:37:30.050
  • If so, they should be able to wow
  • 00:37:30.060 --> 00:37:31.290
  • those judges on "The Voice."
  • 00:37:32.000 --> 00:37:33.290
  • Yes, Hollywood would definitely recast the story.
  • 00:37:34.000 --> 00:37:38.220
  • And a civilized person would sanitize it.
  • 00:37:38.230 --> 00:37:42.120
  • No one, however poor, should be born in a cow stall,
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  • hay on the floor, animals on the hay.
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  • Don't place the baby in a feed trough.
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  • The donkey's nose has been there.
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  • And don't get me started on the smell of those sheep.
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  • The true story of Christmas was messy.
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  • I'm standing here in the grotto, which is believed to be
  • 00:38:01.280 --> 00:38:05.040
  • the birthplace of Jesus.
  • 00:38:05.050 --> 00:38:08.160
  • Today, it's revered as a holy site.
  • 00:38:08.170 --> 00:38:11.020
  • But back then, well, back then you'd have to watch your step.
  • 00:38:11.030 --> 00:38:15.070
  • A good public relations firm
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  • would move the birth to a big city,
  • 00:38:16.230 --> 00:38:18.260
  • see what Roman palaces they might rent,
  • 00:38:18.270 --> 00:38:21.130
  • what Greek villas they could lease.
  • 00:38:21.140 --> 00:38:23.140
  • The Son of God deserves a royal entry.
  • 00:38:23.150 --> 00:38:26.290
  • Less peasant, more pizzazz.
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  • Out with the heads of sheep, in with the heads of state.
  • 00:38:29.120 --> 00:38:32.210
  • Shouldn't we ticker tape this event?
  • 00:38:32.220 --> 00:38:34.230
  • You'd think so.
  • 00:38:34.240 --> 00:38:36.030
  • Let stallions prance and trumpets blast,
  • 00:38:36.040 --> 00:38:39.170
  • summon emperors from ancient thrones
  • 00:38:39.180 --> 00:38:41.280
  • and palaces not yet built.
  • 00:38:41.290 --> 00:38:43.230
  • Abraham and Moses should kneel at the manger.
  • 00:38:43.240 --> 00:38:47.010
  • Even Adam and Eve should come to Bethlehem,
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  • and bow before the Alpha and Omega
  • 00:38:50.070 --> 00:38:52.090
  • whom Mary holds.
  • 00:38:52.100 --> 00:38:54.040
  • But we didn't design the hour, God did.
  • 00:38:54.050 --> 00:38:58.190
  • And God was content to enter the world
  • 00:38:58.200 --> 00:39:01.200
  • in the presence of sleepy sheep and a wide-eyed carpenter,
  • 00:39:01.210 --> 00:39:05.160
  • no spotlights, just candlelight.
  • 00:39:05.170 --> 00:39:08.080
  • No crowns, just cows chewing cud.
  • 00:39:08.090 --> 00:39:10.230
  • God made so little of his Son's coming.
  • 00:39:10.240 --> 00:39:13.200
  • He didn't even circle the date on the calendar.
  • 00:39:13.210 --> 00:39:16.200
  • Ancient Christmas has bounced from date to date
  • 00:39:16.210 --> 00:39:19.140
  • before landing on December 25.
  • 00:39:19.150 --> 00:39:21.180
  • Some early leaders favored dates in march.
  • 00:39:21.190 --> 00:39:24.140
  • For centuries, the Eastern Orthodox church
  • 00:39:24.150 --> 00:39:26.180
  • celebrated Christmas on January 6,
  • 00:39:26.190 --> 00:39:28.270
  • and some still do.
  • 00:39:28.280 --> 00:39:30.210
  • Only in the fourth century did the church choose December 25
  • 00:39:30.220 --> 00:39:34.150
  • as the date to celebrate Jesus' coming.
  • 00:39:34.160 --> 00:39:37.100
  • We've made bigger deals out of lesser comings.
  • 00:39:37.110 --> 00:39:40.140
  • How could this be?
  • 00:39:40.150 --> 00:39:41.240
  • No exact date of birth, no hoopla when he was born.
  • 00:39:41.250 --> 00:39:45.000
  • Is this a mistake?
  • 00:39:45.010 --> 00:39:47.140
  • Or is this the message?
  • 00:39:47.150 --> 00:39:50.040
  • Maybe your life resembles a Bethlehem stable,
  • 00:39:50.050 --> 00:39:53.170
  • crude in some spots and smelly in others.
  • 00:39:53.180 --> 00:39:56.100
  • Not much glamor, not always neat.
  • 00:39:56.110 --> 00:39:59.070
  • And people in your circle remind you of stable animals,
  • 00:39:59.080 --> 00:40:02.050
  • grazing like sheep and stubborn like donkeys.
  • 00:40:02.060 --> 00:40:04.210
  • And that cow in the corner looks a lot like the fella next door.
  • 00:40:04.220 --> 00:40:08.220
  • You, like Joseph, knocked on the innkeeper's door,
  • 00:40:08.230 --> 00:40:11.110
  • but you were too late, too old, too sick, dull,
  • 00:40:11.120 --> 00:40:15.090
  • damaged, poor, peculiar.
  • 00:40:15.100 --> 00:40:17.020
  • You know the sound of a slamming door,
  • 00:40:17.030 --> 00:40:19.150
  • and so here you are in the grotto.
  • 00:40:19.160 --> 00:40:21.190
  • Always on the outskirts of the activity, it seems.
  • 00:40:21.200 --> 00:40:25.220
  • You do your best to make the best of it,
  • 00:40:25.230 --> 00:40:27.180
  • but try as you might, the roof still leaks,
  • 00:40:27.190 --> 00:40:30.020
  • the winter wind still sneaks through the holes.
  • 00:40:30.030 --> 00:40:32.120
  • You just can't seem to fix it.
  • 00:40:32.130 --> 00:40:34.030
  • You shivered through your share of cold nights.
  • 00:40:34.040 --> 00:40:39.010
  • And you wonder if God has a place for a person like you.
  • 00:40:39.020 --> 00:40:43.080
  • Find your answer in the Bethlehem stable.
  • 00:40:43.090 --> 00:40:47.080
  • You see, God knows what it's like to be a human.
  • 00:40:47.090 --> 00:40:50.080
  • When I talk to him about deadlines or long lines
  • 00:40:50.090 --> 00:40:52.160
  • or tough times, he understands.
  • 00:40:52.170 --> 00:40:54.140
  • He's been there, he's been here.
  • 00:40:54.150 --> 00:40:57.010
  • Because of Bethlehem, I have a friend in heaven,
  • 00:40:57.020 --> 00:41:00.120
  • and so do you.
  • 00:41:00.130 --> 00:41:02.070
  • Because of Bethlehem, you have a Savior in heaven.
  • 00:41:02.080 --> 00:41:04.210
  • You see, Christmas begins what Easter celebrates.
  • 00:41:04.220 --> 00:41:07.290
  • The child in the cradle became the king on the cross.
  • 00:41:08.000 --> 00:41:11.000
  • And because he did, there are no marks
  • 00:41:11.010 --> 00:41:13.080
  • on your record, just grace.
  • 00:41:13.090 --> 00:41:15.170
  • Christ's offer has no fine print.
  • 00:41:15.180 --> 00:41:17.230
  • He didn't say, "Clean up before you come in."
  • 00:41:17.240 --> 00:41:20.020
  • He offers, "Come on in, I'll clean you up."
  • 00:41:20.030 --> 00:41:23.000
  • And it's not our grip on him that matters,
  • 00:41:23.010 --> 00:41:24.270
  • but it's his grip on us, and his grip is sure.
  • 00:41:24.280 --> 00:41:29.010
  • It really comes down to that.
  • 00:41:29.020 --> 00:41:32.000
  • God loves us.
  • 00:41:32.010 --> 00:41:33.270
  • The story of Christmas is
  • 00:41:33.280 --> 00:41:36.040
  • the story of God's relentless love.
  • 00:41:36.050 --> 00:41:39.070
  • Let him love you.
  • 00:41:39.080 --> 00:41:40.240
  • If God was willing to wrap himself in rags
  • 00:41:40.250 --> 00:41:43.000
  • and lay in a manger,
  • 00:41:43.010 --> 00:41:44.100
  • then all questions about his love for you
  • 00:41:44.110 --> 00:41:46.130
  • are off the table.
  • 00:41:46.140 --> 00:41:48.070
  • You might question his actions, decisions, or declarations,
  • 00:41:48.080 --> 00:41:51.170
  • but you can never, ever question
  • 00:41:51.180 --> 00:41:54.030
  • his zany, stunning, unquenchable affection.
  • 00:41:54.040 --> 00:41:58.170
  • The moment Mary touched God's face
  • 00:41:58.180 --> 00:42:00.120
  • is the moment God made his case
  • 00:42:00.130 --> 00:42:02.000
  • there is no place he will not go.
  • 00:42:02.010 --> 00:42:05.010
  • And if he is willing to be born in a barnyard,
  • 00:42:05.020 --> 00:42:07.070
  • then you can expect him to be at work anywhere:
  • 00:42:07.080 --> 00:42:09.230
  • bars, bedrooms, boardrooms, brothels.
  • 00:42:09.240 --> 00:42:13.140
  • No place is too common, no person is too hardened,
  • 00:42:13.150 --> 00:42:16.220
  • no distance is too far.
  • 00:42:16.230 --> 00:42:18.250
  • There's no man or woman he cannot reach.
  • 00:42:18.260 --> 00:42:21.130
  • And there is no limit to his love.
  • 00:42:21.140 --> 00:42:24.290
  • You see, when Christ was born, so was our hope.
  • 00:42:25.000 --> 00:42:27.280
  • This is why I love Christmas.
  • 00:42:27.290 --> 00:42:30.040
  • The event invites us to believe the wildest of promises,
  • 00:42:30.050 --> 00:42:34.190
  • that God became one of us so we could become one with him.
  • 00:42:34.200 --> 00:42:40.120
  • And he did away with every barrier,
  • 00:42:40.130 --> 00:42:42.050
  • fence, sin, debt, and grave.
  • 00:42:42.060 --> 00:42:44.240
  • Anything that might keep us from him was demolished.
  • 00:42:44.250 --> 00:42:49.130
  • He only awaits our word to walk through the door.
  • 00:42:49.140 --> 00:42:53.250
  • So invite him in.
  • 00:42:53.260 --> 00:42:55.230
  • Escort him to the seat of honor.
  • 00:42:55.240 --> 00:42:57.190
  • Pull out the chair, clear the table,
  • 00:42:57.200 --> 00:42:59.130
  • clear the calendar, call the kids and neighbors.
  • 00:42:59.140 --> 00:43:02.120
  • Christmas is here.
  • 00:43:02.130 --> 00:43:03.260
  • Christ is here.
  • 00:43:03.270 --> 00:43:06.250
  • One request from you and God will do again what he did then:
  • 00:43:06.260 --> 00:43:10.080
  • scatter the night with everlasting light,
  • 00:43:10.090 --> 00:43:13.050
  • and he will be born in you.
  • 00:43:13.060 --> 00:43:16.140
  • Just listen as God whispers.
  • 00:43:16.150 --> 00:43:19.040
  • "No mess turns me back.
  • 00:43:19.050 --> 00:43:21.050
  • "No smell turns me off.
  • 00:43:21.060 --> 00:43:23.100
  • "I live to live in a life like yours.
  • 00:43:23.110 --> 00:43:26.210
  • "Every heart can be a manger.
  • 00:43:26.220 --> 00:43:29.020
  • Every day can still be Christmas."
  • 00:43:29.030 --> 00:43:31.230
  • So, let "Silent Night" be sung on summer nights.
  • 00:43:31.240 --> 00:43:34.070
  • Let Advent brighten the autumn chill.
  • 00:43:34.080 --> 00:43:36.110
  • The Christmas miracle is a year-long celebration.
  • 00:43:36.120 --> 00:43:41.040
  • May this prayer be yours.
  • 00:43:41.050 --> 00:43:44.100
  • Like the stable in which you lay,
  • 00:43:44.110 --> 00:43:46.190
  • my heart is simple and frail as hay.
  • 00:43:46.200 --> 00:43:49.200
  • But if you would within me stay,
  • 00:43:49.210 --> 00:43:51.260
  • make my heart your manger, I pray.
  • 00:43:51.270 --> 00:43:55.030
  • And make my world your Bethlehem,
  • 00:43:55.040 --> 00:43:57.120
  • centerpieced with heaven's Son.
  • 00:43:57.130 --> 00:43:59.060
  • Make this night a shepherd's sky,
  • 00:43:59.070 --> 00:44:01.080
  • quickened bright with holy dawn.
  • 00:44:01.090 --> 00:44:03.140
  • Rush the air with cherub wings.
  • 00:44:03.150 --> 00:44:05.290
  • Rush this earth, let angels sing.
  • 00:44:06.000 --> 00:44:08.110
  • A glimpse of your face, a taste of your grace
  • 00:44:08.120 --> 00:44:11.110
  • be born in this place, I pray, amen.
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  • (Matt) Because of Bethlehem, we've adopted that theme
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  • for tonight's special.
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  • But there is something very special about this book.
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  • What are they going to get out of this book?
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  • (Max) It's so easy to lose the Christmas message, isn't it?
  • 00:45:57.220 --> 00:46:01.050
  • And all of us can be guilty of the travel,
  • 00:46:01.060 --> 00:46:04.210
  • and the busy-ness, and the extra work or shopping.
  • 00:46:04.220 --> 00:46:09.250
  • And it's very easy to look up on December 26 and say,
  • 00:46:09.260 --> 00:46:15.000
  • "I didn't even think about what Christmas is all about."
  • 00:46:15.010 --> 00:46:18.130
  • And sometimes, that's because
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  • nobody's ever explained it to us.
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  • And I thought it would be great if there was,
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  • in the conversation of Christmas,
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  • a very readable, not too long,
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  • but inspirational book
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  • that would help a person who's saying,
  • 00:46:35.060 --> 00:46:37.120
  • "I just want somebody to tell me the real meaning of Christmas,
  • 00:46:37.130 --> 00:46:40.140
  • "whether I've heard it 1.000 times
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  • or whether I've never heard it at all."
  • 00:46:43.000 --> 00:46:46.020
  • And that's the kind of person I was thinking about
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  • when I wrote this book.
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  • (Matt) I like what it says right on the back cover.
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  • What's the big deal about the baby in the manger?
  • 00:46:54.220 --> 00:46:57.090
  • Who was he?
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  • What does his birth have to do with me?
  • 00:46:58.200 --> 00:47:01.110
  • And I love the answers I found like this one.
  • 00:47:01.120 --> 00:47:04.080
  • "God knows what it's like to be human.
  • 00:47:04.090 --> 00:47:06.210
  • "When we talk to him about deadlines,
  • 00:47:06.220 --> 00:47:08.180
  • long lines, or tough times, he understands."
  • 00:47:08.190 --> 00:47:11.060
  • So, you're unpacking almost a theological book
  • 00:47:11.070 --> 00:47:17.060
  • in a way that can be readable for us now.
  • 00:47:17.070 --> 00:47:19.150
  • I like to write books for people who don't like to read books.
  • 00:47:19.160 --> 00:47:22.270
  • That's the kind of people I like to help.
  • 00:47:22.280 --> 00:47:25.180
  • And people are busy, people have a lot going on.
  • 00:47:25.190 --> 00:47:28.120
  • And most people don't have time to pull down
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  • a big, thick book about the incarnation,
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  • or understanding the history of Christmas.
  • 00:47:33.110 --> 00:47:35.200
  • So, I kind of had that person in mind,
  • 00:47:35.210 --> 00:47:38.210
  • and thought it'd be
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  • a great encouragement to that person.
  • 00:47:40.020 --> 00:47:42.130
  • And Christmas is an encouraging time.
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  • And I believe we live in a day that people need encouragement.
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  • Globally, it's a frightening time.
  • 00:47:49.040 --> 00:47:51.170
  • There's conflicts on every continent.
  • 00:47:51.180 --> 00:47:54.090
  • We've, you know, gone through another major election cycle,
  • 00:47:54.100 --> 00:47:55.220
  • The economy looks healthy, sometimes looks
  • 00:47:55.230 --> 00:47:57.130
  • like another recession is coming.
  • 00:47:57.140 --> 00:47:59.040
  • So we live on the edge.
  • 00:47:59.050 --> 00:48:01.040
  • And we need to be reminded that the message of Christmas
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  • says God is still on the throne, God is still in control.
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  • You look at the story of Mary and Joseph,
  • 00:48:08.160 --> 00:48:11.090
  • even the birth of Jesus came out of chaos.
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  • You know, it was a census.
  • 00:48:14.130 --> 00:48:17.050
  • Mary did not want to give birth in a manger.
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  • She would much have rather stayed home in Nazareth.
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  • Joseph didn't want to have to take
  • 00:48:23.270 --> 00:48:25.130
  • his pregnant wife on a long trip to another town.
  • 00:48:25.140 --> 00:48:29.120
  • It was just chaos.
  • 00:48:29.130 --> 00:48:30.270
  • And the town was crowded,
  • 00:48:30.280 --> 00:48:32.070
  • the ancient version of a traffic jam.
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  • It was just everything, and smelly,
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  • messy barn, a manger.
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  • It was--nobody--I would imagine that no one hearing my words had
  • 00:48:39.190 --> 00:48:44.130
  • a more humble birth than Jesus Christ did.
  • 00:48:44.140 --> 00:48:48.100
  • And what does that tell us?
  • 00:48:48.110 --> 00:48:50.020
  • That tells us that God can use even the chaos,
  • 00:48:50.030 --> 00:48:53.230
  • the craziness of our lives, and he can bring miracles,
  • 00:48:53.240 --> 00:48:58.100
  • he can bring good things into our world.
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  • And he still does. That's important.
  • 00:49:00.160 --> 00:49:02.020
  • We need to remember
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  • that Christmas is not just about what God did,
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  • but it's also about what God does,
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  • and let Christmas happen in our lives today.
  • 00:49:09.110 --> 00:49:12.130
  • Greatness is so often born in the most unexpected places,
  • 00:49:12.140 --> 00:49:15.040
  • 00:49:19.000 --> 00:49:24.290
  • 00:49:25.000 --> 00:49:28.210
  • O holy night
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  • The stars are brightly shining
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  • It is the night
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  • Of our dear Savior's birth
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  • Long lay the world
  • 00:49:47.270 --> 00:49:51.260
  • In sin and error pining
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  • Till he appeared
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  • And the soul
  • 00:50:00.270 --> 00:50:02.200
  • Felt its worth
  • 00:50:02.210 --> 00:50:07.260
  • A thrill of hope
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  • The weary world rejoices
  • 00:50:12.040 --> 00:50:16.200
  • For yonder breaks
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  • A new and glorious morn
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  • Fall
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  • On your knees
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  • O hear
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  • The angel voices
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  • O night divine
  • 00:50:43.230 --> 00:50:51.290
  • O night
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  • When Christ was born
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  • O night divine
  • 00:51:01.260 --> 00:51:10.090
  • O night
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  • O night divine
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  • Truly he taught us
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  • To love one another
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  • His law is love
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  • And his gospel
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  • Is peace
  • 00:51:30.250 --> 00:51:35.240
  • Chains shall he break
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  • For the slave
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  • Is our brother
  • 00:51:41.100 --> 00:51:45.230
  • And in his name
  • 00:51:45.240 --> 00:51:48.070
  • All oppression
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  • Shall cease
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  • Sweet hymns of joy
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  • In grateful chorus raise we
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  • Let all within us
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  • Praise his holy name
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  • Christ
  • 00:52:13.270 --> 00:52:17.110
  • Is the Lord
  • 00:52:17.120 --> 00:52:22.250
  • O praise
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  • His name
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  • Forever
  • 00:52:28.110 --> 00:52:32.240
  • His power
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  • And glory
  • 00:52:37.060 --> 00:52:42.040
  • Evermore
  • 00:52:42.050 --> 00:52:43.210
  • Evermore proclaim
  • 00:52:43.220 --> 00:52:49.230
  • His power
  • 00:52:49.240 --> 00:52:54.030
  • And glory
  • 00:52:54.040 --> 00:52:59.090
  • Evermore proclaim
  • 00:52:59.100 --> 00:53:07.070
  • Oh, fall
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  • On your knees
  • 00:53:12.280 --> 00:53:16.150
  • Don't you hear
  • 00:53:16.160 --> 00:53:19.270
  • The angel, angel voices
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  • O night divine
  • 00:53:25.190 --> 00:53:33.280
  • O night
  • 00:53:33.290 --> 00:53:38.030
  • When Christ was born
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  • O night
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  • O holy night divine
  • 00:53:46.080 --> 00:53:56.180
  • O night
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  • When my Jesus
  • 00:54:03.080 --> 00:54:08.200
  • Was born
  • 00:54:08.210 --> 00:54:15.200
  • O night divine
  • 00:54:15.210 --> 00:54:21.210
  • 00:54:22.150 --> 00:54:25.080
  • [audience cheering]
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  • (Matt) Max, there could be some people that have tuned in
  • 00:54:31.110 --> 00:54:34.030
  • to this broadcast, and, you know,
  • 00:54:34.040 --> 00:54:37.060
  • there's something different about it.
  • 00:54:37.070 --> 00:54:38.290
  • They're not sure exactly what.
  • 00:54:39.000 --> 00:54:40.090
  • Because of Bethlehem, there's an opportunity
  • 00:54:40.100 --> 00:54:43.020
  • for us to live forever.
  • 00:54:43.030 --> 00:54:44.180
  • Maybe somebody doesn't know exactly how to pray that prayer.
  • 00:54:44.190 --> 00:54:47.220
  • Would you just look into the camera?
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  • All over the world, wherever you're watching,
  • 00:54:49.040 --> 00:54:51.250
  • this may be your night.
  • 00:54:51.260 --> 00:54:53.060
  • Because of Bethlehem,
  • 00:54:53.070 --> 00:54:54.250
  • Jesus came into your life tonight.
  • 00:54:54.260 --> 00:54:58.170
  • What if it's tonight? Max?
  • 00:54:58.180 --> 00:55:00.120
  • (Max) You know, when we were at the Church of the Nativity,
  • 00:55:00.130 --> 00:55:03.030
  • they reminded us that to get in, you have to lower yourself
  • 00:55:03.040 --> 00:55:05.270
  • and enter that small door.
  • 00:55:05.280 --> 00:55:07.240
  • That's a picture of humility, isn't it?
  • 00:55:07.250 --> 00:55:10.030
  • And that's what a person does when they come to faith.
  • 00:55:10.040 --> 00:55:12.250
  • They humble themselves, they humble themselves and say,
  • 00:55:12.260 --> 00:55:15.220
  • "Lord, I need your help.
  • 00:55:15.230 --> 00:55:17.100
  • "I need your help to forgive my sin,
  • 00:55:17.110 --> 00:55:19.200
  • and to live my life."
  • 00:55:19.210 --> 00:55:21.110
  • It really is that simple.
  • 00:55:21.120 --> 00:55:23.060
  • If you'd like to that,
  • 00:55:23.070 --> 00:55:24.160
  • just offer a prayer just like this.
  • 00:55:24.170 --> 00:55:26.110
  • You can use the words that I'm about to say,
  • 00:55:26.120 --> 00:55:28.130
  • or you can take the sentiment and form the prayer
  • 00:55:28.140 --> 00:55:31.050
  • in your own words.
  • 00:55:31.060 --> 00:55:32.150
  • But just say something like this.
  • 00:55:32.160 --> 00:55:33.280
  • "Lord, I trust you.
  • 00:55:33.290 --> 00:55:37.000
  • "I believe that you're a good God,
  • 00:55:37.010 --> 00:55:39.140
  • "and I believe that you know me.
  • 00:55:39.150 --> 00:55:41.260
  • "Please forgive me, forgive my sins.
  • 00:55:41.270 --> 00:55:45.140
  • "I entrust my life to you and my soul to you.
  • 00:55:45.150 --> 00:55:48.210
  • "Would you please receive me?
  • 00:55:48.220 --> 00:55:50.210
  • "Take me to heaven.
  • 00:55:50.220 --> 00:55:52.150
  • "I believe that you're the Savior of the world
  • 00:55:52.160 --> 00:55:55.070
  • "and the God of the universe.
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  • Through Jesus I pray, amen."
  • 00:55:56.280 --> 00:55:59.110
  • (Matt) Wow.
  • 00:55:59.120 --> 00:56:00.230
  • We go from death to life because of Bethlehem.
  • 00:56:00.240 --> 00:56:05.110
  • What an amazing evening.
  • 00:56:05.120 --> 00:56:08.100
  • This setting, the beautiful weather, this location.
  • 00:56:08.110 --> 00:56:12.290
  • You know, God says that his eyes
  • 00:56:13.000 --> 00:56:15.110
  • will never depart from this city.
  • 00:56:15.120 --> 00:56:18.000
  • And we are coming to you from Jerusalem, Israel.
  • 00:56:18.010 --> 00:56:21.280
  • And because of Bethlehem, we get to with you,
  • 00:56:21.290 --> 00:56:24.120
  • on three: one, two, three,
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  • (all) Merry Christmas.
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  • (announcer) In "Because of Bethlehem," Max Lucado,
  • 00:56:30.040 --> 00:56:32.280
  • one of the most gifted Bible teachers of our time,
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  • has poured decades of study, insights,
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  • and inspiration concerning the birth of Christ
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  • into one treasured volume.
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