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October 7, 2019
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Ben Courson: Optimisfits

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Ben talks about his book Optimisfits and discusses the millennial generation ...

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  • (upbeat music)
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  • - [Announcer] Tonight on Praise from Los Angeles,
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  • founder of Hope Generation, best selling author
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  • and TV and radio host, Ben Courson.
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  • (upbeat music)
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  • (audience ululating and applauding)
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  • And now Matt and Laurie Crouch.
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  • (audience ululating and applauding)
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  • - I've got a new word, it's Optimisfist.
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  • Come on now.
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  • (audience ululating and applauding)
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  • Ben Courson, Optimisfits.
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  • What are we talking about tonight?
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  • - An optimisfit is a made up word.
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  • It's an optimistic misfit, somebody who lives
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  • as a non-conformist adventure with childlike wonder,
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  • unapologetic optimism.
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  • Somebody who ignites a fierce rebellion
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  • against hopelessness.
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  • And actually my brother in law came up with the word.
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  • So JR Tolkien he made up this word
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  • called eucatastrophe.
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  • (Laurie laughing)
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  • When everything's horrible, then it becomes good
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  • because he thought, there should be
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  • an antonym to catastrophe.
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  • And so we figured, if atomologically Tolkien
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  • can make up his words, we're gonna make up our own.
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  • - I've read a lot of your book.
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  • I haven't read every word, but I read a lot of it.
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  • And we were discussing backstage, that, you know,
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  • to be used greatly, oftentimes you're wounded deeply
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  • is kind of a thing.
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  • So what happened to you that ultimately led to Optimisfits?
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  • - That rebellious optimism? - Yeah.
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  • Well, I think what happened is,
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  • I saw what's taking place in our generation.
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  • And right now, the depression statistics
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  • for my age group, it's insane.
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  • So people commit suicide once every 40 seconds.
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  • There's 123 suicides a day in America alone,
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  • and CNN recently reported that the suicide rate
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  • has increased by 33% nationally.
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  • We actually consume as Americans,
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  • more pills due to anxiety and depression
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  • than the rest of planet Earth combined by three times over.
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  • - Oh my God. - Oh.
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  • - So antidepressants I read a couple different studies,
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  • one said, they're the number one
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  • and other studies said number two,
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  • best selling prescribed medication.
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  • So like we're in this nation built on life liberty
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  • and the pursuit of happiness, yet we're stressed,
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  • depressed, distressed and in debt
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  • over a trillion dollars to China.
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  • And so I think what's kind of the zeitgeist
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  • of our culture is something that I experienced personally.
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  • So when I entered the ministry as a senior in high school,
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  • there's a reason people don't become pastors
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  • when they're 18.
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  • (Matt laughs)
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  • I started going through some serious mental illness battles
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  • and went through chronic depression for 10 years
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  • and was suicidal during that time.
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  • And so when God delivered me from depression.
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  • Like if you found the cure to HIV,
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  • if you found the cure to cancer,
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  • you would shout that thing from the rooftops.
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  • - [Laurie] Sure.
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  • - So the reason I live on airplanes
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  • and share so many messages per week,
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  • is because I'm so zealous and passionate
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  • about seeing this generation finding the penassi and pen day
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  • the cure to depression, and I believe it's found in,
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  • walking with, talking to, living for, leaning into,
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  • depending upon the God of hope.
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  • - Those that are just tuning in right now
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  • you realize he's 31 years old.
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  • Okay, so this is Ben Courson.
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  • He's an Optimisfit, okay.
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  • So we're gonna explain that.
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  • But we've got a little bio piece,
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  • if we're introducing this young guy
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  • to you right now, watch this.
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  • - [Announcer] Mix humor and high energy
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  • with a gift to communicate.
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  • And what do you get?
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  • Ben Courson.
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  • - I'm just gonna be joyful, I'm gonna be childlike.
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  • I'm gonna be who God made me to be.
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  • - [Announcer] He's founder of Hope Generation
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  • and host of a global TV and radio program
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  • airing in more than 180 countries.
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  • - We are not creatures of our circumstances.
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  • We are creators of the world around us.
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  • - [Announcer] The internationally renowned speaker
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  • is based out of Applegate Christian Fellowship
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  • in Jacksonville, Oregon.
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  • Ben has been featured on several mainstream media outlets
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  • touting a message of hope, joy and peace.
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  • - We do not live with depression we defeated it.
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  • We used to be scared of the dark
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  • but now the dark is gonna be scared of us.
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  • - [Announcer] Best selling author of the book Optimisfits,
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  • Ben reaches across the globe, encouraging
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  • and inspiring others to never give up on life.
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  • - I refuse to let our planet sink into hopelessness,
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  • and that's why I'm like on a rampage
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  • to rebel against despair.
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  • - [Announcer] If you've got a pulse, you've got a purpose.
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  • Ben Course a living with this here on Praise.
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  • (audience applauding)
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  • - Let's hit a slow motion button for just a minute.
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  • You don't fit the mold in any way shape or form
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  • of somebody that would have or could have been depressed.
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  • Let's tap into and kind of minister to some of the people
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  • that are experiencing what you've been through.
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  • - Here's where that oppression came from,
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  • is really cognitive dissonance sort of thing.
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  • When I was 17, The Lord gave me a very clear calling,
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  • that I was supposed to have a voice for my generation,
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  • that I would start going into TV and writing books
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  • and really impacting the nation.
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  • And I had no way of doing that.
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  • Like, I'm a 17 year old kid and I taught some Bible studies
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  • and traveled a little bit, but I thought those dreams
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  • were far too grandiloquent and grandiose
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  • to ever come to fruition.
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  • So when I started having these dreams,
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  • very similar to Joseph, same age, we were both 17.
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  • But then I started to have these nightmares.
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  • Little did I know that we in life,
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  • we're always gonna have nightmares and dreams,
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  • but we conquer our nightmares because of our dreams.
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  • But it took kind of 10 years for a lot of those promises
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  • to start coming true.
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  • I mean, Joseph had to wait 13 years
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  • before he went from a prisoner to a prime minister.
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  • And so I mean, it's not just you know,
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  • the lack of dreams coming true,
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  • but also just a lot of stuff my family went through.
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  • When I was a kid, my sister passed away in a car accident.
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  • We got the news from my brother,
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  • who went to the same high school that she did.
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  • And so my brother who delivered that news,
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  • he died of cancer a few months ago.
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  • And so we taught together and work together at the church.
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  • And now they're with their mom, my dad's first wife
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  • who also died in a car accident.
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  • So in life, you just go through stuff.
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  • And then a few years ago,
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  • I went through a romantic heartbreak
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  • that made me think I'd never be happy again.
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  • And you just go through stuff,
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  • and that's why I'm so passionate about this thing.
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  • Because if I found hope, anybody can find hope.
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  • - Do you remember the day you came out of depression?
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  • - It was when circumstances started aligning with my dreams
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  • that God had given me 11 years earlier.
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  • - Wow.
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  • - And it was weird, like for example.
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  • Like when God spoke to me at 17 that we'd have a TV show,
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  • I can't express enough how impossible that was like,
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  • in Oregon where the church was like,
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  • we don't do any of that kind of stuff.
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  • - [Laurie] Right.
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  • - You have to drive past cows to get
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  • to the church where I speak at.
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  • - People are like where do they come from,
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  • are they hobbits out of holes?
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  • (Matt and Laurie laughs)
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  • People just drive from everywhere to go to that church,
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  • but a scout literally found me on the internet and said,
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  • We wanna have, you know, area program.
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  • And that's how it started.
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  • So when stuff like that started happening or this book,
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  • I didn't have an agent, I wasn't looking to write a book.
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  • Somebody literally just came to me and said,
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  • would you write a book?
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  • And I'm like, well, yeah, I'm very passionate
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  • about this message.
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  • So I can't chalk that up to anything other than God.
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  • - [Laurie] Right.
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  • - And when you start seeing God bringing your dreams
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  • to pass, you're like, okay, your promises are true.
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  • There are over 3500 promises in the Bible.
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  • And no matter how many problems we have
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  • the promises always Eclipse them.
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  • And that's when I started coming out of depression.
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  • - Optimisfits, Ben Courson's book is available.
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  • And we've got a roll and that'll show you
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  • a little bit more about the book.
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  • We believe in what Ben does.
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  • We believe in how he does it, watch this.
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  • (upbeat music)
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  • - So I went through 10 years of chronic depression
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  • where I was actually suicidal.
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  • And so, the Lord healed me and my message
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  • is not so much hear my words, it's touched my wounds.
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  • I believe our wounds become our wisdom
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  • and our scars become our stars.
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  • And suddenly the Lord showed me is that,
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  • well, not all things are good.
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  • All things work together for the good
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  • because truly God is good.
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  • And pain makes us stronger.
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  • Tears make us6 braver, heartbreak makes us wiser.
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  • And one day we're gonna think our past for a better future.
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  • And when God proved those realities to me,
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  • it made me an optimisfit and I'm trying
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  • to convert everyone else as well.
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  • - [Announcer] To get your own copy
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  • of Ben Courson's Optimisfits and help support TBN,
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  • call 1-800-996-1144 or go securely online
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  • to TBN.org/behappy.
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  • (audience applauding and ululating)
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  • - We have a studio audience full of Optimisfits.
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  • and I like the way (Laurie laughing)
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  • you've written the book.
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  • There's lots of chapters and some of them are kind of short.
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  • And - Oh one chapter is two words.
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  • - Yeah, I was getting to that.
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  • So there's, (Laurie laughs)
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  • there's 50 chapters and chapter 35
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  • is what I like about religion.
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  • Not much.
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  • (Laurie and audience laughing)
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  • And then chapter 36 is what I don't like about religion,
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  • pretty much everything.
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  • So tell us what you want us to get out of this.
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  • When after we read it.
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  • - Yeah, what I want people to get out of this book
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  • is how to experience a genuine relationship,
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  • if religion has failed you.
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  • Religion is, I messed up, don't tell dad.
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  • (Laurie laughing)
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  • Sonship is I messed up, I better call dad.
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  • - Yeah.
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  • - So I'm gonna say that again.
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  • Religion is I messed up, don't tell dad.
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  • Sonship is I messed up, I better call dad.
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  • See religion draws you away from God
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  • because you have to be good enough to obtain it.
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  • But relationship or sonship says,
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  • come boldly to the throne of grace
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  • that you might find mercy and help in time of need.
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  • So maybe you've gone to church and you've seen corruption
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  • or it was actually getting in the way of true spirituality
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  • or true connection with understanding
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  • the teachings of Jesus.
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  • This book is trying to point people
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  • into a hopeful encounter and experience
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  • with what Paul calls the God of hope.
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  • - You have a chapter 41, 900 years young.
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  • - [Ben] Yeah.
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  • - What's that about?
  • 00:10:32.140 --> 00:10:33.290
  • - Well, so one of the main characters in this book,
  • 00:10:33.290 --> 00:10:35.120
  • his name's Cameron and he's insane.
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  • But I believe you know.
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  • - [Matt] A friend of yours?
  • 00:10:39.060 --> 00:10:40.140
  • - Yeah, he's one of my one of my best friends.
  • 00:10:40.140 --> 00:10:41.270
  • He's nuts, and I believe (Laurie laughds)
  • 00:10:41.270 --> 00:10:43.280
  • you know, what Apple said is true that the only ones
  • 00:10:43.280 --> 00:10:46.100
  • who change the world are the ones who are crazy enough
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  • to think that they can.
  • 00:10:48.150 --> 00:10:49.230
  • And so he quotes this verse where Jesus said,
  • 00:10:49.230 --> 00:10:52.230
  • Whoever believes on him who had sent me will never die.
  • 00:10:52.230 --> 00:10:55.140
  • So he's like, I'm taking that literally.
  • 00:10:55.140 --> 00:10:57.020
  • I'm living till I'm 900 years. (Matt and Laurie laughing)
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  • So he believes that
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  • and he lives, this is a true story.
  • 00:11:01.250 --> 00:11:03.240
  • He lives the craziest adventures like one time
  • 00:11:03.240 --> 00:11:06.020
  • we went to this store, this restaurant
  • 00:11:06.020 --> 00:11:08.230
  • and he got his food to go.
  • 00:11:08.230 --> 00:11:10.080
  • And this lady walked in with a cane and he prayed over her
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  • and she left without a cane.
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  • And it's just like.
  • 00:11:14.160 --> 00:11:15.200
  • - [Laurie] Yeah.
  • 00:11:15.200 --> 00:11:17.020
  • - How do you explain that? (Laurie laughing)
  • 00:11:17.020 --> 00:11:18.070
  • So, most of my friends are pretty nuts.
  • 00:11:18.070 --> 00:11:20.000
  • They're pretty crazy.
  • 00:11:20.000 --> 00:11:21.040
  • And I think that that's the way to live.
  • 00:11:21.040 --> 00:11:23.210
  • You know, if you shoot for the stars,
  • 00:11:23.210 --> 00:11:24.280
  • at least still hit the moon.
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  • - [Laurie] Yeah.
  • 00:11:26.020 --> 00:11:27.000
  • - There's a lion in town.
  • 00:11:27.000 --> 00:11:28.160
  • Why do you talk about the lion in town?
  • 00:11:28.160 --> 00:11:30.150
  • - That's actually from the Proverbs.
  • 00:11:30.150 --> 00:11:32.080
  • When in the book of Proverbs, the lazy man says,
  • 00:11:32.080 --> 00:11:35.050
  • I will not go into the streets for a lion
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  • is roaming the town.
  • 00:11:37.150 --> 00:11:40.110
  • But in the geography there would never be a lion
  • 00:11:40.110 --> 00:11:43.150
  • roaming the streets of ancient Israel,
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  • like in that town.
  • 00:11:45.150 --> 00:11:46.250
  • So it was a made up excuse.
  • 00:11:46.250 --> 00:11:48.190
  • And with my generation, we can make a lot of excuses
  • 00:11:48.190 --> 00:11:52.190
  • for why we're not gonna go to work.
  • 00:11:52.190 --> 00:11:54.050
  • So that actually is that work ethic chapter
  • 00:11:54.050 --> 00:11:56.180
  • because I think my generation needs to hear this.
  • 00:11:56.180 --> 00:11:58.260
  • I mean, Mr. Rogers, I love him, but he told us we're special
  • 00:11:58.260 --> 00:12:02.250
  • and I agree with that, I just think we took it
  • 00:12:02.250 --> 00:12:04.200
  • a little too far
  • 00:12:04.200 --> 00:12:05.270
  • to the point where (audience laughing)
  • 00:12:05.270 --> 00:12:07.110
  • when I was.
  • 00:12:07.110 --> 00:12:08.060
  • - She's here.
  • 00:12:08.060 --> 00:12:09.170
  • - When I was in elementary school I played
  • 00:12:09.170 --> 00:12:10.230
  • for this team called GNR Technology.
  • 00:12:10.230 --> 00:12:12.250
  • Nowadays baseball teams are awesome,
  • 00:12:12.250 --> 00:12:14.110
  • it's like the Marlins, the Giants in Little League,
  • 00:12:14.110 --> 00:12:17.180
  • but when I played it we were GNR Technology.
  • 00:12:17.180 --> 00:12:20.030
  • We won zero games, lost 12 games, and I got a trophy.
  • 00:12:20.030 --> 00:12:24.270
  • True story.
  • 00:12:24.270 --> 00:12:25.270
  • (Matt and the audience laughing)
  • 00:12:25.270 --> 00:12:26.250
  • We all did. - Yeah.
  • 00:12:26.250 --> 00:12:28.020
  • - We got trophies for signing up.
  • 00:12:28.020 --> 00:12:28.180
  • Why?
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  • Because we're special.
  • 00:12:29.120 --> 00:12:30.240
  • That's why they call it generation why, generation why.
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  • Why shouldn't I get a trophy, I showed up to work?
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  • So in this chapter, I try to say
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  • don't say there's a lion in the streets,
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  • Jesus is the lion of the tribe of Judah.
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  • He wants to roar with authority through your life.
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  • But if faith can move mountains,
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  • sometimes he's gonna hand you a shovel.
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  • - Yeah.
  • 00:12:46.160 --> 00:12:47.110
  • - Optimisfits, watch this.
  • 00:12:48.100 --> 00:12:50.130
  • (upbeat music)
  • 00:12:50.130 --> 00:12:51.270
  • - We're all gonna go through a lot of setbacks,
  • 00:12:51.270 --> 00:12:53.060
  • but I believe we can relax and sit back
  • 00:12:53.060 --> 00:12:55.220
  • because every setback is a setup for a comeback.
  • 00:12:55.220 --> 00:12:58.200
  • Just because we go through hell doesn't mean
  • 00:12:58.200 --> 00:13:00.070
  • we have to smell like smoke.
  • 00:13:00.070 --> 00:13:01.260
  • Just because we're at our ropes end
  • 00:13:01.260 --> 00:13:03.120
  • does not mean we're at our hopes end.
  • 00:13:03.120 --> 00:13:05.140
  • We might get knocked down but we are not knocked out,
  • 00:13:05.140 --> 00:13:08.070
  • we might lose a battle but we ain't gonna lose the campaign.
  • 00:13:08.070 --> 00:13:11.130
  • Because if God before us, who can be against us?
  • 00:13:11.130 --> 00:13:14.140
  • So we're gonna be strong when everything's going wrong.
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  • - Optimisfits is the book (Ben and Laurie laughing)
  • 00:13:34.020 --> 00:13:36.130
  • that we're talking about. - Thank you.
  • 00:13:36.130 --> 00:13:38.120
  • And - That's right, come on.
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  • - Orange and red tights.
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  • - Yeah, I love it, I can do this all day.
  • 00:13:41.230 --> 00:13:44.070
  • (Laurie laughing)
  • 00:13:44.070 --> 00:13:45.230
  • A lot of people think the devil is has like spandex
  • 00:13:45.230 --> 00:13:47.250
  • and as a sunburn fun with horns and tights
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  • and a pitchfork zapping people.
  • 00:13:50.260 --> 00:13:52.260
  • And I think that cartoonish caricature
  • 00:13:52.260 --> 00:13:55.000
  • makes people not believe in it.
  • 00:13:55.000 --> 00:13:56.240
  • But I talked about in that chapter how Tolkien,
  • 00:13:56.240 --> 00:13:59.180
  • because I love Lord of the Rings,
  • 00:13:59.180 --> 00:14:02.070
  • when he painted Morgoth as the ultimate evil in the world.
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  • He was a fallen angel who sang discordant melodies
  • 00:14:05.150 --> 00:14:09.000
  • into the angelic song that
  • 00:14:09.000 --> 00:14:10.090
  • the Eldar were singing in his mythology.
  • 00:14:10.090 --> 00:14:12.200
  • And what I like to say is the enemy
  • 00:14:12.200 --> 00:14:14.130
  • is that distorting force in the world,
  • 00:14:14.130 --> 00:14:16.230
  • where you see beauty around you, but something's not right.
  • 00:14:16.230 --> 00:14:19.210
  • Things are wonderful and yet there's
  • 00:14:19.210 --> 00:14:21.060
  • also some sort of evil distortion that you see,
  • 00:14:21.060 --> 00:14:24.140
  • that's tainting it and why are things not
  • 00:14:24.140 --> 00:14:26.190
  • as they're supposed to be?
  • 00:14:26.190 --> 00:14:28.030
  • It's because this evil force at work in the world
  • 00:14:28.030 --> 00:14:30.030
  • that the Bible calls the devil,
  • 00:14:30.030 --> 00:14:31.090
  • but here's what's interesting.
  • 00:14:31.090 --> 00:14:32.230
  • The word devil was a judicial term.
  • 00:14:32.230 --> 00:14:35.150
  • It was used in a court of law,
  • 00:14:35.150 --> 00:14:37.070
  • and it was used of a prosecuting attorney
  • 00:14:37.070 --> 00:14:39.060
  • who would accuse the culprit day and night.
  • 00:14:39.060 --> 00:14:42.090
  • That's a Revelation says about the enemy,
  • 00:14:42.090 --> 00:14:45.110
  • is that he accuses the brothers day and night
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  • before the throne.
  • 00:14:48.020 --> 00:14:49.090
  • So when the enemy is accusing you,
  • 00:14:49.090 --> 00:14:51.040
  • not these red horns and tights caricature,
  • 00:14:51.040 --> 00:14:53.230
  • but there's a force of darkness that is distorting
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  • the good in the world and putting culpable guilt
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  • in your heart.
  • 00:14:58.130 --> 00:14:59.280
  • Remember that when the devil reminds you of your past,
  • 00:14:59.280 --> 00:15:01.250
  • you just remind him of his future.
  • 00:15:01.250 --> 00:15:03.200
  • And the devil says they're all mine,
  • 00:15:03.200 --> 00:15:06.080
  • and Jesus says over my dead body and he saves us.
  • 00:15:06.080 --> 00:15:08.220
  • So I genuinely believe what Paul said is true.
  • 00:15:08.220 --> 00:15:11.250
  • And this is a crazy statement that people
  • 00:15:11.250 --> 00:15:13.240
  • I don't think make a big enough deal up.
  • 00:15:13.240 --> 00:15:15.140
  • It's in Romans five when he says,
  • 00:15:15.140 --> 00:15:17.140
  • we glory in tribulation,
  • 00:15:17.140 --> 00:15:19.290
  • because tribulation produces perseverance,
  • 00:15:19.290 --> 00:15:22.160
  • perseverance, character, character hope,
  • 00:15:22.160 --> 00:15:25.040
  • and hope never makes a shamed
  • 00:15:25.040 --> 00:15:26.220
  • because of the love of God spread abroad in our hearts
  • 00:15:26.220 --> 00:15:28.200
  • by the Holy Ghost which is given to us.
  • 00:15:28.200 --> 00:15:30.120
  • So it's like Paul would in modern day language,
  • 00:15:30.120 --> 00:15:32.210
  • he get a flat tire and he'd say, he God.
  • 00:15:32.210 --> 00:15:34.240
  • - [Laurie] Right.
  • 00:15:34.240 --> 00:15:36.070
  • - You know, he'd get his heart broken in a relationship
  • 00:15:36.070 --> 00:15:37.050
  • and he say, this is awesome.
  • 00:15:37.050 --> 00:15:38.100
  • This is we glory in tribulation.
  • 00:15:38.100 --> 00:15:41.040
  • And what he believed is that pain made him stronger.
  • 00:15:41.040 --> 00:15:44.150
  • And tears made him braver, and heartbreak made him wiser
  • 00:15:44.150 --> 00:15:47.070
  • so we could think his past for a better future.
  • 00:15:47.070 --> 00:15:48.170
  • - Okay, so that flies in the face of everything
  • 00:15:48.170 --> 00:15:51.160
  • going on in our culture. - Yeah.
  • 00:15:51.160 --> 00:15:53.120
  • - As we are very, all of us are very self absorbed.
  • 00:15:53.120 --> 00:15:57.080
  • Talk (laughs) about that.
  • 00:15:57.080 --> 00:15:58.250
  • - Here we go.
  • 00:15:58.250 --> 00:15:59.200
  • Okay so - Yeah.
  • 00:15:59.200 --> 00:16:01.070
  • - So we pull out our phone once every six minutes,
  • 00:16:01.070 --> 00:16:03.040
  • 150 times per day on average.
  • 00:16:03.040 --> 00:16:05.200
  • And people always ask me like,
  • 00:16:05.200 --> 00:16:07.000
  • Why are my kids addicted to their phone?
  • 00:16:07.000 --> 00:16:09.150
  • There's a science reason for it.
  • 00:16:09.150 --> 00:16:10.270
  • Number one, social media produces
  • 00:16:10.270 --> 00:16:14.000
  • a dopamine loop in your brain.
  • 00:16:14.000 --> 00:16:16.120
  • So this feedback loop of a dopamine chemical
  • 00:16:16.120 --> 00:16:18.220
  • is triggered and activated in your brain by social media,
  • 00:16:18.220 --> 00:16:21.240
  • which is the same thing drugs induce.
  • 00:16:21.240 --> 00:16:23.250
  • - [Laurie] Cocaine.
  • 00:16:23.250 --> 00:16:24.250
  • - Exactly.
  • 00:16:24.250 --> 00:16:26.080
  • It's also the same chemicals produced in your brain
  • 00:16:26.080 --> 00:16:28.230
  • that gambling induces.
  • 00:16:28.230 --> 00:16:30.180
  • So like if you put a coin in a slot machine,
  • 00:16:30.180 --> 00:16:33.040
  • you don't know if you're gonna win or lose.
  • 00:16:33.040 --> 00:16:34.220
  • And that's part of the rush.
  • 00:16:34.220 --> 00:16:36.000
  • That's part of the addiction.
  • 00:16:36.000 --> 00:16:37.180
  • So too when you heard, you know,
  • 00:16:37.180 --> 00:16:38.250
  • the classic vibrating vu vu of your phone,
  • 00:16:38.250 --> 00:16:41.290
  • when you hear that, your phone vibrates on a table,
  • 00:16:41.290 --> 00:16:44.190
  • it's the exact same thing as gambling.
  • 00:16:44.190 --> 00:16:46.150
  • Am I gonna win or am I gonna lose?
  • 00:16:46.150 --> 00:16:48.060
  • Is this a good text or a bad text?
  • 00:16:48.060 --> 00:16:50.030
  • So when you get likes, text, notifications, emails,
  • 00:16:50.030 --> 00:16:53.030
  • you don't know if it's a positive comment on social media
  • 00:16:53.030 --> 00:16:55.250
  • or negative one.
  • 00:16:55.250 --> 00:16:57.100
  • So when you get this alert, it actually is like gambling,
  • 00:16:57.100 --> 00:17:01.050
  • and so you have to go to it because you're addicted.
  • 00:17:01.050 --> 00:17:03.190
  • And so that's one of the things that's happening
  • 00:17:03.190 --> 00:17:06.070
  • with our phones, it's based in to get back
  • 00:17:06.070 --> 00:17:08.150
  • and circle back to your question
  • 00:17:08.150 --> 00:17:10.080
  • in the narcissism and self absorbed culture that we live in,
  • 00:17:10.080 --> 00:17:13.140
  • where you know, I'm comparing my fake photos
  • 00:17:13.140 --> 00:17:15.130
  • with your fake photos, you know.
  • 00:17:15.130 --> 00:17:17.020
  • And like it used to be that girls
  • 00:17:17.020 --> 00:17:19.020
  • had to live up to models they saw in magazines,
  • 00:17:19.020 --> 00:17:21.030
  • now, we just have to live up to our own Instagram profile.
  • 00:17:21.030 --> 00:17:23.230
  • - Right, right. - Wow.
  • 00:17:23.230 --> 00:17:25.000
  • - And everybody is getting caught fish,
  • 00:17:25.000 --> 00:17:26.150
  • because we all can present this image to the world
  • 00:17:26.150 --> 00:17:28.160
  • that isn't actually realistic.
  • 00:17:28.160 --> 00:17:31.000
  • And so we're so depressed because I'm comparing
  • 00:17:31.000 --> 00:17:34.070
  • my behind the scenes to your highlight reals,
  • 00:17:34.070 --> 00:17:37.110
  • and I'm doing it in an unfair interval.
  • 00:17:37.110 --> 00:17:39.030
  • So like, I'm watching someone else's Instagram story,
  • 00:17:39.030 --> 00:17:41.280
  • which is the highlight of their day,
  • 00:17:41.280 --> 00:17:43.250
  • when I'm stuck at a red light.
  • 00:17:43.250 --> 00:17:46.050
  • - How do you regulate that kind of stuff in your own life?
  • 00:17:46.050 --> 00:17:49.200
  • - Yeah, well, do you have any say like real practically?
  • 00:17:49.200 --> 00:17:52.020
  • - Yes.
  • 00:17:52.020 --> 00:17:53.090
  • - So for me, what I do is pretty much every day
  • 00:17:53.090 --> 00:17:55.200
  • I delete my Instag6ram app.
  • 00:17:55.200 --> 00:17:58.010
  • So I still have my account,
  • 00:17:58.010 --> 00:18:00.070
  • but I delete the app because what will happen is,
  • 00:18:00.070 --> 00:18:02.060
  • if I'm in line at a store, my finger will like
  • 00:18:02.060 --> 00:18:05.210
  • without even realizing it, subliminal, I just go sit there.
  • 00:18:05.210 --> 00:18:09.240
  • And so if I remove the app.
  • 00:18:09.240 --> 00:18:11.290
  • I literally did this today (Laurie laughs)
  • 00:18:11.290 --> 00:18:13.130
  • my finger goes into like, oh shit, it's deleted.
  • 00:18:13.130 --> 00:18:15.080
  • I have to do this in my head, like,
  • 00:18:15.080 --> 00:18:16.290
  • am I going to go to the App Store, download the app,
  • 00:18:16.290 --> 00:18:20.120
  • put in my password, no, I might as well do something
  • 00:18:20.120 --> 00:18:23.010
  • more useful right now.
  • 00:18:23.010 --> 00:18:24.130
  • But then I'll go back on it.
  • 00:18:24.130 --> 00:18:26.020
  • And for me, like social media is,
  • 00:18:26.020 --> 00:18:28.120
  • I don't wanna be a tool that it uses.
  • 00:18:28.120 --> 00:18:30.060
  • I want it to be a tool that I use.
  • 00:18:30.060 --> 00:18:31.150
  • - [Laurie] Right.
  • 00:18:31.150 --> 00:18:32.130
  • And so we can either use it
  • 00:18:32.130 --> 00:18:33.210
  • to impress people or impact people.
  • 00:18:33.210 --> 00:18:35.050
  • And I wanna use it to impact people.
  • 00:18:35.050 --> 00:18:37.020
  • So I have to regulate it by deleting the app.
  • 00:18:37.020 --> 00:18:39.270
  • And honestly, I put my phone in airplane mode all the time.
  • 00:18:39.270 --> 00:18:42.110
  • - [Laurie] Yeah.
  • 00:18:42.110 --> 00:18:43.090
  • - And that's been super helpful.
  • 00:18:43.090 --> 00:18:44.250
  • - Optimisfit, here's a definition
  • 00:18:44.250 --> 00:18:47.150
  • on the back of the book here.
  • 00:18:47.150 --> 00:18:49.140
  • That says basically noun a nonconformist and adventure.
  • 00:18:49.140 --> 00:18:54.140
  • A person who lives with wild abandon.
  • 00:18:55.200 --> 00:18:59.070
  • Childlike wonder and unapologetic optimism, watch this.
  • 00:18:59.070 --> 00:19:04.070
  • (upbeat music)
  • 00:19:05.090 --> 00:19:06.240
  • - We weren't made to fit in, we were made to stand out.
  • 00:19:06.240 --> 00:19:09.110
  • It's so often especially on social media.
  • 00:19:09.110 --> 00:19:11.190
  • And we will get our phone once every six minutes
  • 00:19:11.190 --> 00:19:13.170
  • 150 times per day.
  • 00:19:13.170 --> 00:19:15.080
  • And we'll spend on average 14 years
  • 00:19:15.080 --> 00:19:18.060
  • on our phone over the course of a lifetime.
  • 00:19:18.060 --> 00:19:20.180
  • So oftentimes, we're trying to fit in and compare
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  • and be in the mold of what society
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  • is doing through social media.
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  • But I believe God hasn't called us to conform
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  • but rather to be transformed by the renewing of our mind,
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  • by saying we're gonna be salt and light.
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  • We're gonna be okay with being different
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  • because it's we're different,
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  • that's why we make a difference.
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  • (audience applauding) - Ben Courson.
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  • So, for someone that is just tuning in, igniting
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  • a fierce rebellion against hopelessness, Optimisfits.
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  • Why don't you start with kind of,
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  • what the guts of this book are and why it impacts people?
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  • - It's very simple.
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  • It's a hope book.
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  • When you've gone throu6gh depression
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  • and God healed your broken heart,
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  • like your your whole message
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  • is to heal other people's broken hearts.
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  • So this book is for people who are going through depression
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  • or have a broken heart, who look around at the despair
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  • of culture and society and wanna rebel against it.
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  • - [Matt] Right.6
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  • - So this isn't like modulating hope,
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  • this isn't watering it down.
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  • I'm talking about a fantastical,
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  • dare I say fanatical wild hope.
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  • And so the message of this book is have a different outlook
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  • because when your outlook gets bleak,
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  • you can try and up look,
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  • and that will change your outcome.
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  • So as I believe like.6 the problem is never the problem.
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  • The problem is our perspective about the problem.
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  • And our hopelessness is a bigger problem than our problem.
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  • So when our problems too big for us,
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  • it's just the right size for God.
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  • And our praise will be a problem for our problems.
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  • So this book is about having a checkup from the neck up,
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  • getting rid of stinking thinking
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  • and having an attitude of gratitude.
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  • (audience applauding)
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  • So the stuff I talked about,
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  • it's not just pulling it out of the tall grass
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  • or the deep weeds of left field.
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  • This is stuff that I believe to my core,
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  • like to me, either the presence of God is all there is
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  • and that's all that matters
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  • or God isn't real and nothing matters at all.
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  • - [Laurie] Come on.
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  • - It's very binary, like, they're diametrically opposed.
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  • I believe in the presence of all my heart
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  • and that he heals our broken hearts.
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  • - You are considering yourself a misfit
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  • because you want to rebel against
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  • what society is. - Yes.
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  • - Society says, you will be depressed,
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  • society says you'll be conformed,
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  • your society says you'll do this.
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  • You wanNA be something
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  • different than that. - Yeah.
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  • - That's what you're talking about in this book.
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  • So Ben you're one of th6e youngest people
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  • that we've ever interviewed in this format.
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  • There could be some younger people that have responded
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  • or has stopped and are watching you.
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  • What did they, in a last situation need to know about Jesus
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  • that our generation hasn't explained correctly?
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  • - Yeah, you know what's interesting about my generation
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  • is church attendance is going down.
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  • And part of that is because we're not an event based society
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  • as much because we have our phones.
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  • And so we don't get out quite as much as we used to.
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  • But even though church attendance
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  • is dropping for my age group,
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  • the affinity for prayer is as high as ever, statistically.
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  • So people still have that spiritual hunger.
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  • So people still wanna pray, they want to connect to God.
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  • And what I wanna encourage my generation in, is simply this,
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  • that you don't have to vicariously live your faith
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  • through your parents.
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  • You don't have to do video games with your faith
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  • where you're living it through somebody else.
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  • It's something that you have to own.
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  • And God doesn't have any grandkids, he has kids.
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  • And he wants to adopt you into his family.
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  • And what I'm seeing with my generation in my age group
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  • is a lot of people are feeling jaded.
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  • They're feeling cynical.
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  • They're feeling distrustful, they're feeling let down.
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  • And I know that you probably if you're watching this
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  • and you're a young person,
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  • have experienced the taste of depression yourself.
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  • But I wanna tell you that the God of Hope is with you.
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  • And when you kneel before him, he will stand up for you.
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  • And I wanna encourage you that just because your storm
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  • is present does not mean your Savior is absent.
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  • And just because bad things are happening around you
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  • does not mean they need to be happening inside you.
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  • You can't control it happens to you,
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  • but you can control what comes through you.
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  • God never does anything to you, he only does things for you.
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  • And if God is gonna do something for you,
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  • He is first got to work something in you.
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  • So don't look down and give up, but look up and get up.
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  • Jesus rose, so you could rise
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  • and he wants you to own your faith.
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  • (audience applauding)
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  • The Bible says in in the book of Romans,
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  • that if you confess with your mouth that He's the Lord
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  • and believe in your heart, you'll be saved.
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  • So, if you simply say, Lord come into my heart,
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  • I believe you, I have faith in you, I need to be saved.
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  • He's ready and eager.
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  • In fact, the only time in the New Testament
  • 00:24:22.240 --> 00:24:25.000
  • you see God in a hurry is when the father in Luke 15
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  • is running to rescue the prodigal son,
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  • because he just couldn't wait to get
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  • his child back into the house.
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  • And I really do believe that God is running after you
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  • and all you have to do is accepted by faith.
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  • (audience applauding)
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  • - Optimisfists
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  • (Laurie laughs)
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  • if you use kind of a closing statement
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  • in regard to what you want us to know about this book.
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  • I think you can jump off of Chapter 49, heartbreak and hope.
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  • - Yeah, in Luke 4:18, Jesus said,
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  • I have come to heal the brokenhearted
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  • and I actually wanNA share with you,
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  • and I talked about it in that chapter.
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  • One of the things that means the most to me in the Bible,
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  • and it's in Psalm 56, when it says that
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  • the Lord collects my tears in his bottle.
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  • Now in our culture, women actually
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  • in ancient Jewish culture, they would collect
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  • their tears and tear bottles.
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  • And when they got married,
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  • they would give it to their husband.
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  • So they were giving their husband all of their heart,
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  • their tears of sadness and their tears of gladness,
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  • because they collected their tears in a bottle.
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  • In all four Gospels we're told the story of a woman
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  • who washed Jesus's feet with her hair, perfume,
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  • and her tears.
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  • One scholar suggests, that scholar being my dad.
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  • (Ben and Laurie laughs)
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  • That what she was actually doing is she was pouring
  • 00:25:39.130 --> 00:25:40.270
  • her tear bottle on Jesus's feet, thereby saying,
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  • I'm the bride of Christ.
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  • So this woman who had been objectified by men,
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  • abused by men, used by men, she was a prostitute.
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  • She took her tear bottle, perhaps,
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  • she poured it on Jesus's feet.
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  • And as the bride of Christ, she knew that Jesus
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  • would take really good care of her heart.
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  • I wanna tell you that as well.
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  • You've been used by people, perhaps abused by people,
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  • may be objectified.
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  • You've had your heart broken by others,
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  • but that's not the Lord.
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  • When you give him your heart,
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  • he will take really good care of it.
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  • Just because you've gone through hell
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  • does not mean you need to smell like smoke.
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  • You might be at your ropes end
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  • but you're not at your hopes end.
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  • You might be knocked down, but you're not knocked out.
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  • You might lose the battle,
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  • but you're not going to lose the campaign.
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  • So don't tell your god how big your mountain is.
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  • Tell your mountain how big your God is.
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  • You can relax and sit up (auidence applauiding)
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  • because every setback is a setup for a comeback.
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  • So we're confident that wrong will be worsted,
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  • right will triumph.
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  • We are baffled to fight better.
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  • We sleep to wake, we fall to rise.
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  • We might have hell around us.
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  • We have the Kingdom of Heaven inside us.
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  • So we're the people who've gone through hell
  • 00:26:52.080 --> 00:26:54.110
  • carrying buckets of water for those
  • 00:26:54.110 --> 00:26:56.030
  • still consumed by the fire.
  • 00:26:56.030 --> 00:26:57.180
  • We might have gone through heartbreak,
  • 00:26:57.180 --> 00:26:59.030
  • but He is the God of Hope and he rescues us every time.
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  • (audience applauding and ululating)
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  • - What's interesting is seeing you gives me hope
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  • in this next generation.
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  • - [Laurie] Yes.
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  • - You're a great young man.
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  • Proud of you.
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  • - Thank you. (audience applauding)
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  • - Doing a great job, Ben Courson, Optimisfist.
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  • Get the book, get to study it.
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  • We'll see you next time.
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  • (audience applauding and ululating)
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  • (upbeat music)
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